Jonathan Frost Gallery presents “Holly Meade: Life, Inside and Out”

“Coon” by Holly Meade
Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland presents an exhibit of recent work by noted printmaker Holly Meade entitled “Life, Inside and Out,” on show through Oct. 3. A gala artist’s reception will be held from 5- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, Rockland’s First Friday, featuring live music by Steve Lindsay and Friends. Holly Meade creates woodblock and linoleum block prints. “There is a sort of elegant, raw honesty that comes through in woodblock prints,” says the artist.  For more information, call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.

Schooner Gallery announces its 2nd Annual Fiber Arts Show

“Square Progression #2” by Marion LaFollette
Schooner Gallery in Milbridge announces its 2nd Annual Fiber Arts Show, Sept. 8 through Oct. 14, featuring works by Audra Christie, Tim Fisher, Gillyin Gatto, Jillian, Shira Joy, Marion LaFollette, Gail Moorhouse, Meg Nalle, Jeanne Perkins, Lee-lee Schlegel, and Jude Valentine. An artists’ reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 207-546-3179 or visit schoonergallery.com.

Gleason Fine Art opens “Philip Frey: New Paintings.”

“Birds Eye View” by Philip Frey
Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens the gallery’s fall 2012 season with “Philip Frey: New Paintings.”  The gallery is hosting a reception from 5- 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Frey, a Maine native, creates lively, expressive paintings that reflect his delight in the landscape.
Frey is a master at using bold color to capture the sense of his subject. An admirer of the French Fauves, the 19th-century artists noted for their use of bright color, Frey says of his art: “I’m an artist who tries to joyfully express the surroundings I love through color and a sense of place.” The show will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information, call 633-6849 or visit gleasonfineart.com.

Carver Hill Gallery shows new work by Adriance DeGroff and Laurie Goddard

“Push-Pull” by Laurie Goddard
Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland is please to show new work by Adriance DeGroff and Laurie Goddard in The Upstairs Gallery on First Friday, 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 7. Laurie Goddard’s new work is a continued reflection of time spent in Italy, Japan, the Middle East and her home in Western Massachusetts. Intertwined with observations of every day life, her visual narratives are distillations of the many cultures she has experienced in her travels. Adriance DeGroff’s new work is a realistic interpretation of “living still life” in the form of flowers and fruits, pastoral landscapes and portraits and figures inspired by goddesses, Divas and the Madonna. Carver Hill will also feature Megan Hinton, Jon Kolkin and David Estey as well as America Martin’s “Through the Eyes of America” solo show on the street level of the gallery. For more information, call (207) 594-7745 or visit carverhill.com.

Dowling Walsh hosts solo exhibition for James Dodds

“South Coast One Design” by James Dodds

The Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is hosting a solo exhibition for James Dodds with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and a book signing for Tide Lines on Saturday, September 8 at 4pm. James Dodds was born in the east coast fishing town of Brightlingsea, and trained as a shipwright in Maldon. He then studied painting at Chelsea and the Royal College of Art, London. He has also conceived, illustrated and hand-produced a series of artists books. Dodds’s painting, “Out of the Marvellous” is featured in EarthLines magazine’s November 2012 issue and he was featured in the June 2012 issue of Coastmagazine. The show will run through Sept. 29. For more information visit dowlingwalsh.com

Western Maine Art Group presents “Points of View”


Western Maine Art Group in Norway presents “Points of View,” a show featuring the work of Gail Rein, Irina Kahn and Suzanne Hardy. The exhibit, featuring landscapes, still-lifes, oceans and sky will be on display Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Matolscy Gallery in Norway. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday Sept. 7. The reception is open to the public and handicap accessible. For more information call (207) 743-7813or visit westernmaineartgroup.org.

Galerie Dufour new exhibition “Dais”

 “Summer Laze,” by Charles L. Dufour

Galerie Dufour in Belfast announces an exhibition of new works, “Dais,” on show Sept. 7 through Oct. 4.  Featured in this collection of natural fine art nudes are docks and boardwalks, elevated wooden platforms that allow people to travel slightly above the Earth’s physical plane.  Photographs taken on seaside and lakeside docks as well as the Orono Bog boardwalk are exhibited.  An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.  For more information, call (207) 338-6448.

Betts Gallery opens “NARRATIVES”

“Untitled” by Joseph Corrado
Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibit, “NARRATIVES,” featuring the Maine Photo Alliance. The gallery will hold a reception for the artists during Friday Night Art Walk from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 7. The show will be on display for the month of September.

