Portland Museum of Art Hires New Curatorial Fellow

Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is pleased to announce that Diana Jocelyn Greenwold has been hired as Curatorial Fellow. Under the direction of PMA Chief Curator Jessica May, Greenwold will play an integral role in a multi-year project focused on the reevaluation and reinterpretation of the PMA’s collection, and will work closely with curators, support staff, and the Registration department to conduct research, plan installations, organize exhibition projects, and develop interpretive materials. Greenwold started at the PMA on December 8, 2014.

“We are very happy to welcome Diana to the curatorial team at the Portland Museum of Art,” said PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. “With her expertise in American art and her interest in American decorative arts, we are eager for her to help push the museum in exciting new directions.”

Greenwold specializes in 19th and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts. Most recently, she was the Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greenwold has worked at museums throughout the country, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She has published and presented her scholarly work and has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the Jay D. McEvoy Jr. Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley. Greenwold earned her B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University and her M.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, with expected graduation in December 2015. The subject of her dissertation is “Crafting New Citizens: Immigrant Handicraft, the Workshop, and the Museum, 1900-1945.”

Pemaquid Group of Artists renews PMA Pass gift

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On behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Paul Sherman, Artist and Board Member, presents a check for renewal of museum passes to the Portland Museum of Art to Karen Filler, President of the Skidompha Board of Directors.

Members of the community can once again borrow a pass to the Portland Museum of Art at the Skidompha Library thanks to a donation from the Pemaquid Group of Artists. As in past years, the artists group has funded a full year of opportunities to visit the Portland museum at no cost.

The library is the custodian of the pass and administers the pass on behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists. Only one pass is issued per day. The pass admits 2 adults and up to 6 children for free. Persons wanting to go should reserve their day as far in advance as possible by calling the library at 563-5513. It is important to note that the pass is open to anyone in the community. You do not have to be a library patron or have a Skidompha library card to use the pass. All are welcome to reserve and use the pass.

Pam Gormley, library director, expressed her appreciation:

“The Pemaquid Group of Artists’ gift to the community in the form of free passes to the Portland Museum of Art allows people from all walks of life to enjoy the treasures of the museum. Skidompha is delighted once again to retain and administer the pass on behalf of the Pemaquid Group of Artists. Hundreds of people use the pass each year. We sincerely thank the gallery and all the artists for this wonderful gift.”

Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Artists Group, which funds art programs at local organizations and schools principally through donations from gallery visitors. The Pemaquid Group of Artist Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Point and is open seasonally from June through mid-October. The artists, including both regionally and nationally known artists, are all local area residents and are juried into gallery membership

New Winter Classes, Workshops and Art Camps at Waterfall Arts

Classes, workshops and art camps designed to add creativity to the colder months begin in January at Waterfall Arts.

Abbie Read demonstrates her gelatin print technique at a Print Studio Open House on Thursday, January 15th from 5:30 to 8 pm. The workshop is free or by donation and appropriate for all levels of expertise. The print shop also offers monitored open studio hours for artists who want to work on their own prints.

Mike Fletcher will lead Drawing 101, an eight week Monday evening class beginning January 19th. The class, for those with some experience, and especially beginners, is designed to help students understand and develop basic skills of drawing: perspective, composition, line quality and tonality. Creativity and artistic confidence will be encouraged as students work from life and imagination. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 to noon every week.

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The clay studio will be busy with ceramics classes for adults and kids. Adam Bogosian and Cory Upton-Consulich return as instructors for Ceramics for All, appropriate for experienced potters and beginners. The 8 week class begins Tuesday, January 20th. For kids 6 to 16, Linda Stec leads another round of the Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoon beginning Wednesday January 21. Open clay studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In February, Shawn Brewer leads a Saturday workshop, Screenprinting All Levels, on February 14th from 10 to 2 pm. The class as a group will explore different methods of alternative screen printing screen including creating monotypes using painterly marks and dynamic layering with different squeegee and inking techniques.

February School Vacation (Feb 16-20) seems a long way off, but a special art camp for 7 to 12 year olds is scheduled for that week – Art Meets Music, a week of painting, collage, constructing and creating, all inspired by music! From painting the blues, to jazz collage, DIY album cover making, and recycled instruments – there will be more than great memories to take home at the end of the week. Led by artist, musician and popular youth instructor Bridget Matros, and featuring additional volunteer musicians. Early registration is recommended.

