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FRED WOELL: AN AMERICAN VISION
Launches Website and Screening Tour
J. Fred Woell: An American Vision, the 17th episode in the Maine Masters series of films on Maine’s exceptional artists, has just launched a website www.jfredwoellfilms.org <http://www.jfredwoellfilms.org> and is in the planning stages of a national screening tour.
This documentary by Richard Kane with Robert Shetterly premiered at the Camden International Film Festival and is slated to screen in May 2018 at the annual conference of the Society for North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), co-sponsored by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The film will screen theatrically throughout Maine in 2018 as well as at many museums, universities, national craft shows and conferences.
The film is about this Deer Isle, ME political artist who made satirically searing commentary often on the dark side of history. A humble and humorous artist and teacher, Woell opened the door to seeing anew.
FILM REVIEW – by Stuart Kestenbaum
Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a man who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As an artist he was an innovator and a rule-breaker. As a teacher he encouraged his students to make their own discoveries. It’s appropriate to have American featured in the title of this film, for Fred’s vision was uniquely American: he had a deep belief in democratic ideals combined with common-sense ingenuity in making work or repairing the world around him. While he could see the inconsistencies and flaws of his own country, he could also evoke in us our potential to make a better world. For Fred, making that better world began with his hands in the studio. In this inspiring film we are fortunate to witness a part of that journey.
Stuart Kestenbaum is Maine’s Poet Laureate and Chair of the American Craft Council.
A limited number of DVDs are available from Kane-Lewis Productions, 207-359-2320, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harlow Gallery presents: “SQUARE”:
Harlow Gallery presents: “SQUARE”, a fundraiser exhibition at Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell
December 6-16, 2017 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.
An invitation to the Grand Opening at Freedom Makers Studio
25 Main Street in Freedom
November 18, 2017
Artist reception 4-6 pm, refreshments provided
Artifact and Artifice | Jeffrey Ackerman
Hours and Days | Kathy Weinberg
Fineberg Community Room
Opening Reception: November 9, 2017 5pm-7pm
Exhibitions: November 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018
First Friday Art Walk: December 1, 2017, 5pm-8pm
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm or by appointment
email@example.com Nancy Davidson, Curator
Bradbury Mountain Arts 19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale of Fine Arts & Crafts will be held on Saturday November 18, 10am – 6pm and Sunday November 19, 10am – 4pm at the historic Mallett Hall located at 429 Hallowell Rd., Rte.9, in Pownal Center. 16 artists will feature painting, photography, sculpture, print-making, pottery, jewelry, wood- turning, fiber arts, drawings and more. Warm food & baked goods will be sold by local Girls Scouts. This event is free and handicap accessible.
SHELTER: This is a collaborative show featuring the printmaking of artists from both Circling The Square Fine Arts Press in Gardiner and Waterfall Arts Print Studio in Belfast. Twenty-five artists united by the concept of Shelter create a wide range of interpretations inspired by personal experiences. Metaphorical, literal, psychological, spiritual national and global concerns about shelter in a range of print media: Intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen.
Please visit Friday night or between Nov 3 – Nov 25. 277 Water St, Gardiner.
Materiality: The Matter of Matter
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)
November 11, 2017, public reception from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition is on view through February 11, 2018.
The thematic, group exhibition fills the new CMCA with a lively and diverse selection of work by twelve artists with a connection to the state of Maine. Artists included in the exhibition are: Jackie Brown, Stephanie Cardon, Lisa Kellner, Adam Lampton, Jonathan Mess, Loretta Park, Gelah Penn, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Aaron T Stephan, and Ian Trask.
“Memories” a group show
The UMVA Gallery at CTN/Portland Media Center (PMC)
516 Congress St., Portland ME
opening: (First) Friday, November 3rd with an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. In addition to being available for showing during PMC office hours, UMVA volunteers will be at the Gallery from 1 to 4 pm on November 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2017, curated by Ann Tracy
Call For Artists: October 2, 2017— The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine, announces a $25,000 fellowship award for a Maine artist working in the visual arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship will begin accepting applications online via Submittable.com on October 5, 2017, with the intention of delivering the award by the end of the year. The award will be accompanied by a solo exhibition in the following year at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, a partnership made possible through its Director, Suzette McAvoy. Applications juried by a panel of experts in the field from outside the State of Maine to be announced at a later date. Please visit ellis-beauregardfoundation.org or call Donna McNeil, Executive Director, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation at 207-594-5825 for further information.
ABSTRACTIONS –Victor Goldsmith, Cecily Kahn, Lorna Ritz —October 6 – 31, 2017
Jonathan Frost Gallery
279 Main Street, Suite 8 (Corner of Main and Park) Rockland, ME 04841
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 to 5 www.jonathanfrostgallery.com (207) 596-0800
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Live Jazz Piano by Steve Lindsay.
Gallery Talk by the Artists:
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
Tom Higgins, George Lloyd at Greenhut Gallery
October 5 – 28
Opening: Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm
146 Middle St, Portland, ME 207-772-2693
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am – 5pm
Works by Maine Immigrant & Refugee Artists
Sept 22 – Nov 17 at WATERFALL ARTS
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues–Friday 10AM–5PM
256 High Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
(207) 338-2222 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Higgins-handmade paper and prints
Dragon Echo Gallery
3 Mill Street in downtown Orono.
reception Friday, October 20th, from 5pm to 7pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
September 15 – through October 28
opens on Friday, September 15, with an artist reception from 5–6pm, and an artist talk at 6pm.
