The Tenth Annual Blue Hill Peninsula Potters Studio Tour and Sale will be held Sat. and Sun., Oct. 6 and 7 from 10-5 p.m. Twenty potters will be showing their wide ranging work at 10 different locations throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula. From folk art pots to the finest of porcelain vessels, there will be something of interest for everyone. This is a weekend to celebrate the art of making pottery and there will be new work and special events at most of the studios. The ten studio locations are: VKP Studio, Rackliffe Pottery, Mark Bell Pottery, Scott Goldberg Studio, R-Place Studio, Brooklin Pottery Co-op, Greene-Ziner Gallery, Bunzy Sherman the Potter, Red Door Pottery and Barbo Chapman Pottery. A guide and tour map is available at the Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Ellsworth Chambers of Commerce and also online at peninsulapotters.com
The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor celebrates fall with three new exhibitions. Alan Bray: At the Edges, Mayumi Sarai: Ring Cycle, and Susan Jane Belton: ‘What’s Yours?’ will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 5.
While Alan Bray’s paintings possess elements of realism, there are distinctive shifts of perspective and simplification of forms that characterize the artist’s highly individual approach to his subjects. Bray’s stylized landscapes are imbued with a sense of mystery, solitude and stillness. Bray’s depictions of central Maine offer a dramatic contrast to the prevailing depiction of Maine’s rocky coastline explored by many other artists. Mayumi Sarai is a Japanese-born artist whose carved wooden sculptures draw inspiration from organic structures. She uses traditional Japanese hand tools to handcraft individual elements, which are brought together to form larger constructions. Susan Jane Belton is intrigued with the things we consume and how daily rituals reveal aspects of our individuality. In ‘What’s Yours?’ Belton has targeted the ubiquitous logo-emblazoned takeout coffee cup which reflects the preoccupation with brand loyalty that pervades contemporary consumerism. Fall exhibits will be on display through January 5, 2013. Admission is free in 2012 thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. For more information, call 561-3350 or visit umma.umaine.edu.
The Downtown Arts Group in Bar Harbor is pleased to announce the final First Friday Art Walk of the 2012 season, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. This dynamic event, new to Bar Harbor this season, showcases a wide variety of fine art and craft, with special events and refreshments at many participating galleries. New to the Art Walk for October is The Village Emporium on Cottage Street, featuring photographs by Michele LaBianca and a trunk show of jewelry and accessories by Maine Dock Designs.
Art Walk brings residents and visitors alike out for an evening to appreciate and celebrate the arts. Harborside Shakespeare Company will bring the performing arts to the event, presenting vignettes at locations all over town. “The energy and enthusiasm of the first two Art Walks was exhilarating, and we are expecting the finale to be even more exciting, with community-wide participation and support,” says Linda D’Alessio, co-coordinator of the event. Walking maps are available at participating shops, lodging establishments, and galleries and at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Main Street. For more information, call 351-5450.
The Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor is pleased to present resident artist Philip Steel in a solo retrospective show, opening with a reception at 4:30 pm, Sunday Oct. 7. The reception will feature concert pianist Ann Sears on the gallery’s Steinway grand piano, and refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Although Steel has exhibited in Maine since the late 1980s, this will be his first solo exhibition in the state. A wide range of work will be on show, including oils, watercolors, and cartoons. A number of his Giclee prints will also be on sale with special summer’s end pricing. Steel is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a Fellow Member of the American Artist Professional League. He is published in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art. Steel‘s work is permanently displayed in a number of museums, including the Smithsonian. Much of Steel’s current work revolves around the completion of a series of traveling plays and exhibits centered around the experiences of fishermen. The fishing communities range geographically from Florida, to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, to Maine’s own coast. For more information, call (207) 244-5918 or visit philipssteel.com
Heron Point Gallery in Portland is hosting “Captured Light, ”an exhibition for Corrine Bongiovanni, Carolyn Caldwell and Andrea Sawyer with an Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 5. Heron Point Gallery is proud to exhibit this three women show for October and November. As New Englanders, we deal daily with the diminishing light as we approach winter. Carolyn Caldwell is a painter and pastel artist living on Deer Isle. The body of work presented here is from a road trip from Maine to Texas to Montana. It’s the interplay of the light of the sky, ground plane, and dark objects that create patterns of light and dark, intensifying color and defining shapes. Corrine Bongiovanni, Carolyn Caldwell and Andrea Sawyer deal with light in a much different way; each capturing it eloquently at a single moment in time. Corrine Bongiovanni is well known as a painter of Maine’s golf courses. Her painted tables will also be represented in her collection. Andrea Sawyer is Portland area native, practicing painting as meditation and works to put on the canvas precisely what the subject says to her, without judgment or filter. For more information call 846-0817 or visit heronpoint.com.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2012 Biennial Exhibition opens with an artists’ reception 4-6 p.m Saturday, Sept. 29. The reception is open to the public and will take place at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport.
