Art House Picture Frames celebrates August with Joshua Ferry

Autumn is fast upon us! The wheel of the year keeps on turning. It’s difficult to believe that summer is rapidly coming to a close. But, there has definitely been a chill in the air and the leaves are turning rich hues of red, orange, and yellow. There is something about Maine during this time of year. The air is filled with the sharp scent of wood smoke and a hike through the woods is invigorating. Day and night are in balance and it is a perfect time to take stock of our lives and work at achieving a similar equilibrium.

Art House Picture Frames in Portland celebrates the shift in season and five years of business with an artist reception for Joshua Ferry on the October First Friday, October 3, from 5-8 p.m.

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“August 4″ by Joshua Ferry

Joshua Ferry “August 6″ by Joshua Ferry

Art House Picture Frames is located at 61 Pleasant Street, in Portland. For more information call (207) 221-3443 or visit arthousepictureframes.com.

Salty Dog Gallery Presents “Adventures in India”

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The Salty Dog Gallery in Prospect Harbor will be displaying photographs by Dean Kotula for the duration of the season.

“Traveling in India is a thrill; it will enchant one moment and try your patience the next. India happens to you. You will learn to loosen up some of the controls you use to navigate life and come away with a fuller, deeper understanding and appreciation of not only yourself but other people and animals that share this planet. It will be unforgettable. At least this has been my experience and it is my privilege to share this adventure with you.”

The Salty Dog Gallery is a seasonal gallery located at 173 Main St. in Prospect Harbor. We deal exclusively in 20th century and contemporary fine art photography. For more information call (207) 963-7575 or visit saltydoggallery.net.

“Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection” On View at PMA

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“Queen Elizabeth I” by Hans Eworth (English, born Belgian, circa 1520-1579)

This fall, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will showcase a rich survey of British art spanning six centuries in the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, the exhibition will feature 50 masterworks of British art by luminaries including Hans Holbein the Younger, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, Angelica Kauffman, and George Stubbs. The Berger Collection is one of the most impressive collections of British art in America and this exhibition provides audiences the rare opportunity to see such a significant body of paintings in this region. The PMA is the first venue in this traveling show, which will be on view in Portland October 2, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

With its diverse array of subjects and styles spanning six centuries of artistic practice, Treasures of British Art traces key developments in British art and culture through a chronological presentation of works. The earliest picture, a gilded altarpiece with a Crucifixion scene from circa 1395, is also an extremely rare surviving example of late Medieval religious painting—the type of object that was systematically destroyed in England when King Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. Portraiture has long been an important genre in British art, and this tradition is well-represented in the exhibition from the linear, decorative style of 16th-century portraits of Tudor royals and nobility, to the loosely brushed naturalism ushered in by Sir Anthony van Dyck and found in 17th- and 18th-century portraiture, to the expressionistic 21st-century image of the artist David Hockney by Adam Birtwistle. Marine paintings and landscapes of faraway places—including a monumental naval battle painting by Adriaen van Diest and a luminous harbor scene by John Constable—reflect not only shifting aesthetic approaches to the natural world, but also the importance of maritime life and overseas exchange in the history of the British Isles. History paintings, equestrian subjects, and other important genres of the British school in styles ranging from the traditional to modern round out the expansive breadth of the exhibition.

The Berger Collection is a major private collection largely of British art, with a small but significant group of works by artists of other schools, including the French artist François Boucher and the American Winslow Homer. The late William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger began amassing this collection in the mid-1990s out of their dual passion for British culture and for art’s potential to educate. Now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and placed on long-term loan at the Denver Art Museum, the collection continues to expand through new acquisitions. The British paintings, drawings, and art objects number approximately 200 works and span more than six centuries—from the 14th to the 21st century. The very best paintings from this extraordinary collection have been selected for the traveling exhibition to fulfill the Berger family’s mission of sharing these masterpieces with a wide public audience.

Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title authored by Kathleen Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection. This catalogue includes full-color plates and detailed entries on each of the works in the exhibition.

Marnie Sinclair “Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art”

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“Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures, and designs especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.”

