Greetings art lovers and friends,


April come she will / When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
- Paul Simon

April Café begins with the Spring Exhibitions at UMaine Museum of Art. The photo triptych by David Hilliard, now part of the museum’s permanent collection, stopped me in my tracks the first time I saw it reviewed in TIME. Hilliard’s work is amazing to see in person and is now another fine addition to the art of Maine. The story begins below.

April Café sees an uptick in Gallery and Museum openings. Farnsworth is opening “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea,” Archipelago is opening “Sea & Sky,” Bayview Gallery in Brunswick presents a Spring Show of work by Charles Movalli, Tidemark Gallery has an Opening Reception for Stephen Jane, Greenhut Galleries opens their 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, PMA presents “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways,” Central Maine Clay Artists (CMCA) and the Harlow Gallery team up for MUG SEASON, ”It’s Not So Black and White IV” an annual exhibit opens at Richard Boyd Art Gallery, Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance at Waterfall Arts, Schooner Gallery has a call for artists, and Michael Shyka will show his colorful florals at Fields Pond Audobon Center.

And finally, here is the sneak preview of our cover featuring Bernard Langlais I have been promising. I have taken Janna Halwick of Carver Hill Gallery’s great suggestion to include the year (so we will all know we are current).









And for our parting image from DADA
Portrait of an artist. Louise Nevelson, A Maine Artist We Love.










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Cheers to all,

Anthony Anderson

Farnsworth Presents Two Visions of OZ

FarnsworthPoster for British reissue of “The Wizard of Oz”, 1955.  Image from “The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic” by John Fricke (Down East Books)

On Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, the Fansworth Art Museum will present two movie versions of The Wizard of Oz. First, on Saturday, the 1925 film version will be presented at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium, Then, on Sunday, the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, will screen at The Strand Theatre, in Rockland at 2 p.m. The Sunday Strand screening will be preceded by an OZ-inspired dance performance by Midcoast students.

The Saturday, March 15 screening will be of the 1925 movie The Wizard of Oz. The American silent film was directed by Larry Semon, who also appears in a lead role, that of a farmhand disguised as a Scarecrow. The only completed 1920s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this film features a young Oliver Hardy as the Tin Woodman. The American comic actor would later become famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy. The film departs radically from the novel upon which it is based, introducing new characters and exploits. The Saturday screening will be introduced by Willard Carroll, whose collection is on display at the Farnsworth through March in the exhibition The Wonderful World of Oz. The 1925 film is free with museum admission.

Presented by the Farnsworth and The Strand Theatre, the Sunday, March 16 screening, will be a 75th Anniversary special showing of a 35mm “library copy” of the 1939 classic. The definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s fantasy, the movie made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, a young orphan girl living a drab black-and-white existence on a dusty Kansas farm with her aunt and uncle. Dorothy yearns to travel “over the rainbow” to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the Technicolor land of Oz.

Audience members are encouraged to be in their seats at 2 p.m. sharp in order to view a special added attraction: Dorothy and other characters will come to life and dance!  Dorothy, performed by Emma Gross, a junior at Camden Hills Regional High School, and other Midcoast students, will greet attendees as they arrive, then perform a short dance inspired by the Land of Oz. Tickets for the Sunday show are $7.50 matinee pricing for all seats, and will be available at The Strand box office, one hour prior to the screening. For more information call 596-6457.

UMMA presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations”


“Mandala” by Hannah Cole

The University of Maine Museum of Art’s Leonard Lecture Series presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations,” 6 – 7 p.m. Wed. March 12 by painter Hannah Cole whose works are featured in UMMA’s exhibition Time’s Wife, on display through March 22. Cole will reveal the inspiration, process and challenges behind her work in a presentation in the Leonard gallery. Hannah Cole received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Yale University, Post-Baccalaureate studies in painting from Brandeis University, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 561.3350  or visit

Gleason artists Peters, Demers, and Kevin Beers museum-bound


“Autumn Fog” by Andrea Peters

Paintings by East Boothbay artists Andrea Peters and Don Demers and Monhegan artist Kevin Beers are headed to the prestigious New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, Connecticut, as part of the collection of coastal-themed paintings donated to that museum by Charles and Irene Hamm. The Hamm gift consists of 165 paintings plus $1 million in financial support for the collection. “I was thrilled to be included in the Hamm Collection and then in American Coastal Art, the book of their collection,” says Peters, “but to be represented at a museum as extraordinary as the New Britain is one of the greatest honors of my career.”