The exhibition includes work by 17 artists, chosen by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds, who selected 10 artists from the 415 artists who submitted work and invited seven others to participate. The jurors’ vision for this year’s Biennial was to present a balance of concepts, volume, color, and texture for the exhibition as a whole. McAvoy and Deeds said that the creativity and level of quality they saw in the art submitted were exceptional and spoke to the vitality of the state’s contemporary art scene.
The ten selected artists are: Kenny Cole, Monroe; Grace DeGennaro, Yarmouth; Lynda Litchfield, Cape Elizabeth; Robin Mandel, Cushing; James Marshall, Brunswick; Jonathan Mess, Jefferson; Benjamin Potter, Belfast; Kate Russo, Rockland; Aaron Stephan, Portland; and Erik Weisenburger, South Portland. The seven invited artists are: Tom Butler, Rockland; Luc Demers, Portland; Lauren Fensterstock, Portland; Cassie Jones, Brunswick; Lisa Kellner, Rangeley and Hanover, Virginia; David Stess, Cherryfield and New York City; and Kitty Wales, Vinalhaven.
Katharine “Kitty” Wales lives in Vinalhaven and Boston and is a graduate of Boston University in sculpture and art education. In her artist statement she says “I am interested in connecting the viewer to an unexpected place and often modify the appearance of a space to present an altered context to the gallery setting. The material used to fabricate much of my sculpture is salvaged from domestic life and has a recognizable history.” Wales is recognized in Massachusetts for her Pine Sharks at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. She also has work in the permanent collections of the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the New England Bio Lab in Beverly, Auburn Park in Cambridge, the Meditech Corporation, and many more. Represented by The New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven, her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US and in Paris. She has been a professor of sculpture and drawing at colleges and universities throughout New England, and currently she teaches sculpture at Boston University.
Artist Cassie Jones lives in Brunswick and received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Bowdoin College. Her art has been shown in solo exhibitions at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, and Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, as well as in group exhibitions at Art Chicago, Gallery 808 in Boston, the Portland Museum of Art, Fountain NY, CMCA, and others. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. She is represented by Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, and Coleman Burke Gallery in New York.
The 2012 Biennial Exhibition will be open through December 2. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information visit cmcanow.org
Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “John Whalley: World of Wonders,” Thursday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 27 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 4. An artist’s talk will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the gallery. “World of Wonders” is John Whalley’s fourth solo show with Greenhut Galleries. This body of work continues Whalley’s style of exquisitely rendered paintings and drawings. Advancing the tradition of American realists and acknowledging the Dutch masters, Whalley’s works go well beyond mere technique. His work exudes tremendous warmth, luminosity and charm. He responds to what he calls “the beauty that speaks softly.” For more information, call 772-2693 or visit greenhutgalleries.com.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents “Taking a Stand,” featuring photographs of vegetables displayed elegantly on pedestals. “Taking a Stand: The Pedestal Series” with many recent photos by Lynn Karlin, is on exhibit from Friday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Nov. 14. There will be a public reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 5 during the Belfast Art Walk, with local vegetable-inspired appetizers by Trillium Catering.
