Dowling–Walsh Gallery opens works by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpea

“David Wasson” by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

“David Wasson” by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau calls her artworks ex-votos, translated as, “from the vow made.” Ex-votos were traditionally placed in churches to seek grace or give thanks. Marpeau’s ex-votos are offerings and story boxes, telling tales of events gone past and of events imagined. Look into these boxes closely and you will see people working and celebrating life. They show life on the coast in the days before gasoline and electricity, that the way of the sea was hazardous—and still is; you will see models being sailed, dories and peapods being rowed, boat builders, fishermen, lighthouse keepers, lifesaving crews, and families. Anne Emmanuelle Marpeau lives in an old boatyard on France’s Breton coast and has depicted the coastal stories of France and Maine for the past 20 years. When we look at her works we are peering through a porthole at another era, recalling its folklore and the legends that define these craggy coastal towns and the special breed of people who call them home. The Dowling–Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland. For more email info@dowlingwalsh.com or call (207) 596-0084.

Keag River Gallery exhibits “On Edge” juried show

“Sand Nap” by Steven Olson

“Sand Nap” by Steven Olson

The Keag River Gallery is hosting a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, featuring work from the “On Edge” juried show. A number of the photographers will be in attendance. Keag River Gallery is located at 25 Dublin Road in South Thomaston. For more details visit keagrivergallery.com.

High Street Studio & Gallery presents new works

“Doll Cake 1 Queen” by Maryjean Viano Crowe

“Doll Cake 1 Queen” by Maryjean Viano Crowe

High Street Studio & Gallery presents “Doll Cakes” by guest artist Maryjean Crowe, along with new work by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr, and pottery and sculpture by Blue Moon Clay Carvers, Gail Savitz and Claude O’Donnell. A Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 25. High Street Studio & Gallery is located at 149 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit highstreetgallery.com.

Kathleen Hall Art features Elizabeth Coffey

“I’ve Got a Secret” by Elizabeth Coffey

“I’ve Got a Secret” by Elizabeth Coffey

Kathleen Hall Art features the work of Elizabeth Coffey for the First Friday Art Walk 6 to 9 p.m. on August 1. Coffey’s portraits are based on found photographs which are cropped and manipulated to show some features and hide others. “How much visual information do we need to form an impression and make up a story about someone?” Coffey asks. Through a combination of painting, drawing and collage, Coffey explores relationships and the individual’s place in the world. Coffey is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathleen Hall Art is located at 80 West Street in Bar Harbor, near the waterfront. For more information visit kathleenhallart.com or call 804-514-0462.

Waterfall Arts presents “Living in these Bodies Part I”

“OXO” by Jessica Straus

“OXO” by Jessica Straus

The exhibition highlights work by female artists that captures complex aspects of women’s physical and social experiences. The theme is the physical and cultural space women occupy. Angela Lorenz will talk about “Victorious Secret,” a nine-piece mosaic wall installation depicting elite Roman athletes from ancient times. Lisa Kushner, who created the “Belly Project” with photographer Peggy McKenna, will speak about the evocative photographs that shed light on the wide variations and depth of women’s reproductive experiences. Jessica Straus’ “Red Dress Series” explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms; in this case, a tiny well-dressed female figure finds herself in a number of perplexing locations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. The show runs through July 26. Visit waterfallarts.org for details and a complete schedule.

Mars Hall call for artists

Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates their 11th year with a call to all artists for the Invitational Group Show “Eleven.” There is a $10 fee per piece with a limit of 3 pieces per artist. Registration ends August 1. The show runs from August 13 to October 13 with a Reception 6 to 8 p.m. on August 22. For more information visit Mars Hall Gallery at 621 Port Clyde Rd. Tenants Harbor or marshallgallery.net, email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com or call (207) 372-8194.

Maine Women in the Arts presents Summer Art and Crafts Show

painting of boats by Sheila O'Neil Clough

painting of boats by Sheila O’Neil Clough

Maine Women in the Arts presents Summer Art and Crafts Show Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27 with a Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The show will be held at the Masonic Hall on Temple Street in Kennebunkport, just around the corner from the Post Office. For more information and show schedule visit mainewomenarts.com.

