Call to Artists: “44º North” Downeast Open


Schooner Gallery of Milbridge will host its 2nd Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Showcase celebrating Maine artists who are residents and live within 44 nautical miles of Milbridge (50.6 miles).  Artists of any age and training are invited to submit their artwork inspired by this 44º North environment we live in.  This exciting late-Spring Art Event will be held at the Schooner Gallery, 59 Main Street, Milbridge.

Show dates will be May 25th through June 22nd, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 25th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  Drop off dates, in-person at the gallery, for artworks in all media are Monday and Tuesday, May 20th and 21st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. All artwork must be labeled and wall pieces must be ready to hang with picture wires attached.  Sorry no mailed or shipped entries can be accepted.  For more information and show specifics please call Schooner Gallery at 546-3179 or 546-7989.

“Earth” + Poets and Fools Costume Ball at Waterfall Arts


“Antartica” by Ellen Sander

“Earth,” Waterfall Arts in Belfast’s annual open call show, opens with a reception for the artists 5 – 8 pm Friday, April 5, immediately followed by the Poets and Fools Costume Ball. The annual Open Call exhibit seeks to bring together artists young and old, professional and novice, in a spirit of experimentation and free expression around the theme of our common experience of earth.

The Poets and Fools Costume Ball, which begins directly after the opening reception, starts at 8 pm and features dance music by the high energy band The Hips, readings by local poets, a costume contest with prizes and celebrity judges, a 50-50 raffle and mini-auction, lots of happy fools, a performance by Dancing Machine, a Courtney Porter production, cash bar, refreshments and fun with friends. All are invited to attend, wear a costume if you like and celebrate community and creativity. Admission to the fundraiser is on a sliding scale, $5 to $25, at the door. For more information visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

The Gallery at Blue Heron opens in Bangor


Surface ” by Nina Jerome

Blue Heron in Bangor invites the public to the opening of The Gallery at Blue Heron with an opening reception 5-8 pm, Friday, March 1. Bangor’s newest gallery features sculptor Matthew Foster, painters John LeBlanc, Nina Jerome, Kristborg Whitney, Linda Packard, Rita Haunert, Pamela Dunphy, Rebecca  Rivers, Diana Young, David Haskins, and Helena  Bosse. The new gallery offers local artists and sculptors a professionally designed space in which to show their work, and illuminates the philosophy of Blue Heron that art, beauty, and quality craft enhance our well being and the spaces we live in. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy the art and refreshments by Massimo’s. The Gallery at Blue Heron is located at 15 State Street, Bangor. For more information, call 992-2115 or visit Blue Heron on Facebook.

Gleason Fine Art in Portland hosting “Spring!”


“Through the Trees” by Anne Ireland

Gleason Fine Art in Portland is hosting a reception 5-8 p.m. First Friday, March 1 for “Spring!” featuring paintings by Anne Ireland, Henry Isaacs, Andrea Peters and sculpture by Carole Hanson. In her artist statement, Anne Ireland says “My paintings are the result of observation informed by imagination–a place where the iconic is seen in the emotional context of mystery and surprise. There is a powerful energy when sky meets ground. To intensify that connection I strive to create a psychologically-nuanced atmosphere of unexpected color, giving it depth and consequence. “Spring!” runs through April 27.  The public is cordially invited. For more information call 699-5599.

Åarhus Gallery opens ’44N 69W: Radius Belfast’ Show


Åarhus Gallery in Belfast invites all to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday March 1 for the kick-off of the fifth annual ’44N 69W: Radius Belfast’ Show. An all encompassing exhibition celebrating the local creative energies of Maine residents from children to centenarians, amateurs to big wigs, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast. The show runs from February 28th through March 31st 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 285 pieces of art were exhibited floor to ceiling to the delight of hundreds of visitors, friends and loved ones with consequent sales enabling a generous donation to the Good Shepherd Food Bank. For more information call 338-0001 or visit  aarhusgallery.com

