Call for Participants: 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association has partnered with the Maine Brewers’ Guild to present the 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend on Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12th. We are making it a whole weekend this year uniting Maine craft and craft beer! Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists & breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time!

In 2013 we initiated the program and scheduled it to coincide with American Craft Week a national effort to drive visibility of craft businesses, locations, processes, and traditions. In our first year we had 84 participants, an interactive online map, radio and print promotion thanks to funding from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Community Foundation.

The MCA is committed to promoting and organizing Maine Craft Weekend as an annual event for years to come. We are working on funding and partnerships that will help promote, grow, and sustain Maine Craft Weekend 2014 and beyond!

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” and opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style, and Constance Kiermaier who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

Renee Magritte next Artist Video at Barn Gallery

Barn Gallery Art & Artist Video Series

Monsieur Renee Magritte is the subject of the September 3 Art Video at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. The Barn Gallery is located on Bourne Lane at Shore Road and the film begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Members of the Ogunquit Art Association will be on hand to lead the discussion about the film.

James Chute “Apparent Contradictions” at the Harlow Gallery

James Chute

“Women in the City” by James Chute

Jacob Fall, an independent curator based in southern Maine, is pleased to announce that he will organize “Apparent contradictions”, an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell September 5-27. Using the work of James Chute of Freeport, Mr. Fall will interrogate what seems to be discrepancies in the work and practice of a not-atypical artist practicing in Maine during the early decades of the current century. The work to be shown will range from early student work to Mr. Chute’s current collaborative projects. James Chute’s current production is primarily drawing, but he has also made paintings, prints and sculpture. Although the exhibition will have a broad range, Mr. Fall believes that viewers will be able to discern underlying aesthetic and conceptual unity.
Of his work James Chute says succinctly, “I make some marks and then I get out of the viewer’s way.” Visit the artist online at jameschute.com.

Meet James Chute at the opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m., refreshments will be served. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; exhibitions and at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. “apparent contradictions” will be on on view September 5-27. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.

PMA Hires New Asst. Curator of European Art

PMA press release

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Eschelbacher has been appointed as the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art. Eschelbacher will be responsible for overseeing the PMA’s collection of European art, including long-term loans from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection and the Albert Otten Collection, as well as developing special exhibitions and other projects. He will start on September 2, 2014.

“We are thrilled that Andrew has been hired as our new European curator at this exciting time for the PMA,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “He will join curators Karen Sherry (American Art) and Jessica May (Contemporary and Modern Art)—together, they will make a strong curatorial team. Andrew will begin by energizing our European program with the reinstallation of the collection in 2016, and in the future with scholarly focused exhibitions.”

A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century European art, Eschelbacher brings to the PMA experience both in the museum field and in academia. In 2010-11, he worked at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris on the 2013 exhibition Jules Dalou: Sculpteur de la Republique (the artist was also the subject of Eschelbacher’s doctoral dissertation). While at the Petit Palais, he was involved in an exhibition of medallions that was being organized with the Musée d’Orsay and other Parisian museums. Several years earlier, he collaborated with the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans and was the lead author of the exhibition catalogue From Society to Socialism: The Art of Caroline Durieux. Eschelbacher has also been involved with the National Gallery of Art’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative project, which is considering ways in which digital museum catalogues and websites may amplify the museum experience. Eschelbacher most recently served as an assistant professor of art history at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he led the school’s Paris Study Abroad Program. He has published and presented on his scholarly work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards, including an American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University, and a B.A. in French and French Literature from Davidson College in North Carolina. A native New Englander, he is fluent in French.

Echelbacher joins the PMA’s curatorial staff, which includes: Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Karen Sherry; Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May; Curatorial Coordinator Ariel Hagan Elwell; and Curatorial Assistant Mollie Armstrong.

UMMA Art Trip to Boston

The UMaine Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Museum of Art Alliance, is investigating the possibility of organizing an annual art trip for museum members and other art-lovers.

Presently we are looking into the possibility of a two-night/ three day trip to Boston on either October 29-31 or November 19-21.

