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Bangor Art Society – Open Juried Show 2021

Bangor Art Society – Open Juried Show 2021

Awards Night Participants: Karen Baron (2nd place watercolors),Lee Umphrey(EMDC CEO), Samantha Bullard(Best of Show), Ariana Swann (2nd place oils/acrylics), Teddi-Jann Covell (President BAS), Michael Vermette(1st Place oils/acrylics)

Thank you to each and every artist who participated in the Bangor Art Society’s 2021 Open Juried Show! Without the talents of you the artist, we would not have the BEST Art Exhibit in the State of Maine!!! Bangor Art Society is appreciative of our host the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, (the 2 year in a row-during the pandemic) and all the staff Kristen and Jeff McCue and their CEO, Lee Umphrey! Hopefully, our work has created joy to the office space! We love being with great people.

Many thanks to our judge Mr. Roy Germon Gallery manager of Greenhut Galleries in Portland. His expertise and art experience was greatly appreciated! Mr. Germon’s comments on each piece will be in parenthesis, below.
We had 68 artists participate with 124 pieces of art work. This is a huge accomplishment during these challenging times. Your Bangor Art Society awarded $3400 of cash prizes to 16 artists. This is THE LARGEST award amount in the state of Maine by a non-profit organization.

The list of awards are as follows:
Best of Show: Samantha Bullard: “A Year In Maine”, Acrylic. (A  totally different perspective & great visualization of information)

1st: Peggy Clark Lumpkins, “Shirley Poppy”, oil,(Lovely paint handling & pattern)
2nd: Ariana Rastelli Swann, “Miles To Go”, oil, (Strong painting & composition)
3rd: Anne Dubois: “Listening”, oil, (Wonderfully inventive &strong)
Hon Men: Scott Schulman: “Lotus”, oil, (Nicely observed details)

1st: Michael vermette:, “Allagash rangers Shooting Cahse Rapids” (Great control of medium, ambitious)
2nd: Karen baron: “Deer Isle Sunset”, (Good sense of time of day-Gradient)
3rd: Margery Schuler: “Untitled #2”, (Nice sense of light)

1st: John LeBlanc, “Monhegan Overlook”, oli pastel, (Great Color Staory, love the stylization of marks)
2nd: Carolyn Wallace-Zani: “Pinecone Study 2”, graphite, (good observation & control)
3rd: Nancy Culver: “The Last Wave”, pastel, (very nice sense of light)

1st: Don Powers: “Resting & Rusting”, (Amazing textures)
2nd: Wayne Walker: “Bottles”, (Strong composition)
3rd: Don Powers: “Bass Harbor Head Light”, (Nice allocation to the rock formsin a classic Maine momnet)

1st: Rachel K. Murphy, “Brice the Behemoth”, wood block print,(Love the balance of light 7 dark & pattern)
2nd: John Taner: “Sisyphus”, mixed media, (Dynamic-good sense of materials)
3rd: Renate Klein: “Vanishing Wildflowers #2”, Intaglio print on hand made paper, (Lovely detail & overall composition)

END of Show Pickup Date: JUNE 1st, 9-5:00 PM
Thank you!

Zoom Meeting Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Zoom Meeting Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Hope you all are “Creatively Lucky” and Healthy! Our regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
We have invited the talented artist Abigail Gray Swartz of Gray Day Studios to be our guest speaker. Her art has been featured on the cover of The New Yorker Magazine and other publications. She is an illustrator and painter. Above is an example of her cover artwork!


Also, we will discuss the Open Juried show 2021!
And Paint out aboard Linda Greenlaw’s ship in June!
You don’t want to miss this meeting!
1st Bangor Art Society ZOOM Meeting of 2021!

1st Bangor Art Society ZOOM Meeting of 2021!

1st Bangor Art Society
ZOOM Meeting of 2021!
Featuring Artist Gabriela Maya
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00 PM EST

This will be a 1st for Bangor Art Society…Our 146th year KICK OFF with an International ARTIST!
I met Senora Gaby 4 years ago at a “Comic Book” Conference in San Diego, CA. She lives in Mexico City, Mexico. Ms. Maya is a well know artist for her “Gaby Cat” animation drawings and paintings, but she is best known for her work with bringing & teaching the art of animation and introducing the Japanese “Manga” drawing process to Mexico. With the global technology of Facebook, Gabriela and I have managed to stay connected. I am proud to announce that Gabriela Maya will rock this exhilarating 2021 with her international art expertise as the Bangor Art Society’s Inaugural speaker!
Make sure you ZOOM in with a sketchbook and drawing/painting implements of your choice. She will talk, we will view a video and then create! This will get us all off to a rocking new year!. .





Paint Bangor “Wet Paint” Live On-Line Auction event Friday, November 13, 7:00 PM.

Bidding begins at 7:15 PM.

Preview of all work Wednesday, 5:00 PM will be on Bangor Art Society’s Facebook page.

BAS Members Registration fee: $10.00/ Non Members fee: $20.00
Two entries per Artist: 1 for live auction: (no size restriction), 1 entry for silent auction: (no larger than 11″ x14″).
Art should be dropped off at Eastern Maine Development Corporation, 41 Harlow Street, Bangor on Friday November, 6th between 10:00 AM -3:00 PM.
Bidders are requested to register with email, and phone numbers. Bidders are requested to check-In via FB messenger prior to 6:30 PM.
More info TBA
BAS – 145th Open Juried Show Results!

