“Belfast Pilings” by Carol Sloane
Betts Gallery in Belfast invites the public to an opening reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday July 5, during the Belfast Artwalk, for “Carol Sloane: Marking the Water.” The artist poses some questions in this work about water and asks “Do you play in the bathtub? Watch your clothes wash in the Laundromat? Park for a picnic by a riverbank? Watching water run is mesmerizing. These paintings are markers of my experience.” The show runs through July 28. For more information, call 338-6465 or visit thebelfastframer.com
“Black Boat Reflection #1” by Rebecca Daugherty
Isalos Fine Art in Stonington will host a public artist’s reception 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, in conjunction with Stonington Galleries & Studios First Friday. The show features three painters, John Woolsey, Barbara Brady and Rebecca Daugherty. Sedgwick painter Barbara Brady’s abstract oil paintings explore textures and colors through paint and other materials. John Woolsey studied painting with Neil Welliver and will feature a series of gouache paintings and pastels from area islands. For more information visit isalosfineart.com or call 367-2700.
“Dog Training” by Luigi Gatti
Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland invites all to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday July 5, to introduce three new artists in the show “Il Mio Mondo” (In My Own World) during the Rockland First Friday Art Walk. Roberto Boiardi’s paintings explore cityscapes and 20th century figures in “anonymous” urban locations, rather than recognizable metropolitan areas with iconic buildings and landmarks. Luigi Gatti’s work combines cultivated painting medieval frescos, and images from advertising and illustration. Laura Balombini has a BFA in ceramics, but is also a fabric artist, milliner, jeweler, and painter. For more information visit carverhillgallery.com/
By Kathleen Galligan
Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor invites the public to an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday July 11 for “Nature and Nurture: Kathleen Galligan and Russell Wray. Kathleen has been exhibiting her work in Philadelphia, New York and Maine since the early 1980s. She was granted a two-week residency in Acadia National Park and her work has been featured in Carl Little’s “The Art of Maine in Winter.” The show runs through Aug. 6, for more information visit littlefieldgallery.com
“Bristol Smashin…” by Jonathan Frost
Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland invites the public to a gala artists’ reception 5-8 p.m. Friday July 5 during the Rockland Artwalk, featuring live jazz with Steve Lindsay and Friends. The show, “Roses, Romance, and Roller Derby,” is a solo exhibition by gallery owner Jonathan Frost, his first in prime season since opening the gallery in 2006. In addition to the Roller Derby paintings, Frost presents sixteen of his signature oils of floral subjects – the “Roses” of the title of the show, and a visual meditation on two poems by Emily Dickinson, the “Romance.” The show runs through July 31. Winter Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on from 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. July 5 for a demonstration by the Rock Coast Rollers, the Midcoast’s own roller derby team and the subject of several of Frost’s work in the show. For more information call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com
“Migrations” by Tim Christensen
Gleason Gallery in Portland invites the public to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, during the Portland Artwalk, for two shows “Timothy Brooke: Out of Africa,” new oil paintings from Kenya, and “Tim Christensen: Drawings on Porcelain.” Surry artist Tim Christensen creates black and white sgraffito images from nature on porcelain pottery and sculptures. “My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.” The show runs through Aug 1. For more information call 699-5599 or visit gleasonfineart.com.
“Sea Meadow” by Melita Westerlund
Star Gallery has just opened in Northeast Harbor, showing the work of Melitia Westerlund, Cynthia Stroud and Emily Brown. Melita Westerlund is an internationally known artist who has lived and created art on three continents and currently resides on an island off the coast of Maine. She regularly exhibits across New England and in her native Finland. Star Gallery is located in a refurbished historical building in Northeast Harbor and focuses on contemporary-traditional art sourced locally, nationally and internationally. For more information call 276-3060 or visit stargallerymaine.com.
“Watermelon” by Ken Sahr
Landing Gallery in Rockland will host an artists’ opening reception 5 – 8 p.m. Friday July 5 for two new exhibits, “Maine Landscape Painters” in the first floor gallery and “Personal Perspectives” in the Mezzanine Gallery. Both exhibits will be open through July 28. The “Maine Landscape Painters” show exhibits 55 new paintings by Lewis Cisle, Sarah Faragher, Elizabeth Kelley, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Janet LeDoux, Bjorn Runquist, Rebecca Rivers & Suzanne Siegel. The focus is landscape and seascape subjects by artists who live and paint in Maine. The “Personal Perspectives” exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery shows new sculptures by Nancy Linkin & Isabelle Pelissier along with new paintings by Diana Godfrey & Ken Sahr. Ken Sahr’s large oil paintings of Hawaiian Shirts are fresh from the University of Maine Art Museum, where they were among the juried 34 artists work selected for the prestigious “I-95 Triennial 2013”. For more information call 594-4544.
