Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Winter Meander…” A Salon Exhibition of Greenhut Artists February 6 –to March 1. Celebrate the quiet of the winter season with a meander through the gallery exploring the richness and diversity of the Greenhut artists. This exhibition will feature the work of over 40 artists. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.
The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), announces an open call for art in celebration of KLT’s 25th anniversary in 2014. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by any of the Kennebec Land Trust properties that are open to the public. A complete list is available on the KLT website at tklt.org/land/land.htm.
Email submissions are being accepted through September 1, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Kennebec Land Trust founder Jym St. Pierre, with staff from the KLT and the Harlow Gallery. The art exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from October 10 through November 1, with a public reception on Sunday, October 12 to coincide with a related art opening at Slates Restaurant . For more information call 622-3813 or visit harlowgallery.org
The Deer Isle Artists Association is offering winter classes and workshops located in the DIAA Gallery and open to the public. The February Color Workshop takes place Saturday Mornings, 9–11 a.m. with Judith Felch, February 1–22, $80 for four weeks. For more information or to register, contact Judith at 207-610-1379 or firstname.lastname@example.org. No art experience is required. As the musician develops an “ear” for musical relationships, so the visual artist needs to develop an “eye” for color. The ability to “see” color and to compose with it is essential. And yet, color is rarely studied in depth. This four-session workshop is devoted to advancing your ability to see color reactions better, understand color interactions, and apply this knowledge to your personal artwork. This workshop is open to all regardless of the level of formal experience with color. The workshop is meant to be informative, participatory, and enrich your ability to see and use color. If you are a painter, photographer, 3D artist, or a person who loves the visual arts, this workshop should prove to be awakening.
Seriously Altered Books is the focus of Waterfall Arts’ February School Vacation Art Camp held from February 17 to 21 from 9 am to noon. An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. Bridget Matros, lively and skilled arts educator, will lead the group in different methods of giving books new life as art objects. The fee for the art camp, open to ages 9 to 12, is $140, all materials included. Space is limited; enrollments are taken on a first come, first served basis. A welcome grant from United Midcoast Charities provides partial scholarships for those who qualify for financial assistance. Visit waterfallarts.org to register and for more information on scholarships, classes, studio rentals, exhibitions and events.
UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor announces the opening of “Winter Exhibitions” on January 17. “Winter Exhibitions” is three shows in one: “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection,” Monroe artist Kenny Cole’s “PARABELLUM (Prepare for War),” and Hannah Cole’s paintings “Time’s Wife.”
From Piranesi to Picasso
This exhibition features over 60 of the finest prints from the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Established in 1946, the collection has particular strengths in original prints by an impressive roster of internationally renowned artists. Highlights of the selected works, which date from the 18th century to the late 1980s, include: Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s detailed etchings from 1748-1772 that document Rome’s grand architectural landmarks, Francisco Goya’s eerie and biting aquatint and etchings from the Los Caprichos and Pablo Picasso’s Faun Unveiling a Woman, considered to be one of the artist’s most significant graphic works. Also featured are Winslow Homer’s 1887 etching Eight Bells, John Marin’s 1910 etching Chartres Canthedral and Edward Hopper’s The Lonely House, 1922. Diverse printmaking processes such as etching, silkscreen, woodcut, lithograph, drypoint and engraving are demonstrated in this exhibition.
Kenny Cole: PARABELLUM (Prepare for War)
Maine-based artist Kenny Cole has created an immersive, interactive installation especially for UMMA’s Zillman Gallery. The artist describes Parabellum as “a culture-jamming, docu-fiction, artivism work of art, which re-writes the past in order to guide us into the future.” Cole has taken on the persona of fictional “Bains Revere”, an American Civil War veteran/outsider artist, to create this visionary work. The installation reflects Revere’s innate pacifism and life-long shifting relationship with Hiram Maxim, a Maine native and real life inventor of the automatic machine gun. This false artifact, made as if it was originally installed in the front parlor room of a home, consists of 82 two-sided canvases. They are painted as a collection of generic red and white flags, the reverse of each containing relief battle maps and nesting underneath it all are hidden, corporeal landscapes. The components are riddled with trompe l’oeil water stains painted onto vintage 1890s newspaper.
