America Martin – America’s Maine – Opens Friday, August 30, 2013.


America Martin on Spruce Head Island, Maine

America Martin on Spruce Head Island, Maine, photographing subjects for our upcoming show of the people of Maine.

On Friday, August 30, we will unveil “America’s Maine” – paintings of the people and places of the Maine Coast. The images were collected over the past three years by America and cinematographers Ross Richardson and Rachel Elias.

America literally worked from sunrise to moonrise to capture the essence of the worker, the vacationer, the sailor….. the boatyard dog. The finished paintings reflect the feistiness and the quiet strength that calls folks to return here.

In her search to find what would end up being paintings, America seemingly approached people out of nowhere. Down dirt driveways, on piers, and along the street – sporting a baseball cap, flip flops and a camera – she would chat up even the most reserved personalities without restraint. What was astounding is that they seemed to want her around – they wanted to be heard and paid attention to. Folks stood tall in front of the camera, proud of what they do and who they are. After a while, they would go about their business, and America would linger on in the background, forgotten, to continue her work.

America Martin "Sea Cat & The Lobsterman" 34 x 67 Oil and acrylic on canvas

America Martin “Sea Cat & The Lobsterman” 34 x 67 Oil and acrylic on canvas


The images are compelling, curious, contemplative, and even amusing. From children playing and fishing to hard working men, women and street musicians, these works show how people live and enjoy the place some of us are lucky enough to call home.

There will be 14 paintings in oil and acrylic on canvas and 22 pieces on paper. The gallery will open both floors of the space for this work exclusively.

America will be in the gallery on Friday evening, August 30, from 5 – 8 PM for the opening reception. She will be back the next day, Saturday, August 31, at 1:00 for an artist’s talk and Q & A session.

Refreshments will be served at both events.

Show will hang through Tuesday, October 8, 2013.


America is looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting her new collectors, and introducing this new body of work to people. Please join us. This promises to be a wonderful show from a remarkable force of an artist. We have been looking forward to it since the first click of the shutter.


America Martin "Song for the Proud Red Fish" 27 x 44

America Martin “Song for the Proud Red Fish” 27 x 44

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Todd McKie: Life is Funny Art is Serious.First Friday, August 2, 2013. Artist’s talk 8/3 @ 1 PM

Carver Hill Gallery (338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine) is pleased to host Todd McKie in the street level solo exhibition “Life is Funny Art is Serious,” opening First Friday, August 2, 2013 from 5 – 8 PM. The artist will be present. The following day, 8/3, the gallery will host an artist’s talk with Todd at 1:00. Todd will discuss his painting, his museum shows and his artist’s residencies. There will be a Q & A immediately following the talk.

Todd McKie has been calling attention to himself with his potent, epigrammatic paintings for over thirty years. His work packs a punch with a scintillating narrative and colors that make you gasp. Todd labors over his palette and composition, often layering backgrounds to look like modern day frescos. Without further study, one might miss the deeper meaning. Titles like ” Seek Shelter Immediately”, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” and “A Proud Tradition” perhaps, can help. Todd’s paintings depict, with wry humor, life’s conundrums. Conversely, they amuse us with the seemingly naïve, pleasurable moments that happen – almost accidentally – when we let our guard down.

Todd’s work grows out of looking at other art, from life, and from lots of drawing. The sources include African, pre-Columbian, Eskimo art (so-called primitive art); and art by untrained artists, children, and people living on sanity’s edge.

Todd McKie "What's Happening Now?" Flashe on Canvas

Todd McKie “What’s Happening Now?” Flashe on Canvas

“Todd McKie’s work, with its stick-figure characters in awkward situations, is easy to chuckle along with, and that makes it easy to pigeonhole. But McKie is a painter to be reckoned with. McKie examines with clear-eyed affection how we strive, only to be tripped up. The colors the artist stirs in his backgrounds often walk the line between florid and lurid, and that adds to the weird blend of happiness and defeat in most of his pictures. If we chuckle, it’s because we see ourselves.” Cate McQuaid


Solo show opens August 2, 2013. Reception with the artist 5 – 8 PM. Artist’s talk Saturday, August 3, 1:00 PM.
Show runs through Tuesday, August 27.

BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, 1966
Exhibitions: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Grants and Awards: Artist in Residence, Sacatar Foundation, Bahia, Brazil, 2011
Artist in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Artist in Residence, Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Selected Publications: New York Times, Amy Waldman, Briskly Paced, Tightly Packed
Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid, Pathos in Flatland
Selected Collections: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA

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Jon Kolkin “Inner Harmony” Artist’s Talk

Artist’s Talk with Jon Kolkin, Wednesday, 7/17/2013 @ 4:00 p.m.
followed by an opening reception from 5 – 6

The Inner Harmony series, as explained by Jon Kolkin    

The concept for the Inner Harmony series came to Jon while working in a small, (by Chinese standards) frenetic city of 8 million people – well off the beaten path – called Wenzhou. When he scheduled his trip to Wenzhou, Jon was originally planning to photograph Buddhist monks for a series he is working on called Seeking Wisdom; a project he started after spending 6 weeks in the only Buddhist Kingdom in the world, Bhutan, situated high in the Himalayan Mountains.

Jon Kolkin "Boys in Prayer" Platinum palladium print

Jon Kolkin “Boys in Prayer” Palladium print

After a bit of online research, Jon discovered an intriguing comment in a blog about a secluded Buddhist monastery called the Taiping Temple, tucked away in the heart of the city.  A wild 20-minute taxi ride on day two of his trip took him from his hotel to the front gate of the monastery.  He walked through the entrance and suddenly found himself in the middle of a 3-acre cloistered community of over a 100 female Buddhist monks and nuns. Despite all the chaos that surrounded them, he felt these women had found a way to remain centered, stripping away all the superfluous, unnecessary static that is so prevalent in most societies. It seemed these remarkable women possessed an Inner Harmony that transcended time and place. Jon wanted to capture with his camera his interpretation of what he sensed existed inside the minds of these dedicated practitioners of Buddhism, as opposed to simply documenting it.


Jon Kolkin "Guided Prayer" Palladium print

Jon Kolkin “Guided Prayer” Palladium print

He knew from his experience in Bhutan that he would face huge challenges. In his words, “Buddhist monks, by nature, are very reserved and avoid seeking attention.  They rarely allow their picture to be taken, particularly if it includes their face.  So, here I was, a towering, male Caucasian with a full-sized camera in his hands, unable to speak their language hoping to put these reclusive monks and nuns at ease so that I could authentically capture their mood with my camera.” And then there was the permission piece – general restrictions on photographing in and around temples. Technical problems arose, as well, like the fact that these sanctuaries tend to be dimly lit, and Jon had to rely exclusively on nature light .

Jon’s respectful, unrushed, gentle nature came in handy here. He attended multiple meetings with the master and her representatives. He showed them samples of his work and gave careful explanation of intention. It was this thoughtful approach that eventually extended him the extraordinary privilege of photographing this magical setting for several days.

After he had a clear sense of what he wanted to accomplish with this body of work he was able to make a number of artistic decisions. He decided to do the series in black and white because he felt it would more effectively translate the mood of the environment. He also felt strongly that the images needed to be small, creating an intimate setting that draws the viewer in close, allowing them to briefly glimpse into the world of these Buddhist monks and nuns.  Finally, he decided to print these images using one of the oldest, most prized photographic techniques, Palladium printing, even though it is a very labor intensive, exacting and expensive process.  He specifically chose Palladium because one can achieve a remarkable level of depth, beauty and intimacy – something that is virtually impossible to replicate with more modern techniques.


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Gigi Gatti, Roberto Boiardi, Laura Balombini – “Il Mio Mondo” July 2013

Carver Hill Gallery is very pleased to introduce three incredible new artists for our July First Friday Artwalk, 7/ 5/2013. Gigi Gatti and Roberto Boiardi both reside in Italy, and have established themselves as award winning painters there. They both made their debuts in the U.S. this past fall in NYC to high acclaim. Laura Balombini recently relocated to Asheville, North Carolina where she has immersed herself in the vibrant art culture of this growing, creative city. “Il Mio Mondo” (In My Own World) reflects upon casual moments in time where the rest of the world is tuned out.


Giggi Gatti is skilled in combining cultivated painting (twentieth century figurative work), medieval frescos and images from advertising, comics and illustration. His poetic expression is centered in human solitude and the mysterious charm of existence.

Gigi Gatti was born in Gazzola (Piacenza) Italy in 1955, and continues to live and paint there. After a degree in urban design, he was called to pursue a serious career in painting. He made his debut in 1993 in a collective exhibition at the beloved Protestant Church on Solferino Street in Milan. His first solo exhibition was in 2004 at Donec Capiam Studio Gallery, on del Carmine Street in Milan, which sparked his most recent solo show at the stunning Il Lepre Art Gallery, Piacenza, in 2012. He made his U.S. debut in New York in the same year, with great success and praise.


Luigi Gatti The Novice Cook

Luigi Gatti “Apprendista Cuoco”



Roberto Boiardi was born in 1963 in Piacenza, Italy, where he currently lives and paints. Early on Boiardi dedicated himself to watercolour, which he mastered after enormous dedication to the medium. He now paints primarily in oil – on both canvas and board. He has shown in many group and solo exhibitions, and has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards.

Roberto Boiardi chooses to explore cityscapes and 20th century figures. Most images reflect deep symbolism in which the human figure appears – perhaps in a moment from childhood. These works express the artist’s need to feel the time in which he lives, but also to tap into images of other times that inspire a piece of us to remain time-less. In his words, [each of my paintings, whether they come from reality or fiction, is the related objective of a shared interior complex. The works offer many interpretations.]


Roberto Boiardi

Roberto Boiardi


Laura Balombini is a *been there done that* kind of artist. She has a BFA in ceramics, but is also a fabric artist, milliner, jeweler, and painter. Interestingly enough, she seems to do it all well. Throw creative writing and gardening into the mix and you have this wonder woman of a creator. Laura’s pursuit of wholesome, natural living brought her to Maine 20 years ago where she continued to make art, babies, and gardens until her recent move south, to the hills of North Carolina. Her work humorously depicts life’s trials and tribulations, combining her finely tuned ability in clay work with wonderfully appropriate found objects and fabric.

Laura Balombini "Sugar Train"

Laura Balombini “Sugar Train”

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David Estey – Encore

DAVID ESTEY returns on First Friday, June 7,  for an exhibit of newly completed works from the continuing “Improvisations on Yupo” series. We are very excited to have an encore exhibition of these evocative paintings, which will include two larger images from the series, as well. The reception with the artist will be Friday from 3 – 8 P.M. The gallery will also host an artist’s talk the next day, Saturday June 8, at 1:00 P.M. David’s 2012 solo show sparked the NY Times mention in 36 Hours in Midcoast Maine and works from the show were aquired by the U.S. State Department’s Art Bank program. The gallery will also feature 3D sculptural paintings in encaustic by Pat Gerkin. Show runs through July 2, 2013


David Estey - Toro

David Estey “Toro” Acrylic and Graphite on Yupo 28 x 33 framed


In his words, “Working in acrylic on Yupo has enabled me to develop extraordinarily fresh, abstract expressions without any preconceived notions. Sometimes narrative references emerge and remain, but they are totally integrated with and subordinate to the aesthetic whole, securely grounded in the elements and principles of good design. The results can be felt viscerally in the heart and soul, with or without a narrative context”.


Pat Gerkin Turn of a Phrase (front) Encaustic and mixed media on Welded steel

Pat Gerkin “Turn of a Phrase” (Front) Encaustic and Mixed Media on Welded Steel


Pat Gerkin started her artistic exploration with collage. She later moved to assemblage, and has been moving her surfaces out from the wall ever since. This sculptural encaustic series is Pat’s attempt to challenge our understanding of 3-D.  They are paintings and sculpture – therefore living in the space between 2-D and 3-D, an idea she typically applies to both her free standing and wall work. These new 3D pieces, however, have made a break from the wall entirely, therefore creating a boundary.  This is an interesting metaphor because Pat believes that true artists are always breaking boundaries, some consciously and some intuitively as they work through their processes and make decisions in their studios.  Pat’s typical materials are paint, found objects, encaustic and disparate materials on various substrates to create patterns and rich texture. In these pieces she also uses intarsia, an inlay technique that involves carving and refilling the space with different colors. Pat named this sculptural series “Connections” as she played with the communications, interplay and connections between technology and relationships.  They seem at odds with each other, but she thinks there is a connecting point, and searches to explore it on her journey with this series.


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Season Grand Reopening, May 3, 2013: First Friday Reception for “Synecdoche”, a group exhibition.

Please join us for our Grand Season Reopening on First Friday, May 3, 2013, 5 – 8 P.M. for “Synecdoche” – A group exhibition. Showing new work from our gallery artists and introducing Jackie Boudreau Kinsey.

Jackie Boudreau Kinsey "Whitney Farm with Rocks" 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas

Jackie Boudreau Kinsey “Whitney Farm with Rocks” 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas


Gallery artists will also include Megan Hinton, Diane Bowie Zaitlin, and America Martin.


Megan Hinton "Harbor" 18 x 24 Oil on Linen

Megan Hinton “Harbor” 18 x 24 Oil on Linen



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October 5 First Friday Art Walk, 5 – 8 P.M. featuring Dianne Schelble

Dianne Schelble “Road View”
Opaque Watercolor on Paper

Carver Hill Gallery will be featuring 3 artists in the street level gallery for our Columbus Day Weekend, First Friday Art Walk, October 5,  from 5 – 8 P.M.. Five artists will be featured upstairs.

Local artist Dianne Schelble is the gallery’s featured painter on the ground floor with her rich, abstracted landscape and still life work. Dianne paints with vibrant, opaque watercolors that she generously applies in a technique some might call Impasto Water Color. The hydromorphic quality of the water soluble medium makes Dianne’s use of paint seem even more alive. Her paintings literally breathe and change their surface reflection according to ambient temperature and humidity. Her colors are exaggerated versions of what we might see in reality – they speak to how we might want to remember them.

Jon Kolkin’s amazing photo collages from a recent trip to Bhutan are also continued. The photo series is called “Seeking Wisdom… Impressions from Bhutan and Buddhist Philosophy.” Seeking Wisdom is intended to stimulate a dialogue about the complex interplay of factors that influence our thought process while drawing attention to the importance of striving to achieve a higher level of intellect;  i.e., wisdom. The images capture hauntingly beautiful moments in the lives of local monks.

Colombian born painter America Martin has created 5 new small works on paper in her modernist- influenced style. This is the gallery’s second season with America – her August show was able to be extended with the addition of these new works. Large original oil paintings are also available.

Laurie Goddard “Push-Pull”
Acrylic and metal leaf on panel

The Upstairs Gallery at Carver Hill will feature gorgeous, abstract, metal leaf and acrylic works on paper and panel by Laurie Goddard – Megan Hinton’s sea inspired renditions of the gorgeous New England shoreline, in oil – David Estey’s abstract expressions in acrylic and graphite on Yupo paper – Adriance DeGroff’s small oils of landscapes and still life  – and Diane Bowie Zaitlin’s mixed media and encaustic works on panel.

Work will hang though October 30th, 2012.

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AMERICA MARTIN: Through the Eyes of America – Opens Aug. 3, 2012

America Martin "Blue Guitar" 35" x 61" Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

America Martin “Blue Guitar” 35″ x 61″ Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Back By Popular Demand: Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, enthusiastically announces our second street level solo show for artist America Martin. “Through the Eyes of America” will open for the First Friday Art Walk on August 3, from 5 – 8 P.M. The gallery will also host an artist’s talk and Q & A at 2:00 the next day (*Note this time has changed from 1:00 due to the morning parade!) – Saturday the 4th – followed by a reception until 3:30.

America Martin is a young, Columbian Born artist residing in Los Angeles who is recognized as a prolific, formidable-force-of-a-painter; as exciting to watch paint as the pieces themselves are to view.

“Through the Eyes of America” is an intentionally non-thematic show co-curated by gallery owner Jana Halwick and America Martin. Rather than dictate a subject matter, the two strived for complete freedom of inspiration, allowing Martin’s sense of perception to lure the viewer in to the beauty that is her world.

“By the Pond II” is a vibrant labyrinth of line and color inspired by Diana – the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth – bathing by a Pond with her attendants. Bold, intentional marks confidently create the powerful expressions on the subject’s faces while Martin’s remarkable ability to depict emotion, with just a few lines, is clearly evident. Two women with full lips gaze seductively at the viewer while one, with her hand shyly covering her mouth, looks away over your shoulder. The visual plane is typically shallow in Martin’s work, but her use of black and other shadow colors in this piece creates the illusion of depth, tempering all of the energetic movement created by the line, form, and intense color.

“Blue Guitar” is a wonderfully audible painting of a man in a cowboy hat sitting on a stool playing a guitar. It is a bold piece, appropriately painted in shades of cobalt and sky blue with tangerine orange defining some of the structure. A shock of pale yellow warming the front of the subject suggests light, and importance. A child-like car moving off of the top of the canvas implies that this man is accessible.

Modernist….muralist…. expressionist…. have all been used to describe America. There is so much comfort and familiarity in her art that we feel the need to *place* her somewhere, but America Martin is uniquely herself. Her work is mature, powerful and compelling enough to keep one lingering. “Through the Eyes of America” is a like a sensuous meal prepared by a skilled chef, using ingredients that have been around for centuries; the flavors continue to emerge.

Show will run through September 12, 2012.

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Jon Kolkin to speak about new work “Seeking Wisdom” 7/11

Jon Kolkin "Holding On"

Jon Kolkin “Holding On”

“Seeking Wisdom… Impressions from Bhutan and
Buddhist Philosophy”
Wednesday, July 11,  5 – 6 P.M.
A 6 week trip to Bhutan, the only Buddhist  Kingdom in the world, inspired Jon’s latest body of work, Seeking Wisdom. Seeking Wisdom is intended to stimulate a dialogue about the complex interplay of factors that influence our thought process while drawing attention to the importance of striving to achieve a higher level of intellect, i.e. Wisdom. The gallery has chosen a few images from this series for Jon to discuss. Guests are welcome to stay for a Q & A session after. Light refreshments will be served.
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