Vox opens “Natural” March 26

 

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The public is invited to an opening reception March 26, 5-7 for “NATURAL.” This show celebrates the earth’s gifts of new life and bounty after Maine’s harsh, monochromatic winter finally gives way. Twenty VoxPhotographs Gallery contemporary photographers will be represented in a show of photo-based works, including traditionally framed and metal prints. The gallery location is 334 Forest Avenue at EcoHome Studio, Portland 04101 Telephone: 207-323-1214 voxphotographs.com
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Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at the CWG

Cynthia Winings Gallery

Cynthia Winings Gallery warmly invites all to our party in Blue Hill on Saturday, February 7th (5:30 – 8 p.m.) – the gallery will be filled with beauty, enough to warm your heart! The first floor of the gallery will have paintings by Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters and Carol Pelletier, and for the first time, jewelry by Devta Doolan and photography by Heather Lyon.

Gallery hours: Saturday, February 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 11 – 4 p.m. Shop locally and discover a lovely St. Valentine’s Day gift for your Loved One. xoxoxo

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or (917) 204-4001.

The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing show Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

Celebrating the Versatility of Artist Ken Brooks The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing is excited to show work by one of the most versatile artists we know: Ken Brooks from Athens, Maine. Fascinated by shape, texture, color, light and shadow, Maine native and artist Ken Brooks has created art for more than thirty-five years in central Maine, most of which is inspired by nature.

As far back as he can remember, Ken has been drawing and believes that “as an artist, it is my responsibility and privilege to record through drawing and painting, the magnificence and beauty that surrounds me.” Although he has worked on almost any surface that will accept paint, his favorite mediums are graphite pencil on paper and oil on canvas.

Commissions have made up the majority of his sales and as a result, few paintings or drawings have been available for public viewing until recently. Therefore, this show is an exciting opportunity. Original and framed paintings will include varied subject matter such as “Mr. Goodwin’s Fiddle,” “Pink Before the Storm,” a single leaf titled “Dancing on Ice,” additional still life, landscapes and even a train painting that measures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet.

Complimenting his exhibit of original paintings, this collection will include both limited edition and open edition prints. Motorcycle drawings from artwork Ken has on display in motorcycle museums in Colorado and California, will also be available. For only two years, Ken created detailed woodcarvings of birds, which will also be part of this exhibit. Each carving received ribbons at shows and competitions in Northern New England.

And to top it all off, Ken is a musician. He is currently a member of the award winning bluegrass band “Katahdin Valley Boys.” In 2012, The Maine Country Music Association named Ken and his wife Jane “Vocal Duo of the Year.” That same year, he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Exhibit runs until February 19th at the Gallery at School Street Picture Framing 33 School Street Brewer, Maine (207) 991-9889.

“Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love” at Camden National Bank

Teddi-Jann Covell

“Impression Katahdin at Dusk” by Teddi-Jann Covell

Camden National Bank on Main Street in Orono presents Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love Exhibit by Teddi-Jann Covell through April 2015, with an Opening Reception Wednesday, February 11 from 3 – 6 p.m. Teddi-Jann Covell was visiting artist for Baxter State Park 2013 and is currently included in David Little’s “Inspired by Katahdin” Show at Southeby’s Real Estate, Damarriscotta. The exhibit at Camden National Bank proves her passion for Maine. Teddi-Jann’s oil paintings and pastels illustrate her favorite “plein-air” sites with bold hues, rich with movement and vibrant color combinations.

Teddi-Jann Covell

New Exhibition at CMCA: “Shift”

Leah Gauthier

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present the exhibition, Shift: Recent Work by Leah Gauthier, from February 1 through 28. Over the past several years, Gauthier’s work has explored and been inspired by sustainable living.

She says, “While I will continue to champion a mindful existence, a big part of me now feels drawn to surrender and lean into the big climate changes coming our way.” In her sculptures, Gauthier uses handmade objects and ephemeral materials such as food, foraged natural materials, and live plants to bear witness to time and the transient nature of life. These living sculptures constitute Gauthier’s “imaginings” around a quickly shifting landscape, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, emerging and dying life forms, and her “struggle to be fully present moment to moment.”

Gauthier lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, and her art has been exhibited in traditional and unconventional spaces, including at CMCA in the 2014 Biennial Exhibition; Eyebeam in New York City; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art; and SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, among many others. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gauthier received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University. She has taught at several colleges and universities and is a founding member of ||| Art curatorial collective.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Gauthier will lead a special ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, February 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed immediately by a reception for the artist. During February school vacation week, a series of drop-in ArtLab for All Ages activities inspired by Gauthier’s work will be offered each weekday afternoon, February 16 through 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All ArtLab for All Ages workshops are free of charge, no advance registration is necessary.

The exhibition, Shift, will be on view in CMCA’s lower gallery, and is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; entrance is through the side door, down the stairs to the right of the building.

Leah Gauthier at CMCA

The Sohns Gallery presents “1575 to 2200 Degrees”

Sohns Gallery

The Sohns Gallery located in The Rock & Art Shop presents 1575 to 2200 Degrees: University of Maine Sculpture Unearthed Glass and Steel.

