ArtBox art selections

Sihaya Hopkins

Artwork by Sihaya Hopkins

Blossom Studio

http://www.blosssomstudiobeads.com

I’ve been creating this line of glass jewelry for the past sixteen years. The individual beads are made in the 3,000 degree flame from a propane oxygen torch. The freeform molten process invokes nature from its lava like inception, to the birds, butterflies and botanicals that emerge the next day from the kiln. This old technique called Lampwork has evolved from the distant days of Venetian glass. From when the methods for bead creation were a closely guarded secret and the beads were one of the most valued items in the world, to todays hot and fast torches. Allowing the modern fine craftsman to produce a tantalizing line to be collected by the common man and woman.

Indulge in a love of nature and color, with Blossom Studio!

Shop locally: Handworks Gallery, Blue Hill ~ Magenta Magpie, Ellsworth, Island Artisans, Bar Harbor & Northeast Harbor

 

Chris Leith

Artwork by Chris Leith

Eggemoggin Textile Studio


497 Reach Road
Sedgwick, ME 04676
207-359-5083
http://chrisleithstudio.com/
Studio open Memorial Day -Labor Day
Tues-Fri 10-5 and Sat 12-5
or call for an appointment throughout the year

Making cloth is our deepest history. We are wrapped in cloth at birth and again at the end of life, with numerous textile experiences that shape who we are in between. In an uncertain world, I create color stories and weave distinctive cloth that comes alive on the wearer and hopefully provides comfort.

Michele Levesque

Artwork by Michele Levesque

41 Caterpillar Hill Rd
Sargentville ME 04673

My personal work is from within, yet the contributing factors from the world around us make my stories open to universal interpretation. I work with a combination of materials including cast-offs and leftovers from both my life and the lives of others. This medium lends itself to storytelling, revealing memories and creating histories. The objects or materials already have their own histories and stories. We as humans are nostalgic, we crave the past yet thrive in the present. We end our day and look for someone to share the days' experiences with. Time is spent reviewing diary and journal entries from long forgotten events of our lives. I choose to document my life by making tactile objects with memories and histories. Drawing on my own experiences and interests I use my work as a way of relating my stories, questions and conflicts to the world.

Buzz Masters

Artwork by Buzz Masters

45 French Camp Road
Deer Isle, Maine 04627
207-348-2322
www.buzzmastersstudio.com
Show: Lacoste Gallery
Open studio hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-5 or by appointment

During one winter, while sorting through and cleaning out piles of papers in my studio, I came across an old sketchbook. At the age of nine, I had taken a painting class taught by a friend of my parents and this was the documentation of that time. Looking through the pages I could clearly remember the joy of those classes and my first experience drawing from the live model. To ease any of my embarrassment the teacher had had the models wear bathing suits hence,all of the drawings look like beach scenes. In finding these few, unskilled drawings of seated and standing figures my interest in representing the shared human experience reawakened. This, and my love of Italian 14th century painting, has challenged me to merge both influences in new imagery. In life, what connects us is always more interesting than what separates us. In art, you can take your unique vision and find the common language. The moments of sitting on the beach can represent the stretching out of time. Watching our children grow up is the common thread to our own aging. The simple New England architecture becomes a metaphor of the changing undercurrent of relationships.

The recycling of our old ideas, pertaining to creating work, is always an exciting experience. In re-doing a youthful image with an older eye, paths taken and choices made can become more clearly defined. As a result of finding that old sketchbook, the past resurfaced becoming the present and new paintings were born.

Buzz Masters is a painter living and working in Deer Isle, Maine. Her focus of community, and how we create it, has led her to help coaching her daughter’s cross country team, taking groups of teenagers to Europe, sitting on the board of Windward Passage sailing program, and serving her island as an EMT-IA. She helped initiate and has remained a member of The Women's Grand Adventure Group since 1979.

Sarah Doremus

Artwork by Sarah Doremus


PO BOX 220
Deer Isle, Maine 04627
207.348.5221
http://sarahdoremus.com/

As a sculptor, I work with my hands and in all honesty I think with my hands too. The texture, density, consistency and malleability of a material are its language and that language is what I find rewarding in the use of mixed media. I look to the inherent qualities of a material and try to manipulate them to my end.

