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1Original artwork by photographer Heath Paley

The Maine Arts Commission is honored to announce the opening of its newest Art in the Capitol exhibit, open to the public on the ground and second floors of the statehouse from now through July 15, 2016. This newest in the series of rotating exhibits features the work of photographer and master digital printer Heath Paley.

The selection of 19 images is curated from his series “Downtown: Patterns of Life in Maine’s Villages, Towns and Cities,” and show a cross section of Maine’s communities from Caribou to Kennebunk, Rumford to Machias. Each town’s portrait is made up of a combination of dozens of photographs Paley has taken from the same view point over a period of hours, days or weeks.

“It’s a particular pleasure to exhibit art that celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of our Maine towns,” said Julie Horn, the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Visual Arts Programs and the show’s curator. “Keith’s work is visually stunning and we hope it attracts the attention of legislators, citizens, and visitors as they go about their daily business in our state’s capitol.”

Paley’s envisions Maine through its fundamental public spaces. Each community has a history, and Paley’s captured moments provide visually attentive clues to those unique and perhaps untold stories. The large scale and saturated colors of the images invite viewers to add to the narrative. The photos in the exhibit differ from straight forward documentary photography, representing instead “a curated amalgam of time.” In describing his process, Paley says, “I ‘stitch’ these shots together into a single, large scale composite image, much more finely detailed and carefully composed than traditional photographic techniques allow.” The result is a dense environment, whether filled with buildings and people, or showcasing the enormity of Maine’s natural world.

Heath Paley currently lives in Portland. He has a MA from Northeastern University and MFA from Emerson College, both in Boston. His work is part of prominent collections in Maine including the Portland Museum of Art, and he has shown extensively throughout Maine’s southern and midcoast regions. Photographs from this show along with others from the series will be on display in “Heath Paley / Picturing Downtown Maine” at the University of Maine-Orono Art School’s Lord Hall Gallery in July. More information on Paley and his work can be found at heathpaleyphoto.com

The Art in the Capitol program features work throughout the Capitol Complex and offers Maine artists an additional venue for their work. It is designed to expand the audience for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes. All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about the Art in the Capitol Program please contact Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

Call For Art: Equal Protection of the Laws: 14th Amendment

1llustration by Allison McKeen
The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) invite submissions to “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta September 22 through December 16,  2016.
The goal is to create an exhibit by Maine-based artists that contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment, the most litigated and referenced of all the amendments to the US Constitution. Themes can relate to any or all areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.
Email submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee comprised of staff of the Harlow Gallery, HHRC, and the Maine Arts Commission. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016. There is no submission fee for this exhibition thanks to support from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information please visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-14th-amendment/

Contact Cassie Bouton, Gallery Manager at Harlow Gallery with questions about the submission process at 207-622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Art Salon: Keen Observation

1On Thursday, May 5, Waterfall Arts will hold an art salon as part of its current open call show, Keen Observation. All are invited to attend and discuss how closely observing a subject effects the creative and art making process. Salon, from the French word salon (a living room or parlor), means a gathering for conversation and discussion.

The salon will be moderated by Martha Piscuskas, Director of Programming at Waterfall Arts along with other contributing artists. The discussion begins at 7 pm and while there is no charge to attend, donations are always welcome. For more information on the Keen Observation exhibit, stop by 256 High Street in Belfast to view the show or visit waterfallarts.org.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events.  The Keen Observation show is supported by Viking Lumber and yearlong exhibition sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, and Revision Energy.

Landing Gallery Kicks Off 2016 Seasonal Invitational

1 “Evening, Spruce Head, Maine” by Bruce Busk, oil/linen, 18” x 18”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland kicks off its new season and is pleased to announce the opening of the “2016 SEASON INVITATIONAL,” May 6 – May 21. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6th from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2016.

New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Daniel Corey, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Paul Noel, Björn Runquist, Marni Sinclair, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition.

