Archipelago shows “Alison Hill: Castaways”

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Archipelago welcomes Alison Hill! The public is also invited to see her latest work “Castaways,”  and for wine and goodies and meet Alison Hill at a reception for the artist Friday, May 1st from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Gallery, at 386 Main Street, Rockland. The online gallery can be seen at www.thearchipelago.net.

Alison shares thoughts about her work: “Painting has become my way of moving through this world, responding to and expressing what I see and feel. It is my interpretation, using color, stroke, and line, to evoke the mood I am receiving, whether it is a landscape, a person, or a still life, I want to recreate what I am receiving.

Through some fortunate circumstances, I am now living on Monhegan island, Maine. In the summer I run a studio  gallery, and off season I spend painting, traveling, doing portraits, and other art related endeavors. Monhegan offers endless inspiration, no matter what the season, and I feel very fortunate to call this home.”

Alison has painted with Caleb Stone, Don Stone, Guy Corriera, Dean Keller, Bonald Sher, Mary Beth Mackenzie, Dan Gheno, Jack Farragasso, Joseph Peller, Sharon Sprung.

Alison’s paintings are inspired by the people and landscapes of Monhegan, where she lives year round. The exhibit runs through Friday, June 19. For more information on this show, please contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Store and Gallery Director, at 207-596-0701.

“Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott” opens at Dowling Walsh

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“Flag of the Whaleship Abbott,” by Scott Kelley,   2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22″ x 30″

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland  kicks of the summer season with an Opening Reception May 1 from 5 – 8 pm for “Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott,” a show of Scott Kelley’s watercolor and gouache paintings for the month of May. “I could never have been a whaler, but would love to have been aboard a whaleship in 1856, to see how it was done, meet those men, hear their stories, somehow get it all down in my own sketchbooks and journals, my fingers black from soot, as well as ink.” Scott Kelley was born in 1963 in Binghamton, New York and studied at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York; The Slade School of Art, London; and was a fellow at The Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He had his first solo exhibition at the age of eighteen with The American Realist Gallery in New York, and has had over 15 solo exhibitions since then. The artist lives and works on Peaks Island, Maine, with his wife, Gail, their son, Abbott and their dog, Francis.

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Looking through whaling logbooks at the Providence library, my fingers went black from turning the pages. It was as though some small part of whaling had rubbed off on me, the soot from the try pots, fires that burned night and day. Melville called it “the left wing of the day of judgment”. The true history of American whaling is in those logbooks, and hundreds like them, written by the men who went to sea. Those pages hold the excitement of the hunt, the chase, the danger, as well as the boredom and near-constant longing for home, all of it the sum parts of whaling.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

“In the Woods” opens at Summer Island Studio

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“Gossip” by Lee Cheever

Lee Cheever, a local artist from Harpswell will be showing the month of May at Summer Island Studio Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall in Brunswick.  The show is called “In the Woods” and an Artist Reception will be held Friday, May 8 from 5pm to 7pm. Wine, cheese and Hors’doerves will be served; any questions please call Patti Baker at 373-1810. Cheever’s exhibit will focus on wood expression for both wall and free standing sculpture. She is a multifaceted artist who taught in public schools for years and now she has a studio in Brunswick and is active volunteering in the creative community. She spots stories everywhere. It may be the stories of history one encounters in traveling, or a chance encounter with an animal in the woods. The world has stories to tell. This translates into her work in suggesting an encounter. What the viewer takes from the piece is personal and varied.

“Linda Packard: Intimate Views” at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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“A Summer Rhapsody,” by Linda Packard

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to announce they are hosting a solo exhibition for artist Linda Packard in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this spring. Linda Packard: Intimate Views will be on view at the Gardens from April 14 through June 16. There will be an opening reception and an artist’s talk on May 1, from 5–7 pm at their Education Center, which is located at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. The event is free and open to the public.

Intimate Views celebrates the arrival of spring with Packard’s expressive mark-making, rich and juicy paint, and a cacophony of surprising color like those found in A Summer Rhapsody, a centerpiece in the show. Although Packard is an en plein air painter, many of the vibrant works in the show were created during the bleak months of January and February this past winter. She used memory and sketches made during outings last summer. Packard, who works primarily outdoors from direct observation, is drawn to the intimate small-scale scenes often overlooked in the pursuit of sweeping vistas. Her energetic landscapes hover on the edge of abstraction, yet still embrace the essence of place.

Painting Workshop with Linda Packard at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

As part of the exhibition, Packard will offer a two-day en plein air workshop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29. Participants will meet at the Education Center and then work with Packard on the grounds, which should be ablaze with spring flowers. For more information on the workshop or to register, please call the Gardens at 207-633-4333, or visit their website at http://www.mainegardens.org.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. For more information on the show call them at 207-633-4333. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

 

Tidemark Gallery Welcomes Spring with Opening

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“Ebb & Flow,” watercolor, Jean Kigel at Tidemark Gallery Saturday, May 2, 5 to 7pm

Ten local artists say goodbye to winter with an opening reception Saturday, May 2, from 5 to 7pm at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. This show has fresh new paintings, jewelry, pottery, books and cards by a creative and friendly group, including Audrey Bechler, Geoff Bladon, Jean Kigel, Sally Loughridge, Patience Sampson, Joyce Steel, Barbara Vanderbilt and more.

