Friday,10/19/18, Reception featuring TED KELLER

Carver Hill Gallery, 28 Bayview Street in Camden, will host a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 5 – 7 pm featuring new work by Ted Keller, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, and America Martin. More work from our gallery collective will also be on display. Ted Keller will make a special appearance from Taos, New Mexico.

Ted Keller Up Exchange 16 x 19 oil on board

Ted Keller – Up Exchange – 16 x 19 oil on board

Ted Keller’s paintings are loose, directly painted, colorful, full of life and sometimes a little quirky. Ted’s one-liner artist statement is “I hope the Love shows”. Ted lived in mid-coast Maine for over thirty five years before moving to Taos New Mexico in 2009. He maintains a house in Union, Maine in order to keep a connection with the mid-coast area. Ted has a BFA in ceramics and painting from Syracuse University, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana. He taught college level art classes for over 20 years at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, and the Rockport Photo Workshop. His work can be found on the walls of interesting people worldwide.

“As you look at my paintings here are a few thoughts that might help. I work quickly. I trust my hands more than my mind. I don’t care what I paint as much as how I paint. This allows me freedom to paint whatever interests me at the time. The paintings proceed without much revision. I have mostly worked in watercolor which does not often reward reworking. My paintings do not get better with more time, refinements, and worry. I am interested in the process of art and put less focus on the product –  because of this, some of the products are good.”

Jeffrey Fitzgerald primarily paints in the winter, when the yellows and pinks of summer give way to a more subtle, cold weather palette. He paints the way he gestures, throwing his whole body into it in a way that makes you feel the turbulence of the water and the sway of the birches and grasses in the woods. Sometimes he paints on raw linen, adding organic texture and color to the piece.

Jeff FItzgerald - In Sand IV - 44 x 42 Oil on raw linen

Jeff Fitzgerald – In Sand IV – 44 x 42 Oil on raw linen

“The ocean is vast and powerful, but can be intimate and tender. The canvas is a welcome and undiscovered country. I paint and draw daily. The act of composition never stops for me. The play of colors contrasting and complementing is always new and strongly evocative. The paintings are about both light and brushstrokes at play. The subject is a moment at a location.”

America Martin pulls from the stylistic lessons of the classics and its derivations in indigenous subject matter, while redefining what it is to combine abstract and indigenous motifs.

Martin’s art and personality encapsulates a sense of enthusiasm and hope. While born in the USA, the roots of America’s Colombian heritage deeply penetrate her work. People are Martin’s dominant subject. They are large in size, vivacious and accessible, and seem to burst out of the limits of each canvas or sculpture. Within this pulsating interplay of color, texture, line, and shapes, there is always America’s signature expression that identifies each work as an America Martin.

America Martin -Women Call the Sheep and Geese in at NIght - 38.5x40 - Clay pencil and acrylic on Japanese paper

America Martin -Women Call the Sheep and Geese in at Night – 38.5 x 40 – Clay pencil and acrylic on Japanese paper

Gallery Hours: FALL 2018 – Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 5

28 Bayview Street Camden, Maine 04843 www.carverhillgallery.com 207-542-9895

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GRAND OPENING – CAMDEN LOCATION 8/24/18!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF OUR CAMDEN LOCATION, 28 Bayview Street, on Friday, August 24th, from 5 – 7 pm.

In its thirteenth year, Carver Hill Gallery has moved to a bright and sunny location on Bayview Street. The gallery will be open 7 days a week through September, and will continue into winter with an abbreviated schedule and hours by appointment. Come see us and visit all of our wonderful neighbors on one of the prettiest streets in Maine. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in Camden!

28 Bayview Street inside gallery

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AMERICA MARTIN Pop-Up show Opens July 6, 2018!

Carver Hill Gallery will host a Pop-Up show at the Yellow Boathouse – 20 Winter Street, Rockland – right across from CMCA. The opening reception with America is First Friday, July 6th, from 5 – 8 pm. The show will run through July 22.

We will be unveiling an 8′ by 12′ surprise work painted on North Haven that has never been shown before. Other large oils will be on display, as well.

Scroll below to see some of the new works on paper that will be on display.

