Successful Waldoboro potluck kicks off new Medomak Arts programming

WaldoroMore than 60 Waldoboro and midcoast citizens filled the Space @ No. 9

What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit.

While the organization’s general mission is to “foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion,” it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled “We Heart Medomak Arts.” The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.

During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. “We’re excited to see The Space becoming more active,” he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts’ community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
“While these programs will continue,” Pease said, “we’ve got more in store starting this spring.” Highlights include weekly “Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is “Finger Lickin’ Pickin’,” a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
“But,” Pease went on, “a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you’d like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space.” Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. Stay updated on programs, learn more about what’s possible at No. 9, and submit proposals online at www.medomakarts.org.
After Pease’s words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. “Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources,” she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. “Money is always good,” she said, pointing to a recurring “9 for No. 9” monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. “But there are many ways to donate to the cause,” she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. To learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts, go to www.medomakarts.org/support.
Smith’s words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.
All programs are held at the Space @ No. 9, 9 Friendship Road, Waldoboro. For more information, go to www.medomakarts.org/medomak-arts-programs/. Follow Medomak Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject/.

Art Matters talk “and how about NATURE” on April 3

Art Matters“Pink Power” by Judith Felch. The artist will be part of Art Matters on April 3.

On Sunday, April 3, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., the Deer Isle Artists Association will once again open its doors and invite the public to another stimulating session of ART matters. The theme of this month’s discussion will be “and how about NATURE,” and will feature local artists Judith Felch, Deborah Lothrop, Robert Starkey, and Paul Trowbridge.

The popular series has continued to draw attendees from both on and off the island. Audiences have welcomed the opportunities to see and hear artists reflect upon their work and have enjoyed interacting with them around each session’s stated theme. Like others in the Art matters series, this group of artists will be familiar to many from around the area.

Judith Felch’s inspiration for her graphite pencil drawings is enriched and fulfilled by consistently exploring the depth of wonder that is ever present when working on location. She notes that ‘nature suggests’ and the ‘artist engages.’

Deborah Lothrop is interested in the enduring activities of light and darkness and their earthly expression as color.  She draws from the outer world to exercise her perceptions and draftsmanship.  Then, she paints from her inner world.

Robert Starkey’s paintings are actually built up gestural layers of paint, mostly completed by the use of a palette knife.  Although initially inspired by a landscape setting, his paintings become less site specific as they are developed.  Therefore, they synthesize into evolving compositions that are built by the action of painting.

Paul Trowbridge’s paintings are attempts at capturing the emotions of what he observes in nature as well as the inherent design therein.  At the same time, he utilizes watercolors in a manner that exhibits their paint qualities in a simple, fresh and direct way.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. No RSVP is required, and attendees are invited to show up with friends. For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Harley Bartlett: Casting a Wide Net in the Art World

Morning Outing“Morning Outing” by Harley Bartlett

A native New Englander, Harley Bartlett was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. He was recently elected to the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.

Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, is pleased to share some of Bartlett’s paintings, along with his thoughts about them.

Of his work “Morning Outing,” Bartlett says, “One of the aspects of Maine that I really love is seeing an old Windjammer or classic yacht making for sea. I am immediately removed to a distant time when such a sight was commonplace. There is a romance to an old sailing craft sadly unmatched by our modern vessels.”

Bartlett is a New Englander in home, heritage and spirit. An early interest in drawing led him to pursue a career in painting. His work demonstrates a breadth of talent that includes the landscapes and maritime paintings we exhibit in the gallery, as well as portraiture and murals.

Bartlett recently painted the official portrait of former Rhode Island Governor Carcieri.  His murals grace the walls (or ceilings) of such disparate venues as churches and  synagogues, restaurants and private homes.

Winding River“Winding River” by Harley Bartlett

“New England is known for the many rivers that wend their way through its fields, villages and cities on the path to the sea,” Bartett says of his painting “Winding River.” “This timeless view of a river’s turn looks off to old agricultural fields with a small herd of cows and a hint of a distant town.  A small path along the river’s edge entices the viewer to enter.” 

