VoxPhotographs hosting grand opening + URBAN photo show

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After 7 years as a private gallery in Portland, VoxPhotographs is hosting a grand opening event and reception at its new retail gallery space in Portland on September 18, 4-7 with URBAN – featuring 60 photo-based images by 15 Maine artists.

“The move to 334 Forest Avenue and The Portland Design Center (formerly Pier One) and sharing retail space with Jan Robinson’s EcoHome Studio/Showroom is timely,” Heather Frederick, founder and gallery director says.”With over 50 linear feet of wall space, as well as a library of portfolios showcasing the work of all 34 Maine artists whose work the gallery represents, we are expanding our reach to the consumer.” While Maine’s design community continues to define the customer base of the gallery, Frederick believes the new public space will also encourage individual collectors to explore what is available in a welcoming environment.

URBAN is not a documentary photography exhibit, Frederick clarifies. “URBAN will demonstrate the visions of Maine’s fine art photographers in the age of digital darkroom, and the breadth of styles, presentation and subject matter will be surprising, I can assure you.”

URBAN is on view through November 4. Call 207-323-1214, or explore www.voxphotographs.com  for more information.

Haynes Galleries presents Master Pastelist Cindy House

Cindy House at Haynes Galleries

 

THOMASTON, Maine— Travel through the variety and splendor of the New England landscape during Haynes Galleries latest vignette shows. The masterful pastels of Cindy House are presented Upstairs at Haynes in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.” This show is presented in conjunction with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” and is on view until September 27 at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

Cindy House renders the streams, fields, and shores of northeast in such exquisite detail that viewers can almost feel the elements. A native of Rhode Island, House has been in tune with nature for most of her life. As a child she explored the woods near her home and later she studied wildlife biology at the University of Maine. Her artistic career began as an illustrator of bird guides, where she honed the highly detailed style she presents in her pastels today.

Her landscapes take the medium beyond the loose, quick rendering viewers might be used to from pastels. In House’s skilled hands, a lone elm stands tall and proud amongst wild grass while a mist rolls down the distant hills. In Common Elders, gulls rest on the lichen-covered rocks as ocean waves come in. Each detail is captured exactly as it appears.

But the photographic realism of these tranquil landscapes is balanced with pristine beauty of House’s scenes. As House says, “to paint the beauty of the land…captures an image for the viewer to contemplate.”

House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Her honors include acceptance into numerous juried pastel competitions and she recently won the Prix de Pastel at the exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

This exhibition is not only a chance for viewers to dive into House’s work, but also an invitation to look pause and reflect on the natural world around them.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit ://www.haynesgalleries.com/> or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com.

 

 

 

Deer Isle Artists Association Presents “Mixer”

The Deer Isle Artists Association’s new exhibit, “Mixer,” opens September 5 and runs through September 18. The show presents a wide “mix” of subjects and mediums created by both professional and emerging artists who reside at least part time in this area.

While the theme unifies the exhibit, viewers will discover that each artist interprets this theme in a unique manner. Diane de Grasse notes,

“The Mixer show works for me since I will be showing a mix of mediums: oils, pastels and watermedia; and a mix of subject matter from still life to landscape and figures. Since I choose only subjects that really grab me, they come from anywhere and I use any media that best suits my feeling for the image.”

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“Little Music Man, Italy” by Diane de Grasse

Other DIAA painters with very different styles, including Don Bardole, David Kofton, Deborah Lothrop and Leslie Anderson will also have work displayed at the gallery.

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“Salt Marsh, Mill Island 1″ by Don Bardole

Don Bardole is known for creating representational images in oil. These include landscape, seascape, and cityscapes, while David Kofton is particularly recognized for capturing the emotions, as well as the beauty, of his subjects. Leslie Anderson works in both oils and watercolors, creating moods by juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color. Deborah Lothrop’s offerings are watercolors that focus upon aquatic imaginings. For example, “What the Moon Saw” is a painting of sailing at night, and which “is actually a color exercise exploring so-called color intervals which at the last moment hinted at an image. It may also be experienced as a respite from a sometimes harshly lit world.” Similarly, “The Regatta is a watercolor study of blue movement made active with yellow.”