Hannah Cole: Time’s Wife
For New York City-based artist Hannah Cole, inspiration is found in the overlooked glimpses and fragments of everyday experience. The exhibition title, Time’s Wife, taken from US poet laureate Mona van Duyn’s poem Caring for Surfaces, provides insight into Cole’s creative impetus and meticulous approach to painting. The artist surveys her environment for subjects—defaced manhole covers, metal doors scarred with paint marks and tape residue, and the textured surfaces below our feet. She painstakingly paints these pieces of urban existence, along with items of domestic life and varied objects observed in the studio and, in doing so, imbues the mundane objects with new meaning. Cole states, “A cement sidewalk becomes a window, for example, and a man-hole cover becomes a mandala.” Through her carefully framed and virtually hyper-realist depictions, she accentuates the geometric abstraction, rhythmic repetition and textural qualities of these observed surfaces.
“Winter Exhibitions” runs through March 22, 2014. University of Maine Museum of Art is located at 40 Harlow Street, Bangor. Thanks to the support of Penobscot Financial Advisors, admission to the museum is free throughout 2014. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu
The Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth presents a winter show of works by Phil Barter & Sui Witherell. Phil Barter of Sullivan has been painting Maine landscapes and still life pieces for more than forty years. His primitive style is vibrantly whimsical and yet compelling, capturing our attention with inventive compositions of shape and color. Visitors will see some truly excellent works by this masterful artist who is at the top of his form. Sui Witherell is a Gouldsboro artist creating monotypes that explore and celebrate the fascinating fractal patterns that are our natural world. With color and a skillful use of repetitive form, this artist gently directs our awareness of the world around us. For more information call 667-9377.
“The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College” is an ongoing exhibition at Colby Museum and is free to the public. In 2007 Peter and Paula Lunder, longtime benefactors of Colby College, promised their collection of more than 500 works of art to the Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection showcases strengths in 19th and 20th-century American and contemporary art. On view are paintings and works on paper by American masters George Caleb Bingham, George Catlin, John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe, sculptures by Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick Remington, and Alexander Calder. For more information call toll free 859-5699.
The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland continues “American Treasures” through Feb. 2. For most of the artists who have worked in Maine for the past century and a half, the state’s striking physical beauty has been its primary attraction. To be sure, the state’s stunning coastline as well as its verdant forests, rushing streams, tranquil ponds and lakes, and picturesque mountains have inspired countless painters, printmakers, and photographers. The Farnsworth’s collecting activities, in fact, have focused from the beginning on acquiring the best examples of such works, thus suggesting to visitors and residents alike the vibrancy of life in Maine from the nineteenth century to the present. This exhibition includes the work of Fitz Henry Lane, Alvan Fisher, Martin Johnson Heade, and George Inness from the nineteenth century; and John Twachtman, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent and Neil Welliver in the twentieth. For more information visit farnsworthmuseum.org.
