ROCKLAND — Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, continues September 6, in and around Downtown Main Street.
Most of Rockland's galleries will be open from 5 - 8 p.m., many showcasing new work and exhibitions.
The final Art Walk of the year will follow on Friday, October 4.
Some examples of the art to be shown include:
Dowling Walsh, 365 Main Street
Exhibits by Alan Magee, Madeleine Morlet, and Alexandra Tyng will open during the Art Walk
Alan Magee was born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1968, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York.
Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic.
'I Promise I'll Never Forget' is a love letter to youth, a memento written at the precipice of adulthood. This dramatisation of adolescence serves to examine identity and personal relationships through the construction of imaginative narratives. ‘I Promise I’ll Never Forget’ holds a mirror to my own coming of age, as a foreigner and new mother, experiences that have been punctuated by a youthful ambition for friendship and concurrent feelings of isolation.
“These images have been made in Midcoast Maine, where recurring locations, costumes and local cast binds the series together while shattering any illusions that these scenarios are real,” said Dowling Walsh, in a news release. “This very personal manifestation reflects on how our uncertain and self-conscious times are not met alone, but among our communities.”
Cinematic and at times unsettling, the images tap into a history of storytelling, acting as a fictional counterweight to my experience as I acknowledge the poignancy and brevity of youth. How daring it is to make such extravagant promises, knowing that memories are as fleeting as life itself.
All wardrobe and prop styling by Emily Seymour.
Alexandra Tyng lives in Philadelphia and has spent summers in Maine since childhood. In the 1990s she began chartering planes so she could take reference photos of the glacially carved land formations of coastal Maine, which she uses as references to create large-scale paintings. She also paints panoramas from mountaintops, and closer, more intimate views of places. Seen as a whole, her work presents a hierarchy of viewpoints, worlds within worlds.
Primarily self-taught, Tyng chose an academic education over art school, receiving a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught herself traditional oil painting techniques by examining the work of the old masters, reading about the methods and materials of other artists, and watching artists paint.
Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St.
Jordan Chalfant, of Bar Harbor, with paintings reflecting the vitality of wildlife on Petit Manan Island; John Drury, of Vinalhaven, with photographs showing the dynamic diversity of things to see on and around the refuge islands; and Karen and Ret Talbot, of Rockland, with scientific illustrations and photos that highlight marine fisheries and ocean conservation around the world.
Chalfant spent three years on Petit Manan Island monitoring Great Cormorants, a threatened species in Maine, which inspired her art. “It was life changing (in a good way) to reside for months at a time on the tiny island with its thousands of inhabitants, all in tune with the wind, sea, moon, and tides-- struggling to fulfill their ultimate purpose. Life and death, reproduction and predation, met each other with such intensity that at the end of the season, the only thing left to do was put a brush to it.”
Drury has spent time on Petit Manan, Matinicus Rock and Seal Island – all refuge-owned islands. He has been involved with bird research and helped haul people and gear to refuge islands over the span of 40 years. His
photographs show the diversity of marine life on and around these islands.
The Talbots collaborate when it comes to oceans and especially ocean education and conservation. As a scientific illustrator and fine artist, Karen often draws her inspiration from the marine world, and as a writer and
photographer, Ret covers marine fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. Their show will give a global perspective of our incredible oceans.
Action Art Gallery, 411 Main Street #206
Maine Lighthouse Museum, One Park Drive
The Museum will display of maritime themed artwork.
Light refreshments available.