“Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from Paul G. Allen Family Collections”

Monet_Nympheas-exhibition-featureClaude Monet’s “Le bassin aux nymphéas,” 1919, oil on canvas,

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present a major exhibition exploring the evolution of European and American landscape painting. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” features 39 paintings from five centuries of masterpieces drawn from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The exhibit is at PAM through January 20, 2016.

Co-organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, the exhibition presents masterpieces spanning nearly four hundred years, from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s series devoted to the five senses to Canaletto’s celebrated views of Venice to landscapes by innovators ranging from Joseph Mallord William Turner, Paul Cézanne, and Gustav Klimt to David Hockney and Gerhard Richter. Paintings by Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, and others provide an American perspective on landscapes at home and abroad. Seeing Nature includes five Impressionist canvases painted in France, London, and Venice by the French master Claude Monet.

“Seeing Nature offers an extraordinary opportunity to perceive the world through the gaze of some of the most important artists in history,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, who is curating the exhibition in Portland. “These masterpieces have never before been on display together. Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists, and his willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors offers an unprecedented chance to be inspired by works of art.”

The exhibition premiered at the Portland Art Museum on October 10, 2015. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

The Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection are co-organizing a major exhibition exploring the evolution of European and American landscape painting. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” will feature 39 paintings from five centuries of masterpieces drawn from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. It will be at PAM through January 10, 2016.

Co-organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, the exhibition presents masterpieces spanning nearly four hundred years, from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s series devoted to the five senses to Canaletto’s celebrated views of Venice to landscapes by innovators ranging from Joseph Mallord William Turner, Paul Cézanne, and Gustav Klimt to David Hockney and Gerhard Richter. Paintings by Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, and others provide an American perspective on landscapes at home and abroad. Seeing Nature includes five Impressionist canvases painted in France, London, and Venice by the French master Claude Monet.

“Seeing Nature offers an extraordinary opportunity to perceive the world through the gaze of some of the most important artists in history,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, who is curating the exhibition in Portland. “These masterpieces have never before been on display together. Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists, and his willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors offers an unprecedented chance to be inspired by works of art.”

The exhibition premiered at the Portland Art Museum on October 10. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

For more information, visit the museum’s website http://portlandartmuseum.org/seeingnature/

PMA Biennial Exhibit Says “You Can’t Get There From Here”


Brett-BigbeeWork of Brett Bigbee featured in this year’s biennial

Opening October 8, “You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial” highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making. Curated by Alison Ferris, this year’s Biennial provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of Maine’s contemporary art scene. The exhibition will be on view through January 3, 2016.

Ferris’ career has spanned more than 20 years, and included positions at institutions throughout Maine and the country. She is currently the Curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she has organized critically acclaimed exhibitions, including the “kids are all right: an exhibition about family and photography” and “Toward Textiles.”

“We are so honored to work with Alison on this year’s Biennial. She is a curator of uncommon depth of knowledge about contemporary art, whose unique perspective and sensitivity towards the art and artists of Maine have given her incredible insight into the possibilities for this exhibition,” says PMA Chief Curator Jessica May.

As the 2015 PMA Biennial began to take shape, Ferris became captivated by the beloved Maine saying, “you can’t get there from here,” and found inspiration in the parallels between the phrase and the creative process of visual artists. This inspiration influenced a diverse collection of artworks for the Biennial that presents a comprehensive and cohesive narrative about the state and the artists connected to it.

“You Can’t Get There From Here” is the ninth Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art. Funded through the generous bequest of William E. Thon, the PMA Biennial is intended to highlight artists with meaningful connections to Maine and enrich the cultural lives of the people of the state. Thirty-two artists are included in this year’s exhibit.