For more information Barlett’s works and Bayview Gallery, visit http://www.bayviewgallery.com/

Chance meeting near Fairy Beach, ME brings Pinhole Photographers Together

NewThe Tulsa Artists’ Coalition in OK is pleased to present “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue with Amy Rockett-Todd and Antonia Small” from April 1 through April 30, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet both artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, April 30.  The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the M. B. Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.

A chance meeting in the woods near Fairy Beach in Maine brought these two pinhole photographers together. As they describe it, “…we found ourselves stepping into a visual dialogue that would span almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. We began this project in April 2013 on Worldwide Pinhole Day, shooting images specific to each one’s own artistic vision as well as reflecting the contrast between the flatlands of Oklahoma and the rugged coast of Maine. Each image includes a back story which is a personal account of the experiences of discovery and image capture which are included in the self-published book on the Baker’s Dozen Project.” This exhibit will be up during Worldwide National Pinhole Day April 24th.

Amy Rockett-Todd, a native of North Carolina, has been living and working as a designer, studio art and photographer in the flatlands of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current art explores the relationships between the hand and technology through alternative photographic processes and traditional black and white film photography.

Antonia Small is a stage performer turned photographer who has lived in Paris and New York, but now calls the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine home. She holds a B.A. from Vermont College, certificates from the SALT Center for Documentary Studies and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Influenced by her theater and dance performance training, Toni likens the frame of her twin-lens to a proscenium arch. She is equally interested by the mystery of a ten-minute performance exposure in front of her pinhole camera, or the “happening” of submerging her camera underwater.

Spring Classes + Workshops at Waterfall Arts

thumbnail_Printmaking Class with Susan SmithA printmaking class with Susan Smith at Waterfall Arts
Spring art classes and workshops at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast, are on the schedule for March and April. Offerings include Malt and Monotype, Saturday Life Drawing, Paint Your Own Pottery – Easter Edition, Hand Painted Photographs, Alabaster Stone Carving, April School Vacation Art Camp, and Wonders of Clay Spring.
Malt and Monotype will be hosted by printmakers Jeff Jelenfy and April White on Friday, March 18th from 7 to 9 PM. Like the popular Draft and Draw event, this fun night features monoprint making, fine spirits and good company in the printmaking studio. 21 plus please.
On Saturday, March 19th Becky Brimley will lead another round of Paint Your Own Pottery for all ages, this time focusing on spring colors and Easter themes. Mugs, tiles, boxes and more are ready for painting and the work will be fired and ready before Easter. The cost has been reduced to $18 per person, only those painting need to pay.On Saturday, March 26nd, well known photographer Liv Kristin Robinson will share hand coloring techniques used to enhance black and white photographs. Bring some old black and white photos printed on matte, fiber-based paper or contact Waterfall Arts to arrange to have suitable prints made from negatives.

Sculptor Anne Alexander offers a three day workshop in the art of Alabaster Stone Carving on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 to 17th. The group will meet for 3 hours on Friday evening, 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling.
Bridget Matros leads a Spring School Vacation Art Camp Monday through Friday, April 18 to 22nd for 8 to 12 year olds. This will be a weeklong explosion of color with big, goofy puppets, bold and powerful paintings, a rainbow of stitches and beads, and those Manga/character drawings will be brought to life!
Linda Stec conducts Wonders of Clay Spring Edition for ages 6 to 18 on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 beginning April 27 and ending June 1st.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vivian Beer wins HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge

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One of the Gallery at Somes Sound’s finest furniture makers/designers, Vivian Beer,
won  the design challenge on the ever popular HGTV’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Ellen’s Design Challenge”. Beer has blown the doors wide open in the world of fine arts with her fearless combinations of industrial materials including steel, concrete and autobody paint in her furniture design.
Beer tiptoes through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one, deftly counterbalancing a strong knowledge of contemporary furniture design
with the history of industry and architecture. Beer’s collections include the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, MFA Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum, public art for Portland ME and Cambridge MA.
thumbnail_Sofa tableSofa table by Vivian Beer

She is a graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was a resident artist at SUNY Purchase, SDSU and Penland School in NC.
The Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street in Mt. Desert. Visit the gallery website at http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/

Harlow Gallery welcomes Cassie Bouton, new gallery manager

ManagerCassie Bouton, new gallery manager

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to welcome Cassie Bouton as the new gallery manager. Cassie will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of monthly exhibitions, programs and services of the Gallery, and volunteer coordination in relationship to programming.

