“Flamingo Festival” and new show at Salty Dog in SW Harbor


Philip Steel, “Dories at Dock”


The Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor is showing two new artists, Timothy J. Newton and Mary Parkman, along with resident artist Philip Steel. This show will be at the gallery until July 26. Just next door is the fun-filled “Flamingo Festival” happening this weekend. The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival has become a way for the community to come together to celebrate the treasured value of small town life. Young, old and in-between, locals, summer people and tourists, all participate in the festivities, and their lawns, store windows and buildings proudly display the plastic pink creatures. For more information visit philipssteel.com

“Connie Hayes: Abandon, Absorption, and Entrancement” opens at Dowling Walsh


Connie Hayes, “Paying Attention”

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is pleased to present “Connie Hayes: Abandon, Absorption, and Entrancement” with an Opening Reception Friday, July 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. Connie will also be giving an illustrated talk at The Strand Theater, “Photography as Sketchbook: Exploring Gesture”, on Tuesday, July 17, from 4 -5 p.m.

On some occasions, Connie says, “the paint speaks to me and I go off in unexpected directions. I like surprises.” Hayes says she gets into a “zone” until the work is finished or set aside for future amendments. Her subjects range from boats and water to communities viewed from ships or roads, to backyards and house interior. “I like not being pigeon-holed.”

Her brightly hued colors, which often have nothing to do with the actual look of the original building or boat, are chosen with deliberation, depending on what role she wants the painted object to play in the overall composition. Her radiant blues, blazing reds, and sunny yellows make ordinary scenes come alive and help draw viewers into the painting. Often of late she has utilized more muted colors to achieve the results she seeks.

“In all respects, Connie Hayes is a fearless, intuitive painter. Her highly colorful, strongly stroked canvases look like the result of an orderly process of sketches, underdrawing and application of paint,” says Stephen May in “A Decade of Views” a Connie Hayes exhibition catalog at Dowling Walsh Gallery in the fall of 2009.

After a long stint as a teacher and administrator at the Maine College of Art, Hayes has worked at the top of her game since moving from Portland to Rockland in 2005, about half the period covered by this exhibition. Much of her art results from her “Borrowed Views” project, in which she spends up to a week painting in and around the homes of friends all over Maine.

“Ever trying new approaches to her art, mindful of art historical precedents and armed with a spirit of adventure, Connie Hayes has many interesting paintings ahead of her. Whether borrowing views or moving about on her own, it will be interesting to see what this thoughtful, gifted painter achieves in the years ahead,” Stephen May in “A Decade of Views”

“Connie Hayes: Abandon, Absorption, and Entrancement” runs through July 29 at Dowling Walsh Gallery, 356 Main Street, Rockland. Also on show are Gold Leaf Mixed Media photographs in an exhibit “Joyce Tenneson: Trees and the Alchemy of Life.” For more information and to see images of Connie’s work, please visit dowlingwalsh.com

CRAFT gallery opens “Beyond Rugs: the Handwoven Rug as Art”

Morris Dorenfeld, “Tapestry 118”

CRAFT gallery in Rockland opens a new show “Beyond Rugs: the Handwoven Rug as Art” on First Friday, July 6.  Three rugmakers, Morris Dorenfeld, Patricia Burling and Connie Forneris share their bold use of color and graphic design to take the function of the handwoven rug off the floor and onto the wall to enjoy as a work of art.

Morris Dorenfeld is a masterful technician of tapestry weaving in wool, paying great attention to detail and tight weave.  He has embarked on a new series of tapestries that pulsate with energy and riotous color. He lives and works in his studio in Spruce Head, creating 2 to 3 tapestries a year.  His work is in the collections of craft connoisseurs, the U.S. embassy in Chile and shown in prestigious galleries throughout the U.S.
CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street, between the Caldbeck and Landing Galleries and across from the Farnsworth Art Museum.  For more information please call 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.

