Sohns Gallery presents New Works by Angela Warren

 

Angela Warren paintings

“Sonarita: Spanish musical term meaning ‘full vibrating tone’” by Angela Warren

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents
New Works by Angela Warren. The show runs from July 20 – September 20. An artist’s reception and discussion will be held on Friday August 22 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist discussion at 7 p.m.

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.

Summer Island Studio opens Belva Ann Prycel

Belva Ann Prycel at Summer Island Studio

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall Brunswick, Maine for the opening of Belva Ann Prycel, a unique and engaging, multi-talented artist on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and horsdoerves will be served with live music by Frank Siegel and our always vibrant gallery collection of Maine made fine jewelry, art, clothing and crafts.

Prycel’s landscape paintings are inspired from the tidal environments, expansive skies and expressive rivers of the northeast coast. As well as, Belva Ann’s acclaimed books of Maine, which richly illustrate her personal experiences with resonance and grace, both will be featured during the month of September.

Living in Alna & Round Pond, Pyrcel exhibits her paintings and appears for book signings throughout the region. During her month long showing autographed copies of three of Pyrcel’s books will be available: Times and Tides is an illustrated memoir of personal essays of the coast; Water Tales: Stories of the Coast is a collection of humorous stories of the author’s life around and on water; and Passage is the story of the loss of Prycel’s family that speaks intimately to our fragile humanity.

Prycel is a graduate of Rowan College, teaching painting and drawing in public schools and at her private studio for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey she was a well-known cover artist for “South Jersey Magazine” and in 2000 was featured in the award winning documentary “Bayside Artists: Celebrating our Sense of Place.”

Stonington Galleries last First Friday of the season

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The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.

Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.

On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.

Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

 

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In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.

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“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty

For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

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.

Wiscasset Art Walk Showcases Street Performance

The Village of Wiscasset becomes a performance venue with plein air painting, live sidewalk music, and street performance during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 28 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Artist Robert Noreika sets up his easel in front of Sylvan Gallery to capture the atmosphere and mood of our classic Maine village. Sidewalk artist Erik Minzner establishes his outdoor studio on Main St. to observe and paint the comings and goings of Wiscasset street life. Strolling minstrels Married with Chitlins delight visitors with their country, blues-y tunes, and Luminarium Dance Co., fresh from their 24-hour choreofest in Boston, brings street performance to the Village.

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According to Luminarium Dance Co. co-founder and choreographer Kimberleigh Holman, “the dancers really enjoy working in situ. We won’t be doing a dance performance; instead, we’re exploring unexpected ways to move on the sidewalk and interact with people. We’re preparing for the creative challenges of the doorways, porches, and small outdoor spaces throughout Wiscasset Village.”

While the beating heart of the Art Walk is the fine collection of artist-owned studios and galleries throughout the Village, guest artists and musicians enrich the cultural experience: Sarah’s Café hosts the acrylic works of Brunswick artist Ed McCarten. French & Co. at 55Main exhibits 28 new paintings by well known Maine artist Ralf Feyl. The artist will be there to welcome guests to his first mid-coast show, “RALF FEYL – New Paintings”. According to French & Co. co-owner Richard French, “We are very pleased to host Ralf’s first solo show, outside of Portland, in Maine. It is a knock-out.” Treats features paintings by Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell who will be on hand to talk with visitors. Illustrator Sean Closson inhabits the front window at Mac’s Place where he’ll gladly take requests for on-the-spot caricature portraits – become your favorite action hero! Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts displays the work of students and instructors in the window of 106 Main St. while jewelry maker William Paul’s tent invites strollers to come in and look. Paul learned traditional beading while growing up on a reservation and now works with Swarovski crystals.

