Gallery Assistant Internships 2016 w/Artist + Master Printmaker, Don Gorvett

WagnerWoodcut by Don Gorvett, a long time enthusiast of Wagner’s music

Piscataqua Fine Arts is currently accepting applications for (2) internships to work alongside celebrated Master Printmaker Don Gorvett in his Studio and Fine Art Gallery. This internship will prove an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to understand color woodcut printing techniques as well as Art Management practices for the visual arts. The Gallery and Studio are located in downtown historic Portsmouth, NH.

Gallery Assistant: In addition to assisting in the studio, duties include work in the retail gallery and office. Opening or closing the gallery, maintaining an appealing environment, general cleaning, talking with potential buyers about the woodcut process, and assist with workshops, exhibitions, community events, marketing and customer outreach.

Commitment: The right candidate must be able to commit an average of 25 hours a week. The right candidate may not be the one with the most experience but the one with initiative, dependability, strong communications skills and the ability and willingness to learn. A professional and neat appearance is necessary for all representing PFA.

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This is an unpaid internship. An internship is an extension of one educational experience and can make arrangements for academic credit through own college or university. This internship seeks to provide personal development and practical experience in understanding the woodcut printing method, management concepts for running a fine art gallery as well as preparing one for a career in the fine arts.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 2 references to Attn. Vivienne Gale. Piscataqua Fine Arts Gallery & Studio, 123 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 03801

Art Matters talk “and how about NATURE” on April 3

Art Matters“Pink Power” by Judith Felch. The artist will be part of Art Matters on April 3.

On Sunday, April 3, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., the Deer Isle Artists Association will once again open its doors and invite the public to another stimulating session of ART matters. The theme of this month’s discussion will be “and how about NATURE,” and will feature local artists Judith Felch, Deborah Lothrop, Robert Starkey, and Paul Trowbridge.

The popular series has continued to draw attendees from both on and off the island. Audiences have welcomed the opportunities to see and hear artists reflect upon their work and have enjoyed interacting with them around each session’s stated theme. Like others in the Art matters series, this group of artists will be familiar to many from around the area.

Judith Felch’s inspiration for her graphite pencil drawings is enriched and fulfilled by consistently exploring the depth of wonder that is ever present when working on location. She notes that ‘nature suggests’ and the ‘artist engages.’

Deborah Lothrop is interested in the enduring activities of light and darkness and their earthly expression as color.  She draws from the outer world to exercise her perceptions and draftsmanship.  Then, she paints from her inner world.

Robert Starkey’s paintings are actually built up gestural layers of paint, mostly completed by the use of a palette knife.  Although initially inspired by a landscape setting, his paintings become less site specific as they are developed.  Therefore, they synthesize into evolving compositions that are built by the action of painting.

Paul Trowbridge’s paintings are attempts at capturing the emotions of what he observes in nature as well as the inherent design therein.  At the same time, he utilizes watercolors in a manner that exhibits their paint qualities in a simple, fresh and direct way.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. No RSVP is required, and attendees are invited to show up with friends. For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Chance meeting near Fairy Beach, ME brings Pinhole Photographers Together

NewThe Tulsa Artists’ Coalition in OK is pleased to present “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue with Amy Rockett-Todd and Antonia Small” from April 1 through April 30, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet both artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, April 30.  The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the M. B. Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.

A chance meeting in the woods near Fairy Beach in Maine brought these two pinhole photographers together. As they describe it, “…we found ourselves stepping into a visual dialogue that would span almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. We began this project in April 2013 on Worldwide Pinhole Day, shooting images specific to each one’s own artistic vision as well as reflecting the contrast between the flatlands of Oklahoma and the rugged coast of Maine. Each image includes a back story which is a personal account of the experiences of discovery and image capture which are included in the self-published book on the Baker’s Dozen Project.” This exhibit will be up during Worldwide National Pinhole Day April 24th.

Amy Rockett-Todd, a native of North Carolina, has been living and working as a designer, studio art and photographer in the flatlands of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current art explores the relationships between the hand and technology through alternative photographic processes and traditional black and white film photography.

