Islesford Dock Gallery opens “Lesia Socher: How Do I Look?”

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The Islesford Dock Gallery is highlighting the paintings of Lesia Socher with “How Do I Look?” during the month of July. Lesia Socher’s forms and colors work as fascinating designs in themselves and as statements provoking another look and lingering thoughts. Originally inspired by wooden spools of thread connecting her to her female ancestors, these newest pieces are a natural evolution, painted in thin layers of oil on sewing pattern paper. Thoughts fly – designers, issues, clothes, Oscar Wilde. But the pieces, in the end, stand alone, some quiet, some bold, all asking you to look.

Located on Little Cranberry Island, along with the Islesford Dock Restaurant, there are ferries from Northeast and Southwest Harbor. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm. (207) 266-5464 www.islesforddock.com

Katahdin Photo Gallery open for the season

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A  downtown Bar Harbor photographic gallery, Katahdin Photo Gallery is open for the summer season. Local artist Steven Bart has spent 15 years capturing the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and Downeast Maine. The gallery is open May-October and invites everyone to stop by and share in Stevens work and experiences. Above is a scene captured at Little Long Pond at the height of the lotus season. For more information visit  www.katahdinphotogallery.com or call 518 225-2297 or 207 288-9385

Giarrano’s “Life in the City” Opens Haynes Galleries Summer Season

Giarrano_New HonWong Restaurant2Vincent Giarrano’s “New Hon Wong Restaurant,” oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Contemporary Realist Vincent Giarrano’s new solo show “Vincent Giarrano: Life in the City” will set the stage for the 2015 season at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. The exhibition will present a variety of scenes from daily urban life, captured intimately and with a discerning eye. It opens Thursday, July 2 and continues through Saturday, August 8 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, with an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the evening of July 2. The show is also presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Maine Light.” Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The upcoming show is a perfect fit to open the summer season at Haynes Galleries. At the heart of Giarrano’s work are seemingly ordinary moments from everyday life in New York City that appeal on an emotional level. Giarrano sees the natural, simple narratives in scenes like a woman locking up her shop for the night or indulging in an afternoon nap and captures them on canvas.

While he currently lives in rural Connecticut, Giarrano is a former NYC resident and has a profound understanding of the city’s appeal, its energy, and its quieter side. He tries to capture his subjects during those quieter moments when he believes they have let their guard down. He sets his figures in their own homes & neighborhoods and surrounds them with their own belongings. “I don’t manipulate the environment too much. I like to paint their things— they speak volumes about the person,” says Giarrano.

For more information, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

 

ArtWalk Waldoboro at the Heywood Gallery

AHeywood_Carlo's_Inspiration“Carlo’s Inspiration”, pastel, 22” x 35” (56 x 90 cm), © A.Heywood 2015

On Saturday, July 11th from 4 – 7 pm the Heywood Gallery, 921 Main St., Waldoboro participates in ArtWalk Waldoboro with the opening of “New Inspirations” featuring recent landscape and still life paintings by Anne Heywood. “The title of this show refers to the modern artist, one who paints on a regular basis, finds inspiration in daily life, local scenes and situations, and uses creativity to interpret,” says Heywood. One of the new works for this show is “Carlo’s Inspiration” which depicts an imaginary above-the-cloud “skyscape”, a nod to her son’s love of aviation.

Anne Heywood is an American realist noted for the subtle yet expressive moods created in her paintings. She paints mainly with soft pastels and is the author of the book Pastels Made Easy. A professional artist and workshop instructor for over 25 years, in early June Heywood was honored by the International Association of Pastel Societies with their prestigious Eminent Pastelist designation. Her work is in both national and international private and corporate collections, and is additionally represented in Maine by Gifts at 136, Damariscotta and the Portland Gallery, Portland.

