Tollef Runquist Show Opening at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host Tollef Runquist for the month of October.

Tollef Runquist at Dowling Walsh Gallery

“Double Cat” by Tollef Runquist

“This work, a selection of pieces from the past year, reflects my ongoing interest in aspects of the decorative, textile design, repetition, symmetry, flatness, and ideas of resolution and process as they apply to the construction of a painting. In addition I have been attending to a sort of cross pollination from other bodies of my own work, namely my ‘toy paintings’ and ‘revision’ series. These paintings contain elements of the whimsical, the dream image, something forgotten, something suggested, and are indicative of the ongoing evolution of my work.”

“Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a
means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an
ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this
conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles
and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own
past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience
with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness
of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive
calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor
them, and then move on.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine,
directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10am ­ 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more
information, visit us online at dowlingwalsh.com or call (207) 596-0084.

Final Friday Art Walk in Brunswick for 2014

Calling all art enthusiasts to come to Brunswick Friday evening, October 10, 5-8PM, to support your local artists and enjoy the fruits of their work!

This coming Friday will be the final art walk sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance for the 2014 season. Highlights of this Friday’s events include the return of the One Wheelers performing around Maine & Pleasant streets. In addition, Harpswell artist Hati Modr will display her beautiful oil paintings, mostly landscapes, at the Morrell Room of Curtis Library where Bob Modr, her husband will be performing with the Pistons!

Five River Arts Alliancefeaturing “Quiet Harbor” by Hati Modr

Also on Pleasant Street, St. Paul’s church will be hosting all the “pop up” artists; displays. In one locale, you can see, enjoy and purchase glass sushi dishes, copper jewelry, photographs, and paintings, to name a few of the offerings.

Worried about how to get around to all the locations? A free bus service makes the loop around the artists’ locations, from Fort Andross, up Maine Streets to Bowdoin and back around to Pleasant Street, every fifteen minutes throughout the evening.

So if you are looking for a fun and stimulating time, from 5 – 8 p.m., come support your local artists, musicians and visual artists from Freeport to Bath and points in between, who have gathered in Brunswick to share their talents with you!

For more information about the art walks, visit 5raa.org or call (207) 798-6964.

David Estey publishes “Whoop and Drive ’er” memoir

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David Estey has published a unique, illustrated memoir - an affectionate, humorous memoir of colorful family, friends and situations while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast. It is called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine.

You may have heard me tell some of the stories over the years. Friends have urged me to write them down. They begin with memorable subjects from Aroostook County: my family, in-laws, friends, classmates, and many other small-town characters and situations, while growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s.
 
It’s not just about Aroostook. I go on to include funny or unique characters and experiences after moving to Belfast, incidents in high school, raking blueberries, making art, funny expressions, and so forth. Then I describe going to RISD, studying art in Italy for a year, spending two years in the army, doing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, moving back to Maine, and navigating the art world. The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily NewsCarl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”
 
I’ve designed the 144-page memoir as an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 related photos or drawings and paintings I did over the years, some you may have seen and some not. I think it would make a wonderful keepsake or Christmas gift for family, friends and classmates; others who know me or the characters and situations I’ve described, and perhaps even total strangers.
 
Despite production and promotion costs, I’ve kept the price at a bargain $19.95 and I may never break even. It has been a labor of love, so I mainly want to get it into people’s hands and have them enjoy it. By mid-October, it will be available at Left Bank Books and other local stores, at maineauthorspublishing.com and amazon.com (where you can look inside), or a copy signed to you directly from me now. Simply send a check to me at 16 Pierce Street, Belfast, ME 04915. I’ll even pay the sales tax and shipping, if you can’t come by to pick it up.

Cafe received this advance email note and unsolicited testimonial – “I have looked at it and  couldn’t put it down at “Beyond the Sea” and can’t wait for his signing there Saturday Nov. 1.  I love his sense of humor, the illustrations and photos and his sense that he really needed to get this into a book.  Good job, David!”             Dianne Horton

Book discussions & signings are scheduled for:

Penobscot Marine Museum Store, Main Street in Searsport, on Thursday October 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, on Saturday, October 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

Beyond the Sea, at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, November 1,1 to 3 p.m.

