The Turtle Gallery
Final Opening Reception of 35th Season

Opening Reception Sunday, September 3rd from 2 to 6 PM
Show runs through Sunday, October 8th

Featuring

Paintings by Alix Bacon
Mixed Media Drawings by Mary Barnes
Abstract Paintings by Anderson Giles
Hand-printed Paper Collages by Alice Spencer

New work from woodworker
Chris Joyce

Jewelry collection from
Julia Turner

The exhibition features 3 series of paintings by Alix Bacon, mixed media drawings by Mary Barnes, abstract paintings by Anderson Giles and hand-printed paper collages by Alice Spencer.

Alix Bacon returns to the Turtle Gallery with three new series of work: The Scottish Paintings, Windows on Maine and the Climate Change Apocalypse. Bacon’s landscapes depict tranquil terrains, opening vistas onto the natural world in all its richness. Though the paintings contain no figures, we are reminded that we are present in them; we bear a responsibility to the landscapes in which we always, indelibly, appear. Bacon translates her vision by painting the environment, not just the landscape, and reminds us of the raw truth of Climate Change on our world.

Moved by the wonder and mystery of our avian counterparts, Mary Barnes captures their presence in a series of both vibrant and evocative mixed media drawings. Inspired by both the birds of her home in the north and a journey to the Galapagos, Barnes translates the vitality of aviary flight, habitat, sounds and habits of birds in this new collection of drawings.

Anderson Giles joins the Turtle Gallery for his first showing since retiring from 35 years of teaching art and photography at The University of Maine at Presque Isle. The show will include several older works as well as paintings recently completed during his final summer in northern Maine. Giles engages his powerful use of color and light to capture representational imagery, abstract visions and the many lines and points between where the spiritual and the physical blur.

Portland based artist Alice Spencer will be showing new collages of hand-printed paper. A lifelong artist of various mediums, Spencer has long been influenced by textiles from her travels and their integration into culture and everyday life.

A new collection of woodwork from local favorite Chris Joyce will also be on display, as well as copies of his new catalog.

In addition, a vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

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August 6th Opening Reception

Join us for our third opening reception of the season on Sunday, August 6th from 2-6 pm

Featuring

New work from fiber artist SONDRA BOGDONOFF
Ceramics from LYNN DURYEA and PAUL HEROUX
New Abstract Paintings by JAAP EDUARD HELDER
Mixed Media Constructions by JAMIE JOHNSTON

Jewelry collections from

Glenda Arentzen & Heather Guidero

Fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff will be exhibiting at the Turtle Gallery for the first time. Portland based, Bogdonoff has returned to the studio after a 20 year hiatus from full-time weaving. She describes the new work as a beginning and each weaving as it’s own short story. In addition to the weavings, Bogdonoff explores working on paper in a series titled “Stilled Life” which explores the grid structures and linear sensibilities of weaving in wax pastels.

Gallery artist Lynn Duryea will be exhibiting a new body of work she has completed since retiring from her tenure of teaching ceramics at Appalachian State. Through elemental shape and form, Duryea’s reference is to architectural, structural and mechanical elements.

Abstract painter Jaap Eduard Helder returns to the Gallery with a vibrant new series of paintings. Created over the winter and spring, he refers to the work as a re-emergence and re-commitment to his art. Helder creates in layers, working to create balance with new materials, on a new scale and with with new mark making methods. Largely working in square formats on wood panels, Helder creates vivid landscapes of abstractions.

Ceramic artist Paul Heroux returns with a new series of his distinctive forms and abstract compositions. Having worked with ceramic vessels as a painting surface for over twenty years, Heroux continues to reinvent the work using photo transfers, underglaze decals and metallic lusters. His folded vessels not only speak to his abilities as a painter but to his sculptural awareness - the folds of each vessel taking new lines and each foot finding a different path to the surface it rests on.

Woodworker Jamie Johnston joins the Turtle Gallery with his show Constructions. His minimalist approach to design allows the woods inherent beauty to speak all while controlled by a masterful understanding of design.
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Bears, Boats, and Boules: Artist Cynthia Stroud connects to nature, community, and the universe.

Gallery artist Cynthia Stroud is the focus of an article written by Carl Little for MaineBoats.com
Read Article HERE
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Holiday Show Opening Friday, December 2nd

The second annual Holiday Show at the Turtle Gallery opens Friday, December 2nd from 4-6 pm.

Open Weekends in December (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) & December 22nd, 23rd from 12-5 pm

Featuring

Contemporary Craft from

Abigail Milner, Mark Bell, Chris Joyce, Marcia Kola, Nancy Nevergole, Ken Sturdee, Jack & Mary Designs, Sharon Townshend, Elizabeth Louden, Fritz Glass, Gayle Slade Design, Bert Yankielun and many more.

