The downtown Tidemark Gallery invites artists to submit work for its August juried show titled “Real Art.” The show will be juried by Ken Greenleaf, a native of Nobleboro who resides in Waldoboro with his wife, artist Dozier Bell.

Both artists have deep family roots in Midcoast Maine, and both have built inspiring careers in art which they continue to pursue. Greenleaf has worked extensively as a sculptor, an art reviewer and, most recently, as a painter. The title for this show derives from Greenleaf’s statement about his own work and about art in general.

“My intention is simply to make the best work I can, with the most thorough economy of means. I seek an art without narrative, rhetoric or illusion. Art is, by its nature, an abstraction, and I wish to go directly to its nature,” he said.

This should not be interpreted to exclude realism from entries for this show, however, as Greenleaf often writes in his reviews that no matter how representational, the artist’s work is never truly objective and never “complete.” To paint or draw a landscape or a portrait is to profoundly change everything about it from dimensions to colors and beyond. How far to take this change, and in what direction, is the artist’s dilemma.

Tidemark Gallery, with its mission “to serve the community through gallery exhibitions and by providing opportunities for artistic growth,” is proud to host this event. Artists may deliver up to three pieces of their work to the gallery at 902 Main St. on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For work that cannot be hand delivered, appropriately packaged art shipped via USP, UPS, Fed Ex, etc. must be received no later than Friday, July 15. Such work must include return delivery postage and prepaid insurance.

Work submitted should be two-dimensional original paintings or drawings, framed and ready to hang. Gallery wrap canvas is acceptable. Outside framed dimensions for each work may not exceed a total perimeter measurement of 120 inches. All work should be recent (within the past three years), new to the gallery and for sale. There is a submission fee of $20 per artist, and the gallery’s sales commission is 35 percent. Digital images of work to use in press releases or on the gallery website are encouraged.

Work not accepted for the show must be picked up between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Artists will be notified about work acceptance. Work that has been sent via USP, UPS or Fed Ex will be returned to the artist within that week.

“Real Art” will be on view from Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 20. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artists whose work is shown must arrange for their work to be picked up between 5 and 6 p.m. on the final day of the show.

For more information, call the gallery at 832-5109 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to