Community News and Events
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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Arts Are Elementary invites area artists to submit
an application for an artist residency for the 2014/15 academic year.
AAE provides an artist residency for every K-5 classroom in Brunswick.
Applications may be found on our website at www.artsareelementary.org.
Please feel free to contact AAE ED Kristi Hatrick at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 725-1232 with any and all questions.
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”.
Lewiston – Lyceum Gallery is hosting another Pecha Kucha Night on Friday, March 14 at 6:00.
CALL FOR ART!
Final deadline – March 7, 2014 (must be received in FRAA office by the date indicated)
Sponsors- It takes a great deal of community support to bring this event together and we would not be able to do it without your support. Your donations help support the entertainment and marketing for this event.
Please find the sponsorship application here to fill out with information regarding your business which will be included in the brochure that reaches throughout the local communities as well as along the train route down into Boston.
The summer ArtWalks in Brunswick help to build awareness for all the events, businesses, restaurants and local talent that is part of our community.
Marsha Donahue returns for a three-day Watercolor workshop beginning:
Saturday, March 8 through Monday, March 10.
Three days tuition is $350; two days tuition is $250.
Marlene Loznicka was born in York, Maine and now lives on the Pemaquid Peninsula where she has her studio and gallery.
Beginning to draw and paint at an early age, she was influenced by her father, also a painter, who studied at the Ogunquit Art School when it was a well-known artist’s colony.
Loznicka moved south with her family as a teenager and came back to Maine twenty years later where she has lived ever since. She was totally inspired by the Maine landscape and began spending a lot of time painting and teaching on Monhegan Island.
Last summer she was chosen to have a one person exhibit at the Island Inn, the show ran the entire summer. She still spends two weeks painting on the island every summer.
Marlene is currently working in oils, encaustic, and watercolor, developing her style through simplicity and abstraction.
She frequently works en plein air as she feels that this helps her to have more of an emotional and spiritual feeling about the subject rather than just a depiction of nature. Marlene’s paintings are about light, atmosphere and color.
Young at Art: celebrating artists in grades K-8
The public is invited to Young at Art, our 11th annual exhibition of children’s artwork, when area students in grades K -8 have their work on display in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Each year the gallery invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to be featured in this community-wide celebration of talented young artists. Schools serving the following communities are participating: Augusta, Chelsea, Farmingdale,
12 – 2pm – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
2-4 pm – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
3-5 pm – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grade
‘Voices of the Sea’ 3rd edition casts wider net
Members $15; nonmembers $17; children $10
Hosted by John McDonald, Maine’s Storyteller, with appearances by Bath’s own Kevin Gilmore, poet Sally Woolf-Wade, musician Bob Bowman and others.
Catherine Worthington Fiber Art Exhibition and Artist’s Talk at Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery
From February 22nd to March 25th, the Crooker Gallery at the Topsham Public Library will be featuring a Fiber Art Exhibit by Catherine Worthington.
Catherine creates colorful textile paintings with themes of nature, flowers, pears and poppies.
Her landscapes celebrate her surroundings by depicting the Maine woods, the sea, pine trees or street scenes using bold bright colors.
Catherine creates her own fabrics by painting or silkscreening, and often finishes the work with French knots, beads, and other embroidery techniques.
She has a BFA in textile design from University of MA and is a member of Five Rivers Arts Alliance, Maine FiberArts, Maine Crafts Association, Designing Women and Surface Design Association.
Catherine will also be giving an artist’s talk on Saturday, February 22nd, at 11:00AM, also at Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery.
As always, our programs are free and open to the public.
The Topsham Public Library is located at 25 Foreside Road in Topsham. For more information, contact the library at 725-1727 or at www.topshamlibrary.org.
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