Marnie Sinclair’s traveling sculpture exhibit Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art attempts to ” incorporate Nature’s extreme beauty with a bit of tension from our careless abuse of our only home.” Marnie is looking for venues to display and discuss “balance, art and climate change,” followed by her movie,”Nature’s Spin Through Art,” which uses sculptu her sculptures to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field, Bill McKibben, 350.org, George Woodwell, founder of Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, retired Physicist from NOAA.

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“Nature’s Spin Through Art” on YouTube

Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.

9 Maine Artists in the Howard Hill Exhibition

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), presents a very special benefit art exhibition October 12 – November 1, 2014 at Slates Restaurant located at 167 Water Street. in Hallowell in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of the Howard Hill property in Augusta.

A public reception at Slates on Sunday, October 12 from 5 - 8 p.m. will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30pm at the Harlow Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, cash bar.

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Howard Hill consists of 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign, and 50% of art sales from the show will benefit the Howard Hill project, with some artists donating 100% of sales to the project. An open call earlier this year invited Maine artists to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill. The work to be included in benefit exhibition was selected by a a group of jurors including Norm Rodrigue and Jane Davis from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery. Artists whose work was selected for exhibition include:

Nancy Bixler of Hallowell
Angie Blevins of New Sharon
Ramona du Houx of Solon
Penny Markley of Winthrop
Nancy McGinnis of Hallowell
Robin Miller of Augusta
Johanna Moore of Farmingdale
Jane Page-Conway of Bowdoinham
Judith Schuppien of Pittson

Established in 1988, The Kennebec Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. The Trust protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 4,800 acres on 60 properties through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. Volunteers have constructed 37 miles of trails on KLT land and developed informative brochures and maps of KLT properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County’s natural landscape. Most properties are open to the public for walking, hiking, hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, and creating art! For more information, visit them online at tklt.org.

Wiscasset Art Walk highlights Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

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Curious about how to throw a clay pot – or even what that means? Visit the pop-up gallery at 106 Main Street during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, September 25, 5 – 8 p.m., where artists from the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts will be demonstrating wheel and hand-building techniques with clay. Watershed will also have a pottery sale, featuring the work of current artists-in-residence, Watershed staff, and nationally renowned clay artists.

The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts was established in 1986, at a former brick-making factory, with a dual mission: to provide artists time and space to explore ideas with clay and to promote education and awareness of the ceramic arts among the general public. Watershed is located in Newcastle on a 32 acre campus that includes a 16,000 sq. ft. studio “barn” space and a state of the art kiln facility.

During the summer and fall, small groups of artists live and work at Watershed in a close-knit community with room, board, and 24/7 studio access. Artists come to Watershed to follow their own path of inquiry while benefiting from the wisdom and inspiration of other artists in residence. Watershed artists also provide clay education and creative experiences to diverse populations throughout Maine. For clay artists, Watershed offers workshops throughout the year and use of the kilns and studio spaces. Through their “Mudmobile” program, teaching artists bring Maine clay, tools, and glazes to off-campus sites for workshops, including community centers, senior programs, and public and private schools. Watershed has served over 1,200 clay artists and more than 20,000 children and adults through community education programs.

During the Wiscasset Art Walk, Watershed will feature their fall residents in their temporary gallery at 106 Main St. These dedicated ceramic artists come from as far away as Georgia, Nevada, and Oregon to spend six weeks ‘exploring mud’ and creating a wide range of ceramics during their time at Watershed. In addition to demonstrations, completed pieces will be on display to Art Walk visitors, and artists will be on hand to talk about their work, their technique, and the Watershed residency program. Artists include Alex O’Neal, Charal Hatfield, Jackie Sedlock, Kristina Hamm, Meredith Morten, Molly Allen, and Sarah Southwick.

Enjoy the vibrancy of Wiscasset Village during the last Wiscasset Art Walk of 2014! Galleries, artists’ studios, and most shops will be open from 5 – 8 p.m. to welcome visitors. Major Sponsors are The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, and Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk 2015 as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Ocean House Gallery & Frame Grand Opening!

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Ocean House Gallery & Frame has been working feverishly to get the shop ready and now are excited to share the news that they are Officially Open For Business at 299 Ocean House Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Stop by anytime to say hello, or visit on facebook, and if you know anyone who needs framing done in the area, send them in their direction! Ocean House Gallery & Frame regular business hours will be: Wednesday – Saturday from 12 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Joyce Steel “Stillpoint” at Tidemark Gallery

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“Sea Smoke #2″ by Joyce Eames Steel

Tidemark Gallery on Main Street in Waldoboro will host an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 6, for “Stillpoint”, a show of paintings by artist Joyce Eames Steel, which will be on view from September 3 – October 4.

