Carver Hill Gallery “Contours” benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Jim-NickelsonCold-Moon-I-16x16 archival pigment print“Cold Moon” by Jim Nickerson


On First Friday, November 7, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for “Contours”, a benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The work in the show will celebrate one of the Land Trust’s properties, The Beech Hill preserve, and the 100th birthday of the Beech Nut hut that sits on the hill. The hut was designed in the early 1900’s by Norwegian born landscape architect Hans Heistad, who designed  the John Gribbel estate, Weatherend, on the Rockport shorefront. Gribbel also owned the Beech Hill grounds, and built the stone hut as a day shelter for the family to use while picnicking on the property. The Beech Hill area – which comprises 295 acres of mixed wood, organic blueberry fields, and several uncommon grassland birds – is recognized on the National Register of Historic places as the Beech Nut Historic District. For years it has been a favorite place for locals and tourists to take an easy walk with a gentle climb. The reward is spectacular views of the peaks at Acadia National Park, the Camden Hills, Isle au Haut, St. George River valley and the gorgeous Gulf of Maine.
Years of weather, vandalism, and lack of funds to properly care for the building left Beech Nut in a state of disrepair. Because of the generosity of members and donors, Beech Nut is once again a safe and stable building. Carver Hill Gallery and the contributing artists congratulate the Land Trust on its recent and ongoing efforts to maintain and restore the property; however, it needs care and attention to keep it that way. The gallery is hosting this event as a silent auction and donating 90% of their profit from the work to the Land Trust. The artists are donating all or a percentage of their take, as well. All of the stunning art was either inspired by Beech Nut itself, or of the vista.


Participating artists include: Christina DeHoff, Jessica Stammen Ives, Anneli Skaar, Amy Campbell, David Henderson, Dianne Schelble, Randy Fein, Beth Henderson, Ann Makuck, Kathy Florance, Jim Nickelson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ken Foster, Aidan Acosta, Brian Willson, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.


We invite you to join us at the opening on November 7 for a glass of blueberry wine spritzer and some nibbles. The silent auction and show will hang through Sunday, November 23. Please see the website for hours and details. www.carverhillgallery.com

Gallery Talks with Biennial Artists at CMCA “Who Do You Love?”

CMCA "Who Do You Love?"

Back by popular demand, the series of slide talks with CMCA Biennial artists, titled “Who Do You Love?” will take place at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport. The first talks will be on Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. 2014 CMCA Biennial exhibition artists Cynthia Davis (Harpswell), Scott Davis (Rockland), Bridget Spaeth (Brunswick), Barbara Sullivan (Solon), and Jennifer Wilkey (Wiscasset) will present slides of three works of art by other artists that they love. They will share why these works are important to them and how they have inspired their own work. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. Admission to the talks is free. The next “Who Do You Love?” session will take place on Sunday, November 23, with artists Leah Gauthier, Linda Mahoney, Jan Owen, and Jeff Woodbury. For more information about the talks, visit cmcanow.org.

Artists Talk and Field Workshop at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

As part of the new exhibit, Experimental Comminglings at Waterfall Arts, artists Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz will talk about their work and the Comminglings installation and lead a field workshop on Saturday, November 8th beginning at 10:30 am. The workshop will look at socially engaged creative practices in relation to the exhibit. After the talk, they’ll lead the group outside to forage for local plants and other materials to archive and add to the exhibit. The event is free although donations are always appreciated. All are welcome; families and young people accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend.

Experimental Comminglings is a hybrid of science lab and art studio, where the artists invite visitors to fully engage with, alter and transform the materials. The focus is on experimentation with natural materials and liquids in a variety of containers, with constantly evolving options due to the interaction of participants. Engstrom and Langholz are interdisciplinary and installation artists that are currently exploring ways to create new engagements with an audience by extending the way we all observe, understand, and relate to contemporary art. Both are involved with the University of Maine Interdisciplinary program: Engstrom recently received her PhD there and Langholz is in the process of completing her PhD requirements.

