D’Alessio Gallery Silent Auction Benefit

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by Suzanne Anderson of YIKES! Studio

The D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host a Silent Auction during the Downtown Bar Harbor Friday Art Walk  September 4,  6 – 9 p.m.  The Silent Auction is a benefit for Dylan C. Moore​, the son of good friends of the D’Alessio’s. Dylan has a yet undiagnosed debilitating disease, possibly ME or Lyme, complicated by various infections.

The silent auction will offer Giclee print by artist Russell D’Alessio; A Texture Work Painting by Dylan Moore; Enameled Jewelry by Yikes Studio​/Suzanne Anderson​; Hand Carved Planter by Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians​; Carved bias relief tiles by Kim Walker​ of Heirloom Tileworks​; and Gift Certificates, pottery & more by Maine and other artists in addition to signed books!  Spirits & Goodies will be offered.   BIDS CAN BE TEXTED!!! As we approach the auction evening, we will post auction items online and you may call or text with your bid beginning at 6:00p.m.  207.351.5450

George Marshall Store Gallery “From the Mountain to the Sea”


irving-tableWilliam Irvine “The Lobsterman’s Table” Oil on canvas, 30 x 36”


The George Marshall Store Gallery in York presents a trio of exhibitions for the month of September. Thirteen artists pay homage to the local highest peak, Mount Agamenticus, with paintings and drawings; Portland based furniture craftsman Jamie Johnston presents recent wall sculptures and painter William Irvine returns to the gallery with his second one man show.

Mount Agamenticus, at 692 feet high may not seem like a formidable peak, but it is one of the first points of land visible from far out at sea and has served as a beacon to sailors for centuries. Besides being an inspiration for artists the Mount Agamenticus region has a long history of land conservation. Today over 10,000 acres have been conserved by state agencies, non-profit conservation groups, towns and water districts. These efforts provide wildlife habitat protection, water quality and recreation for the public. Local land trust organizations have made this area a focus for protection and this exhibition celebrates the value of the mountain, surrounding forests, ponds and outlet to the sea through the eyes of area artists.


drumheller“Kite Flyers” by Grant Drumheller

Grant Drumheller has several canvases showing people enjoying the summit of the mountain walking their dogs and flying kites. One can almost hear the sounds and feel the breezes in these paintings. George Burk’s small landscapes are views towards the mountain from more distant vantage points, however the gentle profile of the mountain is clearly recognizable. The smallest of the small paintings are domino size wood panels by K. Min upon which she paints a variety of insects that one might find in the area.

Several artists including Sam Cady, Bill Paarlberg and Arthur DiMambro have included in their painting some of the remnants of the former ski operation. The original ski lodge remains on the summit and various sections of lifts and equipment can also be found. Many visitors to the exhibition share their memories of learning to ski on “The Big ‘A’” which ceased operations in the late1960’s. Other artists who have responded to the exhibition theme are Arthur Balderacchi, Todd Bezold, Christopher Cook, Tom Glover, Brown Lethem, Mark Soderling and Michael Walek.

Also on view are 13 wall sculptures and 1 free standing sculpture by Jamie Johnston. The artist is well known for his beautifully designed custom furniture that is represented in residential, corporate and public spaces throughout the country. Since retiring from the Maine College of Art, where he was the head of the Woodworking and Furniture Department, he has enjoyed exploring non-functional sculpture.

His many years of furniture design and construction inform these pieces. They share the same respect for simplicity, materials and technique. He is particularly fascinated with the visual relationship of surface to edge and the contrast of strong color to the natural grain of specialty woods. He maintains an active studio in Portland, Maine making site-specific furniture and sculpture.

To complete the trio of exhibitions is a one man show of paintings by William Irvine. A native of Scotland, the artist is a long-time resident of Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula. Like many artists, his surroundings are his inspiration and he has aptly titled his show The Reach of the Sea. Small boats surf down rollicking waves that have sculptural troughs and peaks. He arranges fishermen’s tools and catches on tilted tabletops. His figures stand sentry in the doorways of cape houses and his signature clouds hover over islands in the bay.

