Blum Gallery opens Clinger collection exhibition

 

The Ethel H. Blum Gallery at COA in Bar Harbor invites the public to “Collected Prints: A Selection of Works on Paper from the collection of Catherine Clinger,” College of the Atlantic’s Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts. Woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The exhibit runs Feb. 12 through Mar. 1. For more information call 288-5015.

UMMA opening Winter Exhibitions, Steve’s Picks

“The Promised Land” by Robert Rivers

The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will open three new exhibitions on Jan. 18. “Michael Crouser: Dog Run,” shows gelatin silver prints images of dogs as they have seldom been seen before. “Robert Rivers: The Promised Land,” is a dramatic series of drawings rendered in graphite, red pencil, acrylic glazes, oil paint and other media. “Candice Ivy: Honey from the Belly of the Lion,” shows how the artist incorporates both video and sculptural elements to create an immersive, sensory experience for viewers. Stephen Ringle, who has served as the Museum of Art’s Registrar and Preparator since 1984, will retire in mid-April 2013 after 29 years of service and has curated a special selection from the Museum’s permanent collection titled “Steve’s Picks.”  UMMA’s winter exhibitions and “Steve’s Picks” will be on display until March 8. Admission is free in 2013 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts” exhibition at MFT Gallery

“Coolidge Effect,” linocut by Scott Minzy

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents a unique farming-inspired art exhibition “CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” on show from Jan. 4 through Feb. 27. MFT Gallery hosts this exhibit organized by the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell showing seven of the project’s original fourteen artists. The other seven artists will have their work exhibited at the Hutchinson Center. The premise of the project was a simple one: connect fourteen Maine artists with thirteen central Maine farmers who operate CSAs or “Community Supported Agriculture,” fitting perfectly within the MFT’s mission of celebrating art in agriculture. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

PMA opening “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light”

“The Painted Room,” by Lois Dodd

The Portland Museum opens a new show, “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light,” Jan. 17. This first career museum retrospective for American painter Lois Dodd will feature paintings that define the places and subjects that have mattered most in her nearly 60-year career—views of New York City’s Lower East Side from her apartment windows; of the woods and gardens of Midcoast Maine; and wintery scenes near her family home in New Jersey. Dodd was a key member of New York’s postwar art scene and part of the wave of modern artists who explored the coast of Maine in the latter half of the 20th century. The exhibition will feature 51 works ranging in date from 1955’s Pasture to 2010’s self-portrait Shadow with Easel. The show runs through April 7, for more information visit portlandmuseum.org.

“Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints” at Bowdoin Museum


Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick is exhibiting “Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-century Japanese Prints” through March 3. Organized on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, this exhibition explores themes of the supernatural and otherworldly encounters in Japanese woodblock prints of the nineteenth-century. The show includes forty prints and books, all drawn from the private collection of Cornell University faculty member Dan McKee. In these narratives, protective deities touch the lives of commoners and vengeful spirits haunt those who had betrayed them. The human body is transformed, endowed with the powers of animal deities. McKee writes, “Japan, with its lack of stark division between the divine and the mundane, has particularly rich traditions of otherworldly and worldly interaction. These prints represent many pleasurable and chilling representations of what may lie out there, unseen around us, or beyond the grave.” For more information visit bowdoin.edu/art-museum.

Colby Musuem of Art showing “Rediscoveries 4: Comedy, Seriously”

“Untitled (The Future),” by George Schneeman

The Colby Musuem of Art is showing “Rediscoveries 4: Comedy, Seriously” in the Lower Jette Galleries through March 30. The comic rarely exists without reference to something simultaneously more sedate. Diverse uses of comedy may throw into relief difficult ideas expressed through art: it can fixate on the grotesque, moderate the tragic, or playfully bathe somber themes in bathos. Rediscoveries 4 takes up Colby College’s 2012-13 humanities theme, “Comedy, Seriously,” to survey artworks that engage comedy and seriousness at once, exploring the nature of the ideas conveyed through their productive relationship.
The Rediscoveries exhibition series invites members from the Colby College community to select and arrange artwork from the permanent collection. For more information visit colby.edu/academics_cs/museum

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens Annual Winter Exhibition

“Welch Pool,” by Geer Morton

Wiscasset Bay Gallery invites the public to their Annual Winter Exhibition, featuring recent acquisitions from our collection of 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, such as works by Abraham Bogdanove, Geer Morton, John Whorf, Jay Hall Connaway, Bernard Corey, William Zorach and others. Also included are new works by contemporary New England artists. For more information visit wiscassetbaygallery.com.

