The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to an opening reception 4- 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12 for “The Pierson Family Treasures: Generations of Artistic Talent.” The opening reception and show feature the creative works of art by the children of Author Ann Rockefeller Roberts; Mary Louise Pierson, Clare Pierson, Joseph Pierson, and Rachel Pierson Gumina. For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com
The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, presents an exhibit of sculpture, photography, prints, paintings, and poetry exploring themes and aspects of the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring Maine artists and writers, runs from October 3 through December 3. An opening reception on October 17, 4-7 p.m., will feature the exhibit’s poets reading from their works and Maria Wagner playing “Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet” by Elliot Schwartz.
Exhibit organizer, artist Leonard Meiselman, has been planning and working on this exhibition for over a year. “I am continually amazed and fascinated by the ongoing outpouring of memoirs, documentaries, paintings, and poems – and now an opera and a new major film – 69 years after the Holocaust ended. Artists, writers, and filmmakers are still finding some essential energy in Holocaust themes,” he says. “Why does the Holocaust draw this amount of obsessive attention?”
Meiselman, a life-long artist, thought he had left New York City three years ago to live in Wiscasset and paint the trees in Maine, but found himself painting Holocaust images instead. “In this world of suffering and political turmoil in which we find ourselves today, it is meaningful to dwell on this chapter of the last century – to remember what happened and how it happened by gradual degrees and incremental infringements on human rights. I suspect that for my generation of artists and poets, it is about coming to terms with our history, our heritage, and our identity.”
As an organizer of The Dilemma of Memory, along with David Greenham, Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and poet Lee Sharkey, Meiselman said he was deeply gratified with how the artists and poets came together to create this exhibition. This is a group of mature artists, he explained, grappling with similar ghosts and shadows: “I’ve experienced a wonderful sense of fellow-feeling, of finding other artists struggling with some of the same issues that haunt my work as an artist.” Meiselman asserts that the artists taking part in The Dilemma of Memory intend to make a statement: “It is both beautiful and terrible to live with the presence of a history of human suffering and to feel, somehow, that one can redeem the victims from anonymity.”
Participants in the exhibit include photographer Judy Glickman; sculptor Robert Katz; painters George Mason, Leonard Meiselman, and Bob Moskowitz; printmaker Dorothy Schwartz; and poets Tony Brinkley, Mark Melnicove, Lee Sharkey, Martin Steringesser, and Anna Wrobel.
The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust is supported by Bath Savings Trust, UMA Senior College, Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, and J.S. McCarthy Printers. For directions and more information about the exhibit, visit hhrcmaine.org.
The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces a new three-person show “Phases of Matter” featuring the work of Sam Jones, Heather Lyon, and Anya Antonovych Metcalf. The show will run from October 8 through October 26.
The three women work in a variety of mediums, including painting, glass, and photography. For example, in an ongoing series of photographs titled “Simulacra vs. the Weather”, Anya Antonovych Metcalf explores light as a metaphor for knowledge. She is interested in natural and artificial light as they might denote ways of knowing, but she is especially interested in cases where the light source is ambiguous or where nature and culture/technology are engaged in complex relationships.
An opening reception will be held on October 8, from 3-6 p.m. This is also Deer Isle’s Wednesday and a Half, and potter David McBeth will be holding a demonstration at the gallery during this time. Additionally, a closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 5-7 p.m.
The DIAA gallery is open Fridays through Sundays, from 11:00 AM– 5:00 PM, and is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.
Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 11 + 12, 2014.
Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!
For more information or questions please email Marie Sugden at email@example.com or call (207) 588-0021.
Pottery by Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell
CRAFT Gallery opens its October show “A Collaboration: van der Ven and Bell” on Friday, October 3rd with work by Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell, two respected Maine potters who blend their skills of throwing clay forms, applying texture, surface design and expert glazing to create each work of art. Van der Ven compares the collaboration to a musical form called “trading fours”, a jazz music term referring to two solo instruments alternately playing four measures each. This is how the potters proceed: Bell throws the porcelain form and allows it to dry leather- hard. Van der Ven then draws, carves and/or pierces the piece in response to what the form suggests to him, bisque-fires it and hands it back to Bell for glazing and final firing in response to what van der Ven has done. They have been collaborating for three years and have achieved exquisite and fine porcelain pieces with mutual respect, sensitivity to the aesthetics of the other and, above all, trust.
