Art Game Proposals Sought for Farnsworth April Fools’ Bash

bash%20for%20front%20page%20rotatorThe Farnsworth Art Museum’s newest membership group, [Collective], seeks submissions for its upcoming annual BASH, April Fools Circus, which will take place on April 1 at the museum’s Wyeth Center in Rockland. The submissions are for games to be included in an element of the BASH entitled: “A Carnival of Art Games.”

Games should be inspired by traditional carnival games, where participants earn tickets in order to receive prizes. These may be machine-style games or games that are monitored by a human. All games will be inside, under cover, in a dimly-lit space. Tickets and prizes for the games will be provided by the [Collective].

Each game:

• Must fit in an 8-foot by 8-foot designated space
• Should be fully interactive for the public
• Should enable participants to win tickets toward a prize
• Should incorporate one or more of these themes: light and color, April Fools, and side show.

Preference will be given to projects that use repurposed, recycled or found materials. Materials may NOT include any liquid, fire, dye, weapons, explosives or anything potentially dangerous to museum visitors

Electronically submit a proposal by Feb. 1 to the [Collective] at https://thecollectivebash.submittable.com/submit  Proposals must include a written description and a sketch or diagram of the project and an estimated budget. In addition, each artist must include a resume, complete contact information and examples of two recent completed projects (including images and short, written descriptions.) The [Collective] will offer a small stipend for the artist and a $200 materials allowance per project.

The [Collective] is the Farnsworth’s newest membership group, which seeks to bring younger and alternative audiences into the museum. The annual bash is where the Midcoast’s creatives and fun-seekers get together to dance, celebrate the end of winter and revel in art. This year’s bash will feature Just A Band, a Kenyan house, funk, disco band. More information on the 2016 BASH may be found at http://thecollectivebash.com/

Art Space Gallery Seeks New Members for 2016 Season!

Postcard-8.5x5.5Art Space Gallery Artists, 2015

Art Space Gallery, an artist-run, cooperative gallery in Rockland, is currently seeking new members for the 2016 season. Application deadline is February 13. The jury date is February 20.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in the heart of Rockland, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre.Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector.

For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com/ or contact Roger Barry at rogerbarry.net@gmail.com or phone: 207-624-2221.

DIAA Announces Winter Art Activities

workinprogressphotoPhoto of Robert Starkey (from robertwstarkey.com)

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce Winter Art activities in February at the Gallery on 15  Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Upcoming in February, Robert Starkey is artist of the month in Window Views. He states, “my vision for Window Views is an exhibit called “Conversations,” oil paintings inspired from the local land and seacapes of Schoodic, the Eggemoggin Reach and Deer Isle in large format 4′ X 4′ to small 12″ X 12″. During the month of February, the artist plans to develop new pieces, working most mornings in the DIAA Gallery.

Paul Trowbridge will offer his next workshop at DIAA in February. The workshop will support students to recognize elements of design which give strength to works through abstraction. Using participation own subject matter as a starting point, students find appropriate design elements, exaggerate and play with. Participants will move beyond the same old approach to bold discovery and experimentation.

A five week workshop will be offered. Saturdays, a.m. to noon. February 27 to March 26. $100 to be paid to the instructor at first class. Participants bring material with which they are comportable to make images in. For more information please email; cbsimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds, 207-359-6596.

Monhegan Artists’ Residency accepting applications

Mohnegan-artists-residency_Jackie-Boegel,-Lupine-GalleryJackie Boegel, Lupine Gallery

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and other charitable organizations, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15, 2016. This year applications for the residency program are being accepted online only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 15th of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $150 per week stipend. The two 5-week residencies run from May 28-July 1 and September 3-October 7. Maine residents and those with strong connections to Maine are eligible to apply. The two-week Maine art teacher residency runs July 2-15 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. The jury of art professionals this year includes MARC board member and artist Sissy Buck, Polly Saltonstall, editor of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors and noted collector of contemporary Maine art, and the artist Duncan Hewitt, whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Jan ter Weele, and Justin Richel. Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.