Local gallery owners Dennis and Marty Gleason, who represent both Beers and Peters, were instrumental in supplying a number of the paintings for the Hamm collection, including one of the collection’s centerpieces, Fairfield Porter’s elegant watercolor Dirigo Island. The Gleasons were also responsible for providing the Hamms with examples by Andrew Winter, James Fitzgerald, Walter Farndon, Sears Gallagher, and many others.
The paintings by Andrea Peters and Kevin Beers will join a museum collection that already includes some of the most important American paintings ever made, including works by George Bellows, Robert Henri, and Rockwell Kent, all of whom painted on Monhegan Island in the early part of the 20th century. To see paintings by both Peters and Beers, as well as by Andrew Winter, Fairfield Porter, and James Fitzgerald, visit Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue, in Boothbay Harbor. The gallery is open year round.

ArtFull Gifts Show at Point Lookout Resort Nov. 22-24

Circle Stone Designs

The fifth annual ArtFull Gifts Show takes place November 22-24 at Point Lookout Resort, Route 1 in Northport. This Fine Art & Craft Holiday Event features 50 exhibitors, fine art, craft, and gourmet foods. A Gala Collectors’ Evening takes place 5-8 pm. Friday, Nov. 22, with live jazz by ‘Shades of Blue’, Gourmet tastings from area restaurants and artisanal food purveyors, and a cash bar. The show runs Sat. – Sun., Nov. 23-24, 10 am-4 pm. Talented exhibitors create fine jewelry; handmade clothing and accessories; porcelain and stoneware pottery; fine home furnishings; stone, clay, and metal sculpture; artist-designed leather bags; turned wooden bowls; paintings; home-grown gourmet foods, and more. Demonstrations on Sat. and Sun. include: hat making, porcupine quill art, handmade bath products, and spinning fleece into yarn on Sun. Local Watershed High School students will offer a holiday gift wrapping service to fund a class project. Admission ($10 Fri.; $3 Sat. and Sun.) benefits Coastal Mountains Land Trust.  For more Info: Visit

Bayview Gallery’s new ceramic artist Derryll Brudzinski

Raku by Derryll Brudzinski

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is showing the work of new ceramic artist Derryll Brudzinski. Derryll creates beautiful earthenware vases and vessels in the Raku style.  Traditional Raku is characterized by using low fire temperatures, resulting in a rather porous surface. Brudzinski fires his pieces at fairly high temperatures to intensify the colors in the glazes. The fired piece is removed from the hot kiln and allowed to cool in the open air or in a container filled with combustible material.  Derryll has shown widely throughout New England, including solo shows at the Jasper Rand Museum and Westfield State University.  He has also shown at the Art Students League and Lincoln Center in New York City and at Heartwood College in Kennebunk. For more information visit

PMA presents
 ”Ahmed Alsoudani in Conversation with Mark Bessire”

Mark Bessire and Ahmed Alsoudani

Portland Museum of Art presents
 ”Ahmed Alsoudani in Conversation with Mark Bessire”
 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Redacted artist Ahmed Alsoudani and PMA Director Mark Bessire met in Portland when Ahmed was a student at Maine College of Art (MECA). The two remained friends over the years, and on Wednesday, November 6, they take the stage for an evening of informal talk about the artist’s work, his childhood in Iraq, and his experiences as an artist in Portland and New York City. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted

Gifted Hand Show Friday Nov. 8,


Jewelry by Lisa Gent

The Gifted Hand Show in Ellsworth takes place Friday Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gifted Hand Show features fabulous art and crafts by over 65 Maine artisans. There will be a silent auction at the show to benefit the Helping Hands Account set up to help show organizer Christina Heiniger with her medical expenses.  Christina is recovering from chronic Lyme Disease and co-infection. There will be many wonderful items to bid on donated by the artisans in the show and Christina herself. To make a direct cash donation to the Helping Hands Account you may mail a check Helping Hands, TD Bank, 213 High St, Ellsworth Maine 04605.

Farnsworth Presents “Oz” on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Film

A Gilbert Adrian-designed dress tested by Judy Garland for “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and the blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming, together with a shooting script used by Bobby Connolly who staged the dance numbers.


The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland opens “The Wonderful World of Oz—Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection” on Saturday October 12, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s classic motion picture “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Wonderful World of Oz, drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, which is based in Maine, will run through March of 2014 in the museum’s Crosman Gallery. The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 11, throughout the museum’s galleries.

