Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts three August exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will host three exhibitions August 1 – 30 with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 1 from 5 – 8 p.m.

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“Lobster Blues” by Colin Page

Colin Page: Summer highlights Maine’s iconic summer scenes from his vantage point as a father in mid-coast Maine. The show includes landscape, still life and figure paintings.

Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, MD and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration on painting. Upon graduation he lived in New York City for three years where he was an active member in the art world. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine where he found more time to devote to his art.

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Eric Hopkins: Atmospheres is punctuated by large-scale oil paintings of Maine’s coastline. With the eyes of an artist, the words of a poet, and the mind of a scientist, Eric Hopkins has engaged numerous people through his art and with his thoughts about life on this Big Blue Planet. He captures the dynamic forces and rhythms of nature in watercolors, oils, blown glass, mixed media, and photography. His vision focuses on the Big Picture of the natural world, geological and geographical forms, and the exchange of energy between Earth, Water, and Sky. From this intimate study of nature, Eric has developed a keen awareness of light, form, color, and pattern, which is reflected in all of his work.

“I was lucky enough to spend my early days on North Haven,” says Eric, “where my worldview consisted of roaming the woods, fields, shorelines and exploring the edges where land, water, and sky meet. I was drawn to shapes, spaces, patterns, and the rhythms of nature. I was and still am fascinated by the incredible variety of life forms and forces on this Planet.”

Eric is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. He has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Waterfall Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, and a number of galleries nationally.

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“Disc City” by Tadashi Moriyama

Tadashi Moriyama is a multi-media artist, working in painting and drawing, animation, and sculpture. Tadashi Moriyama was born and raised in Japan before moving to the United States in 2001. Moriyama studied at Tyler School of Art (BA 2003) and University of Pennsylvania (MFA 2006.) He has exhibited in Japan, Korea, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, and across the United States. He now lives and works in California.

Moriyama has been influenced by science and science fiction, medieval paintings from East and West, Buddhist philosophy and beyond. He strives to illustrate analogies across topics including cities and memories, dreams and myths, home and displacement.

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 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

Northern Lights Gallery presents R. Keith Rendall

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Northern Lights Gallery in Belfast is pleased to represent the outstanding fine art of R. Keith Rendall. “I could not believe my eyes when I first saw Keith’s prints. I was not only taken by the complexity of form, the realism, and the fact that his experimental techniques transcend the medium taking us beyond our perceptions of the print, but in addition the scale is incredible. Visually interacting with life sized and sometimes larger than life creatures, absorbing all of their beauty, grace and sometimes-darker side is profound.”

“Images conceived and realized in intaglio and relief can be graced with truth,” says contemporary American artist R. Keith Rendall, whose large-scale woodcut prints on paper explore the elements and nature in unusual but moving form. With birds, especially waterfowl, as a reoccurring motif, Rendall’s works offer a mysterious entry point into the ancient rhythms of humanity. Rendered in stark relief with generous contrasts of light and dark, his semi-narrative works on paper offer a point of view and a point of departure. In Rendall’s latest series “The Aged and Unknown,” we see detailed renderings of birds and other mammals nestled in their natural habitats like majestic totems. Adopting the rich language of sign, myth, and metaphor to explore our human relationship to animals both high and low, his intricately rendered woodcuts simply glimmer with the resilience of ancient mother tongues.

R. Keith Rendall was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and currently lives and works on an old dairy farm in Wiscasset, Maine. He studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University and obtained a BFA from Kenyon College.

Of Our Bays and Estuaries is the third in our summer series of nature inspired fine art exhibitions. Northern Lights Gallery curator Karen Miles continues to bring together a profound body of work created by artists speaking clearly and beautifully about our planet without words. Northern Lights Fine Art Gallery is located at 33 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. They are open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 8 p.m.
Opening reception Friday, July 25, 2014 5 – 8 p.m. Exhibition runs through August 27th.
Call 207-338-3088 or email Karen@northernlightsgallery.org for more information.

