UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces three new exhibitions January 16 – March 21, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Rachel Hellman

“Drifting Simultaneously” by Rachel Hellmann

Rachel Hellmann’s exhibition Infra/Structure features an assortment of mixed-media works on paper along with a suite of shaped compositions that explore the intersection of painting and sculpture. Long-fascinated with architecture and interior spaces, the artist’s compositions offer an interplay of geometry, light and color. Hellmann meticulously creates her three-dimensional, wall-based works through a process by which various shaped forms crafted from poplar wood are planed, cut, pieced together, glued, clamped and sanded. The painted and drawn bands depict color relationships which range from subtle to bold; the arrangement of these elements is in direct response to the unique qualities of each sculpted form. “Simplified elements, combined with subtle gradations of color, create a play with perception and a vibration between the logical and poetic,” states the artist.

Hellmann’s exploration of “painting as object”, in which the artist has fully considered all surfaces of the forms, invites the viewer to experience the works from multiple perspectives.

Dan Estabrook

“The Clown” by Dan Estabrook

In King & Clown, NYC-based artist Dan Estabrook combines nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographic processes with painting and drawing to produce his uniquely contemporary works. In Brain Surgery—an image in which the artist is also the model—a hovering ovoid form, painted in gouache and a pencil grid, is rendered atop a gum bichromate print, a photographic process developed in the 1850s. Through his uncanny juxtaposition of subjects and the deceptively-aged appearance of his images (acheived through meticulous hand-painting), Estabrook evokes a sense of mystery and nostalgia.

“My images begin by imitating various academic genres of the nineteenth-century, mostly still lifes and figure studies, but ones made strange by my interventions on the surface or by the handmade objects set before the camera.

“Drawing mostly from self-portraits made over a 20 year period, including photographs and sculptures made specifically for this exhibition, the work in King & Clown shows the many ways in which I have constructed and inhabited my own artistic persona.”

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

“What If They Had Lived?” by Barbara Putnam

In their second major exhibition together, Deborah Cornell and Barbara Putnam unite science and art to reveal the interconnected effects of climate change upon the natural world. The artists state: “There is no doubt that climate change is here. How to deal with global warming morally and honestly is a gamble that we now face.”

Cornell’s Games of Chance series juxtaposes images of nature and various gambling devices, reflecting on speculative attitudes and practices toward the environment. Other works examine how nothing exists in isolation, and the repercussions of our actions are more pervasive than people perceive. Putnam’s quilt What If They Had Lived?, as in her other works, addresses the far-reaching impact of humans on the environment. This piece references an actual 2012 event during which the warmest marine temperatures ever recorded caused several species of jellyfish to drift north, reaching the 80th parallel, where they froze on the shore of Svalbard, an archipelago north of Norway.

Deborah Cornell

“Games of Chance: Domino Theory” by Deborah Cornell

This exhibition explores ethical, social and environmental currents that arise from human interaction with the environment, and the concern of observing how our actions have thrown entire ecological systems out of balance.

Kennebec Valley Art Association’s 2015 Silent Art Auction

2015 KVAS Silent Auction at Harlow Gallery

The Kennebec Valley Art Association’s annual Silent Art Auction returns February 11 – 14, 2015, as in years past, expect sweet deals and an exciting and varied range of art to bid on. You’ll find paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts, artifacts; art by KVAA members and other Maine artists, vintage and antique art — art collectors LOVE this event!

Donations of original artwork are being accepted now through 6 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015 to support programs at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Donations of art, framed or unframed, are most welcome and your gift may be tax deductible according to current tax law. You don’t have to be an artist to donate! Make room for the new by donating something from your collection – vintage art, antique art, fine crafts, sculpture, artifacts and curios all are gratefully accepted. Drop by anytime we are open (Wed – Sat, 12 – 6 p.m.) or contact us to make an appointment to deliver donations at other times; call (207) 622-3813 or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Harlow Gallery is offering two formal donation drop off dates on Sunday February 8 from 12 – 4 p.m., and Monday, February 9 from 2 – 6 p.m.

