August 15, 2010

Arts Dispatches

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer


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“Les Baux” by Marguerite Zorach was purchased by the Portland Museum of Art at last weekend’s Barridoff Galleries art auction in Portland.

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Kennebunk River Club kicks off art show today

The 55th annual art show at the Kennebunk River Club is set for today and Monday. The show is an opportunity for local artists to demonstrate their talents.

For more than 50 years, artists from throughout southern Maine have displayed oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculptures and photographs amid the old beams in the historic Casino building, one of the main buildings comprising the Kennebunk River Club, 115 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport.

The Casino show is a juried exhibition with more than 100 artists contributing work. This year's judges are Margaret Burgess, curator of European and modern art at the Portland Museum of Art; Stuart Nudelman, founding director of the Ogunquit Photography School; and Carl Schmalz, who has taught at Amherst College and the Eliot O'Hara Watercolor School.

The River Club Casino Art Show will be from 1 to 5 today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

In addition, from 1 to 5 p.m. today, a non-juried art-and-craft show will be held in the Kennebunk River Club Boathouse across the street from the Casino building. It will include prints, paintings, photographs, sculpture, nautical art, jewelry, table decor and other items.

Admission is $2 and includes entry to both shows. All works are for sale.


Museum of Art buys early work by modernist Zorach

The Portland Museum of Art acquired an oil-on-panel painting by Marguerite Zorach, "Les Baux" (1910), during last weekend's Barridoff Galleries international art auction. It's an early Zorach work, painted while the artist was in France.

"Marguerite Zorach played a key role in the creation of the image of Maine," said the museum's chief curator, Thomas Denenberg. "This very early, abstract landscape demonstrates her exposure to French avant garde painting in the opening decades of the 20th century and foreshadows the sensibilities that make her one of the great painters of the modern era."

Overall, the auction was successful, though gallery director Rob Elowitch said many bidders offered less money than the pre-auction estimates. "It was an auction of the highest quality, but it met some real resistance -- not atypical of most art auctions these days," he said.

Barridoff has closed many sales since the auction closed.

Among the highlights was the sale of "Bateaux Bleus (Blue Boats)" by the Chinese artist Zao Wou-ki. The oil-on-canvas painting sold for $144,000 to a telephone bidder. 

Drum Shop Portland offers Woodology Clinic Tour

The Drum Shop Portland presents Billy Ward and John Good in the Woodology Clinic Tour at 7 p.m. Aug. 22.

Ward has toured and recorded with Joan Osborne, Carly Simon, Robbie Robertson, The Knack, Ace Frehley, Bill Evans, Yoko Ono and others. He played on B.B. King's Grammy Award winning album, "80". All told, he has played drums on more than 60 albums and 60 film soundtracks. His first solo album, "Two Hands Clapping" got a five-star rating in Modern Drummer magazine, which called the record "Album of the Year." "Voices In My Head" is Ward's second instructional DVD, which has just been released through DW Drums DVD.

Good has earned the respect of his peers as a "woodologist," for his knack for finding the most exotic wood specimens on the planet.

The Drum Shop is at 262 St. John St., Portland. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Call 874-6630 to reserve a spot.


Maine artists to display at Ram Island Farm

Maine artists Mark Hagen and Mark Haltof will exhibit their work Friday to Aug. 29 at Ram Island Farm, Cape Elizabeth. For 30 years, these friends have drawn inspiration from the natural beauty of Maine and particularly Ram Island Farm and the surrounding areas. The works in this show reflect their vision of the Maine coast.

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