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Art: Greenhut Galleries - John Whalley Opening Reception Thursday June 7, 5-7pm


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06/09/18 - Brushwork is John Whalley's 8th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. This exhibition of paintings and drawings continues Whalley's exploration of reclaiming discarded tools, seashells, and other objects and giving them new life. His beautifully rendered images seem to instill, or rather uncover, an inner light within his subjects.

John Whalley is a masterfully skilled realist painter with a keen sensitivity to the quiet, sometimes concealed, and often overlooked beauty that emanates from humble, discarded objects, or as he puts it, "the beauty that speaks softly." His work is illuminated not only by a reverence for these well-worn objects themselves, but also by a deep empathy for their prior owners and a curiosity for the shared history of the objects and their owners.

John Whalley's work exemplifies philosopher William Benjamin's mystical linguistic theory and his notion of a "thing-language," that emanates silently from all objects in the physical world, perceptible only to the few who are psychically attuned to it: "it is very conceivable that the language of sculpture or painting is founded on certain kinds of thing-languages, that in them we find a translation of the language of things into an infinitely higher language. . . .We are concerned here with nameless, non-acoustic languages, languages issuing from matter. . the communication of things is certainly communal in a way that grasps the world as such as an undivided whole."

John Whalley is endowed with vision and a tremendous gift for such translation -- an ability not only to perceive the beauty hidden and stories contained in the vast collection of objects that he and his wife have collected over the years (now meticulously organized in his Nobleboro studio), but also to draw out and amplify the messages received. In so doing, the artist allows the viewer to share in the privilege of his vision -- to experience beauty we otherwise would have missed or undervalued. In Whalley's hands, ordinary objects become subjects - not only in the sense of "subject matter," but also in a more philosophical sense, as entities endowed with a point of view, with personal histories and life stories to share. The effect is warm, authentic, and profound.

Though Whalley's previous Greenhut shows have typically been a mix of paintings and graphite drawings, Brushwork will contain only two drawings: "I found myself wanting to explore my subjects in color, with a collection of twenty oil and egg tempera paintings. Hence, the title Brushwork, which also gave a nod to the seven paintings that had as their subject some of the many old, oversized paintbrushes I've collected over the years. Each of these brushes holds a story of their long service that I wanted to pay tribute to."

John Whalley earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. His work is in numerous private, national and international collections including the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia; the Otto Naumann Collection, New York City and the Alfred Bader Collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to name a few. His publications include John Whalley - American Realist published in 2001 and John Whalley - In New Light, a 30 year retrospective book of drawings and paintings published in 2006. In addition, he was featured on the television show Bill Green's Maine in 2008.



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Art: KAHBANG ARTS OPENS OWN GALLERY CELEBRATES WITH OPEN MIXER AND ARTIST EXHIBIT


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05/07/14 - Saturday May 10th, 7 – 9 pm at 89 Central Street, Bangor.

May 7, 2014 – Bangor, ME: KAHBANG Arts, the non-profit organization that helps to produce the annual KAHBANG music | art | film Festival, has announced the construction of a new art gallery space on 89 Central Street in downtown Bangor. The KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery officially opens on May 10th with an Opening Party & Mixer from 7-9 pm that is open to the public. The event will feature music, a raffle to raise funds for the gallery, food from The Whoopie Pie Café, and libations provided by Geaghan Brothers Brewing. The opening exhibit, to be featured through May, is Maine artist Scott Minzy. His work, I Remember Tomorrow, features prints created from hand-made woodcarvings.

“I am incredibly excited to be opening a space that KAHBANG Arts can call their own. Opening this gallery is the first stepping stone in reaching our goal of drawing in artists from all over the state so we can help to develop, support, and educate them in new and exciting capacities, year round. This is something that my team has been working very hard on for the past year and seeing it come to fruition, along with the support of the community, is very exciting and encouraging to us that we’re providing the community with something they were missing. I really encourage people to come down to the mixer, have a great time and see what we’re all about.”

-Meg Shorette, KAHBANG Arts Executive Director

Gallery exhibits are planned to rotate 12 times per year, and will include programming as part of the KAHBANG Festival in August, with a new exhibit opening on the first Saturday of every month. In addition to exhibits, the Central Gallery will host artist talks, workshops, musicians and other creative events throughout the year. KAHBANG Arts stands strongly behind its belief that galleries should be uncensored spaces open to all ages that provide artists with the opportunity to connect with new audiences.

