Colby College Museum of Art begins “The Summer of Langlais”

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Visitors to Maine can experience a vast trove of more than 3,000 works of art by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977 b. Old Town, Maine) in more than 50 institutions and communities across the state as part of the new Langlais Art Trail.

Born in Old Town, Maine in 1921, Langlais is best known in his home state for the iconic 62-foot Abenaki Indian in Skowhegan. His work was inspired by the surrounding landscape and late in his career featured figurative reliefs of shore birds, raptors, horses, cows, bulls and other animals of rural and coastal Maine.

The Langlais Art Trail represents a collaboration between the Colby College Museum of Art and Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Wisconsin. A highlight of the Langlais Art Trail will be the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, owned and managed by the Georges River Land Trust. The preserve is a portion of the artist’s estate in Cushing and will be open to the public in fall 2014.

The Langlais Art Trail brings together the seven institutions on the Maine Art Museum Trail, as well as the Monhegan Memorial Library, Main Street Skowhegan, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, among others. Works by the artist include his wood sculptures, many of which are monumental in size.

In addition, the Colby College Museum of Art is presenting the first scholarly retrospective of the artist’s work, on view from July 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The exhibition was curated by Langlais Curator for Special Projects Hannah W. Blunt. More than 120 sculptures and reliefs, oil paintings on panel and canvas, and works on paper are featured in the show.

Langlais began his career as a painter in New York. However, his abstract reliefs in wood were the pieces that attracted the attention of the art world with exhibitions at the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1960, a solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1961 and the Whitney Museum’s 1962 Drawing and Sculpture Annual.

Disenchanted with the New York art scene, he returned to Maine in 1966 to the rural, coastal town of Cushing. Here he began to create monumental sculptures and three-dimensional pieces in wood. When his widow, Helen Friend Langlais, died in 2010, she left his 90-acre estate and a large bequest of his works to the Colby Museum.

While enjoying the Colby exhibit, Langlais Art Trail, and Maine Art Museum Trail, visitors also can enjoy great restaurants and other attractions nearby. Plan a trip by going online to visitmaine.com.

ASMA Fellow Loretta Krupinski joins Bayview Gallery

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“Cat Nap” by Loretta Krupinski

Bayview Gallery is pleased to announce that Loretta Krupinski has joined our roster of artists. Krupinski is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), a prestigious organization dedicated to the promotion of marine art and maritime history.

Loretta began her career in 1962 as an editorial illustrator for the New York newspaper, Newsday. She worked for about 25 years as a corporate illustrator before leaving that life to write and illustrate children’s books. The experience she gained and the techniques she learned as an illustrator provided a firm foundation for her transition to a marine artist. She has become well known for her realistic paintings of classic wood boats, lighthouses and harbor scenes.

Loretta now lives and works from her home in Thomaston, Maine. She paints the Maine coast and specializes in historical paintings. Using vintage photographs she records facets of a past way-of-life in seaports ranging from Belfast to Bath, as well as many of Maine’s island harbors. She brings archival black and white images to life in carefully researched, vibrantly colored, and painstakingly detailed compositions.

Enjoy the following photos of Loretta’s amazing work and the short descriptions of the pieces in her own words. As always, be in touch if you would like to add a piece to your collection or try one in your home on approval.

“Annie Leibovitz” plays at Barn Gallery

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The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the film Annie Leibovitz at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

For over two decades, Annie Leibovitz has been one of the world’s highest profile and most sought-after photographers and is one of the highest paid photographers working today. Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2, 1949, the third of six children. Her father, Samuel Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the family moved frequently. She took her first pictures in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

In high school she began to write and play music and then studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. For several years she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. In 1970 when she returned to the United States, she started her career as staff photographer for the just-launched Rolling Stone magazine. She became Chief Photographer in 1973 and worked for the magazine until 1983. Her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look. On December 8, 1980 she was to photograph John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone. Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be in the picture which she finally did. Leibovitz was the last person to photograph Lennon as he was shot and killed five hours later.