Music in the galleries has become an intrinsic part of Wiscasset Art Walk. Jubilee, the duo of Doreen Conboy on cello and Ellen Koches on flute, will be playing classical, baroque, and contemporary music to enhance the experience of looking at art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Another duo, Jeff Grosser on accordion and four-string jazz banjo and Spike Hyssong on stand-up bass, transforms Mac’s Place into a jazz café for the evening. According to Grosser, his colleague Spike is “one of the foremost jazz acoustic stand-up bassists in Maine.” They will play traditional jazz, swing, and popular music. Grosser claims that “the banjo will be seen to perform music not normally associated with the instrument.” And classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo makes the most of the incredible acoustics in Sideli Fine Art with his masterful playing.

Wiscasset’s remarkable collection of unique shops and historical sites also plays an important part in the Art Walk. For shoppers, In the Clover is hosting a NEESH trunk show, “whimsical clothing for the “grown up girl,” featuring the line’s Fall 2014 collection. And not to be missed is wine tasting at Treats, another Wiscasset Art Walk tradition. The prominent Nickels-Sortwell House towers above the Village and is open for tours. Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets is open 24/7 for the historically-minded and curious.

Strolling maps are available at participating locations in the Village – look for the green and blue balloons – and highlight all the special events.

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. The last Art Walk of the season will be on September 25, from 5pm – 8pm. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Tuesday Talk with Elizabeth Fox at CMCA

The next Tuesday Talk at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will be a slide talk and conversation in the galleries with artist Elizabeth Fox and CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. It will be held on September 2 at 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with Fox’s exhibition Played to Win. Admission to the talk is free.

Elizabeth Fox at CMCA

“The Neighborhood” by Elizabeth Fox

In Fox’s new series of paintings, everything is not as it first appears. With their muted color palette and deceptively straightforward style, her tautly rendered mini-dramas are rich with nuance and biting social commentary. In a review of Played to Win in the Portland Press Herald, art critic Daniel Kany calls her paintings “smart, savvy, and slick.” The show has “a massive impact,” Kany wrote, and he names one painting, Apply Before Entering, as his “favorite work anywhere of 2014.”

A resident of Standish, Maine, Fox has exhibited her work widely, including in New York City, New Orleans, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, and the Netherlands. Played to Win, along with exhibitions of work by Tom Burckhardt, Betsy Eby, and Ron Leax, will be on view at CMCA through September 20.

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.

Joyce Steel: “Stillpoint” at Tidemark Gallery

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“Sea Smoke #2″ by Joyce Eames Steel

Tidemark Gallery on Main Street in Waldoboro will host an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 6, for “Stillpoint”, a show of paintings by artist Joyce Eames Steel, which will be on view from September 3 – October 4.

Steel’s small scale works, in oil and in acrylic, range in style from realism to non-representational. Some are executed with attention to detail, while others move beyond the descriptive to focus on light and color to achieve the subtle essence of the moment. Whether a coastal scene or a non-objective piece, her paintings frequently capture the feeling of “still shots” — timeless, serene and contemplative.

Steel belongs to a family of artists in Maine. She began her formal art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and holds a degree in design from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. She also studied painting and design at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her varied career has included teaching art both in private and public schools, graphic design and marketing, work in the non-profit sector and in social services – most recently for Healthy Lincoln County. She currently paints from her studio in Waldoboro and plans to teach classes at River Arts in Damariscotta in the upcoming year.

This September 6 event will be another in a series of multiple-gallery openings including Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Friendship, Philippe Guillerm Gallery and Old Number Nine in Waldoboro.

Tidemark Gallery hours are 10 to 5, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main Street, Waldoboro, 832-5109, or visit tidemarkgallery.com

Final Fridays Art Walk in Belfast

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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.

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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.

Tom Paiement Opening at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Paiement at Greenhut Galleries

“City Scape from Above” by Tom Paiement

Greenhut Galleries announces an Opening Reception for Tom Paiement, “Ongoing Explorations” from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. Exhibition continues through September 30.

Colorfully geometric, with tactile surfaces that reflect his accomplished printmaking abilities, Paiement’s paintings sing with complex lyricism. His abstraction explores the shadowy space between reason and emotion, incorporating both intuitive and highly thought-out compositional elements.

