PMA Opens Family Space: Playing with Collections

Portland Museum of Art

Just in time for the new school year, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has opened a family exhibition PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections. The PMA collection includes more than 18,000 objects and is made up of many kinds of art: painting, sculpture, prints, photography, glass, ceramics, and furniture. Families are invited to closely examine objects from the PMA’s permanent collection and to sharpen their looking skills by making comparisons. They can curate their own collections and use the gallery cards to explore the PMA collection and to apply these looking skills to other works of art. Located in the PMA’s McLellan House and based upon play, fun, and curiosity, this lab of hands-on activities and games is designed for families to experiment and create their own art. PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections is on view through February 28, 2015.

Celebrate Autumn with Belfast Final Fridays Art Walk

Enjoy an evening of Autumn air and visual delights during Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk Septemeber 26 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.! Over 20 downtown galleries participate in the Final Fridays Art Walks in downtown Belfast, Maine. Look for the blue flags! Enjoy the paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, assemblage, and fine craft of local Maine artists, all on display in Belfast’s downtown galleries. The Final Fridays Art Walk will also feature local performers, sharing a variety of talents including music and dance. Join teaching artist Bridget Matros for an all-ages hands-on activity for the artist in everyone! Parents can get tips on family-friendly galleries to visit and how to enjoy the Art Walk with kids. Bus groups are welcomed. Free!

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Fresh Cup Gallery  is proud to announce the addition of works by local artist Gabriella D’Italia. D’Italia’s professional practice began with an emphasis on fiber, especially quilting techniques, which has earned her membership in Maine’s longstanding craft guilds such as The Maine Crafts Guild and the Maine Crafts Association. The conceptual nature of D’Italia’s practice has expanded her range of materials and techniques, and although she still uses labor intensive, repetitive processes in most work, it now includes video, writing, and installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally as well as in Maine. Fresh Cup is also proud to exhibit new works from local potters Nate Willever, Paige Pride, Adam Bogosian, and Cory Upton-Cosulich.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 1940’s and 50’s, are also included.

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Quench: Provisions for the Savvy on Beaver Street will open Artfully Orchestrated: Illustrations on Vintage Sheet Music by Jessica Harris. Harris’s ink and watercolor illustrations of animals, plants, and garden fairiest on a piece of vintage music sheet work in unison to create a collective dynamic between art and music.

The last Final Fridays Art Walk for 2014 will be October 31, Halloween!
For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

37 Artists Celebrate KLT Anniversary at Harlow

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“Sunlight in the Woods” by Cheryl Cayer

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents an art exhibition from October 12 – November 1, 2014, featuring artwork by 37 artists depicting or inspired by the many properties owned by the KLT that are open to the public.

A public reception at the Harlow Gallery on Sunday, October 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. will coincide with the opening of a related benefit exhibition supporting the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill across the street at Slates Restaurant. The receptions are both free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery.

The work to be included in exhibition was submitted in response to an open call for artists. Out of 92 submissions, 53 works of art were selected to be included in the exhibition. The selection committee included Jym St Pierre and Brenda Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery. Artists whose work will be on view at the Harlow Gallery (by town) include:

Augusta: Robin Miller
Belfast: Julie Cyr
Biddeford: Roland Salazar Rose
Brunswick: Monika Kirtland
Farmingdale: Johanna Moore
Gardiner: Aleana Chaplin, James Magure, Tanya Russell, Kay Morris (West Gardiner) and from SpinOff Studios: Kimberly Christensen, Sheri Davis, Lauren St. Pierre and Micah Webbert
Hallowell: Nancy Bixler and Nancy McGinnis
Kents Hill: Babs Wheelden
Litchfield: William Ash
Livermore Falls: Cindy Langewisch
New Sharon: Angie Blevins
Oakland: Glenn LeBlanc
Pittston: Judith Schuppien
Portland: Sarah Cecil
Readfield: Marc Loiselle and Jean Scudder
Rome: Pierre Lavalle
Sidney: Phil Downes
Solon: Ramona du Houx
Tenants Harbor: Hannah Nelsbach
Waterville: Cheryl Cayer
Wayne: Jane Davis
Winslow: Kenneth Piccini
Winthrop: Richard William Blanchard, Mark W. Christopher, Penny Markley and Kerry Wilkins-Deming (East Winthrop)
and Suzanne Kelly from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Art Space opens 4 artists for October

Art Space Gallery invites you to an opening reception on First Friday, October 3, from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Please join us to see new work from October’s featured artists Lauren Gill, Judith Herman, Penny Markley, and Kay Sullivan.