ArtWalk Waldoboro is an evening of fun art openings and related events taking place in the quaint village section of Waldoboro once each month from June to October. Also participating in this event are the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, Tidemark Gallery, and Old No. 9, all within easy walking distance to the Heywood Gallery and each other. Future ArtWalk Waldoboro openings will take place on August 8th, September 12th, and October 10th.

For further information visit www.anneheywood.com or call 207.832.6684

Caldbeck Gallery Opens Three Shows on First Friday

Bits and pieces2Jenifer Mumford, “BITS AND PIECES #18,”  2015  acrylic/collage  12″ x 12″

The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open three new shows on First Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 pm.  Downstairs, “Spring Light”, includes paintings by Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island and Concord, MA, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn, NY, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Michael Reece of Searsmont, and Susan Williams of Rockport.

Upstairs, “Hour by Hour”, the work of K. Min, includes drawings in charcoal and in pastel, as well as paintings in oil.  This is her second solo show with the Caldbeck. Also upstairs, Jenifer Mumford’s recent body of work, “Bits and Pieces”, includes 15 collage paintings, each measuring 12 x 12 inches.  Masterful at working with found objects, turning them into constructions of her memories and life, Mumford found herself seeing the potential in her finished drawings and paintings for further exploration. She and Caldbeck have worked together more than 20 years.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.  For more information, please call the gallery at 594-5935.

Anne Heywood Published in Pastel Journal Magazine

“The Pastel Journal,” an art publication dedicated to the pastel painting medium, has published “The Critical Eye” by artist Anne Heywood in their June 2015 magazine. This three-page Skill Builders article focuses on the art critique and how to listen to and give one, and offers tips on how to identify problems with a painting-in-progress. Heywood is an American realist, author (“Pastels Made Easy”), and art instructor with over 25 years of experience. She is to be honored by the International Association of Pastels Societies this June with their designation of Eminent Pastelist, a title given to only two other artists worldwide to date. Heywood maintains studios in Waldoboro, Maine and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She shows her work in Maine at the seasonal Heywood Gallery, Waldoboro, and at Gifts at 136, Damarascotta. You can see her work online at /www.anneheywood.com

SECOND SUNDAYS: Art Critique

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The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine. May’s Second Sunday on May 10, 2-4pm is designed for artists. We’re hosting an Art Critique! ­ Bring one or two pieces that you are working on or have completed to a group critique. A great way to meet other artists and get some input on your work.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Many of the events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by a care-giver. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

KVAA Presents Art, Artisans & Creatives Fair at the Marketplace at Augusta

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“Joffre Cascade”, by Jlynn Frazier

The Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with The Marketplace at Augusta are presenting a weekend of fine arts, crafts and more on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015. We will be showcasing Maine creatives in the former Coldwater Creek Store (between Dress Barn & Old Navy) at 14 Stephen King Drive in The Marketplace at Augusta from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

This event is sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta, and we hear there will be many other special events that weekend in early celebration of Mothers and Mothers Day, including live music, a Zumba-thon, horse and carriage rides, karaoke, and a prize drawing for a shopping spree at the Marketplace at Augusta and more! At the Art, Artisan & Craft Show, we’ll have a prize drawing for five Maine made goods created by some of our participating artists.

The Gallery at Somes Sound collaborates with Pritam & Eames

"The Moon's Light" by Wendell Castle

“The Moon’s Light” Stained Ash by Wendell Castle

… In addition to the artists and furniture makers that the Gallery at Somes Sound traditionally represents, this cooperative venture with Pritam & Eames puts us in touch with work by artist-craftsmen of international standing like Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie, and Garry Knox Bennett, among others. Both The Gallery at Somes Sound and Pritam & Eames share a long-term commitment to 21st-century fine art and fine furniture. We see our collaboration as a way to deepen this commitment by educating, stimulating and encouraging an appreciation of work by contemporary artists and artisans that represents the highest standard of artistry and skill.

For its inaugural show Pritam & Eames will exhibit the work of Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie and Garry Knox Bennett, three pre-eminent figures in the American studio furniture movement.

