In collaboration with Zelo Arts Collective, Down East Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition at our East Boothbay gallery! PERCEPTION is a contemporary display of mixed media including sculpture, photography, paintings, plastel and music, featuring four emerging artists:
Brianna Del Mar
PERCEPTION encourages discussion of how we interact with the world around us, based on our perception of natural and social stimuli. Our artists invite you to expose your senses to our art, engage in our interactive displays, and allow these unique combinations of art to inspire you: consciousness and nature, experimentation and collaboration, personal and impersonal, visceral and technical.
Join on us for the opening party this SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 from 5-7 pm at Down East Gallery East Boothbay, located at 30 Van Horne Road in East Boothbay, ME.
From August 7 to September 8, Down East Gallery will be featuring paintings and sculptures that capture the spirit of the Maine Coast. Featuring maritime paintings by award-winning artist Brad Betts, ASMA, the exhibition “Cottages & The Maine Coast” will include over 60 paintings of Maine’s oceanside cottages, crashing surf, beach roses on the shore, cottage gardens and classic sailboats gliding through Maine’s harbors. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 10 from 5 – 7 pm and will feature live music by steel drummer Ben Betts.
Down East Gallery is located at 146 Boothbay Rd./Route 27, only one-half mile south of U.S. Route 1. The gallery features fine contemporary art by Brad Betts as well as sculptures, woodwork, glassware, tapestries and ceramics by a curated selection of Maine’s finest artists. With over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery is located in a 1906 farmhouse and a 1904 post and beam barn, surrounded by a 35-acre farm with sculptures set amongst the gardens.
The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday and Monday by appointment or by chance (closed September 1 for a private event). For more information, contact artist/owner Brad Betts: 207-318-3282; email@example.com or visit DownEastGallery.com.
Boothbay artisans Diana Kerr and Kathleen Jones travel frequently to North Africa and visit bazaars and tribal villages to collect one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods. Our “Morocco in Maine” show will feature their 2018 collection of stunning, handwoven textiles, jewelry and artifacts.
Down East Gallery is excited to host our first Pop-Up Gallery! Running from November 7 to December 23, 2017, the Pop-Up Gallery features a diverse, carefully curated exhibition of unique Maine-made artisan goods.
In addition to featuring small works by Brad Betts and our core gallery sculptors, the Pop-Up Gallery features the work of the following artisans:
We’re very pleased to announce that “Drying Sails in Camden Harbor” by Brad Betts was selected for the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. The award recognizes paintings that are “outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art.”
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – DECEMBER 31, 2017
The 38th International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale is a comprehensive juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawing, sculpture, scrimshaw and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, along with scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and the wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document the relationship of man to the sea that still survives today.
NATIONAL MARITIME SHOW: AT SEA
The painting “Morning on Monhegan, 1898” by artist Brad Betts has been selected for a national maritime show at the Copley Society of Art. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian.
May 20 – July 6, 2017
COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Down East Gallery is pleased to offer a Holiday Special for 2016!
Offering 20% off all original, framed artwork by Brad Betts… click here to view Available Paintings. Special lasts until December 31, 2016.
Five Days on Monhegan
No one painting can capture the spirit of Monhegan Island. This collection of paintings and sketches shows glimpses of life on the island, inspired by Brad and his wife Danielle’s five day visit in the summer of 2016. Read the Artist’s Journal.
Opening Reception: August 26, 2016, 4 – 6 pm at the artist’s studio. Exhibition runs from August 26 to October 2, 2016.
BRAD BETTS STUDIO: 30 Van Horn Road, East Boothbay, Maine
37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition
“A Good Place to Fish” will be exhibited in the 2016 International in Mystic Seaport.
The 37th annual International Marine Art Exhibition is a comprehensive juried show that showcases recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea.
The exhibition runs through October 1 through December 31, 2016.
Group Show: Betts-Laderer-MacDonald
Throughout the month of July 2016, the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library will be exhibiting a collection of work by three local renowned artists: Brad Betts, Greg Laderer, and Bruce MacDonald. The three artists are permanent residents of the Boothbay region who find camaraderie and friendship painting together throughout the year, both outdoors and in the studio. The show will run July 1 to July 31 and you can meet the artists at the opening reception, July 6, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Acadia Centennial Exhibition
These three paintings of Acadia National Park are on display at the Maine State Capitol until the end of March 2016.
