The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates the 2014 early fall season with an opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, featuring the work of Adele Ursone, Mary Aro, Jeff Loxterkamp, and a group show of small works by gallery artists. Please visit theturtlegallery.com for more information, or call 348 9977. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle road. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2 – 6.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions”

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“Crow and the Quiet Arc” by Lilian Day Thorpe

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to introduce the photography of “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions“. The exhibition will run through September 14. Thorpe is a photographer from Brooksville, Maine, who is based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated in May with highest honors from Pratt Institute where she majored in photography and minored in art history. For her recent body of work titled “Soft Fictions”, Thorpe created fictional landscapes that were photographic montages of her imagined Utopia. Thorpe was awarded a residency from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. In September, she will be continuing her work on “Soft Fictions” for a month in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

“Spirit Encounters” Coming to Northern Lights Gallery

"Spirit Encounters" at Northern Lights Gallery

Will Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American carvings draw collectors and admirers of NW coast style art from Oregon to Maine.

Northern Lights Gallery opens Spirit Encounters, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine.

All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art.

More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others.

“My hope,” says Dixon, whose training is also in theology and psychotherapy, “is to capture the imagination of the observer; to provide an experience of wonder, delight, and spiritual encounter; and to evoke a shared admiration for the traditions of an ancient, vibrant and soulful culture.”

Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Dixon will present a talk on the history of Pacific North West art, technique and the stories that he carves during opening night.

Will Dixon’s works are found in the Garibaldi Museum, and in private collections in Europe, Canada and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon and on the Oregon coast with his wife Betsy.

Northern Lights Gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, as well as fine contemporary art that convey profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. For more information on this event, please call 207-338-3088 or e-mail karen@northernlightsgallery.org.

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” & opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style, and Constance Kiermaier who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

“DUET: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman” Opens at Betts Gallery

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Mysterious Musician” by Kathy Weinberg

The two-person show at Betts Gallery in Belfast includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s work includes painting, sculpture and photography. She is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Knights Move” by Jeffrey Ackerman

The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 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.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn showing in Kennebunkport

Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunkport shows paintings by Sandra Leinonen Dunn September 13 through October 13, with an opening receptions is September 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Maine Art Gallery

“Brilliant Orange Poppies” by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine painter. Her works are part of private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is a published children’s book illustrator, best known for her illustrations in The Henhouse and The Live Bale of Hay (both by author Carol Dean, published by Downeast Publishing). She operates a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sandra Dunn’s paintings are impressionistic in feel. Her brushstrokes and use of color are loose and light- creating the feeling that the brush has danced across the forms being painted. Sandra Leinonen Dunn’s work is a celebration of color, and a meditation on the happiness found in that which is beautiful to the eye.

Sandra is also an educator. She has taught art in the public school system for the past 15 years and has given art lessons and workshops outside the school setting. Her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree is from the University of Southern Maine. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her art education includes studying at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Whitelands College in London, Maine College of Art , the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Round Top Center for the Arts.

”As an art educator I have found teaching to be a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am always interested in learning different art forms in order to expand my own knowledge and skills, which enables me to share these art forms with my students. I paint in a realistic though somewhat impressionistic style and the focus of most of my painting is on nature. I work in both water colors and acrylics, and my preferred subjects are still life and landscapes. My work in photography has inspired me as an artist, and has allowed me to observe in great detail the wonderful design and beauty in nature.”

First Fridays Arts Tour highlights fine art in the Boothbay Region

Joy to the Wind Gallery

“Blue Rain Barrel” by John M. T Seitzer

September 5 from 2-9 p.m. this free, self guided tour offers new art exhibits, open house receptions and artist demonstrations. Enjoy the variety 12 galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula.

Follow the Art Trail map provided in the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide and find a complete list of each months participating galleries in the Boothbay Register or pick one up at most galleries. Plan your day or evening around several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for evening receptions.

Sept 5, 2014 Participating Galleries & Studios: Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Joy To The Wind Gallery, Macdonald Stained Glass , Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, Butke Gallery, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Fortunate Chance Gallery, Paradise Studio and Studio 684 Paintings& More.

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th with an opening reception on Friday September 5, 5-8 p.m.

