A special holiday art show offered online in conjunction with the Lucky Hill gallery in Castine, Maine begins today, Dec. 10. The show features over twenty recent paintings that reflect Dan’s renewed interest in urban subjects and nocturnes. These paintings can be viewed and purchased directly through the web site dangrazianofineart.com/collections/73819 via Pay Pal or by visiting Lucky Hill, 15 Main Street, Castine, Maine 207 326-1066. All paintings are framed and are available with free shipping within the continental U.S. This holiday show and sale ends December 31st.
Greenhut Galleries in Portland celebrates the season and their artists with a festive Holiday Group Show December 4 – 27, with an Artist reception Saturday, December 6th 1-3 pm. This exhibit showcases new work by over 40 Greenhut artists, including Mary Bourke, Colin Page, Grant Drumheller, Sandra Quinn, Nancy Morgan Barnes and David Driskell. Click here to view The Holiday Show.
One Lupine in Bangor is hosting its 12th Annual Open Studio, featuring jewelry artist Heather Perry on Saturday, December 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. All are invited to a preview of Heather Perry’s work the night before on Friday, December 5th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Come celebrate with us!
For over a decade, Heather Perry has run a successful business dedicated to the creation, production and sale of fine jewelry collections and custom jewelry design. Perry has recently completed her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine and is presently exploring the intersection between her practical experience in craft and expressive experience in art. More about Heather Perry and her work can be found at: http://www.heatherperryfinejewelry.com/
Friendship folk-and-fiber artist, Patience Sampson, will teach a one-day, 3-hour class on Friday, December 12, 9 am to noon, at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. Students will learn how to make stylish new felted woolen beads for jewelry, buttons, fobs, whatever! This versatile wet felting technique is easy to master, fun to learn. Share a new skill with kids, family and friends. For more info contact Charlotte Davenhill email@example.com
York, Maine: Despite the cold and the dark, a large crowd turned out the other evening at the Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery to preview the final exhibitions of the 2014 season. “A Change of Season” is the theme and includes the work of twenty regional artists, some of who have previously exhibited at the venue along with some new faces. Concurrently, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has a one-person exhibition in the dock level gallery.
Curator, Mary Harding explains that the “change of season” theme isn’t just about moving into the winter months, but about all of our “season” and how we adapt and embrace change and new things.
Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented through landscapes, still life, and figures enjoying various activities. A large garden view titled “Entering Path of Memories” by York artist Michael Walek, is blazing with floral colors reminding us of the peak of summer gardens. One can almost hear the sounds of splashing and play in Grant Drumheller’s large “Swimming Cove,” or the crack of a baseball bat in Louise Bourne’s “The Steal.” Portsmouth artist, Lisa Noonis has also captures the height of summer in her paintings that include views of York Harbor and Rye beaches.
Tom Curry has a number of fresh views of Maine islands, boats and harbors. More abstracted compositions by Richard Keen suggest hulls of ships cutting through the water. Brett X. Gamache’s “Fisherman Rowing” is another take on a familiar scene – a bright yellow dingy is rowed silently below the cliffs of a harbor.
A group theme exhibition is an opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery. Tom Driscoll from Wilmot, New Hampshire is exhibiting three collage and mixed media paintings. Portland artist Jenny Potter Scheu’s watercolor, Prismacolor and gouache on paper pieces bring more color and pattern to the show. York artist Martha Hesse is also exhibiting for the first time. Her “Hidden Tomato” and “Hawaii Orchid” are some of the first things one sees upon entering the gallery.
“This is a chockablock show! There is something for everyone to enjoy,” commented a recent visitor. Despite the number and variety of pieces, it is not overcrowded and there is an easy flow from one piece to the next. Other exhibiting artists are Todd Bezold, Arthur DiMambro, Ann Trainor Domingue, Kate Emlen, Rosalind Fedeli, Paul Heroux, Madeleine Hopkins, MaJo Kelleshian, Kathi Smith, and Susan Wahlrab.
“Intersections” is the title of Kathleen Galligan’s one-person exhibition. The artist is well known for her expansive landscapes in pastels and oils often with the perspective of from above. Drawing from both memory and being on location, her views are mostly void of man-made objects and focus on the purity and fragility of nature. The moods of these paintings vary from mysteriously foreboding to light-infused optimism. In addition to her landscapes, this exhibition presents recent explorations in themes and media, thus giving further insight to this committed artist.
Both exhibitions continue with regular hours through December 21 and then by chance and appointment during the winter months. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.
Debbie Casterlin a local artist from Brunswick will be showing the month of December at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the heart of downtown Brunswick in the Tontine Mall. A reception will be held on Saturday December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Patti at 373-1810 for more information.
The name of the show is going to be “Bare in the Botanicals” and the image is Deb smelling the plum blossoms, in June. Her perspective on artistic freedom, her love of natural beauty, and her appreciation of the botanical world reflect her desire to share her innermost values.
