Community News and Events
Where: Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks
Reception: July 11th, 5-8pm
Saturday, June 28
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Insights from and conversation with Richard Tuttle, artist; Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern, London, England; Christina von Rotenhan, art historian and co-curator of the exhibition. Moderated by Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.
Saturday, June 28
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..
Opening festivities to celebrate the exhibitions Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective and “It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Curtis Library Art exhibit of 4 local artists,
Joan Coop, Joanna Damon, Monika Kirtland and Joan Warren.
Discover Bath’s lively arts community during the 2014 season’s 3rd Friday ArtWalk & Tour!
The first Bath ArtWalk of the season will be held on Friday June 20th, 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.
Explore the street level galleries and upper level studios in Bath’s award-winning, historic downtown district. Most of the artists’ studios are clustered around Front and Centre Streets, allowing visits to multiple locations, including a group exhibit at Bath City Hall and art displayed at the Kennebec Company showroom in the Customs House.
A handful of artists are located outside the downtown where they will welcome guests in their open studios.
All venues and a description of the participating artists can be found on the 3rd Friday Bath ArtWalk map/brochure, available at downtown Bath businesses and at visitbath.com. Venues will be marked on location with festive blue or green bowhead flags and yard signs.
The featured artist this month at Sharon Drake Real Estate on Front Street will be Felicity Sidwell, with refreshments catered by Mae’s Cafe.
Bath ArtWalk also features musicians and other sidewalk performers at the corner of Front and Centre Streets, and a 3rd Friday concert at the Chocolate Church Arts Centre following ArtWalk each month.
Music on the sidewalk in June, 5-7pm:
Liam Swift – a 12 year-old singer/songwriter from Portland, Maine who blew Bath ArtWalk attendees away last year with his beautiful voice and catchy piano. This past summer Liam won three singing competitions in Maine and New Hampshire. Liam also co-hosts a monthly Kids & Teens Open Mic at One Longfellow Square in Portland where he emcees the show and performs. He is currently working on a CD of his original music.
At the CCAC at 7:30pm:
Hollow Body Eclectic – this four-piece band came together in March 2013 to perform a series of CD release parties for songwriter Peter Alexander’s solo album, Promised Land (released in October 2012). The band has quickly expanded its repertoire with original compositions by both Peter and Johannah Harkness, who plays keyboards. With Sheldon Bird on bass, Tom Masucci on drums, and all four members on vocals, the Bath-based band has gained a reputation for creativity, musicianship, and fun, high-energy concert performances.
3rd Friday Bath ArtWalks will be held monthly, June through October 2014. An extended Open Studio Weekend will be offered all day at selected locations July 19 & 20.
FMI call 442-7291, or www.visitbath.com
Bowdoin International Music Festival Community Concert, Saturday, July 12, 10:30am: This summer, we will welcome back Bowdoin Concert Series’ Artists of Tomorrow. These extraordinary young musicians come to the Festival each summer from conservatories and graduate schools all over the world. This 45 minute community concert will feature a classical repertoire and is open to all! Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, ME 04086, (207) 725-1727, www.topshamlibrary.org.
Art Lab, Thursday, July 10, 4pm: Experiment with different tools and techniques to create unique works of art! Exercises taken from the book Art Lab for Kids will encourage kids to explore mixed media and their own creativity! Materials will be provided, art lab facilitated by Mariah. Ages 6 – 13, Registration Required. Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, ME 04086, (207) 725-1727, www.topshamlibrary.org.
Chewonki, the environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, will present an exciting program entitled Endangered Species at Topsham Public Library on Wednesday, June 25, at 3:00PM. This event is limited to the first 100 people and open to all ages who can sit quietly through a presentation.
From whales to dragonflies, many of Maine’s animals are struggling to survive. Join us as we learn why animal populations decline, exactly what it means to be endangered, and how people are working to protect these species. The presentation will include two live non-releasable endangered animals, to demonstrate the challenges and success stories of these beloved creatures.
The Topsham Public Library is located at 25 Foreside Road in Topsham. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 725-1727 or visit www.topshamlibrary.org.
Exhibition Explores Artist’s Reinvention of Printmaking Across Four Decades, Highlighting Recent and Rarely Seen Works
The first retrospective of prints by the contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle (born 1941) will open this June at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
On view at the BCMA from June 28 through October 19, 2014, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective will highlight the experimental nature of Tuttle’s print practice and will mark the first time that many of these prints have been exhibited by a museum.
Presenting a selection of more than 100 prints from the 1970s to today, created by Tuttle in collaboration with some of the country’s premier print studios, the exhibition will demonstrate the pivotal role of printmaking in Tuttle’s artistic practice, as an incubator of new ideas and a tool for collaboration and communication.
By presenting four decades of Tuttle’s print works together for the first time, this retrospective will shed new light on the artist’s ongoing questioning of the fundamental principles of printmaking.
To mark the opening of this major exhibition, the artist will participate in a keynote address at the BCMA on Saturday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m., alongside Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern, London; and Christina von Rotenhan, art historian and co-curator of the retrospective.
“It has been an incredible process to collaborate with Tuttle to bring long overdue attention to his complex and intriguing prints,” said Frank Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. “Tuttle’s sensitivity to medium, color, and line, his playful testing of boundaries, and his infectious spirit of inquiry will all have a unique resonance at the BCMA, a historic museum situated on the campus of a liberal arts college,” continued Anne Collins Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
An unprecedented exploration of Tuttle’s printmaking, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective demonstrates how, in collaboration with master printers and renowned publishers, Richard Tuttle has created prints that engage in traditional techniques—such as etching, woodblock, and lithography—and simultaneously question and reinvent the basic tenets of printmaking itself.
With active participation from the artist, the installation will follow a chronological order to emphasize the dramatic evolution of Tuttle’s print-making across the past four decades—beginning with the post-minimal, conceptually driven work of the 1970s to the poetic investigations of the print medium in the 1990s, to the exuberant explorations of color in the 2000s, and the playful engagement of unconventional materials in this decade.
Through works such as Tuttle’s recent project When Pressure Exceeds Weight (2012–2013)—a series of 11 prints/papers in which ink meets and is impressed onto paper pulp as through osmosis in a series of variations—Tuttle is introducing new media to traditional printmaking process. Representing the breadth and range of Tuttle’s printmaking, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective will cast new light on Tuttle’s ongoing challenges to artistic conventions.
“Tuttle has worked with the print throughout his career for the very reasons that have, for other artists, rendered printmaking subordinate to other media—prints can evoke sculptural, drawn, and painterly effects through various techniques, but unlike these media, the print results from an indirect process and is dependent on the expertise and support of a printer,” explains Christina von Rotenhan who curated the exhibition in collaboration with BCMA curator Joachim Homann.
“This discontinuity in the process between the artist’s mark-making and the final image inserts ambiguities into the printed object; and it is these ambiguities which Tuttle has continually exploited and negotiated throughout his four decades of printmaking,” continued von Rotenhan.
Among the notable works presented in the exhibition is Step by Step (2002), a series of 41 woodcut variants. For this project—his first collaboration with the Long Island-based publisher Universal Limited Art Editions—Tuttle designed two complete versions of a woodblock jigsaw puzzle, one with a vertical grain and the other with a horizontal grain. Fully embracing the collaborative nature of printmaking, Tuttle then invited the printers to recombine the parts of the woodblocks for each print in the series, which resulted in a series of 41 unique variants. His recent print Temporary (2013-2014) extends the collaborative component even further.
It consists of nine wooden cubes, a Plexiglas template, and instructions to assemble this sculptural piece anew. The continuous screening of a film of the artist at work in the United Limited Art Editions studio will provide audiences with an additional perspective on Tuttle’s collaborative approach to printmaking and further insight into the complex processes behind the final works.
“Thanks to the generosity of Dorothy Vogel, who recently made a major gift from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection to the BCMA, we will also present notable examples of Tuttle’s work, in other media, including drawing, sculpture, and textiles, collected by the Vogels.,” explains Anne Collins Goodyear. “Richard Tuttle and Herbert Vogel shared a special connection, and the Vogels were ardent supporters of Tuttle’s work from early in his career, so we’re excited to provide a broader context for Tuttle’s prints while also celebrating the incredible generosity and significance of the Vogel gift to the BCMA,” continued Homann.
