On Saturday, April 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition entitled “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea.” The exhibition of approximately thirty works will run through Dec. 28 at the museum’s Wyeth Center. The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Street in Rockland. Please visit farnsworthmuseum.org for more information
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland will celebrate Spring with “Sea & Sky,” a new show of work by Maine artist Betty Heselton, from April 4 to June 20. The public is invited to two free events: the first reception on Friday, April 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. will open the show; and the second on Friday, May 23, from 5 – 8 p.m., will provide another opportunity to meet the artist, who lives in Gardiner and paints on Monhegan each summer with several friends. “This body of work,” Heselton says, “speaks to the clear and simple beauty and pleasure I experience during my summers on the rocky coast of Maine. For more information about the show or the receptions, please call 594-9209.
The Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro presents an Opening Reception for Stephen Jane from 5 to 7 p.m. April 5. Jane may be inspired by ancient pictographs chipped into weathered granite hundreds or thousands of years ago by ancient, unknowable ancestors or views of equally unknowable planets. But seeing through Stephen Jane’s eyes, we understand the meaning of his words, “when reality is not enough.” It’s always been Tidemark’s mission to present the work of local artists, often neighbors who we never knew were quietly working away, producing some astoundingly beautiful art. Stephen Jane’s work will be on display at Tidemark from April 2 through May 3. For more information visit tidemarkgallery.com.
“Monument Square” by Joel Babb
Greenhut Galleries in Portland is pleased to open an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by 50 artists in the 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, with an Opening Reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. In a wonderful tribute, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”. Oil, watercolor, collage, graphite, clay, glass and brushed aluminum are all used in a range of genre from realism to abstraction. Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.
“The Milky Way” by Jane Herbert
‘”It’s Not So Black and White IV” is an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island with an opening reception at the gallery from 12 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The exhibition explores works by four artists predominantly using the colors black and white or values of the colors black and white to create variations in tone from deep hues of black to silvery grays. On exhibit are paintings in a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary in acrylic-on-canvas by artist Jane Herbert, landscapes in ink-on-paper by Pam Cabanas, portraits and drawings in ink by Wyatt Barr and a contemporary digital work in ink-on-canvas by Petrea Noyes. For additional information about the exhibit please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, or visit richardboydartgallery.com
Waldoboro’s own Audrey Bechler is featured in Tidemark Gallery’s first show of 2014, with an opening 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8. In addition to the soulful coastal landscapes for which she’s so well know, Audrey is bringing out some of her most powerful and vivid abstracts. Her “Sacred Geometry” series transcends time and place. The gallery is humbled and proud to present local artists of such caliber and dedication. To see this year’s calendar of artists and events sponsored by Tidemark, please visit tidemarkgallery.com. For more information call 832-5109.
CMCA presents “Collage x 10,” an exhibition featuring ten contemporary Maine artists which opens at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery during the city’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m on March 7. The exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and is curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Participating artists are Daniel Anselmi (Belfast), Gabriella D’Italia (Newburgh), David Driskell (Falmouth), Stew Henderson (Northport), Charlie Hewitt (Portland), Karen MacDonald (Stockton Springs), Dan Mills (Lewiston), Shannon Rankin (Rangeley), Abbie Read (Appleton), and Noriko Sakanishi (Portland). The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 29, and is open free of charge during the library’s regular hours. For more information, visit cmcanow.org or portlandlibrary.com
Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island is pleased to announce the opening of “Intersections: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Katharine Cartwright, NWS” on March 7, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition features a selection of contemporary paintings in watercolor from Katharine’s award winning series “The Laws of Nature.” The exhibit is on view free to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through March 31, 2014. The gallery is open to 8 p.m., on the first Friday of every month. Additional hours are by appointment. For more information about the exhibit please contact Pamela Williamson at 712-1097 or visit richardboydartgallery.com.
