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

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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.

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

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

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: and, Instagram, and Facebook.
Jessie Tobias Design can be reached by emailing or calling 207-319-2788. Jana Halwick can be reached by emailing 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

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!~


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America Martin, Suzanne Siegel, Jennifer Knaus, J. Fred Woell opens Friday, July 7, 2017

Carver Hill  is pleased to show brand new work from many of our gallery artists for the First Friday Artwalk, July 6, 2017. Gallery hours for the walk are 5 – 8 pm. Show runs through July 31st 2017.

America Martin "Jumping in the Sea III" Ink on Paper 10x10 inches 2017

America Martin “Jumping in the Sea III” Ink on Paper 10×10 inches 2017

Colombian American artist America Martin will show her new oil and acrylic paintings of fisherman, and her drawings on paper will feature swimmers. America is a young, Los Angeles based artist who is widely collected internationally. Her distinctive style mixes abstract and indigenous motifs of African, South American, and European cultures. Her depictions are created with bold lines, beautiful combinations of colors, and strong compositions. Her works on canvas are typically large, with a few simple lines defining the subject. Though minimal in detail, her ability to create gesture and emotion is stunning. America’s work is often compared to the mid-century masters and she credits her Columbian roots for her aesthetic. Two art books of her work have been published, and she has been featured in nearly 100 articles, radio and talk shows.

America Martin Seagull and Lobster 2017 Oil and Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36

America Martin Seagull and Lobster 2017 Oil and Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36

Jennifer Knaus has just finished new, intriguing paintings in oil and egg tempera of flora atop Renaissance style portraits. “My imagery comes from a desire to combine two unrelated genres from art history: Portraiture and still life. I am most inspired by Northern Renaissance portraits and Dutch 17th century still-life. The beautiful chaos of my back yard at the height of summer and the local farmer’s market are my immediate resources for the flora, and my friends and family serve as models for the portraits.” Jennifer’s work was slected for the cover of Art New England in 2016.

Jennifer Knaus "Daisy Head" 10 x 8 egg tempera on panel

Jennifer Knaus “Daisy Head” 10 x 8 egg tempera on panel

Suzanne Siegel has created colorful collages of interiors, landscapes and abstracted seascapes for this current exhibition. Suzanne’s compositions are minimalistic and strong, but not necessarily straight forward. There is frequently an element of surprise, as she ventures off of the paper and onto the mat, or cuts a shape to lead your eye around the work more. She takes long walks and makes drawings and notes as she goes searching for visual ideas that communicate arrangements of the elements in around her. With a strong interest in rugged working harbors and the ever changing  tidal coast, Suzanne creates her small works to communicate a sense of the environment by using as little artistic information as possible. Suzanne is an art mentor and teaches workshops all over the Northeast. She has a BFA and an MFA in painting and visual arts.

Suzanne Siegel "Abstract VIII" Mixed Media Collage on Paper 2017

Suzanne Siegel “Abstract VIII” Mixed Media Collage on Paper 2017

Carver Hill will also feature some very important works from J. Fred Woell, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 81. Fred was a pioneer in assemblage art who inspired generations of students through positions at Boston University, Swain School of Design, Haystack and SUNY/New Paltz – many of whom acknowledge Fred as their most influential mentor. The work in this show speaks of Fred’s sometimes humorous response to a world obsessed with consumption and the problems it leaves us with, the politics of politics, power and domination, and the absurdity of some of our idols. “My work is about striving and survival. The pieces and parts I fuse into the assemblages add up to stories about what we live by and what we disregard in our wake towards achieving pleasure and fulfilling goals. Working with found objects is interesting because they have no intrinsic value, which allows more freedom in how you use them.”

J. Fred Woell 5th Business 8 x 8 assemblage with handmade mahogany frame

J. Fred Woell 5th Business 8 x 8 assemblage with handmade mahogany frame

J Fred Woell held a Master of Fine arts Degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Cranbrook Academy. Several of his works are in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. He is noted as one of the top 50 American artistic cultural contributors of his generation. Carver Hill will feature Fred’s limited remaining small assemblages and his cast silver jewelry.

J. Fred Woell "Fly Right" 3 x 2 inches cast sterling silver assemblage pin with moonstone cabochon

J. Fred Woell “Fly Right” 3 x 2 inches cast sterling silver assemblage pin with moonstone cabochon

Show runs through July 31st 2017.


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NICK GERVIN ARTIST TALK – Saturday, July 1 @ 1 PM!

On Saturday, July 1st, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will host an artist talk with Portland documentary/street photographer Nick Gervin. The talk will start upstairs at 1 PM and will last about an hour with a Q & A following.  Nick will show slides and discuss his current solo show on the second level at Carver Hill which opened on June 2nd.

Nick Gervin - Time Traveler - Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17 Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

Nick Gervin – Time Traveler – Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11×17 Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

Nick uses a bright flash on a Fujifilm camera, which creates a high contrast black and white image and often solicits an expression of surprise from the subject. Nick organizes manmade light, inanimate objects, colorful people, and buildings into work that dances between photo journalism and narrative fine art. The work is sensitive, and because of his own personal struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse (he has been clean for eight years), it is also honest. He is not exploiting, 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. He is out in the city making images at all hours of the day and night; they range from tender moments between a couple to more challenging scenes of fireman tending to house fires, street fights, and arrests.

Nick Gervin Fore St Shadows_Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17_Hahnemuehle_Photo Rag

Nick Gervin Fore St Shadows_Archival Epson Ultrachrome Print on 11x17_Hahnemuehle_Photo Rag

Nick’s images have been featured in many newspapers and magazines including a written review in The Huffington Post. Published in Popular Photography Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, and Dig Portland. His work was also featured on many covers of Dispatch magazine. His solo show runs through Monday, July 3rd. The gallery will offer a promotion on prints to those attending the artist talk. FMI contact 207-594-7745 or see Nick’s page on the gallery website

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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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