Rockland First Friday Art Walk

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ROCKLAND — Rockland's Art Walk for August 2019 will be on Friday, August 2.  Most of Rockland's galleries will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with many showcasing new work and exhibitions.

Further Art Walks will follow on the first Friday of each month through October: September 6 and October 4.


“Saltwater Pond” by Wendy Newcomb. (Photo courtesy Archipelago)

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main Street

Celebrate Maine's high season with an opening reception for the new summer gallery show, “King Tide.” The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host a special artists’ reception, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“King Tide,” showcases the work of four Maine women, each using very different mediums and styles to depict both real and inspired landscapes around the state. The featured artists include Wendy Newcomb of Sebago (oil, gouache, and acrylic paintings), Holly Berry of Waldoboro (linocut prints), Molly Mains of Bridgton (printmaking and multimedia), and Marguerite Lawler of Portland (oil paintings). Paintings by Henry Isaacs will also be highlighted in the show.

The “King Tide” exhibition will be on display through September 29. 

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “King Tide,” visit the Archipelago page on Facebook. 

“Bond Falls” Acrylic/Canvas, by Irma Cerese. (Photo courtesy Landing Gallery)

Landing Gallery, 409 Main Street

“Northeasterly Directions,” a solo exhibition of 51 new  paintings by Irma Cerese, will be displayed Aug 2 – Sept 15.  The opening reception will be held Friday, August 2, from 5-8 p.m.

Cerese has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her current paintings use the intrinsic beauty and evocative qualities of color to speak to our emotions. Her landscape compositions become an entry point for her paintings rather than depict a specific location or illustrate an idea.

“I use landscape both as a point of connection and departure but I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world, so I don’t ‘return to a place in the studio.’ Instead, I convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place - trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building, - into an underlying loosely geometric structure,” said Cerese, in a news release. “The resulting images often border on the abstract, although I often seek to evoke the general atmosphere of the subject. So I don’t seek to inspire people viewing my work with this or that place; I aim to produce evocative work that is compelling in its own right as a celebration of visual experience.”

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Cerese maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  Landing Gallery is Irma Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and the gallery has held 13 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

Art by Barbra Bragg. (Photo courtesy Art Loft)

The Art Loft, 385 Main Street, Suite 9, inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building

Barbra Bragg will kick off her Art Loft residency with a diverse gallery show during the August Art Walk in Rockland.

Bragg is a multi-medium artist working primarily in clay and a variety of painting mediums. Her work is very organic in nature and focuses on texture and form. She has taught studio art at colleges and arts organizations throughout New England.  With a lifelong commitment to her own studio work, Bragg sees teaching as an important part of her creative process. She is dedicated to the idea that drawing and painting are intellectual experiences as well as technical.

With a BFA in Ceramics and MFA in Painting and Sculpture, she has taught the importance of ‘visual thinking’ at Plymouth State University and Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Bragg has received professional recognition including a New Hampshire State Council for the Arts Commission. She is a full-time artist creating both drawings and art objects that work together to create symbolic and narrative installations.

Flowers for Mary #2, Pencil on panel with Acrylic Wash, by Eric Green (Photo courtesy Dowling Walsh Gallery)

Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street

Three exhibits by Bo Bartlett, Eric Green, and Aaron T Stephan open during the Art Walk

Eric Green lives and works in Belfast. 

Green was offered a full scholarship to the RISD at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.

In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written six novels, five books of poems, and a syndicated column for five Maine papers. 

Aaron T. Stephan is an artist living and working in Portland. His work presents a wry look at the world around him – focusing on complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects, according to Dowling Walsh. His work has taken form as a twenty-foot high table and chairs, a shelter made entirely of books, and a series of drawings reproducing iconic artworks ad infinitum.

Bo Bartlett lives and works in Columbus, GA and lives seasonally in Maine.

Event Date: 

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location: 

Downtown Rockland


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