Farmland, Farmers, + Farming

Amy Pollien PRF March Thaw2Amy Pollien, at Peggy Rockefeller Farm, Bar Harbor: “March Thaw”

In the cold fall of 2014, a handful of artists took their sketch books and cameras and ventured out onto a couple of farms preserved by Maine Farmland Trust: Buckle Farm in Unity, and Rolling Acres in Jefferson. It was the beginning of a nine-month project coordinated by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast and the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, connecting approximately forty artists with twenty Maine farms.

This week, the project will reach its grand finale with two exhibits opening in Belfast and Damariscotta. The show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be on display through Wednesday, August 19 with  an Art Walk Friday July 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Damariscotta exhibit will take place at the Firehouse Center of the Falcon Foundation, through Monday, September 7.

Many of the participating farms are properties protected with agricultural easements. These include, among others, Two Coves Farm in Harpswell, The Buckle Farm  in Unity, Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, David’s Folly in Brooksville, Rolling Acres in Jefferson, Dooryard Farm in Camden, and  Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren.  For a complete list of farms please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com.

Curators David Dewey (Falcon Foundation) and Anna  Abaldo (Maine Farmland Trust Gallery) each invited approximately twenty artists to participate. “We never intended this project to be quite so substantial,” smiled Abaldo. “But almost all the artists we invited said yes.” The curators credit artists’ love for Maine’s rural landscape in general, and their enthusiasm to support the farmland preservation efforts of the Trust in particular.

Artists were invited to observe, paint, write, sketch, photograph, maybe even help with farm chores. Some of the work was done on the farm “en plein air.” Other work was created in the studio, a composite from various impressions harvested over the course of several months.

Upon completion of their work, each artist wrote a statement to summarize their experience, and to comment on the relevance of using art to advocate for farming. In the words of artist Barbara Sullivan, who painted Weston Farm in Madison: “Artists have always through time pointed out beauty and what is important. I feel the role of the artist is to fortify farming in general and to revere it –it is paramount for our food futures which I believe are in danger.”

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Linda Packard, at Buckle Farm, Unity: “Orchard Tangle”

The impressive artist line-up features some well-known names such as Lois Dodd, Dennis Pinette, Bjorn Runquist, Linda Packard, Judy Belasco, Nancy Glassman, Rose Marasco, Ed Nadeau, Sharon Yates, Frances Hynes, Amy Pollien, Lou Schellenberg, Paul Rickert and Jill Hoy. Each exhibit also includes one or more paintings by the late Joseph Fiore, an avid supporter of the Trust during his lifetime. For the entire list of participating artists, and to find out where their work will be shown (Belfast versus Damariscotta) please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

There will be a celebratory farm-to-table dinner Friday July 17 at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. Those interested in dining with some of the artists and farmers can purchase tickets through Maine Farmland Trust by calling the office at (207)338-6575.

Maine Farmland Trust and the Falcon Foundation thank the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, and the Caldbeck Gallery and Dowling-Walsh Gallery in Rockland for generously sharing several of their represented artists.

“Fresh Paint” opens at Stable Gallery on June 19

FreshPaint JPEG“Fresh Paint” opens at Stable Gallery, Damariscotta, with a reception on Friday, June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured in this show are paintings by Polly Smith, Hati Modr, Helene Farrar, Penelope Moodey, and Pamela Hansen. Fine woodwork by Louis Charlett and distinctive metalwork by Nicholas Downing are joined by Jabez Malmude’s dynamic drawings. Marianne Senechal’s unique felted fabric creations round out the show.

“Fresh Paint” will run until Wednesday, July 15th. For more information, call 207-563-1991.

Stable Gallery’s Exhibit “10” on Display

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Stable Gallery’s first exhibition of the 2015 season, “10”, celebrates its tenth year.

Featured in this show are encaustics by Julie Vohs, mixed media paintings and sculpture by Adrienne Beacham, paintings by Priscilla McCandless, and fused glass sculpture and jewelry by Joy Scott.

Member artists, metalsmith Mary Hall and Rosalind Welsh will display jewelry as well as Welsh’s sewn and sculpted paintings. Ceramic garden sculpture by Kimberly Bentley, fine furniture by Steve Ryder and paintings by Caroline Clare Davis are also featured.

The show will run through Wednesday, June 17. Works by all 39 of the artists associated with Stable Gallery in Damariscotta are on view every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, visit http://www.stablegallerymaine.com/

“Black, White and Tones of Grey” Opening at River Arts

Square Circle no. 1 by Cynthis Smith

“Square Circle No.1″ by Cynthia Smith

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Black, White and Tones of Grey” Exhibition on Friday, January 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. The show includes 100 artworks by artists, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until February 19. Visitors can also view the continuing exhibition in the West Galley featuring the the work of the Midcoast Printmakers of Damariscotta.

