Carver Hill Gallery “Contours” benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Jim-NickelsonCold-Moon-I-16x16 archival pigment print“Cold Moon” by Jim Nickerson


On First Friday, November 7, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for “Contours”, a benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The work in the show will celebrate one of the Land Trust’s properties, The Beech Hill preserve, and the 100th birthday of the Beech Nut hut that sits on the hill. The hut was designed in the early 1900’s by Norwegian born landscape architect Hans Heistad, who designed  the John Gribbel estate, Weatherend, on the Rockport shorefront. Gribbel also owned the Beech Hill grounds, and built the stone hut as a day shelter for the family to use while picnicking on the property. The Beech Hill area – which comprises 295 acres of mixed wood, organic blueberry fields, and several uncommon grassland birds – is recognized on the National Register of Historic places as the Beech Nut Historic District. For years it has been a favorite place for locals and tourists to take an easy walk with a gentle climb. The reward is spectacular views of the peaks at Acadia National Park, the Camden Hills, Isle au Haut, St. George River valley and the gorgeous Gulf of Maine.
Years of weather, vandalism, and lack of funds to properly care for the building left Beech Nut in a state of disrepair. Because of the generosity of members and donors, Beech Nut is once again a safe and stable building. Carver Hill Gallery and the contributing artists congratulate the Land Trust on its recent and ongoing efforts to maintain and restore the property; however, it needs care and attention to keep it that way. The gallery is hosting this event as a silent auction and donating 90% of their profit from the work to the Land Trust. The artists are donating all or a percentage of their take, as well. All of the stunning art was either inspired by Beech Nut itself, or of the vista.


Participating artists include: Christina DeHoff, Jessica Stammen Ives, Anneli Skaar, Amy Campbell, David Henderson, Dianne Schelble, Randy Fein, Beth Henderson, Ann Makuck, Kathy Florance, Jim Nickelson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ken Foster, Aidan Acosta, Brian Willson, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.


We invite you to join us at the opening on November 7 for a glass of blueberry wine spritzer and some nibbles. The silent auction and show will hang through Sunday, November 23. Please see the website for hours and details. www.carverhillgallery.com

“Whoop and Drive ‘er”: David Estey book signing at Harlow Gallery

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The Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell will host an art talk and book signing by award-winning Belfast artist David Estey on Sunday, November 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. His new book is a humorous, illustrated memoir called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. At the presentation on the 16th, Estey will discuss and read from his book, show related artwork, and personally sign copies of the book. His art will include a portrait of his Uncle “Clarence Hilyard,” a Maine guide and owner of the Katahdin Lake Camps in the 1960s, which is included in the exhibition Inspired by Katahdin on view at the gallery November 7-29, 2014.

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The artist describes “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine as a labor of love, a personal piece of Americana about colorful family members, friends, characters and situations he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast during the 1940s and ’50s and during 42 years away. Although the unique memoir begins in Aroostook County, he includes his years at Crosby High School in Belfast, going to Rhode Island School of Design, studying art in Italy for a year, spending four years illustrating for the army during the Vietnam war, managing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, enjoying a second career as an award-winning artist, and his return to Belfast in 2002.

The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News. Carl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”

The 144-page memoir is an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 photos or drawings and paintings he produced over the years. It will be available for $19.95 at the Gallery and online at maineauthorspublishing.com and on amazon.com.

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, is open noon to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday. For more information visit harlowgallery.org or call (207) 622-3813.

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Rickers and Shakers

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A view of the Wentworth Ricker Inn as pictured in “Poland Spring Centennial: A Souvenir,” copyright 1895 by Hiram Ricker & Sons, South Poland, Maine.

On Thursday, November 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Michael Graham, the Director of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum entitled The Sabbathday Lake Shakers and the Rickers of the Poland Spring: A Scrapbook History. The lecture, which is in conjunction with the current Shaker exhibition at the Farnsworth, will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

This lecture will explore the Shakers’ 150-year long relationship with generations of the renowned Ricker family. The story begins with the land swap that provided the Rickers with the property on which they discovered and developed the famous Poland Mineral Spring; and extends through the heyday of the Poland Spring Hotel, where the Shakers made multiple sales each week for nearly fifty years. Through this interaction, deep, lasting friendships were built that shaped Shaker life at Sabbathday Lake. Speaker Michael Graham is the Director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Will call tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at farnsworthmuseum.org/education, and must be picked up at the Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Day-of tickets will be for sale at the main admission desk. No phone reservations will be taken for this event.

The exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World is on display in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Morehouse wing through January 4, 2015. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are the Henry Luce Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Exhibition Sponsors are Allen Insurance and Financial, Chilton Furniture of Maine, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, the Grasshopper Shop of Rockland and Windsor Chairmakers. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

The Constellation Gallery extends call to Maine artists

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th.

“We’d like the news of this opportunity to reach artists from all over Maine, so we’ve extended the submission date,” said David Marshall, MAC’s President and Portland City Councilor. “Mini art pieces make great gifts for the holidays and the Constellation Gallery will feature artist with works 11×14 or smaller,” said Marshall. “We’re exciting about reviewing all they new artwork that will be submitted.”

The state has thousands of artists but there are not enough venues for them to display their work. The call for art from MAC is an opportunity for any artist who submits to be shown in Maine’s major city. Artists are asked to send in a $5 entry free for each submission. Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on December 5th and the other on January 2nd. The “Miniatures Show” comes during the holiday season making affordable art the perfect gift to enhance any home.

  • Maine based artist can submit their creations, in any media, as long as the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including any frame used.
  • The art submissions should be sent in via email to: gallery@constellationart.com. They should be good quality photographs that represent the art. The photos can be JPG’s or Tiff’s.
  • The photo submission file names should be formatted like this: artist_title_size_medium_price.jpg. (For example: Vincent Van Gogh_ Sunflowers_Oil painting_$10 mill.jpg)
  • All submissions need to be sent in for review by the November 9th.
  • The jury will make the selection for the exhibit by November 10th. The artists will be notified by November 11th if their works have been chosen or not.
  • All the art selected must be delivered to the Constellation Gallery by November 18th ready to hang.

The mission of the Maine Artist Collective is to connect the public with Maine artists and support development by providing exhibition and studio space, education, and professional workshops.

The Constellation Gallery located at 511 Congress Street is open Monday 12-4 p.m., Wednesday 1-5 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 10-2 p.m. The Gallery is also by appointment. Please call 409-6617.

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Last Week Jeff Bye “Outside In” Exhibition at Greenhut Galleries

Jeff Bye at Greenhut Galleries

“Yellow” by Jeff Bye

Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside.

Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

49 Artists “Inspired by Katahdin” at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

“Katahdin” by Stefan Pastuhov

Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin” juried by brothers David and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7 – 29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more. The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception.

“Inspired by Katahdin” is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law of Augusta, Legacy Properties, Sotheby’s International Realty of Damariscotta, Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Agency of Augusta and by Cribstone Capital Management Financial of Augusta, and is supported by our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, the late Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers, Chris and Ray Vallee.

8th Annual Extravaganza 2014 at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery

The eighth annual EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7th through December 24th. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more!

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Constance Cossette, Maryjean V. Crowe, Nicholas Cullen, Bill Davis, James Deane, Liz Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Rachael Eastman, Kris Engman, David Estey, Sarah Faragher, Maureen Farr, Sallie Findlay, Stephen Florimbi, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Jemma Gascoine, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Hilary Kahrl, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Hanako Nakazato, Kathleen Newton Foote, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Alex Portela, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Liv Kristin Robinson, Julie H. Rose, Rural Electric, Ashleigh Russell, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Johan Selmer-Larson, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Patricia Shea, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Toussaint St. Negritude, James Strickland, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Whiffletree and April White.

Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 7th from 5-8 pm.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call (207) 338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit aarhusgallery.com for links to the artists and notice of special events.

Exhibition by Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

“A New Day” by Sandra Quinn

Linked is Sandra Quinn’s 4th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. Quinn’s command of her medium is at once evident upon observation of her work. She uses encaustic (pigmented wax), oils and other mediums to explore making marks and gestures as related to color and shape. The call and response dialogue created by mark making, layering of wax, scraping away and collage provides the vehicle that leads to the finished piece. The blank surface is an invitation – anything is possible. The work is abstract without reference to any object or subject. The paintings are simply an expression of the influences and experiences of her life.

About Linked Quinn states, “This is the story of connections, of seeing the big picture. My memories are the foundation of who I am today. They bubble to the surface to be seen in a new light. In painting, I summon memories and give them space to breathe. These spaces create a rhythm which builds new perspective. From this point of view I link past to present, present to future.”