Haynes Galleries presents “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine”

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“Against the Rocks” by Roger Dale Brown

Plein-air artist Roger Dale Brown brings his signature style to Haynes Galleries in a midsummer show showcasing larger and smaller works in “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Painted from life, Roger’s landscapes of midcoast Maine will be on view from July 31 thru August 30 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston. A reception to celebrate the opening will take place from 5 to 7:30 pm, July 31. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown, who calls Tennessee home, has traveled to Maine several times in the last few years to paint the state’s famous coastlines. Many of the new pieces in the exhibition were begun or inspired by his visit in 2013. He finds himself mesmerized by the charm, history, and natural beauty of Maine. “It has an old soul,” says Brown. “Artists are naturally drawn to it. It’s more spiritual.”

That spiritual, artistic quality is essential to Brown’s style and general approach to painting. He paints the places that speak to him, the ones that conjure some emotion. And he does so by painting from life amongst the elements that inspire him whenever possible.
Sometimes, though, certain elements make painting from life close to impossible. When scenic locations like Acadia National Park are packed with tourists or Brown wants to paint on a larger scale, paintings need to be completed later in Brown’s studio. To reproduce the ambiance, Brown looks over his written notes, his sketches, and plays videos he takes during his time at the original location. “The videos give you more than the visual,” says Brown. “You get sound and movement. It helps recreate the mood.”

To capture the beauty Brown sees in Maine, he employs a delicate mix of Impressionism and Realism. Each scene calls for a different technique. Brushstrokes can range from loose to tight, and color can be built up through thin layers to thick impasto— whatever is needed to conjure the feeling Brown himself felt that day. Each sweep of the brush is carefully considered, the result of Brown truly seeing what is before him and recognizing the colors and shapes that make up each vista.

The result is work that feels real, like you’re there standing amongst the sand, sea and and rocks. You can almost smell the saltwater and feel the warmth of the sun. In Out to Sea, viewers will feel like they’re watching dories go in and out of the harbor while the first light of day dances across the water.

“Maine is an artist’s dream,” says Gary R. Haynes, gallery founder and long-time friend of Brown’s. “Artists have come here for generations, but Roger’s looking at it from a new angle. He’s aware of the history of place, but he doesn’t let that distract from his vision. He wants to share the essence of the place in a fresh way and he does that beautifully.”
Transporting viewers to the moment he painted the beauty of nature before him is a skill Brown has acquired through years of painting en plein air. Committed to his craft, he never stops pushing himself. Brown is always looking to grow as an artist.

It’s paid off, too. Many of Brown’s oils have been juried into some of the top plein air and landscape shows in the country. One landscape was recently a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2013-2014 International Salon Competition. Brown is also a highly-sought after instructor, teaching workshops of his own all over the country.

“Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine” is a chance to savor the beauty that is Maine. It’s a chance to revisit an iconic terrain from a new perspective. And it’s a chance feel the emotion and experience the artistry of one of today’s top landscape artists.

New Era Gallery opens late summer show

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“Migration” installation (detail) by Kitty Wales

New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open on Saturday, August 9, featuring the work of Tom Lieber and Kitty Wales.

Tom Lieber’s abstract paintings and monotypes are informed by nature and meditations, reflecting his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas and paper. Explicitly painterly gestures overlay dense and layered backgrounds. His works are found in the permanent collections of several major public and private collections, including the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York, SF MOMA, and the Tate Modern in London. Lieber found his way to Vinalhaven in the 1980’s, through a connection with an influential teacher at the University of Illinois. For the past decade, he has resided in Hawaii and LA, but maintains a deep affection for this island.

