“Fine Art Connoisseur” lauds Zoey Frank at Haynes Galleries

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“Pink and Grey” by Zoey Frank

Read what Fine Art Connoisseur is saying about Zoey Frank’s new show “Exploration and Discoveries“:

At 27 years of age, Zoey Frank is an emerging talent in the world of contemporary representational art. A selection of recent work displays the early manifestations of Frank’s artistic voice.

“Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” runs September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston.

Gleason Fine Art opens “Andrea Peters: Four Seasons”

Andrea Peters at Gleason Fine Art

“A Summer Day” by Andrea Peters

Beginning Thursday, September 4, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens Andrea Peters: Four Seasons, which runs through Tuesday, October 14.

The East Boothbay artist is the veteran of many shows at the gallery. Her bold, brushy landscapes mark her as one of the gallery’s most recognizable artists. Peters is a keen observer of the landscape around her. From her cove in East Boothbay, she paints the views surrounding her home in each season: her flower gardens, the shore’s edge, and her beloved spruce trees. Peters’s paintings are composed for maximum expression. “I push beyond the obvious,” Peters say. When she does so, she creates a seismic shift in the way we see the landscape. The result is a visual extravaganza.

With spring, summer, and fall, Peters dazzles us with a riot of greens, blues, reds, and yellows. With winter, she reminds us of that season’s subtleties. Her sunsets rival nature’s own. Arts reviewer Philip Isaacson wrote of Peters: “Just as the sun indulges itself, so does Peters. Her Maine coast wriggles with color. Hues pile up in layers and then ease their way along the hide of the land. Her style is gestural, spontaneous, and that quality builds a visual tempo. The Maine coast has become a center of visual energy” (Maine Sunday Telegram).

Painting is an evolutionary process for Peters. She forces herself to look afresh at the same view and closely observe each day’s tiny, incremental changes. Her paintings are a triumph, a tribute to her imagination and skilled hands, a perfect expression of one artist’s delight in everything around her. Andrea Peters’s paintings stand out as unique and bold expressions of a highly individualized talent.

Andrea Peters: Four Seasons opens September 4 and runs through October 14. The gallery will participate in Boothbay Harbor’s First Friday celebration on September 5, and then on Friday, September12, the gallery will host a reception for the artist herself, which will run from 5 to 7 pm. The public is most cordially invited to share a glass of wine with Andrea and discuss her remarkable paintings on September 12. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, and check out Andrea Peters’s show, and the gallery’s entire inventory, at gleasonfineart.com.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Participates in Open Lighthouse Day

Barbara Klein

Bristol artist Barbara Klein and other Pemaquid Gallery artists will demonstrate painting on site at Lighthouse Park during the September 13 Open Lighthouse Day Event.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists will be an active participant at the Open Lighthouse Day event on Saturday, September 13 at Lighthouse Park. The celebration of the Pemaquid Lighthouse and its historical significance will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the park during these hours will be free to the general public.

Local artists and members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists will be painting on the site during the event and will be happy to answer questions from observers. Refreshments will be served to visitors at the Gallery, which will be open for its customary hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra L. Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Pemaquid Falls, Julie Babb, Pemaquid, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, Trudi Curtis, Damariscotta, Bill Curtis, Damariscotta, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Viola Glendinning, South Bristol, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Hannah, Bristol, Jean Harris, Damariscotta, Jane Herbert, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Phyllis Loney, Round Pond, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol, Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, New Harbor, Maggie Macy, South Bristol, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Marnie Sinclair, Damariscotta, Pande Stevens, Damariscotta, Ernest T. Thompson, Jr., Bristol, and Bob Vaughan, Bristol.

For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752.

Turning in Your Hand: the Blue Marble Project Opening at Waterfall Arts

 

A new exhibit, Turning in Your Hand: The Blue Marble Project opens on Friday, September 12th with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Waterfall Arts’ Clifford Gallery. Susan Smith, an Intermedia MFA candidate at UMO, coordinated and curated the group show in collaboration with Waterfall Arts. She was inspired by the international Blue Marbles Project, created by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols. Through this simple, neuroscience-based initiative millions of people around the world have shared blue marbles in celebration of our beautiful planet

For the exhibit twenty collaborators were given a blue marble and asked to consider the pale blue dot we call home. Through their diverse responses the artists, writers and activists created a collective voice that speaks about our relationship to the earth and the myriad worlds we inhabit upon this fragile planet. Contributing artist are David Allen, Debbie Arnold, James Chute, Lauren Day, Barbara Denaro, Bethany Engstrom, Kathleen Florance, Lauren Gladstone, Sarah Hollows, Siglinde Langholz, Jessica LeClair, Rachael Nelson, Cara Oleksyk, Heather Perry, Amy Pierce, Robert Saunders, Owen Smith, Susan Smith, Deborah Wing-Sproul and Dudley Zopp.