The University of Maine’s Advanced Sculpture class will be exhibiting over 15 glass casting, nearly 200 feet of forged steel and glass thread.

Professor Gregory Ondo, Studio Technician Matthew R. Foster, and students worked together to create this installation that will be exhibited from January 6th – March 16th.

Farnsworth presents “3D: Contemporary Works”

Farnsworth Art Museum

“Zero” by John Bisbee

Now through September 27, 2015, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting an exhibition of sculptural works entitled 3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth. The show, curated by Farnsworth Associate Curator Jane Bianco, will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Sculpture of many forms creates spatial magic on a macro and human scale as visitors weave their way among the three-dimensional mix of work on view in the Crosman Gallery. Ranging from wall-mounted pieces in low relief to mixed media floor installations and from hard-edged to organic structures laden with metaphor, most of the works on view were made over the past four decades and given to the Farnsworth by their makers or by generous collectors. The sculpture is as varied in form and format as the Thrones from Louise Nevelson’s stage set for Gluck’s “Orfeo and Euridice,” performed by the Opera Theater of St. Louis thirty years ago, the wire-wrapped stone geographies of Celeste Roberge, or John Newman’s intricate construction, “Fuchsia Unfurls in a Gilded Cage.” Pieces in low relief include Leonard Baskin‘s classically rendered bronze Owl, embodying the noble as well as the killing instinct, and his “Dentate Flower” which suggests all the delicacy and horror of skeletal remains. Some works, while immobile, evoke an illusion of movement in space: in particular, several spherical forms such as John Bisbee’s “Zero,” act as metaphor for completion, containment, cycle, or infinite dance. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design. The exhibition was funded in part through a grant provided by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

During the winter, the Farnsworth Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information regarding exhibitions, programs and admission prices is available on their website at farnsworthmuseum.org or by calling (207) 596-6457.

“Black, White and Tones of Grey” Opening at River Arts

Square Circle no. 1 by Cynthis Smith

“Square Circle No.1″ by Cynthia Smith

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Black, White and Tones of Grey” Exhibition on Friday, January 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. The show includes 100 artworks by artists, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until February 19. Visitors can also view the continuing exhibition in the West Galley featuring the the work of the Midcoast Printmakers of Damariscotta.

The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham. Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. She has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

A sample of the works and more information is available at riverartsme.org.

2015 Chocolate Church Arts Center Membership Show

Members of the Chocolate Church Arts Center will feature their artistic work in the art gallery located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. The show begins with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Traditionally this exhibit is curated among members who submit their work created through different mediums from woodwork to clay to acrylic and oil paintings. This art show was organized to coincide with the preparation and performance of the Hot Chocolate Jubilee VII that is the premier talent and variety show in March 26-29. These shows highlight the level of talent and creativity among individuals involved with and supporting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

The 2015 CCAC Membership Show will be displayed February 14 – April 3, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 28, March 7, 21. Details available chocolatechurcharts.org or (207) 442-8455.

The Long Distance Call: Carnes, Demers & Minzy at Harlow Gallery

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The Harlow Gallery is kicking off the new year with John Carnes’ expressive watercolors, Matt Demers’ graffiti inspired mixed media pieces and Scott Minzy’s graphic linocut prints. This exhibition will be on view at 160 Water Street in Hallowell January 16th through February 7th, 2015, with an opening reception Friday, January 16th 5 – 8 p.m. The Harlow Gallery’s hours are Wednesday – Saturday Noon – 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Through different methods each of these artists is exploring aspects of the way he sees and understands reality through the lens of the subconscious. Whether through an abstract map of the psyche, an exploded view of one’s character or through an illustrative psychodrama, each artist makes a long distance call to his subconscious in order to produce his art. By placing Carnes’, Demers’, and Minzy’s work together, a complex dialog among the three begins to emerge. Issues such as fear, regret, longing, and acceptance are touched upon in subtle and nuanced ways each in the style of the individual artists. Like a dream, when making the long distance call the artist does not know who or what he’ll get, a nightmare or a fantasy. This exhibition will invite the contemplation of difficult, contradictory and often personal issues raised by the artistic process.

For the past twenty years John Carnes has been drawing and painting the mountains, rivers and streams of the remote western regions of Maine, the Baxter State Park area, and the Kennebec River Valley. He works primarily in watercolor, pastel, and graphite. His expression of the Maine landscape may be realistic, representational or abstract. John brings this same love and expressiveness to his work with the human figure. Most recently he has been exploring the use of multiple graphite lines and limited color to suggest the transitory nature of things in the world, their continuous coming into existence and their impermanence, as well as exploring more formal issues of shape, line, form and color. For the last five years John has been one of six artists with private work space at Artdogs Studios, in Gardiner, Maine. You can visit his studio/gallery at Artdogs, 277 Water Street, Gardiner, ME. 04345 by appointment, or contact him at johnecarnes@hotmail.com, or at (207) 208-9232.

Matt Demers is a primarily self-taught artist from Gardiner, Maine with a background in graphic design. He has been creating his whole life and began selling work while he was still in high school. He began his career painting graffiti art and elements of that still appear in his current work. His inspiration comes from the good and bad of the chaos and changes in life. In his paintings he captures that constant commotion with strong forms, vivid colors, and rapid yet decisive brush strokes.

