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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: May 22, 2015

Summer art highlights: Exhibits to see at 8 Maine art museums

From “Directors’ Cut” at the Portland Museum of Art to the University of Maine’s “With Ties to Maine” exhibition, there’s plenty of impressive art to see this summer.

Written by: Bob Keyes
“A Bit of Cape Split, Maine” by John Marin, from “With Ties to Maine” at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.

“A Bit of Cape Split, Maine” by John Marin, from “With Ties to Maine” at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.

Portland Museum of Art

“Directors’ Cut” at the Portland Museum of Art will look familiar, but it’s a different kind of show. It features art from museums across Maine and by many of the most widely recognized names in Maine art, from the holy trinity of Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley and the Wyeths to contemporary artists like John Bisbee and Lauren Fensterstock. Museums that are part of the Maine Art Museum Trail contributed work to the show. On view through Sept. 20.  FMI: www.portlandmuseum.org

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland

The Farnsworth closed for a month this spring for a series of improvements to its campus. Some of the work will continue, but the museum has reopened for the summer season. “Maine Collects,” on view beginning June 27, will feature rarely seen artwork that is privately owned by Mainers and people with ties to Maine. The names of the artists are familiar – Marin, Barnet, Welliver – but the work will be a revelation. FMI: farnsworthmuseum.org

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport

CMCA features “Becoming Nomads” by Kevin Cyr. With drawings, paintings, photographs, scale models and a full-size camper sculpture towed by a three-speed bicycle, Cyr explores what it means to be autonomous or an adventurer. The work expresses self-reliance and investigates mobility, habitats and housing. It’s on view June 5 to July 5. FMI: cmcanow.org

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville

Since 2004, the foundation that bears Alex Katz’ name has given more than 400 modern and contemporary works of art to the Colby museum. Katz, a summer resident of Maine, hung the show last week, and it will be on view through Sept. 6. It ranges from the contemporary work of Elizabeth Peyton and Dana Schutz to artists of Katz’ generation like Al Held and early-20th-century modernists such as Charles Burchfield and Marsden Hartley. FMI: colby.edu/museum

 Chuck Close self portrait from the Farnsworth Art Museum’s “Maine Collects” exhibition.

Chuck Close self portrait from the Farnsworth Art Museum’s “Maine Collects” exhibition.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston

Opening on June 12, “Points of View” features contemporary photography by Jay Gould of Baltimore, Maryland; Gary Green of Waterville; David Maisel of Marin, California; and Shoshannah White of Portland. Each examines the Maine landscape from a different scale, from a great distance to close-up. FMI: bates.edu/museum

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick

“Night Vision: Noctures in American Art, 1860-1960” offers what Bowdoin calls the first major survey dedicated to night scenes in American art, spanning the 100 years from the Civil War to the space age. It will include 90 works of art in a range of media by Ansel Adams, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Andrew Wyeth, among others. It opens June 27. FMI:bowdoin.edu/art-museum

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor

The museum celebrates the university’s 150th anniversary with an exhibition of work by artists with strong connections to Maine who have contributed to the state’s artistic history. “With Ties to Maine” runs June 19 to Sept. 19, and will showcase more than 20 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection in a range of media by John Marin, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, Berenice Abbott and Neil Welliver. FMI: umma.umaine.edu

Art Gallery at the University of New England, Portland

We know John Calvin Stevens as an architect. The Art Gallery at UNE presents him as a painter as well. This show, on view through July 19, features dozens of paintings made by the Portland architect. Many scenes are familiar, and most of this work comes from the private collections of Stevens family members. FMI: une.edu/artgallery

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