Waterfall Arts mission

Experimental Comminglings will be on display through November 26th; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, during special events and by appointment. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on exhibits, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

Second Sunday Community Events at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

Starting Sunday, mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow in Hallowell.

November 9: Collage
Make a collage by bringing your collected paper, cardboard, cloth, and anything else you have that can be glued to this event. Tell a story, share a memory, or express a emotion through your art piece.

December 14: Holiday Stenciling
Make wrapping paper, cards, or gifts with your own holiday images, paint, brushes, and sponges.

January 11: One Piece of Paper Makes a Book
Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.

February 8: Ross Grams Digital Art Speed Painting Demonstration
Ross Grams is a digital illustrator, concept artist and painter from Vienna, Maine. Check out his website rossgrams.com then come watch him in action.

March 8: Artist Trading Cards
Very small art works to make and trade. Little treasures created from all kinds of media.

April 12: Astrological Chart Mandalas
Explore and create a mandala from your astrology chart. Chart included. Mixed media.

The Constellation Gallery extends call to Maine artists

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th.

“We’d like the news of this opportunity to reach artists from all over Maine, so we’ve extended the submission date,” said David Marshall, MAC’s President and Portland City Councilor. “Mini art pieces make great gifts for the holidays and the Constellation Gallery will feature artist with works 11×14 or smaller,” said Marshall. “We’re exciting about reviewing all they new artwork that will be submitted.”

The state has thousands of artists but there are not enough venues for them to display their work. The call for art from MAC is an opportunity for any artist who submits to be shown in Maine’s major city. Artists are asked to send in a $5 entry free for each submission. Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on December 5th and the other on January 2nd. The “Miniatures Show” comes during the holiday season making affordable art the perfect gift to enhance any home.

  • Maine based artist can submit their creations, in any media, as long as the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including any frame used.
  • The art submissions should be sent in via email to: gallery@constellationart.com. They should be good quality photographs that represent the art. The photos can be JPG’s or Tiff’s.
  • The photo submission file names should be formatted like this: artist_title_size_medium_price.jpg. (For example: Vincent Van Gogh_ Sunflowers_Oil painting_$10 mill.jpg)
  • All submissions need to be sent in for review by the November 9th.
  • The jury will make the selection for the exhibit by November 10th. The artists will be notified by November 11th if their works have been chosen or not.
  • All the art selected must be delivered to the Constellation Gallery by November 18th ready to hang.

The mission of the Maine Artist Collective is to connect the public with Maine artists and support development by providing exhibition and studio space, education, and professional workshops.

The Constellation Gallery located at 511 Congress Street is open Monday 12-4 p.m., Wednesday 1-5 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 10-2 p.m. The Gallery is also by appointment. Please call 409-6617.

Constellation Art Gallery

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show, Nov 21-23

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show at Point Lookout in Northport features 50 talented exhibitors who create Fine Art, Fine Craft , wearable art, and artisan made gourmet foods This wide variety make up the sixth annual show that has become the go-to place to find exceptional Maine-crafted gifts and get a head start on holiday shopping.

The Gala Opening preview party kicks off the show on Friday evening, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Your price of admission includes a fantastic array of complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants. Shop for gifts, and meet your friends over a cocktail while listening to a top live jazz duet. The show continues through the weekend with free interactive craft demonstrations and more holiday shopping.

Amenities:
· 50 exhibitors
· Art-Full Café featuring whole food lunches for purchase
· Free hiking trails and paved road to the summit featuring a stunning Penobscot Bay view
· Free Parking

Show admission
· Admissions help to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust
· $10 Friday; includes live jazz and complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants.
· $3 Saturday and Sunday, with all day interactive craft demonstrations

Art-Full-Gifts-Show

Last Week Jeff Bye “Outside In” Exhibition at Greenhut Galleries

Jeff Bye at Greenhut Galleries

“Yellow” by Jeff Bye

Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside.

Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

Handmade Books Workshop at CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present a day-long artist’s book workshop on Saturday, November 15, titled “Fast and Simple Book Making for Adults.” Participants will explore papers and other assorted materials used in making books, learn about the tools of the trade, and leave with at least one finished book. There will be instruction in accordion fold and pamphlet-stitched books and how to make both hard and soft covers. Time permitting, participants will also experiment with Instant Books, made from a single sheet of paper. Instructor for the workshop is Sandy Weisman, a book, fiber, and mixed media artist and poet. She is the former director of gallery education at Massachusetts College of Art and is owner of 26 Split Rock Cove, an artists’ retreat in South Thomaston. No previous experience is needed, and all materials will be provided. The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the fee is $100; $90 for CMCA members. To register or for more information, visit or call CMCA at 236-2875.

ArtLab workshops are made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, and individual donors. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Exhibition galleries are open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $5; CMCA members free. FMI: cmcanow.org.

Monumental Robert Indiana Sculpture Presented at PMA

Portland Museum of Art

 

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present to the public Robert Indiana’s SEVEN (1980/2003)—a monumental contemporary sculpture that will immediately become one of Portland’s most famous landmarks. As a longtime Vinalhaven resident, Indiana is a beloved part of Maine’s artistic heritage, and his work and career have long been celebrated by the PMA. With SEVEN, the museum is not only affirming its physical location in the city—at Seven Congress Square—but outwardly demonstrating its commitment to adding iconic artworks to its collection. The evening festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by local artists.

“With the installation of this sculpture on our front plaza, the PMA announces that this is and always will be a place for art,” says Chief Curator Jessica May. “Robert Indiana is one of a small number of artists whose place in American culture and in the history of art in Maine is truly tremendous. We could not be happier to honor his artistic practice and to enrich our collection with this historic acquisition.”

Indiana imagined SEVEN as part of a larger series of works—numerals zero through nine—in different sizes, with 8 x 8 x 4 feet as the largest in the series. The first group was produced in brightly colored aluminum in 1980 and was eventually donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the mid-1990s, Indiana reengaged a foundry to complete his numerals series, including the large-scale weathering-steel numerals.
In addition to being a significant acquisition for the PMA, SEVEN is also a meaningful addition to the public art in the city of Portland. The sculpture stands as a testament to the revitalization of the arts district—in its epicenter at Congress Square. SEVEN is a public sculpture, a landmark, and a tourist attraction in one: an artwork that will come to define the city of Portland, Maine.

8th Annual Extravaganza 2014 at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery

The eighth annual EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7th through December 24th. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more!

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Constance Cossette, Maryjean V. Crowe, Nicholas Cullen, Bill Davis, James Deane, Liz Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Rachael Eastman, Kris Engman, David Estey, Sarah Faragher, Maureen Farr, Sallie Findlay, Stephen Florimbi, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Jemma Gascoine, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Hilary Kahrl, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Hanako Nakazato, Kathleen Newton Foote, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Alex Portela, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Liv Kristin Robinson, Julie H. Rose, Rural Electric, Ashleigh Russell, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Johan Selmer-Larson, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Patricia Shea, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Toussaint St. Negritude, James Strickland, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Whiffletree and April White.

Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 7th from 5-8 pm.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call (207) 338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit aarhusgallery.com for links to the artists and notice of special events.

George Marshall Store Gallery presents “Visions and Inventions”

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Michael Stasiuk

“Bunny Couple (detail)” by Michael Stasiuk

One cannot help but smile upon entering York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The reason for these smiles is the wonderful pairing of the whimsical found object sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk with the colorful paintings by Maine artist Jan ter Weele and fanciful paintings by Vermont artist Donald Saaf.

Stasiuk, who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire, describes himself as a multi-media sculptor, a theatrical prop maker and art educator. He teaches art at the New Durham Elementary School and for the past 23 summers has been the prop master for the Budd Butt Mystery Theatre Troupe in Telluride, Colorado. His figurative sculptures made from commonplace and often discarded items have an uncanny sense of animation and character.