Although his work has been described as having “charmed innocence” these are in fact very sophisticated paintings. The thickly applied paint gives added solidity and his strong color combinations and geometric compositions are reminiscent of such artists as Milton Avery and Marsden Hartley.

The exhibitions continue through October 4th. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. 207-351-1083. www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com.


Philippe Guillerm Gallery presents Pascale Queval

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Philippe Guillerm Gallery iin Waldoboro is pleased to announce its last opening of the season with an exhibition of works on paper and mixed media by Pascale Queval, with an Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, 12th September, from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Pascale Queval was born and raised in Paris, France where she started building simple cardboard wind-up people in elementary school, and went on transforming her bedroom into a city with its inhabitants, history and legends by the time she was in high school. She graduated from l’ENSAD, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with a specialization in set design, the perfect extension of her imaginary world to a larger scale on stage. She has been teaching studio art in the Marblehead High School for the past 20 years. Her teaching experience has broadened her expression to a wide range of media, from classic pencil drawing and oil painting to the use of unconventional natural elements and found objects. The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings and sculptures from the 2015 collection.

Geoff Bladon at Tidemark Gallery

Winter-'15“Winter” ’15, oil on panel, by Geoff Bladon

Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, is opening night for a delightful collection of new work by Geoff Bladon, a long-time member of Plein Air Painters of Maine. His classic line drawing of upper Main Street is the familiar logo for Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s highly successful plain air painting festival which recently celebrated its tenth year.

Bladon began painting as a small boy in Montreal, Quebec, in a program established by Arthur Lismer, one of Canada’s Group of Seven. More recently, he has studied with T. M. Nicholas, Connie Hayes and Colin Page. His artist’s statement tells the story: “For me, like many Maine painters, it’s all about the light. And the challenge to capture it outdoors, on site, quickly before it changes.”

This show on September 12 is part of the new ArtWalk Waldoboro collaborative with both Philippe Guillerm and Anne Heywood galleries.

Tidemark Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. FMI: 832-5109.

Let’s Make Gelatin Prints!

untitledThe Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

September’s Second Sunday event is “Gelatin Prints” lead by Lisa Wheeler. On Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell for gelatin printing; a versatile, experimental hand printing process that yields exciting surprises! Artists of all ages will create a collection of colorful monoprints layering colors, textures and images. Come with a sense of adventure and see what unfolds!

Lisa Wheeler manages arts programming as the education program coordinator at Common Street Arts in Waterville. 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 Maine General’s new Regional Hospital.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.  If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email at kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Artist Gathering at The Gothic

11350691_480696968762411_7648287353854426025_nThe Gothic Restaurant and the Belfast Creative Coalition invite you to an artist gathering September 21 at 7 p.m. Artists, cultural leaders and creative entrepreneurs are invited for an evening of networking and fine food and wine sampling. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a glass of wine and two canapes.

The Gothic strives to provide the highest quality seasonal ingredients sourcing produce from local farms and use organic, local, and foraged ingredients when available and supports wine makers who produce biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable wines.

The Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) is a non-profit dedicated to cultivating arts and culture for the Belfast area through coordination and promotion. BCC’s online arts and culture event listings and directories can be found at belfastcreativecoalition.org/

RSVP by September 18. Limited seating is available. Full bar and limited menu available.The Gothic is located at 108 Main Street, Belfast. For reservations, call (207)338.4684.

“Fabulous Jewelers: Form” + More at Shaw Jewelry

collage_8_27_15“Fabulous Jewelers: Form” and “All Mount Desert Island, All Summer Long: Abstraction” are now on display at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor through September 13.

Of “Fabulous Jewelers,” there are many great things about metal, one of these its it’s ability to define form. Through volumetric curves, or implied through linear definition, shapes are built and assembled into organic jewelry. Featured will be the work of Michael Banzhof, Pat Flynn, So Young Park, Julia Turner, Polly Wales, Rebecca Myers, Dell Foxx and more.

