Somes Sound Artist + Furniture Maker Series

Demi-Lune_0Demi-Lune by Ted Blachly

The work of several artists and furniture makers is on display for the month of August at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville. From Aug. 16-22 is artist Judy Taylor and furniture maker Ted Blachly, and Aug. 23-29 is artist John Stobart and furniture maker John Cameron.

Judy Taylor’s work consists of figurative and narrative paintings, labor-focused work, landscapes and portraiture. Prior to coming to Maine, Taylor lived and studied in New York City receiving her Masters Certificate in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art after attending on full scholarship. She then continued on to study painting at the National Academy of Design with Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. Taylor’s work exhibits in many public and private collections including: Johns Hopkins University, the United States Park System, Friends of Acadia, the Jackson Laboratory, Colorado Mesa University, Long Island University and the Maine State Museum.

Ted Blachly was introduced to woodworking and furniture making while studying fine Arts at New England College. Blachly was fortunate to have worked with and learned from a few great furniture makers over the years- John McAlevey, Terry Moore and most notably Jere Osgood with whom Blachly started with in 1993 and still remain close to. He primarily works alone in his Warner NH shop designing and making commissioned and exhibition pieces.

A native of Leicester, England, John Stobart is perpetually concerned about the aspiring art student in America in today’s world, with the art establishment’s heavy influence remaining biased against the traditional teaching of the fundamentals in drawing and painting. In 1989, he created “The Stobart Foundation.” This was funded by the profits of his publishing business for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas. While continuing his popular series of paintings of the historic ports of America, Stobart has, since 1987, returned to the practice of painting contemporary outdoor subjects whenever possible. It is within this field of effort that John Stobart believes every landscape painter’s ultimate contribution lies.

John Cameron says, “The sweeping curves and uninterrupted lines in my work are a result of the relationship between design and material. Each piece of stock is carefully chosen and sometimes resawn, exposing its best face. Boards are often from the same tree, providing a unity of color and hue. Handles, pulls, and hinges are made in the shop, using complementary fine woods and precious metals which I sometimes engrave.”

Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street. Check out www.galleryatsomessound.com for additional information.

“Celebrating the Year of the Sheep” with Nina Fuller

Running Lambs-cafeNina Fuller’s “Running Lambs”

A special feature of photographic images “Celebrating the Year of the
Sheep” by Nina Fuller of Hollis, Maine will open on Thursday, August 27 at
Sylvan Gallery in Wiscasset. The reception with the photographer will be
open to the public on August 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will
continue through September 27, 2015.

In this body of work, Fuller’s focuses on the Scottish Blackface Sheep
that she raises on her farm in Hollis, although at times other farm
animals including horses, donkeys, and goats capture our attention as
well. Fuller’s photographic images are visually compelling, personal and
sensitive. She describes her life on her farm and her relationship to her
work in the following artist statement:

“I have been a photographer for over forty years, a shepherdess to some
forty Scottish Blackface Sheep for only five years.  In the years that I
have raised sheep on my farm in Hollis, I have fallen in love with every
aspect of it.  It’s not all cute lambs and beautiful faces, there is
tragedy in farming livestock that can bring you to your knees.  Maybe this
makes the beautiful parts even more beautiful.

Farm Worker-cafeNina Fuller’s “Farm Worker”

In “Farm Worker,” the photograph of the young man in the barn was taken
during the gathering of the sheep for their shots.  It’s a treat to have
people come help because it’s hard on my back and most importantly I am
able to photograph activity with sheep and people.  Most of the time I am
alone, with the sheep, the light, the barn and my camera.

All of these photographs include the animals and me.  In “Roy (the Goat)
and Casey,” Roy looks at me as if he has a question, probably wondering
where his cracker is.  In “Running Lambs,” I was in the center of the
field while the lambs ran around and around me.  In “Bernadette and her
Lamb,” Bernadette looks at me with that strong mother instinct to protect
her young lamb. I love the tiny horns on the lamb compared to
Bernadette’s mature horns.  “The Gathering” is of the horses in the snow
with the sheep, and Emma, the Merino, pops her head up to see what I am
there for.”

Gallery Hours: Open every day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Location: 49 Water Street. Call Ann or Rick Scanlan at (207) 882-8290 for more information or visit the website at www.sylvangallery.com.