His ability to animate ordinary objects and infuse them with personality and gesture is remarkable. “Bunny Couple” is a pair of “bunny” figures whose heads are made from shoe shapers and their prominent ears from wooden spoon handles. The “gentleman bunny” strides forward on his elegant straight legs, his torso (a toy boat fragment) tilts back as he deftly adjusts his neck tie (a piano key) His “female bunny” companion wears a lacy skirt (a carved metal lampshade) and her facial expression seems to be questioning weather her skirt may be too short for the occasion. Visitors to the gallery, without exception, respond with smiles and delight.

Donald Saaf makes paintings that reflect the local experience of his community and mirror his surrounding in rural Vermont. He is influence by Outsider and Folk Art from around the world and his collaging of fabric, paper and paint are not too far from the quilt makers methods of breaking down the composition into organic forms and shapes.

Saaf’s simple figures are often clothed in collaged pieces of fabric. In his largest canvas “Round Mountain.” a figure sporting a polka-dot shirt and a striped hat rides his bicycle through the Vermont countryside. It is a beautiful day, birds soar around the mountaintop and a group of villages are hiking up a hillside. There is a dream–like quality to these images.

In many of Saaf’s paintings there is a halo of faces radiating around the figures’ heads. These additional faces may represent the soul or perhaps they are a symbol for the many levels of personal consciousness. No mater how personal the picture is to the artist, he is always striving for the universal. The figures are simultaneously representing the artist and the “everyman.”

Saaf and Stasiuk have exhibited their work together in the past at the George Marshall Store Gallery and also at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Curator, Mary Harding has added to the pairing the work of Jan ter Weele, whose brightly colored paintings complement the work of the other two artists.

Jan ter Weele was selected for the Monhegan Island Art Residency and has just returned from his one-month stay on the island. Painting for the artists is about color and the interpretation of real places. Recently he has begun to disassemble the imagery of these places into abstract compositions that reflect the rhythms, patterns and colors of his landscapes. Like the other work on exhibit, ter Weele’s work has a playful quality and at the same time is very sophisticated.

Concurrently, the gallery is presenting the work of ceramic artist Boyan Moskov. The artist was born and educated in Bulgaria where he had a ceramic production business. He moved to the United State in 2007 and since that time has developed his skills as a ceramic artist, showing his work in high-end craft exhibitions in the Northeast.

His slab built and wheel thrown sculptural vessels and forms are elegantly displayed throughout the gallery on pedestals and wall mounted shelves. The surfaces and bronze/charcoal glazes give the impression that the pieces are welded metal. A recent visitor commented “What a contrast to what I just saw upstairs, but equally as exciting.”

The exhibitions continue through November 16. George Marshall Store Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

Autumn Update: New Paintings at Bayview Gallery

Jon Marshall oil paintings

“Sky – Prince Edward Island” by Jon Allan Marshall

Greetings and a pleasant Autumn to you!

The leaves this fall have been remarkable and the weather has been particularly fine – warm days and cool nights have made this an Autumn to remember here in Brunswick.

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick has recently received a number of paintings spanning all of the seasons from several of our artists.

Barbara Applegate brings us memories of the summer recently passed with two paintings depicting lush gardens blooming around traditional New England Sea Captains’ homes.

Tom Hughes sent us several gorgeous pieces depicting the coast in summer, winter and spring. His light-filled and atmospheric landscapes and his beautifully rendered depictions of our working waterfronts are a delight.

Marieluise Hutchinson stopped by with some of her most sought after Christmas themed images, as well as a magnificent large scale barn in her customary New England red.

Jon Marshall just delivered a signature piece of epic proportions – over six feet long! Depicting the red earth, sea and sky of Prince Edward Island Marshall’s picture is a tour de force of painting!

Last, but certainly not least, Helen Rundell has beautifully rendered a maple sugaring house surrounded by stately trees quietly awaiting the coming spring, when the sap will begin to flow again.

We are always happy for you to try any painting in your home on approval if you can’t come to the gallery to see them in person. Give us a call for more information, (800) 244-3007.

