High Street Studio & Gallery thrilled about “Patchwork of Color”

“Patchwork of Color: Quilts As Inspiration” is on display at High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast through September 24.

“I am really excited about this show. The idea came about when I heard about the Gee’s Bend women teaching a workshop at the Fiber College. Then I was asked to teach a painting workshop linking with the Gee’s Bend Quilts. So the idea was floating in my head when Diane Savona walked into the gallery..(I had never met her.) I think her work and story is incredible and am so glad to have my gallery take a part in sharing it. Then Dianne Hire agreed to come on board as did Jerri Finch and Leslie Volpe. Quilts have been a part of my history as I own one made by my grandmother which became the treasured cuddly “nanny quilt” for my children, a signature quilt created for my grandma when she was married by the ladies of the church where my Great grandfather was a minister and one created by my husbands great great grandmother… so I am thrilled to be having this show.” Susan Tobey White

Diane Hire at High Street Studio & Gallery on facebook

“Hurricane Barb Hits the Coast” by Diane S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire is the author of Quilters Playtime, Games for Quiltmakers and editor of Oxymoron a collection of absurdly logical quilts. She is also an international award winning fiber artist.

Jerri’s first part of her art career was spent creating large air brushed fabric paintings selling to the corporate market. Her relatively recent discovery of oils has led to another path of working on a much smaller scale using her surroundings as inspiration. Quilts have appeared in her work often.

Jeanne Dawson is an annual exhibitor at High Street Studio and Gallery. This year, as a former fiber artist, she joins us in honoring quilts as well as having her own show, Domestications which includes her colorful florals, picnic scene and even a red refrigerator.

Portland Museum of Art Launches New and Enhanced Website

PMA press release

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to announce the launch of the museum’s new website and online presence, PortlandMuseum.org. Offering users a fresh way to interact with the PMA, PortlandMuseum.org is at the forefront of how museums’ collections, resources, and missions are presented online. Modern and clean, the interface is designed to function flawlessly across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and smartphone—and is filled with beautiful art and engaging content.

PortlandMuseum.org makes it easy to explore events, exhibitions, and the museum’s extensive permanent collection, providing a new, online home for the PMA that keeps pace with the museum’s national reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country.

Functionality and design highlights include:

• a strong focus on art and images.
• responsive design, which ensures an optimal experience regardless of device.
• dynamic content throughout the site, which provides relevant content where you’d expect to see it and helps you discover information that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
PMA Blog—a place to get the inside scoop on all things PMA.
• enhanced video and audio integration, which brings the PMA to life.
• advanced search functionality, which provides unprecedented access to the museum.
• built for integration of the ongoing collection digitization project for PMA 2016.

The website was designed by Might & Main, an award-winning branding and design firm in Portland, Maine.

New works at D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor

Vacationland! The Maine State motto. The weather is perfect, blue skies, light winds, warm days, cool nights. Haven’t made it to Bar Harbor this year or have been thinking of coming? It’s the perfect time and we’ve got the lobster & blueberry pie!

Original Paintings by Russell D'Alessio

“Love Her Way” by Russell D’Alessio

“My artistic quest is to enchant & delight, to bridge the abstract with the familiar, to create imagery that stimulates the imagination and present a creative reality”

With many new works by Russ on canvas, paper & yupo, a First Friday Art Walks on October 3rd, (Let Them Eat Cake II) plus, oh yes, Acadia National Park… it’s time to come visit us this fall. Details of events and paintings on the web at rdalessio.com.

Original Paintings by Russell D'Alessio

“Starry Skies with Fire Flies” by Russell D’Alessio

D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, Maine (Open Mid-May – October). For more information call (207) 351-5450 or email russ@rdalessio.com.

Maine’s Fine Crafts Makers Exhibit annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show

Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show co-sponsored by Camp Ketcha on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, at 336 Black Point Road near Scarborough Beach State Park. Known for excellence in their craft, 40 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of two days.

