Courthouse Gallery presents John Heliker solo exhibition

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “John Heliker: Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years,” the first solo exhibition of Heliker’s work since his death in 2000. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30. A catalog with an essay by art historian and critic Martica Sawin will be available. In addition, The Foundation has created the Heliker Sketchbook Project, which is making donations of the artist’s drawings to academic and educational institutions in Maine and across the United States. Some of Heliker’s sketchbooks will be on display. The exhibition runs through September 17. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings”

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings” portraying the breathtaking beauty of coastal Maine in all its many moods. The 40 artists selected span 140 years from Maine’s first successful 19th century painter, Harrison Bird Brown, to modern day plein air artists working on the islands, bays, and coves from Kittery to Quoddy Head. This year’s exhibition features the strong talents of veterans like Richard Roflow and Charles McCaughtry, who have been painting Maine for over 60 years, to new talents like Caleb Stone. Stone grew up in the art colony of Rockport, MA and was exposed to plein air painting by his father Don Stone N.A. at an early age. He studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where his attraction to the French and American impressionists was nurtured, and he now teaches, travels, and paints the rugged beauty of our Maine coast. Blue Hill Bay Gallery is located at 11 Tenney Hill in Blue Bay.

The Turtle Gallery opens four new shows

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

In “Digital Montage”Jeffery Becton borrows elements from painting, drawing, photomontage and scanned objects to produce original images. Becton received an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 1976 and moved to Maine in 1978. Peter Kemble has had a lifelong interest in art, architecture, and design. “Digital Prints” uses color, form, transparency, and three-dimensionality in drawings and prints which have elements of play, surprise, and mystery. Barbara Putnam’s prints and quilts have been shown internationally. “44°and 80° North” references her recent travel to Svalbard for the Arctic Circle Residency aboard a tall ship, sailing 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Also opening is “Regional Wood & Metal Work” featuring the work of Peter Bennett, Eben Foss, Chris Joyce, Joseph Tracy, and Doug Wilson. The Turtle Gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Road. All shows will be on display through Saturday, August 16.

Wallwork The Gallery presents Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

Wallwork The Gallery presents “Succulent: The New Works of Angela Cunningham.” “This body of work is inspired by exquisite forms in nature. I am drawn to the seductive textures, elegant lines, and fertile energy of flowers. Fruits and vegetables fascinate me with their tantalizing colors, dense seed structure, and grotesque beauty. The human body enters here and there – the curve of a hip, the softness of belly….” The show runs through August 8. Wallwork is located at 67 Pascal Ave. in Rockport. For more information visit wallwork.us.

Barn Gallery announces 63rd Art Auction

Ogunquit Auction

“Crockett Cove/ Vinalhaven” by Pat Hardy

Barn Gallery announces the 63rd Annual Ogunquit Art Association Art Auction at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card, or leave a Silent Bid 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, August 1, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, or online at oaaartauction.com. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org or call (207) 646-8400.

DIAA offers “Antipasti”

“Navigation Varnished” by Jill Finsen

“Navigation Varnished” by Jill Finsen

The Deer Isle Artist Association announces the opening of the exhibit “Antipasti.” Antipasti, or “before the meal,” is a light treat and a precursor of what is yet to come from these artists and the DIAA. The exhibition gives a peek into the studio lives of ten member artists and their work in a variety of media, including photography, drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture. On display is the work of Rosalind Ellen Bridges, Wendy Eysenbach-Jagger, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Norma Griffith, Emily Johansen, Kathleen Kriegman, David McBeth, Don Seymour and Alice Wilkinson. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information call the DIAA Gallery at 348-2330 or David McBeth at 326-8091.

New Era Gallery midsummer exhibition

“Harbor in Orange and Violet” by Peter Bodnar III

“Harbor in Orange and Violet” by Peter Bodnar III

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven opens a midsummer show on Saturday, July 19, featuring work by Cat Bates, Peter Bodnar III, Pam Johnson, and David Smus. A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 p.m. with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The work of each artist is rooted in tradition. Bates’ hand-cast bronze jewelry is inspired by the forms of nautical hardware, with hand-crafted cording and knotting of marlinspike seamanship. Bodnar’s island landscape paintings combine nineteenth century color glazing techniques with contemporary materials and composition. Johnson is a mentor-trained artist whose beautifully balanced paintings of island views are achievements of color and composition. Smus is a wildlife scientist known for his life-like cast bronze representations of the birds and animals of the Maine habitat. The exhibition will run through August 6. For more information visit neweragallery.com or call 863-9351.