November Artist and happenings at Summer Island Studio

Harriet Lindemann

“Field Flowers” by Harriet Lindemann

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans will be celebrating the Arts Down Town and All Around with a Artist’s Reception with Harriet Lindemann of Brunswick, and a Trunk Show with Angelrox a fabulous new company from Maine that makes beautiful cloths out of bamboo. We are so excited to be carrying this incredible one-of-a-kind new product! Check out these videos to see the many versatile and beautiful styles each garment of the Angelrox women’s clothing line can be converted to in order to fashionably suit your every need, mood and whim. This is all happening on Friday the 14th of December from 5 to 8pm, wine cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. If that’s not enough we will be here bright and early 6 a.m., Saturday the 15th for the ‘Early Bird”. Special discounts from 6 to 7 a.m. which include 25% off on all Summer Island Studio jewelry and 15% off everything in the store until 9 a.m. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. As usual, a tradition started years ago Summer Island Studio will have free pairs of earrings for anyone showing up at 6 a.m. in sleeping attire.

Harriet Lindemann, a member of the Point of View Gallery, will be showing the month of November at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, an artist’s reception will be held Friday the 14th of November from 5pm to 8pm, wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Lindemann prefers abstract compositions in watercolor and mixed media, but also frequently does images of east coast flora. She enjoys pouring paint onto paper and experimenting with unorthodox tools such as sticks, plastic and dental floss or fruit rinds
to get movement and texture. Harriet has enjoyed learning from other area artists and art instructors.

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, presents an exhibit of sculpture, photography, prints, paintings, and poetry exploring themes and aspects of the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring Maine artists and writers, runs from October 3 through December 3. An opening reception on October 17, 4-7 p.m., will feature the exhibit’s poets reading from their works and Maria Wagner playing “Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet” by Elliot Schwartz.

Exhibit organizer, artist Leonard Meiselman, has been planning and working on this exhibition for over a year. “I am continually amazed and fascinated by the ongoing outpouring of memoirs, documentaries, paintings, and poems – and now an opera and a new major film – 69 years after the Holocaust ended. Artists, writers, and filmmakers are still finding some essential energy in Holocaust themes,” he says. “Why does the Holocaust draw this amount of obsessive attention?”

Meiselman, a life-long artist, thought he had left New York City three years ago to live in Wiscasset and paint the trees in Maine, but found himself painting Holocaust images instead. “In this world of suffering and political turmoil in which we find ourselves today, it is meaningful to dwell on this chapter of the last century – to remember what happened and how it happened by gradual degrees and incremental infringements on human rights. I suspect that for my generation of artists and poets, it is about coming to terms with our history, our heritage, and our identity.”

As an organizer of The Dilemma of Memory, along with David Greenham, Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and poet Lee Sharkey, Meiselman said he was deeply gratified with how the artists and poets came together to create this exhibition. This is a group of mature artists, he explained, grappling with similar ghosts and shadows: “I’ve experienced a wonderful sense of fellow-feeling, of finding other artists struggling with some of the same issues that haunt my work as an artist.” Meiselman asserts that the artists taking part in The Dilemma of Memory intend to make a statement: “It is both beautiful and terrible to live with the presence of a history of human suffering and to feel, somehow, that one can redeem the victims from anonymity.”

Participants in the exhibit include photographer Judy Glickman; sculptor Robert Katz; painters George Mason, Leonard Meiselman, and Bob Moskowitz; printmaker Dorothy Schwartz; and poets Tony Brinkley, Mark Melnicove, Lee Sharkey, Martin Steringesser, and Anna Wrobel.

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust is supported by Bath Savings Trust, UMA Senior College, Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, and J.S. McCarthy Printers. For directions and more information about the exhibit, visit hhrcmaine.org.

