DAVID ESTEY: Improvisations on Yupo – Opens Friday, June 1, 2012

David Estey “Blue Figure” Acrylic on Yupo 18″ x 24″


DAVID ESTEY’S heart is clearly with the abstract expressionists. The pieces in this series were painted with acrylic paint – sometimes scratched with graphite – on a synthetic paper originally manufactured in Japan that holds super sharp edges while allowing for manipulation. It is durable, recyclable, waterproof, and very smooth. David was intrigued when he heard about it. He started out painting only in black. He painted spontaneously, with total emotional output. He realized he could work the paint with other tools, and wipe it off, as well. He fell in love with the freedom this combination afforded him, and started to add color. The result is the best large body of work I have seen him produce.  The exhibit is appropriately titled “Improvisations on Yupo,” representing 37 of over 200 pieces completed in the last 14 months.

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”.


David Estey “Moon Blanket” 18″ x 24″ Acrylic on Yupo

“Improvisations on Yupo” runs through July 3. There will be an artist’s talk on Saturday, June 2, at 1:00 P.M. with a reception following until 4:00. Please join us!

*  David Estey lives in Belfast, Maine. He holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. He has lived, worked, exhibited and taught art in Maine, the Mid-Atlantic States and North Carolina. His work can be found in public and private collections in much of the US and Canada, as well as Belarus, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Vienna and undoubtedly many more places we have yet to discover. He has had several solo exhibitions in museums and galleries over the past twenty years. Maine Home and Design Magazine named him one of Maine’s most collectible artists.

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TED KELLER: “Feeling the Love” Opens First Friday, May 4, 2012

Ted Keller “Down Exchange, Portland, Maine”

Carver Hill Gallery is ecstatic to announce the reappearance of Ted Keller in a May 2012 solo show opening on First Friday, May 4. Ted will be flying in from his new home in Taos for the reception, and will be available Saturday from 1-4, as well. He will speak about his work at 2:00, and will be available to answer questions. Ted has been a long time favorite of ours, and we cannot wait to have him back for a few days. This body of work is a combination of Maine pieces, and some surprises inspired by his new life in the West.

Ted Keller “Elvis Twice”

As always, Ted’s paintings are full of familiar things -poles and wires, street signs, cars and trucks, humans, and anything else that happens to be there. He believes the sacred is found in the ordinary. The images are loose, sometimes humorous, and full of rich, seductive color. They are spontaneous, and incredibly soulful. Even though the majority of these works are Maine, they appear familiar to everyone. It doesn’t really matter where they are, because we have all been there.

We invite you to join us and meet this incredible artist, person, and friend.

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New Small Works for First Friday Holiday Art Walk, Dec. 2, 2011

Diane Bowie Zaitlin "Whirlwind" 10 x 10 Framed Encaustic with Silver Leaf

Carver Hill Gallery will be displaying a special showing of smaller works for the First Friday Holiday Art Walk on December 2. The works will be on display through New Years. We are especially happy to announce Ten By Ten, a series of gorgeous encaustics by Maine artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin. The gallery has been a huge fan of Zaitlin’s for quite some time, and this will be an introduction to, what we hope will be, many more showings in the future.

 These particular pieces by Zaitlin are encaustic, an ancient process that uses heat to fix color and beeswax. The Egyptians used this technique in their mummification portraits in 100 AD, and it was also made popular by artists in the Mexican muralism movement, such as Diego Rivera. She has added silver leaf to these pieces, which creates a gorgeous metallic effect that she covers and uncovers with pigment. “I love the depth, surface and luminosity of encaustic. I also like encaustic painting because it is a very flexible medium that can easily combine painting and collage. It dries quickly and can be used as both a reductive and additive process. I love working with color, and encaustic allows light between layers to give the painting unique depth and translucence.”

 Diane holds a BFA degree from The University of Connecticut. She also studied at Skidmore College, and attended several workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, and spent time at local Art Week at Great Spruce Head Island. She teaches encaustic painting, as well.

 Carver Hill’s showing will also feature works by photographer Jon Kolkin, and local watercolorist Dianne Schelble. We will present works in oil by architectural landscape painter Marieluise Hutchinson and Belfast artist David Estey.  America Martin will show her new, smaller figures in ink and clay pencil on paper.

Marieluise Hutchison "New England Red" 5 x 7 Gold Framed Oil on Panel

 Carver Hill’s First Friday hours are 11 AM – 8 PM. Regular scheduled hours are Wed – Fri 11-3 and Saturday 11-5. For gallery access outside of regular business hours please call 594-7745 and we will be happy to accommodate you! Hope to see you soon!

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New Work by America Martin and Dianne Schelble for Columbus Day Weekend Art Walk



America Blue Comb Blue Ribbon 34 x 39

America Blue Comb Blue Ribbon 34 x 39

will be exhibiting new work at the gallery for the first Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 7, 2011. Gallery hours for the weekend will be
Friday 11 – 8 pm, Saturday 11 – 6, Sunday 11 – 3, and Monday 11 – 5.

Both America and Dianne have been hugely popular this season, and we invite you to come and view their new work. AMERICA MARTIN is a Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles. Roberta Carasso says of America, “America’s favorite landscape is that of the human form, her work is distinguished by a command of line and color, making playful reference to both classic and indigenous art forms.” There are large works in oil and acrylic on canvas, and smaller works on paper.

Dianne Schelble "Glimpse of Water" Opaque Watercolor on Paper 32 x 40

DIANNE SCHELBLE has been painting for nearly 40 years. Her paintings are vibrant works with generously applied paint, creating a unique look in watercolor resembling a palette knife technique in oil. These paintings are alive in the moment – enrgetic and bold with  intriguing light. Dianne has been training with Hudson River Valley faculty member Skip Lawrence for many years. Color saturated and ethereal, her work is a favorite of many well known realists for its gorgeous representational abstraction.

Please visit us for this exciting new display.  New work arriving soon by Ted Keller, as well. Hope to see you there!

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“Lyrical Landscapes and DreamScapes” Opening Reception Friday, August 5th 2011

“Lyrical Landscapes and DreamScapes”
Carver Hill Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Lyrical Landscapes and DreamScapes” on Friday, August 5, 2011. First Friday Art Walk hours are 10 A.M. – 8 P.M.

Laurie Goddard has created a series of lyrical abstracted landscapes on paper and panel. She sees these visual interpretations as distillations of time spent in Italy, Japan, the Middle East and her home in Western Massachusetts. Laurie was heavily influenced by her study of architecture and calligraphy in Japan, and her recent trip to the Middle East has had a profound effect on her work, as well. “Now that I have traveled a bit in the Middle East – Morocco, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia – the desert, the pace and rhythms of the Bedouin, the colors, the role of women (their clothing) and particularly the music are influencing my work in many new ways.”

Laurie’s works on paper are made with metal leaf, graphite, and acrylic paint. Her works on panel are gessoed hardwood panels gilded with combinations of semi-precious leaf and metallic powders, with gestural and expressionistic over-painting. This process pushes the limits of water based mediums, and forces their compatibility with metals. Pastels, pencil or charcoal are also applied in the detailing. Through this tension and transformation the work becomes a travelogue of modern and antique imagery.

“I am influenced by the great Modernists and the Abstract Expressionists, as well as recorded music and poetry. Gesture, serenity, memory, elegance and the thrill of the hunt are my main motives in painting.”

Laurie’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Amherst and Emerson Colleges, four embassies, and many significant private art collections.

Jon Kolkin’s DreamScapes are his way of elucidating his dream world onto paper through his camera. “It is my firm conviction there are more than 3 dimensions of space and one dimension of time. Scientists specializing in quantum physics support this theory. However, from a more personal perspective, I am intrigued by this concept because of the breathtaking and inspirational experiences I sometimes have in my dreams. I visualize these Dreamscapes in vivid, rich colors, often situated in a lush and sensual environment. I am able to glide through these landscapes, surveying this world from unique macro and micro vantage points. In this journey I also discover intricately designed objects that I have never seen or conceived of…”

Jon’s DreamScape Series was recently selected as the exclusive featured portfolio for the 20 year anniversary edition of the award winning NC Literary Review. B&W Magazine recently published an image from the series as well.

Carver Hill Gallery’s summer hours are Monday through Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 11 -3. Show runs through Saturday, August 20, 2011. FMI call 207-594-7745 or visit us on the web: www.carverhillgallery.com.

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America Martin Opening: Thursday, June 30th, 2011.

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Opening: Thursday, June 30, 2011

Reception with the Artist 5 – 8 P.M.

*Artist will also be present for First Friday Art Walk, July 1

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Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland Maine, is pleased to announce the only North East Solo Exhibition for acclaimed painter America Martin.

The opening night reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, June 30th, from 5 – 8 PM. Martin will also be present for the First Friday art walk the following evening, on July 1.

America Martin is a Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles. America attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a scholarship student, and completed an eight year apprenticeship with Professor Vernon Wilson of the Art Center College of Design in California. Her work is heavily rooted in the masters, but is distinguishable as her own with a palpable positive spirit and recognizable human expression.

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America’s Colombian heritage is obvious and alive in her work. Roberta Carasso, Ph.D (noted art writer and National lecturer on Pablo Picasso’s Legacy for the 21st Century) says of America Martin, “Within her visual narratives are ties to an indigenous art originally formed from blending Hispanic, European, and African cultures. In particular, her lively scenarios are created with bold lines, striking combinations of color, and compositions that are generous in size and emotion. Martin’s people are larger than life, reminiscent of figures in murals of Latin heroes and heroines. Within her pulsating interplay of color, texture, line, and shapes, there is always Martin’s signature expression that identifies each work as America Martin.”

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America creates her paintings on raw canvas, using layers of oil and acrylic paint protected with varnish. “I love the way the raw canvas drinks in the color. Painting on natural fibers, un-slathered with the conformity of ice-cold gesso, makes each canvas feel like a free, breathable piece of paper. The painter is invited in. The paint acts like ink. Colors are awakened and come alive.” Her works are often large, and possess confidence and innocence simultaneously. America has the remarkable ability to project her hopefulness, truth and positive nature onto canvas, inspiring the viewer with her passion for people and life. She loves children, and was the first artist in residence at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, post Hurricane Katrina. Funded by a grant from the Mississippi Art’s Commission, America worked with children for four weeks in a program that each student had to apply to get into. “Through the Eyes of Children” was the culminating exhibition. The excitement, spontaneity, freedom, and passion that America was able to draw out of the children’s inherent nature are both impressive and heart warming.

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“America’s talent comes flying from the unknown source of true genius – and yes, I am comfortable using that word to describe her. I will never forget that moment (entering her studio for the first time)…I was looking at a pure creative FORCE – the likes of which I had never seen. I live with America’s paintings; simple, clean lines that delight in the human form… and color! America remains an audacious, exuberant, brilliant artist who has never stopped painting.”

Mary Steenburgen.

America Martin’s exhibition runs through July 27, 2011.

FMI: 207-594-7745.

For television interviews and more on America: http://www.americamartin.com

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