The trip would include visits and tours at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), a wine and cheese talk at a Harrison Street gallery, visits to contemporary artist studios, and other activities – including free time for holiday shopping!

The art trip will require a minimum of 18-20 participants. The cost will include two nights hotel, round-trip transportation (via Concord Coach), entrance to museums and lunch on two days. The Museum is hoping to get a sense of the level of interest before moving forward with details such as itinerary, pricing, etc. Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in this art travel program or with any other thoughts related to an annual art trip by contacting Kathryn Jovanelli, Asst. Museum Coordinator & Membership Manager, Kathryn_Jovanelli@umit.maine.edu by August 25 Please note that your response in no way obligates you.

Waterfall Arts Receives Grant for Print Studio

Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine is pleased to be the recent recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc., for the ongoing development of the Waterfall Arts state-of-the-art Printmaking Studio.

In 2013 The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. made an initial grant of $10,000 to help establish a fully functional print studio at Waterfall Arts, accessible to printmakers of all skill levels. In the last year Waterfall Arts has successfully launched free demonstrations and affordable workshops and classes lead by some the area’s top printmakers like Richard Mann, Tara Law, Dina Petrillo, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Jeff Jelenfy and Russell Kahn. They have also hosted several printmakers from Portland giving workshops, recent graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) Shawn Brewer of Fast Food Prints, and MECA faculty Colleen Kinsella and Elizabeth Jabar. Kinsella and Jabar have a large installation in Waterfall Art’s current exhibition in their Clifford Gallery, “Living in These Bodies, Part II”. The Print Studio hosts weekly open studio hours and working artists can subscribe for 24/7 access. Waterfall Arts will hold demo sessions for anyone interested in trying out the space.

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. is a private family foundation established in 1968 by the now late W. George Kennedy in memory of his wife Ethel, who had died the year before. During the course of their lifetimes, Ethel and George Kennedy were committed to improving the quality of life for those in Miami-Dade County through the work of such organizations as the American Cancer Society and the Easter Seals. Kennedy hoped that the creation of a foundation for charitable purposes would ensure the continuity of their vision and maximize the effectiveness of his ongoing philanthropic support. Today, the Foundation is directed by four of their children and occasionally makes grants outside of Florida.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, exhibitions, artist residencies, and many other cultural events. Their mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, carried out in two locations: the rustic woods setting in Montville in the original home of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and at 256 High St. in Belfast, in the former Anderson School.

For further questions and comments visit the website, email info@waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.

Waterfall Arts Classes, workshops, and studio

Pemaquid Art Gallery festive gathering honors Patrons

In its 86th continuous year of exhibition by the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Pemaquid Art Gallery recently hosted a Patron Party to festively gather and honor the gallery patrons who help support the local arts and the educational program of this unique Maine Gallery.

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Cindy Sherman (left), Patron, Nancy MacKinnon, Gallery Manager, and Will Kefauver, Artist enjoyed the annual Patron Party at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

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Pemaquid Gallery artists, (left to right) Marlene Loznicka and Barbara Applegate were on hand to greet Patrons at the Pemaquid Art Gallery’s annual Patron Party.

Shaker Furniture Lecture at the Farnsworth

Artist Talk at the Farnsworth

On Wednesday, September 3, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture entitled Exploring Shaker Furniture. The talk, by Chris Becksvoort, will take place in the museum’s auditorium, at 2 p.m.

This illustrated lecture will cover the religious tenets behind the designs, design philosophy, joinery, impact on modern furniture, and the evolution of Shaker designs. Christian Becksvoort has over four decades of experience in forestry, wood technology, joinery and design. He has been doing restoration work at the lone remaining active Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake since 1976. His pieces are in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking magazine for over 20 years, and is the author of The Shaker Legacy (Taunton Press, 1998) and With the Grain: A Craftman’s Guide to Understanding Wood (Lost Art Press, 2013).

The fee for this program is $5 for members and $12 for nonmembers. No advance reservations will be taken. Tickets will be available at the main admission desk starting at 10 a.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for open seating.

