Mount Desert Island Open call for artists

Shaw “Sargent Drive” by Heather Thayer

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites local artists to participate in the fifteenth annual exhibition of The MDI OPEN, an exhibition of local creative talent. The MDI OPEN is a celebration of artists who live, work or have associations on Mount Desert Island. It is open to all, including seasoned professionals, amateurs, students, and anyone who wants to show their work in a gallery setting. You may show paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, crafts or mixed media; as long as it is something you are proud of.

This year we are suggesting an optional theme, which is: “Moods of Somes Sound.” We hope you will consider using the various aspects on one of our island’s most majestic and powerful features as a point of departure. We will hang these works in the most prominent gallery location where the group of related images will tell a familiar story. It is not mandatory that you follow this theme, but I hope many of you will find the theme a welcomed challenge. Any aspect of the Sound will be appropriate; details, long views, mountains, ocean, imaginative, your choice.

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 affiliation. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. The space is limited and always fill fast.

Last year’s Mount Desert Open was an overwhelming success. It included 55 artists working from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 21, 2015 and run through June 10th. Any resident of MDI, or anyone having a MDI affiliation 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 for information.

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

“Heartzilla” by Dillon Harvey, 2nd grade, mixed media

Miller School and Tidemark Gallery have formed a partnership that’s been growing since it began three years ago. This year, on Thursday, February 12, from 4 to 6pm, Tidemark will open its doors to the whole community for the third-annual February art show by the students of Miller School. The theme of the show is “Young Hearts.” Because it’s that Valentine’s Day time of year.

Students, kindergarten through grade six, do the work, learning about the “business” of creating and marketing something that is uniquely their own. Months ago, in preparation for this event, Miller’s art teacher, Laura Freeman, invited Eva Wagner, museum educator at the University of Maine Museum of Art to visit and to teach sixth graders how to choose and hang an art show and fifth graders how to write a show statement. Tidemark Gallery owner, Charlotte Davenhill, joined the class.

“It’s not hard to see how important this awareness and these skills are for every person growing up today,” said Davenhill, “Few of us will become rich and famous artists, but the ways the making of art teach us to observe, to organize our ideas and to value our colleagues and ourselves through putting our best work forward have got to be the ways to a better future.”

Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization lends its enthusiastic support in many ways, including wicked good refreshments at the opening.

The snow date for “Young Hearts” is Friday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at the CWG

Cynthia Winings Gallery

Cynthia Winings Gallery warmly invites all to our party in Blue Hill on Saturday, February 7th (5:30 – 8 p.m.) – the gallery will be filled with beauty, enough to warm your heart! The first floor of the gallery will have paintings by Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters and Carol Pelletier, and for the first time, jewelry by Devta Doolan and photography by Heather Lyon.

Gallery hours: Saturday, February 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 11 – 4 p.m. Shop locally and discover a lovely St. Valentine’s Day gift for your Loved One. xoxoxo

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at or (917) 204-4001.

The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing show Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

Celebrating the Versatility of Artist Ken Brooks The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing is excited to show work by one of the most versatile artists we know: Ken Brooks from Athens, Maine. Fascinated by shape, texture, color, light and shadow, Maine native and artist Ken Brooks has created art for more than thirty-five years in central Maine, most of which is inspired by nature.

As far back as he can remember, Ken has been drawing and believes that “as an artist, it is my responsibility and privilege to record through drawing and painting, the magnificence and beauty that surrounds me.” Although he has worked on almost any surface that will accept paint, his favorite mediums are graphite pencil on paper and oil on canvas.

Commissions have made up the majority of his sales and as a result, few paintings or drawings have been available for public viewing until recently. Therefore, this show is an exciting opportunity. Original and framed paintings will include varied subject matter such as “Mr. Goodwin’s Fiddle,” “Pink Before the Storm,” a single leaf titled “Dancing on Ice,” additional still life, landscapes and even a train painting that measures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet.

Complimenting his exhibit of original paintings, this collection will include both limited edition and open edition prints. Motorcycle drawings from artwork Ken has on display in motorcycle museums in Colorado and California, will also be available. For only two years, Ken created detailed woodcarvings of birds, which will also be part of this exhibit. Each carving received ribbons at shows and competitions in Northern New England.

And to top it all off, Ken is a musician. He is currently a member of the award winning bluegrass band “Katahdin Valley Boys.” In 2012, The Maine Country Music Association named Ken and his wife Jane “Vocal Duo of the Year.” That same year, he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Exhibit runs until February 19th at the Gallery at School Street Picture Framing 33 School Street Brewer, Maine (207) 991-9889.

