The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery presents an exhibition of recent oils, encaustics and bronzes by Kathleen Mack in a show that runs through Aug. 23. The title, DIVERTIMENTI, derives from the Italian divertire “to amuse”. Often considered a musical genre, Kathleen has adapted the lighthearted mood of the term to her works in the exhibition. Kathleen Mack has been painting professionally since 1993. She paints in oil and water media, and sculpts in wax and stone. She is primarily interested in the human figure, alone and in relationship to other figures and surroundings, finding that gesture is all important in her work. For more information visit thebelfastframer.com or call 207-338-6465.
The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the film Annie Leibovitz at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.
For over two decades, Annie Leibovitz has been one of the world’s highest profile and most sought-after photographers and is one of the highest paid photographers working today. Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2, 1949, the third of six children. Her father, Samuel Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the family moved frequently. She took her first pictures in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.
In high school she began to write and play music and then studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. For several years she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. In 1970 when she returned to the United States, she started her career as staff photographer for the just-launched Rolling Stone magazine. She became Chief Photographer in 1973 and worked for the magazine until 1983. Her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look. On December 8, 1980 she was to photograph John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone. Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be in the picture which she finally did. Leibovitz was the last person to photograph Lennon as he was shot and killed five hours later.
This documentary being shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit at 7:30 pm on Wednesday July 30 focuses on Leibovitz’s l life and career including Rolling Stone and drug addiction. Join her in Hawaii and Los Angeles as she follows up on her infamous cover portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore and another photo shoot of the actress clad only in body paint. Also, an interview with Leibovitz tells how she became a photographer and reveals the deep passion that drives her work.
The film will be shown on a full wall-size screen with discussion led by members of the Ogunquit Art Association. The film is shown in a delightful setting amid the exhibition of the art of the Ogunquit Art Association. Come early so there will be time to view the art on display.
Gleason Fine Art is pleased to announce that Dennis Gleason has been admitted as a Certified Appraiser to The Appraisers Association of America in the area of 19th and 20th century American paintings. At this time, he is the only such-qualified appraiser in Maine. Established in 1949, the AAA is the premier national association of personal property appraisers specializing in the fine and decorative arts. Members serve public and private collectors alike to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes.
Admission requires successful completion of a 15-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), a course in Theory and Methodology of Appraising (both through New York University) as well as preparing sample appraisals for estate, donation, and insurance purposes and completing an all-day examination at the offices of the AAA in New York City.
Marty and Dennis Gleason established Gleason Fine Art in 1985, and in 1990 Dennis began doing appraisals as a member of the New England Society of Appraisers. Since that time, Dennis has done donation appraisals for gifts to the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, Monhegan Museum, and elsewhere. He has also done appraisals for artists’ estates, personal estates, and numerous retail replacement value appraisals for private collections.
On Thursday, August 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a book signing with artist Jamie Wyeth and Susan Goldman Rubin, author of the new book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family. The book signing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center at the corner of Union and Grace Streets, in Rockland.
The book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family, by Susan Goldman Rubin, is published by Chronicle Books. In this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin shares the fascinating story of the Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—three generations of painters and arguably the First Family of American Art. The accessible text traces the events that shaped their art and the ways their art influenced them in return, while the crisp design showcases gorgeous reproductions of the works that have made the Wyeth family legendary.
Both the author and artist Jamie Wyeth will be available to sign copies of the book as well as prints and other items. Only sign two items will be signed per person. This event is free, and no reservations will be taken.
“On the Deep Sea” by Walter Dean
On Friday, August 1, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of the current “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea” exhibition by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, who curated the show. The special tour will begin at the museum’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland and is free with museum admission.
The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The Wyeths’ interests have included the coast’s dramatic shoreline and islands, including Monhegan, the lives of fishermen and farmers, and the boats, houses, barns, lighthouses and other structures scattered throughout the midcoast. Their interest in these subjects is part of a long-standing tradition of work done by artists and artisans in Maine since the eighteenth century. In addition to works by the Wyeths, the exhibition also includes a selection of paintings by James G. Babbidge, George Bellows, Walter Dean, James Fitzgerald, Rockwell Kent, Fitz Henry Lane, William Edward Norton, William Pierce Stubbs, Frederick Waugh, and Andrew Winter; and a selection of ship models that include the Red Jacket clipper ship, the seven master schooner Thomas Lawson, and the only known ship model by John Haley Bellamy.
