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Portland Museum of Art to be closed for six weeks

From an article by Colin Ellis, for The Forecaster PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Museum of Art will close for about six weeks early in 2016 as it works to make its collection more accessible to patrons. The work is part of a new strategic “vision” for the museum, which will close in mid-January 2016 and reopen in mid-February. Museum Director Mark Bessire said the goal of the strategic plan is to “think about what we would look like in 20 years.” It emphasizes expansion, growth and a master plan for the institution’s downtown campus. “The campus master plan will go into the hands of the new strategic planning committee, and they’ll start work at the beginning of next year,” […]

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A True Toy Maker: Frank Ridley of Solon, Maine

Frank Ridley is the real deal – a wooden toy craftsman. Ridley moved to Solon, Maine in 1973 from the Boston suburbs to establish a homestead for his eventual family of four children. Using his engineering skills he built his home, shop, and a line of natural wood toys free of chemical contaminants and the stresses of manmade conflicts. Frank […]

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Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision at the Colby Museum

The Colby College Museum of Art will present Lois Dodd: Cultivating Vision, an exhibition that brings together nearly fifty drawings, watercolors, and prints, spanning four decades, given by the artist to the Colby College Museum of Art in 2010. These works on paper are paired with a selection of early paintings from the 1950s and 1960s and shed light on […]

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Gallery opens in Mount Vernon

From an article in the Morning Sentinel By Paul Koenig MOUNT VERNON — After working full time for more than two years to restore a former Odd Fellows Hall, a Dutch woodworker opened his gallery to the public for the first time Saturday in the century-old building at the edge of Minnehonk Lake. The small gallery space has several shelfs and tables, some with pictures of creatures carved into the wood, that Erik Groenhout built after completing his workshop in the theater of the Odd Fellows building on Pond Road.

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Sun Journal report on Ramona du Houx’s concurrent exhibits in Tokyo and Portland

The following article appeared in the Sun Journal, Thursday, May 8, 2014: Maine artist concurrently exhibiting in Tokyo, Portland PORTLAND — Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is concurrently exhibiting Maine photos in Tokyo, Japan from May 7-19 and at the Constellation Gallery, in Portland for the month of May. Du Houx’s photographic fine art in the exhibit tells the story […]

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Constellation Gallery in Portland exhibits Ramona du Houx’s Maine Dream art photographs

Images in the Portland show: By Morgan Rogers in Maine Insights Throughout May, Ramona is exhibiting eleven fine art works conveying the harmony and energy of Maine, at the Constellation Gallery at 511 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Ramona is a member of this unique Maine Cooperative. Some of these fine art photographs resemble watercolors and have been exhibited in […]

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Maine potters throw open studio doors to offer sampling of their wares

This article appeared in the Kennebec JournalBy Betty Adams Here is an excerpt: Would local foods taste and look better if they were served on plates and bowls crafted of local clay? Find out by sampling some of Malley Weber’s earthenware and ceramics created from clay she digs from the alluvial plain of the Androscoggin River and brings to her Hallowell studio. In Farmingdale, Neal Loken decorates each of his ceramic bowls and vases and lamp bases and mugs with a silver maple leaf taken from a tall tree in his backyard. Wife Barb Loken creates whimsical pieces of art and pottery, including the “Drink Smart,” pig-handled Albert Swine Stein.

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Life Drawing Open Studio at CSA in Waterville, Maine

There is an ongoing Life Drawing series on Wednesday evenings at Common Street Arts in Downtown Waterville (across from the Opera House). Sign up by contacting CSA at 872-ARTS, or Cheryl Cayer at Walks in accepted. The group meets every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm in the CSA Gallery.Drop-in for $10.00/session or purchase a 5-session card for just $37.50 […]

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 37th Annual Benefit Art Auction

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 37th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Dinner will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Point Lookout Resort, Rte 1, Northport, Maine. The CMCA auction is considered Maine’s premiere contemporary art auction and is the nonprofit’s most important fundraising event, providing critical support for exhibitions and programming. When: Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:30 […]

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Nouveau Cirque Theater comes to Maine with Bowdoin College’s Harrison Bergeron

by Ramona du Houx. This article first appeared in Maine Insights Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo was a theater in the round production with aerial dance and multimedia messaging— using iPads. No matter where you looked something was happening from the ceiling to the floor and in the balconies above the stage. This nouveau cirque production incorporated aerial silks, […]

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Maine design contest fashioned out of trash

Popular design contest lets Maine artists play with trash appeared in the Bangor Daily News, by Beth Brogan. from the full article which is here Here is an excerpt: BRUNSWICK, Maine — Last year, the winner of the Altered Couture design competition fashioned a strapless gown — and purse — out of Capri Sun pouches.Two years earlier, a local sound artist crafted an umbrella, yellow fisherman’s overalls, ping-pong balls and a shopping cart into an unusual creature that spit ping-pong balls at the audience to the sound of his own art. “It was pretty intense,” event founder Christine DeTroy said. “He won.” Over the past four years, participants in the contest were told to shop for materials at local thrift […]

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Cool things highly creative people do differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently appeared in the Huffington Post by Carolyn Gregoire Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we […]

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Expensive cities are killing creativity – more artists should come to Maine

Expensive cities are killing creativity, by Sarah Kendzior, a St Louis-based writer for Aljezeera New York City, a traditional incubator for artists, has now become a ‘gated citadel’ for creativity. On May 5, musician Patti Smith was asked what advice she had for young people trying to make it in New York City. The long-time New Yorker’s take? Get out. “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling,” she said. “New York City has been taken away from you.” Smith was not the only New Yorker to reject the city that had nurtured artists for decades. In October, musician David Byrne argued that “the cultural part of the city – the mind – has been usurped […]

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Hallowell Gallery new exhibits highlights tools and objects

Implements: found object sculpture The Harlow Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2014. Implements brings together four Maine artists who share a fascination with tools, utensils and industrial detritus, and who integrate these and other found objects into their artwork. Implements will feature found object sculpture by Maureen Block, Ellen Gibson, Mildred Johnson and Jonathan Price from […]

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David Witbeck’s unique view of Maine’s coastal life

The following is artist, David Witbeck, statement on In the first 18 years of my life, I probably spent no more than three or four weeks on family vacations anywhere near salt water. And yet, for some reason, I always drew pictures of fishing boats, lighthouses and stormy seascapes, and read every sea story in the school library. In […]