Summer Show opens at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Thon-MonheganFisherman-s“Monhegan Fishermen” by William Thon

The summer show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features 7 large rooms
showing Maine seascapes and landscapes.  The diversity of styles ranges
from 19th century realist and luminist works by Harrison Bird Brown and
Samuel Triscott to early 20th century tonalism by Paul Bernard King to
20th century modernists like William Thon and William Lester Stevens.
Rounding out the roster are many new works by contemporary Maine artists,
such as Stefan Pastuhov, Mark Haltof, Caleb Stone, Dennis Poirier, Diane
Scott, and Brian Banks in plein air, impressionist, and realist styles.
The exhibition may be seen throughout July at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on
Main St. in Blue Hill, Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm. FMI see
bluehillbaygallery.com or call 207-374-5773.

Two Fun Shows + Book Release at Dowling Walsh Gallery in July

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Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is hosting two shows for the month of July: A photography exhibit and book release for Rockport artist, Cig Harvey and “Anthology,” a collection of small paintings from Belfast artist, Linden Frederick. Opening receptions for both artists are Friday, July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Both shows run through Saturday, August 1.

Cig Harvey’s photographs are intertwined with a rich narrative and autobiography. Since the age of thirteen, she has found herself captivated by and single-mindedly committed to the medium of photography as a way to tell stories.

The photographs and artist books of Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was a recent finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Harvey had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, “You Look At Me Like An Emergency” (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, “Gardening at Night,” has just been released in the spring of 2015 (Schlit Publishing, 2015.)

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Cig Harvey’s “Bird’s Nest,” 2014, 1/5, photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 40″

Harvey teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does. Harvey lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug, daughter Scout, and dog Scarlet. She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things.

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Linden Frederick’s, “Caddy,” oil on panel, 6″ x 6″

Linden Frederick grew up in Upstate New York and studied art at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the Academia de Belle Arte, Florence, Italy. Frederick has been living and working in Belfast, Maine since 1989. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Farnsworth, Ogunquit and Portland museums of art in Maine and in gallery exhibitions in Maine, New York, Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Frederick is known for his dimly lit rural landscapes that hang on the balance of day and night. The strange colors and angles of light in those magical hours infuse ordinary scenes with tension and dramatic energy.

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Linden Frederick’s “Maine Line,” oil on panel, 6” x 6”

“What drives me is having a certain mood and that implies a human element, which a lot of landscape painting forgets,” Frederick said. “My work is not about place. It really is about people. I think inadvertently I’m setting some kind of stage so the drama can play out within the viewer. And that’s why people react.”

The gallery is located at 357 Main Street, Rockland,. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Visit http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/, for more information.

Turtle Gallery Hosts July 5 Artists Reception

untitledDwight Pogue’s “Night Vision,” Lithograph on Rives BFK, 30 x 40″

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will host a reception on Sunday, July 5 at 2 p.m. to celebrate its 33rd year of business and to focus on Abstract Paintings by Liz Awalt, Drawings by Connie Pogue, Lithographs by Dwight Pogue,  Fine Jewelry by Glenda Arentzen, and Book Arts by Rebecca Goodale.

This show runs through Saturday, August 8 at noon.  The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Road. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to  5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2  to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit www.theturtlegallery.com

Kingman Gallery Exhibits New Work By Lynn Karlin

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Lynn Karlin’s “Poppies and Figs”
“Inspired By Nature,” featuring new still life photographs by Lynn Karlin will be on view at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle from Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, August 2. An opening reception takes place on Sunday, July 5 from  2 to 5 p.m.
Karlin, a graduate of New York’s Pratt Institute and the first woman photographer at “Women’s Wear Daily” is already internationally known for her stunning photographs of Maine gardens. In recent years Karlin has turned to the still life, creating photographic images celebrating vegetables, fruits, and flowers that exemplify the beauty of the seasons.
She has been awarded the 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron prize in the still-life category.  “Squash Blossoms,” the winning photograph from the artist’s new series, has also been selected into the juried exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass.  In 2013 her work was featured prominently at the prestigious James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village. In 2014, Karlin won the 9th Annual London International Competition for still-life photography and Best of Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography.
Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center District Crossroad, Deer Isle, Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m.  More information is available at www.kingmangallery.com.