Gallery hours are Wed – Sat 11-5, For more information, call 207 239-1223. The gallery is located at 409 Main Street in Rockland.

Successful Waldoboro potluck kicks off new Medomak Arts programming

WaldoroMore than 60 Waldoboro and midcoast citizens filled the Space @ No. 9

What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit.

While the organization’s general mission is to “foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion,” it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled “We Heart Medomak Arts.” The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.

During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. “We’re excited to see The Space becoming more active,” he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts’ community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
“While these programs will continue,” Pease said, “we’ve got more in store starting this spring.” Highlights include weekly “Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is “Finger Lickin’ Pickin’,” a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
“But,” Pease went on, “a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you’d like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space.” Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. Stay updated on programs, learn more about what’s possible at No. 9, and submit proposals online at www.medomakarts.org.
After Pease’s words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. “Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources,” she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. “Money is always good,” she said, pointing to a recurring “9 for No. 9” monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. “But there are many ways to donate to the cause,” she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. To learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts, go to www.medomakarts.org/support.
Smith’s words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.
All programs are held at the Space @ No. 9, 9 Friendship Road, Waldoboro. For more information, go to www.medomakarts.org/medomak-arts-programs/. Follow Medomak Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject/.

Gallery Assistant Internships 2016 w/Artist + Master Printmaker, Don Gorvett

WagnerWoodcut by Don Gorvett, a long time enthusiast of Wagner’s music

Piscataqua Fine Arts is currently accepting applications for (2) internships to work alongside celebrated Master Printmaker Don Gorvett in his Studio and Fine Art Gallery. This internship will prove an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to understand color woodcut printing techniques as well as Art Management practices for the visual arts. The Gallery and Studio are located in downtown historic Portsmouth, NH.

Gallery Assistant: In addition to assisting in the studio, duties include work in the retail gallery and office. Opening or closing the gallery, maintaining an appealing environment, general cleaning, talking with potential buyers about the woodcut process, and assist with workshops, exhibitions, community events, marketing and customer outreach.

Commitment: The right candidate must be able to commit an average of 25 hours a week. The right candidate may not be the one with the most experience but the one with initiative, dependability, strong communications skills and the ability and willingness to learn. A professional and neat appearance is necessary for all representing PFA.

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This is an unpaid internship. An internship is an extension of one educational experience and can make arrangements for academic credit through own college or university. This internship seeks to provide personal development and practical experience in understanding the woodcut printing method, management concepts for running a fine art gallery as well as preparing one for a career in the fine arts.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 2 references to Attn. Vivienne Gale. Piscataqua Fine Arts Gallery & Studio, 123 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 03801

Art Matters talk “and how about NATURE” on April 3

Art Matters“Pink Power” by Judith Felch. The artist will be part of Art Matters on April 3.

On Sunday, April 3, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., the Deer Isle Artists Association will once again open its doors and invite the public to another stimulating session of ART matters. The theme of this month’s discussion will be “and how about NATURE,” and will feature local artists Judith Felch, Deborah Lothrop, Robert Starkey, and Paul Trowbridge.

The popular series has continued to draw attendees from both on and off the island. Audiences have welcomed the opportunities to see and hear artists reflect upon their work and have enjoyed interacting with them around each session’s stated theme. Like others in the Art matters series, this group of artists will be familiar to many from around the area.

Judith Felch’s inspiration for her graphite pencil drawings is enriched and fulfilled by consistently exploring the depth of wonder that is ever present when working on location. She notes that ‘nature suggests’ and the ‘artist engages.’

Deborah Lothrop is interested in the enduring activities of light and darkness and their earthly expression as color.  She draws from the outer world to exercise her perceptions and draftsmanship.  Then, she paints from her inner world.

Robert Starkey’s paintings are actually built up gestural layers of paint, mostly completed by the use of a palette knife.  Although initially inspired by a landscape setting, his paintings become less site specific as they are developed.  Therefore, they synthesize into evolving compositions that are built by the action of painting.

