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September 15, 2013

5 views: Fine-arts picks for the fall

There is art beyond Labor Day, and quite often it's the best of the year. Check out these venues easily reached from Portland.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"Spring, Thomas Point," by Felicity Sidwell. Sidwell credits the light outside her West Point studio that makes her want to paint. It’s “always different every morning. Everything looks different every day.

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”“Sam’s Boat,” by Felicity Sidwell

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Rendell started making prints as a college student in Ohio. He walked into the print studio and fell instantly in love. The smell of the ink turned him on. "I bought my first press before I bought my first car," he said.

Typically, Rendall makes his prints, shows them in a museum or gallery exhibition, and puts them away in storage. He'll sell things now and then, but most of his prints end up in and out of public view once they've had their initial viewing. Now retired from teaching at Lincoln Academy, Rendall has opened a gallery in the heart of Wiscasset. He wants his work to be seen, and the gallery gives him the chance to ensure that happens.

He opened Rendall Fine Art in August. It's dedicated almost entirely to his own work, although he also is showing and selling the fine contemporary furniture of Edgecomb designer and maker Eben Blaney.

"I work toward shows, and I always like to do new work," he said. "I've accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, and it occurred to me to start my own gallery."

Because his work is so large -- Rendall pushes the boundaries of printmaking as much as anyone working in Maine, both in terms of size and subject matter -- he's not had much luck in galleries. Operating his own gallery gives him the freedom to show the work he is most passionate about, and also gives him the chance to talk directly with visitors. People enjoy talking to an artist about the work, he said.

Rendall lives in Wiscasset, so operating the gallery isn't too much of a stretch for him. It's close to home, and the space is large enough to give him a small shop in the back. He plans to hold demonstrations and workshops.

Rendall Fine Art, 65 Main St., Wiscasset. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 350-9322; rkeithrendall.com

 

5. PEAKS ISLAND

Richard Boyd has been making pottery in Portland for more than 40 years. For the last few years, he's operated a fine-art gallery on Peaks Island, where he lives. Through September, he and his partner, Pamela Williamson, are featuring art related to work in a show titled "Labor: The Art of Work."

It's a group show featuring Kenny Cole, Gordon Carlisle, Wyatt Barr, Petrea Noyes, Gwen Sylvester, Wilson Stewart and Claudia Hughes. In addition, the gallery also features art by its regular artists, all of whom have ties to Maine and often to Peaks.

The Richard Boyd Gallery has been open since the mid-2000s on Epps Street, directly across from Hannigan's Island Market. The gallery expanded into its current space and format in 2011.

It's open year-round, and specializes in serious work by serious artists. Island galleries sometimes fall prey to trinkets and pretty little things that appeal to tourists. Not so here.

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Mae's Cafe, Bath

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"Hobson's Whart" is one of Ann Mohnkern's realistic views of the waterfront.

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Sidwell Art Gallery

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Ann Mohnkern lately has been painting en plein air. This is “Plein Air #3”.

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Rendall Fine Art, Wiscasset

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“I want to be true to these creatures,” says R. Keith Rendall of his subjects, including “King Eiders.”

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Keith Rendall's “Kingfisher.”

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery, Peaks Island

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"American Eagle," by Gwen Sylvester

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"Lawnmower#1: The New House" by Gordon Carlisle

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Studio 53, Boothbay Harbor

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Abstract by Terry Seamon at Studio 53

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"Quiet Time," by John M.T. Seitzer at Studio 53

  


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