Quinn holds a BFA in painting with honors from the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). Her work has been exhibited at the University of New England Art Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, the Saco Museum, Maine Coast Artists as well as many galleries both local and national. She is a member of the Peregrine Press.

Pastel “Horizons” at Tidemark Gallery

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“Storm Green” by Sally Loughridge

“Horizons,” a solo show of vibrant oil and soft pastel paintings by Sally Loughridge, is on display at Tidemark Gallery through November 8. The gallery, 902 Main Street in Waldoboro, is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

A year-round South Bristol resident, Loughridge worked for over a year on this series of paintings honoring the horizon, whether clearly visible or obscured by fog, foliage, or the roll of the landscape. The paintings vary from dramatic contrasts of light and shadow to mysterious images with subtle hues and soft contours. “I loved exploring the concept of the horizon,” reflects the artist, “It’s never attainable but endlessly inspiring.”

For more information, please contact the gallery at postcard@tidemarkgallery.com or (207) 832-7897.

Three Artists Inspire at DIAA

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces the opening of a new show, ”Inspirations/3 Artists” featuring Betsy Braunhut, Paul Trowbridge, and Hub White. The show opens on Friday, October 31, with a reception with the artists that evening from 5:00 – 7:00.

Betsy Braunhut at DIAA

“Going Sailing” by Betsy Braunhut

The three local artists offer very different perspectives that will please and inspire their audience. Betsy Braunhut uses her surroundings on Deer Isle as the inspiration for her photography.  In this show she will present some of her newer images captured by digital means.  She hopes others will come to love what she is privileged to see every day. Paul Trowbridge spent most of his summer days painting watercolors, and will share many of his recent works in this exhibit. His work celebrates the landscape of Maine while exploring the fluid, spontaneous, and fickle nature of watercolor.  Hub White’s paintings and drawings may be either realistic or abstract. He uses a variety of media in his work, such as graphite, pen and ink, markers, colored pencils, watercolor, oil pastels and acrylics as he continues to explore various subjects and ideas.

Paul Trowbridge Fine Art

“Turner’s Porch 2″ by Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association Gallery will be open from
5:00 -7:00 on Friday October 31 for the artists’ reception, and from 11:00 AM – 5 :00 PM on Saturday November 1; Sunday, November 2; Friday, November 7, Saturday, November 8,; Sunday November 9; Friday, November 14; Saturday, November 15, and Sunday November 16. The gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.

George Marshall Store Gallery presents “Visions and Inventions”

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“Bunny Couple (detail)” by Michael Stasiuk

One cannot help but smile upon entering York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The reason for these smiles is the wonderful pairing of the whimsical found object sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk with the colorful paintings by Maine artist Jan ter Weele and fanciful paintings by Vermont artist Donald Saaf.

Stasiuk, who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire, describes himself as a multi-media sculptor, a theatrical prop maker and art educator. He teaches art at the New Durham Elementary School and for the past 23 summers has been the prop master for the Budd Butt Mystery Theatre Troupe in Telluride, Colorado. His figurative sculptures made from commonplace and often discarded items have an uncanny sense of animation and character.

His ability to animate ordinary objects and infuse them with personality and gesture is remarkable. “Bunny Couple” is a pair of “bunny” figures whose heads are made from shoe shapers and their prominent ears from wooden spoon handles. The “gentleman bunny” strides forward on his elegant straight legs, his torso (a toy boat fragment) tilts back as he deftly adjusts his neck tie (a piano key) His “female bunny” companion wears a lacy skirt (a carved metal lampshade) and her facial expression seems to be questioning weather her skirt may be too short for the occasion. Visitors to the gallery, without exception, respond with smiles and delight.

Donald Saaf makes paintings that reflect the local experience of his community and mirror his surrounding in rural Vermont. He is influence by Outsider and Folk Art from around the world and his collaging of fabric, paper and paint are not too far from the quilt makers methods of breaking down the composition into organic forms and shapes.

Saaf’s simple figures are often clothed in collaged pieces of fabric. In his largest canvas “Round Mountain.” a figure sporting a polka-dot shirt and a striped hat rides his bicycle through the Vermont countryside. It is a beautiful day, birds soar around the mountaintop and a group of villages are hiking up a hillside. There is a dream–like quality to these images.