Lynn Karlin, fine art photographer formerly known for her images of country gardens, is on a quest to honor the vegetable. Her devotion was sparked three years ago when she met her first muse. “After bringing a particularly stunning cauliflower back to my studio from the Belfast Farmers’ Market, I placed it on a pedestal in an east facing window,” she relays. Pondering the obvious yet often overlooked beauty of her subject, Karlin began the mission of capturing the unique character of “The Vegetable.”
While the genre of still life goes as far back as the art of ancient Greek and Rome, Karlin gives this style a new twist. What is refreshing and captivating about Karlin’s photographs is their absolute simplicity, which allows the vegetables to speak for themselves. The gallery will be open on Sunday, Oct. 7 for a special opportunity to meet the artist. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.
The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay in Somesville is extending a warm welcome to the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association as they host their annual furniture and art exhibit on Mount Desert Island from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Judy Taylor is the featured artist for this exhibit. Taylor will be exhibiting her newest series of plein air paintings of the Katahdin region as well as presenting a sketched portrait demonstration right on the water’s edge, overlooking Somes Sound. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the gallery.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go toward educating prisoners in Maine on the skills necessary to make fine furniture. The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay is a sponsor and supporter of the Maine Prison Outreach Program organized by The New Hampshire Institute of Furniture Making (NHIFM). Recently, Maine members of the NHIFM have organized to create a fine woodworking program in the Maine State Prison. This program endeavors to teach students the skills of fine furniture design and manufacture. Eventually it is expected that some students will show their work at The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay and other venues. The gallery is located at 1112 Main Street, Somesville. For more information, call 244-1165 or visit frenchmansbay.com.
The Portland Museum of Art presents the exhibition “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” to commemorate the opening of the newly restored Winslow Homer Studio. On view September 22 through December 30, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features 38 major oils, watercolors, and etchings created during Homer’s tenure in the Studio, 1883–1910. The works come from museums and private collectors throughout the country, including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Many of these works have not been on exhibition in Maine for a more than a generation and, due to their extraordinary rarity and importance to their institutional owners, will likely not be seen together again for decades to come.
Weatherbeaten explores the range and complexity of Homer’s mature artistic vision, which came to fruition at his Prouts Necks studio on the Maine coast. Inspired by the rugged beauty and dramatic weather of this locale, he produced works that revolutionized marine painting in American art and created an iconic and enduring image of the New England coast. The Portland Museum of Art’s painting Weatherbeaten serves as both the namesake for the exhibition and a quintessential example of the artist’s late work. This image of rough waves crashing against a rocky shore embodies Homer’s ability to capture the specificity of a place, while simultaneously meditating upon the timeless forces of nature.
In his Prouts Neck pictures, Homer envisioned nature as an arena for the constant clash of forces—water against rock, humankind against the elements. Eight Bells (1886, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy), for example, represents fishermen facing stormy weather at sea with Homer’s characteristic narrative ambiguity that leaves the viewer wondering about their fate. Other pictures in the exhibition, such as High Cliff, Coast of Maine (1894, Smithsonian American Art Museum) and West Point, Prouts Neck (1900, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute), capture the elemental dramas of nature with closely observed depictions of the seashore in varying seasons and conditions. Homer’s iconic painting Fox Hunt (1893), which rarely leaves the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will make its first visit to Maine since its creation. This masterwork thematizes mortality and evolutionary conceptions about the survival of the fittest that arose in the late 19th century.
The relationship between Winslow Homer and the Portland Museum of Art is long-standing and intimate. Homer exhibited at the Museum in 1893 and his legacy runs throughout the history of the institution. In 1976 Charles Shipman Payson pledged his collection of 17 paintings and watercolors by Homer and an endowment that led to the construction of the Charles Shipman Payson building, which is the public face of the Museum. The Museum’s Homer collection also includes such notable objects as his first important oil painting, Sharpshooter (1863); an original watercolor paint box; and a significant collection of 400 wood-engravings (that represents 90% of Homer’s graphic output and chronicles the artist’s early career as a commercial illustrator). In 2006, the Museum purchased Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, located 12 miles from the Museum, from Homer’s great grand-nephew. The restored Studio will open to the public on September 25, 2012.
Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine was organized by Thomas Denenberg, former Chief Curator at the Portland Museum of Art and current Director of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. Karen Sherry, Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art, is the in-house curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that provides a lasting record of the research that guided the Studio restoration project and introduces new perspectives on Homer’s life and late work.
The Portland Museum of Art, Maine’s largest art museum, showcases fine and decorative arts from the 18th century to the present. The Museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland and is free on Friday evenings from 5-9 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and Store. For more information, call 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.
Landing Gallery in Rockland presents the latest work of 30 Maine printmakers in “Pressing On” opening Thursday, Sept. 27. The exhibition is designed to call attention to Maine’s lively and ever-growing printmaking community according to Bruce Brown, CMCA curator emeritus, who organized the exhibition. “Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years,” Brown contends.
Circling the Square Fine Art Press established in 2007 in Gardiner is represented by members Karen Adrienne, Martha Briana, Jeffery Chapman, Russ Gilchrist, Diana McFarland, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus, and Barbra Whitten. One of a Kind Printmakers, organized in the same studio in 2011, includes Corliss Chastain, Christine Higgins and Kris Sader. All are exhibiting a series of collaborative prints in which each paired up to respond to a specific work created by the other.
Tim Higbee represents his Hope Editions studio, opened in the town of Hope in 2008, with a lithograph and an etching. Midcoast Printmakers Inc. in Damariscotta, also begun in 2008, features work by members and friends Debra Arter, Frances Hodsdon, Cindy McGuirl, and Sandy Wadlington. The rapidly growing Pickwick Press of Portland, established in 2009, includes work by a talented group of emerging artists Kristin Fitzpatrick, Clint Fulkerson, Jeff Hoffman, Norah Maki, Pilar Nadal, Irina Skornyakova and David Twiss.
Susan Amons of Biddeford, Jane Banquer of Peak’s Island, Nancy Davison of Ogunquit, Meg Brown Payson of Freeport, and Kyle Bryant and Henry Wolyniec who work in private studios in Portland complete the roster of participants.
There will be a public reception for the artists during First Friday Art Walk 5-8 p.m Oct. 5.The exhibit continues through October 28, for more information visit landingart.com
The Robert E. White Art Gallery at Husson presents “Terra Firma: The Pine Needle Paintings” featuring the work of Ed Nadeau. An Artist’s Reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Gallery located in Peabody Hall. Ed Nadeau is a native of Maine whose paintings depict the land and people of his home state in various incarnations. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1980 with his BFA in painting and from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1986 with his MFA in painting. Asst. Professor Nadeau teaches 2d-design, painting and drawing at the University of Maine in Orono and has taught advanced courses in Landscape Painting, Figure Drawing, Nature Drawing and Materials and Techniques for Painters.
“Gloucester Reflections” by David A. Lussier
Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor is pleased to feature accomplished plein air painters Pamela Simpson Lussier, David A. Lussier, and Joel Popadic. The show will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 29. David A. Lussier is a plein air painter whose landscapes of sparkling autumn hillsides, muted spring days of melting snow or fishing boats under a hazy summer sky convey his passion for New England and for fine art. He has dedicated himself not only to his profession, but also to being a steward for the landscape that is his inspiration and to sharing his love for his craft with others. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his work as a fine artist.
Pamela Simpson Lussier’s work is best described as a painterly realist. Her oil paintings are rich in tactile language derived from her ability to create a tangible feeling of space and form with both line and color. Joel Popadic’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, and he is the recipient of numerous national awards. For more information, call (207) 244-5918 or visit philipsteel.com.
Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will open the “Members Exhibit” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The public is invited to meet the artists. Also showing at the Maine Art Gallery is the Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets™ Image Collection, on display through Oct. 30. This exhibit features wonderful historic Wiscasset photos that have been discovered for this historic district walking tour project. The Maine Art Gallery is located in the Old Academy building at the corner of Hodge and Warren Street, Wiscasset.