Simon van der Ven’s background is printmaking. teaching and studying both here and in France. He works in his Lincolnville studio, primarily in porcelain and high-fired stoneware. The porcelain pieces in this show are carved and pierced using exacto knives, metal ribs and drill bits. His work will be shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show this November. Mark Bell, from Blue Hill, has an established reputation for creating rich, shimmering glazes on very fine, perfectly formed porcelain. His work is in constant demand by collectors here and abroad. He has close ties with Haystack Mountain School of Craft’s Mentoring Programs and workshops.
The October exhibition will also include current work by CRAFT artists Susan Dewsnap, Jan Owen, Daphne Taylor and Sharon Townshend, all of whom work in various craft mediums. The gallery congratulates them for being selected for the 2014 Biennial Exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The show will continue until early November when the gallery will close for the winter. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street, Rockland. For more information call (207) 594 0167 and visit craftonelm.com.
“Bearly There” by Philippe Guillerm
Philippe Guillerm Gallery is pleased to present “Fall in Love” a collection of Paintings and Sculptures by Philippe Guillerm, at a reception on Saturday, October 11, from 5 to 7pm.
This group of paintings and sculptures represents the artist’s view on colors and movements from nature and human actions. Philippe has worked on his paintings and sculptures during the summer and has finished an extensive multi-themed art collection ranging from bicycle moves to bear squished piano player. The “Fall in Love” collection is a wonderful burst of Autumn colors. The exhibit will be up until mid October as the artist prepare his travel toward the South of the Carebbean Islands to prepare his next year’s collection.
October 11 marks Waldoboro’s first four-gallery art evening in the village, with paintings by Anne Heywood at “The Governor’s Mansion,” photography by Claire Murphy at Old Number 9, sculpture and paintings at Philippe Guillerm Gallery. All are within easy walking distance. A short drive to Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship brings the total to five for the peninsula.
“Landward” by Sally Loughridge
This group of paintings represents the the artist’s well-developed skill in representing her ideas related to the actual horizons we see in Maine, whether sharply defined as in the meeting of ocean and sky on a clear day, or hidden by woods, atmosphere or the uneven lay of the land. As metaphor, the horizon beckons. It calls for a stretch beyond the self and the present, to something greater and filled with possibility.
October 11 marks Waldoboro’s first four-gallery art evening in the village, with paintings by Anne Heywood at “The Governor’s Mansion,” photography by Claire Murphy at Old Number 9, sculpture and paintings at Philippe Guillerm Gallery. All are within easy walking distance. A short drive to Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship brings the total to five for the peninsula.
What makes a farm a farm? Is it the fences, the animals, the farmer out on the land? In times past, the iconic grandeur of the big barn alone was enough to convey agricultural activity. While that may not necessarily be true today, barns remain an emblem of farm life. Whether a barn continues to exist as a home for animals or hay, a place for tractors or tools, or has found a second life as an art studio, the barn holds an important place in Maine’s history, as well as in many of our hearts.
That Ole’ Barn, the next exhibit at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, is dedicated to Maine’s barns in all their variety and splendor. Through the eyes of sixteen different artists the barn is portrayed for its architectural significance in the landscape, its central role on the farm, as a testament to Maine’s rural heritage, and as a vessel holding childhood memories or future visions.
“Lincoln” by Sheep Jones
With That Ole’ Barn, several new artists join the ranks of Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: sisters Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr, formerly represented by High Street Gallery, Belfast, as well as oil painters Ingunn Milla Jørgensen and Walter Smalling, watercolorist Margaret La Farge and ceramic sculptor Randy Fein.
“Thorndike” by Julie Cyr
Returning favorites include Vincent Abaldo (found object assemblages), the late Joseph Fiore (oils), Elizabeth Fraser (oils), Terry Hire (photography), Elizabeth Ostrander (sculpture), Kathleen Perelka (pastels), Michael Reid (photography), Willy Reddick (white-line woodblock prints), Robin Rier (oils), and Margaret Rizzio (mixed media collage).
Each artist seems to have a personal connection to a particular barn, or to barns in general.
Margaret La Farge from Machias grew up on an old farmstead where she and her siblings played in an old post and beam barn. For sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander, Eastport, there’s a sense of comfort and belonging when she thinks back to her own “ole’ barn” from long ago, remembering the sweet smells of hay and molasses-fortified grain, together with the reassuring sounds of low belly rumblings and chewing from two horses, three goats, and a pony.