“After spending a decade or so developing as an artist in Portland, I am so happy to be back in the community I grew up in,” said Bouton. “What a pleasure to be joining the staff of the Harlow Gallery as gallery manager.  I am looking forward to learning from and engaging with such a talented and creative community.  I see this as an opportunity to grow as an artist, but also to combine my professional experience in the non-profit world.  I look forward to getting to know the artists and patrons of the Harlow and seeing some familiar faces.”

Bouton will be taking over this position from Aleana Chaplin, who recently resigned but will continue to work as membership coordinator for the next three months. Harlow Gallery was incredibly fortunate to have had Aleana’s enthusiasm and commitment, which undoubtedly helped us become “The Best Gallery in Maine” (as determined by DownEast Magazine readers in 2015.) The Harlow would like to thank Aleana again for both her past work and also for continuing to manage memberships while we make this staffing transition.

Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Visit the gallery’s website at http://harlowgallery.org/

“Art of the Hand-Pulled Print: Peregrine Press at 25”

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Peregrine Press will present a 25th anniversary exhibition of fine art prints at the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library from May 6 though June 25, 2016, featuring 49 works by current and former members. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m, as well as a First Friday reception on June 3, from 5-8 p.m.

The artwork will showcase a wide variety of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques and highlight a commitment to non-toxic processes.

Printmaking tools and materials, with explanations of printmaking terminology and techniques, will be on display. Portions of both Peregrine Press portfolios, “First Impressions” from 2008 and “Local Conditions” from 2013, will also be shown. A short film will feature interviews of Press founders, other members, footage of artists working in the studio, and demonstrations of various printmaking techniques.

thumbnail_AliceSpencer_72dpi_1024pxTallWork of Alice Spencer

On Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, the Press will host a panel discussion on the evolution of contemporary printmaking, titled “Pressing Onward, the Hand Pulled Print in a Digital World,” at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library. Moderated by Larinda Meade and Kate Cheney Chappell of the Peregrine Press, participants include Karen Adrienne of Circling the Square Press in Gardiner, ME, Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA and Sid Hurwitz of the Boston Printmakers.

A full color catalog will be available for sale at the opening. The catalog will include a history of the Press, images from the exhibition, and feature essays by Bruce Brown, curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Smith College Museum of Art.

Leading up to the exhibition, on Saturday, April 23, Peregrine Press members will share printmaking demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for the public at the Portland Public Library Maker’s Fair, from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Peregrine Press is located in the Bakery Building on Pleasant Street in Portland, Maine.

This exhibition is funded by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Horizon Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.peregrinepress.com/

“Home Grown” exhibit at MFT Gallery

MFT-PostcardFrom April 4 through May 30, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine.

On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”

The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.

Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.

Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.

Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”

Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”

The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

 

 

Pemaquid Group of Artists announces Call for Artists

Pemaquid GalleryThe Pemaquid Group of Artists is announcing a Call for Artists for the 2016 season to exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park.  Interested applicants will be asked to fill out a short application form and to submit three framed pieces of work accompanied by a short bio.
The jurying will take place on Saturday April 23rd in the morning.  If you are interested,  and reside in any of these areas, Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, New Harbor, Bremen or Newcastle, please call the Board President Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974 for further details and information. All media are welcome.
Opening for the season is scheduled for June 6th with a  public reception held the evening before at the Gallery.

