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The Mills of the Androscoggin River

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Thursday, May 1, 7:30 to 9:00 AM
Fort Andross Gallery, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick

Architectural Historian and Topsham resident Scott Hanson will present an illustrated talk on the Mills of the Androscoggin.  Focusing primarily on the industrial development of the river in Brunswick and Topsham over more than 250 years, the talk will explore the importance of mills in the development of towns and cities along the Androscoggin and the cultural impacts of related historical events. For more details, click here.


Camilla Davidson@ Summer Island Studio in April

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Separate Journeys


Local Artist, Camilla Davidson will be hanging the month of April at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located at 149 Maine Street in the Tontine Mall.

Please join us anytime to enjoy and see exciting work in Encaustics. Contact Patti Baker at 373-1810 or email Hours are 9:30a to 5:30p

Camilla has been described as a painter who paints “Poetic Renditions of Nature”.  First a situation, the light, the color, and the textures move her; and then she does quick spot sketches, a lot of looking and feeling.  Davidson says she then develops the “poetry” in her studio with paint until she feels what it was like to be in that particular place; she says the canvas/panel must echo the sensation back to her.  Camilla then says she has a dialogue with her tools and paints until she feels rewarded with an image that “represents” what she was feeling viscerally at that particular place and time.  This “conversation” she has while painting is of the utmost importance to this process and is how she creates.


| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The TIme to be Happy is Now- Debra Arter


BATH- Debra Arter is the featured guest artist at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC,at 11 Centre St, Bath from April 2, through May 17, 2014.
An opening Reception will be held Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm.
Debra Arter is well-known for her collage work and has been a guest instructor at Centre St Arts Gallery; she will teach Gelatin Printmaking at Centre St on April 26, 2014.
A new show by Centre St Arts Gallery co-op members will also open with this reception on April 11, 2014, from 5 to 7 pm.
The public is invited; admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Watercolor: Decalcomania with Linda Murray @ Centre Street Gallery in Bath

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Linda Murray returns May 9-11 for a 3 day Watercolor: Decalcomania workshop for $195.

This technique presents many creative possibilities to the watercolor artist.

The workshop will begin Friday, May 9 from 5-7 pm, and return Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 4:30 pm.

Joy of the Lens Reception

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 1 – 3pm, Topsham Public Library will hold a reception in the Crooker Gallery kicking off our annual photography exhibit.

The Joy of the Lens is our annual juried photography exhibit which features original photography by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes will be awarded in categories including Nature and Landscapes/Seascapes, People, Animals, Digital Darkroom, and Details and Macro.

Music will be provided by Bill and Kate Gray on violin and guitar. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will hang in the Crooker Gallery from March 30th through May 10th. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite work for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented at the close of the exhibit. As always, our programs are free and open to the public.

Meet the Author: Milena Banks “Riding the Tiger”

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Meet the Author – Milena Banks at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street

Local author Milena Banks will speak about and sign copies of Riding the Tiger at Patten Free Library on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30pm. Banks’ debut novel received a starred review in Kirkus, which also voted it one of the top 5 best self-published books of 2013 and called the cover—which the author painted– “the most compelling” of all self-published titles of 2013.

Serbian-born Milena Banks has always been fascinated by other cultures. It shows in her sweeping debut novel, Riding the Tiger, which chronicles multiple generations of interconnected lives in Hong Kong. Kirkus called it a “spectacular novel of colonial China that should put this first-time author on the map.”

The idea for the novel came during Banks’ extensive travels, when she moved from Japan to Hong Kong. “I’d gone to finishing school for Japanese women, studied Japanese, become a Buddhist—just to get my head in the mindset. By the time I left, I thought I was Japanese,” she says. “I came to Hong Kong with that exhausted mentality, and hated it.” It was hot and noisy, she says, and many people were rude. “I locked myself in my apartment and thought, ‘I can’t stay here for three years in the air conditioning. I wanted to be in a Merchant Ivory film’—totally unrealistic, of course.”

The year she moved there—1997—was tense for Hong Kong, as the country shifted from British to Chinese control. Everyone was “freaking out,” Banks says, “wondering, ‘Where had the past gone? Where was it going? What was this Chinese identity?’ ”

Eager to find out what had happened to old Hong Kong and better understand its colonial legacy, she joined a local ladies’ club (which featured a picture of Queen Elizabeth II on its entry hall table) and began studying microfilms of old newspapers.

