Wednesday April 16th 2014

Art Spotting

13 in ’13

By: Jamie Thompson

We are mere days away from welcoming a new year. I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I’d share 13 things that I am looking forward to in 2013. Whether it’s an exciting exhibition, artists I admire, or discovering something completely different, here’s what I’ll be marking on my calendar.

First Friday Art Walks: I used to “art walk” religiously, but I admit I have not been keeping up with these lately. In 2013, I’ll look forward to getting out on first Fridays. Well…at least the ones after winter has come and gone!

An Evening with Lois Dodd: On January 16, from 5 to 6 PM, the Portland Museum of Art will present a conversation between Lois Dodd and art critic Karen Wilkin. Following the talk, an opneing reception will be held at the museum for Dodd’s retrospective exhibition, “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light”. I am looking forward to both! It will be interesting to hear Dodd’s take on the Maine art scene and hear more about her inspirations.

Catching exhibitions already on view: As much as I wish I could visit interesting exhibitions right when they open, life and responsibility get in the way. Luckily, there are a couple exhibitions that opened in late 2012 that are still on view into the new year. One that I am particularly excited to see is “Andrew Wyeth: Pencil Drawings and Watercolor Sketches” at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. It’s open until April 7 so I have plenty of time to go see it. Wyeth is one of my favorite artists, and if you haven’t figured it out already, I have a lot of them! This exhibition features a rare look at the studies of many of Wyeth’s most beloved works. Getting a peek at a master artist’s process is an intriguing prospect.

Creating art: When I am holed up at my abode due to the glorious Maine winter weather we all know and love (note the sarcasm, please), I am usually baking, reading, or watching endless DVDs. I love to paint and draw, so in 2013, I’ll enjoy artistic pursuits as a cure for cabin fever.

The entire year at Greenhut Galleries: I told you they are my favorite Portland gallery! Greenhut has released its 2013 exhibition calendar, and it looks great.

Kennebunkport Festival: From June 4 to 8, visitors to the Kennebunkport Festival can enjoy fine food, wine, and great art. This chic event is very well done, and is a lovely celebration of the creative and culinary talents of luminaries from Maine and beyond. The beautiful seaside location can’t be beat, either.

Maurice Prendergast at Bowdoin College Museum of Art: The work of Post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast is the focus of “By the Sea,” an exhibition on view at Bowdoin College Museum of Art June 29 to October 13. I love the ocean and art depicting the ocean, so Prendergast’s breezy, colorful paintings will be a breath of fresh air.

Seeing en plein air artists out and about: When the weather warms, out come local artists bearing canvasses and paint. I love walking through town and catching an artist capturing a busy street scene.

“The Lunder Collection” at Colby Museum of Art: Opening July 14, this exhibition showcases more than 280 works from the collection of Colby benefactors Peter and Paula Lunder. The exhibition promises to be a treasure trove of 19th and 20th century American and contemporary art. I can’t wait to see work by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Augustus Saint Gaudens, and Alexander Calder.

Outdoor sculpture gardens: Though you wouldn’t know it by looking at my pale skin, I love being out in the sunshine. One of the best things about the fairer seasons in Maine is that the indoors come outdoors. Some museums, gardens, and other attractions throughout the state hold outdoor sculpture exhibitions. It will be great to see artwork while enjoying Maine’s natural splendor.

The Portland Museum of Art Biennial: The 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the eighth in an ongoing series. The juried exhibition will feature new or recent work by living artists. The Biennial is always a fascinating show, with a lively mix of contemporary work by artists who are truly the rising stars of the Maine art scene. This one is not to be missed. September 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Keeping up with favorite artists: There are so many Maine artists I admire. It will be fun to see what new work they have coming up in 2013.

Discovering something completely different: With a new year brings new discoveries. I am looking forward to learning about a new artist, or stumbling upon a gallery I’ve never visited before. What are some things I should keep my eye on next year?

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