Art Space Gallery invites you to the first opening reception of this season on Friday May 6th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will introduce the six new Maine artists in our front room, Obrianna Cornelius, Nancy Tang, Michelle Walker, … Continue reading
Please join us in the gallery for fun and refreshments at our first, artists’ reception opening of the year, this Friday, from 5-8PM. Our new location is on Main St. in Rockland and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of the “2016 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, May 6 – May 21. New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Daniel Corey, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Paul Noel, Björn Runquist, Marni Sinclair, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6th from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2016.
Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Closed Sun, Mon, Tue. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine., through May 30.
On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”
The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.
Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.
Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.
Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”
Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”
The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.
Prescott Hill Pottery’s Annual Holiday Open House is this weekend, December 5 & 6, from 10 to 4 each day. The soda kiln will just be unloaded. New pots will be available from this warm kiln, as well as brand new pots from the fall anagama firing. All are welcome, and there will be great snacks as always.
Directions: From Rt. 173 in Liberty village, go 3 miles, turn right onto Prescott Hill Rd.
From Searsmont, go 5 miles on Rt 173, turn left on Prescott Hill Rd. 1.5 miles to pottery at 261 Prescott Hill Rd.. FMI 589-3399.
Philippe Guillerm Gallery iin Waldoboro is pleased to announce its last opening of the season with an exhibition of works on paper and mixed media by Pascale Queval, with an Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, 12th September, from 5:00 to 7:00pm
Pascale Queval was born and raised in Paris, France where she started building simple cardboard wind-up people in elementary school, and went on transforming her bedroom into a city with its inhabitants, history and legends by the time she was in high school. She graduated from l’ENSAD, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with a specialization in set design, the perfect extension of her imaginary world to a larger scale on stage. She has been teaching studio art in the Marblehead High School for the past 20 years. Her teaching experience has broadened her expression to a wide range of media, from classic pencil drawing and oil painting to the use of unconventional natural elements and found objects. The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings and sculptures from the 2015 collection.
Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, is opening night for a delightful collection of new work by Geoff Bladon, a long-time member of Plein Air Painters of Maine. His classic line drawing of upper Main Street is the familiar logo for Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s highly successful plain air painting festival which recently celebrated its tenth year.
Bladon began painting as a small boy in Montreal, Quebec, in a program established by Arthur Lismer, one of Canada’s Group of Seven. More recently, he has studied with T. M. Nicholas, Connie Hayes and Colin Page. His artist’s statement tells the story: “For me, like many Maine painters, it’s all about the light. And the challenge to capture it outdoors, on site, quickly before it changes.”
This show on September 12 is part of the new ArtWalk Waldoboro collaborative with both Philippe Guillerm and Anne Heywood galleries.
Tidemark Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. FMI: 832-5109.
Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle is showing new work by Northport photographer Susan Davis. The show “Resonance will be exhibited Sept 2 -30 with an artist’s reception Sunday, Sept. 6 from 2 to 5. “Seeing sharp movement in the winter landscapes blurs the image into an unusual rendering of the natural word. The images invoke music and visual rhythm.” The Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center Distric Crossroads, Deer Island, 348-9333 kingmangallery.com
The Whitney Galleries continues its 2015 season with two events for the month of August. The first, our sixth show for the season is called ‘My World’. It is the first show for Dianna Anderson.
I am very excited to present ‘My World’, a unique view into the world of Dianna Anderson. Dianna uses her perspective of life based on its many facets of color, light and subject, and all of its own unique characteristics to take you on a trip through her world. This well known area artist is adept in depicting the images of her work in multiple medias, and, in so doing, brings them to life creating her perspective of the world around her. You won’t want to miss the unique mix of subjects that make up what she refers to as ‘Too many paintings, not enough time’.
The show will run during normal open hours (see below) for three weeks, from Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 23, 2015. You won’t want to miss it. The artist reception will be held on:
Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 5:00PM until 8:00PM
Place: The Whitney Galleries – 1810 Post Road, Wells, ME
I would love to have you join us for the Artist reception for our sixth show of the 2015 season, so please put the following in your iPhone, iPad, Droid, Blackberry, Smart Phone, or other calendaring device. Please see the attached flyer for details for the show, and let all of your friends know.
As usual, additional parking is available along the right side of Sylvan Way, at the Forest Village North Condominium Clubhouse, and adjacent to the gallery on the South end, at the Cattails Antique Center and Reed’s Antiques across the street (Rte #1).
Photographer Louis W. Cabot is exhibiting canvas prints of his photographs of the Maine coast at Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery from August 15th through September 7th, with an opening reception with the photographer on August 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Island Institute’s Island Fellows program.