The Portland Museum is showing “American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells” through Feb. 23. This exhibition of more than 35 photographs from the collection of Maine philanthropists Owen and Anna Wells will offer a glimpse into 20th-century photographic practice in the United States. With subjects ranging from monumental vistas of America’s expansive topography to intimate portraits and domestic scenes, the Wells’ collection echoes, in black-and-white and in color, both the photographic experimentation of the 20th century and the breadth of the camera’s expressive capacity. Drawn from a recent gift to the museum of 69 photographs, this exhibition illuminates the collectors’ discerning eye with works by artists such as Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Eliot Porter, Paul Strand, and many others. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org
Aucocisco Gallery in Portland is hosting a First Friday Art Walk Artists Reception for Lucinda Bliss and Lauren Fensterstock from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday Jan 3. Lucinda’s studio practice consists of drawing, painting, and installation. She is based in Maine and has shown widely in New England, Chicago, and the Southwest. Exhibition venues include the University of Arizona; the Tucson Museum of Art; The Brattleboro Museum; Whitney Art Works; and Boston Center for the Arts. Lauren Fensterstock is an artist, writer, and curator based in Portland, Maine. Lauren’s work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at The John Michael Kohler Art Center in 2013. For more information visit aucocssico.com
The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2014. “Implements” brings together four Maine artists who share a fascination with tools, utensils and industrial detritus, and who integrate these and other found objects into their artwork. “Implements” will feature found object sculpture by Maureen Block, Ellen Gibson, Mildred Johnson and Jonathan Price from January 17 to February 8. Maureen Block worked at her small family owned sawmill for twenty years while raising three sons. With minimal formal education in art, the heart of her work lies in the rusty surfaces and smooth patina of found objects and the stories they tell. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 5-8 pm. For more information call 622-3813.
Award winning Maine Nature Photographer Jeanne Marie Coleman is featured in the new MaineGeneral Hospital art collection. The collection consists of 200 pieces of work selected from Maine artists across all genres of art. Twenty three photos were chosen from Jeanne Coleman’s portfolio for the assemblage. The hospital opened in November 9, 2013. Jeanne Marie Coleman lives in central Maine but travels throughout the State to capture its many, and varied, natural facets. Regarding the hospital art collection Coleman says that “I feel deeply honored and privileged to be part of such an important collection.” The art collection is distributed in both public, and patient only, areas of the facility. The hospital is located on the same campus as the Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta ME. A generous sampling of her work also can be found on themainephotosource.com and facebook.
Tickets go on sale to the public for Winslow Homer Studio tours on Monday, January 6. One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Winslow Homer Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A National Historic Landmark, the Studio is owned and operated by the Portland Museum of Art. The spring tour season starts April 7 and runs through June 22. Visitors will experience the extraordinary opportunity of “walking in Homer’s footsteps” and seeing the same dramatic views of the sea that influenced Homer’s artistic vision. Tickets are $55 and $30 for PMA members and tours are 2.5 hours. New for 2014 is a $25 student price (with valid I.D.) Group tours are also available. Reservations are required and all tours leave from the Portland Museum of Art; please call (207) 775-6148. For more information and for hotel packages, visit www.portlandmuseum.org.
The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition opens January 16 at the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on Campus at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), with a reception and farmers market from 5 – 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. On display will be ten large-scale portraits of local organic farmers produced collaboratively by students from nine area high schools and one elementary school, the result of a community arts project led by UMA adjunct Art Professor Susan Bickford with support from the Harlow Gallery and the University of Maine at Augusta, funded in part by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation. Under Bickford’s leadership, 222 student artists 10 teachers, and ten organic farms from Central and Midcoast Maine – Breman to Winthrop, Camden to Gardiner – have directly participated in the project, with project photography by Allison McKeen of Gardiner.Those in attendance will have the opportunity to witness the magic of community-based art in practice as each portrait is assembled on site. The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition will be on view from January 16 to February 21.
Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor will be exhibiting the work of Art Gowie and Miles Cooper plus others with an opening reception from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 6. Both artists work in a style more often associated with animation and cartoons. Mr. Gowie says he is particularly interested in the humorous and over the top methods whereby cartoon characters dispatch one another. These artists share a collective aesthetic based on illustration techniques of exaggerated features and morphing the human for into engaging, colorful and festive charactitures. They also tend to paint their pieces on found objects and clothing bring their art to the public and making the process less precious. The show will run through early January 2014 and Shaw Jewelry is open Monday – Saturday through Christmas. For more information visit shawjewelry.com
This image includes all artists in the MFT Gallery “2013 Small Works Holiday Show”
Belfast’s Art Walk ”Christmas Art Spectacle” begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday Dec 6
and promises to be a festive village-wide celebration of the work of local artists for the Holiday Gift-Giving Season. Here is Christmas sampler of openings, receptions and shows taking place this evening.
