Author Archives: Maureen Farr

About Maureen Farr

I am a graphic and web designer – and the publisher of the print version of Arts Guide, a free guide highlighting the arts, dining, events, and more on the coast of Maine. In addition, I am a visual artist working in mixed media and encaustic, as well as creating found object jewelry. I am currently at work revising a short novel that I wrote as a participant in the 32nd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest.

Burt Dow, Deep Water Man at Stoningtons Opera House’

Went to see this amazing, original show last night.  There’s one more performance tomorrow at 2PM.  Read more or order tickets on line here. This is truly a not-to-be-missed show!

Opera House Arts commissioned Maia Aprahamian to write the script. Directed by Joan Jubett, this is an original children’s opera version of the beloved book by Robert McCloskey. Equity performers from Portland, ME and NYC, including Daniel Noel as Burt Dow, lead a combined professional and community children’s chorus.

Local students helped to compose music and lyrics; and helped build fantastic props for the show with sculptor Michael Stasiuk. The set designer is David Barber, the costume designer is Deborah Otte and the lighting designer is Barbara Samuels.

Don’t miss it!  Let’s hope that OHA brings it back next summer…

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Art Gallery Mozelle opens

It’s been several years since I’ve run the gallery and I was feeling a wee bit rusty as I prepped the rooms, hung the art, and made wall tags over the past few days.  Now that it’s actually open, I feel a sense of relief, and I’m looking forward to old friends – and new – coming in to see the work.

Gallery view

Clean, fresh, and ready for the summer…

I’m showing my new paintings, jewelry, an assortment of mixed media pieces, as well as photography by my very talented daughter, Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, and very hip recycled bags by Julia Ventresco of One Woman Studio.

And then there’s Max…

Max in the gallery

Do I look like an art lover??

I think he’s going to make a great “shop dog.”  Not to mention, he’s a real conversation starter…  “Is he a…?”  Nope, he’s a Standard Poodle puppy.

Stop in and visit – we’re open Wednesday to Saturday from 1-5 PM.

42 Bridge Street, Deer Isle, Maine.  207 348-6722

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From a Single Thread @ Pearson Legacy

The opening to “From a Single Thread” fiber arts show (combined with an exhibition of beautiful bowls) was very well attended. With more than 45 artists participating, the event was lively and the showcase of work very colorful indeed. Here are some highlights but don’t miss it in person: the show continues through July 25th.

Pearson Legacy is at 13 Dow Road in Deer Isle. Gallery open 10AM-5PM

3 Tapestries

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RED (again) at Isalos

Friday, February 12th – another packed opening at Isalos Gallery in Stonington for their second RED show in honor (or celebration, or NOT) of Valentine’s Day. Lots of wonderful paintings, some cool jewelry by J Fred Woell, and many, many RED outfits!   Some of the other artists in this show include Sarah Doremus, John Wilkinson, Patricia Wheeler, Sherry Streeter, Carolyn Caldwell, Bruce Bulger, Farrell Rupert, and Barbara Brady – to name a few.

The best of show (outfit) goes to Meghan Dewey-Wood for her clever use of playing cards and a slinky red dress. Michael and Rebecca Daugherty postponed a trip south to open this show, so check it out before it’s too late.

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Pearson Legacy Gallery opening

Thursday, February 11th – another packed house at Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle!  Carolyn Hecker does it again with a show titled “Reflections.”  Over 40 artists in the show – shoulder to shoulder crowd.  My favorite painting will remain a secret…  Gallery hours are Thurs – Sun 12-5.

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February First Friday – Portland, ME

I’ve rented a new studio space at a place called OPEN CONCEPTS in Portland.  I moved in the last week of January, and was able to participate in February’s First Friday open studio there.  I had about eight new paintings, and some found object jewelry in the show.  The best part for me was the chance to meet new people, and show my work to a whole new crowd.  All of my new studio mates are great, and I think it was a really good move.  If you get to Portland, get in touch with me to see if I can give you a private studio tour…

Here’s one of my new paintings from the Ladder series. Check my website for more images.

“Three Ladders” acrylic & plaster on panel. 6x6 inches. ©2010

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Jill Hoy & Eric Hopkins at Thos Moser in Freeport

Whew!  what a crowd at the opening of a Elemental Rhythms, a group exhibition at Thos Moser in Freeport, on Thursday January 28th.  Bitter cold didn’t deter people from turning out to sip wine, see some great art and meet the artists.   It was a treat to see Jill, mid-winter, radiant and happy to be at the opening. The show featured the work of our own Stonington fave Jill Hoy, as well as North Haven’s Eric Hopkins, and including new work by Tom Curry, Michele Dangelo and Gifford Ewing.   Also introducing the work of Portland artist, Debra Yoo.  The show is up through March 31, 2010.

“Bakeman Barren Golden Rod” by Jill Hoy, oil on canvas, 36” x 48”

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Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel

January 30, 2010:  I just spent an amazingly cold hour-plus at the Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel.  I went with a friend, on one of the coldest nights in January, but even so – WHAT FUN!  There were scores of people waiting for the “privilege” of being outside in 14° F temps and drinking, while listening to 80s music! Entering through the hotel parking garage entry, we were able to avoid waiting in the long lines – only to be assaulted by really, really LOUD MUSIC, THRONGS OF PEOPLE, and COLD. That’s not to say that is wasn’t a total blast to be in the thick of things…

Inside – actually OUTSIDE – at the Ice Bar, it was a couple hundred shoulder-to-shoulder people, and music so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think – but I have to say I wouldn’t trade it for anything on a Saturday night in Portland in January!  I had a great “imitation” Cosmo – the bartender told me he’d have to “fake it” but it was A-OK as far as I was concerned.

If you get to Portland next January check it out!

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A Walk after Dark

I’m enjoying my new Portland digs – spending the winter in the city was a great idea.  A friend was staying overnight recently and we went out for an after dinner walk.

I’m living right on the fringe of the Arts District, so it was a pleasant little ramble.  We stopped in at BLUE – a great little live music venue on Congress Street and listened to a young singer/songwriter named Claire Perry while sipping a good red wine.

Later, we hit the Empire Dine and Dance and Geno’s – where we finished the evening with a couple of shots before heading home to the apartment.

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Frederica Marshall Leads Art Trip to China

 

"Old Friends"

 

 

 

One of Deer Isle’s most interesting artists in residence is Frederica Marshall. Having mastered the Japanese art of Sumi-e painting during her 30 years living in Japan, Marshall teaches the technique from her art school / gallery in Deer Isle. She is hosting a workshop trip to China in March 2010. 

 

 

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