All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of running and of your slot in it! Scholarships are available for some of the classes. Waterfall Arts is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, local businesses and individual contributions. For registration information, complete details on classes and instructors, scholarship applications, exhibitions, art events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit waterfallarts.org, call 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.

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Camden artist Maggie Foskett dies at 95

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“Bits and Pieces” and “Rock” by Maggie Foskett

The artist Maggie Foskett died Dec. 1 in hospice care near her winter home in Sanibel, Fla., after a brief hospitalization, surrounded by her husband, son and daughter. She was 95.

Foskett, a summer resident of Camden, Maine, transformed bits of nature into brilliantly colored and spare, sometimes haunting shapes through a pioneering photographic technique known as cliché verre, the direct exposure of compositions onto photographic paper through an enlarger. She was among the first American artists to use cliché verre in photography and is credited with helping establish the technique as a photographic art form in the United States.

In 1984, Foskett moved from Illinois to Camden, Maine, and her career blossomed when she found a community of artists associated with Maine Photographic Workshops in the nearby town of Rockport.

Foskett studied photography with many of the best American photographers, including Ansel Adams, Sam Abell, Marie Cosindas, Ernst Haas and Jerry Uelsmann. She discovered cliché verre by accident when, working in her darkroom in Florida, she turned on her enlarger and saw the translucent outline of a spider magnified on the photographic paper below. She began experimenting with what she saw. She took tiny bits of plants and insects, created an arrangement between two glass slides, and exposed the slides through the enlarger directly onto photographic paper. The resulting images revealed intricate details and variations of color unseen by the naked eye.

The idea of unmasking the hidden beauty and mysteries of tiny pieces of nature fascinated her for the rest of her life. In dragonfly wings, she found honeycombs. In plant stamen, she found snowfalls of pollen. In flower petals, she found rainbows of color. She discovered that even rocks, cut thinly, could be shot through with the bright light of her enlarger to create extraterrestrial landscapes. Through her many years of work, Foskett noticed the patterns of life’s building blocks repeated themselves in nearly every object she photographed. She remarked that she also came to understand the fragility of nature; some compositions of flowers or insects might fade so quickly she had time for only one or two images.

Late in her career, she became fascinated with x-rays of injured birds and animals, and composed images that superimposed natural objects onto the skeletal traces revealed on the x-rays. She experimented with human x-rays, too, usually her own. One of her most memorable images shows blades of grass layered over an x-ray of her thigh, with the caption, “and then my bones will hold the seeds of summer grass.”

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Foskett exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the East Coast and her works are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and in the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland, Maine.

She had more than 25 one-women shows over her lifetime and in 2000, Foskett was included in Photographing Maine 1840-2000, a published compendium of Maine’s most significant photographers. In 2013, she was included in Maine Women Pioneers III, a collection of Maine’s best women artists.

“A sensitive and exacting observer, Maggie Foskett reveals nature’s incredible variety in new and surprising ways as she penetrates the internal structure of birds, plants, insects and reptiles,” a curator wrote of her 1998 exhibit at the National Academy of Sciences.

In lieu of flowers, a charitable contribution in Foskett’s name may be made to: CROW, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel, Florida.

Farnsworth and Everyman Rep Present Shakespeare Scenes

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On Saturday, December 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host the Everyman Repertory Theatre for a program of readings from a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. The program, which is in conjunction with the museum’s current Shakespeare exhibition, will take place in the museum’s Crosman gallery, beginning at 1 p.m.