Scott Minzy makes artist’s books, relief prints and animations that deal with the universal themes of fear, regret and longing. His past life in public relations and corporate sales has led him to seek a less jaded but more authentic life in the state of his birth. As a result, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine and teaches fine art and digital media at Erskine Academy as well as in his studio in Gardiner Maine.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery hosts Margaret Baldwin’s operatic illustrations

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently hosting the operatic illustrations of Surry artist Margaret Baldwin. Margaret’s show brings opera to life with colorful storybook illustrations that stimulate the imagination and offer focal access to classic musical compositions. Come follow the stories of four famous operas – Mussorsgy’s Boris Godunov, Verdi’s Aida, Beethoven’s Fidelio, & Wagner’s Lohengrin. This show will be available through December and January. Feel welcome to call for information 667-9377 or visit our website at johnedwardsmarket.com.

Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Small Works 2014 Show

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“Whoa” Bear” by Cynthia Stroud

Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2014 Show on Thursday, December 4 from 5–7pm. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Robert Callahan, Gregory Dunham, Pamela Elias, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Alison Rector, David Vickery. Artworks in the show can be viewed at/facebook.com/courthousegallery> .

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com/>

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show + Artist reception

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Greenhut Galleries in Portland celebrates the season and their artists with a festive Holiday Group Show December 4 – 27, with an Artist reception Saturday, December 6th 1-3 pm. This exhibit showcases new work by over 40 Greenhut artists, including Mary Bourke, Colin Page, Grant Drumheller, Sandra Quinn, Nancy Morgan Barnes and David Driskell.  Click here to view The Holiday Show.

Debbie Casterlin “Bare in the Botanicals” at Summer Island Studio

Debbie Casterlin a local artist from Brunswick will be showing the month of December at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the heart of downtown Brunswick in the Tontine Mall. A reception will be held on Saturday December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Patti at 373-1810 for more information.

about Debbie CasterlinThe name of the show is going to be “Bare in the Botanicals” and the image is Deb smelling the plum blossoms, in June. Her perspective on artistic freedom, her love of natural beauty, and her appreciation of the botanical world reflect her desire to share her innermost values.

Debbie has spent her entire life creating art, capturing moments with a camera and on canvas. Recognized for her artistic talent at a young age she has been commissioned to create art for public institutions and private individuals.

Though she works in many mediums with an eclectic subject range, some of her best known works are acrylics done in a realistic style.

Artist Reception at The Sohns Gallery and Plaid Friday

Sohns Gallery

On Friday December 5th at 6:30 p.m. come meet the artists and see the works they have created. Twenty nine different local artists were selected to create small works on wooden panels provided by the Sohns Gallery. This has resulted in 83 diverse small pieces of original art. There will also be music by The Great Red Line.

And do not forget Plaid Friday this Friday. We offering 10% off to all customers in plaid!

The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock and Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Downtown Bangor.

Ocean House invites all to Holiday Show

Ocean House Gallery & Frame

Please join Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth for our Holiday Show, Saturday, December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m.!

The 2014 Holiday Show features artwork by Catherine Adelman, Chris Beneman, Kimberly Crichton, Sukie Curtis, Jeff Epstein, Ralf Feyl, Tanya Fletcher, Clint Fulkerson, Brita Holmquist, John Knight, Caren-Marie Michel, Dylan Metrano, Liz Moberg, Alex Rheault, Jenny Scheu, Carter Wentworth, Graham Wood, and Jeff Woodbury

Also, framed mirrors and 20% off custom framing now through the end of the year!

Holiday Hodgepodge, a New Fundraiser at the Harlow Gallery

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“Winter Begins” by Paula Anastasio

In December, the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents a NEW fundraiser, “Holiday Hodgepodge”, a showcase of fine art and craft, including contemporary and vintage original art. Artwork can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day; 50% of any sold work will benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery while 50% will go to the artist.

The show will run December 3-13, 2014 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. the Harlow Gallery board of directors will host a Gala Preview & Presale event with a $10 entry fee per person, with refreshments and live music. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.

The Harlow Gallery recently announced an open call to artists, artisans and collectors to submit original work in any medium to Holiday Hodgepodge, there is no cost to participate. Interested artists can find out more at harlowgallery.org.

Carver Hill Gallery opens “Cache Bar: Good Things in Small Packages”

 

Jacobson-ornaments

blown glass ornaments by David Jacobson

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, announces “CACHE BAR: Good Things in Small Packages”. Participating artists include Anneli Skaar (beautiful tiny paintings in glass frame boxes), Ingrid Ellison (lovely layered paintings and collages informed by nature), Austin Smith (contemporary hand-cast porcelain with screen printed nautical charts), David Jacobson (blown glass ornaments), Kitty Winslow (dreamy paintings of the outside), Julia Dickenson (pearl, semi precious stone and gold/silver jewelry), Steve Gleasner (the coolest – and probably only – wood mugs you have ever seen) and MORE!

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit carverhillgallery.com or call (207) 594-7745.