Lauren Gill returns from sabbatical for our October show. She will be showing primarily autumn flavored paintings, one of her favorite subjects.

Judith Herman is using watercolor to explore the nuances of irises. The innate character of the medium allows Herman to granulate and charge color into her paintings for dimension and depth.

Landscape painter Penny Markley is focusing on fresh and saltwater marshes. With their texture and changing colors, Markley appreciates marshes’ importance as habitat for a variety of creatures.

Kay Sullivan makes drawings and paintings from nature. Working mainly in pastels, she strives to maintain a balance between her materials and subject in order to portray nature’s energy.

Art Space Gallery hours October 1-15: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.; October 18 through December: Fridays & Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, across from the Strand Theatre. For more information on the Gallery and our artists, visit us at ArtSpaceMaine.com.

Be a part of the LIVE audience for the BCC Inspire-a-thon

Come be part of the live audience for the Belfast Creative Coalition’s first INSPIRE-A-THON, an old-fashioned telethon that will be broadcast live over BCTV2 and streamed live over the internet from Troy Howard Middle School stage on Sunday, September 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Co-hosts Chris Quimby and John Burstein will be coordinating all the action of the live performances, while the 2014 Cultivate Preview Party will be happening in the school’s gymnasium and an animal exhibit with horse rides on the grounds.

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Breanna Pinkham Bebb on Ukelele, photo by Lorain Francis

Many of you remember what fun it was to see kids, grandkids, colleagues and neighbors share their talent live from a local TV station’s studios to support a worthy cause. Before the big celebrities, before the national sponsorships, it was all about showcasing the skills, inventiveness and abilities within one’s own community. This time, live operators will be taking pledges through the bank of cell phones.

As a live audience member enjoy comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, fashion yoga, mimes, fencing, dancers, and visual artists. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. Visit the Art Table, pet a llama and enjoy samples of fine art, handmade products and homegrown food at the Cultivate Preview Party. Prizes will be given out through out the day – so stick around!

To that end, the INSPIRE-A-THON will be an all-encompassing event: a showcase for local talent, a preview of the 2014 Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail in October, and to serve as a membership fundraising drive for the Coalition. For more information go to BelfastCreativeCoalition.org or email info@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

RSVP on Belfast Creative Coalition’s Facebook page under the – Inspire-a-thon Event.

Inspire-a-thon is made possible by BCC’s funders, sponsors and partners:
Troy Howard Middle School,Camden National Bank (Children’s Art Table), Unity Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Seeger Solutions Photography, Waterfall Arts, Chris Quimby I-Cracked iPhone Repair, and the City of Belfast.Thank you to our media sponsors:Courier Publications and BCTV2. And special Thank you to the totally inspired coordinator of the Inspir-a-thon and BCC board member, Elaine Bielenberg.

Michael Alpert and Jemma Gascoine at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery welcomes Michael Alpert of Bangor and Jemma Gascoine of Blanchard as their guest artists for the month of October. The show runs from September 30 through November 2nd with an opening reception on Friday October 3rd, 5 – 8 p.m.

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“Life Studies (Architectonica Chipolana)” by Michael Alpert

Art is, and can be, many things. If it is one thing, it could be described as our most intimate expressions. Not in a bedroom sense, but in the revelations of our naked truths sense; truths about ourselves as revealed in our skin and bones, the very humanness we have inherited from our ancient ancestors, and that they inherited from theirs. When it comes to the skin and bones of invertebrates, they are one and the same – imagine the intimacy! Michael Alpert’s black and white photographic portraits of fossilized mollusks capture more than the imagination though. They invite us in to muse over these little frozen cornucopias of energy, and quietly reveal with finesse and sensitivity, the beauty of naked simplicity, and our intimate connection to marine life on earth no matter how long ago it lived.

