Elizabeth Moss Galleries showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,

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“Outside/In” by Jerry Weiss

Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth is showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,” through May 2. Walsh’s large brightly colored abstract work moves energetically between drawing and painting, eluding to architectural elements, maps, floating sculptural forms, and spatial ambiguity. Stephen received his BFA with a concentration in painting graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern Maine. Jerry Weiss has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. See their work at elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Dunk The Junk Mural Unveiling at CMCA

Soda-tron Bombs at CMCA

Artists Mike Rich (Portland), Keo X-Men (Brooklyn, NY), and Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles) will paint a street-art style mural titled Sodatron Bombs at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Rich, Keo, and Vyal were also together at Miami Art Basel last December, where they painted a “Defeat Sodatron” mural at the Sol Box Fitness Club.

The mural is in support of Dunk The Junk, a local nonprofit established by pediatrician Kevin Strong. The organization’s goal is to help defeat childhood obesity and improve the eating habits and health of children and adults. Their approach involves a counter-culture movement that reaches out to kids via graffiti/street art and hip-hop. CMCA director Suzette McAvoy believes the Dunk The Junk campaign is a “great example of using the power of the arts to communicate across demographics, to bring awareness, and to motivate change.”

The mural will be on view at CMCA through April 25. For more information, visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.

Bangor Artist Rachel Schiro Awarded Best of Show

"Party Bowls" by Rachel Schiro

“Party Bowls” by Rachel Schiro

At the Sixth Annual juried competition at the Longboat Key Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art, Sarasota FL., Bangor and Corea Artist, Rachel Schiro, was awarded the LBKCA award of excellence for her painting “Party Bowls.” Vicky Randall, nationally known sculptor and a faculty member at the Ringling College of Art and Design was the juror.

In Ms. Randall’s words:

“I’ve chosen the piece”Party Bowls”, an oil painting by Rachel Schiro, as best of show. It’s a small piece and could be overlooked as just a painting of bowls. However, this painting kept dragging me back into it’s surface. Every time I looked I saw something new. It is beautifully painted, circles, ellipses and volume being very difficult to pull off on a flat surface. The color palette has been deliberate and wise. The composition is cropped in such a way as to give us only enough information to make us wonder beyond the view.
What’s the rest of this story? We know it’s bright and sunny and there’s surely going to be a party! Were these bowls stored away and brought out for a special occasion? Were they stored in bubble wrap? What made the artist use bubble wrap as a painting device? “Party Bowls” leaves me with as many questions as answers……. which is, of course, what a good work of art should always do!”

New Paintings and First Show of the Season at Bayview Gallery

"After the Rain" by Barbara Applegate

“After the Rain” by Barbara Applegate

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is thinking Spring!

Though the ground is still snow-covered and we face the likelihood of another storm this evening, we have turned our focus toward the season of rebirth. With this welcome shift, we are delighted to announce an upcoming exhibit and to share several paintings with you that have recently arrived at the gallery.

We are excited to announce our first exhibit of the season, “Local Color 2015″. Running from April 1 to May 2, this show features four local artists painting the mid-coast.

A reception with the artists will be held Friday, April 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information visit Bayview Gallery at 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, email art@bayviewgallery.com or call (207) 729-5500.

Announcing “Harlow for the Hall” in Gardner

Harlow for the Hall in Gardiner

“Great Falls Plaza Lewiston/Auburn” by Cindy Rehagen Langewisch

In celebration of Johnson Hall’s 150th Anniversary, two central Maine arts nonprofits Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall proudly present “Harlow for the Hall”, an art exhibition showcasing fifty-two Maine artists at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner.

  • Opening reception on Friday, April 10 5 – 8 p.m., with complimentary refreshments and a cash bar.
  • Proceeds from art sales will benefit Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery – two cornerstones of arts and culture in central Maine with over 200 years of history between them.
  • There will be a second public reception during Gardiner’s spring Art Walk on Friday, May 1st.

