As some of you may know, Amy Wilton has been a resident artist during the winter months of 2018-2019, using the Art Loft space to great advantage. Last Wednesday evening, March 13th, Amy had her closing show, revealing to the world what has come of intense creativity and thought. We were completely blown away with everything she shared with us.
It was an emotional show. She spoke of how her work reflected a therapy or way to process the difficult things of life. Everything had a story, a background of collective imagery and meaning. The show was moving and important in many ways.
Thank you, Amy, for sharing your process and your stories with us, your heart.
The Art Loft is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Midcoast Art Hive which is part of the International Art Hive Network of community art studios. Together we will host a free monthly open community studio where anyone is welcome to come and create, individually or in collaboration with others.
What is an “Art Hive”?
Art Hives function from the premise that everyone is an artist, and that making art is a universal human experience. There is increasing evidence to demonstrate what many have known for centuries. Humans need to be engaged in creative and art-making processes. Making art is good for our us-for our physical, emotional and spiritual health. And it is good for our communities. When we make art together, it brings us together. Art Hives celebrate the strengths and creative capacities of individuals and communities and foster self-directed creativity and learning.
Barbara Davis will facilitate the Art Hive open studios on the last Sunday of each month, February-June, 1-4 pm.
For more information please email or email@example.com or click the button below.
We are pleased to announce our gallery opening on July 7th, from 5-8 pm featuring the work of Angela Anderson entitled ‘Le Pont Neuf, The New Bridge, #9.’
Anglea’s classes at the Art Loft are extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. Her expressionist style is immediately eye catching and draws you right in. We thoroughly enjoyed a visit to her home and studio last year. Angela’s large scale works are so impressive and engaging. We are so happy to have her as an instructor and are honored to have her show with us.
Angela Anderson makes paintings in her studios in Maine and Florida. A trained figurative artist with a BFA in Fine Arts, from UNH. Angela is very prolific, working on several series of paintings simultaneously. Narrative paintings of the circus and tents, WW1 subjects, portraits, Florida paintings of palm trees, beach scenes and figures. Inspired to return to an earlier series of Romantic paintings, based on 18th-century French paintings, an exhibit of Romance was shown at the Port Clyde Art Gallery in 2016.
Having had exhibited widely in NYC and Europe, with a solo exhibition in Munich, Germany. Angela's work was included in Martin Kippenberger’s shows at Museum of Modern Art Paris, Cassel, Germany, Museum Beuyman’s von Beuningen, in Rotterdam Holland, and Metro Pictures Gallery, NY, NY. Her video Love, Boys and Food was shown at the New Museum in New York City, and the Queens Museum, Queens, NY. A resident of NY, NY, she worked for artist Philip Pearlstein as a model, while making her own work and exhibiting there.
Le Pont Neuf, The New Bridge, #9 – Gallery Show at The Art Loft – July 7- August 28, 2017
In Toulouse, France, Le Pont Neuf, built in 1544, was strikingly wide for it’s time. But it was the reflections it makes that captured painter Angela Anderson’s fancy. The archways become full circles reflecting sunlight or electrical lights mounted on tall poles along the bridge’s walkways.
Between the numerous archways, large circular openings allow overflow to pass through, making more pattern, structure, and shapes.
Angela made her first trip in April to Toulouse and fell in love with the bridge while painting in the streets of Toulouse, (Frances’ most Hispanic and 5th largest city). She will be showing the bridge series, including 3 paintings done in France.
The focus has become a full show of paintings and drawings of the bridge, on a larger scale than Lufthansa’s overhead compartment could contain. All on view during First Friday’s Art Walk in July will be drawings, oil paintings, grisaille studies and palette knife paintings, techniques Anderson believes in as an art teacher.
Angela teaches painting at Art Loft on Mondays and Wednesday’s and leads Paint Nights two Friday evenings per month.
Rockland-born, Port Clyde resident is the newest member of the Port Clyde Art Gallery, where new paintings from her Moby Dick inspired series are currently on view. FMI www.angelaandersonpaintings.co
The Art Loft will host several well-known artists to their summer workshops program this year. We are thrilled to welcome Suzanne Siegel from Guilford, Connecticut, Carloyn Garrett Hardy from Williamsburg, Virginia and Art Paine from Bernard, Maine.