Additional works in the exhibition will open up a vibrant dialogue between Tuttle’s prints and other aspects of his oeuvre. A particular highlight will include the installation of Tuttle’s early lithograph series Interlude: Kinesthetic Drawings (1974) alongside the closely-related work Wire Piece(1972-1974)—a sculptural work that reflects Tuttle’s early thinking about the nature of lines in time and space, which will be installed by the artist on site in the BCMA’s galleries.
For Wire Piece, Tuttle draws a line directly on the wall and then unspools a filament of florist wire, anchoring one end to the drawn line’s point of origin with a small nail. Tuttle traces the line’s trajectory with the wire filament, fastening its other end to the wall at the end of the line—resulting in a work that is a line that exists in three dimensions, with the shadow cast by the wire as the third linear element. Interlude—a series of twelve lithographs printed in color with drawings in china-marker and/or pencil—was created two years after the first Wire Piece and functioned as a continuation of Tuttle’s investigation of lines.
For each print/drawing in the Interlude series, Tuttle lithographically reproduced a penciled rectangle and added one or more hand drawn lines in an exploration of how an idea is realized with hand and arm as they move on the paper through time and space.
“The real print demands greater discernment and intellectual involvement than what it is in between: a painting, a sculpture, on the one hand; a drawing, sketch, or visual thought, on the other,” explains Richard Tuttle. “The print communicates in a way like no other media does—if you look closely, you can see the force of the pressure on the page, the mark of the plate’s edges, the resistance of the textile, the way colors of ink fuse together—all the information is visible, this is what makes prints so rewarding.”
With a renowned collection that currently comprises more than 6,700 prints from the 15th to the 21st centuries, and benefitting from an active printmaking program in Bowdoin College’s newly established Edwards Center for Art and Dance, the BCMA is well-positioned to shed fresh light on the prints by Richard Tuttle, who spends a significant amount of time each year in Maine on Mount Desert Island. The upcoming exhibition further underscores the BCMA’s commitment to focusing attention on the importance of prints in Western art history as it follows last year’s exhibition highlighting works from the recently acquired collection of Bowdoin alumnus and former trustee David P. Becker.
Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is curated by Christina von Rotenhan in collaboration with Joachim Homann, Curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The exhibition has been made possible through important funding from the Devonwood Foundation, Eric and Svetlana Silverman, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Coco Kim and Richard Schetman, halley k. harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, Thomas A. McKinley, an anonymous donor and Agnes Gund.
About Richard Tuttle
Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1941 and currently lives and works in Mount Desert Island, Maine; Abiquiu, New Mexico and New York City. Tuttle received a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1963.
Tuttle’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including a major retrospective in 2005 that travelled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In addition to his upcoming print retrospective at the BCMA, Tuttle will present major exhibitions at the Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery in London, scheduled to open in October 2014. He was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012 – June 2013.
“Speaking of Color…”, the second show of the 2014 season at the Stable Gallery, 26 Water Street, Damariscotta will open on Friday, June 20 with a gala reception from 5 until 7. The Damariscotta-Newcastle Art Walk will also take place at that time.
The public is invited to both events and will have the pleasure of viewing a new and exciting exhibit at The Stable which will feature nine artists in the charming central room of the Gallery. Thirty other artists will be exhibited in the stalls situated around the main gallery. “Speaking of Color…” will be on exhibit until July 18th.
The colorful variety of Caroline Davis’ several media is always of interest to guests returning to the gallery, as is the brilliance and energy of Pam Hansen’s striking objects from everyday life. Julia Einstein is one of the Gallery’s new artists. Her focus is on transparency, reflection and light in her inside and outside paintings.
The handsome woven rugs of Bill Bellows will also be featured. A distinguished award winning weaver, Bill creates wool and linen rugs in geometric blocks of contrasting color.
Textiles in a completely different form are those intricate and colorful dyed scarves and wall pieces of Fiona Washburn.
Jessica Sirois creates with textiles in a completely different form when they are included in her jewelry pieces. Jessica, also a sculptor, reuses metal, giving it a whole new purpose and form.