KAHBANG Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists. Through its programs, KAHBANG Arts seeks to connect innovative and creative practitioners with resources for creation, exhibition and collaboration. The organization encourages freedom of expression, diversity and art as a means of communicating both individual and community values.

As part of its mission, they provide opportunities for independent artists to explore their work free from commercial pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for development in the vast spectrum of the arts, KAHBANG Arts remains committed to its mission to discover and support artists, as well as maintaining a community which encourages the free flow of creative expression, ideas and a creative economy. Any artists interested in becoming a part of KAHBANG Arts are encouraged to contact Executive Director, Meg Shorette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Image: DaVinci Signs workers hanging up the KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery sign at 89 Central Street, Bangor in April. Photo: Sarah Eremita


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Art: Artist Tribute To Nelson Mandela Shut Down By Police



12/19/13 - Oh that Pigeon. He's such a troublemaker.

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Art: Maine Artist Daniel Corey


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06/10/13 - We met Daniel Corey at the 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival. We thought he was a pretty cool guy and we really like his art. If you're into Maine and/or Maine art, you'll want to check him out.

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Art: KahBang Arts Spring Gallery Opening


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03/12/13 - Please join KahBang Arts for yet another evening in celebration of the arts and our local Creative Economy at our Office Gallery, located at 84 Harlow Street - Suite One, Bangor Maine. The Office Gallery will be open from 5:00-8:00PM. Admission is free to KahBang Arts members and to the public this evening.

Spring Gallery Opening:

KBA is proud to showcase the first viewing of the series "Dreamscapes" by Maine fine art photographer, Lisa B. 
Martin, as our Spring 'Office Gallery' installation. Martin exhibited "Panorama" at the 2012 KBA Spring Gallery. About "Dreamscapes"..."Following in line with traditional practices of Surrealism, these images reference dreamscapes brought to light in an attempt to “rupture the symbolic” through metaphor, myth making and symbolism. These images informed the “Panorama” series and could be seen as an addendum to that work". Learn more about Lisa B. Martin’s work online at Maine Art Scene Magazine. All fine art photography is matted, framed and priced for sale.

Pigeon’s Silent Auction @ KahBang Arts:

“Imagine the Venice of the North”,
a one of a kind Live Art piece by artist, poet and activist Pigeon was completed in under 3 and a half hours at the Bangor on a Budget website launch party, held at Coespace on February 27, 2013. This live art piece will be the only work for Silent Auction this evening. Silent Auction opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 8:00 PM. This work has been on exhibit at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Downtown Bangor since March 3rd and can now be viewed online at www.kahbangarts.org.

Medium: Charcoal and Pen
Size: 60 x 108
Artist Website: www.pigeonnation.net

KahBang Arts is a nonprofit arm of the KahBang Festival, dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists & 
musicians. Through its programs, KahBang Arts seeks to connect innovative, creative practitioners with resources for creation, exhibition and collaboration. Our organization encourages freedom of expression, diversity and art as a means of communicating both individual and community values.

KahBang Arts provides a space for independent artists to explore their work free from commercial pressures. By providing year-round 
creative and financial support for development in the vast spectrum of the arts, KahBang Arts remains committed to its mission to discover and support artists, as well as maintaining a community which encourages the free flow of creative expression, ideas and a creative economy.

Please contact Meg Shorette - Executive Director, KahBang Arts with any questions regarding KahBang Arts or our Friday, March 15th events at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Art: Pigeon's "Imagine The Venice Of The North" | Silent Auction


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03/07/13 - This one of a kind Live Art piece by artist, poet and activist Pigeon was completed in under 3 and a half hours at the Bangor on a Budget website launch party, held at Coespace on February 27, 2013. Only one piece for auction this evening. Silent Auction opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 8:00 PM. Minimum bid TBD. 

Where: KahBang Arts 'Office Gallery'
84 Harlow Street, Suite One

Medium: Charcoal and Pen 
Size: 60 x 108

This piece is currently on exhibit at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Downtown Bangor until March 15 for viewing. 