Pressing Plants with Lynette Breton

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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“A Body of Work” on view at the Harlow Gallery April 2014

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Opening: Friday, April 4, 5 – 8 pm

On view: April 4-26, 2014.
Gallery Hours:  Wednesday -Saturday noon to 6pmLocation:  160 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347

In April the Harlow Gallery is showcasing the work of 38 Maine artists working from the human figure.

A Body of Work is on view at the Harlow April 4-26, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 pm.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

” A Body of Work” resulted from an open call for Maine artist who are inspired by the figure and was juried by Joe Klofas (who has organized life drawing sessions at the Harlow Gallery since the 1990s), Tanya Fletcherand  executive director Deborah Fahy. Out of 131 submissions, 58 works of art will be included in the final show in a range of media: drawing, painting, photography, collage, fiberart and sculpture.
"Vertical Dilemma", oil on canvas by Anita Clearfield

“Vertical Dilemma”, oil on canvas by Anita Clearfield


“Studio shot nude study”, photography by William A. Haley


Exhibiting Artists

Auburn: Andrea Eusden.

Augusta: Lisa Lancaster.

Belfast: Charles Dufour, Gilbert Welch.

Bryant Pond: Gail Rein.

Durham: Anita Clearfield.

Falmouth: Judy O’Donnell.

Farmingdale: Jeff Auger.

Farmington: Sandra Stanton.

Freeport: Meghan Anderson Nathanson.

Gardiner: Allison McKeen.

Gorham: Matthew LaPierre.

Hallowell: Nancy Bixler, Sarah Dunn, William Haley, Joe Klofas, Lindsay May, Sally Wagley.

Harpswell: Heather Desiree.

Lewiston: Ryan Connell Garvey.

Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes.

Montville: Leslie Woods.

Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly.

New Gloucester: Deborah Anne Hall.

North Monmouth: Carol St. Pierre.

Oakland: Michael Smith.

Saco: Tanya Fletcher.

Springvale: Mary Bullock, Jean Noon.

Topsham: Robin Brooks.

Waterville: Magdalen Abe, Bruce Habowski.

West Gardiner: Dianne Chicoine, Kay Morris.

Windham: Lynda Wilson.

Winthrop: Don Kerr, Eileen Kerr, Penny Markley.

A Body of Work has been made possible by the generous support of Harlow Gallery Season Sponsors:  The Bank of MaineCapitol Dental CareDead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell,  Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings FamilyKennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.

Pastel Portrait Class @ Centre Street Gallery in Bath

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop,

Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13;

cost $200.

Call for Art- Spindleworks Art Exhibit @ Frontier: ON THE EDGE

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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opening May 9, 2014

Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick

Spindleworks will host an open call exhibit to coincide with the All Species Parade, set for May 9, 2014  in Brunswick Maine.

As with the parade, the exhibit On the Edge is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions.

This year artists are invited to submit work in any medium, focusing on species worldwide that are endangered.

We welcome diversity of artistic expression to reflect the diversity of this delicate class of species. This will be the fourth exhibit in the series, which has drawn artists from across Maine  and across the country.

Once again Spindleworks has chosen the Coastal Humane Society as the beneficiary of the exhibit. 20% from each sale will be donated to this important and well loved local organization.

***Entry forms and additional information are downloadable from the Spindleworks website, .

Deadline for entry forms and fee is April 25th, 2014


| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


 Pat Chandler, Portrait Class
BATH- Pastel Artist Pat Chandler will teach a 2-day Portrait Workshop, April 12-13, at Centre St Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St, Bath.
Class starts at 9:30 and ends at 4:30 each day. Cost for the workshop is $200.  Reservations can be made with a deposit of cash, check or by credit card.
Students will find a materials list on the blog:
Workshop is for beginning and intermediate artists.
Students may work in pastel, oil or acrylic.
Pat will teach basic portrait drawing the first day, using charcoal or graphite, continuing with actual painting on day two.
Pat Chandler is a noted Pastel Portraitist, living in Norway, Maine.  Her work may be seen on her website:
For more information about the workshop and to sign up, please call Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC,  at 207-442-0300 or visit the blog:

Art Classes in April at Centre Street Art Gallery

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Art Classes at Centre St. Arts Studio, 11 Centre Street 

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a variety of art classes in their studio at 11 Centre Street.

Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop, Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13; cost $200.

