“ Big, Bad, Bold “, the second show of the 2013 season at the Stable Gallery, 26 Water Street, Damariscotta will open on Friday, June 14 with a gala reception from 5 until 7. This new and exciting exhibit will feature eleven artists in the charming central room of the Gallery.
Guests may look forward to seeing the work of Bill Bellows, a distinguished weaver who recently received an award for his handsome rugs. Bill weaves his wool rugs in geometric blocks of contrasting colors.
Painter, Pam Hansen uses joyful colors as she skillfully combines the fragile and simple with bold patterned designs.
A change of pace is provided by the beautiful lines of Eben Blaney’s furniture, which has its roots in Japanese and Scandinavian designs, while Tandem Glass, with a delicate combination of features creates colorful glass forms not used by other contemporary glass blowers.
A new artist at the Stable is Joy Scott who also works in glass. Her fused glass pieces are dramatic in their design and combination of color and texture.
Acrylic paintings by Daisy Greene are taken from daily life and move the viewer right into her engaging scenes, both large and small, while Bob Thomas creates heavily textured and colorful abstract planes.
The carved wood lamps of Stephen Vowles are of a unique design and provide a form of lighting that is graceful and elegant. From the elegant to the everyday, Liz Proffetty’s ceramics are always in the process of evolution in both form and glaze.
Another new painter with the gallery is Bev Walker. Where she has been and how she has felt show up in the details of rocky coast and ever changing trees. In a different mode, Penelope Moodey has used the subject of energy and imagination in her abstract pieces.
Guests at the reception will be treated to the music of Dave Mello and to an array of delicious refreshments. The public is invited to join the artists and friends at “ Big, Bad, Bold “ and to put the following three Openings on their calendars, “ Truly, Madly, Deeply “ on July 12, “ Edgy and Elegant “ on August 16 and “ haRvest Twelve “ on September 13. All receptions are from 5 until 7 pm at 26 Water Street.
The Stable is open daily from 10 to 5 until October 18. For more information please call 207-563-1991 or go to www.stablegallerymaine.com.
Life Sculpture Studio – 6 weeks
Zentangles – April 20 (back again)
New ceramics class starting
Phil Frey – Plein aire oils in May
Robert Carsten – Pastels in June
Photoshop for Artists
Drawing from Nature …….and many more….class sizes are limited
For more information on classes and open studios – visit our website http://riverartsme.org/
Magical Strings in Concert at River Arts
Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm
241 US Route 1 N, Damariscotta, Maine
Philip and Pam Boulding of MAGICAL STRINGS create their distinctive music with a tightly knit blend of Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers, augmented by pennywhistles, concertina, and storytelling. Since 1978 they have toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, including touring and recording with Dan Fogelberg and appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion.” With 18 CDs on four record labels, their recent 2-CD release Best of Magical Strings—Dances and Dreams celebrates 30 years of their music; their newest release Celtic Yuletide Live captures stunning live performances with their family a guest artists. CD’s will be available at their concerts.
Ticket Prices: Donation at the door $10-adult, $5 child
River Arts Community Concert – April 13, 2013 – 7 pm
Free and open to the public
The Community Concert on the 13th will include two students of Kirsten Monke: Jane Dawson, violin performing A Gavotte by Jean Becker, and Hanni Haynes, viola performing with a dancer, Natalie Johnson, both from Bowdoin College, performing a contemporary work by Olafur Arnalds. Also, the Seacoast Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva, will perform works by Verdi, Dvorak, and Bach.
Call to Artists
RIVER ARTS CALL TO ARTISTS: “Faces and Figures—Animals Included”
River Arts announces it upcoming exhibition entitled “Figures and Faces—Animals Included” at its new gallery at 241 Route One, Damariscotta, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber. Expanding the traditional genre of figurative art, the show includes both human subjects and/or animals—since both are expressive in gesture, expression and movement. The show runs from March 8th through April 4th. Artists may submit up to three works (a minimum of two is recommended). Since the juror reviews works by each artist together, artists are encouraged to choose pieces that form an effective group. Multiple works by the same artist chosen for the show will now be hung together, as well.
All media and approaches are welcome, including abstract work, photography and sculpture.
Juror for “Figures and Faces—Animals Included” is Robyn Holman, curator of the highly-esteemed Atrium Gallery at University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus. Ms. Holman directs a creative and varied series of year-round exhibitions featuring works by Maine artists. Currently, the Atrium offers its popular biennial exhibition of artists from Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, “Area Artists, 2013,” this year presenting art by 78 artists.
Submissions entered for the River Arts exhibition must be for sale. Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in height, and for safety reasons plexiglass or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Each work should be labeled on the back with artist’s name and the title.
Drop-off dates at River Arts’ new premises on Route One are Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early submissions are accepted within usual gallery hours. The entry fee for submissions of up to three works is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Artists are notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been exhibited at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at http://riverartsme.org and at the gallery when submitting. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8th, from 5 -7 p.m. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at email@example.com. River Arts offers year-round art exhibitions, in addition to classes, concerts and other cultural events. River Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and Sundays from 10-2. It is closed on Mondays.
River Arts “Still Life and Beyond”
February 1- 28 2013
River Arts invites the public to the exhibition “Still Life and Beyond”, February 1st 28th at its newly-expanded and renovated gallery at 241 Route One, Damariscotta, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber. The theme of the exhibition goes beyond the traditional “still life” genre to include all art that explores objects as its main focus. The show runs from Feb. 1st to Feb. 28th.
The exhibition includes 124 works by artists from the Midcoast and around the state in a wide variety of media: collage, photography, sculpture, assemblage, fiber arts as well as oil, acrylic, and pastel. Jurors for “Still Life and Beyond” are Dennis and Marty Gleason, the well-known owners of the Gleason Fine Art Galleries in Boothbay Harbor and Portland.
Visit the website for a preview of the works. www.riverartsme.org
Opening Reception for “Still Life and Beyond” Exhibition at River Arts
Friday, February 1st 5-7pm
River Arts invites the public to the opening reception for the exhibition
“Still Life and Beyond”
Friday, February 1st from 5-7 pm
at its newly-expanded and renovated gallery at 241 Route One, Damariscotta, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber.
The theme of the exhibition goes beyond the traditional “still life” genre to include all art that explores objects as its main focus. The show runs from Feb. 1st to Feb. 28th.
The exhibition includes 124 works by artists from the Midcoast and around the state in a wide variety of media: collage, photography, sculpture, assemblage, fiber arts as well as oil, acrylic, and pastel.
Visit the website to see a sample of the work:
River Arts invites the public to the opening reception for the exhibition
“Black, White, Gray,” on Friday, December 28, from 5-7
at its newly-expanded and refurbished gallery and arts center at 241 Route 1, Damariscotta, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber.
The show runs from Dec. 28th to January 25th. More than 120 works in a wide variety of media, created by over 60 artists will be on exhibit.
Juror for “Black, White, Gray” is Robert Colburn, curator and manager of the Bayview Galleries in Brunswick and Camden. From a family of professional artists, Robert Colburn grew up in Maine and decided at an early age to pursue art as a career. In addition to his busy career at Bayview Galleries, he remains active as a painter, exhibiting at Asymmetrick Arts, Cape Cottage Gallery, the Clown, Bayview Galleries and many other locations. Citing his study at Bowdoin College with artists such as Thomas Cornell, Ann Harris and Anne Lofquist as important experiences, Colburn describes his present artistic philosophy as a mixture inspired by both old and contemporary masters. In his own work, he values working on site, painting works and creating studies for paintings in the natural world. www.robertcolburn.com
River Arts is open 10am-4pm- Tuesday through Saturday and 10-2 on Sundays. River Arts holds approximately 10 juried shows each year which are open to all Maine artists. The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts. For information about the many classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit www.riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.