Steel’s small scale works, in oil and in acrylic, range in style from realism to non-representational. Some are executed with attention to detail, while others move beyond the descriptive to focus on light and color to achieve the subtle essence of the moment. Whether a coastal scene or a non-objective piece, her paintings frequently capture the feeling of “still shots” — timeless, serene and contemplative.

Steel belongs to a family of artists in Maine. She began her formal art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and holds a degree in design from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. She also studied painting and design at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her varied career has included teaching art both in private and public schools, graphic design and marketing, work in the non-profit sector and in social services – most recently for Healthy Lincoln County. She currently paints from her studio in Waldoboro and plans to teach classes at River Arts in Damariscotta in the upcoming year.

This September 6 event will be another in a series of multiple-gallery openings including Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Friendship, Philippe Guillerm Gallery and Old Number Nine in Waldoboro.

Tidemark Gallery hours are 10 to 5, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main Street, Waldoboro, 832-5109, or visit tidemarkgallery.com

Music and Poetry Saturday and Sunday in Waldoboro Village

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On Saturday, 27 September, 6:30 p.m., there will be a folk, blues, jazz jam at
Old Number Nine, Friendship Street, next to the drug store in downtown
Waldoboro. Everyone is welcome to bring their acoustic instruments, snacks,
beverages and talent.

On Sunday, 28 September, 2:30 p.m., Old Number Nine will also host an open
reading of poetry and/or prose, followed by a potluck supper of finger foods and
salads. Stephen Randall Parmley will read from his collected poems, “Gaia
Sutra.”

Contributions will help support the Medomak Arts Project — MAP — A Public
Benefit Corporation, in its aim to foster the creative arts in the Medomak
region. For more information, please call 790-0527.

Awards, Publication for Bayview Artists!

Bayview Gallery is proud to announce that Mariella Bisson has won a major two-year Fellowship in Painting from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Established in 1985 by Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock and a significant painter in her own right, “for the purpose of providing financial assistance to artists of established ability.” A hearty congratulations to Mariella and we look forward to bringing you the fruits of her labors as we receive them!

Mariella Bisson at Bayview Gallery

“Fawn’s Leap, Pale Moon” by Mariella Bisson

Wendy Newcomb creates luminous and brightly colored paintings of the lakes, harbors and mountains of Maine. The first of two covers she has done for L.L. Bean are in your mailboxes right now!

Janet Laird-Lagassee (one of our most awarded painters) has announced that her miniature watercolor painting “Matchless” has been awarded the Best of Watercolor Award at the Artistic Designs Gallery Juried Miniature Show in Brownsburg, Indiana and “Pumpkins No. 60″ was awarded Best of Show at the Heartland Art Guild International Miniatures Art Show at the Miami County Historical Society Museum in Paola, Kansas! In addition, “Wood Pile” earned the Fine Art Miniature Distinction Award at the Roswell Fine Arts League/New Mexico Miniature Arts Society International Juried Show at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center in New Mexico.

Janet Laird-Lagassee at Bayview Gallery

“Matchless” by Janet Laird-Lagassee

 

 

Kindling Fund – Grants for Artists Informational Meeting at Waterfall Arts

The Kindling Fund

Nat May, Director of SPACE Gallery will present information about The Kindling Fund on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 PM at Waterfall Arts. He will present a brief overview of the artist grant program and take questions about the guidelines and application process.

SPACE Gallery in Portland created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation, unconventional engagement, and critical dialogue, and encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction, and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one-time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast; for more information visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222. For further information about The Kindling Fund, visit kindlingfund.org.

PMA Opens Family Space: Playing with Collections

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Just in time for the new school year, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has opened a family exhibition PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections. The PMA collection includes more than 18,000 objects and is made up of many kinds of art: painting, sculpture, prints, photography, glass, ceramics, and furniture. Families are invited to closely examine objects from the PMA’s permanent collection and to sharpen their looking skills by making comparisons. They can curate their own collections and use the gallery cards to explore the PMA collection and to apply these looking skills to other works of art. Located in the PMA’s McLellan House and based upon play, fun, and curiosity, this lab of hands-on activities and games is designed for families to experiment and create their own art. PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections is on view through February 28, 2015.