“All Mount Desert Island, All Summer Long” depicts the reason why they are artists is because they see different. They help us discover things we may have overlooked. Through a lens of abstraction, hidden aspects and details are revealed. The creations of Miklos Pogany, Katlyn Duggan, Beth Lambert, Joel Babb, Kate Chaplin, Susan Williams, Carol Shutt and numerous others are on display.

For full exhibition deals, visit www.shawjewelry.com/

ART@NOON: Anna Hepler at UMMA on Sept. 2

Woodcut by Anna Hepler
Featured artist Anna Hepler will give an informal noon-time gallery talk on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon on Blind Spot, an array of sculptures and new two-dimensional works currently on exhibit through September 19. During this time, Hepler will discuss her background, process, inspiration and materials, with a brief Q+A to follow. All Art@Noon talks are free and open to the public.

Hepler, who is based in Maine, has exhibited her sculptures in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Tate Gallery, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. If you have any questions, please e-mail K. L. Johnson at kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

Callas Receives Maine Arts Commission Project Grant


“Our Inner Fish,” Installation from MDI Biological Laboratory’s Art Meets Science Exhibit

Sculptor Kimberly Callas received a Maine Arts Commission Project Grant which she will use to turn an ecological portrait into bronze.

Says Callas, “After working for many years with transient material, such as birch bark and wasp paper, I am struck by my emotional response to the longevity of this traditional material and the possibility that this work will be able to effect generations beyond my life time.

“The grant will go towards completing a bronze cast of my ‘ecological portrait’ of scientist James Coffman, Ph.D. titled The Sea From Whence We Came. Many of you may be familiar with this project and/or have contributed to it through my Portrait of the Ecological Self Hatchfund Campaign. Jim and I have been collaborating since Feb. 2015, responding to his research on the effects of early chronic stress. The portrait is inspired by Jim’s research and his test organism, the zebra fish. The current exhibit is up until September 30. The final bronze portrait will be completed this winter and exhibited at the 2016 Art Meets Science Exhibit at MDI Biological Laboratory.

I’m grateful to the Maine Arts Commission for helping to bring this art and science collaboration project to completion,” she concluded.

Winings Gallery presents “Belonging to Time”

EllisonThe work of Ingrid Ellison

Cynthia Winings Gallery’s new group exhibition, “Belonging To Time,” features contemporary artists whose work includes painting, drawing, and collage. This is the last exhibition of the season, and the public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, August 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the gallery in Blue Hill.

The new group exhibition features contemporary artists from Camden, Little Deer Isle, and Deer Isle, Maine, and Brooklyn, New York, and whose work includes painting, drawing, and collage. This is the fourth exhibition at the gallery this summer, and Winings said she is grateful to be a part of the vibrant artistic culture of the peninsula.

The Maine artists being exhibited are: Ingrid Ellison, Carol Pelletier, and Pat Wheeler. Also included is new artwork from Daniel Anselmi, Josephine Burr, David Hornung, Heather Lyon, and Lari Washburn. With artwork from Louise Bourne, Hannah Burr, Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Kate Emlen, Roberta Amina Greany, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Justin Richel, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, and Goody-B. Wiseman.

The gallery is located at 24 Parker Point Road. For more information, please visit www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com/

“Wanting the Sea” Makes a Splash at Whitney Gallery

aab87c86dd95815ed48031597cac819eOil painting by Adrienne Kernan La Vallee
The Whitney Galleries in Wells continues its 2015 season with two events for the month of August.  The second, its seventh show for the season is called “Wanting the Sea.”  It is the first show for Adrienne Kernan La Vallee.
“Wanting the Sea,” offers a unique view into the world of La Vallee.  She has been with the Whitney Galleries for close to two years now.  Her use of oils on canvas with a pallet knife or brush capture her longing to become part of her ocean surroundings.   The coastal waterfront scenes draw you right into the world she so loves. La Vallee’s use of marine colors is truly breathtaking. You won’t want to miss her view of the beautiful subjects she has selected to capture her ‘Wanting the Sea.”
The show runs through Sunday, September 13. The gallery is located at 1810 Post Road. Hours are Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (207) 216-9022.

