Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery


MFT Gallery’s yearly small works show is featuring many new artists from all over the state this year. The resulting exhibit is a cheerful collection of landscapes, figurative work, and more abstracted imagery related to our rural culture. Artists included in this show are: Katherine Churchill, Julie Crane, Julie Cyr, Lisa Dellwo, Maureen Egan, Lindsay Hancock, Terry Hire, Elizabeth Hope, Sheep Jones, Margaret LaFarge, James Macdonald, Leslie Moore, Petrea Noyes, DiTa Ondek, Elizabeth Ostrander, Daniel Paulding, Kathy Perelka, Robin Rier, Charlotte Sawtelle, Kathryn Shagas, Meg Shields, Erin Smith, Mary Louise Town Jaqua, Jude Valentine and others.
Holiday Art Walk & Reception Friday December 4, 5:30-8pm
The show is on display from November 20 – January 4, 2016

Group Show “Celebrate! A Local Remix” at Greenhut This Month

PinesDavid Driscoll’s “Pines,” oil on canvas

“Celebrate! A Local Remix” is a group show of new work by 23 artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland from November 5 to 28.

The participating artists are Joel Babb, Matt Blackwell, David Campbell, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Robert Hamilton,Mark Herrington, J.Thomas R. Higgins, William Irvine, George Lloyd, Alan Magee, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Roger Prince, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, and Mike Stiler.

AutumnMatt Blackwell’s “Autumn,” oil on canvas

Greenhut Galleries, at 146 Middle Street in Portland, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 772-2693

Rockland’s Last Art Walk for 2015 is Nov. 6!

gray fox galleryGray Fox Gallery at 429 Main St., above, is a participant in First Friday Art Walks.

The last Art Walk in downtown Rockland for 2015 will take place on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arts in Rockland (AIR) was established to promote the City of Rockland as an arts destination to those who appreciate, respect and support the arts. The members of AIR offer distinct, original works by established and emerging artists in a variety of media.

For more information including a list of participating galleries and a map, visit

“Pairings” Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 6 at CMCA

Benjamin Rush, fuel pumpsBenjamin Rush, “Fuel Pumps,” Lambda c-print

“Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Photography Collection” organized by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will open November 6 at a temporary exhibition venue at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street, Rockland. The public is invited to a free reception and gallery talk on Saturday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

CMCA, in conjunction with The University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor, is presenting a two-part exhibition celebrating one of Maine’s most significant photography collections as part of the year-long Maine Photo Project featuring 39 exhibitions by 32 institutions statewide.

Bruce Brown, CMCA’s curator emeritus, began collecting works by Maine photographers in earnest in 1989. Thirty-six photographs from his collection are featured in the CMCA exhibition and thirty photographs are in the UMMA show. Directors Suzette McAvoy of CMCA and George Kinghorn from UMMA each made an initial selection of photographs and asked Brown to. pair their choices visually or thematically in a unique “call and response” collaboration between curators and collector.

Scott Peterman  NYScott Peterman, “NY 9/6 2007,” archival pigment print

At Dowling Walsh, the CMCA  selections include works by John Goodman, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Jocelyn Lee,  Rose Marasco, Scott Peterman, Peter Ralston and Todd Watts among others.

At UMMA, 30 featured artists include David Hilliard, Kris Larson, Claire Seidl, David Brooks Stess and Joyce Tenneson. The UMMA exhibition opened October 2 and will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Saturday through December 31.

The CMCA exhibition at Dowling Walsh will run through December 19, 2015 from 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 through 28, reopening December 1. Admission is free of charge. For more information, visit

Farnsworth’s First Friday Film is “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain”

Paul TaylorOn Friday, November 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre in Rockland will present a First Friday Film entitled “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” The film will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre.

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance.

In 1998 director Matthew Diamond released the Academy award-nominated Dancemaker about the story of the then 69-year-old choreographer, his life, his company, and his dances. Creative Domain is the next chapter in the creative life of Mr. Taylor. We begin with Paul dancing in his youth, describing the nature of dance, ‘you learn to live day to day, hour to hour.’ We cut to Paul present day, now in his 80’s, still living his life in the moment, with his mind intently focused on his next dance. His new work is a Rashomon-inspired exploration of memory, three characters entangled in a tragic relationship, and each believing only in their own dark memory of it.

Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding.

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening.

Tickets are $7.50 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St., Rockland

Burton Silverman’s Landscapes + Portraits on View at Haynes

Painting on Route 52Burton Silverman’s “Painting on Route 52,” oil on canvas

As part of Haynes Galleries’ exhibition extension into the fall season in Maine, a selection of legendary contemporary Realist Burton Silverman’s landscapes and portraits are now on view. A renowned portrait, Silverman has been heralded for his ability to capture the human form and especially the face. His portraits don’t just capture the likeness of the sitter, but also hint at the humanity behind the face.

Silverman often shows the viewer an intimate scene where they can empathize with his subject. In his sixty-year career he has won nearly fifty awards and has been elected to the National Academy of Design.

Silverman been painting and exhibiting as a painter for 60 years. He has had had 33 solo shows across the country including venues in New York, Boston, Philadelphia ,Washington, D.C,., San Francisco, Maine and Nashville TN  He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Butler Midyear Annuals.

Alabama SpringBurton Silverman’s “Alabama Spring,” oil on canvas

He has won 37 major prizes and awards from several of these annual exhibitions and the National Academy Museum has honored him with 9 awards including the Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965. His paintings are represented in twenty-seven public collections including the Arkansas Art Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Columbus Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

His work is included in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and Europe. Since 1993 he has lectured in museums and university graduate programs on the nature of 21st Century Realism. and written articles extensively on the same subject matter.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. For the Fall, gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit 

Colburn on Plein Air versus Studio Painting

waiting for the tide“Waiting for the Tide” by Robert Colburn, acrylic on panel

Susan Starr, owner of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick, had a recent discussion with long-time colleague, Maine painter, Robert Colburn, which prompted her to ask him to share his perspective on painting outdoors on site (en plein air) as opposed to working in his studio. Here is Colburn’s response in his own words.

“The main difference for me when I paint plein air vs in the studio is the speed required to capture the fleeting moments of being on location versus the luxury of having time to explore ideas about line, color and composition in the studio. With Waiting for the Tide, I was working against quickly moving shadows and rising water.”

“Initially I was attracted to the way the dinghies were resting on the flats and how their shadows were blending in with the shadow being cast by the railing above them. In the bright sun, this intermingling of shadows complimented the angularity of the boats, dock and float and helped to break up the composition in a nice way.”

Colburn continued, “”I had to move quickly though, before I was even half way done, the boats were floating and I had to rely on what I had already put down to guide me through the finishing touches. I enjoy plein air work very much because the evidence of the process – the sense of urgency and movement –  remains visible.  There is not a lot of time for fine tuning so the sense of “being there” is emphasized to a greater degree than in my studio paintings.”

forgotten“Forgotten,” by Robert Colburn, oil on panel

“With a painting like Forgotten, the approach was entirely different. I had it in my mind to create a very atmospheric and lyrical composition that highlighted points of interest but allowed for a certain movement through the piece to the soft, foggy background.”

“Developing the contrast between the solidity and geometry of the barn and boat with the fog and tree-line in the background was a slow process. The painting was more than half way done before I even decided to add the barn to the arrangement. And then I struggled with the proportions for a while in order to strike the right balance between background and foreground.”  “In the end, I was glad for the linear elements the barn gives to the arrangement because it allows the boat, oriented on a diagonal to serve as a literal and figurative bridge between the man-made and natural elements.”

“Experimenting with both kinds of painting is essential for me as an artist to develop all areas of my technique so that I have the memories of both experiences to call upon when trying to realize the next painting,” Colburn concluded.

Medomak Arts Project Offers Cozy Seasonal Events

assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Getting ready for the season of holidays and hunkering means giving and sharing. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, whether it’s a jar of jam or a pair of hand-knit mittens or a collection of personal memoirs. Medomak Arts Project (MAP) in Waldoboro will be offering opportunities for finding and polishing some of those inner talents and resources we all have; to enjoy and to share.

On Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m., MAP will host a reunion of memoir-writers at Old #9 on Friendship Street. This group formed during last winter’s popular classes led by veteran English teacher and historian, Jean Lawrence. This writing experience was, for many, a life-changing positive experience and plans will be discussed at the reunion for making it available again this winter for new students. In addition, an ongoing writers’ group is being considered.

