D’Alessio Gallery Silent Auction Benefit

yikes2Double poppy blossom necklace and earrings, vitreous enameled copper
by Suzanne Anderson of YIKES! Studio

The D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host a Silent Auction during the Downtown Bar Harbor Friday Art Walk  September 4,  6 – 9 p.m.  The Silent Auction is a benefit for Dylan C. Moore​, the son of good friends of the D’Alessio’s. Dylan has a yet undiagnosed debilitating disease, possibly ME or Lyme, complicated by various infections.

The silent auction will offer Giclee print by artist Russell D’Alessio; A Texture Work Painting by Dylan Moore; Enameled Jewelry by Yikes Studio​/Suzanne Anderson​; Hand Carved Planter by Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians​; Carved bias relief tiles by Kim Walker​ of Heirloom Tileworks​; and Gift Certificates, pottery & more by Maine and other artists in addition to signed books!  Spirits & Goodies will be offered.   BIDS CAN BE TEXTED!!! As we approach the auction evening, we will post auction items online and you may call or text with your bid beginning at 6:00p.m.  207.351.5450

George Marshall Store Gallery “From the Mountain to the Sea”


irving-tableWilliam Irvine “The Lobsterman’s Table” Oil on canvas, 30 x 36”


The George Marshall Store Gallery in York presents a trio of exhibitions for the month of September. Thirteen artists pay homage to the local highest peak, Mount Agamenticus, with paintings and drawings; Portland based furniture craftsman Jamie Johnston presents recent wall sculptures and painter William Irvine returns to the gallery with his second one man show.

Mount Agamenticus, at 692 feet high may not seem like a formidable peak, but it is one of the first points of land visible from far out at sea and has served as a beacon to sailors for centuries. Besides being an inspiration for artists the Mount Agamenticus region has a long history of land conservation. Today over 10,000 acres have been conserved by state agencies, non-profit conservation groups, towns and water districts. These efforts provide wildlife habitat protection, water quality and recreation for the public. Local land trust organizations have made this area a focus for protection and this exhibition celebrates the value of the mountain, surrounding forests, ponds and outlet to the sea through the eyes of area artists.


drumheller“Kite Flyers” by Grant Drumheller

Grant Drumheller has several canvases showing people enjoying the summit of the mountain walking their dogs and flying kites. One can almost hear the sounds and feel the breezes in these paintings. George Burk’s small landscapes are views towards the mountain from more distant vantage points, however the gentle profile of the mountain is clearly recognizable. The smallest of the small paintings are domino size wood panels by K. Min upon which she paints a variety of insects that one might find in the area.

Several artists including Sam Cady, Bill Paarlberg and Arthur DiMambro have included in their painting some of the remnants of the former ski operation. The original ski lodge remains on the summit and various sections of lifts and equipment can also be found. Many visitors to the exhibition share their memories of learning to ski on “The Big ‘A’” which ceased operations in the late1960’s. Other artists who have responded to the exhibition theme are Arthur Balderacchi, Todd Bezold, Christopher Cook, Tom Glover, Brown Lethem, Mark Soderling and Michael Walek.

Also on view are 13 wall sculptures and 1 free standing sculpture by Jamie Johnston. The artist is well known for his beautifully designed custom furniture that is represented in residential, corporate and public spaces throughout the country. Since retiring from the Maine College of Art, where he was the head of the Woodworking and Furniture Department, he has enjoyed exploring non-functional sculpture.

His many years of furniture design and construction inform these pieces. They share the same respect for simplicity, materials and technique. He is particularly fascinated with the visual relationship of surface to edge and the contrast of strong color to the natural grain of specialty woods. He maintains an active studio in Portland, Maine making site-specific furniture and sculpture.

To complete the trio of exhibitions is a one man show of paintings by William Irvine. A native of Scotland, the artist is a long-time resident of Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula. Like many artists, his surroundings are his inspiration and he has aptly titled his show The Reach of the Sea. Small boats surf down rollicking waves that have sculptural troughs and peaks. He arranges fishermen’s tools and catches on tilted tabletops. His figures stand sentry in the doorways of cape houses and his signature clouds hover over islands in the bay.

Although his work has been described as having “charmed innocence” these are in fact very sophisticated paintings. The thickly applied paint gives added solidity and his strong color combinations and geometric compositions are reminiscent of such artists as Milton Avery and Marsden Hartley.

The exhibitions continue through October 4th. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. 207-351-1083. www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com.