PMA Opens First Phase of “Your Museum, Reimagined”

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SurprisePromo_0The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is undergoing a significant transformation as part of a multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection titled “Your Museum, Reimagined.” The completed first phase of this comprehensive project, which opened to the public on January 22, includes the following:

The Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room offers students, professors, scholars, and members of the public unique access to the PMA collection. In this intimate, on-site location, visitors are able to immerse themselves in the collection and closely interact with curators and staff (by scheduled appointment).

The Workshop is a new participatory space where visitors of all ages can explore creativity with museum educators and add their voices to the stories we tell. The Workshop offers audiences the opportunity to make meaning from the PMA’s collection and special exhibitions through interactive activities based around play and experimentation.

The Collection: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art is the first collection catalogue in the history of the PMA. Boasting full-color plates of 100 highlights from the PMA collection and essays by PMA curators, this publication provides context for the museum’s history, architecture, and art—commemorating the ongoing legacy of the museum.

Modern Menagerie is the PMA’s first reinstalled gallery as part of Your Museum, Reimagined. The space features a colorful ensemble of creatures of all stripes, including migrating gazelles, lions, and zebras; schools of listening fish; a herd of Staffordshire porcelain sculptures; and Bernard Langlais’ 1977 masterpiece of more than 20 painted wood animals.

The Collection Online is the online database for the PMA’s entire collection of more than 18,000 works of art, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. It would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the museum, but now anyone can see the entire collection online, no matter where they are. Whatever your interests, whoever your favorites, it’s yours to explore at PortlandMuseum.org/collection.

In February 2017, the PMA will unveil the centerpiece of “Your Museum, Reimagined”—a holistic reconceptualization and reinstallation of the museum’s galleries across the PMA’s entire campus. In addition, the PMA will introduce new interpretive and educational materials, including a museum map, self-guided tours and multimedia stations. For more information, visit PortlandMuseum.org/reimagined.

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland. The PMA is open: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For summer hours, starting May 30, 2016, the PMA will be open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store. Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Makes Donation to Skidompha Library

skidompha%20photo%20op_001Judy Nixon, treasurer of PGA, presenting check to Pam Gormley of Skidompha Library.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists (PGA) has made a financial gift of $250 to the Skidompha Library; the funds support a year-long pass to the Portland Museum of Art, which is available to the public by reservation at the Library.

The pass is enjoyed by many visitors during the year and is just one of the charitable donations that the Pemaquid Group maintains. They also donate to art programs at the Bristol School, Great Salt Bay School, South Bristol School and the Lincoln Academy. These funds are raised by a raffle of original works which is held during the Pemaquid Gallery’s season (mid- June to Columbus Day). The Pemaquid Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, and represents thirty local Maine artists.

Peg Worth Honored with Bench Dedication + Scholarship Fund

Peg Worth on the bridgePeg Worth on the Armistice Bridge in Belfast.

There is a new granite bench, first on the left as you walk east across the Armistice Bridge in Belfast, that was dedicated to Peg Worth on Friday, January 15, 2016. Worth, the late artist and realtor, was honored by a group of her friends and family this past summer by raising money to create a scholarship fund at Waterfall Arts, primarily for young art students.

Called “Peg’s FUNd,” the unusual capitalizations are used to indicate simply that Peg was an optimistic and creative person who loved to have fun, to make art and support artists. An art auction of Worth’s own paintings as well as her extensive art collection raised $13,100 to create Peg’s FUNd and install the granite bench on the walking bridge with a bronze plaque honoring her. The group plans to continue fundraising to ensure the FUNd continues to honor Peg and help young people have fun and make art.