Cabinetmaker, Charles Durfee pays special attention to the color, grain and form of the wood he uses in his finely crafted furniture, while color and form show up as striking aspects of Adero Willard’s ceramic pieces.
Joy Scott’s fused glass is dramatic in it’s color and design.
Located in the handsome stable connected to the Victorian house once belonging to clipper ship builder Eldridge Norris, the Stable Gallery is a fitting place for an array of talent from over thirty artists. Close to downtown Damariscotta at 26 Water Street, the gallery is open from mid- May until mid-October with daily hours from 10 until 5. Three more Opening Receptions will take place during the summer. “Cool In The Shade” will open Friday, July 18th. “Check The Box” begins with a reception on August 15, and the final Opening of the 2014 season, “hARvesT 13” will be on Friday, September 19th. All receptions are from 5 until 7.Each exhibit is shown in the gallery for a month.
(Bath, Maine) The Chocolate Church Arts Center (CCAC) uniquely offers an art gallery and a performance arts venue. To kick off Bath’s ArtWalk on June 20, the CCAC 3rd Friday Concert Series continues with original rock music by Hollow Body Eclectic with opening act Liam Swift. In addition, there will be a reception for “The View Beyond” art exhibit featuring interpretations of big Maine skies, clouds, water and the horizon.
“Since September, we have been building momentum with concerts to coincide with our art gallery openings,” said Jennifer DeChant, executive director, Chocolate Church Arts Center. “Bath’s 3rd Friday ArtWalk spotlights our local creative economy and we pleased to offer a venue where people can appreciate visual arts and enjoy a lively music performance.”
“The View Beyond” exhibit features pastel, oil, acrylic and encaustic works by Maine artists David Costello, Elizabeth Newman, kdb, Rebecca Kuprowicz and Sara Cox. The reception is open to the public from 5-7pm.
Doors open at 7pm for the 3rd Friday Concert by world class Hollow Body Eclectic, comprised of Peter Alexander on guitars, Johannah Harkness on keyboards, Sheldon Bird on bass, and Tom Masucci on drums and percussion. The opening act for this concert, Liam Swift, is an amazing up-and-coming songwriter and performer who, at age 13, has already amassed awards and accolades. Tickets are $10 and available online, at the box office 207-442-8455 or at the door.
The Chocolate Church is located at 804 Washington Street, in the heart of Bath, and their “Annex Gallery” is one of the featured stops for the Art Walk.
The 3rd Friday Concert Series feature the area’s best folk, rock, and bluegrass musicians. Upcoming shows include Cilantro with Earl Bigelow on July 18 and The Cups with Matt Ferrel on August 15. Chocolate Church also produces Summer Saturdays of Music on the Bath Waterfront, with free concerts at 6:00pm every Saturday afternoon from July 12 through August 30. For more information see www.chocolatechurcharts.org
Where: The Theater Project, 14 School Street, Brunswick
Tickets: pay what you can, suggested donation of $10
Brunswick’s June Art Walk Venues Explode
Brunswick’s June Art Walk promises to be a multiplicity of events to delight your senses!
Watch an art installation in process, delight your ears with song, purchase a soulful painting, visit artisans at the Brunswick Inn, and relax on the free bus running between all venues.
Much is in store for Friday, June 13th from 5-8PM; come support your local artists.
Visual artists hanging their work at St Paul’s Church on Pleasant Street will explode to double in size. Working in photography, acrylics, printmaking, watercolors, oils, textiles, and mixed media, these artists will be showing their works with many different subjects and styles. Artists at The Brunswick Inn work in glass, metal-smithing and jewelry, wood, sculpture and more.
The venues along Maine and Pleasant Streets are filled with more creative and artistic works. Pick up or download a brochure to check out the full breathe of work..
Just some of the entertainment that will dazzle you along with full range of art!
Special theater acts for June will include strolling singers from the Maine State Music Theatre. Known as the Brunswick to Broadway Bunch, the group will sing popular songs in tight harmony at various stops up and down Maine Street. Artistic Director, Curt Dale Clark, says “the next stop for these singers is Broadway, so we are thrilled to be able to share their talents with people attending the Art Walk”.
