Carver Hill Gallery “Contours” benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Jim-NickelsonCold-Moon-I-16x16 archival pigment print“Cold Moon” by Jim Nickerson


On First Friday, November 7, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for “Contours”, a benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The work in the show will celebrate one of the Land Trust’s properties, The Beech Hill preserve, and the 100th birthday of the Beech Nut hut that sits on the hill. The hut was designed in the early 1900’s by Norwegian born landscape architect Hans Heistad, who designed  the John Gribbel estate, Weatherend, on the Rockport shorefront. Gribbel also owned the Beech Hill grounds, and built the stone hut as a day shelter for the family to use while picnicking on the property. The Beech Hill area – which comprises 295 acres of mixed wood, organic blueberry fields, and several uncommon grassland birds – is recognized on the National Register of Historic places as the Beech Nut Historic District. For years it has been a favorite place for locals and tourists to take an easy walk with a gentle climb. The reward is spectacular views of the peaks at Acadia National Park, the Camden Hills, Isle au Haut, St. George River valley and the gorgeous Gulf of Maine.
Years of weather, vandalism, and lack of funds to properly care for the building left Beech Nut in a state of disrepair. Because of the generosity of members and donors, Beech Nut is once again a safe and stable building. Carver Hill Gallery and the contributing artists congratulate the Land Trust on its recent and ongoing efforts to maintain and restore the property; however, it needs care and attention to keep it that way. The gallery is hosting this event as a silent auction and donating 90% of their profit from the work to the Land Trust. The artists are donating all or a percentage of their take, as well. All of the stunning art was either inspired by Beech Nut itself, or of the vista.


Participating artists include: Christina DeHoff, Jessica Stammen Ives, Anneli Skaar, Amy Campbell, David Henderson, Dianne Schelble, Randy Fein, Beth Henderson, Ann Makuck, Kathy Florance, Jim Nickelson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ken Foster, Aidan Acosta, Brian Willson, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.


We invite you to join us at the opening on November 7 for a glass of blueberry wine spritzer and some nibbles. The silent auction and show will hang through Sunday, November 23. Please see the website for hours and details. www.carverhillgallery.com

8th Annual Extravaganza 2014 at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery

The eighth annual EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7th through December 24th. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more!

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Constance Cossette, Maryjean V. Crowe, Nicholas Cullen, Bill Davis, James Deane, Liz Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Rachael Eastman, Kris Engman, David Estey, Sarah Faragher, Maureen Farr, Sallie Findlay, Stephen Florimbi, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Jemma Gascoine, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Hilary Kahrl, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Hanako Nakazato, Kathleen Newton Foote, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Alex Portela, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Liv Kristin Robinson, Julie H. Rose, Rural Electric, Ashleigh Russell, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Johan Selmer-Larson, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Patricia Shea, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Toussaint St. Negritude, James Strickland, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Whiffletree and April White.

Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 7th from 5-8 pm.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call (207) 338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit aarhusgallery.com for links to the artists and notice of special events.

Exhibition by Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

“A New Day” by Sandra Quinn

Linked is Sandra Quinn’s 4th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. Quinn’s command of her medium is at once evident upon observation of her work. She uses encaustic (pigmented wax), oils and other mediums to explore making marks and gestures as related to color and shape. The call and response dialogue created by mark making, layering of wax, scraping away and collage provides the vehicle that leads to the finished piece. The blank surface is an invitation – anything is possible. The work is abstract without reference to any object or subject. The paintings are simply an expression of the influences and experiences of her life.

About Linked Quinn states, “This is the story of connections, of seeing the big picture. My memories are the foundation of who I am today. They bubble to the surface to be seen in a new light. In painting, I summon memories and give them space to breathe. These spaces create a rhythm which builds new perspective. From this point of view I link past to present, present to future.”

Quinn holds a BFA in painting with honors from the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). Her work has been exhibited at the University of New England Art Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, the Saco Museum, Maine Coast Artists as well as many galleries both local and national. She is a member of the Peregrine Press.

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.

Three Artists Inspire at DIAA

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces the opening of a new show, ”Inspirations/3 Artists” featuring Betsy Braunhut, Paul Trowbridge, and Hub White. The show opens on Friday, October 31, with a reception with the artists that evening from 5:00 – 7:00.