Suzanne Siegel will be sharing her acrylics and mixed media collage process in a 3-day workshop from July 8-10th. Students will learn through guided exercises and explore intuitive and experimental abstract painting, including collage, transfer, and monoprinting methods. Mixed media includes acrylic paints, graphite, pastels, crayons, markers, lightweight fabrics, personal papers scanned onto archival paper.
Suzanne is currently represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine, Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine, Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, MA, and Archipelago – The Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. She teaches workshops in Truro, MA, Nantucket, MA, Stowe, VT, and other New England locations, as well as in her Guilford studio.
More details and to register for this unique opportunity to learn from Suzanne are below:
Caroline Garrett Hardy has been an artist all her life, earning an MFA in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a second Masters degree in book arts from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Her BFA was from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, in painting and printmaking. She uses paper fragments, typically gathered on trips, to create collage works. These fragments might be from brochures, ticket stubs, napkins, maps, or other tourist material on paper. Caroline used a lot of these fragments, some collected in Spain in 2010, to create several works commemorating different cities there.
Caroline Hardy travels to Maine to teach a two-day representational collage workshop. She will share her process using this fascinating medium to create a portrait of your loved one, your pet, or perhaps even your boat. Participants will begin with an exercise using newspaper to see shapes and gradations from white, grays, and blacks and how to apply this to a representational figure. Afterward, you will be using an image of your chosen subject to create a work of art in color. Methods of adhering paper in an archival manner will be taught along with color theory, texture, and design.
You can find Caroline at http://www.carolineghardy.com
Details and registration for her August 12 -13 workshop below:
Photography is one of the most popular pastimes on the planet today. Snapping an engaging scene or a quirky image is a daily occurrence for some and an obsession for others. This hugely popular hobby has grown considerably since the invention of the smartphone, but let’s say you want to bring your photography to the next level. We have you covered!
The Art Loft has several resident photographers, each with their particular focus. (No pun intended.)
Paula Apro is a photographer who’s expertise in graphic design and video production have given her a unique perspective. She brings a particular energy to her workshops that keeps students coming back for more. Her latest body of work, ‘Blurring the Lines,’ on display in The Art Loft gallery now through June 30th, is a testimony to her ability to see beyond the obvious.
Paula is offering a 2-hour ‘DSLR Camera Settings 101’ workshop, as well as several multi-day comprehensive hands-on workshops.
Visit Paula’s website at mainephotoadventures.com
Photography Workshops with Paula Apro
Karen Olson is a still life and lifestyle photographer who is known for her studies in light and contrast. She gives equal time to creating soft and dreamy as well as dark and moody imagery. She teaches design and composition in still life photography. At her summer workshop, ‘Celebrate Summer,’ she will also be teaching lifestyle photography with a model. Editing is key in still life and lifestyle photography, Karen offers two levels of instruction on Adobe Lightroom.
Visit Karen’s website at renukostyle.com
Photography and Editing Workshops with Karen Olson
There are many different options out there when it comes to taking art classes. They range from very informal community education lessons right up to high-level courses at art schools. It can be overwhelming and intimidating to know where you will best fit in. Many individuals struggle with wondering if they are good enough to take particular classes. Some find the financial or time commitment required to take a class difficult.
At The Art Loft, we offer solutions to your concerns. Our desire is to create a warm, friendly, welcoming environment where everybody feels comfortable, whatever their skill level or economic background. And we feel we have done just that.
We are growing a community of people that love to explore their creative side with other like-minded individuals. If you enjoy being around friendly people, having fun, and learning together, The Art Loft is your place.
And on top of the welcoming atmosphere, a very big bonus to taking classes at The Art Loft is the level of commitment. We make it so easy for you! We provide you with all the supplies you need. This is a huge benefit for the student. Why buy 10 tubes of expensive paint and new brushes if you only want to explore painting and give it a try. Come and experiment for several weeks before you invest in supplies of your own?
In addition to not having to buy art supplies, you also don’t have to commit to the high cost of a 6 or 8-week class. Our ‘series’ classes run 3 weeks long and are only $45. If you find you love the medium, you can continue with another 3 weeks. We also have many workshops available that run from 2-4 hours and are just $25-$45.
Care is also taken to find instructors that have the students interests at heart, are patient and kind and are familiar with teaching beginners.
Now is a great time to start your creative journey! Check out our schedule and see what interests you most.
