In celebration of National Youth Art Month during the month of March, the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association, has organized an exhibition of artwork created by Maine art students. This year celebrates the 34th anniversary of Youth Art Month exhibitions in Maine and the 20th annual exhibition at the museum. The PMA’s exhibition, on view from March 8 through April 6, will showcase more than 100 works of art by students throughout the state, from elementary school through high school. All participating students will receive certificates of recognition. An exhibition celebration will be held at the PMA on Saturday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor is calling all artists for the fourteenth annual Mount Desert Open. This is a painting, fine craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting. There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that you are proud of and willing to share with your community; and second, you must have an MDI address. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. Last year’s Mount Desert Open was a fantastic success. It included 55 artists all living on or working on Mount Desert Island. It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 22, 2014 and run through June 11th. Any resident of MDI, or anyone having an MDI address is welcomed to exhibit. There is no jury process, but your work must be matted, framed and ready to hang, or presented in a professional manner. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at email@example.com for information.
CMCA presents “Collage x 10,” an exhibition featuring ten contemporary Maine artists which opens at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery during the city’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m on March 7. The exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and is curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Participating artists are Daniel Anselmi (Belfast), Gabriella D’Italia (Newburgh), David Driskell (Falmouth), Stew Henderson (Northport), Charlie Hewitt (Portland), Karen MacDonald (Stockton Springs), Dan Mills (Lewiston), Shannon Rankin (Rangeley), Abbie Read (Appleton), and Noriko Sakanishi (Portland). The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 29, and is open free of charge during the library’s regular hours. For more information, visit cmcanow.org or portlandlibrary.com
Waterfall Arts has scheduled two unique weekend workshops for March: Clay Garden Vessels with Randy Fein and Gelatin Prints with Abbie Read. In Fein’s workshop, the group will be able to make sculptural planters that can be fantastic conversation pieces for porch or garden. The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 29 from 1 – 5 p.m., to allow the clay to dry before finishing. Fee for the workshop is $160 plus $25 materials fee. A well known artist and instructor, Fein she loves to venture to the tropical waters of the Caribbean to inspire new aquatic clay sculpture and says of her work, “Clay is my material of expression it inspires touch, while offering infinite possibilities for shape and texture.” For more information visit waterfallarts.org.
Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island is pleased to announce the opening of “Intersections: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Katharine Cartwright, NWS” on March 7, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition features a selection of contemporary paintings in watercolor from Katharine’s award winning series “The Laws of Nature.” The exhibit is on view free to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through March 31, 2014. The gallery is open to 8 p.m., on the first Friday of every month. Additional hours are by appointment. For more information about the exhibit please contact Pamela Williamson at 712-1097 or visit richardboydartgallery.com.
The Portland Museum of Art will showcase an intimate selection of approximately 20 photographs and drawings that George Daniell (United States, 1911–2002) created on Monhegan Island during the summer of 1936. George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island will be on view March 1 through August 3, 2014. In search of adventure and escape from a sweltering August in New York City, Daniell sojourned to Maine, where he spent the month fervently documenting the island that captured his heart and imagination. The featured works, culled from the PMA’s permanent collection, show the young artist honing his eye for composition and tonal value while depicting Monhegan’s distinctive topography and character. Shingled houses, hardworking fishermen, and rugged terrain—these were the subjects that Daniell explored in both crayon drawings and black-and-white photographs. After his Monhegan sojourn, he established a reputation as a keen photographer of authentic, human moments within everyday life. He traveled the world capturing candid moments in a wide range of settings, including Hollywood film sets, metropolitan streets, army bases, and seaside villages. The artist exhibited widely and contributed his images to Time and Life magazines. Though he is best known for his photographs, Daniell was also an avid painter throughout his career. In 1960, returning to the state that had been so meaningful to him at the outset of his career, Daniell moved permanently to Trenton, Maine, where he continued working until his death in 2002.
