CAMDEN — Shimmering goldfish and silver ones, too, inspire Nina Holland’s latest series of art works. An exhibit of the work, “Goldfish Variations,” will be on display June 2-30 in the Jean Picker Room at the Camden Public Library. Mostly working in acrylic paints, but also in watercolors, collages and block prints, Holland has explored the glimmering reflections of the fish and their glass bowls. Scales, fins and swishing tails offer elusive subjects for her observation. “Movement and color dominate my compositions,” said Holland. “It amazes me how these inexpensive treasures delight the eye.”
The public is invited to an artist’s reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, the artist, along with children’s librarian Amy Hand, will work with area youngsters, helping them to create their own interpretation of goldfish at play.
Holland studied at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of New Mexico and the Art Students’ League and has had a long career in the art field. Her work has been shown from New York City to San Francisco.
Art walk returns
BELFAST — BelfastARTS first Friday art walk kicks off the summer season 5:30-8 p.m. June 3. More than a dozen art galleries, studios and other art venues will participate in the art walks. Galleries and studios hosting receptions June 3 include Aarhus Gallery, celebrating its fourth anniversary; High Street Studio and Gallery, featuring new works by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr; Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, featuring a new exhibit; Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts, featuring the work of Arthur Ganson; and Betts Gallery, exhibiting the works of former members of the 1980s downtown art post Artfellows Gallery.
The balance of Belfast’s studios and galleries will be open to visitors, including Art Alliance Gallery, Susan Cooney Fine Art Studio, Ben Hall’s 960 Studio, Daniel Anselmi’s 75 Main Street Studio, Brambles, Dina Petrillo at The Post Office Studio Workshop, the Belfast Co-op Cafe, Beyond the Sea, the Parent Gallery, Galerie Dufour and Belfast’s newest art venue, Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio.
In what has become tradition in Belfast, street performances will be part of the celebration. On June 3, art walkers will enjoy folk music and original songs by guitarist and mandolin player Craig Hensley. Top that off with sultry sax sounds of Lincoln Blake and you know the streets will be abuzz. As art walkers go from one venue to the next, their eyes will feast upon modern dance performances by Alexandra Pitre.
Also in June, don’t miss the receptions featuring new works at the Parent Gallery on June 10 and next door at Galerie Dufour on June 17.
In July and August, the Belfast art walks are every Friday evening.
For information on the art walks, go to www.belfastartwalk.com.
ROCKLAND — The Strand will be the place to be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 9, when local talent will perform at the theater. Some of the performers for the evening include Al Gardner singing Elvis songs, singer Lizzy Dickerson, singer Lynn Frey, Ervin Robinson singing “Driving Old Memories,” comedian Ben Perry, dancers Annika Charland and Sidney Fields, and Elise Bell singing solo and with the Downtown Divas. Paul Benjamin will host the show with special guests.
Tickets are $15, $10 students, and are available at The Strand, Grasshopper Shop,
Fiore Olive Oils and Planet Toys in Camden.
First Friday sponsor
ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced that for the second consecutive year, The First bank will sponsor First Fridays at the Farnsworth. During First Fridays, the museum will open its galleries 5-8 p.m. to the public free of charge. The First Friday dates, part of the Arts in Rockland First Friday art walks, will be June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.
CUSHING — The Cushing Historical Society will present an evening with nationally known “scrimshander” Connie Bellet of Palermo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Society’s meeting house on Hathorn Point Road. Bellett’s topic will be “Scrimshaw, Techniques Old and New.” The event is free and open to all.
Bellet’s unusually detailed artwork, done without mechanized tools, is incised on hard materials such as bone, antler, or antique or synthetic ivory. She says she “scratches for a living.” A single piece may take hundreds of hours to complete. She is one of several scrimshaw artists in Maine who are helping to revive and preserve the indigenous American folk art whose roots are in prehistory. One of the oldest known pieces of scrimshaw was carved on the shoulder blade of a mammoth.
Many associate scrimshaw with the folk art created by 19th century New England sailors who used sail needles and lamp black to scratch designs on whalebone, whale teeth or baleen. Their black-and-white handiwork helped them while away the hours during long whale-hunting voyages. Traditional scrimshaw was considered a dying art form, but Bellet says modern scrimshaw “has progressed to a fine art.”
BELFAST — Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a show that will run June 2-26. An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 3. For more information, visit www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.
Call for artists and craftspeople
WISCASSET — The Maine Art Gallery has put out a call for artists and craftspeople for the 2011 Sidewalk Art Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on the Maine Art Gallery lawns, 15 Warren St. The sale takes place on the same day as the Strawberry Festival and the Antiques Alfresco events in Wiscasset. The fee to participate is $20 gallery members, $30 others. For more information, call the gallery office at 882-7511.
Call for artists, juried exhibit
WISCASSET — The Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., has put out a call for artists for a juried exhibit, “Illustrated Passages: Artworks Illustrating Paragraphs and Poems,” June 9-July 10 at the gallery. In this “literary” art exhibit, the viewer will see the poem or paragraph that provided inspiration for each artwork. The exhibit is open to gallery members and nonmembers. Visit www.maineartgallery.org for exhibiting details or call 882-7511.
Marketing workshop for artists
WISCASSET — The workshop “Self Marketing for Artists: The Smart Fox Wins!” will take place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St. The cost is $25 gallery members, $35 others. To register,call 882-7511.
Wine tasting, art talk
BELFAST — There will be a free monthly wine tasting 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Belfast Co-op Cafe, 123 High St. Eric White of Central Distributing and co-op wine manager Ron Poirier will be available to answer questions. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Artist Martha Briana will be present to discuss her woodcut print exhibit, “Fiddling Around,” inspired by violin models from Stephen Brown’s shop, Acoustic North, 17 Main St. She will be accompanied by Brown playing traditional Irish jigs and reels on the fiddle.
For more information, call 338-2532.
Food preservation talk
BELFAST — “Preserving the Harvest Using Lacto-Fermentation and Dehydration Techniques,” with Ana and Roy Antaki, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library.
Ana and Roy Antaki live at Weeping Duck Farm in Montville, where they grow produce. Over the years, they have tried and perfected numerous methods of preservation, including the ancient, traditional technique of lacto fermentation (such as sauerkraut and kimchi), which preserves the harvest and protects and increases the nutritional value of the food. This is an ancient technique that has been “rediscovered.” In recent years, they have added dehydration to their options as well. The Antakis, who used to be farmers market vendors, are food self-sufficient to the point of never having to buy produce.
This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Co-op and the Belfast Free Library. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext.10.