Harlow for the Hall is on view during box office hours, Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., during events, and by appointment, call (207) 582-7144.

New work by Thomas Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

“On the Settlement Quarry” by Thomas Higgins

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.

Greenhut Galleries is open year-round: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information email greenhut@maine.com or call (207) 772-2693.

 

Bearing Fruit: Art at the intersection of human and vegetable

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the “organic” image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3 – May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne Alexander Sculptor

Strawberries sculpture by Anne Alexander

Sculptor Anne Alexander’s ceramic forms are about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. Unique vegetables and fruits are sought out at farmers markets or in her own garden to model in clay. Vibrant reds enhance the voluptuousness of the larger-than-life fruits.

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“2457049.062500” by Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier’s sculptural work incorporates food, foraged natural materials, live plants and handmade objects. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and imaginings related to quickly shifting landscapes, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, and emerging and endangered life forms.

Jacinda Martinez is a young artist from the garment district in Brooklyn, NY, who has spent her last six years farming. She fashions elaborate dresses from otherwise discarded vegetable matter: broccoli stalks, bean vines, bolted lettuce. Her final product, much like a fashion shoot, is a series of elegant photographs of models clad in vegetables.

Julie H. Rose describes her intricate fiber art as “always about nature, or more clearly, of nature.” Her work mimics nature’s process and her experience of being in and observing nature. The materials she chooses feel organic and most of them—sheep’s wool, silk, cotton, linen—are. Says Rose: “I have the illusion that they whisper to me what they want to become.”

Bearing Fruit plays at the intersection of human form and plant forms, the interdependence of species, or better yet, inseparable-ness – as reflected in the physical sensuality of Alexander’s vegetables or the vulnerability of Martinez’ models wrapped in their vegetable-fiber dresses. On the most basic level, the imagery suggests that we all stem from the same source.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information about the MFT Gallery can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered statewide nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine.

First-Ever Retrospective of One of Maine’s Greatest Living Photographs on View at the PMA

Rose Marasco at PMA

“Projection No. 5″ by Rose Marasco

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to present Rose Marasco: index, the latest exhibition in the PMA’s Circa series. The exhibition is the photographer’s first-ever retrospective, and the PMA is honored to bring it to its audiences. The exhibition is on view April 24 through December 6, 2015.

Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years.

The photographs in Rose Marasco: index are stunning and display extraordinary range, encompassing everything from her images of the urban environment to her unexpectedly poetic response to the natural world, and her exhaustive, thought-provoking examination of the domestic world of women, in which she layers historical objects with contemporary materials. It’s this diversity of both subject and technique that has long characterized Marasco’s artistry, and visitors of all interests and backgrounds will find something special to immerse themselves in.

Throughout her career, Marasco has remained uninterested in genres such as documentary, landscape, and portraiture. Instead, she has consistently mined concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to make images with a complex relationship to the everyday image of the world.

The works on view include her comprehensive series of photographs of Maine’s Grange Halls and the images made in her own home as part of the decade-long series called Domestic Objects. Also included are photographs made in and around Portland during the past 35 years, which form a visual chronicle of the city—albeit unintended—that will engage locals and regional visitors alike.

The exhibition is organized by PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. Working with the artist for almost a year, the two have carefully culled Marasco’s photographs—more than four decades worth—for Rose Marasco: index. The result is a significant exhibition, both in volume and, most important, in the context it provides for a consummate artist and photographic career that continues to thrive to this day.

About Rose Marasco

Rose Marasco’s (b. 1948) work extends well beyond Maine and New England. Marasco was born and raised in Utica, New York, in an Italian Catholic household. After earning a BFA at Syracuse University, Marasco attended the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester for graduate school, taking courses and workshops there regularly throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The VSW was a start-up school, run nearly single-handedly by photographer and writer Nathan Lyons and his wife, Joan, who founded the school as a place to train photographers and to foster discussion about the nature of media arts. Their characteristic approach was to prioritize the capacity of photography to communicate information. Significantly, the students associated with VSW in the 1970s and 1980s comprise a veritable who’s who of postwar photography in the United States. In 1979, Marasco moved to Maine, where she continued a teaching career—which began five years earlier, at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute—at the University of Southern Maine, until her retirement in 2014. Her work is in the collection of many institutions, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and the Harvard Art Museum.

