Farnsworth [Collective] 2015 BASH: Celebrating Color with Red Baraat

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Red Baraat

On Saturday, March 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 4th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Brooklyn, NY-based Baghra Funk band Red Baraat, which NPR recently called “the best party band in years.” The 2015 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland beginning at 8 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from the Hindu festival of Holi, the Farnsworth [Collective] once again brings together midcoast’s creative community, Farnsworth members and fun-seekers for their annual BASH. The [Collective] is a membership group consisting of diverse and dynamic individuals from the mid-coast that have come together to help attract a younger audience to the Farnsworth Art Museum through the presentation of intriguing programs and vibrant social events.

This year, the BASH will feature live music in the form of Red Baraat, an eight-piece brass band from Brooklyn, New York, of which the Village Voice recently said:

“Red Baraat have the locomotion of an army…they’re nonstop revelry for any light soul who can match their boundless energy, a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. The result, needless to say, is completely riotous. Their debut CD, Chaal Baby is an unstoppable blend of Bollywood hijacks and funk freakier than anything Madlib picked up on his trip to India.”

As in the first three [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by local artists. A dance floor, Indian-themed snacks and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit thecollectivebash.com. The 2015 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda, FMC, Samoset Resort, Strand Theatre and WERU. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.

Notable News from Bayview Gallery Artists

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is delighted to share the achievements of their artists.

Tom Hughes

“Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” by Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes painting “Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” appears on the pages of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. He says, “The current issue has a cover story on contemporary realist collectors, and one of them… chose one of my pictures to illustrate the portion of the article that is about him”. And why not? Tom is one of the very best realist painters working in the country today.

American Society of Marine Artists fellow, Loretta Krupinski, will also have a shot at a cover – her painting, “View from the Second Tower, Matinicus Rock Lighthouse, c. 1901,” was acquired by L.L. Bean for use on a future catalog!

Both Scott Moore and Barbara Applegate have the honor of having their paintings on display in Maine’s Capitol. Curated by the Maine Arts Commission, Applegate’s show Art in the Capitol is on view through March 2nd, while Moore’s paintings will be on display in the State House offices of Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

The U.S. Ambassador in Greece is enjoying Suzanne Harden’s painting “Approaching Cundy’s Harbor,” which is part of the Art in Embassies program there for the next few years.

"Approaching Cundy's Harbor" by Suzanne Harden

“Approaching Cundy’s Harbor” by Suzanne Harden

Marieluise Hutchinson took second place at the Cape Cod Art Association winter show with her painting, “Connections,” and she will be included in the upcoming book release Legendary Locals of Yarmouth (MA) by John A. Basile.

The Salmagundi Club in New York City has juried two paintings by Sergio Roffo into their Winter Landscape Show.

Another Salmagundi Club honoree is Gayle Levee whose gorgeous still life painting, “Raku,” was on exhibit there recently and will go on to be shown at the Hudson Valley Art Association. In addition her painting, “Summer’s Finale,” was accepted into the Plein Air Salon and her piece, “Sweet Water,” was awarded Best Water Painting by Plein Air Magazine.

Jerry Rose conducted a successful workshop on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine next to the Winslow Homer Studio and mentioned his upcoming workshop at The WoodenBoat School this summer in Brooklin, Maine July 26th to August 1.

If the L.L. Bean Spring Catalog hasn’t hit your mailbox yet, keep an eye out for Wendy Newcomb’s painting “Peaceful Journey” gracing its cover! Her bold colors and crisp handling draw your eye right to them.

Wendy Newcomb at Bayview Gallery

“Peaceful Journey” by Wendy Newcomb

 

 

PMA Hosts 21st Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition

PMA
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to welcome the annual Youth Art Month exhibition—which features student art from across the state of Maine—back to its galleries for the 21st year. Youth Art Month is on view February 28 through March 29, 2015 at the PMA.