Debbie has spent her entire life creating art, capturing moments with a camera and on canvas. Recognized for her artistic talent at a young age she has been commissioned to create art for public institutions and private individuals.
Though she works in many mediums with an eclectic subject range, some of her best known works are acrylics done in a realistic style.
On Friday December 5th at 6:30 p.m. come meet the artists and see the works they have created. Twenty nine different local artists were selected to create small works on wooden panels provided by the Sohns Gallery. This has resulted in 83 diverse small pieces of original art. There will also be music by The Great Red Line.
And do not forget Plaid Friday this Friday. We offering 10% off to all customers in plaid!
The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock and Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Downtown Bangor.
“Winter Begins” by Paula Anastasio
In December, the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents a NEW fundraiser, “Holiday Hodgepodge”, a showcase of fine art and craft, including contemporary and vintage original art. Artwork can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day; 50% of any sold work will benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery while 50% will go to the artist.
The show will run December 3-13, 2014 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. the Harlow Gallery board of directors will host a Gala Preview & Presale event with a $10 entry fee per person, with refreshments and live music. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.
The Harlow Gallery recently announced an open call to artists, artisans and collectors to submit original work in any medium to Holiday Hodgepodge, there is no cost to participate. Interested artists can find out more at harlowgallery.org.
“The Path to Christmas” by Marieluise Hutchinson
Several striking new paintings have recently arrived at Bayview Gallery in Brunswick by Paul Stone, Helen Rundell, Marieluise Hutchinson, Barbara Applegate and our very own Director (and painter), Robert Colburn.
“Sunlight and Seamist” by Paul Stone
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Frolicking Fiber Fiesta is a colorful holiday show with a bounty of treasures for fiber art lovers, along with paintings to match their style. The arts and crafts on display range from high-end, fanciful wall hangings to cleverly repurposed feed bags – catering to any budget and perfect for that special gift.
recycled feed bags by Julia Ventresco
The show is a true feast for the senses: color, texture, playfulness and detail abound. The artist line-up includes local, award winning fiber artist and international exhibitor, Dianne Hire, better described as “quilter extraordinaire”; Leia Scotton, a successful young painter in MFT Gallery’s stable, now coming out as closet fiber artist; Nora Flanagan, quilted pillow queen from Belmont; Julia Ventresco, who has turned recycling into a fashion, with classy shoulder bags made from repurposed feed bags; Willy Reddick, with felted wooly animals too cute to resist; Karen Olson, jewelry maker gifted with a subtle touch; Karen Kulberg, with a fabric inspired series in encaustics; Jude Valentine, pastel artist and sublime silk painter; Sandra Covington, with do-it-yourself needlepoint canvases and Christmas ornaments; and Leslie Anderson and Jill Hoy, oil painters with a flair for color and movement. Finally, painters Christopher O’Connor and Sarah Wilde revisit MFT Gallery’s walls with one canvas each to round out the show.
quilts by Dianne Hire
Says Hire about her quiltmaking: “To stretch the rules and locate fresh boundaries is my desire. I am a colorist who intuitively responds to the joyful way colors intermingle. I require vibrancy to speak out but never shout – yet boldly sing. That song is interpreted in fiber, strings, strong design and intense vitality of color.”
Scotton’s fabric collages are pieced-together strands of history. Almost every component in each of her pieces is at least a decade old; some fifty years old, some much older. Scotton says: “Just holding them, I feel connected to the people who had them before me, and I try to keep that alive by giving these scraps and odds and ends new life in my artwork.”
detail from fiber collage by Leia Scotton
Frolicking Fiber Fiesta will be on display from November 21st through January 5th. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 – 4. In addition, the gallery will be open Friday December 5th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Saturday December 6th the gallery will be open from 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for Belfast’s Early Bird Sale (all items discounted!), and during the Art Walk and Tree Lighting later that evening, 5:30 – 8 p.m., the gallery will host a festive reception for all.
More information on MFT Gallery can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org or by contacting Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.
In conjunction with Rockland’s Festival of Lights the Farnsworth Art Museum will be presenting the ninth annual Share the Wonder holiday celebration.This year’s Share the Wonder traditional seasonal display at the Wyeth Center will once again include holiday art and artifacts built around a magnificent model train set. The unique model train installation in the Wyeth Center features two trains traveling through a terrain of familiar landmarks from the midcoast area. The handsome Lehmann LGB model train and accompanying scenery of Rockland and Camden was a gift from Charles and Julie Cawley in 2004. In addition to the one-day Share the Wonder Celebration, the Farnsworth will present programming throughout the month of December. All programs are free with museum admission unless noted.
- Tuesday, December 2, 3-4 p.m., Oceanside East Chorus, in the museum library
- Friday, December 5, 2-4 p.m., Tom Ulichny of Midcoast Music Academy, in the museum rotunda
- Sunday, December 7, 1-3 p.m., Penobscot Bay Ringers, in the museum library
- Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (pre-registration required)
- Sunday, December 14, 2-3 p.m., Suomalaiset Jouset, Finnish lap harp ensemble, in the museum library
- Sunday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Card Making at Fog with the [Collective]. Please note that this event will take place at the Fog Bar & Cafe, 328 Main Street in Rockland. No admission fee is required.
