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 art@bayviewgallery.com 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 greenhut@maine.com 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.

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“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 mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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.

First-Ever Retrospective of One of Maine’s Greatest Living Photographs on View at the PMA

Rose Marasco at PMA

“Projection No. 5″ by Rose Marasco

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to present Rose Marasco: index, the latest exhibition in the PMA’s Circa series. The exhibition is the photographer’s first-ever retrospective, and the PMA is honored to bring it to its audiences. The exhibition is on view April 24 through December 6, 2015.

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.

About Rose Marasco

Rose Marasco’s (b. 1948) work extends well beyond Maine and New England. Marasco was born and raised in Utica, New York, in an Italian Catholic household. After earning a BFA at Syracuse University, Marasco attended the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester for graduate school, taking courses and workshops there regularly throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The VSW was a start-up school, run nearly single-handedly by photographer and writer Nathan Lyons and his wife, Joan, who founded the school as a place to train photographers and to foster discussion about the nature of media arts. Their characteristic approach was to prioritize the capacity of photography to communicate information. Significantly, the students associated with VSW in the 1970s and 1980s comprise a veritable who’s who of postwar photography in the United States. In 1979, Marasco moved to Maine, where she continued a teaching career—which began five years earlier, at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute—at the University of Southern Maine, until her retirement in 2014. Her work is in the collection of many institutions, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and the Harvard Art Museum.

Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT.

UMMA Announces Spring Exhibitions

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The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in April. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s spring exhibitions will open to the public on April 3 and run through June 6, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Goethe" by Andy Warhol

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

This exhibition features works by Andy Warhol, the principal figure of American Pop Art who was known for elevating aspects of popular culture and consumerism into the realm of “high art”. Photographs and Screenprints showcase two recent gifts to UMMA’s permanent collection from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in New York City, and marks the first time many of these works have been seen in Maine.

Included are Warhol’s screenprints of Sitting Bull, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and the artist’s iconic Flowers, 1970. Also featured is a selection of gelatin silver prints and Polaroid images of celebrities and socialites such as Farrah Fawcett, Candy Spelling, Pia Zadora and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West), among others.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints is funded in part by the University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Elizabeth Livingston: Dark Houses
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Night Fell" by Elizabeth Livingston

“Night Fell” by Elizabeth Livingston

New York-based artist Elizabeth Livingston often paints lone women in suburban and rural environments. While these women are depicted amongst the luxuries and comfort of domestic life, there is a feeling of isolation and an ominous undercurrent present in the paintings. As reflected in self-portraits of the artist sleeping nestled under plush bedding, Livingston points out that, “we are most vulnerable when we feel the most protected.” In these works, the artist places the viewer in the position of voyeur. We peer as if through a window into comfortable abodes for a glimpse of the inhabitants often pictured against backdrops of richly patterned wallpaper and domestic objects.

In Livingston’s recent scenes of country homes, where porch lights glow amidst a darkened landscape, she suggests, “they are both safe houses and defenseless outposts about to be consumed by night.”

Jennifer Caine: Amnesia
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Boundaries #2" by Jennifer Leigh Caine

“Boundaries #2″ by Jennifer Leigh Caine

Often using oil paint combined with marble dust to achieve lustrous matte surfaces, Jennifer Caine’s paintings emerge from an accumulation of layers. While her works may initially find inspiration from specific memories, elements from the environment, or the line of a poem, the references become unrecognizable as they are embedded in the strata of paint. Layers are built up and stripped away through scraping and sanding to expose colors and marks from earlier iterations. Caine’s paintings are rooted in the passage of time, memory and the physical world. The artist states, “As memory is fluid and labile, so are my paintings, informed by current decisions as well as by the history and legacy of the underlying layers.”

Caine’s etchings are equally striking. The varied and decisive marks she employs in several images appear to be solely abstract, while in others seem to suggest the contour of forms existing in the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

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.

