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.

Renee Magritte next Artist Video at Barn Gallery

Barn Gallery Art & Artist Video Series

Monsieur Renee Magritte is the subject of the September 3 Art Video at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. The Barn Gallery is located on Bourne Lane at Shore Road and the film begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Members of the Ogunquit Art Association will be on hand to lead the discussion about the film.

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th with an opening reception on Friday September 5, 5-8 p.m.

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“​Specimen 140703″ by Julie H. Rose

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew… exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted, and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Åarhus invites the public to race on over for the opening on the first Friday of September and join in a few threads of conversation with the artist herself.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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“Specimen J30-4″ by Julie H. Rose

James Chute “Apparent Contradictions” at the Harlow Gallery

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“Women in the City” by James Chute

Jacob Fall, an independent curator based in southern Maine, is pleased to announce that he will organize “Apparent contradictions”, an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell September 5-27. Using the work of James Chute of Freeport, Mr. Fall will interrogate what seems to be discrepancies in the work and practice of a not-atypical artist practicing in Maine during the early decades of the current century. The work to be shown will range from early student work to Mr. Chute’s current collaborative projects. James Chute’s current production is primarily drawing, but he has also made paintings, prints and sculpture. Although the exhibition will have a broad range, Mr. Fall believes that viewers will be able to discern underlying aesthetic and conceptual unity.
Of his work James Chute says succinctly, “I make some marks and then I get out of the viewer’s way.” Visit the artist online at jameschute.com.

Meet James Chute at the opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m., refreshments will be served. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; exhibitions and at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. “apparent contradictions” will be on on view September 5-27. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.

PMA Hires New Asst. Curator of European Art

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The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Eschelbacher has been appointed as the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art. Eschelbacher will be responsible for overseeing the PMA’s collection of European art, including long-term loans from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection and the Albert Otten Collection, as well as developing special exhibitions and other projects. He will start on September 2, 2014.

“We are thrilled that Andrew has been hired as our new European curator at this exciting time for the PMA,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “He will join curators Karen Sherry (American Art) and Jessica May (Contemporary and Modern Art)—together, they will make a strong curatorial team. Andrew will begin by energizing our European program with the reinstallation of the collection in 2016, and in the future with scholarly focused exhibitions.”

A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century European art, Eschelbacher brings to the PMA experience both in the museum field and in academia. In 2010-11, he worked at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris on the 2013 exhibition Jules Dalou: Sculpteur de la Republique (the artist was also the subject of Eschelbacher’s doctoral dissertation). While at the Petit Palais, he was involved in an exhibition of medallions that was being organized with the Musée d’Orsay and other Parisian museums. Several years earlier, he collaborated with the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans and was the lead author of the exhibition catalogue From Society to Socialism: The Art of Caroline Durieux. Eschelbacher has also been involved with the National Gallery of Art’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative project, which is considering ways in which digital museum catalogues and websites may amplify the museum experience. Eschelbacher most recently served as an assistant professor of art history at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he led the school’s Paris Study Abroad Program. He has published and presented on his scholarly work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards, including an American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University, and a B.A. in French and French Literature from Davidson College in North Carolina. A native New Englander, he is fluent in French.

Echelbacher joins the PMA’s curatorial staff, which includes: Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Karen Sherry; Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May; Curatorial Coordinator Ariel Hagan Elwell; and Curatorial Assistant Mollie Armstrong.

William Irvine Book Signing and Talk at Gleason Fine Art

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Renowned Maine painter William Irvine is signing copies of his new book William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey and talking about his art at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor, on Thursday, August 28, from 3 to 5 pm. The public is cordially invited and refreshments will be served.

In the forward to William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, arts writer Carl Little says of Irvine: “He transforms elements of the landscape into abstract entities, innovates in line and color, and grasps the essential in the world before him. Drawing on a vital sense of place and a passion for paint, over the past half century, [Irvine] has brought forth a body of work that has earned him a special place in Maine and American art” (Irvine, page 15).

A Scotsman by birth, William Irvine spent his childhood in the southwest coastal village of Troon. Moving to the Blue Hill peninsula of Maine in 1967, Irvine has remained stateside ever since, except for frequent trips to the other side of the Atlantic to favorite haunts such as Brittany, France, and the coasts of both Ireland and Scotland. Maine’s rugged coast suits Irvine’s sensibilities–sailboats, clouds, working boats, sailors, blue skies, tidy white houses peopled by figures in bright shirts—it is all material for Irvine’s paintings.

Irvine’s decidedly modern style toggles between abstraction and depiction, “at once playful and primal, lush and spare,” as one arts writer puts it (April 2010, Down East). His painting technique is unique: eschewing brushes, he uses paper towels, which allows him to build up the many layers he needs to achieve his desired effect.

Now in his 80s, William Irvine still greets every day with the sense of wonder and adventure that has always driven him to paint. So please join us at the gallery on Thursday, August 28, from 3 to 5 p.m., to meet the engaging Scotsman, perhaps buy a book for him to sign,and listen to him talk about his long and fruitful career as an artist. For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view Bill Irvine’s work online at gleasonfineart.com.

