Åarhus celebrates big Sixth Anniversary

With Åarhus coming up to it’s sixth anniversary, the partners take a Belfast moment to examine the past six years and try to explain why on earth we do this. But as it turns out, other people have been able to express this whole crazy art thing better than we can:

“… the ultimate aim (in art making) is to create an environment that would allow the miracle of empathy to take place,…” —Kwame Dawes, professor of English, poet, Guggenheim Fellow ~“There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.”—Charlie Chaplin, cinema pioneer  ~ “The Function of Art is to disturb. Science reassures.”—George Braque, creator of Cubism with Pablo Picasso  ~ “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”—Albert Einstein, you know who he is  ~ “Whether attempting to make art is noble or selfish, the fact remains that I will do it nevertheless.”—James Sturm, award winning graphic novelist, author of, ‘Golem’s Mighty Swing’  ~ “Do not imagine that art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self confidence. Art is not a brazzierre. At least not in the English sense. But do not forget that ‘brassierre’ is the French word for life-jacket.”—Julian Barnes, author of,  ‘History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters‘  ~ “After half a century of study, I’ve come to the conclusion that even under the electron microscope, art, like life, has no underlying purpose.”—Ethel Dagmar, PhD, Director of the Museum of Science and Civilization, Copenhagen, Denmark, author of, ‘Art as Commodity and the Pandemic of the Marketing Culture’

The show runs from June 4th through June 30th and features artworks by Åarhus partners: Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, will resume summer hours with this show starting in June and will be open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm and Mondays by chance. For more information visit www.aarhusgallery.com  or call 338-0001.

High Street Studio & Gallery opens Three Women Three Visions”

 

“Communicating II” by Susan Tobey White

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast  is opening for the season with an artists reception on Friday, June 7th 5-8 during the Belfast Artwalk. The show “Three Women Three Visions” showcases the work of Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr. The season begins with the paintings of Susan, Sheep and Julie and 3 dimensional work by Gail Savitz, Blue Moon Clay Carvers and Judy Hamm. Summer gallery hours: M-F 11-5, Sat: 10-4 Sunday by chance or appointment. For more information visit highstreetgallery.com

 

Greenhut Galleries presents “Margaret Lawrence: Here and There”


From the Porch by Margaret Lawrence

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Margaret Lawrence: Here and There” with an opening reception  5-7p.m. Thursday June 6.  Lawrence states “My paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it. Through this layering, the give and take of paint, an image that was inspired by a specific place transforms into a sense of place.” The show runs through June 29, for more information visit greenhutgalleries.com

Turtle Gallery opening reception at 2 p.m., Sunday June 16.

Table by Eben Foss

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will host an opening reception at 2 p.m., Sunday June 16. This show features wood, glass, fiber, porcelain, prints, and paintings and runs though July 13.  Area woodworkers Eben Foss and Chris Gray approach their material with an eye to functional use. See works by Blue Hill potter Mark Bell, Seattle glass artist Kait Rhoads, and Mary Ann McKellar Schwarcz of Orrington will show hooked rugs. Also featured in the opening show are paintings by Richard Wands, Larry Moffet, Nina Jerome, Adele Ursone and Jeff Loxterkamp. For more information visit theturtlegallery.com or call 348 9977.

Ellsworth’s First Friday Artwalk 5-7 p.m. June 7


“Autumn Breeze” by Wendilee Heath O’Brien

Discover Ellsworth’s vibrant art community by attending the First Friday Artwalk 5-7 p.m. June 7. This is a great chance to meet local artists, many nationally recognized, and see a range of amazing original works from original paintings to artisanal glass, jewelry, ceramics, metal work and stonework. The doors will be open in the galleries and studios that line Main Street and some of the side streets from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit ellsworthdowntown.com

Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer opens with “Inside/Outside”


“Hammock” by Alison Rector

Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer in Belfast is kicking off its 2013 season with an opening reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday June 7 for “Inside/Outside” a group exhibit consisting of 20 artists working in many mediums. The artists in the exhibit are Daniel Anselmi, Kenny Cole, Ann Fernald, Linden Frederick, Jay Gibson, Betsy Headley, Stew Henderson, Charlton Hudson, Karen MacDonald, Kathleen Mack, Edward McKenzie, Petria Noyes, Dina Petrillo,  Alison Rector, Denise Remy, Dyan Ross, John Squadra, Gilbert Welch, James Wolfe, and Peg Worth. The show will run to June 29, for more information visit thebelfastframer.com.

