4th Annual Miller Student Art Show at Tidemark Gallery

continuous%20line“Untitled” tempera on paper, by Rachel Benner, Grade 4

On Thursday, February 11, an Artist Reception marks the Fourth Annual Miller Student Art Show at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro Village. Coming right before Valentine’s Day is an all-student show titled “Young Hearts,” a joint project with art teacher, Nathan Fogg and his students, with help from fellow teachers, staff and Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization.

The tradition began four years ago as a way to bring Waldoboro’s diverse community together in celebration of art and friendship. Everyone is invited to the Tidemark Gallery reception at 902 Main Street, Waldoboro Village, from 4 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served. Snow date, Friday, February 12, 4 to 6 p.m. For more info, please visit www.tidemarkgallery.com

ArtLab for All Ages: Stamp N’ Stomp on Feb. 6

CMCAThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites you to create and experiment with original stamps on Saturday, February 6 at CMCA’s temporary South End location, 218 Main Street. Bring your family or come on your own from 2-4 p for ArtLab’s  “Stamp n’ Stomp.”

You’ll design an assortment of stamps with a plentitude of uses to tote home with you for the winter months ahead.Try your hand at both low-relief stamps and large-scale mono prints. We welcome children, adults, and families. ArtLab is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination program.

CMCA is grateful for the generous support of the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

For more information, call 207-701-5005.

UMaine Museum of Art opens Winter Exhibitions Jan. 15

DOWDDAN DOWD Untitled, 2013,

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor opens three new exhibitions mid-January: “DAN DOWD: thick skinned,” “JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream,”and “RICHARD WHITTEN: Studiolo.”  UMMA brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 15 and run through April 30, 2016. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

DAN DOWD: thick skinned
Maine-based artist Dan Dowd exhibits a new series of wall-based assemblages that incorporate found fabric, rusted metal and rubber. Old woolen blankets, blemished rubber tires and sections of knit sweaters are layered and wrapped around found, wooden bases.

Dowd’s compositions draw connections to the works of Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Lee Bontecou and Robert Rauschenberg, each of whom utilized cloth in their sculptures and assemblages. The artist is inspired by the varied histories of these discarded items. Dowd states, “I am interested in their markings—from when they were first manufactured, to the patina and maculations they have attained over time.” Bright red, orange and striped cloth is juxtaposed with faded, black rubber riddled with patches, oxidized passages and surface imperfections.

DAVISJON DAVIS “This Love of Mine,” 2013

JON DAVIS: Three-Sided Dream
Miami-based artist Jon Davis’ exhibition features an array of compositions rooted in collage which incorporate images appropriated from throughout art history—from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to Thomas Eakins.
Davis’ source materials are re-contextualized through his creative and forced associations. “By taking art masterpieces and combining them with old found photographs, I am creating new narratives that address a myriad of emotions including fear and desire,” says Davis.

Although oriented to the walls, the artist’s compositions have dimensional interplay; fragments of imagery are rearranged on multiple layers of glass and spaced out in the frames. Several of the works contain lenses, which further distort the dissected images, as well as light elements that enhance the theatrical quality of the assemblages.

WHITTENRICHARD WHITTEN “Augenblick (Blink of an Eye)”, 2013

Richard Whitten, who lives and works in Rhode Island, exhibits a stunning assortment of shaped paintings, whimsical sculptures and preparatory drawings that offer visitors a unique view into the creative process. The title of the exhibition, Studiolo, reveals much about the artist’s work as objects of inquiry. (A studiolo is a small room found in affluent fifteenth century homes, often elaborately decorated and set aside for study and contemplation). Whitten’s paintings depict imagined machines within Romanesque and Renaissance style architecture.

Whitten states, “These paintings imply the existence of places and objects of desire that, like the garden in Alice and Wonderland, can be glimpsed, but not reached or acquired. I am intensely curious about the nature of the conceptual transformation that occurs when objects I have constructed are represented as an image.” Whitten’s complex three-dimensional toy-machine models featured in the exhibition are used as references for the curious objects that occupy his shaped compositions.

UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more ifnormation visit www.umma.umaine.edu

PMA Announces Acquisitions of Paintings by Homer and Andrew Wyeth

HomerWinslow Homer (United States, 1836-1910), An Open Window, 1872, oil on canvas, 17 7/8” x 13 7/8”.  Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Partial gift from an anonymous Maine family and partial museum purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation, 2015.21.

WyethAndrew Wyeth (United States, 1917–2009), River Cove, 1958, tempera on masonite, 48 x 30 5/16 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of David Rockefeller in honor of his son, Richard Rockefeller, 2015.16.

Portland, Maine (January 1, 2016)—The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) announces two new major acquisitions: An Open Window, an 1872 painting by Winslow Homer, and River Cove, a 1958 painting by Andrew Wyeth. Both paintings will be on view January 22, 2016 at 4 p.m., when the PMA reopens after a brief closure as part of the multiyear project, Your Museum, Reimagined, which is focused on improving access to the museum’s collection (project details below).

An Open Window is one of a series of four paintings that Homer created in 1872 that features a solitary woman dressed in black, facing away from the viewer. The unknown woman is standing in a modest room, looking out onto a bright landscape likely inspired by Homer’s summer travels that year to Ulster County, New York. The bold differentiation between the dimly lit interior in the foreground and the light-saturated landscape in the background reveals Homer’s aesthetic experimentation at a crucial moment in his career, and his close observation of such European old masters as Johannes Vermeer.

In addition to the PMA’s Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, the museum has exceptional strength in its holdings of Homer’s work. An Open Window fills an important gap, as it is the first oil painting in the collection from this particular decade, and therefore bridges the PMA’s collection of early Homer oil paintings, such as his 1863 Sharpshooter, with the artist’s later paintings, such as his 1894 Weatherbeaten. The painting is a partial gift from an anonymous family with deep roots in Maine, and a partial purchase with funds from an anonymous foundation.

“An Open Window represents a moment in Homer’s career after the Civil War, but before his time in England,” explained Jessica May, the PMA’s Chief Curator. “It’s a transformative addition to the PMA’s Homer collection, both in terms of period and subject matter, and will help the museum to demonstrate the ways in which Winslow Homer was very much an exceptional artist, one who was responsive to his own moment in American art history. It will also allow the PMA to draw parallels between Homer and his peers. One of the most exciting aspects of this acquisition is that the painting itself is virtually unknown to contemporary viewers, as it has not been on view to the public since 1938.”

In addition, the PMA has acquired River Cove, a 1958 tempera painting by Andrew Wyeth that is regularly identified by art historians as among his most important and impressive artworks. Andrew Wyeth, the son of American painter N.C. Wyeth and the father of artist Jamie Wyeth, cited Winslow Homer as an influence, and used both watercolors and tempera to create what he called “Homeric” landscapes.

The painting of a small jetty outside the artist’s home in Cushing, Maine, is devoid of human presence, yet includes subtle indication of the presence of birds and aquatic life. Its most extraordinary feature is its near-inversion of landscape imagery: the majority of the peaceful landscape view appears upside down, with the forest reflected in calm waters. The painting, which has been on view at the PMA regularly since 1992 and has been loaned to many major exhibitions of Wyeth’s work, was donated by David Rockefeller in memory of his son, Richard Rockefeller, who lived in Falmouth, Maine, until his tragic death in 2014.

“We are incredibly honored and grateful to David Rockefeller for his generous gift and his acknowledgment of the PMA as a fitting place to honor his son’s memory,” said PMA Director Mark Bessire. “Through these important additions to the PMA’s collection, by two of the world’s most significant artists, the museum is demonstrating its commitment to improving the visual arts in the region, and defining a new standard for museums of its size.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Cook, Director of Media and Civic Relations, at jcook@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4094.

Robin Rier and Valerie Aponik showing at UMaine Machias

Valerie Aponik “On The Rocks” 24×24 2015

PastedGraphic-1Robin Rier  “Mark Island and Rocks 18×24 2015

“Plein Air Points of View,” is a showing of Robin Rier and Valerie Aponik work painted on location along Down East Maine, while celebrating 9 years of painting together. Showing January 16 through February 24 at the University of Maine in Machias. The public is invited to the Opening Reception January 22 from 5 to 7 at Powers Hall.

