Courthouse Gallery opens 2 new shows

Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth exhibits two new shows August 20 – September 14 with an Artists’ Reception 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20.

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“In the Moment” by Philip Frey

Whether in the studio or outside painting en plein air, Philip Frey has always appreciated the challenge of capturing change. For “In the Moment,” Frey turns his focus toward movement by using intense color and variegated brushwork. Light falls over planes and forms, animating objects and figures—water sparkles, rocks are no longer inert, old cars come alive. In Summer, Frey’s composition imbues the happenstance of Degas, who boldly organized his pictorial space like a photographer, previously an unheard of concept. Like Degas, Frey contrast wide unencumbered areas with figures pushing them toward the periphery even cropping some on the edge. This leaves Frey plenty of room to work his magic when he tones large areas devoid of detail with bold color and shimmering hues.

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“Cascade Falls” by Ed Nadeau

Ed Nadeau joins Paul Hannon in a two-person show that brings attention to the power and intrigue of ordinary moments and illuminates common place scenes with an extraordinary richness and depth. Ed Nadeau thrives on everyday life—whether it’s the remnant of a cigarette in the road or two crows perched on a power line high above a neighborhood street. Known for his paintings of a life lived “near the edge,” Nadeau has an uncanny ability to bring his unique narrative vision to the landscape. In Cascade Falls everything is wet—water rips its way through a narrow gorge, sliding over rocks made smooth by years of erosion and spilling out of the canvas into the viewer’s space. The forest is dense, the air heavy, and one can smell the dampness of a summer rain. Nadeau intensifies the excitement by deliberately placing a branch at the edge of the frontal plane, as if offering a lifeline to a capsized rafter.

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“The Immigrant” by Paul Hannon

Paul Hannon, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, uses this quaint maritime city as inspiration for his captivating urban scenes. Here, Hannon’s rich imagery recalls mid-century America, a wistful era of simpler times—before big-box stores, shopping malls, and the Internet—when mom and pop stores occupied every corner, in every neighborhood. Hannon prefers evening scenes, using the light from street lamps and neon signs to make subtle distinctions in expression—rainy streets shimmer with colorful hues, weathered facades are beautifully shadowed, and windows glow from within. Yet, paintings like The Immigrant suggest another layer of meaning hovering beneath the innocence and nostalgia.

MFT Gallery spins Cow Tales from facts and fine art

It takes a brave artist to paint cows in Maine. It takes a brave farmer to milk them.

The first statement has to do with how cow paintings may be perceived in the greater world of art. Plenty of artists attempt to paint cows – few escape the judgment of being cliché. To paint a cow and wow your audience is no small feat.

The second statement relates to the state of the dairy industry in Maine. Maine farms are perfectly suited to raise healthy cows and produce delicious milk – but the federal milk pricing system makes it very difficult for farmers to cover the cost of producing milk.

Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 40’s and 50’s, are also included.

These three female artists have more in common than the obvious subject matter of their art: each one has been putting her brush to the canvas for many decades and can boast an impressive resume of both gallery and museum shows.

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Large Holstein by Frances Hynes

Frances Hynes, an artist who divides her time between Maine and New York, is perhaps better known for her abstract work. Her minimalist cows, however, are noteworthy creations from her earlier figurative period which deserve to be put to pasture in a museum. They stand on large canvases, dominated by blacks and whites with occasional pinks or greens highlighting a barn, a hill, a window. It is in fact this same window motif from Hynes’ 1980’s farm animal series which became the familiar grid pattern underlying many of her later paintings – as such, these pieces pinpoint a pivotal moment in the artist’s development.

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“Totton’s Herd” by Sharon Yates

Sharon Yates, who hails from Washington County, knows her cattle. Years ago she moved from painting scenic coastal motifs to the study of cows. “I was struck by their angular forms moving in the changing light and weather,” explains the artist, who insists on painting her subjects in their natural environment. “Cows are worth the trouble because they have intensified the immediacy of my experience in painting outdoors. They ignite the landscape. Positioning myself low to the ground and close up to these animals, I see their anatomy and movements no matter how slight.” Yates thrives on the unexpected: “Ruts, wet spots, manure and fences often rule.” As do the resulting paintings: small oils with a big aura, cast with a sculptural hand.

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Dairy Barn from Ten Big Farms (Knopf, NY) by Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar behooves no introduction. A farm-girl at heart, illustrator of over thirty children’s books and still painting in her nineties, she is rightly considered one of Maine’s Masters. She was awarded the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America award in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. In 2013, Maine College of Art (MECA) awarded Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. Ipcar’s original children’s book illustrations were exhibited at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in May 2013; for Cow Tales, the artist has contributed several original drawings and watercolors from the 40’s and 50’s which previously werenot for sale. Of these, the graphite drawing of two Jersey Cows, with its seemingly effortless, steady lines and delightful curves, is an absolute gem.

