Courthouse Gallery presents three solo exhibitions

Jeffery Becton, Pilot House, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo exhibitions: Jeffery Becton: Border World; Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More; and Judy Belasco: Near and Far, as well as new work by Janice Anthony, Philip Frey, Jessica Ives, Linda Packard, and Robert Shillady. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 5–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeffery Becton: Border World Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, photographer Jeffery Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history. The show will run in conjunction with the launch of Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House, a new book on his work and career. The gallery will host the book launch, and a book signing and talk with Jeffery Becton with an introduction by Carl Little. The event will take place at the gallery on August 20 from 4:30-6:30pm.

Becton is pioneer in the field of fine-art photography. Beginning in the early 1990s, the new digital tools allowed Becton to experiment with the layering of visual information. Using scans of his photography and other materials, Becton merged and manipulated these elements to create surreal scenarios evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. The layering of these elements offers form to visual ambiguities, reexamines the boundaries of mixed media, and creates altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.

Writer Deborah Weisgall offers a beautiful description on Becton’s work in the book’s foreword: “Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . .Walls, floors, and ceilings open to the elements—and to the imagination. They provide a framework but no shelter; they are lit with the clarity of memory. What we see depends on what we bring to the act of seeing: what memories, what desires, what emotions. Becton is really exploring our own permeability.”

Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More This solo exhibition of Moore’s recent work brings together her love of Maine and Mexico, two divergent sources of inspiration for her lively oil paintings. Mexico offers another rich source of vibrant color and intricate pattern, which dominate Moore’s harmonious scenes of harbors and interiors.

Judy Belasco: Near and Far Judy Belasco, who is best known for her sublime seascapes of Maine’s coastline and estuaries, continues to explore Maine’s coastline and estuaries, as well as oceans, seas, ponds, lakes, and canals from her recent travels to Italy, Canada, and Australia. Belasco’s mature flower garden in Maine also provides new inspiration and sources of color.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. For more information on hours or upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit

Attached images:
Jeffery Becton, Pilot House, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches
Rosie Moore, Cubist’s Kitchen Table, oil on paper, 29 x 29 inches
Philip Frey, Converging, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Karin Wilkes, Director
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
207 667 6611
207 266 5199 cell

Art Space Gallery First Friday Opening Reception

Copper Poppy by Lura Max

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July opening reception on Friday, August 7th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature four member artists in the front room, Jean Byrd, Lara Max, Charlene (Sea) Vanderslice, Janalee Welch.

Jean Byrd is a traditional oil painter who captures her love for the New England coast in her work.  For Lara Max working with sheet metals has become a fascination, as she creates forms inspired by nature.  She enjoys the way light, shadow and reflection are just as much apart of the sculpture as the characteristics of the metals and the design.

Charlene Vanderslice (nicknamed “Sea”) is a lifelong Ocean Advocate after two trips round the world on water in her 20’s. She paints beach scenes and detailed portraits of the endangered creatures beneath the waves.  “I am the voice of the voiceless denizens of the deep.” Every year Sea donates 30% of her proceeds to help save the oceans. Janalee Welch’s newest work consists of images depicting scenic views, both inland and along the shore. Using a soft palette of blues and sharp contrasting light, Janalee has created an atmoshere of senenity and calm.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.   The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. August hours are 11am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays.  Visit our website for more information at

Black Bear Fine Art Gallery showing Nudelman & Duffy

nudelman-scanProlepsis by Stuart Nudelman. 16” x 20″

Don Gorvett’s Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is opening an exhibition with the works of two artists, July 19th 1-4pm, “Homage to a Photographer: Stuart Nudelman” and  “Recent Works of Sculptor William Duffy.”

Homage to Stuart Nudelman regards a nationally recognized abstract photographer along with William F. Duffy, a nationally recognized sculptor presenting new works along with an artist’s talk on July 19th 1-4pm. The show will run three weeks. Refreshments will be served.