Written statements will accompany each artist’s work. Robert Saunders wrote that “This Blue Marble project is intended to highlight the daily aspects of one’s life. For the past year I carried my Blue Marble with me everywhere I went as a way of making present my existence on this Larger Blue Marble, and by extension, getting you to think about your existence on this Large Blue Marble and the traces you make.”

The Blue Marble Project will be on display through the 24th of October. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, by appointment and during Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk September 26th until 8 p.m. Waterfall Arts, now in its fifteenth year, provides arts education, gallery exhibitions, studio rentals and community events and is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on exhibitions, fall classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org.

One Artist, two very special talents, at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

Philippe Guillerm

“Sprint II” by Philippe Guillerm

Saturday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., Philippe Guillerm Gallery will host its
last season show with Color Exhibit & Surprise Masterpiece a retrospective
of the 2014 Collection of fun, local and colorful paintings and the
unveiling of a surprise masterpiece by French-born artist Philippe Guillerm.

Philippe Guillerm¹s work includes paintings, sculptures and a vast array of
architectural restoration and decoration details. He is greatly influenced
by his sailing & biking life, and many local colors and themes. His
paintings combine the warm colors of the Caribbean and the very local themes
like The Blue Hands Lobster Man or the underwater view of lobster buoy with
World of Silence. Philippe also has an extreme sense of humor and will make
you smile more than once on seeing his new concept of the Player Piano.

This September 6 event will be another in a series of multiple-gallery
openings including Tidemark Gallery and Old Number Nine in Waldoboro and
Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Friendship.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery hours are 10 to 4, Tuesday through Friday. For
more information, please contact Philippe Guillerm Galley, 882 Main Street,
Waldoboro Village, 701-9085, or visit guillermsculptures.com.

Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare at the Farnsworth

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On Saturday, October 4, to celebrate both the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the 125th anniversary of the Rockland Shakespeare Society, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare. This exhibition will feature approximately thirty works of America’s foremost illustrator of Shakespeare’s plays from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through January 4, 2015.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Malvolio in the dungeon, Twelfth Night – Act III, Scene IV” by Edwin Austin Abbey

Drawn from the largest and most important collection of Abbey’s works, numbering more than 2,500, in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, this exhibition will examine Abbey’s illustrations of many of the best-known scenes in Shakespeare’s plays such as the death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and the murder of Duncan in Macbeth. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, often regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He has been credited with writing around 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, though debate about his authorship continues. His plays, translated into most major living languages, are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Edwin Austin Abbey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852. He began his career as an illustrator for such magazines as Harper’s Weekly and Scribner’s Magazine. He moved to England in 1878 and was made a full member of the Royal Academy in 1898. In 1897, renowned for his work as an illustrator of Shakespeare’s works, Abbey was awarded an honorary M.A. degree by Yale University. In 1937 Abbey’s estate was donated to the Yale University Art Gallery. Founded in 1832, the Gallery is one of the oldest public art museums in the United States.

The exhibition will be celebrated at a free community opening, on Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 p.m., as part of the First Fridays at the Farnsworth. The event will feature community participation in sonnet and script reading, a Shakespeare insult booth, roving minstrels, soft drinks and cookies as well as special store discounts for members. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Paul Cavalli & Jack McKenney and the Goose River Exchange. First Fridays at the Farnsworth is sponsored by The First, N.A.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Lady Macbeth: “Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers…,”, Act II, Scene II, Macbeth” by Edwin Austin Abbey

Carver Hill opening for “Daniel Anselmi: Monhegan Island Series”

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Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show opening on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The artist will be present from 5 – 8 PM. Refreshments will be served. The show, MONHEGAN ISLAND SERIES and OTHER WORKS, will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.

The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.

There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that makes these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.