“Be Prepared to Eat Cake” + Celebrate 20 Years of Art

BunniesMichael Stasiuk, “Five Bunnies Offering Cake and Tea” (Andrew Edgar Photography)

The Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary year with an exhibition entitled “Be Prepared to Eat Cake.” The show includes the work of 43 artists, all who have exhibited at sometime during the past or represent one of the previous 195 themed exhibitions.  The show, which fills both floors of the building, is available for viewing by appointment during the early winter months.

Choices had to be made as it would he impossible to include work by all 456 artists who have exhibited in the past. All types of work are represented: paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. Some pieces recall previous themed exhibitions, such as the very popular “Accord” series, where the curators pair antique furniture from the museum’s collection with contemporary art.  In this display, a seventeenth century, carved blanket chest is paired with a large still life painting by Arthur DiMambro. An abstract woodcut by Elizabeth Mayor plays nicely off of the strong graphic lines of a William and Mary bannister chair placed below.

Five “Bunny” sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk are lined up along the front wall of the gallery. The artist responded to the theme of “Be Prepared to Eat Cake” with these five figures, all made from found objects, and all generously offering either a piece of cake or a cup of tea. This welcoming group is masterfully made from of an assortment of fragments, including cake molds for skirts, bowling pins for arms and legs and salad fork handles for expressive “bunny” ears.  Stasiuk’s work may appear whimsical but it is the gesture, character, and construction that elevate these pieces to fine art.

Work by local jewelers Lauren Pollaro and Julie Schmidt are nicely displayed in glass cases and black velvet platforms. Late afternoon light that streams into the gallery, bounces off the gold leaf surfaces of Gary Haven Smith’s paintings. Smith has also placed a new large granite sculpture called ‘Inside Out” on the lawn to the right of the building. The circular opening frames a view of the river beyond.

“When I told people my plans to do a show with dozens of artists to fill both floors of the gallery they said how hard that would be. It was labor intensive, but I have never had more fun doing an installation,” says gallery curator Mary Harding.  There are numerous combinations and passages, which pull the eye around the gallery and invite the viewer to move through the space.

The forms and mixed materials in Don Williams sculpture is a three dimensional interpretation of Tom Glover’s painting of Brave Boat Harbor. “It is almost uncanny the way some pieces pair with others,” says Harding. “It is finding those visual connections that is so much fun.”

The exhibition will  be available by chance and appointment through the winter months. 140 Lindsay Road,York, Maine. For more information, visit  http://www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com/

CMCA Architect Toshiko Mori Named to AD100 List

architectArchitect Toshiko Mori with a model of the new CMCA building. (Photo by J. Laurence)

Architect Toshiko Mori, a long-time summer resident of North Haven, and the architect for the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) now under construction in Rockland, has been named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 List for 2016. The AD100 is an annual list recognizing the top thought leaders in architecture and design in the world today.

In naming her to the list, the editors of Architectural Digest state, “With her precise eye for balance and proportion, Toshiko Mori puts a fresh spin on modernism, incorporating innovative materials and exploring vernacular building types.” These characteristics are exhibited in the new CMCA building with its form inspired by historic New England factories and its use of marine-grade zinc for siding. The new CMCA is scheduled to open in late June 2016.

Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. She was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2002 to 2008, and is currently the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture. Her work has been widely published and has received awards and prizes internationally.

For more information on the work of Toshiko Mori visit http://www.tmarch.com. For additional information on the new CMCA or to contribute to the capital campaign visit http://cmcanow.org/

UMMA Announces Winter Art Camp During February Vacation

10612782_998018133545834_3751458018456592983_nGive your kids a February break they will love! University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in downtown Bangor will offer a Winter Art Camp the week of February 15 to 19 from  8:30 a.m. to noon, during school vacation week. Children in grades three and four will enjoy gallery games, art projects and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends. Cost is $110 for UMMA members and $125 for nonmembers.

All materials are provided but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today.UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. Contact Kat Johnson, education coordinator at (207) 561-3360 or e-mail kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

Harlow Gallery Second Sundays Schedule: Jan. thru June 2016

SECOND SUNDAY Bookmaking workshop, January 2015. Staff Photo by Allison McKeenBookmaking workshop, January 2015. (Staff Photo by Allison McKeen)

After a successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to announce that the series of free community art-related events has workshops scheduled through June 2016 and plans to continue the series throughout 2016. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street.