For more information, e-mail info@portlandmuseum.org

34 Maine Artists Featured in “A Survey of Computer Use in Art”

untitled“River Park” by Bruce Armstrong

“A Survey of Computer Use in Art,” an exhibition featuring the work of over 34 Maine artists, will show the various ways in which computers, software or other digital tools are being use to create art. The exhibit will be on view at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from November 6 through 28 with an opening reception on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

”A Survey of Computer Use in Art” resulted from an open call for Maine artist who use computers, software or other digital tools to make their art and was juried by Petrea Noyes and Harlow staff members, Allison McKeen and Deborah Fahy.  Out of 95 submissions, 58 works of art will be included in the final show.

untitled2“Connect 4D (Blue Ice)” by Jeff Woodbury

Participating artists are: Augusta: L. Hubbard, Gary Levine, Mary Becker Weiss, Students from Cony High School and University of Maine. Bangor: Gabby Farley Bath: Valerie Michael, Belgrade: Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick, Falmouth: Annie Darling. Farmingdale: Richard Fortin, Farmington: Channa Schroff, Gardiner: Allison McKeen, Hallowell: Karen Jordan Allen, Hampden: Andrea Rickards, Hermon: Bradley Chelberg, Jefferson: Suzanna Lasker, Liberty: Kerstin Engman, Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes, Manchester: Bruce Armstrong, Ethan Guillemette, Millinocket: Benjamin Hutchins, Northport: Terry Hire, Old Town: Christiana Becker, Orono: Megan Ogden, Jim Winters, Owls Head: Rick Perry, Pittston: Scott Minzy, Portland: David Wade, Richmond: Ruthanne Harrison, South Portland: Damir Porobic, Jeff Woodbury, Waterville: Peter Jude Hubiak, Winthrop: Carol-Lynn Rossel.

“A Survey of Computer Use in Art” has been made possible by Blue Marble Geographics of Hallowell. For more information, call (207) 622-3813.

Dowling Walsh Shows Bartlett’s “Promised Land” + More

untitledPainting by Bo Bartlett

Bo Bartlett’s “Promised Land” and other paintings are now on view at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

For nearly three decades, artist Bo Bartlett has been celebrated as one of the best contemporary realist painters in America. Dividing his time between island homes and studios on both coasts, Bartlett creates distinctive, hauntingly beautiful paintings that reflect his deep appreciation for living close to nature, and his fascination with discovering the mysterious in the everyday.

Inspired by scenes and individuals from his personal life—including his frequent model and muse, his wife, artist Betsy Eby—Bartlett’s exquisitely drawn and crafted paintings reveal his rigorous academic training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and under the tutelage of well-known portrait artist Nelson Shanks. Additional studies in fresco painting in Florence, Italy and in anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine inform his aesthetic practice. Perhaps most compelling, however, is recognition of Bartlett’s background as a filmmaker on his approach to painting and his development as an artist.

In 1986, Bartlett graduated from New York University’s film school and shortly thereafter was offered the job of making a documentary on the life and work of artist Andrew Wyeth. For the next five years, Bartlett spent nearly every day with Wyeth. “Making the film, Snow Hill,” he says, “gave me the opportunity to learn from Andrew. It allowed me the opportunity to learn why he painted, and to ask him what motivated him, and how he stayed motivated. The process of making the film opened a door to my own life and my own path.”

Cinematically composed and skillfully edited, Bartlett’s narrative paintings are often mysterious in their intention; they suggest rather than instruct. While he admires history painting on the grand scale of Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, he eschews their didactic tone. Instead, he says, his objective “is striking the chord of mystery that is being grappled with.”

The gallery is located at 365 Main Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday by appointment. For more information, call (207) 596.0084.

Paintings of Roger Dale Brown on View at Haynes Galleries

rogerBrown-PemaquidPoint-Large2Roger Dale Brown’s “Pemaquid Point,” oil on linen

Roger Dale Brown’s paintings of Maine’s glorious coastlines are now on view at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston through autumn.

Roger has been visiting Maine for years and he returns every summer to paint. For his larger canvases —many reaching 5 feet in length— he combines source materials like oil studies, careful notes, and photographs & videos. These larger paintings lead to a more immersive experience. Viewers feel the warmth of the sun and hear the creak of the dock below their feet when they look upon Roger’s paintings. Haynes Galleries is now open through the Fall months on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com.

Farnworth Presents 5th Annual Fall Family Festival

Parade 6 X42On Saturday, October 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to attend its fifth annual Fall Family Festival. The festival will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden, and is free of charge.

All are invited to the Farnsworth Art Museum’s sculpture garden as it will be transformed into the Fall Family Festival grounds. There will be free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. The Uproot Pizza company will be on hand for those longing for a warm, tasty meal.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a parade will take place on Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoestring Theater, which will be teaching a week-long free workshop in the days leading up to the festival and parade. Grab a noisemaker, borrow a mask, and join in the fun! Immediately following the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden for the lighting of the pumpkins.

