Waldoboro Calls for Artists to Paint the Town on August 6, 2016

“Paint the Town,” the midcoast’s exclusive plein-air event and fresh art auction, is returning to Waldoboro on August 6, 2016. The annual one-day event that provides artists with opportunities to paint from unique and private vistas around the town, will culminate in a reception and live auction of the day’s compositions. Proceeds benefit several local charities, including the Waldoboro Public Library, the Lion’s Club, as well as Medomak Valley Land Trust. Charlotte Davenhill, a “Paint the Town” co-founder, has asked Natalie Masse, who has agreed to manage the coordination and organization of this year’s event. Artists and volunteers will be provided additional information via direct email, newspapers and social media as it becomes available.

Tidemark and Friends Open for 2016 Season

tidemaek“Tidemark Gate 2014” by Nate Nicholls, Recyclesculptor

Fifteen of the area’s fine artists and craftsmen are coming to Tidemark Gallery next week to help launch Waldoboro’s 2016 ArtWalks season. On the second Saturday of each month, from May through October, gallery openings and other special events in the village are being coordinated for the public’s enjoyment and participation.

Visitors will be warmly welcomed to a special artists reception on Saturday, May 14, from 5 to 7pm. Paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, books and jewelry will be on display and custom picture framing will be available at Tidemark during regular hours, 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from May 11 through the summer.

Anne Heywood Gallery, will welcome visitors on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 7pm and Sunday, May 15, from noon to 4pm.

Special offerings in Waldoboro Village on Sunday, May 15, include a quilt documentation workshop at the Waldoborough Historical Society from 10am to 1pm, 832-4421. And at 4pm, the Penobscot Bay Bell Ringers will give an hour-long concert at Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 832-6898.

Successful Waldoboro potluck kicks off new Medomak Arts programming

WaldoroMore than 60 Waldoboro and midcoast citizens filled the Space @ No. 9

What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit.

While the organization’s general mission is to “foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion,” it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled “We Heart Medomak Arts.” The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.

During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. “We’re excited to see The Space becoming more active,” he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts’ community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
“While these programs will continue,” Pease said, “we’ve got more in store starting this spring.” Highlights include weekly “Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is “Finger Lickin’ Pickin’,” a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
“But,” Pease went on, “a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you’d like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space.” Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. Stay updated on programs, learn more about what’s possible at No. 9, and submit proposals online at www.medomakarts.org.
After Pease’s words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. “Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources,” she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. “Money is always good,” she said, pointing to a recurring “9 for No. 9” monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. “But there are many ways to donate to the cause,” she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. To learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts, go to www.medomakarts.org/support.
Smith’s words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.
All programs are held at the Space @ No. 9, 9 Friendship Road, Waldoboro. For more information, go to www.medomakarts.org/medomak-arts-programs/. Follow Medomak Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject/.

Artist to Host Open House for Friends in Her Festive Home

Audreys houseThis painting depicts Audrey Bechler’s home in 1984 before the barn was moved.

Artist Audrey Bechler is hosting an Open House for friends on Friday and Saturday December 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her home in Waldoboro.

An invitation from Audrey reads: “I am an artist living on Back Cove Road in Waldoboro for 31 years. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I decorate the house and put candles in the windows, put up the tree, one that I have grown in my yard, listen to music and keep the wood stove burning, warm and cozy inside.

“Most important is to be with friends and family, sharing the good food and atmosphere of Christmas. As I am planning to move to Eugene, Oregon, to be closer to my son, this most likely will be my last Christmas in Maine. Hopefully there will be snow.

“My little cape home is decorated with fir branches and Christmas memorabilia. All my walls are covered with paintings; mine and other artists I have collected. My door will be open to friends who would like to share the Christmas spirit with me on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so it may be necessary to park on the road and walk up the long driveway (with a flashlight if it’s after dark).”

Audrey’s house is two miles down Back Cove Road, after the right turn just across from Flippers Market. The painting in this post shows how the house looked in 1984, before the barn was moved. There is a sign at her driveway on the left for ‘Audrey’s Home Gallery.’” For more information, please call (207) 832-6806 or email audreybechler@gmail.com

Artists’ Choice at Tidemark Gallery

audreytravis“Audrey Bechler,” graphite on paper, by Travis Chapman

In the home stretch for 2015, Tidemark in Waldoboro has filled up two galleries; the home space and the annex at Old #9, with beautiful landscapes, abstracts, pottery, jewelry, books and cards by many members of our community of artists. The great reveal took place in a special “winter holidays” reception at both galleries on the evening of Saturday, November 21.

Among the many fine artists whose work was on display was Audrey Bechler, a founding member of Tidemark since it opened in 2005. Yes, it has been ten years and yes, there was cake!