Maine’s first-ever CSA-style Pop-up Party

Pop-up party as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested CSArt Maine, the state’s first community-supported art share program, will host a free pop-up party on Sat., Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Shareholders will collect their first shares, while non-shareholders can chat with participating artists and hear plans for upcoming seasons. The event ends at 5:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Free.

CSArt Maine

“Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love” at Camden National Bank

Teddi-Jann Covell

“Impression Katahdin at Dusk” by Teddi-Jann Covell

Camden National Bank on Main Street in Orono presents Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love Exhibit by Teddi-Jann Covell through April 2015, with an Opening Reception Wednesday, February 11 from 3 – 6 p.m. Teddi-Jann Covell was visiting artist for Baxter State Park 2013 and is currently included in David Little’s “Inspired by Katahdin” Show at Southeby’s Real Estate, Damarriscotta. The exhibit at Camden National Bank proves her passion for Maine. Teddi-Jann’s oil paintings and pastels illustrate her favorite “plein-air” sites with bold hues, rich with movement and vibrant color combinations.

Teddi-Jann Covell

New Exhibition at CMCA: “Shift”


Leah Gauthier

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present the exhibition, Shift: Recent Work by Leah Gauthier, from February 1 through 28. Over the past several years, Gauthier’s work has explored and been inspired by sustainable living.

She says, “While I will continue to champion a mindful existence, a big part of me now feels drawn to surrender and lean into the big climate changes coming our way.” In her sculptures, Gauthier uses handmade objects and ephemeral materials such as food, foraged natural materials, and live plants to bear witness to time and the transient nature of life. These living sculptures constitute Gauthier’s “imaginings” around a quickly shifting landscape, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, emerging and dying life forms, and her “struggle to be fully present moment to moment.”

Gauthier lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, and her art has been exhibited in traditional and unconventional spaces, including at CMCA in the 2014 Biennial Exhibition; Eyebeam in New York City; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art; and SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, among many others. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gauthier received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University. She has taught at several colleges and universities and is a founding member of ||| Art curatorial collective.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Gauthier will lead a special ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, February 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed immediately by a reception for the artist. During February school vacation week, a series of drop-in ArtLab for All Ages activities inspired by Gauthier’s work will be offered each weekday afternoon, February 16 through 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All ArtLab for All Ages workshops are free of charge, no advance registration is necessary.

The exhibition, Shift, will be on view in CMCA’s lower gallery, and is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; entrance is through the side door, down the stairs to the right of the building.

Leah Gauthier at CMCA

A trip to the PMA in 2015 is a resolution you can keep

Portland Museum of Art
If you’ve visited the PMA recently, you know how exceptional the past year has been at the museum. From once-in-a-generation exhibitions like Richard Estes’ Realism and Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection to our newest can’t miss series, #ThirdThursPMA—the PMA has never been better. If you haven’t had a chance to swing by, don’t worry—2015 is going to be our best year yet. That’s because it features everything you love about the PMA with plenty of surprises along the way. From much anticipated gallery rotations of our collection and spectacular special exhibitions to award-winning films at PMA Movies and the joy of #ThirdThursPMA, 2015 is going to be a year to remember. P.S. Stay in the loop through our website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts, podcasts, videos, and of course the monthly e-newsletter. With so much to look forward to, we don’t want you to miss a thing.

Portland Museum of Art

On view now: The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America captures these initial moments of a country looking to define itself and provide an ethos for its people. The artworks, largely painted between 1750 and 1904, cover a wide swath of America’s adolescence, are significant in that they themselves helped create the American Dream. The exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

The Sohns Gallery presents “1575 to 2200 Degrees”

Sohns Gallery

The Sohns Gallery located in The Rock & Art Shop presents 1575 to 2200 Degrees: University of Maine Sculpture Unearthed Glass and Steel.

The University of Maine’s Advanced Sculpture class will be exhibiting over 15 glass casting, nearly 200 feet of forged steel and glass thread.

Professor Gregory Ondo, Studio Technician Matthew R. Foster, and students worked together to create this installation that will be exhibited from January 6th – March 16th.

Open Call for Photography at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts, as part of the statewide Maine Photo Project, has dedicated its annual Open Call Show to the photographic image. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit work based on the theme of “The Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice.” All participants in this unjuried exhibit may submit one photograph, either digitally or dark room printed which illustrates the theme; the work must be original work (no reproductions or collages, please). Photographs must be matted and framed and ready to hang or will not be included. There is no size limitation but if the size exceeds the ability to be framed please contact the office at Waterfall Arts for further discussion. All work that is suitably matted and framed will be included; no clips or magnets, please. Work may be for sale, or not; Waterfall Arts retains a 40% commission for work sold. Drop off hours are Tuesday through Friday, March 24 through 27th from 10 to 5. The exhibit opens April 3rd with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through May 15th.