Somes Sound Artist + Furniture Maker Series

Demi-Lune_0Demi-Lune by Ted Blachly

The work of several artists and furniture makers is on display for the month of August at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville. From Aug. 16-22 is artist Judy Taylor and furniture maker Ted Blachly, and Aug. 23-29 is artist John Stobart and furniture maker John Cameron.

Judy Taylor’s work consists of figurative and narrative paintings, labor-focused work, landscapes and portraiture. Prior to coming to Maine, Taylor lived and studied in New York City receiving her Masters Certificate in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art after attending on full scholarship. She then continued on to study painting at the National Academy of Design with Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. Taylor’s work exhibits in many public and private collections including: Johns Hopkins University, the United States Park System, Friends of Acadia, the Jackson Laboratory, Colorado Mesa University, Long Island University and the Maine State Museum.

Ted Blachly was introduced to woodworking and furniture making while studying fine Arts at New England College. Blachly was fortunate to have worked with and learned from a few great furniture makers over the years- John McAlevey, Terry Moore and most notably Jere Osgood with whom Blachly started with in 1993 and still remain close to. He primarily works alone in his Warner NH shop designing and making commissioned and exhibition pieces.

A native of Leicester, England, John Stobart is perpetually concerned about the aspiring art student in America in today’s world, with the art establishment’s heavy influence remaining biased against the traditional teaching of the fundamentals in drawing and painting. In 1989, he created “The Stobart Foundation.” This was funded by the profits of his publishing business for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas. While continuing his popular series of paintings of the historic ports of America, Stobart has, since 1987, returned to the practice of painting contemporary outdoor subjects whenever possible. It is within this field of effort that John Stobart believes every landscape painter’s ultimate contribution lies.

John Cameron says, “The sweeping curves and uninterrupted lines in my work are a result of the relationship between design and material. Each piece of stock is carefully chosen and sometimes resawn, exposing its best face. Boards are often from the same tree, providing a unity of color and hue. Handles, pulls, and hinges are made in the shop, using complementary fine woods and precious metals which I sometimes engrave.”

Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street. Check out www.galleryatsomessound.com for additional information.

Reception for 6 Artists at Caldbeck Gallery on August 19

2Alan Bray CONTEMPORARY FOREST, TERRAIN VAGUE 2015  casein on panel  22x16 copyAlan Bray’s “Contemporary Forest, Terrain Vague,” casein on panel

From August 19 through September 15, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Bayard Hollins of Ilesboro and Basalt CO, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Dozier Bell of Waldoboro, Kristin Malin of Georgetown, Sam Cady of Friendship, and Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston MA. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In “Island Dreams”, Hollins will show large canvases in oil (the largest measuring 60 x 60 inches), as well as acrylic on paper, measuring in the 17 x 20 inch range. The artist says, “There are many influences in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism. I work fast, and with large strokes to convey the rawness of nature. I want to leave every painting in what could be considered an incomplete state, because I believe an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.”

In the 3-Person show upstairs, Alan Bray will show recent paintings in casein on panel.  He says of his landscapes, “The experience of becoming a part of what you are looking at is compelling and elusive. Because the incomprehensible connectedness of nature lies beyond the physical experience, you have to rely on resources that are as much the province of memory and dream as of your skills as an observer. The process of achieving a role in that connectedness is one in which intimacy and affection serve to reorder the experience of place.”

