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Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St, Rockland, ME is pleased to announce the exhibit "LANDSCAPE: VISIONS OF COLOR", a solo show of new acrylic paintings by Irma Cerese from Aug 5 - Sept 25 with an opening reception on Friday, Aug 5th, 5 - 8 pm.


"Newagen 2"    Acrylic 18" sq.   by Irma Cerese

"Cobscook Bay 6"   Acrylic 18" sq.   by Irma Cerese

"Block Island 14"   Acrylic 30" sq.   by Irma Cerese

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Art and Craft by 30 Gallery Artists
Come in out of the cold and be warmed by
our beautiful selection of fine art and crafts.

Color is the basis for this new body of work which incorporates  elements of the natural world.  Landscape subjects are a common ground between the artist and viewer, becoming a reference  point to experience Cerese’s primary focus of color relationships.  The inherent qualities of paint surface, color, and geometric shapes are perfectly balanced with the landscape subject so that both are seen simultaneously, each element creating a unique dialogue with the viewer.

On Friday, August 5th from 5 - 8 PM, in celebration of Rockland's busiest Art Walk of the Summer, Landing, Caldbeck, and Craft Galleries will host an evening of live music with "Blind Albert".  Enjoy the concert in the Landing Gallery Courtyard on Elm Street with Vince Gabriel, aka Blind Albert, a popular soft rock and blues singer and guitarist.  His musical styles include the blues, rock, reggae, calypso and latin music and he has played from coast to coast, garnering rave reviews from music legends and locals alike.

The three galleries and Landing Gallery Courtyard are on Elm Street across from the Farnsworth Art Museum and only 1/2 block off Rockland's busy Main Street.  The entrance to the courtyard is framed by a canopy of rare Camperdown Elms, offering a serene landscaped oasis with entrances to the three galleries that open onto it.  The Landing, Caldbeck, and Craft galleries will be open that evening with refreshments, live music, fine art and crafts to enjoy. 

Photo Credits: 1. Lynn Karlin 2. & 3. Thomas Birtwistle 4. Roberta Baumann

“Defining & Essential Lines” June 15 – July 29

Artists: Linden Frederick, Roberta Baumann, Naomi Aho, Gifford Ewing, Nancy Linkin, Bruce Brown & Bruce Busko

Lines are one of the fundamental building blocks of visual artwork. They are an integral element found in both subject matter and the process of drawing, painting, photography & sculpture in this exhibit.  "Defining & Essential Lines" explores how seven Maine artists see, imagine and create their art with the use of lines. 

Linden Frederick’s exquisite etchings are beautifully rendered with subtle layers of line that describe his subjects and the tone of light in landscape.  Roberta Baumann’s mysterious and intimate photographs emphasize curved lines.  Her photos often have a feeling of looking through a microscope and discovering new and unfamiliar worlds.  Naomi Aho’s amazingly detailed pencil drawings of bird nests are a metaphor for home, and sanctuary.  The circular nature of her nest drawings also suggests a world or larger universe of great intricacy.  Gifford Ewing uses a 5” x 7” view camera to capture coastal Maine and linear subjects.  His fine B&W photographs are hand printed in his darkroom.  Nancy Linkin’s curvilinear bronze sculptures are simplified linear forms. They have an innate sense of nature, being reminiscent of plant, seashell and other forms found in nature.  Bruce Brown’s keen eye for art is distilled into his refined photographs from recent travel destinations.  His perfectly composed and exposed B&W photographs find linear inspiration in unusual places.  Bruce Busko uses the forest as inspiration for his mystical oil / mixed media work.  Layers of tree trunks and branches exist within a palpable atmosphere, contrasting the linear subject of the forest. 

Bruce Brown

Bruce Busko

Naomi Aho

Roberta Baumann

Nancy Linkin

Gifford Ewing

Aug 2-Sept 23: "Rhapsody in Hue".  This solo exhibit by Irma Cerese includes 53 new paintings which explore the use of color as a means to develop a visual dialogue.  

Color relationships and the effects they create are the underlying foundation of Cerese’s work.  Landscape subjects become a common ground between the artist and viewer, a reference point to experience Cerese's primary focus of color.  Her work has the ability to be seen  simultaneously as landscape and abstract paint surface.  This duality holds our attention while we digest different realities of her painting.  Our minds  are in motion, switching from a once literal subject to the abstract elements of color ,paint  surface,  gesture and composition.  

Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  She maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  Currently her principal affiliation is with Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine.  Meet the artist at the opening reception, Friday, Aug 3, 5-8p.m.  Hours, Mon-Sat 11-5, Su 12-5

 "Philbrook Farm XXV" 12" x 12"


Please find the press release for our new exhibit.  Bruce Brown is the guest curator and the show promises to be a very interesting mix of printmaking works.  "This exhibit exemplifies Maine’s lively printmaking community today with up to the minute print projects selected from presses in Gardiner, Hope, Portland, and Damariscotta as well as several artists’ private studios".


30 Maine printmakers present up to the minute prints in "Pressing On" opening at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm Street, across the street from the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Thursday, September 27th with a public reception for the artists set for the First Friday Art Walk on October 5 from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit continues through October 28.


The exhibition is designed to call attention to Maine's lively and ever-growing printmaking community according to Bruce Brown, CMCA curator emeritus, who organized the exhibition. "Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years," Brown contends.


Circling the Square Fine Art Press established in 2007 in Gardiner is represented by members Karen Adrienne, Martha Briana, Jeffery Chapman, Russ Gilchrist, Diana McFarland, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus, and Barbra Whitten.  One of a Kind Printmakers, organized in the same studio in 2011, includes Corliss Chastain, Christine Higgins and Kris Sader. All are exhibiting a series of collaborative prints in which each paired up to respond to a specific work created by the other.


Tim Higbee represents his Hope Editions studio, opened in the town of Hope in 2008, with a lithograph and an etching.  Midcoast Printmakers Inc. in Damariscotta, also begun in 2008, features work by members and friends Debra Arter, Frances Hodsdon, Cindy McGuirl, and Sandy Wadlington.  The rapidly growing Pickwick Press of Portland, established in 2009, includes work by a talented group of emerging artists Kristin Fitzpatrick, Clint Fulkerson, Jeff Hoffman, Norah Maki, Pilar Nadal, Irina Skornyakova and David Twiss.


Susan Amons of Biddeford, Jane Banquer of Peak's Island, Nancy Davison of Ogunquit, Meg Brown Payson of Freeport, and Kyle Bryant and Henry Wolyniec who work in private studios in Portland complete the roster of participants.


“Print Exchange #2"   by Ellen Roberts,  Monotype

"A Day at the Beach"  by Russ Gilchrist,  Monotype

"Constallation Code: 26 (aabkn)" by Meg Payson Brown,  Hand Colored Lithograph

"Hunt (Red)" by Jeff Hoffman, Silkscreen

"Armor I"  by Cynthia McGuirl,  Copper, Etching, Waxed Linen

"Long Legged Sandpipers III"  by Sue Amons,  Monoprint

Design:  Michael Vickery 3D Printed by MicroFactoryUSA, Rockland, ME

Landing Gallery is featured in the Bangor Daily News.  Take a look:

The “2013 Invitational” exhibits work by 30 artists with over 100 new works in a show that runs through June 9. Exhibiting artists are Naomi Aho, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Robert Birbeck, Bruce Busko, Irma Cerese, Megan Cafferata, Lewis Cisle, Gifford Ewing, Sarah Faragher, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Diana Godfrey, Michael Kahn, Brian Krebs, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Nancy Linkin, Janet Ledoux, David Riley Peterson, Isabelle Pelissier, Rebecca Rivers, Ellen Roberts, Björn Runquist, Ken Sahr and Suzanne Siegel.

"Shorebird Flock" Monoprint with Pastel by Sue Amons

"Water Study” Sewn Monotype by Ellen Roberts

1st Place Maine Entry by Mary Collins "American Icon #1"

“Bird III” by Roberta Baumann

Ron DeFelice “Relentless “

Sarah Faragher “Penobscot Bay From Duck Trap Mountain”

Janet LeDoux“ Donna’s Hideaway”

“Island Waterways” by Monique Lazard  Oil 30” sq

“The Island Ambulance” by Janet LeDoux  Oil 10” sq

“Springtime” by Elizabeth Kelley  Oil 24” sq 

“Watermelon” by Ken Sahr  Oil 66” x 50”

“Cupcake” by Ken Sahr  Oil 16” sq

“Linear Study in Motion” by Nancy Linkin  Bronze 5” x 19”

On Friday, July 5th, Landing Gallery at 8 Elm St, Rockland will have an artists opening reception for two new exhibits, “MAINE LANDSCAPE PAINTERS” in the first floor gallery and “PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES” in the Mezzanine Gallery.  Both exhibits will be open through July 28th with the artists reception from 5-8PM during the Arts in Rockland, First Friday Art Walk, July 5th.