The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham. Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. She has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

A sample of the works and more information is available at riverartsme.org.

Marnie Sinclair “Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art”

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“Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures, and designs especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.”

Marnie Sinclair’s traveling sculpture exhibit Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art attempts to ” incorporate Nature’s extreme beauty with a bit of tension from our careless abuse of our only home.” Marnie is looking for venues to display and discuss “balance, art and climate change,” followed by her movie,”Nature’s Spin Through Art,” which uses sculptu her sculptures to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field, Bill McKibben, 350.org, George Woodwell, founder of Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, retired Physicist from NOAA.

"Nature's Spin Through Art" on YouTube

“Nature’s Spin Through Art” on YouTube

Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.

The Stable Gallery announces “hARvesT 13″

The Stable Gallery

The Stable Gallery announces a new show  “hARvesT 13″ featuring
paintings by Daisy Greene, R.C. McFaul, Priscilla McCandless and mixed
media works by Stephen M. Mott. Textiles and hooked wool by Susie
Stephenson and works by weaver Bill Bellows will be displayed along with
ceramics by Liz Proffetty. Textiles by Janet Percival and wooden utensils
by David Pollack will also be featured.

The show’s opening reception is Friday September 19th from 5-7 p.m. and
the work will on display through October 18. Dave Mello and Kevin James will provide music and refreshments will be served.

The Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 26 Water St. Damariscotta,
Maine. For more information visit stablegallerymaine.com or call (207) 563-1991.

Abbie Williams returns to Summer Island Studio

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“Dr. Proctor’s Hollyhocks” by Abbie Williams

Abbie Williams from Damariscotta Mills will be returning the month of August to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans.

William’s paintings are all glimpses into her perception of life along the coast of Maine, the Island of Monhegan and Taos New Mexico. Using rich color and employing the dramatic light of the coast and the high desert, she works to capture the extraordinary way the light changes moment to moment which infuses her response to the colors that are often too subtle for the casual observer.

Having spent most her life painting and living along the coast of Maine, then spending 10 years painting the high desert of New Mexico, she has continually been inspired by the challenges the local environment presents. Traditionally trained as a painter, Williams has spent a lifetime observing and taking in the nuances of color, shape, textures and light that make up what she paints and now through in her work.

The Stable Gallery announces “Check the Box”

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The Stable Gallery announces a new show “Check The Box” featuring
paintings by Hati Modr, Bob Thomas, Rosalind Welsh and Julie Vohs. A
variety of mixed media works by Caroline Clare Davis and Adrienne Beacham
will be displayed along with furniture by Eben Blaney, ceramics by Brandon
Lutterman, electronic sculpture by Guy Marsden, Shaker wood work by Denise
Rankin and jewelry by Mary Hall and Rosalind Welsh.

The show’s opening reception is Friday August 15 from 5 -7 p.m. and
the work will be on display through September 17. Dave Mello and Kevin
James will provide music and refreshments will be served. Please join us!

The Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 26 Water St. in Damariscotta. For more information visit stablegallerymaine.com or call (207) 563-1991.

Bristol Road artists exhibit under tents

 

On August 22 – 24, land and seascape artists, Will Kefauver, 144 Bristol Rd., and Jan Kilburn, 168 Bristol Rd., along with Marnie Sinclair, 172 Bristol Rd., from the Bristol Road Galleries, will be featuring their own work as well as that of visiting artists, under several tents. Saturday, during the day, Marnie will be demonstrating how to create fanciful birds and animal wire sculptures. Her demonstration as well as that of other artists will be followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m.

Marnie Sinclair, a process artist who works in many different mediums, has just opened her gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, on the Bristol Rd. in Damariscotta. She is newly arrived to the area from Martha’s Vineyard and since moving here has joined three other artists who are close neighbors to create the Bristol Road Galleries.

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“CO2 (in the atmosphere from fossil fuel emissions)” by Marnie Sinclair

Marnie’s work has always been inspired by nature and her particular affinity is for animals. Sculpture is her preferred mode of expression and she has recently started to create birds and animals in wire. The wire sculpture is an off shoot of a series of 52 sculptures that were done in driftwood, electrical wire and theater gels and spoke directly to the many aspects of climate change. Her sense of urgency about the state of the planet led to a video that she created using her work to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field: “Nature’s Spin Through Art.”

Since arriving in Maine she has created a traveling exhibit of this work along with her video and talk about art, balance, and climate change. Currently she is looking for venues in which to do her talk. As an environmental activist she is also part of a group in Lincoln County who are starting an Energy Coop.