Youth Art Month emphasizes Maine’s educational institutions and how they help mold the next generations of the state’s artists. The PMA and the Maine Art Education Association have collaborated on this exhibition for more than 20 years now, and this year’s edition once more promises more than 100 works of art by K-12 students from all over the state. While Youth Art Month provides significant encouragement to students and well-deserved recognition for educators, the exhibition is for more than just the participating students and their families and teachers. This is an exhibition for the entire community to discover the emerging voices of Maine’s youth and to recognize the immense value of arts education in our schools.Portland Museum of ArtNational Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Arteducation provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. The Youth Art Month exhibition celebrates and validates student achievement in the visual arts, and the Portland Museum of Art is proud to honor the talent and dedication of these young artists and their teachers. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980. (Image credit: Eowyn Michaels, Grade 4, Rainbow Kitty, marker, Canal School, Westbrook)

PechaKucha MDI Event Will Focus on Community

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The Abbe Museum, Breaking Even Communications, and Northeast Harbor Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Reel Pizza Cinerama. The event features a series of presentations focused on community, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, totaling a talking time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The goal is to bring prominent and up-and-coming creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha events are great,” said Nicole Ouellette, one of PKMDI’s organizers, and one of the speakers at the March event. “It’s kind of like picking up a magazine and reading an unexpected article you would never have read otherwise. Only with PKMDI, that unexpected but interesting information is coming as a presentation from someone you know in the community. There really is something for everyone at each event.”

Speakers include Joe Cistone of International Partners in Mission, Jena Young of Side Street Café, Jay Friedlander of College of the Atlantic, and Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander. In the PechaKucha format, each presenter is only allotted 20 slides, advanced automatically every 20 seconds. Presentations over the years have included everything from fishing, photography, farming, teaching, writing, videography, philosophy, cartography, coffee, hiking, firefighting, music, fashion, and favorite foods.

PKMDI is held three times a year at to be determined venues all over Mount Desert Island. For more details about the event, including the full line-up of speakers, please visit pkmdi.com and facebook.com/pkmdi. For information on how to be a participant, please contact heather@abbemuseum.org.

About PechaKucha
PechaKucha, literally translated as “chit chat” or “blah blah” in Japanese, was created by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since gone viral, and turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 250 cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide.

About the Abbe Museum
The mission of the Abbe Museum, now Maine’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps, and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. Admission is currently free thanks to Machias Savings Bank.

Waterville Main Street and Art Society present Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, and Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Lauren Lessing is the Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she directs community outreach and programming, links the museum’s collections and exhibitions to the curriculum at the college, and oversees American paintings and sculptures created before 1900.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception takes place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The public is invited to attend. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long.

Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. –- 4p.m.

For more information or to register as an artist, go to watervillemainstreet.org

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

BIG INK Large Woodcut Printing Sessions in Portland

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BIG INK has partnered with Pickwick Independent Press, located at 536 Congress St in Portland, ME, for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions Friday and Saturday June 5th – 6th, 2015. We will be utilizing Pickwick’s massive 48” x 96” etching press. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, online at lyellcastonguay.com/big-ink/apply. (Deadline: Mar. 23rd) If accepted, artists have two months to carve their image into a piece of plywood. Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, remains in contact with the artists to provide guidance and technical support when needed. Twelve artists will be chosen and six will print each day. Artists may also work collaboratively, simply list both of names on the application. Previous printmaking experience is helpful but not required.

Call for Artists and Art Teachers: 2015 Monhegan Residencies

Monhegan Artists' Residency

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Monhegan Artists’ Residency. The submission guidelines have been significantly changed recently to be more inclusive. The program now accepts applications from visual artists working in any medium at any stage of their career. All artists, who reside in Maine or have significant ties to the state, are eligible to apply. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for artists, the program offers one two-week residency for a Maine K–12 art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Fisher Foundation, and the Underhill Foundation, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the board of directors.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. The 2015 residencies for artists run May 30 – July 3 and September 5 – October 9. The Maine art teacher residency runs July 7 – 17 to accommodate the school year schedule.

The application deadline for all residencies is March 15, 2015. 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 1 of the jury’s decision. This year’s jurors will be Bruce Brown, collector and former curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Lauren Fensterstock, artist; and Laurie Perzley, Fine Art Director and Curator at Thos. Moser Gallery and MARC Board Member. “We are very excited about the prestigious line-up of jurors this year,” Susan Danly said.