Belfast Creative Coalition calls for talent

Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

The Belfast Creative Coalition is looking for local talent from Waldo County to participate in an “Inspire-a-thon” on Sunday, September 28 at Troy Howard Middle School. This is a call to anyone from ages 5 to 95 with a 3 to 6 minute routine of any artistic genre. Individuals or groups, organized or just a one-time pick up session, are all welcome to apply: comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, jugglers, mimes, unicyclists, dancers, or visual artists with an appropriate rehearsed demonstration. Visual artists and farmers who require an on-location video may also apply. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. The Inspire-a-thon will be televised on BCTV2 and streamed live online. To apply, email who you are, what you do in 50 words or less, how to reach you, and an image if available, by August 15 to info@belfastcreativecoalition.org. For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

The Kelpie Gallery opens in South Thomaston

The Kelpie Gallery

The Kelpie Gallery announces its opening at 81 Elm Street in the heart of the ‘Keag village in South Thomaston. Owned and operated by painting conservator Lauren R. Lewis and artist Susan Lewis Baines the gallery will feature works by emerging and established Maine artists. The inaugural exhibition “The Sky’s the Limit” features work by Baines, Sarah Barnard-Blitz, Allen Bunker, Sandra Leinonen-Dunn, Julie Haskell, Pamela Hetherly, and Jill Valliere. Only five miles from the Rockland Arts District and the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Kelpie is located in a renovated barn on the grounds of Pepper Hill Farm Equestrian Center next to the ‘Weskeag River. A kelpie is a legendary Celtic spirit that can shape-shift from horse to water and lives in rivers and streams. The gallery will hold regular openings and workshops in art techniques and conservation issues, supporting the growing creative economy in Midcoast Maine. “The Sky’s the Limit” runs from July 1 through September 28. For more information visit thekelpiegallery.com or call (207) 691-0392.

Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

Start your weekend early with Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA is open until 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month with live music, an outdoor bar and refreshments, and special events. Enjoy a warm summer evening in the museum’s sculpture garden, meet new people, and share an artful experience! On Thursday, August 21, listen to jazz by the Stephen Page jazz duo then mix it up with Cocktails & Creatives. This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to run elbows with individuals in our creative community. Meet new people, and be inspired.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 5, the 2014 Leonard and Merle Nelson Social Justice Fund Lecture Series at the Portland Museum of Art will host Lucy Lippard, internationally known arts writer, social activist, and curator. Since 1966, Lippard has published 23 books on feminism, art, politics, and multiculturalism. She has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations. Lippard will discuss her life and work, which has spanned four transformative decades. “Lucy Lippard: Undermining” is free and a book signing will follow the lecture. Visit portlandmuseum.org or call (207) 775-6148 to make reservations.

The Farnsworth shows The Natural Thing to Do

The Natural Thing to Do

The Farnsworth Art Museum presents the full-length documentary The Natural Thing to Do: the Music of Ann Wyeth McCoy at the Strand Theatre 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. Produced by Denys McCoy, Richard Rotert, Damon Sinclair, and Cliff Sears, and narrated by actor Richard Chamberlain, the film captures the talented spirit and story of music composer Ann Wyeth McCoy, daughter of N.C. Wyeth. When as a young woman her composition Christmas Fantasy was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra little did she realize she would be on her way to a creative career all her own. The Natural Thing to Do magically unveils the emotional forces that inspired her compositions. Filmmaker Damon Sinclair, narrator Richard Chamberlain, and family members including Anna B. McCoy will be on hand for a discussion. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street in Rockland. Tickets will be on sale at the Strand box-office directly prior to the screening.

Art of The Sea opens “A Gathering of Marine Artists”

“Late Summer Light” by Ray Crane

“Late Summer Light” by Ray Crane

Art of The Sea is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with the Opening of “A Gathering of Marine Artists.” Art of The Sea’s 9 gallery areas feature superb works by many marine masters, as well as new works by emerging stars. The collection of ship models is unequaled in its variety and its high level of craftsmanship. The Gallery is located in the old Post Office, By the reversing falls, Rt. 73, in South Thomaston.

Raven’s Nest Gallery shows Ken Weeks’ canoe models

birch canoe painting by Ken Weeks

birch canoe painting by Ken Weeks

Raven’s Nest Gallery will host a show featuring the works of Ken Weeks opening Friday, July 25. An actor, comedian, designer, artist, and birch bark canoe builder, Week’s canoe models mimic the dynamics of a full size vessel and are historically constructed both in their detail and the process. While researching his biography of Edwin Tappan Adney, Ted Behne secured clearance for Weeks to paint and draw the models of this world famous collection of birch bark canoes. Due to gallery space constraints the largest canoe of 14 feet will only be shown on the night of the Art Walk. On display for the duration of the show will be the artist’s paintings, assemblages, and scale models. The show will run through August 15. Raven’s Nest Gallery is located at 65 Main Street in Belfast. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 505-2659.