Every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m., throughout July and August, museum staff will give special gallery tours of specific exhibitions. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and no advance reservations are required. For more information about upcoming special gallery tours, or other Farnsworth Art Museum programming, please visit the museum’s website or call the Education Department at (207) 596-0949.
The Swan Lake House/Garden Tour will be held on August 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments as well as 5 garden walks and 4 open houses.
Houses & Gardens featured:
Sunnyside: a prominent Victorian cottage owned by the Simon-Fyfe family is considered one of the oldest on this lake. It is a beacon to all boaters with its red & white stripes, large front porch and slightly tilted barn. A tour of this cottage with its artistic features and the surrounding grounds will be enjoyed by all.
The Barclay House: a spacious & lovely year round house owned by Jim & Ann Barclay, built in 2002 sits among beautiful trees facing the lake with a large garden in the back. A guest house cabin with a rustic log interior is also a “must see” in the tour.
Blake & Katie Curtis are sharing their year round home and gardens also on the Eastside of the lake. Visitors will find a charming combination of house/cottage with a unique architecture design affording ample living space for a couple who likes to entertain. Gardens surrounding this home create a colorful backdrop.
On the Westside of the lake, visitors will have an opportunity to see the studio and art gallery of Dianne Horton, well known and respected local artist. Swan Lake, as well as the nearby ocean and small Maine communities, has provided inspiration for the artwork visitors will enjoy in her gallery. Informal flower gardens flank her property and set the tone for easy lake living.
Again on the Westside near the dam and boat launch, the Kerrigan Gardens are layered on the banks of the lake and include a large variety of local, lake loving plants along with interesting water features. Along the shoreline window boxes of annuals welcome visitors from the water.
Donations of $18.00 per person will be accepted; tickets are available at Swan Lake Grocery and at the boat launch on the day of the event.
Details: Boats will leave from the Boat Launch on the Westside of Swan Lake at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.. Those wishing to drive will find driving directions on the tickets.
Rain Date is August 3rd.
Proceeds will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project to keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.
“Thank you for five wonderful years!”
Art House Picture Frames in Portland has the pleasure of hosting one of our favorite artists Brita Holmquist for our fifth summer. Artist reception First Friday August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments and live music.
We know that summer is busy in Maine and that we must enjoy the warm weather in it’s brevity. Please take a moment to celebrate the sun with us at an artist reception for Brita Holmquist, one of our favorite artists. This summer’s show is aptly titled, “Dog Days” and will run from August 1st – September 13th.
“She Dreams of Branches and Barnacles” by Ann Tracy
When Portland Maine artist Ann Tracy was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, she was also invited to exhibit that work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning September 18th and running to November 20th. A reception for this work and other new works will be held Wednesday, August 27th from 5 to 8 pm at Constellation Gallery, 512 Congress St in Portland.
Tracy has returned from New York where she showed her digital mixed media paintings based on historic artworks “The Green Graces Series” as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014, on Pier 94.
She got to Cuba earlier this year on a people to people cultural exchange led by internationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Opalenik and organized by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Tracy is also a member of the Maine Artists Collective. She has also been vetted by U.S. Artists, a nonprofit group in Los Angeles, and successfully used their unique fundraising program for her “The Three Graces For Environmental Awareness” project which was shown in Portland at Akari and at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami this past December.
This is the second time Tracy has shown work in New York City since moving here almost three years ago. Although she grew up in Maine, NH and Massachusetts, her family moved to Colorado in 1969. She most recently lived in Sacramento CA where she not only exhibited in many venues such as the Center for Contemporary Art and Asylum Gallery but her work has also been shown in galleries and museums in California, New Mexico, New York and Maui. Her fine art photograph “Behind the Water: Mystery” was a juror’s choice in the New York Center for Photographic Art’s “Water” show which was exhibited at the Soho Digital Gallery in October of 2013.
In addition to her fine art, Tracy is also a portrait and editorial photographer. Her studio is located within Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson St, Portland Maine. Her studio is open by appointment by calling (916) 804-6095 or emailing email@example.com .
