The North Atlantic Blues Festival turns 20 this July 13 & 14 and co-founder Paul Benjamin has found a way to commemorate the milestone. Paul has put 15 Fender guitars and five drum heads into the hands of local artists who will turn them into one-of-a-kind objects d’art. They will be on view at the First Friday Art Walk in Rockland on July 5, and also at the North Atlantic Blues Festival July 13 & 14 in Harbor Park Rockland Maine. For more information visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com
The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield invites the public to a reception for exhibiting artists
Gretchen Beck and Wally Warren, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The art forms created by the Djarma and Fulani in Nigeria, West Africa, are reflected in Beck’s series “Keyandi” of oil paintings on wood, combined with drawings in oil and with graphite on paper. The title of Warren’s exhibition is “Waste Management.” Resurrection, transformation and the fascination with objects form the basis of his work. He takes the trash, such as discarded computers, typewriter keys, corks and plastic toys, and transforms it into brilliantly colored treasures. For more information please visit stadlergallery.com.
Waterfront Fine Arts in Bernard is proud to announce an opening reception 6 – 8 p.m. July 5, for metal sculptor Jeffrey Gagne of Franklin. The Public is invited to join in for a festive evening with live music by guitarist, vocalist, Peter Golbitz. Jeffrey Gagne is largely self-taught, driven from the start by the urge to create. His first metal sculpture was created in 1994 with an old arc welder in a friend’s basement. For more information call 664 9642 or visit waterfrontfinearts.com
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland invites the public to an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday July 13, for “Art to Collect Now: 36th Annual Art Auction Exhibition.” The CMCA auction exhibition is widely regarded as one of Maine’s premier collecting opportunities and showcases work by 100 of Maine’s best contemporary artists, from well-known to emerging. The show runs through July 20. For more information visit cmcanow.org.
The Maine Crafts Guild’s 4th Annual Damariscotta Show will be held Saturday, July 6, 10 – 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 7, 10 – 4 p.m. The show is indoors at the Damariscotta YMCA. The finest in high-quality Maine craftsmanship will occupy the large open space as approximately 50 craftspeople display their work at this new venue, just across the road from the old Round Top Farm. Admission: $5 adults; children under 12 free. For more information visit mainecraftsguild.com
First Friday Artwalks are taking place across Maine. In Ellsworth, artist Artist Wendilee Heath O’Brien will be gold leafing in the SevenArts Gallery during the Ellsworth ArtWalk. Bar Harbor’s Artwalk features an opening reception at the new Artemis Gallery and “Circo D’Alessio” opens on Mt. Desert St. In Belfast, Northern Lights Gallery and Galerie Dufour have Friday openings. In Stonington, Isalos is the happening place. Rockland has a great art walk with lots of cool restaurants and openings at Dowling Walsh, the Landing, Carver Hill, CRAFT and Jonathan Frost. The Boothbay Region includes Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay, and of course, Portland, where Maine ArtWalks originated, is a lively scene, especially at the Gleason Gallery. ArtWalks are great opportunity to see friends and new art, and if lucky, to meet the artists. For information visit artwalkmaine.org.
The Schoodic Education Research Center (SERC) is set to kick off its summer programming on the first official day of summer June 21, with a
Summer Solstice celebration and opening of a major art installation by renowned east coast painter George Wardlaw. A two-hour Artists’ Reception will feature a poetry reading by art writer Carl Little, a talk by BDN staff writer Dana Wilde and a short film on Stonehenge. The Schoodic Solstice Celebration will take place 5- 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the Moore Auditorium on the SERC campus and is free and open to the public.
Titled “Cycles: Time, Light, Life,” the exhibition is composed of a series of eight monumental canvases that were inspired by Wardlawʼs visits to Ogunquit, Maine. The visual information used as reference material was collected along the Marginal Way during the 24 hour solstice period in June 2000. Each canvas measures 6ʼ x 6ʼ and depicts the changing sea and sky at three-hour intervals beginning at 3 a.m. Times of day are indicated by the quality of light and rotation of each painting.
“Cycles: Time, Light, Life,” detail
Cycles marks the first such formal presentation of fine art since the transformation of the campus from a U.S. Naval base in 2010, as well as the first time that Wardlawʼs Cycles series has been shown as a complete installation. The solo exhibition is in keeping with the stated mission of Schoodic Institute to become a meeting ground for the inextricable relationship between science and the arts. Wardlaw, whose work in Geometric Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism draws much of his inspiration from the forces of nature, was formerly assistant chair of the art department at Yale University, and subsequently served as chair of the art department at UMASS Amherst for 17 years. Wardlaw is represented
by the Courthouse Gallery of Fine Art in Ellsworth.
