Schooner Gallery hosts “44º North” Downeast Open Art Showcase

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 25 through June 22, with an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.  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. For more information and show specifics please call Schooner Gallery at 546-3179 or 546-7989.

Jean Kigel showing at Tidemark Gallery

“After the Rain” by Jean Kigel

“The Floral Muse: Watercolors and Asian Brush Paintings by Jean Kigel” will be on exhibit at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro from May 8 – June 1, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m.  Saturday, May 11, that is free and open to the public. For Jean Kigel, both an artist and a perennial gardener, flowers are her favorite muse. This show features a variety of field and still-life florals – some small, some oversize. She draws her inspiration largely from the shapes and shades of flowers she has inherited and from those of local plant sales. For more information visit tidemarkgallery.com.

35th Annual Student Art Show at Barn Gallery


The public is invited as elementary through high school students show their latest work at the 35th Annual Student Art Show at Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on May 11 and 12 from 1 – 4 p.m.  All are invited to a reception on Friday, May 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. “This is one of the liveliest shows we have at Barn Gallery,” says Nancy Davison, President of the Ogunquit Arts Collaborative and the Barn Gallery. “ The students try so many different images and techniques. And they delight in finding their work on the walls of a ‘real’ gallery.” Barn Gallery will open for the season on Wednesday May 22 at 11 AM.  For more information call 207-646-8400 after May 22, 2013 or go to www.barngallery.org.

“Forest for the Trees” opening at Åarhus Gallery


“Trees” by Mary Barnes

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast invites the public to an opening reception Friday April 5th, 5-8pm for a show entitled “Forest for the Trees” which runs April 4th through the 28th.

With National Arbor Day and Earth Day happening in April, and the new Åarhus partner Tom O’Donovan having his annual tree show at Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland also this April, we at Åarhus have decided to branch out and have a tree show of our own entitled, ‘Forest For the Trees’. You are all familiar with this (partial) idiom, as meaning the inability to see the big picture due to over-attention to details. This show may forgo exemplifying any lessons learned from that wise old saying, and instead just have a good time with the tree as subject matter for art making. So if you have a firm handle on the big picture or if you want to bring a magnifying glass and focus in on the details, shake a limb over to Åarhus and leaf your troubles behind.

Featured artists include; Michael Alpert, Mary Barnes, Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Al Crichton, Kris Engman, Jerri Finch, Alan Fishman, Dave Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Ed Moffitt, Thomas O’Donovan, Ben Potter, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick and Carol Sloane.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St, Belfast, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday 11 am-5:30 pm. For more information call 338-0001 or  www.aarhusgallery.com  where a slideshow of the current works is available.

UMMA opens second “I-95 Triennial: From Connecticut to Maine”

“14, 86 lbs” by Noah David Bau. The “I-95 Triennial” will feature a wall with four large photographs by Noah David Bau, who captured images of orphaned and neglected boys in a Bangkok training camp located in the city’s “most notorious slum.” “The boys are subjected to grueling workouts in oppressive heat; their bodies endure brutal punishment; and they are trained to be ferocious and merciless.”-Noah David Bau.

The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor’s second “I-95 Triennial: From Connecticut to Maine” exhibition opens to the public April 5 and offers a unique glimpse into the diversity of contemporary creative practice by artists from five New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The exhibition features works in an array of media, from sculpture and painting to photography and mixed media. One hundred and fourteen artists submitted works for consideration and, as a result of a highly competitive jury process, 34 artists were invited to participate. The jurors for the I-95 Triennial 2013 were Timothy McDowell, Professor of Art and former Chair of the Art Department, Connecticut College and George Kinghorn, Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art.

The Triennial showcases a wide range of approaches to materials and styles including representational, abstraction and conceptual works. Color photography is well represented by several artists including Christopher Chadbourne and Noah David Bau, each of whom works in a fine art documentary style. Both offer in-depth investigations of subjects ranging from the colorful world of state fairs to young boys in brutal boxing camps in Bangkok, Thailand. Also featured are artists working in the traditional medium of gelatin silver print including Maine-based Ilya Askinazi and Claire Seidl. Sculptural works by J.T. Gibson, Walter Kopec, Paul Oberst, Christine Owen and Edward Mackenzie range from mix-media assemblage incorporating appropriated objects to beautifully crafted bronze and wood forms. The landscape serves as inspiration for paintings by Nina Jerome and Linda Packard. Each artist employs gestural paint passages and bold colors to depict birds-eye views of urban settings and the serenity of ponds filled with lilies and other vibrant flora.

Contemporary abstraction is reflected in Daniel Anselmi’s multi-layered collages, Marc Leavitt’s pulsating colorful painted surfaces and Kathryn Frund’s canvases which display an array of marks, drips and stains. The 90-plus works of art by these New England-based artists attest to the multitude of approaches to art-making and the pluralistic nature prevalent in contemporary art.