In a different medium, DIAA member, Arlyss Becker, has used the “Mixer” theme to extend her exploration of distinctive papermaking. “The ‘Lobstah Tales’ series tells the stories of a lobstah’s life using handmade paper to show the life stages.”

Pat Roth, who summers on Dunham Point in Deer Isle, will add photographs to the mix that are of everyday scenes around the island. Other artists in the show include Eileen Ahern, Michael DeMatteo, Dorothy Doubleday, Grace Konecny , Corey Paradise, Carolyn Raedle, and Oscar Turner.

The show will run from September 5 through September 18. The DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, in Deer Isle village, is open daily from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th.

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

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

Tom Paiement “Ongoing Explorations” at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Paiement at Greenhut Galleries

“Venice Beach Flower 9″ by Tom Paiement

Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Ongoing Explorations, mixed media work by Tom Paiement.

Tom says this about the new work:

“In February of 2013, I spent several weeks drawing on and around the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. It was inspiring in its energy. I liked the blocky shapes and intricate overlays of the boardwalk stores and buildings against the broad colors of the sky, beach, grass and ocean. They became my basic forms, palette and horizontal platform. A vase of flowers sitting on a concrete wall overlooking the beach became a central theme which was a natural evolution from my former work with flowers.

A month in Merida, Mexico in March 2014 deepened and enriched the color palette. It became the colors of heat. The wood cut line work of the flowers changed as well, influenced by the iron filigree work throughout the city and the fluid line of graffiti in both Merida and Venice.

I am always experimenting with materials to find the balance between the impulsive/gestural mark and the more analytical/craft aspect of a piece.”

Tom Paiement received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and worked in the aerospace industry. Upon visiting an artist’s studio with a friend, he was seduced by the world of creating art. A chance meeting with the artist Mauricio Lasansky (who at the time was on the faculty of the University of Iowa) translated into a move to Iowa where Tom received his Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking in 1984. After teaching at several other universities, Tom returned to Maine and has never looked back.

Over the last 25 years, Paiement has exhibited extensively, and has been sought after by private and public collections alike. This will be his eighth solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.

“At the Governors”: Anne Heywood Paintings Exhibition

For the first time, the “Governor’s Mansion” in Waldoboro, Maine, formerly the home of two Maine Governors and one U.S. Senator, will serve as a unique setting for a special evening exhibition of Anne Heywood’s original paintings. Heywood’s landscapes and still lifes will grace the walls of this historic building, which is in the early stages of renovation, on Saturday, October 11th from 4 – 7 p.m.

Governors-Mansion

Built ca. 1830 as a wedding gift to a wealthy shipbuilder’s daughter, the “Governor’s Mansion” was home to some of Maine’s most important citizens. Miss Harriet Haskell, an early alumna of Mt. Holyoke Seminary and renowned in the field of education, lived there in the mid-1800s. Sebastian S. Marble (1887-1952), Governor of Maine, also lived there in his later years with his daughter. More recently, the Hon. Frederick G. Payne, Governor of Maine 1948 – 1952, and U. S. Senator 1953 – 1959 lived and kept a home office at the “Governor’s Mansion” until his death in 1978.

Anne Heywood, owner of Artwork by A.Heywood at 808 N. Nobleboro Rd., Waldoboro, has been a professional artist, author (Pastels Made Easy, Watson Guptill Publications), and workshop instructor for over 25 years. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, most recently the International Association of Pastel Societies 2013 Silver Award and the 2012 Dr. Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts. To read her biography and see her work, visit anneheywood.com.

“At the Governors” is being held in conjunction with events and openings at the nearby Tidemark Gallery, the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, and Old Number Nine, all within a short walking distance of each other. This evening promises to be an exciting one in Waldoboro!

Reception for Kimberly Callas at UCCPA

Kimberly Callas Artwork

“Green Man” by Kimberly Callas

A reception for Maine artist Kimberly Callas will be held at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA) on Tuesday, September 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Pecha Kucha style Artist Presentation at 6 p.m. Pecha Kucha presentation style is of Japanese origin and features 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

An exhibit entitled Portrait of the Ecological Self by Callas is featured at the Leonard Craig Art Gallery, UCCPA, from August 15 to September 12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Her story will be featured in a WABI-TV Channel 5 segment during the first week of September.

