This whole corridor of southeastern Maine and New Hampshire, including the Berwicks, York and Kittery in Maine, and Dover, Somersworth, Rollinsford, and Rochester in New Hampshire have literally come alive since I moved back to the area in 2005. I have become very involved in two of the art associations, and the I am Show Coordinator for one, as well as on the curatorial board of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art.
The area has not kept up with gallery creation, and the economy still doesn’t support that kind of a venture without a “safety net”, but there are many great supportive venues like the libraries in the area.
I have shown five times at the Rochester Library in the new wing, where Peggy Trout arranges monthly shows with local artists and art groups. The old wing, or the Carnegie wing, displays some of the permanent collection of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art on the main floor. The Carnegie Gallery on the 2nd floor, is where the rotating and borrowed exhibits are hung.
Beth Wittenberg is on display on the main floor. Beth is a very active member of the Berwick Art Association and also a member of Blackbird Studio and Gallery, so we have shared lots of walls together. Beth and I also share a very special connection with art-making, where it seems neither of us have to rely on a muse, inspiration or even a good cup of coffee to need to make art.
What I love about Beth’s work is there is always more than meets the eye. In these pieces from 2013 and 2014, she works very splattered and loose watercolor abstracts into pen-ink fantasy characters, that have color. As an abstract painter, I get lost in looking at the paint below the ink, and then float back to the finished work, appreciating it on multiple levels.
Upstairs, in the Carnegie Gallery are a collection of Dawn Boyer’s oils. Until I brush on my critiquing skills, I will respond as I have to Beth’s-as it relates to my work. Though she is responding to florals, I am looking beyond that again at paint and color. The brush work is solid and experienced. There isn’t hesitation. Nor, is there any immaturity in the palette-it is also self-assured.
Both of these shows will be up through the end of the month.
And, I will probably need to expand the corridor as I described it because I have been invited to show at the Gafney Library in Sanbornville, New Hampshire next month. Another 20 miles north of here.
I stopped by Blackbird Studio today because a good friend wanted to check out the new show-and show her support by making a few small purchases.
As we sat drinking our beverages and gossiping in the gallery, the light snow fell softly outside. We watched it through the window, rimmed with a pine cone swag, as the fire crackled in the wood stove.
Yes, a very different kind of gallery and Christmas shopping sort of experience.
As Steffanie was about to leave, I was going to make an exit as well, but a car pulled into the lot, so I decided to stick around. A family had driven from Canterbury, New Hampshire-quite a hike from North Berwick, Maine, to visit.
I hope more people like them take the time to pay a visit as well.
Thanksgiving week was all about prep for Red Saturday, the Berwick Art Association art fair and the hanging of the Sole City show. And, to make all of that happen, I took the end of my vacation time to make sure it did.
Now, in the meantime I met a very nice man online who lives an hour away…oh yeah, and did I mention the snowstorm that arrived on Thanksgiving Eve…I think by now you are getting the point. The vacation time was not a guarantee that I would see the Escher show at the Currier with George, make lots of wonderful product that would sell, and actually have a day or two to goof off.
Actually the part that DID happen was making lots of good product. All of that product will go to Blackbird Studios on Saturday. (When I define something as “product”, I am talking about wares other than pure fine art.) I finished a number of hand-beaded purses this last week.
The wear-and-tear of an art fair is tiring at best. Ten hours and the boiler in the building was out. Back to the snowstorm that made it impossible for a lot of this area to cook on Thanksgiving…so they had their turkey when we had our fair.
The snowstorm kept me from physically meeting my friend, much less seeing the exhibit.
Sunday, I felt like I had worked. But, the car needed to be unloaded and reloaded to hang the Sole City show, the gem of the year.
Monday, that show went up-and quickly! Joanne, who arranges their shows, was a tremendous help and I am so excited to see all of this work up together. By late Monday afternoon, I felt like that milestone birthday I am approaching is real.
And, I am gearing up for my 2nd show as the Show Coordinator of the BAA-that opening is on Friday.
Erin Duquette thinks I have five clones, and I want to find one for a back massage.
Happy art making!
I had two show openings this week-end.
The one at Edward Jones in Kittery, Maine is a part of a satellite program of the KAA, and I have 6 pieces there that will hang until April, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/kitteryartassociation?fref=photo for more information-and there is a picture of three of the artists (including me) and the curator, Judy Bryant.
“Fall to Earth” is the last regular show at Blackbird, and runs through December 7. This collective of 15 artists produces in my estimation, the best work in the area. There is no lack of variety, ingenuity, or experimentation. The work is on the grounds as well as inside. I have 9 framed pieces and around 30 unframed pieces as well as painted light switch plates and beaded handbags available for purchase.