Call For Artists: Art2016, 21st Annual Juried Show

thumbnail_ARTArt2015 Opening Reception, photo by Allison McKeen

The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists to submit artwork to Art2016,  the 21st annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Art2016 will be on view May 13 through June 18, 2016 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 5-8 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Art2016 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.
This year’s juror is Bruce Brown, a true leader in Maine’s art world. Portland native and resident Bruce Brown served as curator at the Center of Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for twenty years beginning in 1987.  He curated more than 200 exhibitions promoting Maine visual artists before retiring as curator emeritus in December, 2006 to become an independent curator. In February, 2013 he became a partner of Portland’s PhoPa Gallery in Portland  specializing in Maine photographs and works on paper with photographer Jon Edwards and the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport where he has been on the Advisory Committee since 2006.  Read more about Bruce Brown here: http://harlowgallery.org/programs/annual-juried-show/juror/

 

The deadline for electronic submissions is 11pm on April 1, 2016. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years.

Jurors confirmed for Spring Exhibition 2016

assymAsymmetrick Arts and Black Hole in Rockland are pleased to confirm Lorraine DeLaney (Colby Musuem of Art), Kelly Finlay (Farnsworth Art Museum) and Daniel Kany (freelance writer and critic, Portland Press Herald) as the jury for the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open submission art show to be held in Rockland, Maine, opening 6 May, 2016.
The show’s curatorial team will be led by Robert Colburn who will design and co-ordinate the installation of work in the two galleries on Main Street in Rockland. Colburn served as a juror for last year’s Spring Exhibition 2015.
Work was selected from submissions in all media and subjects and the closing date for entries was extended to 25 March 2016.
For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Asymmetrick Arts at 207-594-2020 or Black Hole at 207-400-2957

Poets + Fools Bash at Waterfall Arts April 1

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Poets and Fools, Waterfall Arts’ legendary annual costume bash is back, with a new line-up of eccentricities and entertainment. On Friday, April 1 in Belfast, from 6 to 10 p.m., revelers of all ages can expect dancing, goofing, parading, eating, drinking, playing, daring, and winning prizes.The night kicks off with a celebratory invocation by poet Ariel Bywater Greenberg, followed by a Belfastian “Tonight Show” hosted by Waterfall Arts’ own Bridget Matros, featuring ridiculous games with local mystery celebs. The incomparable Acetones will provide background music and sound effects.
Costumes will be judged, raffles drawn, and mad poetry dispensed before the live music coalesces into a dizzying dance party with Bangor’s high energy band Chamberlain to end the night on a high note.  Expect roving phrenologists (head scientists to you), a poetry booth and yes, the tattoo parlor is back.Affordable admission at the door; free to those seven and under, $5 for ages eight to fifteen, everyone else $10, allows party goers to spread their loot at this fundraiser for inexpensive munchies and drinks, raffle tickets for the Hellfast Special Bucket o’ Booze and the Goodie Goodie Goodies Specialty Food Basket, and don’t forget those tattoos! Raffle tickets are available at the Waterfall Arts office, through Waterfall Arts board members and at the event.
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This year’s Poets and Fools is sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD, KoT Contemporary Functional Craft in Ellsworth, the Belfast Coop and yearlong sponsor, Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts encourages patronage of these generous, community-minded businesses.
Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfall arts.org, stop by or call 207-338-2222.

Greenhut’s Biennial “Portland Show” Opens April 9

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The 8th biennial “Portland Show”, an invitational show of artists interpretation of “Portland,” will be on display at Greenhut Galleries in  April 6-30. An Artist Reception will be held Saturday, April 9 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Participating artists include  Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, Ben Coombs, David Campbell, Crystal Cawley, Thomas Connolly, Marsha Donahue, David Driskell, Chris Eaton, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Phillip Frey, Margaret Gerding, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Peyton Higgison, Tina Ingraham, Henry Isaacs, Jessica Ives, Sarah Knock, Margaret Lawrence, and C Michael Lewis.

Also, Lin Lisberger, Jessica McCarthy, Daniel Minter, Ann Mohnkern, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Anne Lofquist, Vanessa Nesvig, Lisa Noonis, Colin Page, Dennis Pinette, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Alice Spencer, Barbara Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Judy Taylor, Lori Tremblay, Chip Williams, Richard Wilson, and Henry Wolyniec.

