Garde featured artist

Festival of Art calls for same

Mar 01, 2014
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Harold Garde of Belfast spends the evening of his 90th birthday greeting attendees of his 2013 show at Rockland’s Harbor Square Gallery.

Belfast — Senior College at Belfast invites all Maine artists 50 years of age and older, amateur and professional, to participate in this year’s Festival of Art event in May.

For the past 11 years, this four-day exhibit has included work from new artists who have never shown before; well-known accomplished artists whose work continues to astound; and artists who are striving to build their reputations, as well as those who only wish to share their work with an appreciative audience. At times, there have been as many as 170 artists participating in this event and more than 1,000 visitors to the exhibit. Artists also have an opportunity to sell their work, if they wish.

The types of art submitted vary extensively and have included paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery and photography, as a few examples. The registration period for artists is March 1 through the 31st. Registration materials and information may be requested from or by calling Juliane Dow on her cellphone at (857) 719-6733.

The 12th annual Festival of Art will run Thursday through Sunday, May 15 through 18, at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3. Admission is free and open to the public; all are welcome.

Garde is featured artist

Renowned Belfast painter, printmaker and teacher Harold Garde will be the subject of the festival’s featured presentation Saturday at 1 p.m. He has been creating art for more than seven decades, with regular solo exhibitions around the country since 1970 and work in major collections. Garde is one of UMVA’s Maine Masters, featured in the MPBN television series, and the recognized developer of the Strappo technique of transferring paintings on glass to paper or other paintings. His Iconoclass is the flagship painting of the Museum of Florida Art in Deland; and last summer, he had a solo exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland.

The presentation will be a discussion of Garde’s work by a panel of experts including Sarah Maline, Associate Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at University of Maine, Farmington; Thomas O’Donovan, crafter and designer of jewelry and signature pieces and owner of Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland; and Belfast artist Alan Fishman, whose distinctive acrylic paintings can be found in many collections around the world. The panel will be moderated by David Estey, a fine arts painter in Belfast who has been named one of Maine’s most collectible artists.

For more information about Garde and to see more of his work, visit

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

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