Art Space Gallery Seeks New Members for 2016 Season!

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Art Space Gallery, an artist-run, cooperative gallery in Rockland, is currently seeking new members for the 2016 season. Application deadline is February 13. The jury date is February 20.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in the heart of Rockland, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre.Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector.

For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com/ or contact Roger Barry at rogerbarry.net@gmail.com or phone: 207-624-2221.

“Focus: Printmaking” Highlights Work of Maine Printmakers

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An invitational group show featuring talented printmakers from throughout the state of Maine takes place at Greenhut Gallery in Portland, February 4 – 27. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 1 to 3 p.m with artist talks and demonstrations to follow on Saturday, February 20 beginning at 1:30 p.m

Print Show artists include Karen Adrienne, Susan Amons, Siri Beckman, Chris Beneman, Sissy Buck, Stephen Burt, Kate Chappell, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Goodale, Anna Hepler, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Elizabeth Jabar, Robin McCarthy, Larinda Meade, Lisa Pixley, Barbara Putnam, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, David Twiss, Susan Webster, David Wolfe, Jeff Woodbury.

Greenhut Gallery is located at 146 Middle Street. Hours are Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 207-772-2693.

“About Buildings” Opens at Farnsworth Art Museum on Feb. 13

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On Saturday, February 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will open an exhibition of works focusing on buildings and the built environment. The exhibition of paintings, prints, three-dimensional work, maps and photographs will be on display in the museum’s Library Gallery through January 8, 2017.

Architecture signifies structure: shelters that provide a roof over our heads, or landmarks that define the character of a town, or qualities of buildings that we pass each day. While the reach of architects often extends into the realms of industrial, textile and other forms of design, and the term itself is applied to many branches of learning, this exhibition focuses mainly upon buildings and the built environment.

“About Buildings” takes a general approach to the notion of architecture, in which landmarks and details of the discipline are seen in a variety of forms and in depictions of buildings in Maine, Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago and Taos—all selected from the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum.

The museum is located at 16 Museum Street. For more information, visit www.farnsworthartmuseum.org/

Work of Barbara Adams on Display at Sohn’s Gallery

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Bangor, presents “The Winter Landscape,” pastel and oil works by Barbara Adams.

“My inspiration comes from spending as much time as I can soaking in the landscape of Maine” says artist Barbara Adams, whose works focus on light, color, and composition. The works push towards abstraction while retaining a realistic integrity.

The show runs through March 3 and can be viewed any day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception was held at 6:30 p.m. and an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

For information, contact the Sohns Gallery at 207-947-2205 or e-mail therockandartshop@gmail.com

DIAA Announces Winter Art Activities

workinprogressphotoPhoto of Robert Starkey (from robertwstarkey.com)

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce Winter Art activities in February at the Gallery on 15  Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Upcoming in February, Robert Starkey is artist of the month in Window Views. He states, “my vision for Window Views is an exhibit called “Conversations,” oil paintings inspired from the local land and seacapes of Schoodic, the Eggemoggin Reach and Deer Isle in large format 4′ X 4′ to small 12″ X 12″. During the month of February, the artist plans to develop new pieces, working most mornings in the DIAA Gallery.

Paul Trowbridge will offer his next workshop at DIAA in February. The workshop will support students to recognize elements of design which give strength to works through abstraction. Using participation own subject matter as a starting point, students find appropriate design elements, exaggerate and play with. Participants will move beyond the same old approach to bold discovery and experimentation.

A five week workshop will be offered. Saturdays, a.m. to noon. February 27 to March 26. $100 to be paid to the instructor at first class. Participants bring material with which they are comportable to make images in. For more information please email; cbsimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds, 207-359-6596.

PMA Opens First Phase of “Your Museum, Reimagined”

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SurprisePromo_0The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is undergoing a significant transformation as part of a multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection titled “Your Museum, Reimagined.” The completed first phase of this comprehensive project, which opened to the public on January 22, includes the following:

The Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room offers students, professors, scholars, and members of the public unique access to the PMA collection. In this intimate, on-site location, visitors are able to immerse themselves in the collection and closely interact with curators and staff (by scheduled appointment).

The Workshop is a new participatory space where visitors of all ages can explore creativity with museum educators and add their voices to the stories we tell. The Workshop offers audiences the opportunity to make meaning from the PMA’s collection and special exhibitions through interactive activities based around play and experimentation.