Louis W. Cabot has been a prolific amateur photographer for over 75 years. He first came to Maine as a young boy with his father, Tom Cabot. Like his father, Louis is a devoted sailor and has been deeply attached to the islands of Maine all his life. Although he has created award-winning photographs all over the world, Louis retains his deep love of New England and especially the Maine Coast. The Cabots live in Thomaston, Maine and Sarasota, Florida.
The images in Luminous Maine are captivating and beautiful, placing the viewer in the landscape amongst the seals and waterfowl, fisherman and sailors. Cabot’s perspective as an artist shows a clear admiration and love of Maine’s coastline, its beauty, and its inhabitants. His vision brings the viewer around on his boat to special harbors and quiet coves from dawn to dusk, sharing the many moods of Maine from dramatic to serene.
As a founding supporter and trustee emeritus of the Island Institute, Cabot is committed to the cause of sustaining Maine’s island communities and the islander’s way of life, particularly the Island Fellows program. Since 1999, the Island Fellows program has placed more than 100 recent college graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities to work on community identified projects ranging from historical society research to after school programming to town planning. Fellows stay in these positions for one to two years, after which many continue to live and work in Maine.
The Archipelago gallery and retail store are a program of the nonprofit Island Institute, providing a mainland, Main Street venue and income to island and coastal artists. Revenue from art sales supports the mission of the Island Institute. In this case, proceeds are directed to the Island Fellows program, a longtime interest of Cabot’s. For more, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago director at email@example.com or 207) 596-0701.
Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth is showing “Lynne Drexler: In Shore,” with an opening reception Thurs. Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 pm. The show runs through August 26, 2015. Selected paintings and works on paper including early works from 1957. Lynne Mapp Drexler (1928 – 1999) was an American artist who studied with Robert Motherwell and Hans Hoffman. Like many other women artists living and working in New York in the late 1950s, Drexler work was often overlooked. In 1971 she and then husband, John Hultberg bought a house on Monhegan Island. In 1981 Drexler moved to Monhegan to live there year round.For more information visit oceanhousegallery.com.
Artist America Martin returns to Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, for her fourth solo show, opening on First Friday, August 7, 2015, from 5 – 8 PM. Her last solo show was two years ago.
America Martin is 35 years old, and widely collected internationally. After early success as a Hollywood actor, a precocious Martin declared that “she was an artist” before she hit two digits old. At age 9, she discovered a book on Van Gogh at a yard sale and the creative floodgates opened. Her bedroom was transformed into an artist’s studio, and she began devouring the paints in school like life support. Major creative forces around her were responding to her work, and art collectors and big names in show business were supporting it. Martin has not disappointed. She has a fierce work ethic and unquenchable thirst for learning. She can be found listening to everything from contemporary music to Winston Churchill lectures while she paints. All of it makes its way into the work in one form or another.
“America Martin’s work, past and present, is a welcome assault on our senses, and with each new piece she seems determined to raise the stakes, blitzkrieging any assumptions we might impose or any containment we might devise. Not one who glares or gloats or rails… her greatest tool is reflection, and through intense observation she finds enrichment in the common, fulfillment in the flawed and joy in complexity – all of which is transmuted onto canvas and paper where it lives in human figure and form.”
Art critic Stacy Davies
The work in this show has quiet complexity. Though the colors are frequently bold and the line-work strong, the paintings have a way of calling attention to themselves without breathing all of the air out of a room. The figures are not necessarily identifiable, but even without knowing who they are, America absolutely captures something in their gaze and gesture that one might assume is the essence of who they are. Portraits and figure paintings can feel un-actualized, but there is an undeniable intention in America Martin’s work to connect on a human level.
“In this show I will be exhibiting large works in oil & acrylic on canvas – using bold colors and line to communicate the essence of the subject, but always leaving enough room for the viewer to engage, and allowing the piece to be discovered. I look forward to attending the show to rediscover friends, more hikes and low tide magical moments that this part of the country has to offer.”
The gallery will also feature several new works on paper in this show, from smaller works to paintings as large as 7 feet. Show runs through September 1, but Martin is a represented artist at Carver Hill and will be on exhibit upstairs through the fall.
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo exhibitions: Jeffery Becton: Border World; Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More; and Judy Belasco: Near and Far, as well as new work by Janice Anthony, Philip Frey, Jessica Ives, Linda Packard, and Robert Shillady. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 5–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Jeffery Becton: Border World Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, photographer Jeffery Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history. The show will run in conjunction with the launch of Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House, a new book on his work and career. The gallery will host the book launch, and a book signing and talk with Jeffery Becton with an introduction by Carl Little. The event will take place at the gallery on August 20 from 4:30-6:30pm.