Betsy Braunhut at DIAA

“Going Sailing” by Betsy Braunhut

The three local artists offer very different perspectives that will please and inspire their audience. Betsy Braunhut uses her surroundings on Deer Isle as the inspiration for her photography.  In this show she will present some of her newer images captured by digital means.  She hopes others will come to love what she is privileged to see every day. Paul Trowbridge spent most of his summer days painting watercolors, and will share many of his recent works in this exhibit. His work celebrates the landscape of Maine while exploring the fluid, spontaneous, and fickle nature of watercolor.  Hub White’s paintings and drawings may be either realistic or abstract. He uses a variety of media in his work, such as graphite, pen and ink, markers, colored pencils, watercolor, oil pastels and acrylics as he continues to explore various subjects and ideas.

Paul Trowbridge Fine Art

“Turner’s Porch 2″ by Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association Gallery will be open from
5:00 -7:00 on Friday October 31 for the artists’ reception, and from 11:00 AM – 5 :00 PM on Saturday November 1; Sunday, November 2; Friday, November 7, Saturday, November 8,; Sunday November 9; Friday, November 14; Saturday, November 15, and Sunday November 16. The gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.

George Marshall Store Gallery presents “Visions and Inventions”

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Michael Stasiuk

“Bunny Couple (detail)” by Michael Stasiuk

One cannot help but smile upon entering York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The reason for these smiles is the wonderful pairing of the whimsical found object sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk with the colorful paintings by Maine artist Jan ter Weele and fanciful paintings by Vermont artist Donald Saaf.

Stasiuk, who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire, describes himself as a multi-media sculptor, a theatrical prop maker and art educator. He teaches art at the New Durham Elementary School and for the past 23 summers has been the prop master for the Budd Butt Mystery Theatre Troupe in Telluride, Colorado. His figurative sculptures made from commonplace and often discarded items have an uncanny sense of animation and character.

His ability to animate ordinary objects and infuse them with personality and gesture is remarkable. “Bunny Couple” is a pair of “bunny” figures whose heads are made from shoe shapers and their prominent ears from wooden spoon handles. The “gentleman bunny” strides forward on his elegant straight legs, his torso (a toy boat fragment) tilts back as he deftly adjusts his neck tie (a piano key) His “female bunny” companion wears a lacy skirt (a carved metal lampshade) and her facial expression seems to be questioning weather her skirt may be too short for the occasion. Visitors to the gallery, without exception, respond with smiles and delight.

Donald Saaf makes paintings that reflect the local experience of his community and mirror his surrounding in rural Vermont. He is influence by Outsider and Folk Art from around the world and his collaging of fabric, paper and paint are not too far from the quilt makers methods of breaking down the composition into organic forms and shapes.

Saaf’s simple figures are often clothed in collaged pieces of fabric. In his largest canvas “Round Mountain.” a figure sporting a polka-dot shirt and a striped hat rides his bicycle through the Vermont countryside. It is a beautiful day, birds soar around the mountaintop and a group of villages are hiking up a hillside. There is a dream–like quality to these images.

In many of Saaf’s paintings there is a halo of faces radiating around the figures’ heads. These additional faces may represent the soul or perhaps they are a symbol for the many levels of personal consciousness. No mater how personal the picture is to the artist, he is always striving for the universal. The figures are simultaneously representing the artist and the “everyman.”

Saaf and Stasiuk have exhibited their work together in the past at the George Marshall Store Gallery and also at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Curator, Mary Harding has added to the pairing the work of Jan ter Weele, whose brightly colored paintings complement the work of the other two artists.

Jan ter Weele was selected for the Monhegan Island Art Residency and has just returned from his one-month stay on the island. Painting for the artists is about color and the interpretation of real places. Recently he has begun to disassemble the imagery of these places into abstract compositions that reflect the rhythms, patterns and colors of his landscapes. Like the other work on exhibit, ter Weele’s work has a playful quality and at the same time is very sophisticated.

Concurrently, the gallery is presenting the work of ceramic artist Boyan Moskov. The artist was born and educated in Bulgaria where he had a ceramic production business. He moved to the United State in 2007 and since that time has developed his skills as a ceramic artist, showing his work in high-end craft exhibitions in the Northeast.

His slab built and wheel thrown sculptural vessels and forms are elegantly displayed throughout the gallery on pedestals and wall mounted shelves. The surfaces and bronze/charcoal glazes give the impression that the pieces are welded metal. A recent visitor commented “What a contrast to what I just saw upstairs, but equally as exciting.”