L. (Lyman) Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant sensation upon its 1900 publication. Eventually translated into hundreds of foreign languages, the Land of Oz ultimately became a worldwide phenomenon. Oz’s greatest success, however, came with the 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, in which she made the Academy Award-winning song Over the Rainbow a national hit and touchstone of popular culture.

Included in the Farnsworth exhibition will be the most complete surviving costume (worn by the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin), one of Dorothy’s pinafores and blouses, examples of the many illustrated versions of Baum’s books (including the finest known copy of the first edition, first state “green imprint” of Baum’s initial book in the series), rare or one-of-a-kind posters from the various motion picture and stage productions, and a remarkable array of other Oz memorabilia from the Willard Carroll / Tom Wilhite Collection.

Among the major pieces to be displayed is the Hourglass that the Wicked Witch of the West uses in the 1939 film to show Dorothy “how much longer you have to be alive.” Margaret Hamilton, who played the witch, lived during her later years on Cape Island, off Newagen, Maine.

Carroll’s fascination with Oz began as a young boy after seeing the 1939 movie on television, spurring a collecting bug that is still with him.  His passion also became part of his professional work:  he has authored three Oz-related books and created The Oz Kids animated movie series for Paramount.  An Emmy Award-winning producer, Carroll began his career as a development executive at Walt Disney Studios, where Wilhite at that time was head of production.  Carroll wrote and directed Miramax’s all-star drama, Playing by Heart, with Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Dennis Quaid, and Jon Stewart; and most recently wrote and directed the romantic musical comedy, Marigold, starring Ali Larter and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, filmed entirely in India.  He is now in pre-production for his original psychological thriller, Crawl.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a new book by John Fricke, The Wonderful World of Oz:  An Illustrated History of the American Classic – with hundreds of images exclusively from the collection – to be published in October 2013 by Down East Books.  Additionally, Carroll’s Oz-related book, I Toto:  The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog who was Toto, will be published by Abrams in September 2013.

Among the exhibition’s related programs will be All Things Oz— a lecture by Willard Carroll in the Farnsworth auditorium, 1 p.m. Sun, Oct. 13; The Wizard of Oz, the original 1939 film shown in 35mm at The Strand Theatre 2 p.m Sunday, October 20; and on Saturday, November 16: Celebrate Toto’s Birthday! For more information visit

The Farsnworth Art Museum, in support of our Federal workers, will offer all furloughed Federal employees free admission to the museum and Wyeth Center throughout the current Federal government shutdown. The admission price of $12 for adults and $10 for seniors over 65 years of age will be waived to any furloughed employee with proof of Federal employment. Admission to the museum is free at all times to all children 16 and under.

“Art In Space” at COA’s Blum Gallery

“Planet 7” glass sculpture by Josh Simpson

The Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has just opened a special exhibit titled “Art In Space,” on view now through October 25. The Blum Gallery exhibition is part of the fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival and is also host for a lecture “The Marriage of Art and Science” at 4 p.m. Friday, September 27.

“Art In Space” features the work of glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Jane Runyeon. Simpson creates his own universe of vibrant glass planets, complete with oceans, continents, volcanoes, and clouds. The cores of these small planets are full of bubbles, threads, and kaleidoscopic patterns evoking unseen landscapes and underwater worlds. In addition to Simpson’s renowned “Planets,” several wall-mounted glass “Orbs” from his Corona series will be shown, which evoke Hubble Space Telescope images. “Seeing an aurora borealis, or watching a thunderstorm develop down the valley, or just looking up at the sky on a perfect summer night inspires me to translate some of the wonder of the universe into my glass.”


“Drake’s Equation N” by Jane Runyeon

Jane Runyeon’s expressionistic Galactic series is fuelled by the meteor showers and the thousands of asteroids that both circle the sun and are heavily concentrated in a very wide belt between the orbits of Mars’ two moons and Jupiter’s 63 moons. These mammoth rocks swirling with extreme temperatures and speed have inspired a provocative theme in her work about the known and unknown mysteries of outer space.

Cady Coleman and Josh Simpson

“The Marriage of Art and Science” lecture will begin with remarks by Runyeon, who will introduce NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Cady Coleman and her artist husband Josh Simpson. The two will discuss how art and science co-exist and inform one other. Coleman, who has logged more than four thousand hours in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and the International Space Station, will discuss the endless possibilities that the space program brings back to earth.
Cady Coleman and Sandra Bullock promoting “Gravity”

Astronaut Coleman was a technical advisor for Sandra Bullock in her portrayal of an astronaut in the soon to be released space thriller “Gravity.” Bullock conferred with Coleman via an internet protocol phone while Coleman was about two-thirds of her way through a 5-month stay aboard the International Space Station at the time. In advance of Josh Simpson and Cady Coleman’s upcoming Blum Gallery lecture, Cady is spending all this week in Los Angeles with “Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney on a press junket.