Reception for 6 Artists at Caldbeck Gallery on August 19

2Alan Bray CONTEMPORARY FOREST, TERRAIN VAGUE 2015  casein on panel  22x16 copyAlan Bray’s “Contemporary Forest, Terrain Vague,” casein on panel

From August 19 through September 15, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Bayard Hollins of Ilesboro and Basalt CO, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Dozier Bell of Waldoboro, Kristin Malin of Georgetown, Sam Cady of Friendship, and Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston MA. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In “Island Dreams”, Hollins will show large canvases in oil (the largest measuring 60 x 60 inches), as well as acrylic on paper, measuring in the 17 x 20 inch range. The artist says, “There are many influences in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism. I work fast, and with large strokes to convey the rawness of nature. I want to leave every painting in what could be considered an incomplete state, because I believe an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.”

In the 3-Person show upstairs, Alan Bray will show recent paintings in casein on panel.  He says of his landscapes, “The experience of becoming a part of what you are looking at is compelling and elusive. Because the incomprehensible connectedness of nature lies beyond the physical experience, you have to rely on resources that are as much the province of memory and dream as of your skills as an observer. The process of achieving a role in that connectedness is one in which intimacy and affection serve to reorder the experience of place.”

2Bell RIDGELINE 2015 charcoal on Mylar  3.25 x 5.25Dozier Bell’s “Ridgeline,” charcoal on mylar

Dozier Bell’s drawings in charcoal on Mylar, and paintings in acrylic on canvas, range in size from 2 ¾ x 5 inches to 5 x 7 inches.  Of Bell’s recent work, art writer and critic, Britta Konau, wrote, “The works are diminutive, some not even three inches tall. This scale does what miniatures generally do at first glance: disarm viewers’ fears (how could such a small thing feel overpowering?), and instill a sense of preciousness. But make no mistake about it: the impact of Bell’s little black-and-white images is powerful. For starters, awe is not an inappropriate term for the feeling generated by her drawing skills. Through extremely nuanced handling of her medium, Bell not only describes her subjects on a miniscule scale, but also suggests the textures and even temperatures of elemental forces, including water, clouds, and haze.”

Kristin Malin will exhibit a selection of 5 x 7 inch, oil on aluminum paintings all made from a single view looking out to an island off of her family place in Georgetown.  Each is a captured moment, one of a single painting session.  She says, “The fluctuations of the tide, direction of the wind, time of day, light filtering through the sky, and changes in the seasons are determinants in the way a place looks, and provide infinite moments of beauty, where I use direct observation as well as emotional and intellectual responses with which to capture a moment.”

In “Bamboo Pen and Ink Drawings: an Homage to Charlie DuBack,” Sam Cady will show a number of drawings in ink on paper, using a Japanese bamboo pen given to him by his artist and friend, Charles DuBack. The drawings, emphasizing contour lines, are all made out in nature, each measuring 11 x 14 inches. The artist says, “I like joining the two opposite poles of art – modernist severity with the realistic.” He also says about his work, “I eliminate, simplify, pare things down, until I have arrived at the form and spirit of something.”

In “Collages and Small Paintings”, Kayla Mohammadi’s work measures in the 8 x 9 inch range.  She says, “Color is what attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting – painting is where I explore how color relates to space, shape, and feeling.  My ambition is to delight the eye”.  Born in San Francisco CA to a Finnish mother and Iranian father, Mohammadi says, “Like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape.  My way of seeing was influenced by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call the gallery at (207) 594-5935.

Paintings of Farrell + Ineson Highlighted This Season

Farrellnesting loon2Peggy Farrell’s “Nesting Loon”

Among the many fine artworks at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this year are watercolors by Peggy Farrell and oils by Hannah Ineson, both familiar artists in the midcoast area.

Farrell is most inspired by the coastal scenery that is typified by the landscape around her home in New Harbor. While quaint fishing villages, harbor scenes and old barns have provided a focus for much of her work, she also enjoys painting flowers and, more recently, birds and animals.

Farrell is drawn to watercolor partly because she enjoys painting quickly – she likes “the finality of one stroke in a painting.” Her work is colorful, and she feels “there is a strong human response to color and it reflects and affects our moods.” In painting birds and animals, she has learned from instructor Julie Babb (another Pemaquid Art Gallery member) to use gouache, an opaque watercolor medium that allows the fine detail necessary to paint feathers and fur.

