Obituary: Raquel Boehmer, a MARC Founder

Raquel D. Boehmer, 79 FALMOUTH – Raquel D. Boehmer, 79, of Falmouth, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was born on Feb. 24, 1938, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of John and Fanny (Barberis) Davenport. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Peter Boehmer, of Falmouth; and her three children, Kristian Boehmer, and his wife Marlarae, of Waldo; Louisa Wickard, and her husband Brett. Read Full Obituary »

Michelle Hauser’s solo exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

June 14 – July 15, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM


“ALBUM SERIES: Eclipse: Sun & Moon” Medium: Collection of 42 unique ziatype, cyanotype and gum bichromate prints, using a digital negative made from a photograph of a painting. Size: 30-3/4” square. Date: 2017

Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums reflects the deep connection her painting has to her photographic work and underscores the broader dialogue and influence that exists between these two disciplines.

A selection of Hauser’s paintings (many of which began during an immersive five-week residency on Monhegan Island) have been transformed into large groups of ziatype, cyanotype and gum bichromate prints as part of her ongoing Album Series.

Hauser’s Album Series amplifies the power and complexity of the print medium by creating compositions that rely on an interplay of pictorial structures between variant prints of the same image. Her intention, through the reiteration of a single image, is to echo the inherent rhythms of the natural world—time in particular—not one moment in time as a single photograph captures; instead, Hauser elects to express the nonlinear way in which we recall time, its relentless repetition and endless variation.

By reducing her paintings into an abundance of sequenced, simplified and toned photographs, a distillation occurs that brings forth an abstraction and a detailed truth of reality.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017 Monhegan Artists’ Residency Awards Announced

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation has announced their choice of three Maine artists for the 2017 summer residency program on Monhegan Island: Meg Hahn and Mia Snow, who are both painters and recent graduates of the Maine College of Art, and Cory Bucknam, a Gifted and Talented Art Teacher at Brunswick Junior High School who creates abstract ceramic pieces. Hahn and Snow will spend five weeks in June and September, respectively, and Bucknam was awarded the two-week residency in July, recently established for artist-teachers who serve the K-12 grade levels in Maine.

The three were selected by a jury that included Chris Stiegler, curator, art historian, and chair of the MFA in Studio Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland; Hilary Irons, artist, and co-founder/curator of Able Baker Contemporary, Portland; and Kelly Finlay, a Monhegan Artists’ Residency board member and public programs manager at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

Meg Hahn, On a String, 2016, oil on panel, 12”x12”

Cory Bucknam, untitled, 2017, white earthenware, 12″x18″

Maia Snow, Aiahha, 2017, oil on canvas, 37″x31″

Artists’ Talk at the Farnsworth Art Museum

Krisanne Baker night painting; Photo courtesy of Bradley Beukema

Krisanne Baker night painting; Photo courtesy of Bradley Beukema

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Farnsworth Auditorium.

In this collaborative lecture program, three artists who participated in this past summer’s Monhegan Artists’ Residency will each present a slideshow presentation of their work, including highlights from their experience creating work on island. Susan Danly, President of the Board of Directors of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency, will also share some of the Residency’s history and its mission in supporting the creative growth of dedicated Maine artists by providing them time and space in which to work in the inspiring environment of Monhegan Island.

The three artists include Barbara Sullivan of Solon who makes fresco reliefs of everyday objects; Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro who creates multimedia environmental arts on behalf of water quality, availability, and rights; and Michelle Hauser of South Thomaston who explores natural events that tilt Maine’s landscape into abstraction using painting, photography and a convergence of both mediums. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Cost: $8; $5 members
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Advance tickets are also available for sale in the museum store or main lobby admission desk.

2016 Artist Residents Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2016 residents!

Barbara Sullivan from Solon (June) makes fresco reliefs of everyday objects.

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Barbara Sullivan, Earth Pigment Globe, 2014, Shaped Fresco, 12″ x 16″ x 7″

Krisanne Baker from Waldoboro (July) creates multimedia environmental arts on behalf of water quality, availability, and rights.

Kristine Baker

Krisanne Baker

Michelle Hauser from Rockland (September) creates abstract painting and photography.

Michelle Hauser, Nocturne: Eclipse, Gouache & Watercolor painting on rag paper, 21-1/2” x 21-1/2”                             DATE: 2016

Michelle Hauser, Nocturne: Eclipse, 2016, Gouache & Watercolor painting on rag paper, 21-1/2” x 21-1/2”

Congratulations! And thanks to all the wonderful applicants for submitting work.

2016 Monhegan Residencies Open for Maine Artists and Art Teachers

Monhegan, photograph by Alina Gallo, Residency Artist 2011

Monhegan, photograph by Alina Gallo, Residency Artist 2011

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and other charitable organizations, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15, 2016. This year applications for the residency program are being accepted on-line only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 15th of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $150 per week stipend. The two 5-week residencies run from May 28-July 1 and September 3-October 7. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply. The two-week Maine art teacher residency runs July 2-15 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. The jury of art professionals this year includes MARC board member and artist Sissy Buck, Polly Saltonstall, editor of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors and noted collector of contemporary Maine art, and the artist Duncan Hewitt, whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Jan ter Weele, and Justin Richel.  Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.