For more information about “Art In Space” visit The Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off on September 26 and goes through the 30th. For more information, visit Additionally, Josh Simpson and Cady Coleman will give a talk on Friday morning Sept. 27 at John Bapst Memorial High School.

First Friday Art walks Oct. 4

Boothbay art walkers

First Friday Art walks take place Friday Oct. 4 in Portland, Boothbay Region, Rockland and Belfast. Friday, Oct 4 is the Last Boothbay First Friday Art Tour for 2013. This free self-guided tour is a fun filled evening celebrating art with many of the fine artists and galleries of the Boothbay Region. This month will be hosted by nine galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula: Boothbay Region Art Foundation (Sponsor), Joy To The Wind Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Gleason Gallery, Lina Burley Gallery, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Co-Co Vivo Fine Art, Paradise Studio, My View Point Gallery. Call 207-633-7025 for more information.

Farnsworth Collective presents “Artists on Art”

Beginning on Wednesday, October 2, the Farnsworth Collective, the museum’s newest membership group, will present a series of discussions entitled “Artists on Art.” This three-part series devoted to issues of concern to Maine artists will take place on Wednesdays, October 2, October 9, and October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Based on the very popular series of the same name which took place in autumn of 2010, Artists on Art will bring together emerging and mid-career artists for a discussion on topics relevant to artists living and working today. Participants will engage each other and the audience in three different topics of conversation over the three evenings. On October 2, artists Kat Buchanan, Mark Kelly and Jessica Stammen will discuss Time and Money: Studio Practice and Making a Living. Colin Page will moderate the conversation, which will ask questions such as: What does it mean to maintain a studio practice as a working artist? How do you as an artist manage your time and space? What are the rewards and burdens of making art for a living? How is value attached to the products of art-making? For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Education Department at 207-596-6457

Few spaces available for 2013 Painting Workshops with Henry Isaacs & Ashley Bryan

William Holman Hunt, Plein Air Painting and Armed

The Islesford Dock Gallery has a few spaces open for the First Session of
2013 Painting Workshops with Henry Isaacs & Ashley Bryan. Check in for dinner, Sunday, September 1, Finish after lunch, Wednesday, September 4. For more information, visit  or call Cynthia or Dan Lief at (207) 244-7494. William Holman Hunt will be unable to make it.

Gleason Fine Art William Irvine art talk + “Sean Beavers: Wood, Water, Stone, and Seed.”

“Notes on Strawberries” by Sean Beavers

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor invites the public to a talk by Maine painter William Irvine 4 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15. Maine’s rugged coast suits Irvine’s sensibilities–sailboats, clouds, working boats, sailors, blue skies, tidy white houses peopled by figures in bright shirts—it is all material for Irvine’s paintings.

Gleason Fine Art also invites the public to an opening reception 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, August 23 for “Sean Beavers: Wood, Water, Stone, and Seed.” The show features oil on panel still lifes and landscapes by the York painter and runs through Saturday, September 14. For more information visit

Bayview Gallery announces honors for gallery artists.

“Katahdin Reflections” by Stefan Pastuhov

Bayview Gallery in Camden announces recent awards and honors for gallery artists. Scott Moore and Stefan Pastuhov have both been included in David Little’s seminal work “Art of Katahdin.”  Published just this summer, Little’s book explores the allure of Maine’s Mount Katahdin and the work of the many artists who have taken it as their muse. Janet Laird-Lagassee won awards at various competitions held throughout the country, and Cape Cod artist Marieluise Hutchinson has been included in Deborah Forman’s book “Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Of Land and Sea.” When not painting on the Cape, Hutchinson enjoys exploring the back roads around her home in Cushing, Maine looking for the authentic New England towns and farms she depicts in her paintings. For more information visit

“Richard Norton, Artist and Advocate” at Waterfall Arts Belfast

Richard Norton

A panel discussion “Richard Norton, Artist and Advocate” will take place on Thursday, July 18, beginning at 7p.m. at Waterfall Arts Belfast. The panel, an event related to the current gallery show of Norton’s photography, is moderated by Waterfall Arts’ Alan Crichton and features art writer Edgar Allan Beem, painters Dennis Pinette, Lesia Sochor, Janice Kasper and Mat O’Donnell. The group will share stories with the audience about Richard, his work and the budding Belfast art scene of the day – the artists, galleries and local interactions. Norton was a photojournalist as well as an artist in his own right. He worked for both the Republican Journal and the Waldo Independent from 1978 to1988 and documented the City’s traditional economy based on poultry, fishing, farming and lumber industries. For more information, visit

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens 29th season with “Contemporary Visions of Maine.”