In her characteristically clear-eyed approach to life, our dear friend and neighbor, Audrey, is making plans. She writes: “This may be my last winter living on Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, ME. Last winter I had health issues on top of dealing with the snow, so I’ve agreed with my children to move to Eugene, OR, to live near my younger son. I do not know exactly when this will happen but I must now deal with my possessions. I enjoy painting and have painted every day I can. My whole life revolves around art. Now after 30 years, the house is full of paintings, prints, supplies and art books and I am not taking them to Eugene. For those who love paintings we can help each other.””From my house to your house,” Audrey says, “my work will be at Tidemark Gallery from now through December 19 and I will have a lot of paintings and prints at the Old #9 gallery on Friendship Street in downtown Waldoboro.”

More information and images of Audrey’s work are available at http://audreybechler.blogspot.com. Please call Tidemark at (207) 832-5109 for more plans for this show and some thoughts about next season and the next ten years. Updates will be posted on our website, http://www.tidemarkgallery.com/

Medomak Arts Project Offers Cozy Seasonal Events

assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Getting ready for the season of holidays and hunkering means giving and sharing. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, whether it’s a jar of jam or a pair of hand-knit mittens or a collection of personal memoirs. Medomak Arts Project (MAP) in Waldoboro will be offering opportunities for finding and polishing some of those inner talents and resources we all have; to enjoy and to share.

On Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m., MAP will host a reunion of memoir-writers at Old #9 on Friendship Street. This group formed during last winter’s popular classes led by veteran English teacher and historian, Jean Lawrence. This writing experience was, for many, a life-changing positive experience and plans will be discussed at the reunion for making it available again this winter for new students. In addition, an ongoing writers’ group is being considered.

As well as writing and some planned musical events, several high quality crafting options will be “A Bucketful of Maine,” a hands-on workshop by Joyce Steel on how to make a keepsake assemblage with shells, pebbles, leaves and small “found objects” that hold warm memories of family and friends.

A minimum number of registered students will be required for the class to run. Online registration will be available at medomakarts.org or by mailing a check for $30 to: MAP, P.O.Box 374, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Each student should bring a small bucket or container of found items (clean and dry). Refreshments and art materials will be provided.

MAP’s Community Calendar page will continue to add more events as plans develop. MAP wishes to extend the offer of the use of this calendar to other organizations planning events of a similar nature in the community. Contact through medomakarts.org

“Black + White + A Bit of Color” at Tidemark Gallery

Inner%20CircleArt of Jean Kigel

“Black and White and a Bit of Color,” by Jean Kigel, a long-time, award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America, is on display not at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. It includes sumi-e paintings, etchings, and monoprints, many of them on her own, hand-made Eastern paper. Kigel’s work is currently included in the Sumi-e Society’s 2015 Annual Exhibition in Mobile, Alabama, juried by the distinguished sumi-e master, Shozo Sato.

A native of Warren, Maine, Kigel states that her paintings for Tidemark Gallery’s show demonstrate the “art of less”; she says, “Never do more, when less will do.”  By stripping away color in a composition, she de-clutters an image into its basic elements of light, shade, and texture. The difficulty comes in making these elements as potent as possible.

She seeks a minimalistic effect, creating art with a simple juxtaposition of ink, and empty space. In most of her paintings, a red chop provides the sole “bit of color” in the show’s title.  It stands out to anchor the flow of the composition.  In some works, the stamp is meant to be the first thing that attracts the eye; in other works, it serves more as the end point.  However, in several of the works in this show, Kigel adds a bit more color, like tones of yellow or green.  In these cases color serves to suggest the belly of a penguin, or the iciness of water at docks.

In expressing the essence of a subject, every brush stroke contains artistic expressiveness. Visit this show and read your own feelings into her subjects, which include animals, plants, and landscapes. Unframed work is available, in addition to work hung on walls.

Tidemark Gallery is located at 902 Main Street. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Tidemark Gallery at 207 832-5109

Philippe Guillerm Gallery presents Pascale Queval

Homeless-SeriesHomeless Series by Pascale Queval

Philippe Guillerm Gallery iin Waldoboro is pleased to announce its last opening of the season with an exhibition of works on paper and mixed media by Pascale Queval, with an Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, 12th September, from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Pascale Queval was born and raised in Paris, France where she started building simple cardboard wind-up people in elementary school, and went on transforming her bedroom into a city with its inhabitants, history and legends by the time she was in high school. She graduated from l’ENSAD, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with a specialization in set design, the perfect extension of her imaginary world to a larger scale on stage. She has been teaching studio art in the Marblehead High School for the past 20 years. Her teaching experience has broadened her expression to a wide range of media, from classic pencil drawing and oil painting to the use of unconventional natural elements and found objects. The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings and sculptures from the 2015 collection.