UMMA Art Trip to Boston

The UMaine Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Museum of Art Alliance, is investigating the possibility of organizing an annual art trip for museum members and other art-lovers.

Presently we are looking into the possibility of a two-night/ three day trip to Boston on either October 29-31 or November 19-21.

The trip would include visits and tours at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), a wine and cheese talk at a Harrison Street gallery, visits to contemporary artist studios, and other activities – including free time for holiday shopping!

The art trip will require a minimum of 18-20 participants. The cost will include two nights hotel, round-trip transportation (via Concord Coach), entrance to museums and lunch on two days. The Museum is hoping to get a sense of the level of interest before moving forward with details such as itinerary, pricing, etc. Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in this art travel program or with any other thoughts related to an annual art trip by contacting Kathryn Jovanelli, Asst. Museum Coordinator & Membership Manager, Kathryn_Jovanelli@umit.maine.edu by August 25 Please note that your response in no way obligates you.

Waterfall Arts Receives Grant for Print Studio

Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine is pleased to be the recent recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc., for the ongoing development of the Waterfall Arts state-of-the-art Printmaking Studio.

In 2013 The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. made an initial grant of $10,000 to help establish a fully functional print studio at Waterfall Arts, accessible to printmakers of all skill levels. In the last year Waterfall Arts has successfully launched free demonstrations and affordable workshops and classes lead by some the area’s top printmakers like Richard Mann, Tara Law, Dina Petrillo, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Jeff Jelenfy and Russell Kahn. They have also hosted several printmakers from Portland giving workshops, recent graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) Shawn Brewer of Fast Food Prints, and MECA faculty Colleen Kinsella and Elizabeth Jabar. Kinsella and Jabar have a large installation in Waterfall Art’s current exhibition in their Clifford Gallery, “Living in These Bodies, Part II”. The Print Studio hosts weekly open studio hours and working artists can subscribe for 24/7 access. Waterfall Arts will hold demo sessions for anyone interested in trying out the space.

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. is a private family foundation established in 1968 by the now late W. George Kennedy in memory of his wife Ethel, who had died the year before. During the course of their lifetimes, Ethel and George Kennedy were committed to improving the quality of life for those in Miami-Dade County through the work of such organizations as the American Cancer Society and the Easter Seals. Kennedy hoped that the creation of a foundation for charitable purposes would ensure the continuity of their vision and maximize the effectiveness of his ongoing philanthropic support. Today, the Foundation is directed by four of their children and occasionally makes grants outside of Florida.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, exhibitions, artist residencies, and many other cultural events. Their mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, carried out in two locations: the rustic woods setting in Montville in the original home of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and at 256 High St. in Belfast, in the former Anderson School.

For further questions and comments visit the website, email info@waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.

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Pemaquid Art Gallery festive gathering honors Patrons

In its 86th continuous year of exhibition by the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Pemaquid Art Gallery recently hosted a Patron Party to festively gather and honor the gallery patrons who help support the local arts and the educational program of this unique Maine Gallery.

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Cindy Sherman (left), Patron, Nancy MacKinnon, Gallery Manager, and Will Kefauver, Artist enjoyed the annual Patron Party at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

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Pemaquid Gallery artists, (left to right) Marlene Loznicka and Barbara Applegate were on hand to greet Patrons at the Pemaquid Art Gallery’s annual Patron Party.

Summer Island Studio opens Belva Ann Prycel

Belva Ann Prycel at Summer Island Studio

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall Brunswick, Maine for the opening of Belva Ann Prycel, a unique and engaging, multi-talented artist on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and horsdoerves will be served with live music by Frank Siegel and our always vibrant gallery collection of Maine made fine jewelry, art, clothing and crafts.

Prycel’s landscape paintings are inspired from the tidal environments, expansive skies and expressive rivers of the northeast coast. As well as, Belva Ann’s acclaimed books of Maine, which richly illustrate her personal experiences with resonance and grace, both will be featured during the month of September.

Living in Alna & Round Pond, Pyrcel exhibits her paintings and appears for book signings throughout the region. During her month long showing autographed copies of three of Pyrcel’s books will be available: Times and Tides is an illustrated memoir of personal essays of the coast; Water Tales: Stories of the Coast is a collection of humorous stories of the author’s life around and on water; and Passage is the story of the loss of Prycel’s family that speaks intimately to our fragile humanity.

Prycel is a graduate of Rowan College, teaching painting and drawing in public schools and at her private studio for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey she was a well-known cover artist for “South Jersey Magazine” and in 2000 was featured in the award winning documentary “Bayside Artists: Celebrating our Sense of Place.”

Stonington Galleries last First Friday of the season

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The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.

Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.

On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.

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“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

 

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In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.

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“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty

For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

Shaker Furniture Lecture at the Farnsworth

Artist Talk at the Farnsworth

On Wednesday, September 3, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture entitled Exploring Shaker Furniture. The talk, by Chris Becksvoort, will take place in the museum’s auditorium, at 2 p.m.