The Schoodic Solstice Celebration, set amidst the backdrop of crashing seas, dramatic rock formations and the exquisite landscape of the Schoodic Peninsula and newly renovated SERC campus, will include an informal discussion by Wardlaw of his installation; a reading of selected poetry by noted author and art critic Carl Little; a talk titlled “Motions in the Sky” by Dana Wilde, who will explain astronomical activities taking place at the time of the solstice; and a screening of National Geographic Televisionʼs “Stonehenge Decoded,” the definitive documentary on the worldʼs most beloved megalithic site.
Schoodic Institute is located in Acadia National Parkʼs Schoodic Section in Winter Harbor. The exhibition and reception are sponsored by a grant from Acadia Trust. For further information about Schoodic Institute and its arts program, please contact Mike Soukup at 288-1310.
The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will open three new exhibitions June 21, featuring the work of Joanne Freeman, Rachelle Agundes & Sean Downey, and Emily Trenholm. During a five-week artist residency on Monhegan Island Trenholm walked the same island paths trekked by scores of other painters, including Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper. While these acclaimed artists have been inspirational, Trenholm aspired to offer a fresh vision of the dramatic rock and surf captured by so many. Her plein air paintings portray the eternal energy of this dynamic landscape. UMMA, brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer exhibitions will open to the public on June 21 and run through September 21, 2013. Admission is free. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu
The Sohns Gallery in Bangor is hosting an artists reception from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday June 21 for “Caleb Charland: Back to Light,” with an artists talk at 7 p.m. Caleb Charlands current body of work expands upon a classic grade school science project, the potato battery. “In the larger installations such as ‘Apple Trees and LEDs’ I wired 300 apples in series of ten apples each to power 30 individual LEDs under the lamp shade. Due to the dim nature of the light source these images require 4 to 16 hours of exposure.” The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating to Charland. The Artist hopes that these photographs function as micro utopias by suggesting and illustrating the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. For more information please call 947-2205.
The Blue Hill Bay Gallery opens the season with an exhibit of 20
well known Cape Ann artists and over 100 carefully selected seascapes and landscapes. Cape Ann, the oldest art colony in the US, has inspired art and artists with a startling diversity of styles. The roster of painters who have worked on Cape Ann is a virtual who’s who of American art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Featured in the show are plein air painters, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, William Lester Stevens, Tom Nicholas, Bernard Corey, Don Mosher, Ken Knowles, Caleb Stone, Dennis Poirier, Vladimir Pavlosky and Stefan Pastuhov. These artists are known not only for their portrayal of Gloucester’s harbor and other Cape Ann scenes, but also for rural Vermont scenes and Maine’s harbors, islands and coastline. The show runs through June 30t. For more information visit bluehillbaygallery.com.
“On the Bay” by Edward Movitz.
New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven is hosting an artists’ reception 5-7 p.m. Sat., June 22 for “Early Summer 2013.” The show will feature work by Michael Chandler, Edward Movitz, and Cristy West. Michael Chandler’s work crisscrosses the territory between representation and abstraction with remarkable agility. Edward Movitz’s paintings and prints are graphic representations of iconic island imagery. Cristy West’s paintings and collages blend abstract color and drawn markings. The Windy Way Barn, located directly behind the gallery, will concurrently feature an installation of larger abstract works on paper by Daveda Movitz. The exhibition will run through July 10. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com
“Blue Square” by Ragna Bruno
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an artist’s reception 5–7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, for artists Coin Page, Judy Belasco, and Ragna Bruno, all of whom will have their work highlighted in solo exhibitions from June 26 through July 21. Exhibition catalogs for Page, Belasco, and Bruno will be available at the reception, or online. New work will be also be on view by the following artists: Lise Becu, Tom Curry, June Grey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Mark Kindschi, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Andrew Newman, Linda Packard, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, and Melita Westerlund. For more information visit courthousegalleries.com
The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to a book signing and reception 5-7 p.m. Sunday June 23 for David Little, author of “The Art of Katahdin.” David Little over time, gathered paintings and other images of the mountain and researching its history as an artistic subject. The end result is “Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region”, a lushly illustrated coffee-table book that celebrates the diverse portrayals of the mountain created over the past 200 years. Artist Judy Taylor’s paintings of the Katahdin Mountain Region will be on display during the reception, along with Artist Ellen Church’s painting, Rainy Day- Lower Togue Pond, Mt. Katahdin, as shown in David Little’s book. For more information call 244-1165
Haynes Galleries in Thomaston presents an opportunity to chat with two exciting realist painters 1-2 p.m. Sat., June 29. Maine’s own Linden Frederick and Connecticut-based artist Vincent Giarrano will be “Talking Art” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at 91 Main St. in Thomaston. The artists will discuss their work, inspiration and vision — while answering questions from the audience — in conjunction with a pair of shows on view at the Thomaston gallery from June 28 through July 27. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit haynesgalleries.com.
