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Ramona du Houx’s fine art photography

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Ramona du Houx

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Many Native Americans continue to believe that everything and everyone is connected. It is that interconnectedness that helps to make us whole. Through photography I have found light expresses that reality in unique ways. I try to bring the beauty and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying this essence. That mystery can be transformational.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote that you can’t step into the same river, twice. Today, most of us are too busy to contemplate how much nature’s motion surrounds or is within us, always changing. We don’t normally see how interconnected rhythms of nature are a part of us. Nowadays, too many of us tend to take nature’s continual dance of life for granted.

Scientists, innovators, and inventors throughout history took the time to observe nature and her connective rhythms. But now society plugs us into the Internet, and while that can open doors, sometimes too much of being Internet-connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world that are transformational. I want to help show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves.

Sometimes when people look deeply into these images, they relax and find a tranquil place in the soul, as one would by taking time to be at peace in nature. At other times, the photographs can refresh, excite, and energize one’s soul, as if one were standing by a waterfall. The images have been said to be dreamlike, healing, Zen meditative, and thought provoking.

As I paint with the camera questions arise as more doors of perception begin to open. How far can painting with the camera take the viewer into other realities we normally can’t see with representational photographic works alone? I’d like to find out, join me on my journey.

I love to hear how my work impacts people. Please contact me and share your insights and stories HERE. – Ramona du Houx

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Special Saturday opening at Constellation Gallery DEC 20th from 10am – 8pm.

With art from all across Maine in the exhibit the Constellation Gallery a special Saturday opening is scheduled for December 20th from 10am until 8pm.

The Constellation Gallery’s, home of (MAC), call for art received entrees from all over Maine. As a result MAC’s “Miniatures” exhibit is the collective’s largest exhibit ever, with over 110 original works. The show runs from November 21st to January 27th. And all the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including the frames used.

The unique pieces range from photographs to paintings and black and white prints. Some artists’ exhibit internationally, others choose to exhibit in only Maine. There is surely something in this exhibit for everyone’s tastes from abstracts to realism. Read more

America is always on the move, the exhibit at the Constellation Gallery reflects our independent spirit

This article first appeared on Maine Insights, by Morgan Rogers

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The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artists Collective, is pleased to announce their Movement exhibit for July. America is a forever-changing nation– always on the move, this exhibit reflects the country’s independent spirit. The exhibit will have works from 11 different artists on display, with their creations to marvel at, to contemplate, and to sense the world of movement in.

The Constellation Gallery has brought together unique visions of movement, which represents the diversity of the artists and their various mediums.

Kate, Sanders-Fleming’s piece, Back At Home, a 3 x 4 foot oil painting, was chosen for as the Best of Show. There are many interpretations for this powerful work, which Kate embraces. For some, Back At Home depicts an apparently conflicted man in bed in different stages of action. It captures the turmoil of a waking dreaming state of mind in flux by showing us his different body movements. The warm earthy tones give the viewer the sense he’s protected.

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Old Port Festival in Portland, now a three day celebration, a huge success

With glorious summertime weather and an expanded three-day schedule of events to stimulate and engage any festival-goer the Old Port Festival was a huge success this year.

Families enjoyed science presentations at the park on Exchange Street designed for kids as well as a rock- climbing wall near the City Hall and the traditional parade on Sunday featuring the Shoestring Puppet Theater with their fantastic papier-mâché puppets that are two stories high.

“I loved the big sun, and the pirate gave me a high-five,” said John Connors, 8.

The mythological puppets energized crowds as they rambled amiably down Exchange Street. This year there was something for everyone at the Old Port Festival.

“We’re trying to make it more of a destination event and to broaden the scope to focus on all of Portland’s downtown, not just one area,” said Steve Hewins, executive director of Portland’s Downtown District, the merchants group that runs the Old Port Festival. That focus included the arts district, which kick started the festival during the Friday night art walk. Read more

New International Art Gallery opening in Portland, Maine

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will cut the ribbon on Friday, May 2 at 5:00 PM at the new Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, located at 48 Free Street. This will commemorate the gallery’s soft opening and the start of the First Friday May Art Walk. The public is welcome to attend. The gallery specializes in realism, in both traditional and impressionistic styles, and represents 28 artists from 7 different countries, truly uniting the world through art.

“Portland is known for its vibrant arts scene, and so I’m delighted to welcome another gallery to our downtown,” said Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. “It’s even more fitting to be celebrating this opening as part of our First Friday Art Walk events.”

Roux and Cyr Art Gallery is a mid-range to high-end gallery, furnished in antiques, and serving complimentary coffee and tea in fine china cups and saucers. Guests are encouraged to sit and linger awhile, basking in the ambiance of the beautiful art. Both owners are artists and happy to engage in conversations to help inform and educate the public about fine art. Read more

New gallery to lease in Brunswick, Maine, issues call to Artists

The Gallery at 11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine, will open on May 9, 2014. The Gallery will offer 1410 square feet of space with track lighting, as well as mezzanine space for rent.

11 Pleasant seeks a combination of fine 2D art, sculpture, carving, and hand-made jewelry. Space is leased to juried artists/artisans in three-week time periods. For jewelry and 3D objects the leases would be on a monthly basis. No membership fees are collected.

Each three week period is structured to contain a 2nd Friday Artwalk night, with live music and refreshments at 11 Pleasant. Promotion and assistance with display design are a part of the rental fee. Jurying will occur on an ongoing basis and will be based on date of application. There is enough space for eight 2D artists, two 3D artisans, and one jeweler. The owners are accepting applications.

For more information, an application, and rates, please email Director Janet Glatz: jbglatz@gmail.com.

1st Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramic Arts Show at UMA’s Gannett Gallery


In celebration of Youth Art Month the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association is presenting an exhibition of ceramic art by students from high schools statewide. New for 2014, The Maine Statewide Ceramic Arts Show is being presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta in the spirit of connecting and celebrating art, artists and community.

The exhibition is on view in the 1st floor gallery space in UMA’s Gannett Building at 331 Water Street in downtown Augusta from April 9 – 26, 2014, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 9 from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-5pm.

“The show sprouted out of a need to highlight students ceramic work in the state of Maine. I saw two dimensional art work being highlighted at the Blaine House and other venues around Augusta but not three-dimensional work. The whole project started about 2 years ago and I have been working on a venue in and around Augusta and everything finally fell into place this past fall, especially with the help of the people working at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell,” said Russell Kahn, project organizer & art instructor at Camden Hills Regional High School.”This will be the first year to get the project off the ground and see great work from high school students in the state of Maine in the clay medium.”

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Longfellow’s Greenhouse Art Show in Manchester

Longfellow’s Greenhouses makes space for some 30 artists to display and sell their wares By Keith Edwards of the KJ, kedwards@centralmaine.com
Here’a an excerpt: [It’s]an annual opportunity to be surrounded by art and plant life while large overhead heaters blast down warmth in the depths of winter.

Scott Perry, of Farmington, a former freelance photographer for the Associated Press and former Maine Times, displayed numerous landscape photographs, including two of downtown Gardiner, other area downtowns, and a spectacular panoramic shot he took from Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin. He said he goes to Baxter and shoots photos whenever he can. He said he favors downtowns with old building facades and features, such as Hallowell and Gardiner, but also sometimes picks a spot because, frankly, a photograph of it is likely to sell.

“Local images sell best,” he said. “People form that connection with their town or a favorite place.” Read more