Maine Art Gallery News
April 25th, 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.
“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.
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
acrylic on board
acrylic and pastel on board
Samples of children's books illustrated by and, or written by Consuelo Joerns
"The Everywhere Cat," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
"The Green Machine," illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
"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.