I-95 Triennial 2013 Participating Artists: Daniel Anselmi, Ryan Arthurs, Ilya Askinazi, Noah David Bau, Roberta Baumann, Lindsey Beal, Charles Benner, Renate Caraballo, Christopher Chadbourne, Kenny Cole, David Estey, Joshua Ferry, Kathie Florsheim, Kathryn Frund, J.T. Gibson, Rachel Hellmann, Terry Hire, Kay Howell, Jana Ireijo, Nina Jerome, Alexis Kochka, Walter Kopec, Marc Leavitt, Edward Mackenzie, Robert Moran, Paul Oberst, Christine Owen, Linda Packard, Gerri Rachins, Ken Sahr, Roxanne Faber Savage, Claire Seidl, Cheryl St. Onge and Barbara Sullivan.
“Encounter” by David Estey, “A Stair in waiting” by Walter Kopec, “DMV” by Roberta Baumann, “Untitled” by Daniel Anselmi.

“I-95 Triennial 2013” runs through June 8. The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in the heart of downtown Bangor, has a permanent collection of over 3,800 objects with an emphasis on modern and contemporary works of art. The Museum of Art offers a diverse schedule of changing contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2013 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu.

“Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth” opening at Farnsworth


“David Balfour” by N. C. Wyeth

The Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major exhibition Sat. April 27 entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum.” The exhibition of approximately thirty paintings will run through Sunday, December 29 at the museum’s Wyeth Center. The exhibition is composed of thirty paintings by N. C. Wyeth that span four decades of his work, from early western pictures through Robert Louis Stevenson classics to later illustrations in experimental styles. For more information please visit  farnsworthmuseum.org/education

“Artists Celebrate Spring Opening” at Tidemark Gallery


“Phoenix Rising “ by Stephen Bush

Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro invites the public to an “Artists Celebrate Spring Opening” April 3. Tidemark Artists are showing new paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, books and sculpture. Fellow artists, collectors and friends are invited to an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 7. Tidemark Gallery is located at the crossroads in Waldoboro village. Regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 to 5. For more information, please call 832-5109 or visit tidemarkgallery.com

Cherry Blossom Festival at SevenArts Gallery


“Blue Bunting” by Wendilee Heath O’Brein

SevenArts Gallery in Ellsworth is hosting a Cherry Blossom Festival from 11-4 p.m. Sat. April 6. The gallery invites the public to celebrate spring in the gallery and learn about Japanese culture – experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, try on a kimono, learn to use ohashi, sing sakura, with live traditional Japanese music performed by SevenArts member Wendilee Heath O’Brein. New spring work by the member artists and invited guests. SevenArts Gallery is located in the Maine Grind building, downtown Ellsworth. For more information visit sevenartsmaine.com

“The Orono Bog Boardwalk Benefit Show” at Sohns Gallery


“Untitled” by Peggy Clark Lumpkins

The Sohns Gallery in Bangor presents “The Orono Bog Boardwalk Benefit Show” with an Opening Reception 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The Orono Bog Walk in the Bangor City Forest is raising money to repair their 4,200-foot boardwalk.  Artist were encouraged to enter up to five artworks in a range of prices that had a forest, bog, carnivorous plant, or an otherwise fitting theme.  “The Orono Bog Boardwalk Benefit Show” is currently open and runs through May 20. For more information, call 947-2205.

Greenhut Galleries invites the public to “Go Figure”


“Contadina at Dark Casement” by George Lloyd

Greenhut Galleries in Portland invites the public to an opening reception 5 -7 p.m. Thurs. April 4 for “Go Figure,” an Invitational Figurative Show. Artists have drawn, painted and carved the image of the human figure since ancient times. Go Figure is an invitational figurative show all about the human figure in art showcasing the work of over 30 Maine artists. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of figurative artists in Maine and runs through April 27. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com

KVAA “The Brother and Sister Exhibition”


“No. 10 Engine” by David Hodsdon

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present “The Brother and Sister Exhibition,” featuring photographs by David Hodsdon and prints by Frances Hodsdon, at the lobby gallery at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. On view from April 15 through June 14, the installation is open 9-9 p.m. daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. David and Frances Hodsdon are brother and sister from Jefferson, Maine, where they live on and near Clary Lake. Frances Hodsdon has been a printmaker and teacher for many years.  Currently she holds classes at Midcoast Printmakers at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta. David Hodsdon retired from working 17 years as an Electrical Engineer for MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1989 to Jefferson to pursue a more leisurely pace and a long time interest in photography.  The photographs are printed on Red River 60lb Polar Matte paper using Epson Ultrachrome pigment inks.  The unique picture frames are hand-crafted from rough birch wood in his woodworking shop.  This exhibition includes a small selection of photographs taken in Maine over several years. For more information visit harlowgallery.org

“Connective Color” at Charles Inn


Connective Color” by Brian Monahan

Brian Monahan of Monahan Design invites the public to “Connective Color: an Evolving Painting,” 5 p.m. Thursday April 18 at The Charles Inn in Bangor. The piece is about the evolution of itself over time. This initial opening will be to promote the beginning of the piece. The painting is made up of 200 or more 4 inch x 4 inch paintings of color, and gradients. The aspect of the art piece that makes it interactive and evolving is the audiences or viewers ability to take part in its creation. People will be allowed to move and change the artwork, and reconstruct the composition as they see fit. For more information and a flyer to join the group for the event visit monahandesign.com.

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.