I like to use my work to create a sort of tongue in cheek play on the human condition. Using words, puns or expressions in combination with physical representation of form I want to poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition: Not to minimize or diminish its impact but rather put it into perspective and by doing so remove the perceived anxiety; basically, to render it impotent.

Most recently I have been interested in kinetic art especially kinetic jewelry. My work suggests sculpture that is ostensibly meant to be worn. Using found objects, doll parts and metal I make small scale pieces that are intended to comment on body adornment and ornamentation, both functional and otherwise. I’ve noticed that cell phones, MP3 players and personal electronic equipment have become so commonplace that they are taking on the mantle of jewelry; Jewelry that has a function and perceived necessity. My work questions this norm by functioning in a way that is both absurd and completely unnecessary.

Jennifer Morrow

Artwork by Jennifer Lee Morrow

www.jenniferleemorrow.com

Jennifer Lee Morrow is a mixed media artist living and working in Deer Isle, Maine. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Kansas. Morrow works with paper in a vocabulary based on textile techniques. These mini-diptychs celebrate the energy in everyday life through the recycling of "leftover" collages from larger works and an abstracted windmill image. More work can be seen at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Maine or on her website.

Corey Paradise

Artwork by Jennifer Lee Morrow

Paradise Tattoo
Water St. Blue Hill, Maine
207.902.0263

Corey Paradise is the owner of Paradise Tattoo, opened in 2007 in Blue Hill. Unique among tattoo studios as a one man tattoo and design space, creating custom tattoos as well as art in a variety of media. Corey is a volunteer with WERU community radio, the Blue Hill Public Library, and also a member of the Deer Ilse Artists Association. The ArtBox and tattooing both explore the role of art in the everyday, off the gallery wall and into the fabric and flesh of living. Currently tattoo culture has made its way into the popular imagination through the two horned devil of television and advertising. As shorthand for rebellion and allegiance alike, a vicarious consumption of cool and fashionably favella, the practice of tattoo is culturally as old as paint, perpetuated in myth and medicine, myriad as any art form worth its pigment. The influence of a tattoo aesthetic on Corey's work is unmistakable. Bold color and line, filigree, flowers, feathers, banners, birds, babes, skulls, snakes, and strangeness maybe most of all. Raised on comic books, VHS movies and library books in the pre digitized age, Corey's influences draw from street art like skateboarding and graffiti as well as illustration, printmaking, and painting. To see more examples of his paintings, drawings and tattoos, or to make an appointment visit
coreyparadisetattoo.blogspot.com.

Amelia Poole

Artwork by Amelia Poole

Ecouture Textile Studio and Gallery
30 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, Maine
ecouturetextilestudio.com
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We are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles—why not combine the two? I use a process known as ‘eco-printing’ to capture images of local leaves and flowers on cloth. Eco printing is a method of adding color, pattern and texture to cloth using only local plant materials. No external paints, inks or dyes are used—simply the natural compounds within the plant material. Eco printing techniques, developed and popularized by India Flint of South Australia, focus on bioregionalism and the use of sustainable, organic and non toxic materials.

I focus on using only the plants of the Blue Hill Peninsula and creating extremely detailed prints. In my studio, I print silk scarves and a variety of textiles for clothing (linen, silk, hemp, organic cotton)—sewn from original patterns. Eco-printed textiles can also be used for home decoration in the form of hangings, pillows, bed covers and art.

Michael Rossney

Artwork by Michael Rossney

Portraits ~ Landscapes ~ Events
41 Caterpillar Hill Road
Sargentville, ME 04673
michaelrossney.com

For me, photography has always been a reflective medium. A way to take what I see in the world around us, and distill it down to manageable pieces that can be investigated closer. I make a photograph of a scene, and that image is a small part of what existed in reality, in my vision. That piece is held captive, and upon closer inspection all sorts of things are free to emerge from it.

This body of work I have developed for the Art Box is a further distillation of these images, taken down in scope even further by the ultimate size and shape of the piece. If a photograph is only an interpretive piece of a particular scene, than what would a 2 1/4” x 5” portion of that piece reveal?

