BAR HARBOR — ArtWaves, the name that artist, entrepreneur, arts activist Liz Cutler has chosen for her new gallery at 329 Main St. is apt. She is determined to make some serious waves in the local art scene by using the new location, across the street from the Women’s Health Center, as a resource for both artists and art admirers to create, discuss, teach, critique, display, sell and buy works of arts.
“This is not my gallery,” Cutler insists. “It is the community’s space to use for a variety of arts related purposes.”
This week, that purpose is a gallery for the new 10×10 show, featuring works, largely by area artists, that are 10×10 inches in size. All sell for $110.
The little paintings fill the wall space of the three gallery rooms with vibrant images of flowers, land and seascapes in all seasons, figures, Maine life, animals – including a handsome blue rhino – furniture and faces painted by some of the areas most familiar artists.
On view are Helen Douglas’s bold acrylic landscapes, many of them capturing this past winter so beautifully that one almost misses all that snow; Linda Rowell Kelley’s appealing collection of colorful chairs; Roberta Sprague’s delicately detailed tissue collages; Susan Aripotch’s intricate mandala designs; and the aforementioned rhino, which seems to pay homage to Magritte.
There are some less familiar names, too, such as Dianne Braun, who successfully tackles a variety of subjects from bushy-tailed foxes to ice fishing. Cutler herself manages to create a lovely bouquet of white roses with just a few brush strokes. There are also several small and intriguing metal sculptures by Robert Haskell, some fun wire-and-feather dancing figures and a few glass and ceramic pieces that fit the show’s theme in height, width and/or diameter.
The 15 artists showing here have been busy the past few months creating these small works. As pieces sell, more appear to fill the gaps. While some of the artists in the show are members of this new ArtWaves cooperative, they do not have to be. Cutler does not take a commission on sold works.
“Art Waves is happy to host this show free of charge,” Cutler said, “and the hope is when an artist finds success here, they will want to become part of this community.”
Membership is $52 a year – $1 a week.
In addition to being able to rent the gallery for group or individual shows, members can access studio space rental, be included in a virtual gallery on the net, which is in the process of being set up, and use space for giving classes. It also covers the use of printmaking and stained-glass making equipment, some storage, use of easels and a host of other art-related opportunities, including a planned afternoon teatime when members may gather to share ideas and good food.
“I think it is vitally important for the arts community to interact with one another,” said Cutler. “I hope this will be a place where people of all abilities can gather to teach or learn or simply listen to each other.”
The current 10×10 show will continue through April 20 with the gallery open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The 10×10 show will return on the 10th of each month, for just that one day.
“We kept this introductory one open for 10 days,” said Cutler,” but these future pop-up shows will give people just that one day to view and buy works.”
Visit ArtWave’s Facebook page, email [email protected] or call 478-9336.