Gallery at Somes Sound Presents Anne Ireland and John Cameron

Crane Chairs, white oak, by John Cameron

Crane Chairs, white oak, by John Cameron

The Gallery at Somes Sound Presents “Observation Informed by Imagination” paintings by Anne Ireland and “Composing In Curves” furniture by John Cameron July 20 to August 2. Anne Ireland’s paintings explore “boundaries, points of contact, the collision of the internal and the external, the fluid affinity of nature and imagination,” says Ireland. John Cameron notes, “the sweeping curves and uninterrupted lines in my work are a result of the relationship between design and material.” The Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street in Somesville. For more information email art@galleryatsomessound.com, visit galleryatsomessound.com or call (207) 244-1165.

Star Gallery presents Katie Bell and Emily Brown

“Leda” by Katie Bell

“Leda” by Katie Bell

Born in NYC in 1949, Katie Bell has studied at the University of Denver, Academie di Bella Arte in Florence Italy, and the Art Students League NYC. In 1973 she moved to Mount Desert Island in 1976 where she continues to live and work today. Emily Brown’s skills of observation and articulation are evident in her large-scale studio drawings, where the focus is on surfaces and textures found outdoors. With simple media such as ink wash, wax crayon or graphite she teases out tensions seen in nature. Star Gallery is located at 6 Neighborhood Rd in Northeast Harbor. For more information visit stargallerymaine.com.

Shaw Jewelry opens two new shows

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Shaw Jewelry announces the opening of “Manimal: Human/Animal Morphing” and “Hughes-Bosca Extravaganza.” “Manimal” features the work of Nancy Andrews, Fran Forman, and Justin Richel. If humans share 98% of a mouse’s genes, why would we be surprised if minotaurs and mermaids exist? These artists create hybrids which are insightful, personal and humorous. The illusion of cross breeding, shamanistic or theatrical costuming blend, combine and merge distinct animal and human attributes into unexpected creatures. Also opening July 17, the powerful and familiar duo of Boston-based Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca are world renown for their inventive and original jewelry. They will bring a trunk full of 18 karat gold jewelry with unusual gemstones, antiquities, luscious pearls, and incredible attitude. Both shows run through July 30. Shaw Jewelry is located at 126 Main Street in Northeast Harbor. For more information visit shawjewelry.com.

Barn Gallery shows Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart

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The 13th season of the Barn Gallery’s “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the showing of the film Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart. Viola, a contemporary video artist, is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in new media. He is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The Barn Gallery is located at Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org.

Barn Gallery presents “Sea And Sky”

“Red vs. Green” by Elizabeth Kelley

“Red vs. Green” by Elizabeth Kelley

Barn Gallery presents “Sea And Sky” an exhibition by members, old and new, of the Ogunquit Art Association opening on August 6. Late Summer Exhibitions also include “OAA Expressions” and Showcases by painters Elizabeth Kelley and Janet Ledoux. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery. Come to the gala public reception 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 to meet both old and new members of the OAA and see the shows. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit ME. For further information visit barngallery.org or call (207) 646-8400.

Camden Falls Gallery presents “Coastal Color”

“Buoy Shed” by Judith Schuppien

“Buoy Shed” by Judith Schuppien

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present the midsummer show “Coastal Color” a public exhibition of work depicting the local color of coastal Maine as seen through the eyes of our gallery artists. Featuring work by Daniel Corey, Susan Graeber, Brita Holmquist, Nina Jerome, Aline Ordman, Janis Sanders, Judith Schuppien, and Jennifer Van Cor, this exhibition harmoniously showcases a variety of brilliant new work in bold hues just as a “crazy quilt” incorporates many colors and patterns in glorious juxtaposition. Presenting dozens of iconic images from along the coast of Maine, the artists in this show hail from as close as nearby Rockland and as far away as Maryland. They represent a diverse range of backgrounds and unique painting styles that bring a fresh sense of energy and vibrancy to the gallery. Please come experience Coastal Color at Camden Falls Gallery located at 5 Public Landing in downtown Camden. The show runs from July 19 through August 7. For more information please visit camdenfallsgallery.com or call (207) ­470-­7027.