“She Came to Say Goodbye” by Margaret La Farge
Robin Rier remembers jumping off a hayloft as a kid. Elizabeth Fraser recalls the sense of mystery and magic whilst poking around in her grandfather’s old, two-story barn filled with antiques. Terry Hire is drawn to the texture of old barn doors, the lines and patterns. Vincent Abaldo hopes to still restore his late-1700’s post and beam barn. All of his submissions to the exhibit have been made from old parts of that very structure.
That Ole’ Barn opens with a public reception on Friday October 3rd, from 5:30-8pm. The show will be on display until November 14. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street, Belfast and is open M-F from 9-4. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.
The gallery is open for extra hours on the weekend of October 11 & 12, for Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Arts Trail.
On Friday evening October 17th, MFT Gallery will be hosting local poets Toussaint St. Negritude and Josh Kauppila as part of Belfast’s Annual Poetry Festival. Being not only poets but also partners on a small goat farm in Swanville, the duo will be reading poems which speak to their deep connection with the land. Check the home page of mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org for exact time of the reading.
Author Don Perkins will be giving a free talk about the history of barns in Maine, on Thursday November 13th at 6:30pm, at the Belfast Free Library. His book, The Barns of Maine, will be available for purchase at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery for the duration of the exhibit, as well as at the presentation. Visit ourbarns.com for more information on the book and the author.
The Museums of Old York is presenting “Unraveled – Contemporary New England Fiber Art,” September 20 – December 6. The exhibition brings together the work of 18 regional artists who investigate and experiment with various forms of fiber in their artistic practice. While often paying homage to textile traditions, these contemporary fiber artists take advantage of a wide range of materials and techniques to create works that present their ideas, provoke commentary and pique visual enjoyment.
There have been a number of other museum exhibitions featuring contemporary fiber art, most recently at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the American Textile Museum in Lowell, MA, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. York’s “Unraveled” further pushes the limits of pre-conceived notions of materials, context and scale.
Adjacent to the exhibition’s introductory label is a three-panel, woven tapestry titled “Rain” by Vermont artist Bhakti Ziek. The artist is an expert in digital jacquard weaving and this radiant textile incorporates silk, cotton, rayon, and metallic yarns. To the left is a suspended shawl titled “Portrait of Alzheimer,” by Maine artist Katharine Cobey. The hand spun silk and wool threads begin in an orderly pattern from the lower-left, continue over the shoulder, and as it descends down to the right, the patterns degrade into a web of threads that spread out in disarray along the floor. Cobey is nationally recognized for her fiber sculpture and teaching.
Although these first two examples incorporate recognizable fiber materials, there is a serious shift as one proceeds into the gallery. Warren Seelig’s “Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” is a ten foot wide “weaving” constructed of stainless steel and red rock shards which cast dancing shadows on the wall. Seelig (Rockland, ME) is an artist with an international reputation, with his work included in over 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea.
“Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” by Warren Selig
Within view of Seelig’s piece is “Wallpapered Space” by Samantha Fields. (Brockton, MA) The artist has adapted the piece to fit an 8 by 11 foot section of wall. It is made up of recycled crocheted afgans, framing and embroidered vinyl siding. Her patterns are hole-punched into the vinyl siding and then embellished with bright colored acrylic yarns. Although the materials are “plastic” and “perhaps a bit tacky” the end result has a certain charm and whimsy and questions our idea of beauty.
The exhibition includes four “dresses” by Vermont artist Wylie Sophia Garcia which are a part of her project “The Dress That Makes the Woman – One Year. Twelve Dresses. One artist’s challenge to create and to wear a work of art for each month of the year.” Garcia intended to embark upon a ritualized creative challenge: to wear and to work daily on a dress for one month at a time for an entire year. The final sculptural “dresses” were her performance piece and personal diary as she went about her daily life in Burlington, Vermont.
New Bedford artist Elin Noble exhibits a bold, red and black itajime shibori quilt. The artist has spent more than 30 years investigating traditional and contemporary dye techniques, focusing on Japanese itajime shibori (clamp-dye resist).
Vermont artist Michele Ratté uses drawing, printmaking, collage, and innovative textile printing processes to make her work. Her series of “Island” pieces and her most recent work, “Maze” use 22kt gold and palladium mono-prints on hand-loomed silk, linen, velum and fishing line. The pieces are elegantly displayed in acrylic cases lit from below.