America Martin Woman Towel and the Rain 23x18.5 Acrylic and pencil on Japanese paper

America Martin Woman Towel and the Rain 23×18.5 Acrylic and pencil on Japanese paper

 

America Martin Woman with Book 30x22.5 Acrylic and pencil on paper

America Martin Woman with Book 30×22.5 Acrylic and pencil on paper

 

America Martin White Rock White Cloud 25.5x19.75 Pencil and acrylic on paper

America Martin White Rock White Cloud 25.5×19.75 Pencil and acrylic on paper

 

America Martin Woman and Flying Bird 10x14.75 Clay pencil and acrylic on paper

America Martin Woman and Flying Bird 10×14.75 Clay pencil and acrylic on paper

 

America Martin Woman in Blue and Deep Blue 30x22.5 Acrylic and pencil on paper

America Martin Woman in Blue and Deep Blue 30×22.5 Acrylic and pencil on paper

 

America Martin Bird Sings a Story 21.5x21 Pencil and Ink on Paper

America Martin Bird Sings a Story 21.5×21 Pencil and Ink on Paper

 

America Martin Woman Horse and Two Trees 22.5x30 Acrylic and pencil on paper

America Martin Woman Horse and Two Trees 22.5×30 Acrylic and pencil on paper

 

America Martin Men Towels and Tide Pool 22.5x30 Acrylic and ink on paper

America Martin Men Towels and Tide Pool 22.5×30 Acrylic and ink on paper

 

America Martin Men Rocks and Tide Pool 22.5x30 Acrylic and pencil on paper

America Martin Men Rocks and Tide Pool 22.5×30 Acrylic and pencil on paper

 

America Martin Woman with Striped Towel 22.5x18.25 Clay pencil and acrylic on Japanese paper

America Martin Woman with Striped Towel 22.5×18.25 Clay pencil and acrylic on Japanese paper

 

America Martin Man by the Sea 30.25x20.5 Clay pencil and Acrylic on paper

America Martin Man by the Sea 30.25×20.5 Clay pencil and Acrylic on paper

 

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BLACK HOLE GALLERY to host CARVER HILL 5/18/18 in a POP-UP SHOW!

Black Hole Gallery, 403 Main St in Rockland, will host Carver Hill Gallery FOR A POP-UP SHOW of Ron Rovner’s work to open on Friday, May 18th, from 5 – 8 pm.

Ron Rovner portrait

Ron Rovner lived in Maine and vacationed in Santa Fe for 35 years. Now he does the opposite. His interest in art is a common story; he is a music and science guy. A practicing dermatologist for 3 decades, Rovner is also a classically trained pianist. For him, art is the natural expression that ties the two together; his goal is to create works which emphasize the musical fundamentals of harmony, balance and rhythm.

Ron Rovner Nacht Musik 20x20 Aqua Wash over Fiber Paste w acrylic pastel and ink on panel

Ron Rovner Nacht Musik 20×20 Aqua Wash over Fiber Paste w acrylic pastel and ink on panel

Rovner started making stained glass pieces early on. He was clearly influenced by Craftsman era architecture and the organization of his shapes was an indication of what would evolve into his current paintings. From glass, he segued into wood constructions, but that got tedious and the process was long and labor intensive. The idea of painting started to enter into the picture.

Ron Rovner Bolero 24 x 24 Acrylic and Rusted metal paint construction on panelRon Rovner Bolero Acrylic and Rusted metal paint construction on panel 24 x 24

“I woke up one night and was at an impasse, and then it hit me.” At 2 a.m. he started thinking about composer Arnold Schoenberg and his 12-tone structures. “The music is very difficult to listen to. Some people call it music for the eye, not for the ear, but it’s interesting to study and observe on paper. The idea of turning it into art was intriguing.”

Some of Rovner’s work speaks more to the feeling or emotional response to the music, and other works reflect the actual construction of music; meaning the latter works are comprised largely of elements that represent Rovner’s visual interpretation of that music.

His “Nachtmusik” pieces (inspired by music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Schoenberg) are complex variations of similarly complex pieces of music. The more straightforward series he creates are interpretations of quieter, subtle compositions.

Ron Rovner 24 x 24 _Discordance _Tinted Gesso on Cradle BoardRon Rovner Discordance Tinted Gesso on Cradle Board 24 x 24

There are three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). The symbols Rovner has created represent these variations, and also unmistakably evoke the Southwest in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

“My process includes reconciling apparent opposites such as the ancient with the contemporary, the angular versus the lyrical, and amorphous color background fields with bold foreground figurations. My goal is to create work which combines the creative aspects of music and visual art which represents something more than the mere sum of its often disparate parts.”

Ron Rovner 18 x 24 Ghost Ranch Series gesso acrylic wash and cold wax on cradle boardRon Rovner Ghost Ranch Series gesso acrylic wash and cold wax on cradle board 24 x 18

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY! OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018. Join us for a glass and a nibble of from 5  – 8 pm and enjoy “GOOD AFFORADABLE ART!”

BLACK HOLE GALLERY HOURS: 5/18 – 5/20 & 5/25 – 5/27 Fri 12 – 8, Sat 10 – 5 & Sun 12 – 3

403 Main Street Rockland 207-808-2141

www.blackholegallery.com

www.carverhillgallery.com

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NORTHERN NOCTURNE! An Anneli Skaar Pop-Up Show!

Anneli Skaar Northern Nocturne Dec 1 2017
Jana Halwick of Carver Hill Gallery presents artist Anneli Skaar’s new show NORTHERN NOCTURNE! This is a 3 day pop-up art exhibition to be held at Jessie Tobias Design, 64 Bayview Street in Camden (right next to the Camden Yacht Club, down on the water behind #62). The opening reception is Friday, December 1st, from 5 – 9 pm. Luminaries will light your way down to the space on gorgeous Camden Harbor and Anneli’s new series of moody blue paintings will adorn the walls for sale. The studio will be beautifully decorated in a Scandinavian theme and a signature cocktail will be served. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh), is Danish for the art of creating “all things cozy.” This is the theme of the show, and gorgeous Scandinavian gifts will be for sale to complement the artwork and the studio will be decorated with HYGGE in mind – warm and wonderful with traditional music, Northern Lights projected on the building, lots of candles and fluffy fur. The show will also introduce visitors to the new Jessie Tobias Design studio, where Tobias and Halwick are ready to help you design a space that you will love to be cozy in – from a room, to a floor, to a home.

NORTHERN NOCTURE WEEKEND HOURS
12/1 FRIDAY ~ 5 – 9 pm
12/2 SATURDAY ~ 10 am – 4 pm
12/3 SUNDAY ~ 11 am – 3 pm

For more information call  207-542-9895 or email carverhillgallerymaine@gmail.com

Anneli Skaar Northern Nocturne Dec 1 2017 show details

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Carver Hill Gallery to Collaborate with Jessie Tobias Design

Jana Halwick, Jesse Tobias Designs to combine talents in Camden location

Posted:  Friday, September 15, 2017 – 11:00am
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CAMDEN — Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, and Jessie Tobias Design, 64 Bayview Street in Camden, will be combining their respective talents and collaborating on future projects starting November 1st of this year. Jana Halwick, who has owned Carver Hill Gallery since 2006, will be leaving her current location in Rockland and hosting pop-up shows with interior designer Jessie Tobias in her Camden waterfront location, and possibly other locations, as well. Halwick will continue to carry inventory and represent many of the artists currently on the roster at Carver Hill Gallery and will be available to show work to new and current clients by appointment. She will also be offering art consulting, sourcing, space revamping (using what you already have) and installation services.

Carver Hill Gallery opened as a show-house gallery in 2005 in an 11 room renovated cape on Meadow Street, meticulously restored by Dyke Messler. Halwick, and then business partner Kathryn Matlack, sourced fine craft and furnishings to stage the house as though it were occupied. Visual artists were selected to hang work on the walls, and each room was designed and appointed with everything you would see in a fine home; all of it was for sale. The art was changed out for monthly openings, and new artists would be featured. A 1200 square foot attached barn was winterized and with the help of local friend Sarah Baldwin, used as an event space for concerts and parties, hosting many well-known folk musicians such as Arlo Guthrie and his daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar, and Grammy nominee Rushad Eggleston. The space became known as “The Cider Barn” because of the three gorgeous apple trees standing prominently in front of the building. Over the years, Cider Barn events included indie films, artist receptions, and “hootenanny” style dance parties. In 2010, the gallery added a second location in Rockland, and continued to operate both locations until its consolidation to Rockland in 2012.

Jessie Tobias Design opened in Maine in 2015, and has been growing rapidly since. Tobias attended The New York School of Interior Design. She lived in New York from 2000-2005, where she worked as a furniture buyer, set designer, and freelance interior designer. Later in 2005, Tobias moved back to Maine, where she grew up, to start a family. After focusing most of her time on her young family, she and her brother ran the Bamboo Bike Studio in Camden. When time permitted, Jessie made the decision to return to her original love of design and creating spaces and homes that her clients have always dreamed of. In a few short years Jessie Tobias Design has grown to the point where it needs more hands. The company looks forward to having Hawick join their team, who will enthusiastically segue in right away with a commitment to be in Camden by November 1. Halwick will continue to bring great art to Mid-coast Maine moving forward.

Future plans for the waterfront location (right next to the Camden Yacht Club on the water)at 64 Bayview Street include retail home furnishings.

Stay tuned for updates on their websites: jessetobiasdesign.com and carverhillgallery.com, Instagram, and Facebook.
Jessie Tobias Design can be reached by emailing info@jessietobiasdesign.com or calling 207-319-2788. Jana Halwick can be reached by emailing carverhillgallerymaine@gmail.com or 207-594-7745.

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Todd McKie and David Hornung opens First Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

On First Friday, September 1, 2017 Carver Hill Gallery will open the two person show Todd McKie and David Hornung. Friday Art Walk hours are 5 – 8 pm, and both artists will be present. The exhibition will feature McKie’s flashe on canvas paintings and Hornung’s matte acrylic on linen paintings and cyanotypes on paper.

David Hornung paints what could be considered an amalgam of landscapes, portraits and still lifes in matte acrylic on linen. The individual elements in the paintings appear more as icons; void of detail and largely symbolic. With careful study of what can seem like disconnected imagery, a story can be pieced together. People are observed in their natural surroundings, often appearing with human-made, physical evidence of their presence there, i.e. houses, furniture, and tools. Their effort to make sense of their place in this environment is palpable.

David Hornung "Looking Back" matte acrylic on linen

David Hornung “Looking Back” matte acrylic on linen

I have always been drawn to the “flattened” pictorial representation one finds historically in icon painting, pictorial textiles, Asian art in general and the pictures that children make. These modes of picturing show us the world while, at the same time, account for the essential duality of painting: that a painting is both image and object. When I am working, I try to maintain an essential flatness throughout the painting, using color, shape and touch rather than volume and illusionistic space to convey meaning.

I use my memory and imagination to invent pictures. The subjects I like to paint are ordinary—walls, ladders, rocks, trees, simple buildings, garden tools, ropes, bones, rickety tables. I also paint plants, animals and the human figure. I strip all subject matter of extraneous detail so that it creates an emblematic rather than naturalistic impression on the viewer. This also makes it possible to intermingle pictorial elements with abstract and semi abstract shapes. Such stylization allows fluid interrelationships between color, shape and symbol in a way that, I hope, communicates what I believe to be the mystery and uncertainty of existence.

David Hornung "Cosmology" Cyanotype on photo-sensitized paper

David Hornung “Cosmology” Cyanotype on photo-sensitized paper

David Hornung is a painter, author and teacher. He has taught painting, drawing, and color at Indiana University, Parsons, Pratt, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently professor of art at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. His home and studio are in Queens, N.Y.

Todd McKie strives to paint with an innocent eye. He is a beautifully skilled draftsperson, and starts with drawings that he “works down from”.  His work has been described as primitive and child-like, often depicting, with wry humor, life’s conundrums.

Todd McKie "The Taste of Tomorrow"  flashe on canvas 30x40

Todd McKie “The Taste of Tomorrow”  flashe on canvas 30×40

My work grows out of looking at other art, from living, and from lots of drawing,” Todd McKie writes. “The sources include African, pre-Columbian, and Eskimo art, so-called primitive art, art by the mentally handicapped, untrained artists, and children.

The work, I hope, looks spontaneous. However, it’s not easy being simple; that’s where the drawing comes in. The drawings are made with pen or pencil on cheap paper and function as visual notes to myself – notes that can be altered as I move from idea to execution. Because I also make sculpture and prints, the ideas and images used in those other mediums find their way, inevitably, into the paintings. Travel influences my work, too; places I’ve been, people I’ve met, meals that I’ve eaten, all may appear in the paintings.

Todd McKie "O Great Spirit" flashe on canvas 24x30

Todd McKie “O Great Spirit” flashe on canvas 24×30

Despite the preparatory drawings, when I begin a painting I try to have a direct response to what’s happening on the canvas. I try to be open to a happy accident when it comes along. It’s often difficult to know as I work just where a particular image comes from, what it’s about. Months or years later, though, I’ll realize, ‘Oh, yeah, that was about that trip to France when it rained for three weeks, or a truly amazing fresco in a dimly-lit Italian church, or that time I fell and hurt my knee.’ I’m not sure what it all means, but I try hard to make the most beautiful, mysterious, most colorful, funniest, and truest paintings I can.

Todd is a full time artist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated with a BFA from RISD in 1966. He has received numerous grants and awards including Artist in Residence, Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brazil; Artist in Residence, Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; and Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA. His work is included in many museum collections, corporate collections, and important private collections worldwide.

The show will run through September 26, 2017.

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DIANNE SCHELBLE TRUNK SHOW Sunday, August 13, 11am – 4pm!

Dianne Schelble WatercolorDIANNE SCHELBLE
~POP-UP TRUNK SHOW
OF OLDIES BUT GOODIES!~

A one day pop-ortunity to acquire an original Dianne Schelble painting for a really fabulous price!

Dianne Schelble Bayview Street 1 Watercolor on paper

Dianne Schelble Bayview Street 1 Watercolor on paper

We will feature framed and unframed original watercolor and gouache paintings from small works to 22″ x 30″ unframed and 30″ x 40″ framed.

Dianne Schelble Woodland Watercolor

Dianne Schelble Woodland Watercolor

This is a ONE DAY ONLY event. The show will run from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday, August 13. Dianne will be present to meet you and answer your questions about the work. Her show from last summer nearly sold out, so don’t miss this great event!

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Christine Lafuente and Philip Frey opens Friday, 8/4/17!

On First Friday, August 4th, Carver Hill Gallery will open the two person show Christine Lafuente and Philip Frey. Friday Art Walk hours are 5 – 8 pm, and both artists will be present.

CHRISTINE LAFUENTE’s paintings are loosely rendered suggestive works with wide brushstrokes and beautiful light. Her compositions are simple and elegant, typically referring to delicate flowers placed in a vase on a table with utilitarian items next to them, almost taking their mundane or routine use to another level by showing reverence with a beautiful creation of nature. Her landscapes and seascapes favor a subtle light, and capture the deep blue and dark grey of the Maine shore. Wide fields of color sweep the canvas, suggesting movement as well as hue.

Christine Lafuente Daffodils, Black Cup, and Jars of Pigments 10x10 oil on linen

Christine Lafuente Daffodils, Black Cup, and Jars of Pigments 10×10 oil on linen

In her words, “Trained in working from life, I take inspiration from visual experiences of nature- living, breathing, changing nature. Whether painting outdoors by the sea or on a city rooftop, or indoors from the still life, I work exclusively by natural light because of the way it creates and dissolves forms into color fields and tonal notes. A painting should be a poetic response to a visual experience. I often work in series as a way to play with composition, and have found that I often return to subjects again and again as a way to mark the passing of time.”

Christine Lafuente Acadian Cove 12x12 oil on linen

Christine Lafuente Acadian Cove 12×12 oil on linen

For more information about Christine Lafuente and to see available works CLICK HERE!~

PHILIP FREY is a visual artist living in Maine, who is known for his color saturated landscapes and vibrant domestic interiors. More recently, he has added figures to his repertoire, with an expressive subject frequently gesturing or moving in a moment captured in time. In some works, Phil melds his interior worlds with his figures, creating a more complex relationship and story. His landscape work explores the intense light of dusk or dawn and it’s ability to change the hue of the architectural and natural elements between it and the viewer.

Philip Frey "Who Could that Be?" 24 x 24 inches oil on canvas

Philip Frey “Who Could that Be?” 24 x 24 inches oil on canvas

Phil’s painterly style focuses on the here and now, the feeling or connection to his everyday experience: evocative colors, unexpected light and the sublime quality of ‘ordinary’ objects and surroundings. His work addresses our relationship to visual space and the painting’s surface by gently asking us to observe and to look again and again. He invites us to ‘walk through’ the painting, from dark to light, from enclosed to open spaces, from shape to shape…to enjoy the patterns, forms, colors, brush strokes and marks on the canvas.

Philip Frey "Lunch for Two" 30 x 40 oil on canvas

Philip Frey “Lunch for Two” 30 x 40 oil on canvas

My work is about the painting itself, and how all of the elements that create it fit together on the canvas. I am inspired by a feeling, a connection to my everyday experiences: evocative color; unexpected light; and fleeting gestures. Perceptions are the inspiration but the act of painting: the dance between the paint; my tools; my hands; and the surface is the real juice behind my work. It’s about the here and now.

Philip Frey "Big Red" 30 x 40 oil on canvas

Philip Frey “Big Red” 30 x 40 oil on canvas

 

For more information and available work CLICK HERE!~

SHOW RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 29th, 2017.

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