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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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
Moser-Logofreeportshowroom@thosmoser.com

For more information thosmoser.com

Q&A with artist Sarah Knock

FREEPORT – Sarah Knock of Freeport is among the 34 artists featured in a 25th anniversary exhibition celebration of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program at the Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, on 149 Main St. The ongoing exhibition continues through Oct. 14.

Knock said the Monhegan Artists’ Residency was a “pivotal experience” for her. It supports emerging visual artists by giving them living quarters, studio space and a stipend to live and work on Monhegan Island for six weeks.

Knock lives in Freeport with her husband, and is a full-time artist represented by Greehnut Galleries in Portland since 1990. Knock earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Boston University in 1988 and was awarded the Monhegan Island residency in 1989.

Shortly after the residency, Knock began kayaking, which, she says, has given her the unique perspective of being close to the water surface. “I am most interested in reflections and what is underneath the surface,” she said. “The gift of time on Monhegan was pivotal to my career and one of the best experiences of my life. I have only returned to Monhegan a few times. Most of my work is inspired by kayaking on the Maine coast. I love to travel and have painted from experiences in Ireland, Venice, Alaska and the Amalfi coast.”

Read the entire article in the Tri-Town Weekly »

Daniel Anselmi: Monhegan Series & Other Works, A Solo Show

Opens Friday, September 5, 2014 at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The show will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.

The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.

There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that make these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.

For more information, please visit Carver Hill Gallery.