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Archipelago virtual exhibit of Five Photographers

Greetings from Archipelago. I’m excited to personally invite you to join me in a virtual event celebrating Maine as we share our stories, personal vision, and our favorite images inspired by our beautiful state. I’m honored to join in a visual conversation featuring the work of Olga Merrill, Jim Nickelson, Terry Hire, and Joise Iselin and would love to have you be a part of it. I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Lisa Mossel Vietze

Join us for a special online visual journey and conversation with the artists as we explore perspectives on Maine through the lenses of five photographers. Through visual and conversational language, five fine art photographers will share how Maine serves as an inspiration for their bodies of work, their creative process in making images, and their personal experiences that serve as the foundation of their creative lives.

The show, “Our Maine,” featuring all five artists is on exhibit at our Archipelago Gallery in Rockland through August 3, 2020. Learn more here.

Note: We recommend joining this session by computer to enjoy the visual aspects of this presentation

Olga Merrill

Olga Merrill is a Maine based self-taught visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. She was born in the Far East of Russia where she lived and worked until March of 2013, when she came to Maine and her life changed. At the end of 2015, her life changed even more when she got a camera and her view of the world became different through its lenses. Her works have been shown at many galleries around the United States and in Europe, and she’s been featured in L’Oeil de la PhotographieDodho, and Your Daily Photograph, among others. Olga’s limited and open edition prints are available at galleries and held by private collectors throughout the world.


Jim Nickelson 
Jim Nickelson is a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), and teacher, and is also the author of Fine Art Inkjet Printing, published by Rocky Nook in 2017. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School). Jim makes his home in Camden, and his work resides in museum, public, corporate, and private collections across the United States and Canada.
Josie Iselin
Josie Iselin is photographer, author and designer who lives in San Francisco but spends large chunks of her summers on Vinalhaven, where she shares a home with her brothers, her children, and their cousins. Josie’s mission is to produce enticing, well-researched and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about, and an appreciation for, the world around them. Her writing and art focusing on seaweed, kelp, and sea otter puts her on the forefront of ocean activism, presenting and working with scientists and environmental groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. As a fine artist, she exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries, museums, hospital and other public spaces.
Lisa Mossel Vietze
Lisa has been making images since 1995, when she first picked up a Canon AE-1 manual camera. While Ansel Adams’ grand vistas brought her to photography, her images are primarily botanical macro photographs drawing the viewer into an intimate world of form and color. She has learned from many photographers who have taught through Maine Media Workshops over the past 20 years. Her images have appeared in many galleries and juried shows throughout Maine, including the Jonathan Frost Gallery, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, North Light Gallery, Maine Coast Artists Gallery, and the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, as well as numerous books and magazines. Vietze’s prints are held in collections throughout the country.
Terry Hire
Terry Hire received his BFA in Art History and BA in history from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to moving to Maine in 1981, he lived in Nashville, where he was an interior designer, working on hospital design, store planning, and private home design. During that time, he fell in love with photography and took courses at Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport. His longtime interest in photography was put on hold during his work as an interior designer at WBRDC Architecture in Bangor, until he opened his own firm, Design Alternatives, in Belfast. For the last 15 years he seriously pursued photography, and his colorful images are in the hands of many private collectors. Terry Hire died unexpectedly on January 31, 2020.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Presents Two New Exhibits

“Ocean Diptych,” by Sally Ladd Cole.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art presents two new exhibitions — “Downeast Narratives: Philip Barter and Matt Barter” and “Clarity of Vision: Sally Ladd Cole and B Millner” — available for viewing online at and at the gallery through July 10.

“Downeast Narratives: Philip Barter and Matt Barter” highlights recent work by Philip Barter and Matt Barter, a father-and-son duo of self-taught artists who were both born and raised in Maine. Their motifs focus on narratives of Maine’s working waterfronts and the earthy beauty of her landscape.

“Eastern Dragger,” by Philip Barter.