A candlelight ceremony was held on the bridge to dedicate the bench and plaque in Peg’s memory. At the ceremony, one of the FUNd organizers, Mike Cunning presented the check to Waterfall Arts founder, Alan Crichton.”Both Waterfall Arts and young Waldo County artists are very grateful to Peg Worth and to Peg’s FUNd organizers,” said Crichton. “Peg was an enthusiastic and creative spirit. Her generosity and willingness to help others were quietly legendary. In honor of that spirit, Waterfall Arts intends to double these initial funds through a series of fundraising events this year, so that young creators for generations to come will remember Peg as a fellow artist and a friend.”Waterfall Arts invites all who remember and admired Peg to visit the bench and think of her. To contribute to the Peg’s FUNd or for more information, please call Waterfall Arts at 207-338-2222, e-mail info@waterfallarts.org or visit waterfallarts.org.Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy, individual donations and charitable foundations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Bayview Gallery Owner Says, “Have It Your Way!”

CommissionCommission: “Watchful Eyes, II” by Paul Stone, oil on canvas, 32″ x 43″

Susan Starr, co-owner of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick asks, “Have you ever walked into an art gallery and found a painting that is perfect in nearly every way? The imagery appeals to you, the color palette is perfect for your home, and the “feel” of the painting draws you into the artist’s vision. But, alas, the size just won’t work. Perhaps it’s too small for that space over the sofa, or maybe it’s too large.

Not to worry! You can probably have it your way. Most of our painters will work with you to capture the elements you want in a commissioned painting, made just for you.

I have my clients’ permission to share the story of a recent commission.
Our clients recently moved and were searching for a painting for over their sofa. Sandy fell in love with a Paul Stone painting in our Gallery, but it just wasn’t large enough for her space.

OriginalOriginal painting: “Watchful Eyes” by Paul Stone, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

I spoke with Paul and he agreed to create a larger version. Like most artists, Paul will not make an exact reproduction of a painting. But, he captured all the elements important to the client, who likes her commissioned painting even better than the original.”

Bayview Gallery is located at 58 Maine Street in Brunswick. Winter hours are Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. For more information, contact art@bayviewgallery.com or call 800-244-3007.

Maine Farmland Trust Announces New Artist Residency Program

DSCF2877Artists painting by the lake at Rolling Acres Farm.

The newly established Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson will launch a residency for Maine-based visual artists in the summer of 2016. The program aims to connect the creative world of farming and art making.

Rolling Acres Farm sits on 130 acres on scenic Damariscotta Lake. Maine Farmland Trust purchased the Rolling Acres property to make sure this beautiful and productive land will be permanently protected and always available for farming. MFT hopes that Rolling Acres will once again become a vibrant farm, so that art and agriculture can truly interweave and cross-pollinate.

Artists interested in applying for a month-long summer residency can visit http://mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com/ and click on the tab ARTIST RESIDENCIES. Stipend, studio space and private lodging provided. Deadline: March 1, 2016. For questions please e-mail Anna Witholt Abaldo: anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

“ART Matters” Lecture “Vessels” at DIAA Gallery Feb. 21

Cynthia Bourque SimondsBasket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

This month’s “Art Matters” lecture entitled “Vessels” takes place on Sunday, February 21 at Deer Isle Artist Association (DIAA) Gallery in Deer Isle Village from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Featured artists include Cynthia Bourque-Simonds, Chris Joyce, and Melody Lewis-Kane. The event is free an opened to the public.

“With my baskets, I weave layers of colors and colors,” says Cynthia Bourque-Simonds. “I paint six or more coats on cotton papers. These colors are a gift and vision that find their way to a contemporary piece. My mind is always on the next moment and movement of weaving. There is an energy and calm when I create these baskets. Wherever I walk, I look for weaving in natural forms, colors contrast around me and shapes that may guide my hands.”

The DIAA is excited to present this new program and to provide a venue for the community to come together and talk about ART. The moderator is Hub White.

Chris JoyceCube box by Chris Joyce

Woodturner Chris Joyce explains,”Wood is the medium that has always held my fascination–ever since childhood when I would save scraps from my dad’s carpentry jobs to make little wooden boats. Now I spend whatever precious hours I can turning wood in my shop. The woods I use come from my backyard and the world all over. I love to find a new species and to learn all of its character through the process of creating a turned container. I hope the viewer of these works gets to experience a little of each piece of the wood’s unique nature.”

