Jo M. Orise – July, 2016 Art Update

Lincolnville Beach – the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery

UMaine Belfast Center art show ended a few weeks ago. On my way home from retrieving my painting, I decided to visit the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery
at Lincolnville Beach. It is on the route to Belfast.

My previous attempt to visit the gallery proved futile—closed. This time I was in luck and I happily viewed lovely works of art and craft.

I complimented the owner, Dwight, at his art and craft selection and gallery display. 

Dwight has on display his own creations of wood sculptures and wall hangings, which I found very charming and tastefully executed. (One of his large pieces is hanging on the right side of the gallery as seen in this photo.) He is an artist/ owner/curator/realtor! And I thought I was the busy one.

Grace Bailey Anchored at Curtis Light
by: Jo M. Orise

 Dwight invited me to fetch my painting from the car.

“You painted this?” he chuckled.


“How about leaving it here. I have room for it.”

So, after discussing the terms and reaching agreement, I now have my painting hanging in the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery.

I am happy about this opportunity to be represented in Lincolnville. Hopefully someone will see my work and decide they can’t go home without it.

Leave a comment.

For more info about the painting, visit my website

Visit the gallery. Say hello to Dwight.

Jo M. Orise April, 2016 Art Update

“Morning Watch” by: Jo M. Orise

 NEW artwork is now available for viewing at my virtual gallery,

27 paintings in 11 months!

Rumor is, “Spring has arrived.” Therefore I am getting my artwork ready for upcoming art shows. My plan includes group shows and solo shows.

Go to See what I’ve created and please leave a comment. 

  • A ‘Like’ AND Written Words are always appreciated. It is delightful to have people “like” my work or “not like” my work. I welcome honest critiques

    •  Critique: a careful judgment or opinion about the good and bad. Questions may be  asked, such as:  ‘have you tried…..’ or ‘have you thought of…..” or “why did you do/say that?” Critiquing is something I introduced to my art students as well as to my animation students. It is practiced to assist one in a journey of creativity without being rude. Critiquing art and manuscripts has been around since the 1800s.

A painter at work in front of the Pigeon Point...
A painter at work en plein air – dog in a ‘flow state’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After working so many hours, a simple “like” is nice, but words have more lasting power. 

Oh, but I do “like” lots of things—popcorn, pizza, comfortable shoes, being in a “flow state.”  (See previous post re: ‘flow state’)

I am now officially a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Click on link below.

Yes, I plan to open my home studio to the public by appointment. It will be fun to find out what will happen.

English: Schooner Isaac H. Evans under full sa...
English: Schooner Isaac H. Evans under full sail on Penobscot Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stay tuned. I’ll post my upcoming shows in time for you to plan to come and enjoy the display of work by me and others wherever we may be.

Check out my blogs and my website. Please leave a “comment” AND a “like”. I’ll will reply. 

If you want to be on my list of people to be notified of upcoming events, follow me on FaceBook or on Wordpress-Blog or BlogSpotBlog (this blog) or on Twitter

Thanks for reading and I hope you smiled today.

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“Smile in your mirror every day.” Jo M. Orise

Scammer If I Ever Saw One!

Image of Owls Head Light Station in Owls Head,...
This is NOT my painting. Image of Owls Head Light Station in Owls Head, Maine, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I received an e-mail first thing this morning.
Michael Silverberg []
Monday 6/4/2012 1:16 AM
Good day to you over there, My name is Micheal Silverberg I’m from phoenix and my eyes caught this particular work(Owls Head Light), i will like to have it for my new apartment this month.please let me know if the piece is available, if yes let me have the detailed price and more information about it. i will be waiting to read from you.Regards.

I’ve sold artwork over the Internet before, but this didn’t seem okay.

Michael has a problem in spelling his name correctly more than once. So, which is it Mike?

Grammar is not very good either. Salutation? A bit strange.

So I do what I always do. Contemplate, then act—what can I find out about Michael Silverberg at

Any search engine will do. I got lots of information about Michael who has an alias was well.

Kathleen McMahon, artist, has done a terrific job as an Anti-Scam Samurai. Visit her website and check out the long list of names scammers use. This is only a partial list.

If you get an e-mail and it doesn’t seem right, go with your intuition and do some research. It will pay off.

As a former computer science teacher, I developed an Internet Safety curriculum where I taught my students to question what they saw and read on the Internet. Compare what is said on one site with another. Check your sources. What is their motive? Are there lots of spelling and grammar errors. If it sounds too good to be true? Then it usually is.

Go to

So how do you protect yourself and report those nasty scammers?

Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber-fraud as seen on

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail with the link to which you are directed and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
  • Log directly onto the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.
  • If you are asked to act quickly, or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
  • Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them using the main contact information.
  • Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
To receive the latest information about cyber-scams, sign up for e-mail alerts on this website. If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at

Check this: :

How to Report a Spam, Scams and Abusive Use of Email Accounts and Hosted Websites

If you have received spams and scams that are coming from a Yahoo, Hotmail, AIM, Excite, Gmail or other public or free email account, you can report it to the provider to have them shut that account down.  Here are the addresses -just forward the email to the appropriate address with the subject “Abusive use of account”:

Email providers

Website hosti
ng providers

Be on the lookout at all times. Protect yourself, your family and friends.
Hope this helps. Leave a comment.

PS:I’m back with an update. I forwarded the e-mail to GMail’s link (as seen above) at 12:04 AM and got a robotic response at 12:05 AM.

GMail provided me with a choice of forms to fill out. It was neat, quick and easy.

You will need the message header so they can track them down.

  • GMail has instructions on how to find the header. 
  • In Microsoft Outlook, I found the header when I opened the message and clicked on View/Options and the Internet Header was there. 
  1. Click within the header report in that window
  2. Press CTRL + A to select all
  3. Press CTRL + C to copy and close the window. 
  4. Click in the form where the Message Header is needed
  5. Press CTRL + V to paste what you copied from Microsoft Outlook.

So DON’t delete the scammer’s e-mail until you have reported the villain to the proper reporting bureau. That is crucial if you want the scammer gone.

Click on the ‘comment’ link below. Share your experience with scam e-mail.

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