Debra Arter will teach Gelatin Printmaking on Saturday, April 26, 10-4; cost $70, includes materials.

Linda Murray returns May 9-11 for a 3 day Watercolor: Decalcomania workshop for $195.  This technique presents many creative possibilities to the watercolor artist.  The workshop will begin Friday, May 9 from 5-7 pm, and return Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 4:30 pm.

FMI or call 207-442-0300.

Birds! exhibit at Markings Gallery

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Birds! exhibit at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street

With spring upon us ( soon!)  and the sounds of birds becoming more apparent, it’s a good time to focus on birds and  related elements created by talented Maine artists.

Markings  has new offerings by Bath naturalist, teacher and wood carver Wayne Robbins.  His carvings capture the essence of many types of shore birds in native and exotic woods. Jim and Holly Galante from Falmouth are exhibiting playful critters made from found and recycled materials. Their pieces can stay out year round and make your gardens very special.

Other bird related pieces include ceramic sculptures by Bath artist Carolyn Judson, sculptural birdhouses by James Brewer, carved granite bird baths by Obie Buell, and a sterling silver peace bird pin by Peggy Johnson.

Open daily 10-5 closed Tuesday/Wednesday

FMI 443-1499 or

Natives Are Restless at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Assembly of local luminaries collectively known as The Natives Are Restless will take the Chocolate Church Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29

This is a musical collaboration of song writers and musicians who gather and present their favorite tunes for performance, featuring many original songs. This concert has grown beyond the original motivation creating a venue for artists to realize their vision of their music fully produced in a live format the way they are able to make it sound in the studio.

This talented group comes together to lend complete instrumentation and backing harmonies to each other’s songs in what has become a much anticipated late winter, cabin fever reliever at the Chocolate Church

Also scheduled to perform are Peter Alexander and his band, Liz and Chris Lannon, Red Beans and Rice, Earl Bigelow’s Cilantro

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets for seniors and students cost $10. All proceeds benefit the Chocolate Church.

FMI call 442-8455

Jerry Blodgett, Bertie Koller, and Scott Woodruff featured at the March 14th Round Top Coffee House

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Friday, March 14th, the DRA’s Round Top Coffee House opens up its stage to the talented hosts of three other Midcoast open mics: Scott Woodruff of the Lion’s Pride Open Mic Night in Brunswick, Jerry Blodgett of the Side Door Coffee House in Brunswick, and Bertie Koller of the Sheepscot General Open Mic Night in Whitefield. These three aren’t just icons in the local music community; they’re also excellent musicians. Be sure to come out to hear what these great singer-songwriters have to offer.
Bertie Koller draws his original songs forth from a place of observation, experience, and imagination. Influenced by the raw, straightforward approach of early American blues and folk, Bertie has created a place for himself in the gamut of songwriters and musicians, past and present. His songs are lyrical and rhythmic episodes of love, heartache, prophecy, reflection, the sun, moon, rivers, and rain.
Scott Woodruff may be known in certain circles as the host of the Lion’s Pride Open Mic but he has been playing guitar and singing in bands since he was a teenager.  Early this century he decided to shed the comfort of being surrounded by bandmates and venture into the uncharted territory of solo performance as a singer/songwriter. His music relies on simple melodies and reflective lyrics with influences from artists such as Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and John Hyatt.  Scott currently is in the process of recording at Jud Caswell’s Frog Hollow Studio, and will perform several songs from his soon-to-be-released CD.
Jerry Blodgett is a long time resident of the Brunswick-Topsham area and has been a frequent performer at the Side Door Coffee House as well as The Chocolate Church in Bath and the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Jerry grew up in rural downeast Maine during a simpler time, with fewer cars, fewer phones, and fewer cares. He writes and performs songs of Maine long ago, Maine today, and the journey in between.
Now in our sixth year of hosting this event for the people of Damariscotta, the DRA Round Top Coffee House open mic is held on the second Friday of each month. The DRA invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to sign up and demonstrate their talents during the open mic portion of the Coffee House. The stage is open to everyone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The open mic runs from 6:45 to 8:15, with a 15-minute break before the feature act from 8:30 to 9:30. The open mic is a series of eight-minute, two-song slots, and is designed for individual or small group performances. Performers should be able to walk up on stage and set up quickly. To be assured of a slot, performers should show up to sign up promptly at 6:30.
Coffee and snacks are available. A plate or two of home-baked goods or a volunteer shift at the open mic earns free admission.
Rising Tide Community Market sponsors the DRA Round Top Coffee House by providing refreshments for each show. Rising Tide is proud to sponsor this opportunity for the Damariscotta community to hear some great music from local talent and from around the region.
The DRA Round Top Coffee House is held at DRA’s Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, just off US Route 1B (Main Street) in Damariscotta, with onsite parking. The venue is across the street from Hammond Lumber and next to Women of Substance.
Admission is $7 ($4 for Seniors, free for kids 12 and under). For more information call Heather Hardy or Jason Anthony at 677-2354 or the DRA at 563-1393.