Join actors from the Everyman Repertory Theatre for readings from selected Shakespeare scenes, depicted in the current exhibition Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare: From the Yale University Art Gallery. These dramatic readings will take place in the exhibition gallery and will draw from major Shakespearean works including King Henry IV, Part II, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Paul Hodgson, Artistic Director of Everyman Rep, commented: “The scenes chosen are iconic: the explosion of jealousy in Othello, the carousing and recruiting in Henry IV, the play scene in Hamlet, the persecution of Malvolio from Twelfth Night, the division of the kingdom and the seeds of tragedy in King Lear.” The participating actors will include David Greenham, Paul and Jennifer Hodgson, Abby Norman, Jeri Pitcher and David Troup.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a not for profit professional theatre company committed to bringing live theatre to the people of midcoast Maine. Its mission statement is: “Collaboration. Creation. Catharsis. Excellence in professional theatre in the greater Penobscot Bay region”. In late February, Everyman will again be partnering with the Farnsworth for a main-stage production of Arlene Hutton’s As It Is in Heaven— a play that examines a fictional Shaker community in 1830 Kentucky. Information regarding the production will be available at everymanrep.org.

This program is free with museum admission. No reservations are necessary. For more information please visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call the Everyman Repertory Theatre at (207) 236-0173

Winter Festivities in Downtown Belfast Kicks off First Weekend in December

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Photograph by Neal Parent, Parent Gallery

Come kick off the holidays in downtown Belfast with festive cultural and retail enticements the weekend of December 5th and 6th! With two evenings of art openings and street performances as part of Belfast Art’s special holiday art walk offerings, the monthly First Friday Contra Dance, and Our Town Belfast’s annual Early Bird Sale and Tree Lighting events on Saturday, the whole family can have fun ringing in this joyful season.

On Friday the 5th, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer on Main Street will have an Opening Reception for Wrap-up the Holidays, a show of small works by 25 area artists from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Waterfall Arts’ handmade art and craft gift show will have an opening reception from 5 – 8 pm. Street performers will punctuate the downtown, and the evening will continue with the Belfast Flying Shoes 9th Birthday Celebration Contra Dance at the Belfast American Legion Post, featuring the three-member band Crowfoot with caller Adina Gordan and a celebration cupcake tower.

Saturday morning December 6th, Belfast wakes up for its annual Early Bird Sale from 6 – 9 a.m. where shoppers will find deep discounts in over fifty downtown Belfast shops and restaurants. Retail revelry continues throughout the day and at 4:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at Post Office Square where children and adults alike will sing carols with the Belfast Area High School A-Capella group and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The tree will be lit around 5pm with help from Santa himself and a lucky child chosen from among the attendees. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, and hosted in partnership by Our Town Belfast and Belfast Parks & Recreation, the tree lighting is being brought back to its traditional location at Post Office Square this year, adding to the old fashioned Christmas spirit.

On Saturday night holiday shoppers can be sure find something to delight a loved one during Belfast Arts Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. Betts GalleryWrap-Up The Holidays, Åarhus - Holiday Extravaganza, Maine Farmland Trust GalleryFrolicking Fiber Fiesta Holiday Art Show, and Waterfall Arts Handmade Art/Craft/Gift Show all have shows highlighting local made, affordable, handcrafted gifts. Harbor Artisans Artist Cooperative is raffling off a number of their local, hand-made works throughout most of December, the proceeds of which will help support the Waldo County Interfaith Fuel Fund.

The Belfast Creative Coalition and Our Town Belfast encourage the community to come out in support of local shops and galleries this holiday season. Supporting Belfast area businesses is easy to do when there are so many opportunities for fun and festivity this December downtown!

SevenArts Gallery Welcomes Newest Member

Dory Smith Graham of worthygoods has joined our Co-op!

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Acorn Ornament Set by Dory Smith Graham

SevenArts Gallery couldn’t be more excited to welcome Dory to the gallery! Dory brings a whole new vibe and medium to the shop with her impeccably sewn wearables and goods!
Dory launched her business worthygoods in 2008. She is an arbiter of Maine style; imagining, designing, fabricating, and distributing her wearable accessories for adults and children. Dory’s market is far reaching through her wildly successful Etsy site and the many fairs and shows she does across Maine. Dory’s line initially began when she became curious in trying to re-create a favorite hat. Dory discovered that learning the garment’s construction allowed her “inner designer” room to play. Textiles and fiber satisfied a deep craving for color and texture, thus her creativity blossomed into what it is today. Inspiration is found in her family’s activities. Frequent excursions out and about in Maine, its weather and landscape, provide limitless inspiration. Since those first hats, worthygoods has expanded to include a variety of sustainably made accessories, including fabulous bow ties, cozy texting mitts, adorable acorn ornaments and more.

