UMaine Museum of Art opens Spring Exhibitions

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“Rock Bottom,” by David Hilliard, 2008, C-print, Museum Collection

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will open three new Spring Exhibitions today, April 4. “Looking Back Six Years” features the best of recent Museum photographic acquisitions. “Jay Kelly: Works from 2007-2014” is a timely exhibit of the artists’ captivating sculptures and drawings. “Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment” shows the artist’s fascination with botanical forms using the lost-wax technique.

Looking Back Six Years – Part One: Selected New Acquisitions
In a series of exhibitions throughout 2014, UMMA is celebrating the ongoing development of the permanent collection. Looking Back Six Years-Part One features a selection of new acquisitions since 2008 that underscores the significant role photography plays in the Museum’s collection. This exhibition focuses on contemporary photographic practice by an array of nationally recognized artists. Images of people are prominent in the exhibition, from David Hilliard’s thought provoking colored triptych, Rock Bottom, to John Goodman’s testosterone-charged gelatin silver print, The Schlitz Boys. Photographs by Dominic Chavez, made in Sierra Leone and Malawi, and Alejandro Cartagena’s powerful series The Car Poolers convey strong social messages. Images of New York City, a well-established, dynamic subset of UMMA’s photographic holdings, are further enhanced by the addition of works of Ilya Askinazi, Todd Watts, Lynn Saville, Vincent Serbin and Esteban Pastorino

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“Untitled #66 (2007), #65 (2007), #104 by Jay Kelly 2008

Jay Kelly: Works from 2007-2014
Jay Kelly presents a selection of 27 sculptures and 10 drawings created from 2007 to 2014. Kelly’s intimate sculptures, the tallest of which measures 26 inches, exhibit elaborately worked surfaces that range from the refined to those that appear to be weathered and aged. The artist often painstakingly combines varied materials such as metal, wood, gesso, Hydrocal, Japanese paper and acrylic paint to render this dynamic assortment of abstract forms. A number of the works are constructed solely from nickel silver to which the artist applies a chemical coating to render the darkened and irregular surfaces. While small in size, each unique and meticulously handmade work has a commanding presence and delightfully idiosyncratic posture. Equally captivating are the artist’s 5 x 5 inch drawings on transparent vellum, which appear to glow. Each drawing includes the artist’s blurred gestural marks, a selective pallet of muted tones, and seemingly scrawled notations which often appear to hover in space.

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“Your Entitlement II,” by  Amy Beeler 2014

Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment
Featuring 21 works, Amy Beeler’s first solo museum exhibition explores the intersection of jewelry and sculpture in pieces rooted in her long-standing fascination with botanical forms. Using the lost-wax technique, Beeler has cast in silver an array of seed pods including milkweed, sweetgum, lotus, gumnut and datura. The organic, spiky forms are combined with hand-forged elements to create stunning, yet perhaps menacing, necklaces and boldly exaggerated rings. While at first glance these ornately designed creations are unmistakably elegant, wearing some would prove challenging, even to the most adventurous fashionista. These selected works use silver primarily as a medium. Yet in some the artist has also inventively incorporated freshwater and Tahitian pearls, Pyrex glass, 14k gold, jasper and even human hair. The Zillman Gallery is the setting for Beeler’s works, most of which were created in the past year.

UMMA’s Spring Exhibitions will open to the public on April 4 and run through June 7, 2014. Admission is free in 2014 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu.

Farnsworth opens “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea”

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“Young Fisherman and Dory,” study by Andrew Wyeth

On Saturday, April 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition entitled “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea.” The exhibition of approximately thirty works will run through Dec. 28 at the museum’s Wyeth Center. The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Street in Rockland. Please visit farnsworthmuseum.org for more information

Archipelago Fine Arts celebrates Spring with “Betty Heselton: Sea & Sky”

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“Estuary” by Betty Heselton

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland will celebrate Spring  with “Sea & Sky,” a new show of work by Maine artist Betty Heselton, from April 4 to June 20. The public is invited to two free events: the first reception on Friday, April 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. will open the show; and the second on Friday, May 23, from 5 – 8 p.m., will provide another opportunity to meet the artist, who lives in Gardiner and paints on Monhegan each summer with several friends. “This body of work,” Heselton says, “speaks to the clear and simple beauty and pleasure I experience during my summers on the rocky coast of Maine. For more information about the show or the receptions, please call 594-9209.