Courthouse Gallery showing latest Philip Frey + Small Works

“Thrumcap” by Philip Frey

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth presents new paintings by Sullivan artist Philip Frey through December 24. Frey created the work on Great Cranberry Isle this past August during his residency at The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation as one of only 21 artists awarded a 2012 residency.
Philip Frey painting en plein air on Great Cranberry

In his artist statement Frey wrote “As the days shifted and drifted from sun rise, to fog, to sunset, to misty coolness, to full sun, clouds, my obvious focus became the world right out my studio and as well as the space within it. Change became my muse. The current show at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is the fruit of that experience and labor.” The residency consist of small groups of artists, who come together for two or three-week residencies where they can work uninterrupted in the studios once used by John Heliker and Robert LaHotan. Frey’s work also was recently highlighted in the autumn issue of The Gettysburg Review, which is published by Gettysburg College and recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals.

Just in time for Christmas shopping, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is also hosting a “Small Works 2012 Show” through December 24. Twenty gallery artists will participate and three guest artists have been invited to show, including Lise Becu—animal or human, her sensual, sparse stone carvings evoke a mythical world, both ancient and modern; Mark Bell—his fine porcelain vessels, are delicately thrown and fired with bright, rich glazes; Cynde Clark—her bold, nature inspired necklace designs are made from semi precious stones and fine silver. Participating Artists include Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Tom Curry, Gregory Dunham, June Grey, Philip Frey, Harold Garde, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Rosie Moore, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, Andy Newman, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Robert Shillady, Jessica Stammen, Alison Rector, David Vickery

“Downeast Autumn” by Linda Packard

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art exhibits contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography by artists living in Maine and is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. The gallery is open through Dec. 24 and reopens in May 2013. For more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Jonathan Frost Gallery Holiday Show


“Blue Christmas” by Phoebe Bly

The Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland presents a Holiday Show, 5-8 p.m. Friday Dec. 7. The public is cordially invited to see “Something for Everyone” featuring work by twenty-eight artists in all media, and festive reception with holiday refreshments and live jazz by Steve Lindsay and Friends. Holiday Show artists include Siri Beckman, Barbara Beebe, Susan Beebe, Phoebe Bly, Rachel Burgess, Carolyn Caldwell, Jonathan Frost, Hugh Gumpel, Kathie Florsheim, Kathryn Frund, Liz Gribin, Gints Grinbergs, Peter DeCamp Haines, Constance Kiermaier, Richie Lasansky, Catherine Leuthold, Jo Lindsay, Steve Lindsay, and many more gallery artists.  For more information, call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.

The Sohns Gallery presents “Natural Abstractions”

Randy Colbath sculpture and Melindria Tavoularis painting

The Sohns Gallery in Bangor presents “Natural Abstractions” featuring the large watercolor abstract landscapes of Melindria Tavoularis with the wood abstract sculptures of Randy Colbath. Utilizing line and spaces, both artists strive to represent natural surroundings in a simplistic abstract way. Melindria draws her creative inspiration from her surroundings, and her artistic expression is a statement of the influence of her rural and urban experiences. Randy Colbath is a Maine born sculptor who utilizes found and salvaged wood as well as stone and metal in his work. The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central St. For more information and holiday hours please call 947-2205.

