Season Opening First Friday, May 5, 2017! Work from our collective.

CARVER HILL GALLERY will open for the season on First Friday, May 5, with new work from our gallery collective and an introduction to two new painters. Eleanor Miller will present her oil paintings of plants and wildlife, partially featured in their natural environment and juxtaposed with an abstracted, almost surreal background.  Eleanor has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a career artist, and has exhibited extensively for over 30 years. Her work has been included in ten museum shows, and a documentary film.



Eleanor Miller "Lost Paradise" 40 x 40 oil on canvas

Eleanor Miller “Lost Paradise” 40 x 40 oil on canvas



Christine LaFuente will show her loosely rendered still life and seascape works in oil on linen. Her incredibly controlled and skilled use of wide brushes and a palette knife creates a beautiful surface perfectly suited for her uncomplicated and well balanced compositions with beautiful light. Christine was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and has her MFA from e Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. She has had 33 solo exhibitions and her paintings have been featured in over 20 publications. She is a widely exhibited career artist whose work is included in many important collections worldwide.

Christine LaFuente "Iris, Jars and Strawberries" 12 x 12 Oil on linen

Christine LaFuente “Iris, Jars and Strawberries” 12 x 12 Oil on linen



Tom MacC is back with  his intuitive, abstract watercolors. Tom has been making art for over 50 years, mainly in his beautiful sun filled studio on a rural 400+ acre Maine farm that he shares with his wife, Jane. Tom studied with artist John Roy at Florida State, and later toured Europe’s museums and libraries educating himself in art history and contemporary art. He further studied etching and printmaking at The University of Stockholm before returning to the states in the 60’s. For years Tom photographed the edgy music and art scenes in some of the countries most creative cities before settling into painting nearly twenty years ago. His innate sense of color has helped him to realize some extraordinary works in acrylic and watercolor and we will show a small sampling of a much larger body of available work.

Tom MacConnell -Untitled #103 Blue - 24 x 18 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cotton paper

Tom MacConnell -Untitled #103 Blue – 24 x 18 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cotton paper



Kathryn’s professional arts background in painting, theater and dance is evident in her deeply sensitive images. These recent paintings in oil represent myth and metaphor, an area of study and contemplation that Kathryn passionately returns to over and over in her creative journey.

Kathryn Oliver Nightime_Orchard 30 x 22 oil on canvas

Kathryn Oliver “Nightime Orchard” 30 x 22 oil on canvas



After a nearly sold out show last summer, John Winship has brought new “deconstructed nostalgia” paintings to us for Spring 2017. John’s works are acrylic on canvas and have been featured in multiple publications and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  

John Winship "Beach" 21 x 32 Acrylic on canvas

John Winship “Beach” 21 x 32 Acrylic on canvas



Megan Hinton has brand new, small abstracted interpretations of the landscape in watercolor that serve as studies for her larger oils, which the gallery also has in inventory.

“I am looking at life,” says Hinton, “Then I take the drawings, photographs, source memories of the external world, and transform them into something abstract — something that shows the process of painting, the marks, drips and layering of one thing over the other. So it’s reality but transformed.

Megan Hinton "Wharf Shack" 7 x 10 watercolor gouache

Megan Hinton “Wharf Shack” 7 x 10 watercolor gouache


New works in acrylic, metal leaf, and rusted metal on panel from Ron Rovner highlight his love for classical music, the natural order , and the palette of his beloved Southwest retreat.

Ron Rovner Untitled 24 x 24 Acrylic, metal paint and rust on panel

Ron Rovner Untitled 24 x 24 Acrylic, metal paint and rust on panel




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4 Photographers / 4 Styles – Gervin/Kolkin/Nickelson/Robinson opens June 2, 2017.

On First Friday, June 2, 2017 Carver Hill Gallery will open a photography show featuring 4 Maine artists working in 4 very different genres. First Friday Art Walk hours are 5 – 8 pm. Gallery hours are Mon – Sat 11 – 5, after June 16th we will be open Sundays 11 – 3, as well.

Nick Gervin will be solo featured in the upstairs gallery. Gervin is a full time documentary/street photographer from Portland. He has been working on this current series for over three years. He documents the uninhibited energy of crowds getting out of bars and concerts, police at work, and firemen drenching buildings engulfed in flames.

Nick Gervin "Portland Police Photo Bomb"

Nick Gervin “Portland Police Photo Bomb”


Nick uses a bright flash on a Fujifilm camera, which creates a high contrast image and often solicits an expression of surprise from the subject. His ability to organize manmade light, inanimate objects, colorful people, and the urban landscape into work that dances between photo journalism and narrative fine art is impressive. The work is sensitive, and because of his own personal struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse (he has been clean for 8 years now), it is also honest. He is not expoiting, judging or taking advantage of the most volatile souls in his images – he views people with compassion, and wants us to pay attention to the overlooked and ignored members of our communities.

Nick Gervin’s images have been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including a written review in the Huffington Post, as well as Popular Photography magazine, Life Force Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, and Dig Portland. Many issues of Dispatch magazine featured Nick’s work on the covers. He is currently exhibiting in Grit, Grime and Grace at the
Union of Maine Visual Artist Gallery at CTN, through May 24th.

Jon Kolkin is an internationally recognized artist balancing a nearly full time schedule as a professional fine art photographer with a career as a physician (recently retired), educator, global humanitarian, and international speaker.