Two Shows Featuring the Kennebec Land Trust Properties

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Lois Strickland painting view of Wilson Pond & Gott Pasture. Photograph by Jym St. Pierre

KLT’s 25th Anniversary Show

In partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), Kennebec Valley Art Association announces on an open call for art in celebration of KLT’s 25th anniversary in 2014. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by any of the Kennebec Land Trust properties that are open to the public. A complete list is available on the KLT website.

Email submissions are being accepted through September 1. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Kennebec Land Trust founder Jym St. Pierre and staff from the KLT and the Harlow Gallery.

The art exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from October 10 through November 1, with a public reception on Sunday, October 12th to coincide with the opening of the Howard Hill Project fundraiser exhibition across the street at Slates Restaurant. Artists interested in participating in the 25th Anniversary Show can visit harlowgallery.org.

Howard Hill Show

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In celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill in Augusta, 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill.

Art submissions will be accepted by email through September 1, and reviewed by a curatorial committee to include, among others, Norm Rodrigue, KLT Director and photographer and Harlow Gallery executive director Deborah Fahy.

The art exhibition will be on view October 12 – November 1, at Slates Restaurant at 167 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. The public reception on Sunday, October 12th will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. The 50% commission from art sales will benefit the Howard Hill project. Artists may choose to donate 100% to benefit the project.

For full details about submitting work please visit harlowgallery.org.

Art Documentary “SEE” to Screen in Rockland

SEE Film Screening at CMCA

In conjunction with Painting with Fire, Betsy Eby’s exhibition of encaustic painting at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, will screen the art documentary SEE: An Art Roadtrip. It will be shown on Sunday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. The film, which had its world premiere last year at the Camden International Film Festival, is by Eby and artist Bo Bartlett.

Over a period of seven years, Bartlett and Eby traveled the country to create SEE, a film about learning to experience and appreciate the beauty and wonder that exist in our daily lives. If we are only open to it, Bartlett says, there is “a feeling of awareness in this life that is often overlooked . . . the way the light falls across the wall, or a face, or a field. Sometimes it’s triggered by a sound: a distant train. . . Sometimes art induces this feeling. It wakes us up and it can activate deep emotion.” In their quest, Eby and Bartlett stumble upon art sites, characters, and luminaries, but then the unexpected happens and they veer into surprising new territory, and what was clear suddenly becomes unclear.

Tickets are $7.50 and are available at the Strand Theatre box office, 345 Main Street in Rockland. Eby’s exhibition, Painting with Fire, will be on view at CMCA through September 20.

Final Fridays Art Walk in Belfast

Belfast Creative Coalition

Celebrate the end of summer by enjoying a beautiful August evening in downtown Belfast, taking in the art, music, and more! The Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk this month will take place on August 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Belfast. Every Final Fridays Art Walk is an evening of art, performance, food and drink, and as always, a taste of Belfast’s vibrant arts community! Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios.

This month’s new gallery is Quench Metalworks. After returning to Maine in 2001, Jennifer Atkins Lisa founded Quench Metalworks and started producing one of a kind and limited edition jewelry in sterling silver, 18k, gemstones, and found objects. Visit their new gallery t at 9 Beaver Street, Belfast Maine.

Quench Metalworks

necklace with doll arm by Jennifer Atkins Lisa

Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios. Don’t forget to visit the galleries that are a little outside of the downtown area as well: the Tom Gaines Stonehouse on Race Street, Dina Petrillo’s Belfast Bay Shade Company above the Post Office, Waterfall Arts up the hill on High Street, and Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery at the bottom of Main Street. It’s well worth going a few steps off the beaten path for a chance to view the beautiful artwork all over Belfast, and to talk to the artists in person.

There are a lot of exciting offerings this month, and many new things to see! Downtown Belfast will be full of recently-opened gallery shows and performers.

Some of the highlights this month include:

Both representational and abstract paintings will be shown at Tom Gaines Stonehouse. Current work from his ‘Rock’ series will be included, as well as works in progress. The Stonehouse is located about one mile from town; turn left on Race Street at Blood’s Garage and go down to the 4th property on the left where you will see the Stonehouse studio. Tom Gaines hopes to see you on Friday night, when he can show you his beautiful and diverse collection of works in person and explain his artistic processes.

Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer will feature Duet: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman: Painting, Sculpture, Photography. The two-person show includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s art includes painting, sculpture and photography. Her work is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. She has exhibited widely, including shows in New York, Germany, Maine and online. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

On Friday, August 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Belfast Co-op Belfast Co-op Café, there will be a free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and the opening for Jenny Rebecca Nelson’s photography exhibit, “Seaboard”, which will be on display in the Co-op Cafe through late September. Jack Scully, of Easterly Wines, and Jaap Helder, from the Co-op’s Wine Department, will be available to answer questions. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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photograph by Jenny Rebecca Nelson

Photographer Jenny Rebecca Nelson describes her work as a “passion to freeze moments and bring them to other eyes, sometimes weaving them into something larger and sometimes leaving them as single moments.” Born and raised in Maine, she documents the places, people and events of her home state, in a combination of documentary and fine art styles. The images she’s selected for this show are influenced by living in a region of the country that is “seaboard”, or bordered by the sea. She explains, “We are a seaboard state of makers, and my job as a storyteller is to weave their craft, the things that influence them and all the seemingly disconnected pieces into a connected story.”

Dina Petrillo-Belfast Bay Shade Company: Have you ever wondered what’s on the top floor of the Belfast post office? Come on up and enter a world of light and color at Belfast Bay Shade Company. They’ll be showing off their new soft and stripe-y rhododendron designs in mellow tones and featuring their gorgeous wooden lamp bases made by artisan Bill Sanborn from Down East. Don’t miss their festive shades out about town and, yes the upbeat folksy sounds of Honeyfoot returns.

The Parent Gallery has several new original oil paintings by Joanne Parent, new Black and White photographs by Neal Parent, jewelry by Dan Bennett, sculptures by Keith Maynard, and many more new items by other artists.

Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 1940’s and 50’s, are also included. These three female artists have more in common than the obvious subject matter of their art: each one has been putting her brush to the canvas for many decades and can boast an impressive resume of both gallery and museum shows.

Northern Lights Gallery opens “Spirit Encounters”, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine. All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art. More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others. Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Waterfall Arts is coming close to the conclusion of its current show, “Living in these Bodies Part II”, so be sure to view it while it’s still there! “Living in These Bodies Part II” features beautiful work by five artists, including the Future Mothers Tent by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, large prints and drawings by Lorena Salcedo-Watson and Debra Olin and exquisite paintings by Lesia Sochor. Gallery will be open on Final Friday until 8pm. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday 12 to 4.

Bridget Matros will also be running a kid-friendly table for family art activities, so that young people attending the art walk can create their own artworks!

The other participating Belfast galleries and studios are:
Other participating galleries, all of which will be open and showing beautiful artwork as always, include: Susan Tobey White – High Street Studio and Gallery, Harbor Artisans, Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery, Fresh Cup Gallery, Galerie Dufour at Eat More Cheese, Raven’s Nest Gallery, and AAG Art Alliance Gallery. Be sure to check out all that these galleries have to offer!

The dates for the remaining 2014 Final Fridays Art Walks are: August 29, September 26, and October 31. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org or call 207-323-8692.

Artemis Gallery opens four Maine artists

Night Sailing by Jennifer Judd-McGee

“Night Sailing” by Jennifer Judd-McGee

On Thursday August 28 Artemis Gallery opens their fifth group show of the summer, featuring four local, Maine artists: Jennifer Judd-McGee, showing her newest series of intricate, paper-cut landscapes, along with work by Philip Heckscher, Lousie Bourne and Adele Ursone. Many other artists represented by the gallery will also be on display. Artemis Gallery has a new location in Northeast Harbor this year, and they are delighted to be a new addition to the art scene in Northeast Harbor.

MFT Gallery spins Cow Tales from facts and fine art

It takes a brave artist to paint cows in Maine. It takes a brave farmer to milk them.

The first statement has to do with how cow paintings may be perceived in the greater world of art. Plenty of artists attempt to paint cows – few escape the judgment of being cliché. To paint a cow and wow your audience is no small feat.