Stuart Nudelman, Oct. 6, 1931 – March 28, 2014, is recognized for realizing pure shape, form and color of common objects around us and presenting these images as abstractions through color photography. Nudelman’s work inspires introspective thinking, creativity and is still, as throughout the artist’s life, promoting photography as a fine art.  A lifelong photographer, Nudelman was the Ogunquit Art Association’s first juried photographer, and whose career(s) revolved around the art world as an education administrator in New York, photojournalist and an arts columnist for the York County Coast Star in York Maine. This show coincides with the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration between museums and galleries.


duffy:Sphere1Emerging Figures by William F. Duffy

William Duffy, a sculptor from the mid-Atlantic region, who’s large-scale public work explores the universality of the human form and its relationship to the environment will exhibit his new work. Over the past fifteen years, Duffy has been exploring the underlying forms in nature and exposing the intrinsic elegant geometries through abstract mathematical concepts. Mr. Duffy will be giving a talk about his new work. “Both artists are extremely visionary in their points of view and are masters of their mediums. The works in this show represent a lifelong exploration of the abstract one observes in recognizable imagery,” explains Mr. Gorvett.

Black Bear Fine Art Gallery features the large reduction woodcuts, drawings and paintings of  Don Gorvett as well as significant historic and contemporary artists. Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is holding exhibitions throughout the summer and into November. Don Gorvett conducts workshops, residencies and internships throughout the year. We are open daily and welcome appointments. The gallery is located at 100B Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME.  For more information about Don’s work or gallery activities. Please email or call Vivienne at, or 603.436.7278

Sylvan Gallery Celebrates 15 Years of Art at New Wiscasset Location

“Dockside Arrival” by Tina Ingraham, oil on muslin panel, 14″ x 19″
This year marks Sylvan Gallery’s fifteenth anniversary with a move to a
larger commercial space in Wiscasset. The gallery’s new location, at the
northeast corner of Water and Main Street (Rt. 1), is right next to Red’s
Eats and provides over 1,000 square feet of viewing space for the eighteen
represented artists. The celebration of the new location coincides with
the first Wiscasset Art Walk of the season on June 25th from 5-8 pm.
Please join co-owners Ann and Rick Scanlan for light refreshments and to
celebrate the start of their 15th year.

Represented in the gallery’s ongoing group exhibition includes a diverse
group of exceptional contemporary New England artists. Featured work by
Maine artists include a selection of oil paintings by Wiscasset’s Susannah
“Sukey” Haney. “Island Light Study” is exquisitely detailed and is an
excellent example of Haney’s ability to skillfully compose and bring a
fresh eye to the well-loved and the often painted subject of the Monhegan

A resident of Bath, Tina Ingraham blends representational subject matter
with elements of abstraction in her newest painting, “Dockside Arrival.”
Washes of paint, juxtapositions of warm and cool colors, and textural
scumbling, exemplify Ingraham’s enjoyment of the painting process. The end
result is a striking painting of a Portland Pier – its aged and weathered
essence is revealed in a very personal and engaging way. Ingraham lived,
painted and studied in Italy for three years from 1999 – 2002 after
receiving a Fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1999,
followed by a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation for research in
painting. Her study of the Renaissance portrait, fresco and landscape
painting is evident in her warm palette, fascination with surface and
vivid perception of nature.

A master plein air painter, Stan Moeller of York, offers a series of cafe
and street scenes from recent painting trips to Paris and Italy. Moeller
creates visual excitement by using strong lights and darks in his
paintings with strategic spots of color. Moeller’s paintings evoke a sense
of mood and familiarity – of favorite trips abroad and the sense of having
stood there and seen that.

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan, exhibits oil paintings of
animals in the farmscape. “Autumn at Chewonki” is a long panoramic view of
farm out buildings with a trio of sheep grazing in the foreground. The
soft, diffused light and subtle tones of color lend the painting a strong
sense of mood, which typifies Scanlan’s work.

