Art Game Proposals Sought for Farnsworth April Fools’ Bash

bash%20for%20front%20page%20rotatorThe Farnsworth Art Museum’s newest membership group, [Collective], seeks submissions for its upcoming annual BASH, April Fools Circus, which will take place on April 1 at the museum’s Wyeth Center in Rockland. The submissions are for games to be included in an element of the BASH entitled: “A Carnival of Art Games.”

Games should be inspired by traditional carnival games, where participants earn tickets in order to receive prizes. These may be machine-style games or games that are monitored by a human. All games will be inside, under cover, in a dimly-lit space. Tickets and prizes for the games will be provided by the [Collective].

Each game:

• Must fit in an 8-foot by 8-foot designated space
• Should be fully interactive for the public
• Should enable participants to win tickets toward a prize
• Should incorporate one or more of these themes: light and color, April Fools, and side show.

Preference will be given to projects that use repurposed, recycled or found materials. Materials may NOT include any liquid, fire, dye, weapons, explosives or anything potentially dangerous to museum visitors

Electronically submit a proposal by Feb. 1 to the [Collective] at https://thecollectivebash.submittable.com/submit  Proposals must include a written description and a sketch or diagram of the project and an estimated budget. In addition, each artist must include a resume, complete contact information and examples of two recent completed projects (including images and short, written descriptions.) The [Collective] will offer a small stipend for the artist and a $200 materials allowance per project.

The [Collective] is the Farnsworth’s newest membership group, which seeks to bring younger and alternative audiences into the museum. The annual bash is where the Midcoast’s creatives and fun-seekers get together to dance, celebrate the end of winter and revel in art. This year’s bash will feature Just A Band, a Kenyan house, funk, disco band. More information on the 2016 BASH may be found at http://thecollectivebash.com/

Art Space Gallery Seeks New Members for 2016 Season!

Postcard-8.5x5.5Art Space Gallery Artists, 2015

Art Space Gallery, an artist-run, cooperative gallery in Rockland, is currently seeking new members for the 2016 season. Application deadline is February 13. The jury date is February 20.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in the heart of Rockland, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre.Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector.

For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com/ or contact Roger Barry at rogerbarry.net@gmail.com or phone: 207-624-2221.

“Focus: Printmaking” Highlights Work of Maine Printmakers

Night-Heron-with-Lotus_thnlNight Heron with Lotus by Susan Amons

An invitational group show featuring talented printmakers from throughout the state of Maine takes place at Greenhut Gallery in Portland, February 4 – 27. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 1 to 3 p.m with artist talks and demonstrations to follow on Saturday, February 20 beginning at 1:30 p.m

Print Show artists include Karen Adrienne, Susan Amons, Siri Beckman, Chris Beneman, Sissy Buck, Stephen Burt, Kate Chappell, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Goodale, Anna Hepler, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Elizabeth Jabar, Robin McCarthy, Larinda Meade, Lisa Pixley, Barbara Putnam, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, David Twiss, Susan Webster, David Wolfe, Jeff Woodbury.

Greenhut Gallery is located at 146 Middle Street. Hours are Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 207-772-2693.

“About Buildings” Opens at Farnsworth Art Museum on Feb. 13

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On Saturday, February 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will open an exhibition of works focusing on buildings and the built environment. The exhibition of paintings, prints, three-dimensional work, maps and photographs will be on display in the museum’s Library Gallery through January 8, 2017.

Architecture signifies structure: shelters that provide a roof over our heads, or landmarks that define the character of a town, or qualities of buildings that we pass each day. While the reach of architects often extends into the realms of industrial, textile and other forms of design, and the term itself is applied to many branches of learning, this exhibition focuses mainly upon buildings and the built environment.

“About Buildings” takes a general approach to the notion of architecture, in which landmarks and details of the discipline are seen in a variety of forms and in depictions of buildings in Maine, Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago and Taos—all selected from the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

The museum is located at 16 Museum Street. For more information, visit www.farnsworthartmuseum.org/

Work of Barbara Adams on Display at Sohn’s Gallery

adams2Painting by Barbara Adams

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Bangor, presents “The Winter Landscape,” pastel and oil works by Barbara Adams.

“My inspiration comes from spending as much time as I can soaking in the landscape of Maine” says artist Barbara Adams, whose works focus on light, color, and composition. The works push towards abstraction while retaining a realistic integrity.