Dowling Walsh Gallery exhibiting Jacob Bond Hessler and Bill Mayher


“Three Green Fish” by Bill Mayher’s

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will host two exhibitions from June 7 – 29, with an Opening Reception from 5-8 p.m, Friday, June 7, during Rockland’s First Friday Artwalk. The two shows are Jacob Bond Hessler, “The Space Between”, photographs on aluminum, and Bill Mayher, driftwood sculptures. Surrounded by lush coastal wilderness and the memories of his youth, Hessler’s large atmospheric photography thrives.  Bill Mayher’s fascination with birds dates back to the morning his grandmother showed him an ovenbird’s nest when he was five. For more information call 596-0084 or email info@dowlingwalsh.com

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery opening for “The Merry Naiads”


“Self Exhalation” by Michael Seif

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland invites the public to a reception for “The Merry Naiads” 5-8 p.m. June 7.  This show of Michael Seif’s playful, evocative photographs, will be on exhibition through July 26. Seif’s beautiful images of underwater nude figures are also featured in the 2013 Island Journal, the Island Institute’s annual publication celebrating island life.  A second reception is scheduled for Friday, June 28 from 6 – 8 p.m.  and will be preceded by an artist’s talk at 5:00 p.m. for Island Institute members. For more information visit islandinstitute.org

Carver Hill Gallery presents “David Estey: Encore”


“Sleeping Nude” by David Estey

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, presents “David Estey: Encore” with an artists public opening reception 5 – 8 p.m. on First Friday, June 7.  This marks the second solo exhibition of Estey’s current work on Yupo, a synthetic paper originally manufactured in Japan. Yupo’s surface is very smooth, with almost no tooth, holding super sharp edges while allowing paint to stay wet on the surface long enough for manipulation. In Estey’s words, “Working in acrylic on Yupo has enabled me to develop extraordinarily fresh, abstract expressions without any preconceived notions.” The gallery will also host an artist’s talk and Q & A session with David the following day, Saturday, at 1 PM. The show runs through July 2. For more information visit carverhillgallery.com.

Tidemark Gallery opening reception for “Chris Augusta: Undersea World”


“Undersea World detail” by Chris Augusta

Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro, will host a public opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Sat., June 8, for “Chris Augusta: Undersea World.” Trained by his professional artist father, and informed by a career in marine biology research, Chris brings a brilliant array of observation, originality, humor and color together in his art. This show can be seen along with new paintings, photo prints, drawings, pottery, jewelry, iron work and books by Tidemark members and other local artists. For more information, call 832-5109 or visit.tidemarkgallery.com

Pearson Legacy Gallery Artists Clearinghouse and Opening

The Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle will host the annual “Artists Clearinghouse” 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8. It’s a short show and sale of all kinds of artwork – jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, etc. – as well as art supplies, books, tools, and other things that have been cluttering up their studios.

The Pearson Legacy Gallery also invites the public to an opening reception 5 -7 p.m. Thursday June 13 for the exhibition of “Yellow.” The work of over 30 artists – painters, photographers, printmakers, quilters, felters, jewelers, potters, glass artists, and more will demonstrate an incredible diversity of styles and materials with the color YELLOW being the focus.  The Gallery will be aglow with this, the cheeriest of all colors. For more information please contact Carolyn A. Hecker at 348-2535 or 348-3030.