A Gala Evening Celebrating Survival and Choice

Pink Runway Project

The Pink Runway Project charity event will be held on October 18, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. This inaugural event will feature a New York fashion week style show with original pieces created by Maine fashion designers, including Michael Shyka, modeled by breast cancer survivors that have undergone breast reconstruction. This formal gala will also feature live music and performances, a silent auction, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs. Above all, the night will illuminate touching and inspiring tales of breast cancer survival and regrowth.

The Pink Runway Project is a new and exciting approach to provide awareness about breast reconstruction options in order to empower women to make informed choices. Proceeds from this informative and glamorous event will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the BRA organization. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, occurs annually in October and is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding breast cancer reconstruction. The third annual BRA Day will take place on October 15, 2014. BRA Day USA is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund provides financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer related needs to qualified Maine residents. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured and underinsured people, including those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, whose particular needs are not covered by other assistance programs. Since the fund was established in 2000, MBCC has awarded grants totaling nearly $1,400,000 to more than 2,900 Maine residents.

The Pink Runway Project is Maine’s first and only charity event to bring awareness to the breast reconstruction options available to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Many women, who are bravely battling breast cancer and are facing life-saving surgery, must also grapple with the reality of losing their female identity. And, unfortunately, research reveals that 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are not being informed of their breast reconstruction options. The goal of the Pink Runway Project is to ensure that all breast cancer patients are fully informed of and given access to all of their reconstructive options.

This event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Day (BRA) and will feature a keynote presentation by Barbara Musser, a leading voice on reclaiming female self image after breast cancer. Barbara is the founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer and is the author of Sexy After Cancer: Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. A 25-year breast cancer survivor, speaker and educator, she teaches classes and holds retreats for women and couples about cancer, love and intimacy.

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Tickets will go on sale September 1, 2014. For more information please visit the PinkRunwayProject.com.

If you’d like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Heidi Harrington, please call Sharon Anderson at (207) 947-1894 or email Sharon at sharon@bangorplastic.com.

Diane Green Hebert in the IEA Members Show in NYC

Mars Hall Gallery

“Poetry Bleeds Rust” Diane Green Hebert has been selected to exhibit her encaustic mask, “Tarquin the Proud”, in the IEA Members Show in NYC. The mixed media piece combines her expertise in handmade kozo paper, ceramic masks and encaustic. The show is sponsored by the International Encaustic Artists and was juried by Jean Dierdorf. “Tarquin the Proud” “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Oct. 1st thru Oct. 29th, 2014 Reception Oct. 2nd, 5-7 p.m. National Association of Women Artists Gallery 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1405 NY, NY Curated by IEA Exhibitions Director Lola Battzell.

Craft in America Advance Film Screening: “Service”

Maine Crafts Association

Join the Maine Crafts Association at Engine in Biddeford, Maine for a free night of film, October 9th, 6pm, doors at 5:45! Seating is limited, first come first serve, or RSVP to secure a seat: email sbliss@mainecrafts.org.

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-wining series, continues to explore America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, “Service”, part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military and premieres on PBS in November, but the MCA has obtained an advance copy and wants to share it with YOU! From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Maine Craft Weekend opens October 11

Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 11 + 12, 2014.

Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

For more information or questions please email Marie Sugden at marie@mainecrafts.org or call (207) 588-0021.

Museums of Old York presents “Unraveled”

"Unraveled" at Museums of Old York

The Museums of Old York is presenting “Unraveled – Contemporary New England Fiber Art,” September 20 – December 6. The exhibition brings together the work of 18 regional artists who investigate and experiment with various forms of fiber in their artistic practice. While often paying homage to textile traditions, these contemporary fiber artists take advantage of a wide range of materials and techniques to create works that present their ideas, provoke commentary and pique visual enjoyment.

There have been a number of other museum exhibitions featuring contemporary fiber art, most recently at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the American Textile Museum in Lowell, MA, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. York’s “Unraveled” further pushes the limits of pre-conceived notions of materials, context and scale.