Jewelry from

Jackie Haines, Glenda Arentzen, Sarah Doremus, Peggy Johnson, Julia Turner, Heather Guidero, Mio Studio, BeeHive Handmade, Charlotte Potter, LeeAnn Herreid and many more.

Paintings and Prints from

Holly Berry, Siri Beckman, Willy Reddick, Zuzonna Huot, Larry Moffett,
Margaret Rizzio, Mary Aro, Lydia Cassatt, Sandy Wadlington, Adele Ursone, Vaino Kola, Anderson Giles, Brian Keegstra, Lisa Houck and many more.

As always, we are happy to ship work anywhere.

Contact us at person@turtlegallery.com with any questions or requests.

Have a wonderful season!

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Final Show of the 2016 Season

The final show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery will feature:

Michael Weymouth - Oil Paintings & Watercolors
Edward Porter - Prints from the "Marking These Times" Series
All Gallery Artists including

Alix Bacon, Siri Beckman, Peter T. Bennett, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Michele Caron, Anderson Giles, Rebecca Goodale, Conny Hatch, Jaap Helder, Zuzonna Huot, Nina Jerome, Jeff Loxterkamp, Don Mallow, Mary Ann McKellar, Jennifer Lee Morrow, Margo Ogden, Willy Reddick, Kris Sader, Gene Shaw, Cynthia Stroud and many more.

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, August 28th from 2 to 6 PM and runs through the end of our Season on October 9th.

Michael Weymouth returns to The Turtle Gallery with a new body of work created throughout the summer on Great Spruce Head Island. Inspired by time spent out of Stonington on a rolling lobster boat in high seas, the artist worked to capture both the movement of the fisherman and his vessel in several large-scale oils. Other images deliver the viewer to moments in the Penobscot Bay; the islands, beaches, trees and people that create and define our coastline. In addition to his oil paintings, Weymouth will be showing watercolors in handmade inlaid frames.

Ed Porter’s Marking These Times is a series of intaglio prints incorporating many printmaking techniques, each piece creating an entrancing juxtaposition of forceful dynamic forms and sensitive use of color. As described by the artist: "The images constitute a reflective view of our times transformed into gestural shapes and strokes that serve as my personal response to the issues which are a major player in our encompassing social world and the environment in which we live."

Other Gallery artists, a vast collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977

Click here for the full 2016 Summer Schedule

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August 7th Opening for Vaino Kola, Adele Ursone and Janis Goodman

The third show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery will feature:

Vaino Kola (Oil Paintings & Etchings)
Adele Ursone (Oil Paintings & Watercolor Studies)
Janis Goodman (Oil Paintings)

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, August 7th from 2 to 6 PM and runs through Saturday, August 27th.

Finland Native and Deer Isle resident Vaino Kola will have etchings and new works in Oil on display. Kola moved to Maine to paint full-time after teaching art at Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 26 years. Kola’s paintings, often monumental in scale, appear almost photo-realistic from a distance, but closer inspection reveals deeply textured, almost pointillist brushwork. He has mastered the art of creating a moment; the stillness after a heavy snowfall, the ripple of an incoming tide or the fluttering of leaves.

Often subtle and serene, Adele Ursone’s landscape paintings are equally engaging as they are transformative. Working from observations in the detail of her environment she creates spaces where “edges become so blurred, reality dissolves into abstraction.” While a New York City resident part of the year, Ursone’s visual narratives speak strongly of her annual time spent on the water and the Maine Coast.

Full of skillful exuberance, Janis Goodman’s collection of oil paintings take the viewer into a space of motion and shifting lines. Goodman’s work gestures toward her study of the eastern landscapes while traveling in Asia, which “nurtured the calligraphic line and movement” of her work. In each piece the viewer can experience commotion coupled with stability, all thoughtfully anchored in a whimsical composition.

Other Gallery artists, a vast collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977

Click here for the full 2016 Summer Schedule

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July 10th Opening

The second show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery will feature:

Mary Aro Retrospective (Paintings)
Margaret Rizzio (Mixed Media)
Heather Guidero (Jewelry)

with Selected Watercolors by
Linda Funk
Marjorie Glick
Lisa Houck
& Sandy Wadlington (caran d'ache pastel)

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, July 10 from 2 to 6 PM and runs through Saturday, August 6th.

Longtime Turtle Gallery artist Mary Aro will be showing both new and old representations of realism in this Retrospective show. As always, the contrast of her life in the Metro-Detroit area creates a fascinating parallel to her other world of rural Maine. As an artist, she has found beauty in what others may view as trashed and dirty; delicately depicting a burning trash heap at the transfer station or a roadside crushed can with her watercolor brush. Aro states, “A seemingly mundane landscape offers many possibilities; unexpected beauty, strange juxtapositions of objects, shapes, patterns, the contrast of natural and man-made topography. Things are rearranged, covered with dirt, smolder, burn, or disappear altogether. Emotions are aroused as the artificial and natural world meet.” The 87-year-old Aro will also be showing work in oils, with two recently completed portraits, and several of her hallmark landscape works.