The Collection: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art is the first collection catalogue in the history of the PMA. Boasting full-color plates of 100 highlights from the PMA collection and essays by PMA curators, this publication provides context for the museum’s history, architecture, and art—commemorating the ongoing legacy of the museum.

Modern Menagerie is the PMA’s first reinstalled gallery as part of Your Museum, Reimagined. The space features a colorful ensemble of creatures of all stripes, including migrating gazelles, lions, and zebras; schools of listening fish; a herd of Staffordshire porcelain sculptures; and Bernard Langlais’ 1977 masterpiece of more than 20 painted wood animals.

The Collection Online is the online database for the PMA’s entire collection of more than 18,000 works of art, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. It would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the museum, but now anyone can see the entire collection online, no matter where they are. Whatever your interests, whoever your favorites, it’s yours to explore at PortlandMuseum.org/collection.

In February 2017, the PMA will unveil the centerpiece of “Your Museum, Reimagined”—a holistic reconceptualization and reinstallation of the museum’s galleries across the PMA’s entire campus. In addition, the PMA will introduce new interpretive and educational materials, including a museum map, self-guided tours and multimedia stations. For more information, visit PortlandMuseum.org/reimagined.

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland. The PMA is open: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For summer hours, starting May 30, 2016, the PMA will be open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store. Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

PMA Presents “Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange”

DuncanHewitt2Over the past 40 years, Maine-based artist Duncan Hewitt has made his mark transforming often-overlooked domestic items—such as forks, pot lids, and windshields—into beautiful and enigmatic objects. Visitors can engage with these sculptures during the artist’s first major solo exhibition, “Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange,” the latest in the Portland Museum of Art’s Circa series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. The exhibition is on view from through September 4.

“Turning Strange” borrows its name from Alice Munro’s short story “Walker Brothers Cowboy,” during a passage in which the main character visualizes the shift between day and night, when the familiar becomes obscured. This ethereal quality is echoed throughout Hewitt’s works, revealing his deep reverence for the power of objects to act as vessels of memory, while at the same time inviting viewers to re-examine their own encounters with everyday objects.

“The shapes that Hewitt recreates are personally significant but also universally recognizable,” described Diana Greenwold, PMA Assistant Curator of American Art and curator of Turning Strange. “His sculptures hold a residue of his own emotional processing, but they simultaneously afford audiences the opportunity to consider their own attachments to the material world.”

The exhibition brings together a collection of carved and painted wood sculptures spanning a 20-year period of Hewitt’s career, alongside new works. The artist’s sculptures show the evidence of his tools with visible incisions and marks, as well as alluring painted surfaces. Worn hockey skates and ski masks, billowing curtains, inflatable camping mattresses, colorful lollipops, and aged fire screens are some of the objects Hewitt has fashioned in ways that provide a personal look into the artist’s life. He also uses his materials in such a way as to challenge our ideas of the objects themselves—rendering items that appear to be soft and pliable from hard wood and depicting static representations of moving objects.

Born and raised in New York, Hewitt came to Maine to attend Colby College and returned after earning his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Hewitt was a professor of sculpture at the University of Southern Maine for more than 40 years and has exhibited widely throughout New England, including group shows at the PMA.

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 Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, Vermont. Media support is provided by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

The Museum is located at Seven Congress Square in Portland. Phone number is 207- 775-6148

“Winter Colors: Paintings by Andrea Peters” at Gleason Fine Art

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If you missed East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ “Winter Colors” show at CMBG’s “Gardens Aglow,” you can see the paintings at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor through Wednesday, March 2.

“Whatever you call it, energy, spirit or soul, grasping that is my primary goal in painting, which then becomes a personal journey for my life,” says Peters. “When I paint all else ceases to exist. I am caught in a space and time that has no measure or proof other than the visual painting result. My painting transcends the now of the physical and transports me to another plane.

There is only pure joy. It is comfortable yet unpredictable, exciting yet peaceful, a place to lose myself and yet find myself. This experience doesn’t happen when I plan for it, but rather when I least expect it, I’m submerged in it. I like the element of unpredictability and let each painting be guided by itself and that particular period in time, to let it be whatever it will be, accepting it only for what it is..a moment in my life.”