Antonia Small is a stage performer turned photographer who has lived in Paris and New York, but now calls the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine home. She holds a B.A. from Vermont College, certificates from the SALT Center for Documentary Studies and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Influenced by her theater and dance performance training, Toni likens the frame of her twin-lens to a proscenium arch. She is equally interested by the mystery of a ten-minute performance exposure in front of her pinhole camera, or the “happening” of submerging her camera underwater.

Spring Classes + Workshops at Waterfall Arts

thumbnail_Printmaking Class with Susan SmithA printmaking class with Susan Smith at Waterfall Arts
Spring art classes and workshops at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast, are on the schedule for March and April. Offerings include Malt and Monotype, Saturday Life Drawing, Paint Your Own Pottery – Easter Edition, Hand Painted Photographs, Alabaster Stone Carving, April School Vacation Art Camp, and Wonders of Clay Spring.
Malt and Monotype will be hosted by printmakers Jeff Jelenfy and April White on Friday, March 18th from 7 to 9 PM. Like the popular Draft and Draw event, this fun night features monoprint making, fine spirits and good company in the printmaking studio. 21 plus please.
On Saturday, March 19th Becky Brimley will lead another round of Paint Your Own Pottery for all ages, this time focusing on spring colors and Easter themes. Mugs, tiles, boxes and more are ready for painting and the work will be fired and ready before Easter. The cost has been reduced to $18 per person, only those painting need to pay.On Saturday, March 26nd, well known photographer Liv Kristin Robinson will share hand coloring techniques used to enhance black and white photographs. Bring some old black and white photos printed on matte, fiber-based paper or contact Waterfall Arts to arrange to have suitable prints made from negatives.

Sculptor Anne Alexander offers a three day workshop in the art of Alabaster Stone Carving on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 to 17th. The group will meet for 3 hours on Friday evening, 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling.
Bridget Matros leads a Spring School Vacation Art Camp Monday through Friday, April 18 to 22nd for 8 to 12 year olds. This will be a weeklong explosion of color with big, goofy puppets, bold and powerful paintings, a rainbow of stitches and beads, and those Manga/character drawings will be brought to life!
Linda Stec conducts Wonders of Clay Spring Edition for ages 6 to 18 on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 beginning April 27 and ending June 1st.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vivian Beer wins HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge

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One of the Gallery at Somes Sound’s finest furniture makers/designers, Vivian Beer,
won  the design challenge on the ever popular HGTV’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Ellen’s Design Challenge”. Beer has blown the doors wide open in the world of fine arts with her fearless combinations of industrial materials including steel, concrete and autobody paint in her furniture design.
Beer tiptoes through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one, deftly counterbalancing a strong knowledge of contemporary furniture design
with the history of industry and architecture. Beer’s collections include the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, MFA Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum, public art for Portland ME and Cambridge MA.
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She is a graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was a resident artist at SUNY Purchase, SDSU and Penland School in NC.
The Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street in Mt. Desert. Visit the gallery website at http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/

Harlow Gallery welcomes Cassie Bouton, new gallery manager

ManagerCassie Bouton, new gallery manager

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to welcome Cassie Bouton as the new gallery manager. Cassie will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of monthly exhibitions, programs and services of the Gallery, and volunteer coordination in relationship to programming.

“After spending a decade or so developing as an artist in Portland, I am so happy to be back in the community I grew up in,” said Bouton. “What a pleasure to be joining the staff of the Harlow Gallery as gallery manager.  I am looking forward to learning from and engaging with such a talented and creative community.  I see this as an opportunity to grow as an artist, but also to combine my professional experience in the non-profit world.  I look forward to getting to know the artists and patrons of the Harlow and seeing some familiar faces.”

Bouton will be taking over this position from Aleana Chaplin, who recently resigned but will continue to work as membership coordinator for the next three months. Harlow Gallery was incredibly fortunate to have had Aleana’s enthusiasm and commitment, which undoubtedly helped us become “The Best Gallery in Maine” (as determined by DownEast Magazine readers in 2015.) The Harlow would like to thank Aleana again for both her past work and also for continuing to manage memberships while we make this staffing transition.

Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Visit the gallery’s website at http://harlowgallery.org/

“Home Grown” exhibit at MFT Gallery

MFT-PostcardFrom April 4 through May 30, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine.

On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”

The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.

Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.

Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.

Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”

Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”

The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

 

 

Pemaquid Group of Artists announces Call for Artists

Pemaquid GalleryThe Pemaquid Group of Artists is announcing a Call for Artists for the 2016 season to exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park.  Interested applicants will be asked to fill out a short application form and to submit three framed pieces of work accompanied by a short bio.
The jurying will take place on Saturday April 23rd in the morning.  If you are interested,  and reside in any of these areas, Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, New Harbor, Bremen or Newcastle, please call the Board President Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974 for further details and information. All media are welcome.
Opening for the season is scheduled for June 6th with a  public reception held the evening before at the Gallery.

Call For Artists: Art2016, 21st Annual Juried Show

thumbnail_ARTArt2015 Opening Reception, photo by Allison McKeen

The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists to submit artwork to Art2016,  the 21st annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Art2016 will be on view May 13 through June 18, 2016 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 5-8 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Art2016 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.
This year’s juror is Bruce Brown, a true leader in Maine’s art world. Portland native and resident Bruce Brown served as curator at the Center of Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for twenty years beginning in 1987.  He curated more than 200 exhibitions promoting Maine visual artists before retiring as curator emeritus in December, 2006 to become an independent curator. In February, 2013 he became a partner of Portland’s PhoPa Gallery in Portland  specializing in Maine photographs and works on paper with photographer Jon Edwards and the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport where he has been on the Advisory Committee since 2006.  Read more about Bruce Brown here: http://harlowgallery.org/programs/annual-juried-show/juror/

 

The deadline for electronic submissions is 11pm on April 1, 2016. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years.

Jurors confirmed for Spring Exhibition 2016

assymAsymmetrick Arts and Black Hole in Rockland are pleased to confirm Lorraine DeLaney (Colby Musuem of Art), Kelly Finlay (Farnsworth Art Museum) and Daniel Kany (freelance writer and critic, Portland Press Herald) as the jury for the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open submission art show to be held in Rockland, Maine, opening 6 May, 2016.
The show’s curatorial team will be led by Robert Colburn who will design and co-ordinate the installation of work in the two galleries on Main Street in Rockland. Colburn served as a juror for last year’s Spring Exhibition 2015.
Work was selected from submissions in all media and subjects and the closing date for entries was extended to 25 March 2016.
For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Asymmetrick Arts at 207-594-2020 or Black Hole at 207-400-2957

Poets + Fools Bash at Waterfall Arts April 1

thumbnail_Bridget Matros performing 2015Bridget Matros performing in 2015
Poets and Fools, Waterfall Arts’ legendary annual costume bash is back, with a new line-up of eccentricities and entertainment. On Friday, April 1 in Belfast, from 6 to 10 p.m., revelers of all ages can expect dancing, goofing, parading, eating, drinking, playing, daring, and winning prizes.The night kicks off with a celebratory invocation by poet Ariel Bywater Greenberg, followed by a Belfastian “Tonight Show” hosted by Waterfall Arts’ own Bridget Matros, featuring ridiculous games with local mystery celebs. The incomparable Acetones will provide background music and sound effects.
Costumes will be judged, raffles drawn, and mad poetry dispensed before the live music coalesces into a dizzying dance party with Bangor’s high energy band Chamberlain to end the night on a high note.  Expect roving phrenologists (head scientists to you), a poetry booth and yes, the tattoo parlor is back.Affordable admission at the door; free to those seven and under, $5 for ages eight to fifteen, everyone else $10, allows party goers to spread their loot at this fundraiser for inexpensive munchies and drinks, raffle tickets for the Hellfast Special Bucket o’ Booze and the Goodie Goodie Goodies Specialty Food Basket, and don’t forget those tattoos! Raffle tickets are available at the Waterfall Arts office, through Waterfall Arts board members and at the event.
thumbnail_Poet or Fool CostumePoet or fool from previous year
This year’s Poets and Fools is sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD, KoT Contemporary Functional Craft in Ellsworth, the Belfast Coop and yearlong sponsor, Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts encourages patronage of these generous, community-minded businesses.
Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfall arts.org, stop by or call 207-338-2222.

Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 BASH: April Fools Circus featuring Just a Band

Just a BandJust a Band will perform at Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 Bash

On Friday, April 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 5th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Nairobi, Kenya group Just a Band: “Africa’s nerdiest hip-hop art collective.” Just a Band is known for Gorillaz-like immersive performances, creative sampling, video and wit.

The 2016 [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.

This year’s BASH will be a circus-themed, sensory-overload event featuring performances by Haus Paradigm, a dance group that brings a unique flair to belly dancing in their own unique approach, the Band of Weirdos—an odd group of performing carnival creatures, and Simple Circus out of Portland, Maine. Live music for the 2016 BASH will be provided in the form of Just a Band, of Nairobi, Kenya, a group formed while their members were studying at the Kenyatta University.

Launched in 2008 with their debut album Scratch to Reveal, Just a Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco group whose music explores various directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica. Though their debut album was relatively successful, two years later they released their second single ‘Ha-He’ accompanied by a music video featuring a character known as Makmende.

The video was described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items, referencing elements from virtual bands like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns.

As in the first four [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by many local artists, including MidCoLab, Margaret Rizzio, Annie Bailey, Orlando Johnson, Alexis Iammarino, Scott Sell, Chris Gamage, Jared Cowan, Alexandra Gillian Martin, and multiple Youth Arts Participants.

A dance floor, carnival-game art installations 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 www.thecollectivebash.com.

The 2016 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in Dr. S. Keith Collins and Mary Baldwin Collins, EBS Building Supply, Ingrid Ellison, Jon and Briar Fishman, Lowes Home Improvement, Maine Beer Company. John K. Hanson Jr. and Mary R. Saltonstall, Samoset Resort, SequelCare of Maine, The Strand Theatre, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Viking Lumber, and Youth Arts of Camden. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.

Remembering Charles Movalli: His Life + Work

Fred and Ginger“Fred and Ginger” by Charles Movalli (1945-2016)

“It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you we have lost our beloved colleague and master painter, Charles Movalli,” said Susan of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick. “Charlie battled multiple myeloma for 16 years. Despite many clinical trials and experimental therapies, the cancer claimed his life last week. He was 70 years old.”

Charles had an extraordinary life.  With his wife, Dale Ratcliff, he lived in his childhood home in Gloucester, MA, where he and Dale maintained their studios.  Despite an early interest in art, Movalli earned a Ph.D in English, edited three books on the life and work of his mentor, Emile Gruppe, and wrote numerous journal articles forAmerican Artist as well as other publications.

“Always generous with his time and eager to share his knowledge, Charles hosted Robert Colburn (our former Gallery Director) and me at his studio,” continued Susan at Bayview Gallery. “Robert interviewed Movalli for a piece we published in Constant Contact last year.  The most fitting tribute I can offer Charles is to share with you the highlights from Robert’s comments following his interview with this 21st Century Master.”

Some of the paintings Robert used in discussing Movalli’s insights and techniques have been sold.  But, clicking on any of the photos will display all of Movalli’s available work on the Bayview Gallery website.

Robert Colburn writes: “Charles Movalli had what I consider the most essential quality of a true artist – an insatiable curiosity for life and the world around him. It was this quality that drove him to constantly be questioning his own work, constantly be analyzing the work of other artists and generously sharing his time and experiences with artists of every skill level.

Charlie was modest to a fault, always interested in learning from others as much as he was teaching them, and always striving to dispel the “mystery” of art making, giving access to all who were interested in trying their hand at it.

When Susan and I visited the Movallis in Gloucester, Charlie and I spent four hours talking about art — his art, my art, and art in general.

At first blush, Charlie’s paintings can seem a bit intimidating. Our conversation really helped open up his paintings for me in ways that I hadn’t thought of before.  Most importantly, I came to understand that the lively brushwork and luscious surfaces on his canvases were made possible by careful consideration of essential elements of composition.

Charlie wasn’t a slave to rules or formula, but he believed in structure, almost as if, in every painting, he built a stage for the paint to sing and dance on.”

