Dancing With the Ellsworth Stars 2012 – Another Huge Success

Posted in General on May 4, 2012 by riversidestudio

The Grand in Ellsworth had another tremendous success with this year’s Dancing With the Ellsworth Stars. Photographer William Brehm once again supplied photographic support by creating theatrical head shots of the 2012 dancing stars and new instructors as well as providing coverage of the program. Enjoy some of the images created that evening pictured below. The event took in $15,500, surpassing last year’s total by $500. State representative Louie Luchini and his partner Kelly Fitzpatrick were the winners of the 2012 dance competition.

Cindy Michaels escorted by Mike Conolly and Elizabeth Pouwels

Sharing Our LinkedIn Endorsements

Posted in General on May 17, 2011 by riversidestudio

It’s been awhile since we shared some new and special things with you, our future clients in this newsletter. We thought it would be a nice idea to have a  few of our more than satisfied past clients share their thoughts on what it was like to work with us. These Endorsements come straight from photographer William Brehm’s LinkedIn Profile.

The first of these testimonials is for Wedding Photography and it comes to us from our happy destination wedding  groom, Bill Kyle of Maryland.

Bill States:

“In 2003 we started planning our destination wedding in Bar Harbor Maine. Using the Internet as our primary research vehicle we came across Riverside Studio Photography and Award Winning Photographer William Brehm.

From our very first contact we found Billy Brehm as he likes to be referred to, we found him to be very professional and easy to work with from our home in Maryland. He was even so kind as to provided a beautiful photograph of the area near Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park for us to use on our invitations and at no additional cost.

We found just how engaging a person Billy can be when we finally had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few days before the wedding. He used his talent and people skills with our family and friends to make everyone feel comfortable with our wedding day imaging requests.

It certainly shows in the quality of the photographs he caught of everyone in attendance on our speciel day. He did a remarkable job of working with our four year old daughter as you can see by jusy a few of the many photographs of her on the Riverside Studio web site.

Billy provided so many quality photographs for us to choose from for our album, that we had a difficult time narrowing down our selections. Not a bad problem to have.

Being so impressed with Billy’s creative genius, we engaged him for a second photo shoot when we returned to Mount Desert Island for our first anniversary. Again he created so many quality photographs from this second session with which to make our final selections that we were amazed with his photographic skill set and ability to work quickly and efficiently when faced with the waning light of sunset.

Billy is a true master of the lens and light and a joy to work with.

We highly recommend his services.

With admiration and thanks”

Bill Kyle – June 25, 2010

Gallery Grand Debuts in September – Artist’s Gala Reception Planned for September 14th

Posted in General on September 8, 2010 by riversidestudio

What do The Grand Auditorium, a photographer, a watercolor artist and a collector of one-of-a-kind Asian art and artifacts have in common?  The answer is an exciting new gallery space that has been purchased and renovated by The Grand Auditorium on Main Street in Ellsworth. 

The inaugural exhibit for September is entitled Zen Gallery.  It will feature the fine art works of award winning Ellsworth photographer William Brehm of Riverside Studio Photography, the fine art watercolor paintings of accomplished artist Tom Stewart of Penobscot and one-of-a-kind selections of Asian fabrics, artifacts, ritual objects (some well over one hundred years old), as well as Asian contemporary whimsy from the personal collection of Mr. Jeff Kaley, former owner of Asian World Imports of Blue Hill. 

 The Grand Executive Director, Zoe Alexis Scott says:  “The Grand is excited to bring Gallery Grand to Main Street this fall.  Thanks to William and Honora Brehm of Riverside Studio Photography, a rotating monthly show of accomplished artists will offer new works.  The Grand will also host receptions at the gallery before and after the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Saturdays for Grand Society members.  Gallery Grand will be open during other Grand events, and audience members are encouraged to meet the artists and welcome The Grand’s cultural expansion on Main Street.”

 Beginning September 1st, Gallery Grand will also be open Tuesday through Thursday from Noon  to 5 PM and Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Appointments to view the Gallery at other times may be arranged by calling 667-7200.  A gala artists’ reception is planned, preceding the performance of “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals” on Tuesday, September 14 beginning at 6:30p.m.  The Gallery will be open during intermission that evening as well.