“If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, this is the place for you,” said Portland-based metalsmith and beach stone jeweler Jennifer Nielsen.

An astounding array of exquisitely made pieces for the home, the body and the heart will be for sale, including works in glass, clay, wood, precious stones and metals, paper and fiber, all superbly designed and produced and handmade in Maine. The show is a unique opportunity meet and visit with leading potters, jewelers, weavers, carvers, printers and other crafts specialists, and learn, firsthand, about their process and work.

“I love watching people fall in love with my work and then take it home, or come back again because they can’t stop thinking about it,” commented Nielsen.

Jennifer Nielsen Hand-crafted Jewelry

hand-crafted jewelry by Jennifer Nielsen

Now in its fifth year, the Scarborough show is one of four exhibitions the Guild will host this season. The Guild’s mission is to support and further Maine’s long heritage of excellence in craft making through statewide shows. Members gain entrance to the Maine Crafts Guild through a jury process that recognizes the highest quality of skill and craft.

“Our goal with these shows is to create a room full of wow for the community to engage. There is so much talent in Maine. The Guild shows offer the public a chance to participate in Maine’s historic commonwealth of fine crafts, to meet the artists, and take home something amazing,” said Charlie Jenkins, the new Guild President and Dresden glass blower.

Craftspeople featured in Guild shows include winners of awards such as the Switchback Ranch Purchase Award (Western Design Conference—WY), Emily Dickenson Excellence in Jewelry Award, and Best in Weaving (Living with Craft Exhibit, NH), and honored artists in numerous juried exhibitions and biennials.

Work for sale at a Guild show can range in price from under $50 into the thousands of dollars. The experienced crafts collector, as well as the simply curious, can all find one-of-a-kind pieces at a Guild show.

The Guild hosts three other shows in the state, through early November: Damariscotta, July 19-20; MDI Directions, August 1-3; and Augusta, November 1-2.

Admission, in September, in Scarborough is $6; under 18, free. Visit mainecraftsguild.com for details and a list of exhibitors by medium and information on all upcoming Maine Crafts Guild Shows.

“At the Governors”: Anne Heywood Paintings Exhibition

For the first time, the “Governor’s Mansion” in Waldoboro, Maine, formerly the home of two Maine Governors and one U.S. Senator, will serve as a unique setting for a special evening exhibition of Anne Heywood’s original paintings. Heywood’s landscapes and still lifes will grace the walls of this historic building, which is in the early stages of renovation, on Saturday, October 11th from 4 – 7 p.m.

Governors-Mansion

Built ca. 1830 as a wedding gift to a wealthy shipbuilder’s daughter, the “Governor’s Mansion” was home to some of Maine’s most important citizens. Miss Harriet Haskell, an early alumna of Mt. Holyoke Seminary and renowned in the field of education, lived there in the mid-1800s. Sebastian S. Marble (1887-1952), Governor of Maine, also lived there in his later years with his daughter. More recently, the Hon. Frederick G. Payne, Governor of Maine 1948 – 1952, and U. S. Senator 1953 – 1959 lived and kept a home office at the “Governor’s Mansion” until his death in 1978.

Anne Heywood, owner of Artwork by A.Heywood at 808 N. Nobleboro Rd., Waldoboro, has been a professional artist, author (Pastels Made Easy, Watson Guptill Publications), and workshop instructor for over 25 years. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, most recently the International Association of Pastel Societies 2013 Silver Award and the 2012 Dr. Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts. To read her biography and see her work, visit anneheywood.com.

“At the Governors” is being held in conjunction with events and openings at the nearby Tidemark Gallery, the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, and Old Number Nine, all within a short walking distance of each other. This evening promises to be an exciting one in Waldoboro!

Reception for Kimberly Callas at UCCPA

Kimberly Callas Artwork

“Green Man” by Kimberly Callas

A reception for Maine artist Kimberly Callas will be held at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA) on Tuesday, September 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Pecha Kucha style Artist Presentation at 6 p.m. Pecha Kucha presentation style is of Japanese origin and features 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

An exhibit entitled Portrait of the Ecological Self by Callas is featured at the Leonard Craig Art Gallery, UCCPA, from August 15 to September 12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Her story will be featured in a WABI-TV Channel 5 segment during the first week of September.