Maine subject matter is the inspiration for other work in the gallery
including “Port Clyde Mist” by artist Neal Hughes who captures the
atmospheric mood of a working harbor; “Coastal Storm” by Charles Kolnik
who, through a technique of layering numerous glazes of oil colors, evokes
the turbulent ocean surf. A lively acrylic painting titled “Seaside Cafe”
by Robert Noreika was the winner of the Stobart Foundation Award at the
Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 34th Annual International Marine Art
Exhibition. A series of luminous ocean moonscapes are presented by artist
Al Barker; pastels and oils of women and children at the water’s edge by
Joann Ballinger, Shirley Cean Youngs and Trenton Forster Youngs. New and
dynamic oil paintings by Angelo Franco capture the character of New
England’s distinct seasons.

Sylvan Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 49
Water Street (at the corner of Route One) in Wiscasset Village. For more
information, call 882-8290. The art in the exhibition may be viewed online

Bridge Gallery opening “Take Flight”


Bridge Gallery in Portland is proud to announce the opening of “Take Flight” on June 5th, 4-6 pm. The theme “Take Flight” is interpreted by New England artists, including Kevin Beers, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill, Khat Mirzan, Judy Odonnell, Jane Parsons, Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Amy Williams. Each artist has their own unique vision and style. The show will be on display from June 5th – 30th, at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. in the arts district of Portland. For more information visit or call 207-712-9499. Join Bridge Gallery as we “Take Flight”!

Stephen Pace + Sarah McRae Morton open at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Pace-2-1989-Restocking-Bait-Co-op-Pier-32x46_89-10“Restocking Bait at the Coop” by Stephen Pace

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting two blockbuster shows for the month of June: an inaugural show of paintings from the Estate of Stephen Pace (1918-2010) and the second show of Sarah McRae Morton’s old world paintings. Stephen Pace is known for his abstract expressionist paintings, which over time evolved into an exuberant broad-brush representational style of scenes from his surroundings in Maine. Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are imagined portraits and scenes inspired by Faulkner’s famous saying, “the past is not dead, it is not even past.” The public is invited to an Opening Reception for the show  Friday, June 5 from 5-8 pm. “Stephen Pace Estate / Sarah McRae Morton” runs through June 27.

Stephen Pace’s first fame as a painter came from his abstractions. Pace had studied with Hans Hofmann in the late 1940s and found the renowned German-born painter-teacher’s exuberant attitude toward making art inspiring. “You could do whatever you wanted to do,” the artist recalled in the 2008 film profile Stephen Pace: Maine Master. iIn that same profile Pace admitted that from the beginning of his life as a painter he “always liked big brushes and splashing paint.”

Caught up in the vibrant New York City art scene of the 1950s, hobnobbing with the likes of Kline and de Kooning, he became a major figure in the second wave of Abstract Expressionism. He could, as one critic put it, “gesture with the best of them.” His work appeared in numerous annuals at the Whitney, and he had solo shows in some of the most respected galleries of the day.

According to art historian Martica Sawin, author of the definitive book on the painter, Pace first came to Maine in 1953, to visit Monhegan. On that trip he happened upon Deer Isle. It was “love at first sight” he told Bruce Brown, curator of Maine Coast Artists, on the occasion of his exhibition there in 1993. Stonington, that magnet to an amazing array of artists stretching from John Marin and the Zorachs to Jon Imber and Jill Hoy, became the center of his artistic universe. He and his wife and muse, Pam, camped there nearly every summer before buying a house in 1973 and becoming part of the community.

Drawing on the gestural energy of his abstract work, Pace set about rendering his coastal surroundings. His paintings of Stonington fishermen represent a remarkable chronicle of one of Maine’s most active working waterfronts. This painter born and raised in the Midwest was fascinated by their activities: digging clams, setting lobster traps, restocking bait.

In a scene in “Stephen Pace: Maine Master,” filmed in his barn loft studio in Stonington, the elderly artist approaches a blank canvas and inscribes several strokes of paint, fearlessly, like a conductor bringing down the baton to start the first bars of a Beethoven symphony. He lived to paint—and his paintings live on.