2Bell RIDGELINE 2015 charcoal on Mylar  3.25 x 5.25Dozier Bell’s “Ridgeline,” charcoal on mylar

Dozier Bell’s drawings in charcoal on Mylar, and paintings in acrylic on canvas, range in size from 2 ¾ x 5 inches to 5 x 7 inches.  Of Bell’s recent work, art writer and critic, Britta Konau, wrote, “The works are diminutive, some not even three inches tall. This scale does what miniatures generally do at first glance: disarm viewers’ fears (how could such a small thing feel overpowering?), and instill a sense of preciousness. But make no mistake about it: the impact of Bell’s little black-and-white images is powerful. For starters, awe is not an inappropriate term for the feeling generated by her drawing skills. Through extremely nuanced handling of her medium, Bell not only describes her subjects on a miniscule scale, but also suggests the textures and even temperatures of elemental forces, including water, clouds, and haze.”

Kristin Malin will exhibit a selection of 5 x 7 inch, oil on aluminum paintings all made from a single view looking out to an island off of her family place in Georgetown.  Each is a captured moment, one of a single painting session.  She says, “The fluctuations of the tide, direction of the wind, time of day, light filtering through the sky, and changes in the seasons are determinants in the way a place looks, and provide infinite moments of beauty, where I use direct observation as well as emotional and intellectual responses with which to capture a moment.”

In “Bamboo Pen and Ink Drawings: an Homage to Charlie DuBack,” Sam Cady will show a number of drawings in ink on paper, using a Japanese bamboo pen given to him by his artist and friend, Charles DuBack. The drawings, emphasizing contour lines, are all made out in nature, each measuring 11 x 14 inches. The artist says, “I like joining the two opposite poles of art – modernist severity with the realistic.” He also says about his work, “I eliminate, simplify, pare things down, until I have arrived at the form and spirit of something.”

In “Collages and Small Paintings”, Kayla Mohammadi’s work measures in the 8 x 9 inch range.  She says, “Color is what attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting – painting is where I explore how color relates to space, shape, and feeling.  My ambition is to delight the eye”.  Born in San Francisco CA to a Finnish mother and Iranian father, Mohammadi says, “Like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape.  My way of seeing was influenced by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call the gallery at (207) 594-5935.

Paintings of Farrell + Ineson Highlighted This Season

Farrellnesting loon2Peggy Farrell’s “Nesting Loon”

Among the many fine artworks at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this year are watercolors by Peggy Farrell and oils by Hannah Ineson, both familiar artists in the midcoast area.

Farrell is most inspired by the coastal scenery that is typified by the landscape around her home in New Harbor. While quaint fishing villages, harbor scenes and old barns have provided a focus for much of her work, she also enjoys painting flowers and, more recently, birds and animals.

Farrell is drawn to watercolor partly because she enjoys painting quickly – she likes “the finality of one stroke in a painting.” Her work is colorful, and she feels “there is a strong human response to color and it reflects and affects our moods.” In painting birds and animals, she has learned from instructor Julie Babb (another Pemaquid Art Gallery member) to use gouache, an opaque watercolor medium that allows the fine detail necessary to paint feathers and fur.

InesonRocky Coast2Hannah Ineson’s “Rocky Coast”

For many years, Hannah Ineson was primarily known for her watercolors, which were featured subjects of note cards sold by L.L. Bean and other outlets. She is a long time watercolor instructor and teaches classes in Maine and Florida, where she paints and shows her work through the winter months.

For the past 8 years, Ineson has focused primarily on oil painting, for which she uses the palette knife almost exclusively, producing a sculptural surface. Like many artists, she is inspired by the local natural landscape, whether it is the Florida Everglades or the Maine coast. While she enjoys painting an occasional still life, it is the broad scope of landscape, the natural beauty of sunrise and sunset, and the places where water and land meet, that most often form her subject matter.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m..

DIAA All Members Show Continues through Aug. 20

DIAA 2The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery will continue its popular second annual All Members 12 x 12 Benefit show through August 20. The public has the opportunity to purchase art that has been completed by their favorite local artists that measures 12 inches x 12 inches in size and which retails for $144 per piece. Visitors will be surprised by the large variety of watercolors, oils, photographs, etc., as well as sculpture, pottery and other three-dimensional objects that demonstrate the artists’ creative interpretations of the 12×12 theme.