The “MAINE LANDSCAPE PAINTERS” show exhibits 55 new paintings by Lewis Cisle, Sarah Faragher, Elizabeth Kelley, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Janet LeDoux, Bjorn Runquist, Rebecca Rivers & Suzanne Siegel.  The focus is landscape and seascape subjects by artists who live and paint in Maine.  Coastal & shoreline subjects merge with fields and mountains in various mediums ranging from oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and etching.  There is a strong architectural presence in the work featuring quintessential Maine cottages, capes, barns and shacks which contrast beautifully with the organic forms of nature.  The work of each artist demonstrates development of a strong personal vision, making this exhibit amazingly varied in technique and interpretation.

The “PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES” exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery shows new sculptures by Nancy Linkin & Isabelle Pelissier along with new paintings by Diana Godfrey & Ken Sahr.  Those familiar with Nancy Linkin’s hammered bronze sculptures will notice that her new work has more complex curvilinear shapes.  Much like a musical score, her sculpture has a crescendo of form, culminating in a central tour de force of movement, balanced with delicate, tapering, linear ends.  Isabelle Pelissier’s welded steel sculptures are abstract references to nature and growth patterns in plants.  Her use of color becomes a counter point to seemingly familiar natural forms of the sculpture.  Diana Godfrey’s abstract acrylic paintings have the essence of Maine landscape redefined.  Sometimes capturing the feel of granite and ledge, at other times, the place where ocean and rock merge.  Her paintings are open to interpretation and invite one to find their own place within the texture of paint and collage.  Ken Sahr’s large oil paintings of Hawaiian Shirts are fresh from the University of Maine Art Museum, where they were among the juried 34 artists work selected for the prestigious “I-95 Triennial 2013”.  His larger than life depiction of ordinary objects, shirts and cupcakes, transcends the subject into an exceptional aesthetic moment. 

We hope that you will be able to attend the artists opening receptions and meet the artists.  We will look forward to seeing you in the galleries.  Gallery hours: Tue – Sun 11-5, closed Mon.  FMI Please call the gallery at 207 594-4544.    


New Harbor #2

Martinsville #5

Landgrove #4

Ellen Roberts  “Shoots of Spring” collage 5x6

Ellen Roberts  “Autumn Tinge” collage 22x22

Ellen Roberts  “Water Myths” collage 15x15

Kristin Fitzpatrick “Remerge Series”  Cyanotype


Kristin Fitzpatrick “Remerge Series”  Cyanotype

Kristin Fitzpatrick ”Remerge Series”  Cyanotype

“Bits to Its: 3D Printed Sculpture” continues through June 16.  The Maine FabLab Juried Sculpture Exhibit has juried entries from around the world. The Best in Maine award went to Mary Baldwin Collins of Rockport, for her piece, American Icon #1.

WINTER GALLERY HOURS     Fri. Sat. 11 - 5   Sun. 12 - 5    *or happily by appointment

   Art and Craft by 30 Gallery Artists

30 gallery artists display ceramics, blown glass, paintings, photographs, drawings & sculptures.  Featured artists are Naomi Aho, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Robert Birbeck, Derryll Brudzinski, Bruce Busko, Steven Carpenter, Irma Cerese, Lewis Ciscle, Ron Defelice, Gifford Ewing, Sarah Faragher, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Michael Kahn, Brian Krebs, Elizabeth Kelley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Nancy Linkin, Janet Ledoux, David Riley Peterson, Isabelle Pelissier, Patrick Pierce, Ellen Roberts, Björn Runquist, Suzanne Siegel, Robert Stebelton, Liliana Thelander & John Wood.

Raku Lided Jars by Derryll Brudzinski $300

Ceramic Dory by David Peterson $350

Raku Lided Jars by Derryll Brudzinski $150 ~ $400

Stitched Drawing Collages by Ellen Roberts $200,  Art Glass Spheres $145 & $165

Bronze Wall Sculpture by Nancy Linkin  $1,900

Stitched Drawing Collage by Ellen Roberts $200, Art Glass Sphere $145

“Maine Coast Rocks” Etching Ink on Beach Rock $15