Stonington-themed artwork opens at Isalos

“Early Spring over the Thorofare”

Celebrating its tenth season in Stonington, Isalos Fine Art will be exhibiting a show of Stonington-themed artwork by eight artists. The show will hang from July 3 through 22, featuring gallery newcomers Janet Ledoux, Elizabeth Kelley and Matt Burnett, all of whom paint on location in oils. Also on display will be Suzanne Siegel’s pastels of Stonington night scenes as well as work by long-time Isalos artists Jennifer Morrow and others.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Friday, July 6 from 4 – 7 in conjunction with Stonington Galleries’ First Friday. For more information, visit isalosfineart.com, or call the gallery at 367-2700.

Peg Worth solo exhibition at Betts Gallery


Peg Worth, “Perkins Road”

Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Peg Worth’s new work in pastel, running through July 28.The opening reception is Friday July 6, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Working in pastel represents a new direction in Worth’s work. As she explains, “My thoughts and observations made the subjects have new touches of light and new ways to shape the forms so different than the control of the oil brush. There is a mystical magic to pastel.” Betsy Birge of Liberty has been invited by Worth to show one of her pastels in the exhibit. For more information, visit thebelfastframer.com

Landing Gallery’s new exhibit “Defining & Essential Lines”


Linden Frederick, “Alley”

The Landing Gallery in Rockland’s new exhibit “Defining & Essential Lines” is now open through July 29 with work by Linden Frederick, Roberta Baumann, Naomi Aho, Gifford Ewing, Nancy Linkin, Bruce Brown & Bruce Busko.  The public is invited to an opening reception, Friday, July 6, 5 – 8 p.m.

Lines are one of the fundamental building blocks of visual artwork. They are an integral element found in both subject matter and the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography & sculpture in this exhibit.  “Defining & Essential Lines” explores how seven Maine artists see, imagine and create their art with the use of lines.  For more information, call 594-4544 or visit landingart.com.

Carver Hill Gallery opens “Megan Hinton: Middle Site”

Megan Hinton, “Regatta”

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland is pleased to announce the First Friday solo show opening for “Megan Hinton: Middle Site” on July 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. Carver Hill will also host an artists talk the next day, Saturday, at 1 p.m. The talk will be followed by a reception until 4 p.m.

Megan Hinton arrived at her compelling style after many years of study both in conventional and experimental environments.  Living on Nantucket Island, she began to vividly explore the effects of light on water and distinct structures that appear on coastlines, the meeting places of land and water.  Piers, boats, shoals – natural and manmade structures mediate this space. To see images please go to carverhillgallery.com or stop by the gallery to review her book.

Shaw Jewelry opens “For the Love of Boats,” and “Jewelry from the Annimal Kingdom”

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites the public to view two shows, “For the Love of Boats,” showing photographs and paintings that convey the inherent familiar beauty and mystical essence of what it means to live in an island community, featuring Heather Thayer, Mike Rindler, Michael Kahn and Linda Wolcott. The second show, “Jewelry from the Annimal Kingdom” has long been a subject for jewelers and artists, featuring the work of Lisa and Scott Cylinder, Christina Goodma, Felieke Van Der Leest, Gabrielle Gould, Manya and Roumen
Mi-Sook Hur and Julia Groos. The show runs through July 18, for more information visit shawjewelry.com


July 6 First Friday Artwalks

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 Eric Hopkins, The Landing, Dowling Walsh, Jonathan Frost, Carver Hill, CRAFT and Art Space Gallery.

Belfast Arts has 20 notable galleries and very entertaining Artwalks every Friday in July and August, complete with street music and shows. Gallery favorites include Dufour, Aarhus, High Street, Dianne Horton, Bett’s and Maine Farmland Trust.

In the Boothbay Region, all the 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.

The Portland Art Walk takes place in the arts district downtown and the Old Port. The Portland Art Walk is Maine’s first and original artwalk, started by Andy Verzosa of Aucocisco Gallery.

“Close Encounters” opens at Jonathan Frost Gallery


Mary Lennox, “Lapochka”

The Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland presents an exhibition by Maine artists Mary Lennox and Phil Schirmer. The show, entitled “Close Encounters,” will open on Friday, July 6 with a gala Artists’ Reception from 5 – 8 p.m., featuring live music by Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will run through August 1.

The two artists, who are married to one another, are exhibiting in the Midcoast for the first time, in Mary’s case, and after a hiatus of several years, in Phil’s case.  Mary has exhibited regularly at Blue Hill’s Leighton Gallery and Phil, formerly a Rockland resident, exhibited at the Nan Mulford Gallery, where his shows frequently sold out. For more information, call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.

Art Space Gallery Opening Reception

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Age before beauty”

Art Space Gallery in Rockland will host an opening reception on Friday evening, July 6, 5 – 8 p.m. Art Space Gallery is home to works by 19 artists, a few of whom are featured each month in the gallery’s front salon. Featured in July are mono-type prints by Anne Wooster, paintings by Hannah Nelsbach, forged artwork by metalsmith Lara Max, and fine art figure and nature photography by Charles Laurier Dufour.

The balance of Art Space Gallery displays the works of 15 more artists, adorning the walls in two additional rooms and a hallway. All forms of visual arts are exhibited, guaranteed to whet the appetites of art lovers of any genre. Art Space is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, directly across the street from the Strand Theatre. Bring a friend! For more information and examples of the artists’ works, go to artspacemaine.com.

Åarhus Gallery features guest artist Abbie Read

Abbie Read, “Library”

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to have guest artist Abbie Read of Appleton kick off their summer season with a mixed media exhibit for the month of July. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday July 6, 5 – 8 p.m.

Also showing will be the work of Aarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. The show runs through July 29. For more information visit aarhus.com

Sylvan Gallery Grand Opening celebration in Wiscasset.

Peter Layne Arguimbau, “Cambria”

Sylvan Gallery is pleased to announce their grand opening celebration Saturday, July 7 from 4-7 p.m. at their new location 60 Main Street in Wiscasset. The reception is open to the public and a selection of over seventy oils, pastels, watercolors and sculpture by 16 American contemporary fine artists will be on view. The exhibition will continue through August 26 and additional paintings will be added from an extensive inventory. For more information or visit the website at sylvangallery.com. The gallery is right on the corner of Main and Water Street, directly across from Sarahʼs Cafe and Redʼs Eats.

Camden Falls opens “Art by Alphabet” series, “The Sch… Schow.”

Judith Schuppien, “Harbor Market”

Camden Falls Gallery invites the public to the first show in their “Art by Alphabet” series, “The Sch… Schow.” This exhibition features original artwork by house artists Judith Schuppien, John Schmidtberger and Nadine Schoepfle. The bold, expressive work of these three painters explores a variety of contemporary and impressionist styles. All three of our featured artists are drawn to the subjects of their paintings by an emotional connection and an interest in the experience of each scene. Each artist has his or her own direct approach to applying a range of rich, luminous colors that capture Maine life from its quiet calms to its raw edginess.

This show will run July 3rd through July 18th. The gallery is open daily from10am-7pm. For more information call 470.7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.


Tunk Mountain Arts and Crafts shows Valerie Aponik and Robin Rier

Valerie Aponik, “Great Wass”

Tunk Mountain Arts and Crafts, home to the William D. Sherar Gallery in Cherryfield will host an opening July 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The featured artists are Valerie Aponik of Great Wass Island and Robin Rier of Jonesport.  Valerie and Robin have painted plein air together for 7 years and share a wealth of knowledge about our Downeast area.  Their oil paintings impart a sense of place, atmosphere and immediacy only to be found in plein air work. Be it a view from Tunk Mountain or an abandoned skiff, the viewer can feel the ‘sense of place’ and values that are so much a part of the history of this section of the Maine coast. Tunk Mountain Arts and Crafts is located at 639 Blackswoods Road (rte.182) just 3miles from the junction of rte 1 and rte 182 in Cherryfield, next door to the Catherine Hill Winery. For more information please call 546-8948 or visit tunkmountain.com.