This illustrated lecture will cover the religious tenets behind the designs, design philosophy, joinery, impact on modern furniture, and the evolution of Shaker designs. Christian Becksvoort has over four decades of experience in forestry, wood technology, joinery and design. He has been doing restoration work at the lone remaining active Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake since 1976. His pieces are in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking magazine for over 20 years, and is the author of The Shaker Legacy (Taunton Press, 1998) and With the Grain: A Craftman’s Guide to Understanding Wood (Lost Art Press, 2013).

The fee for this program is $5 for members and $12 for nonmembers. No advance reservations will be taken. Tickets will be available at the main admission desk starting at 10 a.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for open seating.

Two Shows Featuring the Kennebec Land Trust Properties

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Lois Strickland painting view of Wilson Pond & Gott Pasture. Photograph by Jym St. Pierre

KLT’s 25th Anniversary Show

In partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), Kennebec Valley Art Association announces on an open call for art in celebration of KLT’s 25th anniversary in 2014. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by any of the Kennebec Land Trust properties that are open to the public. A complete list is available on the KLT website.

Email submissions are being accepted through September 1. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Kennebec Land Trust founder Jym St. Pierre and staff from the KLT and the Harlow Gallery.

The art exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from October 10 through November 1, with a public reception on Sunday, October 12th to coincide with the opening of the Howard Hill Project fundraiser exhibition across the street at Slates Restaurant. Artists interested in participating in the 25th Anniversary Show can visit harlowgallery.org.

Howard Hill Show

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In celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill in Augusta, 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill.

Art submissions will be accepted by email through September 1, and reviewed by a curatorial committee to include, among others, Norm Rodrigue, KLT Director and photographer and Harlow Gallery executive director Deborah Fahy.

The art exhibition will be on view October 12 – November 1, at Slates Restaurant at 167 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. The public reception on Sunday, October 12th will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. The 50% commission from art sales will benefit the Howard Hill project. Artists may choose to donate 100% to benefit the project.

For full details about submitting work please visit harlowgallery.org.

Wiscasset Art Walk Showcases Street Performance

The Village of Wiscasset becomes a performance venue with plein air painting, live sidewalk music, and street performance during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 28 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Artist Robert Noreika sets up his easel in front of Sylvan Gallery to capture the atmosphere and mood of our classic Maine village. Sidewalk artist Erik Minzner establishes his outdoor studio on Main St. to observe and paint the comings and goings of Wiscasset street life. Strolling minstrels Married with Chitlins delight visitors with their country, blues-y tunes, and Luminarium Dance Co., fresh from their 24-hour choreofest in Boston, brings street performance to the Village.

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According to Luminarium Dance Co. co-founder and choreographer Kimberleigh Holman, “the dancers really enjoy working in situ. We won’t be doing a dance performance; instead, we’re exploring unexpected ways to move on the sidewalk and interact with people. We’re preparing for the creative challenges of the doorways, porches, and small outdoor spaces throughout Wiscasset Village.”

While the beating heart of the Art Walk is the fine collection of artist-owned studios and galleries throughout the Village, guest artists and musicians enrich the cultural experience: Sarah’s Café hosts the acrylic works of Brunswick artist Ed McCarten. French & Co. at 55Main exhibits 28 new paintings by well known Maine artist Ralf Feyl. The artist will be there to welcome guests to his first mid-coast show, “RALF FEYL – New Paintings”. According to French & Co. co-owner Richard French, “We are very pleased to host Ralf’s first solo show, outside of Portland, in Maine. It is a knock-out.” Treats features paintings by Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell who will be on hand to talk with visitors. Illustrator Sean Closson inhabits the front window at Mac’s Place where he’ll gladly take requests for on-the-spot caricature portraits – become your favorite action hero! Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts displays the work of students and instructors in the window of 106 Main St. while jewelry maker William Paul’s tent invites strollers to come in and look. Paul learned traditional beading while growing up on a reservation and now works with Swarovski crystals.

Music in the galleries has become an intrinsic part of Wiscasset Art Walk. Jubilee, the duo of Doreen Conboy on cello and Ellen Koches on flute, will be playing classical, baroque, and contemporary music to enhance the experience of looking at art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Another duo, Jeff Grosser on accordion and four-string jazz banjo and Spike Hyssong on stand-up bass, transforms Mac’s Place into a jazz café for the evening. According to Grosser, his colleague Spike is “one of the foremost jazz acoustic stand-up bassists in Maine.” They will play traditional jazz, swing, and popular music. Grosser claims that “the banjo will be seen to perform music not normally associated with the instrument.” And classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo makes the most of the incredible acoustics in Sideli Fine Art with his masterful playing.

Wiscasset’s remarkable collection of unique shops and historical sites also plays an important part in the Art Walk. For shoppers, In the Clover is hosting a NEESH trunk show, “whimsical clothing for the “grown up girl,” featuring the line’s Fall 2014 collection. And not to be missed is wine tasting at Treats, another Wiscasset Art Walk tradition. The prominent Nickels-Sortwell House towers above the Village and is open for tours. Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets is open 24/7 for the historically-minded and curious.

Strolling maps are available at participating locations in the Village – look for the green and blue balloons – and highlight all the special events.

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. The last Art Walk of the season will be on September 25, from 5pm – 8pm. 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.