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery opens a winter show “Heritage,”

“Somes Sound” by E. Kendra Denny

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland invites the public to the opening reception for “Heritage,” a winter show of work by local artists E. Kendra Denny and Petrea Noyes, 5- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. About her current work, Kendra says, “…my paintings are a celebration of the region I come from, the rich heritage of coastal life, and an expression of the deep emotional ties I feel for the coast of Maine.” Art critic Carl Little has called Lincolnville artist Petrea Noyes’ work “ghostly.” She creates this ethereal quality using vintage black-and-white photos as a starting point, scanning the photos in and using several computer programs to alter, crop, re-size and digitally “paint” her pieces.  For more information please visit islandinstitute.org

Greenhut Galleries annual Holiday Show

“In the Night” by Mary Bourke

Greenhut Galleries in Portland invites the public to a festive Holiday Show that runs from Dec. 6 to Jan. 18.  This exhibit will showcase all new work made especially for this group show celebrating the work of 37 Greenhut artists. Featured are Susan Barnes, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, David Campbell, Thomas Connolly, Julyan Davis, Marsha Donahue, Ed Douglas, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Alan Magee, George Lloyd, Jon Imber, Tom Paiement, and many more, an event not to miss. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com

“Maine Farms Through a Painter’s Eye” features Elizabeth Fraser


Elizabeth Fraser poster

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents “Maine Farms Through a Painter’s Eye” featuring oil paintings by Elizabeth Fraser. There will be a festive reception, open to the public, from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday Dec. 7. Fraser and the hardworking farmers whose livestock and produce she paints have one thing in common: discipline. Fraser is a spirited daily painter from Portland. She makes it a point to paint every day, and completes at least one oil painting a day. A large selection of Fraser’s recent work, including many small affordable oils, will be on exhibit at the gallery through Wednesday, Jan. 2. For more information please visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk + auction

“Spring” by Barbara Brady

Arts in Rockland will host a First Friday art walk and silent auction 5 -8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Local artists, galleries and businesses have donated items for a silent auction to benefit Arts in Rockland and Rockland Main Street. The auction will kick off during the art walk on Friday evening, Dec. 7, at Yvette Torres Fine Art at 21 Winter Street and will continue through Friday, Dec.14. Auction items will be on view and available for bidding at Yvette Torres Fine Art from 5 to 8 p.m. on December 7 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9. The gallery will reopen for bidding from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 through Friday, December 14. For more information contact Yvette Torres at 207-332-4014 or visit artsinrocklandauction.org

German Christmas Market at UM Museum of Art


UM Museum of Art in Bangor is hosting a German Christmas Market, 12-3:30 pm Saturday Dec. 15. The University of Maine German Club, Deutscher Verein, annually organizes a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market. This year’s event will be held at the University of Maine Museum of Art. Christmas cookies, Stollen (Holiday bread) and traditional Christmas decoration demonstrations will be featured. A little Cafe will also be on site where decorations, coffee, cake and Gluhwein (mulled wine, alcohol free) will be sold. Proceeds will benefit UMMA exhibition & education programs.Take this opportunity to enjoy some Holiday cheer while viewing the exhibitions in the Museum Galleries. Featured artists include Alan Bray: At the Edges; Mayumi Sarai: Ring Cycle; and Susan Jane Belton: “What’s Yours?” on display through January 5. For more information call 561.3350.

Gleason Fine Art Portland Holiday Show Opening Reception


Sculpture by Jeff Barrett

Gleason Fine Art in Portland presents their annual Holiday Show Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 7, including gallery artists and featuring “Eye Catchers: Jeff Barrett,” which runs through Saturday, Dec. 29 at 545 Congress St., Portland.  Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11-6, Saturday, 11-5, and anytime by appt.  207-699-5599.

Chocolate, music, art at Åarhus Gallery Holiday evening


Åarhus Gallery in Belfast invites the public for an evening of chocolate tasting, music, and art 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The jam-packed Extravaganza show features Dean’s Sweets, makers of delicious hand-dipped truffles and Clayton Clemetson on piano. The Extravaganza of small artworks and crafts is a localvore’s dream of creative crafts priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the mid-coast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, felted and knitted fiber works, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, glass plate images of Maine, jewelry, music and more! Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, and is open Friday nights til 7 through December 24. For more information, please visit aarhusgallery.com

Betts Gallery hosting Holiday Gala Exhibit


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 exhibiting artwork of gallery artists

Ceramic dories by David Riley Peterson

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