Unlike most gallery shows, this is a “pay and take” event; pieces will be immediately taken off the wall as purchased and will be replaced with new 12×12 selections. Thus, visitors are encouraged to stop by often to view new and exciting works of art displayed on a constantly changing basis.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call the gallery at (207) 348-2330 with any questions.

Rebecca Myers Collection Shines at Shaw Jewelry

collage_8_13_15The jewelry of Rebecca Myers will be available at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor through August 26.  The collection is at once playful and serious. Her imagery comes from the natural world, blended in gold and oxidized silver, augmented by seductive gemstones.

“I have been designing and fabricating custom jewelry for over twenty years,” says Myers. “My jewelry echoes a passion for my garden and the allure of the natural world. I am constantly inspired by nature’s curiosities and feel a deep sense of awe when the seasons come alive. It’s what drives me to evolve my technique and produce work that is both current and grounded.”

Her pieces start with a casting and have many fabrication steps thereafter. She uses high karat gold, platinum and oxidized silver, and often features natural stones to highlight their innate beauty and flaws.

The gallery, located at 126 Main Street, is open daily until 6:30 p.m. Additional information is available by calling (207) 276-5000.

Keleshian Exhibits “Work on Paper”

approximations-6“Approximations” by MaJo Keleshian
MaJo Keleshian is exhibiting a show called “Work on Paper,” paintings on paper, during August and September in the gallery at John Edwards Market at 158 Main Street in Ellsworth. The selected images represent her unusual abstracted nature-scapes.
Keleshian has lived in Maine since 1971. She has taught drawing in the Department of Art at the University of Maine since 2000 and believes that drawing is an essential foundation for all visual artists. She has exhibited widely in Maine and New England and her work has appeared in several Maine Biennials. Recently, she has taught workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
For more information, check out www.johnedwardsmarket.com/site/

Harlow Gallery Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Party

James ChuteWork of James Chute in the Sculpture Garden at Vaughan Homestead

Harlow Gallery is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. for people who have volunteered or plan to volunteer at the gallery this year.

The event is rain or shine. Guests are free to explore the grounds and enjoy the final day of the Sculpture Garden, and maybe take a hike through Vaughan Woods at party’s end. A light and informal buffet lunch will be served, including a selection of cold cuts, veggies and the fixings for custom sandwiches, with beverages and dessert.

If you would like to come but have not yet volunteered, or if you are unsure if you have done so in the past year, give Aleana a call at (207) 622-3813. She will check the records, and the gallery can always use an extra hand.

Vaughan Homestead is located at 2 Litchfield Road in Hallowell. For directions, visit http://vaughanhomestead.org/

Find “Traces: Vanishing Landscapes” at Harlow Gallery

Brayman, Greeting Card AisleSarah Brayman, “Greeting Card Aisle” (Variety Store), encaustic, photograph

“Traces: Vanishing Landscapes,” at Harlow Gallery from Aug. 28 through Sept. 19, highlights the visions of three Maine artists who examine what is left behind as the state’s economy “modernizes” and shifts. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, August 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

The exhibit offers an engaging and contemporary dialogue on changing Maine life that is relevant throughout the state. At the same time, the deep personal connections that Sarah Brayman, Lisa Tyson Ennis and Shanna Wheelock bring to their subject matter ensures a heartfelt meditation on change, threading together sense of place and small-town life.

Permeating these three artists’ visions is a respect for common objects, and the people who made, used or sold them. National and global trends, such as the international migration of industry, fisheries depletion, chain-store domination of retail, and reorganization and consolidation of education will be grounded in the concrete realities of the areas the artists call home: Lubec and Brunswick areas of Maine, as well as the Canadian isle of Newfoundland.

