Deer Isle Artists’ Association opens “Small Works”


bracelet by Cathy Hart

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association wraps up its season with “Small Works”. Regular hours for the show are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will run through Sunday, December 21, at 5:00 p.m.

As its name implies, the show features an eclectic assortment of art that can easily be handled.  Glass, pottery, painting, jewelry, etc. will all be represented in the show.

DIAA member artists participating in the show include Eileen Ahern,

Darwin Davidson, Jackie Davidson , Linda Deming, Dorothy Doubleday, Mary Eaton , Jill Finsen,  Sara Forster,  Cathy Hart, Sam Jones, Kathleen Kriegman, Mary Bracy Martin, David McBeth , Olive Savage , Cindy Simonds, Paul Trowbridge, Oscar Turner, Pat White, and Anne Williams.

Guest artists include Marcie Amory, Larry Cassis, Greg Woods.


“Nuthatch” by Linda Deming

First Friday Artwalk in Historic Gardiner

The Artdogs on facebook

On Friday evening, December 5th, Historic Downtown Gardiner will abound with creative energy and good cheer, as Artwalk Gardiner celebrates the culmination of its tenth season. Launched in 2005 by Artdogs™ studios and a small group of area artists, Artwalk Gardiner is comprised of a non-juried group of diverse artists who live and/or work within a twenty-mile radius of downtown Gardiner.

The mission of Artwalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, Artwalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of appreciative visitors to Water Street to enjoy many festive evenings of great art and good cheer.

The December Artwalk will feature the work of dozens of area artists, hosted by Artdogs studios, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Monkitree, Cre8ive Earth Gallery, SpinOff Studio, Ragamuffins, Johnson Hall, Mainiac Brewing, Healthy Smiles, Founding Farmer’s Community Market, the Co-Lab, and other venues along Water Street.

Participating artists will include Karen Adrienne, Joyce Acheson, Nancy Barron, Priscilla Blatzell, Lynn Braff, Robin Brooks, Ken Carlson, John Carnes, Matt Demers, Janet Favor, Arlene Kelley, Clair Koenig, Kala Ladenheim, Heather Marlow, Peggy Cope Mascher, Norma McDonough, Allison McKeen, Ellen Roberts, Tanya Russell, Marie Spaulding, Mary K. Spencer, Christine Sullivan, Robert Saunders, Diana Willette, Helen Wright, members of SpinOff Studio, students from UMA and the Gardiner Area Boys and Girls Club, and many others.

Hundreds of original artworks including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, fine art prints, jewelry, pottery, artist’s books, textiles, and other handcrafted items will be available for sale throughout the downtown. Kala Ladenheim and Robert Saunders will give demonstrations in their studio at the Co-Lab and members of Circling the Square Fine Art Press will offer printmaking demonstrations at Circling the Square Fine Art Press. Children’s activities, live seasonal music and free refreshments will round out the festivities, making this an event that the whole community can enjoy. For more information about Artwalk Gardiner, please contact Sarah Miller at (207) 712-9734, email, or find us on Facebook.

Carver Hill Gallery “Contours” benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Jim-NickelsonCold-Moon-I-16x16 archival pigment print“Cold Moon” by Jim Nickerson

On First Friday, November 7, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for “Contours”, a benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The work in the show will celebrate one of the Land Trust’s properties, The Beech Hill preserve, and the 100th birthday of the Beech Nut hut that sits on the hill. The hut was designed in the early 1900’s by Norwegian born landscape architect Hans Heistad, who designed  the John Gribbel estate, Weatherend, on the Rockport shorefront. Gribbel also owned the Beech Hill grounds, and built the stone hut as a day shelter for the family to use while picnicking on the property. The Beech Hill area – which comprises 295 acres of mixed wood, organic blueberry fields, and several uncommon grassland birds – is recognized on the National Register of Historic places as the Beech Nut Historic District. For years it has been a favorite place for locals and tourists to take an easy walk with a gentle climb. The reward is spectacular views of the peaks at Acadia National Park, the Camden Hills, Isle au Haut, St. George River valley and the gorgeous Gulf of Maine.
Years of weather, vandalism, and lack of funds to properly care for the building left Beech Nut in a state of disrepair. Because of the generosity of members and donors, Beech Nut is once again a safe and stable building. Carver Hill Gallery and the contributing artists congratulate the Land Trust on its recent and ongoing efforts to maintain and restore the property; however, it needs care and attention to keep it that way. The gallery is hosting this event as a silent auction and donating 90% of their profit from the work to the Land Trust. The artists are donating all or a percentage of their take, as well. All of the stunning art was either inspired by Beech Nut itself, or of the vista.