The show runs through March 3 and can be viewed any day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception was held at 6:30 p.m. and an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

For information, contact the Sohns Gallery at 207-947-2205 or e-mail therockandartshop@gmail.com

DIAA Announces Winter Art Activities

workinprogressphotoPhoto of Robert Starkey (from robertwstarkey.com)

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce Winter Art activities in February at the Gallery on 15  Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Upcoming in February, Robert Starkey is artist of the month in Window Views. He states, “my vision for Window Views is an exhibit called “Conversations,” oil paintings inspired from the local land and seacapes of Schoodic, the Eggemoggin Reach and Deer Isle in large format 4′ X 4′ to small 12″ X 12″. During the month of February, the artist plans to develop new pieces, working most mornings in the DIAA Gallery.

Paul Trowbridge will offer his next workshop at DIAA in February. The workshop will support students to recognize elements of design which give strength to works through abstraction. Using participation own subject matter as a starting point, students find appropriate design elements, exaggerate and play with. Participants will move beyond the same old approach to bold discovery and experimentation.

A five week workshop will be offered. Saturdays, a.m. to noon. February 27 to March 26. $100 to be paid to the instructor at first class. Participants bring material with which they are comportable to make images in. For more information please email; cbsimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds, 207-359-6596.

Monhegan Artists’ Residency accepting applications

Mohnegan-artists-residency_Jackie-Boegel,-Lupine-GalleryJackie Boegel, Lupine Gallery

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and other charitable organizations, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15, 2016. This year applications for the residency program are being accepted online only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 15th of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $150 per week stipend. The two 5-week residencies run from May 28-July 1 and September 3-October 7. Maine residents and those with strong connections to Maine are eligible to apply. The two-week Maine art teacher residency runs July 2-15 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. The jury of art professionals this year includes MARC board member and artist Sissy Buck, Polly Saltonstall, editor of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors and noted collector of contemporary Maine art, and the artist Duncan Hewitt, whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Jan ter Weele, and Justin Richel. Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.

PMA Opens First Phase of “Your Museum, Reimagined”

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SurprisePromo_0The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is undergoing a significant transformation as part of a multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection titled “Your Museum, Reimagined.” The completed first phase of this comprehensive project, which opened to the public on January 22, includes the following:

The Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room offers students, professors, scholars, and members of the public unique access to the PMA collection. In this intimate, on-site location, visitors are able to immerse themselves in the collection and closely interact with curators and staff (by scheduled appointment).

The Workshop is a new participatory space where visitors of all ages can explore creativity with museum educators and add their voices to the stories we tell. The Workshop offers audiences the opportunity to make meaning from the PMA’s collection and special exhibitions through interactive activities based around play and experimentation.

The Collection: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art is the first collection catalogue in the history of the PMA. Boasting full-color plates of 100 highlights from the PMA collection and essays by PMA curators, this publication provides context for the museum’s history, architecture, and art—commemorating the ongoing legacy of the museum.

Modern Menagerie is the PMA’s first reinstalled gallery as part of Your Museum, Reimagined. The space features a colorful ensemble of creatures of all stripes, including migrating gazelles, lions, and zebras; schools of listening fish; a herd of Staffordshire porcelain sculptures; and Bernard Langlais’ 1977 masterpiece of more than 20 painted wood animals.

The Collection Online is the online database for the PMA’s entire collection of more than 18,000 works of art, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. It would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the museum, but now anyone can see the entire collection online, no matter where they are. Whatever your interests, whoever your favorites, it’s yours to explore at PortlandMuseum.org/collection.

In February 2017, the PMA will unveil the centerpiece of “Your Museum, Reimagined”—a holistic reconceptualization and reinstallation of the museum’s galleries across the PMA’s entire campus. In addition, the PMA will introduce new interpretive and educational materials, including a museum map, self-guided tours and multimedia stations. For more information, visit PortlandMuseum.org/reimagined.

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland. The PMA is open: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For summer hours, starting May 30, 2016, the PMA will be open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store. Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

PMA Presents “Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange”

DuncanHewitt2Over the past 40 years, Maine-based artist Duncan Hewitt has made his mark transforming often-overlooked domestic items—such as forks, pot lids, and windshields—into beautiful and enigmatic objects. Visitors can engage with these sculptures during the artist’s first major solo exhibition, “Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange,” the latest in the Portland Museum of Art’s Circa series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. The exhibition is on view from through September 4.