Kitty Wales’ “Migration”, a multi-part installation, will have its debut in the Windy Way Barn. Described by the artist as a modern day fairy tale, the work is inspired in part by stories of the early navigators of the Marshall Islands. In that culture, navigational knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to those who had the gift; first learned by means of charts made of reeds, then committed to memory. The central life-sized figure in the installation is modelled after a drawing entitled “The Wife of Jacques Meyer” by Dutch Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger. It is constructed of found and donated old wooden chair parts over welded steel. Her headdress obscures her outward vision; as she travels with her troop of animal companions, she looks inwardly to find her way. Wales has summered on the island since early childhood, and maintains a studio here where she returns each year. She currently teaches sculpture at Boston University.

The show runs through August 27. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Landing Gallery announces new paintings by Irma Cerese

Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. in Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “COLOR VISION,” a solo exhibition of 54 new paintings by Irma Cerese from Aug 1 to Sept 28. Please join us in the gallery and meet Irma on Friday, Aug 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Artists’ Opening Reception during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

The landscape paintings in this exhibit border on the abstract. Cerese’s work has the ability to be seen simultaneously as both representational and nonfigurative, achieving a perfect balance between realism and abstraction. Color is the primary focus of Cerese’s painting. Color relationships and the effects they create are the underlying foundation of Cerese’s work. The paintings in this exhibit explore the use of color, engaging the viewer, as a means to develop a visual dialogue.

Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Irma’s paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. This will be Irma’s eleventh solo show in Rockland, Maine.

Music Wraps Around Wiscasset Art Walk on July 31

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, July 31, from 5 – 8 p.m. The all-brass Breakers Jazz Band starts the evening with an outdoor concert on the Creamery Pier beginning at 5 p.m. At the other end of the Village, Lynn Deeves plays on the Wiscasset Common later in the evening. In between these two music locales, stroll the Village streets for fine art, music in the galleries, antiques, specialty shops, and other special events. What a chance for residents and visitors from away to explore some of the unique places and meet some of the local artists who make Wiscasset Village such a satisfying destination!

The Breakers Jazz Band, with musicians from throughout the mid-coast, brings a big and joyous sound to the Pier. You’ll be tapping, clapping, and swaying to the sounds of this 20-piece orchestra as they play traditional jazz tunes with their own unmistakable touch!

While on the Pier, take a look at the art work of guest artist Elaine Niemi. She lives in Friendship and works in acrylics using a technique she calls ‘erasing.’ She applies color and then uses a brush to erase the color around the object she sees in the painting. Her work has been referred to as spontaneous and ‘outsider;’ her fans collect her and love her! Niemi says her art is always upbeat and never that “dark broody stuff.”

Wiscasset Bay Gallery is hosting classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo. In addition to his fine playing, the local musician is a master of stringed instrument making, including the guitar he’ll be playing during Art Walk.

In John Sideli Fine Art, local retired dentist and accomplished musician Jeff Grosser plays continental accordion for the pleasure of gallery visitors. Guest artists and artisans will be exhibiting throughout the Village.

Mac’s Place hosts rug hooker Diane Langley. She lives on Westport Island and is a third generation rug hooker. She grew up surrounded by beautiful rugs made by her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather made several original patterns for her grandmother, including ‘Hollyhocks, which Langley will bring to Art Walk. (While in Mac’s Place, take a look at the all-original Paint By Numbers exhibit on the wall, curated by collector John Sideli!)

Sarah’s Café becomes a gallery with the encaustic paintings of Ken Eason. His paintings express abstract thought, emotion, and mood and are heavily influenced by the nature around him. He lives on the water which inspires him to integrate the blues and greens of the lake, ocean, and woods – seen abstractly in his paintings. “I am interested in the relationships between color and texture and use techniques that incorporate the use of brushes, pallet knives, spatulas, rags and many other tools to bring out the expressive point that I am looking for.”

Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell will be on hand in Treats to show his art and talk with guests. Mat began painting as a child; since the 1980s, he’s been painting iconic Maine images like cows in pastures, dwellings, and figures from Maine folklore. (After talking with Mat, be sure to step into the back room for Treats’ excellent selection of wines to taste.)

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Erik Minzner at the easel.

