Community News and Events
Jean Kigel’s timely exhibit Sayonara is featured at Summer Island Studio, 149 Maine Street in Brunswick this November. Her fall-into-winter theme includes recent Asian brush paintings and watercolors, painted with a dazzling palette of vermillion and violet. Gallery hours are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 – 4:00 on Sunday.
Kigel’s signature piece Sayonara II, captures the feel of fall with its turbulent sky tones. In this farewell to fall scene, a horizon of barren trees, illuminated by a setting sun, is punctuated by reeling birds.
Other works with a burst of fall hues include a twisted vine, a bittersweet branch, a lavender chrysanthemum, a meadow, and a misty city scene. As a color-segue from fall to winter, Kigel painted a bright set of 1950’s primary color bowls, which symbolically usher the last warmth of autumn into the comfort of the kitchen. The remainder of this solo show consists of winter paintings in icy, blue tones. Examples of these are northern lights, a gyotaku skate, and an amazing blue lobster.
Award-winning artist Kigel lives and paints at her studio/home in Waldoboro. Her works have been widely exhibited in museum, university and private galleries, and have been reviewed in the Boston Globe and the Maine Sunday Telegram. FMI call 207-373-1810.
Spindleworks has have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Maine’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced today. Spindleworks artists join local artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia who were selected to design and create 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree.
“We were delighted to be chosen again for this honor”, said Liz McGhee, Program Manager for Spindleworks, “ As 2013 marks Spindleworks’ 35th year in operation, this is a great way to celebrate our longevity and our importance to the artistic community in the state of Maine.”
While historically based in fiber, the Spindleworks program now encompasses many media from drawing and painting to sculpture and new media. This diversity will be reflected in the ornaments submitted to adorn the Maine tree in Washington. The natural world is a common and favored topic among many of the artists at Spindleworks and this interest as it relates to Maine will be the subject of many of the ornaments this year.
“We are very pleased that Spindleworks will represent Maine in this year’s National Christmas Tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This time honored tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.”
Four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park will kick off with the 91st National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The exact date of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
As one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, President’s Park hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.
For ticket information and talent announcements, as well as other event details, please visit www.thenationaltree.org.
You are invited to an open house and tour of Bowdoin’s newest arts facility,
The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance
Saturday, November 2, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
14 South Street, Brunswick
(Formerly the Longfellow Elementary School)
The Edwards Center provides space for modern art studios, classrooms, critique space, and student exhibitions in the visual arts and dance, including a state-of-the art digital media lab. This single location enables faculty and students engaged in dance, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, woodworking, and digital media and design to work together under a single roof, creating a cohesive arts community and numerous new opportunities for artistic synergy. The Edwards Center, named in honor of Bowdoin’s thirteenth president, Robert Edwards, and Blythe Bickel Edwards, opened in late August following a $6.5 million renovation and interior expansion.
The Edwards Center entrance is located on South Street. Parking is available along South Street or in the Coffin Street lot.
Joy of the Pen Reception
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 1 – 3pm, Topsham Public Library will hold a reception and reading in the Highlands Community Room at Topsham Public Library to celebrate the culmination of our first Joy of the Pen writing competition. Prizes will be awarded for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Winners will be invited to read and booklets containing a selection of the entries will be made available. A blog featuring all the entries will be launched. Refreshments will be served. All entrants are warmly invited to celebrate the first of many Joy of the Pen competitions.
The Topsham Public Library is located at 25 Foreside Road in Topsham.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the library at 725-1727or at www.topshamlibrary.org.
Opening Reception for Claire Vigneau on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at 11 Centre Street, Bath.
A furniture maker by trade and a naturalist by faith and a love for making things with wood joined forces when Lynette Breton decided to make a few wooden heirloom style flower
presses as gifts. She started with a few, then a few more and now is making them in small runs to keep up with the interest that they have generated.
It is very satisfying to make a beautiful tool for someone to use for their own creative pleasure since I have been so lucky to use hand tools in this way. And, because I have grown an interest in using historic and repurposed wood for other projects, I wanted to create the presses from that sort of material, coming full circle with the concept of preservation.
(for more info go to www.holdingpatternsflowerpress.com)
Flower pressing opens up ones way of seeing beauty, and the slide show presentation is about exploring and looking in a more detailed way at the things that
grow around us. Nature has provided us with the perfect designs, patterns and colors that we always seem to want to capture because of the simple nature of how they make
us feel when we come into contact with them. By pressing plants, we are able to extend our enjoyment of them throughout the seasons and create pictures, individual studies of
them, and cards that we can pass along to those we want to share with in this delight.
And, you don’t have to have a garden full of flowers to press. There are plants everywhere and anywhere you want to seek them out. The slide presentation is meant to inspire you, answer some technical questions on the how too, as well as show you a gallery of what others have done with a small demo at the end.
5th annual Yarmouth Art Festival opens Artists from around Maine exhibiting at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
Click for the Show Catalog
The 5th annual Yarmouth Art Festival is being held Oct. 16-19 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church at 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth.