Paul Trowbridge’s paintings are attempts at capturing the emotions of what he observes in nature as well as the inherent design therein.  At the same time, he utilizes watercolors in a manner that exhibits their paint qualities in a simple, fresh and direct way.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. No RSVP is required, and attendees are invited to show up with friends. For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Harley Bartlett: Casting a Wide Net in the Art World

Morning Outing“Morning Outing” by Harley Bartlett

A native New Englander, Harley Bartlett was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. He was recently elected to the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.

Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, is pleased to share some of Bartlett’s paintings, along with his thoughts about them.

Of his work “Morning Outing,” Bartlett says, “One of the aspects of Maine that I really love is seeing an old Windjammer or classic yacht making for sea. I am immediately removed to a distant time when such a sight was commonplace. There is a romance to an old sailing craft sadly unmatched by our modern vessels.”

Bartlett is a New Englander in home, heritage and spirit. An early interest in drawing led him to pursue a career in painting. His work demonstrates a breadth of talent that includes the landscapes and maritime paintings we exhibit in the gallery, as well as portraiture and murals.

Bartlett recently painted the official portrait of former Rhode Island Governor Carcieri.  His murals grace the walls (or ceilings) of such disparate venues as churches and  synagogues, restaurants and private homes.

Winding River“Winding River” by Harley Bartlett

“New England is known for the many rivers that wend their way through its fields, villages and cities on the path to the sea,” Bartett says of his painting “Winding River.” “This timeless view of a river’s turn looks off to old agricultural fields with a small herd of cows and a hint of a distant town.  A small path along the river’s edge entices the viewer to enter.” 

For more information Barlett’s works and Bayview Gallery, visit http://www.bayviewgallery.com/

Chance meeting near Fairy Beach, ME brings Pinhole Photographers Together

NewThe Tulsa Artists’ Coalition in OK is pleased to present “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue with Amy Rockett-Todd and Antonia Small” from April 1 through April 30, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet both artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, April 30.  The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the M. B. Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.

A chance meeting in the woods near Fairy Beach in Maine brought these two pinhole photographers together. As they describe it, “…we found ourselves stepping into a visual dialogue that would span almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. We began this project in April 2013 on Worldwide Pinhole Day, shooting images specific to each one’s own artistic vision as well as reflecting the contrast between the flatlands of Oklahoma and the rugged coast of Maine. Each image includes a back story which is a personal account of the experiences of discovery and image capture which are included in the self-published book on the Baker’s Dozen Project.” This exhibit will be up during Worldwide National Pinhole Day April 24th.

Amy Rockett-Todd, a native of North Carolina, has been living and working as a designer, studio art and photographer in the flatlands of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current art explores the relationships between the hand and technology through alternative photographic processes and traditional black and white film photography.

Antonia Small is a stage performer turned photographer who has lived in Paris and New York, but now calls the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine home. She holds a B.A. from Vermont College, certificates from the SALT Center for Documentary Studies and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Influenced by her theater and dance performance training, Toni likens the frame of her twin-lens to a proscenium arch. She is equally interested by the mystery of a ten-minute performance exposure in front of her pinhole camera, or the “happening” of submerging her camera underwater.

Spring Classes + Workshops at Waterfall Arts

thumbnail_Printmaking Class with Susan SmithA printmaking class with Susan Smith at Waterfall Arts
Spring art classes and workshops at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast, are on the schedule for March and April. Offerings include Malt and Monotype, Saturday Life Drawing, Paint Your Own Pottery – Easter Edition, Hand Painted Photographs, Alabaster Stone Carving, April School Vacation Art Camp, and Wonders of Clay Spring.
Malt and Monotype will be hosted by printmakers Jeff Jelenfy and April White on Friday, March 18th from 7 to 9 PM. Like the popular Draft and Draw event, this fun night features monoprint making, fine spirits and good company in the printmaking studio. 21 plus please.
On Saturday, March 19th Becky Brimley will lead another round of Paint Your Own Pottery for all ages, this time focusing on spring colors and Easter themes. Mugs, tiles, boxes and more are ready for painting and the work will be fired and ready before Easter. The cost has been reduced to $18 per person, only those painting need to pay.On Saturday, March 26nd, well known photographer Liv Kristin Robinson will share hand coloring techniques used to enhance black and white photographs. Bring some old black and white photos printed on matte, fiber-based paper or contact Waterfall Arts to arrange to have suitable prints made from negatives.

