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.
With Åarhus coming up to it’s sixth anniversary, the partners take a Belfast moment to examine the past six years and try to explain why on earth we do this. But as it turns out, other people have been able to express this whole crazy art thing better than we can:
“… the ultimate aim (in art making) is to create an environment that would allow the miracle of empathy to take place,…” —Kwame Dawes, professor of English, poet, Guggenheim Fellow ~“There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.”—Charlie Chaplin, cinema pioneer ~ “The Function of Art is to disturb. Science reassures.”—George Braque, creator of Cubism with Pablo Picasso ~ “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”—Albert Einstein, you know who he is ~ “Whether attempting to make art is noble or selfish, the fact remains that I will do it nevertheless.”—James Sturm, award winning graphic novelist, author of, ‘Golem’s Mighty Swing’ ~ “Do not imagine that art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self confidence. Art is not a brazzierre. At least not in the English sense. But do not forget that ‘brassierre’ is the French word for life-jacket.”—Julian Barnes, author of, ‘History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters‘ ~ “After half a century of study, I’ve come to the conclusion that even under the electron microscope, art, like life, has no underlying purpose.”—Ethel Dagmar, PhD, Director of the Museum of Science and Civilization, Copenhagen, Denmark, author of, ‘Art as Commodity and the Pandemic of the Marketing Culture’
The show runs from June 4th through June 30th and features artworks by Åarhus partners: Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.
Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, will resume summer hours with this show starting in June and will be open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm and Mondays by chance. For more information visit www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.
High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast is opening for the season with an artists reception on Friday, June 7th 5-8 during the Belfast Artwalk. The show “Three Women Three Visions” showcases the work of Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr. The season begins with the paintings of Susan, Sheep and Julie and 3 dimensional work by Gail Savitz, Blue Moon Clay Carvers and Judy Hamm. Summer gallery hours: M-F 11-5, Sat: 10-4 Sunday by chance or appointment. For more information visit highstreetgallery.com
Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Margaret Lawrence: Here and There” with an opening reception 5-7p.m. Thursday June 6. Lawrence states “My paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it. Through this layering, the give and take of paint, an image that was inspired by a specific place transforms into a sense of place.” The show runs through June 29, for more information visit greenhutgalleries.com
The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will host an opening reception at 2 p.m., Sunday June 16. This show features wood, glass, fiber, porcelain, prints, and paintings and runs though July 13. Area woodworkers Eben Foss and Chris Gray approach their material with an eye to functional use. See works by Blue Hill potter Mark Bell, Seattle glass artist Kait Rhoads, and Mary Ann McKellar Schwarcz of Orrington will show hooked rugs. Also featured in the opening show are paintings by Richard Wands, Larry Moffet, Nina Jerome, Adele Ursone and Jeff Loxterkamp. For more information visit theturtlegallery.com or call 348 9977.
Discover Ellsworth’s vibrant art community by attending the First Friday Artwalk 5-7 p.m. June 7. This is a great chance to meet local artists, many nationally recognized, and see a range of amazing original works from original paintings to artisanal glass, jewelry, ceramics, metal work and stonework. The doors will be open in the galleries and studios that line Main Street and some of the side streets from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit ellsworthdowntown.com
Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer in Belfast is kicking off its 2013 season with an opening reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday June 7 for “Inside/Outside” a group exhibit consisting of 20 artists working in many mediums. The artists in the exhibit are Daniel Anselmi, Kenny Cole, Ann Fernald, Linden Frederick, Jay Gibson, Betsy Headley, Stew Henderson, Charlton Hudson, Karen MacDonald, Kathleen Mack, Edward McKenzie, Petria Noyes, Dina Petrillo, Alison Rector, Denise Remy, Dyan Ross, John Squadra, Gilbert Welch, James Wolfe, and Peg Worth. The show will run to June 29, for more information visit thebelfastframer.com.
Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will host two exhibitions from June 7 – 29, with an Opening Reception from 5-8 p.m, Friday, June 7, during Rockland’s First Friday Artwalk. The two shows are Jacob Bond Hessler, “The Space Between”, photographs on aluminum, and Bill Mayher, driftwood sculptures. Surrounded by lush coastal wilderness and the memories of his youth, Hessler’s large atmospheric photography thrives. Bill Mayher’s fascination with birds dates back to the morning his grandmother showed him an ovenbird’s nest when he was five. For more information call 596-0084 or email email@example.com
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland invites the public to a reception for “The Merry Naiads” 5-8 p.m. June 7. This show of Michael Seif’s playful, evocative photographs, will be on exhibition through July 26. Seif’s beautiful images of underwater nude figures are also featured in the 2013 Island Journal, the Island Institute’s annual publication celebrating island life. A second reception is scheduled for Friday, June 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. and will be preceded by an artist’s talk at 5:00 p.m. for Island Institute members. For more information visit islandinstitute.org