Fall Family Festival at the Farnsworth

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On Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum’s sculpture garden will be transformed into the Fall Family Festival grounds. There will be free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. Families will be able to have a tin-type picture taken and will be able to watch the movie It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the museum auditorium.

Beginning at 5:15 p.m., a parade will take place on Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoestring Theater, which will be teaching an after- school workshop the week leading up to the festival and parade. Grab a noisemaker, borrow a mask, and join in the fun! Immediately following the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden for the lighting of the pumpkins. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. Please call (207) 596-0949 with any questions or see farnsworthmuseum.org/children-family-programs.

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PMA Presents “What Are They Wearing?!?! Fashion and Identity in British Portraits”

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On Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present the lecture, “What are they Wearing?!? Fashion and Identity in British Portraits” given by Amelia Rauser, Franklin & Marshall College Associate Professor of Art History. The lecture is $10 and free for PMA members. For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

Rauser’s lecture will focus on the portraits in the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection and the clothes the sitters are wearing. Clothing from the Renaissance to the 18th century expressed cultural norms that indicated character and individuality. This talk will look at fashion and its history with special attention to how gender and class are conveyed through clothing. Rauser is the author of Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism in Eighteenth-Century English Prints (2008), which examines the origins of political caricature in 18th-century England. Her new project, Living Statues: Neoclassical Culture and Fashionable Dress in the 1790s-London, Paris, Naples, is a study of the emergence of a radical style of undress in the 1790s and its connection to contemporary aesthetic, political, and scientific thought.

Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth

On three consecutive Fridays, beginning on October 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a watercolor workshop, taught by Lesia Sochor. The workshop, entitled An Introduction to Watercolor, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

In this 3-week introductory class, students will explore watercolor’s transparent qualities. Participants will learn about washes, gradations, tonal values, manipulating and controlling the medium while being open to its endless surprises.

Farnsworth Art Museum“Summer Mist” by Lesia Sochor

Artist Lesia Sochor is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and is an enthusiastic teacher who believes anyone has the ability to create. She has lived, painted and exhibited in Maine for 34 years.

 

Designing Women Fine Art and Craft show at Husson

The highly anticipated Designing Women Fine Art and Craft show will again be at Husson University, Saturday, November 1. This small and intimate show hosts some of the best female artisans in New England and promises to present many treasures for home, gift and self.

Designing Women is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been bridging art and community since 1991. The group sponsors shows featuring female artisans from New England and works directly with other local non-profits that benefit women and girls in the community. The benefiting non-prophet for this show is Caring Connections. The show runs from 9-4 on Saturday, in the Center for Family Business building on the Husson University campus. For more information see designingwomen.org

Yikes!StudioPods Blossoms Necklace by Suzanne Anderson

 

Art House Picture Frames celebrates August with Joshua Ferry

Autumn is fast upon us! The wheel of the year keeps on turning. It’s difficult to believe that summer is rapidly coming to a close. But, there has definitely been a chill in the air and the leaves are turning rich hues of red, orange, and yellow. There is something about Maine during this time of year. The air is filled with the sharp scent of wood smoke and a hike through the woods is invigorating. Day and night are in balance and it is a perfect time to take stock of our lives and work at achieving a similar equilibrium.

Art House Picture Frames in Portland celebrates the shift in season and five years of business with an artist reception for Joshua Ferry on the October First Friday, October 3, from 5-8 p.m.

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“August 4″ by Joshua Ferry

Joshua Ferry “August 6″ by Joshua Ferry

Art House Picture Frames is located at 61 Pleasant Street, in Portland. For more information call (207) 221-3443 or visit arthousepictureframes.com.

Salty Dog Gallery Presents “Adventures in India”

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The Salty Dog Gallery in Prospect Harbor will be displaying photographs by Dean Kotula for the duration of the season.

“Traveling in India is a thrill; it will enchant one moment and try your patience the next. India happens to you. You will learn to loosen up some of the controls you use to navigate life and come away with a fuller, deeper understanding and appreciation of not only yourself but other people and animals that share this planet. It will be unforgettable. At least this has been my experience and it is my privilege to share this adventure with you.”

The Salty Dog Gallery is a seasonal gallery located at 173 Main St. in Prospect Harbor. We deal exclusively in 20th century and contemporary fine art photography. For more information call (207) 963-7575 or visit saltydoggallery.net.

“Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection” On View at PMA

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“Queen Elizabeth I” by Hans Eworth (English, born Belgian, circa 1520-1579)

This fall, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will showcase a rich survey of British art spanning six centuries in the exhibition Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, the exhibition will feature 50 masterworks of British art by luminaries including Hans Holbein the Younger, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, Angelica Kauffman, and George Stubbs. The Berger Collection is one of the most impressive collections of British art in America and this exhibition provides audiences the rare opportunity to see such a significant body of paintings in this region. The PMA is the first venue in this traveling show, which will be on view in Portland October 2, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

With its diverse array of subjects and styles spanning six centuries of artistic practice, Treasures of British Art traces key developments in British art and culture through a chronological presentation of works. The earliest picture, a gilded altarpiece with a Crucifixion scene from circa 1395, is also an extremely rare surviving example of late Medieval religious painting—the type of object that was systematically destroyed in England when King Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. Portraiture has long been an important genre in British art, and this tradition is well-represented in the exhibition from the linear, decorative style of 16th-century portraits of Tudor royals and nobility, to the loosely brushed naturalism ushered in by Sir Anthony van Dyck and found in 17th- and 18th-century portraiture, to the expressionistic 21st-century image of the artist David Hockney by Adam Birtwistle. Marine paintings and landscapes of faraway places—including a monumental naval battle painting by Adriaen van Diest and a luminous harbor scene by John Constable—reflect not only shifting aesthetic approaches to the natural world, but also the importance of maritime life and overseas exchange in the history of the British Isles. History paintings, equestrian subjects, and other important genres of the British school in styles ranging from the traditional to modern round out the expansive breadth of the exhibition.

The Berger Collection is a major private collection largely of British art, with a small but significant group of works by artists of other schools, including the French artist François Boucher and the American Winslow Homer. The late William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger began amassing this collection in the mid-1990s out of their dual passion for British culture and for art’s potential to educate. Now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and placed on long-term loan at the Denver Art Museum, the collection continues to expand through new acquisitions. The British paintings, drawings, and art objects number approximately 200 works and span more than six centuries—from the 14th to the 21st century. The very best paintings from this extraordinary collection have been selected for the traveling exhibition to fulfill the Berger family’s mission of sharing these masterpieces with a wide public audience.

Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title authored by Kathleen Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection. This catalogue includes full-color plates and detailed entries on each of the works in the exhibition.

Marnie Sinclair “Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art”

Marnie Sinclair

“Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures, and designs especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.”

Marnie Sinclair’s traveling sculpture exhibit Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art attempts to ” incorporate Nature’s extreme beauty with a bit of tension from our careless abuse of our only home.” Marnie is looking for venues to display and discuss “balance, art and climate change,” followed by her movie,”Nature’s Spin Through Art,” which uses sculptu her sculptures to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field, Bill McKibben, 350.org, George Woodwell, founder of Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, retired Physicist from NOAA.

"Nature's Spin Through Art" on YouTube

“Nature’s Spin Through Art” on YouTube

Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.

Klein and Loznicka Exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Visitors to Bristol’s Lighthouse Park can see more than spectacular scenery this season by venturing into the The Pemaquid Art Gallery to view a selection of inspired paintings including the work of Marlene Loznicka and Barbara Klein. This season a selection of the well-respected artists’ watercolor and oil paintings are being featured at the coastal gallery.

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“Monhegan Fish Houses” by Marlene Loznicka

Light and mood are Marlene Loznicka’s artistic signature but movement and vitality play a part in her work as well. Loznicka explains “light is what interests me, especially the Maine light and the light on Monhegan Island. I have been painting on the island for thirty years and never tire of it.”

A Maine native, Loznicka’s Studio Gallery is housed in an old one room schoolhouse on the picturesque Pemaquid Peninsula. The charming setting is the perfect jumping off point for her artistic adventures which often mean a trip to Monhegan Island. She happily recalls that while having a one person exhibit at the Island Inn that she had finally realized her goal of becoming a Monhegan artist.

Loznicka’s creative life began early and she enhanced her natural ability at the North Carolina State School of Design and studied at La Romita School of Art in Italy. Her painting style is also influenced by Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. She is a member of the New England Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Loznicka is the recipient of many major awards and her work is included in numerous prestigious collections including the Portland Museum of Art..