Geoff Bladon at Tidemark Gallery

Winter-'15“Winter” ’15, oil on panel, by Geoff Bladon

Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7pm, is opening night for a delightful collection of new work by Geoff Bladon, a long-time member of Plein Air Painters of Maine. His classic line drawing of upper Main Street is the familiar logo for Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s highly successful plain air painting festival which recently celebrated its tenth year.

Bladon began painting as a small boy in Montreal, Quebec, in a program established by Arthur Lismer, one of Canada’s Group of Seven. More recently, he has studied with T. M. Nicholas, Connie Hayes and Colin Page. His artist’s statement tells the story: “For me, like many Maine painters, it’s all about the light. And the challenge to capture it outdoors, on site, quickly before it changes.”

This show on September 12 is part of the new ArtWalk Waldoboro collaborative with both Philippe Guillerm and Anne Heywood galleries.

Tidemark Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. FMI: 832-5109.

A Bucketful of Maine

BucketAn evening of fun and learning is in the plans for Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Number 9 on Friendship Street in Waldoboro Village — a relaxed and inspiring setting featuring “The Way of All Fish,” a special show of paintings by Waldoboro artist, Chris Augusta. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages will be part of the evening’s enjoyment. Joyce Steel, a life-long artist and art teacher, will lead a workshop on collage design. Students will be applying natural objects to a surface to form a collage assemblage – then later spraying it with a protective sealant.

What to bring: a small bucket with objects from the shore or from the land, selections made in time for them to be thoroughly dry before the class and objects that are not too large and heavy – nor those which are too delicate to be handled without disintegrating. Objects need not be whole – pieces are fine and make for interesting shapes and arrangements!

Registration is required. Information will be available at Old Number 9, Tidemark Gallery or the MAP – Medomak Arts Project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject?fref=photo

Guillerm Gallery Presents “Partaforms”

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“The Kickers” by Kim Jespersen

Travel through the imaginative world of Kim Jespersen’s “Partaforms” at a new exhibition presented by the Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro Village. Experience the humor and quietness of Jespersen’s work during the Artist’s Opening Reception on Saturday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. or stop by during normal gallery hours over the next three weeks, until Saturday, August 1.

Jespersen has taken two fairly straightforward words, parts, and forms, to concoct a name for what she creates. Art is in there as well, of course, and she has great respect for the work of Joseph Cornell, Gérard Cambon, Sophie Rocco, and many others including Maine’s own Alan Magee. Self-taught, Jespersen enjoys the process of creating her characters more than talking about them as art. In a nutshell, she perceives how things could be and then asks, why not?
More information is available at www.guillermsculptures.comGuillerm Gallery is located at 882 Main Street,

Work of Father + Son at Tidemark Gallery

beach scene by Augusta
“Beach Scene” by George Augusta
“Life on the Beach,” a very special and rare show featuring works by both George Augusta and his son, Chris Augusta, opens at Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro, on Tuesday, July 7,  Following an artistic tradition, Chris learned the profession at the side of his father, the late George Augusta, a well-known artist whose portraits include those of many famous people including Chief Justice Warren Burger and Rosalyn Carter. His body of work also includes many “plein air” beach scenes, a theme developed and expanded by his son, Chris Augusta.
Chris applies the skills learned from a master of the art of capturing the likeness and character of humans with his own sensibilities and extensive knowledge as a naturalist studying underwater life. The results are sometimes surreal, often humorous and always delightful to both the eye and the intellect.
While “Life on the Beach” is on display at Tidemark, Chris also has a separate show that includes some of his larger works, “The Way of All Fish,” at Old No. 9. Both galleries, along with Philippe Guillerm Gallery and Anne Heywood Gallery, are holding coordinated artist receptions on Saturday, July 11, from 2 to 8 p.m. inviting visitors to enjoy all four in a Waldoboro Artwalk. Tidemark Gallery is located at 902 Main Street, Waldoboro. For more information, call (2070-832-5109. Old No. 9 website is http://www.medomakarts.org/oldno9/

Heywood Receives International Award

Walk in the Woods HeywoodAnne Heywood’s “Walk in the Woods”

Midcoast Artist Anne Heywood was awarded the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Eminent Pastelist designation at the 11th Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 6. Eminent Pastelist status is the highest honor that IAPS confers upon its members; Heywood joins just four other Eminent Pastelist artists worldwide.