Please join Åarhus Gallery for an opening reception Friday March 7th, 5-8pm for the kick-off of the sixth annual, ’44N 69W: Radius Belfast’ Show. An all encompassing exhibition celebrating the local creative energies of Maine residents from children to centenarians, amateurs to bigwigs, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast. The show runs from March 6th through March 30th and will be packed with work from potters, painters, welders, woodcarvers, mobile makers, sculptors and knitters. Artworks celebrating and illuminating this vast creative community will be on view and for sale with a charitable percentage of sales and entry fees going to food banks within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. Last year a record 300 pieces of art were exhibited floor to ceiling to the delight of hundreds of visitors, friends and loved ones with consequent sales enabling donations to be made to some of the 40 soup kitchens and food pantries within the thirty mile radius of Belfast under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Food Bank. For more information call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com where a slideshow of current works is available.
This past summer, Isabel Stearns, a young photographer from Simmons College in Boston. drove up to Maine to visit her friend Anna, an apprentice on Four Season Farm on Cape Rosier. Through her friend, she was introduced to the diverse farms in the Penobscot Bay area. Soon Stearns found herself volunteering at Four Season Farm for two weeks alongside eight apprentices. With camera in hand, she had a taste of Maine’s farm life. “The inspiration was my admiration and wonder for the life of an apprentice. I hope to share the beauty I see in their work,” she explained. “Rather than pursuing more financially secure or socially encouraged career paths, the apprentices have chosen to invest their time in a trade which nurtures the land, themselves, and others.” The results are a new show “I Farm Because….” and will be on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast from March 7 through April 28. Each portrait in this exhibit is accompanied by a statement which begins with: “I farm because…” In dialogue with Stearns’ photography, Maine Farmland Trust’s Gallery Curator, Anna Abaldo, has created an interactive response wall so that visitors, too, can tell us why they farm. “Which we hope they do!” said Abaldo. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org
The public is invited to join the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland for the opening reception of “Celebrating LOVE,” an exhibition of Robert Indiana’s work that will be on display from February 14 through March 16. The reception, which is free to all, will take place from 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15.
Billed as “We Love our Community,” the reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a Tunnel of Love, the Windjammer Chorus, prizes, a raffle, and other surprises. “The Farnsworth Art Museum is fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant and artistic community,” commented Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell, “and this is the perfect opportunity to say thank you. It’s our way of giving a Valentine to the many friends and supporters that make the Midcoast such a wonderful place.”
Celebrating Love explores Robert Indiana’s persistent and multi-faceted exploration of his LOVE imagery, among the most recognized images in the history of American art. It features the museum’s LOVE sculpture, along with his Book of LOVE, a portfolio of prints and poems.
The origins of Robert Indiana’s many versions of LOVE can be traced to personal as well as artistic sources. He was raised as a Christian Scientist and in the simple churches he went to during his childhood in Indiana, he took note of the single inscription found in all of them: God is Love. In 1961 he inserted the word in a painting, 4-Star Love, running it across the bottom of the canvas. In 1964, he painted Love is God, rephrasing the words he encountered years earlier in church. Later that year the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned Indiana to do one of its Christmas cards, and in 1965 he produced a red, green, and blue design with the word “love” that established the model for what became one of the most iconic images in American art.
While this event is free to all, reservations are appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, please call membership at 207-596-6256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Valentines Day at the Museum of Art in Bangor, 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Feb 13. Enjoy a festive wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and of course…great art! UMMA Director George Kinghorn will be on hand to point out highlights from the current winter exhibitions: From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection, Hannah Cole: Time’s Wife and Kenny Cole: Parabellum (Prepare for War). Featured artworks for the SweetART Wine Tasting include A Heart on the Rue de Grenelle by Jim Dine and Picnic Set by Patrick Caulfield. Event proceeds benefit UMMA Education and Exhibition outreach programs. Tickets are $15 for individual and $25 for couples. To purchase tickets call 561-3350 or stop by the Museum of Art.