2nd Friday Brunswick ArtWalk Reception

FullSizeRender-rayfield“Squirrel Point Light” by Susan Rayfield Wood

Susan Rayfield Wood will be returning to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of July, located in the heart of downtown Brunswick at the Tontine Mall.  An Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 10 during Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Through Wood’s Squirrel Point Light in Phippsburg; you take a mile hike through the woods to discover the deserted station houses but it is worth the trip. The first sight you see is the startling ruby wreath of foliage and the deafening quiet – just Wood and the soft “chip” tones of sparrows all day.  She tries to capture that timeless sense of peace.

For more information about the Artist Reception, call Patti Baker at (207) 373-1810 and details about specific happens during the July 10 ArtWalk visit http://brunswickdowntown.org/downtown-brunswick-events-all/2015-07-10/

Barn Gallery’s Midsummer Events

J_Adams_Man_Baseball“Man in Baseball Cap” by Jayne Adams

New shows take center stage as the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit hosts this years’ open juried regional show, a selection of photographs curated by Bruce Brown.  Part of the 2015 state wide “Maine Photography Project” exhibits, this exploration of the art of photography shows the wide range of creativity and techniques within the photographic community today.

Also newly installed, the members show features new art from the diverse group of artists of the Ogunquit Art Association, one of Maine’s oldest and most well known arts organizations.

The North Gallery hosts two concurrent solo exhibitions: Jayne Adams, a NH fine artist whose work is primarily figurative oil paintings on wood panel supports, and Rosalind Fedeli, a collage artist whose work begins with the objects she is able to find, buy, or fabricate. She then creates the boxes and frames and assembles the objects toward her intention result in the final piece. Both of these highly regarded artists will be giving a talk about their work on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The midsummer shows are up through Saturday, July 25.

Invited New England Sculptors display three-dimensional work for sale in the peaceful outdoor Sculpture Court. Don’t miss the ever-changing array of small works of art available in the Collectors Gallery.

Barn Gallery’s exciting schedule of figure drawing sessions, art videos, artist gallery talks and workshops begins in July. Go to www.barngallery.org for further information.

Most Barn Gallery events are free and the gallery has limited free parking. Visitors are encouraged to park elsewhere during receptions and the Auction. Details on parking alternatives are available at Barn Gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.. Barn Gallery is located 3 Hartwig Lane, near the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane. For further information about 2015 exhibits, workshops, and special events pick up a brochure at the gallery, call 207-646-8400 or go to www.barngallery.org

 

“Bon Appetit” on Menu at Betts Gallery

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“Bon Appetit: Food Production, Presentation, Politics” is on the menu at Betts Gallery in Belfast through Saturday, July 18. A feast for the eyes, thirteen Maine artists have harvested their best food-related work for this exhibition. Kenny Cole, Julie Cyr, Elsie Gawler, Mike Fletcher, Jay Gibson, Sheep Jones, Daniel Kirchoff, Jeffrey Ackerman, Julie Rose, Kathy Weinberg, Janalee Welch, Isaac Wright and Bennett Konesni will offer works of various media, including oil, papercutting, collage, printmaking, watercolor, graphite, photography and sculpture and assemblage.

Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. For additional details, call (207) 338-6465 or visit http://www.thebelfastframer.com/

 

“Big Boats, Little Boats” in Camden

RipplesTodd Bonita’s “Ripples,” oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″

The Camden Falls Gallery opens the busy summer season with “Big Boats, Little Boats,” a show featuring two popular marine artists through mid-July.  Both masterful oil painters, Kirk McBride and Todd Bonita share a deep connection with all things nautical.  Their subjects involve those who ply the sea for work, pleasure, or sport – and specifically the boats that carry them.