“Resisting Entropy” to open at CMCA


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is exhibiting “Resisting Entropy” with an opening reception 5 – 7 p.m. Sat. March 23. Twenty-four hours, ten artists, a whole heap of stuff… “Resisting Entropy” is an exercise in creating collaboratively within a condensed timeframe and shared space. The ten participating artists begin on Friday at noon, confronted with a sizeable heap of discarded and junked materials, and, over the next 24 hours, live and work together to transform the pile into unique and unpredictable artworks. Resisting Entropy was first developed in 2010 and took place at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland. Revised in scope and with an extended roster of artists, the 2013 group includes David Allen, Johanna Cairns, Alan Clark, Jared Cowan, Bethany Engstrom, Andy Hamm, Siglinde Langholz, Jonathan Laurence, Eric Leppanen, and Trelawney O’Brien. The show runs through April 7. For more information call 236.2875 or visit cmcanow.org

Emery Arts Center showing ATTENTION

Emery Arts Center at the University of Maine in Farmington invites the public to a reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Friday, March 1, for the exhibition “ATTENTION: New Works by Tom Jessen.” The exhibit runs  through March 23. The gallery is open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM. Tom Jessen’s paintings and mixed-media works explore the boundaries between immediate experience and the self-conscious art object, referentiality and abstraction, repetition and difference. The mixed media, site-specific work in ATTENTION reflects the artist’s interest in pattern, specifically the tendency of patterns to come in and out of the viewer’s immediate focus. Pattern engages our attention in a particular way: it has the effect of both being there and not being there, the fluctuation between presence and absence reflecting the perception and habits of attention of the viewer. These works engage a number of questions about perception, the immediacy of experience, the act of knowing and one’s relationship with a particular space.

Landing Gallery call for 3D art


Ping Fu, judge

The Landing Gallery in Rockland has a call for artists for one of the world’s first juried 3D printed Art shows to be mounted in their Rockland, Maine location this spring. “Bits to Its: 3D Printed Sculpture” is dedicated to the use of new 3D printing technology to create art. The show will open with a public reception on Friday May 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. preceded by a private reception on Saturday April 27, and a week of educational activities coordinated by the Maine FabLab, a part of the MIT FabLab network. All art will be available for sale.

The esteemed judges come from the intersection of 3D printing art and technology. GeoMagic founder and CEO Ping Fu is moving to the new position of Chief Strategy Officer for 3D Systems Corporation, pending the sale of her software company to the 3D printer manufacturer.  She has an intimate knowledge of the 3D printing and scanning process, and is regarded as an innovator in the industry.

Entries must incorporate 3D printed components into at least 75% of the piece; additional processes may be used in the entire piece, but 3D printing must be central to the design. If artists do not own their own 3D printer, Potomac Photonics of Lanham MD [www.potomac-laser.com] has generously offered to complete the printing on the 3D Systems high resolution ProJect or color Cube printers in their MicroFabLab for the cost of materials. Tickets information for the private opening reception is available landingart.com.

Think Tank showing “Aluminations Works: Mat O’Donnell Paintings”


“Aluminations” by Mat O’Donnell

The Think Tank in Portland invites the public to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 1 for “Aluminations Works: Mat O’Donnell Paintings.” This opening is in conjunction with Portland’s Friday Night Art Walk, and will open its doors to the public at 5 p.m. and serve light fare. Mat attended The Maine College of Art in Portland and The Boston Fine Art Museum School before getting his Bachelor of Science Degree at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1977. O’Donnell built a studio next to The Montsweag River in Wiscasset, Maine where he resides with his wife and daughter.  There he paints every day, writes, and gives guitar lessons. His current body of work involves birch bark.  Still the naturalist, birds, fish and other wildlife often find their way into his pieces. The Think Tank is located directly across the Maine College of Art on Congress Street.