The show features 74 Maine artists, from Dover Foxcroft to South Berwick, exhibiting 160 pieces, selected by a panel of jurors from among nearly 350 pieces were submitted.
This year’s jurors are artist Suzanne Harden; Anne Haas, Bowdoin College art librarian; and Elizabeth Moss, owner of Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth.
The show is open Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artists’ reception, including music and refreshments, will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for both the festival and the reception, with donations accepted.
An online Show Catalog displays all the pieces in the show, along with information about each artist.
The juried show, created in 2009 as a new venue for Maine artists, features painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
Entry fees and sale commissions support local community services, such as the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry and St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry in Portland.
St. Bart’s is only a mile from downtown Yarmouth, on the road to Cousins Island.
Where: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
The exhibit Thrive: Spindleworks at 35 will feature current work by the 44 member artists, with an opening November 1st, 5-8p.
In addition during the month the following events will take place:
A New Canvas: an introduction to SpinOff Studio, the Spindleworks satellite program in Hallowell,Little Dog Coffee Shop, 87 Maine Street, November 1-30
Oldies & Goodies: an evening of film shorts from the Spindleworks Archive
November 7th 6:30pm, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Voice: a reading and telling of favorite Spindleworks poems, stories and memories hosted by Gary Lawless. November 13th, 6:30pm, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library
For more information contact Spindleworks 725-8820, www.spindleworks.org
South Thomaston Maine, September 20, 2013 – Keag River Gallery presents an Exhibition of works by Aura Ever.
“Transformations: My Cancer Cells, My Art, Creating a New Perspective and Life,”
Opening Reception is Sunday, October 20, 2013, 1-5 pm. The exhibition runs through November 30th
“Transformations: My Cancer Cells, My Art, Creating a New Perspective and Life,” features a dozen images, each representing a moment of inspiration on the journey to wellness. Each image is beautifully mounted on a 8” x 10” ARTiPLAQ, and is also available in “5 x 7” greeting cards. Aura includes an affirmation with each image that reflects her place on the healing path of transformation.
“Circles of cause and affect surround us all. The energy of light and love creates our thoughts and intent. We’re responsible for what we share, consciously or not. We affect even what we don’t see. This chain reaction is the matrix of life. You share life through love and make a positive difference heart to heart.” Aura Ever
A portion of proceeds from exhibition sales will be donated to The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, a non-profit, grassroots, volunteer-based partnership of breast cancer survivors, health care professionals, representatives from cancer-related organizations and supporters all sharing a common vision to make a positive difference in the health of Maine people through financial support, advocacy for breast cancer research and education. www.mainebreastcancer.org
Keag River Gallery is located at 25 Dublin Road, S. Thomaston. Featuring the works of several photographers, the gallery is open Fridays through Mondays 11 am to 5 pm. Keag River Gallery offers custom digital photo editing, photo printing on paper, canvas and ARTiPLAQ photography mounting services. www.keagrivergallery.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Zumwalt biographer to speak at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Admiral Zumwalt biographer here for lecture/book talk on christening weekend – October 20, 11 a.m.
Bath Iron Works will christen Zumwalt (DDG 1000) on Saturday morning, October 19. The following morning at 11 a.m., Larry Berman, author of “Zumwalt:The Life and Times of Admiral Russell Elmo ‘Bud’ Zumwalt, Jr.,” will discuss the man for whom the Navy’s newest class of destroyer, the most advanced and highly technological warship in the world, was named. A book signing will follow this informative and highly interesting lecture. MMM will have a table at the christening where Mr. Berman, who has written four other books about the Vietnam war, will also be available to sign his book about Admiral Zumwalt.
3rd Friday Performance Art Jam at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street
The Art Continues AFTER the Walk Stops…3rd Friday >>PERFORMANCE<< Art Walk Jam!
Now that the weather has turned cooler, let’s continue the 3rd Friday tradition of Art Walk but turn to performing arts. Each third Friday evening we will feature a local headliner band with 2 opening acts:
October 18: Peter Alexander Band
November 15: Robby Simpson Band;
December 13: Work Truck
Buy Local/Listen Local. Dancing in the aisles strongly encouraged.
Beginning Oil Painting Classes with Eric Glass will begin Saturday, October 19, for five sessions, ending November 23 (no class Nov. 2), at Centre St Arts Center, 11 Centre Street in Bath. The class will meet from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The cost is $150.
Eric Glass says, “Whether you’re new to oil painting and have thought of trying it out, or new to painting altogether, this 5 week course will instill confidence with the medium. We’ll explore the nature of oil paint and techniques in its use. Color observation and mixing will be a key focus students will be able to apply to other media too. Still life subjects will be set up in class because of the value the instructor places on direct observation in the process of seeing like an artist. Outside classes may be included, weather permitting.”
Beginners and those with some experience are welcome in the class. Students may use acrylic paint if preferred. A materials list is available online at Centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com.
Students may call the gallery at 207-442-0300, or visit 11 Centre Street, Bath, to register for Beginning Oil Painting Classes daily, except Tuesdays.