Philippe Guillerm Gallery presents Pascale Queval

Homeless-SeriesHomeless Series by Pascale Queval

Philippe Guillerm Gallery iin Waldoboro is pleased to announce its last opening of the season with an exhibition of works on paper and mixed media by Pascale Queval, with an Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, 12th September, from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Pascale Queval was born and raised in Paris, France where she started building simple cardboard wind-up people in elementary school, and went on transforming her bedroom into a city with its inhabitants, history and legends by the time she was in high school. She graduated from l’ENSAD, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with a specialization in set design, the perfect extension of her imaginary world to a larger scale on stage. She has been teaching studio art in the Marblehead High School for the past 20 years. Her teaching experience has broadened her expression to a wide range of media, from classic pencil drawing and oil painting to the use of unconventional natural elements and found objects. The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings and sculptures from the 2015 collection.

Geoff Bladon at Tidemark Gallery

Winter-'15“Winter” ’15, oil on panel, by Geoff Bladon

Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, is opening night for a delightful collection of new work by Geoff Bladon, a long-time member of Plein Air Painters of Maine. His classic line drawing of upper Main Street is the familiar logo for Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s highly successful plain air painting festival which recently celebrated its tenth year.

Bladon began painting as a small boy in Montreal, Quebec, in a program established by Arthur Lismer, one of Canada’s Group of Seven. More recently, he has studied with T. M. Nicholas, Connie Hayes and Colin Page. His artist’s statement tells the story: “For me, like many Maine painters, it’s all about the light. And the challenge to capture it outdoors, on site, quickly before it changes.”

This show on September 12 is part of the new ArtWalk Waldoboro collaborative with both Philippe Guillerm and Anne Heywood galleries.

Tidemark Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. FMI: 832-5109.

Kingman Gallery shows new work by Susan Davis


Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle is showing new work by Northport photographer Susan Davis. The show “Resonance will be exhibited Sept 2 -30 with an artist’s reception Sunday, Sept. 6 from 2 to 5. “Seeing sharp movement in  the winter landscapes blurs the image into an unusual rendering of the natural word. The images invoke music and visual rhythm.” The Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center Distric Crossroads, Deer Island, 348-9333 kingmangallery.com

Let’s Make Gelatin Prints!

untitledThe Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

September’s Second Sunday event is “Gelatin Prints” lead by Lisa Wheeler. On Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell for gelatin printing; a versatile, experimental hand printing process that yields exciting surprises! Artists of all ages will create a collection of colorful monoprints layering colors, textures and images. Come with a sense of adventure and see what unfolds!

Lisa Wheeler manages arts programming as the education program coordinator at Common Street Arts in Waterville. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and Maine General’s new Regional Hospital.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.  If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email at kvaa@harlowgallery.org

“Surfs Up” at Camden Falls Gallery

1Gull Rock Surf” by Alison Hill. Oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

What subject matter could be more cliché than crashing waves on rugged rocks? In Maine, artists repeatedly try to capture on canvas the power and intensity of the sea. While many consider surf scenes to be a tired genre, the paintings in Camden Falls Gallery’s late summer show, “Surf’s Up” serve to dispel these preconceived notions. Through September 17, the exhibition features work by new gallery artists Stan Moeller and Scott Moore, along with paintings by Alison Hill, Guy Corriero, and other gallery artists.

Stan Moeller, who recently joined the gallery, has an extensive background in plein air painting. He has conducted workshops abroad in Tuscany and the south of France, and was awarded a painting residency in Brittany. He recently taught a master class at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, entitled “En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape.” About his work, Stan writes, “I love the way light works… and folds around the human form.”

Moeller’s featured painting in “Surf’s Up” is a 36” x 48” oil on linen, entitled “Maine’s Rocky Coast.” In this work, craggy cliffs demarcated by strong, warm browns and grays contrast with the roiling surf. A cooler application of aqueous blues and greens stretching to a distant, hazy horizon evokes the freedom of open water along a wild coastline. In two of Moeller’s smaller works, the focus is on singular waves crashing against rugged rocks. The explosive spray at the center of these images conveys the powerful force of the sea as it strikes the land.

2“Surge” by Scott Moore. Oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Our second featured artist, Scott Moore, comes with an artistic pedigree; both his parents engaged in design careers in Washington, DC. Scott’s mother was a fashion illustrator and his father was an Art Director for the Institute of Heraldry. Moore received his BFA from the Maine College of Art and has made coastal Maine his home for over forty years. His facility with painting landscape and figurative subjects has been recognized and honored with many recent exhibitions from Bar Harbor, ME to Charleston, SC. Moore was asked to be a consulting artist for Maine’s Percent for Art program, and he recently curated the show “Four Maine Painters” for the Maine Audubon Gallery.

