Celebrate the end of summer by enjoying a beautiful August evening in downtown Belfast, taking in the art, music, and more! The Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk this month will take place on August 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in downtown Belfast. Every Final Fridays Art Walk is an evening of art, performance, food and drink, and as always, a taste of Belfast’s vibrant arts community! Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios. Don’t forget to visit the galleries that are a little outside of the downtown area as well: the Tom Gaines Stonehouse on Race Street, Dina Petrillo’s Belfast Bay Shade Company above the Post Office, Waterfall Arts up the hill on High Street, and Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery at the bottom of Main Street. It’s well worth going a few steps off the beaten path for a chance to view the beautiful artwork all over Belfast, and to talk to the artists in person.
There are a lot of exciting offerings this month, and many new things to see! Downtown Belfast will be full of recently-opened gallery shows and performers.
Some of the highlights this month include:
Tom Gaines Stonehouse: Both representational and abstract paintings will be shown at Tom Gaines Stonehouse. Current work from his ‘Rock’ series will be included, as well as works in progress. The Stonehouse is located about one mile from town; turn left on Race Street at Blood’s Garage and go down to the 4th property on the left where you will see the Stonehouse studio. Tom Gaines hopes to see you on Friday night, when he can show you his beautiful and diverse collection of works in person and explain his artistic processes.
Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer: Betts Gallery will feature Duet: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman: Painting, Sculpture, Photography. The two-person show includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s art includes painting, sculpture and photography. Her work is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. She has exhibited widely, including shows in New York, Germany, Maine and online. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.
The Belfast Co-op: On Friday, August 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Belfast Co-op Café, there will be a free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and the opening for Jenny Rebecca Nelson’s photography exhibit, “Seaboard”, which will be on display in the Co-op Cafe through late September. Jack Scully, of Easterly Wines, and Jaap Helder, from the Co-op’s Wine Department, will be available to answer questions. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Photographer Jenny Rebecca Nelson describes her work as a “passion to freeze moments and bring them to other eyes, sometimes weaving them into something larger and sometimes leaving them as single moments.” Born and raised in Maine, she documents the places, people and events of her home state, in a combination of documentary and fine art styles. The images she’s selected for this show are influenced by living in a region of the country that is “seaboard”, or bordered by the sea. She explains, “We are a seaboard state of makers, and my job as a storyteller is to weave their craft, the things that influence them and all the seemingly disconnected pieces into a connected story.”
Dina Petrillo-Belfast Bay Shade Company: Have you ever wondered what’s on the top floor of the Belfast post office? Come on up and enter a world of light and color at Belfast Bay Shade Company. They’ll be showing off their new soft and stripe-y rhododendron designs in mellow tones and featuring their gorgeous wooden lamp bases made by artisan Bill Sanborn from Down East. Don’t miss their festive shades out about town and, yes the upbeat folksy sounds of Honeyfoot returns.
Parent Gallery: The Parent Gallery has several new original oil paintings by Joanne Parent, new Black and White photographs by Neal Parent, jewelry by Dan Bennett, sculptures by Keith Maynard, and many more new items by other artists.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 1940’s and 50’s, are also included. These three female artists have more in common than the obvious subject matter of their art: each one has been putting her brush to the canvas for many decades and can boast an impressive resume of both gallery and museum shows.
Northern Lights Gallery: Northern Lights Gallery opens Spirit Encounters, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine. All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art. More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth Raven Steals the Light with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others. Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.
Waterfall Arts: Waterfall Arts is coming close to the conclusion of its current show, Living in these Bodies Part II, so be sure to view it while it’s still there! Living in These Bodies Part II features beautiful work by five artists, including the Future Mothers Tent by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, large prints and drawings by Lorena Salcedo-Watson and Debra Olin and exquisite paintings by Lesia Sochor. Gallery will be open on Final Friday until 8pm. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday 12 to 4.
Bridget Matros will also be running a kid-friendly table for family art activities, so that young people attending the art walk can create their own artworks!
The other participating Belfast galleries and studios are:
Other participating galleries, all of which will be open and showing beautiful artwork as always, include: Susan Tobey White – High Street Studio and Gallery, Harbor Artisans, Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery, Fresh Cup Gallery, Galerie Dufour at Eat More Cheese, Raven’s Nest Gallery, and AAG Art Alliance Gallery. Be sure to check out all that these galleries have to offer!
The dates for the remaining 2014 Final Fridays Art Walks are: August 29, September 26, and October 31. For more information, visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.