Morton-Girlhood-Portrait-of-Edna-St-Vincent-Millay-20x20“Portrait of Edna St. Vincent Millay” by Sarah McRae Morton

“The past is not dead, it is not even past” – William Faulkner

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact, but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.

This show brings together a collection of Sarah’s imagined portraits inspired by Faulkner’s famous saying, “the past is not dead, it is not even past.”

Sarah draws on her own family history across the ages. In “Flight” and “The Crown Carved of Graphite and Gallows Under Beeches”, Morton delves into the story of her ancestor, William Bankes, an affluent and notable explorer who was exiled from his home in England for his homosexuality in 1841. In “The Pequod Captain’s Son”, she places Ernesto Tamayo, the child prodigy Cuban guitarist who was the son of one of Castro’s guards, in a metaphor with Moby Dick. Ernesto is shown performing on the back of a whale in an opera house. Tamayo lived with Morton’s family for a time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he died in 2014, and during which time he wrote the second half of Mozart’s requiem, from whom he believed he was reincarnate.

Several paintings in the show also pair artists with their subjects in invented memories, linking their artistic expression with childhood experience to tell us something new about their work. Sarah’s painting, “Girlhood Portrait of Edna St Vincent Millay as the Waste-Man’s Little Daughter”, attaches the poet St Vincent Milay, to the subject of her own poem, The Pear Tree. Sarah’s painting, “A Day Behind the Wolf Trapper, Tussa and Evelyn”, is of the frontier photographer, Evelyn Cameron, who took pictures of daily life in Montana in the early 1900s. The painting uses Evelyn’s frequent subject of wolf trappers, and echoes the stance of Evelyn’s famous self portrait, to tell the imaginary story that as a girl, Evelyn freed the wolves as they were trapped.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at or call 207-596-0084.

Archipelago shows “Alison Hill: Castaways”


Archipelago welcomes Alison Hill! The public is also invited to see her latest work “Castaways,”  and for wine and goodies and meet Alison Hill at a reception for the artist Friday, May 1st from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Gallery, at 386 Main Street, Rockland. The online gallery can be seen at

Alison shares thoughts about her work: “Painting has become my way of moving through this world, responding to and expressing what I see and feel. It is my interpretation, using color, stroke, and line, to evoke the mood I am receiving, whether it is a landscape, a person, or a still life, I want to recreate what I am receiving.

Through some fortunate circumstances, I am now living on Monhegan island, Maine. In the summer I run a studio  gallery, and off season I spend painting, traveling, doing portraits, and other art related endeavors. Monhegan offers endless inspiration, no matter what the season, and I feel very fortunate to call this home.”

Alison has painted with Caleb Stone, Don Stone, Guy Corriera, Dean Keller, Bonald Sher, Mary Beth Mackenzie, Dan Gheno, Jack Farragasso, Joseph Peller, Sharon Sprung.

Alison’s paintings are inspired by the people and landscapes of Monhegan, where she lives year round. The exhibit runs through Friday, June 19. For more information on this show, please contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Store and Gallery Director, at 207-596-0701.

“Spring Tonic” Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

aikman_everglades_0“Everglades” by Cicely Aikman

The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will hold an Open House on First Friday, May 1st.   On exhibit is “Spring Tonic”, a group show of paintings and sculpture by selected gallery artists. These artists include Cicely Aikman (Am.1923-2013) late of Friendship, Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC, Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston, Elizabeth O’Reilly of Brooklyn NY, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Dan West of Friendship, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. The exhibit runs through May 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday, 12-4. For further information please call the gallery at 594 5935.

“Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott” opens at Dowling Walsh

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“Flag of the Whaleship Abbott,” by Scott Kelley,   2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22″ x 30″

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland  kicks of the summer season with an Opening Reception May 1 from 5 – 8 pm for “Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott,” a show of Scott Kelley’s watercolor and gouache paintings for the month of May. “I could never have been a whaler, but would love to have been aboard a whaleship in 1856, to see how it was done, meet those men, hear their stories, somehow get it all down in my own sketchbooks and journals, my fingers black from soot, as well as ink.” Scott Kelley was born in 1963 in Binghamton, New York and studied at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York; The Slade School of Art, London; and was a fellow at The Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He had his first solo exhibition at the age of eighteen with The American Realist Gallery in New York, and has had over 15 solo exhibitions since then. The artist lives and works on Peaks Island, Maine, with his wife, Gail, their son, Abbott and their dog, Francis.

Looking through whaling logbooks at the Providence library, my fingers went black from turning the pages. It was as though some small part of whaling had rubbed off on me, the soot from the try pots, fires that burned night and day. Melville called it “the left wing of the day of judgment”. The true history of American whaling is in those logbooks, and hundreds like them, written by the men who went to sea. Those pages hold the excitement of the hunt, the chase, the danger, as well as the boredom and near-constant longing for home, all of it the sum parts of whaling.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at or call 207-596-0084.

“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.

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.   832-5109

Jean Kigel shows “Maine and the Marine Environment: Paintings”

"Arctic Anxiety" by Jean Kigel

“Arctic Anxiety” by Jean Kigel

With global warming, Arctic terns have become threatened. But Maine Coastal Islands (National Wildlife Refuges) are providing safe nesting habitat for them and other seabirds on 49 coastal islands.

From May through July Maine Coastal Islands Gallery in Rockland is featuring Maine and the Marine Environment: Paintings by Jean Kigel. This exhibit celebrates a variety of protected seabirds like the arctic tern chick and common eider show here, as well as crustaceans, zooplankton, and seascapes. Openings coincide with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks [AIR] – grand opening May 1 from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Maine Seabird Islands, this exhibit runs through July 2015, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. For more information call (207) 594-0600, ext. 5.

Felicity Sidwell solo exhibition on Peak’s Island

"Phippsburg" by Felicity Sidwell“Phippsburg” by Felicity Sidwell

Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine is pleased to announce the opening of A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by award winning artist Felicity Sidwell, May 1 – 31. The public is invited to meet Felicity at a reception in her honor at the gallery on Saturday, May 2 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm where she will be available to discuss her paintings.

Many of Sidwell’s paintings have their start “en plein air” inspired by her perception of nature and the land around her.

In Felicity’s words, “In my paintings I strive to share the joy I feel when immersed in the natural world untouched by human intervention. Yes we are a part of this world and like the ocean we make our presence felt by the changes we make to the environment, but it is the sense of exhilaration in a storm, the contented love of a summer beach or the peace of an autumn salt marsh that I long to share with others away from the buildings and the trappings of modern society. Fishing villages of coastal Maine and small family farms, seem to me part of an older, more natural order that fit into the environment with a beauty of their own.

I grew up in rural England and spent summers sailing and playing on England’s coast. Having lived and painted in Connecticut for over 35 years the move to Maine in 2007 brought an immediate strong connection with this wild rocky coastline tempered by sandy coves and the salt marshes of river estuaries.

I paint outside, “en plein air” as much as possible to capture and express in paint the fleeting colors of land and sky that are so dependent on the atmospheric conditions of the day and the season of the year.”

Felicity’s paintings are exhibited nationally and held in numerous collections around the world.

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through May 31, 2015.

For additional information about the exhibit please call the gallery at (207) 712-1097, email or visit For weekly updates or news like the gallery on Facebook at

Alison Goodwin “Re-Entry” at Greenhut Galleries

"Irises" by Alison Goodwin

“Irises” by Alison Goodwin

Alison Goodwin’s work is well known throughout New England where she has been living and working for the past two decades. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine and the Maine College of Art, Alison is thrilled to be back in Portland and having her tenth solo exhibit at Greenhut Galleries. The title “Re-Entry” speaks to the feeling of renewal and energy in her location and artwork. In addition to her colorful, whimsical paintings, Alison is showing new black and white abstracts which offer a fresh perspective on her work, revealing the artist’s brilliant imagination and aesthetic. Influenced by many artists, including Hundertwasser, Klimt, Matisse and Calder, Alison’s work is characterized by saturated, turbulent color and skewed perspectives, which pull together a sophisticated aesthetic in both fine interior spaces and funky dwellings.

