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April come she will / When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
- Paul Simon

April Café begins with the Spring Exhibitions at UMaine Museum of Art. The photo triptych by David Hilliard, now part of the museum’s permanent collection, stopped me in my tracks the first time I saw it reviewed in TIME. Hilliard’s work is amazing to see in person and is now another fine addition to the art of Maine. The story begins below.

April Café sees an uptick in Gallery and Museum openings. Farnsworth is opening “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea,” Archipelago is opening “Sea & Sky,” Bayview Gallery in Brunswick presents a Spring Show of work by Charles Movalli, Tidemark Gallery has an Opening Reception for Stephen Jane, Greenhut Galleries opens their 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, PMA presents “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways,” Central Maine Clay Artists (CMCA) and the Harlow Gallery team up for MUG SEASON, ”It’s Not So Black and White IV” an annual exhibit opens at Richard Boyd Art Gallery, Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance at Waterfall Arts, Schooner Gallery has a call for artists, and Michael Shyka will show his colorful florals at Fields Pond Audobon Center.

And finally, here is the sneak preview of our cover featuring Bernard Langlais I have been promising. I have taken Janna Halwick of Carver Hill Gallery’s great suggestion to include the year (so we will all know we are current).
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And for our parting image from DADA
Portrait of an artist. Louise Nevelson, A Maine Artist We Love.

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Cheers to all,

Anthony Anderson
207-974-9683
anthony@mainegalleryguide.com

UMaine Museum of Art opens Spring Exhibitions

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“Rock Bottom,” by David Hilliard, 2008, C-print, Museum Collection

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will open three new Spring Exhibitions today, April 4. “Looking Back Six Years” features the best of recent Museum photographic acquisitions. “Jay Kelly: Works from 2007-2014” is a timely exhibit of the artists’ captivating sculptures and drawings. “Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment” shows the artist’s fascination with botanical forms using the lost-wax technique.

Looking Back Six Years – Part One: Selected New Acquisitions
In a series of exhibitions throughout 2014, UMMA is celebrating the ongoing development of the permanent collection. Looking Back Six Years-Part One features a selection of new acquisitions since 2008 that underscores the significant role photography plays in the Museum’s collection. This exhibition focuses on contemporary photographic practice by an array of nationally recognized artists. Images of people are prominent in the exhibition, from David Hilliard’s thought provoking colored triptych, Rock Bottom, to John Goodman’s testosterone-charged gelatin silver print, The Schlitz Boys. Photographs by Dominic Chavez, made in Sierra Leone and Malawi, and Alejandro Cartagena’s powerful series The Car Poolers convey strong social messages. Images of New York City, a well-established, dynamic subset of UMMA’s photographic holdings, are further enhanced by the addition of works of Ilya Askinazi, Todd Watts, Lynn Saville, Vincent Serbin and Esteban Pastorino

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“Untitled #66 (2007), #65 (2007), #104 by Jay Kelly 2008

Jay Kelly: Works from 2007-2014
Jay Kelly presents a selection of 27 sculptures and 10 drawings created from 2007 to 2014. Kelly’s intimate sculptures, the tallest of which measures 26 inches, exhibit elaborately worked surfaces that range from the refined to those that appear to be weathered and aged. The artist often painstakingly combines varied materials such as metal, wood, gesso, Hydrocal, Japanese paper and acrylic paint to render this dynamic assortment of abstract forms. A number of the works are constructed solely from nickel silver to which the artist applies a chemical coating to render the darkened and irregular surfaces. While small in size, each unique and meticulously handmade work has a commanding presence and delightfully idiosyncratic posture. Equally captivating are the artist’s 5 x 5 inch drawings on transparent vellum, which appear to glow. Each drawing includes the artist’s blurred gestural marks, a selective pallet of muted tones, and seemingly scrawled notations which often appear to hover in space.

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“Your Entitlement II,” by  Amy Beeler 2014

Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment
Featuring 21 works, Amy Beeler’s first solo museum exhibition explores the intersection of jewelry and sculpture in pieces rooted in her long-standing fascination with botanical forms. Using the lost-wax technique, Beeler has cast in silver an array of seed pods including milkweed, sweetgum, lotus, gumnut and datura. The organic, spiky forms are combined with hand-forged elements to create stunning, yet perhaps menacing, necklaces and boldly exaggerated rings. While at first glance these ornately designed creations are unmistakably elegant, wearing some would prove challenging, even to the most adventurous fashionista. These selected works use silver primarily as a medium. Yet in some the artist has also inventively incorporated freshwater and Tahitian pearls, Pyrex glass, 14k gold, jasper and even human hair. The Zillman Gallery is the setting for Beeler’s works, most of which were created in the past year.

UMMA’s Spring Exhibitions will open to the public on April 4 and run through June 7, 2014. Admission is free in 2014 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu.

Farnsworth opens “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea”

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“Young Fisherman and Dory,” study by Andrew Wyeth

On Saturday, April 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition entitled “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea.” The exhibition of approximately thirty works will run through Dec. 28 at the museum’s Wyeth Center. The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Street in Rockland. Please visit farnsworthmuseum.org for more information

Archipelago Fine Arts celebrates Spring with “Betty Heselton: Sea & Sky”

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“Estuary” by Betty Heselton

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland will celebrate Spring  with “Sea & Sky,” a new show of work by Maine artist Betty Heselton, from April 4 to June 20. The public is invited to two free events: the first reception on Friday, April 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. will open the show; and the second on Friday, May 23, from 5 – 8 p.m., will provide another opportunity to meet the artist, who lives in Gardiner and paints on Monhegan each summer with several friends. “This body of work,” Heselton says, “speaks to the clear and simple beauty and pleasure I experience during my summers on the rocky coast of Maine. For more information about the show or the receptions, please call 594-9209.

Bayview Gallery Spring Show of Charles Movalli

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“Paul Revere” by Charles Movalli

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick presents a Spring Show of work by Charles Movalli. Having come up at the knee of Rockport Plein Air master Emile Gruppe and being an ambassador of the Cape Ann style to artists and collectors far and wide, Movalli emerges with a beautiful body of new paintings featuring the coast of Maine along with some arresting images of Boston just in time for Spring. Those familiar with Movalli’s work will delight in his ever expanding choice of subject while those seeing the work for the first time will marvel at his use of broken color and lively brushwork which invigorate these new paintings. To see more of Movalli’s paintings, visit website bayviewgallery.com

Tidemark Gallery Opening Reception for Stephen Jane

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Bloodlines, mixed media, by Stephen Jane

The Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro presents an Opening Reception for Stephen Jane from 5 to 7 p.m. April 5. Jane may be inspired by ancient pictographs chipped into weathered granite hundreds or thousands of years ago by ancient, unknowable ancestors or views of equally unknowable planets. But seeing through Stephen Jane’s eyes, we understand the meaning of his words, “when reality is not enough.”  It’s always been Tidemark’s mission to present the work of local artists, often neighbors who we never knew were quietly working away, producing some astoundingly beautiful art. Stephen Jane’s work will be on display at Tidemark from April 2 through May 3. For more information visit tidemarkgallery.com.

Greenhut Galleries presents 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show

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“Monument Square” by Joel Babb

Greenhut Galleries in Portland is pleased to open an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by 50 artists in the 7th Biennial Invitational Portland Show, with an Opening Reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. In a wonderful tribute, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”. Oil, watercolor, collage, graphite, clay, glass and brushed aluminum are all used in a range of genre from realism to abstraction.  Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition.  For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.

PMA presents “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways”

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“Beneath your wandering feet” By Andrea Sulzer

The Portland Museum of Art’s “Andrea Sulzer: Throughoutsideways,” on view April 26 through August 24 will be the first solo show at the PMA for Brunswick artist Andrea Sulzer. The exhibition is part of the Circa series, which features the work of living artists from Maine and beyond.   With more than 15 works, the exhibition will showcase a diverse range of Sulzer’s latest creations, produced largely during the six months leading up to the opening. There are meticulously crafted abstract drawings in black ink and colored pencil that explore the relationship between the handmade marks and paper support, as well as woodblock prints that create complex, unexpectedly varied surface topographies through multiple layers of ink. The exhibition will also include sculpted paper constructions in which Sulzer transforms two-dimensional drawings and prints into three-dimensional forms that incorporate the air around them into the very essence of the work. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org

(CMCA and Harlow Gallery participating in MUG SEASON

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Central Maine Clay Artists (CMCA) and the Harlow Gallery  invite the public to participating in MUG SEASON – a Mug Making Workshop on Saturday, April 12 10 – 2 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.  Participants will learn techniques to make a simple hand built mug. The potters of CMCA will provide all the materials and instructions needed to make and decorate your own mug.   There will also be a couple potter’s wheels and demonstrations of “throwing” on the wheel.  Cost is $15 per participant and all ages are welcome. Fired and finished mugs will be ready for pick up within a couple weeks.  For more information contact Nancy Barron at 622-3813.

