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.”

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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.

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Monhegan Residency, 2014 Fellows

The Monhegan Artists Residency Program is pleased to announce the three recipients of the 2014 fellowships.  Multi-media artist, Victoria Statsenko, who graduates from the Maine College Art in May, will be the island resident from May 31st through July 4th.  The second artist-teacher residency from July 5th through July 18th was awarded to printmaker Scott Minzy, an art instructor at Erskine Academy in South China, Maine.  Falmouth painter, Jan ter Weele, will be in residence on the island from September 6th through October 10th.

The residency program is aimed at emerging visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program isto enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection and the jurors for the 2014 application process were photographer and installation artist Elizabeth Atterbury;  photographer Bryan Graf, who teaches at the Maine College of Art; and Monhegan watercolor painter, Bruce Kornbluth. 

This year marks the 25th  anniversary of the Monhegan Residency program. Since its founding in 1989, the organization has sponsored the work 48 Maine artists including Marguerite Robichaux (1990), whose career was the subject of a retrospective at the Pucker Gallery in Boston in 2013;  Joe Kievitt (1996) and Alina Gallo (2011), both of whom had work chosen for the 2013 Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial; and Cynthia Davis (2006), whose inventive “map-making” received critical praise last year in the pages of the Portland Press Herald during her solo exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick.  This summer, the work of 34 former Monhegan Residency artists will be the focus of a special exhibition at Thos. Moser’s Freeport, Maine, showroom and gallery from June 19th through October 14th.

Freeport retrospective celebrates gift of time on Monhegan for artists

The works on view at Thos. Moser reflect 25 years of an island residency program.

Michael Vermette's "Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing" Courtesy The Monhegan Museum

Michael Vermette’s “Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing” Courtesy The Monhegan Museum

FREEPORT — Back in the day, making art on Monhegan was a fairly simple proposition. Artists could rent a cottage for the summer, and many had the means to buy seasonal homes.

But as the island became a destination for the wealthy and well-endowed, the costs associated with island life eclipsed what most artists could afford.

For 25 years, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency has given artists the ability to live and work on the island, which sits about 12 miles off the Maine coast.

This summer, Thos. Moser in Freeport hosts a 25-year retrospective of work by artists who have benefited from the residency program. For five weeks each summer and fall, two Maine artists are given the opportunity to live and work on the island. Recently, the residency also has awarded Maine art teachers a two-week stay.

“Monhegan has been an artist colony for more than 100 years. It’s had this strong tradition, but it’s become financially out of reach for a lot of artists, particularly emerging and mid-career artists,” said Susan Danly, president of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corp., based in Lincolnville.

“It’s just such a beautiful place. To spend a week there is a drop in the bucket. This gives them a longer term.”

It also keeps the art tradition alive on the island.

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Artists Selected for 2013 Monhegan Residency

"Artist's Studio"

Anselmi – “Artist’s Studio”, 2012, oil on paper
and collage

"reciprocal 4/4"

Fitzpatrick – “reciprocal 4/4”, 2013, monotyped, beeswax, etching ink, and aquacolor on kitikada paper

"Maine Morning Mist"

Campbell, “Maine Morning Mist,” 2011, acrylic on canvas

Portland – Daniel Anselmi from Belfast and Kristin Fitzpatrick from Portland have been named the 2013 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation.

Thanks to a new initiative supported by the Maine Arts Commission, Melinda Campbell from Old Orchard Beach will take the first-ever art teacher residency offered by the program.

Fitzpatrick, a recent graduate of the Maine College of Art printmaking department, will be on Monhegan June 1-July 5; Anselmi, an abstract painter, August 31-October 4; and Campbell, a teacher in the Auburn School Department, July 6-20.

This year’s fellows will lodge in two new studio spaces, Elva’s Old P.O. and the Shumaker Cottage, both of which feature outdoor working spaces overlooking the island’s distinctive landscape.

Jurors for the 2013 residencies were Suzette McAvoy, director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Charles Melcher, associate professor for Graphic Design, Maine College of Art; and Virginia Sassman Rose, director, Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland.

Noted Maine artists who have taken part in the Monhegan Artists Residency program include Marguerite Robichaux, Lynn Travis, and David Vickery, who will have a solo show at College of the Atlantic this summer. Two other past residents, Joe Kievitt and Alina Gallo, will be featured in the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Now in its 23rd year, the Monhegan Artist’s Residency program is supported by individual donations and grants from the Quimby Family Foundation, the Lida P. Underhill Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission.

For information, visit www.monheganartistsresidency.org

Winter Warehouse Show

Featuring Large and Small Works From Monhegan

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Wreck, oil on canvas

Wreck, oil on canvas, 24×22 inches, 2012

5pm – 8pm

Rising Tide Brewing Company

103 Fox Street, Portland, ME 04101

This fall, I spent five weeks working on Monhegan with an artist grant from the Monhegan Artists Residency Corporation. This show is a an exhibition of paintings and prints created during that time and later in my Yarmouth warehouse studio. Works range in size from 4 x 5 feet to 10 x 10 inches. Please join me for an evening of art and beer at Rising Tide Brewing Company in East Bayside. ~Emily Leonard Trenholm~

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Monhegan Artists’ Residency Fellow Featured in Printmakers Exhibit in Portland

Monhegan Artists Residency Fellow featured
in exhibit at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

Plein Air Lesson

Portland –  This exhibition which runs December 7th through December 29th, is guest curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown and calls attention to Maine’s lively and ever-growing fine art printmaking activities both by artists creating work in their own studios and especially at community-shared presses. “Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years,” Brown contends.

In this show, there are two significant artists who have turned more seriously than ever to printmaking this year. They are Kenny Cole of Monroe and Alan Bray of Sangerville. The recipient of a five week residency granted by the Monhegan Artists Residency Program, Cole essentially mastered the art of silkscreen printing on his own using basic portable equipment transported from home to Monhegan Island where he created 27 works this past Spring. Bray accepted an invitation from Tim Higbee who founded Hope Editions in 2008 to work together at the press in Hope for two weeks in September. Their collaboration resulted in “Ghosts,” Bray’s first lithograph in decades. Higbee has a recent lithograph and etching in the exhibition as well.

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“What’s New?” Exhibition

River Arts in Damariscotta, invited the public to its “What’s New” Exhibition opening and reception on Friday, November 23. The exhibition, which will run through  December 20th, displays works by local Maine artists in a wide variety of media including paintings, pastels, sculpture, photography and assemblages and  explores the idea of “the new,” whether as a subject or as an expression of an artist’s new approach, method, materials, or genre. The show marks the first at River Arts’ new headquarters at the old tavern complex on Route One, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber, and will offer viewers an open house tour of its new, expanded quarters.

Juror for the show is artist Martha Miller, a Carina House Monhegan residency award winner, Maine College of Art faculty member, and well-known artist in over two dozen solo and invitational exhibitions in Maine, New Hampshire and California. Her work is in the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation collection and the Aschenbach collection for San Francisco Museums. Among her recent solo shows are exhibitions at CMCA, University of New England, Maine College of Art, Katz Library at UMA, Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport and several shows of former Carina House award recipients. Martha Miller has pursued an especial love of portraiture since her teens, developing a bold and expressive style and a flair for exciting mixed media.  She is a graduate of Maine College of Art.

The show is being presented at the River Arts gallery at 241 US Route 1 (north) in Damariscotta. River Arts is open 10am-4pm- Tuesday through Saturday and 10-2 on Sundays.   River Arts holds approximately 10 juried shows each year which are open to all Maine artists. The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts.