August 4th through October 29th
(L-R: “Basin Mist,” Wendy Newcomb; “Melt Water Channels,” Gary Hoyle; and a Cherry Burl vase by Richard Dunham)
Celebrate summer in Maine at Archipelago! The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host an opening reception for its summer gallery show on Friday, August 4th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. The show, which highlights the work of painters Wendy Newcomb and Gary Hoyle, as well as Appleton wood turner Richard Dunham, will run from August 4th to October 29th.
Wendy A. Newcomb is a representational painter whose primary mediums include oil, gouache, and acrylic. Organizations, businesses, schools, and private individuals have commissioned her for paintings, illustrations, and murals, and her work has appeared in a number of publications, including L.L. Bean, Bayview Press, Old Cars Weekly, and Artists of New England.
“My paintings represent a visual journey of my life in Maine, reflecting my love of nature and my participation in it,” said Newcomb. “Spending time outdoors, I have the opportunity to stop and look closely at my surroundings. It’s this connection to nature that I want to share with others.”
Most of Gary Hoyle’s work has been at the interface of art and science. For 28 years, he served as an exhibits artist and the Curator of Natural History at the Maine State Museum. His project work has been featured in institutions from New England to Iowa, including the Field Museum of Chicago, and his personal artwork has toured the country from coast to coast, as well as Japan. Hoyle’s new “Oogle Earth” series features aerial landscapes created by floating diluted oil color on water with various solvents and using a canvas to lift them off the surface. The pieces evoke real places through this unique, transformative process.
“Some time ago, I read that Andrew Wyeth often got his inspirations from quick abstract ink washed on watercolor paper, which he had done months before and hid in a flat file until he needed a prompt,” said Hoyle. “Last year, I needed a prompt, so I began experimenting, and these ultimately became my inspiration to more fully develop them as aerial landscapes. I named the series ‘Oogle Earth’ based on the cyberspace images I’ve seen.”
Richard Dunham works in his woodshop in his 1850’s farmhouse, turning locally found burls into bowls and vases, as well as artistic pieces for display. The cherry burls are from native Maine Cherry harvested from dead or dying trees on his property or from the land of friends in the area. Burls are knoblike growths on the trunk or limbs of a tree.
“Each burl is unique,” said Dunham. “When you start turning and cutting the wood away, the intricate grain pattern is revealed. The challenge is to follow and reveal those patterns. This process determines, in part, the shape and design of the finished hollow form.”
Other artists whose work will be featured in the summer gallery show include: Valerie Aponik (painter), Thom Buescher (painter), Monhegan artist Dylan Metrano (papercuts), Helen Farnham felt artist, and Paul Woonrooij (furniture maker).
An online gallery may be viewed here: Online Gallery for summer show
The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Archipelago supports and showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects and promotes the beauty and endurance of Maine’s islands and coast. Since opening in 2000, it has helped advance the careers of more than 800 Maine artists and become a prominent facet of Maine’s creative economy. Located on Main Street in downtown Rockland, Maine, Archipelago has played a pivotal role in the town’s emergence as a dynamic center of arts and culture, and supports all its artists through commissions on product sales, mentoring and advice, and guidance on product pricing, wholesales, design, and packaging.
In its first 15 years, Archipelago returned more than $2 million in commission sales to local artists, with nearly $1 million benefitting island artists who traditionally have a difficult time reaching mainland markets. Throughout the year, Archipelago staff also spend more than 400 hours mentoring artists who would like to grow their businesses and increase their economic opportunities, particularly those living year-round on Maine islands.
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