Bidding ends at 4 p.m. SHARP, Saturday, Feb. 14, noon to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from this event support operating costs for the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit connecting art, artists and community since 1963.

The Long Distance Call: Carnes, Demers & Minzy at Harlow Gallery

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The Harlow Gallery is kicking off the new year with John Carnes’ expressive watercolors, Matt Demers’ graffiti inspired mixed media pieces and Scott Minzy’s graphic linocut prints. This exhibition will be on view at 160 Water Street in Hallowell January 16th through February 7th, 2015, with an opening reception Friday, January 16th 5 – 8 p.m. The Harlow Gallery’s hours are Wednesday – Saturday Noon – 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Through different methods each of these artists is exploring aspects of the way he sees and understands reality through the lens of the subconscious. Whether through an abstract map of the psyche, an exploded view of one’s character or through an illustrative psychodrama, each artist makes a long distance call to his subconscious in order to produce his art. By placing Carnes’, Demers’, and Minzy’s work together, a complex dialog among the three begins to emerge. Issues such as fear, regret, longing, and acceptance are touched upon in subtle and nuanced ways each in the style of the individual artists. Like a dream, when making the long distance call the artist does not know who or what he’ll get, a nightmare or a fantasy. This exhibition will invite the contemplation of difficult, contradictory and often personal issues raised by the artistic process.

For the past twenty years John Carnes has been drawing and painting the mountains, rivers and streams of the remote western regions of Maine, the Baxter State Park area, and the Kennebec River Valley. He works primarily in watercolor, pastel, and graphite. His expression of the Maine landscape may be realistic, representational or abstract. John brings this same love and expressiveness to his work with the human figure. Most recently he has been exploring the use of multiple graphite lines and limited color to suggest the transitory nature of things in the world, their continuous coming into existence and their impermanence, as well as exploring more formal issues of shape, line, form and color. For the last five years John has been one of six artists with private work space at Artdogs Studios, in Gardiner, Maine. You can visit his studio/gallery at Artdogs, 277 Water Street, Gardiner, ME. 04345 by appointment, or contact him at johnecarnes@hotmail.com, or at (207) 208-9232.

Matt Demers is a primarily self-taught artist from Gardiner, Maine with a background in graphic design. He has been creating his whole life and began selling work while he was still in high school. He began his career painting graffiti art and elements of that still appear in his current work. His inspiration comes from the good and bad of the chaos and changes in life. In his paintings he captures that constant commotion with strong forms, vivid colors, and rapid yet decisive brush strokes.

Scott Minzy makes artist’s books, relief prints and animations that deal with the universal themes of fear, regret and longing. His past life in public relations and corporate sales has led him to seek a less jaded but more authentic life in the state of his birth. As a result, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine and teaches fine art and digital media at Erskine Academy as well as in his studio in Gardiner Maine.

Second Sundays at Harlow Gallery: Bookmaking

Bookmaking at Harlow Gallery

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee presents Second Sundays, a monthly series of community events held within the Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. January’s Second Sunday is Sunday, January 11, 2 – 4 p.m., ­Bookmaking – One piece of paper makes a book: ­Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events will bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Many of the events will be perfect for families, and all are welcome. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Materials are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own as well.

UPCOMING SECOND SUNDAYS:

  • January 11 Bookmaking – One piece of paper makes a book: ­Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.
  • February 8 Ross Grams Digital Art Speed Painting Demonstration: Ross Grams is a digital illustrator, concept artist and painter from Vienna, Maine. Check out his website rossgrams.com then come watch him in action.
  • March 8 ­Artist Trading Cards: ­Very small art works to make and trade. Little treasures created from all kinds of media.
  • April 12 Astrological Chart Mandalas: ­explore and create a mandala from your astrology chart. Chart included, Mixed media.
  • May 10 Art Critique: ­Bring one or two pieces that you are working on or have completed to a group critique. A great way to meet other artists and get some input on your work.

For more information contact the Harlow Gallery at (207) 622-3813 or visit harlowgallery.org.

