November 7th- December 24, 2014
Opening Reception Friday November 7th, 5-8pm
The eighth annual EXTRAVAGANZA kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7th through December 24th
. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more!
Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Bixby and Co., Martha Briana, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Constance Cossette, Maryjean V. Crowe, Nicholas Cullen, Bill Davis, James Deane, Liz Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Rachael Eastman, Kris Engman, David Estey, Sarah Faragher, Maureen Farr, Sallie Findlay, Stephen Florimbi, Kathleen Newton Foote, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Jemma Gascoine, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Hilary Kahrl, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Eric Leppanen, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Hanako Nakazato, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Alex Portela, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Liv Kristin Robinson, Julie H. Rose, Rural Electric, Ashleigh Russell, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Johan Selmer-Larson, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Patricia Shea, Mike Silverton, Karin Spitfire, Toussaint St. Negritude, James Strickland, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Whiffletree and April White.
Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday November 7th from 5-8 pm.
Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11-5:30, Mondays by chance, Friday nights til 7 for the month of December, and will close at 3pm on December 24th. Call 207-338-0001during business hours for more information or visit www.aarhusgallery.com for links to the artists and notice of special events.
You may have heard murmurings regarding the future of Åarhus. As you can imagine, Åarhus has been a labor of love for us for these seven years. We have met so many talented artists and have had the great privilege of mounting over 70 exhibitions and handling outstanding work from a diverse range of disciplines from this remarkable and expansive creative community. The hard truth is that despite our efforts, our wine and cheese, our pristine walls, the artists’ terrific work, and your patronage, sales have not been energetic enough to keep us afloat. Ålas, we must go! Åarhus Gallery will be shutting its doors at the end of the year. We are full of gratitude for our beloved community of Belfast, and our many dear friends beyond, for the enthusiasm and appreciation you all showed for what we were attempting here.
We chose a less commercial route through the gallery business, but we were only ever pursuing a conception, of art in place, a place on Main Street in Belfast. We realized our vision with the help of you all. Thank you.
We will nonetheless, be going ahead with our annual Extravaganza show in November and December, so please make sure to stop in over the next two months and help keep the local creative economy moving forward by supporting the local artists and crafts people of this unique and productive corner of the world.
The Åarhusians (Mark, Richard, Wes and Willy)
Friday Dec. 5th, 2014, 5-7pm
Please join us for an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music, and conviviality on Friday, December 5th from 5-7pm. This will be our last event. There will be samples of Dean’s Sweets delicious hand-dipped chocolates and the all natural, flavor-packed Bixby Bars produced right here in midcoast Maine. Tom Luther’s unique hybrid blend of original music, as well as his take on some traditional seasonal pieces, will spice up the nooks and crannies and stimulate the mind, all the better to fully immerse oneself in the 2014 Extravaganza of small artworks and crafts lovingly assembled for a localvore’s gift giving pleasure!
Tom Luther will be using a digital keyboard and laptop computer with several different kinds of software in combination with his own jazz rooted improvisation to produce reflective musical soundscapes, touching on both the familiar and unfamiliar, describing this work as being “somewhere between Herbie Hancock and Brian Eno”. Dean’s Sweets, winner of a 2011 Best of Portland Award will tantalize your taste buds at the tasting table with a sample or two of chocolates with flavors including; Brandy, Maple, Cayenne, and Salted Caramel truffles. Dean’s chocolate bar flavors will include; Brandied Orange Peel, Mocha Latte, and Maine Potato Chip. The Bixby & Co’s white, milk and dark chocolate bars each feature uniquely satisfying combinations of exotic spices, pure chocolate, healthy nuts and dried fruits. This is bound to be a truly delicious evening!
The jam-packed Extravaganza show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative crafts priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the mid-coast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, felted and knitted fiber works, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, Glass Plate images of Maine, affordable jewelry, music and more! Even if you have visited the gallery during the Extravaganza, it may be worth another trip, we’ve added new works to the mix as things sell……. and chocolate!