Tidemark Gallery & Frame Shop is now officially open from 10am – 5pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays. tidemarkgallery.com   832-5109

Jean Kigel shows “Maine and the Marine Environment: Paintings”

"Arctic Anxiety" by Jean Kigel

“Arctic Anxiety” by Jean Kigel

With global warming, Arctic terns have become threatened. But Maine Coastal Islands (National Wildlife Refuges) are providing safe nesting habitat for them and other seabirds on 49 coastal islands.

From May through July Maine Coastal Islands Gallery in Rockland is featuring Maine and the Marine Environment: Paintings by Jean Kigel. This exhibit celebrates a variety of protected seabirds like the arctic tern chick and common eider show here, as well as crustaceans, zooplankton, and seascapes. Openings coincide with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks [AIR] – grand opening May 1 from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Maine Seabird Islands, this exhibit runs through July 2015, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. For more information call (207) 594-0600, ext. 5.

Felicity Sidwell solo exhibition on Peak’s Island

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine is pleased to announce the opening of A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by award winning artist Felicity Sidwell, May 1 – 31. The public is invited to meet Felicity at a reception in her honor at the gallery on Saturday, May 2 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm where she will be available to discuss her paintings.

Many of Sidwell’s paintings have their start “en plein air” inspired by her perception of nature and the land around her.

In Felicity’s words, “In my paintings I strive to share the joy I feel when immersed in the natural world untouched by human intervention. Yes we are a part of this world and like the ocean we make our presence felt by the changes we make to the environment, but it is the sense of exhilaration in a storm, the contented love of a summer beach or the peace of an autumn salt marsh that I long to share with others away from the buildings and the trappings of modern society. Fishing villages of coastal Maine and small family farms, seem to me part of an older, more natural order that fit into the environment with a beauty of their own.

I grew up in rural England and spent summers sailing and playing on England’s coast. Having lived and painted in Connecticut for over 35 years the move to Maine in 2007 brought an immediate strong connection with this wild rocky coastline tempered by sandy coves and the salt marshes of river estuaries.

I paint outside, “en plein air” as much as possible to capture and express in paint the fleeting colors of land and sky that are so dependent on the atmospheric conditions of the day and the season of the year.”

Felicity’s paintings are exhibited nationally and held in numerous collections around the world.

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through May 31, 2015.

For additional information about the exhibit please call the gallery at (207) 712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit richardboydartgallery.com. For weekly updates or news like the gallery on Facebook at facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery.

Alison Goodwin “Re-Entry” at Greenhut Galleries

"Irises" by Alison Goodwin

“Irises” by Alison Goodwin

Alison Goodwin’s work is well known throughout New England where she has been living and working for the past two decades. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the Maine College of Art, Alison is thrilled to be back in Portland and having her tenth solo exhibit at Greenhut Galleries. The title “Re-Entry” speaks to the feeling of renewal and energy in her location and artwork. In addition to her colorful, whimsical paintings, Alison is showing new black and white abstracts which offer a fresh perspective on her work, revealing the artist’s brilliant imagination and aesthetic. Influenced by many artists, including Hundertwasser, Klimt, Matisse and Calder, Alison’s work is characterized by saturated, turbulent color and skewed perspectives, which pull together a sophisticated aesthetic in both fine interior spaces and funky dwellings.

KVAA Presents Art, Artisans & Creatives Fair at the Marketplace at Augusta

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“Joffre Cascade”, by Jlynn Frazier

The Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with The Marketplace at Augusta are presenting a weekend of fine arts, crafts and more on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015. We will be showcasing Maine creatives in the former Coldwater Creek Store (between Dress Barn & Old Navy) at 14 Stephen King Drive in The Marketplace at Augusta from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

This event is sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta, and we hear there will be many other special events that weekend in early celebration of Mothers and Mothers Day, including live music, a Zumba-thon, horse and carriage rides, karaoke, and a prize drawing for a shopping spree at the Marketplace at Augusta and more! At the Art, Artisan & Craft Show, we’ll have a prize drawing for five Maine made goods created by some of our participating artists.

CMCA Receives Quimby Family Foundation Grant

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announced that it will receive a $25,000 grant for operational support from the Quimby Family Foundation for 2015.

The arts organization has received several of the highly competitive awards from the Quimby Family Foundation in the past several years. In her notification letter, Hannah Quimby, the foundation’s executive director, wrote, “We look forward to continued partnership. We know that without your great work, we would not be able to move closer to the common vision that we share for the people and the state of Maine.”

Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in the state. In summer 2016, CMCA will move from its longtime home in Rockport to a newly constructed building in downtown Rockland, greatly expanding its programmatic outreach and visibility.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy said, “We are thrilled at the recognition by the Quimby Family Foundation of CMCA’s work in bringing an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene to new and wider audiences, especially schoolchildren and members of the younger generation.” She also stated that the foundation “has been instrumental in CMCA’s growth, and we are eternally grateful.”

CMCA will use the 2015 award to support increased curatorial and education staffing, positions that are critical to its mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

The Quimby Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist, with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

The Gallery at Somes Sound collaborates with Pritam & Eames

"The Moon's Light" by Wendell Castle

“The Moon’s Light” Stained Ash by Wendell Castle

… In addition to the artists and furniture makers that the Gallery at Somes Sound traditionally represents, this cooperative venture with Pritam & Eames puts us in touch with work by artist-craftsmen of international standing like Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie, and Garry Knox Bennett, among others. Both The Gallery at Somes Sound and Pritam & Eames share a long-term commitment to 21st-century fine art and fine furniture. We see our collaboration as a way to deepen this commitment by educating, stimulating and encouraging an appreciation of work by contemporary artists and artisans that represents the highest standard of artistry and skill.

For its inaugural show Pritam & Eames will exhibit the work of Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie and Garry Knox Bennett, three pre-eminent figures in the American studio furniture movement.

Rose Marasco retrospective opens at Portland Museum of Art

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Rose Marasco at PMA

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

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

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

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

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

Bridge Gallery in Portland opens “Take Flight”

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Bridge Gallery in Portland is proud to announce the opening of “Take Flight” on June 5th, 4 – 6 p.m. The theme “Take Flight” is interpreted by New England artists, including Kevin Beers, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill, Khat Mirzan, Judy Odonnell, Jane Parsons, Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Amy Williams. Each artist has their own unique vision and style. The show will be on display from June 5th – 30th, at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. in the arts district of Portland. For more information visit BridgeGalleryPortland.com or call (207) 712-9499. Join Bridge Gallery as we “Take Flight”!

Open Call for outdoor sculpture: Vaughan Homestead Sculpture Garden

Vaughan Homestead Call for Artists

The Harlow Gallery and the Vaughan Homestead invite Maine artists to submit work for an exhibition of sculpture taking place on the grounds of The Vaughan Homestead at 2 Litchfield Road in Hallowell. We are seeking submissions of outdoor sculptural work from monumental to ephemeral.

The show will take place July 3 – August 29, 2015, with an opening date coinciding with that of the Harlow Gallery’s annual Summer Members’ Art Show and Sale on Friday, July 3rd, 5-8pm. The exhibition will be on view for Hallowell’s annual celebration, Old Hallowell Day on July 19th.

Email submissions are being accepted through Friday, May 15, 2015. Artists are encouraged to contact the Vaughan Homestead to arrange a site visit. Submissions will be reviewed by curatorial committee. Sales proceeds for sculptures sold will support two cultural cornerstones in Hallowell, the Vaughan Homestead Foundation and the Harlow Gallery. To arrange a site visit contact Kate Tremblay, Program Coordinator at (207) 622-9831 or katetremblay@vaughanhomestead.org.

Deadline for email submissions is 11 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015.

  • Eligibility – Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for transporting work to and from the Vaughan Homestead should their work be selected for inclusion in the exhibition. All sculptural media and sizes welcome, but the work must be able to withstand the elements for the duration of the show.

Note! — The grounds of the Vaughan Homestead are not gated or locked, though they are closed to the public when a program or event is not in session. The Vaughan Homestead Foundation cannot guarantee the security of the exhibited sculptures and will not be held responsible for stolen or damaged art work. Insurance is not provided. All artists must agree to these terms prior to exhibiting their work on the property.

For complete information and entry guidelines visit: http://harlowgallery.org/open-call-vaughan-homestead-sculpture-garden/

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

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                                        “Float” by Stephen Walsh

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“Outside/In” by Jerry Weiss

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

Pemaquid Art Gallery Call for Artists

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The Pemaquid Group of Artists announces a call for artists to exhibit the 2015 season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Point. Prospective members will be juried from interested artist residents of eligible townships, including Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle and Bremen. To confirm space availability, please call Board President Sally Loughridge (207) 644-1835 after Friday, April 3rd. The work of submitting artists will be juried on Saturday, April 18th. Each candidate will be asked to complete a short application and to submit three framed original artworks and resume.

The opening reception for the 87th season of the Pemaquid Art Gallery will be held on Sunday June 7th from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and view the gallery space filled with a wide variety of original works in watercolor, gouache, oil, pastel, acrylic, marquetry and sculpture.

Dunk The Junk Mural Unveiling at CMCA

Soda-tron Bombs at CMCA

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

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

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

Bangor Artist Rachel Schiro Awarded Best of Show

"Party Bowls" by Rachel Schiro

“Party Bowls” by Rachel Schiro

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

In Ms. Randall’s words:

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

New Paintings and First Show of the Season at Bayview Gallery

"After the Rain" by Barbara Applegate

“After the Rain” by Barbara Applegate

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is thinking Spring!

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

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

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