The gallery is located at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), 42 Depot Street (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine.

A 2013 grant award by The Puffin Foundation provided support for the development of Portrait of the Ecological Self. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The exhibit examines the question of whether there is an ecological self, or a place within each individual that is in tune with nature. The concept of the ecological self allows one to think in terms of the self as interconnected with all of nature.

Callas was also influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
“I witnessed the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center while walking to my studio,” Callas stated. That and the war in Iraq led Kimberly, her husband and young child to relocate to Brooks, Maine, where they hand built an in-ground, stone house that is off-the-grid and heated solely with wood.

Callas has been rigorously trained in classical figurative sculpture. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.
More information about Kimberly Callas and her work is available online at kimberlycallas.com.

Starting in 2007, Unity College made a dramatic statement by becoming the first in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, thereby igniting a growing national movement in higher education to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards and visionary leaders.

Dowling-Walsh Gallery opens Eric Green and Sarah McRae Morton

Eric Green at Dowling-Walsh Gallery

“Time Diptych – Bridge” by Eric Green

Eric Green went to RISD on a full scholarship at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.

In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written four novels and a column for the local paper. He has had two solo exhibitions in SoHo and Chelsea, received three grants, and a merit award from the National Academy of Design.

In New England, Eric’s paintings have been exhibited at the Ogunquit Museum, Brattleboro Museum, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and the Portland Museum.

“This latest series is an attempt to capture time, or the poetic phrase, ‘the sad beauty of time passing,’ something I believe we all experience in life, an emotion that gives existence much of its intensity and meaning. It’s not an easy sensation to describe, so I’m hoping this work will allow the viewer to experience it in a clarified visual form.The work portrays sections of the interior of our house that I’ve spent the last seventeen years adjusting, a work of art in itself. I’m actually drawing a place I’ve carefully created and arranged, so in a way, the image is generated twice. Each diptych is comprised of two panels of the same basic view altered only by the passage of time. What I find interesting is that the art itself can only exist in the viewer’s mind. It is the amalgamation or comparison of the two images that creates the specific emotion, not each individual panel. Gauging and balancing this convergence is everything.”

Sarah McRae Morton at the Dowling-Walsh Gallery

“Wills of Morton and Bonnie- the night he wrote the letter that would be lost for 100 years” by Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. She studied drafting and color theory with Myron Barnstone in her teenage years, and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania for college. A travel fellowship was a path to Europe to take a chemistry course in Rome on the chemical composition – or decomposition – of pieces from art history. She traveled to Norway to study with painter Odd Nerdrum. When she returned from abroad, she settled in a coal-mining region of West Virginia to make a body of work about the local history, a changing landscape and a knotted family tree. This work yielded a Mattisse Foundation fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, her work has taken her to Cerrillos New Mexico, Carmel California, Baltimore Maryland, to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. She currently lives in Cologne, Germany.

“The subjects in “The Impossible Sight of a Ship” are the people from whom I
am descended, by blood or by the “marrow of artistic tradition”, all of whom
led me to a place and time in Maine. These paintings are invented portraits
of the shells of tenacious spirits who have survived because their stories
are transmitted around campfires, between rocking chairs, and under moth
eaten black skies. They had memorable lives or unforgettable brushes with
death and left enough legacy, artifacts or genetic residue to retell their
stories. What they all have in common is me, a common descendant.

The style of the pieces varies according to the prevalent style of art
during each character’s lifetime, displaying facets of aesthetic traditions,
or challenges to convention that made American art history.”

Both artists will show through September 27. 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.

September/Early October exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

The Labor Day weekend is often considered the end of summer and a signal that the fun is over and it is time to get back to work. That concept couldn’t be further from the truth at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. A large and festive crowd gathered there for the opening of new exhibitions featuring the work of painters Amy Brnger and Richard Brown Lethem, photographer Nancy Grace Horton and sculptor Cabot Lyford. The over all theme of the work on display is that the fun continues and that there is no place better than home.