This documentary being shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit at 7:30 pm on Wednesday July 30 focuses on Leibovitz’s l life and career including Rolling Stone and drug addiction. Join her in Hawaii and Los Angeles as she follows up on her infamous cover portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore and another photo shoot of the actress clad only in body paint. Also, an interview with Leibovitz tells how she became a photographer and reveals the deep passion that drives her work.

The film will be shown on a full wall-size screen with discussion led by members of the Ogunquit Art Association. The film is shown in a delightful setting amid the exhibition of the art of the Ogunquit Art Association. Come early so there will be time to view the art on display.

Dennis Gleason Admitted to Appraisers Association of America

Gleason Fine Art is pleased to announce that Dennis Gleason has been admitted as a Certified Appraiser to The Appraisers Association of America in the area of 19th and 20th century American paintings. At this time, he is the only such-qualified appraiser in Maine. Established in 1949, the AAA is the premier national association of personal property appraisers specializing in the fine and decorative arts. Members serve public and private collectors alike to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes.

Admission requires successful completion of a 15-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), a course in Theory and Methodology of Appraising (both through New York University) as well as preparing sample appraisals for estate, donation, and insurance purposes and completing an all-day examination at the offices of the AAA in New York City.

Marty and Dennis Gleason established Gleason Fine Art in 1985, and in 1990 Dennis began doing appraisals as a member of the New England Society of Appraisers. Since that time, Dennis has done donation appraisals for gifts to the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, Monhegan Museum, and elsewhere. He has also done appraisals for artists’ estates, personal estates, and numerous retail replacement value appraisals for private collections.

Farnsworth Hosts Book Signing with Artist Jamie Wyeth

 

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On Thursday, August 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a book signing with artist Jamie Wyeth and Susan Goldman Rubin, author of the new book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family. The book signing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center at the corner of Union and Grace Streets, in Rockland.

The book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family, by Susan Goldman Rubin, is published by Chronicle Books. In this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin shares the fascinating story of the Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—three generations of painters and arguably the First Family of American Art. The accessible text traces the events that shaped their art and the ways their art influenced them in return, while the crisp design showcases gorgeous reproductions of the works that have made the Wyeth family legendary.

Both the author and artist Jamie Wyeth will be available to sign copies of the book as well as prints and other items. Only sign two items will be signed per person. This event is free, and no reservations will be taken.

Music Wraps Around Wiscasset Art Walk on July 31

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, July 31, from 5 – 8 p.m. The all-brass Breakers Jazz Band starts the evening with an outdoor concert on the Creamery Pier beginning at 5 p.m. At the other end of the Village, Lynn Deeves plays on the Wiscasset Common later in the evening. In between these two music locales, stroll the Village streets for fine art, music in the galleries, antiques, specialty shops, and other special events. What a chance for residents and visitors from away to explore some of the unique places and meet some of the local artists who make Wiscasset Village such a satisfying destination!

The Breakers Jazz Band, with musicians from throughout the mid-coast, brings a big and joyous sound to the Pier. You’ll be tapping, clapping, and swaying to the sounds of this 20-piece orchestra as they play traditional jazz tunes with their own unmistakable touch!

While on the Pier, take a look at the art work of guest artist Elaine Niemi. She lives in Friendship and works in acrylics using a technique she calls ‘erasing.’ She applies color and then uses a brush to erase the color around the object she sees in the painting. Her work has been referred to as spontaneous and ‘outsider;’ her fans collect her and love her! Niemi says her art is always upbeat and never that “dark broody stuff.”

Wiscasset Bay Gallery is hosting classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo. In addition to his fine playing, the local musician is a master of stringed instrument making, including the guitar he’ll be playing during Art Walk.

In John Sideli Fine Art, local retired dentist and accomplished musician Jeff Grosser plays continental accordion for the pleasure of gallery visitors. Guest artists and artisans will be exhibiting throughout the Village.

