NEWS

The solo show Familiar Terrain is currently on exhibit at Gallery at Bald Head Cliff in Cape Neddick and will run until June 29th. Click here for gallery information. 

 

On June 7, 2017, Russ was a special guest at the Bette residence in Kennebunkport, part of the Kennebunkport Festival's Art of Dining series. His paintings were on display as guests enjoyed a meal by chef Guy Hernandez, proprietor of Portland's Lolita restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefitted Full Plates, Full Potential, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in Maine. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

On May 18th, 2017, the painting View from Hoyt's Point sold at Splash!, an auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association. Click here to see a photo gallery of the event, which was held at East Coast Yacht Sales in Yarmouth.

 

From May to October, 2017, the painting Winter on Mount Phillip #1 will be on display in Maine Wood(s), an exhibition at the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley. The show is a collaborative effort between L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.

 

From May to October, 2016, the painting Kidder Pond was on display in Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine, an exhibition at the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley. The show was a collaborative effort between L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.

 

The August issue of DownEast Magazine included a full-page artist profile of Russ, who was among four artists chosen for the magazine's Art of Giving event. His painting Penobscot Bay from Bald Rock Mountain #5 was raffled to benefit LifeFlight of Maine. Click here to see the article.

 

In July and August 2016, the solo show Views from a Portable Easel was exhibited at Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty in Damariscotta. 

 

In July 2016, Russ participated in Paint for Preservation 2016, a wet-paint auction to benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. His painting Richmond Island from Two Lights State Park sold to a Michigan resident who summers in Maine. The painting also tied for People's Choice Award. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

In June 2016, Russ was a special guest at the Bette residence in Kennebunkport, part of the Kennebunkport Festival's Art of Dining series. His paintings were on display as guests enjoyed a meal by chef Guy Hernandez, proprietor of Portland's Lolita restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefitted Full Plates, Full Potential, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in Maine. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

In June 2016,  recent paintings were exhibited in Art.Works, a group show at Gallery at the Grand in Kennebunkport.

 

In May 2016, Russ sat down for a conversation with Lisa Belisle at Portland Art Gallery. The interview originally aired as part of the weekend television program #MaineLife, on WGME CBS 13. Click here to watch the segment.

 

In May 2016, the solo show Highlands to Islands was included in a writeup by Bob Keyes, Arts Reporter at Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. Click here to read the article.

 

In May 2016, the solo show Highlands to Islands was exhibited in Portland Art Gallery's brand-new, expanded exhibition space.  Click here to see photos from the opening reception.

 

In the Maine Home + Design 2016 Artist Listing, Russ was included in "Ones to Watch: Thirty-seven standout artists to keep your eye on this year." Click here to read the article.

 

In October 2015, Russ completed a commissioned painting, Richmond Island #3, for a Cape Elizabeth couple.

 

In July 2015, Russ participated in the Castine Plein Air Festival, completing a series of five paintings of Castine Harbor. The full series sold to a single collector, a seasonal resident of Castine. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

In July 2015, the painting Vienna Mountain Road #3 sold at an auction to benefit Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.

 

In July 2015, the painting Richmond Island sold at Paint for Preservation, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust's eighth annual wet paint auction. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

From May to October, 2015, the painting Watson Pond was on display in Seasonal Scenes: The Beauty of Rural Maine, an exhibition at the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley. The show was a collaborative effort between L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.

 

In June 2015,  recent paintings were exhibited in Art.Works, a group show at Gallery at the Grand in Kennebunkport.

 

In June 2015, Russ was a special guest at the Kuehnle residence in Kennebunkport as part of the Kennebunkport Festival's Art of Dining series. Proceeds from the event benefitted Full Plates, Full Potential, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in Maine. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

 

In May 2015, the painting Dusk on Vienna Mountain #1 was chosen for display in the Harlow Gallery’s 20th annual juried art show in Hallowell.  The show was juried by art writer and critic Britta Koneau.

 

In April 2015, Russ helped install an exhibition at Common Street Arts in Waterville entitled Underlying Threads: Interpreting the Textile History of a Mill Town.

 

In January 2015, Russ helped a Colby College class install an art exhibition at Common Street Arts, a gallery in downtown Waterville. Entitled SomewHERE, the exhibition highlighted Chinese and Taiwanese artists living and working in Maine.