“Katahdin, The Mountain of the People: Paintings of Michael Vermette” opens at North Light Gallery


Michael Vermette, “Climbers on Third Cathedral”

North Light Gallery in Millinocket invites the public to an Opening Reception for “Katahdin, The Mountain of the People: Paintings of Michael Vermette” on Saturday, June 30 from 10 – 6 p.m. with refreshments. North Light Gallery was just chosen for DownEast magazine’s “Best of Maine” Issue that is on the newsstands now, and recently won a Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for “Best Art in the North Woods” which will appear in their New England Travel Guide for the next two months.

The show “Katahdin: The Mountain of the People” was conceived and executed during and after Indian Island artist Michael Vermette’s time as visiting artist of Baxter State Park in August of 2011.  On display will be a large collection of paintings with many captivating scenes of hikers discovering the unique beauties and scenes of Katahdin. The show, which runs through July 28, will have oils, watercolors and drawing studies that should be particularly memorable.

In a thoughtfully written and carefully composed Baxter State Park Artist-in-Resident Statement, Michael explains his many considerations in developing his focus to symbolize a very powerful energy and spirit that influences the people of Maine. His individual experience mirrors a century old history of artists falling under the spell of Katahdin and is a wonderful story to go with wonderful images.

“As a painter and art educator I automatically gravitated to the most influential realist artist-teacher in the twentieth century for my inspiration and for my visiting artist residency and program at Baxter State Park; Robert Henri. In 1909, Robert Henri established the Ash Can school in New York, whose philosophy was of freedom of expression, demanding innovation in the paintings of his students who included such great painters as Rockwell Kent, George Bellows and Edward Hopper. They were all illustrators as well as accomplished painters who effectively incorporated the figure in a new way into the landscape. Adopting a philosophy contrary to the official art accepted by the academy in his time, Henri wrote a book called, “The Art Spirit” which included essays to his students.  These essays followed in the philosophical footsteps of such great novelists as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and the great essayist, Henry David Thoreau, who all celebrated what they called, “An American Spirit.” While turning his artistic vision to native themes and influencing so many other painters to do the same, Henri started a movement that insisted that the unique qualities of America should shape its artists and its art.

In 1931, out of a love for his homeland, another great visionary who had a similar conviction, Governor Percival Baxter, gave 6,000 acres of land, including Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, to the State of Maine with the condition that it be kept forever wild. For what reason did he go through all that effort to purchase this parcel of land for the people of the State of Maine? Because, in his own words, he said, “…..Katahdin, in all its glory, forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine.” It could be said, then, if I might paraphrase a little, that he wanted to keep the mountain wild in all its glory, to shape, in a healthy way, the people of Maine. And herein laid the artistic plan I had and hoped to accomplish as a visiting artist in Baxter State Park during the summer of 2011.

I used my visiting artist residency to focus on and paint people interacting
with realistic scenes of Baxter State Park. My approach was not to paint the mountain as subservient to people or vise versa, but to paint the figure in action, actually interacting, with the park’s environment so that they both became something greater than each other, towards a higher beauty and truth. By painting and teaching about how an artist incorporates the figure in the landscape, I tried to symbolize a very powerful energy and spirit that influences its population. I chose to paint Katahdin and its environment impacting upon park rangers, guides, naturalists, mountain climbers, hikers, boaters, fishermen and swimmers, engaged in Baxter Park’s unique locations.