Michael Alpert was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1945 and has worked for most of his adult life as a writer, publisher, and visual artist. Under the imprint Theodore Press/Sarah Books, he has published letterpress and artist’s books. Alpert has also been the occasional designer and production manager for books published by Stephen King’s Philtrum Press and oversaw the 1997 production of Stephen King’s e-book, The Plant. Awards granted to Alpert’s publications include the Stephen Harvard Prize for Excellence in the Book Arts, and First Prize for Book Publications from the New England Museum Association in 2005 for A Maine Portfolio, published by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Since 1995, Alpert has been employed as Director of the University of Maine Press.

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Georgia vase by Jemma Gascoine

In syzygial contrast, Jemma Gascoine’s pedestal ceramic pieces are colorful and lighthearted, with a sophisticated nod toward architecture and classical forms. “It’s exhilarating being on the wheel and having clay spin through your fingers,” says Gascoine, “It’s a physical manifestation of your energy… ”

Jemma Gascoine, born in 1973 in Surrey, UK has been creating and selling her ceramic sculpture and her utilitarian work since 2001, when she moved from London, England to the woods of Maine. Gascoine has shown her work regularly from Portland to Millinocket, with a 2012 solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art entitled, SlabWaltz.

So manifest your energy into Åarhus and make an intimate connection to this terrific show.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

Betts Gallery features local artists in “Cut & Paste”

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This ubiquitous term, “cut and paste,” commonly associated with a few clicks of a mouse, has been masterfully translated by five local artists into a compelling exhibition of works using a variety of imaginative techniques. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the challenge using media ranging from steel to lace, fossil fuels to antique books and more. Works by Daniel Anselmi, Beth Henderson, Bennett Konesni, Abbie Read and Norman Tinker are featured in the Show which will run from September 24 through October 31. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 26, from 5:30 to 8 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.

Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer

New Work by Colin Page and Thomas Connolly at Greenhut Galleries

Call For Artists: Inspired By Katahdin

Harlow Gallery

“Spring Comes to Katahdin” by Judy Taylor

The Harlow Gallery invites Maine artists to submit work to the upcoming exhibition “Inspired by Katahdin” to be presented in partnership with brothers David & Carl Little in November 2014.

Artist and author David Little has long been inspired by Maine’s tallest mountain, so much so that he wrote a book, Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region published by DownEast Books in 2013. The book follows a historic timeline using art inspired by the majestic mountain, as well as a collection of Katahdin literature, photography, graphics, maps and more, and was edited by Carl Little.

Submissions are being accepted via email through October 1, 2014. The exhibition will be on view November 7 – 29, 2014. The public reception on Friday, November 7, 5 – 8 p.m. will feature a book signing with David & Carl Little.

Other Opportunities in the Area:

The Augusta Downtown Alliance’s Design Committee and key community partners host the third annual Light on Water Art Walk on Water Street in downtown Augusta on Thursday, November 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many businesses on Water Street are interested in hosting various artists, musicians, and performers for this event.

Fall Workshops at Engine: Professional Development for Maine Creatives & Artists.
This series of workshops were developed to support artists, artisans, designers and other creatives and supplement their creative practices. From workshops to multi-session classes, creatives will learn and hone their skills to better suit their growing practices and businesses.

Pastel Painters Of Maine members and the public are invited to attend a panel discussion, “Parameters of Pricing Art – A Panel Discussion,” with gallery owners Keith Oehmig and Beth Newman, and artists Suzanne deLesseps and Peesh Rewak McClanahan. This free meeting will be held Thursday, October 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Patten Free Library Community Room in Bath. The focus of the presentation will be on elements artists and gallery owners weigh when pricing fine art. Variables may include an artwork’s size, medium, cost of materials, time expended, the artist’s sales record, appeal of a type of art, state of the economy, and many more. Subjective and ethical aspects of pricing art will also be explored.