Becton is pioneer in the field of fine-art photography. Beginning in the early 1990s, the new digital tools allowed Becton to experiment with the layering of visual information. Using scans of his photography and other materials, Becton merged and manipulated these elements to create surreal scenarios evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. The layering of these elements offers form to visual ambiguities, reexamines the boundaries of mixed media, and creates altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.
Writer Deborah Weisgall offers a beautiful description on Becton’s work in the book’s foreword: “Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . .Walls, floors, and ceilings open to the elements—and to the imagination. They provide a framework but no shelter; they are lit with the clarity of memory. What we see depends on what we bring to the act of seeing: what memories, what desires, what emotions. Becton is really exploring our own permeability.”
Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.
Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More This solo exhibition of Moore’s recent work brings together her love of Maine and Mexico, two divergent sources of inspiration for her lively oil paintings. Mexico offers another rich source of vibrant color and intricate pattern, which dominate Moore’s harmonious scenes of harbors and interiors.
Judy Belasco: Near and Far Judy Belasco, who is best known for her sublime seascapes of Maine’s coastline and estuaries, continues to explore Maine’s coastline and estuaries, as well as oceans, seas, ponds, lakes, and canals from her recent travels to Italy, Canada, and Australia. Belasco’s mature flower garden in Maine also provides new inspiration and sources of color.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. For more information on hours or upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com.
Art Space Gallery invites you to the July opening reception on Friday, August 7th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature four member artists in the front room, Jean Byrd, Lara Max, Charlene (Sea) Vanderslice, Janalee Welch.
Jean Byrd is a traditional oil painter who captures her love for the New England coast in her work. For Lara Max working with sheet metals has become a fascination, as she creates forms inspired by nature. She enjoys the way light, shadow and reflection are just as much apart of the sculpture as the characteristics of the metals and the design.
Charlene Vanderslice (nicknamed “Sea”) is a lifelong Ocean Advocate after two trips round the world on water in her 20’s. She paints beach scenes and detailed portraits of the endangered creatures beneath the waves. “I am the voice of the voiceless denizens of the deep.” Every year Sea donates 30% of her proceeds to help save the oceans. Janalee Welch’s newest work consists of images depicting scenic views, both inland and along the shore. Using a soft palette of blues and sharp contrasting light, Janalee has created an atmoshere of senenity and calm.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. August hours are 11am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.
Don Gorvett’s Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is opening an exhibition with the works of two artists, July 19th 1-4pm, “Homage to a Photographer: Stuart Nudelman” and “Recent Works of Sculptor William Duffy.”
Homage to Stuart Nudelman regards a nationally recognized abstract photographer along with William F. Duffy, a nationally recognized sculptor presenting new works along with an artist’s talk on July 19th 1-4pm. The show will run three weeks. Refreshments will be served.
Stuart Nudelman, Oct. 6, 1931 – March 28, 2014, is recognized for realizing pure shape, form and color of common objects around us and presenting these images as abstractions through color photography. Nudelman’s work inspires introspective thinking, creativity and is still, as throughout the artist’s life, promoting photography as a fine art. A lifelong photographer, Nudelman was the Ogunquit Art Association’s first juried photographer, and whose career(s) revolved around the art world as an education administrator in New York, photojournalist and an arts columnist for the York County Coast Star in York Maine. This show coincides with the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration between museums and galleries.
William Duffy, a sculptor from the mid-Atlantic region, who’s large-scale public work explores the universality of the human form and its relationship to the environment will exhibit his new work. Over the past fifteen years, Duffy has been exploring the underlying forms in nature and exposing the intrinsic elegant geometries through abstract mathematical concepts. Mr. Duffy will be giving a talk about his new work. “Both artists are extremely visionary in their points of view and are masters of their mediums. The works in this show represent a lifelong exploration of the abstract one observes in recognizable imagery,” explains Mr. Gorvett.
Black Bear Fine Art Gallery features the large reduction woodcuts, drawings and paintings of Don Gorvett as well as significant historic and contemporary artists. Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is holding exhibitions throughout the summer and into November. Don Gorvett conducts workshops, residencies and internships throughout the year. We are open daily and welcome appointments. The gallery is located at 100B Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME. For more information about Don’s work or gallery activities. Please email or call Vivienne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 603.436.7278
“Dockside Arrival” by Tina Ingraham, oil on muslin panel, 14″ x 19″
This year marks Sylvan Gallery’s fifteenth anniversary with a move to a
larger commercial space in Wiscasset. The gallery’s new location, at the
northeast corner of Water and Main Street (Rt. 1), is right next to Red’s
Eats and provides over 1,000 square feet of viewing space for the eighteen
represented artists. The celebration of the new location coincides with
the first Wiscasset Art Walk of the season on June 25th from 5-8 pm.