Please join Åarhus Gallery for an opening reception Friday March 7th, 5-8pm for the kick-off of the sixth annual, ’44N 69W: Radius Belfast’ Show. An all encompassing exhibition celebrating the local creative energies of Maine residents from children to centenarians, amateurs to bigwigs, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast. The show runs from March 6th through March 30th and will be packed with work from potters, painters, welders, woodcarvers, mobile makers, sculptors and knitters. Artworks celebrating and illuminating this vast creative community will be on view and for sale with a charitable percentage of sales and entry fees going to food banks within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. Last year a record 300 pieces of art were exhibited floor to ceiling to the delight of hundreds of visitors, friends and loved ones with consequent sales enabling donations to be made to some of the 40 soup kitchens and food pantries within the thirty mile radius of Belfast under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Food Bank. For more information call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com where a slideshow of current works is available.
The Sohns Gallery located in The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor presents “Gold Leaf Works by Wendilee Heath O’Brien” with an artist’s reception, artist talk, and demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The show runs from January 6 -March 16. Through her travels to Asia, Wendilee Heath O’Brien learned the art of Kinpakku, Gold Leaf painting. The gold leaf works involve an extensive process beginning with stretching wet paper on a board using seaweed glue. Then 10-14 layers of binder and alum mixed with water prepare the surface, making it waterproof. Onto the last wet coat the metal leaf is floated. Asian art respects the empty space and the quickness of a moment. For more information call 947-2205.
Aucocisco Gallery in Portland is hosting a First Friday Art Walk Artists Reception for Lucinda Bliss and Lauren Fensterstock from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday Jan 3. Lucinda’s studio practice consists of drawing, painting, and installation. She is based in Maine and has shown widely in New England, Chicago, and the Southwest. Exhibition venues include the University of Arizona; the Tucson Museum of Art; The Brattleboro Museum; Whitney Art Works; and Boston Center for the Arts. Lauren Fensterstock is an artist, writer, and curator based in Portland, Maine. Lauren’s work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at The John Michael Kohler Art Center in 2013. For more information visit aucocssico.com
The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2014. “Implements” brings together four Maine artists who share a fascination with tools, utensils and industrial detritus, and who integrate these and other found objects into their artwork. “Implements” will feature found object sculpture by Maureen Block, Ellen Gibson, Mildred Johnson and Jonathan Price from January 17 to February 8. Maureen Block worked at her small family owned sawmill for twenty years while raising three sons. With minimal formal education in art, the heart of her work lies in the rusty surfaces and smooth patina of found objects and the stories they tell. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 5-8 pm. For more information call 622-3813.
The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition opens January 16 at the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on Campus at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), with a reception and farmers market from 5 – 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. On display will be ten large-scale portraits of local organic farmers produced collaboratively by students from nine area high schools and one elementary school, the result of a community arts project led by UMA adjunct Art Professor Susan Bickford with support from the Harlow Gallery and the University of Maine at Augusta, funded in part by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation. Under Bickford’s leadership, 222 student artists 10 teachers, and ten organic farms from Central and Midcoast Maine – Breman to Winthrop, Camden to Gardiner – have directly participated in the project, with project photography by Allison McKeen of Gardiner.Those in attendance will have the opportunity to witness the magic of community-based art in practice as each portrait is assembled on site. The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition will be on view from January 16 to February 21.
Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor will be exhibiting the work of Art Gowie and Miles Cooper plus others with an opening reception from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 6. Both artists work in a style more often associated with animation and cartoons. Mr. Gowie says he is particularly interested in the humorous and over the top methods whereby cartoon characters dispatch one another. These artists share a collective aesthetic based on illustration techniques of exaggerated features and morphing the human for into engaging, colorful and festive charactitures. They also tend to paint their pieces on found objects and clothing bring their art to the public and making the process less precious. The show will run through early January 2014 and Shaw Jewelry is open Monday – Saturday through Christmas. For more information visit shawjewelry.com
This image includes all artists in the MFT Gallery “2013 Small Works Holiday Show”
Belfast’s Art Walk ”Christmas Art Spectacle” begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday Dec 6
and promises to be a festive village-wide celebration of the work of local artists for the Holiday Gift-Giving Season. Here is Christmas sampler of openings, receptions and shows taking place this evening.
Åarhus Gallery offers an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music, and conviviality from 5-7 p.m. Northern Lights Gallery is hosting a reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. featuring photographs of the Arctic and lino-prints by Captain Karen. Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer is hosting an opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. for a “2013 Holiday Gala” featuring small works by 30 artists. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a “2013 Small Works Holiday Show” 5:30-8 p.m. Along with many other galleries in downtown Belfast, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a show of small works by local artists in order to support shopping locally for holiday gifts.