Maine Photo Alliance is a group of six photographers who live in Mid-coast Maine. “NARRATIVES,” visual short stories, was a challenging collaborative project whereby each photographer in the group began a visual narrative, and sent that image along to the next assigned photographer, who would in turn add to the visual short story. The end result was six separate narratives, each having six separate images. Each of the six artists of MPA also have individual new photography work displayed in the gallery. For more information, call (207) 338-6465, or visit thebelfastframer.com or narratives2012.com.

“CRAFTS of the Land and Sea 2” opens at Archepelago Fine Arts

Oak Triptych by Jonathan White
Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland’s “CRAFTS of the Land and Sea 2” is the second annual show of work by Maine’s fine craft artisans and will open with a reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 This year’s show features recent work by seven exceptional Maine artisans. Jonathan White creates art pottery and tiles, as well as ceramic sculpture, tableware, and mixed media sculpture.  All of his tiles are finished in a wide palate of earthenware and stoneware glazes, and are available set in quarter-sawn oak frames. For this exhibit, he will be showing “Fortification”, an illuminated earthenware clay sculpture. Other artists include Laura Glendening, who creates fiber art pieces using natural plant dyes, wool and silk; Robert Lingley, who carves cherry and bass wood with traditional tools; and Liam Cohen, who builds cajon drums used to accompany the classical guitar in Flamenco music. For more information on the functional and beautiful items in this show, call 596-0701 or visit islandinstitute.org.

First Friday Art Walks Sept. 7

BelfastARTS Friday Gallery Walk takes place 5:30- 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 with more than 20 art venues inviting you to enjoy leisurely visits through the intimacy of their downtown galleries. Dancer Sunny Hitt of Morrill will be performing in the streets, and musician Frets Halligan will be ukuleling, with extra instruments for the audience. Look for the opening at Gallerie Dufour and the “Gaia Series” show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery. Belfast First Friday Gallery walks will continue in Oct., Nov., and Dec.  For more information, visit belfastartwalk.com.
Bar Harbor First Fridays art walk takes place 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Look for Argosy Gallery in two locations, D’Alessio Gallery, Kathadin Photo Gallery, Artemis Gallery and many more, with street performances by the Harborside Shakespeare Company.
Arts in Rockland organizes Art Walks and Receptions on the First Friday of each month.  Look for banners flying in front of the many participating galleries, including Harbor Square, Eric Hopkins, The Landing, Dowling Walsh, Jonathan Frost, Carver Hill, CRAFT and Art Space Gallery.
Boothbay Region’s galleries are all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Peninsula. Follow the Art Trail Map provided inside the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide. Participating galleries and studios are Ocean Point Studio, Allen David, Boothbay Region Art Foundation, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith, Head of the Harbor, Joy To The Wind, Paradise Studio, and Studio 53 Fine Art.

Waterfall Arts opens “The War on Peace: Rob Shetterly and Alan Magee”

“Postscript” by Alan Magee
Waterfall Arts in Belfast will open “The War on Peace: Rob Shetterly and Alan Magee” with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.  Alan Magee’s drawings, monotypes, collages, tapestries and sculpture reflect the corporal impact of war as well as the underlying intentions of those who seek to profit from the conflicts. The work is mysterious, insightful and moving. Shetterly’s portraits of veterans, government workers, whistle-blowers, activists and students who have spoken out against war are from his series, Americans Who Tell the Truth.

While both Magee and Shetterly have shown their work throughout Maine and the US, this is the first time the Shetterly’s portrait series and Magee’s images will be shown together, offering different modes of expression on the subject of conflict. For more information, call (207) 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.

Plein-Air Wet-Paint Auction to benefit Windjammer Festival

“The Grace Bailey” by Paul Garnett

Camden Falls Gallery invites the public to the first “Plein-Air Wet-Paint Auction to benefit the Camden Windjammer Festival,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Taking place this Labor Day Weekend, the First Annual Plein Air Wet Paint Auction coincides with the Camden Windjammer Festival, a colorful event that draws thousands of visitors each year.

During the Windjammer Festival, the fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Events include a parade of sail, boatbuilding and nautical exhibitions, live music, dancing, and fireworks. Any or all of which may serve as inspiration for the dozens of artists who will gather to paint in and around the harbor on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.