Mac’s Place hosts rug hooker Diane Langley. She lives on Westport Island and is a third generation rug hooker. She grew up surrounded by beautiful rugs made by her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather made several original patterns for her grandmother, including ‘Hollyhocks, which Langley will bring to Art Walk. (While in Mac’s Place, take a look at the all-original Paint By Numbers exhibit on the wall, curated by collector John Sideli!)

Sarah’s Café becomes a gallery with the encaustic paintings of Ken Eason. His paintings express abstract thought, emotion, and mood and are heavily influenced by the nature around him. He lives on the water which inspires him to integrate the blues and greens of the lake, ocean, and woods – seen abstractly in his paintings. “I am interested in the relationships between color and texture and use techniques that incorporate the use of brushes, pallet knives, spatulas, rags and many other tools to bring out the expressive point that I am looking for.”

Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell will be on hand in Treats to show his art and talk with guests. Mat began painting as a child; since the 1980s, he’s been painting iconic Maine images like cows in pastures, dwellings, and figures from Maine folklore. (After talking with Mat, be sure to step into the back room for Treats’ excellent selection of wines to taste.)

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Erik Minzner at the easel.

Alna sculptor and board game designer Aaron Weissblum exhibits his rustic tables and other wood carvings in 106 Main. While some of Alan’s work is practical and useful, he also creates the odd, whimsical, and fanciful. The sidewalks will be pulsing with art as well. Plein air artist Erik Minzner sets up his easel to paint a Village scene. William Paul, creator of custom-made jewelry using elegant Swarovski crystals, will be demonstrating his skills under a tent at 106 Main. Earlier in the day, pastel artist Anne Heywood’s summer retreat students paint throughout the town.

Is it Christmas in July at Butterstamp Workshop? Owners Lois and David Kwantz are offering selections from their life-long Santa collection for sale.

The Wiscasset Art Walk celebrates the community’s history, too. Take a peek inside the fabulous Nickels-Sortwell House to see the gorgeous winding staircase, the wood moldings hand-carved to look like rope, the skylight directing natural light into the center of the mansion. Wiscasset Museum in the Street plaques throughout the town illustrate the local shipping industry, the 18th century architecture, and the nuances of town life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

To complete the Wiscasset Art Walk experience, save a few moments for the Alive on the River concert, located on Wiscasset Common, listening to Lynn Deeves playing acoustic folk and blues from 6 – 8 p.m. You’ll see families with blankets, bikers, folks with picnic dinners. The concert series is organized by the Wiscasset Chamber of Commerce; the Deeves performance is sponsored by Sprague’s Lobster Bake and Friends of the Wiscasset Art Walk. Undecided where to go first? Pick up a map listing this month’s Art Walk participants, all within a comfortable strolling distance, at any of the Village shops marked with colorful balloons. Guest artists and musicians are showcased on the map, as are the evening’s special events. Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Farnsworth offers special tour of “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea”

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“On the Deep Sea” by Walter Dean

On Friday, August 1, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of the current “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea” exhibition by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, who curated the show. The special tour will begin at the museum’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland and is free with museum admission.

The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The Wyeths’ interests have included the coast’s dramatic shoreline and islands, including Monhegan, the lives of fishermen and farmers, and the boats, houses, barns, lighthouses and other structures scattered throughout the midcoast. Their interest in these subjects is part of a long-standing tradition of work done by artists and artisans in Maine since the eighteenth century. In addition to works by the Wyeths, the exhibition also includes a selection of paintings by James G. Babbidge, George Bellows, Walter Dean, James Fitzgerald, Rockwell Kent, Fitz Henry Lane, William Edward Norton, William Pierce Stubbs, Frederick Waugh, and Andrew Winter; and a selection of ship models that include the Red Jacket clipper ship, the seven master schooner Thomas Lawson, and the only known ship model by John Haley Bellamy.