Have you taken a class at The Art Loft yet? If so, was there something special you enjoyed?
Art Social – A new type of art class
Many of our regular Paint Night attendees requested an additional type of art class with the same social aspect of a Paint Night. As it turns out, paint and wine make for a really enjoyable way to spend an evening and our friends wanted more … but were asking for a little something different.
What to do? Well, that was the question. A gift from one of our regulars provided the inspiration. The book ‘Ladies Drawing Night‘ sparked the process which led to a focus group for a drawing class unlike any other. We wanted anyone to be able to come (not gender specific). We wanted both those with no drawing experience and those with some art background to be engaged and create a beautiful piece that they could give as a gift or frame for their home. A fun, relaxed atmosphere similar to Paint Night was a must, but this class would allow for more personal expression.
Kim Nicoll was up for the task and last week a focus group met with her to test her method. The group consisted of three persons rather uncomfortable with the idea of drawing and one amateur artist. It was a huge success! After 2 hours they wanted to keep right on going and they each created a beautiful card worthy of sending.
Dates and subject for the new ‘Art Social’ class will be announced next week.
Stay tuned …
by Karen Olson
Creative process – with it, we make sense of our life experience, emotions, relationships. It is particularly helpful when traveling abroad. Culturally, after a long stay, we absorb another way of life and make it our own.
Amy Parrish, an accomplished artist and photographer, comes to Maine from an 8-month long stay in India. She is one of our instructors currently living as the artist in residence at 26 Split Rock Cove. I couldn’t wait to visit her studio and see what she’s working on. I could see right away that symbolism is a strong takeaway from her travels. I was fascinated and immediately resonated with the colors and textures on the walls and tables left there as inspiration, works in progress.
She tells her story …
“I recently returned to the US after spending nearly a year in Kolkata/Calcutta, India where I worked on a program which taught photography to young women affected by the commercialized sex trade. In between managing and teaching I traveled around the city and West Bengal, collecting images and experiences for my own projects. While overseas my marriage ended and I found myself uprooted from the life I had known. It was a serendipitous return to the Midcoast region; staying at Sandy Weisman’s inspiring artist retreat over these next several months. This place nurtures creativity with quiet, privacy and a full studio connected to the living space. I plan to hunker down over the coming months and complete a project based on all of the adventures and words and photographs I accumulated during my time in India. I’m not entirely sure what the final product will look
While overseas my marriage ended and I found myself uprooted from the life I had known. It was a serendipitous return to the Midcoast region; staying at Sandy Weisman’s inspiring artist retreat over these next several months. This place nurtures creativity with quiet, privacy and a full studio connected to the living space. I plan to hunker down over the coming months and complete a project based on all of the adventures and words and photographs I accumulated during my time in India. I’m not entirely sure what the final product will look like. At first, I thought a photo book (Stray Birds), then a memoir (One Star in Kolkata), then a more delicate pairing of words and images (Incarnations and Incantations). But no singular thing seems capable of conveying all I have to express. I took a drawing class at the ArtLoft, am editing an epic erasure poem inspired by Rabindranath Tagore, and I’m also working with textiles, powders & sculptural elements.
Expression is making an appearance in many forms and I’ll keep letting it out until the end result becomes clear. But some days I wake up and don’t feel creative at all. I keep myself busy with the mundane until the muse strikes- updating websites, revisiting old projects, submitting to exhibitions, and generally trying to figure out what to do after this residency phase completes.
I’m thankful for being surrounded by friends and mentors who look at my work-in-progress, offering suggestions, critique, and encouragement. One piece of advice given when I was feeling less-than-inspired, was to go into my studio every day and do something, anything. The next day, not at all in the mood to be creative, I organized my space as best as I could (temporary living means lots of boxes and miscellaneous piles). Wouldn’t you know, rearranging the space transformed its energy into something which fueled me whenever I stepped through the door? I hung my own work up on the walls, tacked up experiments and quandaries to mull on, and dedicated a table to showcasing a dense collection of “inspiration objects.” It’s a great place to start for anyone who feels the need to shake things up, and just in time for the New Year.”
As I was packing up my camera, we talked a little about the importance of connection, having people you can count on to advise you. It is an essential part of an artist’s life, we often spend so much time alone. Amy has enjoyed meeting many individuals at The Art Loft, both at the class she attended and at the workshop she taught. She will be teaching another workshop on January 8th.