“Morning, Southwest Harbor” by Keith Oehmig,

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery has opened their 29th season with “Contemporary Visions of Maine.” Highlighting this exhibition is “Morning, Southwest Harbor,” an impressionistic oil painting by Keith Oehmig depicting a view out through the harbor and toward the rolling hills of Mount Desert. Other artists featured are Tom Curry, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Diana Johnson, Carlton Plummer, Michael Graves, Guy Corriero, Don Stone, Marjorie Moskowitz, Judith Magyar and John Gable, Roberta Goschke, Geer Morton and Joan Plummer. “Contemporary Visions of Maine” will be on display through Wednesday, July 3. For more information, call 882-7682, or visit the

CRAFT artist taped for Smithsonian Craft Show

Vase by George Pearlman

CRAFT Gallery in Rockland announces gallery potter George Pearlman has been selected to participate in the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC, this spring. Craft artists throughout the nation apply for this prestigious juried show and only a few of the very best are selected each year. Pearlman has had a studio and gallery on the St. George Peninsula for many years and has shown at CRAFT Gallery since it opened three years ago. Collectors covet his work for it’s whimsical verve and painterly application of color and design on his clay forms. CRAFT Gallery will open for the season Friday, May 31, featuring new works by Pearlman and other gallery artists. For more information visit

“Earth” + Poets and Fools Costume Ball at Waterfall Arts

“Antartica” by Ellen Sander

“Earth,” Waterfall Arts in Belfast’s annual open call show, opens with a reception for the artists 5 – 8 pm Friday, April 5, immediately followed by the Poets and Fools Costume Ball. The annual Open Call exhibit seeks to bring together artists young and old, professional and novice, in a spirit of experimentation and free expression around the theme of our common experience of earth.

The Poets and Fools Costume Ball, which begins directly after the opening reception, starts at 8 pm and features dance music by the high energy band The Hips, readings by local poets, a costume contest with prizes and celebrity judges, a 50-50 raffle and mini-auction, lots of happy fools, a performance by Dancing Machine, a Courtney Porter production, cash bar, refreshments and fun with friends. All are invited to attend, wear a costume if you like and celebrate community and creativity. Admission to the fundraiser is on a sliding scale, $5 to $25, at the door. For more information visit or call 338-2222.

River Arts call to artists

River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists’ submissions for its upcoming show “Maine Icons and Special Places,” opening August 3. Artistic images powerfully influence our sense of a place, and this exhibition will present works that portray the visual “icons” that have come to represent Maine, from lighthouses and lobsters to potatoes, ski slopes, moose and seagulls, as well as specific “special places,” whether widely-known, such as Portland Head Light, Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, to more personal choices, such as the MOFGA Fair, a local country store or a historic building.

Juror for this exhibition is Bjorn Runquist, well-known painter of the Maine art world. Will Barnet commented that a “certain air of romanticism permeates his work reinforced by a wonderful feeling for light and color.” Born in Sweden , Runquist completed his secondary education in France, his bachelor’s degree at Colgate University, in the U.S., and his master’s at King’s College, University of London.  After several years as an abstract painter, he returned in the 1990s to painting landscapes and seascapes.  For many years he has divided his time between homes in Connecticut and Clark Island, Maine.  He describes painting as “an experience framed by contemplation.”  He is currently represented by Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor and Portland; Landings Gallery, Rockland; Morrison Gallery, CT; and the Horton Hayes Gallery, Charleston, SC.

Submissions for the exhibition in all media are welcome, including photography.  Sculpture is encouraged.  Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in any dimension, and for safety reasons, plexiglass should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Drop-off dates for art work are Friday and Saturday, July 27-28t, from 10 -4 p.m. at the River Arts Gallery at 170 Main St. (Bus. Route One) Damariscotta. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. All work in the exhibition must be for sale and may not have been exhibited at the gallery previously. Entry forms are available on the website as well as at the gallery when submitting. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5 -7 p.m. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at . The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and on Sundays from 10-2.