Moore’s evident affection for the rugged Down East shoreline is apparent in the fresh eye he brings to interpreting details. In his vibrant new work, “Surge” (which was painted in Acadia National Park  just off the Loop Road, looking back towards Sand Beach), the sea itself becomes the primary compositional element. Locked in structurally by hard edges of rock on both sides, we sense the tension and power of the waves being forced through a narrow gap to surge upon the boulder-strewn shore. With sure, unfussy brushstrokes, Moore records the chaos of the inflow of one wave interacting with the eddying remnant of the previous wave, surrounded by sunlit spruce and ledge.

Alison Hill, a year-round resident of Monhegan Island, painted her sizable 30” x 40” entry in this show, “Gull Rock Surf,” en plein air, after traipsing all the way to Burnt Head (on the far

side of the island) carrying her supplies and canvas along rutted island paths. Painting outside with constant changes in light and atmosphere is daunting enough, but to work on a canvas this size out-of-doors is a Hurculean task.

The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden. For more information, visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com 

Rebekah Raye Now Showing at Little Pond Gallery

untitledNow showing at Little Pond Gallery on Orr’s Island is Rebekah Raye. Rebekah is a well-known painter and sculptor of animal art. She is the author and illustrator of “The Very Best Bed,” which won a Maine Literary Award from the Maine Publishers Alliance and Bear-ly There, winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and has illustrated other children’s books including the award-winning Secret Pool by Kim Ridley.

A native of Tennessee, Rebekah lives in East Blue Hill, Maine, and interacts daily with animals domestic and wild, which provide inspiration for her art. She also teaches workshops for adults and children. Other awards came from the Maine Chickadee award. Maine’s pick of children’s book “The Very Best Bed,” which was published as a paperback Of Maine Reads and given to every new kindergartener across the state. She was also a winner in the Georgia children’s book pick.

Little Pond Gallery is located at 23 Shoreline Drive, Orr’s Island. Hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (207) 833-3210.

New Works Upstairs at Haynes Galleries

johnBaeder-TrailerArizonaRoute661John Baeder’s “Trailer, Arizona, Route 66,” archival digital print

To close out another wonderful summer season on the Midcoast, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston is proud to introduce new works by John Baeder, Peter Poskas, and Phil Schirmer, alongside a number of other widely celebrated contemporary Realists. As a supplement to the two group shows hanging on the first floor, these artists will be on display until September 19 as part of the Upstairs at Haynes summer series.
Though each is working in a different medium, Baeder, Poskas, and Schirmer come together to highlight the breadth of talented artists currently carrying on the Realist tradition. Perhaps the most unique addition to the gallery’s collection is the photography of John Baeder. Best known as one of the leading painters of the Photorealist movement of the 1970s, Baeder’s oeuvre frequently uses small town American diners and eateries as a subject. In so doing, Baeder elevates the often-overlooked elements of American life and brings them into the realm of fine art.

Of the numerous works produced throughout John Baeder’s career, Haynes Galleries is currently showing large digital prints of photographs shot in the mid 1970s and early 1980s. Trailer, Arizona Route 66 embodies a taste of the American patriotism that can be found throughout Baeder’s work. The photograph shows a lone trailer, painted in stars and stripes, sitting in the middle of a vast deserted American landscape. The image is bold and striking in its simplicity. It speaks to the fierce independence of which Americans are so proud and celebrates the character of the rural Southwest.

While Baeder’s photographs find beauty in the more rustic moments of American life, Peter Poskas looks to the New England landscape as a source of inspiration. Painting the region for more than thirty years, Poskas shows masterful understanding of the nuances of light and perspective. Often he depicts the relationship between the region and its inhabitants, the effects of seasonal changes, and the quiet beauty for which New England is known and beloved.

peterPoskas-PassingShower1Peter Poskas, “Passing Shower, Monhegan,” oil on panel

Though a longtime Connecticut resident, Poskas often finds inspiration in the landscape of Maine. One of his most recognizable subjects may be the island of Monhegan. Passing Shower, Monhegan looks out over the island from atop a hill. In his distinctive style, Poskas captures the warm light of a setting sun as it glows through the mist. While many artists have painted similar scenes, Poskas stands out for his keen ability to so convincingly capture the subtleties of light.