 

In November 2014, Russ showed recent work at The Framemakers in Waterville with fellow painters Tom Higgins and Abbott Meader. The opening reception included music by Forrest Meader, refreshments by Barrels Community Market, and a wine tasting by Tree Spirits.

 

In September 2014, Russ completed a commissioned painting, View of Casco Bay from the Lynch Residence, for a Cape Elizabeth couple.

 

In August 2014, the brand-new Portland Art Gallery opened on Middle Street. Russ was included in the inaugural show, and he continues to be represented there.

 

In July 2014, the painting Richmond Island sold at Paint for Preservation, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust's seventh annual wet paint auction.

 

In June 2014, Russ participated in Art.Works, a group show included in the Kennebunkport Festival.

 

In June 2014, Russ was one of a dozen artists to participate in an art residency on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay. The island is well-known through the photographs of Eliot Porter and the paintings of Fairfield Porter. Their niece, Anina Porter Fuller, was the host for the week, opening the family's "Big House" to use as a studio and home.

 

In May 2014, Russ exhibited work at Gallery 75 on Market Street in Portland. This group show was included in Portland’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

In March 2014, Russ joined Art Collector Maine. Click here to view the ACM website.

 

In November 2013, Maine General Health opened its brand-new hospital in Augusta, which features original Maine artwork on the walls. Five of Russ' paintings are included in the hospital’s permanent collection. 

 

From June to October 2013, Russ exhibited recent work at Waterfront Fine Arts in Bernard, on Mount Desert Island.

 

From May to October 2013, the painting Great Pond from Mount Phillip hung in the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley as part of the exhibition The Gift of the Glacier: The Maine Landscape.

 

In May 2013, the painting View from Vienna Mountain #1 was chosen for display in the Harlow Gallery’s 18th annual juried art show in Hallowell.  The jurors were Daniel Kany and Bob Keyes.

 

In January and February 2013, Russ exhibited recent work at The Last Unicorn Restaurant in Waterville.

 

In January 2013, an image of the painting Sewell Beach Dunes #3 was featured in a series of note cards published by Maine Island Trail Association and sent to MITA’s major donors.

 

In December 2012 and January 2013, the painting Vienna Mountain Road #4 hung in the Harlow Gallery as part of the Kennebec Valley Art Association’s annual holiday art show.

 

In August 2012, Russ participated as a guest artist in Project 0012, a show at Journey’s End Farm in Cape Elizabeth that featured work by alumni and current residents of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

 

In July 2012, the painting View from The Mountain sold at a fundraising auction for the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance in Belgrade Lakes Village.

 

In July 2012, Russ exhibited recent paintings at the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes Village.  A portion of sales from the show was donated to MLRC.

 

In May 2012, the painting View from Vienna Mountain #4 was chosen for display in the Harlow Gallery’s 17th annual juried art show in Hallowell.

 

In April 2012, the painting Sprague Marsh in a Snowstorm was presented to Peter DeTroy, recipient of the University of Maine Law School Distinguished Alumni Award.

 

In March 2012, the paintings Kidder Pond and View from Vienna Mountain #2 were chosen for display in the Maine Open Juried Art Show in Waterville.

 

In January 2012, Russ was interviewed by Brenda Bonneville for Maine Art Scene, an online magazine of Maine arts and culture.

http://www.maineartscene.com/Maine-Artist-Interview/Matt-Russ-Interview-with-a-Native-Maine-Painter.html

 

In January 2012, Russ exhibited recent paintings at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield, home of nature photographers John and Cynthia Orcutt.

http://schoolhouseartgallery.com/2011/matthew-russ-exhibit/

 

In September 2011, Russ exhibited recent paintings at the Maine Lakes Resource Center In Belgrade Lakes Village.  A portion of sales from the show was donated to MLRC.

 

In July 2011, the painting View from Blueberry Hill #2 was featured in Colby Magazine.

http://www.colby.edu/colby.mag/issues/58/article/1283/kennebec-highlands-vista

 

In March 2011 the paintings Hoyt Island from Mount Phillip and Great Pond Islands from Mount Phillip were chosen for display at the Maine Open Juried Art Show in Waterville.  The latter was awarded the Roderick A. Robinson Memorial Award for Realistic Mainescape.