The gallery is located at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), 42 Depot Street (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine.

A 2013 grant award by The Puffin Foundation provided support for the development of Portrait of the Ecological Self. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The exhibit examines the question of whether there is an ecological self, or a place within each individual that is in tune with nature. The concept of the ecological self allows one to think in terms of the self as interconnected with all of nature.

Callas was also influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
“I witnessed the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center while walking to my studio,” Callas stated. That and the war in Iraq led Kimberly, her husband and young child to relocate to Brooks, Maine, where they hand built an in-ground, stone house that is off-the-grid and heated solely with wood.

Callas has been rigorously trained in classical figurative sculpture. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.
More information about Kimberly Callas and her work is available online at kimberlycallas.com.

Starting in 2007, Unity College made a dramatic statement by becoming the first in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, thereby igniting a growing national movement in higher education to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards and visionary leaders.

Björn Runquist Talk at Landing Gallery, You’re Invited

On Saturday, September 6th at 4 p.m., Björn Runquist will talk about the paintings in his current exhibit, “Maine Light”, at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St in Rockland. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Björn is a beloved plein air painter who has been painting in the mid coast area for almost 30 years. He’s interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere while painting out-of-doors. In his work, local subjects seem familiar but extraordinary with unusual viewpoints and Bjorn’s magical interpretation of Maine’s special light.

“I have found through the years of painting that it is much like poetry. There is a space between the feeling and the word, just as there is a space between the mark and the “reality” it represents. The marks build a structure to create its own reality and become an icon to a moment. My paintings celebrate those moments. Ideally, a painting consists of just enough brush strokes to evoke the moment or object and allow the viewer to bring his or her response to the emotional completion of the painting, just as the reader completes the poem.” ~ Björn Runquist

Last Days for “Richard Estes’ Realism” at the PMA

Richard Estes' Realism at the PMA

“Beaver Dam Pond, Acadia National Park” by Richard Estes

It’s been an exceptional summer at the PMA, and we’re excited to build on the momentum this fall.

This summer’s featured exhibition, Richard Estes’ Realism, is the kind of nationally lauded blockbuster exhibition you’ve come to expect from the museum, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to see it.

If you come to the PMA on September 7th, you’ll get to see Richard Estes’ Realism on its final day and experience the newest exhibition in our Circa series, Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal, which opens September 6.

September/Early October exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

The Labor Day weekend is often considered the end of summer and a signal that the fun is over and it is time to get back to work. That concept couldn’t be further from the truth at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. A large and festive crowd gathered there for the opening of new exhibitions featuring the work of painters Amy Brnger and Richard Brown Lethem, photographer Nancy Grace Horton and sculptor Cabot Lyford. The over all theme of the work on display is that the fun continues and that there is no place better than home.

Paintings by Richard Brown Lethem are interspersed with photographs by Portsmouth artist Nancy Grace Horton. Lethem is showing four large-scale canvases with the theme of “games” the artist remembers playing during his Mid-Western childhood. A jumble of figures are intertwined with a barking dog, all trying to be “King of the Hill, “ in a 48 inch by 50 inch canvas. His other action packed paintings have figures shooting marbles, racing box-cars, and dancing into the evening.

Throughout the gallery are thirty-three small panel paintings from Lethem’s series called “Home Bodies.” The artist portrays people doing ordinary daily activities such as hanging cloths out to dry, playing cards, holding pets, and dreaming in the bathtub. There is charm and poignancy to these paintings. Some solicit a chuckle, others a memory. The Ogunquit Museum of Art recently concluded an exhibition of Lethem’s work. He has exhibited throughout the United States and currently paints in a converted stable in Berwick Maine.