CRAFT Gallery opens “Drawing on the Surface: Intimate Connections”

CRAFT Gallery opens a group show on Friday, September 5, with four potters and two fiber artists who illustrate the intimate connection between drawing , painting, printmaking and craft mediums, how they relate and support each other and give the inanimate object personality and meaning.

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ceramic by Susan Dewsnap

The gallery introduces ceramic work by Susan Dewsnap, a Professor of Ceramics at Bates College. Her work epitomizes the subject of the show, investigating how drawing on the surface and the shape of the piece can intimately connect. Her work draws from art and ceramic history for inspiration and is visually rich and complicated, Dewsnap exhibits and has won awards nationally and in Korea. Joining her in the exhibition is Portland artist Lissa Hunter, whose clay work reflects her background in painting , drawing and printmaking as she applies it to her porcelain tumblers and groupings of clay pieces. Her work is especially interesting as she transitions from being a respected textile artist to clay and drawing, working predominantly in black and white. Hunter and her work will be featured in the 2015 April/May issue of American Craft magazine. In contrast, George Pearlman applies a joyful and distinctive boldness of brilliant brushstrokes of color and outline to his large vases and bowls. In yet another approach in style, Autumn Cipala carefully and lightly incises drawings applied underneath her delicate and flawless celadon glazes.

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clay work by Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery’s two fiber artists are Sharon McCarthy and Daphne Taylor. The impact of their work lies in the subtle details of stitching and embroidery that reveal themselves upon close inspection. The smallness and intimacy of McCarthy’s “Amulet Pillows” made of hand-dyed fragments of fabrics, found objects ad embroidery recall memories and human connections. Taylor’s large scale use of strong graphic design, subtle color and delicate hand stitching on silk in her “Quilt Drawings” create a meditative quality and sophistication. Her fine overlays of gray threads suggest the fine lines of pencil drawings. All of these six artists combine form, scale, color, texture and graphic design to present the fine hand-crafted object as a work of art. Both Susan Dewsnap and Daphne Taylor are in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2014 Biennial.

“Drawing on the Surface: Intimate Connections ” will continue until October 5th, when the gallery will open “A Collaboration” with potters Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell, as well as work by four CRAFT Gallery artists who have been selected for CMCA’s 2014 Biennial.

CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Em Street in Rockland. Call 207 594 0167 and visit craftonelm.com.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery features Corinne Carbone and William Reynolds

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market is very pleased to feature the work of artist Corinne Carbone of Somesville and William Reynolds of Ellsworth along with a number of other Maine artists.

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“The Observers” by Corinne Carbone

Corinne Carbone fills her canvas with color, shape, and form expressed in a synergistic paradox of focused energy and delightful abandon. Bold and alive when showing a modernist edge or the softer lines of land and seascapes, Carbone’s work pulls us with a sense of here and now.

William Reynold’s paintings incorporate the flotsam and jetsam of American culture with wry humor. Boats appear on pieces of broken hull. Repetitive patterns are painted on a board aptly entitled “Replacement screen door panel.”

Come and enjoy the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. This show will be available through the month of September. 667-9377. johnedwardsmarket.com.

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.

Bayview Gallery presents Ray Crane and Gordon Allen

Ray Crane at Bayview Gallery

“Late Afternoon Off Camden” by Ray Crane

Bayview Gallery is delighted to share some smaller works that have just arrived at the gallery! Perhaps you have a spot in your home that needs just the right touch to finish it off? Do you want to give a special someone something that will be treasured for a lifetime? American Society of Marine Artists member Ray Crane is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is best known for his classic maritime paintings that show traditional sailing vessels at familiar places along the coast. Ray says, “Through my paintings I try to show the area as it used to be and how our maritime heritage continues to influence the views we see today.”

Gordon Allen at Bayview Gallery

“Beaver Dam” by Gordon Allen

Gordon Allen is a multifaceted artist whose work includes oils, watercolors, etchings and commercial illustrations. Bayview Gallery is pleased to present a selection of his fine sporting images produced by the printmaking process of etching. After laying an acid-resistant ground over a copper or zinc plate, Allen draws his design onto the plate with a metal stylus, removing just the area of the ground to be etched. The plate is then put into an acid bath and the drawn areas are burned away. He then inks the plate and sends it through a press to produce his beautiful, timeless images.