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“​Specimen 140703″ by Julie H. Rose

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew… exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted, and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Åarhus invites the public to race on over for the opening on the first Friday of September and join in a few threads of conversation with the artist herself.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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“Specimen J30-4″ by Julie H. Rose

James Chute “Apparent Contradictions” at the Harlow Gallery

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“Women in the City” by James Chute

Jacob Fall, an independent curator based in southern Maine, is pleased to announce that he will organize “Apparent contradictions”, an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell September 5-27. Using the work of James Chute of Freeport, Mr. Fall will interrogate what seems to be discrepancies in the work and practice of a not-atypical artist practicing in Maine during the early decades of the current century. The work to be shown will range from early student work to Mr. Chute’s current collaborative projects. James Chute’s current production is primarily drawing, but he has also made paintings, prints and sculpture. Although the exhibition will have a broad range, Mr. Fall believes that viewers will be able to discern underlying aesthetic and conceptual unity.
Of his work James Chute says succinctly, “I make some marks and then I get out of the viewer’s way.” Visit the artist online at jameschute.com.

Meet James Chute at the opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m., refreshments will be served. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; exhibitions and at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. “apparent contradictions” will be on on view September 5-27. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.

Richard Boyd Gallery opens Pam Cabañas solo exhibition

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“Timber Point Blues” by Pam Cabañas

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of images by Friendship, ME artist Pam Cabañas “Wandering thru the Tide” on September 1, at 10:00 am. Much of Pam’s work has its start en plein air, inspired by the “stunning visuals and huge hearts rooted deep in the harsh and ever changing coast of Maine. My work seeks to uncover the chords that bind the love of place with the creation and viewing of fine art. My exploration of the uninhabited islands of the Muscungus has led me into a series of paintings that I hope blend the shocking beauty of the coastal Maine environment with a self-portrait easily accessible to the hearts of my viewers. Working in two divergent mediums, soft pastel and monochromatic ink wash, I move ever closer to my artistic goals.”

Pam’s formal education in the arts include a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and graduate studies in hand lithography and art education at the University of New Mexico. Pam is a “full time artist with part-time incursions” which includes her work as a docent for the Farnsworth Art Museum. Pam’s work is on exhibit free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through September 30, 2014. The gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. To request additional information about the exhibit, please call the gallery at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit richardboydartgallery.com.

DIAA Presents “Farrago”

Shari Ciomei Studio

“Vicki’s Place 3″ by Shari Ciomei

DIAA Presents “Farrago” August 22 to September 4. A wide variety of media is represented, and artists include Marianne Alweis, Arlyss Becker, Peter Beerits, Shari Ciomei, Mary Eaton, Avery Falkner, Jeri Gillin, Woodley Osborne, Kathleen Sawyer, Walter Smalling, Tim Szal, Pat Taniashvili, and Anne Yarnall. The DIAA Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

Sohns Gallery presents New Works by Angela Warren

 

Angela Warren paintings

“Sonarita: Spanish musical term meaning ‘full vibrating tone’” by Angela Warren

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents
New Works by Angela Warren. The show runs from July 20 – September 20. An artist’s reception and discussion will be held on Friday August 22 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist discussion at 7 p.m.

Summer Island Studio opens Belva Ann Prycel

Belva Ann Prycel at Summer Island Studio

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall Brunswick, Maine for the opening of Belva Ann Prycel, a unique and engaging, multi-talented artist on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and horsdoerves will be served with live music by Frank Siegel and our always vibrant gallery collection of Maine made fine jewelry, art, clothing and crafts.

Prycel’s landscape paintings are inspired from the tidal environments, expansive skies and expressive rivers of the northeast coast. As well as, Belva Ann’s acclaimed books of Maine, which richly illustrate her personal experiences with resonance and grace, both will be featured during the month of September.

Living in Alna & Round Pond, Pyrcel exhibits her paintings and appears for book signings throughout the region. During her month long showing autographed copies of three of Pyrcel’s books will be available: Times and Tides is an illustrated memoir of personal essays of the coast; Water Tales: Stories of the Coast is a collection of humorous stories of the author’s life around and on water; and Passage is the story of the loss of Prycel’s family that speaks intimately to our fragile humanity.

Prycel is a graduate of Rowan College, teaching painting and drawing in public schools and at her private studio for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey she was a well-known cover artist for “South Jersey Magazine” and in 2000 was featured in the award winning documentary “Bayside Artists: Celebrating our Sense of Place.”

Stonington Galleries last First Friday of the season

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The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.

Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.

On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.

Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

 

Loraine-Lans-LOREZLandscape by Lorraine Lans

In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.

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“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty

For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

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

Final Fridays Art Walk in Belfast

Belfast Creative Coalition

Celebrate the end of summer by enjoying a beautiful August evening in downtown Belfast, taking in the art, music, and more! The Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk this month will take place on August 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Belfast. Every Final Fridays Art Walk is an evening of art, performance, food and drink, and as always, a taste of Belfast’s vibrant arts community! Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios.