Nancy Grace Horton’s photographs pair well with the themes in Lethem’s paintings. Her photographs are a 21st portrayal of women. Using narrative fragments that confound the conventions of popular culture, she explores the norms of female behavior – and misbehavior. This particular body of work, titled “Ms. Behavior,” uses props, models and various locations, which are the catalysts for her strong, graphic narrative compositions.

Like Lethem’s figures, Horton’s women are engaged in ordinary daily activities: doing dishes, washing, ironing, and getting dressed. The titles of the photographs are often witty and sarcastic; suggesting that there is much more inferred by the pictures than what one might think.

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The gallery is very pleased to exhibit work by Cabot Lyford, one of the regions most recognized sculptors. His work is in museums and public spaces across the country. He is equally skilled at carving stone and wood with much of his inspirations coming from nature and the female form. For this exhibition, curator Mary Harding selected six pieces carved from black walnut: an owl in flight, a raven, a fat cat, a horse, a beaver and an century extension of feminist concerns regarding the media’s elegant figure called “African Boy.”

The lower level gallery space is being used for a solo show for Portsmouth painter Amy Brnger. The artist combines rich color, full brush strokes and keen observation to create her domestically inspired small paintings of interiors, landscapes and flower arrangements. Still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally in her mind. She sets up her still life arrangements in her Portsmouth home studio and often paints the same settings in both the morning and evening light.

The exhibitions continue through October 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. georgemarshallstoregallery.com.

“Fine Art Connoisseur” lauds Zoey Frank at Haynes Galleries

Zoey Frank Portfolio

“Pink and Grey” by Zoey Frank

Read what Fine Art Connoisseur is saying about Zoey Frank’s new show “Exploration and Discoveries“:

At 27 years of age, Zoey Frank is an emerging talent in the world of contemporary representational art. A selection of recent work displays the early manifestations of Frank’s artistic voice.

“Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” runs September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston.

Gleason Fine Art opens “Andrea Peters: Four Seasons”

Andrea Peters at Gleason Fine Art

“A Summer Day” by Andrea Peters

Beginning Thursday, September 4, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens Andrea Peters: Four Seasons, which runs through Tuesday, October 14.

The East Boothbay artist is the veteran of many shows at the gallery. Her bold, brushy landscapes mark her as one of the gallery’s most recognizable artists. Peters is a keen observer of the landscape around her. From her cove in East Boothbay, she paints the views surrounding her home in each season: her flower gardens, the shore’s edge, and her beloved spruce trees. Peters’s paintings are composed for maximum expression. “I push beyond the obvious,” Peters say. When she does so, she creates a seismic shift in the way we see the landscape. The result is a visual extravaganza.

With spring, summer, and fall, Peters dazzles us with a riot of greens, blues, reds, and yellows. With winter, she reminds us of that season’s subtleties. Her sunsets rival nature’s own. Arts reviewer Philip Isaacson wrote of Peters: “Just as the sun indulges itself, so does Peters. Her Maine coast wriggles with color. Hues pile up in layers and then ease their way along the hide of the land. Her style is gestural, spontaneous, and that quality builds a visual tempo. The Maine coast has become a center of visual energy” (Maine Sunday Telegram).

Painting is an evolutionary process for Peters. She forces herself to look afresh at the same view and closely observe each day’s tiny, incremental changes. Her paintings are a triumph, a tribute to her imagination and skilled hands, a perfect expression of one artist’s delight in everything around her. Andrea Peters’s paintings stand out as unique and bold expressions of a highly individualized talent.

Andrea Peters: Four Seasons opens September 4 and runs through October 14. The gallery will participate in Boothbay Harbor’s First Friday celebration on September 5, and then on Friday, September12, the gallery will host a reception for the artist herself, which will run from 5 to 7 pm. The public is most cordially invited to share a glass of wine with Andrea and discuss her remarkable paintings on September 12. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, and check out Andrea Peters’s show, and the gallery’s entire inventory, at gleasonfineart.com.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Participates in Open Lighthouse Day

Barbara Klein

Bristol artist Barbara Klein and other Pemaquid Gallery artists will demonstrate painting on site at Lighthouse Park during the September 13 Open Lighthouse Day Event.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists will be an active participant at the Open Lighthouse Day event on Saturday, September 13 at Lighthouse Park. The celebration of the Pemaquid Lighthouse and its historical significance will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the park during these hours will be free to the general public.

