Washington Street Gallery
June—The Working Waterfront: Paintings by Jim Riccio
Opening reception, June 15, 4-6 pm
featuring live music by Sánchez & Squibb
July—A Painter’s Retrospective: Works by David Orrell
Opening reception: July 5, 3-5 pm
August—Look Back in Wonder: Works by Heidi Reidell
Opening reception: August 4, 4-7 pm
September—Open Show: Self Portraits
March-April: Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition
This popular annual exhibition showcases work from local schools, including colorful and creative drawings, paintings, paperworks, prints and sculpture by students ranging from kindergarten through grade 12. Participating schools will include Beatrice Rafferty Elementary, Calais (elementary, middle and high school), Charlotte Elementary, Eastport Elementary, Edmunds Elementary, Elm Street School, Machias High School, Perry Elementary, Rose Gaffney Elementary, Shead High School, Whiting Village School and Woodland Jr./Sr. High School.
May—The Flip Side of Our Experience
This show will feature works created in response to the following statement: “Being female comes with its perks. But too often women are subjected to abuse at the hands of the males of our species.” The opinions of the organizers and artists of this show do not necessarily represent those of the Eastport Arts Center.
May: Paintings by Arthur Cadieux
An exuberant and beloved Eastport artist, Cadieux passed away in 2015. The large-scale, colorful paintings in the exhibition were left by Cadieux to the arts center, which he loved. All were painted in Eastport.
June: Harmony/Disharmony: Paintings by Peesh Rewak McClanahan & Lora Whelan
This exhibition explores the expansions and contractions found within harmony and disharmony. Through the use of single and mixed media, including acrylic and oil paints, pastels, graphite and collage, paintings will range from Whelan’s exploration of endangered species and the factors contributing to their decline to Rewak McClanahan’s exploration of how music, human and otherwise, unites harmoniously but also has discordant features that add to the whole experience for the musician and the listener.
July: Missing Voices: Photographs by Vivian Taylor
Taylor’s photographic series dates from the 1990s, when she began work on a book about the life of Ruth Hamilton, a colleague and prominent African-American singer in Boston, Massachusetts. The photographs originated in interviews for the book in Boston, Cambridge, and other Massachusetts cities, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia, where Hamilton was born. The project came to include musicians, clergy, family and friends from various churches, a synagogue, an outdoor cathedral in New Hampshire, and an ancient church in Pont-Aven in Brittany, France where Ruth performed.
August: Women in Vision: Soul Journey
Participating artists are Sherry Ashby, Lisa Marqis Bradbury, Elizabeth Ostrander and Shanna Wheelock. Along with Sharon Kiley Mack, who was unfortunately unable to join in for this exhibition, the Women in Vision group came together to encourage themselves and other women to grow wings, express and share their female voices, vision, and creativeness while living their lives along the beautiful Bold Coast of Maine. Since 2013, the group has engaged with audiences through art talks and exhibitions in Eastport, Machias and Lubec. Their focus is on journeying through life intuitively; welcoming the soul’s inexorable pull towards becoming oneself.
September: Nothing But Nudes!
This open show will feature works by dozens of area artists in many media, including painting, sculpture and photography. The brainchild of Mona Love of Perry, the special exhibition has been three years in the planning and making.
To submit works to the show, artists should bring pieces ready for hanging to the EAC during the scheduled submission times, August 30, 1-7 pm or August 31, 1-5 pm. Questions (especially about sculpture) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October: Through Her Lens: Women Photographers Of Mid-Coast Maine, 1895-1925
Between 1895 and 1925, five Mid-Coast Maine women were producing striking photographs.
As far as we know, Evie Barbour, Joanna Colcord, Ida Crie, Harriet Hichborn, and Ruth Montgomery were never acquainted. Their circumstances, abilities, approaches, reasons for photographing, and the geographical range available to each of them for making pictures, varied widely. Colcord and Montgomery travelled with seafaring families to far-flung ports; Crie and Hichborn were enthusiastic and imaginative amateurs; and Barbour was a professional, producing real-photo postcards after the death of her first husband. This exhibit showcases the myriad subjects that caught the gaze of these women, in Maine and beyond. We are invited to look—through her lens—at unique views of coastal Maine life, portraits, intimate domestic scenes, life aboard ship, and bustling foreign ports.
This exhibit explores the multitude of ways women mediated—through the lens of the camera—shifting roles in public and domestic life during a time of great social change in Maine and the nation. Women incorporated camera work into their daily lives, as artists, amateurs, preservationists, professionals, and as travelers and explorers, while photography altered the way men, women, and children saw the world, themselves, and each other. More information about the exhibition (and an invitation to participate!) may be found here.
Washington Street Gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or by appointment.
A note about nudes:
From the dawn of mankind, artists have been moved to sculpt and paint the human face and figure. The Eastport Arts Center supports this artistic tradition as part of our art exhibition and art education missions. The Washington Street Gallery hosts monthly art shows, which, from time to time, may include works portraying the nude human form. Our regular Life Drawing workshop is open to all.