The idea of painting how Baxter State Park actually “shapes” the lives of its visitors is not a new one. In fact it personally drew upon all of my experiences as a painter and draftsman, just as it did with the artists I mentioned above who grew as accomplished painters out of the Ash Can School. I discovered that every great painter who ever painted Katahdin and its region included the figure in the landscape to add a sense of majestic scale and grandeur that is keenly felt in the park even today. So, during my two-week visiting artist stay I painted en plein air sketches in watercolor and oil, made drawing studies, made overlay cartoons on tracing paper, and photographed people engaging in the landscape. I set my cabin as a studio and then continued the work for a whole year after the residency in my home studio in the way that the masters did as illustrated in my favorite book, “The Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters” published in 1948 by Jacques Maroger, (The former technical director of the laboratory of the Louvre Museum in Paris, and president of the restorers of France).

I targeted ten locations in my short stay that would include eight regional areas in the park, including: Chimney Pond, Sandy Stream Pond, Katahdin Lake, Katahdin Stream Falls, Abol Stream Falls, Daicey Pond, Kidney Pond, and Ledge Falls. With the exception of my friend and painter, Eric Glass, who modeled for the class I taught at Daicey Pond so that I could have a live model in a canoe posing as a Maine guide, I mostly picked people that I found on the trail or who were already at the location to paint. I asked permission to photograph and paint those engaged in these activities, sometime before and sometimes after. I captured their images through digital photography, later rendering the images into drawings from my laptop, then transferred and rendered these drawings into final statements, and finally produce quality watercolors or oils, both in my studio cabin at Daicey Pond, or later in my studio at home on Indian Island, Maine.

My visiting artist program at Baxter State Park served as an eye opener for me as I witnessed time after time the unique beauty that the park had to offer. There were places I had never been before and they all filled my wells of inspiration, enough for two life times. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to experience it and I’m sure I will continue to paint in the park for years to come. I hope I have encouraged a few would-be painters whom I had the privilege to teach, not only to paint the beauty of Baxter’s landscapes, but to include people in the landscape who are shaped by its beauty. My original goal for having this exhibit was simply to have a positive impact on the awareness of how Baxter State Park is enjoyed by the wonderful people who come every year to visit. More importantly, I hope they will begin to notice how we are all shaped in a positive way by this unique and stunning environment. It was my privilege to be the painter of the mountain of the people for the summer of 2011.

I would like to thank Jensen Bissell, the director of Baxter State Park, for his part in selecting and approving my visiting artist proposal and the Interpretive Specialist of Baxter State Park, Marcia Williamson, for coordinating with me the educational workshop and art presentation at Daicey Pond, as well as rangers Andy Veitze, Charity Lavasseur, and all the other rangers of Baxter Park for advising me on painting sites and making my stay fully enjoyable. I couldn’t have done it without them.

I’d like to also thank Andrienne and Paul Paiewonsky, Maine Guide Holly Hamilton and Jacques and Claudette Violette for their financial and moral support, and a special thank you to Marsha Donahue and Wayne Curlew, the owners of the North Light Gallery, who helped to curate and mount this solo show at their gallery. Above all I’d like to thank God and my wonderful wife and family who gave me the two weeks I needed to focus on being the visiting artist and to fully explore Baxter State Park. It was truly an unforgettable adventure that has impacted me and will positively remain in my memory for years to come.” –Michael Vermette’s

“Katahdin, The Mountain of the People: Paintings of Michael Vermette” will run through July 28 at North Light Gallery, 256 Penobscot Ave. in Millinocket. For more information, please visit artnorthlight.com.

Redfield Gallery hosts artist’s reception for Robert S. Neuman

Robert S. Neuman, “Abstract Landscape”


Redfield Gallery in Northeast Harbor invites the public to an artist’s reception for Robert S. Neuman on Thursday, July 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. Robert S. Neuman and Sunne Savage, founder of the Sunne Savage Gallery and co-sponser of the exhibit, will be in attendance. The selection of work on paper highlights mixed media works on paper from the Space Signs, Alhambra, and Ship to Paradise series, as well as Neuman’s abstract landscapes. The term mixed-media is used to describe Neuman’s combinations of pen and ink, colored pencil, pastel, collage, and graphite applied to his works on paper. These works on paper, made over a span of 50 years, explore geometric abstract, color and symbolic subject matter. The show runs through July 31.