Paintings by Richard Brown Lethem are interspersed with photographs by Portsmouth artist Nancy Grace Horton. Lethem is showing four large-scale canvases with the theme of “games” the artist remembers playing during his Mid-Western childhood. A jumble of figures are intertwined with a barking dog, all trying to be “King of the Hill, “ in a 48 inch by 50 inch canvas. His other action packed paintings have figures shooting marbles, racing box-cars, and dancing into the evening.

Throughout the gallery are thirty-three small panel paintings from Lethem’s series called “Home Bodies.” The artist portrays people doing ordinary daily activities such as hanging cloths out to dry, playing cards, holding pets, and dreaming in the bathtub. There is charm and poignancy to these paintings. Some solicit a chuckle, others a memory. The Ogunquit Museum of Art recently concluded an exhibition of Lethem’s work. He has exhibited throughout the United States and currently paints in a converted stable in Berwick Maine.

Nancy Grace Horton’s photographs pair well with the themes in Lethem’s paintings. Her photographs are a 21st portrayal of women. Using narrative fragments that confound the conventions of popular culture, she explores the norms of female behavior – and misbehavior. This particular body of work, titled “Ms. Behavior,” uses props, models and various locations, which are the catalysts for her strong, graphic narrative compositions.

Like Lethem’s figures, Horton’s women are engaged in ordinary daily activities: doing dishes, washing, ironing, and getting dressed. The titles of the photographs are often witty and sarcastic; suggesting that there is much more inferred by the pictures than what one might think.

Cabot-Lyford-at-work

The gallery is very pleased to exhibit work by Cabot Lyford, one of the regions most recognized sculptors. His work is in museums and public spaces across the country. He is equally skilled at carving stone and wood with much of his inspirations coming from nature and the female form. For this exhibition, curator Mary Harding selected six pieces carved from black walnut: an owl in flight, a raven, a fat cat, a horse, a beaver and an century extension of feminist concerns regarding the media’s elegant figure called “African Boy.”

The lower level gallery space is being used for a solo show for Portsmouth painter Amy Brnger. The artist combines rich color, full brush strokes and keen observation to create her domestically inspired small paintings of interiors, landscapes and flower arrangements. Still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally in her mind. She sets up her still life arrangements in her Portsmouth home studio and often paints the same settings in both the morning and evening light.

The exhibitions continue through October 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. georgemarshallstoregallery.com.

Haynes Galleries presents “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries”

Zoey Frank at Haynes Galleries

“Kirsten” by Zoey Frank

Haynes Galleries will close another wonderful summer season in Maine with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries,” a solo show of new work from the young and supremely talented Zoey Frank. The end-of-season exhibit will be on view from September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

Frank and her fresh work are a perfect fit for a late summer celebration. At just 27, she is at a significant moment in her young career. She’s participated in numerous group exhibitions at galleries around the country, garnering praise wherever her works are shown. Her work has recently set off in a new direction, the result of completing a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the prestigious Laguna College of Art + Design (LACD) in Laguna Beach, California. Frank’s show at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will be her first solo exhibition and it will celebrate Frank and the new paintings she created during her time at LACD.

“I knew from the first time I saw Zoey’s work over three years ago that she was a superstar,” says gallery owner Gary R. Haynes. “Just about every piece that she’s sent me has sold and I could have sold some of them two or three times. She has courage to try so many things and to push her limits. This show has so much complexity, energy and drama. She is truly pushing the envelope and reaching new heights.”

The shift in Frank’s ideology and paintings came from a desire to be more inclusive in her imagery. “With my new work, I wanted my process to feel more immediate and open,” says the artist. Frank often jumps right into her work, painting directly on the canvas and adjusting the composition— landscape, still life or portrait— as she observes changes
Her figurative work, some reaching up to 5 feet in width like Kirsten, is artfully arranged and crafted. Layers of paint from earlier in the process show through, creating a mesmerizing effect Frank has dubbed a palimpsest. Viewers will feel like they lived the same experience and are now reliving it through a hazy memory.

More modest in scale, Frank’s still lifes explore color relationships by infusing bright colors into her otherwise neutral palette. The everyday objects she paints— cyan construction paper, yellow cans, and patterned pink wallpaper— are arranged to complement one another to dazzling results.