Sculptor Anne Alexander offers a three day workshop in the art of Alabaster Stone Carving on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 to 17th. The group will meet for 3 hours on Friday evening, 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling.
Bridget Matros leads a Spring School Vacation Art Camp Monday through Friday, April 18 to 22nd for 8 to 12 year olds. This will be a weeklong explosion of color with big, goofy puppets, bold and powerful paintings, a rainbow of stitches and beads, and those Manga/character drawings will be brought to life!
Linda Stec conducts Wonders of Clay Spring Edition for ages 6 to 18 on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 beginning April 27 and ending June 1st.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vivian Beer wins HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge

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One of the Gallery at Somes Sound’s finest furniture makers/designers, Vivian Beer,
won  the design challenge on the ever popular HGTV’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Ellen’s Design Challenge”. Beer has blown the doors wide open in the world of fine arts with her fearless combinations of industrial materials including steel, concrete and autobody paint in her furniture design.
Beer tiptoes through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one, deftly counterbalancing a strong knowledge of contemporary furniture design
with the history of industry and architecture. Beer’s collections include the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, MFA Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum, public art for Portland ME and Cambridge MA.
thumbnail_Sofa tableSofa table by Vivian Beer

She is a graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was a resident artist at SUNY Purchase, SDSU and Penland School in NC.
The Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street in Mt. Desert. Visit the gallery website at http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/

Harlow Gallery welcomes Cassie Bouton, new gallery manager

ManagerCassie Bouton, new gallery manager

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to welcome Cassie Bouton as the new gallery manager. Cassie will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of monthly exhibitions, programs and services of the Gallery, and volunteer coordination in relationship to programming.

“After spending a decade or so developing as an artist in Portland, I am so happy to be back in the community I grew up in,” said Bouton. “What a pleasure to be joining the staff of the Harlow Gallery as gallery manager.  I am looking forward to learning from and engaging with such a talented and creative community.  I see this as an opportunity to grow as an artist, but also to combine my professional experience in the non-profit world.  I look forward to getting to know the artists and patrons of the Harlow and seeing some familiar faces.”

Bouton will be taking over this position from Aleana Chaplin, who recently resigned but will continue to work as membership coordinator for the next three months. Harlow Gallery was incredibly fortunate to have had Aleana’s enthusiasm and commitment, which undoubtedly helped us become “The Best Gallery in Maine” (as determined by DownEast Magazine readers in 2015.) The Harlow would like to thank Aleana again for both her past work and also for continuing to manage memberships while we make this staffing transition.

Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Visit the gallery’s website at http://harlowgallery.org/

“Art of the Hand-Pulled Print: Peregrine Press at 25”

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Peregrine Press will present a 25th anniversary exhibition of fine art prints at the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library from May 6 though June 25, 2016, featuring 49 works by current and former members. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m, as well as a First Friday reception on June 3, from 5-8 p.m.

The artwork will showcase a wide variety of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques and highlight a commitment to non-toxic processes.

Printmaking tools and materials, with explanations of printmaking terminology and techniques, will be on display. Portions of both Peregrine Press portfolios, “First Impressions” from 2008 and “Local Conditions” from 2013, will also be shown. A short film will feature interviews of Press founders, other members, footage of artists working in the studio, and demonstrations of various printmaking techniques.