Working out of doors up and down the Eastern Coastline and out of his home studio on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Kirk McBride is a well-known and highly respected plein air painter. His work has been juried into numerous shows including “Paint Annapolis,” Plein Air Easton, and The Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational.  His outdoor oil sketches and photographs are often used as a point of departure for large scale studio paintings.

Todd Bonita’s work, at first glance, is more reticent but is powerful in a different way.  He subjugates his brushwork to bring his subject matter to the fore. That subject matter harks back to his New England coastal childhood. Dories, skiffs, tenders, rowboats – call them what you will, Bonita elevates them to a mystical place apart.  His keen draftsmen’s eye for fine detail imparts the work with an almost photographic realism.  What photo-realism often cannot convey is depth of feeling.

“Big Boats, Little Boats” is on display at 5 Public Landing in Camden. More information can be found at www.camdenfallsgallery.com 

Reception at Art Space Gallery July 3

Broken Eggshell_clay_Bunny Gorski2Bunny Gorski’s “Broken Eggshell,” clay

Art Space Gallery in Rockland invites the public to an opening reception on Friday July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.  This reception will feature four member artists in the front room, Lori Davis, Bunny Gorski, Judith Herman, and Pamela Hetherly.

Nature has always intrigued and inspired photographer Lori Davis.  Perhaps it is how natural light illuminates red rocks from the canyons of the southwest making them glow, or simple patterns in sand or snow created by wind, forming delicate lines and swirls, or the intricate structure of a fiddle head fern unfolding.

Bunny Gorski has been making pottery for 20 years, working clay into organic shapes using Maine clay from Blue Hill Bay as a glaze.  She also makes very contemporary clay pieces of a more rigid structure.  Her work is quite simple and stands alone without a need for outside enhancement.

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Pamela Hetherly’s “Firey,” oil

Generally a representational oil painter, Pamela Hetherly has come to realize that letting go of just enough control may cause something unexpected, and those surprises are often the best part of the painting. She is experimenting with the use of interesting palettes and with capturing values, and welcomes all those happy accidents.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.   July hours Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit www.artspacemaine.com.

 

Giarrano’s “Life in the City” Opens Haynes Galleries Summer Season

Giarrano_New HonWong Restaurant2Vincent Giarrano’s “New Hon Wong Restaurant,” oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Contemporary Realist Vincent Giarrano’s new solo show “Vincent Giarrano: Life in the City” will set the stage for the 2015 season at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. The exhibition will present a variety of scenes from daily urban life, captured intimately and with a discerning eye. It opens Thursday, July 2 and continues through Saturday, August 8 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, with an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the evening of July 2. The show is also presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Maine Light.” Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The upcoming show is a perfect fit to open the summer season at Haynes Galleries. At the heart of Giarrano’s work are seemingly ordinary moments from everyday life in New York City that appeal on an emotional level. Giarrano sees the natural, simple narratives in scenes like a woman locking up her shop for the night or indulging in an afternoon nap and captures them on canvas.

While he currently lives in rural Connecticut, Giarrano is a former NYC resident and has a profound understanding of the city’s appeal, its energy, and its quieter side. He tries to capture his subjects during those quieter moments when he believes they have let their guard down. He sets his figures in their own homes & neighborhoods and surrounds them with their own belongings. “I don’t manipulate the environment too much. I like to paint their things— they speak volumes about the person,” says Giarrano.

For more information, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

 

Runquist Opening at Landing Gallery

Wave+study+2Runquist’s “Wave Study 2″

A solo exhibition of new paintings by artist, Björn Runquist, opens at Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland on Friday, August 3.  Maine’s bold ocean front is the inspiration for many of Runquist’s new paintings.  The excitement and energy of the crashing surf against the rugged shoreline is captured in the clear light of Björn’s plein air paintings. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk.