In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. For more information, please call the museum’s Education department at (207) 596-0949.

Talcott to Give Artist Talk + Free Woodcut Demo at Waterfall Arts

Julia Talcott Front Street Shipyard woodcut2Julia Talcott’s “Front Street Shipyard,” woodcut

On Wednesday, October 21, artist Julia Talcott will talk about her work, inspiration and printing making techniques at Waterfall Arts. Talcott’s work is part of the Resident Printmakers Exhibit currently on display in the Corridor Gallery. The talk begins at 7 pm at 256 High Street in Belfast. All are welcome; admission is by donation at the door.

Talcott is a printmaker, illustrator and owner of Studio 80, a printmaking studio near Boston. She teaches relief printmaking techniques and has shown her work in various group shows both in the Boston area and nationally and is included in the collections of many corporations as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

During a short residency at Waterfall Arts this past summer, Talcott found inspiration in the large shapes and forms at the Front Street Shipyard and made a series of woodcuts shown in the Corridor show. Of her work Talcott says “My work reflects my interest in the natural world and its’ intersection with the man-made world.  I like to observe natural and man-made patterns, pull them apart, and then re-imagine them as printed pieces.  Creating them as linoleum and woodblock prints I produce a vocabulary of images and then work intuitively to collage them back together into new forms.  I alternate between abstraction and representational images, with a palette of color or black and white to weave images together that strive to express the vitality of growth and decay in a physical and spiritual world.”

In addition to her talk, on Thursday, October 22, Talcott will give a free demonstration of her woodcut printing techniques during the monthly Free Demo and Open Printmaking Studio at Waterfall Arts from 5:30 to 8 pm. She’ll start the demo early on and afterwards there’s plenty of time to experiment and make prints. The demo and open studio time are free and open to all levels. As space is limited, please call (207) 388-2222 to reserve a slot.

Talcott’s work can be seen through November 25th; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and by appointment; to arrange, call 207.338.2222. The exhibit and talk is supported by Coyote Moon, the Belfast Coop and yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open studios, free after school art clubs, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. For more information visit waterfallarts.org.

The Magic of Haynes Galleries Continues Through Fall

vincentGiarrano-Crossing-Large2Vincent Giaranno’s “Crossing Large”

Even though the long, sun-filled days of summer are gone, the exquisite fine art of Haynes Galleries in Thomaston is here to stay. For the first time, the Thomaston gallery will now remain open during the fall months with a selection of portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and sculptures from many gallery favorites including Roger Dale Brown and Vincent Giarrano. Through December, the gallery will be open to visitors Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After such a well-attended summer season that saw Mainers and visitors from all over the country stopping by, Haynes Galleries is keeping several of its most popular pieces in Thomaston for the next few months.The landscapes of Roger Dale Brown, many of which are of scenic spots all over Maine, will preside over space on the first floor of the gallery.

sethHaverkamp-FeathersAndFur-LargeSeth Haverkamp’s “Feathers and Fur”

Perhaps Brown’s views of warm sunshine bouncing off lapping waves will be a welcome distraction to fall’s less than ideal weather.The intimate city scenes of Vincent Giarrano will also be on view. Giarrano’s paintings, which were featured during a solo exhibition at the beginning of the summer, invite viewers to contemplate private moments in public spaces. Even with his careful attention to his subjects’ personalities, Giarrano doesn’t consider his images traditional portraits. Instead he describes them as a combination of portrait and genre scenes, akin to Andrew Wyeth’s iconic work.

But fans of Haynes Galleries’ diverse Realist collections are in luck, too. Groupings of works by some of the gallery’s most distinguished artists like Burton Silverman, Seth Haverkamp, and Nancy Depew will also be on view. It’s a chance for Mainers and those who love Maine to escape the cold, albeit for a short while, and immerse themselves in a bountiful celebration of world-class Realist paintings and sculptures.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours for the Fall are 11 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com.

DIAA Announces “Thirdspace” Exhibit

1613940_1001858683206255_7050633457227634194_nThe Deer Isle Artists Association in Deer Isle Village proudly announces the opening of “Thirdspace.” In the latest show at the DIAA, Heather Lyon and Sam Jones will attempt to cross Thirdspace- a terrain that surpasses category to bring us to another world beyond simple understanding. Employing found materials, fabric, wood, thread, wire, and space, they will work to create 3D drawings evoking new universes and new systems.