Waterfall Arts

Farnsworth presents “3D: Contemporary Works”

Farnsworth Art Museum

“Zero” by John Bisbee

Now through September 27, 2015, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting an exhibition of sculptural works entitled 3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth. The show, curated by Farnsworth Associate Curator Jane Bianco, will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Sculpture of many forms creates spatial magic on a macro and human scale as visitors weave their way among the three-dimensional mix of work on view in the Crosman Gallery. Ranging from wall-mounted pieces in low relief to mixed media floor installations and from hard-edged to organic structures laden with metaphor, most of the works on view were made over the past four decades and given to the Farnsworth by their makers or by generous collectors. The sculpture is as varied in form and format as the Thrones from Louise Nevelson’s stage set for Gluck’s “Orfeo and Euridice,” performed by the Opera Theater of St. Louis thirty years ago, the wire-wrapped stone geographies of Celeste Roberge, or John Newman’s intricate construction, “Fuchsia Unfurls in a Gilded Cage.” Pieces in low relief include Leonard Baskin‘s classically rendered bronze Owl, embodying the noble as well as the killing instinct, and his “Dentate Flower” which suggests all the delicacy and horror of skeletal remains. Some works, while immobile, evoke an illusion of movement in space: in particular, several spherical forms such as John Bisbee’s “Zero,” act as metaphor for completion, containment, cycle, or infinite dance. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design. The exhibition was funded in part through a grant provided by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

During the winter, the Farnsworth Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information regarding exhibitions, programs and admission prices is available on their website at or by calling (207) 596-6457.

Artist Spotlight: Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

 “I particularly like sparseness. I like looking at something and figuring out how little I can use, within reason. How little can I use to make the thing understandable?” Charles Movalli

Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

“A View to Port Clyde” by Charles Movalli

In a recent interview I conducted with Gloucester, Massachusetts artist Charles Movalli, he spoke about his process and approach to painting. I always find it instructive to listen to artists talk about their own work. As a painter myself, I know that what an artist is thinking and feeling about a painting in progress can be quite different from the end result that goes on a gallery wall. With Movalli, whose paintings are made with an expressionist bravura that often tends to omit details in favor of texture and gesture, it really helped open up his paintings for me in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. To illustrate, I have selected several examples of Charlie’s paintings with some quotes from him and a few words of mine. I hope you find them interesting and useful.

Robert Colburn, Director Bayview Gallery

To view more of Charles Movalli’s paintings, visit Bayview Gallery in Brunswick or

“Black, White and Tones of Grey” Opening at River Arts

Square Circle no. 1 by Cynthis Smith

“Square Circle No.1″ by Cynthia Smith

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Black, White and Tones of Grey” Exhibition on Friday, January 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. The show includes 100 artworks by artists, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until February 19. Visitors can also view the continuing exhibition in the West Galley featuring the the work of the Midcoast Printmakers of Damariscotta.

The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham. Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. She has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

A sample of the works and more information is available at

Come Bid at the Harlow Gallery’s Annual Silent Auction!


The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auction returns February 11 – 14, offering sweet deals on original art donated by local artists and art collectors. You’ll find paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts, artifacts; art by Maine artists, vintage and antique art — art collectors LOVE this event!

Proceeds support exhibitions and programs at the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Your donation of art may be tax deductible according to current tax law. Artists and collectors interested in making a donation of art, please follow this link!

  • Wednesday, February 11 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13 – open for bids noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 14 – open for bids noon to 4 p.m. (bidding ends 4 SHARP!)
  • Happy Hour for the Harlow at The Maine House 4 – 5 p.m.!

Bidding ends Saturday, February 14th at 4 p.m. sharp. While gallery staff and volunteers process auction winners, bidders are invited to The Maine House, at 119 Water Street Street for Happy Hour for the Harlow from 4 – 5 p.m., with complimentary hostess platter and cash bar featuring craft cocktails, Maine brewed draft beer. The Maine House also offers tapas-style small plates and are accepting reservations for a special Valentine’s Day meal, with the first seating at 6pm following our event. The Harlow Gallery will reopen as of 5 – 6:30 p.m. for winning bidders to collect and pay for their art. Winning bidders may collect and pay for their art on Monday, February 16 from 12 – 6 p.m.