Courthouse Gallery – 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm. For more information 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.
RISING—Woven sculptural work by Sarah Hewitt
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily
October 12- December 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6-8 pm
Gallery will be closed November 27-December 4
Hours: 7-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Belfast, Maine 04915
Sarah Hewitt uses the traditional crafts of weaving to create riotous and sprawling work that marries vivid yarn, natural objects and more.
UMaine Museum of Art Fall Exhibitions
September 15 – December 30, 2017
JACK BALAS: MAINE AND AGAIN
TRACES: AMY THEISS GIESE & KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY
KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY: TINTYPE PORTRAITS
MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF: LITTORAL DRIFT NEARSHORE
UMaine Museum of Art
40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast—September 22 – November 10,
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5-8pm
Harlow Gallery in Hallowell—October 27 – December 2
Engine in Biddeford—November 10 – December 16.
Maine Farmland Trust, and the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Vallery Art Association, present CSA II – one of three exhibitions. Work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in 2017.
Harlow Gallery, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347
September 23-November 4, 2017
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm
The debut art exhibition at their new location at 100 Water Street, in downtown Hallowell.
Participating artists include Karen & Ru Allen, Nancy Keenan Barron, Megan Daigle, Whitney Gill, Judy Herman, Pamela Hetherly, Nancy Holland, Eddie Leaman, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Petrea Noyes, Peter Precourt, Judy Schuppien, Sally Wagley, and more.
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT
Allen West at ENGINE
Show runs from September 29 – November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: September 29 from 5-8pm
West’s body of work It Is Possible That includes work made with ancient techniques of felting, knitting, stitching, and weaving, which attempt to complicate how the brain understands the idea of truth.
ENGINE, is a non-profit arts organization, is the home to the Maine Fablab makerspace in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 265 Main street. http://www.feedtheengine.org
September 1 to October 31, 2017
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine—open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is exhibiting a group of oil paintings by Alison Rector titled The Value of Thought. Rector’s work celebrates the beauty and serenity of Maine’s public library buildings in 18 oil paintings. Her work has been praised for the depiction of light with radiant color and quiet beauty. The show titled The Value of Thought is on view in from September 1 until October 31, 2017.
For more information, visit www.ogunquitmuseum.org.
POW! Comic Book Inspired Art Show
Sept. 8 – Oct. 21, 2017
160 Water Street, Hallowell ME
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm
POW! features the work of over 34 artists from across Maine and beyond, highlighting the different ways they incorporate comics into their art; from comic-inspired art to more traditional comic book art pages. Closson is also presenting his own and six peers’ work in “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery,” an exhibit at University of Maine Augusta’s Danforth Gallery through October 6; for more information, visit www.artsuma.com.
HOLOCAUST HEROES: FIERCE FEMALES | LINDA STEIN
Maine Jewish Museum
September 14 – November 5, 2017
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm
or by appointment 207-773-2339
Nancy Davidson, Curator email@example.com
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 5-7pm
Art Talk with Linda Stein – Tuesday, October 3, 6-8 pm
Talk with Anna Wrobel – Friday, October 15, 2-4 pm
The Atrium Art Gallery at University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College (USM) is hosting an exhibition, Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape, a group show of 2D and 3D Art and is seeking artists whose work is focused on Maine’s industrial landscape. (March 12 – June 1, 2018).
Painter Janice L. Moore is the guest curator for this exhibition. She has a had longtime interest in Maine’s work landscapes and how they have shaped us both physically and culturally. Her work has focused on our working factories, abandoned work sites, and repurposed structures throughout the state. Robyn Holman, retired curator of Atrium Gallery, will also take part in the artist selection.
Maine artists* are invited to submit images of work for consideration. All media will be considered: paintings, drawings, sculpture, works in clay, fiber, glass, ceramic, metal, and wood. There is no entry fee. Works may be for sale with arrangements between the buyer and artist. Proposal for new works will be considered.
*Maine residents or artists with a strong, ongoing connection to the state of Maine.
Beer Plant, Oil on Canvas, 24”x 36”, 2015
Call For Art:
UMVA Members—November 2017 Portland show at CTN (PMC) Gallery
Community Television Network in Portland’s Art District
516 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Memory is invoked by many of our senses. For Proust it was the smell of a madeleine. As visual artists, how do we use memory? Do we use memory in a representational way or do we abstract it? Do we paint from memory or photos? Do those photographs in turn produce other memories, which influence our work? The theme of memory seems appropriate to our November member show. The theme is a suggestion, a jumping off point for you.
Submit by October 9th : Up to three entries @ 5 x 7″ JPG files at 300 dpi. via email to Ann Tracy: Anntracy51@gmail.com
Artists should also include a one page artist statement/price list, with title of work, size, medium as well as price.
Deadlines and dates
Oct 9th……………………………………… Submit up to 3 pieces 5×7″ JPG files at 300 dpi
Oct 20th …………………………………… Artists notified of which pieces are accepted
Oct 28th……………………………………. Drop off art at CTN —1 to 4 pm
Nov 3rd…………………………………….. Artists reception – 1st Friday
Nov 25th…………………………………… Pick up work from CTN
GALLERY SITTING –Volunteers needed on a Saturday or Sunday Nov 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18 & 24: from 1 to 5 pm