Landing Gallery announces “Maine Light” and “By-Gone Boats”

“Tenants Harbor, Halls Market” by Björn Runquist

“Tenants Harbor, Halls Market” by Björn Runquist

Landing Gallery announces the opening of “Maine Light” a solo exhibition of new paintings by Björn Runquist, and “By-Gone Boats” an exhibit of 40 clay boats by David Riley Peterson. Björn Runquist is a beloved plein air painter who has been passionately capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in the mid coast area for almost 30 years. “For me, making things is inseparable from living. What I choose to make is a function that inspires me and it’s how I respond to ‘ordinary’ life. Sometimes that response is to make an object, sometimes a haiku, sometimes to whistle. Usually my response is to paint since the sensual, physical, nature of paint seems to speak to something deep in me as a means for exploring my response to life.” David Riley Peterson was throwing traditional ceramic pots and vases when, while vacationing at his family home on Vinalhaven, he was inspired by the beauty of a harbor filled with boats. His new idea was to make boats out of clay. These ceramic boats have been his focus and success ever since. “I have taken some artistic license in my interpretation of how the boat should end up. In many cases I love to interject some playful aspect into its personality.” Both shows run through September 7. Landing Gallery is located at 8 Elm St in Rockland. For more information visit landingart.com or call (207) 594-4544.

NRCM offers Watercolor Workshop

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

Please join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an exciting opportunity to explore and paint views of the proposed National Park. On Sunday, August 24th local artist and instructor Marsha Donahue will hold a day-long watercolor workshop at the Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from Medway. Pack your portable painting equipment, bug spray, and a portable chair. Your supplies should fit in a backpack. The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes lunch. Participants are responsible for materials and lodging. Please contact Eliza Donoghue at eliza@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0118 with any questions.

Art Workshops and instruction with Susan Tobey White

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Indulge yourself in color and creativity as you discover the many approaches of acrylic painting. Susan Tobey White’s simplified approach to color theory challenges experienced painters while giving confidence to those who are just beginning. Susan’s strength is in her respect for the individual and an understanding that we all learn in different ways. Her goal is to help her students define their own style, “loosen up,”  and comfortably go out of their comfort zone. This is a time to explore. To learn more and read comments from past students visit susantobeywhite.com.

July 30-31          LETTING LOOSE! ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES
10-4                                    Woodlawn Museum, P.O. Box 1478 • Rte. 172
Ellsworth Maine 04065,
www.woodlawnmuseum.org <http://susantobeywhite.fineartstudioonline.com/www.woodlawnmuseum.org>
207-667-8671

***August 11-13       ACRYLICS AND PLEIN AIR…IT CAN BE DONE!
Location: Bayside, ME (Just south of Belfast)
Contact: Susan: 207-338-8990 www.susantobeywhite.com <http://www.susantobeywhite.com>

Ease the frustrations of using acrylic while plein air painting. A workshop for beginners

August 22-23   NO BOUNDARIES:ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Main & Station Second Floor, 168 Main Street
Parrsboro,Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0
www.hmsnonesuch.com <http://susantobeywhite.fineartstudioonline.com/www.hmsnonesuch.com>
Judith: 514-979-3978, fun@nonesuch.com

Richard Estes Retrospective at the PMA

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“Water Taxi” by Richard Estes

Portland Museum of Art’s summer retrospective “Richard Estes’ Realism” is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. Widely viewed as a pioneer of photorealism, Estes’ sharply focused technique goes beyond the photographic to create complex constructions of light, reflection, and perspective. In 1978, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, organized the first major career survey of his work, which was followed by his 1991 retrospective at the PMA. The paintings included in this exhibition provide undeniable insight into Estes’ equal interest in cities as well as the Maine coast and the woods on Mount Desert Island in particular. Several of Estes’ rarely seen portraits from such exotic places as Japan and Antarctica are also featured in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view through September 7. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org.

“Celebrating Monhegan Island: A Survey” opens at Gleason Fine Art

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“In for the Night, Monhegan,” by Ernest Fiene (1894-1966)

Opening this week, “Celebrating Monhegan Island” showcases artwork created on the famous island from the 19th century through present day. When Captain Cook landed on Monhegan Island 400 years ago this summer, he not only noted the rich fishing grounds but also the stunning vistas. Those vistas, unspoiled to this day, have drawn artists to the rugged island for two centuries.