Farnsworth opening “American Treasures: The Best of the Farnsworth Collection”

Shipping in DownEast Waters” by Fitz Henry Lane, 1854

The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced an outstanding upcoming exhibition season that will include a complete re-installation of almost every gallery in the museum for the presentation of “American Treasures: The Best of the Farnsworth Collection.” The 2013 season will also include a major N.C. Wyeth exhibition, as well more intimate shows featuring works by Andrew Wyeth, and by Jonathan Fisher.

Beginning on Saturday, February 17, the Farnsworth will present “American Treasures,” an exhibition that will celebrate Maine’s role in American art by displaying the very best among the over 13,000 works in the museum’s collection. On view, through a series of themed shows, will be paintings, photographs and sculpture by many of America’s most important artists including Fitz Henry Lane, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Elliot Porter, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana and N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth.

“American Treasures” will consist of several related exhibitions: Small Treasures (opens February 17), Other Voices (opens March 9), Maine Voices (opens May 18), and three that will open on June 1: New Visions, New Languages; Visions of the Land and Sea; and Family and Friends.

On April 27, the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center will open a major exhibition entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum.” The exhibition includes 30 paintings by N. C. Wyeth, from early western pictures through Robert Louis Stevenson classics to Wyeth’s later illustrations in experimental styles. This exhibition is organized by Christine Podmaniczky, Associate Curator for the N.C. Wyeth collection at the Brandywine River Museum and author of the N.C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné.

The museum will also present two smaller exhibitions. Opening on March 23 will be “A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals” in the museum’s Craig Gallery. “Andrew Wyeth: Her Room” will be on display beginning in April in the Wyeth Study Center. In addition, summer 2013 will mark the reopening of the Farnsworth Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Homestead has been closed for the past two years for a preservation program addressing a range of exterior and interior needs. Please visit farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

Gleason Fine Art in Portland opens “Tom Curry: New Work”

“Ice Flow” by Tom Curry

Gleason Fine Art in Portland invites the public to an opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, for “Tom Curry: New Work.” Curry will be available to meet the public and sign copies of his new book “Island: Paintings by Tom Curry,” published by Down East Books. The show runs through March 30. “For those of us who have lived a long time in the Maine landscape, it is as if Tom Curry were rendering the ache of the familiar and beloved”  - Susan Hand Shetterly, Down East Magazine. Tom Curry, an artist and teacher currently living in Brooklin, Maine, has been painting the Maine coast for over 20 years in pastel and oil. Gleason Fine Art, Portland, is located at 540 Congress Street, For more information, call 207-699-5599 or visit gleasonfineart.com. Gleason Fine Art also has gallery showrooms at 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, 207-633-6849.

Åarhus Gallery opens ‘Heart’

“Many Are the Wounds” by Wesley Reddick

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast warms up mid-winter with a show titled ‘Heart’ with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday Feb. 1, and runs through February 24.  With Valentine’s Day thoughtfully placed in the heart of February we tend to associate ‘Heart’ with warmth, coziness, and sweets in a heart shaped bright red box. Some of the artists showing their work for the ‘Heart’ show may be thinking outside the box of chocolates and delving into aspects of the heart that are not so sweet. Featured artists include; Kenny Cole, Al Crichton, Maryjean Crowe, Mike Fletcher, J. T. Gibson, Sarah Hewitt, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Cathy Melio, Tom O’Donovan, Joan Proudman, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Mike Silverton, and Simon van der Ven. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com to see a slideshow of the current works.

“Themes of Love” opening at Sohns Gallery


“Not Ready” by Susan Smith

The Sohns Gallery in Bangor presents “Themes of Love” with an opening reception 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.7. Live music will be provided by When Particles Collide. This exhibition called for local artist to submit artworks around the theme of love. The call for local artist was meet with enthusiasm and artist from all over Maine submitted works. The Gallery narrowed the entries to ten artists. Six Bangor artists were selected for the show including Bangor’s own Pigeon. The works range in media from oil paintings, photography, charcoal and ink, to mix media. Together the works form a local perspective on love. The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central St. Bangor, Maine. “Themes of Love” runs through March 16.