In many of Saaf’s paintings there is a halo of faces radiating around the figures’ heads. These additional faces may represent the soul or perhaps they are a symbol for the many levels of personal consciousness. No mater how personal the picture is to the artist, he is always striving for the universal. The figures are simultaneously representing the artist and the “everyman.”

Saaf and Stasiuk have exhibited their work together in the past at the George Marshall Store Gallery and also at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Curator, Mary Harding has added to the pairing the work of Jan ter Weele, whose brightly colored paintings complement the work of the other two artists.

Jan ter Weele was selected for the Monhegan Island Art Residency and has just returned from his one-month stay on the island. Painting for the artists is about color and the interpretation of real places. Recently he has begun to disassemble the imagery of these places into abstract compositions that reflect the rhythms, patterns and colors of his landscapes. Like the other work on exhibit, ter Weele’s work has a playful quality and at the same time is very sophisticated.

Concurrently, the gallery is presenting the work of ceramic artist Boyan Moskov. The artist was born and educated in Bulgaria where he had a ceramic production business. He moved to the United State in 2007 and since that time has developed his skills as a ceramic artist, showing his work in high-end craft exhibitions in the Northeast.

His slab built and wheel thrown sculptural vessels and forms are elegantly displayed throughout the gallery on pedestals and wall mounted shelves. The surfaces and bronze/charcoal glazes give the impression that the pieces are welded metal. A recent visitor commented “What a contrast to what I just saw upstairs, but equally as exciting.”

The exhibitions continue through November 16. George Marshall Store Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

Autumn Update: New Paintings at Bayview Gallery

Jon Marshall oil paintings

“Sky – Prince Edward Island” by Jon Allan Marshall

Greetings and a pleasant Autumn to you!

The leaves this fall have been remarkable and the weather has been particularly fine – warm days and cool nights have made this an Autumn to remember here in Brunswick.

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick has recently received a number of paintings spanning all of the seasons from several of our artists.

Barbara Applegate brings us memories of the summer recently passed with two paintings depicting lush gardens blooming around traditional New England Sea Captains’ homes.

Tom Hughes sent us several gorgeous pieces depicting the coast in summer, winter and spring. His light-filled and atmospheric landscapes and his beautifully rendered depictions of our working waterfronts are a delight.

Marieluise Hutchinson stopped by with some of her most sought after Christmas themed images, as well as a magnificent large scale barn in her customary New England red.

Jon Marshall just delivered a signature piece of epic proportions – over six feet long! Depicting the red earth, sea and sky of Prince Edward Island Marshall’s picture is a tour de force of painting!

Last, but certainly not least, Helen Rundell has beautifully rendered a maple sugaring house surrounded by stately trees quietly awaiting the coming spring, when the sap will begin to flow again.

We are always happy for you to try any painting in your home on approval if you can’t come to the gallery to see them in person. Give us a call for more information, (800) 244-3007.

“Impressive Impressionists” at Camden Falls Gallery

The 15th annual American Impressionist Society’s (AIS) National Juried Exhibition is now underway at the Abend Gallery in Denver, Colo., bringing together talented artists from throughout the country. There were more than 1,600 entries to the 2014 exhibition, and a panel of six judges chose only 135 to be part of their prestigious fall show. This year, Camden Falls Gallery is proud to represent three of those artists: Aline Ordman, Jonathan McPhillips, and Peter Yesis.

Aline Ordman has been with our gallery for more than a decade, and her piece “Liliana’s Living Room” is an excellent representation of her colorful style and her ability to illuminate a particular moment in the human experience. She developed an early love affair with pastels, influenced by Degas, Marie Cassatt, and Berthe Moriscot, as well as American Impressionists John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, before finding her passion for oils.

Where Aline is one of our longtime partners, both Peter Yesis and Jonathan McPhillips are relative newcomers to our gallery. Peter’s paintings are rooted in realism but rendered in a softened style that leaves space for thought and reflection. His contribution to the National Juried Exhibition, “Whitewater,” allows the viewer to individually interpret the mood and feel of the scene and to actively participate in the natural energy of the waves. A New Jersey native living in Searsport, Maine, Peter joined our gallery in late spring.

Rhode Islander Jonathan McPhillips, who joined us this summer, spends his time chasing available light and air, allowing the natural ebb and flow of the world around him to influence what he paints. He always strives to capture the distinct, engaging atmosphere of a time and a place, a concept that is captured perfectly in his AIS piece, “Time and Motion.”