Greenhut Galleries is located at the corner of Middle and Pearl Streets in Portland. For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 BASH: April Fools Circus featuring Just a Band

Just a BandJust a Band will perform at Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 Bash

On Friday, April 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 5th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Nairobi, Kenya group Just a Band: “Africa’s nerdiest hip-hop art collective.” Just a Band is known for Gorillaz-like immersive performances, creative sampling, video and wit.

The 2016 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland, beginning at 8 p.m.

This year’s BASH will be a circus-themed, sensory-overload event featuring performances by Haus Paradigm, a dance group that brings a unique flair to belly dancing in their own unique approach, the Band of Weirdos—an odd group of performing carnival creatures, and Simple Circus out of Portland, Maine. Live music for the 2016 BASH will be provided in the form of Just a Band, of Nairobi, Kenya, a group formed while their members were studying at the Kenyatta University.

Launched in 2008 with their debut album Scratch to Reveal, Just a Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco group whose music explores various directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica. Though their debut album was relatively successful, two years later they released their second single ‘Ha-He’ accompanied by a music video featuring a character known as Makmende.

The video was described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items, referencing elements from virtual bands like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns.

As in the first four [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by many local artists, including MidCoLab, Margaret Rizzio, Annie Bailey, Orlando Johnson, Alexis Iammarino, Scott Sell, Chris Gamage, Jared Cowan, Alexandra Gillian Martin, and multiple Youth Arts Participants.

A dance floor, carnival-game art installations and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.thecollectivebash.com.

The 2016 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in Dr. S. Keith Collins and Mary Baldwin Collins, EBS Building Supply, Ingrid Ellison, Jon and Briar Fishman, Lowes Home Improvement, Maine Beer Company. John K. Hanson Jr. and Mary R. Saltonstall, Samoset Resort, SequelCare of Maine, The Strand Theatre, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Viking Lumber, and Youth Arts of Camden. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.

R. Luke DuBois Artist Talk + Reception at BCMA 3/30

Fashionably“Fashionably Late for the Relationship” by R. Luke DuBois

The Bowdoin College Museum Art (BCMA) in Brunswick will present a solo exhibition by New York-based “new media” artist R. Luke DuBois, featuring a new portrait commissioned by BCMA of Black Lives Matter and Campaign Zero activist DeRay Mckesson, who is a Bowdoin College alumnus (class of 2007).

On March 30, an Artist Talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

DuBois’s simultaneous work as a composer, computer programmer, filmmaker, and installation artist challenges traditional categorization, and his multifaceted approach will be reflected in the forthcoming video-based work that will debut at the BCMA on March 31.
The new commission will be presented as part of the exhibition “R. Luke DuBois – Now,” alongside dozens of DuBois’ works created over the last 15 years.

Films, works on paper, installations, video, and sound works will all be included, testifying to DuBois’ prodigious work since the 1990s, which ranges from musical composition and collaborative performance, to large-scale public installations, film, and generative computer works. In coordination with “R. Luke DuBois – Now,” on view at BCMA from March 31 until September 4, the Museum has also organized a robust series of public programs.
These include a keynote lecture by the artist, a presentation by Matthew McClendon, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ringling, and the organizer of “R. Luke Dubois—Now;” gallery conversations led by visiting artist Erin Johnson and Crystal Hall, a member of the College’s digital humanities faculty, and a panel discussion of DuBois’s role in the broad context of new media art featuring Jon Ippolito and Richard Rinehart, co-authors of “Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory.”
“We are proud to bring “R. Luke DuBois – Now” to Bowdoin College, which is made all the more meaningful by DuBois’s groundbreaking portrait of DeRay Mckesson,,” remarked Bowdoin College Museum of Art Co-Director Anne Collins Goodyear. “As a Bowdoin alumnus making an international impact on contemporary society through his political activism, the commission is doubly important as both a witness to our present moment as a nation and as a part of Bowdoin’s legacy, and we’re honored that it will remain here at the BCMA as part of our permanent collection.”