Shalece Fiack 100 paintings in 100 days at Sohns Gallery

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The Sohns gallery in Bangor is hosting an opening reception for Shalece Fiack on Wednesday March 2nd from 5:30 to 6:30 in the back room gallery. The show runs from February 29th to March 14th.

Shalece Fiack challenged herself to paint 100 paintings in 100 days. She began on Oct. 21 and achieved her goal on Jan. 29, but for the stay-at-home mom living in Orono, art only recently came back into focus. A great article about her work can be found here: https://bangordailynews.com/2016/02/17/homestead/let-go-of-the-fear-and-just-create-orono-artist-paints-100-paintings-in-100-days/?ref=mostReadBoxLiving

Life Drawing Sessions with Bruce Bulger at DIAA

Bulger_nude_for_webLife drawing by Bruce Bulger

Deer Isle Artist Bruce Bulger will offer Life Drawing sessions at Deer Isle Artists Association that allow for the least amount of drawing intimidation, making marks consistent with the volume and position of the model. Classes run March 9 through April 13.

Bulger has been drawing the human figure for fifty years. Paper and drawing materials will be provided. If you have materials you would like to work with, bring them along plus a small journal. Participants will use many mediums including graphite, ink and watercolor. Minimum of five participants.

Classes take place Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $150 (includes model fees). DIAA is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information or to sign up, call 207-359-6596

Trowbridge Offers 2nd in Series of Winter Workshops at DIAA

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Local artist Paul Trowbridge will offer the second in his series of Winter Art Workshops at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery on Main Street in Deer Isle Village beginning on February 27 and running through March 26th. It is not necessary to have taken part in the first workshop to partake in the second; all are invited warmly invited to join in. Those students who were involved in the first session are, likewise, encouraged to continue with the second.

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

The workshop is five weeks long and meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for the five-week session is $100 and should be paid at the first class. Participants should bring materials to class that they are comfortable in using to make artistic images.

For more information or to sign up, please email cbsimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds at 207-359-6596.

PMA Films: New Cinematic Program at Portland Museum of Art

mustang movieThe movie “Mustang,” plays March 3 & 6 as part of PMA Films

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) announced a new cinematic program at the museum, PMA Films, on February 12. As part of “Your Museum, Reimagined,”, the PMA’s multiyear project based on improved access and experiences with the museum’s collection, PMA Films allows for closer connections between the cinematic arts and the PMA’s exhibitions and events.

PMA Films is programmed by SPACE Gallery Co-Founder and Screenings Programmer Jon Courtney. The collaboration between Courtney, SPACE Gallery, and the PMA supports the secondary goals of Your Museum, Reimagined: to create meaningful relationships between the museum and its community, and connect the arts to everyday life.

The decision to shift to PMA Films from an earlier iteration, PMA Movies, underscores the museum’s commitment to creating new opportunities in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. From screenings inspired by PMA exhibitions to new work by local and emerging talent to conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars, PMA Films offers cinematic experiences that you can’t find anywhere else.

Embrace the Serpent“Embrace the Serpent” will be shown on March 11 & 12

Upcoming highlights of PMA Films include Academy Award nominees “Mustang” and “Embrace of the Serpent,” art-world star Matthew Barney’s opus “River of Fundament,” and the widely hailed absurdist comedy,, “The Lobster.” The special events and collaborations continue with “Very Semi-Serious,” hosted by New Yorker cartoonists Bob Mankoff and Emily Flake, and “Noma: My Perfect Storm,” co-presented with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and hosted by Vinland’s David Levi, who was a stagiaire at Noma.

The PMA is also collaborating with Aurora Provisions to offer artisanal and locally sourced food as well as refreshments—including craft beer and wine—which will be allowed in the auditorium for screenings for the first time.