Their work, along with the pieces by their fellow impressionists, will be on display at the Abend Gallery until Nov. 1. But for those of you who cannot get to Denver to catch the AIS exhibition, Camden Falls Gallery is hosting a show a little closer to home. In recognition of their accomplishments this year, we will be showcasing the work of these three artists through the month of October. Each painter captures the gorgeous coast of Maine and its beautiful landscapes in unique and amazing ways. Now is your chance to see why they were chosen for the 2014 AIS show.

For more information, contact Camden Falls Gallery at info@camdenfallsgallery.com or (207) 470-7027. If you are interested in finding out more about our artists, including Aline, Peter, and Jonathan, please visit our website at camdenfallsgallery.com.

November Artist and happenings at Summer Island Studio

Harriet Lindemann

“Field Flowers” by Harriet Lindemann

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans will be celebrating the Arts Down Town and All Around with a Artist’s Reception with Harriet Lindemann of Brunswick, and a Trunk Show with Angelrox a fabulous new company from Maine that makes beautiful cloths out of bamboo. We are so excited to be carrying this incredible one-of-a-kind new product! Check out these videos to see the many versatile and beautiful styles each garment of the Angelrox women’s clothing line can be converted to in order to fashionably suit your every need, mood and whim. This is all happening on Friday the 14th of December from 5 to 8pm, wine cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. If that’s not enough we will be here bright and early 6 a.m., Saturday the 15th for the ‘Early Bird”. Special discounts from 6 to 7 a.m. which include 25% off on all Summer Island Studio jewelry and 15% off everything in the store until 9 a.m. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. As usual, a tradition started years ago Summer Island Studio will have free pairs of earrings for anyone showing up at 6 a.m. in sleeping attire.

Harriet Lindemann, a member of the Point of View Gallery, will be showing the month of November at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, an artist’s reception will be held Friday the 14th of November from 5pm to 8pm, wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Lindemann prefers abstract compositions in watercolor and mixed media, but also frequently does images of east coast flora. She enjoys pouring paint onto paper and experimenting with unorthodox tools such as sticks, plastic and dental floss or fruit rinds
to get movement and texture. Harriet has enjoyed learning from other area artists and art instructors.

“Handmade in St. George” Columbus Day Weekend

Silver Moon Studios

“Conservatory II” By Jay Hoagland

Mars Hall Gallery will wrap up its 2014 Season on Columbus Day weekend with a celebration of handmade items as well as Art and Antiques. New to the gallery are handmade soaps and honey products by Stone House Road Apiary. Other works made by hand are jewelry by Kathleen Kiley, turned & carved wood vessels by Dick Kelly, carved bird decoys by Stephen Hill, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy, cement & bronze cast sculpture by Priscilla Cross, assemblage by Bill Cook, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, mixed media metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland and Brian Read as well as stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. Artist Diane Green Hebert, who is currently in the show “Poetry Bleeds Rust” at the National Association of Women Artists Gallery in NYC will have her kozo and encaustic masks on display.

On Saturday, Oct. 11th, painter Nancy Baker and her dog Mo will be demonstrating plein air oil painting from 11 – 2 at the gallery, with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 12th.

Antonia Small Photography

“Hermes” by Antonia Small

The “Outside the Box” Show, featuring pinhole photography by Antonia Small and 2-D & 3-D art by Elaine Niemi, and the “ELEVEN” Show will end on Monday, Oct. 13th. As a thank you to the public for their continued support a 10% discount will be offered on any remaining 11″x11″ paintings or photographs. All participating artists in the “ELEVEN” Show should pick up their work by 5 p.m. on Monday, Columbus Day. The gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Road, Martinsville and is open by appt. from Columbus Day thru Thanksgiving. For more info or to make an appt. call (207) 372-9996 or (207) 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net.

New Work by J Thomas R Higgins and Glenn Renell at Greenhut

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents new work by J Thomas R Higgins and Glenn Renell.

Tom Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

“Regenerating Slope #13″ by J Thomas R 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.

Glenn Renell at Greenhut Galleries

“Agua Prieta” by Glenn Renell

Having taught for twenty-two years at the Maine College of Art, Glenn Renell now spends his days painting full time, moving comfortably back and forth from colorful, high-keyed paintings to high contrast (black-and-white) landscapes of Maine and the southwest. The color complexion of his highly sensitive landscapes are infused with his experience of painting in the American Southwest.