“Turning Strange” borrows its name from Alice Munro’s short story “Walker Brothers Cowboy,” during a passage in which the main character visualizes the shift between day and night, when the familiar becomes obscured. This ethereal quality is echoed throughout Hewitt’s works, revealing his deep reverence for the power of objects to act as vessels of memory, while at the same time inviting viewers to re-examine their own encounters with everyday objects.

“The shapes that Hewitt recreates are personally significant but also universally recognizable,” described Diana Greenwold, PMA Assistant Curator of American Art and curator of Turning Strange. “His sculptures hold a residue of his own emotional processing, but they simultaneously afford audiences the opportunity to consider their own attachments to the material world.”

The exhibition brings together a collection of carved and painted wood sculptures spanning a 20-year period of Hewitt’s career, alongside new works. The artist’s sculptures show the evidence of his tools with visible incisions and marks, as well as alluring painted surfaces. Worn hockey skates and ski masks, billowing curtains, inflatable camping mattresses, colorful lollipops, and aged fire screens are some of the objects Hewitt has fashioned in ways that provide a personal look into the artist’s life. He also uses his materials in such a way as to challenge our ideas of the objects themselves—rendering items that appear to be soft and pliable from hard wood and depicting static representations of moving objects.

Born and raised in New York, Hewitt came to Maine to attend Colby College and returned after earning his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Hewitt was a professor of sculpture at the University of Southern Maine for more than 40 years and has exhibited widely throughout New England, including group shows at the PMA.

Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, Vermont. Media support is provided by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

The Museum is located at Seven Congress Square in Portland. Phone number is 207- 775-6148

“Winter Colors: Paintings by Andrea Peters” at Gleason Fine Art

peters_andrea_winter_wonder2Painting by Andrea Peters

If you missed East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ “Winter Colors” show at CMBG’s “Gardens Aglow,” you can see the paintings at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor through Wednesday, March 2.

“Whatever you call it, energy, spirit or soul, grasping that is my primary goal in painting, which then becomes a personal journey for my life,” says Peters. “When I paint all else ceases to exist. I am caught in a space and time that has no measure or proof other than the visual painting result. My painting transcends the now of the physical and transports me to another plane.

There is only pure joy. It is comfortable yet unpredictable, exciting yet peaceful, a place to lose myself and yet find myself. This experience doesn’t happen when I plan for it, but rather when I least expect it, I’m submerged in it. I like the element of unpredictability and let each painting be guided by itself and that particular period in time, to let it be whatever it will be, accepting it only for what it is..a moment in my life.”

Gleason Fine Art, located at 31 Townsend Avenue, is open year round. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or visit the website to view our entire inventory at www.gleasonfineart.com

Pemaquid Group of Artists Makes Donation to Skidompha Library

skidompha%20photo%20op_001Judy Nixon, treasurer of PGA, presenting check to Pam Gormley of Skidompha Library.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists (PGA) has made a financial gift of $250 to the Skidompha Library; the funds support a year-long pass to the Portland Museum of Art, which is available to the public by reservation at the Library.

The pass is enjoyed by many visitors during the year and is just one of the charitable donations that the Pemaquid Group maintains. They also donate to art programs at the Bristol School, Great Salt Bay School, South Bristol School and the Lincoln Academy. These funds are raised by a raffle of original works which is held during the Pemaquid Gallery’s season (mid- June to Columbus Day). The Pemaquid Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, and represents thirty local Maine artists.

Graziano Exhibit Opens During Portland’s First Friday Art Walk

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“Dining,” a solo exhibition by Dan Graziano, will be on display at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland for the month of February. A Wine Opening Reception, during Portland First Friday Art Walk, takes place on Friday, February 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The theme for this collection of recent paintings is cafe, kitchen and restaurant. Portland restaurants allowed Graziano access to their kitchens and dining rooms for a two-day photoshoot. Come see his interpretation in luscious oil renditions.

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.  Graziano’s 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.

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is located at 48 Free Street in the heart of Portland’s art district. For more information, please visit http://www.rouxandcyrgallery.com/Home.html or call 207- 576-7787

Peg Worth Honored with Bench Dedication + Scholarship Fund

Peg Worth on the bridgePeg Worth on the Armistice Bridge in Belfast.

There is a new granite bench, first on the left as you walk east across the Armistice Bridge in Belfast, that was dedicated to Peg Worth on Friday, January 15, 2016. Worth, the late artist and realtor, was honored by a group of her friends and family this past summer by raising money to create a scholarship fund at Waterfall Arts, primarily for young art students.