The show runs through Sunday, October 18. The gallery, located at 15 Main Street, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on October 11, 16, 17, and 18. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.

Gallery Talks Announced for Upcoming at Black Bear Fine Art

untitledAn exhibition of paintings and prints by Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett, and the late Peter Vincent will be on display at Black Bear Fine Art in Ogunquit from October 24 through Feb. 28, 2016.

During the early 1970s, the lives of Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett and Peter 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:

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 or info@capeannmuseum.org

Rave Reviews for Kimberly Callas

Callas_Kimberly_The_Beekeeper_s_Wife_1“The Beekeeper’s Wife” by Kimberly Callas

Kimberly Callas is pleased to announce that her work is featured in this month’s “Art New England” and “Maine Boats and Harbor Magazine.” “Art New England” called The Beekeeper’s Wife “Unforgettable!”

Callas was part of  an open studio Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour over Columbus Day weekend. The Tour featured open studios and farms in Waldo County, Maine. Southern Waldo County was on Saturday, Oct. 10th and Northern Waldo County on Sunday, Oct. 11th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Her studio was open on Sunday with.sculptures on display and in process, as well as handmade books. She organized the tour as the Director of the Belfast Creative Coalition and was interviewed by “Bangor Daily News” recently. The interview covers some of the history of the tour and highlights. For more information and how to take this free tour, click here. 

“Black + White + A Bit of Color” at Tidemark Gallery

Inner%20CircleArt of Jean Kigel

“Black and White and a Bit of Color,” by Jean Kigel, a long-time, award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America, is on display not at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. It includes sumi-e paintings, etchings, and monoprints, many of them on her own, hand-made Eastern paper. Kigel’s work is currently included in the Sumi-e Society’s 2015 Annual Exhibition in Mobile, Alabama, juried by the distinguished sumi-e master, Shozo Sato.

A native of Warren, Maine, Kigel states that her paintings for Tidemark Gallery’s show demonstrate the “art of less”; she says, “Never do more, when less will do.”  By stripping away color in a composition, she de-clutters an image into its basic elements of light, shade, and texture. The difficulty comes in making these elements as potent as possible.

She seeks a minimalistic effect, creating art with a simple juxtaposition of ink, and empty space. In most of her paintings, a red chop provides the sole “bit of color” in the show’s title.  It stands out to anchor the flow of the composition.  In some works, the stamp is meant to be the first thing that attracts the eye; in other works, it serves more as the end point.  However, in several of the works in this show, Kigel adds a bit more color, like tones of yellow or green.  In these cases color serves to suggest the belly of a penguin, or the iciness of water at docks.

In expressing the essence of a subject, every brush stroke contains artistic expressiveness. Visit this show and read your own feelings into her subjects, which include animals, plants, and landscapes. Unframed work is available, in addition to work hung on walls.

Tidemark Gallery is located at 902 Main Street. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Tidemark Gallery at 207 832-5109

Donna Harkins Paints “Downton Abbey Remix”

Terms-of-Endearment“Terms of Endearment” by Donna Harkins

The Whitney Galleries in Wells completes its 2015 season with an event for the month of October. This month’s show, the ninth for the season, is called ‘Downton Abbey Remix’. It is the first show for Donna Harkins.

“Downton Abbey Remix” is a unique view of one of entertainment’s most successful series from British television through the passion of oil paintings by Donna Harkins.  Donna has been with the Whitney Galleries for over a year now. Her talent in the use of oils is well known in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Coast. Her desire to depict some of our favorite images from that infamous series has spurred a particular interest from Downton Abbey’s followers.

Whitney Galleries hosted a very special reception on October 9. for its season. A  traditional British High Tea was served with all of the expected food (tea cakes, cucumber sandwiches, scones, crumpets, etc.) and drink (sherry, the usual teas, etc.), all characteristic of the Downton Abbey experience. Servers were dressed accordingly, and several friends of the gallery were dressed up as well.

And you won’t want to miss Donna’s unique portrayal of the scenes and characters from one of the worlds most famous stories as they come to life in this selection of oils paintings in traditional frames.

The show will run during normal open hours for three weeks, from Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 25, 2015. The gallery is located at 1810 Post Road in Wells. Hours are Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (207) 216-9022.