“As an institution dedicated to exploring new forms of knowledge and modes of communication, we look forward to presenting DuBois’ distinct artistic perspective, which challenges us all to consider complex issues of politics and personal identity,” added Frank Goodyear, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Co-Director.

Building on the artist’s interest in how information reflects and shapes our world, the newly commissioned work will draw from online networks and social media to create a reflection of both Mckesson and the activist’s most influential modes of communication. Footage of Mckesson addressing topics crowd-sourced from the Bowdoin student body will be interspersed with data and language drawn from Mckesson’s own online presence through Twitter and other social media channels. This time-based portrait will be generative, evolving over time, continually incorporating new material generated by Mckesson’s communication about the issues that motivate his own activism.

Lonely (1)A More Perfect Union: Lonely,” by R. Luke DuBois

Originally organized in 2014 by the Ringling Museum of Art, R. Luke DuBois – Now, DuBois’ inventive use of political and demographic data in his diverse works will have a special resonance in the BCMA presentation during the 2016 presidential election season.

“I’m continuously fascinated by the political underpinnings of American portraiture, which makes DeRay Mckesson an especially rich subject,” said R. Luke DuBois. “As an activist who regularly leverages data and the interconnectivity of online networks to raise awareness about political and social issues, our interests are aligned in a variety of ways which will inform the forthcoming work.”
Three dominant themes permeate DuBois’ work, including the mining and metamorphosing of data into art, the investigation of temporality, and the construction of contemporary portraiture, or how we represent and conceptualize ourselves and others. These themes will be explored through the presentation of notable works such as Hindsight is Always 20/20 (2008, commissioned by the Democratic National Convention), A More Perfect Union (2010-2011), and (Pop) Icon: Britney (2010), among others.

Drawing from the annual State of the Union addresses given by presidents to Congress, Hindsight is Always 20/20 consists of a single Snellen-style eye chart for each president to have given a State of the Union address. Instead of the typical characters present in an eye chart, the piece employs words drawn from their speeches, presented in order of most frequent (top line) to least frequent (bottom line) word. The result is a startlingly clear snapshot of the lexicon of each presidency, containing a mix of historically topical keywords and rhetoric unique to each president and the time period during which they served in office.

In his work “A More Perfect Union,” DuBois looks at American self-identity through the medium of online dating services. Culling data from over 20 online dating sites, the work is organized according to the same heuristics as the U.S. Census, sorting dating profiles by Congressional District and subjecting the imagery and text to statistical analysis. Revealing a “dating lexicon” of each state, DuBois constructed maps using the words provided by 16.7 million people describing themselves and those they desire—resulting in a romantic atlas of the nation, with keywords from dating profiles in lieu of the city and town names.

In the same series, DuBois also designed maps of the entire U.S. that are colored in a “red-state/blue-state” pattern, showing how different adjectives, such as “funny” and “lonely,” are distributed across the country. By presenting a range of works from DuBois’ multifaceted career in context with one another, R. Luke DuBois – Now will demonstrate how DuBois operates at the intersections of the visual, performative, and the time-based arts in a manner that mirrors his audiences’ collective 21st-century experience in a world of globalized information.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art is located at 9400 College Street in Brunswick. For more information, call 207-725-3275.

Deadline Approaching to Submit to the CMCA 2016 Biennial

newInterior view of the main gallery under construction at CMCA in Rockland

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will continue to accept online submissions for the 2016 CMCA Biennial Exhibition until midnight, April 4, 2016, through the CMCA website. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine.

Work in all mediums is accepted for review. Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB.

The 2016 CMCA Biennial will be held in the art center’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, from November 4, 2016 – January 24, 2017. The jurors for the 2016 CMCA Biennial are Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for Hyperallergic. As the first biennial in its new home, CMCA will be dedicating all 5,500 square feet of display space in the three galleries to the exhibition.

“We hope the combination of great jurors, free submission, and the opportunity to exhibit in these stunning new galleries will encourage a large number of artists to apply,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.
The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years.