Throughout the weekend, the participating artists will be bringing their finished work to the gallery, where it will be made available for viewing.  By 11 a.m. on Sunday, all of the final artwork will be on display at Camden Falls Gallery on the Public Landing. The auction will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the gallery. Local auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will conduct live bidding, and sealed bids will also be accepted. Each painting will also have a “take-it-now” price determined by the individual artist, and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Internationally acclaimed marine painter Paul Garnett will be painting in Camden en plein air on Friday and Saturday, and has generously offered to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his painting to the Camden Windjammer Festival. Garnett is a self-taught marine painter who is well known for his meticulous renderings of majestic sailing vessels. His artwork has been featured in Nautical World Magazine, Marine Art Quarterly, and Sea History Magazine, and has also graced the covers of several books. Garnett’s paintings have also appeared on A & E’s Sea Tales and The History Channel’s program History’s Mysteries. His work has been exhibited widely in prestigious marine galleries and museums from coast to coast, including the Charlestown Naval Museum, the Union League Club in New York City, the John Stobart Gallery in Boston, the Gallery at Mystic Seaport, and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. The artist is also a longtime member of the National Maritime Historical Society and a member of the International Society of Marine Painters.

Guy Corriero, who has been teaching and painting en plein air on Monhegan Island every summer for nearly 40 years, will not be able to attend the event this year but has generously donated an original 18” x 24” matted watercolor painting, “Swim Beach, Monhegan Island” with 100% of the selling price donated to the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Other artists who will be participating include: Tania Amazeen-Jones, Todd Bonita, Paul Bonneau, Lee Boynton, Ian Bruce, Daniel Corey, Jan Dearborn, Kathleen Galligan, Eric Glass, Roberta Goschke, Meridith Hicks, Alison Hill, Monique Lazard, Scott Moore, Colin Page, Stefan Pastuhov, Laurie Proctor, Janis Sanders, Judith Schuppien, Tony van Hasselt, Cali Veilleux, and Michael Vermette.
Camden Falls Gallery is also culminating the summer season with “Wood and Water,” a show of work by three marine artists and illustrators who work in a traditional, realist style. Todd Bonita, Paul Garnett and Loretta Krupinski share a fascination with traditional working watercraft and the strength and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Herring Seining at Night, 1940” by Loretta Krupinski

Krupinski’s painting “Herring Seining at Night, 1940” depicts two fishermen plying their ancient craft in bright moonlight. While the piece sensitively portrays the pre-war simplicity of fishing sans advanced technology, the painting also conveys the strength of the bond between people who engage in grueling, sometimes dangerous manual labor, where they are often at the mercy of elemental forces. Krupinski writes, “I want to honor the working waterfront and the people who left a legacy . . . the coastal settlement is where it all began.”

Camden Falls Gallery invites the public to join in to celebrate Maine’s rich maritime and artistic heritage with these talented artists this Labor Day Weekend. It’s an opportunity to support the Camden Windjammer Festival by bidding on, and taking home one of their latest masterpieces as a unique memento of the event. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, for more information call 470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.

Mark Bell and Cathy Melio at Åarhus Gallery

Tapered vase by Mark Bell

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to welcome Mark Bell and Cathy Melio as their guest artists for the month of Sept. and invites the public to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The guest artists’ work will be on display through Sept. 30.  Mark Bell of Blue Hill, is a full time potter producing delicately thrown porcelain vessels in an intriguing scale range. His attention to detail, finish, and glazes are exquisite. Cathy Melio is a painter and printmaker whose monotypes combine one-of-a-kind printmaking with watercolor painting.For more information call 207-338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com

“Peter Poskas: Summer Lights” opens at Haynes Galleries

“Morning Calm, Port Clyde” by Peter Poskas

Haynes Galleries in Thomaston invites the public to an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 for “Peter Poskas: Summer Lights,” This exhibition showcases the luminous landscapes of the contemporary American realist Peter Poskas, who will attend the opening of his solo show. The sunlight in Maine is a tempestuous muse — white and thin at midday, soft and dappled in the morning mist, glowing and golden as the sun slips behind the horizon. Though the light is always the star of Poskas’ paintings, place is equally important. On every canvas, Poskas coaxes the extraordinary from the ordinary and inspires the viewer to look more closely, to see more deeply, to cherish these fleeting “Summer Lights.” For more information call 354-0605 or visit haynesgalleries.com.