Sarah Brayman has an art studio and home in Brunswick, Maine.  She holds degrees in Studio Art and Appropriate Technology, and has completed the coursework for a PhD in Urban Planning.  She is currently Chair of the Brunswick Town Council and has worked in local municipal Maine politics for many years.  Primarily a fine art photographer, she has expanded her technical range to include a beeswax-and-damar-varnish medium, encaustic, into her visual discipline.

ENNIS McCurdy Smokehouse-p19qu5f9jb1ecqk1k1ob7o60k43Lisa Tyson Ennis, “God Bless Our Home”, Abandoned Outport, Newfoundland, toned silver gelatin print

Lisa Tyson Ennis lives on the remote, rocky, “bold coast” area of Lubec, Maine. Her most recent work has focused on the decline of the traditional fishery, with haunting images of herring weirs, smokehouses and abandoned outport villages in Newfoundland. She works solely with historical processes—large and medium format cameras, black and white film, and handmade toners —always searching for a fleeting unison of light and landscape that is both representational and symbolic.

untitled2Shanna Wheelock, “The Silence Between”, ceramic

Shanna Wheelock lives and works in a remote fishing village on the border of Canada. Her current body of work relays sense of place: an honoring and connecting to the energies, environment, culture, and history of the people who have lived in Lubec, Maine for generations. Columns, drawings, and paintings are inspired by walks and explorations in and around local sites. Photo documentation and writing are critical in the creative process which is both methodical and meditative.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org

Art Videos at the Gallery

Fiore2The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit continues the emphasis on Maine artists in its Wednesday evenings Art Videos at the Gallery series, with the lives and art of Joseph Fiore, Robert Hamilton, and Roland Salazar Wednesday. August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The films are shown on a wall-size screen in the main gallery at Shore Road and Bourne Lane. Come early and spend time enjoying the works of Ogunquit Art Association artists.

These three artists were part of the contingent of artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950s. All came to visit, sometimes for years, before finding that the way of life and the climate were an inspiration for their art.

Joseph Fiore was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. In 1938-1941 Fiore attended summer and Saturday studio classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 1946-48 he studied with Albers, Bolotowsky, and DeKooning at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and attended the California School of Fine Arts 1948-49. He also held teaching positions at the Philadelphia College of Art, Maryland College of Art, and the National Academy.

In May of 2001, Fiore of Jefferson, Maine and New York City was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Over a lifetime of making art, Fiore underwent changes in his approach to painting, moving from abstraction to representation and back. This film showcases a remarkable selection of his work, including early modernist still lifes, landscapes of midcoast Maine and the Delaware Water Gap, and the stunning pictographic rock paintings that were the capstone of his career.

HamiltonRobert Hamilton (1917-2004) was born in Seneca Falls, New York, entered Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1935 and earned his degree in painting in 1939. He then earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II as a captain and P47 bomber pilot with 100 missions. Hamilton returned to RISD in 1948 and taught painting and drawing there for 34 years. He and his wife Nancy retired in 1981 to Port Clyde, Maine. There they set up a garage studio and three small galleries nearby where they presented new work each summer for visitors.

Hamilton wan as influential, modernist painter, a genius respected for improvisation. Hamilton’s friend and neighbor, Andrew Wyeth, called him a “real painter.” His paintings are based on jazz-like improvisation – witty, surprising, colorful eccentric. Even his last works when he was nearly blind, are amazingly fresh, funny, and youthful.

Roland Salazar Rose was born in 1927, grew up in New York City and attended college in Queens. He received his training in Paris at Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts and in New York City at both the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.

After serving in the military, he and his wife moved to Maine where they had a summer home in Kennebunk. Of Maine he mused: “of course, every person has his or her special way of experiencing Maine, and it’s a delight to hear people talk about ‘their Maine.’

My recent (2012-14) Maine painting series seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.”

Mark your calendars. Art Videos at the Gallery concludes on: Wednesday September 2 with the showing of the film about photographer: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye. Check out www.barngallery.org for more information about the video series.