These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative! The workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; from beginners to professional artists and everyone in between.

SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events which is led by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank. Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please send an e-mail to kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Sunday, January 10, 2-4 p.m.:  Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani, master naturalist Spend an afternoon creating a family nature journal. In this workshop we will practice observing with all of our senses, learn some simple drawing techniques, and write prose a nd poetry.

Sunday, February 14, 2-4 p.m.:  Paper Jewelry with Claudia Brahms and Margo Ogden, visual artists. Make a little something or your Valentine. Folded, cut, woven, and sewn decorated paper can be made into lightweight and unusual jewelry. Come and explore these techniques and create necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with us.

Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.:  Let’s “Take Your Dot For A Walk”  with Helene Farrar, art educator.  Let’s learn about the Artist Paul Klee while we honor Youth Art Month! You and your child are invited to create some energetic paintings together in an inspiring and educational afternoon!

Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m:  Weaving Off The Loom  with Jayson Hunt, textile artist.  Explore weaving with Jayson. Learn simple weaving structures and play with color and texture as you craft a simple strap, belt or band. No loom needed.

Sunday, May 15, 2-4PM:  Inner Vision, A Meditative Drawing  with Wendy Burton, art educator. Leave logic behind in favor of your inner self. Starting with a simple mark you’ll begin your meditative journey through an intuitive non-objective drawing. Focusing on the flow of lines, shapes, space and, most importantly, value you’ll use your imagination as your guide. There is no external subject matter to draw. Feel rather than rationalize your way *Third Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day.

Sunday, June 12, 2-4 p.m.:  Sacred Dance  with Maryam Mermey, expressive arts therapist. Participants are invited to learn songs and dances from different faith traditions. Inspired by colored, silk scarves we are also going to choreograph our own Sacred Dance. All ages and abilities are welcome!

For more information, call (207) 622-3813.

Call For Art Donations: Silent Auction 2016

Silent%20Auction%20VisitorsThe Harlow Gallery is seeking donations of artwork for its Annual Silent Auction in February. Donations are being accepted during open gallery hours from now until 6 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Donations of art, framed or unframed, are most welcome and your gift may be tax deductible according to current tax law. Proceeds from this event support operating costs for the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit connecting art, artists and community since 1963.

You don’t have to be an artist to donate! Make room for the new by donating something from your collection – vintage art, antique art, fine crafts, sculpture artifacts and curios all are gratefully accepted. Donations of art supplies are also welcome for an Art Supply Rummage Sale taking place on January 15 and 16 and can delivered anytime before the 15th.

Drop by anytime the gallery is open (Wed. through Sat. noon – 6 p.m.) or come to one of the two formal donation drop off dates, Sunday, January 31 from noon to 4 p.m. or Monday, February 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. Donors may contact Harlow Gallery staff to make an appointment to deliver donations at other times by calling (207) 622-3813 or e-mailing kvaa@harlowgallery.org

The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auction will be open for viewing and bidding February 3-13, 2016 with  bidding ending at 4pm sharp on Saturday, February 13. As in years past, expect incredible deals on art by local artists. Bidders can expect an exciting and varied range of art; paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts by Maine artists and beyond, vintage and antique art, artifacts and curios and more.

For more information contact executive director Deborah Fahy at 207-622-3813 or deb@harlowgallery.org or visit http://harlowgallery.org

‘Let Your Fingers Do The Walking’ Thru Bayview Gallery Website

Hays,%20Evensong“Evensong” by William Hays

Do you remember the old Yellow Pages?  Their advertising slogan was, ‘Let your fingers do the walking.’ Well, the Yellow Pages may have gone the way of the rotary phone and the slide rule, but their slogan has never been more meaningful.

Bayview Gallery at 58 Main Street in Brunswick says, “If walking into the Gallery is not convenient for you at this time, then ‘Let your fingers do the walking,’ and click your way through our offerings. Art is always a welcomed gift. I have selected some smaller pieces that would be quite easy for the grateful recipient to place.

Perhaps, now is the time to give yourself a gift? Replace that print over the mantle or fill the empty space above the sofa. If so, visit our website and let me know how we can help.”