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 VIA Agency and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT.

UMMA Announces Spring Exhibitions

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The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in April. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s spring exhibitions will open to the public on April 3 and run through June 6, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Goethe" by Andy Warhol

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

This exhibition features works by Andy Warhol, the principal figure of American Pop Art who was known for elevating aspects of popular culture and consumerism into the realm of “high art”. Photographs and Screenprints showcase two recent gifts to UMMA’s permanent collection from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in New York City, and marks the first time many of these works have been seen in Maine.

Included are Warhol’s screenprints of Sitting Bull, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and the artist’s iconic Flowers, 1970. Also featured is a selection of gelatin silver prints and Polaroid images of celebrities and socialites such as Farrah Fawcett, Candy Spelling, Pia Zadora and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West), among others.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints is funded in part by the University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Elizabeth Livingston: Dark Houses
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Night Fell" by Elizabeth Livingston

“Night Fell” by Elizabeth Livingston

New York-based artist Elizabeth Livingston often paints lone women in suburban and rural environments. While these women are depicted amongst the luxuries and comfort of domestic life, there is a feeling of isolation and an ominous undercurrent present in the paintings. As reflected in self-portraits of the artist sleeping nestled under plush bedding, Livingston points out that, “we are most vulnerable when we feel the most protected.” In these works, the artist places the viewer in the position of voyeur. We peer as if through a window into comfortable abodes for a glimpse of the inhabitants often pictured against backdrops of richly patterned wallpaper and domestic objects.

In Livingston’s recent scenes of country homes, where porch lights glow amidst a darkened landscape, she suggests, “they are both safe houses and defenseless outposts about to be consumed by night.”

Jennifer Caine: Amnesia
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Boundaries #2" by Jennifer Leigh Caine

“Boundaries #2″ by Jennifer Leigh Caine

Often using oil paint combined with marble dust to achieve lustrous matte surfaces, Jennifer Caine’s paintings emerge from an accumulation of layers. While her works may initially find inspiration from specific memories, elements from the environment, or the line of a poem, the references become unrecognizable as they are embedded in the strata of paint. Layers are built up and stripped away through scraping and sanding to expose colors and marks from earlier iterations. Caine’s paintings are rooted in the passage of time, memory and the physical world. The artist states, “As memory is fluid and labile, so are my paintings, informed by current decisions as well as by the history and legacy of the underlying layers.”

Caine’s etchings are equally striking. The varied and decisive marks she employs in several images appear to be solely abstract, while in others seem to suggest the contour of forms existing in the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Maine Open Juried Art Show co-presented in Waterville

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street proudly co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now in its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracted over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, Maine State Credit Union and Bank of Maine, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes was awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital ImageWorks, framing services from FrameMakers, Berry’s Stationers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works were presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Ramey Mize holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In her current capacity as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, she assists with exhibitions, collection research, and both community and campus outreach initiatives.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception took place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long. Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.  3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

Barbara Bean opens at Summer Island Studio

Barbara Bean at Summer Island Studio

“Studio Cyclamen” by Barbara Bean

Local Artist, Barbara Bean will be showing at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of April 2015. Artist Reception and Open House will be Saturday, April 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors-d’oeuvre will be served.

Barbara Bean has always been what she calls an art maker; she is inspired by the work of others and enjoys trying new materials. This show is combination of her sculptural assemblages created from found objects and her two dimensional works of mixed media on paper, both in a floral theme.

Bean’s work is more symbolic than representational and asks her viewers to enjoy the experience of entering a new world where there are no boundaries and no limit to what one can make with so little.