Local artists and members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists will be painting on the site during the event and will be happy to answer questions from observers. Refreshments will be served to visitors at the Gallery, which will be open for its customary hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra L. Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Pemaquid Falls, Julie Babb, Pemaquid, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, Trudi Curtis, Damariscotta, Bill Curtis, Damariscotta, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Viola Glendinning, South Bristol, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Hannah, Bristol, Jean Harris, Damariscotta, Jane Herbert, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Phyllis Loney, Round Pond, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol, Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, New Harbor, Maggie Macy, South Bristol, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Marnie Sinclair, Damariscotta, Pande Stevens, Damariscotta, Ernest T. Thompson, Jr., Bristol, and Bob Vaughan, Bristol.

For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752.

Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare at the Farnsworth

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On Saturday, October 4, to celebrate both the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the 125th anniversary of the Rockland Shakespeare Society, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare. This exhibition will feature approximately thirty works of America’s foremost illustrator of Shakespeare’s plays from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through January 4, 2015.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Malvolio in the dungeon, Twelfth Night – Act III, Scene IV” by Edwin Austin Abbey

Drawn from the largest and most important collection of Abbey’s works, numbering more than 2,500, in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, this exhibition will examine Abbey’s illustrations of many of the best-known scenes in Shakespeare’s plays such as the death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and the murder of Duncan in Macbeth. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, often regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He has been credited with writing around 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, though debate about his authorship continues. His plays, translated into most major living languages, are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Edwin Austin Abbey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852. He began his career as an illustrator for such magazines as Harper’s Weekly and Scribner’s Magazine. He moved to England in 1878 and was made a full member of the Royal Academy in 1898. In 1897, renowned for his work as an illustrator of Shakespeare’s works, Abbey was awarded an honorary M.A. degree by Yale University. In 1937 Abbey’s estate was donated to the Yale University Art Gallery. Founded in 1832, the Gallery is one of the oldest public art museums in the United States.

The exhibition will be celebrated at a free community opening, on Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 p.m., as part of the First Fridays at the Farnsworth. The event will feature community participation in sonnet and script reading, a Shakespeare insult booth, roving minstrels, soft drinks and cookies as well as special store discounts for members. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Paul Cavalli & Jack McKenney and the Goose River Exchange. First Fridays at the Farnsworth is sponsored by The First, N.A.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Lady Macbeth: “Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers…,”, Act II, Scene II, Macbeth” by Edwin Austin Abbey

September “Third Thursday” Program at the PMA

Portland Museum of Art

On Thursday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), join the #ThirdThursPMA crowd as we head back to school with a special party for artists, creators, and craftspeople of all kinds! The folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply will take over the museum, offering soft-linoleum printing for all ages and sketching activities in the galleries. Get creative while listening to the progressive sounds of hip-hop instrumentalists Jaw Gems as they play a rare set in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, and start the school year in style. It’s going to be the party of the season. Free for college students with valid I.D. For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

#ThirdThursPMA is a monthly party at the PMA with live music, unique programming, and community collaborations. It happens on the third Thursday of every month, is open to the public, and is included in your museum admission—which is always free for members. Stay up late with the PMA as we keep our galleries open until 9 p.m., allowing #ThirdThursPMA partygoers after-hours viewings of our extensive collection and special exhibitions. Start your weekend early with #ThirdThursPMA.

The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates the 2014 early fall season with an opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, featuring the work of Adele Ursone, Mary Aro, Jeff Loxterkamp, and a group show of small works by gallery artists. Please visit theturtlegallery.com for more information, or call 348 9977. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle road. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2 – 6.