The exhibitions continue through November 16. George Marshall Store Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

“Impressive Impressionists” at Camden Falls Gallery

The 15th annual American Impressionist Society’s (AIS) National Juried Exhibition is now underway at the Abend Gallery in Denver, Colo., bringing together talented artists from throughout the country. There were more than 1,600 entries to the 2014 exhibition, and a panel of six judges chose only 135 to be part of their prestigious fall show. This year, Camden Falls Gallery is proud to represent three of those artists: Aline Ordman, Jonathan McPhillips, and Peter Yesis.

Aline Ordman has been with our gallery for more than a decade, and her piece “Liliana’s Living Room” is an excellent representation of her colorful style and her ability to illuminate a particular moment in the human experience. She developed an early love affair with pastels, influenced by Degas, Marie Cassatt, and Berthe Moriscot, as well as American Impressionists John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, before finding her passion for oils.

Where Aline is one of our longtime partners, both Peter Yesis and Jonathan McPhillips are relative newcomers to our gallery. Peter’s paintings are rooted in realism but rendered in a softened style that leaves space for thought and reflection. His contribution to the National Juried Exhibition, “Whitewater,” allows the viewer to individually interpret the mood and feel of the scene and to actively participate in the natural energy of the waves. A New Jersey native living in Searsport, Maine, Peter joined our gallery in late spring.

Rhode Islander Jonathan McPhillips, who joined us this summer, spends his time chasing available light and air, allowing the natural ebb and flow of the world around him to influence what he paints. He always strives to capture the distinct, engaging atmosphere of a time and a place, a concept that is captured perfectly in his AIS piece, “Time and Motion.”

Their work, along with the pieces by their fellow impressionists, will be on display at the Abend Gallery until Nov. 1. But for those of you who cannot get to Denver to catch the AIS exhibition, Camden Falls Gallery is hosting a show a little closer to home. In recognition of their accomplishments this year, we will be showcasing the work of these three artists through the month of October. Each painter captures the gorgeous coast of Maine and its beautiful landscapes in unique and amazing ways. Now is your chance to see why they were chosen for the 2014 AIS show.

For more information, contact Camden Falls Gallery at info@camdenfallsgallery.com or (207) 470-7027. If you are interested in finding out more about our artists, including Aline, Peter, and Jonathan, please visit our website at camdenfallsgallery.com.

November Artist and happenings at Summer Island Studio

Harriet Lindemann

“Field Flowers” by Harriet Lindemann

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

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

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

Gallery at Somes Sound opens “The Pierson Family Treasures: Generations of Artistic Talent”

121“Marbleized Water” by Mary Louise Pierson

The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to an opening reception 4- 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12 for “The Pierson Family Treasures: Generations of Artistic Talent.” The opening reception and show feature the creative works of art by the children of Author Ann Rockefeller Roberts; Mary Louise Pierson, Clare Pierson, Joseph Pierson, and Rachel Pierson Gumina. For more information visit  www.galleryatsomessound.com

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, presents an exhibit of sculpture, photography, prints, paintings, and poetry exploring themes and aspects of the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring Maine artists and writers, runs from October 3 through December 3. An opening reception on October 17, 4-7 p.m., will feature the exhibit’s poets reading from their works and Maria Wagner playing “Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet” by Elliot Schwartz.

Exhibit organizer, artist Leonard Meiselman, has been planning and working on this exhibition for over a year. “I am continually amazed and fascinated by the ongoing outpouring of memoirs, documentaries, paintings, and poems – and now an opera and a new major film – 69 years after the Holocaust ended. Artists, writers, and filmmakers are still finding some essential energy in Holocaust themes,” he says. “Why does the Holocaust draw this amount of obsessive attention?”

Meiselman, a life-long artist, thought he had left New York City three years ago to live in Wiscasset and paint the trees in Maine, but found himself painting Holocaust images instead. “In this world of suffering and political turmoil in which we find ourselves today, it is meaningful to dwell on this chapter of the last century – to remember what happened and how it happened by gradual degrees and incremental infringements on human rights. I suspect that for my generation of artists and poets, it is about coming to terms with our history, our heritage, and our identity.”