‘”It’s Not So Black and White IV” at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

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“The Milky Way” by Jane Herbert

‘”It’s Not So Black and White IV” is an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island with an opening reception at the gallery from 12 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The exhibition explores works by four artists predominantly using the colors black and white or values of the colors black and white to create variations in tone from deep hues of black to silvery grays. On exhibit are paintings in a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary in acrylic-on-canvas by artist Jane Herbert, landscapes in ink-on-paper by Pam Cabanas, portraits and drawings in ink by Wyatt Barr and a contemporary digital work in ink-on-canvas by Petrea Noyes. For additional information about the exhibit please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, or visit richardboydartgallery.com

Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance at Waterfall Arts

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Waterfall Arts’ annual Poets and Fools Costume Party and Dance will be held on Friday, April 11. The party begins at 7 pm with a lively variety show with poets, story tellers, musicians, performers and a mysterious MC; followed by a costume contest with celebrity judges and prizes, a raffle for a stay at an island cabin on a lake, lots of happy fools, cash bar, dance music by Merther, reggae band from Blue Hill, refreshments, fun and friends. All are invited to attend, wear a costume if you like and celebrate April (the cruelest month according to T.S. Eliot) community, poetry and creativity. Admission to the fundraiser for Waterfall Arts programs is $8 at the door. Visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222 for more information.

Schooner Gallery Call to Artists

Schooner Gallery of Milbridge will host a 3rd Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Showcase in celebration of Maine artists who are residents and live within 44 nautical miles of Milbridge (50.6 miles). Artists of any age and training are invited to submit their artwork inspired by our 44º North environment. This is an exciting and inspiring annual art event held at the Schooner Gallery, 59 Main Street, Milbridge. Show dates will be May 23rd through June 29th with an opening reception on Saturday, May 24th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Drop off dates, in-person at the gallery, for artworks in all media are Monday, May 19th, to Wednesday, May 21st, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. A maximum of 2 pieces per person, made within the last three years, no larger than 30”x40” will be accepted. 3-D work will also be accepted on a limited basis. All artwork must be labeled and wall pieces must be ready to hang with picture wires attached. No mailed or shipped entries can be accepted. Call Schooner Gallery at 546-3179 or 546-7989 to schedule a drop off time or for more information.

Michael Shyka at Fields Pond Audubon Center

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Florals by Michael Shyka

Fields Pond Audubon Center is hosting a whimsical and colorful art showing this spring. Michael Shyka, a Bangor artist, is displaying vibrant paintings from Greece. Michael has national and international exposure for his colorful designs and hand painted fabrics which can be seen at his studio at One Lupine, 170 Park Street. The Audubon Center show focuses on spectacular flora and seascapes. For more information call 989-2591 or visit Michael Shyka’s facebook page.

The Gallery at 11 Pleasant opening in Brunswick

On May first, The Gallery at 11 Pleasant in Brunswick, will open its doors for the pleasure of art lovers in Southern Maine. Located just off the intersection of Maine and Pleasant, the gallery features the work of rotating painters, sculptors, jewelers and carvers, as well as the realistic paintings of Janet Glatz. Glatz is Curator and Director of this “alternative” gallery which rents space to artists and artisans on a rotational schedule. “Today’s art market is changing,” says Glatz. “With the proliferation of online galleries competing for sales, artists need more and varied opportunities for real time viewing of their work without the constraints of traditional gallery representation.“ For more information and to request application forms, contact Ms. Glatz at jbglatz@gmail.com.

Ann Tracy finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

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“She Wears Branches and Barnacles”  Digital Mixed Media

Portland Maine artist Ann Tracy has been chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was also invited to exhibit that work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain beginning September 18 and running to November 20. Tracy has just returned from New York where she will be showed her digital mixed media painting “Green Graces” as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014.

Tracy got to Cuba earlier this year on a people to people cultural exchange led by internationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Opalenik and organized by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  Tracy is also a member of the Maine Artists Collective.  She has also been vetted by U.S. Artists, a nonprofit group in Los Angeles, and successfully used their unique fundraising program her “The Three Graces For Environmental Awareness” project which was shown in Portland at Akari and at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami this past December. Her studio is located within Running with Scissors, 916-804-6095 or email anntracy51@gmail.com.

March Greetings + Maine art news and shows

Greetings art lovers and cafe friends,

Can March really be the cruelest month when it has been a totally cruel winter? Let’s keep our fingers crossed for it to end soon. I went shopping yesterday in Bangor and the new displays for beach chairs, umbrellas and bathing suits were a surprisingly cheerful and welcome sight!

Café for March begins with a special weekend showing of films at the Farnsworth as part of their Oz show. The story starts below.

Also in the March Cafe are a show at John Edwards Wine Cellar Art Gallery, Tidemark Gallery’s first show of 2014, the University of Maine Museum of Art’s Leonard Lecture Series presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers,” it’s National Youth Month at the Portland Museum, Shaw Gallery is calling for MDI artists, CMCA presents “Collage x 10,” Waterfall Arts has scheduled two unique weekend workshops, Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Peaks Island is opening “Intersections,” PMA presents “George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island,” and Åarhus Gallery kicks-off of the sixth annual,  ’44N 69W: Radius Belfast’ Show.”