A wide variety of materials, process and techniques are represented in the exhibition which is indicative of many of today’s fiber artists. During meetings with several diverse groups of participants Jodi Colella (Somerville, MA) created “Hive” which is made up of aluminum screen chambers stitched together with steel wire. In this installation the piece crawls up the gallery wall, casting deep shadows and creating negative spaces.
Merill Comeau (Concord, MA) uses painted vintage linens, composted fabric samples and deconstructed clothing for her wall installations. Melita Westerlund (Bar Harbor, ME) uses shredded blue jean fibers in her sculptural “Environmental Chaos,” Sallie Findlay (Deer Isle, ME) uses repurposed cotton scallop bags collected from local fisherman, and Allison Cooke Brown (Portland, ME) incorporates Q Reader codes into her work. Also on exhibit are works by Elizabeth Billings (Tunbridge, Vermont), Lisa Grey (Portsmouth, NH), Sarah Haskell (York, ME), Priscilla Nicholson (Brunswick, ME), Adrienne Sloane (Lexington, MA), and Katharine Whild (North Yarmouth, ME.)
There are several programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition.
Artist Merill Comeau will give a talk on Sunday October 5, 3 p.m. “Fiber Art Now: An Artist’s Perspective. Katharine Cobey will present a day long, knitting workshop, “Culling the Greats” on Saturday, October 25. Exhibition curator Mary Harding will give a gallery talk “My Fiber Road Trips” on Sunday, November 2, 3 pm. Historian Lynne Zacek Bassett will present “HerStory in Civil War Quilts” on Wednesday, November 5, 6 p.m. For further information on these programs please refer to the Museum’s web site www.oldyork.org.
Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 through December 6th.
3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. 207-363-4974
“Yellow” by Jeff Bye Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside. Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures. Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from the Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.
“Grey Morning, Islesboro, ME” by Sarah Faragher
Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “New Work & New Artists” a group exhibit, Oct 3 – Oct 30. Eleven of Maine’s talented fine artists exhibit their most recent paintings, drawings & photographs, many of which show a new creative direction. Bonnie D’Abate, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Lewis Cisle, Sarah Faragher, Ralph Hassenpflug, Monique Lazard, David Riley Peterson, Ellen Roberts, Marcia Sewall and Suzanne Siegel, are included in this exhibit. Please join us and enjoy some new and exciting work by some of your favorite artists.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 5, closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please call 594-4544.
“Double Cat” by Tollef Runquist
“This work, a selection of pieces from the past year, reflects my ongoing interest in aspects of the decorative, textile design, repetition, symmetry, flatness, and ideas of resolution and process as they apply to the construction of a painting. In addition I have been attending to a sort of cross pollination from other bodies of my own work, namely my ‘toy paintings’ and ‘revision’ series. These paintings contain elements of the whimsical, the dream image, something forgotten, something suggested, and are indicative of the ongoing evolution of my work.”
“Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a
means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an
ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this
conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles
and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own
past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience
with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness
of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive
calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor
them, and then move on.”
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 dowlingwalsh.com or call (207) 596-0084.
Visitors to Bristol’s Lighthouse Park can see more than spectacular scenery this season by venturing into the The Pemaquid Art Gallery to view a selection of inspired paintings including the work of Marlene Loznicka and Barbara Klein. This season a selection of the well-respected artists’ watercolor and oil paintings are being featured at the coastal gallery.
“Monhegan Fish Houses” by Marlene Loznicka
Light and mood are Marlene Loznicka’s artistic signature but movement and vitality play a part in her work as well. Loznicka explains “light is what interests me, especially the Maine light and the light on Monhegan Island. I have been painting on the island for thirty years and never tire of it.”
A Maine native, Loznicka’s Studio Gallery is housed in an old one room schoolhouse on the picturesque Pemaquid Peninsula. The charming setting is the perfect jumping off point for her artistic adventures which often mean a trip to Monhegan Island. She happily recalls that while having a one person exhibit at the Island Inn that she had finally realized her goal of becoming a Monhegan artist.
Loznicka’s creative life began early and she enhanced her natural ability at the North Carolina State School of Design and studied at La Romita School of Art in Italy. Her painting style is also influenced by Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. She is a member of the New England Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Loznicka is the recipient of many major awards and her work is included in numerous prestigious collections including the Portland Museum of Art..
“What a View” by Barbara Klein
“Fresh” is the key word for the paintings of Bristol artist Barbara Klein. With her oil paints and canvas Klein captures the essential best of the local scene. Her paintings portray the straightforward and unpretentious aspect of the Maine coast. Klein’s relaxed and joyful attitude is translated by her brushes into compositions in which cottages and barns are in harmony with the natural world.