The Maine Art Gallery also has an ongoing show at Atlantic Motorcar in Wiscasset, featuring work by the artists of the gallery. The show has a theme of “the open road.” The show is located in the building’s waiting room and hall. Atlantic Motorcar is located on U.S. Route One just sound of Wiscasset Village, and is open Monday through Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 882-7511 or visit maineartgallery.org.
The Chocolate Church Art Gallery in Bath presents “Autumn Feast,” an exhibit featuring ten artists’ visions and interpretations of an autumnal harvest banquet. The show opens Friday, Sept. 21 with an artists’ reception held from 5-7 p.m. Sharing together in a feast meal is an archetypal activity for harvest time. This show will draw on the themes of the harvest meal with a long table, situated at the center of the exhibit and set with ceramic dinnerware and vases created by participating artists. The walls will feature contemporary autumn-themed paintings, pastels, encaustics and photographs. The show continues through Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information, call 653-9334 or visit chocolatechurchgallery.blogspot.com.
There are many major exhibitions taking place across Maine this summer and most are still open. With fall rapidly approaching, it’s a perfect time to take in the shows near you and a rare opportunity to see up-close and in person, world-class art that came to visit Maine this summer.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is showing “William Wegman: Hello Nature ” through Oct. 21 and features over 100 works in a variety of media including photography, video, painting, and drawing, all of which were produced in or inspired by the state of Maine. Taken together, this body of work attests to Wegman’s rigorous and sustained engagement with the natural world and places the artist squarely within the American landscape tradition.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are Wegman’s postcard paintings, canvases that use vintage postcards as their starting points, physically incorporating multiple images into fantastic tableaus. In addition to Wegman’s well-known Weimaraners, “William Wegman: Hello Nature” also features compilations of collages, drawings, excerpts from the artist’s illustrated nature books, and prose that evokes both nineteenth-century transcendentalist literature and the whimsical outdoor recreation guides that Wegman first encountered as a child. For more information visit bowdoin.edu/art-museum.
UMaine Museum of Art
UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor’s Summer Exhibitions runs through September 15, leaving two final days to see three exciting shows. In “Richard Haden: Carved Signs,” one must suspend disbelief while viewing hyper-realist sculptures depicting urban discards carved out of laminated blocks of mahogany and poplar. Haden’s wooden sculptures are meticulously painted with oils, enamel and lacquer in order to achieve the heightened sense of illusion. “Arnold Mesches: A Minispective,” and “Chris Natrop: Lily Ponder” are the other two shows. Mesches has created an abundance of large-scale paintings throughout his extensive career, and LA installation artist Chris Natrop transforms the Zillman Gallery into a mesmerizing environment of gleaming free-form cutouts created from mirrored Plexiglas and acid-cut brass.
Next Saturday, Sept. 22, UMaine Museum of Art is hosting a special gala evening, “Mosaic.” The galleries will once again be transformed into a creative stage for music, art and mingling with fellow art enthusiasts. Tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 couple. For more information, call 581-3350 or visit umma.umaine.edu.
Farnsworth Museum of Art
There are three shows at the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland. “Andrew Wyeth: Summers in Port Clyde” shows watercolors from the 1930s and early 1940s and runs through Nov. 4. The show “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan” runs through Dec. 20. Jamie Wyeth’s connection to Monhegan dates to the late 1950s, when he first went there with his father, and he has continued to paint there ever since. His connection to fellow artist Rockwell Kent goes back nearly as far. Early in his career Wyeth bought several pen and ink drawings by Kent used as the sources for his illustrations to Moby Dick, one of Kent’s most renowned book illustration projects. This exhibition will focus on works by the two artists done on Monhegan, and how the scenic island has inspired their work.
“Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven” is the major show for the Farnsworth’s summer. This exhibition examines Frank W. Benson’s long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, thirteen miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that Benson (1862 – 1951) painted almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. Through his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings and lithographs, the exhibition will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson’s art. For more information visit farnsworthmuseum.org.