Elizabeth Moss Galleries showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,

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                                        “Float” by Stephen Walsh

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“Outside/In” by Jerry Weiss

Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth is showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,” through May 2. Walsh’s large brightly colored abstract work moves energetically between drawing and painting, eluding to architectural elements, maps, floating sculptural forms, and spatial ambiguity. Stephen received his BFA with a concentration in painting graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern Maine. Jerry Weiss has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. See their work at elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Maine Open Juried Art Show co-presented in Waterville

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street proudly co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now in its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracted over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, Maine State Credit Union and Bank of Maine, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes was awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital ImageWorks, framing services from FrameMakers, Berry’s Stationers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works were presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Ramey Mize holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In her current capacity as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, she assists with exhibitions, collection research, and both community and campus outreach initiatives.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception took place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long. Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.  3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

Former PMA Director O’Leary to Study at the Winslow Homer Studio

Winslow Homer Studio at PMA

Dr. Daniel E. O’Leary, former Director of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), has been given an exclusive opportunity for private access to the Winslow Homer Studio. For two weeks this spring, Dr. O’Leary will spend time in Winslow Homer’s private world to study and to write a book about Homer and the history of his work in Maine. Dr. O’Leary’s book will demonstrate the extensive role that Prouts Neck and the adjacent Cliff Walk played in Homer’s art, and will identify the entire range of seascapes that can be linked to specific locations in the area.

“This is a very special opportunity, and one that I deeply appreciate. The creative output that Winslow Homer accomplished during the 26 years in his studio represents one of the foremost achievements in American art. Homer’s work could not have evolved and triumphed without this extraordinary site. I view this location as the most inspiring place in the history of American art, and I will particularly value the chance to explore Homer’s beloved Cliff Walk and trace the exact locations recorded in his paintings.”

Dr. O’Leary led the PMA from 1993 to 2006 and launched efforts to acquire the Winslow Homer Studio, restore it to its original condition, and build an endowment to preserve its future. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Leary holds a Doctorate in Art History as well as an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management. He is currently CEO of the Quimby Family Foundation in Portland, Maine.

One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Winslow Homer Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A National Historic Landmark, the newly renovated Winslow Homer Studio celebrates the artist’s life, encourages scholarship on Homer, and offers the opportunity to get in touch with Maine’s cultural and natural heritage. The Studio was opened to the public in 2012.

Dr. O’Leary’s study at the Winslow Homer Studio will take place from March 30 through April 10, 2015. Following this exclusive opportunity, scheduled public tours of the Studio will begin on April 16 and run through October 31. Tickets are $55, $30 for PMA members, and $25 for students with valid I.D. Advance reservations are required and group tours are available. For tickets, please call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org/homer.

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

Farnsworth [Collective] 2015 BASH: Celebrating Color with Red Baraat

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On Saturday, March 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 4th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Brooklyn, NY-based Baghra Funk band Red Baraat, which NPR recently called “the best party band in years.” The 2015 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland beginning at 8 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from the Hindu festival of Holi, the Farnsworth [Collective] once again brings together midcoast’s creative community, Farnsworth members and fun-seekers for their annual BASH. The [Collective] is a membership group consisting of diverse and dynamic individuals from the mid-coast that have come together to help attract a younger audience to the Farnsworth Art Museum through the presentation of intriguing programs and vibrant social events.

This year, the BASH will feature live music in the form of Red Baraat, an eight-piece brass band from Brooklyn, New York, of which the Village Voice recently said:

“Red Baraat have the locomotion of an army…they’re nonstop revelry for any light soul who can match their boundless energy, a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. The result, needless to say, is completely riotous. Their debut CD, Chaal Baby is an unstoppable blend of Bollywood hijacks and funk freakier than anything Madlib picked up on his trip to India.”

As in the first three [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by local artists. A dance floor, Indian-themed snacks and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit thecollectivebash.com. The 2015 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda, FMC, Samoset Resort, Strand Theatre and WERU. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.