Stop by the gallery to meet Dory and her work! She will be in the gallery most Thursdays and some Saturdays. You can visit her online shop worthygoods. To contact Dory, please email her at worthygoodstextile@gmail.com.

SevenArts Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-5. Located downtown Ellsworth, 192 Main Street, in the Maine Grind building, first floor. Call (207) 667-1968 for more information.

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Artists Talk and Field Workshop at Waterfall Arts

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As part of the new exhibit, Experimental Comminglings at Waterfall Arts, artists Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz will talk about their work and the Comminglings installation and lead a field workshop on Saturday, November 8th beginning at 10:30 am. The workshop will look at socially engaged creative practices in relation to the exhibit. After the talk, they’ll lead the group outside to forage for local plants and other materials to archive and add to the exhibit. The event is free although donations are always appreciated. All are welcome; families and young people accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend.

Experimental Comminglings is a hybrid of science lab and art studio, where the artists invite visitors to fully engage with, alter and transform the materials. The focus is on experimentation with natural materials and liquids in a variety of containers, with constantly evolving options due to the interaction of participants. Engstrom and Langholz are interdisciplinary and installation artists that are currently exploring ways to create new engagements with an audience by extending the way we all observe, understand, and relate to contemporary art. Both are involved with the University of Maine Interdisciplinary program: Engstrom recently received her PhD there and Langholz is in the process of completing her PhD requirements.

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Experimental Comminglings will be on display through November 26th; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, during special events and by appointment. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on exhibits, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

2015 Exhibition Schedule at the Portland Museum of Art

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The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America
January 30—April 26, 2015

Organized by the New-York Historical Society, The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America will feature 52 marine paintings and 10 maritime artifacts that explore the ways in which the early history and culture of the United States were inextricably bound to the sea. The Atlantic Ocean, in particular, loomed large in the American consciousness as a geographical barrier between Old and New Worlds; the conduit for the global exchange of ideas, people, and things; and the basis for national economic activities as well as personal fortunes. Ranging in date from around 1750 to 1904, the works will include portraits of seafarers and vessels, seascapes and harbor views, naval battle scenes, and images of leisure and labor on the water.

Youth Art Month
February 28—March 29, 2015

For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art has partnered with the Maine Art Education Association to present the annual Youth Art Month exhibition each March. This popular show of K-12 student artwork from across the state coincides with National Youth Art Month, which was started in 1961 with the goals of emphasizing the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality school art programs. The Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA is an annual tradition that is eagerly anticipated by visual arts educators, students, and museum audiences. With artwork from Greenville to Skowhegan to York, it is truly a statewide event with more than 100 teachers and students participating each year.

Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail
May 21—September 20, 2015

From Ogunquit to Bangor, the museums on the Maine Art Museum Trail showcase more than 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary, in collections featuring works by the many artists associated with Maine, such as Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Alex Katz, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, and Louise Nevelson. This exhibition will feature works chosen by the museum directors on the Trail and will highlight a variety of work including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. The Trail museums include: Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), Portland Museum of Art (Portland), and University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor). In 2015, the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum (Monhegan Island) will join the Trail.

2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
October 8—December 31, 2015

The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the ninth in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new or recent work by living artists. Through a generous bequest by beloved Maine artist William Thon and his wife, Helen, the Biennial began in 1998 and has become a centerpiece of the PMA’s exhibition calendar for artists, audiences, and arts professionals in the state of Maine and beyond. The 2015 Biennial will be organized by nationally recognized guest curator Alison Ferris, Curator of the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and former Curator at the Bowdoin Arts Museum and Assistant Director at Maine Arts Commission. Unlike previous Biennial exhibitions, this exhibition will not include a call for entries.

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show, Nov 21-23

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show at Point Lookout in Northport features 50 talented exhibitors who create Fine Art, Fine Craft , wearable art, and artisan made gourmet foods This wide variety make up the sixth annual show that has become the go-to place to find exceptional Maine-crafted gifts and get a head start on holiday shopping.