The second statement relates to the state of the dairy industry in Maine. Maine farms are perfectly suited to raise healthy cows and produce delicious milk – but the federal milk pricing system makes it very difficult for farmers to cover the cost of producing milk.

Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 40’s and 50’s, are also included.

These three female artists have more in common than the obvious subject matter of their art: each one has been putting her brush to the canvas for many decades and can boast an impressive resume of both gallery and museum shows.

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Large Holstein by Frances Hynes

Frances Hynes, an artist who divides her time between Maine and New York, is perhaps better known for her abstract work. Her minimalist cows, however, are noteworthy creations from her earlier figurative period which deserve to be put to pasture in a museum. They stand on large canvases, dominated by blacks and whites with occasional pinks or greens highlighting a barn, a hill, a window. It is in fact this same window motif from Hynes’ 1980’s farm animal series which became the familiar grid pattern underlying many of her later paintings – as such, these pieces pinpoint a pivotal moment in the artist’s development.

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“Totton’s Herd” by Sharon Yates

Sharon Yates, who hails from Washington County, knows her cattle. Years ago she moved from painting scenic coastal motifs to the study of cows. “I was struck by their angular forms moving in the changing light and weather,” explains the artist, who insists on painting her subjects in their natural environment. “Cows are worth the trouble because they have intensified the immediacy of my experience in painting outdoors. They ignite the landscape. Positioning myself low to the ground and close up to these animals, I see their anatomy and movements no matter how slight.” Yates thrives on the unexpected: “Ruts, wet spots, manure and fences often rule.” As do the resulting paintings: small oils with a big aura, cast with a sculptural hand.

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Dairy Barn from Ten Big Farms (Knopf, NY) by Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar behooves no introduction. A farm-girl at heart, illustrator of over thirty children’s books and still painting in her nineties, she is rightly considered one of Maine’s Masters. She was awarded the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America award in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. In 2013, Maine College of Art (MECA) awarded Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. Ipcar’s original children’s book illustrations were exhibited at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in May 2013; for Cow Tales, the artist has contributed several original drawings and watercolors from the 40’s and 50’s which previously werenot for sale. Of these, the graphite drawing of two Jersey Cows, with its seemingly effortless, steady lines and delightful curves, is an absolute gem.

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study of cows by Dahlov Ipcar

Additional works by the featured artists, with farm-related subject matter beyond cows, are shown on the gallery’s second floor, as well as several cow paintings by other gallery artists. Among these is a small watercolor of grazing cattle by the late Joseph Fiore (1925-2008), donated to the Trust to raise funds for farmland preservation.

Cow Tales launches Friday August 22nd with a reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m., open to the public. In addition, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be open for Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk on Friday August 29 and September 26, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Regular opening hours of MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast are Monday through Friday, 9 – 4. For extra summer hours on Friday evening and Saturdays, please check the gallery website: mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. The show will be on display from August 22 through September 29, 2014.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Barn Gallery plays “The Mystery of Henry Darger”

The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm with the showing of the film The Mystery of Henry Darger at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit.

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Henry Joseph Darger (April 12, 1892—April 13, 1973) was a writer who kept to himself and worked as a custodian in Chicago. He was not known as an artist until after his death when his art work was discovered among his possessions. He was possibly born in Brazil or Germany and lived with his father, who was a tailor and known as a kind man, until 1900 when his crippled father had to be taken to live in the Catholic Mission. At this time, the young Darger was placed in a Catholic boy’s home. His father died in 1905 and his son was placed in an institution for the feeble-minded. After several attempts, he finally managed to escape in 1908 and found employment in a Catholic hospital and in this way supported himself for the next 50 years. He went to Mass daily, sometimes 5 times in a day and dressed shabbily and rarely interacted with other people. In 1930 he found a room on the second floor of Chicago’s north side.

