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.
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…
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
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
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.
Deer Isle’s Red Dot Gallery is welcoming 3 new artist members for the 2010 season: Katy Allgeyer recognized for her fine art mixed media paintings using nautical charts and maps embedded into her canvases, Leslie Anderson known for her fine art landscapes as the “Paint Your View” lady, and GiGi Sarsfield of Handmade Papers that are used in artist’s books, lampshades, and other fine crafts. A reception to introduce the artists will be held June 18th at Red Dot Gallery in Deer Isle from 4-7PM during the Deer Isle Third Fridays Gallery Hop. You’re invited to come meet the artists and see the work of all 10 artist members.
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.
Pearson Legacy Gallery
13 Dow Road
207.348.6848 (or 348.2525)
You can depend on Pearson Legacy Gallery for interesting multi-artist exhibitions throughout the year. Well-presented, thought-provoking, and witty are all words that come to mind after viewing one of these group shows. Here is the current schedule.
April 8 thru May 2nd
PEOPLE: The Artist’s Interpretation
An exhibition of portraits of people–real or imagined–absolutely detailed people or totally abstract as interpreted by more than 40 artists. Featuring the amazing “Self Portrait Machine” created by artist Ed Bagley and designed to have people participate in the art process while interacting with the machine to create a unique self portrait without possessing any formal artistic skills.
Opening Reception: April 8, 5-7PM
Exhibition Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 10AM-4PM
April 15th, 7PM
Culture & the Artist: How Place Affects How Art is Made
All artists are influenced by their surroundings, the culture they live in, and their life experiences. Subject matter, materials, and symbolic meaning are all related to “place”. Fredericka Marshall explores this topic at the Artist’s Forum in this richly illustrated lecture that will look at artists and their environments and the resulting creations.
$5 Suggested Donation
April 20, 7PM
LITERARY ARTS NIGHT @ THE LEGACY
The second in a monthly series of readings by noted authors from Maine and beyond reading their written words from books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. There may also be programs when a panel of authors will discuss current issues involved in the problems and joys of being published. This month features short story writers Diane Berlew, Deborah Wedgwood Marshall, and Susan Barrett Merrill.
$5 Suggested Donation
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS @ THE LEGACY
April 17 9AM-4PM
Split Stone Pendants: Sarah Doremus
Bring your favorite beach stone to the workshop and you will create a splendid pendant with sterling silver components. You will learn the basic lapidary and metal fabrication techniques necessary for finishing a project. Materials list sent with confirmation. Limited enrollment and */pre-registration required/*.
April 24, 10AM-2PM
Free Form Peyote Stitch Beadwork: Tess Daniels
The workshop serves as a refresher course in basic peyote stitch but with new explorations into free form weaving. Pre-registration required. Materials list sent with confirmation. Limited enrollment and */pre-registration required/*. $45
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.
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.
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
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.