InesonRocky Coast2Hannah Ineson’s “Rocky Coast”

For many years, Hannah Ineson was primarily known for her watercolors, which were featured subjects of note cards sold by L.L. Bean and other outlets. She is a long time watercolor instructor and teaches classes in Maine and Florida, where she paints and shows her work through the winter months.

For the past 8 years, Ineson has focused primarily on oil painting, for which she uses the palette knife almost exclusively, producing a sculptural surface. Like many artists, she is inspired by the local natural landscape, whether it is the Florida Everglades or the Maine coast. While she enjoys painting an occasional still life, it is the broad scope of landscape, the natural beauty of sunrise and sunset, and the places where water and land meet, that most often form her subject matter.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m..

DIAA All Members Show Continues through Aug. 20

DIAA 2The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery will continue its popular second annual All Members 12 x 12 Benefit show through August 20. The public has the opportunity to purchase art that has been completed by their favorite local artists that measures 12 inches x 12 inches in size and which retails for $144 per piece. Visitors will be surprised by the large variety of watercolors, oils, photographs, etc., as well as sculpture, pottery and other three-dimensional objects that demonstrate the artists’ creative interpretations of the 12×12 theme.

Unlike most gallery shows, this is a “pay and take” event; pieces will be immediately taken off the wall as purchased and will be replaced with new 12×12 selections. Thus, visitors are encouraged to stop by often to view new and exciting works of art displayed on a constantly changing basis.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call the gallery at (207) 348-2330 with any questions.

Rebecca Myers Collection Shines at Shaw Jewelry

collage_8_13_15The jewelry of Rebecca Myers will be available at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor through August 26.  The collection is at once playful and serious. Her imagery comes from the natural world, blended in gold and oxidized silver, augmented by seductive gemstones.

“I have been designing and fabricating custom jewelry for over twenty years,” says Myers. “My jewelry echoes a passion for my garden and the allure of the natural world. I am constantly inspired by nature’s curiosities and feel a deep sense of awe when the seasons come alive. It’s what drives me to evolve my technique and produce work that is both current and grounded.”

Her pieces start with a casting and have many fabrication steps thereafter. She uses high karat gold, platinum and oxidized silver, and often features natural stones to highlight their innate beauty and flaws.

The gallery, located at 126 Main Street, is open daily until 6:30 p.m. Additional information is available by calling (207) 276-5000.

Keleshian Exhibits “Work on Paper”

approximations-6“Approximations” by MaJo Keleshian
MaJo Keleshian is exhibiting a show called “Work on Paper,” paintings on paper, during August and September in the gallery at John Edwards Market at 158 Main Street in Ellsworth. The selected images represent her unusual abstracted nature-scapes.
Keleshian has lived in Maine since 1971. She has taught drawing in the Department of Art at the University of Maine since 2000 and believes that drawing is an essential foundation for all visual artists. She has exhibited widely in Maine and New England and her work has appeared in several Maine Biennials. Recently, she has taught workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
For more information, check out www.johnedwardsmarket.com/site/

Harlow Gallery Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Party

James ChuteWork of James Chute in the Sculpture Garden at Vaughan Homestead

Harlow Gallery is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. for people who have volunteered or plan to volunteer at the gallery this year.

The event is rain or shine. Guests are free to explore the grounds and enjoy the final day of the Sculpture Garden, and maybe take a hike through Vaughan Woods at party’s end. A light and informal buffet lunch will be served, including a selection of cold cuts, veggies and the fixings for custom sandwiches, with beverages and dessert.

If you would like to come but have not yet volunteered, or if you are unsure if you have done so in the past year, give Aleana a call at (207) 622-3813. She will check the records, and the gallery can always use an extra hand.