Jon’s artistic projects tend to incorporate underlying themes related to personal growth that often serve as a springboard for conversation during exhibitions and presentations.  His art is frequently described as minimalist, painterly, meditative. “It is my hope that my art will serve as a vehicle – inviting the viewer to step back, take a deep breath, and reconnect with himself or herself.  Each series is intended to open a dialogue about issues that I feel are integral to the process of living life, eyes open.  It is my hope that people will find my art, and it’s underlying messages, useful as they seek purpose, wellbeing and fulfillment in their lives.”

Jon Kolkin "Supporting Presence"

Jon Kolkin “Supporting Presence”


This current series is called Feathers: A Singular Journey. It is my impression that when an individual sees and touches a bird’s feathers the physical and emotional response is unique to that sentient being.  In Feathers… A Singular Journey I have attempted to artistically convey my personal way of connecting with these graceful and delicate objects.  During this 7-year project it has been fascinating and surprising to witness the ever changing colors, hues and patterns created as beams of light play upon their surfaces.  Results are often unpredictable.  What my eye perceives while peering through the lens of a camera is sometimes dramatically altered as the image passes through glass, reflects off mirrors and is recorded by the camera.

I view my experience photographing these feathers as a metaphor for a broader theme – ie. the importance of recognizing and respecting that each of us interprets our surroundings and those we encounter in very personal ways, molded by previous experiences, circumstances, genetic make-up, and other factors.  

Jon Kolkin has served on the faculty of the Internationally known Maine Media Workshops and is a frequent guest lecturer at major universities and other venues worldwide. His work has been featured in many publications including LensWork Magazine, two time portfolio feature; B&W Magazine, portfolio award, 2013; NC Literary Review, online, 2013; Color magazine, Spotlight award, 2012. His work is in many corporate collections including Bank of America, Capital One, Ritz Carleton Hotels, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Studios.

Jim Nickelson photographs are the result of his inquiries into the ways that we as a species grapple with the unknown and our relationship to the Universe, particularly as those inquiries delve into the realms of science and cosmology. This show will feature work from two of Jim’s series : East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Codex Natura.

In my East of the Sun and West of the Moon series, I seek out landscapes that are evocative of another world, that seem to be of a different universe, time, or place than our own. Like the stories that fed my imagination in my own youth, these landscapes are portals to lands that lay east of the sun and west of the moon.

Jim Nickelson "East of the Sun, West of the Moon 9"

Jim Nickelson “East of the Sun, West of the Moon 9”

Regarding the Codex Natura series, Jim explains, “Stars created the raw materials for our solar system in their crucibles of temperature and pressure, and when those stars exploded billions of years ago, they scattered themselves across the galaxy and created the ingredients for life, and indeed everything, on our planet. Everything on Earth is thus connected at an atomic level, all deriving from the same sources within the universe.

It is this interconnection that I explore in my Codex Natura project as I photograph a wide variety of natural objects, seeking photographs that show commonalities and patterns evocative of the shared interstellar origin of everything on Earth.

Thinkers ranging from Aristotle to Galileo embraced the concept of a Book of Nature, or Codex Natura, as a metaphorical expression of the natural world, believing that a systematic and scientific study of all forms of nature, and one that rejected mysticism and religion, would yield explanations for natural processes and phenomenon.”

Jim Nickelson’s work has been exhibited in nearly 60 shows worldwide. He is on the faculty of Maine Photographic Workshops, and teaches public and private classes regularly. Selected awards include:

Wandering Curves, New York Center for Photographic Art, Grand Prize Winner
– Critical Mass Finalist 2014, 2015
– PhotoSpiva 2014
, Spiva Center for the Arts, Merit Award
– B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest 2012, Merit Award
– Color Magazine Single Image Contest 2012, Merit Award
Through the Lens exhibit, 2011, awarded First Place in Color Photography category
– Color Magazine Single Image Contest 2011, two Merit Awards
– Maine Photography Show 2009, awarded Best in Show

Liv Kristin Robinson was trained as an artist and art historian in New York City. She has been photographing the Maine landscape for more than thirty years. She is well known for her hand-colored, silver gelatin photographs of the late 1980’s and 90’s, documenting the evolving commercial and industrial waterfront of her adoptive home town of Belfast. In this show – featuring more recent digital work – Robinson continues to focus on the changing waterfront districts of Rockland and Belfast.

Liv Kristin Robinson "Bathtub: Rockland, Maine"

Liv Kristin Robinson “Bathtub: Rockland, Maine”


For nearly thirty years, I have been drawn to the unexpected beauty of marginal landscapes. Inspired by a change meeting with Berenice Abbott in 1988, I initially found my best images along the decaying, commercial waterfront of my adoptive home town of Belfast.

In 2004, while still documenting what little was left of Belfast’s industrial waterfront,  I made my first digital photographs and soon began looking further-a-field—mostly along the coast—to what still remains of Maine’s manufacturing past.

Although these works are digitally created from start to finish —they still owe much to the essentially 19th century technique of hand-painting photographs that characterizes much of my earlier work. Today, with the virtually unlimited digital tools available, it has become just as possible for me to digitally color my subjects as I once did when applying oil pigments directly to the toned, black & white, silver prints.

Robinson’s work has been featured in dozens of gallery shows and museum shows including the University of Maine, Lord Hall Gallery, Orono, ME: University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME,  Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME;  Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME.

Show runs through June 30th. We look forward to seeing you!



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