Please join co-owners Ann and Rick Scanlan for light refreshments and to
celebrate the start of their 15th year.
Represented in the gallery’s ongoing group exhibition includes a diverse
group of exceptional contemporary New England artists. Featured work by
Maine artists include a selection of oil paintings by Wiscasset’s Susannah
“Sukey” Haney. “Island Light Study” is exquisitely detailed and is an
excellent example of Haney’s ability to skillfully compose and bring a
fresh eye to the well-loved and the often painted subject of the Monhegan
A resident of Bath, Tina Ingraham blends representational subject matter
with elements of abstraction in her newest painting, “Dockside Arrival.”
Washes of paint, juxtapositions of warm and cool colors, and textural
scumbling, exemplify Ingraham’s enjoyment of the painting process. The end
result is a striking painting of a Portland Pier – its aged and weathered
essence is revealed in a very personal and engaging way. Ingraham lived,
painted and studied in Italy for three years from 1999 – 2002 after
receiving a Fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1999,
followed by a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation for research in
painting. Her study of the Renaissance portrait, fresco and landscape
painting is evident in her warm palette, fascination with surface and
vivid perception of nature.
A master plein air painter, Stan Moeller of York, offers a series of cafe
and street scenes from recent painting trips to Paris and Italy. Moeller
creates visual excitement by using strong lights and darks in his
paintings with strategic spots of color. Moeller’s paintings evoke a sense
of mood and familiarity – of favorite trips abroad and the sense of having
stood there and seen that.
Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan, exhibits oil paintings of
animals in the farmscape. “Autumn at Chewonki” is a long panoramic view of
farm out buildings with a trio of sheep grazing in the foreground. The
soft, diffused light and subtle tones of color lend the painting a strong
sense of mood, which typifies Scanlan’s work.
Maine subject matter is the inspiration for other work in the gallery
including “Port Clyde Mist” by artist Neal Hughes who captures the
atmospheric mood of a working harbor; “Coastal Storm” by Charles Kolnik
who, through a technique of layering numerous glazes of oil colors, evokes
the turbulent ocean surf. A lively acrylic painting titled “Seaside Cafe”
by Robert Noreika was the winner of the Stobart Foundation Award at the
Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 34th Annual International Marine Art
Exhibition. A series of luminous ocean moonscapes are presented by artist
Al Barker; pastels and oils of women and children at the water’s edge by
Joann Ballinger, Shirley Cean Youngs and Trenton Forster Youngs. New and
dynamic oil paintings by Angelo Franco capture the character of New
England’s distinct seasons.
Sylvan Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 49
Water Street (at the corner of Route One) in Wiscasset Village. For more
information, call 882-8290. The art in the exhibition may be viewed online
Bridge Gallery in Portland is proud to announce the opening of “Take Flight” on June 5th, 4-6 pm. The theme “Take Flight” is interpreted by New England artists, including Kevin Beers, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill, Khat Mirzan, Judy Odonnell, Jane Parsons, Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Amy Williams. Each artist has their own unique vision and style. The show will be on display from June 5th – 30th, at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. in the arts district of Portland. For more information visit BridgeGalleryPortland.com or call 207-712-9499. Join Bridge Gallery as we “Take Flight”!
Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting two blockbuster shows for the month of June: an inaugural show of paintings from the Estate of Stephen Pace (1918-2010) and the second show of Sarah McRae Morton’s old world paintings. Stephen Pace is known for his abstract expressionist paintings, which over time evolved into an exuberant broad-brush representational style of scenes from his surroundings in Maine. Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are imagined portraits and scenes inspired by Faulkner’s famous saying, “the past is not dead, it is not even past.” The public is invited to an Opening Reception for the show Friday, June 5 from 5-8 pm. “Stephen Pace Estate / Sarah McRae Morton” runs through June 27.
Stephen Pace’s first fame as a painter came from his abstractions. Pace had studied with Hans Hofmann in the late 1940s and found the renowned German-born painter-teacher’s exuberant attitude toward making art inspiring. “You could do whatever you wanted to do,” the artist recalled in the 2008 film profile Stephen Pace: Maine Master. iIn that same profile Pace admitted that from the beginning of his life as a painter he “always liked big brushes and splashing paint.”