Artists Selected For 2015 Monhegan Residency

Coreena-Affleck, Untitled

Coreena Affleck, Untitled, 2014, bisque fired porcelain, unfired stoneware, wax, glaze, halogen lights, kyanite, saggar

PORTLAND— Three artists with significant ties to Maine have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Monhegan Artists’ residency: Coreena Affleck (Yarmouth), Justin Richel (Rangeley), and Nathaniel Meyer (South Portland). Affleck and Richel will benefit from five‐week sojourns on Monhegan Island, and Meyer has been awarded the two-week residency for Maine K–12 art teachers, which was added to the program three years ago.

This year marked the first time that the Monhegan Artists’ Residency (MARC) was opened up to artists at all career levels, which brought in a 30 percent increase in applications. The jurors for 2015 were Bruce Brown, collector and former curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art; artist Lauren Fensterstock; and Laurie Perzley, Fine Art Director and Curator at Thos. Moser Gallery and MARC Board Member. “It took many hours to come to a decision given the high quality of applicants,” says Brown.

Justin-Richel, Une Catastrophe Passant 'A L'atelier

Justin Richel, Une Catastrophe Passant ‘A L’atelier, 2013, gouache and ink jet on cut and collaged paper, 16.5” x 11.75”, edition of 5

“We selected the multi-media artist Coreena Affleck, painter, printmaker, and ceramicist Justin Richel, and painter Nathaniel Meyer with the belief that their diverse media will result in accomplished work and continue to add luster to the important legacy of MARC as a distinguished residency whose very location on Monhegan Island is truly important in the history of American art.”

Nathaniel Meyer, Wreck of the Venus

Nathaniel Meyer, Wreck of the Venus, 2013, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″

The Residency supports the creative growth of dedicated Maine artists working in all media by providing them with time and space in which to work free of interruption and constraint. “During the jurying process, we had a lively discussion about art, the possibilities of an artists’ retreat, and the impact of visiting artists in communities,” says Fensterstock. “Monhegan’s rich history as an artist retreat inspires both a reverence for legacies past and an ongoing framework for innovation.”

Since its founding in 1989, the organization has sponsored more than 50 artists, providing them with living quarters, studio space, and a small stipend.

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation is a non-profit organization supported by individual donations and foundation grants. For information, go to monheganartistsresidency.org or visit us on Facebook.

Monhegan Beckons For 3 Maine Artists

Three Maine artists have won the right to walk in the footsteps of Robert Henri, Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent.

Coreena Affleck of Yarmouth, Justin Richel of Rangeley and Nathaniel Meyer of South Portland have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency. Affleck and Richel will spend five weeks on Monhegan, and Meyer was awarded a two-week residency for Maine K-12 art teachers.

A dozen miles off midcoast Maine, Monhegan has attracted artists since the mid-1900s. It remains a destination for artists, but the high cost of housing makes it unaffordable for many beyond day trips and overnight visits. The residency allows artists to work on Monhegan for extended periods.

The jurors were Bruce Brown, a collector and former curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art; artist Lauren Fensterstock; and Laurie Perzley, fine art director and curator at Thos. Moser Gallery and a residency board member.

They selected a multimedia artist in Affleck, a painter, printmaker and ceramicist in Richel, and a painter in Meyer.

The residency provides artists with time and space to work free of interruption and constraint.

“During the jurying process, we had a lively discussion about art, the possibilities of an artists’ retreat, and the impact of visiting artists in communities,” Fensterstock said in a statement. “Monhegan’s rich history as an artist retreat inspires both a reverence for legacies past and an ongoing framework for innovation.”

Since its founding in 1989, the organization has sponsored more than 50 artists.

Visit monheganartistsresidency.org for information.

Read the full Article on Portland Press Herald’s website here »

Monhegan Artists’ Residency 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Moser Gallery Invite

Left: Top of Rocks and What’s Below, by Sarah Knock, oil on canvas, 26” x 34”
Right: Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing, by Michael E. Vermette, watercolor, 19” x 24”.

Selected works by MARC Alumni will be on display at the
Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom through October 14, 2014

Artists include: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Susan Bennett, Michael Branca, Melinda Campbell, Kenny Cole, Cynthia Davis, Nicole Duennebier, Jim Dugan, Kristin Maria Fitzpatrick, Wes Freese, Alina Gallo, Mercedes Gilbert, Eileen Gillespie, Kelli LK Haines, Mary B. Harrington, Connie Hayes, David R. Higgins, Terry Havey Hilt, John Knight, Sarah Knock, Margaret Leonard, David Little, MaJo Keleshian, Janet Conlon Manyan, Betsy McLellan, Martha Mickles, Marguerite Robichaux, Carol Sloane, Michael J. Smith, Lynn Travis, Emily L. Trenholm, Michael E. Vermette, and Ryan Wight.

Evening Artists’ Reception
Thursday, June 19th from 6-8pm
Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom
149 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032

RSVP:
207.865.4519
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