New Work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents new work by Marsha Donahue, Colin Page, Roger Prince, and Alec Richardson.

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“Fixing the Traps, Calderwood Neck” by Marsha Donahue

In her compositionally complex watercolors, Marsha Donahue employs vivid coloration and sophisticated use of light to create dynamic Maine landscapes, particularly in interior Maine, near Katahdin, where she now resides.

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“Scarborough Lobster Shack” by Colin Page

Colin Page feels that every painting should be as personal as painting a self-portrait. His goal is to capture the spark of excitement that called him to set up his easel whether it is the subject’s vibrant color or the atmospheric space. Through his paintings, he shares the poetry of experience, each painting must breathe and have a life of its own.

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“Tin Pan Alley” by Roger Prince

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“Great Wass Shore” by Alec Richardson

Searching for what he finds mysterious and powerful about the Maine coast, Alec Richardson discovers the quiet complexities behind unassuming subjects. He concerns himself with the “look” of Maine while examining what it means to be a painter in Maine, with its long tradition and significant history, from Homer to Wyeth and beyond.

Haynes Galleries presents “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest”

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“Garden” by Nancy Depew

Lusciously green and highly realized, Nancy Depew’s forestscapes will transport viewers to an untouched oasis during Haynes Galleries’ newest vignette show. “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest” will feature Depew’s meticulously painted forest scenes that are simultaneously thick with beauty and full of mystery. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Both exhibits, which highlight the variety present in contemporary landscape painting, will be on view from July 31 through August 30 at Haynes Galleries at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

This spotlight on Depew’s work will focus on her series of forestscapes painted in oil. In close-up views of pristine woods, light filters through unseen canopies to spotlight vividly green trees, flowing brooks, and moss-covered rocks, all expertly rendered with the utmost detail.

To achieve such a level of detail, the New Jersey-based artist combines traditional realist oil painting techniques with a contemporary twist. She works extensively from life, building up paint through careful layers, but she also takes photographs to remind herself later of the structure of the scene. The result is work that is remarkably vivid and lifelike. Depew’s forests breathe, move, and change.

But there is also an element of stillness to each scene. Nothing disrupts the silence of Depew’s forests except the sound of water trickling downstream or maybe the buzz of some invisible insect. The quiet is an element imbued from the beginning. “When I paint,” says Depew, “I feel like I’m trying to uncover something that is at once very fragile and elusive. If I talk too loud, it all disappears.” To uncover— and protect— the beauty of each scene, Depew carefully controls the light and infuses each with subtle emotion. With simple, evocative titles like Pause, Pulse, and Suspension, Depew’s work suggests the artist’s state of mind as she worked.

Depew’s titles also hint at the tension viewers will experience in each forestscape. For all of nature’s nooks and crannies exposed in endless detail and soft light, much remains obscured in deep shadow. In Treasure the unknown dangers of wilderness lurk just out of view as a shaft of light reveals a rocky stream. Nature’s beauty cannot be experienced without its risks. Depew’s visual drama is as mysterious as it is enticing.
Working in a rigorous yet refined realist style, Nancy Depew paints portraits and still lifes in addition to her forestscapes. She approaches each genre in the same fashion— with an open mind. “I don’t have a set method that I repeat each time I work,” says Depew. “I try to respond to the artwork as it forms, choosing options that will lead me to learning the most I can from and about the work.” The result is work that has continually captured viewers’ attention. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, including numerous one-woman shows at both galleries and museums, and Depew has received several prestigious painting fellowships.

Viewers can get lost in how well Depew paints the minute details of her forests but the artist says she’s not interested in documenting. Instead, the emphasis is on nature, emotion, and visual poetry. “I see us as a part of nature,” says Depew, “not separate from it.”