The Gala Opening preview party kicks off the show on Friday evening, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Your price of admission includes a fantastic array of complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants. Shop for gifts, and meet your friends over a cocktail while listening to a top live jazz duet. The show continues through the weekend with free interactive craft demonstrations and more holiday shopping.

Amenities:
· 50 exhibitors
· Art-Full Café featuring whole food lunches for purchase
· Free hiking trails and paved road to the summit featuring a stunning Penobscot Bay view
· Free Parking

Show admission
· Admissions help to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust
· $10 Friday; includes live jazz and complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants.
· $3 Saturday and Sunday, with all day interactive craft demonstrations

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Monumental Robert Indiana Sculpture Presented at PMA

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At 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present to the public Robert Indiana’s SEVEN (1980/2003)—a monumental contemporary sculpture that will immediately become one of Portland’s most famous landmarks. As a longtime Vinalhaven resident, Indiana is a beloved part of Maine’s artistic heritage, and his work and career have long been celebrated by the PMA. With SEVEN, the museum is not only affirming its physical location in the city—at Seven Congress Square—but outwardly demonstrating its commitment to adding iconic artworks to its collection. The evening festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by local artists.

“With the installation of this sculpture on our front plaza, the PMA announces that this is and always will be a place for art,” says Chief Curator Jessica May. “Robert Indiana is one of a small number of artists whose place in American culture and in the history of art in Maine is truly tremendous. We could not be happier to honor his artistic practice and to enrich our collection with this historic acquisition.”

Indiana imagined SEVEN as part of a larger series of works—numerals zero through nine—in different sizes, with 8 x 8 x 4 feet as the largest in the series. The first group was produced in brightly colored aluminum in 1980 and was eventually donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the mid-1990s, Indiana reengaged a foundry to complete his numerals series, including the large-scale weathering-steel numerals.
In addition to being a significant acquisition for the PMA, SEVEN is also a meaningful addition to the public art in the city of Portland. The sculpture stands as a testament to the revitalization of the arts district—in its epicenter at Congress Square. SEVEN is a public sculpture, a landmark, and a tourist attraction in one: an artwork that will come to define the city of Portland, Maine.

George Marshall Store Gallery presents “Visions and Inventions”

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“Bunny Couple (detail)” by Michael Stasiuk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Artist and happenings at Summer Island Studio

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“Field Flowers” by Harriet Lindemann

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

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

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

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Gala Evening Celebrating Survival and Choice

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The Pink Runway Project charity event will be held on October 18, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. This inaugural event will feature a New York fashion week style show with original pieces created by Maine fashion designers, including Michael Shyka, modeled by breast cancer survivors that have undergone breast reconstruction. This formal gala will also feature live music and performances, a silent auction, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs. Above all, the night will illuminate touching and inspiring tales of breast cancer survival and regrowth.

The Pink Runway Project is a new and exciting approach to provide awareness about breast reconstruction options in order to empower women to make informed choices. Proceeds from this informative and glamorous event will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the BRA organization. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, occurs annually in October and is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding breast cancer reconstruction. The third annual BRA Day will take place on October 15, 2014. BRA Day USA is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund provides financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer related needs to qualified Maine residents. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured and underinsured people, including those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, whose particular needs are not covered by other assistance programs. Since the fund was established in 2000, MBCC has awarded grants totaling nearly $1,400,000 to more than 2,900 Maine residents.

The Pink Runway Project is Maine’s first and only charity event to bring awareness to the breast reconstruction options available to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Many women, who are bravely battling breast cancer and are facing life-saving surgery, must also grapple with the reality of losing their female identity. And, unfortunately, research reveals that 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are not being informed of their breast reconstruction options. The goal of the Pink Runway Project is to ensure that all breast cancer patients are fully informed of and given access to all of their reconstructive options.

This event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Day (BRA) and will feature a keynote presentation by Barbara Musser, a leading voice on reclaiming female self image after breast cancer. Barbara is the founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer and is the author of Sexy After Cancer: Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. A 25-year breast cancer survivor, speaker and educator, she teaches classes and holds retreats for women and couples about cancer, love and intimacy.

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Tickets will go on sale September 1, 2014. For more information please visit the PinkRunwayProject.com.