Vaughan Homestead is located at 2 Litchfield Road in Hallowell. For directions, visit http://vaughanhomestead.org/

Find “Traces: Vanishing Landscapes” at Harlow Gallery

Brayman, Greeting Card AisleSarah Brayman, “Greeting Card Aisle” (Variety Store), encaustic, photograph

“Traces: Vanishing Landscapes,” at Harlow Gallery from Aug. 28 through Sept. 19, highlights the visions of three Maine artists who examine what is left behind as the state’s economy “modernizes” and shifts. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, August 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

The exhibit offers an engaging and contemporary dialogue on changing Maine life that is relevant throughout the state. At the same time, the deep personal connections that Sarah Brayman, Lisa Tyson Ennis and Shanna Wheelock bring to their subject matter ensures a heartfelt meditation on change, threading together sense of place and small-town life.

Permeating these three artists’ visions is a respect for common objects, and the people who made, used or sold them. National and global trends, such as the international migration of industry, fisheries depletion, chain-store domination of retail, and reorganization and consolidation of education will be grounded in the concrete realities of the areas the artists call home: Lubec and Brunswick areas of Maine, as well as the Canadian isle of Newfoundland.

Sarah Brayman has an art studio and home in Brunswick, Maine.  She holds degrees in Studio Art and Appropriate Technology, and has completed the coursework for a PhD in Urban Planning.  She is currently Chair of the Brunswick Town Council and has worked in local municipal Maine politics for many years.  Primarily a fine art photographer, she has expanded her technical range to include a beeswax-and-damar-varnish medium, encaustic, into her visual discipline.

ENNIS McCurdy Smokehouse-p19qu5f9jb1ecqk1k1ob7o60k43Lisa Tyson Ennis, “God Bless Our Home”, Abandoned Outport, Newfoundland, toned silver gelatin print

Lisa Tyson Ennis lives on the remote, rocky, “bold coast” area of Lubec, Maine. Her most recent work has focused on the decline of the traditional fishery, with haunting images of herring weirs, smokehouses and abandoned outport villages in Newfoundland. She works solely with historical processes—large and medium format cameras, black and white film, and handmade toners —always searching for a fleeting unison of light and landscape that is both representational and symbolic.

untitled2Shanna Wheelock, “The Silence Between”, ceramic

Shanna Wheelock lives and works in a remote fishing village on the border of Canada. Her current body of work relays sense of place: an honoring and connecting to the energies, environment, culture, and history of the people who have lived in Lubec, Maine for generations. Columns, drawings, and paintings are inspired by walks and explorations in and around local sites. Photo documentation and writing are critical in the creative process which is both methodical and meditative.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org

Art Salon: Fermentation + Art

Artists Read and Andrus 2Artists Read and Andrus discussing art making.

An Art Salon on the Subject of Fermentation and Art is scheduled for Friday, August 28 at 7p.m. at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. Informal, lively discussion about inspiration, interpretation and process amongst artists, fermenters and the audience promises to yield a fun and engaging night. Art Salons are described as a gatherings of people, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

The Salon is related to the current “Fermentation” exhibit in the Clifford Gallery. Artist Lesia Sochor had the idea for the exhibit for a number of years before she began working with the program committee at Waterfall Arts to bring it to fruition. Artists were paired with fermenters who make bread, beer, wine, cheese, kimchee, sauerkraut and other products for inspiration and direction. The resulting artwork will be on display through September 11.

Many of the artists, performers and fermenters are expected to attend the event and share their thoughts and opinions. To kick off the event, Larraine Brown will do a short theatrical piece. Although the salon is a free event and open to everyone; donations are always welcome. The Fermentation exhibit and related events are sponsored by the Belfast Coop, Seebreeze Eye Care, Sam Mitchell, Marshall Wharf Brewery, the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and year-long sponsor Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Visit waterfallarts.org for information on classes, studio rentals, exhibitions and community events.

Summer Stable Show Highlights the Work of 18 Artists!

The Sunbathers2Christopher O’Connor”s “The Sunbathers,” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x48”

This year’s Summer Stable Show runs from August 28 through September 25, and boasts a wide variety of media—from oil paintings to pastels, photography to mixed media collage, even jewelry. The public is invited to the opening reception, which falls on the evening of Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk, August 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Over a dozen established Stable Artists will be participating in this year’s show: Leslie Anderson, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Leslie Harris, Terry Hire, Dahlov Ipcar, Margaret LaFarge, Christopher O’Connor, Abbie Read, Robin Rier, Margaret Rizzio, Charlotte Sawtelle, Jude Valentine and Sarah Wilde.