Barbara Klein at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“What a View” by Barbara Klein

“Fresh” is the key word for the paintings of Bristol artist Barbara Klein. With her oil paints and canvas Klein captures the essential best of the local scene. Her paintings portray the straightforward and unpretentious aspect of the Maine coast. Klein’s relaxed and joyful attitude is translated by her brushes into compositions in which cottages and barns are in harmony with the natural world.

When weather permits Klein prefers working on location immersed in the mid–coast Maine environment she loves. Recently a series of small works of light filled landscapes has been on her easel.

Barbara Klein shares how she “was driving along one afternoon and became struck with the simplicity and the beauty of a house sitting on a sun drenched hillside. I felt an urgency to respond to what I had seen and immediately started painting.“ Since that initial encounter with her muse, Klein has never been far from her brushes. Local artists John Whalley, Tom McCobb, and Barbara Applegate have influenced her as has painting with Alfred Chadbourn. Klein now eighteen years into her professional art career desires to keep her work simple in character in order to maintain the freshness she is known for.
This is Klein’s ninth year exhibiting and selling her popular oils at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. She comments, “I have met so many wonderful people through my art life including customers who have repeatedly purchased my work.” Klein’s work may also be viewed this season at the Vintage Wine Bar in Hallowell.

Visit the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season to see work by these two artists as well as those of exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point and on line at pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open every day through Columbus Day from 10 until 5.

Jill Valliere and Terry Kelly at The Gallery at Somes Sound

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The Gallery at Somes Sound presents an Art & Furniture Exhibition featuring “Divergence: Paintings by Jill Valliere” and “No Finer Chair .. Anywhere – Furniture by Terry Kelly.” The show opens September 28 and runs through October 11 The Gallery at Somes Sound’s primary focus is to celebrate America’s long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine.

9 Maine Artists in the Howard Hill Exhibition

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), presents a very special benefit art exhibition October 12 – November 1, 2014 at Slates Restaurant located at 167 Water Street. in Hallowell in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of the Howard Hill property in Augusta.

A public reception at Slates on Sunday, October 12 from 5 - 8 p.m. will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30pm at the Harlow Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, cash bar.

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Howard Hill consists of 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign, and 50% of art sales from the show will benefit the Howard Hill project, with some artists donating 100% of sales to the project. An open call earlier this year invited Maine artists to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill. The work to be included in benefit exhibition was selected by a a group of jurors including Norm Rodrigue and Jane Davis from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery. Artists whose work was selected for exhibition include:

Nancy Bixler of Hallowell
Angie Blevins of New Sharon
Ramona du Houx of Solon
Penny Markley of Winthrop
Nancy McGinnis of Hallowell
Robin Miller of Augusta
Johanna Moore of Farmingdale
Jane Page-Conway of Bowdoinham
Judith Schuppien of Pittson

Established in 1988, The Kennebec Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. The Trust protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 4,800 acres on 60 properties through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. Volunteers have constructed 37 miles of trails on KLT land and developed informative brochures and maps of KLT properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County’s natural landscape. Most properties are open to the public for walking, hiking, hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, and creating art! For more information, visit them online at tklt.org.

Wiscasset Art Walk highlights Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

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Curious about how to throw a clay pot – or even what that means? Visit the pop-up gallery at 106 Main Street during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, September 25, 5 – 8 p.m., where artists from the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts will be demonstrating wheel and hand-building techniques with clay. Watershed will also have a pottery sale, featuring the work of current artists-in-residence, Watershed staff, and nationally renowned clay artists.

The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts was established in 1986, at a former brick-making factory, with a dual mission: to provide artists time and space to explore ideas with clay and to promote education and awareness of the ceramic arts among the general public. Watershed is located in Newcastle on a 32 acre campus that includes a 16,000 sq. ft. studio “barn” space and a state of the art kiln facility.

During the summer and fall, small groups of artists live and work at Watershed in a close-knit community with room, board, and 24/7 studio access. Artists come to Watershed to follow their own path of inquiry while benefiting from the wisdom and inspiration of other artists in residence. Watershed artists also provide clay education and creative experiences to diverse populations throughout Maine. For clay artists, Watershed offers workshops throughout the year and use of the kilns and studio spaces. Through their “Mudmobile” program, teaching artists bring Maine clay, tools, and glazes to off-campus sites for workshops, including community centers, senior programs, and public and private schools. Watershed has served over 1,200 clay artists and more than 20,000 children and adults through community education programs.