Mainely Brews Restaurant in Waterville is looking for exhibiting artists.
Located in the historic Post Office building in downtown Waterville, Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse offers first-rate food, the finest ales, and the best live music in Central Maine. The tavern-style set up and friendly staff create a warm and welcoming environment. Artwork will hang in a function room called The Vault. This roomy dining area with pub-style seating and full windows is an ideal place for the whole family, private parties and business functions. The Vault can accommodate 18-25 framed pieces and has an art hanging system with security locks. Art must be PG-13 and artist must provide a price list and number sheet. Mainely Brews would like to sell art off the wall, as is.
For complete information contact Luke Duplessis at 692-7955 or mainelybrewsrestaurant@gmail.com.

What’s for Dinner? Suppahtime at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

Everyone is invited to Suppahtime, an AAAAH event, on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. AAAAH is an acronym for Affordable All Ages Art Happenings with multi-sensory, immersive party-events for everyone, brought to you by Waterfall Arts and Bridget Matros, producer of memorable amusements for the masses. These events are part of Waterfall Arts’ community outreach, designed to give everyone access to cool, one-of-a-kind events

This one, SUPPAHTIME, is the no-holds-barred community dining experience you’ve been waiting for YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Mainers love pot lucks and community dinners… but most have unwritten rules about playing with your food. That’s no fun! Join us at our super-long dinner table where it’s ok to get a little wacky with your edibles! First course: make anything you like with one ingredient: Play Dough. Second course: “real food” pot luck. Bring something to share! Dessert: What can YOU create on YOUR plate, with a few sweet items? Prizes for most artful, structurally sound, and least appetizing creations!

AAAAH events, with all their wacky, creative fun are $5 for adults at the door, $3 for kids under 13, and crawlers get in free. All ages are welcome.

For Suppahtime, bring some supper-food to share, with a label. At this green event, we’ll supply the plates and silverware but you must WYOP (wash yer own plate). Don’t worry… that part will be interesting too.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit waterfallarts.org or call (207) 338-2222.

The Anon Show Opens at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

A new exhibit, The Anon Show, will open at Waterfall Arts on Friday, September 26 with an opening from 5 to 8 p.m. The premise of the show is to feature work done by artists in something other than their customary style. Artwork will be identified with title, medium and date of execution only. Part of the fun will be guessing who made each piece.

Participating artists include Kris Engman, David Estey, Deanne Dutton, Mike Fletcher, Mark Kelly, Jim Wolfe, Abbie Read, Linda Stec, Gabriel D’Italia, Lesia Sochor, Karin Otto, Lorna Crichton, Liv Kristin Robinson, Gilbert Welch, Bridget Matros, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Denise Remy, Rachael Donovan, Alan Crichton, Nancy Morgan Barnes and others. The show will be on display through the end of the year.

An Anon artist’s salon is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm to provide an opportunity to discuss the show and share thoughts and insights. The salon is open to everyone.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call (207) 338-2222.

Summer Island Studio opens Susan Zimmerman

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“Ewe Comin?” by Susan Zimmerman

Local Artist Susan Zimmerman of Five Islands, Georgetown will be joining us at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans the month of October. Artist Reception will be held the night of Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk, which will be October 10,
From 5 to 8 p.m., wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served and live music of
Carter Ruff can be heard.

Susan works from her little studio tucked between two coves in Georgetown where you find plenty of subjects to work with, islands, beaches, working waterfronts, estuaries and lily ponds. She calls including people and animals in her work good company. She fills her paintings with things she loves, often painting from a subject to portray something that touches her heart, or tells a story. Zimmerman paints the landscapes and the people of Maine. Making every effort to escape absolute realism, by the use of abstract design and color. Her goal is to have people feel the experience, and to imagine the stories, to connect to what makes living in Maine so incredible!

2014 Biennial Exhibition Opens at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2014 Biennial Exhibition opens Saturday, September 27, with an artists’ reception from 4 to 6:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place at CMCA at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport.

The exhibition includes work by 28 artists, chosen by jurors Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Deborah Weisgall, arts and culture writer for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The New Yorker. Gross and Weisgall noted that the work in this Biennial includes a wide range of materials in a “surprising array of forms.” They said the exhibition “offers a sense of what artists working in Maine are thinking, feeling, and seeing: what has captured their attention — and ours.”

