Chris Reed at Summer Island Studio for Oct. 9 ArtWalk

Ethereal-Embrace-600x449“Etherial Embrace” by Chris Reed

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Island Studio Hosts Thelander on 2nd Friday

Bluejay1“Bluejay” by Lilliana Thelander

Lilliana Thelander will be joining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans in Brunswick for the month of September.  An Artist Reception and opening will be held Friday, September 11, Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk; wine, cheese and hors d’oerves will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thelander, originally from Venezuela, moved to mid coast Maine with her husband and children in 2006. She was first introduced to art by creating stained glass; she was fascinated with the way the light came through, making the colors radiant, like a prism. She is drawn to subjects she paints by the same luminous quality of light and hue. Thelander loves to closely examine and is fascinated with marbles, bottles, eyes, glass, and objects that are part of our everyday living.

Working with oils allows her to render subjects in vivid colors by applying layers of glazes creating the illusion of depth. Thelander’s detailed renditions invite the viewer in for a closer look; her intent with her paintings is to go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.

If you have any questions, call Patti at (207) 373-1810. The gallery is located at Tontine Mall, 149 Maine St, Brunswick.

Gamache Artist Reception during Brunswick’s Artwalk

Blueberry Barren 3“Blueberry Barren” by Claudette Gamache

Claudette Gamache a Pastelist from Phippsburg will be showing the month of August at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans 149 Maine Street in the Tontine Mall, Brunswick.. An Artist Reception and Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk is on Friday, August 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and hors d’oerves will be served. For information, please call Patti Baker at (207) 373-1810.

Gamache’s background includes working in hospitals, nursing homes, visiting nurse agencies and hospice as an RN. She has painted since the age of nine and even though her high school teacher encouraged her to go to art school, her father would only support her to become a nurse.

Because of Gamache’s background, she wanted to capture the essence of nature where she believes it can be a healing experience for both herself, the painter, and to the viewer. As she continues her creative journey, she is interested in those special moments that Claudette captures that creates a joy and an emotional response to the natural world which, when we take the time to SEE, is all around us.

Gamache is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters of Maine. and the CT Pastel Society. She is one of the Master Circle members of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has her BFA from the University of Hartford and MA from Lesley University.

2nd Friday Brunswick ArtWalk Reception

FullSizeRender-rayfield“Squirrel Point Light” by Susan Rayfield Wood

Susan Rayfield Wood will be returning to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of July, located in the heart of downtown Brunswick at the Tontine Mall.  An Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 10 during Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Through Wood’s Squirrel Point Light in Phippsburg; you take a mile hike through the woods to discover the deserted station houses but it is worth the trip. The first sight you see is the startling ruby wreath of foliage and the deafening quiet – just Wood and the soft “chip” tones of sparrows all day.  She tries to capture that timeless sense of peace.

For more information about the Artist Reception, call Patti Baker at (207) 373-1810 and details about specific happens during the July 10 ArtWalk visit

Bowdoin College Museum of Art to open “Night Vision”

Delaney-Untitled-bowdoin2Beauford Delaney’s “Untitled (Jazz Club)”, ca. 1950, oil on canvas

Bowdoin College Museum of Art is opening a new exhibit on Saturday, June 27 called “Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960.” This is the first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of night in American art from 1860 to 1960, from the introduction of electricity to the dawn of the Space Age. The exhibition proposes the central importance of nocturnal images in the development of modern art. There will be 90 works in a range of media—including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures—created by such leading American artists as Ansel Adams, Charles Burchfield, Winslow Homer, Lee Krasner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Ryder, John Sloan, Edward Steichen, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.

“Night Vision” demonstrates the popularity of the theme with American artists of diverse aesthetic convictions and investigates how they responded to the unique challenges of picturing the night.

The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 18. Bowdoin College Museum of Art is located at 9400 College St, Brunswick. To learn more, check out the museum website

“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.

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 or call (207) 729-5500.