The Theatre Project Group, a dozen high school and professional actors, will draw the audience into skits and improvisational theatre games. Look for these artists around Curtis Library on Pleasant Street or at the Bank of America on Maine Street.
Nicholas Runco will be using large stones to create an art installation reminiscent of cairns one might use as directions while hiking a mountain trail. Come watch the work evolve at the corner of Maine and Mason streets.
And the ART!
Point of View Artists at the Brunswick Business Center and Gallery Framing.
Circling the Square Artists at the Curtis Library Morrell Room
Claudette Gamache the featured artist at Summer Island Studio
Hati Modr at Local
Georgette Morrell at Enoteca
Tom Bruzinski at Cool As A Moose
Barbara Lefort at Timeless Cottage…..
and the list goes on and on.
Thank goodness the Brunswick Explorer will be running a special loop just for the ArtWalk with free service throughout the evening… Look for the orange ArtWalk flags with the balloons for the Hop-on Hop-off service.
Oh yes, And the Musicians!
Lauren Crosby Lindsay- The Brunswick Inn
The Lobster Parlor- The Bank of America- new to the ArtWalk this year… stop by and have a listen to Lorel and Bob.
Stan Davis and Christine Woodman- St Paul’s church
Michael Krapovicky- Cool As A Moose
Randy Lindsey- Gelato Fiasco
Steve Quigley- Tontine Mall
Jonathan Waldo- Curtis Memorial Library
June’s art walk, like all the Brunswick art walks thru October, is sponsored by the Five Rivers Arts Alliance and takes place on the second Friday of each month from 5PM to 8PM. Free bus service is provided for art walk participants and makes round trips every 15 minutes. Look for the balloons and art walk flags designating the bus stops.
Whatever art you enjoy, you are sure to find something to stretch your mind, delight your eyes, and engage your ears! Come and enjoy!
You don’t want to miss it!
Pick up your brochure any where around town and and all venues during the artwalk…
Claudette Gamache a Pastelist from Phippsburg will be showing the month of June at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans 149 Maine Street in the Tontine Mall, Brunswick, Maine.
Artist Reception and Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk is on June 13th from 5pm to 8pm. Live Music, Wine, Cheese, and Horsdoerves will be served. For information please call Patti Baker at 373-1810.
Claudette’s creative journey has now taken to a layering technique using pastels where she includes up to 20 layers in her paintings. The practice of layering color over color, taking out with a brush, reflection, connecting with, and repeating this process many times can last for days, weeks or months. She begins a communication at a certain point in the creative process; a vibration or aliveness has transferred into the pasting, she calls this process her meditation.
Gamache lives at Popham Beach where she is drawn to the essence of nature and nurtured by the changing scenes and the power and calm of the ocean. She finds that layering is her meditation for soul expression, and her healing journey. This encourages a relaxation response within. Her wish is that the viewer can experience the same.
On exhibit at Points of View Art Gallery is an eclectic selection of fine art prints by 18 member artists of Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine. Off the Press. On the Wall. may be viewed at the Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant Street in Brunswick from June 2-27.
Coordinated by Brunswick artist Judith Long, a member of both Circling the Square Fine Art Press and Points of View Artists in Brunswick, this show includes monotypes, etchings, reliefs, serigraphs, collagraphs, cyanotypes and mixed media prints. The participating printmaking artists, who reside from Freeport to Orono, are: Karen Adrienne, Robin Brooks, Christine Higgins, Judith Long, Diana McFarland, Emily Naples, Margo Ogden, Christine Olson, Rebekka Ouellette-Ames, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Susan Dean Smith, Jennifer Strode, Sarah Vosmus, Helen Warren, Lisa Wheeler, and Barbra Whitten.
And in the Garret Gallery on the third floor of Points of View Art Gallery…
Other members of Points of View Artists have been busy with the printing press, too. Prints, Too – is an exhibit of monoprints, altered prints and collaged prints.
Dates for both shows: June 2 – June 27
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, June 13 from 5 to 8 pm, during Brunswick’s Second Friday Art Walk.
FMI: Points of View Art Gallery (207) 373-9300, www.povartistsmaine.com or Circling the
Square Fine Art Press (207) 582-2108, www.circlingthesquarepress.com.