“This show presents two bodies of work, one the familiar, “ordinary” sights as I explore the waterfront this year, from schooner repairs to working piers, the other is an exploration of crashing waves,” said Runquist.  “For years, despite living on the coast of Maine, I have avoided painting “marine paintings” – if any subject has been done, it is crashing waves!  Yet, last summer on Monhegan I was drawn irresistibly to paint the pounding surf. I was struck by how thrilling it was.  This winter and spring I renewed that exploration to paint not seascapes but homages to the impressive, curling, thundering wave.”

Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 239-1223 or check out www.LandingArt.com

DIAA shows “The Nature of Things”

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The Deer Isle Artists Association (DIAA) is pleased to present “The Nature of Things” through Thursday, July 9. A Reception with Artists takes place on Sunday, June 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show features local artists Leslie Anderson, Arlyss Becker, Rory Beerits, Betsy Braunhut, Judith Felch, Jeri Gillin, Emily Brett Lukens, Alice McKenna, and Cynthia Stroud-Watson.

While utilizing different mediums, all artists will present work that is consistent with the show’s theme. For example, Jeri Gillin uses both texture and color in her weavings to express different perceptions. Utilizing a combination of fibers and found materials from nature, her wall hangings are multi-dimensional representations of the world around us.  Similarly, the work of Emily Brett Lukens also depends heavily upon texture. Utilizing resources from nature to create rubbings on thin papers, these images are then employed to collage and paint mixed media works that represent close-up and far away views of the earth.

The DIAA Gallery is at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

Sinclair + Stevens Exhibit at Pemaquid Art Gallery

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Don’t miss a visit to the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park in New Harbor this season. A perfect destination for summer visitors and residents alike, the 2015 gallery exhibition includes the work of some of the area’s finest artists, both eclectic and traditional.

One of the most recent artists to exhibit at the venerable gallery is Marnie Sinclair, an eclectic artist who has been “making art” since early childhood, when she drew animals. She went on to become an art major in college, attending two well-known art schools, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the San Francisco Art School

Sinclair, who endorses the artistic advice that “there are no mistakes,” is stimulated by the world around her, including current issues such as climate change. As an environmental activist, she has created a series of sculptures that she uses in her art talk to raise awareness about the state of the planet.

Also at the Pemaquid Art Gallery is the work of Pande Stevens, now in his 10th year with the Gallery. During the 1940’s, he pursued his painting at the Norfolk House Community Center in Roxbury. Later he was educated at the Vesper George School of Art, no longer operating, but for many years well known in the Boston art community. Many artists from the school earned their living as commercial artists, as did Stevens, who designed covers for music publishers. He also worked with portrait painter Alfred Gallipoli, as an apprentice in the art of marbling, at the Bullfinch Hotel in Boston.

Stevens works in tempera, watercolor and oil.  His current works include coastal scenes in Lubec and on the clamming flats of Waldoboro.

For more information, call (207) 677-2078 or visit http://www.pemaquidartgallery.com/

 

Beers + Gordon Shows at Gleason Fine Art

JSG-First-Summer-Bouquet-15Jean Swan Gordon, “First Summer Bouquet,” 22 x 30 inches, W/C on paper

On Friday, July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor hosts a reception for two new shows:  “Kevin Beers: The View from Here” and “Jean Swan Gordon: Selections from the Estate.”

In the Fall of 2014, Kevin Beers did something he had long dreamed of doing—he packed up his Park Slope, Brooklyn, apartment and moved to Maine to become a full-time resident. Beers and his wife Amy rented the Rockland home of a Monhegan friend and spent the winter of 2014-2015 hunting for their dream house. They found it on a Thomaston side street—an antique white farmhouse with a barn big enough for two studios.