Barbara Bean opens at Summer Island Studio

Barbara Bean at Summer Island Studio

“Studio Cyclamen” by Barbara Bean

Local Artist, Barbara Bean will be showing at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of April 2015. Artist Reception and Open House will be Saturday, April 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors-d’oeuvre will be served.

Barbara Bean has always been what she calls an art maker; she is inspired by the work of others and enjoys trying new materials. This show is combination of her sculptural assemblages created from found objects and her two dimensional works of mixed media on paper, both in a floral theme.

Bean’s work is more symbolic than representational and asks her viewers to enjoy the experience of entering a new world where there are no boundaries and no limit to what one can make with so little.

Notable News from Bayview Gallery Artists

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is delighted to share the achievements of their artists.

Tom Hughes

“Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” by Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes painting “Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” appears on the pages of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. He says, “The current issue has a cover story on contemporary realist collectors, and one of them… chose one of my pictures to illustrate the portion of the article that is about him”. And why not? Tom is one of the very best realist painters working in the country today.

American Society of Marine Artists fellow, Loretta Krupinski, will also have a shot at a cover – her painting, “View from the Second Tower, Matinicus Rock Lighthouse, c. 1901,” was acquired by L.L. Bean for use on a future catalog!

Both Scott Moore and Barbara Applegate have the honor of having their paintings on display in Maine’s Capitol. Curated by the Maine Arts Commission, Applegate’s show Art in the Capitol is on view through March 2nd, while Moore’s paintings will be on display in the State House offices of Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

The U.S. Ambassador in Greece is enjoying Suzanne Harden’s painting “Approaching Cundy’s Harbor,” which is part of the Art in Embassies program there for the next few years.

"Approaching Cundy's Harbor" by Suzanne Harden

“Approaching Cundy’s Harbor” by Suzanne Harden

Marieluise Hutchinson took second place at the Cape Cod Art Association winter show with her painting, “Connections,” and she will be included in the upcoming book release Legendary Locals of Yarmouth (MA) by John A. Basile.

The Salmagundi Club in New York City has juried two paintings by Sergio Roffo into their Winter Landscape Show.

Another Salmagundi Club honoree is Gayle Levee whose gorgeous still life painting, “Raku,” was on exhibit there recently and will go on to be shown at the Hudson Valley Art Association. In addition her painting, “Summer’s Finale,” was accepted into the Plein Air Salon and her piece, “Sweet Water,” was awarded Best Water Painting by Plein Air Magazine.

Jerry Rose conducted a successful workshop on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine next to the Winslow Homer Studio and mentioned his upcoming workshop at The WoodenBoat School this summer in Brooklin, Maine July 26th to August 1.

If the L.L. Bean Spring Catalog hasn’t hit your mailbox yet, keep an eye out for Wendy Newcomb’s painting “Peaceful Journey” gracing its cover! Her bold colors and crisp handling draw your eye right to them.

Wendy Newcomb at Bayview Gallery

“Peaceful Journey” by Wendy Newcomb



Summer Island Studio Shows Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield

“The Red Umbrella” by Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield of Barter’s Island Boothbay will be rejoining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans once again for a show in the month of March 2015. Artist’s Reception and Open House will be held on Saturday March 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, Cheese and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. SIS is located in the Tontine Mall in the heart of downtown Brunswick at 149 Maine Street; any questions please call Patti at 373-1810.

Litchfield has been living and painting in Maine for the past 18 years. Originally from Sydney Australia, where she pursued a medical career as a primary care physician for 20 years. She moved to the United States after meeting and marrying her American husband, Peter Felsenthal, with whom she still lives with in Boothbay.

Art has always been one of her true loves and she took the opportunity in her new life to develop her passion for painting, drawing and color.