Philip, who was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, has painted Maine for over five decades. In the early years, Philip worked in all manner of traditional Maine jobs to support his family of seven. He dug clams and worms, was the sternman on a lobster boat, did carpentry, and dragged for mussels. By the 1990s, Philip was able to paint full-time after the Bates College Museum of Art acquired his work for their permanent collection and mounted a retrospective of his work in 1992. Philip’s work was subsequently highlighted in Downeast magazine and acquired by the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art.

“Schoodic Driftwood Relief,” painted wood relief, by Matt Barter.

Matt, who was raised in Franklin, learned to paint under the guidance of his father. He sold his first painting at age 10 and by his teens was learning the mechanics of oil painting and making his own wood reliefs. His carved fishermen and wood reliefs are fast becoming a signature motif. Made from reclaimed wood beam and oil paint, his rough-cut figures capture the brawn of these weathered men laden with lobster traps, hoes, buckets and buoys.

Both Barters share an eye for composition, shape, and color and a deep-rooted connection to Maine that makes their work authentic.

“Clarity of Vision: Sally Ladd Cole and B Millner” highlights recent work by realist painters Sally Ladd Cole and B Millner, both of whom are new to Courthouse Gallery.

Cole is a realist marine and landscape painter who depicts the rural gems she encounters near her homes in Maine and New Hampshire. Many of Cole’s paintings highlight the Atlantic shoreline, where she finds an abundance of inspiration in the natural grace of the endangered vistas. Cole’s work has been included in numerous solo, juried, and groups exhibitions throughout New England and been highlighted in several publications and books.

“Harbor Fish,” by B Millner.

B Millner’s oil paintings approach photorealism and include interiors, landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes, frequently nocturnal. Millner favors character over beauty and likes to convey a certain grittiness in his paintings.

A native of North Carolina, Millner participated in studio classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School for more than 20 years and took foundry courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work, which has been exhibited in galleries from Maine to Louisiana and in Anguilla, can be found in numerous collections. Millner has been coming to Maine since 1995, and splits his time between Bailey Island and Virginia.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows, call 667-6611, or visit

The Maine Art Gallery Opens Its First Online Exhibit

“Higgins Beach – Late Afternoon,” by Cynthia Sortwell.

“Untitled 1027,” by Conrad Guertin.

“Bobolinks,” wood engraving, by Siri Beckman.

Hard times inspire creativity, and Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery has stepped up to the challenge.

The gallery presents an online show of paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and collages from 23 artists that might have been held at the gallery, were it not for the limitations due to COVID-19. Instead, the images can be viewed at through July 10.

The show offers a range of styles. In addition to depictions of landscapes, waterscapes, architecture and still lifes, works include nontraditional shapes and symbolic paintings.

More information is available on the Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset Facebook page. The gallery, located in the historic Wiscasset Academy building at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, is closed to the public this summer due to COVID.

A New Issue of MMPA Antidote Is Available Online

“Morning Web,” by Sal Taylor Kydd.

“It’s always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary… it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.” — Sally Mann

In response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and local closings, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland began creating the online series MMPA Antidote, which includes photographic artwork, audio interviews, and artist statements and reflections from Maine artists, aimed to serve as inspiration during times of isolation.

Joel R. Ferris, a donor who helped launch MMPA, says, “On Fridays after work, I pour a glass of wine and look and read the site and pretend I’m on Portland’s First Friday art walk.”

A new issue of MMPA Antidote is available online at

Investigate the links, share the images, and send some of your own to

Archipelago Releases Do-It-Yourself Photography Video Series

Archipelago has released a three-part video series from photographer Michael O’Neil, who shares tips and best practices for beginner and advanced photographers alike.

The first two videos were “Do-It-Yourself Tabletop Photography for Artists and Makers” and “DIY Photography for Artists & Makers: Two-Dimensional Art.” With more people venturing outdoors, the last video in the series teaches on-location product photography. All videos are available on the Island Institute’s YouTube page.

“On Location: Natural Light Photography” shows three locations and gives suggestions for making the best of various situations. These kinds of images can really help you develop and strengthen your brand, stand out from other stores, and share your unique story better on your website and social media.