 Ms. Scott continues, “This is part of a long-term plan to make The Grand a downtown cultural center for all of Ellsworth. The historic preservation of the tower and Marquee has begun. Our current executive offices will be redesigned as a small performing arts and education space – The Baby Grand – by 2012.  And all of this is to advocate for cultural connections in Ellsworth“.  With Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth Arts, Downtown Ellsworth Association, and the City, The Grand is part of a coalition promoting collaborations among visual artists, filmmakers, performing artists, local musicians, historians, youth and anyone interested in cultural and artistic exploration in Ellsworth.  “We think Ellsworth is growing as a cultural destination,” said Scott..

Regarding the Current Exhibitors:

Photographer William Brehm, familiar to many for his portrait photography, will be exhibiting fine art prints from his personal collection of works.  These include award winning nature studies, landscape photography and garden images.  Many of the latter include images created for renowned landscape architect, Bruce John Riddell of Bar Harbor.  One of the images, “Bass Harbor Light at Dusk”, received the Fuji Masterpiece Award in 2008 a copy of which was donated to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to create a stunning 15 x 15 foot mural which graces the entry to the new Emergency Room.  Also included is the image, “Autumn Sentinel”, which received the Court of Honor Award for best image created by an out of state photographer at the Rhode Island Professional Photographers Association (RIPPA) in April, 2010. 

 Mr. Brehm’s images also currently appear in the September, 2010 issue of Downeast Magazine in the feature article, “The Taming of the Ledge”.  His images have also been published in Yankee Magazine, Maine Home + Design Magazine, New Beauty Magazine, Arrington’s Inn Traveler Magazine, Kitchen Design Magazine, The Ellsworth American, The Mt. Desert Islander and The Bangor Daily News.  His book credits include the coffee table book titled The Perfect Home – Leading Residential Landscape Professionals and the Downeast Books publication Native Plants for Your Maine Garden, authored by Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Director Maureen Heffernan.

Accomplished water color artist Tom Stewart of Penobscot will be exhibiting mixed media water color paintings which use a glass infusion overlay.  The subject matter for his oceanscape art is inspired by a life-long love affair with the sea.


 Dating back to his earliest days, he has fond memories of the roar of the breaking surf and the shifting sand beneath his feet.  The scintillating light playing upon churning waters, the ebb and flow of the tides, the passing of distant ocean swells fill him with awe.  These elements create images in his mind of massive icebergs, the breaching of whales or sailing into an expanse of thirty-foot seas.  His goal is to bring this emotional energy into his art and in some way touch off the viewer’s own ocean memories.  Included in this exhibit are paintings titled: Nesting Time, Moonlit Storm and Into the Swells.

 Mr. Stewart has been creating and perfecting his techniques since 2003, during which time he has also been overseeing the construction of his new studio.  His one-person exhibitions include the Blue Hill Public Library in 2010, and Foulkeways in Gwyned, Pennsylvania also in 2010.  His works have been included in group exhibitions at The Gallery at Caterpillar Hill, in Sedgwick, Maine, and Bett’s Gallery in Belfast, Maine.

Prior to 2003, Tom had a distinguished career as a professional photographer specializing in editorial, corporate and advertising photography including work for Life Magazine, Newsweek, American Express, McGraw-Hill, Revlon, Chevrolet, Microsoft, Marriott and many others.

Now take a few steps at the Gallery to travel from Maine half-way around the world to visit Nepal, Tibet, Thailand and Viet Nam through the Asian Spirit Arts collection and 43 year travel experience of Mr. Jeff Kaley.  Jeff’s love of these cultures began when he served three terms as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1967-1971.  He extended his frequent travels to Nepal by including Tibet, Thailand, Viet Nam and India, meeting, living with and interacting with the villagers he met.  Jeff speaks fluent Nepali and has a working knowledge of Thai, so candid dialogue was possible.