“Memento” opens in Waterville

Common Street Arts in Waterville invites the public to “Memento” opening night, 5 p.m. Friday Feb. 1. This is a group show where artists created works of art based on personal mementos that have been carried with them over time. Themes of possession and dispossession are explored through a variety of media. This exhibit will also feature a living story wall, a memento wall, a beehive of sorts, where visitors are encouraged to let go of their own tokens or small possessions – be it something found on the way to the gallery, something from your pocket, or something from your past – which may be left with a note, short story or explanation for the next visitor to discover. Memento runs through Feb. 28. For more information visit commonstreetarts.com/event/memento/ or call Kate Barnes at 207-872-2787

Blum Gallery opens Clinger collection exhibition

 

The Ethel H. Blum Gallery at COA in Bar Harbor invites the public to “Collected Prints: A Selection of Works on Paper from the collection of Catherine Clinger,” College of the Atlantic’s Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts. Woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The exhibit runs Feb. 12 through Mar. 1. For more information call 288-5015.

UMMA opening Winter Exhibitions, Steve’s Picks

“The Promised Land” by Robert Rivers

The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will open three new exhibitions on Jan. 18. “Michael Crouser: Dog Run,” shows gelatin silver prints images of dogs as they have seldom been seen before. “Robert Rivers: The Promised Land,” is a dramatic series of drawings rendered in graphite, red pencil, acrylic glazes, oil paint and other media. “Candice Ivy: Honey from the Belly of the Lion,” shows how the artist incorporates both video and sculptural elements to create an immersive, sensory experience for viewers. Stephen Ringle, who has served as the Museum of Art’s Registrar and Preparator since 1984, will retire in mid-April 2013 after 29 years of service and has curated a special selection from the Museum’s permanent collection titled “Steve’s Picks.”  UMMA’s winter exhibitions and “Steve’s Picks” will be on display until March 8. Admission is free in 2013 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts” exhibition at MFT Gallery

“Coolidge Effect,” linocut by Scott Minzy

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents a unique farming-inspired art exhibition “CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” on show from Jan. 4 through Feb. 27. MFT Gallery hosts this exhibit organized by the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell showing seven of the project’s original fourteen artists. The other seven artists will have their work exhibited at the Hutchinson Center. The premise of the project was a simple one: connect fourteen Maine artists with thirteen central Maine farmers who operate CSAs or “Community Supported Agriculture,” fitting perfectly within the MFT’s mission of celebrating art in agriculture. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

PMA opening “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light”

“The Painted Room,” by Lois Dodd

The Portland Museum opens a new show, “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light,” Jan. 17. This first career museum retrospective for American painter Lois Dodd will feature paintings that define the places and subjects that have mattered most in her nearly 60-year career—views of New York City’s Lower East Side from her apartment windows; of the woods and gardens of Midcoast Maine; and wintery scenes near her family home in New Jersey. Dodd was a key member of New York’s postwar art scene and part of the wave of modern artists who explored the coast of Maine in the latter half of the 20th century. The exhibition will feature 51 works ranging in date from 1955’s Pasture to 2010’s self-portrait Shadow with Easel. The show runs through April 7, for more information visit portlandmuseum.org.

“Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints” at Bowdoin Museum


Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick is exhibiting “Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints” through March 3. Organized on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, this exhibition explores themes of the supernatural and otherworldly encounters in Japanese woodblock prints of the nineteenth-century. The show includes forty prints and books, all drawn from the private collection of Cornell University faculty member Dan McKee. In these narratives, protective deities touch the lives of commoners and vengeful spirits haunt those who had betrayed them. The human body is transformed, endowed with the powers of animal deities. McKee writes, “Japan, with its lack of stark division between the divine and the mundane, has particularly rich traditions of otherworldly and worldly interaction. These prints represent many pleasurable and chilling representations of what may lie out there, unseen around us, or beyond the grave.” For more information visit bowdoin.edu/art-museum.