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“Some bring gifts, 2456708.562500″ by Leah Gauthier

More than 475 artists applied for the 2014 CMCA Biennial Exhibition. The artists whose work is included this year are Jeffrey Becton of Deer Isle; Emily Brown of South Montville; Stephanie Cardon of Cushing; Cole Caswell, Adriane Herman, John Knight, and Adam John Manley of Portland; Anne-Claude Cotty of Stonington; Cynthia Davis of Harpswell; Scott Davis of Rockland; Susan Dewsnap of Lewiston; Leah Gauthier and Bridget Spaeth of Brunswick; Lauren Gillette of York; Linda Mahoney of Waldoboro; Fred Michel of Westbrook; Munira Naqui of Falmouth; Sean Patrick O’Brien of Freeport; Jordie Oetken of Skowhegan; Jan Owen and Dennis Pinette of Belfast; Shannon Rankin of Rangeley; Meryl Ruth of Cumberland; Barbara Sullivan of Solon; Daphne Taylor of Montville; Sharon Townshend of Pownal; Jennifer Wilkey of Wiscasset; and Jeff Woodbury of South Portland.

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“Small Craft #1″ by Adam John Manley

CMCA has held juried Biennial exhibitions since 1970. They are open to artists working in all media who have strong connections with Maine, and they include works that were created within the previous two years. The 2014 Biennial Exhibition will be on view through December 7. For information about artist talks and other events connected with the Biennial, visit cmcanow.org. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Exhibition galleries are open Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $5; CMCA members free.

TIMA hosts Joanne Kaliontzis for Artist Talk

Joanne Kaliontzis at StudioWorks

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) has hosted Joanne Kaliontzis, a Boston-based graphic designer and artist, as the September StudioWorks artist-in-residence. Kaliontzis has been working on layered digital collages while in Eastport, drawing inspiration from TIMA’s collection of sardine labels and cans, as well as labels and postcards from local collections. The public is invited to come see some of the new work and hear Kaliontzis give an artist talk titled “Fish Tales,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 25, at StudioWorks, 48 Water Street in downtown Eastport. For more information, please visit tidesinstitute.org or call (207) 853-4047.

VoxPhotographs hosting grand opening + URBAN photo show

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After 7 years as a private gallery in Portland, VoxPhotographs is hosting a grand opening event and reception at its new retail gallery space in Portland on September 18, 4-7 with URBAN – featuring 60 photo-based images by 15 Maine artists.

“The move to 334 Forest Avenue and The Portland Design Center (formerly Pier One) and sharing retail space with Jan Robinson’s EcoHome Studio/Showroom is timely,” Heather Frederick, founder and gallery director says.”With over 50 linear feet of wall space, as well as a library of portfolios showcasing the work of all 34 Maine artists whose work the gallery represents, we are expanding our reach to the consumer.” While Maine’s design community continues to define the customer base of the gallery, Frederick believes the new public space will also encourage individual collectors to explore what is available in a welcoming environment.

URBAN is not a documentary photography exhibit, Frederick clarifies. “URBAN will demonstrate the visions of Maine’s fine art photographers in the age of digital darkroom, and the breadth of styles, presentation and subject matter will be surprising, I can assure you.”

URBAN is on view through November 4. Call 207-323-1214, or explore www.voxphotographs.com  for more information.

Haynes Galleries presents Master Pastelist Cindy House

Cindy House at Haynes Galleries

 

THOMASTON, Maine— Travel through the variety and splendor of the New England landscape during Haynes Galleries latest vignette shows. The masterful pastels of Cindy House are presented Upstairs at Haynes in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.” This show is presented in conjunction with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” and is on view until September 27 at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

Cindy House renders the streams, fields, and shores of northeast in such exquisite detail that viewers can almost feel the elements. A native of Rhode Island, House has been in tune with nature for most of her life. As a child she explored the woods near her home and later she studied wildlife biology at the University of Maine. Her artistic career began as an illustrator of bird guides, where she honed the highly detailed style she presents in her pastels today.