“ART Student” by Ron Weaver
To Teach is to touch lives forever. On July 23rd Mars Hall Gallery will honor artists who have dedicated their lives not only to their craft, but to enriching the lives of others with the gift of creating ART. The show, in memory of five artists who taught at the university level, James A. Elliott – Portland School of ART, Robert Hamilton – Rhode Island School of Design, Donn Moulton – four universities in the US and Canada and the Boston Museum School, Carl Sublett – University of Tennessee and Ron Weaver – six universities including Yale and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. At the high school level are artists Jay Hoagland, Holly Smith, Elaine Reed and Ken Martin who has also taught at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Artists who have taught at major institutions, given workshops and/or teach privately are Linda Funk, Constance Kiermaier, Nat Lewis, Dick Kelly, Nancy Baker and Terry Wolf. Baker and Wolf are currently giving workshops at Mars Hall Gallery. To Teach runs through Sunday, August 17th.
“Rowing Past” by Leo Brooks
St. George is a town with two beautiful ports, Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor. The Tale of Two Ports celebrates not only our two ports, but ports of departure and ports of call all over our planet. Watercolors of Port Clyde and Monhegan by Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis and Elaine Reed along with oils and acrylics of East Coast Harbors and their surroundings by Jeannette Steele Esposito, Mimo Gordon Riley, Roger Kirby and Barbara Major-Weaver. Artists not only representing Maine, but Ports in Europe, the Islands and the mind are Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Cali Veilleux and Eleanor Zuccola. In addition to the paintings are driftwood fish by Claire Perry, Assemblage Bill Cook, Kozo & Encaustic Masks by Diane Green-Hebert, Photography by Antonia Small, Outsider ART by Elaine Niemi and James Reed, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy and the “Recycled ZOO” by Brian Read. The Tale of Two Ports will be on display through Sunday, August 10th. A reception for both shows will be held Friday, July 25th, from 6-8p.m. with music by “Ridge Review,” featuring a recently released CD by Robin Elliott. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George Peninsula and is open 10-5 Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, to register for a Workshop or the “Eleven” Show call 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.
Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect
The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently pledged $10,000 to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s capital campaign in support of CMCA’s new building and move from Rockport to Rockland. The new building in Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori of New York and North Haven, will provide additional gallery and classroom spaces for the 62-year-old organization. On behalf of CMCA, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, chair of the CMCA board of trustees, expressed her appreciation and gratitude for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s generous gift. She added that “their support will help CMCA expand its educational mission and its ability to introduce the work of Maine’s outstanding contemporary artists to new and larger audiences.” For more information about CMCA’s capital campaign and plans for the future visit cmcanow.org.
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a book launch, signing, and informal talk for William Irvine and Carl Little from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. In conjunction with the book launch, the gallery will host a solo show of new work by Irvine through August 17. There will be an Artist’s Reception for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Both events are free and open to the public.
William Irvine’s journey began in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine became part of the lively London avant-garde scene. Moving to Downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point. The harbors, islands, boats, sea and sky inspired bold new work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with pictorial concepts based on the coastal landscape. In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey features landscapes inspired by Maine, Scotland, England, and France. Carl Little is resident of Mount Desert Island, poet, and author of over 20 art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England and Winslow Homer and the Sea. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the 2012 John N. Cole prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Little edited Art of Katahdin by his brother David Little, and is a contributor to ARTnews, Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors and Island Journal. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 37th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Dinner will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport. Always an eagerly anticipated event, the auction is considered Maine’s premier contemporary art auction and is CMCA’s most important fundraising event, providing critical support for exhibitions and programming. An opening reception for “Art to Collect Now” will precede the auction from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The invitational exhibition includes work from 100 of Maine’s most notable contemporary artists, who have donated all or part of the Auction proceeds to CMCA. The exhibition will run through July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.
“Crockett Cove/ Vinalhaven” by Pat Hardy
Barn Gallery announces the 63rd Annual Ogunquit Art Association Art Auction at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card, or leave a Silent Bid 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, August 1, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, or online at oaaartauction.com. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org or call (207) 646-8400.
Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast
The Belfast Creative Coalition is looking for local talent from Waldo County to participate in an “Inspire-a-thon” on Sunday, September 28 at Troy Howard Middle School. This is a call to anyone from ages 5 to 95 with a 3 to 6 minute routine of any artistic genre. Individuals or groups, organized or just a one-time pick up session, are all welcome to apply: comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, jugglers, mimes, unicyclists, dancers, or visual artists with an appropriate rehearsed demonstration. Visual artists and farmers who require an on-location video may also apply. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. The Inspire-a-thon will be televised on BCTV2 and streamed live online. To apply, email who you are, what you do in 50 words or less, how to reach you, and an image if available, by August 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.