Caught up in the vibrant New York City art scene of the 1950s, hobnobbing with the likes of Kline and de Kooning, he became a major figure in the second wave of Abstract Expressionism. He could, as one critic put it, “gesture with the best of them.” His work appeared in numerous annuals at the Whitney, and he had solo shows in some of the most respected galleries of the day.
According to art historian Martica Sawin, author of the definitive book on the painter, Pace first came to Maine in 1953, to visit Monhegan. On that trip he happened upon Deer Isle. It was “love at first sight” he told Bruce Brown, curator of Maine Coast Artists, on the occasion of his exhibition there in 1993. Stonington, that magnet to an amazing array of artists stretching from John Marin and the Zorachs to Jon Imber and Jill Hoy, became the center of his artistic universe. He and his wife and muse, Pam, camped there nearly every summer before buying a house in 1973 and becoming part of the community.
Drawing on the gestural energy of his abstract work, Pace set about rendering his coastal surroundings. His paintings of Stonington fishermen represent a remarkable chronicle of one of Maine’s most active working waterfronts. This painter born and raised in the Midwest was fascinated by their activities: digging clams, setting lobster traps, restocking bait.
In a scene in “Stephen Pace: Maine Master,” filmed in his barn loft studio in Stonington, the elderly artist approaches a blank canvas and inscribes several strokes of paint, fearlessly, like a conductor bringing down the baton to start the first bars of a Beethoven symphony. He lived to paint—and his paintings live on.
“The past is not dead, it is not even past” – William Faulkner
Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact, but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.
This show brings together a collection of Sarah’s imagined portraits inspired by Faulkner’s famous saying, “the past is not dead, it is not even past.”
Sarah draws on her own family history across the ages. In “Flight” and “The Crown Carved of Graphite and Gallows Under Beeches”, Morton delves into the story of her ancestor, William Bankes, an affluent and notable explorer who was exiled from his home in England for his homosexuality in 1841. In “The Pequod Captain’s Son”, she places Ernesto Tamayo, the child prodigy Cuban guitarist who was the son of one of Castro’s guards, in a metaphor with Moby Dick. Ernesto is shown performing on the back of a whale in an opera house. Tamayo lived with Morton’s family for a time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he died in 2014, and during which time he wrote the second half of Mozart’s requiem, from whom he believed he was reincarnate.
Several paintings in the show also pair artists with their subjects in invented memories, linking their artistic expression with childhood experience to tell us something new about their work. Sarah’s painting, “Girlhood Portrait of Edna St Vincent Millay as the Waste-Man’s Little Daughter”, attaches the poet St Vincent Milay, to the subject of her own poem, The Pear Tree. Sarah’s painting, “A Day Behind the Wolf Trapper, Tussa and Evelyn”, is of the frontier photographer, Evelyn Cameron, who took pictures of daily life in Montana in the early 1900s. The painting uses Evelyn’s frequent subject of wolf trappers, and echoes the stance of Evelyn’s famous self portrait, to tell the imaginary story that as a girl, Evelyn freed the wolves as they were trapped.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.
Archipelago welcomes Alison Hill! The public is also invited to see her latest work “Castaways,” and for wine and goodies and meet Alison Hill at a reception for the artist Friday, May 1st from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Gallery, at 386 Main Street, Rockland. The online gallery can be seen at www.thearchipelago.net.
Alison shares thoughts about her work: “Painting has become my way of moving through this world, responding to and expressing what I see and feel. It is my interpretation, using color, stroke, and line, to evoke the mood I am receiving, whether it is a landscape, a person, or a still life, I want to recreate what I am receiving.
Through some fortunate circumstances, I am now living on Monhegan island, Maine. In the summer I run a studio gallery, and off season I spend painting, traveling, doing portraits, and other art related endeavors. Monhegan offers endless inspiration, no matter what the season, and I feel very fortunate to call this home.”
Alison has painted with Caleb Stone, Don Stone, Guy Corriera, Dean Keller, Bonald Sher, Mary Beth Mackenzie, Dan Gheno, Jack Farragasso, Joseph Peller, Sharon Sprung.
Alison’s paintings are inspired by the people and landscapes of Monhegan, where she lives year round. The exhibit runs through Friday, June 19. For more information on this show, please contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Store and Gallery Director, at 207-596-0701.
The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will hold an Open House on First Friday, May 1st. On exhibit is “Spring Tonic”, a group show of paintings and sculpture by selected gallery artists. These artists include Cicely Aikman (Am.1923-2013) late of Friendship, Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC, Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston, Elizabeth O’Reilly of Brooklyn NY, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Dan West of Friendship, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. The exhibit runs through May 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday, 12-4. For further information please call the gallery at 594 5935.