Gleason Fine Art, located at 31 Townsend Avenue, is open year round. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or visit the website to view our entire inventory at www.gleasonfineart.com

Graziano Exhibit Opens During Portland’s First Friday Art Walk

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“Dining,” a solo exhibition by Dan Graziano, will be on display at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland for the month of February. A Wine Opening Reception, during Portland First Friday Art Walk, takes place on Friday, February 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The theme for this collection of recent paintings is cafe, kitchen and restaurant. Portland restaurants allowed Graziano access to their kitchens and dining rooms for a two-day photoshoot. Come see his interpretation in luscious oil renditions.

Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life.  His work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors.

His artistic vision began taking shape in the 60’s, during America’s explosive political, cultural and artistic awakening.  Graziano’s first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.

When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape – inspired by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), he found the city streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay and repair a visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music.

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is located at 48 Free Street in the heart of Portland’s art district. For more information, please visit http://www.rouxandcyrgallery.com/Home.html or call 207- 576-7787

“Tanya Fletcher: Coming of Age”

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“Tanya Fletcher:Coming of Age” was on display at Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth for the month of January. A reception took place on January 29.

Fletcher’s current body of work consists of life sized figures rendered in oil with metal leaf backgrounds on Baltic birch. These multiple panel pieces are reductively painted.  A monochromatic, even layer of oil color is applied and then selectively removed with a cloth. This results in a brush-free photographic-like realism.  Also, the revealed grain of the wood suggests skin and/or contours of the body endowing the forms with a three-dimensional sculptural look.  The illusion of depth& space is furthered by silhouetting the figures against a bright metal leaf background…a reverse chiaroscuro.

The artist’s theatrical use of size & composition imbues these paintings with a taut level of emotional intensity. Fletcher’s acutely observed realism & objective approach to her figures also communicates a blunt psychological honesty & drama. This visceral aesthetic, however, still maintains an ambiguity.  The nude is isolated to a neutral ground.  Curves, creases & bulk speak for themselves without distraction.  Also, dividing the pieces into multi-panels enhances the objectivity of the figure.

Ocean House Gallery & Frame is located at 299 Ocean House Road. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.oceanhousegallery.com/

UMaine Museum of Art opens Winter Exhibitions Jan. 15

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The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor opens three new exhibitions mid-January: “DAN DOWD: thick skinned,” “JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream,”and “RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo.”  UMMA brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 15 and run through April 30, 2016. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

DAN DOWD: thick skinned
Maine-based artist Dan Dowd exhibits a new series of wall-based assemblages that incorporate found fabric, rusted metal and rubber. Old woolen blankets, blemished rubber tires and sections of knit sweaters are layered and wrapped around found, wooden bases.

Dowd’s compositions draw connections to the works of Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Lee Bontecou and Robert Rauschenberg, each of whom utilized cloth in their sculptures and assemblages. The artist is inspired by the varied histories of these discarded items. Dowd states, “I am interested in their markings—from when they were first manufactured, to the patina and maculations they have attained over time.” Bright red, orange and striped cloth is juxtaposed with faded, black rubber riddled with patches, oxidized passages and surface imperfections.

DAVISJON DAVIS “This Love of Mine,” 2013

JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream
Miami-based artist Jon Davis’ exhibition features an array of compositions rooted in collage which incorporate images appropriated from throughout art history—from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to Thomas Eakins.
Davis’ source materials are re-contextualized through his creative and forced associations. “By taking art masterpieces and combining them with old found photographs, I am creating new narratives that address a myriad of emotions including fear and desire,” says Davis.

Although oriented to the walls, the artist’s compositions have dimensional interplay; fragments of imagery are rearranged on multiple layers of glass and spaced out in the frames. Several of the works contain lenses, which further distort the dissected images, as well as light elements that enhance the theatrical quality of the assemblages.

WHITTENRICHARD WHITTEN “Augenblick (Blink of an Eye)”, 2013

RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo
Richard Whitten, who lives and works in Rhode Island, exhibits a stunning assortment of shaped paintings, whimsical sculptures and preparatory drawings that offer visitors a unique view into the creative process. The title of the exhibition, Studiolo, reveals much about the artist’s work as objects of inquiry. (A studiolo is a small room found in affluent fifteenth century homes, often elaborately decorated and set aside for study and contemplation). Whitten’s paintings depict imagined machines within Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture.