In addition to John Baeder and Peter Poskas, several exciting new pieces at the gallery come from master egg tempera painter Phil Schirmer. Completely self-taught, Schirmer has spent over twenty-five years mastering the technique required to paint with the medium. Created by mixing powdered pigment, egg yolk, and distilled water, egg tempera is applied in layers of translucent color that result in highly detailed, highly realistic images.

philipSchirmer-RockWithTree1Phil Schirmer’s “Rock with Tree,” tempera on panel

Painting primarily in Maine, Schirmer uses his natural surroundings as subject matter. His paintings end up as extremely convincing representations of natural objects. Schirmer’s images are refreshing in that they throw off the joyful brushstroke used by so many landscape artists today. They do not push color, nor do they evoke a sense of action; instead their beauty comes from the stoic simplicity of the compositions and the exacting skill with which they’re executed. In Rock with Tree the subjects appear painstaking, still, frozen in time. The result is calming. It evokes within the viewer an appreciation for the simple beauty found throughout nature.

Donald Demers love of maritime subjects began during the summers of his youth spent the in and around Boothbay Harbor. The sea has stayed with him all these years. His artistic career began as an illustrator but soon expanded to traditional fine art. His background as an award-winning illustrator are clear in his seascapes— an attention to detail pervades his scenes— but they also exhibit visual poetry as if they are the carefully remembered memories from a trip to the coast long ago.

Demers_OldSeiner1Donald Demers, “The Old Seiner,” oil on linen panel

As the summer season begins to wind down, these three artists provide wonderful additions to the already extensive collection of American art currently on display at Haynes Galleries. If a trip to the gallery hasn’t yet been made, these artists are a great reason to come by Thomaston and see their work before doors close on September 19. Shown in tandem with group landscape show “Joseph McGurl, T.J. Cunningham, Karen Blackwood, Marc Dalessio & Friends” and the figurative show “Celebrating Art of Women by Women,” Upstairs at Haynes has plenty of new work to admire and only a little time left to see it all.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com

OAA Members Focus On Photography

Scully820_edited-1Painting by Fran Scully

Barn Gallery continues to celebrate photography with a new exhibition of photographs from the membership of the Ogunquit Art Association from September 9 to October 12. A memorial show of photographs from Stuart Nudelman, a long time participant at the Barn and in the Ogunquit community, will be shown at the same time.

Painters, printmakers, and sculptors are strongly represented in the main gallery with new work in the members show “OAA Expressions” and in the ongoing Sculpture Court. An opening Gala Reception for all shows takes place on Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Painters Diane Boyce and Fran Scully will share the North Gallery in side-by-side showcase exhibitions of their work. Catch the artists’ gallery talk Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. for insight into their art process and their lives as creatives. Free.

And, for collectors and browsers of smaller works, don’t miss the Collector’s Gallery for the always changing array of framed and unframed art from the OAA members.

Visit www.barngallery.org/ or Facebook page www.facebook.com/BarnGallery for information about all the events, talks, workshops, videos, and any updates of the calendar or to check hours and other information. Most are free or for a small fee as noted on the website.

“Views from Monhegan” Showcase Young Artists at Black Hole Gallery

black holeBlack Hole Gallery in Rockland is delighted to present a selection of work by young Monhegan artists, John “J.P.” Kordak & Leith MacDonald. The exhibition represents the first public opportunity to see this new body of work on the mainland.

Kordak and MacDonald’s respective artistic practices provide counterpoints to each other in the narrative of their continuing the rich artistic tradition of the island of Monhegan.  Furthermore, for this exhibition, their new work is presented in the immediate, bold and contemporary context of two Jamien Morehouse banners, affording opportunity to see parallels between the exquisite craft and playful imagery employed by an artist, significant in the history of American art, and that of Maine and its islands; while offering the chance to see a new generation continue to draw on the unique and beautiful view island life provides.
The exhibition will be shown at Black Hole, 403 Main Street, Rockland through September 20.  For more information, please contact gallery@blackholegallery.com or (207) 400-2957.

“Works on Paper” Arriving in Vinalhaven

K.Wales The Euclidean Distance1Hand-colored drypoint print by Kitty Wales entitled “Euclidean Distance”.

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open its annual “Works on Paper” show featuring recent work by gallery artists on Saturday, September 5, with an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m.  Artists included are Olena Babak, Christopher Clarke, Joan Freiman, Alison Hildreth, Eric Hopkins, Tom Lieber, Michele O’Keefe, Kitty Wales, and Joan Wright.