Last Week to View “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries

“Sunset, Fifield Point” by Jon Imber

Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting…..a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber’s Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

Call for Participants: 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association has partnered with the Maine Brewers’ Guild to present the 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend on Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12th. We are making it a whole weekend this year uniting Maine craft and craft beer! Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists & breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time!

In 2013 we initiated the program and scheduled it to coincide with American Craft Week a national effort to drive visibility of craft businesses, locations, processes, and traditions. In our first year we had 84 participants, an interactive online map, radio and print promotion thanks to funding from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Community Foundation.

The MCA is committed to promoting and organizing Maine Craft Weekend as an annual event for years to come. We are working on funding and partnerships that will help promote, grow, and sustain Maine Craft Weekend 2014 and beyond!

Guest Artist Ed McCartan Exhibits in Sarah’s Café

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“In the Autumn of Our Years” by Ed McCartan

When artist Ed McCartan was preparing a presentation for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell about looking at abstract art, the gallery described his work as incorporating “botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery, using abstract layering and sumi brushwork techniques. Ed likes to experiment with alternate techniques, such as stenciling, woodcut and stamping within his paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and panel.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature a selection of paintings by Ed McCartan during the August 28 event, from 5-8pm. His work will be exhibited on the walls of Sarah’s Café at 45 Water St. in Wiscasset Village.

The artist, who lives in Brunswick and has a studio in the mill at Ft. Andross, explains that his work represents his exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. “I often use the double image because I am interested in the ‘dialogue’ that this creates between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns, flowers, etc. leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.”

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“Joy of a New Day” by Ed McCartan

McCartan has exhibited extensively throughout eastern United States and Canada and locally in galleries located in Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Wiscasset among other numerous mid-coast locations. He’s been a life-long teacher – of studio art and art history – now retired, but continues to offer workshops and private lessons at his studio and through courses at Midcoast Senior College in Bath.

McCartan’s art gives expression to his interests in philosophy, theology, and education. About his work, the artist says, “I go to nature and the possibilities inherent in the materials for inspiration. It is an ongoing endeavor.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Philip Frey Artist Talk at Courthouse Gallery

Philip Frey at Courthouse Gallery

“Evening Drift” by Philip Frey

Philip Frey will give a talk at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Frey will talk about his new work, which is currently highlighted at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled “In the Moment”. The event is free and open to the public.

For his new body of work, artist Philip Frey turns his focus toward movement—water sparkles, objects are no longer inert, and large unencumbered areas free of figures leave Frey plenty of room to work his magic when he tones wide spaces devoid of detail with bold color and shimmering hues. In the essay from the exhibition catalog art historian and critic Daniel Kany says: “His forms and figures are impressively economical and yet readily legible: This is particularly notable in his figurative works like “One, Two, Three, Go!” featuring a group of youths on a pier who are uncannily well-rendered in their poses, gestures, weights and actions despite being no more fussed over with the brush than any other elements in the painting…Moreover, Frey clearly enjoys the back-and-forth between art and nature: Some of his strongest and smartest recent works feature a series of ice fishing shacks he associates with Mondrian’s iconic grids or Malevich’s Suprematist geometry.”

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

First Fridays Arts Tour highlights fine art in the Boothbay Region

Joy to the Wind Gallery

“Blue Rain Barrel” by John M. T Seitzer

September 5 from 2-9 p.m. this free, self guided tour offers new art exhibits, open house receptions and artist demonstrations. Enjoy the variety 12 galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula.

Follow the Art Trail map provided in the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide and find a complete list of each months participating galleries in the Boothbay Register or pick one up at most galleries. Plan your day or evening around several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for evening receptions.

Sept 5, 2014 Participating Galleries & Studios: Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Joy To The Wind Gallery, Macdonald Stained Glass , Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, Butke Gallery, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Fortunate Chance Gallery, Paradise Studio and Studio 684 Paintings& More.