Bangor Savings pledges support to CMCA

Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect

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.

Book Launch and Signing “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey”

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William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey

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.

CMCA 37th Benefit Art Auction & Dinner

CMCA Auction

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.

Barn Gallery announces 63rd Art Auction

Ogunquit Auction

“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.

Belfast Creative Coalition calls for talent

Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

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 info@belfastcreativecoalition.org. For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

The Kelpie Gallery opens in South Thomaston

The Kelpie Gallery

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.

Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

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 shows The Natural Thing to Do

The Natural Thing to Do

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.

Kingman Gallery opens on Deer Isle

“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais

“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 call for artists

Mars Hall Gallery

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 marshallgallery@roadrunner.com or call (207) 372-8194.

Barn Gallery shows Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart

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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.

NRCM offers Watercolor Workshop

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

Please join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an exciting opportunity to explore and paint views of the proposed National Park. On Sunday, August 24th local artist and instructor Marsha Donahue will hold a day-long watercolor workshop at the Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from Medway. Pack your portable painting equipment, bug spray, and a portable chair. Your supplies should fit in a backpack. The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes lunch. Participants are responsible for materials and lodging. Please contact Eliza Donoghue at eliza@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0118 with any questions.

Portland Museum of Art selects nationally recognized curator Alison Ferris

 

Alison Ferris [web]The Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce that nationally recognized curator Alison Ferris has been selected to organize the museum’s 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. The PMA has invited Ferris to curate the exhibition independently, drawing on her deep knowledge of Maine’s exceptional artist community as well as the art history of the region. Unlike previous Biennial exhibitions, this exhibition will not include a call for entries. PMA Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May says of Ferris, “Alison has a deep understanding of what makes contemporary art so vital in Maine, and a great eye. We are honored that she has agreed to work with us to extend the tradition of biennials at the PMA into the future. Alison’s exhibition promises to be a pivotal project for the museum, pushing us to new plateau in our presentation of contemporary art for all audiences.” The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial will be on view October 8 through December 31, 2015.

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).
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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
207-974-9683
anthony@mainegalleryguide.com

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”

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“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 umma.umaine.edu

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

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“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


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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 www.artfullgifts.com

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 bayviewgallery.com

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 .postanddeploy.com/t/j-l-thltiky-klitttlii-k/