UPCOMING AT PMA FILMS
Mustang, March 3 & 6
Embrace the Serpent, March 11 & 12
Very Semi-Serious, March 24-27
River of Fundament, April 1-3
The Lobster, April 8-10
Noma: My Perfect Storm, April 15-17

A full schedule of films can be found at http://portlandmuseum.org/films. For press materials, to schedule an interview, or to request a screener, contact Graeme Kennedy, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Drawing + Painting at the Farnsworth with Sam Cady

7_Cady_KatahdinSam Cady, Katahdin South Basin, Chimney Pond to Knife Edge

Beginning March 5, on ten consecutive Saturdays the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a Drawing and Painting class taught by artist Sam Cady. The program will take place at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artist Sam Cady has been teaching a drawing and painting class at the Farnsworth for several years. The character of the class has varied from session to session depending on the participants. In one class he had three generations of the same family in the class which created a particularly dynamic and stimulating mix.

Some who have participated have studied in well-known schools in Boston and New York. Many have had no art training but love to make art. All learn from the spontaneity and imagination of kids participating and equally from the more experienced artists. Many techniques and mediums are covered. The main emphasis is on a response to the seen world of either still life set ups in class or land/seascapes from the Rockland area.

Cady, who has exhibited widely around the country but especially in New York City, Boston, and Maine, and who taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has the class to his studio once a session to share with them his experience. The fee for this program is $360; $300 for Farnsworth members. For more information, or to register for this class please call the Education Department at 207-596-0949, or visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Acadia National Park Centennial Exhibit Call for Artists

centennial-300x231Exhibition: June 1 to July 1, 2016
Hammond Hall – 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, ME 04693  phone 207-963-2569

Entry Criteria:

Acadia National Park Themed Artwork. Acceptance of entries is at the discretion of the Show Committee. Works may be of any media you choose.

Entry form and photo or detailed plan must be submitted to Jane Keegan, or Carol Michaud, no later than May 1, 2016

Works must be delivered to Hammond Hall at 10 a.m. on June 1 and must be delivered by the artist or his/her representative. Assistance will be provided. Work to be wall hung must be securely wired.

Works must be on display for the entire length of the Show.

Works must be picked up at Hammond Hall on July 1 at 10:00 a.m.Space is not available to store artwork at Hammond Hall.

Questions – contact committee members: Jane Keegan 207-963-2156, thebarkingdogmaine@myfairpoint.net; or Carol Michaud 207-974-9366 cmichaud13@gmail.com or Schoodic Arts for All 207-963-2569

Entry Form
Exhibition: June 1 to July 1, 2016

Works will be selected from all entries. Please note space is limited.

Entry forms are required and will be available at the office of Schoodic Arts for All, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, or online at: www.schoodicartsforall.org   Click on “shows”.

Title of the artwork, materials used, description, and a photo or detailed conceptual plan, are required to accompany application. Artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution.

If your work is for sale, interested parties will contact you directly, as Schoodic Arts for All is not permitted to sell artwork. All works must be on display for the entire show period.

We do not charge for entries. However, a donation of 10% of sales would be greatly appreciated to cover costs of electricity, etc.

For more information, call: Schoodic Arts for All at 207-963-2569 or e-mail info@schoodicartsforall.org  An Artists Reception is scheduled for Sunday June 26, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Belfast Creative Coalition Annual Meeting March 11

Belfast CoalitionThe Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) invites you to its Annual Meeting on Friday, March 11 in the Fallout Shelter at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. The meeting will start at 8:45 a.m. with coffee and networking. Speakers begin at 9 a.m. and the meeting goes until noon.

If you are a local artist, performer, writer, cultural leader or participant, or simply have an interest in your local arts community, come and learn more about our creative economy and join  in creating a cultural plan for the Belfast area.

Guest speakers are Julie Richard, executive director of the Maine Arts Commission.  Richard will give a talk on cultural plans and their value to communities. Dee Schneidman, from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), will speak about the creative economy in New England and give a presentation on their online directory of New England’s creatives enterprises and artists called Creative Ground. NEFA will be offering office hours after the annual meeting for organizations and individuals that want to add their listings to the Creative Ground site. Sign up ahead of time for your time slot.

BCC invites all local cultural leaders and creatives (artists, dancers, poets, designers, actors, etc) and the public to the BCC Annual Meeting. Please join them in a celebration of accomplishments as well as new visioning for the future work for arts and culture. BCC greatly appreciates your input and invites you to be a part of the Coalition!

Please RSVP to kimberly@belfastcreativecoalition or 207-323-8692. Suggested donation at the door $5.