Artist Spotlight: Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

 “I particularly like sparseness. I like looking at something and figuring out how little I can use, within reason. How little can I use to make the thing understandable?” Charles Movalli

Charles Movalli at Bayview Gallery

“A View to Port Clyde” by Charles Movalli

In a recent interview I conducted with Gloucester, Massachusetts artist Charles Movalli, he spoke about his process and approach to painting. I always find it instructive to listen to artists talk about their own work. As a painter myself, I know that what an artist is thinking and feeling about a painting in progress can be quite different from the end result that goes on a gallery wall. With Movalli, whose paintings are made with an expressionist bravura that often tends to omit details in favor of texture and gesture, it really helped open up his paintings for me in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. To illustrate, I have selected several examples of Charlie’s paintings with some quotes from him and a few words of mine. I hope you find them interesting and useful.

Robert Colburn, Director Bayview Gallery

To view more of Charles Movalli’s paintings, visit Bayview Gallery in Brunswick or

Valentine’s Day Flowers from Bayview Gallery Artists

Greetings from a very snowy Maine! I am sitting in my office at the gallery, watching the snow fall once again. As I eagerly await word next week from Puxatawney Phil about how much more winter we have yet to endure, I am reminded that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. It’s the time when our thoughts turn toward hearts and flowers. In keeping with that spirit, it is my joy to share some lovely floral paintings with you. Bayview Gallery is, indeed, fortunate to have so many gifted artists rendering exquisite florals. These flowers will never wither and fade, but can be a Valentine gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. As the sculptor Auguste Rodin once said, “The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.”

With sunny thoughts of spring,

Susan Robertson-Starr, Owner Bayview Gallery

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.


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”.

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.

New Paintings Arriving at Bayview Gallery

Marieluise Hutchinson at Bayview Gallery

“The Path to Christmas” by Marieluise Hutchinson

Several striking new paintings have recently arrived at Bayview Gallery in Brunswick by Paul Stone, Helen Rundell, Marieluise Hutchinson, Barbara Applegate and our very own Director (and painter), Robert Colburn.

Paul Stone at Bayview Gallery

“Sunlight and Seamist” by Paul Stone

Autumn Update: New Paintings at Bayview Gallery

Jon Marshall oil paintings

“Sky – Prince Edward Island” by Jon Allan Marshall

Greetings and a pleasant Autumn to you!

The leaves this fall have been remarkable and the weather has been particularly fine – warm days and cool nights have made this an Autumn to remember here in Brunswick.

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick has recently received a number of paintings spanning all of the seasons from several of our artists.

Barbara Applegate brings us memories of the summer recently passed with two paintings depicting lush gardens blooming around traditional New England Sea Captains’ homes.

Tom Hughes sent us several gorgeous pieces depicting the coast in summer, winter and spring. His light-filled and atmospheric landscapes and his beautifully rendered depictions of our working waterfronts are a delight.

Marieluise Hutchinson stopped by with some of her most sought after Christmas themed images, as well as a magnificent large scale barn in her customary New England red.

Jon Marshall just delivered a signature piece of epic proportions – over six feet long! Depicting the red earth, sea and sky of Prince Edward Island Marshall’s picture is a tour de force of painting!

Last, but certainly not least, Helen Rundell has beautifully rendered a maple sugaring house surrounded by stately trees quietly awaiting the coming spring, when the sap will begin to flow again.

We are always happy for you to try any painting in your home on approval if you can’t come to the gallery to see them in person. Give us a call for more information, (800) 244-3007.

November Artist and happenings at Summer Island Studio

Harriet Lindemann

“Field Flowers” by Harriet Lindemann

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans will be celebrating the Arts Down Town and All Around with a Artist’s Reception with Harriet Lindemann of Brunswick, and a Trunk Show with Angelrox a fabulous new company from Maine that makes beautiful cloths out of bamboo. We are so excited to be carrying this incredible one-of-a-kind new product! Check out these videos to see the many versatile and beautiful styles each garment of the Angelrox women’s clothing line can be converted to in order to fashionably suit your every need, mood and whim. This is all happening on Friday the 14th of December from 5 to 8pm, wine cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. If that’s not enough we will be here bright and early 6 a.m., Saturday the 15th for the ‘Early Bird”. Special discounts from 6 to 7 a.m. which include 25% off on all Summer Island Studio jewelry and 15% off everything in the store until 9 a.m. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. As usual, a tradition started years ago Summer Island Studio will have free pairs of earrings for anyone showing up at 6 a.m. in sleeping attire.