Maine Artist Explores Ties Between Soil, Farmers and Community

Lyon-ANDY “ANDY” Horsepower Farm, Penobscot

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Blue Hill artist Heather Lyon. The exhibition consists of photographs of local farmers’ hands, an embroidered tablecloth recording the spills from a farm dinner created for the photographed farmers, and a sculpture made of soil sampled from all of the participating farms.

“The Farm Project” exhibition is the culmination of work that Lyon started several years ago, when she began photographing farmers’ hands holding their soil. She was interested in the idea that the soil, that which is essential and which is the beginning of all growth, could be held in a tender gesture by the people who so lovingly work with and care for it. Lyon feels a deep sense of connection to the land, which is the reason she has chosen to make rural Maine her home, and with this exhibit wishes to pay homage to some of the stewards of that land.

The feast, prepared by Aragosta chef and owner Devin Finigan, brought those farmers together to enjoy a meal consisting exclusively of foods grown and raised by them on the Blue Hill peninsula. Lyon has recorded that meal by embroidering on top of spills and stains on the 30 foot tablecloth used during the meal. With her labor, she acknowledges the labor of the farmers.

The final element of the exhibit is a soil sculpture consisting of samples taken from each of the farms. The sculpture is both a literal and poetic bringing together of the farms she visited, a material monument to the shared vision of the farmers. It is the dirt itself that symbolizes a community.

Heather Lyon

“Lucky” embroidery detail by Heather Lyon

Heather Lyon’s work is an exploration of the palpability of place, systems and ways of perceiving energy, through the metaphoric use of materials. Her work often uses repetitive tasks such as piecing, sewing, wrapping, embroidery, knitting and binding. She seeks to create objects, environments and images that are simultaneously themselves and more than themselves.

Heather Lyon is an artist born on the coast of Maine. She holds both an MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After living and working in France for four years, she returned to Maine in 2009 where she built an ecological home with her husband and son. She has shown at numerous galleries in Chicago, Nantes (France), and Maine, as well as being a featured artist in ‘Scope’ New York. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and at Atelier Alain LeBras in Nantes, France, as well as workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine), Ox-Bow Artist’s Colony (Michigan), and the Burren College of Art (Ireland). She is currently the Exhibition Chair for the Deer Isle Artist’s Association in Deer Isle, Maine.

Call for Artists at Johnson Hall in Gardiner

Johson Hall Performing Arts Center

The Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall invite Maine artists to submit work for an art exhibition opening Friday, April 10, 2015 at Johnson Hall. The art exhibition will be on view at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner from April 10 through May 22, 2015, and sales proceeds will support two cornerstones of the arts in central Maine: Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery.

Email submissions are being accepted through March 1st and will be reviewed by curatorial committee comprised of staff and volunteers from both organizations. Artists interested in submitting work should visit the Harlow Gallery online for complete instructions at

Johnson Hall located in Gardiner, Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The first floor has been recently renovated into an accessible 117-seat performance space, where Johnson Hall presents arts programs for all ages, all year round live professional music, theater and dance performances; theater and art camps for children; and workshops and classes for children and adults. The theater also collaborates with other community organizations to bring arts and theater programs to children and to present a summer festival, outdoor concerts and movies; and provides space for community classes, groups, rehearsals, and meetings. Johnson Hall’s upper floors await restoration, and the community is engaged in a planning process to return the Hall to its full glory—a 360-seat theater and conference center, which will provide cultural enrichment and boost the regional economy.

2015 Chocolate Church Arts Center Membership Show

Members of the Chocolate Church Arts Center will feature their artistic work in the art gallery located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. The show begins with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Traditionally this exhibit is curated among members who submit their work created through different mediums from woodwork to clay to acrylic and oil paintings. This art show was organized to coincide with the preparation and performance of the Hot Chocolate Jubilee VII that is the premier talent and variety show in March 26-29. These shows highlight the level of talent and creativity among individuals involved with and supporting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

The 2015 CCAC Membership Show will be displayed February 14 – April 3, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 28, March 7, 21. Details available or (207) 442-8455.

Valentine’s Day Flowers from Bayview Gallery Artists

Greetings from a very snowy Maine! I am sitting in my office at the gallery, watching the snow fall once again. As I eagerly await word next week from Puxatawney Phil about how much more winter we have yet to endure, I am reminded that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. It’s the time when our thoughts turn toward hearts and flowers. In keeping with that spirit, it is my joy to share some lovely floral paintings with you. Bayview Gallery is, indeed, fortunate to have so many gifted artists rendering exquisite florals. These flowers will never wither and fade, but can be a Valentine gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. As the sculptor Auguste Rodin once said, “The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.”

With sunny thoughts of spring,

Susan Robertson-Starr, Owner Bayview Gallery