Every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m., throughout July and August, museum staff will give special gallery tours of specific exhibitions. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and no advance reservations are required. For more information about upcoming special gallery tours, or other Farnsworth Art Museum programming, please visit the museum’s website or call the Education Department at (207) 596-0949.

Swan Lake House and Garden Tour on August 2

The Swan Lake House/Garden Tour will be held on August 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments as well as 5 garden walks and 4 open houses.

Houses & Gardens featured:
Sunnyside: a prominent Victorian cottage owned by the Simon-Fyfe family is considered one of the oldest on this lake. It is a beacon to all boaters with its red & white stripes, large front porch and slightly tilted barn. A tour of this cottage with its artistic features and the surrounding grounds will be enjoyed by all.

The Barclay House: a spacious & lovely year round house owned by Jim & Ann Barclay, built in 2002 sits among beautiful trees facing the lake with a large garden in the back. A guest house cabin with a rustic log interior is also a “must see” in the tour.
Blake & Katie Curtis are sharing their year round home and gardens also on the Eastside of the lake. Visitors will find a charming combination of house/cottage with a unique architecture design affording ample living space for a couple who likes to entertain. Gardens surrounding this home create a colorful backdrop.

On the Westside of the lake, visitors will have an opportunity to see the studio and art gallery of Dianne Horton, well known and respected local artist. Swan Lake, as well as the nearby ocean and small Maine communities, has provided inspiration for the artwork visitors will enjoy in her gallery. Informal flower gardens flank her property and set the tone for easy lake living.

Again on the Westside near the dam and boat launch, the Kerrigan Gardens are layered on the banks of the lake and include a large variety of local, lake loving plants along with interesting water features. Along the shoreline window boxes of annuals welcome visitors from the water.

Donations of $18.00 per person will be accepted; tickets are available at Swan Lake Grocery and at the boat launch on the day of the event.

Details: Boats will leave from the Boat Launch on the Westside of Swan Lake at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.. Those wishing to drive will find driving directions on the tickets.

Rain Date is August 3rd.

Proceeds will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project to keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.

Richard Estes Retrospective at the PMA

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“Water Taxi” by Richard Estes

Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of the urban landscape. This exhibition features 50 paintings ranging from Estes’ first New York City façades in the late 1960s to panoramic views of Mount Desert Island in the 2000s.

Widely viewed as a pioneering practitioner of photorealism, Estes’ sharply focused technique goes beyond the photographic to create complex constructions of light, reflection, and perspective. The paintings included in this exhibition provide undeniable insight into Estes’ equal interest in cities as well as the Maine coast and the woods on Mount Desert Island in particular. Several of Estes’ rarely seen portraits from such exotic places as Japan and Antarctica are also featured in the exhibition.

Born in 1932 and raised in central Illinois, Estes studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1952 to 1956. In 1959, he moved to New York City, where he has lived ever since. For several years, he worked in commercial publishing and advertising as a paste-up, layout, and illustration artist. In the mid-1960s, Estes began to paint from his own photographs, developing paintings that are rooted in Dutch, Venetian, and American representations of urban architecture. In 1978, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, organized the first major career survey of his work, which was followed by his 1991 retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Estes is considered the foremost practitioner of the international group of artists known loosely as photorealists, and has been celebrated for more than 45 years as one of the premier painters of American cityscapes. The exhibition will be on view through September 7. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org.

Belfast’s Final Fridays Art Walk

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“Lupines and Roses, Deer Isle” by Leslie Anderson

The Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk this month will take place on July 25. Explore the downtown galleries as well as the studios surrounding the downtown area. Every Final Fridays Art Walk is an evening of art, performance, food and drink, and as always, a taste of Belfast’s vibrant arts community!

Performers this month will be Beverly Mann, Shana Bloomstein, and Craig Hensley. Beverly Mann is an actress, maskmaker, and mime, and will be roaming downtown in her beautiful, whimsical, and expressive masks. Shana Bloomstein will be dancing in the streets – look for her and maybe her stool or other props performing modern dance throughout downtown Belfast. Also look for singer/songwriter Craig Hensley, who will provide music for the art walk.