Scan them all and see all the great images at Café des Artistes Blog, and in this morning’s BDN Art Section.

The George Daniell show at PMA looks so inviting. It’s interesting to see how little has changed on Monhegan since the 30s. George and Steve were a family friends and regulars when we started “Il Giardino” in the early 70s in Bar Harbor. I have a great photo George took of my mother smiling through the café window.

I know I promised a sneak peak of the 2014 MG+SG Cover. Sorry, not quite ready. I will say this year’s guide will once again be bursting with Maine art and will be distributed state wide by Mid-May.

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Happy birthday to Michelangelo, born on this day in 1475. Celebrate with this work—considered the most magnificent drawing by the artist in the United States—and watch this feature by the Met to learn more.

 

 

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Cheers to all,

Anthony Anderson
207-974-9683
anthony@mainegalleryguide.com

Farnsworth Presents Two Visions of OZ

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On Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, the Fansworth Art Museum will present two movie versions of The Wizard of Oz. First, on Saturday, the 1925 film version will be presented at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium, Then, on Sunday, the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, will screen at The Strand Theatre, in Rockland at 2 p.m. The Sunday Strand screening will be preceded by an OZ-inspired dance performance by Midcoast students.

The Saturday, March 15 screening will be of the 1925 movie The Wizard of Oz. The American silent film was directed by Larry Semon, who also appears in a lead role, that of a farmhand disguised as a Scarecrow. The only completed 1920s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this film features a young Oliver Hardy as the Tin Woodman. The American comic actor would later become famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy. The film departs radically from the novel upon which it is based, introducing new characters and exploits. The Saturday screening will be introduced by Willard Carroll, whose collection is on display at the Farnsworth through March in the exhibition The Wonderful World of Oz. The 1925 film is free with museum admission.

Presented by the Farnsworth and The Strand Theatre, the Sunday, March 16 screening, will be a 75th Anniversary special showing of a 35mm “library copy” of the 1939 classic. The definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s fantasy, the movie made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, a young orphan girl living a drab black-and-white existence on a dusty Kansas farm with her aunt and uncle. Dorothy yearns to travel “over the rainbow” to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the Technicolor land of Oz.

Audience members are encouraged to be in their seats at 2 p.m. sharp in order to view a special added attraction: Dorothy and other characters will come to life and dance!  Dorothy, performed by Emma Gross, a junior at Camden Hills Regional High School, and other Midcoast students, will greet attendees as they arrive, then perform a short dance inspired by the Land of Oz. Tickets for the Sunday show are $7.50 matinee pricing for all seats, and will be available at The Strand box office, one hour prior to the screening. For more information call 596-6457.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery featuring Kathleen Noyes

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“Dancer” by Kathleen Noyes

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery in Ellsworth is featuring the work of Hancock County artist Kathleen Noyes.  Kathleen creates figurative works that blur the line between the representational and the abstract.  Emotive and intuitive, her figures explore the landscape of the unconscious, from the simple expression of an unguarded moment to haunting, dream-like images and loosely delineated impression. Kathleen uses human form as a focusing lens. This show will be available until the week of March 24 – 29. Come see Kathleen’s work as well as that of Phil Barter, Brian Emerson, and others in the Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market.  Call 667-9377 for more information.

Tidemark Gallery’ opening “Sacred Geometry: Audrey Bechler”

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“Sacred Geometry” by Audrey Bechler

Waldoboro’s own Audrey Bechler is featured in Tidemark Gallery’s first show of 2014, with an opening 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8. In addition to the soulful coastal landscapes for which she’s so well know, Audrey is bringing out some of her most powerful and vivid abstracts. Her “Sacred Geometry” series transcends time and place. The gallery is humbled and proud to present local artists of such caliber and dedication. To see this year’s calendar of artists and events sponsored by Tidemark, please visit tidemarkgallery.com. For more information call 832-5109.

UMMA presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations”

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“Mandala” by Hannah Cole

The University of Maine Museum of Art’s Leonard Lecture Series presents “Bedspreads and Manhole Covers: A Talk about Process and Everyday Inspirations,” 6 – 7 p.m. Wed. March 12 by painter Hannah Cole whose works are featured in UMMA’s exhibition Time’s Wife, on display through March 22. Cole will reveal the inspiration, process and challenges behind her work in a presentation in the Leonard gallery. Hannah Cole received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Yale University, Post-Baccalaureate studies in painting from Brandeis University, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 561.3350  or visit umma.umaine.edu