Daniel has had three museum shows in 15 months, including the University of New England, Portland, ME Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, The Portland Public Library, Portland, ME and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Collage x 10, Lewis Gallery, and The I-95 Triennial, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.
Daniel succeeds with this highly sophisticated and cohesive show. His years of attention and focus on his craft reward us with pleasant surprises that come only from many hours of trial and error. Show runs through October 1.

http://www.carverhillgallery.com

September “Third Thursday” Program at the PMA

Portland Museum of Art

On Thursday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), join the #ThirdThursPMA crowd as we head back to school with a special party for artists, creators, and craftspeople of all kinds! The folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply will take over the museum, offering soft-linoleum printing for all ages and sketching activities in the galleries. Get creative while listening to the progressive sounds of hip-hop instrumentalists Jaw Gems as they play a rare set in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, and start the school year in style. It’s going to be the party of the season. Free for college students with valid I.D. For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

#ThirdThursPMA is a monthly party at the PMA with live music, unique programming, and community collaborations. It happens on the third Thursday of every month, is open to the public, and is included in your museum admission—which is always free for members. Stay up late with the PMA as we keep our galleries open until 9 p.m., allowing #ThirdThursPMA partygoers after-hours viewings of our extensive collection and special exhibitions. Start your weekend early with #ThirdThursPMA.

The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates the 2014 early fall season with an opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, featuring the work of Adele Ursone, Mary Aro, Jeff Loxterkamp, and a group show of small works by gallery artists. Please visit theturtlegallery.com for more information, or call 348 9977. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle road. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2 – 6.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions”

Lilian Day

“Crow and the Quiet Arc” by Lilian Day Thorpe

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to introduce the photography of “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions“. The exhibition will run through September 14. Thorpe is a photographer from Brooksville, Maine, who is based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated in May with highest honors from Pratt Institute where she majored in photography and minored in art history. For her recent body of work titled “Soft Fictions”, Thorpe created fictional landscapes that were photographic montages of her imagined Utopia. Thorpe was awarded a residency from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. In September, she will be continuing her work on “Soft Fictions” for a month in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

Last Week to View “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries

“Sunset, Fifield Point” by Jon Imber

Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting…..a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber’s Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

Call for Participants: 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association has partnered with the Maine Brewers’ Guild to present the 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend on Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12th. We are making it a whole weekend this year uniting Maine craft and craft beer! Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists & breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time!

In 2013 we initiated the program and scheduled it to coincide with American Craft Week a national effort to drive visibility of craft businesses, locations, processes, and traditions. In our first year we had 84 participants, an interactive online map, radio and print promotion thanks to funding from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Community Foundation.

The MCA is committed to promoting and organizing Maine Craft Weekend as an annual event for years to come. We are working on funding and partnerships that will help promote, grow, and sustain Maine Craft Weekend 2014 and beyond!

“Spirit Encounters” Coming to Northern Lights Gallery

"Spirit Encounters" at Northern Lights Gallery

Will Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American carvings draw collectors and admirers of NW coast style art from Oregon to Maine.

Northern Lights Gallery opens Spirit Encounters, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine.

All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art.

More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others.

“My hope,” says Dixon, whose training is also in theology and psychotherapy, “is to capture the imagination of the observer; to provide an experience of wonder, delight, and spiritual encounter; and to evoke a shared admiration for the traditions of an ancient, vibrant and soulful culture.”

Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Dixon will present a talk on the history of Pacific North West art, technique and the stories that he carves during opening night.

Will Dixon’s works are found in the Garibaldi Museum, and in private collections in Europe, Canada and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon and on the Oregon coast with his wife Betsy.

Northern Lights Gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, as well as fine contemporary art that convey profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. For more information on this event, please call 207-338-3088 or e-mail karen@northernlightsgallery.org.

Guest Artist Ed McCartan Exhibits in Sarah’s Café

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“In the Autumn of Our Years” by Ed McCartan

When artist Ed McCartan was preparing a presentation for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell about looking at abstract art, the gallery described his work as incorporating “botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery, using abstract layering and sumi brushwork techniques. Ed likes to experiment with alternate techniques, such as stenciling, woodcut and stamping within his paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and panel.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature a selection of paintings by Ed McCartan during the August 28 event, from 5-8pm. His work will be exhibited on the walls of Sarah’s Café at 45 Water St. in Wiscasset Village.

The artist, who lives in Brunswick and has a studio in the mill at Ft. Andross, explains that his work represents his exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. “I often use the double image because I am interested in the ‘dialogue’ that this creates between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns, flowers, etc. leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.”

