Maine Antique Digest

April 2014

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22-C Maine Antique Digest, April 2014 - FEATURE - —Through March 29 —Boothbay Harbor, Maine Gleason Fine Art presents Winter Col- ors: Mitch Billis, Andrea Peters, Phil Bar- ter, Peter Sculthorpe, Tom Curry, Jessica Stammen. A press release notes, "To those who have never experienced Maine's lon- gest season, 'winter' is synonymous with the absence of color. However, for the artists who live here, winter is permeated with color." The artists represented in this show have created paintings that use a variety of shades for their own interpreta- tions of "winter colors." Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (207) 633-6849 or visit (www.gleason —Through May 17 —Portsmouth, New Hampshire In 1820 the Portsmouth Athenaeum received the gift of the first item for its collection. The 1749 Model of the HMS America: The Athenaeum's First Object—1820 examines the story behind this ship model, a builder's model of a Portsmouth-built Royal Navy ship of the line. Portsmouth had been chosen in 1747 as the site for building the America in appreciation for the assistance given by William Pepperrell of nearby Kittery, Maine (then Massachusetts), during the successful campaign against the French following the 1745 siege of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The exhibit focuses on the history of the ship and its connections to Louisbourg and Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Athenaeum is located at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (603) 431-2538 or visit ( —Through August 17 —Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) presents Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foun- dation Collection. The exhibit of 71 paintings and sculptures from the 1910's through the 1980's includes works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cad- —Through December 7 —New York City Early American Guitars: The Instru- ments of C.F. Martin is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chris- tian F. Martin was born in Saxony and learned how to build guitars in Vienna, Austria. He moved to New York City in 1833 and eventually settled in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The 35 guitars on display illustrate the early history of the instru- ment in America, showing guitars from the Austro-German and Spanish guitar makers who influenced Martin's designs as well as the earliest known guitar made with Martin's famed X-brace construc- tion. A 1939 C.F. Martin & Co. guitar that was played by Eric Clapton in 1992 on MTV's Unplugged series is also on view. The instruments shown are drawn from the museum's holdings as well as from the Martin Guitar Museum and several private collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday through Thurs- day, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Recom- mended admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free to children under 12 and members. For more information, call (212) 535-7710 or visit ( —April 6-July 27 —Boston, Massachusetts The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) will present Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection featuring 59 quilts from the 1200-plus collected over several decades by Paul Pilgrim (1942- 1996) and artist and designer Gerald Roy. The exhibit will not only look at the quilts but will also explore color theory and its relationship to the design of the quilts. A publication will accompany the exhibition. The MFA is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and stu- dents, and free for youths 17 and under and for members. For more information, call (617) 267-9300 or visit (www.mfa. org). —April 22-January 2015 —Kennebunk, Maine The Brick Store Museum announces Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War, featuring the museum's large collection of World War II propaganda posters. The art on view will focus on conservation, food supply, rationing, and the home front. Museum director Cyn- thia Walker said in a press release, "The exhibit is intended to educate visitors about shortages on the home front during the 1940s, as well as acknowledge the food insecurities the state of Maine is fac- ing today." A live "victory garden" will be planted in the museum's courtyard. The museum will also have an oral his- tory booth for collecting the stories and memories of those who lived in the area during the war. The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk's historic district. Hours are Tuesday through Fri- day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 pm. Admission is $7:50 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for youths six to 16; or $20 per family. For more informa- tion, call (207) 985-4802 or visit (www. —May 13-August 17 —New York City The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) will present Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum. A press release notes that the exhibit "posits an original premise that considers the changing implications of self-taught in the United States from a deeply entrenched and widespread cul- ture of self-education in the early national period to its usage today to describe artists working outside the art histori- cal canon and often in isolated circum- stances." The museum's executive direc- tor, Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D., adds that the exhibition "provides new insight into the critical role of artists all too often overlooked."A catalog will accompany the exhibit. AFAM is located at 2 Lincoln Square in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (212) 595- 9533 or visit ( —May 22-September 7 —Portland, Maine The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will host Richard Estes' Realism, a ret- rospective of Estes's work. The artist is primarily known for his urban land- scapes. This exhibit of nearly 50 works will feature a range of scenes from those depicting New York City to paintings of natural sites around the world. Several of Estes's portraits will also be shown. The show is jointly organized with the Smith- sonian Art Museum in Washington, D.C., where it will be on view from October 10 through February 8, 2015. A catalog will be available. PMA is located at 7 Congress Street in Portland. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day through Columbus Day the museum is also open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission (including a $5 sur- charge for this exhibit) is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and for students with I.D., $11 for youths 13 to 17, and free for chil- dren 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit ( Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and Web site for further information. All listings must include an image. Electronic images are preferred, but we can accept photographs or slides. The information may be e-mailed to or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Exhibitions Andrea Peters (b. 1947), Cold and Clear, oil on wood, 36" x 36". Detail of figurehead on a builder's model of H.M.S. America, circa 1749. Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Cape Cod Morning, 1950, oil on canvas, 34 1/8" x 40¼", Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the Sara Roby Foundation. Guitar by Christian Frederick Martin (1796-1873), circa 1834, New York, spruce, maple, ebony, ivory, and mother-of-pearl, 17¼" body length. On loan from C.F. Mar- tin IV. Photo by John Sterling Ruth. Cour- tesy of C.F. Martin Archives. Mrs. Miller, Carpenter's Wheel quilt, circa 1890. Henry Koerner (Austrian/American, 1915- 1991), 1943 poster for the Office of War Information, 36" x 24". Marcus Charles Illions (1865/1874-1949), 1910, painted wood lion with glass eyes, 51" x 84" x 20". Collection of American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler from the Mary Lawrence and Walter Youree Collection. Photo by Paul Foster, Portland, Oregon. Richard Estes (b. 1932), Water Taxi, Mount Desert Island, 1999, oil on canvas, 35" x 66¼". Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection. Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Founda- tion. ©Richard Estes, courtesy Marlbor- ough Gallery, New York. mus, Wolf Kahn, and others. "With this exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the generosity of the Sara Roby Foundation for its gift of this extraordinary collection, and for its continuing support of the museum's programs that advance the understand- ing of American realist art," said Eliza- beth Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at SAAM. SAAM is located at 8th and F Streets, N.W. in Washington, D.C. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 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