During the Wiscasset Art Walk, Watershed will feature their fall residents in their temporary gallery at 106 Main St. These dedicated ceramic artists come from as far away as Georgia, Nevada, and Oregon to spend six weeks ‘exploring mud’ and creating a wide range of ceramics during their time at Watershed. In addition to demonstrations, completed pieces will be on display to Art Walk visitors, and artists will be on hand to talk about their work, their technique, and the Watershed residency program. Artists include Alex O’Neal, Charal Hatfield, Jackie Sedlock, Kristina Hamm, Meredith Morten, Molly Allen, and Sarah Southwick.

Enjoy the vibrancy of Wiscasset Village during the last Wiscasset Art Walk of 2014! Galleries, artists’ studios, and most shops will be open from 5 – 8 p.m. to welcome visitors. Major Sponsors are The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, and Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk 2015 as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Ocean House Gallery & Frame Grand Opening!

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Ocean House Gallery & Frame has been working feverishly to get the shop ready and now are excited to share the news that they are Officially Open For Business at 299 Ocean House Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Stop by anytime to say hello, or visit on facebook, and if you know anyone who needs framing done in the area, send them in their direction! Ocean House Gallery & Frame regular business hours will be: Wednesday – Saturday from 12 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Joyce Steel “Stillpoint” at Tidemark Gallery

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“Sea Smoke #2″ by Joyce Eames Steel

Tidemark Gallery on Main Street in Waldoboro will host an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 6, for “Stillpoint”, a show of paintings by artist Joyce Eames Steel, which will be on view from September 3 – October 4.

Steel’s small scale works, in oil and in acrylic, range in style from realism to non-representational. Some are executed with attention to detail, while others move beyond the descriptive to focus on light and color to achieve the subtle essence of the moment. Whether a coastal scene or a non-objective piece, her paintings frequently capture the feeling of “still shots” — timeless, serene and contemplative.

Steel belongs to a family of artists in Maine. She began her formal art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and holds a degree in design from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT. She also studied painting and design at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. Her varied career has included teaching art both in private and public schools, graphic design and marketing, work in the non-profit sector and in social services – most recently for Healthy Lincoln County. She currently paints from her studio in Waldoboro and plans to teach classes at River Arts in Damariscotta in the upcoming year.

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

Tidemark Gallery hours are 10 to 5, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main Street, Waldoboro, 832-5109, or visit tidemarkgallery.com

Music and Poetry Saturday and Sunday in Waldoboro Village

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On Saturday, 27 September, 6:30 p.m., there will be a folk, blues, jazz jam at
Old Number Nine, Friendship Street, next to the drug store in downtown
Waldoboro. Everyone is welcome to bring their acoustic instruments, snacks,
beverages and talent.

On Sunday, 28 September, 2:30 p.m., Old Number Nine will also host an open
reading of poetry and/or prose, followed by a potluck supper of finger foods and
salads. Stephen Randall Parmley will read from his collected poems, “Gaia
Sutra.”

Contributions will help support the Medomak Arts Project — MAP — A Public
Benefit Corporation, in its aim to foster the creative arts in the Medomak
region. For more information, please call 790-0527.

Maine Discovery Museum announces Gala Art Auction

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Maine Discovery Museum’s 2014 Gala Art Auction – “A Case for Art” will be held on Saturday, November 15.  The twelfth annual gala dinner-auction features 70 fabulous one-of-a-kind artworks in various media. This year’s central piece is a glass-door cabinet, which can be free-standing or wall-mounted. Sixty-five of these cabinets have been uniquely decorated by Maine artists, who donated their time and talent to the works and to MDM. These pieces are joined by a variety of jewelry made by local jewelers, a special raffle and several framed paintings. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a preview/cash bar/silent auction, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m. Reservation and absentee bidding information available by phone or online. Visit our website to see the wonderful artworks up for auction! All the money raised from this event will support the museum’s mission to provide a fun, hands-on place where art, science and nature come alive for Maine children and their families. Through this most important event in the museum’s fundraising year, admission and programs are kept affordable and accessible to children and families of all abilities and backgrounds. Time: 5 – 9:30 p.m. Cost: $50.00/person Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor Contact person: Niles Parker, Executive Director – nparker@mainediscoverymuseum.org.