Bayview Gallery Spring Show of Charles Movalli

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“Paul Revere” by Charles Movalli

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick presents a Spring Show of work by Charles Movalli. Having come up at the knee of Rockport Plein Air master Emile Gruppe and being an ambassador of the Cape Ann style to artists and collectors far and wide, Movalli emerges with a beautiful body of new paintings featuring the coast of Maine along with some arresting images of Boston just in time for Spring. Those familiar with Movalli’s work will delight in his ever expanding choice of subject while those seeing the work for the first time will marvel at his use of broken color and lively brushwork which invigorate these new paintings. To see more of Movalli’s paintings, visit website bayviewgallery.com

Tidemark Gallery Opening Reception for Stephen Jane

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Bloodlines, mixed media, by Stephen Jane

The Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro presents an Opening Reception for Stephen Jane from 5 to 7 p.m. April 5. Jane may be inspired by ancient pictographs chipped into weathered granite hundreds or thousands of years ago by ancient, unknowable ancestors or views of equally unknowable planets. But seeing through Stephen Jane’s eyes, we understand the meaning of his words, “when reality is not enough.”  It’s always been Tidemark’s mission to present the work of local artists, often neighbors who we never knew were quietly working away, producing some astoundingly beautiful art. Stephen Jane’s work will be on display at Tidemark from April 2 through May 3. For more information visit tidemarkgallery.com.

Greenhut Galleries presents 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show

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“Monument Square” by Joel Babb

Greenhut Galleries in Portland is pleased to open an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by 50 artists in the 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, with an Opening Reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. In a wonderful tribute, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”. Oil, watercolor, collage, graphite, clay, glass and brushed aluminum are all used in a range of genre from realism to abstraction.  Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition.  For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.

PMA presents “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways”

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“Beneath your wandering feet” By Andrea Sulzer

The Portland Museum of Art’s “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways,” on view April 26 through August 24 will be the first solo show at the PMA for Brunswick artist Andrea Sulzer. The exhibition is part of the Circa series, which features the work of living artists from Maine and beyond.   With more than 15 works, the exhibition will showcase a diverse range of Sulzer’s latest creations, produced largely during the six months leading up to the opening. There are meticulously crafted abstract drawings in black ink and colored pencil that explore the relationship between the handmade marks and paper support, as well as woodblock prints that create complex, unexpectedly varied surface topographies through multiple layers of ink. The exhibition will also include sculpted paper constructions in which Sulzer transforms two-dimensional drawings and prints into three-dimensional forms that incorporate the air around them into the very essence of the work. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org

(CMCA and Harlow Gallery participating in MUG SEASON

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Central Maine Clay Artists (CMCA) and the Harlow Gallery  invite the public to participating in MUG SEASON – a Mug Making Workshop on Saturday, April 12 10 – 2 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.  Participants will learn techniques to make a simple hand built mug. The potters of CMCA will provide all the materials and instructions needed to make and decorate your own mug.   There will also be a couple potter’s wheels and demonstrations of “throwing” on the wheel.  Cost is $15 per participant and all ages are welcome. Fired and finished mugs will be ready for pick up within a couple weeks.  For more information contact Nancy Barron at 622-3813.