Artist Website: www.pigeonnation.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Pigeon/

In addition, join us for the Gallery Opening of Fine Art Photographer, Lisa B. Martin's first viewing of her collection "Dreamscapes"

www.maineartscene.com/Lisa-Martin

KahBang Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists. Through its programs, KahBang Arts seeks to connect innovative, creative practitioners with resources for creation, exhibition and collaboration. Our organization encourages freedom of expression, diversity and art as a means of communicating both individual and community values.

KahBang Arts provides a space for independent artists to explore their work free from commercial pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for development in the vast spectrum of the arts, KahBang Arts remains committed to its mission to discover and support artists, as well as maintaining a community which encourages the free flow of creative expression, ideas and a creative economy.


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Art: Who Put Red Hearts Throughout Downtown Bangor For Valentines Day?


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Easter egg photo courtesy of KahBang Arts.


02/14/13 - Someone hung up red hearts on every window in downtown Bangor this morning. Anyone know what artist or organization is behind it? Apparently they are also the same people who put the Easter Eggs everywhere this past Easter.

P.S. - We think it's cool.

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Art: Rock & Art Shop In Bangor, Maine
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02/07/13 - I like the Rock & Art Shop in downtown Bangor, Maine. Just wanted to tell you all to go check it out if you've never been in there. They've got tons of cool stuff, including a stuffed ostrich.


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rock and art shop bangor maine

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Art: Ulterior Intersections - Curated By Yoab Vera

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0, Andres Ramírez Gaviria,  HD video projection, color, no sound, 4 mins. 2007, Variable dimensions


01/24/13 - One of New York's most passionate and insane art curators, Yoab Vera, is having a show, Ulterior Intersections, from January 25, 2013 to February 15, 2013. Opening reception is Friday January, 25th from 6 to 9pm (by appointment after).

Vera & Melchor de Arcenegui is pleased to present Ulterior Intersections,  a group exhibition featuring artworks by Valentina González-Wohlers, Donna Huanca, Timothy Hutchings, Paul Loughney, Iliana Ortega, Andrés Ramírez Gaviria, Alan Ruiz, and Ramón Vera.

Ulterior Intersections analyzes continuity and extension of space in minimalist aesthetics. In so doing, the show addresses questions such as, where is the boundary between limits? How to transcend those intervals? Each work on view ponders its own physicality, recognizing similarities among contrasts and suggesting connections between opposing poles. Ultimately, Ulterior Intersections explores how human-imposed limitations inform our understanding of a continuous area; boundaries allow us to explore the essence of space itself. 

Alan Ruiz investigates qualities of space among private and public fields by intervening peripheral structures with inverted visual patterns. Paul Loughney's collages consist of re-imagined magazine advertisements. Working primarily from commercial images of interiors, Loughney reassembles and strips these culled ads of all decorative and recognizable forms. The end results are newly imagined spaces, defined by void figures and mysterious new narratives. Iliana Ortega unravels riddles of light over an obscure path by investigating the transversality of materials at play. Ortega considers the surface as a possible source of illumination. Ramírez Gaviria questions semantic limits of structures within spatial and temporal realms. Through a confrontation of stillness with motion, a static quadrilateral transforms into an imploded prism. Ramón Vera depicts dimensions beyond perception. He epitomizes spatial awareness as he warps extra-dimensional universes in a 2-dimensional sheet. By bisecting contact structures with tangent planes, he suggests a neighboring field within contemporary aesthetics and topological precepts.  Moreover, Timothy Hutchings provokes a subtle translation of bodies within a contingent stance. He intersects optics with parallel planes, suggesting continuity as a mental construction. González-Wohlers envisions extended phases of space through materiality, manifesting overtly as a symptom of an empty living space. Huanca juxtaposes subject with object, pondering upon functionality while reconfiguring shapes. 

For further inquiries please contact:

Yoab Vera at (646) 664-6006, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rene Melchor at (917) 446-9522, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vera & Melchor de Arcenegui  240 West 16th Street, #A1  NYC, NY 10011


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Art: Maine Artist Arrested In New York
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11/05/12 - Essam Attia allegedly planted ads claiming New York police use spy drones to monitor citizens. Don't know if there's any truth to the drones. Sadly for him, he had a gun in his apartment, so they arrested him. Read more about it here.


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