Alna sculptor and board game designer Aaron Weissblum exhibits his rustic tables and other wood carvings in 106 Main. While some of Alan’s work is practical and useful, he also creates the odd, whimsical, and fanciful. The sidewalks will be pulsing with art as well. Plein air artist Erik Minzner sets up his easel to paint a Village scene. William Paul, creator of custom-made jewelry using elegant Swarovski crystals, will be demonstrating his skills under a tent at 106 Main. Earlier in the day, pastel artist Anne Heywood’s summer retreat students paint throughout the town.

Is it Christmas in July at Butterstamp Workshop? Owners Lois and David Kwantz are offering selections from their life-long Santa collection for sale.

The Wiscasset Art Walk celebrates the community’s history, too. Take a peek inside the fabulous Nickels-Sortwell House to see the gorgeous winding staircase, the wood moldings hand-carved to look like rope, the skylight directing natural light into the center of the mansion. Wiscasset Museum in the Street plaques throughout the town illustrate the local shipping industry, the 18th century architecture, and the nuances of town life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

To complete the Wiscasset Art Walk experience, save a few moments for the Alive on the River concert, located on Wiscasset Common, listening to Lynn Deeves playing acoustic folk and blues from 6 – 8 p.m. You’ll see families with blankets, bikers, folks with picnic dinners. The concert series is organized by the Wiscasset Chamber of Commerce; the Deeves performance is sponsored by Sprague’s Lobster Bake and Friends of the Wiscasset Art Walk. Undecided where to go first? Pick up a map listing this month’s Art Walk participants, all within a comfortable strolling distance, at any of the Village shops marked with colorful balloons. Guest artists and musicians are showcased on the map, as are the evening’s special events. Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

“Cliff Notes” by Sarah Doremus on display at Isalos Fine Art

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“The Buddhist Quartet” by Sarah Doremus

“Cliff Notes,” an exhibit of work by Sarah Doremus, will be on display at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington from July 30 through August 17, with a First Friday artist’s reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Doremus, creates sculpture and jewelry, often blurring the line between the two, using found objects and metals. This show will feature a series of three-dimensional pieces interpreting philosophical concepts, sometimes humorously. Doremus, who claims to think with her hands, aspires to “poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition,” referencing influences as diverse as Kafka, Maya Angelou and Buddha. With Fine Arts degrees from Massachusetts College of Art and Northeastern, Doremus has exhibited and taught extensively around North America, and now lives in Deer Isle.

The artist’s reception is free and open to the public, taking place in conjunction with Stonington Galleries First Friday, featuring eight studios and galleries. For more information visit isalosfineart.com  or call 367-2700.

“16th Annual Eastern Views” by Jean Kigel at Brick House Gallery

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“Bouquet in Pewter” by Jean Kigel

The Brick House Gallery at 176 Winslow Mills Road/Route in Waldoboro will showcase Jean Kigel’s “16th Annual Eastern Views” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 8 -10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There will be a Public Reception on Friday, August 8 to celebrate this new venue from 5 to 7 p.m., or call 832-5152 to arrange a personal tour.

This year’s exhibit includes a variety of media both. Watercolors of chickens on kozo, Asian brush paintings of rhododendron on shuen, acrylics of sea-coast Maine on canvas, gyotaku fish prints on Japanese paper, and for the first time, one-a-day oils on panel. Much of her work can be seen as a local document of time and place. A lyrical style typifies much of her work.

Kigel’s work has been exhibited in Manhattan, and her paintings sought by collectors throughout the country.

For more information call 975-3262 or visit jeankigel.com.