Vox opens “Natural” March 26

 

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The public is invited to an opening reception March 26, 5-7 for “NATURAL.” This show celebrates the earth’s gifts of new life and bounty after Maine’s harsh, monochromatic winter finally gives way. Twenty VoxPhotographs Gallery contemporary photographers will be represented in a show of photo-based works, including traditionally framed and metal prints. The gallery location is 334 Forest Avenue at EcoHome Studio, Portland 04101 Telephone: 207-323-1214 voxphotographs.com
info@voxphotographs.com

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at the CWG

Cynthia Winings Gallery

Cynthia Winings Gallery warmly invites all to our party in Blue Hill on Saturday, February 7th (5:30 – 8 p.m.) – the gallery will be filled with beauty, enough to warm your heart! The first floor of the gallery will have paintings by Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters and Carol Pelletier, and for the first time, jewelry by Devta Doolan and photography by Heather Lyon.

Gallery hours: Saturday, February 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 11 – 4 p.m. Shop locally and discover a lovely St. Valentine’s Day gift for your Loved One. xoxoxo

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or (917) 204-4001.

The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing show Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

Celebrating the Versatility of Artist Ken Brooks The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing is excited to show work by one of the most versatile artists we know: Ken Brooks from Athens, Maine. Fascinated by shape, texture, color, light and shadow, Maine native and artist Ken Brooks has created art for more than thirty-five years in central Maine, most of which is inspired by nature.

As far back as he can remember, Ken has been drawing and believes that “as an artist, it is my responsibility and privilege to record through drawing and painting, the magnificence and beauty that surrounds me.” Although he has worked on almost any surface that will accept paint, his favorite mediums are graphite pencil on paper and oil on canvas.

Commissions have made up the majority of his sales and as a result, few paintings or drawings have been available for public viewing until recently. Therefore, this show is an exciting opportunity. Original and framed paintings will include varied subject matter such as “Mr. Goodwin’s Fiddle,” “Pink Before the Storm,” a single leaf titled “Dancing on Ice,” additional still life, landscapes and even a train painting that measures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet.

Complimenting his exhibit of original paintings, this collection will include both limited edition and open edition prints. Motorcycle drawings from artwork Ken has on display in motorcycle museums in Colorado and California, will also be available. For only two years, Ken created detailed woodcarvings of birds, which will also be part of this exhibit. Each carving received ribbons at shows and competitions in Northern New England.

And to top it all off, Ken is a musician. He is currently a member of the award winning bluegrass band “Katahdin Valley Boys.” In 2012, The Maine Country Music Association named Ken and his wife Jane “Vocal Duo of the Year.” That same year, he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Exhibit runs until February 19th at the Gallery at School Street Picture Framing 33 School Street Brewer, Maine (207) 991-9889.

“Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love” at Camden National Bank

Teddi-Jann Covell

“Impression Katahdin at Dusk” by Teddi-Jann Covell

Camden National Bank on Main Street in Orono presents Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love Exhibit by Teddi-Jann Covell through April 2015, with an Opening Reception Wednesday, February 11 from 3 – 6 p.m. Teddi-Jann Covell was visiting artist for Baxter State Park 2013 and is currently included in David Little’s “Inspired by Katahdin” Show at Southeby’s Real Estate, Damarriscotta. The exhibit at Camden National Bank proves her passion for Maine. Teddi-Jann’s oil paintings and pastels illustrate her favorite “plein-air” sites with bold hues, rich with movement and vibrant color combinations.

Teddi-Jann Covell

New Exhibition at CMCA: “Shift”

Leah Gauthier

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present the exhibition, Shift: Recent Work by Leah Gauthier, from February 1 through 28. Over the past several years, Gauthier’s work has explored and been inspired by sustainable living.