SPRING FLING at the Chocolate Church

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments



Bowdoin College Museum of Art Acquires Antique Camera Owned by Winslow Homer

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

 Late 19th-century Mawson & Swan camera expands BCMA’s extensive Winslow Homer Collection and will be featured in 2015 exhibition on Homer and photography

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) has acquired a late 19th-century Mawson & Swan camera originally owned by the renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The quarter-size dry plate camera, manufactured around 1880, is a significant addition to the Museum’s robust collection of archival material and over 100 vintage photographs related to Homer’s life and work. It will also serve as the centerpiece for the BCMA’s upcoming special exhibition on Homer and photography, planned to open in August 2015. The camera was donated to the BCMA by Neal Paulsen, a long-time resident of Scarborough, Maine.

“We are so pleased to receive this exciting gift, which complements our current holdings of Homer’s work and documentation perfectly,” said Frank Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. “The camera highlights Homer’s varying artistic interests, and helps to illuminate a lesser-known side of one of America’s greatest painters.”

Sold by Mawson & Swan, a photography business in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, the camera was designed for the serious amateur rather than the studio professional, and was notable at the time for its portability and ease of use. The camera produced images that were approximately 3 x 4 inches. Homer purchased this model in 1882, during a two-year residence in Cullercoats, a small fishing village in north east England that is less than ten miles from Newcastle-on-Tyne. The date – “Aug 15, 1882” – and the artist’s initials are inscribed into the camera’s wooden plate holder, likely by Homer himself.

Homer spent his final decades living with his extended family on a large estate in Prout’s Neck, Maine. He constructed a studio on the estate as well, and it was here, where Homer painted some of his most iconic works that capture the beauty of the Maine coastline and the power of the sea. The Winslow Homer Collection at the BCMA includes photographs taken at the artist’s home in Prout’s Neck, Maine that are similar to those produced by the Mawson & Swan camera. The BCMA’s exhibition will bring forward many of the photographs in Bowdoin’s collection—together with loans—and will allow scholars to continue to investigate the compelling and complex history around Homer’s work in photography.

Paulsen acquired the Mawson & Swan camera from his grandfather Weston H. Snow in the 1950s, and exhibited the camera at Scarborough High School for more than two decades. Snow, an electrician and a great admirer of Homer’s work, acquired the camera from Homer’s nephew Charles L. Homer in exchange for electrical work. The Museum’s acquisition follows a major recent gift to the BCMA from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel earlier this year and further strengthens the Museum’s dynamic acquisition program.

Spring is Coming at Points of View Art Gallery!

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Camille Davidson Solo Exhibition “Favorite Pieces”

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments


Felicity Sidwell will be showing the month of March at Summer Island Studio

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments


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Felicity Sidwell will be showing the month of March at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall the heart of downtown Brunswick, 149 Maine Street.

Sidwell grew up in England and came to the US with her husband in 1971.  She studied art at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Ct. while raising their three boys (and sheep and chickens) on an old New England farm in Newtown Ct. They moved to Maine in 2006 and now live in Brunswick, Felicity has a summer gallery in West Point, Phippsburg.

Sidwell is fascinated by the effect of changing light on our perception of mood in a landscape.  The muted colors of a summer haze, the energy of a clear, windy day, the peaceful golden light of fall on the salt marsh next to their home and the shapes and colors of the frozen bay in winter.  Painting the coast of Maine on location, “en plein air” and in studio work is an exciting journey, according to Felicity and a challenge and delight as she attempts to capture the essence of a scene and communicate that feeling.

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans

located in the Tontine Mall the heart of downtown Brunswick, 149 Maine Street.

Telephone 373-1810

open 9:30am to 5:30pm,

contact Patti L. Baker.


Please join us all month; the show is called “Paintings that take you there”.