August 21, 2019

Hewitt’s ‘Banquet Years’ Opens Kay Daugherty Gallery

Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Charlie Hewitt lives and works today in Portland, ME. However, he has deep roots in St. Mary’s County, MD. He graduated from Great Mills High School and spent formative years as a young artist in St. Mary’s. One of his earliest patrons was Kay Daugherty who remained a patron and close friend until her death in 2006.

The mezzanine gallery at Annmarie Garden will be dedicated to Kay Daugherty on Aug. 12, 2016, and is designed to continue one of her dearest desires: to encourage and promote local artists by providing opportunities for them to be recognized and venues to display their work.

Mr. Hewitt was the unquestioned choice for the opening exhibit of the new gallery said Kay Daugherty’s daughter, Katie Watts. Her mother and Charlie Hewitt were among the catalysts for a cultural renaissance in St. Mary’s County that stretched from the  mid-1970s into the early 1980s and built of the need to find venues and opportunities for artists of many mediums.

The exhibit, “The Banquet Years,” will highlight Mr. Hewitt’s recent work. The show will run from Aug. 12 through Sept. 25 in the newly named Kay Daugherty Gallery at Annmarie Garden.

Although he spent formative years in Southern Maryland, Mr. Hewitt was born in Lewiston, ME, in 1946. Most of his imagery was formed from his earliest years growing up in the mill-working communities in that area, according to Mr. Hewitt’s biography out of the  Jim Kempner Fine Art gallery in New York.Hewitt bio 1 enlargedMr. Hewitt is stylistically rooted in expressionism and surrealism, his art is both playful and serious, a quality he shares with artists such as Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, and his mentor Philip Guston. Essential to Mr. Hewitt’s creative process are the small, intimate works on paper from his ongoing Illuminations series. Made from collage prints and drawings enhanced with pigment, ink, and in some cases, stitching, they are the seminal drawings from which the artist’s shapes and forms are mined and subsequently manifested into paintings and sculpture.

In addition to Mr. Hewitt’s solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art, other solo exhibitions include recent shows at the Greenwich Arts Council and at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT.; a retrospective of his paintings, works on paper, and sculpture at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, ME; and a retrospective of his prints at the Bates College Museum in Lewiston.

Mr. Hewitt’s work is represented in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; New York Public Library in New York; Brooklyn Museum in New York; Library of Congress in Washington, DC; Portland Museum of Art in Maine; and many others.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014 White Light Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 2012 Woodcuts, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
  • 2012 Greenwich Art Council, Greenwich, CT
  • 2010 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC 2010 Icon Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 2008 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC 2007 Hot Off The Press, NYC
  • 2007 The Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME
  • 2006 Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME Bates College Museum, Lewiston, ME
  • 2005 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 2002 The Station, Group Show, Houston, TX
  • 2001 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 1998 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 1997 June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME Nancy Margolis Gallery,  NYC
  • 1995 Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 1995  June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 1994  Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts Kouros Gallery, NYC
  • 1994  Paula Paulette Fine Arts, Portland, ME
  • 1993  Ralph Greene Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1992 Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston, ME Dranoff Fine Arts, NYC
  • 1992 Dean Velentgas Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 1991 Vinalhaven Press Gallery, NYC
  • 1990 M-13  Gallery, NYC
  • 1990 Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Dean Velentgas Gallery, Portland, ME Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME
  • 1988 M-13 Gallery, NYC
  • 1986 Gryphon Gallery, Detroit, MI M-13  Gallery, NYC
  • 1985 M-13 Gallery, NYC
  • 1983 Jay Gallery, NYC
  • 1982 SUNY  Gallery,  Binghamton,  NY
  • 1980 Wolfe Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 1977 Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 1975  SUNY Gallery, Binghamton, NYC
  • 1975  Levitan Gallery, NYC
  • 1974  Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
  • 1972   Brata Gallery, NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 1999 Group Show Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC Lasting Impressions Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  • 1998 Woodcuts Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC
  • 1997 Vinalhaven Press Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  • 1996 Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME Fletcher Priest Gallery, Worchester, MA The Art Exchange, NYC
  • 1996 Vinalhaven Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME
  • 1996 Arden Gallery, Boston, ME
  • 1996 Ralph Greene Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1995   Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
  • 1995  Jewett Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • 1993   Watertowers Susan Teller Graphics, NYC
  • 1993  Personal Choices Einstein Gallery, NYC
  • 1993  The Painting Center, NYC
  • 1992 One Press Multiple Impressions Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • 1992  The Wall Project Sculpture Center, NYC
  • 1992  Forty Years of Maine Painting Maine Coast Artists, Rockport ME
  • 1992 The Relief Portfolio Michael Walls Gallery, NYC
  • 1992  Claramunt Gallery, NYC
  • 1991  Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1991  Island Portfolio Dean Velentgas Gallery, Portland ME
  • 1989 Dean Velentgas Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 1989  Condesco Lawler Gallery, NYC
  • 1989  Contemporary Woodblock Prints Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
  • 1989 International Print Biennial Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
  • 1989  Quebec Print & Paper Biennial, Invited Artist, Alma, Quebec, Canada
  • 1988 Curators Choice Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
  • 1988 Call to Rise Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
  • 1988  New York, A View of the City David Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • 1988  Imprimatur Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
  • 1987 A Show of Hands Brodyìs Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • 1987  Motion Associated American Artists, NYC
  • 1987  Hot off the Press Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • 1987 14 Street Artists Associated American Artists, NYC
  • 1987  Summer ’87 M-13 Gallery, NYC
  • 1987 Movietone Muse One Penn Plaza, NYC
  • 1987 20th Century American Prints Gryphon Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • 1987 Vinalhaven Press Condesco/Lawler Gallery, NYC
  • 1987 Members Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • 1987 Requiem on Greene Street, Rough House Productions, NYC