If you’d like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Heidi Harrington, please call Sharon Anderson at (207) 947-1894 or email Sharon at sharon@bangorplastic.com.

Diane Green Hebert in the IEA Members Show in NYC

Mars Hall Gallery

“Poetry Bleeds Rust” Diane Green Hebert has been selected to exhibit her encaustic mask, “Tarquin the Proud”, in the IEA Members Show in NYC. The mixed media piece combines her expertise in handmade kozo paper, ceramic masks and encaustic. The show is sponsored by the International Encaustic Artists and was juried by Jean Dierdorf. “Tarquin the Proud” “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Oct. 1st thru Oct. 29th, 2014 Reception Oct. 2nd, 5-7 p.m. National Association of Women Artists Gallery 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1405 NY, NY Curated by IEA Exhibitions Director Lola Battzell.

Maine Craft Weekend opens October 11

Maine Craft Weekend

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

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

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

David Estey publishes “Whoop and Drive ’er” memoir

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David Estey has published a unique, illustrated memoir - an affectionate, humorous memoir of colorful family, friends and situations while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast. It is called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine.

You may have heard me tell some of the stories over the years. Friends have urged me to write them down. They begin with memorable subjects from Aroostook County: my family, in-laws, friends, classmates, and many other small-town characters and situations, while growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s.
 
It’s not just about Aroostook. I go on to include funny or unique characters and experiences after moving to Belfast, incidents in high school, raking blueberries, making art, funny expressions, and so forth. Then I describe going to RISD, studying art in Italy for a year, spending two years in the army, doing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, moving back to Maine, and navigating the art world. The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily NewsCarl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”
 
I’ve designed the 144-page memoir as an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 related photos or drawings and paintings I did over the years, some you may have seen and some not. I think it would make a wonderful keepsake or Christmas gift for family, friends and classmates; others who know me or the characters and situations I’ve described, and perhaps even total strangers.
 
Despite production and promotion costs, I’ve kept the price at a bargain $19.95 and I may never break even. It has been a labor of love, so I mainly want to get it into people’s hands and have them enjoy it. By mid-October, it will be available at Left Bank Books and other local stores, at maineauthorspublishing.com and amazon.com (where you can look inside), or a copy signed to you directly from me now. Simply send a check to me at 16 Pierce Street, Belfast, ME 04915. I’ll even pay the sales tax and shipping, if you can’t come by to pick it up.

Cafe received this advance email note and unsolicited testimonial – “I have looked at it and  couldn’t put it down at “Beyond the Sea” and can’t wait for his signing there Saturday Nov. 1.  I love his sense of humor, the illustrations and photos and his sense that he really needed to get this into a book.  Good job, David!”             Dianne Horton

Book discussions & signings are scheduled for:

Penobscot Marine Museum Store, Main Street in Searsport, on Thursday October 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, on Saturday, October 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

Beyond the Sea, at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, November 1,1 to 3 p.m.

Fall Family Festival at the Farnsworth

Farnsworth Art Museum

On Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum’s sculpture garden will be transformed into the Fall Family Festival grounds. There will be free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. Families will be able to have a tin-type picture taken and will be able to watch the movie It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the museum auditorium.

Beginning at 5:15 p.m., a parade will take place on Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoestring Theater, which will be teaching an after- school workshop the week leading up to the festival and parade. Grab a noisemaker, borrow a mask, and join in the fun! Immediately following the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden for the lighting of the pumpkins. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. Please call (207) 596-0949 with any questions or see farnsworthmuseum.org/children-family-programs.

Farnsworth Art Museum

Marnie Sinclair “Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art”

Marnie Sinclair

“Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures, and designs especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.”

Marnie Sinclair’s traveling sculpture exhibit Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art attempts to ” incorporate Nature’s extreme beauty with a bit of tension from our careless abuse of our only home.” Marnie is looking for venues to display and discuss “balance, art and climate change,” followed by her movie,”Nature’s Spin Through Art,” which uses sculptu her sculptures to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field, Bill McKibben, 350.org, George Woodwell, founder of Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, retired Physicist from NOAA.

"Nature's Spin Through Art" on YouTube

“Nature’s Spin Through Art” on YouTube

Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.