“Ed Douglas: New Work” opens May 5 at Portland’s Greenhut Galleries

swimmer_3_web“Swimmer #3” by Ed Douglas, oil on panel

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Ed Douglas: New Work” with an opening reception on Thursday, May 5 from 5 to 7 pm.

Ed Douglas has devoted his life to painting.  In a career that spans over fifty years, a well-respected now retired professor who taught at the Maine College of Art, he continues to strive for dynamism and unity in his work. Douglas explores ideas that remain integral to the way he approaches the act of painting.

Though Ed was once quoted as saying “subjects are more excuses for paintings than they are dictates or even inspirations for paintings,” he clearly enjoys working with the human form.

Ed excels in exploring individual gesture as well as the interplay found in group figure studies. Douglas received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  His work can be seen not only in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art, but also in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the San Francisco Art Institute Art Bank. Ed’s work is collected both nationally and internationally.

Greenhut Galleries is located at 146 Middle Street in Portland. For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Two Books Arts Workshops at Waterfall Arts in Belfast May 7

Gelatin Printmaking Abbie Read 2Gelatin printmaking by Abbie Read

Two Book Arts workshops will be held at Waterfall Arts as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival on May 7th. For adults, Abbie Read will lead Paste Paper and Bookbinding form 10 to 4; Bridget Matros leads Art Together Mornings for parents and children, where the focus will be on book making from 10 to noon.

Art Together Mornings is a series of memorable mornings where adult and child create side-by-side. Each project is designed to fully engage all ages and stages; parents get their hands dirty enjoying the materials, while being guided with tips on supporting their young artists’ creativity. As part of the Book Festival, the group will create special paste papers to use as covers and learn how to assemble and embellish a simple booklet to take home.

On the same day, Abbie Read guides a friendly group in a decorative paper and art journal workshop. The decorative papers are made of multiple layers of thin glazes of color using patterns and marks. These handmade papers will be used to make the journal cover and Read will teach the Coptic bookbinding technique which allows the book to lie flat when opened for ease in painting, drawing, or writing. All materials will be provided.

Making Art Together Dan Piper and his childrenDan Piper and his children making art together

All classes and workshops 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 am to 5 pm.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, Revision Energy and the Green Store. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Call to Artists: 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show

1The 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show will be hosted by Schooner Gallery of Milbridge in celebration of Maine artists who are residents and live within 44 nautical miles of Milbridge (50.6 miles).

Artists of any age and training are invited to submit their artwork inspired by our 44º North environment. This is an exciting and inspiring annual art event held at the Schooner Gallery, 59 Main Street, Milbridge.

Show dates will be June 4th through July 3rd with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Drop off dates are Tuesday, May 31st through Thursday, June 2nd, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Delivery of artworks in all media must be done in-person at the gallery.

Each artist may submit 2 pieces, made within the last three years and no larger than 30″x40″. 3-D work will also be accepted on a limited basis. All artwork must be labeled and wall pieces must be ready to hang with picture wires attached. No mailed or shipped entries can be accepted.

Please call Schooner Gallery at 207-546-3179 or 207-546-7989 no later than Friday, May 20th, for more information this show, to express your interest, and to schedule a drop off time.

The Farnsworth + The Strand present “Rockland Shorts”

Shorts“It Melts”, UK, 5m, live action, directed by G. Lopez

On Friday, May 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present the first 2016 showing of the international short film series, “Rockland Shorts: Entitled All’s Fair in Love and Politics,” the screening will take place at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland, at 5:30 p.m. After the showing, the audience is invited to continue discussing the films at Fog Bar, across the street from The Strand.

This ongoing series of short creative films entitled “Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series” is shown in the Strand and includes an hour of short films. As part of the screenings, several filmmakers join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. “Rockland Shorts” strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre.

This series is organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department, and film selections are being made by visiting program director, Sally Levi; the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell; the Executive Director of the Strand Theatre, Jessie Davis; broadcast journalist and Maine Media Workshops film faculty, Mimi Edmunds; and the director, cinematographer, editor and educator, Daniel Quintanilla.

For a complete listing of this month’s movies, please visit http://www.rocklandstrand.com/ Tickets will be for sale at The Strand Theatre’s box office directly prior to the screening. The fee for this series is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for nonmembers.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners Celebrated

BrianJoJo Zeitlin’s “Brian”

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce a special, invitation-only event at the Blaine House to celebrate this year’s Congressional Art Competition winners. The tea, hosted by First Lady Ann LePage, the Congressional offices of Representatives Pingree and Poliquin, and the Commission will feature the work of JoJo Zeitlin, a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School in Congressional District 1, and Michaela Shorey, a senior at Rangeley Lakes Regional School in District 2.

Ten other students, five from each congressional district who have been awarded runner up and honorable mention status for their art, will also receive certificates at the event. The First Place submissions will hang in the U.S Capitol for one year along with student art from participating Congressional Districts across the nation.

“We are very lucky to have this kind of talent in our student population here in Maine,” said Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission Executive Director. “It reinforces the strength and quality of our art education programs across the state. Congratulations to our winners and our finalists.”

Zeitlin won District 1 with her black and white photographic portrait of an older man entitled “Brian.” First District jurors  Amy Cousins, an art teacher at Gorham Middle School and Piper Bolduc, an art teacher at Old Orchard Beach High School, said they appreciated her skill in capturing the personality of an individual, which they believe is a unique talent for an artist of her age. They commented on the outstanding quality of her pieces as shown through her technical ability to use depth of field and dark contrasts to enhance the subject matter.

“Jo Jo’s photograph shows great composition and technique. As an islander, I love that the image is so distinctly rural, coastal ‘Maine,’” Representative Pingree said in announcing the award. “I think it will really stand out and I’m proud that it will represent Maine’s First District when it is hung at the Capitol this June.  My congratulations to JoJo and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional.”