For his 2015 summer show, Beers has given the gallery not only his typical Monhegan Island  panoramas and landscapes but also a half dozen sparkling winter paintings done on site in Rockland as well as several dazzling sunset views of Pemaquid. For Beers’ many fans of his truck and car paintings, this year’s show contains a special treat—“Stars and Stripes,” a majestic rendition of a familiar Rte. 90 sight, an old truck painted with red, white, and blue stars and stripes.

In life, Jean Swan Gordon was admired as much for the lovely person that she was as for her exquisite paintings. Crowned by her glorious and abundant silver hair and radiating warmth, Gordon graciously accepted her role as one of the Boothbay Region’s most popular artists.  When Gordon died in 2013, she left behind a large selection of her floral stil-lifes.  Gleason Fine Art is very pleased to have been asked by the Gordon Family Trust to be one of the galleries to represent Gordon’s estate.

Even as a child, Gordon loved to make art. Considered a child prodigy, she continued painting throughout her lifetime, even at the age of 91, her last year of life. Although well trained in portraiture, it is her joyous and remarkable floral still-lifes for which Gordon is best known.

Both shows are open through Tuesday, July 28. Summer hours at the gallery, located at 31 Townsend Avenue, are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from  11 a,m, to 5 p,m. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or check out the gallery website at www.gleasonfineart.com.

 

Star Gallery Open for Season

Star GalleryThe Star Gallery is now open for the season. Housed in a refurbished building with many years of history in Northeast Harbor, the gallery focuses on contemporary-traditional art sourced locally, nationally and even internationally. There is a wide range of art celebrating the diverse artistic nature of local artists capturing Mount Desert Island and all its beauty, as well as distinct interpretations of artists living and working throughout the US and internationally.

Star Gallery is located at 6 Neighborhood Road. June and July hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  In September and October, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more details, check out http://www.stargallerymaine.com/

Courthouse Gallery Goings On in July

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Wendy Turner’s “Sparkling Light,” oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches

A variety of mediums are on display at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth through Sunday, July 12. An opening reception takes place on  Wednesday, July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The gallery is pleased to present recent work  by five contemporary painters, including R. Scott Baltz, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, John Neville, and Wendy Turner. A new series of abstract aluminum sculptures in an array of bold primary colors by sculptor Stephen Porter is also be on view, as well as “Four Photographers,” which highlights the work of Judy Belasco, Tom Blagden, Michael Grillo, and Lilian Day Thorpe.

This will be the first of three photography exhibitions occurring at the gallery this summer along with “Border World: Photographs” by Jeffery Becton and “Then and Now: Historical Processes” by Lisa Tyson Ennis and Alan Vlach. The photography exhibitions will run in conjunction with The Maine Photo Project, a 2015 statewide photography collaboration among museums, art galleries, historical societies, artists, collectors, and other arts organizations across Maine.

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Philip Koch’s, After Sunset II, oil on linen, 20 x 40 inches

New to Courthouse Gallery this year are painters Philip Koch and Wendy Turner. Koch is widely known for his vividly colored paintings of the natural world. He was inspired to work in a realist direction by the paintings of Edward Hopper, and beginning in 1983, Koch has been granted unprecedented access to Hopper’s private studio on Cape Cod through fifteen residencies, the most recent in 2014.

The work of Turner is distinguished by light, color, and clarity. She embraces the chaos and beauty in nature using both subtle and dramatic shifts of light and color to express a range of moods. Her recent work, large intricate close-ups of light on rocks and water, reflects her early love of the ocean and the coast of Maine.

“Four Photographers” painter Judy Belasco, who began her career as a photographer, presents “Transformation Process,” a series of six photomontages suggesting the transformation from embodiment to transcendence. These one-of-a-kind prints were made before the digital age and Photoshop. Belasco executed this tedious process in a darkroom set up for analog printing by creating a palette of colors using color filtration in the enlarger and cardboard masks with removable pieces.