The Kelpie Gallery announces its opening at 81 Elm Street in the heart of the ‘Keag village in South Thomaston. Owned and operated by painting conservator Lauren R. Lewis and artist Susan Lewis Baines the gallery will feature works by emerging and established Maine artists. The inaugural exhibition “The Sky’s the Limit” features work by Baines, Sarah Barnard-Blitz, Allen Bunker, Sandra Leinonen-Dunn, Julie Haskell, Pamela Hetherly, and Jill Valliere. Only five miles from the Rockland Arts District and the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Kelpie is located in a renovated barn on the grounds of Pepper Hill Farm Equestrian Center next to the ‘Weskeag River. A kelpie is a legendary Celtic spirit that can shape-shift from horse to water and lives in rivers and streams. The gallery will hold regular openings and workshops in art techniques and conservation issues, supporting the growing creative economy in Midcoast Maine. “The Sky’s the Limit” runs from July 1 through September 28. For more information visit thekelpiegallery.com or call (207) 691-0392.
Start your weekend early with Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA is open until 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month with live music, an outdoor bar and refreshments, and special events. Enjoy a warm summer evening in the museum’s sculpture garden, meet new people, and share an artful experience! On Thursday, August 21, listen to jazz by the Stephen Page jazz duo then mix it up with Cocktails & Creatives. This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to run elbows with individuals in our creative community. Meet new people, and be inspired.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 5, the 2014 Leonard and Merle Nelson Social Justice Fund Lecture Series at the Portland Museum of Art will host Lucy Lippard, internationally known arts writer, social activist, and curator. Since 1966, Lippard has published 23 books on feminism, art, politics, and multiculturalism. She has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations. Lippard will discuss her life and work, which has spanned four transformative decades. “Lucy Lippard: Undermining” is free and a book signing will follow the lecture. Visit portlandmuseum.org or call (207) 775-6148 to make reservations.
The Farnsworth Art Museum presents the full-length documentary The Natural Thing to Do: the Music of Ann Wyeth McCoy at the Strand Theatre 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. Produced by Denys McCoy, Richard Rotert, Damon Sinclair, and Cliff Sears, and narrated by actor Richard Chamberlain, the film captures the talented spirit and story of music composer Ann Wyeth McCoy, daughter of N.C. Wyeth. When as a young woman her composition Christmas Fantasy was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra little did she realize she would be on her way to a creative career all her own. The Natural Thing to Do magically unveils the emotional forces that inspired her compositions. Filmmaker Damon Sinclair, narrator Richard Chamberlain, and family members including Anna B. McCoy will be on hand for a discussion. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street in Rockland. Tickets will be on sale at the Strand box-office directly prior to the screening.
“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais
The Kingman Gallery is solely dedicated to showing the work of Maine fine art photographers. Anne Kingman Page, owner of the gallery, has been a summer resident of Deer Isle since childhood, and has recently moved to the Island year round. She is currently archiving the work of Charlotte Brooks, the only woman staff photographer at LOOK magazine. The gallery represents the work of 15 Maine photographers chosen by Page for their quality as well as the diversity of their work. The photographers currently represented are Thomas Birtwistle, Anne-Claude Cotty, Susan Davens, Jeff Dworsky, Françoise Gervais, Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, John Kelly, Terrell Lester, Jim Nickelson, Claire Seidl, David Wade, Samuel Waxman, Douglas Wood, and Jane Yudelman. The Kingman Gallery is located a half mile south of Deer Isle Village at 117 Center District Crossroad at the corner of the Sunset Road (15A). For more information visit kingmangallery.com or call (207) 348-9333.
Mars Hall Gallery celebrates their 11th year with a call to all artists for the Invitational Group Show “Eleven.” There is a $10 fee per piece with a limit of 3 pieces per artist. Registration ends August 1. The show runs from August 13 to October 13 with a Reception 6 to 8 p.m. on August 22. For more information visit Mars Hall Gallery at 621 Port Clyde Rd. Tenants Harbor or marshallgallery.net, email email@example.com or call (207) 372-8194.
The 13th season of the Barn Gallery’s “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the showing of the film Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart. Viola, a contemporary video artist, is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in new media. He is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The Barn Gallery is located at Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org.