The Sohns Gallery located in The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor presents “Gold Leaf Works by Wendilee Heath O’Brien” with an artist’s reception, artist talk, and demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The show runs from January 6 -March 16. Through her travels to Asia, Wendilee Heath O’Brien learned the art of Kinpakku, Gold Leaf painting. The gold leaf works involve an extensive process beginning with stretching wet paper on a board using seaweed glue. Then 10-14 layers of binder and alum mixed with water prepare the surface, making it waterproof. Onto the last wet coat the metal leaf is floated. Asian art respects the empty space and the quickness of a moment. For more information call 947-2205.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is hosting a Virtual Vacation Dance Party at CMCA in Rockport from 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Put on your tropical wear and dancing shoes and groove to the music of the award-winning Jason Spooner Band. Tickets are $35 ($30 for CMCA members), which includes not only admission to the finest winter party on the mid-coast but also one free raffle ticket, with a grand prize of a real vacation: one week’s accommodations for four at Cane Garden on the Caribbean island of Vieques, a tropical paradise with golden sand beaches and lush palm trees off the coast of Puerto Rico. For more information or to order Virtual Party tickets, visit cmcanow.org . Additional raffle tickets will be available at the dance or can be purchased by calling CMCA at 207-236-2875.
Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens “Winter Colors” Thursday, Feb. 6. “Winter Colors” features paintings by Mitch Billis, Andrea Peters, Phil Barter, Tom Curry, Peter Sculthorpe, and Jessica Stammen in a show that runs through March 29. To those who have never experienced Maine’s longest season, “winter” is synonymous with the absence of color. However, for the artists who live here, winter is permeated with color. Without the omnipresence of green, subtler, more complex shades make themselves known. In “Cold and Clear,” Andrea Peters surrounds fluffy pillows of snow with great splashes of pink, yellow, and aqua. All of these winter paintings are on view at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor through the end of March. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or visit gleasonfineart.com
Bayview Gallery in Brunswick has opened a show for winter-weary local art lovers called “Beyond Winter” featuring scenes from summer. In the words of of gallery owner Susan Robertson-Starr. “We can’t change the weather. Nor can most of us clear our schedules and take off to a tropical paradise for several weeks. We can, however, reflect on the memories of summers past and anticipate the sunny warmth, still a few months away.” Susan invites the public to view images of paintings made when the sun shone high in the sky and warmed the earth. For more information visit bayviewgallery.com
To celebrate the dawning of Chinese New Year and the launch of Maine College of Art’s Year in China, two distinguished figures from the Chinese-American cultural scene. Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac series, will be offering audiences insights into the Year of the Horse. The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it’s the almanac’s predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes. For five years now, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have translated and decoded the almanac’s predictions. The event takes place Thursday, February 13, 12.00 p.m.-1.30pm ICA, Maine College of Art. Free and Open to All
Åarhus Gallery in Belfast, announces a call for art for the all-encompassing 6th Annual show entitled “44N 69W: Radius Belfast.” The exhibition celebrates and illuminates this vast creative community and runs March 6 – 30, with an Opening Reception on Friday March 7th, 5-8 pm. This call is open to all residents of any age or training, from children to bigwigs, living within a 30-mile radius of Belfast, Maine who make art or craft. Artworks must have been created within the last two years but there are no specifications regarding the content of the works. Works in all media are welcomed, will be for sale and should be ready to hang. Up to three entries per person, with a maximum size of 30”each (including frame), all works will be shown at our discretion. There is a $10 entry fee per piece, 3 for $20; children 12 and under $5 per piece. Drop off is at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main Street, Belfast during open hours 11-5:30pm, Thursday February 27th through Sunday March 2nd. Sorry, no mail entries will be accepted. For more information or call 338-0001 during business hours; Thursday through Sunday 11-5:30.
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 email@example.com. 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.