Farnsworth Extends Major Shaker Exhibition

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Due to the popularity of the show, and to facilitate an increase in school group visits, the Farnsworth Art Museum will be extending the exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World through March 8, 2015. The show of approximately 100 works opened in June 2014 and was organized in partnership with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, New York; and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum in New Gloucester, Maine.

Drawn primarily from the collection of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, the largest, broadest and deepest collection of Shaker material in the world, the show presents a comprehensive look at the religious, social and economic foundations of Shaker life, seen through Shaker-made objects. While the show is a historical overview seen through objects from Mount Lebanon, the spiritual and administrative center of the Shaker world, it importantly also includes a section on the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, the last active Shaker community.

The exhibition has received critical acclaim in the National press. The Wall Street Journal called the exhibition: “an uplifting exhibition (which) highlights American ingenuity, resilience and fearlessness,” the Portland Press Herald noted that: “this may well come to be seen as the most important exhibition about Shaker culture ever,” while Antiques and the Arts Weekly playfully warns that visitors to the exhibition: “had better fasten their seat belts.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Everyman Repertory Theatre, in partnership with the Farnsworth, will be performing the Shaker play As It Is in Heaven, by Arlene Hutton. The performances will be at the Rockport Opera House from February 20 through March 1, 2015. More information is available at everymanrep.org.

Mildred Johnson visits Summer Island Studio

Local Architect/Assemblage Artist Mildred Johnson will be at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for both months of January and February 2015. Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 4 – 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Johnson graduated from University of Oregon in 1948 in architecture, she moved back and forth across the country as an architect and designer for years. Mildred moved to Maine in 2004 and maintained a studio at Fort Andross in Brunswick for many years, working primarily on assemblages and mixed media collage.

Of her work Mildred says “I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making art… I’m still playing with found materials… and I still feel the excitement of discovery that I remember as a child” and continues, quoting from Robert Rauschenberg “You begin with the possibilities of the material”.

Portland Museum of Art Hires New Curatorial Fellow

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The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is pleased to announce that Diana Jocelyn Greenwold has been hired as Curatorial Fellow. Under the direction of PMA Chief Curator Jessica May, Greenwold will play an integral role in a multi-year project focused on the reevaluation and reinterpretation of the PMA’s collection, and will work closely with curators, support staff, and the Registration department to conduct research, plan installations, organize exhibition projects, and develop interpretive materials. Greenwold started at the PMA on December 8, 2014.

“We are very happy to welcome Diana to the curatorial team at the Portland Museum of Art,” said PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. “With her expertise in American art and her interest in American decorative arts, we are eager for her to help push the museum in exciting new directions.”

Greenwold specializes in 19th and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts. Most recently, she was the Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greenwold has worked at museums throughout the country, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She has published and presented her scholarly work and has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the Jay D. McEvoy Jr. Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley. Greenwold earned her B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and her M.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, with expected graduation in December 2015. The subject of her dissertation is “Crafting New Citizens: Immigrant Handicraft, the Workshop, and the Museum, 1900-1945.”

Pemaquid Group of Artists renews PMA Pass gift

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On behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Paul Sherman, Artist and Board Member, presents a check for renewal of museum passes to the Portland Museum of Art to Karen Filler, President of the Skidompha Board of Directors.

Members of the community can once again borrow a pass to the Portland Museum of Art at the Skidompha Library thanks to a donation from the Pemaquid Group of Artists. As in past years, the artists group has funded a full year of opportunities to visit the Portland museum at no cost.

The library is the custodian of the pass and administers the pass on behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists. Only one pass is issued per day. The pass admits 2 adults and up to 6 children for free. Persons wanting to go should reserve their day as far in advance as possible by calling the library at 563-5513. It is important to note that the pass is open to anyone in the community. You do not have to be a library patron or have a Skidompha library card to use the pass. All are welcome to reserve and use the pass.

Pam Gormley, library director, expressed her appreciation:

“The Pemaquid Group of Artists’ gift to the community in the form of free passes to the Portland Museum of Art allows people from all walks of life to enjoy the treasures of the museum. Skidompha is delighted once again to retain and administer the pass on behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists. Hundreds of people use the pass each year. We sincerely thank the gallery and all the artists for this wonderful gift.”

Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Artists Group, which funds art programs at local organizations and schools principally through donations from gallery visitors. The Pemaquid Group of Artist Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Point and is open seasonally from June through mid-October. The artists, including both regionally and nationally known artists, are all local area residents and are juried into gallery membership

New Winter Classes, Workshops and Art Camps at Waterfall Arts

Classes, workshops and art camps designed to add creativity to the colder months begin in January at Waterfall Arts.

Abbie Read demonstrates her gelatin print technique at a Print Studio Open House on Thursday, January 15th from 5:30 to 8 pm. The workshop is free or by donation and appropriate for all levels of expertise. The print shop also offers monitored open studio hours for artists who want to work on their own prints.

Mike Fletcher will lead Drawing 101, an eight week Monday evening class beginning January 19th. The class, for those with some experience, and especially beginners, is designed to help students understand and develop basic skills of drawing: perspective, composition, line quality and tonality. Creativity and artistic confidence will be encouraged as students work from life and imagination. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 to noon every week.

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The clay studio will be busy with ceramics classes for adults and kids. Adam Bogosian and Cory Upton-Consulich return as instructors for Ceramics for All, appropriate for experienced potters and beginners. The 8 week class begins Tuesday, January 20th. For kids 6 to 16, Linda Stec leads another round of the Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoon beginning Wednesday January 21. Open clay studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In February, Shawn Brewer leads a Saturday workshop, Screenprinting All Levels, on February 14th from 10 to 2 pm. The class as a group will explore different methods of alternative screen printing screen including creating monotypes using painterly marks and dynamic layering with different squeegee and inking techniques.

February School Vacation (Feb 16-20) seems a long way off, but a special art camp for 7 to 12 year olds is scheduled for that week – Art Meets Music, a week of painting, collage, constructing and creating, all inspired by music! From painting the blues, to jazz collage, DIY album cover making, and recycled instruments – there will be more than great memories to take home at the end of the week. Led by artist, musician and popular youth instructor Bridget Matros, and featuring additional volunteer musicians. Early registration is recommended.

All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of running and of your slot in it! Scholarships are available for some of the classes. Waterfall Arts is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, local businesses and individual contributions. For registration information, complete details on classes and instructors, scholarship applications, exhibitions, art events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit waterfallarts.org, call 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.

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Wine Cellar Art Gallery hosts Margaret Baldwin’s operatic illustrations

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently hosting the operatic illustrations of Surry artist Margaret Baldwin. Margaret’s show brings opera to life with colorful storybook illustrations that stimulate the imagination and offer focal access to classic musical compositions. Come follow the stories of four famous operas – Mussorsgy’s Boris Godunov, Verdi’s Aida, Beethoven’s Fidelio, & Wagner’s Lohengrin. This show will be available through December and January. Feel welcome to call for information 667-9377 or visit our website at johnedwardsmarket.com.

Camden artist Maggie Foskett dies at 95

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“Bits and Pieces” and “Rock” by Maggie Foskett

The artist Maggie Foskett died Dec. 1 in hospice care near her winter home in Sanibel, Fla., after a brief hospitalization, surrounded by her husband, son and daughter. She was 95.

Foskett, a summer resident of Camden, Maine, transformed bits of nature into brilliantly colored and spare, sometimes haunting shapes through a pioneering photographic technique known as cliché verre, the direct exposure of compositions onto photographic paper through an enlarger. She was among the first American artists to use cliché verre in photography and is credited with helping establish the technique as a photographic art form in the United States.

In 1984, Foskett moved from Illinois to Camden, Maine, and her career blossomed when she found a community of artists associated with Maine Photographic Workshops in the nearby town of Rockport.

Foskett studied photography with many of the best American photographers, including Ansel Adams, Sam Abell, Marie Cosindas, Ernst Haas and Jerry Uelsmann. She discovered cliché verre by accident when, working in her darkroom in Florida, she turned on her enlarger and saw the translucent outline of a spider magnified on the photographic paper below. She began experimenting with what she saw. She took tiny bits of plants and insects, created an arrangement between two glass slides, and exposed the slides through the enlarger directly onto photographic paper. The resulting images revealed intricate details and variations of color unseen by the naked eye.