This month’s new gallery is Quench Metalworks. After returning to Maine in 2001, Jennifer Atkins Lisa founded Quench Metalworks and started producing one of a kind and limited edition jewelry in sterling silver, 18k, gemstones, and found objects. Visit their new gallery t at 9 Beaver Street, Belfast Maine.

Quench Metalworks

necklace with doll arm by Jennifer Atkins Lisa

Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios. Don’t forget to visit the galleries that are a little outside of the downtown area as well: the Tom Gaines Stonehouse on Race Street, Dina Petrillo’s Belfast Bay Shade Company above the Post Office, Waterfall Arts up the hill on High Street, and Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery at the bottom of Main Street. It’s well worth going a few steps off the beaten path for a chance to view the beautiful artwork all over Belfast, and to talk to the artists in person.

There are a lot of exciting offerings this month, and many new things to see! Downtown Belfast will be full of recently-opened gallery shows and performers.

Some of the highlights this month include:

Both representational and abstract paintings will be shown at Tom Gaines Stonehouse. Current work from his ‘Rock’ series will be included, as well as works in progress. The Stonehouse is located about one mile from town; turn left on Race Street at Blood’s Garage and go down to the 4th property on the left where you will see the Stonehouse studio. Tom Gaines hopes to see you on Friday night, when he can show you his beautiful and diverse collection of works in person and explain his artistic processes.

Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer will feature Duet: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman: Painting, Sculpture, Photography. The two-person show includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s art includes painting, sculpture and photography. Her work is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. She has exhibited widely, including shows in New York, Germany, Maine and online. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

On Friday, August 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Belfast Co-op Belfast Co-op Café, there will be a free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and the opening for Jenny Rebecca Nelson’s photography exhibit, “Seaboard”, which will be on display in the Co-op Cafe through late September. Jack Scully, of Easterly Wines, and Jaap Helder, from the Co-op’s Wine Department, will be available to answer questions. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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photograph by Jenny Rebecca Nelson

Photographer Jenny Rebecca Nelson describes her work as a “passion to freeze moments and bring them to other eyes, sometimes weaving them into something larger and sometimes leaving them as single moments.” Born and raised in Maine, she documents the places, people and events of her home state, in a combination of documentary and fine art styles. The images she’s selected for this show are influenced by living in a region of the country that is “seaboard”, or bordered by the sea. She explains, “We are a seaboard state of makers, and my job as a storyteller is to weave their craft, the things that influence them and all the seemingly disconnected pieces into a connected story.”

Dina Petrillo-Belfast Bay Shade Company: Have you ever wondered what’s on the top floor of the Belfast post office? Come on up and enter a world of light and color at Belfast Bay Shade Company. They’ll be showing off their new soft and stripe-y rhododendron designs in mellow tones and featuring their gorgeous wooden lamp bases made by artisan Bill Sanborn from Down East. Don’t miss their festive shades out about town and, yes the upbeat folksy sounds of Honeyfoot returns.

The Parent Gallery has several new original oil paintings by Joanne Parent, new Black and White photographs by Neal Parent, jewelry by Dan Bennett, sculptures by Keith Maynard, and many more new items by other artists.

Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 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 1940’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.

Northern Lights Gallery opens “Spirit Encounters”, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine. All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art. More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others. Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Waterfall Arts is coming close to the conclusion of its current show, “Living in these Bodies Part II”, so be sure to view it while it’s still there! “Living in These Bodies Part II” features beautiful work by five artists, including the Future Mothers Tent by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, large prints and drawings by Lorena Salcedo-Watson and Debra Olin and exquisite paintings by Lesia Sochor. Gallery will be open on Final Friday until 8pm. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday 12 to 4.

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

The other participating Belfast galleries and studios are:
Other participating galleries, all of which will be open and showing beautiful artwork as always, include: Susan Tobey White – High Street Studio and Gallery, Harbor Artisans, Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery, Fresh Cup Gallery, Galerie Dufour at Eat More Cheese, Raven’s Nest Gallery, and AAG Art Alliance Gallery. Be sure to check out all that these galleries have to offer!

The dates for the remaining 2014 Final Fridays Art Walks are: August 29, September 26, and October 31. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org or call 207-323-8692.

Tom Paiement Opening at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Paiement at Greenhut Galleries

“City Scape from Above” by Tom Paiement

Greenhut Galleries announces an Opening Reception for Tom Paiement, “Ongoing Explorations” from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. Exhibition continues through September 30.