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Adjacent to the exhibition’s introductory label is a three-panel, woven tapestry titled “Rain” by Vermont artist Bhakti Ziek. The artist is an expert in digital jacquard weaving and this radiant textile incorporates silk, cotton, rayon, and metallic yarns. To the left is a suspended shawl titled “Portrait of Alzheimer,” by Maine artist Katharine Cobey. The hand spun silk and wool threads begin in an orderly pattern from the lower-left, continue over the shoulder, and as it descends down to the right, the patterns degrade into a web of threads that spread out in disarray along the floor. Cobey is nationally recognized for her fiber sculpture and teaching.

Although these first two examples incorporate recognizable fiber materials, there is a serious shift as one proceeds into the gallery. Warren Seelig’s “Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” is a ten foot wide “weaving” constructed of stainless steel and red rock shards which cast dancing shadows on the wall. Seelig (Rockland, ME) is an artist with an international reputation, with his work included in over 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea.

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“Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” by Warren Selig

Within view of Seelig’s piece is “Wallpapered Space” by Samantha Fields. (Brockton, MA) The artist has adapted the piece to fit an 8 by 11 foot section of wall. It is made up of recycled crocheted afgans, framing and embroidered vinyl siding. Her patterns are hole-punched into the vinyl siding and then embellished with bright colored acrylic yarns. Although the materials are “plastic” and “perhaps a bit tacky” the end result has a certain charm and whimsy and questions our idea of beauty.

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The exhibition includes four “dresses” by Vermont artist Wylie Sophia Garcia which are a part of her project “The Dress That Makes the Woman – One Year. Twelve Dresses. One artist’s challenge to create and to wear a work of art for each month of the year.” Garcia intended to embark upon a ritualized creative challenge: to wear and to work daily on a dress for one month at a time for an entire year. The final sculptural “dresses” were her performance piece and personal diary as she went about her daily life in Burlington, Vermont.

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New Bedford artist Elin Noble exhibits a bold, red and black itajime shibori quilt. The artist has spent more than 30 years investigating traditional and contemporary dye techniques, focusing on Japanese itajime shibori (clamp-dye resist).

Vermont artist Michele Ratté uses drawing, printmaking, collage, and innovative textile printing processes to make her work. Her series of “Island” pieces and her most recent work, “Maze” use 22kt gold and palladium mono-prints on hand-loomed silk, linen, velum and fishing line. The pieces are elegantly displayed in acrylic cases lit from below.

A wide variety of materials, process and techniques are represented in the exhibition which is indicative of many of today’s fiber artists. During meetings with several diverse groups of participants Jodi Colella (Somerville, MA) created “Hive” which is made up of aluminum screen chambers stitched together with steel wire. In this installation the piece crawls up the gallery wall, casting deep shadows and creating negative spaces.

Merill Comeau (Concord, MA) uses painted vintage linens, composted fabric samples and deconstructed clothing for her wall installations. Melita Westerlund (Bar Harbor, ME) uses shredded blue jean fibers in her sculptural “Environmental Chaos,” Sallie Findlay (Deer Isle, ME) uses repurposed cotton scallop bags collected from local fisherman, and Allison Cooke Brown (Portland, ME) incorporates Q Reader codes into her work. Also on exhibit are works by Elizabeth Billings (Tunbridge, Vermont), Lisa Grey (Portsmouth, NH), Sarah Haskell (York, ME), Priscilla Nicholson (Brunswick, ME), Adrienne Sloane (Lexington, MA), and Katharine Whild (North Yarmouth, ME.)

There are several programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition.
Artist Merill Comeau will give a talk on Sunday October 5, 3 p.m. “Fiber Art Now: An Artist’s Perspective. Katharine Cobey will present a day long, knitting workshop, “Culling the Greats” on Saturday, October 25. Exhibition curator Mary Harding will give a gallery talk “My Fiber Road Trips” on Sunday, November 2, 3 pm. Historian Lynne Zacek Bassett will present “HerStory in Civil War Quilts” on Wednesday, November 5, 6 p.m. For further information on these programs please refer to the Museum’s web site www.oldyork.org.

Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 through December 6th.
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