In addition, the Stable Show includes a few guest artists: Judy Belasco, courtesy of Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth; and Jo M. Orise and Daniel Paulding, two emerging artists showing at the Trust for the first time. Finally, there will be several pieces of art work by two other Stable Artists, donated to the Trust in full: one piece by Lou Schellenberg (a donation by the artist herself), and several pieces by Sheep Jones (a donation by a generous patron).

Two painters will be highlighted in the 2015 Stable Show: Robin Rier and Leslie Anderson.

Herring Smoke Sheds Seal Cove 12inx12in2Robin Rier’s “Herring Smoke Sheds,” Seal Cove; oil on canvas, 12″ x12″

Robin Rier lives on the coast in Jonesport, Maine. Her oil paintings, executed with soft tones and swift, effortless brush strokes, carry a quality of gentle tranquility. Says Rier: “The scenery here provides endless opportunities for interpretation. Working on location is an invigorating and spiritual experience for me.”

Leslie Anderson, who divides her time between the city of Portland and the more rural Sedgewick, ME will be showing a body of work inspired by her husband’s flower farm. Whether out-of-doors or in her studio, Anderson’s artistic concerns are the same: juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color.

Cape Breton barrels 12__x 12 1_4__ (2)2Margaret Lafarge’s, “Cape Breton Barrels,” watercolor, 12″ x 12”

The opening reception for the Summer Stable Show will also include book signings by two Maine authors who have recently published books about farming in Maine. Get Back, Stay Back: 2nd Generation Back-to-the-Landers by Joseph Conway captures the vibrancy of the children of the back to the land movement, who like their parents, have chosen to put down roots as farmers and homesteaders in rural Maine. Peter Felsenthal’s New Growth celebrates Maine’s small, organic farms with in-depth profiles and lush photographs of six Mid-coast farms. Both authors will be present to sell and sign their books.

The gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. In addition, the gallery will be open on the following days for the Friday Art Walk: August 28 and September 25, until 8 p.m. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

Jeffery Becton Talk + Book Signing

Jeffrey BectonJeffery Becton’s “Blue Calm,” digital montage realized as archival pigment print

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art concludes its summer 2015 lineup of gallery talks on Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Please join us for a book signing and conversation with artist Jeffery Becton and author Carl Little on the occasion of the publication of “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House.”

Jeffery Becton, one of the first artists to explore the possibilities of digital montage in fine art photography, creates dreamlike, contemplative images reminiscent of watercolors that blur the lines between the domestic and natural worlds. In this comprehensive volume, author Carl Little traces Becton’s development as an artist from the 1970s to now, focusing on Becton’s use of New England–and especially Maine–landscapes and landmarks in his work.

This event will be at CMCA’s summer 2015 temporary space in the Bicknell Building, 11 Lime Street, Rockland. The talk and signing are free of charge; seating is limited, please call 236-2875 for reservations.

Art Videos at the Gallery

Fiore2The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit continues the emphasis on Maine artists in its Wednesday evenings Art Videos at the Gallery series, with the lives and art of Joseph Fiore, Robert Hamilton, and Roland Salazar Wednesday. August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The films are shown on a wall-size screen in the main gallery at Shore Road and Bourne Lane. Come early and spend time enjoying the works of Ogunquit Art Association artists.

These three artists were part of the contingent of artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950s. All came to visit, sometimes for years, before finding that the way of life and the climate were an inspiration for their art.

Joseph Fiore was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. In 1938-1941 Fiore attended summer and Saturday studio classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 1946-48 he studied with Albers, Bolotowsky, and DeKooning at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and attended the California School of Fine Arts 1948-49. He also held teaching positions at the Philadelphia College of Art, Maryland College of Art, and the National Academy.

In May of 2001, Fiore of Jefferson, Maine and New York City was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Over a lifetime of making art, Fiore underwent changes in his approach to painting, moving from abstraction to representation and back. This film showcases a remarkable selection of his work, including early modernist still lifes, landscapes of midcoast Maine and the Delaware Water Gap, and the stunning pictographic rock paintings that were the capstone of his career.