Celebrate Autumn with Belfast Final Fridays Art Walk

Enjoy an evening of Autumn air and visual delights during Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk Septemeber 26 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.! Over 20 downtown galleries participate in the Final Fridays Art Walks in downtown Belfast, Maine. Look for the blue flags! Enjoy the paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, assemblage, and fine craft of local Maine artists, all on display in Belfast’s downtown galleries. The Final Fridays Art Walk will also feature local performers, sharing a variety of talents including music and dance. Join teaching artist Bridget Matros for an all-ages hands-on activity for the artist in everyone! Parents can get tips on family-friendly galleries to visit and how to enjoy the Art Walk with kids. Bus groups are welcomed. Free!

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Fresh Cup Gallery  is proud to announce the addition of works by local artist Gabriella D’Italia. D’Italia’s professional practice began with an emphasis on fiber, especially quilting techniques, which has earned her membership in Maine’s longstanding craft guilds such as The Maine Crafts Guild and the Maine Crafts Association. The conceptual nature of D’Italia’s practice has expanded her range of materials and techniques, and although she still uses labor intensive, repetitive processes in most work, it now includes video, writing, and installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally as well as in Maine. Fresh Cup is also proud to exhibit new works from local potters Nate Willever, Paige Pride, Adam Bogosian, and Cory Upton-Cosulich.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows 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 1940’s and 50’s, are also included.

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Quench: Provisions for the Savvy on Beaver Street will open Artfully Orchestrated: Illustrations on Vintage Sheet Music by Jessica Harris. Harris’s ink and watercolor illustrations of animals, plants, and garden fairiest on a piece of vintage music sheet work in unison to create a collective dynamic between art and music.

The last Final Fridays Art Walk for 2014 will be October 31, Halloween!
For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

Be a part of the LIVE audience for the BCC Inspire-a-thon

Come be part of the live audience for the Belfast Creative Coalition’s first INSPIRE-A-THON, an old-fashioned telethon that will be broadcast live over BCTV2 and streamed live over the internet from Troy Howard Middle School stage on Sunday, September 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Co-hosts Chris Quimby and John Burstein will be coordinating all the action of the live performances, while the 2014 Cultivate Preview Party will be happening in the school’s gymnasium and an animal exhibit with horse rides on the grounds.

Inspire-a-thon

Breanna Pinkham Bebb on Ukelele, photo by Lorain Francis

Many of you remember what fun it was to see kids, grandkids, colleagues and neighbors share their talent live from a local TV station’s studios to support a worthy cause. Before the big celebrities, before the national sponsorships, it was all about showcasing the skills, inventiveness and abilities within one’s own community. This time, live operators will be taking pledges through the bank of cell phones.

As a live audience member enjoy comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, fashion yoga, mimes, fencing, dancers, and visual artists. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. Visit the Art Table, pet a llama and enjoy samples of fine art, handmade products and homegrown food at the Cultivate Preview Party. Prizes will be given out through out the day – so stick around!

To that end, the INSPIRE-A-THON will be an all-encompassing event: a showcase for local talent, a preview of the 2014 Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail in October, and to serve as a membership fundraising drive for the Coalition. For more information go to BelfastCreativeCoalition.org or email info@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

RSVP on Belfast Creative Coalition’s Facebook page under the – Inspire-a-thon Event.

Inspire-a-thon is made possible by BCC’s funders, sponsors and partners:
Troy Howard Middle School,Camden National Bank (Children’s Art Table), Unity Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Seeger Solutions Photography, Waterfall Arts, Chris Quimby I-Cracked iPhone Repair, and the City of Belfast.Thank you to our media sponsors:Courier Publications and BCTV2. And special Thank you to the totally inspired coordinator of the Inspir-a-thon and BCC board member, Elaine Bielenberg.

