Art Update July 2021

JULY 7 to August 7

Art Opening Reception – July 10

Join me. Bring family and friends…or come by yourself.

Location: 36 Elm Street Plaza, Damariscotta, Maine.

Date: July 10, 2021

Time: 1PM – 4 PM.

Join me at the newly relocated River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine.I’ll be happy to show you around the gallery.

“Sunset at Curtis Light” 12 x 16″ oil on canvas.

I am so excited! Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, this is my first group art exhibition since 2019!

My fascination with marine landscape, light and historical man-made structures and sailing vessels are represented in most of my work.

Living and viewing the ocean each day from my studio in Owls Head evokes a need to record, invent, describe that unpredictably powerful living, moving body of water and all of its interactions with the sky, the land, the people. Leave a comment about my painting.

The exhibition will run from July 7, 2021 to August 7, 2021.

Support our local artists. Buy an original artwork from the River Arts exhibition. Don’t miss the matted and unframed original paintings available for sale in two art bins. Buy for yourself or for another.

See you there.

Can’t make the Opening Reception? Visit any time between July 7 – August 7.

Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturday 10 – 4PM     –     Sundays 11 – 3 PM

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Art Update – “Artist Choice” Sept. 20 – Oct. 19, 2019

Art Opening and Reception

Where: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME
When:  Opening reception:  September 20, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Public view and purchase: September 20 – October 19, 2019
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 – 3:00 pm

Contact: 207-563-1507
email: info@riveratsme.org

Works juried by Jane Dahmen, contemproary realist painter.

I’ve been accepted to participate!

I am included in the 101 works selected from 233 submitted for the show.

Out of the three submitted, “Monhegan Bananas” was accepted!

I’m impressed by the quality of works exhibited at the gallery. Come see the amazing work at this show.

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Monhegan Bananas – by: Jo M. Orise

Bananas?

Why not. Besides, fruit needs to be healthy so we can be healthy. Maine sunshine and ocean breezes are the best way to promote health.

A still life with landscape for a background.

This is a fun painting to hang in any environment. Kitchen, porch, patio, restaurant. Anywhere.

It’s art. One-of-kind. Be different, hang it somewhere or gift it to that special person who has everything.

Join us.

Have a glass of wine, a few goodies and let’s chat about art—everyone’s art. Most participating artists attend the opening. We artists will be happy to speak with anyone interested in art.

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JMO

 

Art Update – “Artist Choice” September Exhibition coming up soon.

I’ve submitted three!

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Curtis Light Apples – by: Jo M. Orise

I’ve submitted these three paintings, to be juried. The theme is “Artist Choice”.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all three accepted? But that’s up to the juror, who is also an artist.

Exhibitions at River Arts usually includes, paintings, drawings, sculptures and a few crafts.

Impressed by the quality of some of these artists’ works, I often consider signing up with several of these talented people to learn how they produce such amazing work.

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Monhegan Bananas – by: Jo M. Orise

Bananas and apples?

Why not. Besides, fruit is healthy.

This is actually, a still life painting set in a landscape…the ocean.

These are fun paintings to hang in any environment. Kitchen, porch, patio, restaurant. Anywhere. It’s art. And they are one-of-kind. Be different, hang it somewhere or gift it to that special person who has everything.

 

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Beltie Stroll – by: Jo M. Orise

Oreo Cookies?

This third painting is a favorite theme for lots of folks visiting this area. Belted Galloways, also known a Oreo Cookies, Oreos, Belties, are found at Aldermere Farm, Rockport, Maine, where they breed the belties. Being a non-profit organization, they rely on the community for support and in return, adults and school children interested in animal husbandry, gardening and farming participate in caring for the animals and growing their own gardens. An interesting environment in which to grow.

Now, I wait for the e-mail. Subject: acceptance list.

Cross my fingers.

Will you cross yours for me?

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Jo

 

Art Update – September 6 – 18, 2019

“Ron Frontin Studio Painters Group Show”

Opening Reception: Friday  5:30 to 7:30

Exhibition and sale runs from September 6, until September 18 , 2019

Ron Frontin, Artist and Instructor

Sorry I did not get to post this earlier. Between doctor visits and family obligations and meetings, time slipped away.

I am part of this show with two pieces hanging alongside an impressive collection of artists’ works. Come visit. Ron’s work is also included in the show.

Where: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, Maine. 

When: Public view and purchase: August 6 – September 18, 2019

Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4 pm
Sunday 11:00 – 3:00 pm

Contact: 207-563-1507
email: info@riveratsme.org

PS: I am also in the Damariscotta Wild Things show still up for public view and purchase.

Get to see two art exhibitions at one viewing. The main gallery and the private gallery at the back of the building. Enter the front door for both.

Best,

Jo

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Art Update: Aug. 16 – Sept. 14, 2019

“Wild Things”

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Nature Speaks – Endurance, by: Jo M. Orise – oil on canvas, gallery wrap 18×24″

Art Opening and Reception

Where: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME
When:  Opening reception: August 16 –  5 to 7 pm
Public view and purchase: August 16 – September 14, 2019
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4 pm
Sunday 11:00-3:00 pm

Contact: 207-563-1507
email: info@riveratsme.org

Having submitted an artwork to be juried for the “Wild Things” show, I learned 208 paintings were submitted, and 80 were selected by the jurying process.

I was one of the lucky 80! That sounds like the title of a book or at least a movie.

I am so pleased. So many paintings. And a theme show to boot!

I usually avoided “Theme” shows—until this year. I was accepted at the last show and now this show. Two theme shows in a row! How great is that?

Why do I avoid “Themes”? Well…my brain doesn’t work that way. Suggest a theme, my mind is blank.

I literally interpret the message…then it gets complicated in my little head. It feels like I don’t fit in my head. Nor do I fit in the group who is part the whole event.

They get it. I don’t.

My examples draw a lot of blank stares and gaping mouths.

Hmmm.

I go home and have coffee. I stare at my easel. Whiteness. That is what I see. Well, lately it is grayness—I tint my canvas prior to painting. Gray can make paint “zing” or can depress you. Like sitting in a little corner asking “why don’t I think that way?”

But this time, upon examining available paintings hanging in my studio, I forced myself to think beyond the painted subject. It worked—twice in two months!

However, I fear my time as a theme painter is limited.

But then…

Join us.

Have a glass of wine, a few goodies and let’s chat about art—everyone’s art. Most participating artists attend the opening.

We artists will be happy to speak with anyone interested in art.

Give a holler, leave a comment and a like.

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JMO

Jo M. Orise Art Update – June 2019

Jo’s New Event

Group art opening this week.

WHERE: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME.
On the North side of route 1. Can’t miss it.
WHEN:  Friday, June 7, 2019
TIME:    5-7 p.m.

The opening will have hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and wine.

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River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 11-3
207-563-1507

This is my sixth year with the group. Shouldn’t there be a celbration here for me? 😉

Join us. Have fun. Chat with the artists and art lovers. Look at the artwork. Bring one or more home.

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Return to Port by Rockland Light – by: Jo M. Orise

Return to Port by Rockland Light, an oil painting, took several weeks to complete. I love schooners and actually live near Rockland Light, visible from my studio.

It is 12×16″ oil on canvas, framed.

There are mountains beyond from this view. Seagulls roam from Rockland Light to our home, searching for another serving of whatever they can swallow, all the while crying out, “Mine! Mine!”

Or are they saying “Maine?”

If  you are interested in this artwork or any other works from my studio https://www.jomorise.com, send me a message at jo@jomorise.com.

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Thanks,

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