Community News and Events
Joy of the Pen Writing Competition – This competition is open to year-round Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction beginning September 2nd. This year we will also have a teen category for writers age 11 – 18. Applications will be available in the library or on our website. Email email@example.com for more details. The deadline for applications is October 11th at 8pm. Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, ME 04086, (207) 725-1727, www.topshamlibrary.org.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will be showing the 2013 film Dorothy and Herb, 50X50 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Following the film, famed art collector Dorothy Vogel, featured in the film together with her husband Herb, and Megumi Sasaki, producer and director of the film, will engage in a public question and answer discussion. The audience is invited to a reception at the Museum of Art immediately after the screening to meet and speak with Dorothy Vogel and Megumi Sasaki and to view the exhibition of a selection of works given to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The film and reception are open to the public.
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. A ‘road movie’ through the art world, the film takes the audience on a journey across the US to eleven recipient museums, from Honolulu to Fargo, meeting curators and visitors, and introduces famous (often controversial) artists, as well as unknown favorites of Herb and Dorothy.
The free screening of Herb & Dorothy 50X50 is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art on view through September 14 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The installation celebrates the generous donation of well over 300 works from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel by Dorothy Vogel to the Museum in December 2013. The show reflects the evolving history of minimal, post-minimal, and conceptual art practice, and features the work of numerous iconic artists including Robert Barry, Dan Graham, Edda Renouf, Julian Schnabel, Pat Steir, Richard Tuttle, and Dorothy and Herbert Vogel themselves.
For more information, phone 735-3275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Discover Bath’s lively arts community during the 2014 season’s 3rd Friday ArtWalk & Tour!
The third Bath ArtWalk of the season will be held on Friday August 15th, from 5-8pm, with over 30 artists at open studios, galleries, and group shows presenting paintings, photographs, and works in ceramics, glass, wood, and other materials to express each artist’s vision.
The featured artist this month at Sharon Drake Real Estate on Front Street will be ArtVan students, with refreshments catered by Mae’s Cafe.
Music on the sidewalk in August, 5-7 p.m. will be provided by Heather Hardy (with Nancy Sferra). Winner of the 2013 Maine Songwriting Competition and 2nd place winner of the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest. Heather is co-host of the Round Top Coffee House in Damariscotta, and teaches songwriting, guitar and ukelele for all ages. FMI call 442-7291, or www.visitbath.com.
Pop into Enoteca this month for a glass of wine, or dinner and be sure to check out Lee Reiff’s work throughout the restaurant. Perhaps you’ ll find the perfect piece to take home with you.
“Painting to me means discovery. Whether I’m painting seascapes or landscapes, the experience is always fresh, with the ability to surprise and excite.
When I’m scouting for scenes to paint and something catches my eye, I stop then slowly turn around. It’s amazing what treasures I find in the shadows of a barn, or juxtaposition of rocks and sea, or cows resting in a meadow…just by looking around and behind me.
I am moved by the beauty that surrounds me. I hope my paintings convey that to you.”
- Lee Reiff
Music and art will again be combined for the 2nd Friday Art Walk Friday, August 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Brunswick downtown area.
Musicians will be located throughout the ArtWalk:
-Stan Davis on guitar playing folk and blues music, will be at the Tontine Mall;
-Randy Lindsay will be strolling the streets with guitar, providing easy listening
-Married with Chitlins, Chris and Liz Lannon, an acoustic music duo, will perform traditional American folk music at Cool as a Moose;
-Pretty Girls Sing Soprano, Susan Bean Mathews, Ingrid Ayer-Richardson and
Shelly Hatton Kirkpatrick, harmonize to sing a variety of genre at Gelato Fiasco ;
-Carter Ruff- who by day is a luthier, repairing and building guitars and other stringed instruments, will be at the Bank of America with acoustic blue grass, and
-Kevin Wyman from The Music Center will play rock, blues and jazz at St Paul’s Group Show!
Bridget McAlonan’s art is featured on the August ArtWalk poster. Bridget explains, “The Gathering” is based on a dream in which, after feeling raw and cold from the long winter, spring and summer come along bringing the lush green. The image tells me that even though something might seem imposing, or perhaps dead and scary (like bones) there is still the potential for life and growth.”
This painting is among several of McAlonan’s that are currently on exhibit at the Frank Brockman Gallery located at 68 Maine Street.
The 20 exhibit areas located throughout downtown range from St. Paul’s Church on Pleasant Street to Maine Street, and right and left onto Maine Street. Access to these venues is simplified with the free services of the Brunswick Explorer which circles the art show route throughout the evening.
ArtWalk flags identify the exhibit areas and bus stops.
Twenty Brunswick restaurants are sponsoring the 2014 season along with other area business, all listed in the ArtWalk brochure. This 26-page brochure includes a map with locations of all the artists, a list of the performing artists and musicians, a list of sponsoring restaurants, and a map showing the route of the Brunswick Explorer.
Review and/or Download a copy of the brochure here or pick one up at anyone of the venues participating in the ArtWalk.
Co-Director’s Tour of Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director,will lead a tour of the major exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective for Brunswick’s Second Friday ArtWalk.
“…the most exciting and important exhibition of contemporary art to have been mounted in Maine in many years…” says the Portland Press Herald.
Organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective reveals the centrality of printmaking for this contemporary master. The exhibition, spanning four decades and including over 100 works, demonstrates how Tuttle reinvents printmaking, recasting the very nature of art itself.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will be remain open until 8:00 p.m. on August 8th. Free and open to the public. Enjoy a Friday evening at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and at other Brunswick locations.
