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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Cynthia Hyde, “Two Horses Moving,” ca. 1984, reverse monoprint on Japanese paper, 5.5 x 7.5 in.
Cynthia Hyde, “Two Horses Moving,” ca. 1984, reverse monoprint on Japanese paper, 5.5 x 7.5 in.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:42 PM
To mount two-person shows successfully requires careful consideration of the effect grouping divergent work may have on each body of work. . . .
  • art current: Jesse Gillespie at Dowling Walsh Gallery
    At what point does realism become unreal? Can we still speak of representation if an artwork actually incorporates its subject? How much does beauty . . .
  • art current: Jan Rosenbaum's "Wishing Wells"
    There are only a few days left to see Jan Rosenbaum's excellent photographs of wishing wells at the Maine Media Gallery, and what better thing to do . . .
  • art current: Far Up Close at Waterfall Arts
    Sometimes the trite and clichéd is still the true. And Waterfall Arts' current show is heartwarming. And beautiful, stimulating, and profound as well. . . .
  • art current: Megan Chase at Chase's Daily
    Sometimes more of the same still can never be enough. That's how I feel about Megan Chase's paintings. It seems like I've seen the selection of . . .
  • art current: A Studio Visit with Autumn Cipala
    Stepping into the Rockland garage-turned-studio of ceramic artist Autumn Cipala a sense of calm and airiness becomes immediately palpable. . . .
  • art current: Bearing Fruit at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery
    Art and farming? That this can be a successful combination is proven by the current gallery show at the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). It is a must-see . . .
  • art current: Recent Acquisitions at the Farnsworth
    Looking for something new to discover, I visited the Farnsworth Art Museum's exhibition Recent Acquisitions. It turns out that "recent" can be a couple . . .
  • art current: The Coast & the Sea at Portland Museum of Art
    When we envision a link between American history and identity on the one side and geography on the other, the West is what comes to mind most . . .
  • art current: Richard Lee; Paper Trails
    If you mention "handmade paper" anywhere in Maine, the name Richard Lee will likely come up sooner rather than later. A sampling of the late artist's . . .
  • art current: A Dialogue with David Troup
    I recently sat down with David Troup, not in his capacity as Communications Officer at the Farnsworth Art Museum, or karate instructor at the . . .
  • art current: 3D Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth
    What is sculpture? What is its relationship to painting? What role do artists' minor works play within their larger oeuvre? What art is worthy of exhibit? . . .
  • art current: A Studio Visit with Warren Seelig
    An underground maze of interconnected rooms may not suggest an inviting place to create art in, but it suits Warren Seelig just fine. His 2010 monofilament construction remains on view in the rotunda of the Farnsworth Art Museum, just a block away from his studio in the basement of Rockland's Syndicate Building . . .
  • art current: Bernard Langlais at the Colby College Museum
    First things first: There are only a few days left to see the Bernard Langlais exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art. In 2010, the artist's widow, Helen Friend Langlais, bequeathed her estate, which included 175 works of art, to Colby College. Most of the works in Colby's current exhibition are part of that . . .
  • art current: Joshua Cardoso at Win Wilder Hall
    Drawing is usually hailed for its immediacy of translation between mind, eye and hand. It doesn't have to be that way but it can. And it doesn't have to involve the observed world but it can. The six ink or graphite-on-paper drawings on view at Win Wilder Hall seem both immediate and long-considered, totally abstract and . . .
  • art current: A Breath of Summer Air at the Caldbeck Gallery
    I know, winter has only just begun, but I could already use more warmth, color and light. If you feel the same way - and if you enjoy good painting - I recommend stopping by Rockland's Caldbeck Gallery. Their current show assembles recent and older works by Cicely Aikman, Elizabeth Awalt, Lois Dodd . . .
  • art current: The Dilemma of Memory
    How do we reconcile the desire to forget with the need to remember? Is one gruesome example of mankind's inhumanity more memorable than another? Can individual memory become collective and vice versa? Through generations and cultures? These are some of the questions raised by the artwork in . . .
  • art current: Work by Dyan Berk at Miles
    A hospital may not be the first place that comes to mind for looking at first-rate art. We've all seen those faded reproductions of masters and unfamiliar names alike. That it doesn't have to be this way has been realized by many hospital administrators, including those of Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. . . .
  • art current: Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2014 Biennial
    With just over 475 artist submissions, the reach and representativeness of this year's CMCA Biennial remains fairly limited. (In 2008, at its height, 730 artists submitted.) But it's a big improvement over the last iteration. For one, it is a purely juried show and not the controversial combination of invitational and . . .
  • art current: A Dialogue with Two Belfast Poets Laureate
    This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Belfast Poetry Festival, which seems a good occasion to talk to Jacob Fricke and Ellen Sander. Fricke, a Belfast-native, is the chair of the Festival Steering Committee and was Belfast's poet laureate from 2011 to 2012. Sander, who has been living in Belfast since 2006, is on the . . .
  • art current: Daniel Anselmi at Carver Hill Gallery
    Some forms of gestural abstraction and collage come dangerously close to expansive busyness with nothing to hold the eye and attention. Such unweighted and variform fields of marks or pieces of paper, without formal hierarchy or underlying governing structure or concept, may feel highly expressive but are . . .