Maine has a unique feel and adding that aesthetic to your photography and marketing can complement your brand well. Providing your customers with a sense of a place, or referencing a favorite memory they may have of Maine, helps connect them with your product and is a great strategy to add into your marketing efforts.

Email Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago director, at with any questions.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Launches Notecard Series

Pemaquid Group of Artists Card Assortment #1.

The long-standing tradition of exhibiting works by Lincoln County resident artists at Pemaquid Art Gallery has been altered by COVID-19. The gallery will not open at Lighthouse Park this year for its 92nd season, however plein-air events are planned at the park location, and original paintings by member artists are available for purchase at

The Pemaquid Group of Artists also launched a series of notecards that are available for purchase.

Two sets of notecards will be available, each consisting of a box of 10 assorted, full-color reproduction cards with envelopes. Each card is a recreation of an original painting by a member artist. The price for a set of 10 is $20 and includes Maine sales tax. The boxed sets offer beautiful glimpses of midcoast Maine and make excellent gifts.

For further information and orders, contact Peggy Farrell at 207-677-2078.

Saltwater Artists Gallery Reopens Featuring Work by Cynthia Smith

Linden and maple sculptures shown in foreground at Saltwater Artists Gallery.

The Saltwater Artists Gallery has been open full-time since June 19, after meeting all the COVID-19 protection requirements.

Cynthia Smith, who taught high school for 35 years, is the featured artist. She began focusing on sculpture in 1985 and works primarily in bronze, plaster, wood, stone and clay. Her newest pieces are carved from trees trimmed from her property. One is linden (basswood) and the other is maple. Smith approaches her work with thoughtful creativity, an appreciation of shapes and space, and a wicked sense of humor.

Saltwater Artists Gallery is at 3056 Bristol Road (Rt 130), New Harbor, just half a mile before the Pemaquid Lighthouse. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face masks are required.

Call 207-644-8849 or email for more information.

Three Solo Exhibits Open at Dowling Walsh Gallery

“The Poppy and the Greenhouse,” by Cig Harvey.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three solo exhibitions in July featuring work by Cig Harvey, Jenny Brillhart and Marilynn Gelfman Karp.

The gallery will host an artist reception on opening day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 3 and a gallery open house each Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The shows run through Aug. 1.

Cig Harvey’s exhibition, “Eat Flowers,” is a feverish exploration into how things feel, as represented through photography. The profusion of color and nature is a visual reminder that we are alive, and embracing it celebrates the basic human desire to be surrounded by beauty. These new photographs aim to bombard our primal senses. They are riotous and gluttonous, explosive and dramatic, full of life yet somehow simultaneously suffocating and terrifying.

Harvey’s artistic practice seeks to find the magical in everyday life. It is deeply rooted in the natural environment and offers explorations of belonging and familial relationships. Her photographs and artist books have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She lives in Rockport.

“Blue Moon,” by Jenny Brillhart.

Jenny Brillhart received a BFA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and an MFA in painting from the The New York Academy of Art. She has shown her work in Berlin and Florida and in 2017 exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in a two-person show alongside artist Sara Stites. Brillhart is included in the 2019 deCordova New England Biennial. She lives and works in Stonington.

“Birdseye Sunset at the Equator Specimen,” by Marilynn Gelfman Karp.

Marilynn Karp is a sculptor whose mixed-media, found object works are represented in collections nationally and abroad. She holds a doctorate in physics and aesthetics and has taught art and material culture at New York University for 42 years. Karp is the author of “In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting” (Abrams, 2006) as well as the forthcoming book “Uncorked: A Corkscrew Collection” (Abbeville, 2020). She has given interviews, presented papers, and appeared on panels at museums and universities on various topics within the purview of collecting. She is the president of the Anonymous Arts Recovery Society and a trustee and board member of the Preservation League of New York State. Karp divides her time between her New York City studio and a farmhouse in upstate New York.