‘”It’s Not So Black and White IV” at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

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“The Milky Way” by Jane Herbert

‘”It’s Not So Black and White IV” is an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island with an opening reception at the gallery from 12 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The exhibition explores works by four artists predominantly using the colors black and white or values of the colors black and white to create variations in tone from deep hues of black to silvery grays. On exhibit are paintings in a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary in acrylic-on-canvas by artist Jane Herbert, landscapes in ink-on-paper by Pam Cabanas, portraits and drawings in ink by Wyatt Barr and a contemporary digital work in ink-on-canvas by Petrea Noyes. For additional information about the exhibit please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, or visit richardboydartgallery.com

Michael Shyka at Fields Pond Audubon Center

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Florals by Michael Shyka

Fields Pond Audubon Center is hosting a whimsical and colorful art showing this spring. Michael Shyka, a Bangor artist, is displaying vibrant paintings from Greece. Michael has national and international exposure for his colorful designs and hand painted fabrics which can be seen at his studio at One Lupine, 170 Park Street. The Audubon Center show focuses on spectacular flora and seascapes. For more information call 989-2591 or visit Michael Shyka’s facebook page.

Ann Tracy finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

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“She Wears Branches and Barnacles”  Digital Mixed Media

Portland Maine artist Ann Tracy has been chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was also invited to exhibit that work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain beginning September 18 and running to November 20. Tracy has just returned from New York where she will be showed her digital mixed media painting “Green Graces” as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014.

Tracy got to Cuba earlier this year on a people to people cultural exchange led by internationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Opalenik and organized by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  Tracy is also a member of the Maine Artists Collective.  She has also been vetted by U.S. Artists, a nonprofit group in Los Angeles, and successfully used their unique fundraising program her “The Three Graces For Environmental Awareness” project which was shown in Portland at Akari and at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami this past December. Her studio is located within Running with Scissors, 916-804-6095 or email anntracy51@gmail.com.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery featuring Kathleen Noyes

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“Dancer” by Kathleen Noyes

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery in Ellsworth is featuring the work of Hancock County artist Kathleen Noyes.  Kathleen creates figurative works that blur the line between the representational and the abstract.  Emotive and intuitive, her figures explore the landscape of the unconscious, from the simple expression of an unguarded moment to haunting, dream-like images and loosely delineated impression. Kathleen uses human form as a focusing lens. This show will be available until the week of March 24 – 29. Come see Kathleen’s work as well as that of Phil Barter, Brian Emerson, and others in the Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market.  Call 667-9377 for more information.

Tidemark Gallery’ opening “Sacred Geometry: Audrey Bechler”

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“Sacred Geometry” by Audrey Bechler

Waldoboro’s own Audrey Bechler is featured in Tidemark Gallery’s first show of 2014, with an opening 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8. In addition to the soulful coastal landscapes for which she’s so well know, Audrey is bringing out some of her most powerful and vivid abstracts. Her “Sacred Geometry” series transcends time and place. The gallery is humbled and proud to present local artists of such caliber and dedication. To see this year’s calendar of artists and events sponsored by Tidemark, please visit tidemarkgallery.com. For more information call 832-5109.

UMMA presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations”

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“Mandala” by Hannah Cole

The University of Maine Museum of Art’s Leonard Lecture Series presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations,” 6 – 7 p.m. Wed. March 12 by painter Hannah Cole whose works are featured in UMMA’s exhibition Time’s Wife, on display through March 22. Cole will reveal the inspiration, process and challenges behind her work in a presentation in the Leonard gallery. Hannah Cole received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Yale University, Post-Baccalaureate studies in painting from Brandeis University, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 561.3350  or visit umma.umaine.edu

National Youth Art Month at the Portland Museum of Art

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Self portrait by Jasmine Berube, Grade 8

In celebration of National Youth Art Month during the month of March, the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association, has organized an exhibition of artwork created by Maine art students. This year celebrates the 34th anniversary of Youth Art Month exhibitions in Maine and the 20th annual exhibition at the museum. The PMA’s exhibition, on view from March 8 through April 6, will showcase more than 100 works of art by students throughout the state, from elementary school through high school. All participating students will receive certificates of recognition. An exhibition celebration will be held at the PMA on Saturday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Shaw Gallery calling all artists!

