River Arts – West Gallery
The public is invited to the opening reception for a new exhibition “The Four Seasons of Maine” showing work by Sally Smith and Lina Burley at River Arts. The paintings on exhibit through July 3rd, reflect the seasons as both a summer person and a native Mainer sees them. Using different media, the works are not place bound, but weather bound, reflecting different light different tonalities, the different character of branches and trees, water and rocks, flowers and islands, in every season.
Lina Burley received a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and later studied at the famed Art Students League in New York City with George Grosz, Edwin Dickenson and Seong Moy from 1956 to 1962. She served twice as president of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and was a Director of the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida and Maine, including the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and Bowdoin College in Brunswick. She won numerous awards, including a National Association of Women Artists medal of honor for water media, and two of her works were accepted by the Portland Museum of Art for their permanent collection.
In her words: “Living on the coast of Maine, surrounded by the beauty of the landscape and the alternate turmoil and quietness of the sea, I have for many years been dedicated to painting these natural forms, simplifying and altering the obvious scenery in an attempt to capture the atmosphere and essence of this special place.”
Sally Smith, a resident of East Boothbay, was one of the first two young artists to be given academic credit for painting at Wellesley College, so beginning a studio art program which has grown in significance and numbers to match Wellesley’s Art History Program. She is a native of Maine, having been born in Farmington, and raised in Orono, but studied at Wellesley, then the University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, and the American Studies Graduate Program at George Washington University. She has designed houses, researched historic buildings, and drawn and painted for over 40 years, while living in Vermont, Virginia, California, and Paris, France.
Joan Burger Siem –“Under the Surface” Exhibition
at River Arts “West Gallery”
Opening July 19 5-7pm
Visitors to River Arts will be able to enjoy two exhibitions opening simultaneously, “Under the Surface” featuring the work of Joan Siem of Camden will open on July 19 5-7 along with the Maine Icons exhibition. Along with paintings Joan will be showing a wide range of assemblages. Her images start off with a “welcoming” familiarity that expands to lead the viewer forward to a new, less familiar place where rediscovery and unexpected combinations exist. Her exhibition will run through July 31.
In the three-dimensional mixed media pieces, Joan attempts to give new life to things that already exist, saved items from earlier generations, with the potential for a new chance to be relevant. Though out of use and out of date, they are filled with history. These materials, with their history, are shredded, dyed, knotted, and printed on etc., then made into something totally different…a fusion of now and then. Honoring the past, they give us a kind of shelter in return.
Joan Siem received her BFA and MA at Stanford University where she studied painting/printmaking under Nathan Olivera. She has exhibited widely in the US as well as in Japan, Denmark, Spain, Finland and Norway. Joan lives in Camden with her husband Trond.
River Arts, open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday and 10 – 2 on Sundays, is located at 241 US Route 1 (north), Damariscotta. For information about membership and the many exhibitions, classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit www.riverartsme.org , call 563-1507 or stop in.
August 1 – 14 Jean Kigel
JEAN KIGEL: 15th ANNUAL EASTERN VIEWS: RECENT ASIAN BRUSH & WATERCOLOR
August 2 – 14, 2013
Reception August 2 from 5-7 PM
JEAN KIGEL: 15th ANNUAL EASTERN VIEWS: RECENT ASIAN BRUSH & WATERCOLOR.For two weeks, treat yourself to Kigel’s sometimes whimsical, sometimes delicate art at RIVER ARTS WEST GALLERY, 241 US Route 1, in North Damariscotta. The Public is invited to the opening reception of Kigel’s work on Friday, August 2, from 5-7PM. Paintings will be on exhibit through Wednesday, August 14.
Kigel’s signature work, “HomarusLafite Rothschild 1961” represents her playfulside, following in her tradition of painting the iconic lobster. (This painting was inspired by a collector of vintage corkscrews.) Over the years Kigel has painted more than 30 lobsters, selling them through Woodward Gallery in Manhattan,Hunter Gallery in Grafton, Vermont, and Archipelago in Rockland. Kigel will also represent the coast of Maine with local coastal scenes painted during her kayak excursions. New this year, are fresco liquid tempera paintings from her Bowdoin pine series. These richly saturated color and layered textures combine techniques of Asian brush and watercolors.
For Far-Eastern views, Kigel will exhibit gyotaku fish prints as featured in Down East Magazine. You’ll also see her Tao-isticbirds and flowers in her wabi-sabi, Asian brush style.
An Art Collector Maine artist, Kigel says, “Never repeat yourself. Always evolve. Experimenting with different papers, paints, and subject matter is what keeps me going.“ On almost any given day, you’re likely to find Kigel in her Muscongus Bay studio painting, brain-storming, wet-mounting, and framing.
River Arts Gallery WEST hours are Monday through Saturday from 10-4, and Sunday from 10-4. For more information call the gallery at 207.563-1507. Or visit the websites www.artcollectormaine.com and www.jeankigel.com.