Participating artists include: Christina DeHoff, Jessica Stammen Ives, Anneli Skaar, Amy Campbell, David Henderson, Dianne Schelble, Randy Fein, Beth Henderson, Ann Makuck, Kathy Florance, Jim Nickelson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ken Foster, Aidan Acosta, Brian Willson, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

We invite you to join us at the opening on November 7 for a glass of blueberry wine spritzer and some nibbles. The silent auction and show will hang through Sunday, November 23. Please see the website for hours and details.

“Whoop and Drive ‘er”: David Estey book signing at Harlow Gallery


The Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell will host an art talk and book signing by award-winning Belfast artist David Estey on Sunday, November 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. His new book is a humorous, illustrated memoir called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. At the presentation on the 16th, Estey will discuss and read from his book, show related artwork, and personally sign copies of the book. His art will include a portrait of his Uncle “Clarence Hilyard,” a Maine guide and owner of the Katahdin Lake Camps in the 1960s, which is included in the exhibition Inspired by Katahdin on view at the gallery November 7-29, 2014.


The artist describes “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine as a labor of love, a personal piece of Americana about colorful family members, friends, characters and situations he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast during the 1940s and ’50s and during 42 years away. Although the unique memoir begins in Aroostook County, he includes his years at Crosby High School in Belfast, going to Rhode Island School of Design, studying art in Italy for a year, spending four years illustrating for the army during the Vietnam war, managing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, enjoying a second career as an award-winning artist, and his return to Belfast in 2002.

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 News. Carl 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.”

The 144-page memoir is an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 photos or drawings and paintings he produced over the years. It will be available for $19.95 at the Gallery and online at and on

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, is open noon to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday. For more information visit or call (207) 622-3813.

Gallery Talks with Biennial Artists at CMCA “Who Do You Love?”

CMCA "Who Do You Love?"

Back by popular demand, the series of slide talks with CMCA Biennial artists, titled “Who Do You Love?” will take place at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport. The first talks will be on Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. 2014 CMCA Biennial exhibition artists Cynthia Davis (Harpswell), Scott Davis (Rockland), Bridget Spaeth (Brunswick), Barbara Sullivan (Solon), and Jennifer Wilkey (Wiscasset) will present slides of three works of art by other artists that they love. They will share why these works are important to them and how they have inspired their own work. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. Admission to the talks is free. The next “Who Do You Love?” session will take place on Sunday, November 23, with artists Leah Gauthier, Linda Mahoney, Jan Owen, and Jeff Woodbury. For more information about the talks, visit

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Rickers and Shakers


A view of the Wentworth Ricker Inn as pictured in “Poland Spring Centennial: A Souvenir,” copyright 1895 by Hiram Ricker & Sons, South Poland, Maine.

On Thursday, November 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Michael Graham, the Director of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum entitled The Sabbathday Lake Shakers and the Rickers of the Poland Spring: A Scrapbook History. The lecture, which is in conjunction with the current Shaker exhibition at the Farnsworth, will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

This lecture will explore the Shakers’ 150-year long relationship with generations of the renowned Ricker family. The story begins with the land swap that provided the Rickers with the property on which they discovered and developed the famous Poland Mineral Spring; and extends through the heyday of the Poland Spring Hotel, where the Shakers made multiple sales each week for nearly fifty years. Through this interaction, deep, lasting friendships were built that shaped Shaker life at Sabbathday Lake. Speaker Michael Graham is the Director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Will call tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at, and must be picked up at the Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Day-of tickets will be for sale at the main admission desk. No phone reservations will be taken for this event.

The exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World is on display in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Morehouse wing through January 4, 2015. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are the Henry Luce Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Exhibition Sponsors are Allen Insurance and Financial, Chilton Furniture of Maine, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, the Grasshopper Shop of Rockland and Windsor Chairmakers. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

Artists Talk and Field Workshop at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

As part of the new exhibit, Experimental Comminglings at Waterfall Arts, artists Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz will talk about their work and the Comminglings installation and lead a field workshop on Saturday, November 8th beginning at 10:30 am. The workshop will look at socially engaged creative practices in relation to the exhibit. After the talk, they’ll lead the group outside to forage for local plants and other materials to archive and add to the exhibit. The event is free although donations are always appreciated. All are welcome; families and young people accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend.