Music Meets Art with Goldfish Guitars + Fishuku

JH-Conservatory ll2Conservatory #2″ by Jay Hoagland

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor will close out its 2015 Season on Columbus Day weekend with a celebration of ART & Music. As part of the celebration the gallery will feature Goldfish Guitars & Fishuku. Timothy Harrington, CEO of Goldfish Guitars, played the fish design instruments on Saturday afternoon, October 10th. In keeping with the music theme other works on display are metal sculptures “Conservatory #1″, “Conservatory #2″ and “Mephisto Waltz” by Jay Hoagland, “The Beatles” by Brian Read and assemblage “Lenin Singing at the Hollywood Bowl” by Bill Cook

“4 X 4, Every Painting has a Story” featuring works by Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Elaine Niemi and Elaine Reed will be on display in the New Wing. The Main Gallery offers paintings by Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Otty Merril, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Ron Weaver and Eleanor Zuccola.

Also on exhibit are pinhole photographs by Antonia Small, block prints and silkscreen by Ken Martin, mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook and Constance Kiermaier and driftwood fish by Claire Perry. A variety of quality crafts are available including decoupage by Davene Fahy, turned & carved vessels by Dick Kelly, hand carved birds by Stephen Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosiacs and pottery by Dona Bergen. The gallery also offers a large variety of quality antiques and collectibles, vintage jewelry and handmade soaps by Stone House Road Apiary.

Gallery hours on Columbus Day weekend are 10-5, Friday thru Monday, October 12th and is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net or www.goldfishguitars.com.

Camden Falls Gallery welcomes new gallery artists Moeller and Van Hook

Camden Falls Gallery is now featuring the work of award-winning landscape and figure painters Stan Moeller and George Van Hook, who have both recently joined the gallery.

Moeller, who currently resides in York, Maine, was raised in rural northern Indiana near the Michigan border. Excelling in art from an early age, he studied art at Western Michigan University and took as many life-drawing classes as he could. One instructor, a portrait painter from NYC, told him, “If you really want to be an artist, get out of here (college) and go paint.” To this day, Stan believes it is the very act of painting that is the best instructor, to paraphrase one of his heroes, the Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Basstida.


Stan Moeller- Egret Sanctuary, Oil on Linen Panel, 18 x 24 inches

During and after college, Moeller performed as a singer-songwriter in clubs and coffee houses, releasing a CD and touring extensively throughout the United States. In the 1990s, he and his wife Tammy (also a musician) released three more CDs together before Stan quit playing music professionally and devoted himself full-time to painting. In the mid-1990’s, while painting on Monhegan Island, he met resident artist and fellow musician Don Stone (1929 – 2015), who became his most important mentor and a dear friend. Over the years, Stone shared many stories about the painters in his life, including Paul Strisik, Emile Gruppé and Aldro Hibbard and others, as well as the lessons he learned from them.

In recent years, Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island,  and has also taught a master class entitled “En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, NH, where he taught courses for seven years. He also travels frequently to France and Italy for inspiration to sketch and paint. He has conducted workshops in Tuscany and the south of France, and was awarded a painting residency in Brittany. About his work, Stan writes, “I am just as intrigued by the way the light wraps around a subject as the subject itself.  It seems like I’m always painting in my head. Whenever I’m looking, I’m painting; always looking at the value relationships and asking myself ‘how would I paint that?’”

Camden-FallsGeorge Van Hook- Low Tide, Oil on Linen, 20 x 16 inches

Our other featured plein air painter, George Van Hook, is a highly regarded and well-established artist, who has recently received recognition from three prestigious organizations for his work. He was awarded First Place in the 2013 Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, and won the festival’s Quick Draw competition. He was also invited to participate in the private painter’s event “Paint the Adirondacks,” hosted by the publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Eric Rhoads. Additionally, his work has been accepted into two juried exhibitions at Vermont’s Bennington Center for the Arts: “Impressions of New England” and the “Laumeister Fine Art Competition,” the latter of which is juried by Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur. We are honored that he has chosen Camden Falls Gallery to represent his work in Maine.