Whitten states, “These paintings imply the existence of places and objects of desire that, like the garden in Alice and Wonderland, can be glimpsed, but not reached or acquired. I am intensely curious about the nature of the conceptual transformation that occurs when objects I have constructed are represented as an image.” Whitten’s complex three-dimensional toy-machine models featured in the exhibition are used as references for the curious objects that occupy his shaped compositions.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more ifnormation visit www.umma.umaine.edu

PMA Announces Acquisitions of Paintings by Homer and Andrew Wyeth

HomerWinslow Homer (United States, 1836-1910), An Open Window, 1872, oil on canvas, 17 7/8” x 13 7/8”.  Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Partial gift from an anonymous Maine family and partial museum purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation, 2015.21.

WyethAndrew Wyeth (United States, 1917–2009), River Cove, 1958, tempera on masonite, 48 x 30 5/16 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of David Rockefeller in honor of his son, Richard Rockefeller, 2015.16.

Portland, Maine (January 1, 2016)—The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) announces two new major acquisitions: An Open Window, an 1872 painting by Winslow Homer, and River Cove, a 1958 painting by Andrew Wyeth. Both paintings will be on view January 22, 2016 at 4 p.m., when the PMA reopens after a brief closure as part of the multiyear project, Your Museum, Reimagined, which is focused on improving access to the museum’s collection (project details below).

An Open Window is one of a series of four paintings that Homer created in 1872 that features a solitary woman dressed in black, facing away from the viewer. The unknown woman is standing in a modest room, looking out onto a bright landscape likely inspired by Homer’s summer travels that year to Ulster County, New York. The bold differentiation between the dimly lit interior in the foreground and the light-saturated landscape in the background reveals Homer’s aesthetic experimentation at a crucial moment in his career, and his close observation of such European old masters as Johannes Vermeer.

In addition to the PMA’s Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, the museum has exceptional strength in its holdings of Homer’s work. An Open Window fills an important gap, as it is the first oil painting in the collection from this particular decade, and therefore bridges the PMA’s collection of early Homer oil paintings, such as his 1863 Sharpshooter, with the artist’s later paintings, such as his 1894 Weatherbeaten. The painting is a partial gift from an anonymous family with deep roots in Maine, and a partial purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation.

“An Open Window represents a moment in Homer’s career after the Civil War, but before his time in England,” explained Jessica May, the PMA’s Chief Curator. “It’s a transformative addition to the PMA’s Homer collection, both in terms of period and subject matter, and will help the museum to demonstrate the ways in which Winslow Homer was very much an exceptional artist, one who was responsive to his own moment in American art history. It will also allow the PMA to draw parallels between Homer and his peers. One of the most exciting aspects of this acquisition is that the painting itself is virtually unknown to contemporary viewers, as it has not been on view to the public since 1938.”

In addition, the PMA has acquired River Cove, a 1958 tempera painting by Andrew Wyeth that is regularly identified by art historians as among his most important and impressive artworks. Andrew Wyeth, the son of American painter N.C. Wyeth and the father of artist Jamie Wyeth, cited Winslow Homer as an influence, and used both watercolors and tempera to create what he called “Homeric” landscapes.

The painting of a small jetty outside the artist’s home in Cushing, Maine, is devoid of human presence, yet includes subtle indication of the presence of birds and aquatic life. Its most extraordinary feature is its near-inversion of landscape imagery: the majority of the peaceful landscape view appears upside down, with the forest reflected in calm waters. The painting, which has been on view at the PMA regularly since 1992 and has been loaned to many major exhibitions of Wyeth’s work, was donated by David Rockefeller in memory of his son, Richard Rockefeller, who lived in Falmouth, Maine, until his tragic death in 2014.

“We are incredibly honored and grateful to David Rockefeller for his generous gift and his acknowledgment of the PMA as a fitting place to honor his son’s memory,” said PMA Director Mark Bessire. “Through these important additions to the PMA’s collection, by two of the world’s most significant artists, the museum is demonstrating its commitment to improving the visual arts in the region, and defining a new standard for museums of its size.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Cook, Director of Media and Civic Relations, at jcook@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4094.

Robin Rier and Valerie Aponik showing at UMaine Machias

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Valerie Aponik “On The Rocks” 24×24 2015

PastedGraphic-1Robin Rier  “Mark Island and Rocks 18×24 2015

“Plein Air Points of View,” is a showing of Robin Rier and Valerie Aponik work painted on location along Down East Maine, while celebrating 9 years of painting together. Showing January 16 through February 24 at the University of Maine in Machias. The public is invited to the Opening Reception January 22 from 5 to 7 at Powers Hall.