Greenhut Galleries opens Jon Imber’s pastels

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“Old Quarry” by Jon Imber

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Jon Imber (1950 – 2014) Power of the Mark,” August 7 – 30, 2014. There will be an Opening Reception Thursday, August 7th, 5 to 7 p.m. “Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting… a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber: My Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, and Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

CRAFT Gallery offers new ceramics

CRAFT Gallery offers new pottery by Autumn Cipala, Lissa Hunter, Hanako Nakazato, George Pearlman and Simon van der Ven. The impact of each potter’s work lies in the details that are distinctive and personal to each artist and ties the work to its maker. The ceramic artworks as well as painted “portraits” of ceramics by Dudley Zopp make reference to the artist’s hand and the connection to vessels that contain and serve man’s needs. The Jar Series in oils by Zopp were inspired by the unusual vessels she saw in Spain.

The gallery presents ceramics as works of art and expressions of diverse and human gestures unique to each artist. The show opens an First Friday, August 1, and continues to September 4. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FMI call (207) 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.

DIAA opens “Arc En Ciel” – the Rainbow

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“Corfu” by Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists Association announces the opening of “Arc En Ciel,” the fifth small group exhibit of the 2014 season. “Arc En Ciel – the Rainbow” will present the work of twelve member artists who are exploring a wide variety of ideas and themes in their work. Ranging from figurative expressions of summertime to oil paints of thick juicy color exploring life’s struggles, still lifes, coastal landscapes and studies of color and light on the maine coast and more; these artists are seeking their personal expression through individual approaches to the “canvas”. Join the DIAA Friday, July 25th for the opening reception. Meet the artists and mingle with art lovers like yourself. The reception is from 5 – 7 p.m. at the DIAA gallery, 15 Main St, Deer Isle Village. The DIAA is a non-profit arts association of professional and emerging artists whose gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more in call (207) 348-2330 or David McBeth 326-8091

Art House Picture Frames celebrates “Dog Days”

“Thank you for five wonderful years!”

Art House Picture Frames in Portland has the pleasure of hosting one of our favorite artists Brita Holmquist for our fifth summer. Artist reception First Friday August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments and live music.

We know that summer is busy in Maine and that we must enjoy the warm weather in it’s brevity. Please take a moment to celebrate the sun with us at an artist reception for Brita Holmquist, one of our favorite artists. This summer’s show is aptly titled, “Dog Days” and will run from August 1st – September 13th.

Ann Tracy reception at Constellation Gallery

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“She Dreams of Branches and Barnacles” by Ann Tracy

When Portland Maine artist Ann Tracy was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, she was also invited to exhibit that work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning September 18th and running to November 20th. A reception for this work and other new works will be held Wednesday, August 27th from 5 to 8 pm at Constellation Gallery, 512 Congress St in Portland.

Tracy has returned from New York where she showed her digital mixed media paintings based on historic artworks “The Green Graces Series” as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014, on Pier 94.

She got to Cuba earlier this year on a people to people cultural exchange led by internationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Opalenik and organized by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Tracy is also a member of the Maine Artists Collective. She has also been vetted by U.S. Artists, a nonprofit group in Los Angeles, and successfully used their unique fundraising program for her “The Three Graces For Environmental Awareness” project which was shown in Portland at Akari and at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami this past December.

This is the second time Tracy has shown work in New York City since moving here almost three years ago. Although she grew up in Maine, NH and Massachusetts, her family moved to Colorado in 1969. She most recently lived in Sacramento CA where she not only exhibited in many venues such as the Center for Contemporary Art and Asylum Gallery but her work has also been shown in galleries and museums in California, New Mexico, New York and Maui. Her fine art photograph “Behind the Water: Mystery” was a juror’s choice in the New York Center for Photographic Art’s “Water” show which was exhibited at the Soho Digital Gallery in October of 2013.

In addition to her fine art, Tracy is also a portrait and editorial photographer. Her studio is located within Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson St, Portland Maine. Her studio is open by appointment by calling (916) 804-6095 or emailing anntracy51@gmail.com .