“Painting above the Arctic Circle” Artist Talk & Slideshow

Anneli Skaar at CMCA

“From Bolterdalen” by Anneli Skaar

Camden artist and designer Anneli Skaar spent February 2015 in Longyearbyen, Norway, in residence at Galleri Svalbard. She will present an informal talk and slideshow about her work and experiences there on Tuesday, April 7, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in downtown Rockport. During her talk, which is titled “50 Shades of Blue,” Skaar will discuss what it’s like to paint at 78 degrees north, and suggest creative ways to finance an artist residency abroad. She will also explain why this part of the “high arctic” is worth a visit before it’s gone—as well as provide useful tips about how to outrun a polar bear! The program is free and begins at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited.

Skaar grew up in northern California and received a degree in design at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo. She spent 12 years living and working in the creative field in Norway before moving back to the U.S. in 1999 and continuing her work here. Skaar is represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland and is the owner of Skaar Design, a graphic design firm in Camden. She is a former member of the board of directors of CMCA.

Opening Reception for Photography: the Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice

“Spring, Lake Megunticook” by Gilbert Welch

“Spring, Lake Megunticook” palladium print by Gilbert Welch

Waterfall Arts’ Open Call Show, Photography: the Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, April 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. The show is part of the statewide Maine Photo Project and photographers of all ages have submitted diverse work on this year’s theme.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and enjoy the variety of subject and style on the walls. Some of the work is for sale; a portion of the proceeds benefit Waterfall Arts’ education and exhibition programs. The exhibit will be up through May 15th and can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm and by appointment.

The exhibit is generously sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD of Belfast. Waterfall Arts is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, local businesses and individual contributions. For complete details on classes and instructors, scholarship applications, exhibitions, art events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit waterfallarts.org, call (207) 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.

"Dooryard Weeds" by Susan Guthrie

The 2015 Maine Photo Project is a statewide collaboration among museums, galleries, historical societies, and other nonprofit cultural organizations across Maine. The project is organized by the Maine Curators’ Forum.

Vox opens “Natural” March 26

 

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The public is invited to an opening reception March 26, 5-7 for “NATURAL.” This show celebrates the earth’s gifts of new life and bounty after Maine’s harsh, monochromatic winter finally gives way. Twenty VoxPhotographs Gallery contemporary photographers will be represented in a show of photo-based works, including traditionally framed and metal prints. The gallery location is 334 Forest Avenue at EcoHome Studio, Portland 04101 Telephone: 207-323-1214 voxphotographs.com
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Harlow Gallery Presents 12th Annual “Young at Art” K-8 Exhibition

12th Annual Young at Art

Young at Art, the Harlow Gallery’s annual exhibition of children’s artwork will be on view February 28 – March 21, 2015 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Every year since 2003 the gallery has invited art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to be featured in this community-wide celebration of talented young artists. This is the twelfth consecutive year that area students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade will have their work featured in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours at the Harlow Gallery are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 pm..

The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, February 28 between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available available. Please join Harlow Gallery staff and central Maine art teachers in celebrating the youngest artists in our community. Families with children especially encouraged to attend, but artists and their families and friends are requested to attend according to the following schedule to avoid overcrowding:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
  • 12 – 2 p.m. – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
  • 2 – 4 p.m. – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grades

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“My Cat” by Jaycie, Grade 1, Lincoln School

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“Aboriginal Dreamtime Lizard” by Gage, Grade 4, Windsor Elementary School

“Portrait With Cat” by Kara, Grade 8, Richmond Middle School

Summer Island Studio Shows Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield

“The Red Umbrella” by Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield of Barter’s Island Boothbay will be rejoining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans once again for a show in the month of March 2015. Artist’s Reception and Open House will be held on Saturday March 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, Cheese and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. SIS is located in the Tontine Mall in the heart of downtown Brunswick at 149 Maine Street; any questions please call Patti at 373-1810.