Heywood is an American realist known for her modern and traditional landscapes, still lifes, and pet portraiture. Her work is appreciated for its moods and creativity, reflecting her New England roots and 12 years living in Naples, Italy. Author/illustrator of the book “Pastels Made Easy,” Heywood’s paintings and writings have been featured in publications such as Australian Artist Magazine, and, most recently, the June 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal. Heywood paints in her studios in Waldoboro and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

MAP Annual Meeting is June 25

Old No. 9On Thursday, June 25, the Medomak community is invited to help celebrate the first full year in the life of the Medomak Arts Project (MAP) at its headquarters in Old No. 9, on Friendship Street in Waldoboro Village. MAP will conclude its year’s business in a brief meeting at 5 p.m,, open to the public, followed by a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. The evening will close with a mini-concert by Waldoboro’s own Ale House String Band. A suggested contribution of $10 will help support MAP’s purpose, to seek out, promote, and facilitate the exhibition, performance, and education of all types of art in the town of Waldoboro and across midcoast Maine. For more information, visit medomakarts.org

Tidemark Gallery Welcomes Spring with Opening

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

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

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

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

“Heartzilla” by Dillon Harvey, 2nd grade, mixed media

Miller School and Tidemark Gallery have formed a partnership that’s been growing since it began three years ago. This year, on Thursday, February 12, from 4 to 6pm, Tidemark will open its doors to the whole community for the third-annual February art show by the students of Miller School. The theme of the show is “Young Hearts.” Because it’s that Valentine’s Day time of year.

Students, kindergarten through grade six, do the work, learning about the “business” of creating and marketing something that is uniquely their own. Months ago, in preparation for this event, Miller’s art teacher, Laura Freeman, invited Eva Wagner, museum educator at the University of Maine Museum of Art to visit and to teach sixth graders how to choose and hang an art show and fifth graders how to write a show statement. Tidemark Gallery owner, Charlotte Davenhill, joined the class.

“It’s not hard to see how important this awareness and these skills are for every person growing up today,” said Davenhill, “Few of us will become rich and famous artists, but the ways the making of art teach us to observe, to organize our ideas and to value our colleagues and ourselves through putting our best work forward have got to be the ways to a better future.”

Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization lends its enthusiastic support in many ways, including wicked good refreshments at the opening.

The snow date for “Young Hearts” is Friday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Pastel “Horizons” at Tidemark Gallery

Sally Loughridge, Maine art

“Storm Green” by Sally Loughridge

“Horizons,” a solo show of vibrant oil and soft pastel paintings by Sally Loughridge, is on display at Tidemark Gallery through November 8. The gallery, 902 Main Street in Waldoboro, is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

A year-round South Bristol resident, Loughridge worked for over a year on this series of paintings honoring the horizon, whether clearly visible or obscured by fog, foliage, or the roll of the landscape. The paintings vary from dramatic contrasts of light and shadow to mysterious images with subtle hues and soft contours. “I loved exploring the concept of the horizon,” reflects the artist, “It’s never attainable but endlessly inspiring.”

For more information, please contact the gallery at postcard@tidemarkgallery.com or (207) 832-7897.

“Fall in Love” at Philippe Guillerm Gallery in October

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“Bearly There” by Philippe Guillerm

Philippe Guillerm Gallery is pleased to present “Fall in Love” a collection of Paintings and Sculptures by Philippe Guillerm, at a reception on Saturday, October 11, from 5 to 7pm.

This group of paintings and sculptures represents the artist’s view on colors and movements from nature and human actions. Philippe has worked on his paintings and sculptures during the summer and has finished an extensive multi-themed art collection ranging from bicycle moves to bear squished piano player. The “Fall in Love” collection is a wonderful burst of Autumn colors. The exhibit will be up until mid October as the artist prepare his travel toward the South of the Carebbean Islands to prepare his next year’s collection.

October 11 marks Waldoboro’s first four-gallery art evening in the village, with paintings by Anne Heywood at “The Governor’s Mansion,” photography by Claire Murphy at Old Number 9, sculpture and paintings at Philippe Guillerm Gallery. All are within easy walking distance. A short drive to Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship brings the total to five for the peninsula.

More information is available at guillermsculptures.com and on Facebook.

Sally Loughridge at Tidemark Gallery in October

Sally Loughbridge

“Landward” by Sally Loughridge

Tidemark Gallery is pleased to present “Horizons,” a collection of oils and soft pastels by Sally Loughridge, at a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 11, from 5 to 7pm.

This group of paintings represents the the artist’s well-developed skill in representing her ideas related to the actual horizons we see in Maine, whether sharply defined as in the meeting of ocean and sky on a clear day, or hidden by woods, atmosphere or the uneven lay of the land. As metaphor, the horizon beckons. It calls for a stretch beyond the self and the present, to something greater and filled with possibility.

October 11 marks Waldoboro’s first four-gallery art evening in the village, with paintings by Anne Heywood at “The Governor’s Mansion,” photography by Claire Murphy at Old Number 9, sculpture and paintings at Philippe Guillerm Gallery. All are within easy walking distance. A short drive to Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship brings the total to five for the peninsula.

More information is available at tidemarkgallery.com and on Facebook.