There are a lot of exciting offerings this month, and many new things to see! The downtown area will be full of new gallery shows and dance, theatre, and music performers. If you haven’t already, be sure to also check out the studios that are a few blocks from downtown – they are just an easy, pleasant walk away!

Some of the highlights this month include:

Tom Gaines Stonehouse studio and salon will exhibit a retrospective of work by Tom Gaines showing various styles for the past 35 years. His most recent figurative and representational work along with his current rock series will be featured in the post and beam house and stonehouse (at 28 Race Street).

Meet the artist Ken Weeks at Raven’s Nest Gallery. Weeks, having been an actor, comedian, designer and always an artist, will have his paintings and unusual dioramas representing his wacky, wild and wonderful interpretations from life. Also featured will be his handcrafted birch bark canoes. A 14’ canoe will be on display for the Friday Art Walk only, other model canoes (1/4 scale) will be on display for the duration of the show, July 25th to Aug 15.

From 7 to 9 p.m. in the Belfast Co-op Café, there will be a free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and the opening for Clarity’s art exhibit, “The Big Sea of ME”, which will be on display in the Co-op Cafe through late August. Bank Burana of Central Distributors, Jaap Helder from the Co-op’s Wine Department, and artists Robert & Su.Sane Hake, “Clarity,” will be available to answer questions. The paintings in this show are part of Clarity’s “Susanna’s World Children’s Series for the Creative Spirit.” They have published three books connected with this series, which you can learn more about at houseofme.org. Robert and Su.Sane, who create their artwork together, have shown in the midcoast region over the past 17 years. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

This month the Parent Gallery is showing new images by Neal Parent from his trips to Ireland, California and Maine. Joanne Parent has a set of new oils, Peg Bair has a whole new group of digital images, and Keith Maynard has some new sculptures.. Don’t forget Dan Bennett’s jewelry line, which is always new and original.

This month, the co-operative gallery, Art Alliance (AAG) is pleased to be featuring bird-themed fused glass, needle-felted sculpture, barrel-fired hand built clay vessels, and large action packed nautical paintings.

Since its 2013 expansion, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery has coined the term “Stable Artists” to refer to a growing group of artists who collaborate with the Trust year-round in support of its mission: supporting farmers and protecting farmland. This year’s Summer Stable Show runs from July 18 through August 18. The public is invited to the opening reception, which falls on the evening of Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk, July 25, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Fifteen Stable Artists will be participating in this year’s show, which boasts a wide variety of media—from oil paintings to pastels, monotypes to woodblock prints, sculpture and jewelry to mixed media collage.

Belfast Bay Shade Company invites all to stop by their studio on the top floor of the Belfast post office for drinks, treats, and the upbeat soulful sounds of local band, Honeyfoot! Since last month they’ve been busy little bees – they’ll be showing off their new solid, striped, and neutral tone lampshades as well as their new artisan wooden bases, made by Down East craftsman, Bill Sanborn. As always, keep your eyes peeled for their festive, outdoor shades up and down Main Street!

Northern Lights Gallery will feature the show “Of Our Bays and Estuaries: Large Scale Woodcut, Intaglio and Relief Prints” by R. Keith Rendall. Rendall’s experimental techniques transcend the medium taking us beyond our perceptions of the print, but in addition the scale is incredible. Visually interacting with life sized and sometimes larger than life creatures, absorbing all of their beauty, grace and sometimes-darker side is profound.

Bridget Matros will also be running a kid-friendly table for family art activities, so that young people attending the art walk can create their own artworks!

The other participating Belfast galleries and studios are:

Susan Tobey White – High Street Studio and Gallery, Harbor Artisans, Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Fresh Cup Gallery, Galerie Dufour at Eat More Cheese, and Waterfall Arts. Be sure to check out all that these galleries have to offer!