The show will run through September 23. Full summer hours are in effect through Monday of Labor Day weekend, and thereafter will be Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. New Era Gallery is located at 60 Main Street. For more information call (207) 863-9351.

Artist Gathering at The Gothic

11350691_480696968762411_7648287353854426025_nThe Gothic Restaurant and the Belfast Creative Coalition invite you to an artist gathering September 21 at 7 p.m. Artists, cultural leaders and creative entrepreneurs are invited for an evening of networking and fine food and wine sampling. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a glass of wine and two canapes.

The Gothic strives to provide the highest quality seasonal ingredients sourcing produce from local farms and use organic, local, and foraged ingredients when available and supports wine makers who produce biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable wines.

The Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) is a non-profit dedicated to cultivating arts and culture for the Belfast area through coordination and promotion. BCC’s online arts and culture event listings and directories can be found at belfastcreativecoalition.org/

RSVP by September 18. Limited seating is available. Full bar and limited menu available.The Gothic is located at 108 Main Street, Belfast. For reservations, call (207)338.4684.

Ocean House Gallery presents Beneman + McCarthy

1e0438fc-77fd-48b9-9471-8c35efa2c2a6Printmaking by Beneman + Collage by McCarthy

Chris Tegeler Beneman and Robin McCarthy combine printmaking and collage techniques to assemble beautiful artwork. Though they come at their art making in similar ways, what they create is very different. Their work is currently on exhibit at Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth and runs through September 23.

Chris Beneman lives and works in the Portland area. She originally came to Maine to attend Bates College and never left. Though she studied and practiced printmaking and painting, for many years her main focus was ceramics. A workshop with founding Peregrine Press member Alice Spencer at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts cemented the shift to printmaking.

Robin McCarthy is an artist who has lived in the Portland area for the last 44 years. She has been a social worker, devoted to children and their families, a wife and mother, devoted to our children and our family, and a grand-mother, devoted to those children and their family. Robin can be found making art in her studio most days.

Ocean House Gallery & Frame is located at 299 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth. For more information, check out www.oceanhousegallery.com/

Sgraffito by Tim Christensen at CRAFT

Sgraffito pottery by Tim Christensen opens on Friday, September 4 at CRAFT Gallery in Rockland. This is also the evening of First Friday Art Walk.
Christensen draws inspiration from his natural surroundings of woods, ocean and sky at his cabin studio in Roque Bluffs, Maine. He uses a gas-fired kiln to fire porcelain forms, carving through a black slip to depict birds, fish, animals and plant life that he finds in his environment. Cups, bowls, platters, boxes, vases and sculpture teem with narratives from nature.
The history of the sgraffito technique, once considered to be the vessels of kings, traces back to Japan, Africa and the middle east. It can be found in 15th century Italian ceramics to native American pottery all the way to the contemporary pottery of Christensen. The artist will attend the opening on Friday evening to discuss his work.
CRAFT will extend the current show of Dudley Zopp’s Oyster and Periwinkle drawings and paintings, photographer Kathie Florsheim’s seascape images and Krisanne Baker’s oil paintings to complete the narrative from nature. The show will continue until September 30th.
CRAFT Gallery is in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland, across from he side entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum. For more information, call (207) 594-0167 or visit www.craftonelm.com

Graziano Solo Exhibit at Roux + Cyr Gallery‏

grazianoDan Graziano announces his upcoming solo exhibit at the Roux and Cyr International Gallery of Fine Art in Portland. Sixteen of his recent paintings will be on display from September 4 through September 25, with an opening reception on September 4 (Portland First Friday Art Walk) from 5 to 8 p.m..

Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life.  His work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors.

His artistic vision began taking shape in the 60’s, during America’s explosive political, cultural and artistic awakening.  His first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.

When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape – inspired by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), he found the city streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay and repair a visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music.

untitledGraziano’s “Line Cook,” oil on panel

In my paintings, I try to capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life,” says Graziano. “I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities – their active streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation – that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability and easy duplication.”

The gallery is located at 48 Free Street in Portland. For more information, visit www.rouxandcyrgallery.com.

Mars Hall Opens Final “4 x 4″ Show

KJ-In for Repairs1“In for Repairs” by Kris Johnson.