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study of cows by Dahlov Ipcar

Additional works by the featured artists, with farm-related subject matter beyond cows, are shown on the gallery’s second floor, as well as several cow paintings by other gallery artists. Among these is a small watercolor of grazing cattle by the late Joseph Fiore (1925-2008), donated to the Trust to raise funds for farmland preservation.

Cow Tales launches Friday August 22nd with a reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m., open to the public. In addition, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be open for Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk on Friday August 29 and September 26, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Regular opening hours of MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast are Monday through Friday, 9 – 4. For extra summer hours on Friday evening and Saturdays, please check the gallery website: mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. The show will be on display from August 22 through September 29, 2014.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Barn Gallery plays “The Mystery of Henry Darger”

The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm with the showing of the film The Mystery of Henry Darger at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit.

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Henry Joseph Darger (April 12, 1892—April 13, 1973) was a writer who kept to himself and worked as a custodian in Chicago. He was not known as an artist until after his death when his art work was discovered among his possessions. He was possibly born in Brazil or Germany and lived with his father, who was a tailor and known as a kind man, until 1900 when his crippled father had to be taken to live in the Catholic Mission. At this time, the young Darger was placed in a Catholic boy’s home. His father died in 1905 and his son was placed in an institution for the feeble-minded. After several attempts, he finally managed to escape in 1908 and found employment in a Catholic hospital and in this way supported himself for the next 50 years. He went to Mass daily, sometimes 5 times in a day and dressed shabbily and rarely interacted with other people. In 1930 he found a room on the second floor of Chicago’s north side.

Were he living today, he could be the subject of one of the “Buried Alive” type TV programs as it seems that he saved every piece of trash and junk he came upon. After his death in 1973 his landlord, the photographer Nathan Lerner, was cleaning out the debris from his apartment finding hundreds of Pepto-Bismol bottles, a thousand balls of string, newspapers, magazines, comic books, religious items, and much more. Amid this accumulation of junk and trash, Lerner found 12 huge volumes with 14,000 or some say 19,000 legal-size pages filled with single-spaced typing comprising Henry Darger’s life work. The title of the composition: The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Darger first wrote this in long hand (taking 11 years) and began typing it in 1912.

But much more important than the composition were the hundreds of watercolors Lerner found that were done to illustrate his work, some done on legal-size sheets, others 3 or 4 feet high and 10 to 12 feet long composed of single sheets glued together. Henry Darger had no training in art and probably never visited a museum but the pictures are colorful and well done. He seemed to have an innate understanding of art and composition. He traced elements from other sources onto his pictures if he felt like it and if the picture he wanted to copy wasn’t the right size to fit in his composition, he took it to a camera shop to be enlarged or reduced in size. His art includes Edwardian interiors, tranquil flowered landscapes including children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of terror depicting children being tortured. Many of his paintings also included collage elements and other mixed media.

Don’t miss this film about this most interesting artist, Henry Darger, presented at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit on Wednesday August 27 at 7:30 pm. The film will be projected onto 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. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Come early to have time to view the art on display.

Tillman Crane Photography features new work

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Tillman Crane presents over 70 images of new work at his 22 Pearl Street gallery in Camden. The gallery is open by appointment most of the year. Tillman Crane is a large format photographer specializing in platinum prints. Artist, teacher and photojournalist, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over 30 years. Known for his beautiful, luminescent prints of the quiet corners in life that most of us simply pass by, his images pull us in for a closer look. Whether the subject is man-made or God-made, each contains a quality of light and detail that provides both a sense of the “real” and that of spirit. Crane also has two images in the exhibit Second Sight at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This show is from the David Kronn collection and runs from August 1 through November 9. For more inf visit tillmancrane.com

New Artwork at Pemaquid Gallery

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“Autumn at the Point” by Peggy Farrell

As they have in past seasons, the exhibiting artists of The Pemaquid Artists Group have refreshed their panels with new works of art. Visitors to the gallery after the mid-season point will discover many new and exciting oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors. In addition to larger framed works, gallery visitors will find smaller and very affordable paintings on the gallery’s three “mini-boards.” Several bins offer matted, but unframed original artwork. The Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits only original work by local artists who reside on the Pemaquid peninsula. There is an original painting for every taste and for every pocketbook.

The 2014 exhibiting artists include: Barbara Applegate, Debra L. Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, Bill Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson, Jr., and Bob Vaughan.

Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 677-2752. The website is pemaquidartgallery.com.

Invitational Showcase of 40 Maine’s Best Craftsmen at The Samoset

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Samoset Resort hopes to see friends and fans at this new, very fine show!

This is an Invitational Showcase of 40 of Maine’s best craftsmen, many of whom have been recognized nationally. I’m honored to be exhibiting with this exceptional group of artists, and look forward to seeing you there. Show hours at Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wishing you happy summer days and nights. For more information or directions to the Samoset, find it here.

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three rugs by Sara Hotchkiss

Irvine and Little for Tuesday Talk at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will host an illustrated talk and book signing with artist William Irvine and author and art critic Carl Little, based on Little’s new book William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey. The Tuesday Talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on August 19 at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. in downtown Rockport. Admission to the talk is free.

The book chronicles the life and career of Irvine from his formative years in Scotland to a visit to his new studio in Brooklin, Maine. Irvine’s journey in art 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. In the ensuing forty-plus years, Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes and his enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. Carl Little is the author of several books, including Paintings of Maine, The Art of Monhegan Island, Winslow Homer and the Sea, Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond, and The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He writes for several publications, including ARTnews; Art New England; Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors; and Island Journal. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey was published by Marshall Wilkes, Inc.

CMCA is grateful for the generous support of main media sponsor Maine Home + Design magazine. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Galleries are open Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Greenhut Galleries opens “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark”

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“Old Quarry” by Jon Imber

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Jon Imber (1950 – 2014) Power of the Mark,” August 7 – 30, 2014. “Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting… a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber: My Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, and Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

It’s Member Appreciation Week at the PMA!

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We love our members at the Portland Museum of Art—so much, in fact, that we’re having our first Member Appreciation Week next week, August 11th through 17th. All week long PMA Members can enjoy special offers and programs throughout the museum. It’s our way of saying thank you, and just a token of affection from the PMA to you!

  • Receive double your regular discount in the PMA Store and thank-you gifts.
  • Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea in the PMA Café by Aurora Provisions.
  • Enter a free raffle to win two Winslow Homer Studio Tour tickets.
  • Attend a free screening of Life Itself, the life of the late, great Roger Ebert, from PMA Movies and SPACE Gallery.

Not a member? Join today and enjoy all the extra benefits of Member Appreciation Week!

NRCM offers Watercolor Workshop

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

Please join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an exciting opportunity to explore and paint views of the proposed National Park. On Sunday, August 24th local artist and instructor Marsha Donahue will hold a day-long watercolor workshop at the Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from Medway. Pack your portable painting equipment, bug spray, and a portable chair. Your supplies should fit in a backpack. The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes lunch. Participants are responsible for materials and lodging. Please contact Eliza Donoghue at eliza@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0118 with any questions.

Turtle Gallery hosts all media 75th Anniversary Show

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The Turtle Gallery will host an all media Deer Isle Bridge – 75th Anniversary Show; a collection of Brooches to Wear by gallery jewelers; and collections of new paintings by Nina Jerome and Michael Weymouth. This third show of the 2014 season will open
with a reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday August 17 and will run through September 6.

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“New Mexico Ridge, Stormy Sky” by Nina Jerome

Painter Nina Jerome’s current showing titled “Unfamiliar Territory” is comprised of paintings done away from Maine. Jerome has been teaching drawing and painting at the University of Maine in Orono since 1987. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Rhode
Island School of Design, she has been inspired by light and color interacting with both natural and constructed environments. Outdoor interests such as kayaking and hiking have influenced her painting. She says that while traveling, the embedded triggers of light,
structure, color, and movement kick in at unexpected moments.

“View from the Ledge” by Michael Weymouth

Maine native, Michael Weymouth graduated from New England School of Art in Boston Massachusetts in 1963. In 1973 he started Weymouth Design, which became one of the leading annual report design firms in the country. He is photographer, painter and author of several books. Weymouth was awarded this year’s excellence in publishing award which went to poet Elizabeth Garber and painter/photographer Weymouth for their self-published collaboration Maine: Island Time. Their coffee-table book celebrates Maine’s islands, especially Great Spruce Head Island, owned by the Porter family and a muse to nature photographer Eliot Porter and painter Fairfield Porter. This show is comprised of the original pieces from which the book is made. Weymouth will sign copies of the books at the opening. The Turtle Gallery also shows blown and cast glass, limited edition prints, sculpture, clay and jewelry. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Rd. (Route 15) and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 2 – 6 p.m. Please visit online at theturtlegallery.com or call 348 9977 for further information.

