Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth is showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,” through May 2. Walsh’s large brightly colored abstract work moves energetically between drawing and painting, eluding to architectural elements, maps, floating sculptural forms, and spatial ambiguity. Stephen received his BFA with a concentration in painting graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern Maine. Jerry Weiss has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. See their work at elizabethmossgalleries.com.
The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street proudly co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now in its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracted over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.
Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, Maine State Credit Union and Bank of Maine, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes was awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital ImageWorks, framing services from FrameMakers, Berry’s Stationers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works were presented to the winners.
- Ramey Mize holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In her current capacity as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, she assists with exhibitions, collection research, and both community and campus outreach initiatives.
- Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
- Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.
The awards ceremony and reception took place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long. Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. 3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.
Dr. Daniel E. O’Leary, former Director of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), has been given an exclusive opportunity for private access to the Winslow Homer Studio. For two weeks this spring, Dr. O’Leary will spend time in Winslow Homer’s private world to study and to write a book about Homer and the history of his work in Maine. Dr. O’Leary’s book will demonstrate the extensive role that Prouts Neck and the adjacent Cliff Walk played in Homer’s art, and will identify the entire range of seascapes that can be linked to specific locations in the area.
“This is a very special opportunity, and one that I deeply appreciate. The creative output that Winslow Homer accomplished during the 26 years in his studio represents one of the foremost achievements in American art. Homer’s work could not have evolved and triumphed without this extraordinary site. I view this location as the most inspiring place in the history of American art, and I will particularly value the chance to explore Homer’s beloved Cliff Walk and trace the exact locations recorded in his paintings.”
Dr. O’Leary led the PMA from 1993 to 2006 and launched efforts to acquire the Winslow Homer Studio, restore it to its original condition, and build an endowment to preserve its future. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Leary holds a Doctorate in Art History as well as an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management. He is currently CEO of the Quimby Family Foundation in Portland, Maine.
One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Winslow Homer Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A National Historic Landmark, the newly renovated Winslow Homer Studio celebrates the artist’s life, encourages scholarship on Homer, and offers the opportunity to get in touch with Maine’s cultural and natural heritage. The Studio was opened to the public in 2012.
Dr. O’Leary’s study at the Winslow Homer Studio will take place from March 30 through April 10, 2015. Following this exclusive opportunity, scheduled public tours of the Studio will begin on April 16 and run through October 31. Tickets are $55, $30 for PMA members, and $25 for students with valid I.D. Advance reservations are required and group tours are available. For tickets, please call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org/homer.
The public is invited to an opening reception March 26, 5-7 for “NATURAL.” This show celebrates the earth’s gifts of new life and bounty after Maine’s harsh, monochromatic winter finally gives way. Twenty VoxPhotographs Gallery contemporary photographers will be represented in a show of photo-based works, including traditionally framed and metal prints. The gallery location is 334 Forest Avenue at EcoHome Studio, Portland 04101 Telephone: 207-323-1214 voxphotographs.com
On Saturday, March 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 4th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Brooklyn, NY-based Baghra Funk band Red Baraat, which NPR recently called “the best party band in years.” The 2015 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland beginning at 8 p.m.
Drawing inspiration from the Hindu festival of Holi, the Farnsworth [Collective] once again brings together midcoast’s creative community, Farnsworth members and fun-seekers for their annual BASH. The [Collective] is a membership group consisting of diverse and dynamic individuals from the mid-coast that have come together to help attract a younger audience to the Farnsworth Art Museum through the presentation of intriguing programs and vibrant social events.
This year, the BASH will feature live music in the form of Red Baraat, an eight-piece brass band from Brooklyn, New York, of which the Village Voice recently said:
“Red Baraat have the locomotion of an army…they’re nonstop revelry for any light soul who can match their boundless energy, a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. The result, needless to say, is completely riotous. Their debut CD, Chaal Baby is an unstoppable blend of Bollywood hijacks and funk freakier than anything Madlib picked up on his trip to India.”
As in the first three [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by local artists. A dance floor, Indian-themed snacks and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit thecollectivebash.com. The 2015 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda, FMC, Samoset Resort, Strand Theatre and WERU. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.
Registration has officially opened for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival to be held Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bucksport waterfront. Artists and craftspeople of all kinds are encouraged to apply, and can do so online at bacasmaine.org or by mail. The registration fee is $60 for a 10’x10′ booth space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the event is full.
The event is being organized by the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the cultural and performing arts for Bucksport and surrounding communities.
The Bucksport Arts Festival is one of many new events planned for summer 2015, all part of a collaborative effort among BACAS members, residents, and the Town of Bucksport to develop a new vision for the community and welcome visitors to the downtown and waterfront.
For more information, visit bacasmaine.org or contact Lyndsey Marston email@example.com or (207) 852-9570.