In 1890, Luminist William Trost Richards, painted the majestic “Blackhead.” Robert Henri, Ashcan School founder, author of The Art Spirit, and a renowned teacher, first visited Monhegan in 1903, at the behest of his close friend, artist Edward Redfield, a Boothbay Harbor resident. Thoroughly smitten with the island, Henri wrote to his New York students George Bellows and Rockwell Kent: “This is the real thing. This is a wonderful place to paint — so much in so small a place.” Henri’s elegiac “The Sea” depicts a soft, blue day looking from the island across Duck Rocks toward the mainland. In “Prayer Meeting,” a rare, but well-known lithograph, Bellows captures an animated sermon being given in the Monhegan church. Many other Henri students made their way to Monhegan Island over the next few decades. Emil Holzhauer came in the 1920s and returned many times during the 30s, 40s, and 50s. In “Monhegan Dock,” Holzhauer depicts the busy town pier. Andrew Winter was one of the few artists who lived year-round on Monhegan for a time. The magnificent “Pulpit Rock” puts the craggy pulpit rock front and center with Blackhead in the background and gulls wheeling above the turgid ocean. Abraham Bogdanove painted on the island in the 1930s and 40s. In “Manana from Monhegan,” Bogdanove places a fisherman’s shack and dory in the foreground with a fishing smack floating in Monhegan Harbor in mid-ground.

Modernists James Fitzgerald and Ernest Fiene were on the island working at mid-century. Fiene’s striking “In for the Night” shows lobstermen unloading their boats at day’s end. Fitzgerald’s powerful “Rough Seas” shows the artist’s skill at painting Monhegan’s notorious seas.

 

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“Cliffs at Lobster Cove” by Henry Isaacs

Interest in the island did not stop at the end of the millennium. Artists Henry Isaacs, Peter Sculthorpe, Peter Poskas, Andrea Peters, and Phil Frey have all added to the island’s artistic legacy. In Isaacs’s exuberant “Cliffs at Lobster Cove,” the artist uses hot tangerines and yellows to create a feeling that Monhegan in summer is second only to Provence for heat and color.
Celebrating Monhegan Island opens this week and runs through July 26. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in the center of Boothbay Harbor. For more information call 207-633-6849, email info@gleasonfineart.com, or visit gleasonfineart.com.

Gallery at Somes Sound will “Welcome Maine College of Art to the Island”

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“Going but not Gone” by MECA alumnus Connie Hayes

The Gallery at Somes Sound will “Welcome Maine College of Art to the Island,” paintings by MECA alumni artists, with an Artists’ Reception 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday July 6. Also exhibiting is the 2014 Featured Guest Artist, furniture maker David Lamb. An Opening Reception and book signing with author Bebe Johnson (Pritam & Eames Gallery) Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters will be held 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 9. The show will run July 6 to July 19. From July 20 to August 2 Anne Ireland will exhibit her paintings “Observation Informed by Imagination” along with furniture by John Cameron “Composing in Curves.” The Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street in Somesville. For more information visit galleryatsomessound.com or call 207-244-1165.

Asticou Connection Gallery Reception and Open House

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Carving by Ken Savage

The Asticou Connection Gallery on Mt. Desert invites the pubic to a reception and Open House to celebrate their fifth season, 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday July 6. On show will be paintings by R. Scott Baltz, jewelry by Bethany Savage, fine furniture by Joseph Tracy, and sculptures by Obadiah Bourne Buell. Asticou Connection has two open floors of light and airy display space in Town Hill and features the work of the Savage family and other area artists and craftsmen. Master carver and owner Ken Savage has a workshops/studio on premises with stunning works in progress. Ken’s father, Charles K. Savage, a landscaper and designer of the world famous Asticou Azalea Gardens and the Northeast Harbor Thuya Gardens, was also a master carver and creator of the Thuya Gardens door. Refreshments for the opening will be from Town Hill Bistro. The show runs through July 27. For more information visit asticouconnection.com