Betts Gallery features local artists in “Cut & Paste”

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This ubiquitous term, “cut and paste,” commonly associated with a few clicks of a mouse, has been masterfully translated by five local artists into a compelling exhibition of works using a variety of imaginative techniques. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the challenge using media ranging from steel to lace, fossil fuels to antique books and more. Works by Daniel Anselmi, Beth Henderson, Bennett Konesni, Abbie Read and Norman Tinker are featured in the Show which will run from September 24 through October 31. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.

Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer

Call For Artists: Inspired By Katahdin

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“Spring Comes to Katahdin” by Judy Taylor

The Harlow Gallery invites Maine artists to submit work to the upcoming exhibition “Inspired by Katahdin” to be presented in partnership with brothers David & Carl Little in November 2014.

Artist and author David Little has long been inspired by Maine’s tallest mountain, so much so that he wrote a book, Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region published by DownEast Books in 2013. The book follows a historic timeline using art inspired by the majestic mountain, as well as a collection of Katahdin literature, photography, graphics, maps and more, and was edited by Carl Little.

Submissions are being accepted via email through October 1, 2014. The exhibition will be on view November 7 – 29, 2014. The public reception on Friday, November 7, 5 – 8 p.m. will feature a book signing with David & Carl Little.

Other Opportunities in the Area:

The Augusta Downtown Alliance’s Design Committee and key community partners host the third annual Light on Water Art Walk on Water Street in downtown Augusta on Thursday, November 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many businesses on Water Street are interested in hosting various artists, musicians, and performers for this event.

Fall Workshops at Engine: Professional Development for Maine Creatives & Artists.
This series of workshops were developed to support artists, artisans, designers and other creatives and supplement their creative practices. From workshops to multi-session classes, creatives will learn and hone their skills to better suit their growing practices and businesses.

Pastel Painters Of Maine members and the public are invited to attend a panel discussion, “Parameters of Pricing Art – A Panel Discussion,” with gallery owners Keith Oehmig and Beth Newman, and artists Suzanne deLesseps and Peesh Rewak McClanahan. This free meeting will be held Thursday, October 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Patten Free Library Community Room in Bath. The focus of the presentation will be on elements artists and gallery owners weigh when pricing fine art. Variables may include an artwork’s size, medium, cost of materials, time expended, the artist’s sales record, appeal of a type of art, state of the economy, and many more. Subjective and ethical aspects of pricing art will also be explored.

Mainely Brews Restaurant in Waterville is looking for exhibiting artists.
Located in the historic Post Office building in downtown Waterville, Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse offers first-rate food, the finest ales, and the best live music in Central Maine. The tavern-style set up and friendly staff create a warm and welcoming environment. Artwork will hang in a function room called The Vault. This roomy dining area with pub-style seating and full windows is an ideal place for the whole family, private parties and business functions. The Vault can accommodate 18-25 framed pieces and has an art hanging system with security locks. Art must be PG-13 and artist must provide a price list and number sheet. Mainely Brews would like to sell art off the wall, as is.
For complete information contact Luke Duplessis at 692-7955 or mainelybrewsrestaurant@gmail.com.

What’s for Dinner? Suppahtime at Waterfall Arts

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Everyone is invited to Suppahtime, an AAAAH event, on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. AAAAH is an acronym for Affordable All Ages Art Happenings with multi-sensory, immersive party-events for everyone, brought to you by Waterfall Arts and Bridget Matros, producer of memorable amusements for the masses. These events are part of Waterfall Arts’ community outreach, designed to give everyone access to cool, one-of-a-kind events

This one, SUPPAHTIME, is the no-holds-barred community dining experience you’ve been waiting for YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Mainers love pot lucks and community dinners… but most have unwritten rules about playing with your food. That’s no fun! Join us at our super-long dinner table where it’s ok to get a little wacky with your edibles! First course: make anything you like with one ingredient: Play Dough. Second course: “real food” pot luck. Bring something to share! Dessert: What can YOU create on YOUR plate, with a few sweet items? Prizes for most artful, structurally sound, and least appetizing creations!

AAAAH events, with all their wacky, creative fun are $5 for adults at the door, $3 for kids under 13, and crawlers get in free. All ages are welcome.

For Suppahtime, bring some supper-food to share, with a label. At this green event, we’ll supply the plates and silverware but you must WYOP (wash yer own plate). Don’t worry… that part will be interesting too.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit waterfallarts.org or call (207) 338-2222.