As an organizer of The Dilemma of Memory, along with David Greenham, Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and poet Lee Sharkey, Meiselman said he was deeply gratified with how the artists and poets came together to create this exhibition. This is a group of mature artists, he explained, grappling with similar ghosts and shadows: “I’ve experienced a wonderful sense of fellow-feeling, of finding other artists struggling with some of the same issues that haunt my work as an artist.” Meiselman asserts that the artists taking part in The Dilemma of Memory intend to make a statement: “It is both beautiful and terrible to live with the presence of a history of human suffering and to feel, somehow, that one can redeem the victims from anonymity.”

Participants in the exhibit include photographer Judy Glickman; sculptor Robert Katz; painters George Mason, Leonard Meiselman, and Bob Moskowitz; printmaker Dorothy Schwartz; and poets Tony Brinkley, Mark Melnicove, Lee Sharkey, Martin Steringesser, and Anna Wrobel.

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust is supported by Bath Savings Trust, UMA Senior College, Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, and J.S. McCarthy Printers. For directions and more information about the exhibit, visit hhrcmaine.org.

DIAA announces “Phases of Matter”

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces a new three-person show “Phases of Matter” featuring the work of Sam Jones, Heather Lyon, and Anya Antonovych Metcalf. The show will run from October 8 through October 26.

The three women work in a variety of mediums, including painting, glass, and photography. For example, in an ongoing series of photographs titled “Simulacra vs. the Weather”, Anya Antonovych Metcalf explores light as a metaphor for knowledge. She is interested in natural and artificial light as they might denote ways of knowing, but she is especially interested in cases where the light source is ambiguous or where nature and culture/technology are engaged in complex relationships.

An opening reception will be held on October 8, from 3-6 p.m. This is also Deer Isle’s Wednesday and a Half, and potter David McBeth will be holding a demonstration at the gallery during this time. Additionally, a closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 5-7 p.m.

The DIAA gallery is open Fridays through Sundays, from 11:00 AM– 5:00 PM, and is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.

Maine Craft Weekend opens October 11

Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 11 + 12, 2014.

Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

For more information or questions please email Marie Sugden at marie@mainecrafts.org or call (207) 588-0021.

CRAFT Gallery opens “A Collaboration: van der Ven and Bell”

CRAFT Gallery

Pottery by Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell

CRAFT Gallery opens its October show “A Collaboration: van der Ven and Bell” on Friday, October 3rd with work by Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell, two respected Maine potters who blend their skills of throwing clay forms, applying texture, surface design and expert glazing to create each work of art. Van der Ven compares the collaboration to a musical form called “trading fours”, a jazz music term referring to two solo instruments alternately playing four measures each. This is how the potters proceed: Bell throws the porcelain form and allows it to dry leather- hard. Van der Ven then draws, carves and/or pierces the piece in response to what the form suggests to him, bisque-fires it and hands it back to Bell for glazing and final firing in response to what van der Ven has done. They have been collaborating for three years and have achieved exquisite and fine porcelain pieces with mutual respect, sensitivity to the aesthetics of the other and, above all, trust.

Simon van der Ven’s background is printmaking. teaching and studying both here and in France. He works in his Lincolnville studio, primarily in porcelain and high-fired stoneware. The porcelain pieces in this show are carved and pierced using exacto knives, metal ribs and drill bits. His work will be shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show this November. Mark Bell, from Blue Hill, has an established reputation for creating rich, shimmering glazes on very fine, perfectly formed porcelain. His work is in constant demand by collectors here and abroad. He has close ties with Haystack Mountain School of Craft’s Mentoring Programs and workshops.

The October exhibition will also include current work by CRAFT artists Susan Dewsnap, Jan Owen, Daphne Taylor and Sharon Townshend, all of whom work in various craft mediums. The gallery congratulates them for being selected for the 2014 Biennial Exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The show will continue until early November when the gallery will close for the winter. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street, Rockland. For more information call (207) 594 0167 and visit craftonelm.com.

“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.

“That Ole’ Barn” Gallery Exhibit at MFT Gallery

What makes a farm a farm? Is it the fences, the animals, the farmer out on the land? In times past, the iconic grandeur of the big barn alone was enough to convey agricultural activity. While that may not necessarily be true today, barns remain an emblem of farm life. Whether a barn continues to exist as a home for animals or hay, a place for tractors or tools, or has found a second life as an art studio, the barn holds an important place in Maine’s history, as well as in many of our hearts.