As well as writing and some planned musical events, several high quality crafting options will be “A Bucketful of Maine,” a hands-on workshop by Joyce Steel on how to make a keepsake assemblage with shells, pebbles, leaves and small “found objects” that hold warm memories of family and friends.

A minimum number of registered students will be required for the class to run. Online registration will be available at or by mailing a check for $30 to: MAP, P.O.Box 374, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Each student should bring a small bucket or container of found items (clean and dry). Refreshments and art materials will be provided.

MAP’s Community Calendar page will continue to add more events as plans develop. MAP wishes to extend the offer of the use of this calendar to other organizations planning events of a similar nature in the community. Contact through

“A Harvest of Color: New Works by Ann Trainor Domingue”

Fresh Air“Fresh Air” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Ann Trainor Domingue, as our first off-season show in our Bayview Street alcove gallery.

Always a fearless innovator, Trainor Domingue has pushed her recent work into new textural territory. By incorporating acrylic-saturated fabric scraps into her exquisitely pigmented canvases, she has enlivened the compositions. There is now a heightened tension between the flat picture plane and the deeper space of the figurative imagery.

Once a high-powered graphic designer in the world of advertising, Ann departed the corporate bubble for the freedom of an artistic life not directed by clients, budget, and efficiency. Now able to pursue her own personal iconic imagery, Trainor Domingue has elevated her common subject matter to an otherworldly status. The viewer now becomes an active participant in this shared experience of transcending the mundane.

Ann describes her working process: “The foundation is laid but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it – reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times it’s color that does the heavy lifting.”

In “At the End of the Day,” Ann’s new way of working with fabric comes to the fore. Vertical rhythms march across an idealized dockside scene at sunset. The artist even uses the threads unraveling to suggest rope on a tied dory that she has cut, shaped, and painted. Through subtle overlays of glaze, the delicate twilight shades emerge. The fabric piers and accented rooflines give the piece an ordered geometric character.

A larger work, “Morning has Broken,” explodes like an appliqued Roman candle. Patterns printed on the fabric interact with thick, exuberant brushwork. Thinner veils of color overlay the fabric, blending it into the lakeside landscape. Rectangular cloth accents fall through the frontal space, teasing our perspective.

Ann writes, “Initially I used small torn pieces [of fabric] as a way to add my signature to my coarse textured acrylic paintings… then things went from there and I started using the scrap pieces as color strokes in my work.” She adds, “I am pushed to select colors that will work with the scrap selected initially by someone else. I like this idea of recycling, repurposing, and rethinking, and how they have contributed to this new series.”

“A Harvest of Color” will be on view in the Bayview Street alcove through mid-November, while “Four Seasons With Stefan” is on display in the main gallery at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (207) 470-7027.

“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions”

compiled_1_jpg_670x560_q85“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Three Visions” is now on display at  the beautiful Cape Ann Museum in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts through February 28, 2016.

The exhibition of paintings and prints are by Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett, and the late Peter Vincent. During the early 1970s, the lives of Weaver, Gorvett and Vincent converged in Gloucester.The three had each studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for a time, Don and Jeff shared studio space in an apartment building on the Fort; Peter, who lived in Rockport, was a frequent visitor.

For each artist, Gloucester’s hardscrabble working waterfront was the attraction. Struggling to recover from the ravages of urban renewal while at the same time weathering the slow steady demise of the city’s fishing industry, Gloucester Harbor in the early 1970s was a gold mine for the three artists.

Today, Jeff Weaver maintains a studio in Gloucester. After painting signs and murals, in the 1990s he focused his attention on watercolor and oil. Weaver has received numerous awards, including Marine Gallery at Mystic Seaport “Best in Show,” and Guild of Boston Artists “Silver Medal.” Don Gorvett currently lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, having maintained a studio in Gloucester for many years.

He excels at the exacting art of reduction wood block printing and is a dedicated teacher. In 2013, Mr. Gorvett was awarded a medal for his lifetime achievements in the arts by Salem State University. Before passing away in 2012, Peter Vincent had gained a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. In 1986 Peter was honored with the coveted Mystic Invitational award for excellence in painting.