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor opens its final show in a series of three “4 X 4″ Shows, 4 Artists – 4 Walls – 4 One Person Shows. “4 X 4, Every Painting has a Story” features the works of artists Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Elaine Niemi and Elaine Reed. The show runs through Columbus Day, Monday, October 12.

Kris Johnson’s paintings reflect her life in Maine and France. Her bold shapes and expressive use of color are as important to the story as her subject matter. Roger Kirby works in both oil and acrylic to create his abstracted landscapes. He transforms nature by manipulation of the paint creating texture and pattern in his meditative scenes.

A self-taught artist, Elaine Niemi’s work tells the story of her life in Maine. Her childhood experiences are illustrated in her paintings and assemblages. Elaine Reed, a member of WAMI, (Women Artists of Monhegan Island), is known for her deconstructed watercolors.  The play of light and shadow is the story in her serene landscapes.

The Main Gallery will feature “The Ever Evolving Eclectic Extravaganza of ART”. This Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine Antiques, vintage jewelry and quality crafts. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver,Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

Also on exhibit are pinhole & encaustic photographs by Antonia Small, block prints by Ken Martin, mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook and Constance Kiermaier, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and cement relief sculpture by Priscilla Cross. The gallery offers a variety of quality crafts including turned & carved wood vessels by Dick Kelly, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed- media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery as well as outside in the newly expanded Sculpture Gardens.

The gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day. Labor Day thru Columbus Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. thru Sun. or by appointment. Look for the big green dragon on the right 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit  the web at www.marshallgallery.net

“Fabulous Jewelers: Form” + More at Shaw Jewelry

collage_8_27_15“Fabulous Jewelers: Form” and “All Mount Desert Island, All Summer Long: Abstraction” are now on display at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor through September 13.

Of “Fabulous Jewelers,” there are many great things about metal, one of these its it’s ability to define form. Through volumetric curves, or implied through linear definition, shapes are built and assembled into organic jewelry. Featured will be the work of Michael Banzhof, Pat Flynn, So Young Park, Julia Turner, Polly Wales, Rebecca Myers, Dell Foxx and more.

“All Mount Desert Island, All Summer Long” depicts the reason why they are artists is because they see different. They help us discover things we may have overlooked. Through a lens of abstraction, hidden aspects and details are revealed. The creations of Miklos Pogany, Katlyn Duggan, Beth Lambert, Joel Babb, Kate Chaplin, Susan Williams, Carol Shutt and numerous others are on display.

For full exhibition deals, visit www.shawjewelry.com/

ART@NOON: Anna Hepler at UMMA on Sept. 2

Woodcut by Anna Hepler
Featured artist Anna Hepler will give an informal noon-time gallery talk on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon on Blind Spot, an array of sculptures and new two-dimensional works currently on exhibit through September 19. During this time, Hepler will discuss her background, process, inspiration and materials, with a brief Q+A to follow. All Art@Noon talks are free and open to the public.

Hepler, who is based in Maine, has exhibited her sculptures in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Tate Gallery, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. If you have any questions, please e-mail K. L. Johnson at kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

The Farnsworth + The Strand Present Rockland Shorts

Rockland_Shorts_Septemberposter1On Friday, September 4, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present the final 2015 showing of the international short film series, Rockland Shorts. Entitled Poetic Acceleration, the screening will take place at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland, at 8 p.m. After the showing, the audience is invited to continue discussing the films at Fog Bar, across the street from The Strand.

This ongoing series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series is shown in the Strand and includes an hour of short films. As part of the screenings, several filmmakers join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. Rockland Shorts strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre.

The lineup for Poetic Acceleration will include: Cymatics: Science Vs. Music, directed by Nigel Stanford New Zealand, 6 minutes, experimental. Fallt, directed by Chadwick Whitehead USA, 2 minutes, animation. David Hockney in the Now, directed by Lucy walker, UK, 6 minutes, documentary.  Anxious Oswald Greene, directed by Marshall Axani USA, 15 minutes, live action. Grow Some Gills, directed by Krisanne Baker Local, 2 minutes, experimental. Rhino Full Throttle, directed by Erik Schmitt Germany, 15 minutes, experimental. Party Line, directed by Alan Magee Local, 3 minutes, animation  Russian Roulette, directed by Ben Aston UK, 5 minutes, and Live Action Me + Her, directed by Joseph Oxford UK, 10 minutes, Animation

Tickets will be for sale at The Strand Theatre’s box office directly prior to the screening. The fee for this series is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for nonmembers.