Our opening receptions have also included live music. Since we had a brief period of rain yesterday, the Rogue Town Managers moved inside. When the rain stopped, they moved back outside to entertain those seated under two tents.
The gallery hours are 11-6, Wednesday-Sunday. You might also catch prints being pulled off the flatbed press, an installation being mapped out, an artist being interviewed for MODspoke, a local e-zine, as well. 387 Somersworth Rd. (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine.
Coming up: September Song opening reception at Blackbird Studio & Gallery, 387 Somerswoth Road (Rte. 9), North Berwick, Maine on September 6th, from 3-7 PM. The Seacoast Moderns will host the opening for “Igniting the Modern Muse” (our gallery group show) on September 28th, from 4-6 PM at the Kittery Art Association, 8 Coleman Avenue, Kittery Point, Maine . I am planning to teach a rendering in watercolor workshop/how to layer, working wet-on-wet, to develop shadows and richness in color at Blackbird on Tuesday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 23rd, from 6-8 PM- two-2 hour classes, $45 per person, materials included. (Contact me @email@example.com for more information) And today: marketing, marketing and more marketing. Etsy, Pinterest, FineArtAmerica, society6, Houzz, my website and my blog….for starters.
The media gave us some attention, so I wanted to pass it on!!
This is from the recent Lady in Red event in Berwick.
I posted a few weeks back that I had joined the Berwick Art Association and that they were having this event.
The weather was perfect for having a pleine air gathering. Artists painted and drew, photographers shot. There were many great images to capture.
There were a few musical performances, as well. The Lady in Red played violin and sang when she made her entrance. Hilton Park also provided some wonderful folk, blues and even a little cover of an old Ray Davies tune.
The Our Lady of Peace Rectory is for sale and would be an amazing place for artists of all persuasions to meet, show, perform, teach, etc. The house on the property could be rented as studio/office spaces. I was one of the group to get a tour of the church. Oh my-let’s find the money, is all I can think!
The Seacoast Moderns is a group that had been formed within the Kittery Art Association in 2010. I am the present managing member.
We have two large group shows coming up, and I am doing the social media promotion. This site now has a number of followers, so I’d rather use it, that the group’s blog.
As members send me images and their bio information, I will post and make comments where appropriate.
Karen has been with the group longer than I and I have seen a variety of mediums used by her. Here is one image that will be displayed in the upcoming shows, as well as her statement and bio.
K. Harvey Camlin
The art I create is varied in subject, medium, form and style. There was a time I wondered if I should be narrowing and refining my work to one medium, one form, one consistent style. This became less of a concern once I recognized that the body of my work shared, and referred to, my interest in capturing the surface quality of my subjects. These subjects range from those objects that can be seen to those subjects originating in my mind’s eye.
I no longer worry about narrowing my venues for expression. I enjoy building the skills and experience to work in several mediums, often combining these.
I work with the mediums that can best express my subjects. I work in forms and styles that can best convey my meaning. For me limiting my work to one specific medium, to one specific style, is equivalent to speaking with a limited vocabulary. For me this is what being an artist involves – the search for the best way to share what I see and what I want to say.
Karen studied art education at the University of Southern Maine
in Portland, and visual design (graphics) at Southeastern
Massachusetts University (now UMASS, Dartmouth). She has taken
numerous courses and workshops, with examples listed here:
greater Boston, Massachusetts area including the Harvard University
Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; southern Maine
including Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, Heartwood College
of Art, Kennebunk, Maine, Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine; and at
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. Karen lives
in Wells and teaches art full-time in MSAD #35, South Berwick/Eliot,
Karen’s work has been included in juried art shows in Massachusetts,
galleries in Massachusetts and Vermont, and represented in the
catalog of an international distributor, C.R. Fine Arts, Boston.
K. Harvey Camlin, the signature Karen often uses in her artwork,
refers to those names used over time in her personal life and
Karen is a member of the Seacoast Moderns group and the Kittery
Art Association. Her work has been included in member shows of
these groups, and in exhibits of artwork by seacoast teachers at the
Kittery Art Association and in exhibits of artwork by faculty members
of Wells-Ogunquit C.S.D. and MSAD #35. Most recently, Karen’s
work has been shown in group exhibits at the Portsmouth Public
Library and Maine College of Art.
Karen’s work ranges in style from illustrative to graphic, with
abstraction being a current interest. She works in several mediums
often combining these for what they may do best to convey her
For more information about work shown here, or for prices, please
contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More to come and I will bring Karen back to show you entirety of this series later in the month.