Her landscapes take the medium beyond the loose, quick rendering viewers might be used to from pastels. In House’s skilled hands, a lone elm stands tall and proud amongst wild grass while a mist rolls down the distant hills. In Common Elders, gulls rest on the lichen-covered rocks as ocean waves come in. Each detail is captured exactly as it appears.

But the photographic realism of these tranquil landscapes is balanced with pristine beauty of House’s scenes. As House says, “to paint the beauty of the land…captures an image for the viewer to contemplate.”

House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Her honors include acceptance into numerous juried pastel competitions and she recently won the Prix de Pastel at the exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

This exhibition is not only a chance for viewers to dive into House’s work, but also an invitation to look pause and reflect on the natural world around them.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit ://www.haynesgalleries.com/> or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com.

 

 

 

First Annual “International Hope Day” Set to Kick Off in Maine

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The First annual “International HOPE Day,” the brainchild of New York art publisher Michael McKenzie, is scheduled to take place with a series of events and unveilings in New York, Munich, Miami and Maine on Saturday, September 13th. Featuring artist Robert Indiana’s HOPE, the first annual event will take place on the artist’s 86th birthday, which he will celebrate on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. The artist is scheduled to make a public appearance from noon – 1:00 p.m. outside Star of Hope, his longtime residence and studio on Main Street, where he will sign commemorative posters and prints featuring the HOPE image, and pose for photo opportunities alongside a large HOPE sculpture that was installed for the event.

In coming up with the concept for “International HOPE Day,” McKenzie was acting upon an announcement by Indiana in 2011 stating that his goal was “to cover the earth with HOPE and bring hope to every country in the world.” Following the template of “Earth Day International,” McKenzie envisions an event that gains momentum with each passing year and is non-denominational, crossing all faiths and creeds, ages and beliefs, and serves as one day of inspiration to bring hope in its essence to every corner and concern of the globe, just as Webster defined it, Hope is the desire for something positive to happen and the belief that it will.

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In addition to the events in Maine, a monumental 10’ high, two-ton metal HOPE sculpture in Indiana’s signature colors of red and blue will be installed on the corner of 53rd and Broadway in New York City. The installation will take place in advance of HOPE day, on Thursday, August 11th, with a team of HOPEFULs on hand to greet media from noon to 4:00 p.m. Similar installations and events are planned for Munich, Caracas and Miami and will be featured All profits from the sales of HOPE memorabilia will be distributed to a variety of charities, including Vinalhaven Medical Facility and Partners In Education (PIE). As HOPE day grows, additional charities and sponsors will be named, all of which will eventually tie into the permanent creation of The Robert Indiana Museum at the Star of Hope.

Indiana, who is best known for his iconic LOVE image from the 1960s, felt the need in the new millennium which brought so many changes, from the September 11, 2001 WTC attack to the stock market crash and war, to create and introduce the image of HOPE in 2008. The artist has referred to HOPE as “the long-awaited sibling of LOVE.” “Robert Indiana has been on the forefront of societal change since the sixties,” said McKenzie, “when spreading the message of LOVE was the antidote to growing pains in the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Peace movements. Forty years hence, Indiana at once acknowledges progresses made, while still perceiving the struggles of many in this time of war and economic hardship. ‘International HOPE Day’ is a call to looking forward and striving for a better For further information and interviews with Mr. Indiana and Mr. McKenzie, contact Kathleen Rogers, KLR Communications Inc. (207) 667-0733, Ext. 11 or email kat@klrcomm.com.

Deer Isle Artists Association Presents “Mixer”

The Deer Isle Artists Association’s new exhibit, “Mixer,” opens September 5 and runs through September 18. The show presents a wide “mix” of subjects and mediums created by both professional and emerging artists who reside at least part time in this area.

While the theme unifies the exhibit, viewers will discover that each artist interprets this theme in a unique manner. Diane de Grasse notes,

“The Mixer show works for me since I will be showing a mix of mediums: oils, pastels and watermedia; and a mix of subject matter from still life to landscape and figures. Since I choose only subjects that really grab me, they come from anywhere and I use any media that best suits my feeling for the image.”

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“Little Music Man, Italy” by Diane de Grasse

Other DIAA painters with very different styles, including Don Bardole, David Kofton, Deborah Lothrop and Leslie Anderson will also have work displayed at the gallery.