The dates for the remaining 2014 Final Fridays Art Walks are: July 25, August 29, September 26, and October 31. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

Tides Institute & Museum opening “Undercurrent” + tintype portrait event

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“Stacked Waves” by Shoshannah White

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is pleased to announce an opening reception for the next exhibition, “Undercurrent,” by Shoshannah White, on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 7 pm.  Shoshannah White is a Maine-based photographer whose work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. White’s installation work is sited throughout Maine.
The “Undercurrent” exhibition presents a series started during White’s three-month residency at Swallowtail Keepers Society Lighthouse on Grand Manan in the summer of 2012.  White’s residency there was made possible by the Maine/New Brunswick Residency Fund, established by a partnership between the New Brunswick Arts Board and the Maine Arts Commission to encourage an international exchange of artists and allow for creative projects to be undertaken in an international setting. The residency was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
All the works in the exhibition are mixed media: photographic prints with encaustic wax, oil pant and occasionally metal dusts and metal leaf.
Shoshannah White will be at the opening reception at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art on Friday, July 25, and will present brief remarks about the residency, the photographic work, and mixed media process at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through August 17. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is at 43 Water Street, Eastport, Maine. For more information, please visit www.tidesinstitute.org or call (207) 853-4047.

Tintype photographersChristie Lawrence (left) and Karen Stentaford operate a traveling tintype studio called Photomatic. The duo will be creating tintype portraits in Eastport July 25 and 26.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is sponsoring a two day early mid-nineteenth century portrait photography (tintype) event for two days on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. An exhibition of the tintypes created in Eastport will be held at 6 pm on Saturday. Depending on the weather, the event will be held just outside or inside the institute’s StudioWorks building at 48 Water Street in  downtown Eastport. Led by veteran tintype photographers, Karen Stentaford and Christie Lawrence who together are known as Photomatic, they will demonstrate the art of portrait photography using a 150 year old tintype photographic process. Stentaford is a photography technician and lecturer in the fine arts department of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and Lawrence is a recent graduate of Mount Allison University and a former student of Stentaford. The tintype technique is known as wet plate, since the metal plate is exposed in camera while still “wet” with emulsion and silver nitrate. The image is captured directly on the surface of the plate. The cost of having one’s portrait taken is $25 and groups of 2-3 people may be able to be accommodated in a single portrait. Portraits will be processed and made available to participants by Sunday, July 27. Those interested in participating in this unique photographic event should contact the Tides Institute at 207-853-4047 or tides@tidesinstitute.org.

The Stable Gallery announces “Cool In The Shade”

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The Stable Gallery announces a new show “Cool In The Shade” with an Opening Reception 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18 as part of the Newcastle/Damariscotta Art Walk. The featured artists are painters Penelope Moodey, Bob Thomas, Bev Walker, Priscilla McCandless with sculpture and paintings by Kevin James, wood art by Stephen Vowles and Louis Charlett, ceramics by Elizabeth Louden and blown glass by Tandem Glass. The show will be on view through August 13th. The Stable Gallery is located at 26 Water St. in Damariscotta, ME. For more information visit stablegallerymaine.com or call (207) 563-1991.

Bangor Savings pledges support to CMCA

Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect

Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently pledged $10,000 to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s capital campaign in support of CMCA’s new building and move from Rockport to Rockland. The new building in Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori of New York and North Haven, will provide additional gallery and classroom spaces for the 62-year-old organization. On behalf of CMCA, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, chair of the CMCA board of trustees, expressed her appreciation and gratitude for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s generous gift. She added that “their support will help CMCA expand its educational mission and its ability to introduce the work of Maine’s outstanding contemporary artists to new and larger audiences.” For more information about CMCA’s capital campaign and plans for the future visit cmcanow.org.

Book Launch and Signing “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey”

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William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a book launch, signing, and informal talk for William Irvine and Carl Little from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. In conjunction with the book launch, the gallery will host a solo show of new work by Irvine through August 17. There will be an Artist’s Reception for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Both events are free and open to the public.