The idea of unmasking the hidden beauty and mysteries of tiny pieces of nature fascinated her for the rest of her life. In dragonfly wings, she found honeycombs. In plant stamen, she found snowfalls of pollen. In flower petals, she found rainbows of color. She discovered that even rocks, cut thinly, could be shot through with the bright light of her enlarger to create extraterrestrial landscapes. Through her many years of work, Foskett noticed the patterns of life’s building blocks repeated themselves in nearly every object she photographed. She remarked that she also came to understand the fragility of nature; some compositions of flowers or insects might fade so quickly she had time for only one or two images.

Late in her career, she became fascinated with x-rays of injured birds and animals, and composed images that superimposed natural objects onto the skeletal traces revealed on the x-rays. She experimented with human x-rays, too, usually her own. One of her most memorable images shows blades of grass layered over an x-ray of her thigh, with the caption, “and then my bones will hold the seeds of summer grass.”

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Foskett exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the East Coast and her works are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and in the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland, Maine.

She had more than 25 one-women shows over her lifetime and in 2000, Foskett was included in Photographing Maine 1840-2000, a published compendium of Maine’s most significant photographers. In 2013, she was included in Maine Women Pioneers III, a collection of Maine’s best women artists.

“A sensitive and exacting observer, Maggie Foskett reveals nature’s incredible variety in new and surprising ways as she penetrates the internal structure of birds, plants, insects and reptiles,” a curator wrote of her 1998 exhibit at the National Academy of Sciences.

In lieu of flowers, a charitable contribution in Foskett’s name may be made to: CROW, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel, Florida.

January 10 Family Day: Winter Wonderland at the PMA

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The PMA is a great place to visit all year long, but there’s something special about visiting the museum this time of year. As friends and family come together to enjoy the season, make a trip to the Portland Museum of Art one of your holiday traditions.From the annual lighting of our copper beech tree and carol singalong, to shopping for loved ones at the PMA Store, to discovering art together at Family Day, the PMA is at its finest this month. So come by, bring loved ones, and share in the joy of your museum.

Alexander Calder’s Snow Flurry III is one of the most beloved sculptures in the PMA. Notice how the mobile-like work evokes the magic of a gentle snowfall, and then on January 10 at 10 a.m. make your own sculpture that does the same.

The PMA will provide all the art supplies you need—white pipe cleaners, silver reflective paper, white foam shapes, and more—to create a bit of winter wonderland that you can hold in your hand.

PMA Family Days shine a spotlight on all the ways the museum gets families engaged with art together. Take advantage of the PMA’s family guides and stroller kits, enjoy a kid-friendly meal in the PMA Café, take a 1 p.m. Family Walk & Talk through the galleries, and investigate the PMA Family Space—all while letting your inspiration run wild with the Pop Up Studio, PMA Art Cart, and Family-Day-exclusive arts and craftsmaking activities. Come when you want, stay as long as you want, and bring the kids. Let’s have some fun.

The book-club experience comes to art with the What Do You Think? series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café. On January 8 at 11:30 a.m., spend time studying the perfect balance and aesthetic pleasures of Calder’s Snow Flurry III and then discuss your impressions with others.

Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Small Works 2014 Show

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“Whoa” Bear” by Cynthia Stroud

Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2014 Show on Thursday, December 4 from 5–7pm. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Robert Callahan, Gregory Dunham, Pamela Elias, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Alison Rector, David Vickery. Artworks in the show can be viewed at/facebook.com/courthousegallery> .

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com/>

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show + Artist reception

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Greenhut Galleries in Portland celebrates the season and their artists with a festive Holiday Group Show December 4 – 27, with an Artist reception Saturday, December 6th 1-3 pm. This exhibit showcases new work by over 40 Greenhut artists, including Mary Bourke, Colin Page, Grant Drumheller, Sandra Quinn, Nancy Morgan Barnes and David Driskell.  Click here to view The Holiday Show.