Melody Lewis-Kane, owner of Clay Forms Pottery says, “I fell in love with clay in 1973 and my passion for it has only grown. In today’s fast-paced world, I find pottery and all handmade objects even more central to our wholeness of being. The use of handmade objects brings a ritual into our lives which has been lost in the rush of contemporary times.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street. No RSVP is required. Just show up and bring friends! For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Small Wonder Gallery Officially Handed to Next Generation

logoSmall Wonder Gallery and Frameshop on the Public Landing in Camden has officially been handed over to the second generation. The gallery was established in 1984 by Kathy and Michael Valente. Kathy and Michael are still involved in the business but are pleased to have given the reins to their daughter, Elizabeth Senders. Elizabeth has been working at the gallery since she moved back to Maine in 2008.

Since her takeover, Elizabeth has launched an updated website for the gallery, which she is very excited about. She also decided to remain open this winter with an abbreviated schedule; she likes the idea of the gallery once again being a year-round part of the community.

The gallery will continue to feature local artists and scenery in a variety of mediums and to offer high-quality custom framing. Looking toward the summer season, Elizabeth plans to bring in at least one new jeweler and a new painter. Stacy Stevenson has been the lead framer at Small Wonder for 15 years, and Brenda Grigo is starting her fifth season as a full-time sales person; she is also an artist and an experienced framer.

Small Wonder Gallery is located at 1 Public Landing in Camden. The gallery can be reached at (207) 236 6005, art@smallwondergallery.com, or www.smallwondergallery.com. Winter hours are Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other times are available by appointment. The gallery will resume a full schedule in mid-April.

Belfast Creative Coalition Joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study

9745c4a71a7d1b3a11a88d0960343be4_XLThe Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by The Belfast Creative Coalition, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education.

It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, The Belfast Creative Coalition and other cultural organizations will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Thomas Kittredge, economic development director for the City of Belfast, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Belfast Creative Coalition will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission.

Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

“We are excited to finally have real numbers about the arts economic impact to our area,” said Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition’s executive director. “This study will show that when we support the arts in Belfast, we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

Within a 20 mile radius of Belfast is a rich concentration of artistic talent, individual craftsmanship and cultural heritage that deserves to be recognized and promoted. Recognizing the Belfast area’s three gems of art, local food and beautiful land, BCC boosts the efforts of this local, well-recognized and highly-respected cluster of arts, cultural and farm endeavors. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org/ 

 

UMaine Museum of Art opens Winter Exhibitions Jan. 15

DOWDDAN DOWD Untitled, 2013,

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor opens three new exhibitions mid-January: “DAN DOWD: thick skinned,” “JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream,”and “RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo.”  UMMA brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 15 and run through April 30, 2016. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

DAN DOWD: thick skinned
Maine-based artist Dan Dowd exhibits a new series of wall-based assemblages that incorporate found fabric, rusted metal and rubber. Old woolen blankets, blemished rubber tires and sections of knit sweaters are layered and wrapped around found, wooden bases.

Dowd’s compositions draw connections to the works of Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Lee Bontecou and Robert Rauschenberg, each of whom utilized cloth in their sculptures and assemblages. The artist is inspired by the varied histories of these discarded items. Dowd states, “I am interested in their markings—from when they were first manufactured, to the patina and maculations they have attained over time.” Bright red, orange and striped cloth is juxtaposed with faded, black rubber riddled with patches, oxidized passages and surface imperfections.

DAVISJON DAVIS “This Love of Mine,” 2013

JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream
Miami-based artist Jon Davis’ exhibition features an array of compositions rooted in collage which incorporate images appropriated from throughout art history—from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to Thomas Eakins.
Davis’ source materials are re-contextualized through his creative and forced associations. “By taking art masterpieces and combining them with old found photographs, I am creating new narratives that address a myriad of emotions including fear and desire,” says Davis.