The 36th annual International Marine Art Exhibition is a comprehensive juried show that showcases recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, and scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world.
Brad Betts’ “Lazy Jack Cruising the Harbor,” 6 by 8-inch oil on canvas. This painting, and those of the six others attending the 53rd Windjammer Days Festival, are on display at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in Boothbay Harbor. Betts is the Artist of the Month at the library through June 29. See these and other works by the East Boothbay-based artist.
East Boothbay artist Brad Betts has had a connection with the sea, old sailing vessels and maritime scenes. That connection was nurtured during his years growing up on the Gulf coast. Betts has a passion for history, particularly the fishing industry, so it too is a oft visited theme flowing through his works.
One of his recurring subjects is the Ernestina-Morrissey, now at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard for restoration. It has long captured his eye and imagination. As a Gloucester fishing schooner, its fine lines are undeniable, but its many “lives” are fascinating. In addition to being used for fishing, it has been an Arctic research vessel, transatlantic packet schooner and finally, an educational venue. This is a vessel Betts was drawn to.
“This is a special schooner to me, as I have used it as a subject in several maritime paintings shown at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s International Exhibition,” Betts said. “But many are not aware that the well-known ‘Man at the Wheel’ statue on the Gloucester waterfront commemorating those lost at sea is Captain Clayton Morrissey, one of her original captains. When I heard (Ernestina-Morrissey) was going to be in Boothbay Harbor, I knew I had to paint her again.”
After the artist learned Ernestina-Morrissey was one of the seven vessels in this year’s Windjammer Days festival, he was compelled to paint all of them to commemorate their journey here.
“I decided to paint each ship within a local scene,” Betts said. “As a maritime painter, I’m continuously amazed by the changing character of the ocean and waves, and I tried to represent that in each small 6 by 8-inch painting. For instance, the Ernestina-Morrissey is gliding by Burnt Island Light under sunny skies and a light wind.”
Betts depicts Bowdoin, another vintage vessel now used as an educational venue, approaching Cuckolds Light, Alert rounding Damariscove Island, Eastwind passing Ram Island Light, American Eagle sailing off Ocean Point, Heritage passing Squirrel Island and Lazy Jack here in the harbor.
All seven paintings are included in Betts’ current exhibition at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library as its Artist of the Month through June 29. Each sells for $600 with 20 percent to be donated to the Friends of Windjammer Days in support of the festival. The 6 by 8-inch paintings will be framed and can be purchased directly from Betts at 207-318-3282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Gimbel, of Friends of Windjammer Days, said everyone in the organization were thrilled to hear of Betts’ idea.
“We love that artists are inspired by the beauty of the Windjammers that attend our festival,” Gimbel said. “We also thank Brad for his generosity in making a contribution to our nonprofit organization.”
Betts’ inspiration to create these colorful paintings didn’t begin and end with the vessels; he is a fan of the festival that brings them to the region.
“We’re fortunate that members of our community rallied together to form the Friends of Windjammer Days to keep this great tradition alive,” Betts said. “I felt inspired to do something to help and hope it raises awareness of our fascinating maritime heritage.”
Brad Betts is June Artist of the Month
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s June Artist of the Month is Brad Betts of Down East Gallery, East Boothbay. His nautically themed artwork will be on display June 2-27.
Betts has been an artist for over 20 years and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His paintings have appeared in solo and group shows throughout New England, including the Mystic Seaport Gallery’s acclaimed “International Marine Art Exhibition” for the past seven years. In 2006, he received the “Maritime Gallery Yachting Award” at this exhibition and in 2008, was recognized as one of “Four Distinguished Artists” at the Mystic Seaport Gallery.
In 2011, Betts’ maritime painting “Cup Challenge” was selected by internationally renowned author Ferenc Maté for the cover of “Sea of Lost Dreams,” the second book in the Dugger/Nello series. He is currently working on a book cover for Maté’s first book in the series, “Ghost Sea.”
Betts’ inspiration to paint all things nautical is an outgrowth of his youth, which he spent around the Gulf coast waters, deep sea fishing and sailing. Today, his paintings reflect his lifelong appreciation of the sea.
His work is filled with movement: schooners under full sail battle through wind-driven seas and Friendship sloops gliding through the calm waters of Maine’s inlets. The classic Betts oil painting is a summer day in Maine: blue skies, billowing sails and shimmering seas.