That Ole’ Barn, the next exhibit at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, is dedicated to Maine’s barns in all their variety and splendor. Through the eyes of sixteen different artists the barn is portrayed for its architectural significance in the landscape, its central role on the farm, as a testament to Maine’s rural heritage, and as a vessel holding childhood memories or future visions.

Sheep Jones

“Lincoln” by Sheep Jones

With That Ole’ Barn, several new artists join the ranks of Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: sisters Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr, formerly represented by High Street Gallery, Belfast, as well as oil painters Ingunn Milla Jørgensen and Walter Smalling, watercolorist Margaret La Farge and ceramic sculptor Randy Fein.

Julie Cyr

 

“Thorndike” by Julie Cyr

Returning favorites include Vincent Abaldo (found object assemblages), the late Joseph Fiore (oils), Elizabeth Fraser (oils), Terry Hire (photography), Elizabeth Ostrander (sculpture), Kathleen Perelka (pastels), Michael Reid (photography), Willy Reddick (white-line woodblock prints), Robin Rier (oils), and Margaret Rizzio (mixed media collage).
Each artist seems to have a personal connection to a particular barn, or to barns in general.

Margaret La Farge from Machias grew up on an old farmstead where she and her siblings played in an old post and beam barn. For sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander, Eastport, there’s a sense of comfort and belonging when she thinks back to her own “ole’ barn” from long ago, remembering the sweet smells of hay and molasses-fortified grain, together with the reassuring sounds of low belly rumblings and chewing from two horses, three goats, and a pony.

La Farge Studio

“She Came to Say Goodbye” by Margaret La Farge

Robin Rier remembers jumping off a hayloft as a kid. Elizabeth Fraser recalls the sense of mystery and magic whilst poking around in her grandfather’s old, two-story barn filled with antiques. Terry Hire is drawn to the texture of old barn doors, the lines and patterns. Vincent Abaldo hopes to still restore his late-1700’s post and beam barn. All of his submissions to the exhibit have been made from old parts of that very structure.
That Ole’ Barn opens with a public reception on Friday October 3rd, from 5:30-8pm. The show will be on display until November 14. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street, Belfast and is open M-F from 9-4. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

The gallery is open for extra hours on the weekend of October 11 & 12, for Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Arts Trail.

On Friday evening October 17th, MFT Gallery will be hosting local poets Toussaint St. Negritude and Josh Kauppila as part of Belfast’s Annual Poetry Festival. Being not only poets but also partners on a small goat farm in Swanville, the duo will be reading poems which speak to their deep connection with the land. Check the home page of mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org for exact time of the reading.

Author Don Perkins will be giving a free talk about the history of barns in Maine, on Thursday November 13th at 6:30pm, at the Belfast Free Library. His book, The Barns of Maine, will be available for purchase at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery for the duration of the exhibit, as well as at the presentation. Visit ourbarns.com for more information on the book and the author.

Museums of Old York presents “Unraveled”

"Unraveled" at Museums of Old York

The Museums of Old York is presenting “Unraveled – Contemporary New England Fiber Art,” September 20 – December 6. The exhibition brings together the work of 18 regional artists who investigate and experiment with various forms of fiber in their artistic practice. While often paying homage to textile traditions, these contemporary fiber artists take advantage of a wide range of materials and techniques to create works that present their ideas, provoke commentary and pique visual enjoyment.

There have been a number of other museum exhibitions featuring contemporary fiber art, most recently at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the American Textile Museum in Lowell, MA, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. York’s “Unraveled” further pushes the limits of pre-conceived notions of materials, context and scale.

Cobey-Ziek-Unraveled

Adjacent to the exhibition’s introductory label is a three-panel, woven tapestry titled “Rain” by Vermont artist Bhakti Ziek. The artist is an expert in digital jacquard weaving and this radiant textile incorporates silk, cotton, rayon, and metallic yarns. To the left is a suspended shawl titled “Portrait of Alzheimer,” by Maine artist Katharine Cobey. The hand spun silk and wool threads begin in an orderly pattern from the lower-left, continue over the shoulder, and as it descends down to the right, the patterns degrade into a web of threads that spread out in disarray along the floor. Cobey is nationally recognized for her fiber sculpture and teaching.