- Wednesday, December 17, Noon, Music @ Noon, in the museum library (Tickets available through Bay Chamber Concerts.)
- Thursday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Oceanside West Honors Choir, in the museum library.
- Tuesday, December 30, 1-3 p.m. Sruli and Lisa Family Klezmer Party, including traditional music and dance of Eastern Europe.
For more information on any of these events or programs, please contact the museum’s Special Events Manager Annie Brown at (207) 596-6457 ext.143. To register for the Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop please contact our Education Coordinator Kelly Finlay at email@example.com.
Dory Smith Graham of worthygoods has joined our Co-op!
Acorn Ornament Set by Dory Smith Graham
SevenArts Gallery couldn’t be more excited to welcome Dory to the gallery! Dory brings a whole new vibe and medium to the shop with her impeccably sewn wearables and goods!
Dory launched her business worthygoods in 2008. She is an arbiter of Maine style; imagining, designing, fabricating, and distributing her wearable accessories for adults and children. Dory’s market is far reaching through her wildly successful Etsy site and the many fairs and shows she does across Maine. Dory’s line initially began when she became curious in trying to re-create a favorite hat. Dory discovered that learning the garment’s construction allowed her “inner designer” room to play. Textiles and fiber satisfied a deep craving for color and texture, thus her creativity blossomed into what it is today. Inspiration is found in her family’s activities. Frequent excursions out and about in Maine, its weather and landscape, provide limitless inspiration. Since those first hats, worthygoods has expanded to include a variety of sustainably made accessories, including fabulous bow ties, cozy texting mitts, adorable acorn ornaments and more.
Stop by the gallery to meet Dory and her work! She will be in the gallery most Thursdays and some Saturdays. You can visit her online shop worthygoods. To contact Dory, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SevenArts Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-5. Located downtown Ellsworth, 192 Main Street, in the Maine Grind building, first floor. Call (207) 667-1968 for more information.
“Red and Yellow Poppies” by Jean Swan Gordon
We are pleased to announce that the family of the late Jean Swan Gordon has chosen Gleason Fine Art to represent the estate of the beloved East Boothbay artist. Gordon’s many admirers and collectors will be pleased to know that the artist’s estate contains a large number of the exquisitely drawn flower paintings that Gordon was so well known for creating. Please stop by Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor or check out the gallery’s website at gleasonfineart.com to view Gordon’s paintings. Contact the gallery at (207) 633-6849 or email us at email@example.com for further information.
On Friday evening, December 5th, Historic Downtown Gardiner will abound with creative energy and good cheer, as Artwalk Gardiner celebrates the culmination of its tenth season. Launched in 2005 by Artdogs™ studios and a small group of area artists, Artwalk Gardiner is comprised of a non-juried group of diverse artists who live and/or work within a twenty-mile radius of downtown Gardiner.
The mission of Artwalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, Artwalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of appreciative visitors to Water Street to enjoy many festive evenings of great art and good cheer.
The December Artwalk will feature the work of dozens of area artists, hosted by Artdogs studios, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Monkitree, Cre8ive Earth Gallery, SpinOff Studio, Ragamuffins, Johnson Hall, Mainiac Brewing, Healthy Smiles, Founding Farmer’s Community Market, the Co-Lab, and other venues along Water Street.
Participating artists will include Karen Adrienne, Joyce Acheson, Nancy Barron, Priscilla Blatzell, Lynn Braff, Robin Brooks, Ken Carlson, John Carnes, Matt Demers, Janet Favor, Arlene Kelley, Clair Koenig, Kala Ladenheim, Heather Marlow, Peggy Cope Mascher, Norma McDonough, Allison McKeen, Ellen Roberts, Tanya Russell, Marie Spaulding, Mary K. Spencer, Christine Sullivan, Robert Saunders, Diana Willette, Helen Wright, members of SpinOff Studio, students from UMA and the Gardiner Area Boys and Girls Club, and many others.
Hundreds of original artworks including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, fine art prints, jewelry, pottery, artist’s books, textiles, and other handcrafted items will be available for sale throughout the downtown. Kala Ladenheim and Robert Saunders will give demonstrations in their studio at the Co-Lab and members of Circling the Square Fine Art Press will offer printmaking demonstrations at Circling the Square Fine Art Press. Children’s activities, live seasonal music and free refreshments will round out the festivities, making this an event that the whole community can enjoy. For more information about Artwalk Gardiner, please contact Sarah Miller at (207) 712-9734, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook.
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
The Stable Gallery and friends are pleased to announce the opening of our Holiday Storefront called “The Stable on Front” located at 110 Front Street in Bath Maine. We will be open daily throughout the months of November and December and look forward to celebrating the season with you all.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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: email@example.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.