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Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor is calling all artists for the fourteenth annual Mount Desert Open. This is a painting, fine craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting.   There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit.  First, you must have work that you are proud of and willing to share with your community; and second, you must have an MDI address.  All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. Last year’s Mount Desert Open was a fantastic success.  It included 55 artists all living on or working on Mount Desert Island.  It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 22, 2014 and run through June 11th.  Any resident of MDI, or anyone having an MDI address is welcomed to exhibit. There is no jury process, but your work must be matted, framed and ready to hang, or presented in a professional manner. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at info@shawjewelry.com for information.

CMCA presents “Collage x 10,” at the Portland Public Library

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“Terrain” by Shannon Rankin

CMCA presents “Collage x 10,” an exhibition featuring ten contemporary Maine artists which opens at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery during the city’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m on March 7. The exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and is curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Participating artists are Daniel Anselmi (Belfast), Gabriella D’Italia (Newburgh), David Driskell (Falmouth), Stew Henderson (Northport), Charlie Hewitt (Portland), Karen MacDonald (Stockton Springs), Dan Mills (Lewiston), Shannon Rankin (Rangeley), Abbie Read (Appleton), and Noriko Sakanishi (Portland). The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 29, and is open free of charge during the library’s regular hours. For more information, visit cmcanow.org  or portlandlibrary.com

Waterfall Arts two unique weekend workshops for March

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Randy Fein with clay sculpture

Waterfall Arts has scheduled two unique weekend workshops for March: Clay Garden Vessels with Randy Fein and Gelatin Prints with Abbie Read. In Fein’s workshop, the group will be able to make sculptural planters that can be fantastic conversation pieces for porch or garden. The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 29 from 1 – 5 p.m., to allow the clay to dry before finishing. Fee for the workshop is $160 plus $25 materials fee. A well known artist and instructor, Fein she loves to venture to the tropical waters of the Caribbean to inspire new aquatic clay sculpture and says of her work, “Clay is my material of expression it inspires touch, while offering infinite possibilities for shape and texture.” For more information visit waterfallarts.org.

“Intersections: A Solo Exhibition by Katharine Cartwright” opens at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

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“Brewster’s Law” by Katharine Cartwright

Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island is pleased to announce the opening of “Intersections: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Katharine Cartwright, NWS” on March 7, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition features a selection of contemporary paintings in watercolor from Katharine’s award winning series “The Laws of Nature.” The exhibit is on view free to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through March 31, 2014. The gallery is open to 8 p.m., on the first Friday of every month. Additional hours are by appointment. For more information about the exhibit please contact Pamela Williamson at 712-1097 or visit richardboydartgallery.com.

“George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island” opens at PMA

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Untitled, 1936, by George Daniell

The Portland Museum of Art will showcase an intimate selection of approximately 20 photographs and drawings that George Daniell (United States, 1911–2002) created on Monhegan Island during the summer of 1936. George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island will be on view March 1 through August 3, 2014.  In search of adventure and escape from a sweltering August in New York City, Daniell sojourned to Maine, where he spent the month fervently documenting the island that captured his heart and imagination. The featured works, culled from the PMA’s permanent collection, show the young artist honing his eye for composition and tonal value while depicting Monhegan’s distinctive topography and character. Shingled houses, hardworking fishermen, and rugged terrain—these were the subjects that Daniell explored in both crayon drawings and black-and-white photographs.  After his Monhegan sojourn, he established a reputation as a keen photographer of authentic, human moments within everyday life. He traveled the world capturing candid moments in a wide range of settings, including Hollywood film sets, metropolitan streets, army bases, and seaside villages. The artist exhibited widely and contributed his images to Time and Life magazines. Though he is best known for his photographs, Daniell was also an avid painter throughout his career. In 1960, returning to the state that had been so meaningful to him at the outset of his career, Daniell moved permanently to Trenton, Maine, where he continued working until his death in 2002.