In 2007, Brad and his wife, Danielle, made the decision to move to East Boothbay, a beautiful seaside village famous for boat building. Living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers him the opportunity to connect daily with classic scenes that most inspire him.
Betts has achieved his mastery of maritime painting through a blend of both technical discipline in the studio and a focused effort to retain his natural, inspired style, which he seeks this through painting plein air.
“When you paint outside, the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts,” Betts said. “In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”
Artist Brad Betts held a grand opening for his first studio, Down East Gallery, on July 4. The gallery was designed by Betts’ wife, Danielle, stands in the same 16′ x 20′ area as a sunflower garden the couple planted when they first moved to the area. Read the full article here…..
2013 Gallery Opening, The Gallery at Somes Sound and Art Collector Maine
In becoming an active member of the community, the Gallery (formerly The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay), will be celebrating its name change to The Gallery at Somes Sound. Artist Brad Betts brings historic Somesville to life in a newly commissioned painting entitled “Back in the Day on Somes Sound”;also on display will be Artist Anne Wheeler’s hand painted ceramic tiles featuring a few of Somesville’s historical landmarks. A portion of the sales proceeds of these items will support the MDI Historical Society on its continued mission of promoting the history of Mt. Desert Island.
Detail at left of “Back in the Day, Somes Sound” circa 1900.
34th Annual Modern Marine Masters
April 21 – June 9, 2013
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is proud to open its 2013 season with the 34th Annual Spring Exhibition and Sale, Modern Marine Masters. The exhibition celebrates the timeless beauty of the sea and ships with contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and scrimshaw created by award-winning artists from around the globe.
See works that inspire the artist’s spirit, including classic racing yachts, elegant modern vessels, everyday working boats and the men who make their living from the sea, scenes of busy harbors, and paintings of serene beaches.
A private patron reception will be hosted Saturday, April 20, at 5 p.m. Learn more about the Maritime Gallery’s Patron Membership Program.
Paintings: Siesta Sails, April Sunrise at Ocean Point
Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters
December 1, 2012 – April 7, 2013
This invitational exhibition features more than 100 framed paintings and drawings displayed and available for purchase – each no larger than 8 inches in height or width (excluding frame). Original works by more than 40 top Maritime Gallery artists are featured in the exhibit and they include paintings of majestic ships, yachting and working boats, coastal scenes, marshes and marine wildlife.
“Each painting is truly a small masterpiece created by some of the most respected maritime artists working today,” said Jeanne Potter, director of the Maritime Gallery.
Paintings: South Bristol Harbor, Monhegan Boats
ArtinMe Statewide Juried Exhibition
October 13 – November 3, 2012
Presented by the BOOTHBAY REGION ART FOUNDATION
Open to the public at the BRAF Gallery, One Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Discover maritime art by famed artists from around the world at the 33rd annual International Marine Art exhibition and sale. All works in the exhibition are available to view and purchase daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission to the Maritime Gallery is free and a portion from all Gallery purchases helps support maritime preservation work at Mystic Seaport.
This year’s exhibition features more than 100 of the finest examples of new paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ships models by award-winning marine artists from around the world. The range of artistic subjects include majestic ships from racing yachts to fighting sail; coastal scenes of waterways, beaches, and marshlands; marine wildlife and the working boats and people whose lives and fortunes depend on the sea. Each work of art captures the enduring beauty and wonder of our seafaring world by today’s masters of maritime art.
Eight prestigious named awards and five awards of excellence — including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, which recognizes the work that best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for future generations — will be given by invited judges at an awards dinner and preview Saturday, September 22 (dinner by invite only).
The Maine Home+Design Show will bring the pages of Maine Home+Design to life in a specially constructed 30,000 square foot clear span semi-permanent structure on the grounds of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport – a more cohesive exhibition experience. The show features more than 150 exhibitors, the AIA Pavilion, and a pop-up gallery of works from Art Collector Maine. Join us from June 30 to July 1 for an experience like no other, and feel as though you’re walking into a living version of the magazine.
A preview party at the Colony Hotel showcasing the works of some of Maine’s most collectible artists from Art Collector Maine, a multifaceted marketing platform designed to raise the national profile of Maine art. Meet Erica Archer, founder of Wine Wise, and learn about the different wines featured at this reception, and how they best pair with the different hors d’oeuvres created by The Colony Hotel’s executive chef. Live music by Old Soul. Sponsored by Coastal Jewelers. 5pm-7pm, Ticket Price: $35.00