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
Please join the Deer Isle-Stonington Community for the dedication of the granite sculpture created for the island by sculptor Attila Rath Geber, as part of the 2009 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. This beautiful imaginative piece, made from Crotch Island granite, honors the unsurpassed creative spirit of the people of this island–past, present, and future.
Saturday June 26 at 5PM (raindate Sunday June 27 at 5PM) at Scott’s Landing on the Deer Isle Causeway (route 15 just after the Deer Isle Bridge if coming from away, just before the bridge if coming from island). Parking at Causeway Beach.
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Let the Paint be the Paint Stonington Opera House Arts: June 23 @ 7 p.m.
Marin lived and worked in Stonington
John Marin is one of the most famous U.S. artists of the 20th century, a master of American Modernism. And for many years he lived and painted in Maine, including Stonington, setting several of his paintings right here: including one from 1923 which prominently features the Opera House! This new biopic by filmmaker Michael Maglaras is called “an essay in film” and an homage to this remarkable painter.
Using more than 70 of Marin’s watercolors, oils, drawings and etchings, Maglaras takes us on a journey from Marin’s first representational work as an architectural student in the 1890s, to the point, late in his life, when he pushes representational painting to the very edge of Abstraction and beyond. Maglaras, known for his previous films on artists Marsden Hartley, will be present for a post-screening discussion.
The Stonington Farmers Market
There are more than 22 fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting their work at the ever popular Stonington Farmers Market in Stonington on Fridays from 10 AM to noon. Joining the fresh produce, seafood, meats, bakery items, prepared food vendors, and community of non-profit orgs that make this one of the liveliest markets in Maine, the artisans are a big draw for the market which attracts upward of 1200+ visitors each market during the months of July and August. The market opened on May 28th and will continue to be open–rain or shine–through middle of October. Check the website for directions, vendor directory, and market news.
Isalos Fine Art Gallery has announced its scheduled art exhibitions and artist’s openings for the summer season.
June 29-July 18th
Vaino Kola: paintings & etchings
Artist’s reception Friday, July 2, 4 – 7 p.m.
July 20 – August 8: John Woolsey: pastels
Artist’s reception July 23, 4 – 7 p.m.
August 24 – September 12: Rebecca Daugherty: paintings
Artist’s reception Friday, September 3, 4 – 7 p.m.
Stonington Galleries First Friday Open Gallery Nights will take place on First Fridays from July until October, as well as an island-wide gallery walk on Friday, June 18th for the Lupine Festival. Each reception goes from 4 to 7 p.m.
An example of Tibetan monks creating sacred sand mandala painting.
Monday-Friday, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
DEER ISLE — From May 31 to June 6, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts will host a Community-Based Artist Residency with the Venerable Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, who was invited to create one of his singular ‘wheel of life’ sand mandalas in the gallery at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs. Losang Samten is the spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut; and Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso, Texas. He travels extensively, sharing his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and his skill in the Tibetan ritual arts, while incorporating the qualities of practicing loving kindness, patience, and understanding. This residency complements last fall’s residency with environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck, who worked with high school students and community members to create a mandala 10 feet in diameter using bottle caps and lids.
Community members, students from the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary and High Schools, Haystack faculty and students, and visitors will be able to observe and talk with Losang Samten as he works, Monday-Friday, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m. On Friday, June 4, Losang Samten will give a public presentation in Gateway Auditorium, which is located at the entrance to Haystack’s campus, at 8:00 p.m. In addition, a ritual dismantling ceremony of the sand mandala will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs. All of these events are free and open to the public.
Losang Samten’s residency is supported by grants from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Quimby Family Foundation, and from Haystack’s Program Endowment.
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.
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
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”
Photo courtesy Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University.
Another terrific show at the Nasher Museum of Art in Raleigh at Duke U is the “Big Shots” exhibition of Andy Warhol polaroids. These small head shots were the studies for larger silk screened portraits of the rich, famous, and unknown beauties of both sexes.
Andy asked his subjects to sit for the snaps so he could try out different crops and angles. The full sized Liz Taylor portrait that Hugh Grant purchased in a drunken stupor is a great example. The Nasher exhibition includes several Warhol portraits of its benefactors, the Nasher family of Texas as well.
Through February 12, then traveling to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC followed by the Ackland Museum of Art in Chapel Hill, NC.
Be sure to check out the gift shop for great Warhol merchandise.