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On Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, the Press will host a panel discussion on the evolution of contemporary printmaking, titled “Pressing Onward, the Hand Pulled Print in a Digital World,” at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library. Moderated by Larinda Meade and Kate Cheney Chappell of the Peregrine Press, participants include Karen Adrienne of Circling the Square Press in Gardiner, ME, Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA and Sid Hurwitz of the Boston Printmakers.

A full color catalog will be available for sale at the opening. The catalog will include a history of the Press, images from the exhibition, and feature essays by Bruce Brown, curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Smith College Museum of Art.

Leading up to the exhibition, on Saturday, April 23, Peregrine Press members will share printmaking demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for the public at the Portland Public Library Maker’s Fair, from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Peregrine Press is located in the Bakery Building on Pleasant Street in Portland, Maine.

This exhibition is funded by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Horizon Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.peregrinepress.com/

“Home Grown” exhibit at MFT Gallery

MFT-PostcardFrom April 4 through May 30, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine.

On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”

The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.

Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.

Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.

Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”

Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”

The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

 

 

Pemaquid Group of Artists announces Call for Artists

Pemaquid GalleryThe Pemaquid Group of Artists is announcing a Call for Artists for the 2016 season to exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park.  Interested applicants will be asked to fill out a short application form and to submit three framed pieces of work accompanied by a short bio.
The jurying will take place on Saturday April 23rd in the morning.  If you are interested,  and reside in any of these areas, Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, New Harbor, Bremen or Newcastle, please call the Board President Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974 for further details and information. All media are welcome.
Opening for the season is scheduled for June 6th with a  public reception held the evening before at the Gallery.

Call For Artists: Art2016, 21st Annual Juried Show

thumbnail_ARTArt2015 Opening Reception, photo by Allison McKeen

The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists to submit artwork to Art2016,  the 21st annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Art2016 will be on view May 13 through June 18, 2016 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 5-8 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Art2016 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.
This year’s juror is Bruce Brown, a true leader in Maine’s art world. Portland native and resident Bruce Brown served as curator at the Center of Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for twenty years beginning in 1987.  He curated more than 200 exhibitions promoting Maine visual artists before retiring as curator emeritus in December, 2006 to become an independent curator. In February, 2013 he became a partner of Portland’s PhoPa Gallery in Portland  specializing in Maine photographs and works on paper with photographer Jon Edwards and the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport where he has been on the Advisory Committee since 2006.  Read more about Bruce Brown here: http://harlowgallery.org/programs/annual-juried-show/juror/

 

The deadline for electronic submissions is 11pm on April 1, 2016. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years.

Jurors confirmed for Spring Exhibition 2016

assymAsymmetrick Arts and Black Hole in Rockland are pleased to confirm Lorraine DeLaney (Colby Musuem of Art), Kelly Finlay (Farnsworth Art Museum) and Daniel Kany (freelance writer and critic, Portland Press Herald) as the jury for the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open submission art show to be held in Rockland, Maine, opening 6 May, 2016.
The show’s curatorial team will be led by Robert Colburn who will design and co-ordinate the installation of work in the two galleries on Main Street in Rockland. Colburn served as a juror for last year’s Spring Exhibition 2015.
Work was selected from submissions in all media and subjects and the closing date for entries was extended to 25 March 2016.
For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Asymmetrick Arts at 207-594-2020 or Black Hole at 207-400-2957