A series of programs will be offered in connection with this exhibition. Further information will be released as it becomes available. Related programs include Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m., The Art & Life of Peter Vincent: A Gallery Talk with Eoin Vincent; Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m., Jeff Weaver Gallery Talk; Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m., Don Gorvett Gallery Talk; Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m., A Conversation with Eoin Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett

Gallery talks are free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Updates and details are available at

Local Artists Help Impact Maine People with Disabilities

Sandy CrabtreeArtwork of Sandy Crabtree on holiday card

Paintings by Bath-based artist Sandy Crabtree and East Boothbay artist Carlton Plummer have been selected as Pine Tree Society’s 2015 Holiday Cards. Since 1969, the holiday cards have been a major source of revenue that supports Pine Tree Society’s complete range of professional services for Maine people with disabilities.

“I’ve always admired the work that Pine Tree Society does with young people,” said Crabtree. “I taught at Morse High School for over 29 years. I could hear some of the wonderful things that my students had experienced at Pine Tree Society programs and Pine Tree Camp.” Crabtree retired in 2004, but still works as a substitute and loves being able to see what students are doing for artwork.

“I have always felt honored to be a part of submitting for the holiday card contest, even though it’s a competition”. She became familiar with Pine Tree Society when one of her students attended Pine Tree Camp, an extraordinary summer camp in Rome, Maine for children and adults with development and/or physical disabilities.

“What a wonderful joy it was when the tree house was built and the campers could feel just like other kids,” Crabtree explained. “There are so many adults and kids that will benefit. Pine Tree Society does wonderful things for a lot of people” she continued.

Crabtree’s painting, called “Five Islands Lobster,” beautifully captures the well-known Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown.

Carlton PlummerArtwork of Carlton Plummer on holiday card

“I started out as an illustrator” said Carlton Plummer, Pine Tree Society’s second featured artist.

“I enjoyed creating the ideal scene.” Plummer, who is in his 52nd year of owning and running the Plummer Gallery in East Boothbay, ME, has been selected 6 times for inclusion in Pine Tree Society’s holiday card contest. “This is a great cause and a way that I can contribute,” Plummer said. “I always enjoy the challenge that comes with it.”

Plummer’s painting, called “Covered Bridge,” features a snowy Maine village and quintessential New England covered bridge. Plummer does a lovely job of illustrating that walk through the woods to find the perfect tree, a tradition that carries from generation-to -generation.

To order your Pine Tree Society 2015 Holiday Cards securely online, visit To order by phone, call (207) 443-3341. Cards may also be purchased in person at Pine Tree Society’s office at 149 Front Street in Bath.

Drop + Shop During Small Business Saturday

Drop and shop picChildren will make art at UMMA, while parents shop!

Make…art…fun! Parents, need a few hours to yourself during the busy holiday season? Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday and come to downtown Bangor to do your holiday shopping while your children have fun, at the University of Maine Museum of Art (November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Children will explore the galleries, learn about the current exhibits and featured artists and create their own artful holiday cards and gifts. Register early; space is limited! Cost is $20 for Museum of Art members and $25 for non-members. This event is particularly for children 8-12 years of age (3rd to 6th graders).

Children should bring a lunch and a water bottle. UMMA will provide all of the materials the children will need to create their artwork. Just be sure to dress for art-making – participants will get messy!

The instructor, Kat Johnson, currently serves as the Education Coordinator at UMMA. She has B.A. in Theatre and a Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia from the University of Maine. She has experience with a variety of media including drawing, painting, small scale sculpture, fiber arts, bookmaking, and photography. She has taught in public and private settings for students of all ages. She finds great inspiration in teaching the museum’s education programs.

The museum is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information or to register, call (207) 561-3360 or e-mail

“And Then There Were Five” at DIAA


The Deer Isle Artists Association is pleased to announce its new show, “And Then There Were Five.” Judith Felch, Diane Maguire Horton, David Kofton, Deborah Lofton, and Anne C. Williams bring their individual colors and styles to the gallery through  November 8.

Local sculptor and painter David Kofton celebrates the female figure in both mediums, and he is known to be particularly adept at capturing the emotions of women in his art. Judith Felch utilizes texture, light, color, and shape to arrive at images that are visually appealing. She typically begins her designs in plein air, along the rugged terrain of midcoast Maine, and completes them in the comfort of her studio, in order to bring inspiration and artistic spirit to the finished product.

Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. The Gallery is open regularly on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (207) 348-2330 for more information.

CMCA Kicks Off Fall ARTLab Season!

4e221f68-885b-461d-be1e-9b00538f1ebbAlexis Iammarino, at left, will lead the November 7 ARTLab

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) kicks off its fall ARTLab season with “Still Lives on the Wild Side // Funky Forms and Figures.” Bring your family or come on your own to the Rockland Recreation Center’s Tower Room on Saturday, November 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children, adults, and families are welcome to explore the arts first-hand. The program is free of charge.

Participants will experiment with a variety of fabrics, papers, and art mediums as we create our own still life, focussing on the current shift in seasons. Using our imaginations to “sculpt” with our bodies, we’ll transform our ideas into two dimensions. In the process we’ll become familiar with figure, form, and color

ARTLab is led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is the Lead Artist for CMCA’s LEAPS of IMAGINATION. She teaches in RSU #13’s RASA program, is the Creative Arts Coordinator for Camden’s Wayfinder School, and is an educator and member of Steel House. Having collaborated on 5 large-scale public murals, Alexis completed her most recent one last summer on Oak Street in Rockland.

CMCA is delighted to partner with the Rockland Rec Center for its ARTLab programs. Mark your calendars for future ARTLabs for ALL Ages. They will take place on December 5, January 9, and February 6 in Rockland. For more information, e-mail

Artists Explore Favorite Places in Maine + Greece

TrussTom Glover’s “Truss Abstraction in Blues, Brave Boat Harbor,” oil

Artists often create a body of work around a specific idea or theme and such is the case in the exhibitions currently on view at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery.  Painter Tom Glover, from Rollinsford, New Hampshire has chosen Brave Boat Harbor for his focus and Portland based artist Judith Allen-Efstathiou studies the wild flowers that grow along an ancient path in Greece. These two solo shows are on view through November 15th.

Tom Glover first exhibited at the York gallery in the spring of 1996 with a solo show called “Brave Boat Harbor and Other Views.” Since then he has been a regular exhibitor and it is appropriate to mark the gallery’s 20th anniversary year with another solo exhibition, this time titled “Brave Boat Harbor Revisited.”

Brave Boat Harbor is a favorite destination for boaters and walkers. It is a sheltered harbor, with shores in York and Kittery. The entrance to this protected harbor is laced with rocks and shoals thus it takes a “brave boat” to navigate safely through.  The harbor is surrounded by Rachel Carson conservation land. It is a very wild and natural landscape. The only reminder of human impact is the remains of the wooden trusses that once supported a rail- road and trolley line.

Glover has worked diligently for the past year and a half in preparation for this showing, spending many hours exploring the area from various vantage points, times of year and times of day. As a result there is great variety among the nearly forty works on exhibit. There are long distant views of the mud flats at low tide, close up views of the line of rail road trusses, and ‘portraits’ of seagulls and other wild life that make the harbor their home.

Like his former teacher and mentor John Laurent, the artist alternates between landscape and abstraction. Glover often refers to the importance of Laurent’s influence on his work. This is most evident in his abstract paintings where he uses a signature day-glow orange paint for a punctuating effect.

Since graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1984, Glover has committed himself to painting. He has continued his studies through numerous artist residencies both in the United States and Europe. “He is one of the gallery’s most popular artists,” says curator Mary Harding “and we are delighted to share this most recent body of work with our visitors.”

Judith Allen-Efstathiou spends half the year in Greece and the other half in Portland, Maine. She maintains studios and actively exhibits and teaches in both places.

Mapping2Judith Allen-Efstathiou’s “Mapping the Walk, June” print on mulberry paper

Her solo exhibition is titled “Mapping the Walk” and consists of a series of gouache, graphite and ink drawings that document the wildflowers that grow along an ancient 5th century BC footpath on the Island of Kea, Greece. With the threat of the path being paved over, the artist documents the plants month by month, not so much as a recording for posterity but as an act of protest and mourning. An accompanying video shows the ancient path with the artist sketching on site. Her interest in documenting loss in the natural world caused by human activities is a common theme in her work.  An early body of her work concerns the demise of the Elm trees in the city of Portland.