This year, the line-up of Maine artists at MFTG includes Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Julie Crane, Adele Drake, Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Lynn Karlin, Christopher O’Connor, Kathleen Perelka, Lea Peterson, Willy Reddick, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton, Jude Valentine, Becky Whight and Sarah Wilde. Together these artists offer a wide variety of work, such as paintings, pastels, photography, jewelry, silk scarves & more. The Trust also has a lovely collection of farm-oriented children’s books, cook books, calendars, CD’s and Holiday cards – available at our gallery in Belfast and soon online.
Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. More information can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org
The village of Rockland is also booked with festive openings as Arts in Rockland hosts a Holiday First Friday Art Walk tonight. Many of the 23 galleries in downtown Rockland will be open from Water Street to Summer Street and on the side streets surrounding the Farnsworth Art Museum. See individual Café listings for The Landing Gallery, Arts in Rockland Art Walk, and Art Space Gallery below, for more information
The Sohns Gallery in Bangor is hosting an Artist Reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 for “All Small,” a collection of artworks by ten local artists, with an artists talk at 7 p.m. Ten local artists were given small wood panels 9” by 12” or smaller, to create artworks. Artists include Magnus Stark, Kat Johnson, Rebecca Krupke, Krystin Noyes, Elise Robichaud, Stephanie Prentiss, Brian Monahan, Eleanor Kipping, Einstein Hickman, and Pigeon & Chick. Music for the event is provided by Alison and John Strange. The show runs through December 24. For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery at 947-2205 or email@example.com
Landing Gallery in Rockland is pleased to announce it’s “Holiday Exhibit: Original Art For Holiday Giving,” with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Light refreshments will be served. 30 gallery artists will have work on display including ceramics, blown glass, paintings, photographs, drawings & sculptures. Featured artists are Naomi Aho, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Robert Birbeck, Derryll Brudzinski, Bruce Busko, Steven Carpenter, Irma Cerese, Lewis Ciscle, Ron Defelice, Gifford Ewing, Sarah Faragher, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Michael Kahn, Brian Krebs, Elizabeth Kelley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Nancy Linkin, Janet Ledoux, David Riley Peterson, Isabelle Pelissier, Patrick Pierce, Ellen Roberts, Bjorn Runquist, Suzanne Siegel, Robert Stebelton, Liliana Thelander, John Wood. For more information call 594-4544 or visit landingart.com
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Holiday Open House for its “Small Works 2013” Show on December 5 from 5–7 p.m. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, June Grey, Philip Frey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Joseph Keiffer, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, Andy Newman, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Alison Rector, David Vickery. The show runs through December 24. Artworks in the show can be viewed at facebook.com/courthousegallery
“Ski Down” by Pamela Hetherly
Art Space Gallery in Rockland is having a Holiday Opening Reception 5 -8 p.m. Friday evening December 6. A winter theme will stretch the 18 gallery artists’ creativity, they already have the skill. The public is invited to try on beautiful one of a kind jewelry, play with the ringing bowls, feel the texture of hand made pottery, and soak in the visual beauty of the photographs, watercolors, pastel, acrylic, and oil paintings on display. Art Space Gallery is a coop gallery that showcases 18 exceptional Maine artists. December hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Art Space is located at 342 Main St., Rockland, across from the Strand Theater.
The 2013 Holiday Gala featuring small works by 30 artists will show at Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer through January 15. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, December 6. The works selected for this show offer a unique variety for the art-lover and serious collector alike, all in time for the holidays. Included are sculpture, painting, collage, monoprint, encaustic, collagraph, fiber art, wood, graphite, photography, and more. Participating artists include: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Sandi Cirillo, Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Bob Delio, Charles Dufour, Gregory Dunham, Lynette Gaslin, Betsy Headley, Beth Henderson, Betty Heselton, David Hurley, Tony Kulik, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Kathleen Mack, Petrea Noyes, Christine Olson, Donna Parkinson, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Alison Rector, Denise Remy, Dyan Ross, Carol Sloane, Lesia Sochor, John Squadra, Gilbert Welch, James Wolfe. For more information call 338-6465.