For full submission guidelines and to apply, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. Applicants will be notified of selections on May 2, 2016 by email.

April 2 ArtLab for All Ages: “For the Love of Beasts”

Art Lab (1)Alexis Immarino, ArtLab Instructor

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to investigate animal portraiture! Join the fun on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the CMCA’s South End location at 218 Main Street, Rockland. “For the Love of Beasts” will give animal enthusiasts a chance to design and create an original masterpiece.

Choose your subject – your family pet or an animal you feel passionate about. Learn how to plan and paint a stunning portrait of an animal near and dear to your heart.

Portraits are not just about people! Bring a photo of your own pet(s) if you can or choose from a variety of photo references, including dream pets like dragons, flying worms, amoebas on a leash, and more! Come with your family or on your own to “For the Love of Beasts.”  ArtLab welcomes children, adults, and families and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/

Remembering Charles Movalli: His Life + Work

Fred and Ginger“Fred and Ginger” by Charles Movalli (1945-2016)

“It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you we have lost our beloved colleague and master painter, Charles Movalli,” said Susan of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick. “Charlie battled multiple myeloma for 16 years. Despite many clinical trials and experimental therapies, the cancer claimed his life last week. He was 70 years old.”

Charles had an extraordinary life.  With his wife, Dale Ratcliff, he lived in his childhood home in Gloucester, MA, where he and Dale maintained their studios.  Despite an early interest in art, Movalli earned a Ph.D in English, edited three books on the life and work of his mentor, Emile Gruppe, and wrote numerous journal articles forAmerican Artist as well as other publications.

“Always generous with his time and eager to share his knowledge, Charles hosted Robert Colburn (our former Gallery Director) and me at his studio,” continued Susan at Bayview Gallery. “Robert interviewed Movalli for a piece we published in Constant Contact last year.  The most fitting tribute I can offer Charles is to share with you the highlights from Robert’s comments following his interview with this 21st Century Master.”

Some of the paintings Robert used in discussing Movalli’s insights and techniques have been sold.  But, clicking on any of the photos will display all of Movalli’s available work on the Bayview Gallery website.

Robert Colburn writes: “Charles Movalli had what I consider the most essential quality of a true artist – an insatiable curiosity for life and the world around him. It was this quality that drove him to constantly be questioning his own work, constantly be analyzing the work of other artists and generously sharing his time and experiences with artists of every skill level.

Charlie was modest to a fault, always interested in learning from others as much as he was teaching them, and always striving to dispel the “mystery” of art making, giving access to all who were interested in trying their hand at it.

When Susan and I visited the Movallis in Gloucester, Charlie and I spent four hours talking about art — his art, my art, and art in general.

At first blush, Charlie’s paintings can seem a bit intimidating. Our conversation really helped open up his paintings for me in ways that I hadn’t thought of before.  Most importantly, I came to understand that the lively brushwork and luscious surfaces on his canvases were made possible by careful consideration of essential elements of composition.

Charlie wasn’t a slave to rules or formula, but he believed in structure, almost as if, in every painting, he built a stage for the paint to sing and dance on.”

Sohns Gallery presents Mandalas by Mango Johnstone

MandalaMandala by Mango Johnstone
Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor, presents: Mandalas by Mango Johnstone. The show runs through May 6th. A reception will be held on April 8th at 6:30 p.m. Artist Talk is at 7 p.m.
This is Mango Johnstone’s second show with Sohns Gallery. Her professional experience restoring Tibetan Thangkas which include Mandalas and other intricate, delicate patterning led her to create her own Mandalas. Johnstone’s figurative oil paintings are a space and practice which allow her to express experiences otherwise not articulated.
After practicing her mandalas and oil painting separately from one another for many years, her current work is beginning to reflect a merging of the two. When Mango Johnstone was asked about her current collection of paintings she responds “I have always painted because words do not suffice. I continue painting to honor the memory of my mentor and late husband, the great artist Magnus Johnstone.”
The Rock & Art Shop is located at 36 Central Street. For more information, call 207-947-2205.