A trip to Israel inspired Frank’s group of ancient cityscapes. It was also an opportunity to try one of her favorite kinds of paintings. “I have always been fascinated by unfinished masterworks—they feel open and vulnerable” says Frank, a theme in line with her new figurative pieces. With areas of canvas exposed, these studies of ancient cities seem to ripple in the hot sun, the white stone of the ancient buildings and the harsh desert light washing out details and color.

Frank’s new process is quite the departure from her previous one. Before enrolling at LACD, the Colorado-native completed four years of training at Juliette Aristide’s classical atelier at the Gage Academy of Art. “It was the old historical painters that made me want to be an artist in the first place,” says Frank, “so I knew I wanted to learn from their foundations of painting.” The result was beautifully rendered, highly finished pieces that invoked the Masters and earned Frank many honors.

The impulse to challenge herself led her to LACD and on her current path. Painting ordinary objects and places forces her “to make compelling images without relying on the power of the subjects themselves,” as Frank pointed out. “The process is my only tool.”
Zoey Frank’s explorations over the past two years have led to several discoveries, from how Frank always wants to challenge herself, to a new painting style adopted, and old ones re-embraced. It’s been a period growth. A period of promise. The work in “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” is a clear indication of Frank’s bright future and the show is great way to close another memorable summer season.

Gleason Fine Art opens “Andrea Peters: Four Seasons”

Andrea Peters at Gleason Fine Art

“A Summer Day” by Andrea Peters

Beginning Thursday, September 4, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens Andrea Peters: Four Seasons, which runs through Tuesday, October 14.

The East Boothbay artist is the veteran of many shows at the gallery. Her bold, brushy landscapes mark her as one of the gallery’s most recognizable artists. Peters is a keen observer of the landscape around her. From her cove in East Boothbay, she paints the views surrounding her home in each season: her flower gardens, the shore’s edge, and her beloved spruce trees. Peters’s paintings are composed for maximum expression. “I push beyond the obvious,” Peters say. When she does so, she creates a seismic shift in the way we see the landscape. The result is a visual extravaganza.

With spring, summer, and fall, Peters dazzles us with a riot of greens, blues, reds, and yellows. With winter, she reminds us of that season’s subtleties. Her sunsets rival nature’s own. Arts reviewer Philip Isaacson wrote of Peters: “Just as the sun indulges itself, so does Peters. Her Maine coast wriggles with color. Hues pile up in layers and then ease their way along the hide of the land. Her style is gestural, spontaneous, and that quality builds a visual tempo. The Maine coast has become a center of visual energy” (Maine Sunday Telegram).

Painting is an evolutionary process for Peters. She forces herself to look afresh at the same view and closely observe each day’s tiny, incremental changes. Her paintings are a triumph, a tribute to her imagination and skilled hands, a perfect expression of one artist’s delight in everything around her. Andrea Peters’s paintings stand out as unique and bold expressions of a highly individualized talent.

Andrea Peters: Four Seasons opens September 4 and runs through October 14. The gallery will participate in Boothbay Harbor’s First Friday celebration on September 5, and then on Friday, September12, the gallery will host a reception for the artist herself, which will run from 5 to 7 pm. The public is most cordially invited to share a glass of wine with Andrea and discuss her remarkable paintings on September 12. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, and check out Andrea Peters’s show, and the gallery’s entire inventory, at gleasonfineart.com.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Participates in Open Lighthouse Day

Barbara Klein

Bristol artist Barbara Klein and other Pemaquid Gallery artists will demonstrate painting on site at Lighthouse Park during the September 13 Open Lighthouse Day Event.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists will be an active participant at the Open Lighthouse Day event on Saturday, September 13 at Lighthouse Park. The celebration of the Pemaquid Lighthouse and its historical significance will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the park during these hours will be free to the general public.

Local artists and members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists will be painting on the site during the event and will be happy to answer questions from observers. Refreshments will be served to visitors at the Gallery, which will be open for its customary hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra L. Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Pemaquid Falls, Julie Babb, Pemaquid, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, Trudi Curtis, Damariscotta, Bill Curtis, Damariscotta, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Viola Glendinning, South Bristol, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Hannah, Bristol, Jean Harris, Damariscotta, Jane Herbert, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Phyllis Loney, Round Pond, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol, Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, New Harbor, Maggie Macy, South Bristol, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Marnie Sinclair, Damariscotta, Pande Stevens, Damariscotta, Ernest T. Thompson, Jr., Bristol, and Bob Vaughan, Bristol.

