The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Tuesday 207: Illumintide

painting by Jessica Ives

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Without the sea, Acadia would be like a gem without a setting. Each headland, bay, and inlet reveals the majestic interface between sea and land…. The sea destroys and displaces, but it also builds. What the sea takes from one point on the coast may be added to another. With the irresistible energy of hammer blows, waves dislodge rock particles, smooth them, and deposit them at the head of nearly every cove. In still other places, the dispossessed stones and cobbles become gravel bars and shoals. Bar Harbor was named for just such a bar, which connects it to Bar Island. 

Because the coast is [geologically] young, sandy shores are rare. But at Sand Beach, shore currents have shifted the tons of sand that the sea eroded from the rocks. Mixed into the sand are broken bits of shells and the skeletons of crabs, mussels, sea urchins, and other marine life. 

[A] story that began with sediments piled on the floor of a primordial sea closes for the moment with those washed ashore at Sand Beach. But in reality there is no beginning and no ending. Rock becomes sand, and sand becomes rock. The granite of Cadillac Mountain, the cobbles at Hunters Cove, even a pinch of grit at Sand Beach bears evidence of this endless cycle. For indelibly written on the landscape, in bold stokes or fine scratches, is a script that tells the astonishing story of mountain ranges that rose and fell, of ice that sealed in a continent, and of coastlines that emerged and vanished. Source

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Expanding Focus

words and vessels by Simon van der Ven

1. Illuminated Lotus

Illuminated Lotus Form, porcelain, 5.75”h x 6”w

I’ve been sticking pretty close to home, concentrating my energy, allowing myself to wander in the studio. Things are opening up.

My friend, Garrett, once told me, “The only real power we have is where we place our focus.” I’m looking more carefully at the sculptural aspects of my work, mixing materials and ideas that have long held my attention. Admittedly, I’m lost some of the time, but I don’t lose my sense of direction. I’m pretty sure this is the set-up for discovery.  Focus and wander, focus and wander.  It’s a lot like breathing in and breathing out.

The only shows in which I plan to participate this year are going on right now.  One is up at Cynthia Wynings Gallery in Blue Hill. It’s a group show called Nature of Materials. I tell you, that woman can hang a show. Please, if you’re up in the area, do yourself a favor and check it out. While you’re up there, stop by Mark Bell’s studio. Our collaborative project continues. He has several prime examples. The other show is Art to Collect Now currently open at CMCA Bicknell in Rockland.

It figures, then, that I’m mostly counting on you to visit me. I’m working, exploring new forms, refining others, completing commissions, but the show isn’t going on the road to a town near you. It’s staying here, Give a call and come to the studio/gallery. Come Do the Loop August 8 and 9.  It’s a terrific tour. I’m thrilled to be part of this stellar group. You really don’t want to miss this.  But, of course, not everyone can make it to Maine this summer.  Come see me online.  Keep an eye out for new work added to the website and to my Square store.

I am truly enjoying this summer. I hope you are too.

See you soon,

Siem

Wood-fired porcelaneous stoneware with inclusions, wonderstone lid with mastodon ivory knob (turned by Jeff Spera, 5.75h x 3.5w, $375

Tea Caddy with Special Top, wood-fired stoneware with inclusions, wonderstone and mastodon ivory lid turned by Jeff Spera, 5.75”h x 3.5”w

Porcelain

Recently completed dinnerware commission (six place settings plus teapot), porcelain

The Famous Bet Of Bet’s Fish Fry

video by Peter Southwick

Bet Finocchiaro has sold fried fish (no lobster rolls!!) in Boothbay for more than twenty years.

Beacon

painting & lifting by Lily Hamill

Beacon

Beacon, 12″ x 12″ acrylic on wood panel 

Besides running one of Midcoast Maine’s epicenters of fitness
Lily Hamill paints dog portraits by commission. She’s “ruff” and tough.

Multitasking- mobility for me, snuggles for them

Multitasking: mobility for me, snuggles for them.

 

The Coming Storm

photographs by Brian Willson

The coming storm

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The Great Schooner Race 2015

Rockland Photographer Jim Dugan hitched a ride on the schooner Mary Day for the Great Schooner Race on July 3.