Although these first two examples incorporate recognizable fiber materials, there is a serious shift as one proceeds into the gallery. Warren Seelig’s “Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” is a ten foot wide “weaving” constructed of stainless steel and red rock shards which cast dancing shadows on the wall. Seelig (Rockland, ME) is an artist with an international reputation, with his work included in over 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea.

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“Stone Carpet/Shadowfield” by Warren Selig

Within view of Seelig’s piece is “Wallpapered Space” by Samantha Fields. (Brockton, MA) The artist has adapted the piece to fit an 8 by 11 foot section of wall. It is made up of recycled crocheted afgans, framing and embroidered vinyl siding. Her patterns are hole-punched into the vinyl siding and then embellished with bright colored acrylic yarns. Although the materials are “plastic” and “perhaps a bit tacky” the end result has a certain charm and whimsy and questions our idea of beauty.

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The exhibition includes four “dresses” by Vermont artist Wylie Sophia Garcia which are a part of her project “The Dress That Makes the Woman – One Year. Twelve Dresses. One artist’s challenge to create and to wear a work of art for each month of the year.” Garcia intended to embark upon a ritualized creative challenge: to wear and to work daily on a dress for one month at a time for an entire year. The final sculptural “dresses” were her performance piece and personal diary as she went about her daily life in Burlington, Vermont.

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New Bedford artist Elin Noble exhibits a bold, red and black itajime shibori quilt. The artist has spent more than 30 years investigating traditional and contemporary dye techniques, focusing on Japanese itajime shibori (clamp-dye resist).

Vermont artist Michele Ratté uses drawing, printmaking, collage, and innovative textile printing processes to make her work. Her series of “Island” pieces and her most recent work, “Maze” use 22kt gold and palladium mono-prints on hand-loomed silk, linen, velum and fishing line. The pieces are elegantly displayed in acrylic cases lit from below.

A wide variety of materials, process and techniques are represented in the exhibition which is indicative of many of today’s fiber artists. During meetings with several diverse groups of participants Jodi Colella (Somerville, MA) created “Hive” which is made up of aluminum screen chambers stitched together with steel wire. In this installation the piece crawls up the gallery wall, casting deep shadows and creating negative spaces.

Merill Comeau (Concord, MA) uses painted vintage linens, composted fabric samples and deconstructed clothing for her wall installations. Melita Westerlund (Bar Harbor, ME) uses shredded blue jean fibers in her sculptural “Environmental Chaos,” Sallie Findlay (Deer Isle, ME) uses repurposed cotton scallop bags collected from local fisherman, and Allison Cooke Brown (Portland, ME) incorporates Q Reader codes into her work. Also on exhibit are works by Elizabeth Billings (Tunbridge, Vermont), Lisa Grey (Portsmouth, NH), Sarah Haskell (York, ME), Priscilla Nicholson (Brunswick, ME), Adrienne Sloane (Lexington, MA), and Katharine Whild (North Yarmouth, ME.)

There are several programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition.
Artist Merill Comeau will give a talk on Sunday October 5, 3 p.m. “Fiber Art Now: An Artist’s Perspective. Katharine Cobey will present a day long, knitting workshop, “Culling the Greats” on Saturday, October 25. Exhibition curator Mary Harding will give a gallery talk “My Fiber Road Trips” on Sunday, November 2, 3 pm. Historian Lynne Zacek Bassett will present “HerStory in Civil War Quilts” on Wednesday, November 5, 6 p.m. For further information on these programs please refer to the Museum’s web site www.oldyork.org.

Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 through December 6th.
3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. 207-363-4974

Jeff Bye “Outside In” at Greenhut Galleries

Jeff Bye at Greenhut Galleries “Yellow” by Jeff Bye Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside. Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures. Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from the Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

Landing Gallery announces “New Work & New Artists”

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“Grey Morning, Islesboro, ME” by Sarah Faragher

Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “New Work & New Artists” a group exhibit, Oct 3 – Oct 30. Eleven of Maine’s talented fine artists exhibit their most recent paintings, drawings & photographs, many of which show a new creative direction. Bonnie D’Abate, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Lewis Cisle, Sarah Faragher, Ralph Hassenpflug, Monique Lazard, David Riley Peterson, Ellen Roberts, Marcia Sewall and Suzanne Siegel, are included in this exhibit. Please join us and enjoy some new and exciting work by some of your favorite artists.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 5, closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please call 594-4544.