Åarhus Gallery offers an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music, and conviviality from 5-7 p.m. Northern Lights Gallery is hosting a reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. featuring photographs of the Arctic and lino-prints by Captain Karen. Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer is hosting an opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. for a “2013 Holiday Gala” featuring small works by 30 artists. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a “2013 Small Works Holiday Show” 5:30-8 p.m. Along with many other galleries in downtown Belfast, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a show of small works by local artists in order to support shopping locally for holiday gifts.
This year, the line-up of Maine artists at MFTG includes Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Julie Crane, Adele Drake, Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Lynn Karlin, Christopher O’Connor, Kathleen Perelka, Lea Peterson, Willy Reddick, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton, Jude Valentine, Becky Whight and Sarah Wilde. Together these artists offer a wide variety of work, such as paintings, pastels, photography, jewelry, silk scarves & more. The Trust also has a lovely collection of farm-oriented children’s books, cook books, calendars, CD’s and Holiday cards – available at our gallery in Belfast and soon online.
Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. More information can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org
The village of Rockland is also booked with festive openings as Arts in Rockland hosts a Holiday First Friday Art Walk tonight. Many of the 23 galleries in downtown Rockland will be open from Water Street to Summer Street and on the side streets surrounding the Farnsworth Art Museum. See individual Café listings for The Landing Gallery, Arts in Rockland Art Walk, and Art Space Gallery below, for more information
The Sohns Gallery in Bangor is hosting an Artist Reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 for “All Small,” a collection of artworks by ten local artists, with an artists talk at 7 p.m. Ten local artists were given small wood panels 9” by 12” or smaller, to create artworks. Artists include Magnus Stark, Kat Johnson, Rebecca Krupke, Krystin Noyes, Elise Robichaud, Stephanie Prentiss, Brian Monahan, Eleanor Kipping, Einstein Hickman, and Pigeon & Chick. Music for the event is provided by Alison and John Strange. The show runs through December 24. For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery at 947-2205 or email@example.com
Landing Gallery in Rockland is pleased to announce it’s “Holiday Exhibit: Original Art For Holiday Giving,” with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Light refreshments will be served. 30 gallery artists will have work on display including ceramics, blown glass, paintings, photographs, drawings & sculptures. Featured artists are Naomi Aho, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Robert Birbeck, Derryll Brudzinski, Bruce Busko, Steven Carpenter, Irma Cerese, Lewis Ciscle, Ron Defelice, Gifford Ewing, Sarah Faragher, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Michael Kahn, Brian Krebs, Elizabeth Kelley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Nancy Linkin, Janet Ledoux, David Riley Peterson, Isabelle Pelissier, Patrick Pierce, Ellen Roberts, Bjorn Runquist, Suzanne Siegel, Robert Stebelton, Liliana Thelander, John Wood. For more information call 594-4544 or visit landingart.com
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Holiday Open House for its “Small Works 2013” Show on December 5 from 5–7 p.m. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, June Grey, Philip Frey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Joseph Keiffer, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, Andy Newman, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Alison Rector, David Vickery. The show runs through December 24. Artworks in the show can be viewed at facebook.com/courthousegallery
“Ski Down” by Pamela Hetherly
Art Space Gallery in Rockland is having a Holiday Opening Reception 5 -8 p.m. Friday evening December 6. A winter theme will stretch the 18 gallery artists’ creativity, they already have the skill. The public is invited to try on beautiful one of a kind jewelry, play with the ringing bowls, feel the texture of hand made pottery, and soak in the visual beauty of the photographs, watercolors, pastel, acrylic, and oil paintings on display. Art Space Gallery is a coop gallery that showcases 18 exceptional Maine artists. December hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Art Space is located at 342 Main St., Rockland, across from the Strand Theater.