Black and White Photography Solo Show Opening at River Arts
Friday, Sept. 6th 5-7 pm
Vincent Frazzetta’s “Close To Home”
Vincent Frazzetta and River Arts invite the public to the opening reception for his solo exhibition in the River Arts West Gallery, Friday, September 6 5-7 pm. The exhibition will offer a wide range of black and white images: marine, interiors, Mainers, abstracts, a few documentaries, and a special corner of the gallery with several of his tender BarbaraAnne/Alzheimer’s series images. The exhibition will run through September 18.
Vincent’s photographs are made using traditional methods: film cameras and hand processing film and prints, and as he says, “ the tactile and deliberate nature of the traditional film process, and for me, black and white images cut to the essence of the subject”. His photographs creatively record their subjects in high-contrast compositions, often with ironic or complex features. His wife’s images are documents of courage and humor, as she struggled to make a good life with a terrible diagnosis.
Though late to photography, it is for Vincent both a joy and a passion. “Choices in photography abound, and I have journeyed through cameras and themes, and from color to monochrome. I am now firmly settled on the challenges of black and white film photography; processing and printing at my Damariscotta, Maine darkroom.” A prolific reader and photographer, Vincent is most influenced by the NYC work of Maine photographer Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans’ Farm Security Agency projects, and David Plowden’s splendid photographs of contemporary rural and working America.
Vincent has shown locally in Bath, Boothbay, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Brunswick, Bowdoinham, and Bristol since 2006 and received the Ike Royer Memorial Scholarship for Traditional Black and White Photography (Maine Media Workshops) in 2009, and was published with a Juried Award, in B&W Magazine, in February 2012. www.vincentfrazzettaphotography.com
Ralph Hassenpflug Exhibition Opening
at River Arts West Gallery – Fri. Sept 20
Ralph Hassenpflug and River Arts invite the public to the opening reception for his solo exhibition in the River Arts West Gallery, Friday, September 20th 5-7 pm. At his show at River Arts, Hassenpflug will present groups of new work from 2013. Those will include the subjects Maine, NYC, figure, solitude and others. The exhibition will run through October 2nd.
Ralph Hassenpflug was born in West Germany during the years of the Cold War. Besides a college education in French and German literature at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France, and at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet in Frankfurt, Germany, his only formal art education consists of classes and workshops at the International Center of Photography in NYC and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
Ralph self-educates through the study of 20th century masters. He feels moved and inspired by the work of poetic photographers like Francesca Woodman, Susan Burnstine and Keith Carter.
Hassenpflug immigrated to the United States in 2002 and settled on the coast of Maine from where he travels extensively.
Over the past six months Ralph’s work has been shown at a dozen juried shows in Maine.
The Maine Photography Show has accepted his work into their 2013 exhibition. He has been published in Maine Art Scene Magazine and by Stone Voices Magazine. Ralph is currently under contract for a photo book about sacred places in Brittany, France A sample of his work can be found on his website www.RalphHassenpflug.com.
River Arts’ West Gallery features Stockton Springs Artist – William Landmesser
Opening Reception Oct 4th 5-7
“Oil & Water” Exhibition
Meet artist William Landmesser and take in his solo show featuring Maine landscapes at the opening reception for his solo show at the River Arts West Gallery on Oct 4 from 5-7pm. In his show “Oil and Water” running through Oct. 16, Landmesser will be exhibiting works in graphite, charcoal, watercolor and oil, dispelling the idea that “oil and water don’t mix”. Works in this exhibit range from Landmesser’s early period with its emphasis on loose, shape oriented plein-air paintings through a transition toward indirect studio painting based on life studies, to this summer’s “time-out” watercolors, the latter revolving around the artist’s frequent extra-curricular commitments. With a little planning, the artist incorporates “stopping and smelling the roses” into life’s daily routine. William Landmesser was born in Albany, New York, raised amid the visual beauty of the Adirondacks and New England. A 1974 graduate of Dartmouth College, the artist has pursued a career in fine art for thirty-five years. Past representation has included Hirschl & Adler Gallery (NYC), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas), Artfellows (Belfast, Maine) The Gallery at Somes Sound (Somesville, Maine) and many others. Since 1990 Mr. Landmesser and his family have lived in Stockton Springs, Maine. He maintains his own gallery in a converted garage nestled on the peacefully wooded property. To learn more about Landmesser’s paintings and to receive his e-newsletter, go to www.landmesserpaintings.com.
October 17 – 30 Teddi-Jann Covell
October 31 – November 13 Kathleen Mack
This is a first-class gallery space that River Arts is renting to regional artists on a weekly or monthly basis for exhibitions and installations, programs and demonstrations. The introductory rate for space rental is $350/per two week period No commission will be charged for work sold. Reservations for the space are available now and on a first come, first served basis. Artists are welcome to show their work together or show their own body of work. River Arts will promote the exhibition on its website, in mailings and on Facebook. Signage will be very visible at this location and the Route 1 intersection location slows down Route 1 traffic. This is exposure to travelers heading to countless Maine locations as well as regular commuters. The space is well lit, handicapped accessible and air conditioned. There is ample parking!