HamiltonRobert Hamilton (1917-2004) was born in Seneca Falls, New York, entered Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1935 and earned his degree in painting in 1939. He then earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II as a captain and P47 bomber pilot with 100 missions. Hamilton returned to RISD in 1948 and taught painting and drawing there for 34 years. He and his wife Nancy retired in 1981 to Port Clyde, Maine. There they set up a garage studio and three small galleries nearby where they presented new work each summer for visitors.

Hamilton wan as influential, modernist painter, a genius respected for improvisation. Hamilton’s friend and neighbor, Andrew Wyeth, called him a “real painter.” His paintings are based on jazz-like improvisation – witty, surprising, colorful eccentric. Even his last works when he was nearly blind, are amazingly fresh, funny, and youthful.

Roland Salazar Rose was born in 1927, grew up in New York City and attended college in Queens. He received his training in Paris at Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts and in New York City at both the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.

After serving in the military, he and his wife moved to Maine where they had a summer home in Kennebunk. Of Maine he mused: “of course, every person has his or her special way of experiencing Maine, and it’s a delight to hear people talk about ‘their Maine.’

My recent (2012-14) Maine painting series seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.”

Mark your calendars. Art Videos at the Gallery concludes on: Wednesday September 2 with the showing of the film about photographer: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye. Check out www.barngallery.org for more information about the video series.

Prescott Hill Pottery Hosts Open Studio on Aug. 16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis weekend is the 9th Annual Summer Open Studio/Open House Show and Sale at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty. Betsy Levine built her soda kiln and established Prescott Hill Pottery in 2006. Her incised technique and atmospheric “painting” make Betsy’s high-fire stoneware and porcelain tableware, storage jars and evocative vessels unique. She will be unloading a kiln-load of new pieces, with serving bowls of all sizes, plates, platters and other experimental items ready for Sunday’s visitors. Plenty of great snacks available, too!

Levine says, “I have always been interested in artifacts, in ancient historical records, symbols on bowls, marks on tablets, the very earliest impulses to put our ‘prints on the sands of time,’ to decorate the implements of necessity, and thereby to create magic in their use. Placing marks on a surface feels like a profound act of humanity.

In making pots, I am exploring the relationship we have with everyday objects experienced through sight, touch, and emotion. It’s about grounding that spark of creative intention in partnership with the elements of earth, water, fire and air.”

The galley is located at 261 Prescott Hill Road. For additional information check out http://prescotthillpottery.com/index.html

Dive in with “Surf Impressions”

EbbSurf Impressions: Ebb & Flow in the Tidal Zone is 4th in a series of 7 exhibitions at Black Bear Fine Art in Ogunquit. This current exhibition highights works of two seacoast artists, Alex deConstant and Jeffrey Fitzgerald. Both will be presenting new works in the form of color woodcuts and abstract paintings respectively.

Alex deConstant says, “Throughout my life I have been drawn to the inherent graphic quality of the woodcut. To depict movement from a stagnant material while balancing aspects of atmosphere and color is very challenging. The time consuming technique of reduction woodcut is multi-faceted; many levels of thoughtful planning and improvisation result in the finished image.”

Jeffrey Fitzgerald notes, “I live and work on the seacoast of Maine. My paintings are about the physical and emotional energy of the ocean and coastline. The images are also about canvas, brushstroke and composition. The paintings find a balance, story, and power between the creative process and world I see.”

Black Bear Fine Art is located at 309 Shore Road. For more information, call (207) 646-7278.

“To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”

mainpgphotoImage by Charles Laurier Dufour

The Keag River Gallery in South Thomaston will present a joint exhibition of the work of
Charles Dufour and Karen Jerzyk. An opening reception will be held August 21 from 5
to 8 p.m. at 25 Dublin Road. The show will be on display through September 27.

There is a dream-like quality to the photographic works by both Karen Jerzyk
and Charles Laurier Dufour. While their styles are certainly different from each
other’s, both have had mutual respect and admiration for a few years and have
decided to assemble a collection of their independent works together in one
exhibition entitled, “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.” The Keag River Gallery in
South Thomaston, Maine, will be the venue for this tag-team effort. Most of
the works selected for this exhibition will be fine art nudes. Dufour’s figure
photographs are more reminiscent of peaceful daydreams, or images that
flutter through slow wave sleep.