ShoreyMichaela Shorey’s “An Older-Young Girl”

Shorey’s top piece, entitled “An Older-Young Girl,” was also a portrait made from various media including pastels and cut paper. Jurors for Maine’s Second District—Robyn Holman, the former curator at USM’s Lewiston Gallery, and Anthony Shostak, an arts educator at Bates Gallery-found Shorey skilled in using the media to convey a sense of the person, and commented on her strong sense of composition, uniting all the elements to further convey the work’s title.

“Each year, I am astonished by the tremendous artistic ability and creative talent of our Maine high schoolers,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am incredibly proud to showcase Michaela’s artwork at the U.S. Capitol for this next year, where it will be admired and enjoyed by thousands of Americans from across the country. Congratulations, Michaela, on a job well done!”

The judges recognized the work of five other students from each District as follows: District One first runner-up Anna Callahan of Brunswick; second runner-up Abigail Stevens-Roberts of Saco; and honorable mentions Katie Sprague of Manchester, Gabriel Rosen of Portland and Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham. District Two first runner-up Rachel Flannery of Auburn; second runner-up Chandler Clothier of Lewiston; and honorable mentions Olivia Berger of South Paris, Alanna Fellows of Lewiston and Shin Hye Hwang of Hebron.

Every year beginning in 1982, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide Congressional Art Competition to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Over 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.

The Maine Arts Commission coordinates the competition in Maine, which is open to all highschool students and results in a winner, first runner up, second runner up and honorable mention chosen from each of the state’s two congressional districts. The competition is co-hosted by the Commission and the offices of Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree.

To select student work for consideration, the Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Gold and silver winners from the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried in February for the Congressional Art Competition.

For more information on the Congressional Art Competition in Maine, please contact the Maine Arts Commission at info@mainearts.com To learn more about the Commission’s arts education programs please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Education, at argy.nestor@maine.gov  To learn more about the Commission’s visual arts programs please contact Julie Horn, Director, Visual Arts Programs, at Julie.horn@maine.gov

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk is May 6

12991008_1144145662271481_2146855431832967152_nBrigitte Gautschi’s “Dunes,” oil pastel on linen,
Rockland’s first First Friday Art Walk of 2016 will take place May 6 from 5-8 pm. Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, The Gautschi Center, Project Puffin, The Art Loft (who are opening their doors for the first time), Black Hole, Landing Gallery and Carver Hill Gallery.
Michael Good Gallery will be showing hand painted silk scarves by Jen Derbyshire from Tenants Harbor and fanciful Seussian wooden boxes by John Shane.
Caldbeck Gallery will be showing George Mason’s “Relief Tapestries”, and Nancy Glassman’s watercolors and oils.  Both artists’s work is about the Georges River Watershed.
The Gautschi Center celebrates spring in Maine with a colorful and energizing display Brigitte Gautschi’s paintings of the beloved poppy. Also new to the Gautschi Center this spring are bronze sculptures by Ray Carbone, handcrafted wooden lamps by Joel Hokkanen and a vast array of unique gift items and jewelry.
Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole collaborate to host the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open, juried show, which will include 80 works from 44 artists.  Curated by Robert Colburn.
Carver Hill Gallery will present, “What You See”, a digital, digital collage, and photography/mixed media show with work from seven artists.
A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Center for Maine Crafts Week-long Mother’s Day Sale

10403040_683684795039928_3579611056148824745_nThe Center for Maine Craft’s annual week-long Mother’s Day Sale is today Sunday, May 1st through Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8th. All Jewelry and Pottery are 25% Off! Make your mom, mama, mum or yourself happy with a Maine made handcrafted gift.This sale happens only once a year!
The Center for Maine Craft is a retail store and gallery featuring products made by Maine Crafts Association members. The 2500 sq foot store is located inside the West Gardiner Service Plaza about 10 miles south of Augusta where I-95 and I-295 intersect. Shopping at the Center directly supports craft artists in Maine!
The gallery. located at 288 West Lewiston Road in Gardnier, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 6 pm. The telephone is 207.588.0021 Please note, no other discounts may be applied to the Mother’s Day Sale. .

Call for Artists: 3rd Annual Wet Paint on the Weskeag!

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The Kelpie Gallery has begun accepting artist submissions for “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!,” the third annual juried Wet Paint benefit auction for the Georges River Land Trust (GRLT). During the weekend of the event, selected artists will paint en plein air on properties protected by the GRLT.

Artists will create works on Friday, August 12 or Saturday, August 13 which will then be previewed at the gallery on Sunday, August 14 during a cocktail reception and auctioned off that evening. Proceeds from artwork sold will be split 50/50 with the artists and the Georges River Land Trust.

For the past 2 years, artists have painted along the Weskeag River and Marsh to create the works for this event. Through the GRLT’s “Bridging 2 Rivers” initiative, over 1,000 acres of land between the Weskeag and Georges Rivers are now protected, and this year the artists are invited to explore more of these areas. All mediums are welcome. Artists working in watercolors and pastels must provide a mat; no frames are permitted. The completed works will be on display at The Kelpie Gallery during the cocktail reception and preview on August 14, and auctioned off live starting at 5pm.

Interested artists are invited to submit two digital images of original plein air paintings in any medium for juried consideration to participate in “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!” All entries must arrive by the deadline of Monday, May 2nd. Application information and details can be found online at TheKelpieGallery.com. Please email TheKelpieGallery@gmail.com to submit images, or call 207-691-0392 or 207-691-3416 or with questions or for more information.

The Unique + Often Untold Stories of Maine Towns

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 Busko, 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

thumbnail_Design Challenge VivianVivian Beer
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/