“Afternoon Light…” by Abraham Bogdanove
The Wiscasset Bay Gallery invites the public to a catered reception 5 -7 p.m. Saturday, July 6. The reception coincides with the opening of “Maine and America in the 20th Century” and will continue the gallery’s celebration of its 29th season. Featured in the exhibition is a dramatic and richly painted oil painting by Abraham Bogdanove’s (1886-1946) “Afternoon Light, Squeaker Cove, Monhegan.” Created in 1924, this bold and thickly painted work is awash in color and captures the drama of the crashing waves against the island’s rocky shoreline. “Maine and America in the 20th Century” will be on display through Friday, August 9th.
Contemporary highlights include colorful still life paintings by Geer Morton, Marjorie Moskowitz and Joan Plummer, and coastal and inland Maine views by Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Tom McCobb, Don Stone, Guy Corriero, Tom Curry, Diana Johnson, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, John Gable, David Kasman and Carlton Plummer. For more information, call 207-882-7682, or visit wiscassetbaygallery.com.
“Atlantic Blue” by Patricia Kennan
New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open “Midsummer 2013” on Saturday, July 13 with an artists’ reception from 5-7pm. The show will feature paintings by Patricia Kennan, pottery by George Pearlman, and photography by Joan Wright. Pat Kennan divides her studio time between Vinalhaven, Wisconsin, and her native Ireland. Her rich land and seascape oils speak of deep connection with memory and place. George Pearlman’s porcelain pottery, included in the Smithsonian’s 2013 American Crafts show, combines a romantic sensibility with a very contemporary and expressionistic use of color and pattern. Joan Wright’s recent photography demonstrates her enduring interest in the mystery and reflective qualities of water. The exhibition will run through July 31. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.
“Seed Pod” by Charles Laurier Dufour
Galerie Dufour in downtown Belfast is hosting an opening reception for an exhibition of new artwork 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 5. “Of Life” features natural fine art nude photography by Charles Laurier Dufour, and is focused on our relationship with the mighty tree. Some of the trees in these photographs are fabulous specimens from coastal Maine, while others stem from California’s redwood forests and golden rolling hillsides. “Of Life” will be on exhibit at Galerie Dufour through the month July. For more information, contact Galerie Dufour at 338-6448
“Preservation” by Sally DeLorme Pedrick
Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro is hosting an opening reception 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13 for “Sally DeLorme Pedrick : Preservation”. This group of oils and woodcuts is filled with ideas, metaphors and timely references to the preserving of food, the significance of salt and the use of containers and other kinds of boundaries to maintain things as they are in the moment. Sally DeLorme Pedrick is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono. With a lively career as an artist, gallerist, educator and curator, in Maine, Illinois and beyond, she has earned references in Art in America, Guide to Museums, Galleries, Artists; Who’s Who; and Who’s Who of Americn Women. Ms. Pedrick will give a brief gallery talk during the opening reception For more information, please call 832-5109 or visit tidemarkgallery.com
The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle is hosting an opening reception 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 14.. Come meet the artists and see a collection of new graphic works by Peter Kemble, book arts by Rebecca Goodale, powder coated steel sculpture by James Wolfe, and fabricated metalwork by Stephen Yusko. This show runs until Saturday August 3, For more information, please call 348-9977, or visit theturtlegallery.com
North Light Gallery in Millinocket presents the first show of the summer of the Women Painters of Katahdin, featuring Pamela Redick, Deborah Grabber and Philippa Ann Nice, with a book signing of The Art of Katahdin by David Little at 1 p.m., followed by his presentation at 2 p.m. At 11 a.m. in the Veteran’s Park Mike Michaud and a representative of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will dedicate Millinocket as the newest Trail Town on the Appalachian Trail, followed by a free lunch and then the National Geographic showing of a film about the Appalachian Trail at North Light Gallery at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m. a must-see film called “Downside Up: How Art Can Change the Spirit of a Place.” will be shown at the gallery. There will be refreshments at North Light Gallery during the open house from 10-6 and all events are free and open to the public.
“Blues Boogie” drumhead by Susan Tobey White
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
Crewship” by Wally Warren
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.