2014 Biennial Exhibition Opens at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2014 Biennial Exhibition opens Saturday, September 27, with an artists’ reception from 4 to 6:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place at CMCA at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport.

The exhibition includes work by 28 artists, chosen by jurors Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Deborah Weisgall, arts and culture writer for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The New Yorker. Gross and Weisgall noted that the work in this Biennial includes a wide range of materials in a “surprising array of forms.” They said the exhibition “offers a sense of what artists working in Maine are thinking, feeling, and seeing: what has captured their attention — and ours.”

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“Some bring gifts, 2456708.562500″ by Leah Gauthier

More than 475 artists applied for the 2014 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. The artists whose work is included this year are Jeffrey Becton of Deer Isle; Emily Brown of South Montville; Stephanie Cardon of Cushing; Cole Caswell, Adriane Herman, John Knight, and Adam John Manley of Portland; Anne-Claude Cotty of Stonington; Cynthia Davis of Harpswell; Scott Davis of Rockland; Susan Dewsnap of Lewiston; Leah Gauthier and Bridget Spaeth of Brunswick; Lauren Gillette of York; Linda Mahoney of Waldoboro; Fred Michel of Westbrook; Munira Naqui of Falmouth; Sean Patrick O’Brien of Freeport; Jordie Oetken of Skowhegan; Jan Owen and Dennis Pinette of Belfast; Shannon Rankin of Rangeley; Meryl Ruth of Cumberland; Barbara Sullivan of Solon; Daphne Taylor of Montville; Sharon Townshend of Pownal; Jennifer Wilkey of Wiscasset; and Jeff Woodbury of South Portland.

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“Small Craft #1″ by Adam John Manley

CMCA has held juried Biennial exhibitions since 1970. They are open to artists working in all media who have strong connections with Maine, and they include works that were created within the previous two years. The 2014 Biennial Exhibition will be on view through December 7. For information about artist talks and other events connected with the Biennial, visit cmcanow.org. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Exhibition galleries are open Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $5; CMCA members free.

TIMA hosts Joanne Kaliontzis for Artist Talk

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The Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) has hosted Joanne Kaliontzis, a Boston-based graphic designer and artist, as the September StudioWorks artist-in-residence. Kaliontzis has been working on layered digital collages while in Eastport, drawing inspiration from TIMA’s collection of sardine labels and cans, as well as labels and postcards from local collections. The public is invited to come see some of the new work and hear Kaliontzis give an artist talk titled “Fish Tales,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 25, at StudioWorks, 48 Water Street in downtown Eastport. For more information, please visit tidesinstitute.org or call (207) 853-4047.

High Street Studio & Gallery thrilled about “Patchwork of Color”

“Patchwork of Color: Quilts As Inspiration” is on display at High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast through September 24.

“I am really excited about this show. The idea came about when I heard about the Gee’s Bend women teaching a workshop at the Fiber College. Then I was asked to teach a painting workshop linking with the Gee’s Bend Quilts. So the idea was floating in my head when Diane Savona walked into the gallery..(I had never met her.) I think her work and story is incredible and am so glad to have my gallery take a part in sharing it. Then Dianne Hire agreed to come on board as did Jerri Finch and Leslie Volpe. Quilts have been a part of my history as I own one made by my grandmother which became the treasured cuddly “nanny quilt” for my children, a signature quilt created for my grandma when she was married by the ladies of the church where my Great grandfather was a minister and one created by my husbands great great grandmother… so I am thrilled to be having this show.” Susan Tobey White

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“Hurricane Barb Hits the Coast” by Diane S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire is the author of Quilters Playtime, Games for Quiltmakers and editor of Oxymoron a collection of absurdly logical quilts. She is also an international award winning fiber artist.

Jerri’s first part of her art career was spent creating large air brushed fabric paintings selling to the corporate market. Her relatively recent discovery of oils has led to another path of working on a much smaller scale using her surroundings as inspiration. Quilts have appeared in her work often.

Jeanne Dawson is an annual exhibitor at High Street Studio and Gallery. This year, as a former fiber artist, she joins us in honoring quilts as well as having her own show, Domestications which includes her colorful florals, picnic scene and even a red refrigerator.