Were he living today, he could be the subject of one of the “Buried Alive” type TV programs as it seems that he saved every piece of trash and junk he came upon. After his death in 1973 his landlord, the photographer Nathan Lerner, was cleaning out the debris from his apartment finding hundreds of Pepto-Bismol bottles, a thousand balls of string, newspapers, magazines, comic books, religious items, and much more. Amid this accumulation of junk and trash, Lerner found 12 huge volumes with 14,000 or some say 19,000 legal-size pages filled with single-spaced typing comprising Henry Darger’s life work. The title of the composition: The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. Darger first wrote this in long hand (taking 11 years) and began typing it in 1912.

But much more important than the composition were the hundreds of watercolors Lerner found that were done to illustrate his work, some done on legal-size sheets, others 3 or 4 feet high and 10 to 12 feet long composed of single sheets glued together. Henry Darger had no training in art and probably never visited a museum but the pictures are colorful and well done. He seemed to have an innate understanding of art and composition. He traced elements from other sources onto his pictures if he felt like it and if the picture he wanted to copy wasn’t the right size to fit in his composition, he took it to a camera shop to be enlarged or reduced in size. His art includes Edwardian interiors, tranquil flowered landscapes including children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of terror depicting children being tortured. Many of his paintings also included collage elements and other mixed media.

Don’t miss this film about this most interesting artist, Henry Darger, presented at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit on Wednesday August 27 at 7:30 pm. The film will be projected onto a full wall-size screen with discussion led by members of the Ogunquit Art Association. The film is shown in a delightful setting amid the exhibition of the art of the Ogunquit Art Association. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Come early to have time to view the art on display.

Tillman Crane Photography features new work

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Tillman Crane presents over 70 images of new work at his 22 Pearl Street gallery in Camden. The gallery is open by appointment most of the year. Tillman Crane is a large format photographer specializing in platinum prints. Artist, teacher and photojournalist, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over 30 years. Known for his beautiful, luminescent prints of the quiet corners in life that most of us simply pass by, his images pull us in for a closer look. Whether the subject is man-made or God-made, each contains a quality of light and detail that provides both a sense of the “real” and that of spirit. Crane also has two images in the exhibit Second Sight at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This show is from the David Kronn collection and runs from August 1 through November 9. For more inf visit tillmancrane.com

Invitational Showcase of 40 Maine’s Best Craftsmen at The Samoset

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Samoset Resort hopes to see friends and fans at this new, very fine show!

This is an Invitational Showcase of 40 of Maine’s best craftsmen, many of whom have been recognized nationally. I’m honored to be exhibiting with this exceptional group of artists, and look forward to seeing you there. Show hours at Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wishing you happy summer days and nights. For more information or directions to the Samoset, find it here.

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three rugs by Sara Hotchkiss

Irvine and Little for Tuesday Talk at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will host an illustrated talk and book signing with artist William Irvine and author and art critic Carl Little, based on Little’s new book William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey. The Tuesday Talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on August 19 at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. in downtown Rockport. Admission to the talk is free.

The book chronicles the life and career of Irvine from his formative years in Scotland to a visit to his new studio in Brooklin, Maine. Irvine’s journey in art 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. In the ensuing forty-plus years, Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes and his enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. Carl Little is the author of several books, including Paintings of Maine, The Art of Monhegan Island, Winslow Homer and the Sea, Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond, and The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He writes for several publications, including ARTnews; Art New England; Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors; and Island Journal. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey was published by Marshall Wilkes, Inc.

CMCA is grateful for the generous support of main media sponsor Maine Home + Design magazine. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Galleries are open Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

It’s Member Appreciation Week at the PMA!

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We love our members at the Portland Museum of Art—so much, in fact, that we’re having our first Member Appreciation Week next week, August 11th through 17th. All week long PMA Members can enjoy special offers and programs throughout the museum. It’s our way of saying thank you, and just a token of affection from the PMA to you!

  • Receive double your regular discount in the PMA Store and thank-you gifts.
  • Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea in the PMA Café by Aurora Provisions.
  • Enter a free raffle to win two Winslow Homer Studio Tour tickets.
  • Attend a free screening of Life Itself, the life of the late, great Roger Ebert, from PMA Movies and SPACE Gallery.

Not a member? Join today and enjoy all the extra benefits of Member Appreciation Week!

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.