Second reception for First Friday

Sep 01, 2018
With a family connection to Eagle Island dating back several generations, Abe Goodale is committed to telling the stories of Maine's fisherman and sharing the coast he knows and loves. Pictured is his watercolor portrait “Pause.”

Rockland — The public is invited to join Archipelago Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Arts in Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for a second artist reception with Abe Goodale to celebrate the current gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun.”

The show, which features watercolor portraits by Goodale, also includes paintings, bronze sculptures, carved wall pieces, wood folk carvings and a broad array of work from other coastal Maine artists.

Through his representational watercolors, Goodale creates paintings that both reflect and respect the individuals he encounters. His current project, Eastern Waters — featured in this year’s Island Journal — is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who make their living along the coast and an industry that is thriving, yet fragile.

Goodale has left the individuals he paints anonymous, he said, as a means to respect them and to "allow your mind to wander and think towards the feeling of salt on your skin, wind in the hair and a relationship to the sea."

Other work highlighted in “Turning Away from the Sun” includes egg tempera paintings by Amy Peters Wood; paintings, bronze sculptures and carved wall pieces by Rebekah Raye; and wood folk carvings by Wayne Robbins. In addition, newly added pieces will include the work of fiber artist Sue Stasiowski.

Stasiowski became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. She spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio in Camden, but also makes time to teach needle felting workshops and experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her art has been commissioned or purchased by art lovers in Texas, Maryland and Virginia, as well as throughout the northeastern United States.

The public is invited to stop into Archipelago’s 386 Main St. location during the art walk to enjoy light refreshments, see tall of the pieces and talk to Goodale about his work. “Turning Away from the Sun” will run through Oct. 28.  Archipelago also will be open extended hours for the Oct. 5 First Friday Art Walk.

Both the store and gallery are open seven days a week: weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, contact  Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701.

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

“Taking My Time” is a needle-felted sculpture by Sue Stasiowski of Camden.
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