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No accidents

Jon Imber knows just what he’s doing
There is nothing inherently emotionally expressive about paint being loosely smooshed around on a canvas.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 27, 2008


Whole in two

William Manning’s abstract continuum
It’s as if Bill Manning and his work are a small, coherent universe of its own that exists somewhere, and periodically others get to visit it for a while.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 05, 2008


Small but loud

Scale doesn't matter for Nelligan and Bileck
The work of Emily Nelligan and Marvin Bileck in the current show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery has an impact that is out of proportion with the small scale of the pieces.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 16, 2008



Exploring the oceans within + without
Taken separately, the work of each artist is engaging and interesting. Taken together, their differences illuminate two distinct paths toward the goal of a meaningful artistic experience.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 09, 2008


Looking directly

Seeing what summer has to offer
OK, summer’s here and it’s time to please the visitors.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 18, 2008


Out of the woodwork

Langlais's legacy is more than just animals
Bernard Langlais's work has spawned a cottage industry of imitators who mostly serve just to prove how much better he was at it.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 11, 2008



What we can learn from studying "History"
This show has a subtle but relentless energy that emerges slowly.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 28, 2008


A look back

A longtime Maine artist gets a mini-retrospective
“Integrity” is the word that comes to mind while walking through the Lois Dodd show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 07, 2008


Power + glory

The peculiar American brashness of George Bellows
The work of George Bellows has a peculiarly American brashness about it.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 30, 2008


Growing up

The mature art of longtime Maine artists
In the early ’90s the sleepy little Downeast town of Belfast had its 15 minutes of fame.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 09, 2008



Floating in the world of Japanese prints
There’s a small jewel of a show nestled into a side gallery of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 26, 2008


Old items, new life

John Whalley's "Mementos" at Greenhut Galleries
At first look John Whalley’s work seems pretty straightforward.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 12, 2008


Expanded within

A look at the newly re-opened Bowdoin College Museum of Art
On the inside, though, it feels like a much larger museum has been magically folded into the fine old neo-classical structure.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 06, 2008


Artists in landscape

Commemorating the Katahdin Lake purchase
It’s a modest work with gusto and charm.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 13, 2008


Of angels and planets

Arthur Ganson at the ICA at MECA
Arthur Ganson’s work makes you slow down and consider how things are done.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 06, 2008


Off the wall

Sculpture and craft intersect at Aucocisco
Sometime around 1970 I wandered into the art gallery at Vermont's Bennington College and got a surprise.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 23, 2008


Greenhut looks at 30

The gallery is a great example for others
It’s important not to overlook the significance of Greenhut Gallery’s 30th anniversary in business.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 16, 2008


Coming alive

Portland's art weathers the dead season
Back in the day, winter and early spring used to be a dead zone in the Portland art year, but 2008 seems to be shaping up pretty well.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 26, 2007


Looking backward

Portland art: 2007 in review
Seems like it was a pretty good year.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 19, 2007


Pace yourself

Quality of light and experience develop over decades
Stephen Pace came of age in New York in the circle of artists that included Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and his particular friend Milton Avery.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 28, 2007



"Tiny" art makes for a huge show
The “Tiny” show at Whitney Art Works is a big group show of very small works.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 20, 2007

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