Colorfully geometric, with tactile surfaces that reflect his accomplished printmaking abilities, Paiement’s paintings sing with complex lyricism. His abstraction explores the shadowy space between reason and emotion, incorporating both intuitive and highly thought-out compositional elements.

Artemis Gallery opens four Maine artists

Night Sailing by Jennifer Judd-McGee

“Night Sailing” by Jennifer Judd-McGee

On Thursday August 28 Artemis Gallery opens their fifth group show of the summer, featuring four local, Maine artists: Jennifer Judd-McGee, showing her newest series of intricate, paper-cut landscapes, along with work by Philip Heckscher, Lousie Bourne and Adele Ursone. Many other artists represented by the gallery will also be on display. Artemis Gallery has a new location in Northeast Harbor this year, and they are delighted to be a new addition to the art scene in Northeast Harbor.

New Work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents new work by Marsha Donahue, Colin Page, Roger Prince, and Alec Richardson.

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“Fixing the Traps, Calderwood Neck” by Marsha Donahue

In her compositionally complex watercolors, Marsha Donahue employs vivid coloration and sophisticated use of light to create dynamic Maine landscapes, particularly in interior Maine, near Katahdin, where she now resides.

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“Scarborough Lobster Shack” by Colin Page

Colin Page feels that every painting should be as personal as painting a self-portrait. His goal is to capture the spark of excitement that called him to set up his easel whether it is the subject’s vibrant color or the atmospheric space. Through his paintings, he shares the poetry of experience, each painting must breathe and have a life of its own.

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“Tin Pan Alley” by Roger Prince

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“Great Wass Shore” by Alec Richardson

Searching for what he finds mysterious and powerful about the Maine coast, Alec Richardson discovers the quiet complexities behind unassuming subjects. He concerns himself with the “look” of Maine while examining what it means to be a painter in Maine, with its long tradition and significant history, from Homer to Wyeth and beyond.

Haynes Galleries presents “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest”

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“Garden” by Nancy Depew

Lusciously green and highly realized, Nancy Depew’s forestscapes will transport viewers to an untouched oasis during Haynes Galleries’ newest vignette show. “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest” will feature Depew’s meticulously painted forest scenes that are simultaneously thick with beauty and full of mystery. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Both exhibits, which highlight the variety present in contemporary landscape painting, will be on view from July 31 through August 30 at Haynes Galleries at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

This spotlight on Depew’s work will focus on her series of forestscapes painted in oil. In close-up views of pristine woods, light filters through unseen canopies to spotlight vividly green trees, flowing brooks, and moss-covered rocks, all expertly rendered with the utmost detail.

To achieve such a level of detail, the New Jersey-based artist combines traditional realist oil painting techniques with a contemporary twist. She works extensively from life, building up paint through careful layers, but she also takes photographs to remind herself later of the structure of the scene. The result is work that is remarkably vivid and lifelike. Depew’s forests breathe, move, and change.

But there is also an element of stillness to each scene. Nothing disrupts the silence of Depew’s forests except the sound of water trickling downstream or maybe the buzz of some invisible insect. The quiet is an element imbued from the beginning. “When I paint,” says Depew, “I feel like I’m trying to uncover something that is at once very fragile and elusive. If I talk too loud, it all disappears.” To uncover— and protect— the beauty of each scene, Depew carefully controls the light and infuses each with subtle emotion. With simple, evocative titles like Pause, Pulse, and Suspension, Depew’s work suggests the artist’s state of mind as she worked.

Depew’s titles also hint at the tension viewers will experience in each forestscape. For all of nature’s nooks and crannies exposed in endless detail and soft light, much remains obscured in deep shadow. In Treasure the unknown dangers of wilderness lurk just out of view as a shaft of light reveals a rocky stream. Nature’s beauty cannot be experienced without its risks. Depew’s visual drama is as mysterious as it is enticing.
Working in a rigorous yet refined realist style, Nancy Depew paints portraits and still lifes in addition to her forestscapes. She approaches each genre in the same fashion— with an open mind. “I don’t have a set method that I repeat each time I work,” says Depew. “I try to respond to the artwork as it forms, choosing options that will lead me to learning the most I can from and about the work.” The result is work that has continually captured viewers’ attention. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, including numerous one-woman shows at both galleries and museums, and Depew has received several prestigious painting fellowships.

Viewers can get lost in how well Depew paints the minute details of her forests but the artist says she’s not interested in documenting. Instead, the emphasis is on nature, emotion, and visual poetry. “I see us as a part of nature,” says Depew, “not separate from it.”