Margret Baldwin joins Handworks Gallery’s “Summer in Maine”

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In Blue Hill, Margret Baldwin joins Handworks Gallery’s group show “Summer in Maine,” with new watercolor works. The show also includes art by Lee Cummings, Patricia Harrington, Wendy Lewis, Rebekah Raye, Penny Ricker, Elizabeth Sawyer, and Marcia Stremlau. Works include ceramics, watercolors, collage, pastels, oils and acrylics. A First Friday Reception will be held Friday, August 1 from 5 – 7 p.m. The show run through August 30.

Waldoboro roots artists Besaw and Parmley at Old No. 9

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The “Old Number Nine” Gallery on Friendship Street in downtown Waldoboro will present an exhibition featuring the work of two well-known mid-coast Maine artists with strong Waldoboro roots, Bob Besaw and Stephen (Randy) Parmley.

Parmley’s paintings in oil, watercolor and gouache vary from bold statements, swirling with the energy of creation, to simple Zen-like sumi paintings anchored in stillness. Also featured are his sculptures in stone, wood and mixed materials.

Incorporating architecture, automobiles, seascapes and landscapes, both rural and urban, Besaw’s work in acrylic represents the world we recognize, characterized by a sense of place and perspective with a twist.

The use of mixed media inspired a move into abstract expressionism, where the flow and the rhythm of the world around us has led to what is felt within, rather than what is visually observed.

The exhibit will be August 8 – 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Monday, with the opening on Saturday, August 9, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. For further information, call 594-1819 or 790-0527.

Roger Dale Brown to give Art Talk and Demo at Haynes Galleries

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Art lovers and fans of plein air landscapes are in for a treat this summer at Haynes Galleries. Roger Dale Brown will give an artist talk and a live demonstration on Saturday August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. The event is in conjunction with his solo exhibition “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine,” which opens July 31 and runs until August 30. Both the artist talk and exhibition are free and open to the public. During his talk, Brown will recount stories from his numerous painting expeditions including a trip to Maine’s midcoast which will take place just a few days prior to the talk. He will also give a live outdoor demonstration, weather permitting, so guests can see and experience Brown’s award-winning plein air style in person. Brown will describe each step as he takes it, each brushstroke as he applies it.

Two new shows at Mars Hall Gallery

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“ART Student” by Ron Weaver

To Teach is to touch lives forever. On July 23rd Mars Hall Gallery will honor artists who have dedicated their lives not only to their craft, but to enriching the lives of others with the gift of creating ART. The show, in memory of five artists who taught at the university level, James A. Elliott – Portland School of ART, Robert Hamilton – Rhode Island School of Design, Donn Moulton – four universities in the US and Canada and the Boston Museum School, Carl Sublett – University of Tennessee and Ron Weaver – six universities including Yale and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. At the high school level are artists Jay Hoagland, Holly Smith, Elaine Reed and Ken Martin who has also taught at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Artists who have taught at major institutions, given workshops and/or teach privately are Linda Funk, Constance Kiermaier, Nat Lewis, Dick Kelly, Nancy Baker and Terry Wolf. Baker and Wolf are currently giving workshops at Mars Hall Gallery. To Teach runs through Sunday, August 17th.

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“Rowing Past” by Leo Brooks

St. George is a town with two beautiful ports, Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor. The Tale of Two Ports celebrates not only our two ports, but ports of departure and ports of call all over our planet. Watercolors of Port Clyde and Monhegan by Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis and Elaine Reed along with oils and acrylics of East Coast Harbors and their surroundings by Jeannette Steele Esposito, Mimo Gordon Riley, Roger Kirby and Barbara Major-Weaver. Artists not only representing Maine, but Ports in Europe, the Islands and the mind are Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Cali Veilleux and Eleanor Zuccola. In addition to the paintings are driftwood fish by Claire Perry, Assemblage Bill Cook, Kozo & Encaustic Masks by Diane Green-Hebert, Photography by Antonia Small, Outsider ART by Elaine Niemi and James Reed, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy and the “Recycled ZOO” by Brian Read. The Tale of Two Ports will be on display through Sunday, August 10th. A reception for both shows will be held Friday, July 25th, from 6-8p.m. with music by “Ridge Review,” featuring a recently released CD by Robin Elliott. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George Peninsula and is open 10-5 Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, to register for a Workshop or the “Eleven” Show call 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

Åarhus Gallery presents Belfast artist Marc Leavitt

“Composition IV-Collected Image” by Marc Leavitt

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Belfast artist Marc Leavitt as their guest artist for the month of August. The show runs from July 29 through August 31 with an opening reception on Friday August 1, 5-8 p.m.

