Maine Art Gallery News

July 4, 2021: Art review: ‘Acquired Symbols’ celebrates a teacher’s far-reaching effects

Jorge S. Arango writes up an excellent review of our Acquired Symbols show!

 

"The important role of catalysts in the development of art in Maine is currently on colorful display at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, embodied by the exhibition “Acquired Symbols” (through July 17). By catalysts I mean people whose enthusiasm, influence, willpower and talent set changes in motion that reverberate in ways perhaps not immediately apparent in the larger art world. 

In the case of the Maine Art Gallery itself, which is located in a circa 1807 schoolhouse considerably far removed from the commercial thoroughfare of Route 1, the catalyst was Mildred Burrage, an artist well known in her day for her mica collages, who had previously experimented with impressionism and Jackson Pollock-influenced abstraction. It was thanks to her and a handful of others that the gallery came into existence in the mid-1950s and became an incalculably important stimulus for modernist art in the state. The venue she created has exhibited, among other seminal Maine painters, Dahlov Ipcar, William Thon, Andrew Wyeth and William Zorach.

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"Chiribiquete I." By Jorge Pena.

The current show honors another catalyst: the 92-year-old painter John Lorence, who taught art and design around the country. From 1970-77, his primary educational venue was the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art). He also had stints at University of Maine in Augusta and the Haystack School in Deer Isle and, from 1990-92, served as the Maine Art Gallery’s director.

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You can read the full article here: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/07/04/art-review-acquired-symbols-shows-a-teachers-far-reaching-effect/

July 3, 2021: "'Acquired Symbols' Stirs the Soul"

Lisa Kristoff writes a lovely review of our Acquired Symbols show in the Boothbay Register.

"Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset should definitely be on your list of galleries to visit – and by July 17. Yes, there is a deadline. The current show,  'Acquired Symbols,' is an experience. The show features paintings by John Lorence, and some of the artist’s friends and former students.

The former students in the show are Patrick Plourde, Jorge Pena, Peter Haller and Ellen Gutenkunst; the friends are Clara Cohan, Elliott Barowitz, Fellice Boucher, Camille Cole, Sara Cox and Teresa Sullivan.

 

The 50 works in this show, be it a painting, fiber art, sculpture, collage, pottery, or mixed media, depict either spiritual or cultural ideas and beliefs in symbolic form. From ancient civilizations to modern times, symbolism is an evolving language all its own."

Clara Cohan and stands beside her sculpture, “Arms Around It.” Photo by: Lisa Kristoff/Boothbay Register

April 25, 2021: We Are Hosting an Online Art Auction to Benefit the Gallery

The Maine Art Gallery has gathered a number of noteworthy, yet affordable, works of art for an online auction that will be open for bidding from May 1 to June 15. The pieces, donated by artists and collectors, offer the buyer an opportunity to obtain fine art while helping to support the gallery.

The art can be viewed online prior to the opening of the auction here. The pieces will be available for in-person viewing at the gallery on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 11AM-4PM.

Once bidders register for the auction, they will find pieces from well-known artists such as Howard Chandler Christy, John Lorence, and Jane Dahmen, as well as a number of very talented artists with a strong connection to Maine. The auction is sponsored by Cromwell Coastal Properties.

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“Cloth Work #4” by Peter Haller

Auction committee chair Cynthia Pappas, who recently moved to Maine after a career in which she curated auctions in New York City, is enthusiastic about the offerings. She stated, “I’m really excited about this opportunity to bring to an international audience this lovely collection of art that represents midcoast Maine and so much more.”

March 28th, 2021: Welcoming Our New Gallery Manager, Kerry Hadley

We are pleased to announce our new part time Gallery Manager, Kerry Hadley! The Maine Art Gallery is excited to welcome her to a new role at the gallery, and we look forward to growing our mission with Kerry's years of experience in management and enthusiasm for the arts.

 

Kerry’s latest and largest project was as Manager of the Camden Opera House for 16 years. Over her career, Kerry’s goal has always been to enrich and cultivate community, at the same time helping grow the nonprofits she is involved with. She loves the visual and performing arts and is thrilled to be joining such an accomplished and dedicated board of directors and beautiful gallery.

 

She lives in Owls Head with her husband Craig, one rescue dog and one Llewellyn Setter. They have two grown sons and two incredible daughters in-law all pursuing professional careers in NYC.

Kerry Hadley

April 2020: Remembering Consuelo Joerns

We mourn the loss of Consuelo (known to us as Connie) Joerns, who passed away on April 14, 2020 at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine. She was 94. Connie was raised in Chicago where she attended the progressive Francis Parker School. She attended Mills College in California and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Early in her career, while working for a New York book publisher, Connie attended the School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. An avid traveler, she subsequently lived and painted in Central America and Europe, showing paintings in Nice and Cagnes-Sur-Mer, Chicago and New York.

(L to R) Consuelo Joerns with Daisy Greene and Jane Dahmen at opening reception for Three Women on Board. Photo by: Bob Bond

Connie maintained a studio on Martha's Vineyard and had solo shows at galleries including the G.E. Hilliard Gallery and Alan-Mayhew Ltd.. She also wrote and illustrated children's books and developed filmstrips for New York publishers.

Connie moved to Wiscasset in 2000. During the next decade she was particularly intrigued by the arts of Japan, and she lived there for months at a time. In August/September of 2018 the Maine Art Gallery was pleased to include her paintings in a show entitled Three Women on Board with Jane Dahmen and Daisy Greene. A visitor to that show noted that “Consuelo’s semi abstract work reminds one of perhaps Matisse in its quietude. The lyrical sense of space and the washes of colors bring an inner peace and joy to the viewer.”

Works by Consuelo Joerns

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painting by Consuelo Joerns

Harbor Hull
Harbor Hull

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Still Life

acrylic and pastel on board

painting by Consuelo Joerns
painting by Consuelo Joerns

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Samples of children's books illustrated by and, or written by Consuelo Joerns

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"The Everywhere Cat," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns

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"The Green Machine," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns

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"The Midnight Castle," written and illustrated by Consuelo Joerns

Portland Press Herald Q&A with Artist Buzz Masters

Slated for August of 2020, the Maine Art Gallery had a show titled "Lost and Found" featuring Buzz Masters, Katy Helman and Jennifer Lee Morrow. We hope to have the show in 2021. In the meantime, Masters was interviewed about her work as an artist and EMT by the Portland Press Herald. You can view the article here.