Greenhut Galleries is located at 146 Middle St in Portland. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com or call (207) 772-2693.

 

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, presents an exhibit of sculpture, photography, prints, paintings, and poetry exploring themes and aspects of the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring Maine artists and writers, runs from October 3 through December 3. An opening reception on October 17, 4-7 p.m., will feature the exhibit’s poets reading from their works and Maria Wagner playing “Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet” by Elliot Schwartz.

Exhibit organizer, artist Leonard Meiselman, has been planning and working on this exhibition for over a year. “I am continually amazed and fascinated by the ongoing outpouring of memoirs, documentaries, paintings, and poems – and now an opera and a new major film – 69 years after the Holocaust ended. Artists, writers, and filmmakers are still finding some essential energy in Holocaust themes,” he says. “Why does the Holocaust draw this amount of obsessive attention?”

Meiselman, a life-long artist, thought he had left New York City three years ago to live in Wiscasset and paint the trees in Maine, but found himself painting Holocaust images instead. “In this world of suffering and political turmoil in which we find ourselves today, it is meaningful to dwell on this chapter of the last century – to remember what happened and how it happened by gradual degrees and incremental infringements on human rights. I suspect that for my generation of artists and poets, it is about coming to terms with our history, our heritage, and our identity.”

As an organizer of The Dilemma of Memory, along with David Greenham, Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and poet Lee Sharkey, Meiselman said he was deeply gratified with how the artists and poets came together to create this exhibition. This is a group of mature artists, he explained, grappling with similar ghosts and shadows: “I’ve experienced a wonderful sense of fellow-feeling, of finding other artists struggling with some of the same issues that haunt my work as an artist.” Meiselman asserts that the artists taking part in The Dilemma of Memory intend to make a statement: “It is both beautiful and terrible to live with the presence of a history of human suffering and to feel, somehow, that one can redeem the victims from anonymity.”

Participants in the exhibit include photographer Judy Glickman; sculptor Robert Katz; painters George Mason, Leonard Meiselman, and Bob Moskowitz; printmaker Dorothy Schwartz; and poets Tony Brinkley, Mark Melnicove, Lee Sharkey, Martin Steringesser, and Anna Wrobel.

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust is supported by Bath Savings Trust, UMA Senior College, Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, and J.S. McCarthy Printers. For directions and more information about the exhibit, visit hhrcmaine.org.

Cynthia Winings Gallery offers “Highlights”

Cynthia Winings Gallery

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to announce the Closing Day for the group exhibition, HIGHLIGHTS, on Sunday, October 12, from 12 – 4:00 p.m. Everyone is warmly invited to celebrate the end of our Second season, and the Fifth and Final show!

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.

The new group exhibition, HIGHLIGHTS, features contemporary artists whose work includes painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. We are fortunate to feature the artwork of Tim Christensen, Roberta Amina Greany, and Buzz Masters, and include work by Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Brita Holmquist, Eugene Koch, Heather Lyon, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Ben Potter, Jerry Rose, Goody-B. Wiseman, and John Wilkinson.

Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or (917) 204-4001.

 

Miniature Print Show and Reception at Sohns

Sohns Gallery

The Sohns Gallery in Bangor will have Artist Reception for the Miniature Print Show this Friday at 6:30 p.m. This show features thirteen artists from the Circling the Square Fine Art Press and other area printmakers. The artists were presented with the challenge of creating a fully realized print within the size constraint of four square inches.

DIAA announces “Phases of Matter”

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces a new three-person show “Phases of Matter” featuring the work of Sam Jones, Heather Lyon, and Anya Antonovych Metcalf. The show will run from October 8 through October 26.

The three women work in a variety of mediums, including painting, glass, and photography. For example, in an ongoing series of photographs titled “Simulacra vs. the Weather”, Anya Antonovych Metcalf explores light as a metaphor for knowledge. She is interested in natural and artificial light as they might denote ways of knowing, but she is especially interested in cases where the light source is ambiguous or where nature and culture/technology are engaged in complex relationships.

An opening reception will be held on October 8, from 3-6 p.m. This is also Deer Isle’s Wednesday and a Half, and potter David McBeth will be holding a demonstration at the gallery during this time. Additionally, a closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 5-7 p.m.

The DIAA gallery is open Fridays through Sundays, from 11:00 AM– 5:00 PM, and is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.