Art and Fine Craft in the Northeast Harbor art tent

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delicate blossoms necklace by Suzanne Anderson

Four Maine artists will be inhabiting the art tent in Northeast Harbor starting Wednesday August 21. Bright, colorful and soulful works: paintings by Wendilee Heath O’Brien of Whopaints, garden sculpture by Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians, jewelry and fiber pieces by Suzanne Anderson of YIKES! Studio, and wearables by Kendra Haskel of Whimsey. The art tent is at 126 Main St., across from Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor. There will be a special opening reception on Thursday, August 21 at 5 p.m. Come meet the artists, have some wine & snacks. Featuring music by dj Selekta. The art tent will be open 9 – 5 every day, August 21 through 26. For more info contact suzanne@yikestudio.com.

Tidemark Galleries open four new shows

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“Quebec City” by Julian Sacks

Tidemark Gallery‘s featured artist is Julian Sacks, equally at home in rural Whitefield, Maine, as in the urban centers of the world. For this show, his oils and watercolors are all “Citiscapes.”

Friendship’s Maine Coast Artist Gallery is presenting “Inspired by the Earth,” a collection of fine art and crafts.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery hosts painter, Jim Root, with sculpture and paintings by Philippe Guillerm.

Old Number Nine will have a pop-up show of paintings by Bob Besaw and Stephen Parmley, with sculpture by Parmley.

High Street Studio celebrates “Patchwork of Color”

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“Sewing Strata” by Diane Savona

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast hosts guest artists Jeanne Dawson, Diane Hire, Diane Savona, and Jerri Finch for “Patchwork of Color: Quilts as Inspiration” August 28 through September 24 with and Opening Reception Friday, August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m with hands on activities.

A one-day acrylic painting workshop with artist Susan Tobey White at Penobscot Marine Museum will be held on Friday, August 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The exhibition and workshop anticipate “Do It Your Way: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” at the Fiber College of Maine in September.

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens “Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France & America”

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“In Her Boudoir” by Georges Ferdinand Lemmers

“Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France and America” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, August 16th. From views of Paris, the foothills of Vermont and the coast of Monhegan, this exhibition focuses on European and American landscape and genre paintings spanning the Realism through Impressionist movements.

European works featured in the exhibition include a rich, impressionistic interior by Belgian artist Georges Ferdinand Lemmers (Belgian, 1871-1944). “In Her Boudoir” illustrates Lemmers’ mastery of the European Impressionist style and his versatility as an artist adroitly combining the nude, still life and an eloquent interior into a single composition. Rich blues and warm creamy oranges vitalize the painting’s intimate subject matter. French artist Jules Herve (French, 1887-1981) captures children watching the crowds at La Place de Concorde while Jean Salabet (French, b. 1900) depicts the sun setting along the Conciegerie, the streets filled with people and the vendor stalls filled with colorful fares. The horse and rider in Marcel Vertes’ (American/Hungarian, 1895-1961) “Circus Performer” leap across the page, the movement and strength of the horse portrayed with simple tones and brushwork

American works highlighted in the exhibition include John Whorf’s (American, 1903-1959) impressionistic watercolor, “By the Stream,” depicting a female nude awash in dappled sunlight, bathing at the edge of a woodland stream. Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott’s (American, 1846-1925) realistic and delicate rendition of Monhegan Village, with the rocky mass of Manana in the background records island life in the 1890′s. A group of impressionistic oils of the Vermont landscape by Lucy Hariot Booth (American, 1869-1952) are also on display. Booth, who studied with Theodore Robinson (American, 1852 – 1896), captures the foothills and fields around Townsend, Vermont with thick broken brushwork and pastel tones. Paintings by Robert Phillip, Reginald Marsh, A.C. Goodwin, Carolus Duran, Charles Emile Jacque, Louis Teicher and others will also be featured in exhibition.

Contemporary New England paintings will be on display, including colorful still life paintings by Geer Morton, Ann Getsinger and Marjorie Moskowitz, and coastal and inland Maine views by Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Tom McCobb, Don Stone, Guy Corriero, Tom Curry, Diana Johnson, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, Roberta Goschke, David Kasman and Carlton Plummer.

“Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France and America” will be on display through September 30th. For more information, call (207) 882-7682, or visit the gallery’s website at wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

Abbie Williams returns to Summer Island Studio

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“Dr. Proctor’s Hollyhocks” by Abbie Williams

Abbie Williams from Damariscotta Mills will be returning the month of August to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans.

William’s paintings are all glimpses into her perception of life along the coast of Maine, the Island of Monhegan and Taos New Mexico. Using rich color and employing the dramatic light of the coast and the high desert, she works to capture the extraordinary way the light changes moment to moment which infuses her response to the colors that are often too subtle for the casual observer.