An important goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for a transformative experience to dedicated artists at all stages of their career. Beyond a connection to the state of Maine, quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. Previous recipients include Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Cynthia Davis, Nicole Duennebier, Alina Gallo, Joe Kievitt, John Knight, Sarah Knock, Martha Miller, Robert Pollien, Marguerite Robichaux, Lynn Travis, and David Vickery.

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.

Mount Desert Island Open call for artists

Shaw “Sargent Drive” by Heather Thayer

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites local artists to participate in the fifteenth annual exhibition of The MDI OPEN, an exhibition of local creative talent. The MDI OPEN is a celebration of artists who live, work or have associations on Mount Desert Island. It is open to all, including seasoned professionals, amateurs, students, and anyone who wants to show their work in a gallery setting. You may show paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, crafts or mixed media; as long as it is something you are proud of.

This year we are suggesting an optional theme, which is: “Moods of Somes Sound.” We hope you will consider using the various aspects on one of our island’s most majestic and powerful features as a point of departure. We will hang these works in the most prominent gallery location where the group of related images will tell a familiar story. It is not mandatory that you follow this theme, but I hope many of you will find the theme a welcomed challenge. Any aspect of the Sound will be appropriate; details, long views, mountains, ocean, imaginative, your choice.

There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that you are proud of and willing to share with your community; and second, you must have an MDI affiliation. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. The space is limited and always fill fast.

Last year’s Mount Desert Open was an overwhelming success. It included 55 artists working from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 21, 2015 and run through June 10th. Any resident of MDI, or anyone having a MDI affiliation is welcomed to exhibit. There is no jury process, but your work must be matted, framed and ready to hang, or presented in a professional manner. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at info@shawjewelry.com for information.

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

“Heartzilla” by Dillon Harvey, 2nd grade, mixed media

Miller School and Tidemark Gallery have formed a partnership that’s been growing since it began three years ago. This year, on Thursday, February 12, from 4 to 6pm, Tidemark will open its doors to the whole community for the third-annual February art show by the students of Miller School. The theme of the show is “Young Hearts.” Because it’s that Valentine’s Day time of year.

Students, kindergarten through grade six, do the work, learning about the “business” of creating and marketing something that is uniquely their own. Months ago, in preparation for this event, Miller’s art teacher, Laura Freeman, invited Eva Wagner, museum educator at the University of Maine Museum of Art to visit and to teach sixth graders how to choose and hang an art show and fifth graders how to write a show statement. Tidemark Gallery owner, Charlotte Davenhill, joined the class.

“It’s not hard to see how important this awareness and these skills are for every person growing up today,” said Davenhill, “Few of us will become rich and famous artists, but the ways the making of art teach us to observe, to organize our ideas and to value our colleagues and ourselves through putting our best work forward have got to be the ways to a better future.”

Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization lends its enthusiastic support in many ways, including wicked good refreshments at the opening.

The snow date for “Young Hearts” is Friday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at the CWG

Cynthia Winings Gallery

Cynthia Winings Gallery warmly invites all to our party in Blue Hill on Saturday, February 7th (5:30 – 8 p.m.) – the gallery will be filled with beauty, enough to warm your heart! The first floor of the gallery will have paintings by Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters and Carol Pelletier, and for the first time, jewelry by Devta Doolan and photography by Heather Lyon.

Gallery hours: Saturday, February 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 11 – 4 p.m. Shop locally and discover a lovely St. Valentine’s Day gift for your Loved One. xoxoxo

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or (917) 204-4001.

Maine’s first-ever CSA-style Pop-up Party

Pop-up party as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested CSArt Maine, the state’s first community-supported art share program, will host a free pop-up party on Sat., Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Shareholders will collect their first shares, while non-shareholders can chat with participating artists and hear plans for upcoming seasons. The event ends at 5:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Free.