She says, “While I will continue to champion a mindful existence, a big part of me now feels drawn to surrender and lean into the big climate changes coming our way.” In her sculptures, Gauthier uses handmade objects and ephemeral materials such as food, foraged natural materials, and live plants to bear witness to time and the transient nature of life. These living sculptures constitute Gauthier’s “imaginings” around a quickly shifting landscape, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, emerging and dying life forms, and her “struggle to be fully present moment to moment.”

Gauthier lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, and her art has been exhibited in traditional and unconventional spaces, including at CMCA in the 2014 Biennial Exhibition; Eyebeam in New York City; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art; and SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, among many others. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gauthier received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University. She has taught at several colleges and universities and is a founding member of ||| Art curatorial collective.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Gauthier will lead a special ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, February 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed immediately by a reception for the artist. During February school vacation week, a series of drop-in ArtLab for All Ages activities inspired by Gauthier’s work will be offered each weekday afternoon, February 16 through 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All ArtLab for All Ages workshops are free of charge, no advance registration is necessary.

The exhibition, Shift, will be on view in CMCA’s lower gallery, and is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; entrance is through the side door, down the stairs to the right of the building.

Leah Gauthier at CMCA

The Sohns Gallery presents “1575 to 2200 Degrees”

Sohns Gallery

The Sohns Gallery located in The Rock & Art Shop presents 1575 to 2200 Degrees: University of Maine Sculpture Unearthed Glass and Steel.

The University of Maine’s Advanced Sculpture class will be exhibiting over 15 glass casting, nearly 200 feet of forged steel and glass thread.

Professor Gregory Ondo, Studio Technician Matthew R. Foster, and students worked together to create this installation that will be exhibited from January 6th – March 16th.

Farnsworth presents “3D: Contemporary Works”

Farnsworth Art Museum

“Zero” by John Bisbee

Now through September 27, 2015, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting an exhibition of sculptural works entitled 3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth. The show, curated by Farnsworth Associate Curator Jane Bianco, will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Sculpture of many forms creates spatial magic on a macro and human scale as visitors weave their way among the three-dimensional mix of work on view in the Crosman Gallery. Ranging from wall-mounted pieces in low relief to mixed media floor installations and from hard-edged to organic structures laden with metaphor, most of the works on view were made over the past four decades and given to the Farnsworth by their makers or by generous collectors. The sculpture is as varied in form and format as the Thrones from Louise Nevelson’s stage set for Gluck’s “Orfeo and Euridice,” performed by the Opera Theater of St. Louis thirty years ago, the wire-wrapped stone geographies of Celeste Roberge, or John Newman’s intricate construction, “Fuchsia Unfurls in a Gilded Cage.” Pieces in low relief include Leonard Baskin‘s classically rendered bronze Owl, embodying the noble as well as the killing instinct, and his “Dentate Flower” which suggests all the delicacy and horror of skeletal remains. Some works, while immobile, evoke an illusion of movement in space: in particular, several spherical forms such as John Bisbee’s “Zero,” act as metaphor for completion, containment, cycle, or infinite dance. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design. The exhibition was funded in part through a grant provided by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

During the winter, the Farnsworth Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information regarding exhibitions, programs and admission prices is available on their website at farnsworthmuseum.org or by calling (207) 596-6457.

“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.

2015 Chocolate Church Arts Center Membership Show

Members of the Chocolate Church Arts Center will feature their artistic work in the art gallery located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. The show begins with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Traditionally this exhibit is curated among members who submit their work created through different mediums from woodwork to clay to acrylic and oil paintings. This art show was organized to coincide with the preparation and performance of the Hot Chocolate Jubilee VII that is the premier talent and variety show in March 26-29. These shows highlight the level of talent and creativity among individuals involved with and supporting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

The 2015 CCAC Membership Show will be displayed February 14 – April 3, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 28, March 7, 21. Details available chocolatechurcharts.org or (207) 442-8455.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wine Cellar Art Gallery hosts Margaret Baldwin’s operatic illustrations

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