Dear friends and art lovers,
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licóur
Of which vertú engendred is the flour;
- Geoffrey Chaucer
When April with its sweet showers pierce to the root the drought of March … only there’s no adequate paraphrase for Chaucer’s original Middle English spelling and syntax, which takes us back to his own time 600 years ago..
Welcome to Cafe des Artistes. Suzanne and I are busy finalizing the pre-press for the new guide. It is exceptional, from the iconic cover, to the latest and greatest art from galleries and studios, to the new Studio Artists section. Thank you to everyone in our art community, artists , gallerists and the art lovers who support it all.
The April Cafe des Artistes begins in York with the re-opening of one of my very favorite galleries, the George Marshall Store Gallery. It sits in a beautiful setting on the York River, next to an old chancery that was owned by Constitution signer John Hanncock,
The George Marshall Store Gallery is thrilled to open its 2023 season in collaboration with Surf Point Foundation, a residency program for artists and art professionals on the coast of York. “Surf Point Foundation Selects: A More Human Dwelling Place” is the premier showcasing of works by alumni from the program’s launch in 2019 through […]
Portland Art Gallery will host an opening reception for David Moser’s “Art of the Craft” exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. April 13. The convergence of sculptural artistry and functional design is captured in this collaboration between represented artist David Moser, Thos. Moser Furniture and Portland Art Gallery. David Moser’s furniture designs are rooted in […]
Monhegan Museum of Art & History presents the exhibition “Counterpoint: Monhegan’s Artist Couples,” showcasing the interwoven artistic endeavors of four couples who formed the core of Monhegan Island’s art community in the mid to late 20th century. The exhibition will be on view July 1 through Sept. 30. “Counterpoint: Monhegan’s Artist Couples” will feature works […]
Deer Isle Artists Association announced Adell Donaghue as its April artist in residence
The Deer Isle Artists Association is pleased to announce that April’s Artist in Residence is Adell Donaghue. Adell has been a member of the DIAA for approximately three years and has been working in a variety of mediums for about 50 years. Her talents include drawing, painting (oil, gouache and watercolor) and printmaking (etching, lithography, […]
Ever since its founding in 1958, the nonprofit Maine Art Gallery has pursued its mission to advance the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs. The 2023 season includes an exceptionally fine schedule of exhibits and classes that were designed to fulfill the organization’s vision of becoming a premier center for showcasing Maine art. The […]
Rockport resident Ann Tracy was a juror’s selection for the NYC4PA (New York Center for Photographic Art) “The Same But Different” show, which opens April 4 and continues through April 15 at Manhattan’s Jadite Gallery, 660 Tenth Ave., New York, New York. An artists’ reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. April 4. The […]
The Colby College Museum of Art is pleased to announce the recent opening of “Ashley Bryan / Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms.” The exhibit, which will be on view through July 31, is the second show in the museum’s new Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art at the Paul J. Schupf Art […]
Van Bankston is the featured guest artists at Local Color Gallery in Belfast from March 28 through April 23. Bankston paints big, bold, geometric abstractions. “My artwork is about being authentic — “editing the world, editing my life to what is the truth,” he says. “Going beyond the things I have done or acquired, with […]
A new exhibit of encaustics called “Wax, Hot & Cold” is on view at Cove Street Arts in Portland. Featured artists are Edith Beatty, Marcy Bergeron-Noa, Anne Bernard, Sandi Donnelly, Janet Hyland, Karen K. Kulberg, Mary McCann and Micki Whelan. Prior to paper, writing was mark making on animal skin or stone. Akin to the […]
Shaw Contemporary Jewelry is calling all artists to submit work for this year’s Mount Desert Island Open. Come be part of a non-juried art exposition, now in its 23rd year at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor. All artists are invited to participate. Criteria for inclusion: a close association with Mount Desert Island and an item […]
The coast has long been symbolic of the mingling of goods and ideas from near and far. With that in mind, it feels appropriate to find MOTHERS Gallery in Columbia Falls, where the Pleasant River meets the Atlantic Ocean, uniting Maine headwaters with the world. The gallery is a place unique both for its particular […]
During April, Jean Kigel Studio + Gallery, at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, presents “Ice Out and Northern Lights,” an exhibition of paintings celebrating the recent marvels of spring. This month has marked the awaited “ice out” in much of Maine. It has offered the rare sightings of Aurora Borealis in Midcoast and Morthern […]
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That’s all for now. Preparing and sending out this Cafe email newsletter takes time, effort and attention for the Cafe editor Lauren LaRocca and me. It makes it so worthwhile to see the March Cafe newsletter had a unheard of 52% open rate. Thank you Maine art lovers!
See you in May!
The deadline for the May 5 Cafe is April 29, noon.