Maine College of Art Summer Art Sale

For the first time ever, Maine College of Art will host a Summer Art Sale at 85 Free Street in Downtown Portland from Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.  Featuring an impressive collection of original works from MECA students, alumni, faculty, and other professional artists, the event benefits MECA’s scholarship fund for aspiring artists and designers. Admission meca.edu/headline/meca-hosts-summer-art-sale-june-6-9-to-support-scholarships-for-aspiring-artists is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please visit meca.edu/artsale

MFT Gallery opens with Summer Stable Show.


“Wild Peaches” by Antonia Munroe

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast hits the art walk pavement with a new look and a new vision. The just-renovated bright and open gallery now boasts two floors of Maine art.  On Friday June 7, the first Belfast Art Walk of the season, MFT Gallery opens with its Summer Stable Show. This show celebrates a number of artists who have built ongoing relationships with the gallery. The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday June 7. The show will be on display from June 7 – July 16.  “Not everybody who walks in understands the premise of our gallery,” says Anna Abaldo, gallery coordinator for Maine Farmland Trust. “The gallery functions as a way to engage people and raise funds for the Trust’s work, while celebrating agriculture through art. The artists that work with us are proud that any sales of their work help to support a good cause.” Featured in this year’s Summer Stable Show will be new works by Julie Crane, Adele Drake, Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Lynn Karlin, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Antonia Munroe, Elizabeth Ostrander, Kathleen Perelka, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton and Sarah Wilde. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

First Friday Artwalks get new website

This Friday, June 7 is the evening for Artwalks across Maine. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a family evening outing, a cool date, or just a chance to catch up with friends and see something stimulating in real life that’s not just on a screen.
Artwalks are taking place Friday in Bangor, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor and East Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, Portland.

A new website called Artwalk Maine keeps tabs of each town’s dates and provides downloadable walking maps. According to the website, “Maine’s ArtWalks are an intersection of Maine’s contemporary art scene, its historic downtowns, and the natural world. It is a chance to discover artists of island communities, urban centers and revitalized mills and see the fine craftsmanship for which Maine is known is on view year round. Local restaurants are open. Performances happen, whether their stage is a theater, sidewalk or town green. ArtWalk communities roll out the red carpet for you.
Traditionally held monthly on Friday evenings from 5-8pm, several Maine ArtWalks take place on Saturday afternoons. Schedules vary. Use this site to plan your vacation or rediscover your own neighborhood.” For more information visit ArtWalkMaine.org.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Opening Reception for its 85th season

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites friends and the interested public to an Opening Reception for its 85th season from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m on Sunday, June 9. at the gallery at Lighthouse Park. Refreshments, conversation with the artists, and exciting new works of art will be featured. This season the artists are pleased to welcome two new guest artists. Julie Babb of Pemaquid will be exhibiting her work.  Julie, a long-time and well known former member, is returning to the gallery as a guest for the 2013 season. Marcia Brandwein Furman, a seasonal  Pemaquid resident, is also exhibiting her oil and watercolor paintings as the second invited guest artist.  Come and meet these new artist members and guests, as well as the returning 27 member artists.  There is a wonderful array of new and impressive works of art in oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor and sculpture for all to discover and enjoy.

MFT Gallery reception for Dahlov Ipcar


Horseshoeing, exclusive limited edition print by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, signed by Dahlov Ipcar (17×24, $95)

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast reopens with a special public artists reception for Dahlov Ipcar, from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 3. MFT Gallery is honored to welcome Maine’s award-winning and legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar as this year’s first exhibitor. From May 3 through June 4, the Gallery will be exhibiting “Celebrating the Farm,” a private collection of Ipcar’s illustrations and lithographs which drew their inspiration from the artist’s farm life in Maine.