BAS – 145th Open Juried Show Results!

Thank you all registered Artists and Mr. Lee Umphrey, CEO of EMDC & Mr. Carl Little, Judge!!!

We did it! 1st ever Bangor Art Society Open Juried Show held virtually!
The art In-take was Monday June 1st, 202. Registration was spaced smoothly, (6ft apart), and masks were on! We had a couple curbside pick-ups too. It was fun! Thank you all for your cooperation and patience! Only a couple label mix-ups, that are fixed already!  We had 75 artists and 138 pieces of beautiful art that were all accepted! This year Carl asked if he could select an Honorable Mention in every Category. Therefore,  $25 will be awarded this year for Honorable Mention! Congratulations to all!

The awards ceremony was held live on our Bangor Art Society Facebook Page Friday, June 5th at 6:00 PM.

Congratulations to BEST OF SHOW $500 Winner: Kris Sader for her original intaglio print entitled, “Chicken Tail Yard-Pre 2017, Ripley Farm”

Here are all the winners:
Bangor Art Society’s Annual Open Juried Show 2020

Best In Show: Kris Sader, “Chicken Tail Yard-Pre 2017, Ripley Farm”


1. Ken Putnam, “Contra Dance III”, Acrylic
2. Peggy Clark Lumpkins, “Mourning Doves”, Oil
3. Jean Savage, “Fall Swamp in Northern Maine”, Acrylic
HM: Christopher Gardner, “Katahdin Dreams”, Acrylic


1.Karen Baron, “Dad’s Shop”
2.Linda Hunter, “Apple Pressing”
3. Diana Young, “Tennis”
HM: Karen Baron, “Bass Harbor Buoys”


1.Barbara Bemis Adams, “Fine Light” Pastel
2. Ana Mendoza, “Mayan Elegance”, Pastel
3. Carolyn Wallace Zani, “Succulent Garden”, Graphite
HM: Barbara Clarke, “Steadfast”, Pastel


1.Ulrike Guthrie, “Tree Eruption”
2. Ulrike Guthrie, “Ice Starburst”
3. Wes James, “Solitary Grace”,HM: Wayne Walker, “Baseball in the Hood”

1.Jon Taner, “Mambo II”, Acrylic Collage
2. Rose White, “Claire O’Patra”, Mosaic glass
3.Linda Stearns, “Sounding”, Copper plate Etching
HM: Renate Klein, “On the Coast”, photo-intaglio-spit bitzing


NOTE: Prize money will be given to the artists when they pick up their work, Monday June 15th. Please come during the same time frame as art intake. A-H, artists come between 9-11 AM, I-P last names, come between 11-2 PM,and artists last names between Q-Z come 2-5 PM.

Opportunity for Members

11 Central Eatery Coastal Exhibit: Owner Ann Marie Orr will select from Bangor Art Society Members’ large paintings with a Maine Coastal theme. During the week of February 10-15th, members may bring their work to 11 Central for her to choose. More details will be at January meeting.

BAS 2020 Member Show

BAS 2020 Member Show

EXHIBITS/ SHOWSANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOWArt intake: Sunday February 2nd, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM at ROCK & ART Shop Central Street Bangor. One piece per artist, free for all dues paying members. We are Proud to announce the Judges will be Jean Deighan of Deighan Wealth Advisors and former president Kristborg Whitney!


RECEPTION & AWARDS: Saturday February 8th, 5-7 PM, Our actual 145th Anniversary date. All artists are asked to bring a chocolate concoction for our quests. Show ends Sunday February 16th. Details of show: 1 piece per member, size limit for flat art 11″ X 14″ not including frame, artwork must have wire hangers, artwork must be framed if not using a gallery wrapped canvas or cradled panel. All art must not have been entered in a BAS show previously. Certificates will be awarded to Best of Show, 1st, 2nd 3rd award will be given in the following categories, Oils/Acrylics, Watercolors, Drawing, Photography, and Other: scultpure/3D/mixed media/fiber/etchings/lithographs/silkscreen. The Rock & Art does take a percentage of sales.

Paint Bangor – Wet Paint Event & Auction

Paint Bangor – Wet Paint Event & Auction

Our Auction last Thursday was a fun event.  We had works from both members and non members, in many different sizes, media and styles.  This is an annual event held in conjunction with ArTober, a month long event in Bangor celebrating the arts. Mark Bradstreet of Searsport, honored us as Auctioneer.

Here are some of the works that were offered:

Thank you to all the artists, their friends, family and all the arts supporters who came by to share the evening with us.

Bangor Art Society Wet Paint Auction is THIS THURSDAY!!

Bangor Art Society Wet Paint Auction is THIS THURSDAY!!

Come on down to the Penobscot Valley Country Club tomorrow, October 24th! Artist bring your work(s) between 3:30 and 5 for intake! Viewing starts at 5 and the auction starts at 6.

Buyers come on down at 5 for previews and refreshments.  Your bidding paddle can be had for a donation of just $5 which helps us offset the cost of the amazing spread of food offered. This is a great opportunity to obtain locally created, beautiful artwork at a great price.

There will be both a live auction and a silent auction.

It’s not too late to sign up to participate. Click the link on the top menu to fill out the form and pay, OR pay at  event intake starting at 3:30.

We hope to see you all there!