Experimental Comminglings is a hybrid of science lab and art studio, where the artists invite visitors to fully engage with, alter and transform the materials. The focus is on experimentation with natural materials and liquids in a variety of containers, with constantly evolving options due to the interaction of participants. Engstrom and Langholz are interdisciplinary and installation artists that are currently exploring ways to create new engagements with an audience by extending the way we all observe, understand, and relate to contemporary art. Both are involved with the University of Maine Interdisciplinary program: Engstrom recently received her PhD there and Langholz is in the process of completing her PhD requirements.

Waterfall Arts mission

Experimental Comminglings will be on display through November 26th; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, during special events and by appointment. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on exhibits, classes, studio rentals and events, visit, stop by or call 338-2222.

Second Sunday Community Events at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

Starting Sunday, mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow in Hallowell.

November 9: Collage
Make a collage by bringing your collected paper, cardboard, cloth, and anything else you have that can be glued to this event. Tell a story, share a memory, or express a emotion through your art piece.

December 14: Holiday Stenciling
Make wrapping paper, cards, or gifts with your own holiday images, paint, brushes, and sponges.

January 11: One Piece of Paper Makes a Book
Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.

February 8: Ross Grams Digital Art Speed Painting Demonstration
Ross Grams is a digital illustrator, concept artist and painter from Vienna, Maine. Check out his website then come watch him in action.

March 8: Artist Trading Cards
Very small art works to make and trade. Little treasures created from all kinds of media.

April 12: Astrological Chart Mandalas
Explore and create a mandala from your astrology chart. Chart included. Mixed media.

The Constellation Gallery extends call to Maine artists

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th.

“We’d like the news of this opportunity to reach artists from all over Maine, so we’ve extended the submission date,” said David Marshall, MAC’s President and Portland City Councilor. “Mini art pieces make great gifts for the holidays and the Constellation Gallery will feature artist with works 11×14 or smaller,” said Marshall. “We’re exciting about reviewing all they new artwork that will be submitted.”

The state has thousands of artists but there are not enough venues for them to display their work. The call for art from MAC is an opportunity for any artist who submits to be shown in Maine’s major city. Artists are asked to send in a $5 entry free for each submission. Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on December 5th and the other on January 2nd. The “Miniatures Show” comes during the holiday season making affordable art the perfect gift to enhance any home.

  • Maine based artist can submit their creations, in any media, as long as the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including any frame used.
  • The art submissions should be sent in via email to: They should be good quality photographs that represent the art. The photos can be JPG’s or Tiff’s.
  • The photo submission file names should be formatted like this: artist_title_size_medium_price.jpg. (For example: Vincent Van Gogh_ Sunflowers_Oil painting_$10 mill.jpg)
  • All submissions need to be sent in for review by the November 9th.
  • The jury will make the selection for the exhibit by November 10th. The artists will be notified by November 11th if their works have been chosen or not.
  • All the art selected must be delivered to the Constellation Gallery by November 18th ready to hang.

The mission of the Maine Artist Collective is to connect the public with Maine artists and support development by providing exhibition and studio space, education, and professional workshops.

The Constellation Gallery located at 511 Congress Street is open Monday 12-4 p.m., Wednesday 1-5 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 10-2 p.m. The Gallery is also by appointment. Please call 409-6617.

Constellation Art Gallery

2015 Exhibition Schedule at the Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America
January 30—April 26, 2015

Organized by the New-York Historical Society, The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America will feature 52 marine paintings and 10 maritime artifacts that explore the ways in which the early history and culture of the United States were inextricably bound to the sea. The Atlantic Ocean, in particular, loomed large in the American consciousness as a geographical barrier between Old and New Worlds; the conduit for the global exchange of ideas, people, and things; and the basis for national economic activities as well as personal fortunes. Ranging in date from around 1750 to 1904, the works will include portraits of seafarers and vessels, seascapes and harbor views, naval battle scenes, and images of leisure and labor on the water.

Youth Art Month
February 28—March 29, 2015

For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art has partnered with the Maine Art Education Association to present the annual Youth Art Month exhibition each March. This popular show of K-12 student artwork from across the state coincides with National Youth Art Month, which was started in 1961 with the goals of emphasizing the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality school art programs. The Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA is an annual tradition that is eagerly anticipated by visual arts educators, students, and museum audiences. With artwork from Greenville to Skowhegan to York, it is truly a statewide event with more than 100 teachers and students participating each year.

Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail
May 21—September 20, 2015

From Ogunquit to Bangor, the museums on the Maine Art Museum Trail showcase more than 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary, in collections featuring works by the many artists associated with Maine, such as Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Alex Katz, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, and Louise Nevelson. This exhibition will feature works chosen by the museum directors on the Trail and will highlight a variety of work including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. The Trail museums include: Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), Portland Museum of Art (Portland), and University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor). In 2015, the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum (Monhegan Island) will join the Trail.

2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
October 8—December 31, 2015

The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the ninth in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing new or recent work by living artists. Through a generous bequest by beloved Maine artist William Thon and his wife, Helen, the Biennial began in 1998 and has become a centerpiece of the PMA’s exhibition calendar for artists, audiences, and arts professionals in the state of Maine and beyond. The 2015 Biennial will be organized by nationally recognized guest curator Alison Ferris, Curator of the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and former Curator at the Bowdoin Arts Museum and Assistant Director at Maine Arts Commission. Unlike previous Biennial exhibitions, this exhibition will not include a call for entries.

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show, Nov 21-23

The Sixth Annual Art-Full Gifts Holiday Show at Point Lookout in Northport features 50 talented exhibitors who create Fine Art, Fine Craft , wearable art, and artisan made gourmet foods This wide variety make up the sixth annual show that has become the go-to place to find exceptional Maine-crafted gifts and get a head start on holiday shopping.

The Gala Opening preview party kicks off the show on Friday evening, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. Your price of admission includes a fantastic array of complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants. Shop for gifts, and meet your friends over a cocktail while listening to a top live jazz duet. The show continues through the weekend with free interactive craft demonstrations and more holiday shopping.

· 50 exhibitors
· Art-Full Café featuring whole food lunches for purchase
· Free hiking trails and paved road to the summit featuring a stunning Penobscot Bay view
· Free Parking

Show admission
· Admissions help to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust
· $10 Friday; includes live jazz and complimentary gourmet tastings from our artisan food exhibitors and select area restaurants.
· $3 Saturday and Sunday, with all day interactive craft demonstrations


Last Week Jeff Bye “Outside In” Exhibition at Greenhut Galleries

Jeff Bye at Greenhut Galleries

“Yellow” by Jeff Bye

Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside.

Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

Handmade Books Workshop at CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present a day-long artist’s book workshop on Saturday, November 15, titled “Fast and Simple Book Making for Adults.” Participants will explore papers and other assorted materials used in making books, learn about the tools of the trade, and leave with at least one finished book. There will be instruction in accordion fold and pamphlet-stitched books and how to make both hard and soft covers. Time permitting, participants will also experiment with Instant Books, made from a single sheet of paper. Instructor for the workshop is Sandy Weisman, a book, fiber, and mixed media artist and poet. She is the former director of gallery education at Massachusetts College of Art and is owner of 26 Split Rock Cove, an artists’ retreat in South Thomaston. No previous experience is needed, and all materials will be provided. The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the fee is $100; $90 for CMCA members. To register or for more information, visit or call CMCA at 236-2875.

ArtLab workshops are made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, and individual donors. 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. FMI:

Monumental Robert Indiana Sculpture Presented at PMA

Portland Museum of Art


At 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present to the public Robert Indiana’s SEVEN (1980/2003)—a monumental contemporary sculpture that will immediately become one of Portland’s most famous landmarks. As a longtime Vinalhaven resident, Indiana is a beloved part of Maine’s artistic heritage, and his work and career have long been celebrated by the PMA. With SEVEN, the museum is not only affirming its physical location in the city—at Seven Congress Square—but outwardly demonstrating its commitment to adding iconic artworks to its collection. The evening festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by local artists.

“With the installation of this sculpture on our front plaza, the PMA announces that this is and always will be a place for art,” says Chief Curator Jessica May. “Robert Indiana is one of a small number of artists whose place in American culture and in the history of art in Maine is truly tremendous. We could not be happier to honor his artistic practice and to enrich our collection with this historic acquisition.”

Indiana imagined SEVEN as part of a larger series of works—numerals zero through nine—in different sizes, with 8 x 8 x 4 feet as the largest in the series. The first group was produced in brightly colored aluminum in 1980 and was eventually donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the mid-1990s, Indiana reengaged a foundry to complete his numerals series, including the large-scale weathering-steel numerals.
In addition to being a significant acquisition for the PMA, SEVEN is also a meaningful addition to the public art in the city of Portland. The sculpture stands as a testament to the revitalization of the arts district—in its epicenter at Congress Square. SEVEN is a public sculpture, a landmark, and a tourist attraction in one: an artwork that will come to define the city of Portland, Maine.