Having spent most her life painting and living along the coast of Maine, then spending 10 years painting the high desert of New Mexico, she has continually been inspired by the challenges the local environment presents. Traditionally trained as a painter, Williams has spent a lifetime observing and taking in the nuances of color, shape, textures and light that make up what she paints and now through in her work.

The Gallery at Somes Sound openings & book signing

The Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville presents an Artists’ Opening Reception and Book Signing on Sunday, August 17 from 4 – 6:30 p.m., featuring artist and author Joellyn Duesberry as she introduces her book Elevated Perspective: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry and exhibits  her paintings “Reflections of Maine, Coming Home.”

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“Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island” by Joellyn Duesberry

“My instinctual search of the Maine Coastal landscape in the past 5 decades for subjects en plein air relating to aesthetic elements which fascinate me, has given me peak experiences unattainable anywhere else. Manmade traces seem to have been gentle on the landscape, and the geometry I seek to uncover in the land is thus often aided by structures, dwellings within the darkly forested sites or detritus on the beaches. My recent compositions of Maine show less struggle with building abstraction, whether stern hard rock or limpid water, and, therefore more of a load of deep feelings, both current and remembered, articulated and inchoate, that make me want to paint this particular place called Maine” …. Joellyn Duesberry

“Meet the Master Furniture Makers of Maine”, features furniture by Aaron Fedarko, Howard Hatch, David Leach and Brian Reid. “I like to think of my work as traditional because I know that my ideas are strongly influenced by what has come before. I am not trying to reinvent furniture. I am just one maker involved in the inexorable cyclical evolution of furniture design that has been going on for some 5000 years,” says Brian Reid.

The exhibitions will run through Saturday August 30.

Bristol Road artists exhibit under tents

 

On August 22 – 24, land and seascape artists, Will Kefauver, 144 Bristol Rd., and Jan Kilburn, 168 Bristol Rd., along with Marnie Sinclair, 172 Bristol Rd., from the Bristol Road Galleries, will be featuring their own work as well as that of visiting artists, under several tents. Saturday, during the day, Marnie will be demonstrating how to create fanciful birds and animal wire sculptures. Her demonstration as well as that of other artists will be followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m.

Marnie Sinclair, a process artist who works in many different mediums, has just opened her gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, on the Bristol Rd. in Damariscotta. She is newly arrived to the area from Martha’s Vineyard and since moving here has joined three other artists who are close neighbors to create the Bristol Road Galleries.

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“CO2 (in the atmosphere from fossil fuel emissions)” by Marnie Sinclair

Marnie’s work has always been inspired by nature and her particular affinity is for animals. Sculpture is her preferred mode of expression and she has recently started to create birds and animals in wire. The wire sculpture is an off shoot of a series of 52 sculptures that were done in driftwood, electrical wire and theater gels and spoke directly to the many aspects of climate change. Her sense of urgency about the state of the planet led to a video that she created using her work to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field: “Nature’s Spin Through Art.”

Since arriving in Maine she has created a traveling exhibit of this work along with her video and talk about art, balance, and climate change. Currently she is looking for venues in which to do her talk. As an environmental activist she is also part of a group in Lincoln County who are starting an Energy Coop.

Argosy Gallery honors T. M. Nicholas and Ronal Parlin

 

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“Summer Floats” by Ronal Parlin

On August 23 and 24 the Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor will host a Milestone Exhibition in honor of T. M. Nicholas and Ronal Parlin who recently turned fifty and sixty, respectively. The Porcupine Room of the Bar Harbor Inn will be the appropriately elegant setting.

Parlin grew up, one of nine children, in a small house surrounded by the woods of Kingfield, ME. Nicholas, the only child of noted artist Tom Nicholas, NA, grew up in the art colony of Rockport, MA. Drawing at eight and painting at fourteen, Parlin set off for Boston at seventeen to attend the New England School of Art, one of the few schools teaching realism at that time. Nicholas had an equally precocious youth and at fifteen started his formal training under John Terelak, founder of the Gloucester Academy of Art. He later studied for two years under his father. By their late twenties each artist had work actively sought after by patrons, and each was featured in major magazine articles.

From early and promising starts both artists built outstanding careers and earned the admiration of peers and collectors nationwide. This show will feature Tom and Ron’s most recent Maine paintings. These works represent contemporary traditional landscape at its most vibrant. Exhibition hours are 2-5 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception 6 – 9 p.m., Saturday. For more information please call (207) 288-9226.