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“Salt Marsh, Mill Island 1″ by Don Bardole

Don Bardole is known for creating representational images in oil. These include landscape, seascape, and cityscapes, while David Kofton is particularly recognized for capturing the emotions, as well as the beauty, of his subjects. Leslie Anderson works in both oils and watercolors, creating moods by juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color. Deborah Lothrop’s offerings are watercolors that focus upon aquatic imaginings. For example, “What the Moon Saw” is a painting of sailing at night, and which “is actually a color exercise exploring so-called color intervals which at the last moment hinted at an image. It may also be experienced as a respite from a sometimes harshly lit world.” Similarly, “The Regatta is a watercolor study of blue movement made active with yellow.”

In a different medium, DIAA member, Arlyss Becker, has used the “Mixer” theme to extend her exploration of distinctive papermaking. “The ‘Lobstah Tales’ series tells the stories of a lobstah’s life using handmade paper to show the life stages.”

Pat Roth, who summers on Dunham Point in Deer Isle, will add photographs to the mix that are of everyday scenes around the island. Other artists in the show include Eileen Ahern, Michael DeMatteo, Dorothy Doubleday, Grace Konecny , Corey Paradise, Carolyn Raedle, and Oscar Turner.

The show will run from September 5 through September 18. The DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, in Deer Isle village, is open daily from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

High Street Studio & Gallery thrilled about “Patchwork of Color”

“Patchwork of Color: Quilts As Inspiration” is on display at High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast through September 24.

“I am really excited about this show. The idea came about when I heard about the Gee’s Bend women teaching a workshop at the Fiber College. Then I was asked to teach a painting workshop linking with the Gee’s Bend Quilts. So the idea was floating in my head when Diane Savona walked into the gallery..(I had never met her.) I think her work and story is incredible and am so glad to have my gallery take a part in sharing it. Then Dianne Hire agreed to come on board as did Jerri Finch and Leslie Volpe. Quilts have been a part of my history as I own one made by my grandmother which became the treasured cuddly “nanny quilt” for my children, a signature quilt created for my grandma when she was married by the ladies of the church where my Great grandfather was a minister and one created by my husbands great great grandmother… so I am thrilled to be having this show.” Susan Tobey White

Diane Hire at High Street Studio & Gallery on facebook

“Hurricane Barb Hits the Coast” by Diane S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire is the author of Quilters Playtime, Games for Quiltmakers and editor of Oxymoron a collection of absurdly logical quilts. She is also an international award winning fiber artist.

Jerri’s first part of her art career was spent creating large air brushed fabric paintings selling to the corporate market. Her relatively recent discovery of oils has led to another path of working on a much smaller scale using her surroundings as inspiration. Quilts have appeared in her work often.

Jeanne Dawson is an annual exhibitor at High Street Studio and Gallery. This year, as a former fiber artist, she joins us in honoring quilts as well as having her own show, Domestications which includes her colorful florals, picnic scene and even a red refrigerator.

Portland Museum of Art Launches New and Enhanced Website

PMA press release

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to announce the launch of the museum’s new website and online presence, PortlandMuseum.org. Offering users a fresh way to interact with the PMA, PortlandMuseum.org is at the forefront of how museums’ collections, resources, and missions are presented online. Modern and clean, the interface is designed to function flawlessly across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and smartphone—and is filled with beautiful art and engaging content.

PortlandMuseum.org makes it easy to explore events, exhibitions, and the museum’s extensive permanent collection, providing a new, online home for the PMA that keeps pace with the museum’s national reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country.

Functionality and design highlights include:

• a strong focus on art and images.
• responsive design, which ensures an optimal experience regardless of device.
• dynamic content throughout the site, which provides relevant content where you’d expect to see it and helps you discover information that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
PMA Blog—a place to get the inside scoop on all things PMA.
• enhanced video and audio integration, which brings the PMA to life.
• advanced search functionality, which provides unprecedented access to the museum.
• built for integration of the ongoing collection digitization project for PMA 2016.

The website was designed by Might & Main, an award-winning branding and design firm in Portland, Maine.