When weather permits Klein prefers working on location immersed in the mid–coast Maine environment she loves. Recently a series of small works of light filled landscapes has been on her easel.
Barbara Klein shares how she “was driving along one afternoon and became struck with the simplicity and the beauty of a house sitting on a sun drenched hillside. I felt an urgency to respond to what I had seen and immediately started painting.“ Since that initial encounter with her muse, Klein has never been far from her brushes. Local artists John Whalley, Tom McCobb, and Barbara Applegate have influenced her as has painting with Alfred Chadbourn. Klein now eighteen years into her professional art career desires to keep her work simple in character in order to maintain the freshness she is known for.
This is Klein’s ninth year exhibiting and selling her popular oils at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. She comments, “I have met so many wonderful people through my art life including customers who have repeatedly purchased my work.” Klein’s work may also be viewed this season at the Vintage Wine Bar in Hallowell.
Visit the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season to see work by these two artists as well as those of exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan.
The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point and on line at pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open every day through Columbus Day from 10 until 5.
“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
The Stable Gallery announces a new show “hARvesT 13″ featuring
paintings by Daisy Greene, R.C. McFaul, Priscilla McCandless and mixed
media works by Stephen M. Mott. Textiles and hooked wool by Susie
Stephenson and works by weaver Bill Bellows will be displayed along with
ceramics by Liz Proffetty. Textiles by Janet Percival and wooden utensils
by David Pollack will also be featured.
The show’s opening reception is Friday September 19th from 5-7 p.m. and
the work will on display through October 18. Dave Mello and Kevin James will provide music and refreshments will be served.
The Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 26 Water St. Damariscotta,
Maine. For more information visit stablegallerymaine.com or call (207) 563-1991.
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!
“Fawn’s Leap, Pale Moon” by Mariella Bisson
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.
“Matchless” by Janet Laird-Lagassee
“On Sand Beach” by Jacqueline Davidson
If you think “PIN IT UP II,” the Deer Isle Artists’ Association show that opens September 19 and runs through October 5, is only about “things that have been sewn,” you will be in for a surprise! As usual, the gallery offers viewers an opportunity to see how local artists, using a wide range of mediums, interpret a theme and create a vast array of unusual work. This time, the theme relates to the fact that all work will be pinned up… no frames attached!
For example, two very different interpretations of beading can be seen in the creations of Cathy Hart and Pat Taniashvili. Pat designs distinctive, one-of-a-kind beaded purses that are hand fashioned using very thin knitting needles that are about the size of hatpins. She lines her hand sewn purses with silk or velvet and finishes them with a metal frame. Cathy weaves and sews various colors and textures of glass beads together to create pins, bracelets, earrings and necklaces using different stitches and techniques. Some of the necklace and bracelet clasps include a hand made glass lamp worked bead.
Robert Starkey will be showing some of his ink drawings that explore the varied patterns and textures revealed within the landscape. Similarly, nature is an inspiration for Jacqueline Davidson, as she utilizes watercolors to paint the details she sees in elements such as rocks, shells, and feathers. Ellsworth resident Judith Felch, who often completes her work in an abandoned quarry or on the Stonington shore, will be exhibiting small watercolors and pencil sketches done both in graphite and in colored pencil.
“Shore Study” by Judith Felch
Michael DeMatteo, whose paintings are in ink and watercolors, describes his work as being in the Japanese Sumi-e style. The subjects are of still-life and landscape, inspired by the artist Giorgio Morandi, and by his trip to Italy two years ago. Using a variety of styles and media, Anya Antonovych Metcalf notes that the hallmark of her work is color. She deals with a cluster of concerns: memory, place, narrative, duality, found abstraction, landscape, and the relationship between image and object. David Kofton comments, “So much eludes the mind [and as an artist] I try to keep that from happening.” Similarly, glass artist Sam Jones explains that she utilizes her work to demonstrate “the interaction between the rational and the ecstatic.”
Other artists participating in the show include Naishun Chang, Linda Deming, Mary Eaton, Deborah Lothrop, Heather Lyon, Mary Bracy Martin, Corey Paradise, Carolyn Raedle, Elizabeth Sawyer, Don Seymour, Sherry Streeter, Cynthia Stroud-Watson, and Hub White.
The public is warmly invited to attend the show’s opening reception and to meet the artists on Friday, September 19 from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, in Deer Isle Village. The DIAA Gallery will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.
Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to present a wildly interesting new group show, US and THEM, where the artists explore others and their relationship to others. The show opens First Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. Many of the artists will be present. Some of the pieces included in this exhibition will feature more literal interpretations. In others, the artist might take more artistic liberty and use the subject to launch a creative idea, or narrate a story. Artist Jennifer Knaus explains, “Although the results of my paintings may seem surreal, I am more inspired by the Surrealists techniques of tapping into the subconscious rather than by actual Surrealist painting. I have a desire to personalize idealized notions of beauty and importance; to embellish icons with humor and a little absurdity, but also within those details to suggest a narrative that is mysterious and atmospheric.”
These paintings combine pain, frustration, reverence, fantasy, worship, and humor to create a moving rendition of the individual artist’s response to the presence and acts of others. Some of the stories are more obvious than others, leaving us to add yet another interpretation to the mix.
Shari Weschler Rubeck shares, “My muses are life’s experiences, human psyche, curiosities of animal nature, elements of theatre, dance, backstage goings-on and fantasy mixed with a bit of humor for good measure. My imagery is generally figurative in nature with occasional outbursts of abstract or street art explorations.” Her paintings explore and include the strength of women during the age of Tudor and how they related to modern day women and motherhood, The Ego, the future of people and connectivity in a technological world, and her recent diagnosis with MS.
Andy Finkle will present a quirky new portrait of President Eisenhower in a rumored 1957 meeting with aliens. Finkle will also show a “surprise” interactive work. Finkle says, “I enjoy painting portraits of men, beasts, and beings and have a growing sub-specialty in second-tier celebrity works. My work now can be seen in the world’s only cryptozoology museum in Portland, and it must be noted that my paintings have been displayed in the only bowling alley in Antarctica. My paintings were briefly featured on a television show that was (unjustly) cancelled.”
Featured artists include Shari Weschler Rubeck, David Estey, Ted Keller, Ken Foster, Jennifer Knaus, Katie Wilson, Steven Morrison, America Martin, Kate Fitzgerald, Andy Finkle and Gigi Gatti.
“Moon Lace” by Christina DeHoff
The upstairs gallery at Carver Hill presents “Essentia” (essentĭa , ae, f. sum, \I.the being or essence of a thing; transl. of the Gr. οὐσία) a complementary showing of figures and new, long awaited landscapes by Maine native Christina DeHoff, who now resides in Hawaii. A clear and recognizable theme runs through both her figurative visionary paintings and her landscape paintings. Christina believes that one can feel the presence of grace and love in her depiction of heart expanding oceans, sensual rolling hills and dream filled skies. Though her landscapes are void of figures, the same sensitivity is there – the spirit of the landscape is as palpable as the spirit of the people she paints. Christina graduated from the University of Maine in 1995 with a BS in Art Education, and later owned and operated the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland, Maine. For 10 years she showed the work of more than 50 artists, including her own, which typically proved to sell out in her solo shows.
The gallery will also feature the work of glass artist David Jacobson. David employs contemporary colors with classical forms to create unique expressions in this fluid medium. David was born and raised in New York, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he first studied glassblowing. He has since studied with many notable glass artists from around the globe. David’s work ranges from functional pieces, like bowls and platters (gorgeous enough in form to be sculpture with the bonus of a purpose) to work he calls “Conversation Pieces” – glass word balloons with simple greetings or humorous observations on them.
Shows run through November 4.
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!
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 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.
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.
Art Space Gallery invites you to an opening reception on First Friday, October 3, from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Please join us to see new work from October’s featured artists Lauren Gill, Judith Herman, Penny Markley, and Kay Sullivan.
Lauren Gill returns from sabbatical for our October show. She will be showing primarily autumn flavored paintings, one of her favorite subjects.
Judith Herman is using watercolor to explore the nuances of irises. The innate character of the medium allows Herman to granulate and charge color into her paintings for dimension and depth.
Landscape painter Penny Markley is focusing on fresh and saltwater marshes. With their texture and changing colors, Markley appreciates marshes’ importance as habitat for a variety of creatures.
Kay Sullivan makes drawings and paintings from nature. Working mainly in pastels, she strives to maintain a balance between her materials and subject in order to portray nature’s energy.
Art Space Gallery hours October 1-15: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.; October 18 through December: Fridays & Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, across from the Strand Theatre. For more information on the Gallery and our artists, visit us at ArtSpaceMaine.com.