Bucksport Arts Festival: Call for Artists

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Registration has officially opened for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival to be held Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bucksport waterfront. Artists and craftspeople of all kinds are encouraged to apply, and can do so online at bacasmaine.org or by mail. The registration fee is $60 for a 10’x10′ booth space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the event is full.

The event is being organized by the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the cultural and performing arts for Bucksport and surrounding communities.

The Bucksport Arts Festival is one of many new events planned for summer 2015, all part of a collaborative effort among BACAS members, residents, and the Town of Bucksport to develop a new vision for the community and welcome visitors to the downtown and waterfront.

For more information, visit bacasmaine.org or contact Lyndsey Marston at3leggeddogink@gmail.com or (207) 852-9570.

PechaKucha MDI Event Will Focus on Community

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The Abbe Museum, Breaking Even Communications, and Northeast Harbor Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Reel Pizza Cinerama. The event features a series of presentations focused on community, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, totaling a talking time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The goal is to bring prominent and up-and-coming creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha events are great,” said Nicole Ouellette, one of PKMDI’s organizers, and one of the speakers at the March event. “It’s kind of like picking up a magazine and reading an unexpected article you would never have read otherwise. Only with PKMDI, that unexpected but interesting information is coming as a presentation from someone you know in the community. There really is something for everyone at each event.”

Speakers include Joe Cistone of International Partners in Mission, Jena Young of Side Street Café, Jay Friedlander of College of the Atlantic, and Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander. In the PechaKucha format, each presenter is only allotted 20 slides, advanced automatically every 20 seconds. Presentations over the years have included everything from fishing, photography, farming, teaching, writing, videography, philosophy, cartography, coffee, hiking, firefighting, music, fashion, and favorite foods.

PKMDI is held three times a year at to be determined venues all over Mount Desert Island. For more details about the event, including the full line-up of speakers, please visit pkmdi.com and facebook.com/pkmdi. For information on how to be a participant, please contact heather@abbemuseum.org.

About PechaKucha
PechaKucha, literally translated as “chit chat” or “blah blah” in Japanese, was created by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since gone viral, and turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 250 cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide.

About the Abbe Museum
The mission of the Abbe Museum, now Maine’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps, and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. Admission is currently free thanks to Machias Savings Bank.

BIG INK Large Woodcut Printing Sessions in Portland

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BIG INK has partnered with Pickwick Independent Press, located at 536 Congress St in Portland, ME, for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions Friday and Saturday June 5th – 6th, 2015. We will be utilizing Pickwick’s massive 48” x 96” etching press. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, online at lyellcastonguay.com/big-ink/apply. (Deadline: Mar. 23rd) If accepted, artists have two months to carve their image into a piece of plywood. Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, remains in contact with the artists to provide guidance and technical support when needed. Twelve artists will be chosen and six will print each day. Artists may also work collaboratively, simply list both of names on the application. Previous printmaking experience is helpful but not required.

Valerie Aponik opens at Schoolhouse Gallery

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The Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield invites the public to an opening reception for “Winter Plein Air Paintings by Valerie Aponik,” during the First Friday Art Walk 5 to 8 pm February 6. The show runs through March. Valerie Aponik lives and works from her studio/home on Great Wass Island, Maine.  Primarily a plein air painter, Aponik is often found along the local waterfront, islands, homes and gardens of coastal and interior Maine in all four seasons.  “Painting on location, gives me the most alive feeling of the now.  I want the viewer to appreciate the fun I had trying to convey my hand and heart response to my environment”. For more information call 207-939-6518 or visit schoolhouseartgallery.com and aponikart.com

Maine’s first-ever CSA-style Pop-up Party

Pop-up party as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested CSArt Maine, the state’s first community-supported art share program, will host a free pop-up party on Sat., Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Shareholders will collect their first shares, while non-shareholders can chat with participating artists and hear plans for upcoming seasons. The event ends at 5:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Free.

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