Mathew O’Donnell at Gallery II
A Sense of Place
Opening Reception Aug. 24 5-7 pm
Exhibition thru August 28
“A Sense of Place”, an exhibition by Maine painter, Mat O’Donnell, at the River Arts II Gallery in Damariscotta will run from August 22, 2012 through August 28th. Located at 241 US Route 1, the exhibition will be open daily from 10 – 4 and on Sundays 12 – 5. 207-563-1507
Maine artist, Mathew O’Donnell, began painting as a young boy in Van Buren, Maine where he was born in 1949. Inspired by his father, the stillness of the landscape, the vitality of the farmland and the people who worked the fields, Mat continued to paint after he and his family moved to Bangor. Upon graduation from high school, Mat attended The Maine College of Art in Portland and The Boston Fine Art Museum School before getting his Bachelor of Science Degree at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1977.
Mathew’s surroundings were a constant prompt for his paintings.
- The Holstein cows on the hill beyond his studio in Searsport, Maine;
- the lumbermen and the trees they felled during the last log drives where he was a foreman on the Kennebec River;
- an empty saltwater pool along the coast;
- inland dwellings and structures and the people who inhabited them;
- Maine folklore from Paul Bunyan to the Native Americans from the Penobscot region.
A skilled carpenter, O’Donnell built a studio next to The Montsweag River in Wiscasset, Maine where he resides with his wife and daughter. There he paints every day, writes, and strums his guitar.
His current body of work involves birch bark.
Still the naturalist, birds, fish and other wildlife often find their way into his pieces. The evolution continues in this neck of the woods.
Call to Artists
“Maine Icons and Special Places” at River Arts
(DROP OFF: July 27-28)
SHOW DATES: August 3-Sept. 6
Opening August 3rd 5-7
River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists’ submissions for its upcoming show “Maine Icons and Special Places,” opening August 3rd. Artistic images powerfully influence our sense of a place, and this exhibition will present works that portray the visual “icons” that have come to represent Maine, from lighthouses and lobsters to potatoes, ski slopes, moose and seagulls, as well as specific “special places,” whether widely-known, such as Portland Head Light, Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, to more personal choices, such as the MOFGA Fair, a local country store or a historic building.
Juror for this exhibition is Bjorn Runquist, well-known painter of the Maine art world. Will Barnet commented that a “certain air of romanticism permeates his work reinforced by a wonderful feeling for light and color.” Born in Sweden , Runquist completed his secondary education in France, his bachelor’s degree at Colgate University, in the U.S., and his master’s at King’s College, University of London. After several years as an abstract painter, he returned in the 1990s to painting landscapes and seascapes. For many years he has divided his time between homes in Connecticut and Clark Island, Maine. He describes painting as “an experience framed by contemplation.” He is currently represented by Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor and Portland; Landings Gallery, Rockland; Morrison Gallery, CT; and the Horton Hayes Gallery, Charleston, SC. www.bjornrunquist.com
Submissions for the exhibition in all media are welcome, including photography. Sculpture is encouraged. Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in any dimension, and for safety reasons, plexiglass should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels.
Drop-off dates for art work are Friday and Saturday, July 27th and 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Arts Gallery at 170 Main St. (Bus. Route One) Damariscotta. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. All work in the exhibition must be for sale and may not have been exhibited at the gallery previously. Entry forms are available on the websitewww.riverartsme.org as well as at the gallery when submitting. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5 -7 p.m. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and on Sundays from 10-2.
2012 Exhibition Schedule
2012 Damariscotta Show at YMCA
Where & When:
Central Lincoln County YMCA525 Main St.
Saturday, July 14, 2011
from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, July 15, 2011
from 10 am to 4 pm
The Maine Crafts Guild’s 3nd Annual Damariscotta Show will be held all indoors at the Damariscotta YMCA. The finest in high-quality Maine craftsmanship will occupy the large open space as approximately 50 craftspeople display their work at this new venue, just across the road from the old Round Top Farm. Admission: $5 adults; children under 12 free.