Betts Gallery in Belfast is hosting its Holiday Gala Exhibit with a reception for the artists from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The exhibit covers a wide range of art, from painting and sculpture, to wood-turning and jewelry, just to name a few. The exhibit will be on view during the month of December. Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer at 96 Main Street, Belfast. For more information, call 338-6465 or visit www.thebelfastframer.com.
Landing Gallery in Rockland is currently exhibiting artwork by many of its most popular artists, including Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Irma Cerese, Lewis Cisle, Gifford Ewing, Linden Frederick, Michael Kahn, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Isabelle Pelissier, Ellen Roberts and Bjorn Runquist. For more information, call (207) 594-4544 or visit www.landingart.com
The Newport Cultural Center will host a variety of arts events throughout the holiday season. The Center is currently exhibiting “Art for All Seasons,” curated by The Valley Arts Alliance. A children’s Christmas craft workshop is planned for each Saturday morning, and spots may be reserved by calling (207) 368-5074. The Ten Bucks Theatre will perform a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 14. Admission will be by donation, with proceeds benefiting the theatre group. A $5 donation is suggested. Families will enjoy catching the spirit of Christmas (past, present and future) with Ebenezer Scrooge and talented Ten Bucks regulars as they bring this magical holiday story to life, right off the page! For more information, visit newportculturalcenter.net.
Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland invites the public to their Holiday Exhibit reception 5-8 Friday, Dec 7. The centerpiece will be the luminous landscapes of Rockland’s own Jill Valliere. The newest member of the gallery roster, Jill is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a native of Quincy, Ma. Her training in Venetian plastering, figure drawing, and painting has helped to define Valliere’s unique style and her approach to the landscape in particular. The result is a body of work at once subtle and nuanced, yet quite memorable in its impact, not unlike sunlight moving over a September marsh.
Also featured in the last show of the 2012 season, are new works by Harold Garde, William Crosby and sculpture by Elizabeth Ostrander, Peter Dransfield, and Laura Freeman, as well as Harbor Square’s renown group of designer gold and silversmiths. All are invited to come see the work and meet the artists, Friday, December 7, from 5-8 pm.
The Kennebec Valley Art Association presents the 8x10x100 Benefit Art Exhibition, on display through Saturday, December 8 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. 8x10x100 is a unique annual art show and fundraiser benefiting programming at the Harlow Gallery. All the works of art are 8”x10” in size and each costs $100. Half of the proceeds support programs at the gallery while the other half goes to the artist. It’s a triple win: for the artist, for the gallery and for the art collector! Participating artists range from well known professional artists to creative members of the greater community of all ages. The KVAA hopes to sell 100 works of art this year to support special programming and events in celebration of gallery’s 50th anniversary. For more information, call (207) 662-3813 or visit www.harlowgallery.org.
The Pearson Legacy Gallery on Deer Isle will hold a festive Holiday Party 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, complete with live music by the Isle of Jazz group and a Small Works Gallery loaded with perfect affordable and almost-last-minute gifts. There will be a big tree with ornaments for sale with proceeds going to the Island’s heating assistance program, lots of the finest artwork, and lots of lots of eats and good cheer. The Pearson Legacy Gallery is located at 13 Dow Road in Deer Isle. For information please contact Carolyn A. Hecker at either (207) 348-2535 or 348-6848.
The HANDMADE Art+Craft Show and Sale returns to Waterfall Arts’ Clifford Gallery for its third year with an Opening Recption 5-8, Friday Dec. 7, and a curated collection of unique, high-quality handmade goods and artwork by over thirty-five indie crafters and alternative artists. For the show, the gallery is transformed into a hip marketplace featuring jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, hand printed stationery, home goods, limited edition prints, soaps, knitted and felted accessories, photography, children’s toys, original artworks, and much, much more. This year’s HANDMADE wares were curated by fashionistas Meg Fournier, Jess Porter, Megan Cullen and Jes Anthonis. Participating artists include Bridget Matros, Maggi Blue, Seth Whited, Bill and Kelly Davis, Toki Oshima, Ben Potter, Kate Chandler, Janelle Delicata, Jennifer Howard, Lauren Veale, Kenny Cole, Emma Thieme, HOME Coop, Local Girl Leather, Sisters Soap and many more. For more information about the Handmade or Waterfall Arts, visit waterfallarts.org or facebook or call 207-338-2222.