“Be Prepared to Eat Cake” + Celebrate 20 Years of Art

BunniesMichael Stasiuk, “Five Bunnies Offering Cake and Tea” (Andrew Edgar Photography)

The Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary year with an exhibition entitled “Be Prepared to Eat Cake.” The show includes the work of 43 artists, all who have exhibited at sometime during the past or represent one of the previous 195 themed exhibitions.  The show, which fills both floors of the building, is available for viewing by appointment during the early winter months.

Choices had to be made as it would he impossible to include work by all 456 artists who have exhibited in the past. All types of work are represented: paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. Some pieces recall previous themed exhibitions, such as the very popular “Accord” series, where the curators pair antique furniture from the museum’s collection with contemporary art.  In this display, a seventeenth century, carved blanket chest is paired with a large still life painting by Arthur DiMambro. An abstract woodcut by Elizabeth Mayor plays nicely off of the strong graphic lines of a William and Mary bannister chair placed below.

Five “Bunny” sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk are lined up along the front wall of the gallery. The artist responded to the theme of “Be Prepared to Eat Cake” with these five figures, all made from found objects, and all generously offering either a piece of cake or a cup of tea. This welcoming group is masterfully made from of an assortment of fragments, including cake molds for skirts, bowling pins for arms and legs and salad fork handles for expressive “bunny” ears.  Stasiuk’s work may appear whimsical but it is the gesture, character, and construction that elevate these pieces to fine art.

Work by local jewelers Lauren Pollaro and Julie Schmidt are nicely displayed in glass cases and black velvet platforms. Late afternoon light that streams into the gallery, bounces off the gold leaf surfaces of Gary Haven Smith’s paintings. Smith has also placed a new large granite sculpture called ‘Inside Out” on the lawn to the right of the building. The circular opening frames a view of the river beyond.

“When I told people my plans to do a show with dozens of artists to fill both floors of the gallery they said how hard that would be. It was labor intensive, but I have never had more fun doing an installation,” says gallery curator Mary Harding.  There are numerous combinations and passages, which pull the eye around the gallery and invite the viewer to move through the space.

The forms and mixed materials in Don Williams sculpture is a three dimensional interpretation of Tom Glover’s painting of Brave Boat Harbor. “It is almost uncanny the way some pieces pair with others,” says Harding. “It is finding those visual connections that is so much fun.”

The exhibition will  be available by chance and appointment through the winter months. 140 Lindsay Road,York, Maine. For more information, visit  http://www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com/

Farmland Trust Gallery Presents Frost’s “The Faces of Farms”

cfrost_beltedgalloways (120 of 304)Photography of a Belted Galloway by Catherine Frost

Throughout 2015, photographer Catherine Frost travelled to Maine farms all across the state, visiting those with their own special livestock. From alpaca to water buffalo to turkeys and rare breeds of horses, each month showcased new faces. The best photographs will be featured in a show at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from January 8 through March 25, 2016 called “The Faces of Farms.” An artist reception takes place on March 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Frost writes of the Belted Galloways of Mitchell Ledge Farm in Freeport, “I visited Mitchell Ledge three times in two months and each time, each day the temperature was below freezing. One day it was snowing furiously and the other had dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Covered with their dense, curly coats, none of the herd seemed to mind. To them it was just another day in the life on the farm – chewing, meandering, scratching, sleeping and being nonchalantly curious about what I was up to jumping fences, crossing their well-beaten paths and squirreling into their cozy spaces.

More than the belt, I am taken with their ears and eyelashes. I want to snuggle each one as though it is an enormous, gentle puppy. When their fuzzy Dr. Seussian ears catch the sunlight, it’s magical.  And the closer I get, the more they flirt with their big baby brown eyes. I get just a bit closer. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind.”

Frost 2Photograph by Catherine Frost

Frost is an avid animal, outdoor and photography lover. Her vocation is to provide creative and marketing services to small, socially responsible companies that are lead by passionate entrepreneurs. She has worked with several Maine farmers including North Star Sheep Farm (Windham), Balfour Farm (Pittsfield), Aurora Mills and Farm (Linneus) and Norumbega Farm (New Gloucester). Her home is in Freeport, where she lives with her dog, Daisy.

On the ground floor, visitors can enjoy a whimsical collage of photo prints, submitted by Maine Farmland Trust’s members and followers: personal snapshots of favorite farm animals by farmers and farm lovers all around the state.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street, Belfast. For more information, visit http://www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2016 Biennial

untitledThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 4 through April 4, 2016. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Financial Insurance and CHUBB.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.
The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. The jurors for the 2016 CMCA Biennial are Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for “Hyperallergic.”