Called “Peg’s FUNd,” the unusual capitalizations are used to indicate simply that Peg was an optimistic and creative person who loved to have fun, to make art and support artists. An art auction of Worth’s own paintings as well as her extensive art collection raised $13,100 to create Peg’s FUNd and install the granite bench on the walking bridge with a bronze plaque honoring her. The group plans to continue fundraising to ensure the FUNd continues to honor Peg and help young people have fun and make art.

A candlelight ceremony was held on the bridge to dedicate the bench and plaque in Peg’s memory. At the ceremony, one of the FUNd organizers, Mike Cunning presented the check to Waterfall Arts founder, Alan Crichton.”Both Waterfall Arts and young Waldo County artists are very grateful to Peg Worth and to Peg’s FUNd organizers,” said Crichton. “Peg was an enthusiastic and creative spirit. Her generosity and willingness to help others were quietly legendary. In honor of that spirit, Waterfall Arts intends to double these initial funds through a series of fundraising events this year, so that young creators for generations to come will remember Peg as a fellow artist and a friend.”Waterfall Arts invites all who remember and admired Peg to visit the bench and think of her. To contribute to the Peg’s FUNd or for more information, please call Waterfall Arts at 207-338-2222, e-mail info@waterfallarts.org or visit waterfallarts.org.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. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy, individual donations and charitable foundations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Launches its First Digital Catalogue

Bowdoin“Landcape with Washwoman,” by Jan Frans van Bloemen

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick is pleased to announce the launch of the Museum’s first online scholarly catalogue, Art Treasures, Gracefully Drawn: James Bowdoin III and America’s Earliest Drawing Collection (URL: http://www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum/catalogues/oldmasters/). The catalogue highlights the 141 old master drawings assembled by the founder of Bowdoin College, James Bowdoin III, whose bequest to the College in 1811 established one of the earliest collegiate collections in the country.

The fully-illustrated digital catalogue provides a scholarly introduction to the collection and detailed entries on each of the drawings. The entries may be searched and sorted by title, artist, or nationality. The catalogue delivers five categories of information for each drawing: Marks and Inscriptions, Provenance, Exhibition History, Bibliography, and Commentary, which includes curatorial insights about each work. In addition, each entry is accompanied by a high-resolution reproduction downloadable at no charge, which allows viewers to examine any section of the drawing in vivid detail. Unlike a traditional publication, the online catalogue will be updated continually with new curatorial information.

Art Treasures, Gracefully Drawn: James Bowdoin III and America’s Earliest Drawing Collection was made possible by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This external funding enabled the Museum invite scholar Sarah Cantor, who teaches at the University of Maryland, to the Museum during the summer of 2015. Cantor built on the research conducted by the late David P. Becker, a member of Bowdoin’s Class of 1970, who published his Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College in 1985. Cantor’s expertise in European old master drawing and in developing and maintaining digital tools for art history made her an ideal collaborator with museum staff, art history faculty, and information technology specialists at Bowdoin College in realizing this project.

“This online catalogue represents an extraordinary interdisciplinary accomplishment, combining many areas of expertise,” observes Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. “It both highlights and renders more accessible one of the foundational art collections for the museum and the nation, and it also demonstrates the ability of a small institution to create a robust and engaging digital resource which extends the reach of its resources around the globe, inviting new interpretations of its holdings.”

The electronic resource has significance that stretches well beyond the museum. “The BCMA digital Old Master Drawings catalogue demonstrates the great potential of curatorial publishing beyond the confines of print,” notes Crystal Hall, co-director, Digital and Computational Studies Initiative and associate professor of digital humanities at Bowdoin College. “The team has established an impressive critical, bibliographic, and archival resource.”

James Bowdoin’s gift, upon his death in 1811, of 141 drawings, 68 paintings, and 11 prints to the institution he founded in 1794 was groundbreaking, making Bowdoin College only the second educational institution in the country, after Dartmouth, to develop a collegiate collection. While the drawings have long been celebrated by curators and art historians at Bowdoin, and cherished by a small circle of experts, they are less well-known amongst the general public. The online catalogue will give new visibility to James Bowdoin III’s drawing collection and to highlight the important role played by Bowdoin as a pioneering collector of the fine arts in the United States.

Bayview Gallery Owner Says, “Have It Your Way!”

