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.
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 Patti@sisgallery.comcastbiz.net. 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.
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.
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 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.
Opening: Friday, April 4, 5 – 8 pm
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.
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 Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.
Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop,
Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13;
Call for Art: On the Edge
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, www.spindleworks.org .
Deadline for entry forms and fee is April 25th, 2014
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.
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 Markingsgallery.com
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
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.
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. www.sidwellartgallery.com
Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans
located in the Tontine Mall the heart of downtown Brunswick, 149 Maine Street.
open 9:30am to 5:30pm,
contact Patti L. Baker.
Please join us all month; the show is called “Paintings that take you there”.