The exhibitions continue through November 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road,. For more information, visit

“Four Seasons With Stefan Pastuhov” at Camden Falls Gallery

Hips%20and%20Valleys,%20Mtn%20St,%20Camden%20%2014x11Stefan Pastuhov’s “Hips and Valleys” (Mountain Street, Camden), oil on panel

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden is pleased to feature “Four Seasons With Stefan Pastuhov.” As a followup to last winter’s “Snowed in With Stefan,” these paintings capture Maine across all the seasons. Local plein air painter Stefan Pastuhov is an avid outdoorsman who loves the beauty of changing light and seasons. The dramatic and almost spiritual vistas that surround him offer an unlimited subject matter on which to draw. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine any time of the year,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint.

“Since moving to Maine almost 30 years ago I have been surrounded by beauty,” says Pastuhov. “Whether in the mountains, amidst rural farms, or on the coast, landscapes abound. Throughout the seasons each site I paint offers an individuality and uniqueness special to the state of Maine. I paint outside on location, and that makes each day new – be it overcast or sunny, snowy or green, ablaze with fall colors or barren of leaves, every location I paint is constantly changing.”

Orland%20VillageStefan Pastuhov’s “Orland Village”, oil on canvas

In this collection, the scenes include the foliage of autumn, snow-covered woods, the awakening of spring, and of course, the bustling harbors of summer.  From back roads to harbors to the islands and the hills of Katahdin, Stefan takes you through Maine in all its glory, in all its seasons. We know you’ll recognize many of the picturesque locations found even within the artist’s own backyard.

“Four Seasons with Stefan Pastuhov” will be on view in the gallery throughout November. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily.  Gallery hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday. For more information, contact us at or call (207) 470-7027.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material + Metaphor in the Arts of Africa”


900George Osodi’s “De Money series” no. 1, Fuji crystal archival print

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” opened at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick on October 15. The exhibit will run through March 6, 2016.

The first major pan-African art exhibition in Maine, Earth Matters also represents the first major exhibition to explore how African artists have used their work over the course of two centuries to mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days. Organized by Karen E. Milbourne, Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition brings together approximately 50 exceptional works of art, created by artists from seventeen African nations, from the turn of the 19th century, when the international slave trade became illegal, to the present.

The show uses five thematic sections to demonstrate the different ways in which the earth is interpreted through art: The Material Earth, Power of the Earth, Imagining the Underground, Strategies of the Surface, and Art as Environmental Action. These categories provide vantage points from which to examine the poignant relationships expressed by African artists to the land, whether it be to earth as sacred, medicinal, discoverable, or vulnerable.

The exhibition brings together two centuries of art inspired by both the physical and cultural African landscape. It includes pieces by internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and diaspora who draw on the land for inspiration, such as Sammy Baloji, Christine Dixie, Hassan Echair, Ingrid Mwangi, William Kentridge, George Osodi, Georgia Pappageorge, Jo Ratcliffe, Berni Searle, and Tchif. Historic works comprise a broad range of sculptural and two-dimensional objects that include reliquary guardian figures from Gabon, healing figures from the Republic of the Congo, vessels from Cameroon; masks and personal sumptuary from central and western Africa, and religious and political staffs from across Africa.

“We, each of us, make choices everyday that relate to the land beneath our feet,” said Milbourne. “Where we come from informs who we consider ourselves to be. What we throw out affects what this land of ours will be in the future. These issues are not African; they are global, but looking through the lens of Africa we can all better understand the human relationship to the landscape and its significance to the history of African art.”

“We are proud to bring this important exhibition of African art to Bowdoin College,” remarked Bowdoin College Museum of Art Co-Director, Anne Collins Goodyear. “It provides an important perspective on how artists have negotiated their changing relationship to the land for over two centuries, and provides insight not only into the pan-African histories, but also into concerns familiar to American audiences grappling with how the meaning of the land around us has evolved over time.” Co-Director Frank Goodyear continues: “We are increasingly reminded of the vast reach of our international networks, both physical and virtual. Earth Matters returns our focus to the power of the ground beneath our feet while also demonstrating the political, spiritual, and aesthetic claims it has on the imagination in Africa as well as here in Maine.”