From clocks to cars to medieval war machines – and more! –
Machines demonstrates human technological ingenuity and artistic creativity. Artists Tim Banks, Joe Godleski, Carolyn Judson, Alan Mast and Ed Morton display over 40 works of art using ceramics, watercolor, oil and acrylic.
Their creative talent is matched only by the human innovations and machinations portrayed.
Join the artists for a reception during the Art Walk on Friday, August 8 from 5 to 8 pm.
And in the Garret Gallery on the third floor of Points of View Art Gallery…
Sisters Barbara Bean and Jackie Melissas join forces in Sisters Act. Barbara is an established local artist who has shown her work in this area since moving to Brunswick in 2003.
Her sister, Jackie, moved to Brunswick in 2013. Both sisters are excited to share their distinctive work in their first joint show at Points of View Art Gallery. Jackie’s primary medium is clay, while Barbara Specializes in pen and ink. But both artists cross over occasionally.
Dates for both shows: July 27 – August 22
Gallery Hours: regular business hours, from 9 am-5 pm weekdays.
Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center
18 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Artist reception: Friday, August 8 from 5 to 8 pm, during Brunswick’s Second Friday Art Walk.
FMI: Points of View Art Gallery (207) 373-9300, www.povartistsmaine.com
Abbie Williams from Damariscotta Mills will be returning the month of August to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans. Please join us for an Artist’s Reception and Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk on August 8th from 5pm to 8pm. Wine, Cheese and Horsdoerves will be served. Live Music by Stan Davis a folk, blues artist.
William’s paintings are all glimpses into her perception of life along the coast of Maine, the Island of Monhegan and Taos New Mexico. Using rich color and employing the dramatic light of the coast and the high desert, she works to capture the extraordinary way the light changes moment to moment which infuses her response to the colors that are often too subtle for the casual observer
Having spent most her life painting and living along the coast of Maine, then spending 10 years painting the high desert of New Mexico, she has continually been inspired by the challenges the local environment presents. Traditionally trained as a painter, Williams has spent a lifetime observing and taking in the nuances of color, shape, textures and light that make up what she paints and now through in her work. Image: “Dr. Proctor’s Hollyhocks”
What: From up River
When: August 4th-31st 2014
Where: Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks
Reception: August 8th, 5-8pm
A school of fine art has swum down the Kennebec from SpinOff Studios in Gardiner to festoon the Whatnot Gallery at Spindleworks: dolphins, mermaids, bucolic riverside vistas, waterfowl and beyond. Discover the vibrant work created by artists at SpinOff Studio, and celebrate the partnership between the two programs with artists and Staff alike on August 8th, 2014 from 5 – 8 pm.
SpinOff Studio is Spindleworks’ sister program, and a nonprofit gallery and creative space for adults with disabilities, facilitated by working artists. Serving the Kennebec Valley area since 2011, SpinOff recently moved from Hallowell to Gardiner, tripling their square footage in order to accommodate the growing program.
SpinOff offers art supplies, studio and gallery space, and artists receive 75% of the sale price of their artwork. Creative exploration, community engagement, and personal growth are fostered through workshops, visiting artists and an environment of constant learning.
Our Artists are adults age 18 and over, working in a wide range of mediums including: painting, drawing, weaving, fiber and fabric arts, wood, sculpture, poetry, music, new media, acting, and jewelry.
Fellow 5RAA member, Rafael Macias of MaineArtworks, will be conducting’Artist in the Spotlight’ interviews and photoshoots on select 5RAA members.
He will be writing about you and your art and combining it with an editorial-style photograph for 5RAA to submit to select news outlets for publication. He will provide you with a web-size digital image with a release for you to use for your own online marketing efforts.
Rafael is offering this service to showcase some of our memberships’ brilliant artists and to provide him a chance to meet and work with other creative people. He will be photographing and writing stories on one artist a month for the next year.
The list is already filling up, so call 5RAA at 207 798 6964 if you are interested in applying to be one of our Artist in the Spotlight.
For samples of his work, view his portfolio at http://www.maineartworks.com or visit People Plus on Union St during the months of August and September to see his show, The Veterans, on display.
You can also visit him at his studio at 101 Maine St. in Brunswick for more information on this wonderful opportunity.
Elements will be a featured art show at the Little Dog Coffee Shop, 87 Maine St, Brunswick during the month of August, 2014. Two artists, Connie Lundquist and Lee Cheever join their creative forces for a multimedia exhibit.
A varied show, both abstract and realistic, of assemblages, drawings, paintings and low relief sculptures with a core in art fundamentals and creative expression will be on view. The elements of art- shape, color, texture, line, space, value, form are the building blocks and focus of these multimedia artists.
“It’s the foundations of art, the life of the materials, and the inspiration of our environment that guide us in self expression. We anticipate that the works will speak to the viewer as well,” says Cheever.
Connie Lundquist is a Brunswick artist with a studio on Maine Street. She has been studying art formally for over thirteen years. Her work is primarily contemporary collage, giving rusty metal, weathered marine plywood, old door panels, and other castoffs renewed and improved life. With their layers of complexity, texture and abstract design, Connie’s pieces invite you to look closely.
Lee Cheever, of Harpswell, will be showing a variety of her new works. Known as a sculptor and photographer from a recent showing at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, this Brunswick presentation will feature compositions in drawings, prints, and wall sculptures. A former art teacher, Cheever approaches her own art with an eye to structure as well as technique. Analysis of space and communication give her work a storytelling air.