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“Joy of a New Day” by Ed McCartan

McCartan has exhibited extensively throughout eastern United States and Canada and locally in galleries located in Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Wiscasset among other numerous mid-coast locations. He’s been a life-long teacher – of studio art and art history – now retired, but continues to offer workshops and private lessons at his studio and through courses at Midcoast Senior College in Bath.

McCartan’s art gives expression to his interests in philosophy, theology, and education. About his work, the artist says, “I go to nature and the possibilities inherent in the materials for inspiration. It is an ongoing endeavor.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” and opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style, and Constance Kiermaier who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

“DUET: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman” Opens at Betts Gallery

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Mysterious Musician” by Kathy Weinberg

The two-person show at Betts Gallery in Belfast includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s work includes painting, sculpture and photography. She is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Knights Move” by Jeffrey Ackerman

The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn showing in Kennebunkport

Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunkport shows paintings by Sandra Leinonen Dunn September 13 through October 13, with an opening receptions is September 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Maine Art Gallery

“Brilliant Orange Poppies” by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine painter. Her works are part of private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is a published children’s book illustrator, best known for her illustrations in The Henhouse and The Live Bale of Hay (both by author Carol Dean, published by Downeast Publishing). She operates a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sandra Dunn’s paintings are impressionistic in feel. Her brushstrokes and use of color are loose and light- creating the feeling that the brush has danced across the forms being painted. Sandra Leinonen Dunn’s work is a celebration of color, and a meditation on the happiness found in that which is beautiful to the eye.

Sandra is also an educator. She has taught art in the public school system for the past 15 years and has given art lessons and workshops outside the school setting. Her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree is from the University of Southern Maine. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her art education includes studying at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Whitelands College in London, Maine College of Art , the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Round Top Center for the Arts.

”As an art educator I have found teaching to be a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am always interested in learning different art forms in order to expand my own knowledge and skills, which enables me to share these art forms with my students. I paint in a realistic though somewhat impressionistic style and the focus of most of my painting is on nature. I work in both water colors and acrylics, and my preferred subjects are still life and landscapes. My work in photography has inspired me as an artist, and has allowed me to observe in great detail the wonderful design and beauty in nature.”

Philip Frey Artist Talk at Courthouse Gallery

Philip Frey at Courthouse Gallery

“Evening Drift” by Philip Frey

Philip Frey will give a talk at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Frey will talk about his new work, which is currently highlighted at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled “In the Moment”. The event is free and open to the public.

For his new body of work, artist Philip Frey turns his focus toward movement—water sparkles, objects are no longer inert, and large unencumbered areas free of figures leave Frey plenty of room to work his magic when he tones wide spaces devoid of detail with bold color and shimmering hues. In the essay from the exhibition catalog art historian and critic Daniel Kany says: “His forms and figures are impressively economical and yet readily legible: This is particularly notable in his figurative works like “One, Two, Three, Go!” featuring a group of youths on a pier who are uncannily well-rendered in their poses, gestures, weights and actions despite being no more fussed over with the brush than any other elements in the painting…Moreover, Frey clearly enjoys the back-and-forth between art and nature: Some of his strongest and smartest recent works feature a series of ice fishing shacks he associates with Mondrian’s iconic grids or Malevich’s Suprematist geometry.”

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

First Fridays Arts Tour highlights fine art in the Boothbay Region

Joy to the Wind Gallery

“Blue Rain Barrel” by John M. T Seitzer

September 5 from 2-9 p.m. this free, self guided tour offers new art exhibits, open house receptions and artist demonstrations. Enjoy the variety 12 galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula.

Follow the Art Trail map provided in the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide and find a complete list of each months participating galleries in the Boothbay Register or pick one up at most galleries. Plan your day or evening around several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for evening receptions.

Sept 5, 2014 Participating Galleries & Studios: Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Joy To The Wind Gallery, Macdonald Stained Glass , Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, Butke Gallery, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Fortunate Chance Gallery, Paradise Studio and Studio 684 Paintings& More.

Renee Magritte next Artist Video at Barn Gallery

Barn Gallery Art & Artist Video Series

Monsieur Renee Magritte is the subject of the September 3 Art Video at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. The Barn Gallery is located on Bourne Lane at Shore Road and the film begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Members of the Ogunquit Art Association will be on hand to lead the discussion about the film.