Born and raised in a northern suburb of Philadelphia, Van Hook was exposed early on to the culture of one of our oldest cities. His family also owned a farm in rural Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. The rich landscape of farmland and forest fostered the talented group of artists known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists, as well as the famous artists and illustrators of the Brandywine tradition, Howard Pyle and the Wyeth clan. As a young student, Van Hook had the good fortune to traverse Europe on a film-making expedition. He exhibited an early reverence for European traditions by spending hours in the Louvre copying the old masters.

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. He describes his work as a marriage of external and internal forces, with what emerges on the canvas serving to reflect both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure,” he adds.

George has also spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland, Camden and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson. This summer, George painted his way up the coast of Maine right to our door. Our gallery is currently showing the fruits of this plein air adventure, alongside the work of Stan Moeller and over 40 other artists.

Located on the Public Landing in Camden, Maine, Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Kids Talk About Art”

winingsCynthia Winings, Loretta In The Gallery, 2015
On Fir5st Friday, October 2, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents KIDS TALK ABOUT ART, on First Friday in Blue Hill, October 2, 5 – 7 PM. The gallery invites kids of all ages to talk about the artwork in the current show, Belonging To Time. Children and their parents are welcome to join us at 5:00PM, when the children will lead the discussion about the art on the walls, with their insights, questions, and creative opinions!

The Cynthia Winings Gallery currently is hosting a group exhibition, Belonging To Time, featuring the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, David Hornung, Carol Pelletier, and Pat Wheeler. Including new artwork from Daniel Anselmi, Josephine Burr, Heather Lyon, and Lari Washburn. With artwork from Louise Bourne, Hannah Burr, Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Kate Emlen, Roberta Amina Greany, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Justin Richel, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, and Goody-B. Wiseman

Everyone is warmly invited to our final First Friday of the 2015 season. The artist-owned Cynthia Winings Gallery is located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. The exhibition, Belonging To Time will be on view August 30 through October 11. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or 917.204.4001

Ragna Bruno Art Opening at She-Bear on Oct. 2

untitled“Flower Woman” by Ragna Bruno

She-Bear Gallery in Portland is pleased to announce the exhibit of Pastel-on-Paper Figures by Ragna Bruno from October 2 through November 29. An Artist Reception takes place during First Friday ArtWalk on October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The abstract markings surrounding all of Ragna’s figures allude to the complex narrative that is a human being. As the dictionary says, beauty is “perfection of form.” Ragna Bruno’s figures are indeed exquisite of form, and yet, she understands how our selves extend beyond the confines of shape.

Ragna couples her metaphysical subject matter with soothing, serene, and sophisticated color choices. Even her execution of a hot burst of fuchsia is tender. A native of Madrid, Spain, Ragna has lived in Maine since 1977 and has shown in numerous galleries throughout New England.

The “beauty” of her paintings and pastels in found in their curiosity and contemplation, in their gentle and vibrant colors, in their compelling and authentic manifestation of the artist’s lovely spirit.

She-Bear Gallery is located at 650 Congress Street. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (207) 239-2088.

Elizabeth Opalenik’s “Reflecting on the Edge” + “Altered Egos”

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Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland will feature Elizabeth Opalenik for the gallery walk on First Friday, October 2. The artist will be in attendance. This body of work has never been shown before, and we are delighted to be bringing it to you.

In Elizabeth Opalenik’s recent work she uses models in diaphanous fabrics under water. Her camera is at a very interesting vantage point where the water distorts the reality. Her process is unique as she prints these images on deliciously rich handmade Japanese paper, making the prints look, appropriately, like watercolor paintings. She discovered she can also shoot reflecting off of Mylar, which similarly distorts in interesting ways. Hence came the series “Altered Egos.”

“I began photographing models in the water in 1979. Throughout my career, images that resembled the work in “Reflecting on the Edge” would show up for me, but were never the full intent of the way I was photographing then.  I would put them aside and think “One day I will get back to this….there is something there…”  Then last October, I was working in a friend’s pool and I just “saw” it as something complete and set out to make the images.  For the most part, what you see is what I have created in camera.  Like many things in life, one must learn how to see what isn’t there to learn how to see it.”

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Elizabeth teaches workshops all over the world. She has had several “lives within her life” including owning a construction company and running jazz clubs, but a workshop in the 1970’s in Rockport led to her to sell everything and commit to photography. She has never looked back. Recently she has combined her focus with altruistic ventures, which have become critically important to her.