One Lupine 12th Annual Open Studio features Heather Perry.

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One Lupine in Bangor is hosting its 12th Annual Open Studio, featuring jewelry artist Heather Perry on Saturday, December 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. All are invited to a preview of Heather Perry’s work the night before on Friday, December 5th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Come celebrate with us!

For over a decade, Heather Perry has run a successful business dedicated to the creation, production and sale of fine jewelry collections and custom jewelry design. Perry has recently completed her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine and is presently exploring the intersection between her practical experience in craft and expressive experience in art. More about Heather Perry and her work can be found at: http://www.heatherperryfinejewelry.com/

 

“A Change of Season and Kathleen Galligan” at George Marshall Store Gallery

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York, Maine:  Despite the cold and the dark, a large crowd turned out the other evening at the Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery to preview the final exhibitions of the 2014 season. “A Change of Season” is the theme and includes the work of twenty regional artists, some of who have previously exhibited at the venue along with some new faces. Concurrently, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has a one-person exhibition in the dock level gallery.

Curator, Mary Harding explains that the “change of season” theme isn’t just about moving into the winter months, but about all of our “season” and how we adapt and embrace change and new things.

Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented through landscapes, still life, and figures enjoying various activities. A large garden view titled “Entering Path of Memories” by York artist Michael Walek, is blazing with floral colors reminding us of the peak of summer gardens. One can almost hear the sounds of splashing and play in Grant Drumheller’s large “Swimming Cove,” or the crack of a baseball bat in Louise Bourne’s “The Steal.” Portsmouth artist, Lisa Noonis has also captures the height of summer in her paintings that include views of York Harbor and Rye beaches.

Tom Curry has a number of fresh views of Maine islands, boats and harbors. More abstracted compositions by Richard Keen suggest hulls of ships cutting through the water. Brett X. Gamache’s “Fisherman Rowing” is another take on a familiar scene – a bright yellow dingy is rowed silently below the cliffs of a harbor.

A group theme exhibition is an opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery. Tom Driscoll from Wilmot, New Hampshire is exhibiting three collage and mixed media paintings. Portland artist Jenny Potter Scheu’s watercolor, Prismacolor and gouache on paper pieces bring more color and pattern to the show. York artist Martha Hesse is also exhibiting for the first time. Her “Hidden Tomato” and “Hawaii Orchid” are some of the first things one sees upon entering the gallery.

“This is a chockablock show! There is something for everyone to enjoy,” commented a recent visitor. Despite the number and variety of pieces, it is not overcrowded and there is an easy flow from one piece to the next. Other exhibiting artists are Todd Bezold, Arthur DiMambro, Ann Trainor Domingue, Kate Emlen, Rosalind Fedeli, Paul Heroux, Madeleine Hopkins, MaJo Kelleshian, Kathi Smith, and Susan Wahlrab.

“Intersections” is the title of Kathleen Galligan’s one-person exhibition. The artist is well known for her expansive landscapes in pastels and oils often with the perspective of from above. Drawing from both memory and being on location, her views are mostly void of man-made objects and focus on the purity and fragility of nature. The moods of these paintings vary from mysteriously foreboding to light-infused optimism. In addition to her landscapes, this exhibition presents recent explorations in themes and media, thus giving further insight to this committed artist.

Both exhibitions continue with regular hours through December 21 and then by chance and appointment during the winter months. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

 

Farnsworth and Everyman Rep Present Shakespeare Scenes

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On Saturday, December 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host the Everyman Repertory Theatre for a program of readings from a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. The program, which is in conjunction with the museum’s current Shakespeare exhibition, will take place in the museum’s Crosman gallery, beginning at 1 p.m.