Pemaquid Art Gallery features Paul Sherman and Kay Sawyer Hannah

“Monhegan Black and White” by Paul Sherman

“Monhegan Black and White” by Paul Sherman

The Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol’s lighthouse park features the work of Paul Sherman and Kay Sawyer Hannah inspired close to home on the Pemaquid Peninsula. Paul Sherman exhibits his fluid watercolors. Water coaxes his paints to flow and is the subject of much of his art. “To me, the appeal of water is universal, timeless, and infinite. We are ourselves water,” he explains. His observations of water reflecting light are interpreted into visual lyrics on paper. Kay Sawyer Hannah paints close to home in New Harbor. “Since my youth to the present time Back Cove in New Harbor has been my favorite and most inspirational place in all seasons of the year and under any weather conditions.” Recently her focus has turned toward the sky, especially to the light just after sunset. Other artists exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan. The Pemaquid Art Gallery can be visited online at pemaquidartgallery.com.

Kingman Gallery opens on Deer Isle

“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais

“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais

The Kingman Gallery is solely dedicated to showing the work of Maine fine art photographers. Anne Kingman Page, owner of the gallery, has been a summer resident of Deer Isle since childhood, and has recently moved to the Island year round. She is currently archiving the work of Charlotte Brooks, the only woman staff photographer at LOOK magazine. The gallery represents the work of 15 Maine photographers chosen by Page for their quality as well as the diversity of their work. The photographers currently represented are Thomas Birtwistle, Anne-Claude Cotty, Susan Davens, Jeff Dworsky, Françoise Gervais, Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, John Kelly, Terrell Lester, Jim Nickelson, Claire Seidl, David Wade, Samuel Waxman, Douglas Wood, and Jane Yudelman. The Kingman Gallery is located a half mile south of Deer Isle Village at 117 Center District Crossroad at the corner of the Sunset Road (15A). For more information visit kingmangallery.com or call (207) 348-9333.

Dowling–Walsh Gallery opens works by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpea

“David Wasson” by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

“David Wasson” by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau calls her artworks ex-votos, translated as, “from the vow made.” Ex-votos were traditionally placed in churches to seek grace or give thanks. Marpeau’s ex-votos are offerings and story boxes, telling tales of events gone past and of events imagined. Look into these boxes closely and you will see people working and celebrating life. They show life on the coast in the days before gasoline and electricity, that the way of the sea was hazardous—and still is; you will see models being sailed, dories and peapods being rowed, boat builders, fishermen, lighthouse keepers, lifesaving crews, and families. Anne Emmanuelle Marpeau lives in an old boatyard on France’s Breton coast and has depicted the coastal stories of France and Maine for the past 20 years. When we look at her works we are peering through a porthole at another era, recalling its folklore and the legends that define these craggy coastal towns and the special breed of people who call them home. The Dowling–Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland. For more email info@dowlingwalsh.com or call (207) 596-0084.

Keag River Gallery exhibits “On Edge” juried show

“Sand Nap” by Steven Olson

“Sand Nap” by Steven Olson

The Keag River Gallery is hosting a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, featuring work from the “On Edge” juried show. A number of the photographers will be in attendance. Keag River Gallery is located at 25 Dublin Road in South Thomaston. For more details visit keagrivergallery.com.

High Street Studio & Gallery presents new works

“Doll Cake 1 Queen” by Maryjean Viano Crowe

“Doll Cake 1 Queen” by Maryjean Viano Crowe

High Street Studio & Gallery presents “Doll Cakes” by guest artist Maryjean Crowe, along with new work by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr, and pottery and sculpture by Blue Moon Clay Carvers, Gail Savitz and Claude O’Donnell. A Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 25. High Street Studio & Gallery is located at 149 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit highstreetgallery.com.

Kathleen Hall Art features Elizabeth Coffey

“I’ve Got a Secret” by Elizabeth Coffey

“I’ve Got a Secret” by Elizabeth Coffey

Kathleen Hall Art features the work of Elizabeth Coffey for the First Friday Art Walk 6 to 9 p.m. on August 1. Coffey’s portraits are based on found photographs which are cropped and manipulated to show some features and hide others. “How much visual information do we need to form an impression and make up a story about someone?” Coffey asks. Through a combination of painting, drawing and collage, Coffey explores relationships and the individual’s place in the world. Coffey is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathleen Hall Art is located at 80 West Street in Bar Harbor, near the waterfront. For more information visit kathleenhallart.com or call 804-514-0462.

Waterfall Arts presents “Living in these Bodies Part I”

“OXO” by Jessica Straus

“OXO” by Jessica Straus

The exhibition highlights work by female artists that captures complex aspects of women’s physical and social experiences. The theme is the physical and cultural space women occupy. Angela Lorenz will talk about “Victorious Secret,” a nine-piece mosaic wall installation depicting elite Roman athletes from ancient times. Lisa Kushner, who created the “Belly Project” with photographer Peggy McKenna, will speak about the evocative photographs that shed light on the wide variations and depth of women’s reproductive experiences. Jessica Straus’ “Red Dress Series” explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms; in this case, a tiny well-dressed female figure finds herself in a number of perplexing locations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. The show runs through July 26. Visit waterfallarts.org for details and a complete schedule.