 He was touched not only by the sincerity of these peoples, but also by their great generosity in the midst of great poverty.  Jeff would walk into a village asking, “Who makes things here?”  He would then be led to a small hut where a local woman would be weaving fabric from fibers she herself had spun or to a wood carver, toolmaker, or fabric maker.  After striking up a conversation about the work a family was doing, he would never be allowed to leave without having tea, at least, but often be invited to share a meal and stay for the night. Though these were people of great talent and integrity, they lacked schools, supplies and basic medicines.  He would be asked, “Help us; tell us how to get by.”  Jeff recognized that all the villages he visited had their own distinct native crafts, but didn’t know how to market them, so he started importing their products himself.  This led to Mr. Kaley’s becoming a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

 Assortments of many museum quality traditional pieces, some of which may be considered ancient, from minority cultures await you at the Gallery.  Functional household as well as ritual objects abound.  Many hand-worked, embellished garment swatches, several over one hundred years old, masks, drums, ritual art objects, meditation bells, singing bowls, healing stones and much more will enhance your visit to the Asian Spirit Arts collection at the Gallery. 

 Artists wishing to exhibit at The Gallery Grand in the future should contact gallery coordinator William Brehm at 667-7200 or zenlenz@riversidestudio.com

 Mark your calendars for the month of September to visit this exciting new addition to the downtown Ellsworth arts and entertainment scene.  Where else can you travel from Maine to Nepal without airfare or passport?

Bruce Riddell & William Brehm Team Up For Article in September Issue of Downeast Magazine

Posted in General on September 8, 2010 by riversidestudio

Award winning landscape architect Bruce Riddell is currently featured in an article titled “The Taming of the Ledge”. The feature article appears in the September 2010 Issue of Downeast Magazine. All of the garden photography images that appear in the article were created by award winning photographer William Brehm of Riverside Studio. Together Bruce and William are a formidable team. See excerpts from the article below.

Concert photography still a passion for photographer William Brehm

Posted in General on August 12, 2010 by riversidestudio

Way back in the day when award winning photographer William Brehm worked for a major NYC concert promoter he photographed just about every top rock act in the world. After moving to Maine, settling down and getting married, concert photography seemed to be a thing of the past. However on August 10th fellow native New Yorker Bela Fleck performed at the Grand in Ellsworth with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer.  William returned to his roots and photographed the concert.  Looks like he still has the touch after all these years. William enjoys the relationship he has with the Grand. So keep an eye on this newsletter for some breaking developments in the next few weeks.

Bela Fleck Pictured above.

Edgar Meyer pictured above.

Zakir Hussain pictured above.

It was a Grand evening of great music and much fun.

Maine Photographer William Brehm Exhibits Award Winning Images

Posted in General on July 11, 2010 by riversidestudio

Award winning Maine photographer William Brehm of Riverside Studio Photography is exhibiting a collection of his most recent work at Union Trust, a division of Camden National Bank, on Main Street in Ellsworth. The exhibit opened on Friday July 9th and runs through late August. The collection features many fine art nature studies including images of the gardens of landscape architect Bruce John Riddell of Bar Harbor.

Mr. Riddell recently received the prestigious American Horticultural Society Award for landscape design and many of the gardens featured in the exhibit have received design awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Pictured above is the BSLA award winning “Wheat Garden”. Pictured below are images from “Pardisan”, a residential garden in Bangor that was selected for a feature article in Maine Home + Design Magazine last year.

Also of prominence in the exhibit will be the image titled “Autumn Sentinel” which received the Court of Honor Award from The Professional Photographers of Rhode Island Association for the best out-of-state entry at their print competition in April of 2010. The image was featured in this newsletter this past April.

Other works include the nature studies “Fall Together”, pictured above, “Pollination at Three PM” and “Thoughts of Provence”, both pictured below.

All three images received  awards at the Maine Professional Photographers (MPPA) print competition and convention in February of 2010.

William and his wife Honora are delighted to have this opportunity to be a part of the Union Trust “Business Partners” program, and thank them for their willingness to host this exhibit.