imagesImage by Karen Jerzyk

Jerzyk’s elaborate photographs are brilliantly composed and are more like vivid
REM dreams, some embracing nightmare qualities. Most of Jerzyk’s work is color,
while most of Dufour’s work is BW. The two artistic styles complement each other
quite comfortably, striking a strong balance between contrast and similarity. This
combination usually makes for great dialogue by exhibition viewers; you should not miss this opening reception! More can be seen at the website www.keagrivergallery.com

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Impressionism Exhibition

Roosenboom-Albert-ContemplationAlbert Roosenboom, “Contemplation,” oil on panel, 20” x 14 1/2”

“Belgian, French, Dutch and American Impressionism” opened at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, August 8. Impressionist views of the Netherlands, Paris and New York are exhibited alongside views of Venice and the French countryside.

Of particular note is a richly painted oil by Belgian artist Albert Roosenboom (1845-1875). Roosenboom died at the young age of 30 years at the height of his artistic success. “Contemplation” depicts an elegant woman in a white flowing dress reclining on a chaise lounge. Her cat sleeps peacefully at her side adding to the ambiance of the sumptuous interior. Contrasting Roosenboom’s quiet work is Robert Henri’s delightful, small oil of bustling New York Harbor. A tugboat is seen chugging past in the foreground against the backdrop of tall ships and an ocean liner. Henri was a leading figure in the Ashcan School and “The Eight” in New York City. His writings and teaching at the Art Students League influenced generations of American painters.

Exploring impressionism freely between North American and the Continent are works by Charles Ebert (1873-1959) capturing spring Rhododendrons along the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, Cesare Villacres (1880-1941) depicting the horses and carriages and crowds in front of the Paris Opera House, and Joseph Pennell’s (1857-1926) view of the streets of London.

Other important American and European artists featured in the exhibition include Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), Walter Dean (1854-1912), Aart Bijl (1885-1962), Sears Gallagher (1869-1955), John Whorf (1903-1959), Romeo Dumoulin (1883-1944) and John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972).

“Belgian, French, Dutch and American Impressionism” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery through September 18. For more information call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

CMCA Visit + Artist Talk at Beech Nut House

d9ac2cc7-78c8-4e10-bcac-f128df5f626cA talk with artist Dudley Zopp will take place on August 19 on her installation at Beech Nut House, at the top of Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport. Meet the group at 5:00 p.m. at the base of Beech Hill Preserve. Hike to top is an easy 30 minute walk.

Dudley Zopp, along with poet Gary Lawless, is one of two artists in residence at Beech Hill in 2015 through the Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Arts on the Hill program. Her installation, entitled “Stones on the Move,” can be viewed every Wednesday through September 9.

Artist George Mason inaugurated the Arts on the Hill program last year; this is the second year CMCA has organized a site visit and artist’s talk in conjunction with the program.

For more information, and for directions to Beech Hill Preserve, please visit www.coastalmountains.org.

Art of Eric Green at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Eric Green’s “Third Marquee,” 1996, oil on linen

The work of Eric Green will be showing at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland through August 29.

Eric Green went to Rhode Island School of Design on a full scholarship at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.

In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written four novels and a column for the local paper. He has had two solo exhibitions in SoHo and Chelsea, received three grants, and a merit award from the National Academy of Design. In New England, Eric’s paintings have been exhibited at the Ogunquit Museum, Brattleboro Museum, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and the Portland Museum.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call (207) 596-0084.

Stadler Gallery exhibits work of Cirillo + Yamin

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Elizabeth Yamin’s “Crosscurrents”

Stadler Gallery for Contemporary Art in Kingfield has two new August exhibitions with works by Sandi Cirillo from Searsport, Maine, and Elizabeth Yamin from New York City. The exhibition is on view through August 27.

”Fiber Fantasy” is the title of Cirillo’s show, in which she explores and develops new techniques in her field, most recently what she calls fiberscapes which are smaller pieces that emphasize various textural elements and encourage a closer look to see all the details.

“Working the River” is what Yamin names the series of paintings on display that are inspired by her long-time studio location at the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York, where she captures the abstract qualities of the objects in her view. On Aug. 29, Ed McCartan and Jackie Melissas will be the featured artists in “Paint and Clay,” a show that will run through Sept. 20.

The gallery is located at 225 Main Street. For more information, visit stadlergallery.com or call (207)265-5025.