For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752.

Turning in Your Hand: the Blue Marble Project Opening at Waterfall Arts

 

A new exhibit, Turning in Your Hand: The Blue Marble Project opens on Friday, September 12th with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Waterfall Arts’ Clifford Gallery. Susan Smith, an Intermedia MFA candidate at UMO, coordinated and curated the group show in collaboration with Waterfall Arts. She was inspired by the international Blue Marbles Project, created by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. Through this simple, neuroscience-based initiative millions of people around the world have shared blue marbles in celebration of our beautiful planet

For the exhibit twenty collaborators were given a blue marble and asked to consider the pale blue dot we call home. Through their diverse responses the artists, writers and activists created a collective voice that speaks about our relationship to the earth and the myriad worlds we inhabit upon this fragile planet. Contributing artist are David Allen, Debbie Arnold, James Chute, Lauren Day, Barbara Denaro, Bethany Engstrom, Kathleen Florance, Lauren Gladstone, Sarah Hollows, Siglinde Langholz, Jessica LeClair, Rachael Nelson, Cara Oleksyk, Heather Perry, Amy Pierce, Robert Saunders, Owen Smith, Susan Smith, Deborah Wing-Sproul and Dudley Zopp.

Written statements will accompany each artist’s work. Robert Saunders wrote that “This Blue Marble project is intended to highlight the daily aspects of one’s life. For the past year I carried my Blue Marble with me everywhere I went as a way of making present my existence on this Larger Blue Marble, and by extension, getting you to think about your existence on this Large Blue Marble and the traces you make.”

The Blue Marble Project will be on display through the 24th of October. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, by appointment and during Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk September 26th until 8 p.m. Waterfall Arts, now in its fifteenth year, provides arts education, gallery exhibitions, studio rentals and community events and is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on exhibitions, fall classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org.

One Artist, two very special talents, at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

Philippe Guillerm

“Sprint II” by Philippe Guillerm

Saturday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., Philippe Guillerm Gallery will host its
last season show with Color Exhibit & Surprise Masterpiece a retrospective
of the 2014 Collection of fun, local and colorful paintings and the
unveiling of a surprise masterpiece by French-born artist Philippe Guillerm.

Philippe Guillerm¹s work includes paintings, sculptures and a vast array of
architectural restoration and decoration details. He is greatly influenced
by his sailing & biking life, and many local colors and themes. His
paintings combine the warm colors of the Caribbean and the very local themes
like The Blue Hands Lobster Man or the underwater view of lobster buoy with
World of Silence. Philippe also has an extreme sense of humor and will make
you smile more than once on seeing his new concept of the Player Piano.

This September 6 event will be another in a series of multiple-gallery
openings including Tidemark Gallery and Old Number Nine in Waldoboro and
Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Friendship.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery hours are 10 to 4, Tuesday through Friday. For
more information, please contact Philippe Guillerm Galley, 882 Main Street,
Waldoboro Village, 701-9085, or visit guillermsculptures.com.

Carver Hill opening for “Daniel Anselmi: Monhegan Island Series”

Daniel-Anselmi-1958-28x28-2013

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show opening on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The artist will be present from 5 – 8 PM. Refreshments will be served. The show, MONHEGAN ISLAND SERIES and OTHER WORKS, will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.

The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.

There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that makes these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.

Daniel has had three museum shows in 15 months, including the University of New England, Portland, ME Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, The Portland Public Library, Portland, ME and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Collage x 10, Lewis Gallery, and The I-95 Triennial, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.
Daniel succeeds with this highly sophisticated and cohesive show. His years of attention and focus on his craft reward us with pleasant surprises that come only from many hours of trial and error. Show runs through October 1.

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The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

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

Courthouse Gallery presents “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions”

Lilian Day

“Crow and the Quiet Arc” by Lilian Day Thorpe

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

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

“Spirit Encounters” Coming to Northern Lights Gallery

"Spirit Encounters" at Northern Lights Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

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

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

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

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

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Mysterious Musician” by Kathy Weinberg

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

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Knights Move” by Jeffrey Ackerman

The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.