For more information regarding the Boston Society of Landscape Architects visit their website at: http://www.bslaweb.org/

For more information regarding The American Horticultural Society visit their website at: http://www.ahs.org/

To see more of Bruce Riddell’s gardens visit his website at: http://www.landartdesigner.com

For more information regrading Maine Home + Design Magazine visit their website at:  http://www.mainehomedesign.com/

Maine Photographer William Brehm Documents Closing Of Last Sardine Cannery In The United States For The Maine State Museum

Posted in General on June 3, 2010 by riversidestudio

On April 15th the last sardine cannery in the United States of America officially closed. In its hayday, the sardine fishery industry had hundreds of sardine canning and packing facilities in operation. Over the years that number dwindled until there were just a small handful left. The last of these was the Stinson Beechcliff Cannery in Prospect Harbor,  Maine.  The cannery was owned and operated by the Bumble Bee Corporation. Photographer William Brehm visited the facility less than a week before its closing for the purpose of documenting in photographs the day-to-day operations of a once thriving industry that is no more. William was doing this for the State of Maine Museum and Archive. Images created that day are being donated to the Museum. Among the many images created was an image of the 60 foot tall Stinson’s Man which stood at the entrance to the cannery.  A 24×30 inch photograph of this image was printed with a 2 inch border around all sides. The entire staff of associates and management personnel then signed the photograph in the border area.  It was then handed over to Kate McBrien the Curator of Historic Collections at the Maine State Museum. Below is a photograph of Ms. McBrien and William Brehm making the exchange as well as a photo of the actual print itself.

To view more images of the last Sardine Factory in the USA in it’s final days visit www.riversidestudio.com/STINSONS

Dancing With The Stars Ellsworth A Hit !

Posted in General on April 25, 2010 by riversidestudio

The Dancing With The Stars Ellsworth Benefit For The Grand Auditorium Was Huge Success. This fun program took place on Saturday Evening, April 17th, 2010. Over 400 attended and the event netted over $7000 for The Grand.

Pictured above is Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal  with dance instructor Robert Page. The photo gracing the front page of the Thursday April 22nd, Edition of The Ellsworth American was created by Riverside Studio Photographer William Brehm. To see more images of dancers on stage during this most enjoyable program click on this link: http://www.riversidestudio.com/DWTS/

William was also fortunate enough to work with The Grand and the Ellsworth Stars and Dance Instructors to create their pre-show publicity headshots. The images of the Ellsworth Stars pictured below are (from left to right), Zoe Scott – Michelle Beal – Mike Sealander – Stars Contest Winner, Lindsay Corson – Josh Torrence and Peter Farragher.

We have had the opportunity to work with The Grand Auditorium on many occasions in the past and look forward to a long and mutually fruitful relationship with them in the future. To find out more about the Grand visit their website http://www.grandonline.org/.

Image By Photographer William Brehm Featured In April 2010 Issue of Downeast Magazine

Posted in General on April 6, 2010 by riversidestudio

This beautiful image created by Maine Photographer  William Brehm of Riverside Studio for friend and client Bruce John Riddell an Award Winning Maine Landscape Architect is featured in the April 2010 Edition of Downeast Magazine. The image was created in the gardens of a private estate in Blue Hill Maine.  Mr. Riddell is the Maine Landscape Architect responsible for the design and layout of this exquisite Award Winning garden. This garden received the design award of merit from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.  Images from other gardens designed by Bruce will be featured in this newsletter in the future. To see more of Bruce Riddell’s Award Winning gardens visit this link  http://www.landartdesigner.com/.  For more information regarding The Boston Society of Landscape Architects visit this link http://www.bslaweb.org/.

Maine Photographer William Brehm Brings Home Top Honors From Rhode Island PPA Print Competition

Posted in General on March 22, 2010 by riversidestudio

Maine Professional Photographer William Brehm of Riverside Studio Photography, claimed top honors for his competition printed titled “Autumn Sentinel” at the recently concluded Rhode Island Professional Photographers Convention and Print Competition.

The “Autumn Sentinel Image”  was distinguished by receiving the “Court of Honor Award and a Blue Ribbon Award of Merit” for out of state photographers competeing in Rhode Island.