The Abbe Museum, Breaking Even Communications, and Northeast Harbor Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Reel Pizza Cinerama. The event features a series of presentations focused on community, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, totaling a talking time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The goal is to bring prominent and up-and-coming creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. The event is free and open to the public.
“PechaKucha events are great,” said Nicole Ouellette, one of PKMDI’s organizers, and one of the speakers at the March event. “It’s kind of like picking up a magazine and reading an unexpected article you would never have read otherwise. Only with PKMDI, that unexpected but interesting information is coming as a presentation from someone you know in the community. There really is something for everyone at each event.”
Speakers include Joe Cistone of International Partners in Mission, Jena Young of Side Street Café, Jay Friedlander of College of the Atlantic, and Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander. In the PechaKucha format, each presenter is only allotted 20 slides, advanced automatically every 20 seconds. Presentations over the years have included everything from fishing, photography, farming, teaching, writing, videography, philosophy, cartography, coffee, hiking, firefighting, music, fashion, and favorite foods.
PKMDI is held three times a year at to be determined venues all over Mount Desert Island. For more details about the event, including the full line-up of speakers, please visit pkmdi.com and facebook.com/pkmdi. For information on how to be a participant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PechaKucha, literally translated as “chit chat” or “blah blah” in Japanese, was created by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since gone viral, and turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 250 cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide.
About the Abbe Museum
The mission of the Abbe Museum, now Maine’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps, and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. Admission is currently free thanks to Machias Savings Bank.
BIG INK has partnered with Pickwick Independent Press, located at 536 Congress St in Portland, ME, for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions Friday and Saturday June 5th – 6th, 2015. We will be utilizing Pickwick’s massive 48” x 96” etching press. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, online at lyellcastonguay.com/big-ink/apply. (Deadline: Mar. 23rd) If accepted, artists have two months to carve their image into a piece of plywood. Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, remains in contact with the artists to provide guidance and technical support when needed. Twelve artists will be chosen and six will print each day. Artists may also work collaboratively, simply list both of names on the application. Previous printmaking experience is helpful but not required.
The Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield invites the public to an opening reception for “Winter Plein Air Paintings by Valerie Aponik,” during the First Friday Art Walk 5 to 8 pm February 6. The show runs through March. Valerie Aponik lives and works from her studio/home on Great Wass Island, Maine. Primarily a plein air painter, Aponik is often found along the local waterfront, islands, homes and gardens of coastal and interior Maine in all four seasons. “Painting on location, gives me the most alive feeling of the now. I want the viewer to appreciate the fun I had trying to convey my hand and heart response to my environment”. For more information call 207-939-6518 or visit schoolhouseartgallery.com and aponikart.com
Pop-up party as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested CSArt Maine, the state’s first community-supported art share program, will host a free pop-up party on Sat., Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Shareholders will collect their first shares, while non-shareholders can chat with participating artists and hear plans for upcoming seasons. The event ends at 5:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Free.
Kennebec Valley Art Association’s 2nd annual Art-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015. It is a fundraiser to support our Youth Art Month exhibitions in March, including the 12th year of Young at Art K-8 and Higher Forms of Art, our annual high school art show now in its 8th year.
This exciting event will take place on Saturday, February 21st, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
the same day as Hallowell’s Mardi Gras celebration.
Each participating artist will be sponsored by her/his own group of donors and will commit to spending the day making art at the gallery alongside other artists who have also enlisted pledges. Space is limited to 20 artists.
Make art, meet other artists, and raise money for the non-profit Harlow Gallery—what could be better?!
In a nutshell, the Art-a-Thon works like this:
- Artists receive a donor form
- Artists sign up donors and collect funds
- Artists bring the donations to the gallery on Sat., Feb. 21st and make art from 10-4.
- The money raised will be used to support this Young at Art (K-8 student art exhibit) and Higher Forms of Art (High school exhibit) in March.
Everyone who participated last year had tremendous fun! Seeing each others’ work in progress, talking, eating, and sharing ideas made it a wonderful day.
Please call or email us at the Harlow Gallery for a donation form and more details, call (207) 622-3813 or email: email@example.com.
Members of the Chocolate Church Arts Center will feature their artistic work in the art gallery located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. The show begins with a reception open to the public on Saturday, February 14 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Traditionally this exhibit is curated among members who submit their work created through different mediums from woodwork to clay to acrylic and oil paintings. This art show was organized to coincide with the preparation and performance of the Hot Chocolate Jubilee VII that is the premier talent and variety show in March 26-29. These shows highlight the level of talent and creativity among individuals involved with and supporting the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
The 2015 CCAC Membership Show will be displayed February 14 – April 3, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 28, March 7, 21. Details available chocolatechurcharts.org or (207) 442-8455.
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.”
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
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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
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 Gallery – Wrap-Up The Holidays, Åarhus – Holiday Extravaganza, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery – Frolicking 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!
Dory Smith Graham of worthygoods has joined our Co-op!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.