Permanent Sculpture Installation

  • 2015  Portland Rattle, 511 Congress Street, Portland ME
  • 2015   L/A Rattle, L/A Arts, Lewiston ME
  • 2013   Brooklyn Swing: Primera Companies, Dallas TX
  • 2013   Urban Rattle: Equity Builders for Ten23 Apartments (Highline Park adjacent), New York, NY

Grants and Awards

  • 1998   New York Foundation for the Arts, Painting
  • 1997 New York Foundation for the Arts, Drawings, Prints
  • 1974   New York State Council of the Arts, CAPS Grant

Publications

  • 2010    Charlie Hewitt: Sculpture
  • Charlie Hewitt: Drawings for Illuminations
  • 2009    Charlie Hewitt: Woodcuts
  • 2007 Cut, Scrape, Gouge, Cut: The Graphic Work of Charlie Hewitt, Essay by David Becker, Bates College
  • 2007 Charlie Hewitt at Work, Essay by E.A. Beem, Farnsworth Museum
  • 2001   Art on Paper, “Working Proof,” page 73.
  • 2000 Catalogue, Lasting Impressions, Portland Museum, by Bruce Brown
  • 1997 Catalogue, Vinalhaven Press, Portland Museum, by April Galant
  • 1994 Catalogue, Paula Paulette Fine Art, by David Becker
  • 1992 Catalogue, One Press, Multiple Impressions, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME by David Becker
  • 1992 On the Edge, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, by Theodore Wolff
  • 1989 Catalogue, International Print Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
  • 1989  Catalogue, Quebec Print and Paper Biennale, Alma, Quebec, Canada
  • 1989 Catalogue, Contemporary Woodblock Prints, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
  • 1986 Catalogue, Vinalhaven Press, Portland Museum of Art, by Margaret K. Burchenal
  • 1986 Catalogue, Public and Private American Prints Today, Essay by Barry Walker
  • 1980 Boundary II, Moby Dick, A Portfolio of Paintings, Fall, Essay by William Spanos

Selected Permanent Collections

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • New York Public Library, NYC Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC Prudential Insurance, NYC Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • State University of New York, Binghamton, NY MIT, List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  • Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH The Fogg Museum, Boston, MA
  • Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, ME Colby College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

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