CSArt Maine

A trip to the PMA in 2015 is a resolution you can keep

Portland Museum of Art
If you’ve visited the PMA recently, you know how exceptional the past year has been at the museum. From once-in-a-generation exhibitions like Richard Estes’ Realism and Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection to our newest can’t miss series, #ThirdThursPMA—the PMA has never been better. If you haven’t had a chance to swing by, don’t worry—2015 is going to be our best year yet. That’s because it features everything you love about the PMA with plenty of surprises along the way. From much anticipated gallery rotations of our collection and spectacular special exhibitions to award-winning films at PMA Movies and the joy of #ThirdThursPMA, 2015 is going to be a year to remember. P.S. Stay in the loop through our website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts, podcasts, videos, and of course the monthly e-newsletter. With so much to look forward to, we don’t want you to miss a thing.

Portland Museum of Art

On view now: The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America captures these initial moments of a country looking to define itself and provide an ethos for its people. The artworks, largely painted between 1750 and 1904, cover a wide swath of America’s adolescence, are significant in that they themselves helped create the American Dream. The exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Open Call for Photography at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts, as part of the statewide Maine Photo Project, has dedicated its annual Open Call Show to the photographic image. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit work based on the theme of “The Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice.” All participants in this unjuried exhibit may submit one photograph, either digitally or dark room printed which illustrates the theme; the work must be original work (no reproductions or collages, please). Photographs must be matted and framed and ready to hang or will not be included. There is no size limitation but if the size exceeds the ability to be framed please contact the office at Waterfall Arts for further discussion. All work that is suitably matted and framed will be included; no clips or magnets, please. Work may be for sale, or not; Waterfall Arts retains a 40% commission for work sold. Drop off hours are Tuesday through Friday, March 24 through 27th from 10 to 5. The exhibit opens April 3rd with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through May 15th.

Waterfall Arts

Farnsworth presents “3D: Contemporary Works”

Farnsworth Art Museum

“Zero” by John Bisbee

Now through September 27, 2015, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting an exhibition of sculptural works entitled 3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth. The show, curated by Farnsworth Associate Curator Jane Bianco, will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Sculpture of many forms creates spatial magic on a macro and human scale as visitors weave their way among the three-dimensional mix of work on view in the Crosman Gallery. Ranging from wall-mounted pieces in low relief to mixed media floor installations and from hard-edged to organic structures laden with metaphor, most of the works on view were made over the past four decades and given to the Farnsworth by their makers or by generous collectors. The sculpture is as varied in form and format as the Thrones from Louise Nevelson’s stage set for Gluck’s “Orfeo and Euridice,” performed by the Opera Theater of St. Louis thirty years ago, the wire-wrapped stone geographies of Celeste Roberge, or John Newman’s intricate construction, “Fuchsia Unfurls in a Gilded Cage.” Pieces in low relief include Leonard Baskin‘s classically rendered bronze Owl, embodying the noble as well as the killing instinct, and his “Dentate Flower” which suggests all the delicacy and horror of skeletal remains. Some works, while immobile, evoke an illusion of movement in space: in particular, several spherical forms such as John Bisbee’s “Zero,” act as metaphor for completion, containment, cycle, or infinite dance. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design. The exhibition was funded in part through a grant provided by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

During the winter, the Farnsworth Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information regarding exhibitions, programs and admission prices is available on their website at farnsworthmuseum.org or by calling (207) 596-6457.

Artist Spotlight: Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

 “I particularly like sparseness. I like looking at something and figuring out how little I can use, within reason. How little can I use to make the thing understandable?” Charles Movalli

Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

“A View to Port Clyde” by Charles Movalli

In a recent interview I conducted with Gloucester, Massachusetts artist Charles Movalli, he spoke about his process and approach to painting. I always find it instructive to listen to artists talk about their own work. As a painter myself, I know that what an artist is thinking and feeling about a painting in progress can be quite different from the end result that goes on a gallery wall. With Movalli, whose paintings are made with an expressionist bravura that often tends to omit details in favor of texture and gesture, it really helped open up his paintings for me in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. To illustrate, I have selected several examples of Charlie’s paintings with some quotes from him and a few words of mine. I hope you find them interesting and useful.

Robert Colburn, Director Bayview Gallery

To view more of Charles Movalli’s paintings, visit Bayview Gallery in Brunswick or bayviewgallery.com.