“Immersed in the rural landscape, I found miraculously enlightening instances of the mergence of the natural and the manmade by birds and insects,” Karp says. “This has informed and adapted my eye to the bird’s eye view and the wasp’s stunning utilization of architecture and utility meters as habitats. I now play their game with their abandoned nests and turn the tables to invent what they might have done in different times and places. As an avid observer of material culture, my sculptures suggest that the impetus to acquire, organize and integrate is proof that the hunter-gatherer instinct is alive and well.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St., Rockland. Go to, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

Archipelago Reopens and Announces New Book by Ashley Bryan

Author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. Image courtesy of Bob Thayer.

Archipelago the Island Institute Store, located at 386 Main St. in Rockland, reopened on June 24 and is adhering to the CDC guidelines for the health and safety of its customers and staff.

Current hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

As part of its reopening, store is also celebrating the latest release by Maine author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, an autobiography titled “Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace.”

The book is a deeply moving picture-book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. In May of 1942, at the age of 18, Ashley was drafted to fight in World War II, and for the next three years he faced the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. Forty years later, he tells his story.

Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by the Newbery Honor-winning illustrator is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

While shopping at Archipelago, customers are asked to adhere to several guidelines, which are posted at the store and online. Guidelines include a maximum of eight customers in the store at one time, required face coverings, minimum six feet of distance between one another, credit cards only (no cash accepted), and guests are asked to sanitize their hands at the hands-free stand upon entering, follow the directional arrows on the floor, handle items only if purchasing them, and bag their own items if they bring their own bag. Only service animals are permitted inside, and children under 8 are discouraged from shopping at this time.

Items are also available through the online store at Call 207-596-0701 for more information.

Carol Douglas Exhibits ‘Argentina in Quarantine’

Carol Douglas painting in El Chaltén, Patagonia. Photo by Douglas Perot.

Work by Carol Douglas will be exhibited in “Argentina in Quarantine” on July 11. A reception from 2 to 6 p.m. will be held at the artist’s home studio/gallery, located at 394 Commercial St., Rockport.

In March, Douglas traveled to Patagonia to paint with a small group of fellow artists. COVID-19 was still a distant threat on the world stage. That didn’t last long. Within 48 hours, the Argentines closed down all internal flights. The group was effectively stuck in the tiny village of El Chaltén.

At first, that just meant no contact with the locals, but as the days went by, the cordon sanitaire tightened. At one point, Douglas had spiked a fever and was confined to her room.

“It turned out to be a parasite, but of course we didn’t know that at the time,” she said.

Meanwhile, it was getting colder in Patagonia. Termination dust — the first snow of the year at high elevations — appeared on the mountains. The hostel was not built for winter habitation. They grow no food at these elevations. The group had to move on.

“Glaciar Cagliero from Rio Electrico,” by Carol L. Douglas.

There was no travel within Argentina without a government-issued pass. The group learned there would be a last flight from the provincial capital Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires, intended to get foreign nationals out of the country. Rio Gallegos was about 300 miles away. “Much of the drive was through open desert, where guanacos, rheas and jackrabbits try to become road kill,” said Douglas. Armed with a jerry-can of gasoline, they departed at 4 a.m. At each checkpoint, soldiers carefully scrutinized their papers.

“We arrived at the airport in ample time, but the line was excruciatingly slow,” she said. “The airline wasn’t honoring our tickets. The terminals were not working. I checked through a half hour after our scheduled departure. The plane taxied as we were escorted to our seats.”

In Buenos Aires, any hope of a quick flight to the U.S. was dashed. They were escorted out of the airport by a soldier and spent a week in a hotel, under the watchful eye of military guards.

“El Calafate,” by Carol L. Douglas.

“I did not return with the paintings I’d intended, but I did return with paintings of a strange and wondrous part of the world,” said Douglas.

The gallery space will be an outdoor tent for the duration of the pandemic. Guests are welcome to BYOW — Bring Your Own Wineglass — and Douglas will pour drinks. Masks are required.

For more information, call 585-201-1558, or email