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.
BATH – Brad Terry, clarinet, and Peter Herman, guitar, will perform a jazz concert at the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre St, Bath, on Sunday, July 27, from 5 to 6:30 pm.
Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. A $20 admission fee is requested.
For more information call Centre St Arts Galley at 442-0300 or check the blog: Centrestartsgallery.blogsp
“I have been playing this wonderful American music called ‘Jazz’ ever since my neighbor Benny Goodman convinced my mother to buy me a clarinet when I was fourteen.
I have been lucky to have known and be challenged by, played and recorded with some of the world’s greatest Jazz players and now, at seventy- seven I’m being challenged again by a brilliant twenty-five year old guitar player, Peter Herman. We play tunes I’ve known for 50-60 years that he’s hearing for the first time and he brings with him a flood of new and refreshing harmonic and melodic ideas. He has mastered a lot of amazing technique and throws musical curve balls at me, definitely keeping me on my toes. We play a variety of standard jazz tunes and spontaneously create musical conversations that take us to surprising and often unlikely places.”
Brad Terry shares his love of music with young musicians all over the world.
Sylvia Bangs lives in Portland, Maine. She was born and raised in Gray, Maine. She moved to Portland in 1959 and attended the School of Fine and Applied Arts, (now Maine College of Art) for 4 yrs.
Her work has been widely exhibited in Galleries and Art shows throughout Maine and Massachusetts and has been written up in many state and local newspapers, including Maine Sunday Telegram.
Sylvia says “I started drawing exclusively in black and white pen and ink, using extremely fine point, Rapidograph Pens. Now all my original drawings are 18″ x 24″ and reflect a deep feeling of certain animals of New England and the world.
I am constantly seeking new textures and forms to incorporate into my surrealistic drawings, filling the whole with subconscious forms.”
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
(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
BATH- Art in the Park 2014 will include a one-day event on Sunday, July 6 from 10 am to 4 pm, featuring artists exhibiting and working under one big tent. Artists will reserve a space under the tent for $35, and spend the day demonstrating their art under the tent or in and around the park.
A 50/50 raffle of artists’ work will be held at the end of the day. Tickets will be available for sale at locations in downtown Bath. A preview will be available on line.
Artists should reserve their 6’ x 6’ space early. Artists will bring their own equipment, tables, chairs and displays. Artists will handle the sales of their work and keep 100% of the proceeds.
Artists interested in having their own tent for Saturday and Sunday may apply to the Craft Show by emailing: email@example.com, or as a vendor by calling Main Street Bath at 207-442-7291.
The Centre St Arts Gallery at 11 Centre Street, is enrolling students for the Michael Vermette Plein Air II workshop May 17-18, 2014. The workshop is for watercolor and oil painters, advanced beginner and beyond. The cost is $200 and students provide their own equipment. The instructor may collect an additional small fee for additional materials. To sign up for the class, call 207-442-0300 or visit the Centre St Arts Gallery at 11 Centre St, Bath. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
Michael will give an introductory talk on Friday, May 16 and show several works, which will be for sale.
The first day will be at an outdoor location to be determined, for sketching and note taking. The second day will be in the studio as students work on a larger, finished work.
Michael E. Vermette is a full-time artist and part-time teacher, working in Oil, Watercolor, and Pastel for over forty years. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Laura Coleman and the Beverly Awards at the 12th and 13th Biennial North American Open Shows of the New England Watercolor Society. Michael was the 2011 Baxter State Park Artist-in-Residence. Michael leads several plein air painting workshops in Maine and New Hampshire in watercolor and oil painting throughout the year. He is a Monhegan Artists’ Residency Fellow and was twice an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park. His watercolors, oils, and pastels are in private collections throughout the country and internationally. In Maine, his works appear in various galleries, including the North Light Gallery in Millinocket, the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, and The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.
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.
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.
Maine artists are invited to show their work in historic Bath during this year’s 3rd Friday Art Walk;
The first of five Art Walks is June 20; the last is October 17; hours are 5PM to 8PM.
An open studio tour is scheduled on the July 19 & 20; hours vary according to studio.
Indoor group venues are open in Bath City Hall auditorium & the Bath Customs House lobby.
Artists may display outside on the wider sidewalks and the Customs House lawn when Maine summer weather beckons.
The fee is $60 for the season, whether exhibiting once or all 6 events.
All artwork must be original or reproductions by the original artist.
Paid entries received before April 1 will be listed in the 2014 brochure which will be distributed from Bar Harbor to Boston.
Brochure listings include artwork photo, work description, contact info & locator on Bath area street map.
Bath Art Walks are well publicized on line & in all coastal newspapers.
Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop,
Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13;
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
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.
‘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.