49 Artists “Inspired by Katahdin” at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

“Katahdin” by Stefan Pastuhov

Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin” juried by brothers David and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7 – 29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more. The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception.

“Inspired by Katahdin” is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law of Augusta, Legacy Properties, Sotheby’s International Realty of Damariscotta, Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Agency of Augusta and by Cribstone Capital Management Financial of Augusta, and is supported by our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, the late Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers, Chris and Ray Vallee.

8th Annual Extravaganza 2014 at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery

The eighth annual EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7th through December 24th. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more!

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Constance Cossette, Maryjean V. Crowe, Nicholas Cullen, Bill Davis, James Deane, Liz Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Rachael Eastman, Kris Engman, David Estey, Sarah Faragher, Maureen Farr, Sallie Findlay, Stephen Florimbi, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Jemma Gascoine, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Hilary Kahrl, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Hanako Nakazato, Kathleen Newton Foote, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Alex Portela, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Liv Kristin Robinson, Julie H. Rose, Rural Electric, Ashleigh Russell, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Johan Selmer-Larson, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Patricia Shea, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Toussaint St. Negritude, James Strickland, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Whiffletree and April White.

Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 7th from 5-8 pm.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call (207) 338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit for links to the artists and notice of special events.

Exhibition by Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

Sandra Quinn at Greenhut Galleries

“A New Day” by Sandra Quinn

Linked is Sandra Quinn’s 4th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. Quinn’s command of her medium is at once evident upon observation of her work. She uses encaustic (pigmented wax), oils and other mediums to explore making marks and gestures as related to color and shape. The call and response dialogue created by mark making, layering of wax, scraping away and collage provides the vehicle that leads to the finished piece. The blank surface is an invitation – anything is possible. The work is abstract without reference to any object or subject. The paintings are simply an expression of the influences and experiences of her life.

About Linked Quinn states, “This is the story of connections, of seeing the big picture. My memories are the foundation of who I am today. They bubble to the surface to be seen in a new light. In painting, I summon memories and give them space to breathe. These spaces create a rhythm which builds new perspective. From this point of view I link past to present, present to future.”

Quinn holds a BFA in painting with honors from the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). Her work has been exhibited at the University of New England Art Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, the Saco Museum, Maine Coast Artists as well as many galleries both local and national. She is a member of the Peregrine Press.

Pastel “Horizons” at Tidemark Gallery

Sally Loughridge, Maine art

“Storm Green” by Sally Loughridge

“Horizons,” a solo show of vibrant oil and soft pastel paintings by Sally Loughridge, is on display at Tidemark Gallery through November 8. The gallery, 902 Main Street in Waldoboro, is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

A year-round South Bristol resident, Loughridge worked for over a year on this series of paintings honoring the horizon, whether clearly visible or obscured by fog, foliage, or the roll of the landscape. The paintings vary from dramatic contrasts of light and shadow to mysterious images with subtle hues and soft contours. “I loved exploring the concept of the horizon,” reflects the artist, “It’s never attainable but endlessly inspiring.”

For more information, please contact the gallery at or (207) 832-7897.

Three Artists Inspire at DIAA

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association announces the opening of a new show, ”Inspirations/3 Artists” featuring Betsy Braunhut, Paul Trowbridge, and Hub White. The show opens on Friday, October 31, with a reception with the artists that evening from 5:00 – 7:00.

Betsy Braunhut at DIAA

“Going Sailing” by Betsy Braunhut

The three local artists offer very different perspectives that will please and inspire their audience. Betsy Braunhut uses her surroundings on Deer Isle as the inspiration for her photography.  In this show she will present some of her newer images captured by digital means.  She hopes others will come to love what she is privileged to see every day. Paul Trowbridge spent most of his summer days painting watercolors, and will share many of his recent works in this exhibit. His work celebrates the landscape of Maine while exploring the fluid, spontaneous, and fickle nature of watercolor.  Hub White’s paintings and drawings may be either realistic or abstract. He uses a variety of media in his work, such as graphite, pen and ink, markers, colored pencils, watercolor, oil pastels and acrylics as he continues to explore various subjects and ideas.

Paul Trowbridge Fine Art

“Turner’s Porch 2″ by Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association Gallery will be open from
5:00 -7:00 on Friday October 31 for the artists’ reception, and from 11:00 AM – 5 :00 PM on Saturday November 1; Sunday, November 2; Friday, November 7, Saturday, November 8,; Sunday November 9; Friday, November 14; Saturday, November 15, and Sunday November 16. The gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information, call (207) 348-2330.