Litchfield has been living and painting in Maine for the past 18 years. Originally from Sydney Australia, where she pursued a medical career as a primary care physician for 20 years. She moved to the United States after meeting and marrying her American husband, Peter Felsenthal, with whom she still lives with in Boothbay.

Art has always been one of her true loves and she took the opportunity in her new life to develop her passion for painting, drawing and color.

The River in Time: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River

Johanna Moore at Monkitree

“Hatch’s Point” solargraph by Johanna Moore

From Indian Pond to the Gulf of Maine, the mighty Kennebec River winds its way down a 170-mile course through the state of Maine. Photographer Johanna Moore lives and works along the river. The body of water and its history has served as a source of learning and inspiration for her for more than 25 years.

Moore built 120 pinhole cameras, and with the help of her husband David Keef, set the cameras along the shores of the Kennebec and many of its tributaries. Between the Summer and Winter Solstices, the cameras created a visual diary of the light that shines along the course of the great river, from Indian Pond to Phippsburg. The finished result pays homage to the Kennebec’s vitality and all that its tributaries provide to the landscape and wildlife that live along the river’s banks.

Solargraphs are long exposure images made with a pinhole camera. These pinhole cameras captured the sun as it transited the sky. Moore had great luck with her ambitious project. “Wherever I went along the river to set out the pinhole cameras for the Solargraph project, I took photographs with other cameras I brought with me. I used 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 pinhole box cameras, Holga pinhole cameras, and an old Polaroid retrofitted to work as a pinhole camera. I also created imagery using my iPhone and digital camera. I lost only 30 cameras which give me enough imagery to select an exciting representation of the sunlight captured along the Kennebec River.”

The River in Time: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River features Moore’s photographs from nearby portions of the Kennebec River. To honor the river, Johanna Moore and Monkitree will contribute 10% of the sale of each solargraph to the Kennebec Land Trust, an organization that works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monkitree is a fine art and craft gallery located at 263 Water Street in historic downtown Gardiner, Maine.

“Snowed In With Stefan” at Camden Falls Gallery

Stefan Pastuhov at Camden Falls Gallery

“From Coggans Hill” by Stefan Pastuhov

For the remainder of the winter, Camden Falls Gallery will feature a collection of winter plein air paintings by well-known local artist, Stefan Pastuhov, “Snowed In With Stefan” February 20 – April 1, 2015. All of the works depict scenes from the local area and were created within a 10-mile radius of the artist’s Lincolnville home. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint. In this collection, those places include the quiet snow-covered woods, hillsides, and back roads from Warren to Belmont, as well as several picturesque locations found within the artist’s own backyard.

Stefan Pastuhov

“Going to Pieces” by Stefan Pastuhov

While painting en plein air during Maine’s cold winters, Pastuhov says he approaches his work “with alacrity,” remarking that “there’s just so much more information (to paint) when you are actually outside than you can ever get from a photo.” As he explains how he dresses for the weather and mixes additives with his paints to keep them fluid in the bitter cold, Pastuhov states, “You can’t paint when it’s below zero (and) you can only paint until your feet get cold, then you have to stop. When you’re standing in one place that happens, but I have boots that are good to -60 degrees and a one-piece arcticwear suit.” And with a twinkle in his eye he adds, “The trick is to not make the painting look too cold.”

Stefan’s winter work will be on view until things warm up a bit. Camden Falls Gallery will be open Friday – Sunday, weather permitting or by appointment, using the Bayview Street entrance through The Maine Gathering. For more information or to make an appointment, email info@camdenfallsgallery.com or call (207) 322-5651

Waterville Main Street and Art Society present Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, and Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Lauren Lessing is the Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she directs community outreach and programming, links the museum’s collections and exhibitions to the curriculum at the college, and oversees American paintings and sculptures created before 1900.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception takes place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The public is invited to attend. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long.

Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. –- 4p.m.

For more information or to register as an artist, go to watervillemainstreet.org

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.