Christine Berry opened Berry Campbell Gallery with Martha Campbell in the fall of 2013, with a focus on Postwar Modern and Contemporary Art. Berry received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and earned her Masters in Art History and Museum Studies/Museum Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Berry began her career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, continuing on to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

John Yau is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of poetry, artists’ books, fiction, and art criticism. In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and criticism. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail many years, before he began writing regularly for Hyperallergic.

The 2016 CMCA Biennial will be held in the art center’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, from November 4, 2016 – January 24, 2017. For full submission guidelines and to apply, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. Applicants will be notified of selections on May 2, 2016 by email.

Find Creative Gifts at PMA Store This Holiday Season

PMA StoreThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is encouraging shoppers to skip the crowded malls and box stores this holiday season and to enjoy each other’s company at the museum in beautiful downtown Portland.

Enjoy the wonderful exhibitions, visit the PMA store, and discover gifts that you can’t find anywhere else, from locally made accessories and home goods to exclusive products inspired by Maine’s artistic heritage, and from kid’s crafts to the largest selection of art books in the state. You can also pick up some art-based greeting cards and decorations, and bring a creative touch to the whole holiday season.

PMA is located at 7 Congress Square. For those people who can’t make it to the museum for the holidays, not to worry. PMA Store is offering free shipping for online orders thru December 31! Visit http://store.portlandmuseum.org/ for more information.

Harlow Gallery Presents Fundraiser “Holiday Hodgepodge II”

hodgepodgeHoliday Hodgepodge, at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, is a fun fundraiser offering a wide range of affordable fine art and craft, including contemporary and vintage original art. Artwork can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day; 50% of sales benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery while 50% goes directly to the artist.

Holiday Hodgepodge is on view December 2 to 12 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

The Harlow Gallery recently announced an open call to artists, artisans and collectors to submit original work in any medium to Holiday Hodgepodge, there is no cost to participate. Interested artists and collectors will find details HERE: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-holiday-hodgepodge-ii/

Holiday Hodgepodge will end on Saturday, December 12, the day of Winter Holidays in Hallowell: Let There Be Light! festival. There will be a Gingerbread House Contest at the Harlow and many other fun family friendly events all over town, culminating after dark with the famous holiday parade and fireworks over the Kennebec River.

Holiday Hodgepodge is sponsored by at Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe!

Sohns Gallery Art Talk + Reception for All Small Art Show

pictureThe Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor, presents the Third Annual All Small Art Show. An artist’s reception and an artist talk will be held on Friday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. with the artist talk at 7 p.m..

Twenty eight local Maine artist were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, screen printing, and carved wood, to collage, assemblage, oil and fused glass works.

The eighty four small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.

Curator Annette Dodd said “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24 just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs thru December 24 and can be viewed any day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in The Rock & Art Shop. For more information, call (207) 947-2205.

Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Reception for Small Works Show

White Sun Koch“Winter Sun” by Philip Koch, oil on panel

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2015 Show on Wednesday, December 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will be on display December 4 through 24.

Works are twelve inches, or smaller, and the range of styles and medium run the gammut from realistic oil paintings of landscapes and interiors, to abstracts and more painterly scenes, watercolors, monotypes, wood engravings, photography, digital montages, as well as small scale sculptures by Charlie Hewitt, Stephen Porter and Cynthia Stroud.

Highlights from the show include several small oils by by landscape painter Philip Koch who was recently honored by being named the 2015–2016 Artist in Residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Residents are given access to the gallery archives, including some 25,000 Charles Burchfield artifacts, including finished paintings and sketches, and notes in notebooks and on the backs of envelopes and other scrap sheets.

Koch, who has an affinity for painting the Maine landscape, has also been granted unprecedented access to Edward Hopper’s private studio through fifteen residencies at Hopper’s former studio on Cape Cod. Koch is a senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His paintings have been the subject of fourteen solo art museum exhibitions, and his work is held in the permanent collections of fifteen American art museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the Swope Art Museum in Indiana, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.

North Haven Rector“North Haven,” by Alison Rector oil on panel

Gallery artists participating in the show include Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, and Lilian Day Thorpe. Artworks in the show can be viewed at facebook.com/courthousegallery.

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Winter hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (20) 667-6611 or visit https://www.courthousegallery.com