Visit the gallery website at http://www.bayviewgallery.com and peruse the offerings of all the talented artists.

Trowbridge Offers Winter Art Workshop at DIAA Gallery

TrowbridgeThe art of Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce that local artist, Paul Trowbridge, will once again offer a Winter Art Workshop at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Paul states that participants will use their own subject matter as a starting point to find the appropriate design elements to emphasize, exaggerate, and play with. They will learn to recognize those elements of design which give strength to their work through abstraction and will move beyond the “same old approach” to bold discovery and experimentation.

The workshop is five weeks long and meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Session I begins on January 9 and runs through February 6; Session II runs from February 27 through March 26.

Participants may attend one or both sessions. Cost for each five week session is $100 and should be paid at the first class. Participants should bring materials they are comfortable with using to make artistic images.

For more information or to sign up, please e-mail csimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds at (207) 359-6596.

Farmland Trust Gallery Presents Frost’s “The Faces of Farms”

cfrost_beltedgalloways (120 of 304)Photography of a Belted Galloway by Catherine Frost

Throughout 2015, photographer Catherine Frost travelled to Maine farms all across the state, visiting those with their own special livestock. From alpaca to water buffalo to turkeys and rare breeds of horses, each month showcased new faces. The best photographs will be featured in a show at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from January 8 through March 25, 2016 called “The Faces of Farms.” An artist reception takes place on March 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Frost writes of the Belted Galloways of Mitchell Ledge Farm in Freeport, “I visited Mitchell Ledge three times in two months and each time, each day the temperature was below freezing. One day it was snowing furiously and the other had dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Covered with their dense, curly coats, none of the herd seemed to mind. To them it was just another day in the life on the farm – chewing, meandering, scratching, sleeping and being nonchalantly curious about what I was up to jumping fences, crossing their well-beaten paths and squirreling into their cozy spaces.

More than the belt, I am taken with their ears and eyelashes. I want to snuggle each one as though it is an enormous, gentle puppy. When their fuzzy Dr. Seussian ears catch the sunlight, it’s magical.  And the closer I get, the more they flirt with their big baby brown eyes. I get just a bit closer. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind.”

Frost 2Photograph by Catherine Frost

Frost is an avid animal, outdoor and photography lover. Her vocation is to provide creative and marketing services to small, socially responsible companies that are lead by passionate entrepreneurs. She has worked with several Maine farmers including North Star Sheep Farm (Windham), Balfour Farm (Pittsfield), Aurora Mills and Farm (Linneus) and Norumbega Farm (New Gloucester). Her home is in Freeport, where she lives with her dog, Daisy.

On the ground floor, visitors can enjoy a whimsical collage of photo prints, submitted by Maine Farmland Trust’s members and followers: personal snapshots of favorite farm animals by farmers and farm lovers all around the state.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street, Belfast. For more information, visit http://www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

Farnsworth Presents First Friday Film on New Year’s Day

1450714322923On Friday, January 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre in Rockland will present a First Friday Film entitled Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. The film will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre.

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is a documentary about the life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim, based on her sole authorized biography. Peggy was an heiress to the Guggenheim family who would become a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included trysts, affairs and marriages with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, which is today enshrined in her famous Venetian palazzo. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th-century art mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening.

Tickets for this film may NOT be purchased here. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland. For more information, e-mail David Troup at dtroup@farnsworthmuseum.org

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2016 Biennial

untitledThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 4 through April 4, 2016. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. Submission to the 2016 CMCA Biennial is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Allen Financial Insurance and CHUBB.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.
The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. The jurors for the 2016 CMCA Biennial are Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for “Hyperallergic.”

Christine Berry opened Berry Campbell Gallery with Martha Campbell in the fall of 2013, with a focus on Postwar Modern and Contemporary Art. Berry received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and earned her Masters in Art History and Museum Studies/Museum Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Berry began her career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, continuing on to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

John Yau is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of poetry, artists’ books, fiction, and art criticism. In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and criticism. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail many years, before he began writing regularly for Hyperallergic.

The 2016 CMCA Biennial will be held in the art center’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, from November 4, 2016 – January 24, 2017. For full submission guidelines and to apply, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. Applicants will be notified of selections on May 2, 2016 by email.

