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New works by Willa Vennema at Harbor Square Gallery

Willa Vennema, The Peaceful Use of Walls: Village Series, diptych, at Harbor Square Gallery

Harbor Square Gallery is featuring several new works by Willa Vennema for the last show of our 2020 season. The show is open now and into the new year.
Working with encaustic, Vennema manipulates layers of rich texture and color to manifest semi-abstract landscapes that reflect her memories of hiking through the Maine woods and boating along “…the rocky shores of the many uninhabited islands of the spectacular ‘Bold Coast’” (Vennema). Harbor Square Gallery welcomes you to view Vennema’s work, which is currently displayed along our mezzanine.
The gallery is open by chance or appointment.
Contact us at or by phone (207) 594-8700 for more information.
Harbor Square Gallery
Beauty Will Redeem the World
(207) 594-8700

Happy New Year from the Harlow

Cropped Image from Assemblage by Harlow Member Andre Benoit


“Allow yourself to dream your biggest dreams.. You deserve it. You can be anything you dream. You are the writer of your own story. I feel at peace and ready for the next round of adventures. Life is such a beautiful gift. Happy New Year to all of you kind souls that keep me inspired to live my dreams. ” ~ borrowed and adapted from Photographer Sarah Ann Loreth.

Happy New Year from the Harlow! And thank you for helping us through the most challenging of a year and for all in the arts! If you are still considering giving to the Harlow for your end of the year gift giving, you can do it here.

We are SO excited for the year ahead and in coming weeks will share with you what’s ahead and some exciting news!  Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletter!

A reminder that our members exhibition Homecoming is still on view until January 2, 2021. An exhibition sampler exhibition can also also be found online here   The gallery is only open on Saturdays from 11 to 4 PM and by appointment. Please email to arrange a time for you and yours. We hope to reopen with expanded hours soon.

Cheers to you and yours, and happy, healthy and fruitful 2021!

~ Your Friends at the Harlow Gallery

CMCA to close to the public for the month of January

Rockland, ME, December 29, 2020—The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has announced that it is voluntarily closing to the public for the month of January out of an abundance of caution for its staff, volunteers and visitors. The goal of the closure is to support the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the community and to ensure the health and safety of all.

“We have had no detected cases of COVID-19 associated with CMCA, but with the uptick of cases in Knox County and the expected surge following the holidays, we have decided to close our galleries to the public as a cautionary measure,” said CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy.

Throughout the month there are multiple ways to continue to engage with CMCA online, from taking a virtual tour of the Biennial exhibition with curatorial staff, to hands-on art making led by ArtLab educators, and live streamed Artist Toolbox talks and workshops. For a full schedule of January programs and events, visit

Soulful Stitching: give art and support artists

Soulful Stitching

Indigo Arts Alliance is thrilled to announce that, in early 2021, it will partner with Cove Street Arts to host Soulful Stitching, an exhibition of the handmade, patchwork quilts called “kawandi” of the Siddis of India. This exquisite exhibition has been curated by renowned scholar Henry J. Drewal and scholar/artist Sarah K. Khan, fall 2019 artist in residence at IAA.

The Siddis of Karnataka, India, are the descendants of both early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast by the Portuguese beginning in the 16th century. Gradually, they escaped slavery and moved southward into the remote Western Ghatt mountains of Northern Karnataka in order to create free, independent African diaspora communities. While they have adopted, adapted and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain African traditions. In the visual arts, one tradition stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi.

A limited number of these very special kawandi quilts are on pre-sale now. Proceeds help support Indigo Arts Alliance and the Siddi Quilters.

Learn more at

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

Johanna Moore, “Billy Shore.”

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.

Published bi-weekly, Antidote features contemporary photographers and interviews with industry experts.

The most recent issue features pinhole photography by Johanna Moore.

Visit to view the most recent issue.

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

‘Small Works for Christmas’ virtual exhibit

“LOOKING FORWARD,” by Alison Rector.

Caldbeck Gallery presents the virtual exhibit “Small Works for Christmas,” featuring work by Sam Cady, Lise Bécu, Krisanne Baker, Dan West, Alsion Rector, Anne Alexander, John Woolsey and David Dewey.

View the e-catalog at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

‘Maine Rivers & Industry’ photo exhibit by Jon Linn

Photo by Jon Linn.

Jon Linn Aerial Photography announces the posting of their new collection at the Jon Linn Gallery, 33A Front St., Belfast, and online at

The show is available to view online now, and prints can be viewed at the gallery starting on Jan. 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The “Maine Rivers & Industry” collection is comprised of 34 aerial photographic images of scenes centered on active and defunct industrial mills. Locations include Maine’s eight remaining operating Pulp & Paper mills and towns along the Androscoggin River, Penobscot River and Kennebec River.

All images in the collection were captured in 2020, some even documenting structures shortly before catastrophic events, e.g., the Pixelle Mill six weeks before the digester explosion and S.D. Warren in Westbrook one week before the Presumpscot River landslide.

Linn’s landscape photos seek to create mood and drama through light and shadows, texture and layers, drawing the viewer’s attention to the horizon and back. Their focus is on the sky, horizon, hills and foreground, with Anthropocene structures as context. 

Prints are available for sale at the gallery and online (metal prints, dye-sublimation on aluminum). They are all landscape oriented, 16:9 aspect ratio. Sizes range from 12” to 48” wide. Contact Jon Linn for details at

Learn more about the artist at

Dowling Walsh Gallery closed through Jan. 4

Jamie Wyeth, “My Mother and the Squall.”

Everyone at Dowling Walsh Gallery is excited and proud to welcome 2021 and hope to see you there.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will be closed for regular hours from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 but available to open by appointment. Contact Jake Dowling at or 207-691-0438.

Pamela Moulton’s work-in-progress, ‘The Forest,’ is temporarily open to guests

Pamela Moulton’s work-in-progress, “The Forest” installation.

Artist in residence Pamela Moulton is opening the SPEEDWELL gallery, so people can experience her installation “The Forest” in progress.

“The Forest” is an interactive, multi-sensory installation that will continue to evolve throughout Moulton’s residency.

Wearing festive green or blue is encouraged.

There will be a maker’s table where visitors can fabricate elements

to integrate into the whimsical environment.

Guests will be asked to leave their shoes at the door to minimize the tracking of snow and winter weather into the installation.

Masks are required, sanitizer and gloves will be available in the gallery, and the gallery will be limited to five guests at a time.

Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 through Jan. 5.

SPEEDWELL, at 630 Forest Ave., Portand, is an artist-run nonprofit gallery dedicated to supporting the work of mid- to late-career women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC artists. All programming is free. The gallery relies on donations and grants to keep the doors open and events happening. Learn more at, or call 207-805-1835.

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held Jan. 2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites artists of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2 on Facebook Live. 

Participants will join ArtLab Educator Alexis Iammarino to create abstract and intuitive compositions in 2D and 3D form, using textile and craft techniques like sewing, quilt piecing and fabric dyeing with household spices and teas. Taking creative lead from 2020 Biennial artists Baxter Koziol and Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell to connect the practice of painting with fiber arts and object making.

In response to CDC recommendations, the workshop will stream live on For those tuning in locally, there are 15 ArtLab art kits available for pick-up during business hours at CMCA on Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 2, free of charge. Participants are encouraged to explore the galleries or visit the virtual tour online at in advance of the workshop. For more information, email Alexis Iammarino at

For more information, go to