Camden resident and Blue Hill native Margaret Rizzio, will have new multi-layered collages on display; combining both new elements with fresh context. Rizzio’s work attempts to engage the viewer in a tiny world full of synchronistic and seductive, often repeating, elements.

Heather Guidero, a trained goldsmith and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) graduate, views jewelry as a form of personal sculpture. Inspired by modernist design, her forms range from everyday wear to visionary statement pieces.

In addition, four female Gallery artists will have new Watercolor and Caran d’ache pastel pieces on display. These range from playful work to vivid realism to rich landscapes and precision botanicals.

Other Gallery artists, a vast collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977

Click here for the full 2016 Summer Schedule

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First Art Opening of the Season

The first show of the 2016 and 34th season at The Turtle Gallery will feature:

MaJo Keleshian (Drawings)
Stephen Yusko (Metals)
Lydia Cassatt (Photographs)
Chris Joyce (Wood)
Jacques Vesery (Wood)

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, June 12 from 2 to 6 PM and runs through Saturday, July 9th.

Lydia Cassatt, a longtime Turtle Gallery painter is exhibiting her new work in Digital Photography - her ethereal, powerful landscapes translate flawlessly from her painting work into 12 x 12 Photos. MaJo Keleshian, a Professor of Art at the University of Maine, will be showing her abstract drawings created using layers of pigmented wax. Keleshian describes her work as “a form of visual haiku; brief moments that attempt to evoke a memory, a feeling, an experience.” Stephen Yusko, an accomplished Metalsmith, who currently has a solo exhibition at the Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, will be showing new work. Yusko’s industrially toned steel work has recently shifted to explore movement and motion and the concept of ‘home’. Chris Joyce, a Deer Isle native and self-taught wood turner, will have new vessels, boxes and ornate creations. Joyce’s wooden works are a melding of fascinating design and expert craftsmanship. Jacques Vesery, in his first show at The Turtle Gallery, will be showing works from several of his series and will include spheric sculptures and the sacred spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People.

Other Gallery artists, a wide-ranging collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 207-348-9977.

Click here for the full 2016 Summer Schedule

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Winter 2016: Gillian Pederson-Krag included in Syracuse University Art Exhibition

Long standing Turtle Gallery artist Gillian Pederson-Krag has been included in Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists at the Syracuse University Art Galleries

"Birmelin, Pederson-Krag and Sheesley began as abstractionists but after a time, became dissatisfied with what they saw as abstraction's limitations. They had questions and thoughts about the world that could only be examined through recognizable pictures. They, along with others, developed styles that refuse easy categorization because each delves deeply into their physical and psychological surroundings."

Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists

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Dwight Pogue's book, "Printmaking Revolution"

Book review of Dwight Pogue's book, Printmaking Revolution (Watson-Guptill, May 2012):

"This new book offers insights into a new body of research which may revolutionize the field of lithography. Some lithographers are amazed by the quality, creative possibilities and environmental benefits of the new system.

Is this the reinvention of Lithography?

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Siri Beckman and other artists' work on view May 16 - 17, 2015

In conjunction with Wings, Waves, & Woods, the Turtle Gallery will be open, featuring the work of artist Siri Beckman, and others. Check out our Turtle Gallery Facebook page for more information!

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Rebecca Goodale to receive Master Craft Artist Award

2015 Master Craft Award Ceremony

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2015 Master Craft Artist Award Recipients: Rebecca Goodale, Book Artist, Arts Administrator and Educator; and Sam Shaw, Jeweler and Sculptor, Craft Community Advocate and Leader.

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J. Fred Woell and Turtle Gallery: 30 Years of Wonderful Friendship and Working Together

We here at Turtle Gallery celebrate the life of J. Fred Woell, with whom we had a wonderful, warm friendship and working relationship. We will continue to show his work at Turtle Gallery. Below we share, with permission, Emily Moty's words about him on the event of his death, April 2, 2015:

"Today we make jewelry and wearable art from any material that we choose, but it was J. Fred Woell who in the 1960s broke the rules and paved the way for art jewelers. Fred pioneered the concept of using found objects and cast-offs and was into recycling long before that term was coined.

In 1964, Fred made his first found-object piece, a pendant entitled Fetish, as a reaction to being told that he must work in gold if he wanted his work represented in a New York City gallery. The notion that the worth of one’s work was dependent upon its material value was counter to Fred’s beliefs, so he chose to make what some later called “anti-jewelry,” or jewelry with no intrinsic value." To see her complete article, "In Memory of J. Fred Woell," please go to: http://www.artjewelryforum.org/articles-series/in-memory-of-j-fred-woell
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