Prescott Hill Pottery’s Annual Holiday Open House

Wood-fired serving bowl

Prescott Hill Pottery’s Annual Holiday Open House is this weekend, December 5 & 6, from 10 to 4 each day. The soda kiln will just be unloaded. New pots will be available from this warm kiln, as well as brand new pots from the fall anagama firing. All are welcome, and there will be great snacks as always.

Directions: From Rt. 173 in Liberty village, go 3 miles, turn right onto Prescott Hill Rd.
From Searsmont, go 5 miles on Rt 173, turn left on Prescott Hill Rd. 1.5 miles to pottery at 261 Prescott Hill Rd.. FMI 589-3399.

Find Creative Gifts at PMA Store This Holiday Season

PMA StoreThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is encouraging shoppers to skip the crowded malls and box stores this holiday season and to enjoy each other’s company at the museum in beautiful downtown Portland.

Enjoy the wonderful exhibitions, visit the PMA store, and discover gifts that you can’t find anywhere else, from locally made accessories and home goods to exclusive products inspired by Maine’s artistic heritage, and from kid’s crafts to the largest selection of art books in the state. You can also pick up some art-based greeting cards and decorations, and bring a creative touch to the whole holiday season.

PMA is located at 7 Congress Square. For those people who can’t make it to the museum for the holidays, not to worry. PMA Store is offering free shipping for online orders thru December 31! Visit http://store.portlandmuseum.org/ for more information.

Harlow Gallery Presents Fundraiser “Holiday Hodgepodge II”

hodgepodgeHoliday Hodgepodge, at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, is a fun fundraiser offering a wide range of affordable fine art and craft, including contemporary and vintage original art. Artwork can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day; 50% of sales benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery while 50% goes directly to the artist.

Holiday Hodgepodge is on view December 2 to 12 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

The Harlow Gallery recently announced an open call to artists, artisans and collectors to submit original work in any medium to Holiday Hodgepodge, there is no cost to participate. Interested artists and collectors will find details HERE: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-holiday-hodgepodge-ii/

Holiday Hodgepodge will end on Saturday, December 12, the day of Winter Holidays in Hallowell: Let There Be Light! festival. There will be a Gingerbread House Contest at the Harlow and many other fun family friendly events all over town, culminating after dark with the famous holiday parade and fireworks over the Kennebec River.

Holiday Hodgepodge is sponsored by at Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe!

Artist to Host Open House for Friends in Her Festive Home

Audreys houseThis painting depicts Audrey Bechler’s home in 1984 before the barn was moved.

Artist Audrey Bechler is hosting an Open House for friends on Friday and Saturday December 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her home in Waldoboro.

An invitation from Audrey reads: “I am an artist living on Back Cove Road in Waldoboro for 31 years. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I decorate the house and put candles in the windows, put up the tree, one that I have grown in my yard, listen to music and keep the wood stove burning, warm and cozy inside.

“Most important is to be with friends and family, sharing the good food and atmosphere of Christmas. As I am planning to move to Eugene, Oregon, to be closer to my son, this most likely will be my last Christmas in Maine. Hopefully there will be snow.

“My little cape home is decorated with fir branches and Christmas memorabilia. All my walls are covered with paintings; mine and other artists I have collected. My door will be open to friends who would like to share the Christmas spirit with me on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so it may be necessary to park on the road and walk up the long driveway (with a flashlight if it’s after dark).”

Audrey’s house is two miles down Back Cove Road, after the right turn just across from Flippers Market. The painting in this post shows how the house looked in 1984, before the barn was moved. There is a sign at her driveway on the left for ‘Audrey’s Home Gallery.’” For more information, please call (207) 832-6806 or email audreybechler@gmail.com

Sohns Gallery Art Talk + Reception for All Small Art Show

pictureThe Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor, presents the Third Annual All Small Art Show. An artist’s reception and an artist talk will be held on Friday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. with the artist talk at 7 p.m..

Twenty eight local Maine artist were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, screen printing, and carved wood, to collage, assemblage, oil and fused glass works.

The eighty four small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.

Curator Annette Dodd said “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24 just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs thru December 24 and can be viewed any day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in The Rock & Art Shop. For more information, call (207) 947-2205.