Although oriented to the walls, the artist’s compositions have dimensional interplay; fragments of imagery are rearranged on multiple layers of glass and spaced out in the frames. Several of the works contain lenses, which further distort the dissected images, as well as light elements that enhance the theatrical quality of the assemblages.

WHITTENRICHARD WHITTEN “Augenblick (Blink of an Eye)”, 2013

RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo
Richard Whitten, who lives and works in Rhode Island, exhibits a stunning assortment of shaped paintings, whimsical sculptures and preparatory drawings that offer visitors a unique view into the creative process. The title of the exhibition, Studiolo, reveals much about the artist’s work as objects of inquiry. (A studiolo is a small room found in affluent fifteenth century homes, often elaborately decorated and set aside for study and contemplation). Whitten’s paintings depict imagined machines within Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture.

Whitten states, “These paintings imply the existence of places and objects of desire that, like the garden in Alice and Wonderland, can be glimpsed, but not reached or acquired. I am intensely curious about the nature of the conceptual transformation that occurs when objects I have constructed are represented as an image.” Whitten’s complex three-dimensional toy-machine models featured in the exhibition are used as references for the curious objects that occupy his shaped compositions.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more ifnormation visit www.umma.umaine.edu

PMA Announces Acquisitions of Paintings by Homer and Andrew Wyeth

HomerWinslow Homer (United States, 1836-1910), An Open Window, 1872, oil on canvas, 17 7/8” x 13 7/8”.  Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Partial gift from an anonymous Maine family and partial museum purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation, 2015.21.

WyethAndrew Wyeth (United States, 1917–2009), River Cove, 1958, tempera on masonite, 48 x 30 5/16 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of David Rockefeller in honor of his son, Richard Rockefeller, 2015.16.

Portland, Maine (January 1, 2016)—The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) announces two new major acquisitions: An Open Window, an 1872 painting by Winslow Homer, and River Cove, a 1958 painting by Andrew Wyeth. Both paintings will be on view January 22, 2016 at 4 p.m., when the PMA reopens after a brief closure as part of the multiyear project, Your Museum, Reimagined, which is focused on improving access to the museum’s collection (project details below).

An Open Window is one of a series of four paintings that Homer created in 1872 that features a solitary woman dressed in black, facing away from the viewer. The unknown woman is standing in a modest room, looking out onto a bright landscape likely inspired by Homer’s summer travels that year to Ulster County, New York. The bold differentiation between the dimly lit interior in the foreground and the light-saturated landscape in the background reveals Homer’s aesthetic experimentation at a crucial moment in his career, and his close observation of such European old masters as Johannes Vermeer.

In addition to the PMA’s Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, the museum has exceptional strength in its holdings of Homer’s work. An Open Window fills an important gap, as it is the first oil painting in the collection from this particular decade, and therefore bridges the PMA’s collection of early Homer oil paintings, such as his 1863 Sharpshooter, with the artist’s later paintings, such as his 1894 Weatherbeaten. The painting is a partial gift from an anonymous family with deep roots in Maine, and a partial purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation.

“An Open Window represents a moment in Homer’s career after the Civil War, but before his time in England,” explained Jessica May, the PMA’s Chief Curator. “It’s a transformative addition to the PMA’s Homer collection, both in terms of period and subject matter, and will help the museum to demonstrate the ways in which Winslow Homer was very much an exceptional artist, one who was responsive to his own moment in American art history. It will also allow the PMA to draw parallels between Homer and his peers. One of the most exciting aspects of this acquisition is that the painting itself is virtually unknown to contemporary viewers, as it has not been on view to the public since 1938.”

In addition, the PMA has acquired River Cove, a 1958 tempera painting by Andrew Wyeth that is regularly identified by art historians as among his most important and impressive artworks. Andrew Wyeth, the son of American painter N.C. Wyeth and the father of artist Jamie Wyeth, cited Winslow Homer as an influence, and used both watercolors and tempera to create what he called “Homeric” landscapes.