These pieces have been further amended with the addition of various other mediums—wax, oil, wood and paste to become subtle, almost precious documents of the environment in which we exist.

Cullen Schneider

Artwork by Cullen Schneider

5 Main Street
PO Box 174
Blue Hill, ME 04614
207.374.5621

Who doesn't love a book? Old, musty, classic novel; new, color, glossy art book; hand bound journal of empty white pages... You name it. It's a rabbit hole of ideas for your mind wandering pleasure. An empty book? Now that's a special kind of book indeed. A place for fleeting thoughts, scrawled images, memories, artifacts, moments & inspiration. Each of these hand crafted, one- of-a-kind "travel journals" is made from a lifetime collection of unique papers: cotton rag, vegetable dyed, salvaged maps, envelopes for stashing treasures & even a word or two to get you started. Collect, dream, remember. Place is a state of mind. Cullen Schneider is a Maine native who found home on the Blue Hill Peninsula over 15 years ago. She currently owns and runs Fairwinds Florist, a superior flower shop & Peninsula institution, on Main Street in Blue Hill. She and her partner farm flowers and vegetables at their home just a few miles away. In her spare time Cullen enjoys hiking Blue Hill Mountain, sailing the bay, making beautiful photographic images, volunteering in her community and afternoon naps with her kitties, though infrequent they may be.

Margaret Baldwin

Artwork by Margaret Baldwin

Margret Baldwin received her early schooling in Hamburg, Germany and in London, England. She attended The Corcoran School of Art, George Washington University (BA in American Thought) and the Montessori Institute in Washington D.C.. She received her Degree in Art Education from the University of Maine at Orono.

After teaching Art full time for twenty years at the Blue Hill Consolidated School while raising her four sons, Margret retired in order to be able to commit her energies to exploring the visual mysteries and complexities of the sea and land: the edge at which they meet. Margret has illustrated half a dozen operas for large screen projection on stage for concert productions, here and abroad. She continues her studies of the human figure at the weekly meetings of the Blue Hill Life Drawing group, and creates Nuno ( wool felt and silk) hats for Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill.

She has recently completed illustrations for publication of an accounting of life for early settlers in Western Maine, and is currently writing and illustrating true stories from her family's history in Germany during and after World War II. She works at the Blue Hill Library where she is actively engaged in curating shows, organizing art fundraisers and an arts program for adults, while treasuring the time she can spend painting the lovely landscape that surrounds her.

Paper used is lovely reclaimed from recycle bins, library book sales, and Sunday drives.

Kathleen Sawyer

etsy Artwork by Kathleen Sawyer

Sedgwick, Maine

I make hand built collage art; cut and paste of a delicate imperfect nature. think kindergarten art, but I drink grownup hot stuff while making it

My materials are the same as i used as a child. Even now, I probably should not eat my paste or run with scissors. Every scrap of paper used is lovely reclaimed from recycle bins, library book sales, and Sunday drives.

In my past life, i was the artist and owner of local wisdom cards. in 2013, i sold my company and moved to maine with my love.

My new life, it’s unfolding.

Basha Olson

Artwork by Basha Olson

Locally showing at Gallery B on Main Street, Castine, ME
Basha2basheesima.wordpress.com
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I am seasoned with salt, peppered with images, and this world is my essential nutrient.

Vast horizons beyond my boat’s bow keep me searching for the next shore, the next wave, the next creature that may pass by or I'll join with the flow of the tide.

Life is my teacher.

My eyes and soul are my guides.

Michele Gower

Artwork by Michele Gower

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I've always had a practical approach to making art. I use what I have on hand for materials. This may depend on space constraints or my inability to throw something away in case I can make it into something. I love to draw and like to reuse materials. I've combined the two by using leftover materials from working on our house and drawing/painting on them. I enjoy producing large pieces by making many small ones and bringing them together. This also allows for the work to change, which makes it more fun to create and less rigid when finished.

The images I choose are mundane, every day tasks that are personal but relatable. This could be hanging wet clothes to dry, picking carrots from the garden or having coffee in the morning with my family. I find something lovely and satisfying in recreating these simple but sweet memories from my life.