Hayes talk at Strand June 7

Three shows open at Dowling Walsh

May 31, 2014
David Vickery's "Staircase, Monhegan Museum" is an oil on panel.

Rockland — Dowling Walsh Gallery, 357 Main St., will open three shows during the city’s First Friday Art Walk June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. All three shows will continue through June 28.

Robert Pollien lives in Bar Harbor and paints small, compact landscapes of the Maine coastline, working from direct observation. Pollien received his master of arts degree in painting from Trinity College and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, under the late Neil Welliver. Following Penn, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1992, Pollien became the first Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. He was awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting in 2001; in 2004, he was awarded Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island. Pollien’s work was included in “Art of the Maine Islands” by Arnold Skolnick and Carl Little.

David Vickery, known for his precise realism, has been working from his Cushing studio since 1991. He describes his work as being about the merger of nature and culture — an attempt to make sense of our place in the world.

Connie Hayes lives in Rockland and serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Farnsworth Art Museum. Born in Gardiner, she taught at the Maine College of Art for 10 years, also participating in arts administration there for 15 years including serving as their interim Dean of Faculty. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the Maine College of Art. Since 1990, she has been painting on location through her Borrowed Views project and developing figurative work in her Rockland studio.

Hayes will deliver a public artist talk titled What is Teachable and What is Learnable about Painting? Saturday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. This topic springs from people asking why she has not taught for a long time and why she decided to teach this summer in Italy. Hayes will show images of her own art from childhood, student days and current work in conjunction with her exhibit at the Dowling Walsh Gallery. She will talk about various ways to learn and teach that exist in schools, colleges, museums, workshops, copying masters, self-taught artists, apprenticeships, etc. There will be a Q&A following the talk.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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