Marc Leavitt is an artist who investigates, examines and studies, images, text, signs and music, with a paint brush and color. His research manifests as multilayered abstract paintings, but only after days, sometimes weeks of analysis of color relationships which in turn require more visual discussion and particularization. Predetermined colors that seem “wrong” together create excitement in the heart of this artist, this color psychotherapist, because they present the artist with a meaty problem to be worked, explored, layered and refined to be made “right”. Marc Leavitt’s oil paintings exude a scrumptious attention to detail, layer over meticulous layer.

Marc’s paintings and works on paper have been placed in U.S. and international collections and featured in Architectural Digest and other publications. Selected local juried exhibitions include, the ‘I-95 Triennial—From Connecticut to Maine’ at the University of Maine Museum of Art, and CMCA’s ‘Art to Collect Now’.
Åarhus invites the public to meet the artist and share in his meditative observations of color, language, and the grid in his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

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.

First Friday at Stonington Galleries

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Avery Falkner painting in his outdoor studio off Main Street.

Follow the trail of orange banners and join Stonington Galleries and Studios for their First Friday open gallery night from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 1st. Nine member galleries promise a festive evening of art, crafts, food and music with a commanding view of Stonington harbor as a backdrop. Self-guiding maps and brochures are available at area businesses and online at stoningtongalleries.com.

Driving south on Rt. 15, stop and explore multimedia handmade books and soft-focus pinhole photographs at Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio. Next door, Geoffrey Warner Studio invites you to try his new meditation and lumbar support stools while enjoying a concert by Archipelago from 6-7 p.m. The music will continue then with an open mic.

Down Indian Point Road, Shari Ciomei will exhibit oil paintings of Stonington’s coast and a brand new display of clocks and pillows decorated with her images. Then turn back into town and halfway up Upper Sea Breeze Avenue to see Lorraine Lans’s recent paintings of local scenes.

At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery showcases her plein air landscapes in oils, watercolor, gouache and prints. And behind the ice cream shop on Main Street, take the stairs up to Avery Falkner’s third floor studio and enjoy his light-filled “investigations” in small abstract works.

Also facing the harbor is Isalos Fine Art which will hold a reception for Deer Isle metalsmith Sarah Doremus and her three-dimensional work interpreting “abstract philosophical concepts”.

Then follow Main Street past the post office and toward Sand Beach to Laura Dahlen’s Carriage House Arts featuring her intricately decorated gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

Decorated gourd by Laura Dahlen

For more information about these galleries and events, visit stoningtongalleries.com or call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

Choosings: David Estey, Harold Garde & Kathleen Florance at the Harlow Gallery

“Choosings,” a collaboration by artists David Estey, Harold Garde and Kathleen Florance, is an effort to create a unique, teaching exhibit in partnership with the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. They have chosen favorite pieces of one another’s work to be exhibited, related and explained. The exhibit will include three placards on which two of the artists will say generally what draws them to the work of the third and why it is important. At the end of the opening reception all three will discuss specific pieces, react to viewer comments, and explain how their work is related and why they are showing together. The intent is to add a new, educational dimension to the exhibit and provide a rare glimpse into the interconnections, inspiration and values artists see in the work of their friends and peers.

Meet the artists David Estey and Harold Garde, both of Belfast, and Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, at the opening reception of Choosings: David Estey, Harold Garde & Kathleen Florance on Friday, August 8 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m. The exhibition is on view August 8-30, 2014. Shows at the Harlow Gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.