The painting of a small jetty outside the artist’s home in Cushing, Maine, is devoid of human presence, yet includes subtle indication of the presence of birds and aquatic life. Its most extraordinary feature is its near-inversion of landscape imagery: the majority of the peaceful landscape view appears upside down, with the forest reflected in calm waters. The painting, which has been on view at the PMA regularly since 1992 and has been loaned to many major exhibitions of Wyeth’s work, was donated by David Rockefeller in memory of his son, Richard Rockefeller, who lived in Falmouth, Maine, until his tragic death in 2014.

“We are incredibly honored and grateful to David Rockefeller for his generous gift and his acknowledgment of the PMA as a fitting place to honor his son’s memory,” said PMA Director Mark Bessire. “Through these important additions to the PMA’s collection, by two of the world’s most significant artists, the museum is demonstrating its commitment to improving the visual arts in the region, and defining a new standard for museums of its size.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Cook, Director of Media and Civic Relations, at jcook@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4094.

CMCA Architect Toshiko Mori Named to AD100 List

architectArchitect Toshiko Mori with a model of the new CMCA building. (Photo by J. Laurence)

Architect Toshiko Mori, a long-time summer resident of North Haven, and the architect for the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) now under construction in Rockland, has been named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 List for 2016. The AD100 is an annual list recognizing the top thought leaders in architecture and design in the world today.

In naming her to the list, the editors of Architectural Digest state, “With her precise eye for balance and proportion, Toshiko Mori puts a fresh spin on modernism, incorporating innovative materials and exploring vernacular building types.” These characteristics are exhibited in the new CMCA building with its form inspired by historic New England factories and its use of marine-grade zinc for siding. The new CMCA is scheduled to open in late June 2016.

Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. She was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2002 to 2008, and is currently the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture. Her work has been widely published and has received awards and prizes internationally.

For more information on the work of Toshiko Mori visit http://www.tmarch.com. For additional information on the new CMCA or to contribute to the capital campaign visit http://cmcanow.org/

UMMA Announces Winter Art Camp During February Vacation

10612782_998018133545834_3751458018456592983_nGive your kids a February break they will love! University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in downtown Bangor will offer a Winter Art Camp the week of February 15 to 19 from  8:30 a.m. to noon, during school vacation week. Children in grades three and four will enjoy gallery games, art projects and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends. Cost is $110 for UMMA members and $125 for nonmembers.

All materials are provided but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today.UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. Contact Kat Johnson, education coordinator at (207) 561-3360 or e-mail kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

Harlow Gallery Second Sundays Schedule: Jan. thru June 2016

SECOND SUNDAY Bookmaking workshop, January 2015. Staff Photo by Allison McKeenBookmaking workshop, January 2015. (Staff Photo by Allison McKeen)

After a successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to announce that the series of free community art-related events has workshops scheduled through June 2016 and plans to continue the series throughout 2016. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street.

These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative! The workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; from beginners to professional artists and everyone in between.

SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events which is led by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank. Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please send an e-mail to kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Sunday, January 10, 2-4 p.m.:  Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani, master naturalist Spend an afternoon creating a family nature journal. In this workshop we will practice observing with all of our senses, learn some simple drawing techniques, and write prose a nd poetry.

Sunday, February 14, 2-4 p.m.:  Paper Jewelry with Claudia Brahms and Margo Ogden, visual artists. Make a little something or your Valentine. Folded, cut, woven, and sewn decorated paper can be made into lightweight and unusual jewelry. Come and explore these techniques and create necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with us.

Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.:  Let’s “Take Your Dot For A Walk”  with Helene Farrar, art educator.  Let’s learn about the Artist Paul Klee while we honor Youth Art Month! You and your child are invited to create some energetic paintings together in an inspiring and educational afternoon!

Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m:  Weaving Off The Loom  with Jayson Hunt, textile artist.  Explore weaving with Jayson. Learn simple weaving structures and play with color and texture as you craft a simple strap, belt or band. No loom needed.