Rose Marasco retrospective opens at Portland Museum of Art

Rose Marasco at PMA

Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years.

The photographs in Rose Marasco: index are stunning and display extraordinary range, encompassing everything from her images of the urban environment to her unexpectedly poetic response to the natural world, and her exhaustive, thought-provoking examination of the domestic world of women, in which she layers historical objects with contemporary materials. It’s this diversity of both subject and technique that has long characterized Marasco’s artistry, and visitors of all interests and backgrounds will find something special to immerse themselves in.

Throughout her career, Marasco has remained uninterested in genres such as documentary, landscape, and portraiture. Instead, she has consistently mined concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to make images with a complex relationship to the everyday image of the world.

The works on view include her comprehensive series of photographs of Maine’s Grange Halls and the images made in her own home as part of the decade-long series called Domestic Objects. Also included are photographs made in and around Portland during the past 35 years, which form a visual chronicle of the city—albeit unintended—that will engage locals and regional visitors alike.

The exhibition is organized by PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. Working with the artist for almost a year, the two have carefully culled Marasco’s photographs—more than four decades worth—for Rose Marasco: index. The result is a significant exhibition, both in volume and, most important, in the context it provides for a consummate artist and photographic career that continues to thrive to this day.

Bridge Gallery in Portland opens “Take Flight”

Bridge Gallery Take Flight

Bridge Gallery in Portland is proud to announce the opening of “Take Flight” on June 5th, 4 – 6 p.m. The theme “Take Flight” is interpreted by New England artists, including Kevin Beers, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill, Khat Mirzan, Judy Odonnell, Jane Parsons, Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Amy Williams. Each artist has their own unique vision and style. The show will be on display from June 5th – 30th, at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. in the arts district of Portland. For more information visit or call (207) 712-9499. Join Bridge Gallery as we “Take Flight”!

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.

New work by Thomas Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

“On the Settlement Quarry” by Thomas Higgins

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.

Greenhut Galleries is open year-round: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information email or call (207) 772-2693.


Bearing Fruit: Art at the intersection of human and vegetable

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the “organic” image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3 – May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne Alexander Sculptor

Strawberries sculpture by Anne Alexander

Sculptor Anne Alexander’s ceramic forms are about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. Unique vegetables and fruits are sought out at farmers markets or in her own garden to model in clay. Vibrant reds enhance the voluptuousness of the larger-than-life fruits.


“2457049.062500” by Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier’s sculptural work incorporates food, foraged natural materials, live plants and handmade objects. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and imaginings related to quickly shifting landscapes, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, and emerging and endangered life forms.

Jacinda Martinez is a young artist from the garment district in Brooklyn, NY, who has spent her last six years farming. She fashions elaborate dresses from otherwise discarded vegetable matter: broccoli stalks, bean vines, bolted lettuce. Her final product, much like a fashion shoot, is a series of elegant photographs of models clad in vegetables.

Julie H. Rose describes her intricate fiber art as “always about nature, or more clearly, of nature.” Her work mimics nature’s process and her experience of being in and observing nature. The materials she chooses feel organic and most of them—sheep’s wool, silk, cotton, linen—are. Says Rose: “I have the illusion that they whisper to me what they want to become.”

Bearing Fruit plays at the intersection of human form and plant forms, the interdependence of species, or better yet, inseparable-ness – as reflected in the physical sensuality of Alexander’s vegetables or the vulnerability of Martinez’ models wrapped in their vegetable-fiber dresses. On the most basic level, the imagery suggests that we all stem from the same source.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information about the MFT Gallery can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered statewide nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine.