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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Megan Hinton: “Middle Site” Opens July 6, 2012

Megan Hinton “Regatta I”

We are very pleased to announce the First Friday solo show opening for Megan Hinton on July 6, 2012 from 5 – 8 P.M. The gallery will also host an artist’s talk the following day, Saturday, July 7, at 1:00 P.M. There will be a reception with the artist and a Q & A sessions following the discussion.

We feel extremely fortunate to have this incredible artist on board at the gallery this summer. In Hinton’s words about her work, “This recent body of work depicting scenes around my nautical surroundings, swimmers, wharfs, schools of fish, flocks of birds, and fleets of boats, is an expansion of the style I’ve been working on for some years now. It displays the importance I place on depicting my environment in a lyrical painterly fashion to reposition how we typically see. This work evidences a dynamic surface due to a variety of paint applications: washes of large brushwork, dripping paint, and thick slabs of pigment.  These technical applications also create a play of the non-objective versus the real, surface flatness versus illusionary depth, and local versus non-local color.  Overall these painting techniques help maintain an emotional tension while still striving for compositional balance.

These paintings arise from the location between memory and experience; they occupy a
chronological and spatial “middle site,” before the emotional nostalgic memory, but after the experience of seeing.  In the studio I too occupy the middle site between the original location of conceit and the ultimate location of the work hanging on the wall for viewer
interaction. I rely on the experience of the scene and a mental backlog of imagery to tap into a more intuitive painting process.  While imagery is still detectable, this procedural distancing allows the subjects to be interpreted broadly, beyond their immediate meaning, and opens up the viewer to a series of multiple interpretations. The viewer is capable of experiencing the middle point between reality and abstraction – materially, spatially, and metaphysically.”


Megan Hinton “Hill Flock”








Solo show will hang through August 1.


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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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