Sunday, May 15, 2-4PM:  Inner Vision, A Meditative Drawing  with Wendy Burton, art educator. Leave logic behind in favor of your inner self. Starting with a simple mark you’ll begin your meditative journey through an intuitive non-objective drawing. Focusing on the flow of lines, shapes, space and, most importantly, value you’ll use your imagination as your guide. There is no external subject matter to draw. Feel rather than rationalize your way *Third Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day.

Sunday, June 12, 2-4 p.m.:  Sacred Dance  with Maryam Mermey, expressive arts therapist. Participants are invited to learn songs and dances from different faith traditions. Inspired by colored, silk scarves we are also going to choreograph our own Sacred Dance. All ages and abilities are welcome!

For more information, call (207) 622-3813.

Call For Art Donations: Silent Auction 2016

Silent%20Auction%20VisitorsThe Harlow Gallery is seeking donations of artwork for its Annual Silent Auction in February. Donations are being accepted during open gallery hours from now until 6 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Donations of art, framed or unframed, are most welcome and your gift may be tax deductible according to current tax law. Proceeds from this event support operating costs for the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit connecting art, artists and community since 1963.

You don’t have to be an artist to donate! Make room for the new by donating something from your collection – vintage art, antique art, fine crafts, sculpture artifacts and curios all are gratefully accepted. Donations of art supplies are also welcome for an Art Supply Rummage Sale taking place on January 15 and 16 and can delivered anytime before the 15th.

Drop by anytime the gallery is open (Wed. through Sat. noon – 6 p.m.) or come to one of the two formal donation drop off dates, Sunday, January 31 from noon to 4 p.m. or Monday, February 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. Donors may contact Harlow Gallery staff to make an appointment to deliver donations at other times by calling (207) 622-3813 or e-mailing kvaa@harlowgallery.org

The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auction will be open for viewing and bidding February 3-13, 2016 with  bidding ending at 4pm sharp on Saturday, February 13. As in years past, expect incredible deals on art by local artists. Bidders can expect an exciting and varied range of art; paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts by Maine artists and beyond, vintage and antique art, artifacts and curios and more.

For more information contact executive director Deborah Fahy at 207-622-3813 or deb@harlowgallery.org or visit http://harlowgallery.org

‘Let Your Fingers Do The Walking’ Thru Bayview Gallery Website

Hays,%20Evensong“Evensong” by William Hays

Do you remember the old Yellow Pages?  Their advertising slogan was, ‘Let your fingers do the walking.’ Well, the Yellow Pages may have gone the way of the rotary phone and the slide rule, but their slogan has never been more meaningful.

Bayview Gallery at 58 Main Street in Brunswick says, “If walking into the Gallery is not convenient for you at this time, then ‘Let your fingers do the walking,’ and click your way through our offerings. Art is always a welcomed gift. I have selected some smaller pieces that would be quite easy for the grateful recipient to place.

Perhaps, now is the time to give yourself a gift? Replace that print over the mantle or fill the empty space above the sofa. If so, visit our website and let me know how we can help.”

Visit the gallery website at http://www.bayviewgallery.com and peruse the offerings of all the talented artists.

Trowbridge Offers Winter Art Workshop at DIAA Gallery

TrowbridgeThe art of Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce that local artist, Paul Trowbridge, will once again offer a Winter Art Workshop at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Paul states that participants will use their own subject matter as a starting point to find the appropriate design elements to emphasize, exaggerate, and play with. They will learn to recognize those elements of design which give strength to their work through abstraction and will move beyond the “same old approach” to bold discovery and experimentation.

The workshop is five weeks long and meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Session I begins on January 9 and runs through February 6; Session II runs from February 27 through March 26.

Participants may attend one or both sessions. Cost for each five week session is $100 and should be paid at the first class. Participants should bring materials they are comfortable with using to make artistic images.

For more information or to sign up, please e-mail csimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds at (207) 359-6596.