Join actors from the Everyman Repertory Theatre for readings from selected Shakespeare scenes, depicted in the current exhibition Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare: From the Yale University Art Gallery. These dramatic readings will take place in the exhibition gallery and will draw from major Shakespearean works including King Henry IV, Part II, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Paul Hodgson, Artistic Director of Everyman Rep, commented: “The scenes chosen are iconic: the explosion of jealousy in Othello, the carousing and recruiting in Henry IV, the play scene in Hamlet, the persecution of Malvolio from Twelfth Night, the division of the kingdom and the seeds of tragedy in King Lear.” The participating actors will include David Greenham, Paul and Jennifer Hodgson, Abby Norman, Jeri Pitcher and David Troup.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a not for profit professional theatre company committed to bringing live theatre to the people of midcoast Maine. Its mission statement is: “Collaboration. Creation. Catharsis. Excellence in professional theatre in the greater Penobscot Bay region”. In late February, Everyman will again be partnering with the Farnsworth for a main-stage production of Arlene Hutton’s As It Is in Heaven— a play that examines a fictional Shaker community in 1830 Kentucky. Information regarding the production will be available at everymanrep.org.

This program is free with museum admission. No reservations are necessary. For more information please visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call the Everyman Repertory Theatre at (207) 236-0173

Debbie Casterlin “Bare in the Botanicals” at Summer Island Studio

Debbie Casterlin a local artist from Brunswick will be showing the month of December at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the heart of downtown Brunswick in the Tontine Mall. A reception will be held on Saturday December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Patti at 373-1810 for more information.

about Debbie CasterlinThe name of the show is going to be “Bare in the Botanicals” and the image is Deb smelling the plum blossoms, in June. Her perspective on artistic freedom, her love of natural beauty, and her appreciation of the botanical world reflect her desire to share her innermost values.

Debbie has spent her entire life creating art, capturing moments with a camera and on canvas. Recognized for her artistic talent at a young age she has been commissioned to create art for public institutions and private individuals.

Though she works in many mediums with an eclectic subject range, some of her best known works are acrylics done in a realistic style.

Winter Festivities in Downtown Belfast Kicks off First Weekend in December

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Photograph by Neal Parent, Parent Gallery

Come kick off the holidays in downtown Belfast with festive cultural and retail enticements the weekend of December 5th and 6th! With two evenings of art openings and street performances as part of Belfast Art’s special holiday art walk offerings, the monthly First Friday Contra Dance, and Our Town Belfast’s annual Early Bird Sale and Tree Lighting events on Saturday, the whole family can have fun ringing in this joyful season.

On Friday the 5th, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer on Main Street will have an Opening Reception for Wrap-up the Holidays, a show of small works by 25 area artists from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Waterfall Arts’ handmade art and craft gift show will have an opening reception from 5 – 8 pm. Street performers will punctuate the downtown, and the evening will continue with the Belfast Flying Shoes 9th Birthday Celebration Contra Dance at the Belfast American Legion Post, featuring the three-member band Crowfoot with caller Adina Gordan and a celebration cupcake tower.

Saturday morning December 6th, Belfast wakes up for its annual Early Bird Sale from 6 – 9 a.m. where shoppers will find deep discounts in over fifty downtown Belfast shops and restaurants. Retail revelry continues throughout the day and at 4:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at Post Office Square where children and adults alike will sing carols with the Belfast Area High School A-Capella group and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The tree will be lit around 5pm with help from Santa himself and a lucky child chosen from among the attendees. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, and hosted in partnership by Our Town Belfast and Belfast Parks & Recreation, the tree lighting is being brought back to its traditional location at Post Office Square this year, adding to the old fashioned Christmas spirit.

On Saturday night holiday shoppers can be sure find something to delight a loved one during Belfast Arts Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. Betts GalleryWrap-Up The Holidays, Åarhus - Holiday Extravaganza, Maine Farmland Trust GalleryFrolicking Fiber Fiesta Holiday Art Show, and Waterfall Arts Handmade Art/Craft/Gift Show all have shows highlighting local made, affordable, handcrafted gifts. Harbor Artisans Artist Cooperative is raffling off a number of their local, hand-made works throughout most of December, the proceeds of which will help support the Waldo County Interfaith Fuel Fund.

The Belfast Creative Coalition and Our Town Belfast encourage the community to come out in support of local shops and galleries this holiday season. Supporting Belfast area businesses is easy to do when there are so many opportunities for fun and festivity this December downtown!