Mars Hall Gallery in Tenant’s Harbor opens for its 10th Season with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday June 21 for “Local Color” a group show featuring the works of local plein air artists Also on show are “Black and White” photography by Antonia Small, platinum prints by Ken Martin, who will also be showing wood block prints, handmade paper masks by Diane Green-Hebert, etchings by David Paffhausen, encaustic works by Otty Merrill, drawings by Leo Brooks and Alison Hill, paintings and photography by Russell Smith, 3-D ART by Bill Cook and assemblages by Edward Mackenzie. The “Recycled Zoo” is a whimsical collection of metal sculptures by Brian Read will be on display in the gardens. Also offered are carved decoys by Stephen Hill, turned & carved vessels by Dick Kelly, jewelry by Kathleen Kiley as well a variety of quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. For more information visit marshallgallery.net or call 207-372-9996.
The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield opens its summer season with a reception 1-4 p.m. Sunday June 22 for two exhibitions showing works by Angie Blevins of New Sharon, and George Ebbinghousen of Rangeley. Blevins’ drawings and paintings under the title “Maine Trees, They Know” were inspired by the Maine woods. Their magnificent trees surround her studio with massive branches that reach in heavy lines up into the sky. As a teenager Ebbinghousen was given a small paint set and, although he did not quite know what he was doing, started to paint anyway. He remained faithful to his artistic vocation throughout the many years in a business career until 2006 when he retired, enrolled in the Art Student League in New York City and thus became a full time artist. The works will be on view from June 22 to July 11, for more information visit stadlergallery.com
Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents “Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea,” opening June 29 and running through Oct. 13. This is the first exhibition to present the seaside work of the Post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), whose sophisticated and sensitive renderings of beaches, coves, and bathers were often inspired by his visits to Maine. The exhibition brings together works with identifiable locations in Maine and elsewhere, with paintings whose “place” is not defined by geography but by their context in the grand traditions of western art. For more information visit Bowdoin/edu/art-museum.
Waterfront Fine Arts in Bernard invites the public to a Grand Opening Reception 6 – 8 p.m. Friday June 28. Waterfront Fine Arts mission is to be an approachable; inviting waterfront gallery with a social conscience connecting serious art collectors and art lovers with innovative original creations encompassing all genres. Located in the former spar shed of an historical boatyard, their collection includes original paintings, sculpture, folk art, handcrafted furniture, pottery, jewelry and a unique collection of antique architectural stained and beveled glass. Special events and openings will tap into the local acoustic music scene, dynamic readings from well-known local authors, theatrical performances and even dance on our expansive deck overlooking the tranquility of Bass Harbor. For more information visit waterfrontfinrearts.com
An evening celebrating artist “Harold Garde at 90” will take place at Waterfall Arts in Belfast 5-9 p.m. Wed., June 26. The evening will begin with a screening of Harold Garde/Working Artist/Directors Cut, directed by Dale Schierholt for PBS in 2008, followed by a question and answer session with Harold. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Maine’s most popular artists. Harold Garde is a prolific artist who divides his time between Maine and Florida. In both places he’s demonstrated and taught the technique of dry acrylic image transfer he developed and named Strappo. A monograph survey of his paintings was published in 2009. This year Harold celebrates his 90th birthday and Waterfall Arts is honored to welcome Harold back for this special event in Belfast. Garde will also lead a 3-day strappo workshop at Waterfall Arts July 17th -19th from 10-1. Space is limited. For more information visit waterfallarts.org
Rangeley’s Independence Day Celebration occurs on Wednesday, July 3, on Main Street and in Lakeside Park. Birds of a Feather Gallery is sponsoring The Joan Frost Memorial Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, 10 – 4 p.m The show is a juried arts and fine crafts show, open air, in Lakeside Park on the shore of Rangeley Lake in Rangeley. There are 30 exhibitors including photographers, painters, basketry, jewelry, pottery, woodworkers/carvers, glass and many others. Rangeley’s Independence Day also includes the Children’s Day Parade, many in-town special sales and events, a silent auction, Chicken BBQ, and Fireworks at dusk. For more information call 864-2556.