April 2010 @ Pearson Legacy Gallery

Pearson Legacy Gallery
13 Dow Road
Deer Isle
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
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

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


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A Day in DC

Every once in awhile we like to get off-island and see what’s happening in the art world. Our museums in Washington, DC are a national treasure that we often forget to take advantage of (all of the museums associated with the Smithsonian Institute are free admission to the public!). We saw two spectacular exhibitions this weekend.

“The Sacred Made Real” will remain at the National Gallery of Art through May. A tight exhibition of painted wooden religious sculptures–most from the 17th century–that usually reside in Spain’s cathedrals and religious paintings by great Spanish artists, especially Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán, who were greatly influenced by the sculptures. 

Unlike other European depictions of Christ and the various saints, the Spaniards’ life-size sculptures go for the gusto: bruising, blood, agony are all palpable and make the viewer–then and now–squirm in awe. The museum says the artists created these pieces “to shock the senses and stir the soul.” And they do, regardless of religious belief. Photos cannot do the show justice as the display itself in an all black walled high ceiling smallish-for-a-museum room heighten the dramatic effect. This award winning show was put together in London and shown their first. After DC, it will not travel anywhere else and the pieces will go back to their various locations throughout Spain. 

The second must-see exhibition at the National Gallery is in the east tower. A rare look at Mark Rothko’s black paintings that were conceived for the Rothko Chapel at the Menil Collection in Houston.  A recording of Morton Feldman’sRothko Chapel (1971) plays hauntingly in the vaulted space as one contemplates the void and beyond within the deep black planes of Rothko’s masterpieces. 

The Rothko paintings provide a sombre counterpoint to the cherry blossoms on the mall. If one wants to see other more colorful Rothko work, there are many vivid color field paintings scattered throughout the DC art museums.

The show that interested me the most was the “Georgia O’Keefe: Abstraction” show on view through May 9th at the Phillips Collection. A private museum (it does not fall under the free admission category) with an amazing collection, the Phillips gives us a very unique look at O’Keefe’s early abstract work.

Music Pink and Blue No. 2


Most of the work in the exhibition was completed long before the artist relocated to her beloved Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe. O’Keefe explored unusual cropping of the images she painted that were closer to photography than painting and she influenced generations of young painters that followed with this and with the grand scale color field paintings she produced in the 1960’s.

One of the standout paintings from the extensive exhibition was a painting in muted greys and whites that incorporated a clam shell the artist found on a trip to Maine. This one shell inspired an entire series of paintings that explore not only the abstraction of form but the neutral color palette as well. It also reminded me that how Maine has inspired–and continues to inspire–so many artists past and present.

If you cannot get down to DC to see this show, order the hardcover book with full color illustrations of the exhibition and much more information about what this one woman contributed to the modern abstract art movement.

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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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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.

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Courtesy Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University


There’s a wonderful world class exhibit of rare Picassos currently being shown at the Nasher Museum of Art on the Duke University campus in Raleigh, NC.

“Picasso & the Allure of Language” focuses on illustrations done by Picasso for books, actual poetry that he wrote, and words that he incorporated into paintings. One surprise and highlight of the show is a small framed collage he made for Gertrude Stein from one of her calling cards that she had left at his studio. The exhibition runs through January 3–don’t miss it!

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