“Whether you donate money or time, you only need to see one two-year old child have her sight restored from congenital cataracts or hear a grandmother say as she embraces her grandchild , “I’m rich, I’m rich.  Yesterday I heard your voice… and today I can see your face.”  Then you will know, you can make a difference. There are so many projects in the world, get involved. This year, my trip was funded by the generosity of my workshop students wanting to help. Everybody wins and it is a way for me to blend both sides of my artistic life. More information can be found on project stories and how you can help on my website elizabethopalenik.com.”

New Exhibit Opens at Caldbeck Gallery on First Friday

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From October 2 through November 7, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the woven tapestries of Morris David Dorenfeld of Spruce Head, and recent works in mixed medium on paper by Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dorenfeld spent his formative years studying painting at the Chicago Art Institute. He designed fabrics for a living, all the while pursuing his own aesthetic investigations into the arts. The artist moved to Maine in 1978, bringing with him an old weaving loom he had rescued from a barn in New Hampshire. He wanted to live in balance with nature, to be renewed through his art.

“With hands, heart, and head, the designing and weaving of tapestries became a natural means of personal expression”, the artist explains.  “The weavings are done on a vertical tapestry loom. The weft is beaten down by hand with a hardwood fork and with fingers, especially when using small butterfly hanks of yarn.  This procedure is time consuming, requiring concentration and patience, but when the finished piece is taken from the loom, it is as tight as a drum and within the total, each single “pick”, is fully known.  My tapestries rely on design, composition, proportion, and color. They are to be experienced, like a painting or any work of art, for its own visual power and force of statement.”

The tapestries in “Hunter Variations” were made over the past 2 years.  Each measures in the 70 x 46 inch range, and is built on stripes and blocks of brilliant and audacious color, including Hunter Orange.  Each finished design and weaving sets the stage for the next piece.  The series is still in progress.  This is the artist’s third solo show with the Caldbeck.

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In “Tango”, Florance combines her love of drawing, printmaking, and painting in these works on paper, ranging in size from 26 x 20 inches to 35 x 26 inches.  Some pieces are on a synthetic paper called “Yupo”, while a number of pieces are on Rives BFK cotton rag printmaking paper.  The Yupo’s hard, impenetrable surface supports the litho crayon and acrylic relief ink on the surface of the paper only, such that the colors seem to be lit from behind.  The Rives BFK lends itself to softer tones, as it is more absorbent.   Using masking tape and/or stencils, the artist rolls the brightly colored relief inks onto the paper, making large geometric shapes as well as the finest of lines.  These work with the black lines and washes of the litho crayon.

Florance explains the show’s title, “Tango”:  “as a less than graceful, diehard tomboy little girl, I had wonderful dreams of dancing…stepping, swirling, bending, twirling… my art is now that dance.  This series, as with all my work, is based on the forms and study of nature.  In this case, I found great inspiration in the lines and spaces in the architecture of spider webs.  Informed and intrigued by concept and structure, I began my dance – step in, step out, swoop and bend.  each piece is a new dance – moving and turning, bending and stepping – guided by line, charmed by color. Dancing to the last mark”. Florance has shown widely in Maine and has created a number of environmental installations. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1988.

Fall gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (207) 594 5935.

Chris Reed at Summer Island Studio for Oct. 9 ArtWalk

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Chris Reed, a Bowdoin College graduate from Portland, will be joining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of October.

Opening Reception and Open House will be held, on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk, which is October 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Wine, Cheese and Hors doerves will be served.  Any questions call Patti L. Baker at (207) 373-1810.

Reed is a landscape painter in Portland; the natural beauty of this state is a great source of inspiration as he is always seeking new places to explore by foot or water. Chris’s ultimate goal is to be as true as possible to the creative process so that his work will resonate in some particular way for each viewer.  In preparing for each painting, he utilizes plein air studies, photo references, and sketches that evolve into a new environment altogether.

Reed’s technique involves the application of oil washes on canvas and then removing the top layers, exposing a stained, yet illuminated, atmospheric effect. Subsequent glazes are later applied for stronger vibrancy, depth of perspective, and overall color harmony. He is particularly drawn to a warm color palette, contrasting with the cooler tones of the foreground.  It is his hope that his paintings generate a feeling of tranquility, a healing energy

Summer Island Studio in Brunswick is located at 149 Maine Street. Hours are Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (207) 373-1810.