“Ken Gaulin: Fields of Vision” opens at Wallwork the gallery

Photograph by Ken Gaulin

Wallwork the gallery, in Rockport shows the work of photographer Gerry Millet and is showing “Ken Gaulin: Fields of Vision” with an artists’ opening reception 4-7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 4.  Gerry is the published author of “Trees 50 Photographs. ” Wallwork the gallery, is located at 67 Pascal Ave, for more information call 671-990-6304 or visit wallwork.us

“Prints, Drawings and Photographs” opens at New Era

 “Orange Body and Mind,” by Charlotte Nekola

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open its sixth annual “Prints, Drawings and Photographs” show featuring recent work by gallery artists with an artists’ reception from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The show will be on display through Sept. 26. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

“Sense of Place: Mathew O’Donnell” opens at River Arts II

“Nequasset Shanties at Night” by Mathew O’Donnell

“Sense of Place” is an exhibition by Maine painter Mathew O’Donnell with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the River Arts Gallery II in Damariscotta. “Sense of Place” will run through Aug. 28 at 241 US Route 1, River Arts II is open daily from 10-4 and on Sundays 12-5.

Mathew O’Donnell began painting as a young boy in Van Buren, where he was born in 1949.  Inspired by his father, the stillness of the landscape, the vitality of the farmland and the people who worked the fields, Mat continued to paint after he and his family moved to Bangor. Upon graduation from high school, 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.

Mathew’s surroundings were a constant prompt for his paintings.  The Holstein cows on the hill beyond his studio in Searsport, the lumbermen and the trees they felled during the last log drives where he was a foreman on the Kennebec River; an empty saltwater pool along the coast; inland dwellings and structures and the people who inhabited them; Maine folklore from Paul Bunyan to the Native Americans from the Penobscot region.

In his artist’s statement, O’Donnell states “Making a painting requires an impetus to know – not necessarily to know truth, but to visually realize ideas that cannot be mentally pictured. Art makes concrete what cannot be achieved by other means. Through my drawing and painting I try to portray the different layers of existence that surround me, from the mundane to the cosmic. I believe these levels exist in everything: trees, animals, sunsets, people, etc. Everything around me is full of information and wisdom. Creating and identifying helps me remember and connect with people, places, and things. Making these paintings seems like such a random and chaotic process. The rational part of me often wonders at the pointlessness of it. But in the end, I’m always surprised by how much sense they make after all, and how complete and human I feel because of them.”

 

“Homo Redux” self portrait

A skilled carpenter, O’Donnell built a studio next to The Montsweag River in Wiscasset, where he resides with his wife and daughter. There he paints every day, writes, and strums his guitar.  His current body of work involves birch bark. Still the naturalist, birds, fish and other wildlife often find their way into his pieces.

River Arts supports the arts community and conducts open, juried, themed exhibitions every five weeks, year round. In addition to exhibitions, River Arts has a full schedule of classes, open studios, lectures, poetry readings and special events as well as a full schedule of artist directed exhibitions at the River Arts Gallery II on Route 1. For more information call 563-1507 or visit riverartsme.org.

Argosy Gallery showing “Milestone Exhibition” in Bar Harbor

“Acadia Pines” by Tom Nicholas

The Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor will host a weekend opening for National Academician Tom Nicholas marking the beginning of a two month “Milestone Exhibition,” fifty years after the artist’s first of many shows at the famed Grand Central Galleries.  The work will be open to public viewing 1-5 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 25 and 9-5 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 26. The public is invited to an evening reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Bar Harbor Inn. Founded in 1922 by John Singer Sargent and colleagues, the Grand Central Galleries were a landmark for representational art in New York City for three quarters of a century. For information call 288-9226.

Camden Falls presents “Island Girls”

“Frolic” by Aline Ordman

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden is showing “Island Girls,” featuring Aline Ordman, Brita Holmquist, and Monique Lazard. Although the show is whimsically titled, these award-winning veteran painters all share tremendous maturity, strength, and depth of talent as expressed in their paintings of the islands of Penobscot Bay. Ordman’s plein air paintings of sun-soaked life along the islands’ beaches and shores join the bold, playful work of Holmquist and scenes of Islesboro rendered in the soft, painterly style of Lazard. “Island Girls” is on show through Wednesday, Aug. 29, for more information, call 470-7027.

“Orchard Photographs” opens at Turtle Gallery

Orchard photograph by Michael Alpert

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle presents “Orchard Photographs” by Michael Alpert, with an opening reception 2-6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 26 at the gallery. The photographs in this exhibit depict Hillcrest Orchard, a family-owned orchard in Winterport. Also featured is “Our Continuing Connection: Group Show of Turtle Gallery Artists in All Media” which will also open Aug. 26 with a concurrent reception. The shows are on display through Saturday Oct. 13. For more information call 348-9977, or visit theturtlegallery.com.