Casting off the Mary Day's jib topsail

Casting off the Mary Day’s jib topsail

Mary Day crew tacks the fore topsail

Mary Day crew tacks the fore topsail

Schooner Heritage (left), sailing downwind, passes ketch Angelique close-hauled

Schooner Heritage (left), sailing downwind, passes ketch Angelique close-hauled

The Lewis R. French, seen from the Mary Day. These two boats dock next to each other and their crews are close friends.

The Lewis R. French, seen from the Mary Day. These two boats dock next to each other and their crews are close friends.

The schooner Lewis R. French, right, and Angelique, center, pass Mark Island in the middle of Penobscot Bay.

The schooner Lewis R. French, right, and Angelique, center, pass Mark Island in the middle of Penobscot Bay.

Capt. Noah Barnes of the Stephen Taber shoots a T-shirt at the Mary Day. It fell short.

Capt. Noah Barnes of the Stephen Taber shoots a T-shirt at the Mary Day. It fell short.

The downwind leg, crossing from Camden to Mark Island, was a bit slow but let some boats show off their wing-on-wing skills.

The downwind leg, crossing from Camden to Mark Island, was a bit slow but let some boats show off their wing-on-wing skills.

Heritage and Stephen Taber did a few laps around Rockland Harbor after finishing.

Heritage and Stephen Taber did a few laps around Rockland Harbor after finishing.

Arts & Recreation

exhibition featuring two of our contributors,
Jessica Ives and Margaret Rizzio

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Arts & Recreation: Jessica Ives, Margaret Rizzio, and Grant Haynes

Pemaquid, ME—An exhibition of new art work by Jessica Ives, Margaret Rizzio, and Grant Haynes will be on display for a two-week exhibit at The Good Supply in Pemaquid. The public is invited to join the artists at a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at The Good Supply’s post and beam storefront.

The title of the show: Arts and Recreation is a play on words meant to reflect the subject matter of Ives’s colorful oil paintings and the recycling process shared by Rizzio and Haynes to create their respective mixed media collages and acrylic on reclaimed material paintings.

Ives, a Damariscotta resident creates oil paintings inspired by outdoor adventures local and statewide. Arts & Recreation features a selection of her 4 x 4 inch “207 Paintings” appropriately named for the state’s area code. Swimmers, paddlers, hikers, and other outdoor adventurers are captured in jewel-like moments. A selection of larger paintings will also be on view. Ives exhibits regularly with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor and offers color theory classes through the Farsnworth Art Museum. In conjunction with this exhibit, Ives will host two color theory classes at The Good Supply on August 6 and August 9.

Born and raised in Blue Hill and now living in Camden, Rizzio received her MFA from SUNY Purchase and returned home to pursue a life of art. Her current work uses a wide range of mediums—vintage ephemera, found objects, repurposed frames—that embrace the passage of time and the beauty of physical objects in a screen obsessed era. Arts & Recreation will include various size assemblage pieces and a series of unique postcard collages. Rizzio exhibits at Turtle Gallery in Blue Hill and at The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast.

Haynes studied fine art at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in part because of the university’s access to the Adirondacks. Currently based in Belfast, his love of nature continues to fuel his endeavors both personal and professional. Painting in acrylic on reclaimed wood and metal, his style is dynamic and modernist. His work is concerned with re-creating structure on material that is fractured and cobbled together. He gives care to honor signs of reclaimed materials’ origins—identifying wear not as blemishes but as stories worth expressing.

Ives and Rizzio have collaborated on pop-up events and exhibitions before, and this will be their first time inviting Haynes into the fold. The Good Supply, an up-and-coming rustic boutique, housed in a recently restored 150-year old barn in Pemaquid, is known for its utilitarian work from Maine artisans. This pop-up event marks the store’s second 2D art celebration.

Arts & Recreation: Jessica Ives, Margaret Rizzio, and Grant Haynes will be on exhibit at The Good Supply from Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, August 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Art is available for purchase.

More information (207)607-3121 or www.thegoodsupply.org

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Tuesday 207: Suspended & Illuminated

painting by Jessica Ives

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Beauty take us beyond the visible to the height of consciousness, past the ordinary to the mystical, away from the expedient to the endlessly true.
Joan Chittister

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207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine  and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on any 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 Paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

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