William Irvine’s journey began in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine became part of the lively London avant-garde scene. Moving to Downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point. The harbors, islands, boats, sea and sky inspired bold new work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with pictorial concepts based on the coastal landscape. In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey features landscapes inspired by Maine, Scotland, England, and France. Carl Little is resident of Mount Desert Island, poet, and author of over 20 art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England and Winslow Homer and the Sea. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the 2012 John N. Cole prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Little edited Art of Katahdin by his brother David Little, and is a contributor to ARTnews, Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors and Island Journal. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.

CMCA 37th Benefit Art Auction & Dinner

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 37th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Dinner will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport. Always an eagerly anticipated event, the auction is considered Maine’s premier contemporary art auction and is CMCA’s most important fundraising event, providing critical support for exhibitions and programming. An opening reception for “Art to Collect Now” will precede the auction from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The invitational exhibition includes work from 100 of Maine’s most notable contemporary artists, who have donated all or part of the Auction proceeds to CMCA. The exhibition will run through July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.

Courthouse Gallery presents John Heliker solo exhibition

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “John Heliker: Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years,” the first solo exhibition of Heliker’s work since his death in 2000. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30. A catalog with an essay by art historian and critic Martica Sawin will be available. In addition, The Foundation has created the Heliker Sketchbook Project, which is making donations of the artist’s drawings to academic and educational institutions in Maine and across the United States. Some of Heliker’s sketchbooks will be on display. The exhibition runs through September 17. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings”

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings” portraying the breathtaking beauty of coastal Maine in all its many moods. The 40 artists selected span 140 years from Maine’s first successful 19th century painter, Harrison Bird Brown, to modern day plein air artists working on the islands, bays, and coves from Kittery to Quoddy Head. This year’s exhibition features the strong talents of veterans like Richard Roflow and Charles McCaughtry, who have been painting Maine for over 60 years, to new talents like Caleb Stone. Stone grew up in the art colony of Rockport, MA and was exposed to plein air painting by his father Don Stone N.A. at an early age. He studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where his attraction to the French and American impressionists was nurtured, and he now teaches, travels, and paints the rugged beauty of our Maine coast. Blue Hill Bay Gallery is located at 11 Tenney Hill in Blue Bay.

The Turtle Gallery opens four new shows

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

In “Digital Montage”Jeffery Becton borrows elements from painting, drawing, photomontage and scanned objects to produce original images. Becton received an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 1976 and moved to Maine in 1978. Peter Kemble has had a lifelong interest in art, architecture, and design. “Digital Prints” uses color, form, transparency, and three-dimensionality in drawings and prints which have elements of play, surprise, and mystery. Barbara Putnam’s prints and quilts have been shown internationally. “44°and 80° North” references her recent travel to Svalbard for the Arctic Circle Residency aboard a tall ship, sailing 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Also opening is “Regional Wood & Metal Work” featuring the work of Peter Bennett, Eben Foss, Chris Joyce, Joseph Tracy, and Doug Wilson. The Turtle Gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Road. All shows will be on display through Saturday, August 16.

Wallwork The Gallery presents Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

Wallwork The Gallery presents “Succulent: The New Works of Angela Cunningham.” “This body of work is inspired by exquisite forms in nature. I am drawn to the seductive textures, elegant lines, and fertile energy of flowers. Fruits and vegetables fascinate me with their tantalizing colors, dense seed structure, and grotesque beauty. The human body enters here and there – the curve of a hip, the softness of belly….” The show runs through August 8. Wallwork is located at 67 Pascal Ave. in Rockport. For more information visit wallwork.us.

Barn Gallery announces 63rd Art Auction

Ogunquit Auction

“Crockett Cove/ Vinalhaven” by Pat Hardy

Barn Gallery announces the 63rd Annual Ogunquit Art Association Art Auction at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card, or leave a Silent Bid 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, August 1, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, or online at oaaartauction.com. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org or call (207) 646-8400.