The work of Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar is loved by people all around the country. With a career spanning seven decades, there’s a lot to treasure. Her hundreds of paintings range from realistic depictions of people working the land to bold and fanciful displays of animals in real or imagined habitats. These paintings have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Dahlov Ipcar as a young woman on the farm, 1945

In a recent interview with MFT Gallery coordinator Anna Albado, Dahlov, said “All kids should be raised on a farm.” Dahlov’s parents, famed artists William and Marquerite Zorach, bought their family farm in the early twenties when Dahlov was five. She has lived there since, farming and raising a family with husband Adolph, and making art. To read Anna’s exclusive interview with Dahlov Ipcar about her life as a farming artist, please visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com

Now, at the age of 95, Dahlov Ipcar is the most recent recipient of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America award. The award, currently in its seventh year, is granted by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Presidents Council to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art.

Asked by Anna Albado if it is actually Adolph shoeing the horse, Dahlov said “Well, it’s not Adolph because I never was very good at portraits, but I just made up imaginary people. But it’s pretty much the horse! That was Kitty, before we got Black Betty, the giant horse. I was pleased how I got in all the details of the tool box, the shoes with the little clip on the front, and so on. Animals come so easily to me. My father used to say: “You draw a horse like you write your name!” Well…. I put it in practice!


Dahlov Ipcar with her cat, 2013 (photo by Maine Farmland Trust)

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery has been expanded to include a second floor dedicated to a dozen represented artists, while the first floor will continue to exhibit guest artists and group shows. For more information, please visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

 

Gleason Fine Art in Portland showing Phil Barter, Clarence K. Chatterton


“On the Golden Road 2,” by Philip Barter

Gleason Fine Art in Portland opens two new shows at its Portland gallery, “Philip Barter: New Work” and “Clarence K. Chatterton (1880-1973): An Artist’s Artist” with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. From the beginning, Sullivan artist Philip Barter’s brilliantly colored, modernist-influenced paintings and wood reliefs stood out from the myriad landscapes more traditional artists were creating. Arts writer Carl Little says of Philip, “The appeal of Barter’s stylized renderings of trees, clouds, and rivers is powerful. His ability to extract the essence of the landscape provokes marvel. His palette, often not for the faint of hue, underscores his lively vision.” The two shows run through June 29.  For more information call 699-5599.

The Gallery at Blue Heron opens “Different Hours.”


“Arrangement in Orange” by Linda Packard

The Gallery at Blue Heron in Bangor invites the public to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday May 3, for a new show entitled “Different Hours.”  “Different Hours” speaks to the idea that the hours in a day lead us to various places real, or imagined, created, or observed. This show invites us to consider how different hours affect artists’ perception, expression and works. Featured artists include; Helene Bosse, Pam Dunphy, Matthew Foster, Rita Haunert, Nina Jerome, John LeBlanc, Linda Packard, Rebecca Rivers, Kristborg Whitney, and Diana Young. For more information call 992-2115 or find them on Facebook @ The Gallery at Blue Heron.

Åarhus Gallery opening reception for “Sublime Monotony”


“Black Finery” by Gabriella D’Italia

Please join Åarhus Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday May 3, for a show entitled “Sublime Monotony” which runs through June 2. That which at first seems extinguished, wearisome, routine, repetitive, becomes singularly new, becomes beauty, becomes the flame. In a paradoxical world, our world, neither is either, without each other… and together they reveal a divine truth: The Sublime Monotony. The show will feature the works of Marcie Jan Bronstein, Gabriella D’Italia, Clint Fulkerson, J. T. Gibson, Stew Henderson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick and Kate Russo. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com/  where a slideshow of the current works is available.

Wine Cellar Gallery artist reception for David Shepard


“Schoodic Point”  by David Shepard

The Wine Cellar Gallery at John Edwards in Ellsworth invites the public to a wine tasting/artist reception for David Shepard, 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 3. David Shepard lives just twenty minutes from Acadia National Park and the sea. In addition to the Maine coast and Penobscot Bay where he keeps his boat, he has also sailed to the Azores, Bermuda and the Bahamas.. Whether the sea is stormy or calm, it seems to talk and to inspire him. David Shepard’s seascapes are on display through June 30. For more information visit johnedwardsmarket.com