At the other end of the spectrum is emerging photographer Lilian Day Thorpe who combines her original film and digital photography in Photoshop to create montages of fictional landscapes that appear more painterly than photographic. In 2014, Thorpe was awarded an artist’s residency for the Gullkistan Residency for Creative People in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

Nature photographer Tom Blagden shoots primarily in Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and magazines. In 2016, Blagden’s photographs will be highlighted in a solo show at the Courthouse Gallery and will be the subject of a major book celebrating the centennial for Acadia National Park.

Photographer and mediaeval art historian Michael Grillo incorporates a variety of historical visions with an inquisitive approach to our everyday world using film, which he prints digitally from his negatives.

For more information, visit http://www.courthousegallery.com

 

Guillerm Gallery Presents “Partaforms”

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“The Kickers” by Kim Jespersen

Travel through the imaginative world of Kim Jespersen’s “Partaforms” at a new exhibition presented by the Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro Village. Experience the humor and quietness of Jespersen’s work during the Artist’s Opening Reception on Saturday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. or stop by during normal gallery hours over the next three weeks, until Saturday, August 1.

Jespersen has taken two fairly straightforward words, parts, and forms, to concoct a name for what she creates. Art is in there as well, of course, and she has great respect for the work of Joseph Cornell, Gérard Cambon, Sophie Rocco, and many others including Maine’s own Alan Magee. Self-taught, Jespersen enjoys the process of creating her characters more than talking about them as art. In a nutshell, she perceives how things could be and then asks, why not?
More information is available at www.guillermsculptures.comGuillerm Gallery is located at 882 Main Street,

Greenhut Hosts Sarah Knock

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“Herring Under the Kayak – Perfect Timing,” by Sarah Knock, oil on canvas, 26 x 36 inches

Sarah Knock’s “Water: The Passage of Time” opens Thursday, July 2 at Greenhut Galleries in Portland. An Artist Reception takes place Thursday, July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Knock, best known for her unique interpretations of the Maine Coast, is exhibiting her ninth solo show at the gallery. Her oil paintings are interpretations based on a strong sense of composition, color relationships, and patterns. Observations from excursions in her kayak provide the inspiration for the paintings. She is most interested in the process of drawing and redrawing on the canvas. Her current focus is painting both the reflections on the surface and what is underwater, such as rocks, ledges, seaweed, fish etc. Beyond observing the physical aspects of water is an interest in exploring ideas about time and the subconscious.

Knock has been exhibiting at Greenhut for 20 years and has a strong following both locally and nationally. She is the recipient of an individual fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission and Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island and her work is part of the collections of MBNA, L.L. Bean, TD Banknorth and others.  Her paintings are represented in the books; “Paintings of Maine,” “The Art of Monhegan Island,” and “The Art of Maine in Winter.”

The gallery is located at 146 Middle Street. Visit http://www.greenhutgalleries.com/ for more information.

Paula A. Jones at The PJones Contemporary Art Gallery

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The PJones Contemporary Art Gallery will host an opening reception of a solo show by contemporary artist/owner Paula Jones on Saturday, July 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at her new gallery and studio at 24 Ocean Avenue, Union Square, Kennebunkport.  Paula worked as a contemporary artist for more than 20 years exhibiting a range of works in both expressionist and abstract styles.  She is not bound to a particular medium or style, but rather selects the medium and style that will best convey what she hopes to achieve with each piece.

“My goal is to convey to the viewer the emotion that is behind each piece, to awaken the mind, to get the viewer to think in a way that is not bound by traditional thoughts and to discover something exciting that would otherwise not have been seen,” said Jones.

Her art is a feast to the eye and a challenge to the mind. Jones exhibited for several years at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset as well as galleries in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. While she currently resides with her husband and her youngest daughter in southern New Hampshire, she can frequently be found painting in her studio in Kennebunkport.

PJones Contemporary Art gallery is located at 24 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information,  visit:  www.pjonesart.com  or call  (603) 770-99