CommissionCommission: “Watchful Eyes, II” by Paul Stone, oil on canvas, 32″ x 43″

Susan Starr, co-owner of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick asks, “Have you ever walked into an art gallery and found a painting that is perfect in nearly every way? The imagery appeals to you, the color palette is perfect for your home, and the “feel” of the painting draws you into the artist’s vision. But, alas, the size just won’t work. Perhaps it’s too small for that space over the sofa, or maybe it’s too large.

Not to worry! You can probably have it your way. Most of our painters will work with you to capture the elements you want in a commissioned painting, made just for you.

I have my clients’ permission to share the story of a recent commission.
Our clients recently moved and were searching for a painting for over their sofa. Sandy fell in love with a Paul Stone painting in our Gallery, but it just wasn’t large enough for her space.

OriginalOriginal painting: “Watchful Eyes” by Paul Stone, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

I spoke with Paul and he agreed to create a larger version. Like most artists, Paul will not make an exact reproduction of a painting. But, he captured all the elements important to the client, who likes her commissioned painting even better than the original.”

Bayview Gallery is located at 58 Maine Street in Brunswick. Winter hours are Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. For more information, contact art@bayviewgallery.com or call 800-244-3007.

“ART Matters” Lecture “Vessels” at DIAA Gallery Feb. 21

Cynthia Bourque SimondsBasket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

This month’s “Art Matters” lecture entitled “Vessels” takes place on Sunday, February 21 at Deer Isle Artist Association (DIAA) Gallery in Deer Isle Village from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Featured artists include Cynthia Bourque-Simonds, Chris Joyce, and Melody Lewis-Kane. The event is free an opened to the public.

“With my baskets, I weave layers of colors and colors,” says Cynthia Bourque-Simonds. “I paint six or more coats on cotton papers. These colors are a gift and vision that find their way to a contemporary piece. My mind is always on the next moment and movement of weaving. There is an energy and calm when I create these baskets. Wherever I walk, I look for weaving in natural forms, colors contrast around me and shapes that may guide my hands.”

The DIAA is excited to present this new program and to provide a venue for the community to come together and talk about ART. The moderator is Hub White.

Chris JoyceCube box by Chris Joyce

Woodturner Chris Joyce explains,”Wood is the medium that has always held my fascination–ever since childhood when I would save scraps from my dad’s carpentry jobs to make little wooden boats. Now I spend whatever precious hours I can turning wood in my shop. The woods I use come from my backyard and the world all over. I love to find a new species and to learn all of its character through the process of creating a turned container. I hope the viewer of these works gets to experience a little of each piece of the wood’s unique nature.”

Melody Lewis-Kane, owner of Clay Forms Pottery says, “I fell in love with clay in 1973 and my passion for it has only grown. In today’s fast-paced world, I find pottery and all handmade objects even more central to our wholeness of being. The use of handmade objects brings a ritual into our lives which has been lost in the rush of contemporary times.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street. No RSVP is required. Just show up and bring friends! For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Small Wonder Gallery Officially Handed to Next Generation

logoSmall Wonder Gallery and Frameshop on the Public Landing in Camden has officially been handed over to the second generation. The gallery was established in 1984 by Kathy and Michael Valente. Kathy and Michael are still involved in the business but are pleased to have given the reins to their daughter, Elizabeth Senders. Elizabeth has been working at the gallery since she moved back to Maine in 2008.

Since her takeover, Elizabeth has launched an updated website for the gallery, which she is very excited about. She also decided to remain open this winter with an abbreviated schedule; she likes the idea of the gallery once again being a year-round part of the community.

The gallery will continue to feature local artists and scenery in a variety of mediums and to offer high-quality custom framing. Looking toward the summer season, Elizabeth plans to bring in at least one new jeweler and a new painter. Stacy Stevenson has been the lead framer at Small Wonder for 15 years, and Brenda Grigo is starting her fifth season as a full-time sales person; she is also an artist and an experienced framer.

Small Wonder Gallery is located at 1 Public Landing in Camden. The gallery can be reached at (207) 236 6005, art@smallwondergallery.com, or www.smallwondergallery.com. Winter hours are Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other times are available by appointment. The gallery will resume a full schedule in mid-April.

Belfast Creative Coalition Joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study

9745c4a71a7d1b3a11a88d0960343be4_XLThe Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by The Belfast Creative Coalition, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education.

It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, The Belfast Creative Coalition and other cultural organizations will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Thomas Kittredge, economic development director for the City of Belfast, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Belfast Creative Coalition will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission.

Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

“We are excited to finally have real numbers about the arts economic impact to our area,” said Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition’s executive director. “This study will show that when we support the arts in Belfast, we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

Within a 20 mile radius of Belfast is a rich concentration of artistic talent, individual craftsmanship and cultural heritage that deserves to be recognized and promoted. Recognizing the Belfast area’s three gems of art, local food and beautiful land, BCC boosts the efforts of this local, well-recognized and highly-respected cluster of arts, cultural and farm endeavors. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org/ 

 

“Tanya Fletcher: Coming of Age”

Tanya FletcherTanya Fletcher with “Coming of Age III,” oil and sterling silver on birch panel

“Tanya Fletcher:Coming of Age” was on display at Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth for the month of January. A reception took place on January 29.

Fletcher’s current body of work consists of life sized figures rendered in oil with metal leaf backgrounds on Baltic birch. These multiple panel pieces are reductively painted.  A monochromatic, even layer of oil color is applied and then selectively removed with a cloth. This results in a brush-free photographic-like realism.  Also, the revealed grain of the wood suggests skin and/or contours of the body endowing the forms with a three-dimensional sculptural look.  The illusion of depth& space is furthered by silhouetting the figures against a bright metal leaf background…a reverse chiaroscuro.

The artist’s theatrical use of size & composition imbues these paintings with a taut level of emotional intensity. Fletcher’s acutely observed realism & objective approach to her figures also communicates a blunt psychological honesty & drama. This visceral aesthetic, however, still maintains an ambiguity.  The nude is isolated to a neutral ground.  Curves, creases & bulk speak for themselves without distraction.  Also, dividing the pieces into multi-panels enhances the objectivity of the figure.

Ocean House Gallery & Frame is located at 299 Ocean House Road. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.oceanhousegallery.com/

UMaine Museum of Art opens Winter Exhibitions Jan. 15

DOWDDAN DOWD Untitled, 2013,

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor opens three new exhibitions mid-January: “DAN DOWD: thick skinned,” “JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream,”and “RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo.”  UMMA brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 15 and run through April 30, 2016. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

DAN DOWD: thick skinned
Maine-based artist Dan Dowd exhibits a new series of wall-based assemblages that incorporate found fabric, rusted metal and rubber. Old woolen blankets, blemished rubber tires and sections of knit sweaters are layered and wrapped around found, wooden bases.

Dowd’s compositions draw connections to the works of Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Lee Bontecou and Robert Rauschenberg, each of whom utilized cloth in their sculptures and assemblages. The artist is inspired by the varied histories of these discarded items. Dowd states, “I am interested in their markings—from when they were first manufactured, to the patina and maculations they have attained over time.” Bright red, orange and striped cloth is juxtaposed with faded, black rubber riddled with patches, oxidized passages and surface imperfections.

DAVISJON DAVIS “This Love of Mine,” 2013

JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream
Miami-based artist Jon Davis’ exhibition features an array of compositions rooted in collage which incorporate images appropriated from throughout art history—from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to Thomas Eakins.
Davis’ source materials are re-contextualized through his creative and forced associations. “By taking art masterpieces and combining them with old found photographs, I am creating new narratives that address a myriad of emotions including fear and desire,” says Davis.

Although oriented to the walls, the artist’s compositions have dimensional interplay; fragments of imagery are rearranged on multiple layers of glass and spaced out in the frames. Several of the works contain lenses, which further distort the dissected images, as well as light elements that enhance the theatrical quality of the assemblages.

WHITTENRICHARD WHITTEN “Augenblick (Blink of an Eye)”, 2013

RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo
Richard Whitten, who lives and works in Rhode Island, exhibits a stunning assortment of shaped paintings, whimsical sculptures and preparatory drawings that offer visitors a unique view into the creative process. The title of the exhibition, Studiolo, reveals much about the artist’s work as objects of inquiry. (A studiolo is a small room found in affluent fifteenth century homes, often elaborately decorated and set aside for study and contemplation). Whitten’s paintings depict imagined machines within Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture.

Whitten states, “These paintings imply the existence of places and objects of desire that, like the garden in Alice and Wonderland, can be glimpsed, but not reached or acquired. I am intensely curious about the nature of the conceptual transformation that occurs when objects I have constructed are represented as an image.” Whitten’s complex three-dimensional toy-machine models featured in the exhibition are used as references for the curious objects that occupy his shaped compositions.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more ifnormation visit www.umma.umaine.edu