Harriet Lindemann, a member of the Point of View Gallery, will be showing the month of November at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, an artist’s reception will be held Friday the 14th of November from 5pm to 8pm, wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Lindemann prefers abstract compositions in watercolor and mixed media, but also frequently does images of east coast flora. She enjoys pouring paint onto paper and experimenting with unorthodox tools such as sticks, plastic and dental floss or fruit rinds
to get movement and texture. Harriet has enjoyed learning from other area artists and art instructors.

What’s for Dinner? Suppahtime at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

Everyone is invited to Suppahtime, an AAAAH event, on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. AAAAH is an acronym for Affordable All Ages Art Happenings with multi-sensory, immersive party-events for everyone, brought to you by Waterfall Arts and Bridget Matros, producer of memorable amusements for the masses. These events are part of Waterfall Arts’ community outreach, designed to give everyone access to cool, one-of-a-kind events

This one, SUPPAHTIME, is the no-holds-barred community dining experience you’ve been waiting for YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Mainers love pot lucks and community dinners… but most have unwritten rules about playing with your food. That’s no fun! Join us at our super-long dinner table where it’s ok to get a little wacky with your edibles! First course: make anything you like with one ingredient: Play Dough. Second course: “real food” pot luck. Bring something to share! Dessert: What can YOU create on YOUR plate, with a few sweet items? Prizes for most artful, structurally sound, and least appetizing creations!

AAAAH events, with all their wacky, creative fun are $5 for adults at the door, $3 for kids under 13, and crawlers get in free. All ages are welcome.

For Suppahtime, bring some supper-food to share, with a label. At this green event, we’ll supply the plates and silverware but you must WYOP (wash yer own plate). Don’t worry… that part will be interesting too.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit or call (207) 338-2222.

The Anon Show Opens at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

A new exhibit, The Anon Show, will open at Waterfall Arts on Friday, September 26 with an opening from 5 to 8 p.m. The premise of the show is to feature work done by artists in something other than their customary style. Artwork will be identified with title, medium and date of execution only. Part of the fun will be guessing who made each piece.

Participating artists include Kris Engman, David Estey, Deanne Dutton, Mike Fletcher, Mark Kelly, Jim Wolfe, Abbie Read, Linda Stec, Gabriel D’Italia, Lesia Sochor, Karin Otto, Lorna Crichton, Liv Kristin Robinson, Gilbert Welch, Bridget Matros, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Denise Remy, Rachael Donovan, Alan Crichton, Nancy Morgan Barnes and others. The show will be on display through the end of the year.

An Anon artist’s salon is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm to provide an opportunity to discuss the show and share thoughts and insights. The salon is open to everyone.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit or call (207) 338-2222.

Summer Island Studio opens Susan Zimmerman

Susan Zimmerman

“Ewe Comin?” by Susan Zimmerman

Local Artist Susan Zimmerman of Five Islands, Georgetown will be joining us at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans the month of October. Artist Reception will be held the night of Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk, which will be October 10,
From 5 to 8 p.m., wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served and live music of
Carter Ruff can be heard.

Susan works from her little studio tucked between two coves in Georgetown where you find plenty of subjects to work with, islands, beaches, working waterfronts, estuaries and lily ponds. She calls including people and animals in her work good company. She fills her paintings with things she loves, often painting from a subject to portray something that touches her heart, or tells a story. Zimmerman paints the landscapes and the people of Maine. Making every effort to escape absolute realism, by the use of abstract design and color. Her goal is to have people feel the experience, and to imagine the stories, to connect to what makes living in Maine so incredible!