Poets + Fools Bash at Waterfall Arts April 1

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Poets and Fools, Waterfall Arts’ legendary annual costume bash is back, with a new line-up of eccentricities and entertainment. On Friday, April 1 in Belfast, from 6 to 10 p.m., revelers of all ages can expect dancing, goofing, parading, eating, drinking, playing, daring, and winning prizes.The night kicks off with a celebratory invocation by poet Ariel Bywater Greenberg, followed by a Belfastian “Tonight Show” hosted by Waterfall Arts’ own Bridget Matros, featuring ridiculous games with local mystery celebs. The incomparable Acetones will provide background music and sound effects.
Costumes will be judged, raffles drawn, and mad poetry dispensed before the live music coalesces into a dizzying dance party with Bangor’s high energy band Chamberlain to end the night on a high note.  Expect roving phrenologists (head scientists to you), a poetry booth and yes, the tattoo parlor is back.Affordable admission at the door; free to those seven and under, $5 for ages eight to fifteen, everyone else $10, allows party goers to spread their loot at this fundraiser for inexpensive munchies and drinks, raffle tickets for the Hellfast Special Bucket o’ Booze and the Goodie Goodie Goodies Specialty Food Basket, and don’t forget those tattoos! Raffle tickets are available at the Waterfall Arts office, through Waterfall Arts board members and at the event.
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This year’s Poets and Fools is sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD, KoT Contemporary Functional Craft in Ellsworth, the Belfast Coop and yearlong sponsor, Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts encourages patronage of these generous, community-minded businesses.
Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfall arts.org, stop by or call 207-338-2222.

Greenhut’s Biennial “Portland Show” Opens April 9

Donahue_Old-Portland-from-Amatos_thnlMarsha Donahue’s “Old Portland from Amatos”

The 8th biennial “Portland Show”, an invitational show of artists interpretation of “Portland,” will be on display at Greenhut Galleries in  April 6-30. An Artist Reception will be held Saturday, April 9 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Participating artists include  Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, Ben Coombs, David Campbell, Crystal Cawley, Thomas Connolly, Marsha Donahue, David Driskell, Chris Eaton, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Phillip Frey, Margaret Gerding, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Peyton Higgison, Tina Ingraham, Henry Isaacs, Jessica Ives, Sarah Knock, Margaret Lawrence, and C Michael Lewis.

Also, Lin Lisberger, Jessica McCarthy, Daniel Minter, Ann Mohnkern, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Anne Lofquist, Vanessa Nesvig, Lisa Noonis, Colin Page, Dennis Pinette, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Alice Spencer, Barbara Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Judy Taylor, Lori Tremblay, Chip Williams, Richard Wilson, and Henry Wolyniec.

Greenhut Galleries is located at the corner of Middle and Pearl Streets in Portland. For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 BASH: April Fools Circus featuring Just a Band

Just a BandJust a Band will perform at Farnsworth [Collective] 2016 Bash

On Friday, April 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 5th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Nairobi, Kenya group Just a Band: “Africa’s nerdiest hip-hop art collective.” Just a Band is known for Gorillaz-like immersive performances, creative sampling, video and wit.

The 2016 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland, beginning at 8 p.m.

This year’s BASH will be a circus-themed, sensory-overload event featuring performances by Haus Paradigm, a dance group that brings a unique flair to belly dancing in their own unique approach, the Band of Weirdos—an odd group of performing carnival creatures, and Simple Circus out of Portland, Maine. Live music for the 2016 BASH will be provided in the form of Just a Band, of Nairobi, Kenya, a group formed while their members were studying at the Kenyatta University.

Launched in 2008 with their debut album Scratch to Reveal, Just a Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco group whose music explores various directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica. Though their debut album was relatively successful, two years later they released their second single ‘Ha-He’ accompanied by a music video featuring a character known as Makmende.

The video was described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items, referencing elements from virtual bands like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns.

As in the first four [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by many local artists, including MidCoLab, Margaret Rizzio, Annie Bailey, Orlando Johnson, Alexis Iammarino, Scott Sell, Chris Gamage, Jared Cowan, Alexandra Gillian Martin, and multiple Youth Arts Participants.

A dance floor, carnival-game art installations and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.thecollectivebash.com.

The 2016 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in Dr. S. Keith Collins and Mary Baldwin Collins, EBS Building Supply, Ingrid Ellison, Jon and Briar Fishman, Lowes Home Improvement, Maine Beer Company. John K. Hanson Jr. and Mary R. Saltonstall, Samoset Resort, SequelCare of Maine, The Strand Theatre, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Viking Lumber, and Youth Arts of Camden. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.