A fully illustrated catalogue by Karen Milbourne, with contributions by George Osodi, whose work appears in the exhibition, and other leading contemporary artists, accompanies the exhibition and is available at the museum shop.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” is organized by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Major sponsorship for Earth Matters has been provided by the government of the Gabonese Republic. Additional support was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Consortia for Valuing World Cultures and for Understanding the American Experience. At Bowdoin the exhibition is presented through the generosity of the Davis Family Foundation, the Grace L. Barney Residual Trust, the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, and the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund.’

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, located at 9400 College Street, is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Waterfall Arts Hosts 3rd Annual Glow Show on Nov. 13

Light brightThe third annual Glow Show returns to Waterfall Arts in Belfast on Friday, November 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is an entirely unique take on traditions from around the world that celebrate lighting up winter’s darkness. The lower level of Waterfall Arts goes dark for the night, so guests can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The most-loved parts of earlier Glow Shows will be included: a beverage bar of illuminated seltzer, sand drawing on a light table, a collaborative psychedelic mandala coloring under black light, and of course, more Lite Brites than you can shake a glow stick at.

New this year is an expanded Gallery of Glow Art which highlight event creator Bridget Matros’ hidden illuminated worlds, backlit papercuttings, and the Dinosaur Playground will be joined by blacklight posters, lit dioramas and other works created by local young artists. There are rumors of a performance piece on the stage – shadow puppetry? Daft Punk-style dance routine?

A few changes are more technical: Matros wants to bring the lights down even more than last year, to get a more intense glowing effect from the black lights. “We were disappointed by a bunch of stuff we made using expensive glow pigments, like our “galaxy dough”… then while we were cleaning up some dropped under the table and it was glowing like crazy! There was too much ambient light for the wow-factor I’m looking for.”

The Glow Shows of the past have not been short on the “wow factor” – last year about a hundred people attended; the refrain, “this is AWESOME!!” was heard again and again throughout the night. Hours have been shifted later to make sure the “grown-up kids” get a chance to stop in while making their Friday night rounds. None will be disappointed!

Tickets are at the door for only $3 (donations welcome!). Recommended for ages 7+; parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

These and other youth and family outreach programs at Waterfall Arts are made possible by a generous grants, sponsors and donations. To learn more, visit 

Art Space Gallery Opening on Nov. 6

J. Wright Booggie Woogie IIJ. Wright, “Boogie Woogie”

Art Space Gallery in Rockland  is having an opening reception on First Friday, November 6th, from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to see new work by all 19 gallery artists.

This month gallery artists were given the challenge to create work that is abstract. Come visit and enjoy the wide interpretation in medium and style of this interesting subject.

The range of styles and the quality of the artwork by Maine based artists bring return customers time and again to Art Space Gallery. Join these art appreciators between 5 and 8 pm on Friday,November 6th, and share a glass of wine with many of the artists.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street, directly across the street from the Strand Theater. November hours are  Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.For more information on the Gallery and our artists, visit us at

Purple Lobsters at Black Hole Gallery through Oct. 31

purpleOrlando Johnson with purple lobsters

Along with many businesses in Rockland, in observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Black Hole is displaying purple in its window in support of New Hope for Women’s work to end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Artist Orlando Johnson has created a ‘quartet’ of his iconic lobsters in purple, and the gallery is auctioning the piece, ‘Lobster Quartet: Purple’ over the course of the month, donating all proceeds from its sale to New Hope for Women.
Johnson said, “The intention with this initiative is not only to raise what we can to help this excellent organisation and the crucial work they do, but also to offer a visual representation of our support for New Hope for Women, and crucially to the people they help.  Art has the potential to reach far beyond the artists who make it, the galleries who show it, and the collectors who buy it.  I hope this initiative can, even in a small way, promote awareness and positive change.”  He goes on to cite the example of artist Jamien Morehouse, who, years ago, established an annual Christmas ‘Hat Show’ to Benefit New Hope for Women: “Her work was, and remains, a great influence on mine. I
never had the chance to meet her, but feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to follow the wonderful example she set with a project like this.”

‘Lobster Quartet: Purple’ will be displayed in the window at Black Hole (403 Main St.) in Rockland through October 31. Bids can be accepted online (, as well as in person or via telephone.  For more information, please contact or call (207) 400-2957.