Maine Artist to Receive International Award

Anne Heywood

Waldoboro artist Anne Heywood recently announced that she will be awarded the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Eminent Pastelist designation at their Eleventh Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico this June. Founded in 1994, IAPS represents pastel societies worldwide united in the common cause of demonstrating the validity and quality of pastel fine art. Heywood is an American realist known for her modern and traditional landscapes, still lifes, and pet portraiture. She is author/illustrator of the book Pastels Made Easy, holds signature membership with the Pastel Society of America, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women. Heywood paints in her studios in Waldoboro, Maine and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and offers workshops and demonstrations. She is represented in Maine by the Heywood Gallery, Waldoboro and Gifts at 136, Damariscotta.

“Black, White and Tones of Grey” Opening at River Arts

Square Circle no. 1 by Cynthis Smith

“Square Circle No.1″ by Cynthia Smith

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Black, White and Tones of Grey” Exhibition on Friday, January 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. The show includes 100 artworks by artists, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until February 19. Visitors can also view the continuing exhibition in the West Galley featuring the the work of the Midcoast Printmakers of Damariscotta.

The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham. Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. She has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

A sample of the works and more information is available at riverartsme.org.

Come Bid at the Harlow Gallery’s Annual Silent Auction!

Harlow-Gallery-Silent-Auction

The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auction returns February 11 – 14, offering sweet deals on original art donated by local artists and art collectors. You’ll find paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts, artifacts; art by Maine artists, vintage and antique art — art collectors LOVE this event!

Proceeds support exhibitions and programs at the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Your donation of art may be tax deductible according to current tax law. Artists and collectors interested in making a donation of art, please follow this link!

  • Wednesday, February 11 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14 – open for bids noon to 4 p.m. (bidding ends 4 SHARP!)
  • Happy Hour for the Harlow at The Maine House 4 – 5 p.m.!

Bidding ends Saturday, February 14th at 4 p.m. sharp. While gallery staff and volunteers process auction winners, bidders are invited to The Maine House, at 119 Water Street Street for Happy Hour for the Harlow from 4 – 5 p.m., with complimentary hostess platter and cash bar featuring craft cocktails, Maine brewed draft beer. The Maine House also offers tapas-style small plates and are accepting reservations for a special Valentine’s Day meal, with the first seating at 6pm following our event. The Harlow Gallery will reopen as of 5 – 6:30 p.m. for winning bidders to collect and pay for their art. Winning bidders may collect and pay for their art on Monday, February 16 from 12 – 6 p.m.

Call for Artists at Johnson Hall in Gardiner

Johson Hall Performing Arts Center

The Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall invite Maine artists to submit work for an art exhibition opening Friday, April 10, 2015 at Johnson Hall. The art exhibition will be on view at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner from April 10 through May 22, 2015, and sales proceeds will support two cornerstones of the arts in central Maine: Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery.

Email submissions are being accepted through March 1st and will be reviewed by curatorial committee comprised of staff and volunteers from both organizations. Artists interested in submitting work should visit the Harlow Gallery online for complete instructions at harlowgallery.org/open-call-for-johnson-hall.

Johnson Hall located in Gardiner, Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The first floor has been recently renovated into an accessible 117-seat performance space, where Johnson Hall presents arts programs for all ages, all year round live professional music, theater and dance performances; theater and art camps for children; and workshops and classes for children and adults. The theater also collaborates with other community organizations to bring arts and theater programs to children and to present a summer festival, outdoor concerts and movies; and provides space for community classes, groups, rehearsals, and meetings. Johnson Hall’s upper floors await restoration, and the community is engaged in a planning process to return the Hall to its full glory—a 360-seat theater and conference center, which will provide cultural enrichment and boost the regional economy.

2015 Chocolate Church Arts Center Membership Show

Members of the Chocolate Church Arts Center will feature their artistic work in the art gallery located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. The show begins with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Traditionally this exhibit is curated among members who submit their work created through different mediums from woodwork to clay to acrylic and oil paintings. This art show was organized to coincide with the preparation and performance of the Hot Chocolate Jubilee VII that is the premier talent and variety show in March 26-29. These shows highlight the level of talent and creativity among individuals involved with and supporting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

The 2015 CCAC Membership Show will be displayed February 14 – April 3, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 28, March 7, 21. Details available chocolatechurcharts.org or (207) 442-8455.