In the Main Gallery on the 1st floor
In the Main Gallery, Points of View Artists will present Animal House, an exploration of the weird, wacky, wild and engaging world of animals.
Artwork of all media from pen and ink to sculpture is represented. This exhibit is a group show with work from all 17 Points of View artists – including new members Joe Godleski and Jackie Melissas.
Animal House will last from September 30 through November 1. It is the last exhibit at the Gallery for the 2013 Artwalk season and promises to be a howling success.
Friday, October 11,
5 to 8 pm.
Bonnie Dickey and Pat Hix will show work created by Pencil and Brush. Bonnie specializes in the use of colored pencil to create portraits of animals and people. She has also added collage to her repertoire.
Pat Hix has been creating art for most of her 80-some years. Most recently, she has been using watercolor pensil and brush work to paint wispy scenes. She often embellishes these landscapes with cut paper trees.
Bonnie and Pat will also be at Points of View Art Gallery for the reception on Friday, October 11
from 5 to 8 pm.
Art and Music from Fort Andross to Bowdoin College and many many places in between….. weather should be great …and you can even hop on and off the Brunswick Explorer bus to help you get from one end to the other… See more ..Enjoy More..
Music playing at:
Summer Island Studio
Curtis Memorial Library
Cool as a Moose
The Gelato Fiasco
98 Maine Street
Brunswick Explorer service during Artwalk Hours 5-8. Please find the loop they will follow:
- Ft. Andross (more than 12 open studios, plus The Frontier Cafe)
- Right turn out of Ft. Andross on to Maine St. (South) for 3 ½ blocks
- Right turn into Bank of America Parking Lot , letting people off for artists and music at 98 Maine St., and other Maine St. galleries, studios and music listed in ArtWalk brochure
- Exit Parking Lot through drive through (If bus does not fit under drive through, exit lot by turning right on to Maine St. to Cumberland St.)
- Right on Cumberland St
Left in 1st block in to parking lot (dropping people off in front of condos – covers 3 locations: 18 Pleasant St., Curtis Library Morrell Meeting Room (w/music), and Gallery Framing)
Left out of Parking Lot, past Fire Station to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. to Station Ave.
- Right at Station Ave, letting people off at the arcade for artists and music.
- Proceed on Station Ave to Union St.
- Left at Union to McKeen St.
- Left at McKeen to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. to College St.
- Left at College to Park Row
- Left at Park Row (letting people off at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art)
- Continue to end of Park Row to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St.
- Immediate Right at stop sign (before Church) on to Bath Rd.
- Immediate Left just after Church on to Maine St
- Proceed 1 block and bear Right to get on to Park Row (letting people off between Brunswick Inn and Ameriprise)
- Continue on Park Row to end
- Left on to School St. to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. and back to Ft. Andross.
See you there!
Linda Murray of Bath will be showing the month of October at Summer Island Studio-Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Malla in the heart of downtown Brunswick.
Artist Reception and Open house will coincide with Brunswick’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk on October 11th from 5pm to 8pm. Wine, cheese, horsdoerves will be served. LIVE MUSIC this month will be Steve Quigley of Harpswell. Any questions please call Patti at 373-1810.
Stop by and meet Linda Murray. Have her tell you a bit about the process of her work.
Murray’s is influenced by the Abstract Expressionists who work in a improvisational style. Their emphasis is on the process with an organic approach of letting an image evolve without the weight of a preconceived notion of outcome to weigh it down. She finds it exciting to witness a new visual idea emerging from the surface. Often the idea seems to transcend language and be of a spiritual nature.
Linda begins each image whether abstract or a tree root with a wet-in-wet process where paint is applied to the wet surface allowing pigment to push and pull and merge into new hues. After pigment is applied she often introduces resists or apply a technique called Decalcomania where she lays down various plastic material and manipulates it to form wrinkles and shapes. (Decalcomania is a technique first used by the surreal painters in the 1920s and 30s.) Once the wet-in-wet application is dried the plastic material is removed revealing rich textures and forms. Editing out, adding line, deepening values or lifting pigment then develops the image. Murray often adds gouache to watercolor or pours fluid acrylics to enhance contrasting textures and values
The tree images in this exhibit are all taken from life. While the surrounding landscape may be fictitious, the tree exists somewhere that she has been. The abstract images however are from my imagination. While they may remind me of a place perhaps underwater or celestial they evolved out of contemplation and listening to the painting adding or taking away until there is nothing left that seems to need adjustment.
A team of Five Rivers Arts Alliance artists hung their first show at Coastal Orthopedics – Cooks Corner, Brunswick. This is also the first show for the new Communities Arts Venues Program at Five Rivers Arts Alliance. A program that will bring Local Art to Local Community Venues throughout the year. Here is a preview of the show at Coastal Ortho:
Artists showing include:
Cathy Worthington, Bill Tomsa, Karl Salia, Maria Castellano-Usery, Ed McCartan, Angie Blevins, and Jim Decker. The ArtVan is also participating in the show.
If you are a local venue or local artist who would like to learn more about this program, please contact email@example.com.
We believe in bringing art to the community!
Where: Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant Street, Brunswick