SOMEWHERE on Winter St. in Rockland marks the final First Friday Art Walk of the year
with the release of a herd of highland cattle by Orlando Johnson. They represent the latest from the artist’s oneNINETEEN collection, a limited-membership print collecting club, now in its third season. More can be found at orlandojohnson.com/119.html. SOMEWHERE on Winter St. will be open for December’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. and will continue to be open this winter during unscheduled hours and by appointment. For more information please see the gallery website for more details somewhereonwinterstreet.com
The annual HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 2nd through December 24th. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, turned wood, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, new Glass Plate images, chocolates and more!
Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Susan Amons, Katia Ancona, Suzanne Anderson, Daniel Anselmi, Jes Anthonis, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Joe Barberio, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Cinder Conk, Kenny Cole, Al Crichton, Maryjean Crowe, Bill Davis, James Deane, Dean’s Sweets, David Estey, Carole Ann Fer, Sallie Findlay, Mike Fletcher, Stephen Florimbi, Kathleen Newton Foote, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Linden Frederick, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, Jay Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, Terry Hire, Charlton Hudson, David Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Judd Jones, Susan Jones, Mia Kanazawa, Mark Kelly, Elena Kubler, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Carol Logie, Edward Mackenzie, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Holly Meade, Cathy Melio, Kate Bauman Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Ed Moffitt, Hanako Nakazato, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Dina Petrillo, Robbi Fritz Portella, Jane Ploughman, Ben Potter, Joan Proudman, Ivan Rasmussen, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Rebecca Rivers, Judy Rock, Julie Rose, Rural Electric, Meryl Ruth, Erin Seegers, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, John Vincent, Dayle Tognoni Ward, Whiffletree, Seth Whited, Ellen Wieske, J. Fred Woell.
Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Sixth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 2nd from 5-8 pm.
Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call 207-338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit www.aarhusgallery.com
Key Bank in Portland is showing the paintings of Russell D’Alessio at their Monument Square lobby for Nov. and Dec. with receptions on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 during Portland’s Art Walks. D’Alessio’s work was chosen by the Portland First Friday Art Walk committee to be the featured artist on the front cover of the events/walking map for the November Art Walk. D’Alessio, known for his expressionist figurative works has been a working artist and Maine resident for four decades. Collected nationally and internationally D’Alessio resides year around in Dedham, and his paintings can be found May through October at D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor and online at rdalessio.com
“Monhegan Headlands” by Nora West
The Village of Kingfield welcomes the public to Kingfield’s Artwalk 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2., for a night of art, music, poetry, refreshments, laughter and camaraderie. The Stadler Gallery is showing paintings by brothers Abbott and Forrest Meader Russian painter Dimitri Karabchevski, Abby Shahn; gallery artists Meryl Klaif (miniatures), Amanda Pellerin (ceramic sculptures), Melita Westerlund (steel sculptures) and, of course, the lyrical encaustic work by Gallery owner Ulrike Stadler. The photography and poetry exhibit “Trunks-Branches-Leaves, The Gift of Trees in Western Maine” remains on display at the Schoolhouse Gallery, along with some exquisite new glass panels created by Kingfield’s Jan Royall. All are invited to visit Bruce Miles at the Ski Museum of Maine, joining him to celebrate the recent 2012 induction of eight Maine skiers into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, including Sugarloaf’s own Natalie Terry. Paintings and collages by Mary Beth Morrison, winner of the Kingfield Artwalk logo contest, will continue to be shown through the month. Exquisite hand-turned wood pieces by Walen Woodworking and work by Melissa Ruel will be at Grand Central Station. Nora West will exhibit at the High Peaks Artisan Guil, Reinholt Gallery, featuring plein air paintings from her stay on Monhegan Island along with local plein air paintings. The Guild also features the work of 26 other artists from the High Peaks region. CSM Artworks and the Kingfield Public Library (a new venue this year!) will feature the work of local artists. Pumpkins created by children in Kingfield Rec. Department’s “Paint a Jack-o-lantern” may dot the Artwalk route. Following the Artwalk, Newfoundland Songwriter’s Showcase with Ian Foster and Terry Penny, award winning Canadian storytellers & songwriters begins at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Hotel. Tickets are $15, available at the door. For more info on this event call 491-3370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenhut Galleries in Portland is showing “Ed Douglas: New Works” with an opening reception 5-7 pm, Thursday Nov.1. The show runs through Dec. 1. The show features recent paintings from the past two years that continue along an old, well-worn path of developing. They display total color organization that, for Douglas, is pervasive, complicated and too difficult to be side-tracked by issues, subject or style. In fact, color is so dominant that the subject, or lack of subject, doesn’t matter. The painting is fiction, an invention, and subject to his skill. It is an effort not of exclusion or egotism. To the contrary, there is a fascinating interaction and reciprocity between painting and living, where the discipline of the former connects the artist to places, people, flowers, art, music, vague and vivid memories, and of late– his dreams.
