Jonathan Frost Gallery opens “Roses, Romance, and Roller Derby,”

“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

Gleason Gallery Portland opening “Timothy Brooke: Out of Africa,” and “Tim Christensen: Drawings on Porcelain.”

“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

Star Gallery showing Melitia Westerlund, Cynthia Stroud and Emily Brown.

“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

Landing Gallery opens “Maine Landscape Painters” and “Personal Perspectives”

“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.

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opening “Maine and America in the 20th Century”

“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

New Era Gallery opens “Midsummer 2013”

“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

Galerie Dufour opening “Of Life”

“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

Tidemark Gallery opening “Sally DeLorme Pedrick: Preservation”

“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

Turtle Gallery opening

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

North Light Gallery first show, film

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 Festival gets artful touch

“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

Stadler Gallery exhibiting Gretchen Beck and Wally Warren

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

Waterfront Fine Arts showing Jeffrey Gagne

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

CMCA’s “Art to Collect Now: 36th Annual Art Auction Exhibition”


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

Maine Crafts Guild’s 4th Annual Damariscotta Show

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

First Friday Artwalks


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

Schoodic celebrates Solstice with art, film, poetry, crashing surf

George Wardlaw

The Schoodic Education Research Center (SERC) is set to kick off its summer programming on the first official day of summer June 21, with a
Summer Solstice celebration and opening of a major art installation by renowned east coast painter George Wardlaw. A two-hour Artists’ Reception will feature a poetry reading by art writer Carl Little, a talk by BDN staff writer Dana Wilde and a short film on Stonehenge. The Schoodic Solstice Celebration will take place 5- 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the Moore Auditorium on the SERC campus and is free and open to the public.

Titled “Cycles: Time, Light, Life,” the exhibition is composed of a series of eight monumental canvases that were inspired by Wardlawʼs visits to Ogunquit, Maine. The visual information used as reference material was collected along the Marginal Way during the 24 hour solstice period in June 2000. Each canvas measures 6ʼ x 6ʼ and depicts the changing sea and sky at three-hour intervals beginning at 3 a.m. Times of day are indicated by the quality of light and rotation of each painting.

“Cycles: Time, Light, Life,” detail

Cycles marks the first such formal presentation of fine art since the transformation of the campus from a U.S. Naval base in 2010, as well as the first time that Wardlawʼs Cycles series has been shown as a complete installation. The solo exhibition is in keeping with the stated mission of Schoodic Institute to become a meeting ground for the inextricable relationship between science and the arts. Wardlaw, whose work in Geometric Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism draws much of his inspiration from the forces of nature, was formerly assistant chair of the art department at Yale University, and subsequently served as chair of the art department at UMASS Amherst for 17 years. Wardlaw is represented
by the Courthouse Gallery of Fine Art in Ellsworth.

The Schoodic Solstice Celebration, set amidst the backdrop of crashing seas, dramatic rock formations and the exquisite landscape of the Schoodic Peninsula and newly renovated SERC campus, will include an informal discussion by Wardlaw of his installation; a reading of selected poetry by noted author and art critic Carl Little; a talk titlled “Motions in the Sky” by Dana Wilde, who will explain astronomical activities taking place at the time of the solstice; and a screening of National Geographic Televisionʼs “Stonehenge Decoded,” the definitive documentary on the worldʼs most beloved megalithic site.

Schoodic Institute is located in Acadia National Parkʼs Schoodic Section in Winter Harbor. The exhibition and reception are sponsored by a grant from Acadia Trust. For further information about Schoodic Institute and its arts program, please contact Mike Soukup at 288-1310.

UMaine Museum opens Summer Exhibits

“Surrender” by Emily Trenholm

The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will open three new exhibitions June 21, featuring the work of Joanne Freeman, Rachelle Agundes & Sean Downey, and Emily Trenholm. During a five-week artist residency on Monhegan Island Trenholm walked the same island paths trekked by scores of other painters, including Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper. While these acclaimed artists have been inspirational, Trenholm aspired to offer a fresh vision of the dramatic rock and surf captured by so many. Her plein air paintings portray the eternal energy of this dynamic landscape. UMMA, brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer exhibitions will open to the public on June 21 and run through September 21, 2013. Admission is free. For more information visit

Sohns Gallery opens “Caleb Charland: Back to Light”

“Orange Battery” by Caleb Charland

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.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery opens season with Cape Ann show

“Maine Harbor” by Vladimir Pavlosky

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