Pace Gallery at Fryeburg Academy
The Pace Gallery at Fryeburg Academy has announced a new show “Apple of My Eye” with an Opening Reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The public is invited to hear guest curator Sam Robbins share his insights and knowledge about this superb exhibit at the free opening reception beginning at 2 pm. The “a peeling” new exhibit is hsowing at Fryeburg Academy’s Pace Galleries of Art located at 18 Bradley Street on the Campus in Fryeburg. The Pace Galleries are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00-1 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Dec. 21. For more information visit fryburgacademy.org.
Portland Museum of Art
Last but never least, Portland Museum of Art continues to show “Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin,” through Sept. 30. Nineteenth-century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church first traveled to Maine in 1850, inspired by a portfolio of drawings by his teacher Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. Maine provided sensational sunsets, robust waves crashing on rocky shores, and an abundance of wilderness arousing the dramatic vitality of nature that Church’s paintings embody.
In a second exhibition, “The Portland Society of Art and Winslow Homer in Maine,” 50 watercolors and drawings examines, for the first time, the artistic relationship between the painter Winslow Homer, his close friend the architect John Calvin Stevens, and the early years of the Portland Society of Art. The show runs through Feb. 3.
The Museum’s major show “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine” opens next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 22 and runs through Dec. 30. To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, the Portland Museum of Art presents an extraordinary exhibition showcasing more than 35 masterpieces Winslow Homer (1836-1910) created during the final decades of his life, when he lived and worked in Maine. Inspired by the rugged beauty and changeable weather along the coast at Prouts Neck, Homer painted powerful marine narratives and seascapes that capture the specificity of place with vivid intensity, while also investigating existential themes of life and death, of humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Highly admired for their originality and sense of authenticity, these paintings helped to establish an iconic image of the New England coast in the national imagination, one that endures to the present day.
“Weatherbeaten” provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the range and complexity of Homer’s most critically acclaimed works. The Portland Museum of Art is the only venue for this important exhibition. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org
North Light Gallery in Millinocket will host an open house featuring the gallery’s current show, “The Artists of Katahdin,” on Saturday, Sept. 15. The show will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 10. Included will be works created just the day before during a “paint-out,” in which artists will create works depicting the Katahdin region as part of the annual Trails End Festival of Millinocket. The open house event will feature music by blues guitarist Mark Miller and a book signing by Howard Whitcomb, author of Katahdin and Baxter State Park. For a full schedule of events associated with the lively Trails End Festival, visit trailsendfestival.org.
“Catnap” by Hara Harding
The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit is opening the Ogunquit Art Association Fall Exhibition “BIG” with a reception 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The Fall Exhibition features large work in the Lower Gallery, and a showcase of Hara Harding, painting & printmaking, and Benjamin Lewando, photography, in the North Gallery. Also on show are Invited New England Sculptors in the sculpture court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery. Exhibitions, openings, and gallery talks are free. Barn Gallery has limited free parking and is open daily 11-5 and Sundays 1-5 from May 23 through Columbus Day. For more information visit barngallery.org.
The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta announces “Harvest 11,” the last show of the season and a harvest of fine art and craft. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday Sept. 14 with food and drink and music by the ” Old Liberty String Band”. The show will be on view from September 14th until closing on October19th. For more information, call 563-1991 or visit stablegallerymaine.com
Pemaquid Art Gallery in New Harbor will exhibit the work of Gallery members Jan Kilburn and Stephen Busch through Monday, Oct. 8. Damariscotta watercolorist Jan Kilburn paints plein-air along the seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire. For part of every summer, she travels to paint and teach on Monhegan Island. “Every now and then everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape,” says the artist, “That’s what I want to create in my paintings.” Busch explores the sea and ships. His knowledge and love of maritime history are evident in his painting. Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point. For more information, call (207) 677-2752 or visit .pemaquidartgallery.com