Ed Douglas devoted his life to painting. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA and studied with Richard Diebenkorn at the San Francisco Art Institute where he obtained his MFA. He had a long teaching career at the Portland School of Art now the Maine College of Art as a well-respected professor of painting. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.
Bridge Gallery is pleased to announce it’s group show “Seeing Red,” featuring works by New England artists Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Dick Eaton, Pauline Delin, Alison Hill, Wendy Hodge, Jane Parsons, and others. See how these artists interpret the theme in this unique show featuring the many shades and moods of red. “Seeing Red” will be on display from November 2 through the 30th at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. and is open by chance or appointment and on the First Friday of every month, during Portland’s Artwalk. For more information, visit bridgegalleryportland.com or call 207-712-9499.
On Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, the Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle will host a reception to open the fourth annualexhibition, “People: The Artist’s Perception IV .” The work of almost 40 artists from Maine and beyond – painters, photographers, printmakers, quilters, jewelers, potters, glass artists, and more – will demonstrate an incredible diversity of styles and materials focusing on images of people – real people or imaginary. Absolutely detailed people or totally abstract. It’s the artist’s perception.
This year, for this exhibition, all gallery visitors are invited to vote for their favorite piece – it is a People’s Choice Award. The artist with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will receive a gift certificate for a local restaurant. And, just for voting, each voter will be part of a drawing to win a special prize from the Pearson Legacy Gallery.
In addition, at the opening reception, guests will have a chance to do their own self-portrait with the help of Ed Bagley’s amazing Self Portrait Machine. It was created and designed to have people participate in the Art Process while interacting with the Machine to create a unique self portrait. Try is out – it’s great fun. No artistic skills necessary.
The reception on November 1st is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The Pearson Legacy Gallery is located at 13 Dow Road in Deer Isle and is open Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For information on the current exhibition, future exhibits, and other programs, please contact: Carolyn A. Hecker at either (207) 348-2535 or 348-6848.
Common Street Arts in Waterville will exhibit the work of 10 artists who have been partnered with central Maine farms since early spring, through the month of November. The public is invited to meet both artists and farmers at an opening reception 5–8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, with drinks by Tree Spirits and inspiring local foods prepared by Barrels Community Market. The exhibition, titled “CSA: Community Supporting Arts” will be on view November 3– 30. Common Street Arts is delighted for the opportunity to bring this unique and impactful exhibition, organized by Harlow Gallery and KVAA, to downtown Waterville. For more information visit commonstreetarts.com
Bayview Gallery in Brunswick will host an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 for artist Jon Allan Marshall. Then, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13, Marshall will demonstrate his painting techniques. Marshall is a landscape painter who describes himself as “very conscious of his New England roots.” He draws inspiration from his walks in the mountains near his home. For more information, call 1 (800) 244-3007 or visit bayviewgallery.com.
UMaine at Machias Art Gallery presents a new exhibition, “Tuscany to Pompeii and Beyond,” featuring the work of Condon and Georgeann Kuhl. The exhibition will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. The UMM Art Galleries are located on the first floor of Powers Hall, and are open weekday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 255-1279.
Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland presents an exhibit of work by nine distinguished New England photographers. The show, entitled “Here & There,” will open with a gala reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, Oct. 5. The reception features live music by Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, Nov. 28. Here & There explores what David Brooks of the New York Times has called “the power of the particular In common.” For more information, call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.
Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland will be showing eight artists, with feature artist Dianne Schelble on the ground floor with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 for the Columbus Day First Friday Art Walk. Work will hang though Tuesday, Oct. 30. Local artist Dianne Schelble will show her rich, abstracted landscape and still life work. Dianne paints with vibrant, opaque watercolors that she generously applies in a technique some might call “impasto watercolor.” Also being shown are Jon Kolkin’s amazing photo collages from a recent trip to Bhutan and Colombian born painter America Martin has created five new small works on paper in her modernist- influenced style. These additions extend Martin’s August show, which features large original oil paintings. The Upstairs Gallery at Carver Hill will feature work by Laurie Goddard, Megan Hinton, David Estey, Adriance DeGroff, and Diane Bowie Zaitlin. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit carverhillgallery.com.
Camden Falls Gallery’s current exhibit, “Transitions,” is a rich harvest of new works by gallery artists Daniel Corey and Jill Valliere. Corey’s new work features bold, energetic brushwork and unexpected color harmonies, serving up a fresh look at everyday life in Maine. While Jill Valliere’s new mixed media work differs vastly from Corey’s traditional oil paintings, it, too, is inspired by the beauty of Maine, and uniquely captures magical moments in time and place. For more information, call 470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com