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MCA’s “Preparing for a Wholesale Show”


Preparing for a Wholesale Show

Tuesday, January 7 | 5:30pm
Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

FREE for MCA Professional/Emerging Professional/Partners Professional Level/Guild Professional Members
All others: $25

This panel discussion is part of our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub series. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, and will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring 2020 Show. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join us for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

Whitney Burdsall | New England Made Shows Logistics Director
Molly Thompson | Artist and business owner Pretty Flours
Jolene McGowan | Founder, Matchstick Communications

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Intro to Abstract Art Workshop at The Harlow


The Harlow in Hallowell offers an introductory Abstract Art Workshop taught by Rachael Wilson.  Registration is required by January 22 and the class will be held on Saturday January 25 10:00-1:00.

Reggie Burrows Hodges Awarded Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship

Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″

Dowling Walsh Gallery artist Reggie Burrows Hodges has been awarded the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship awards $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a scholarly publication and a gallery talk.

Sunday Salon with artists featured in ‘Temporality’

Sunday Salon | Temporality

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites the public to attend the second in a series of Sunday Salon gallery talks related to the exhibition “Temporality: The Process of Time,” on January 5 at 3pm. Presenters will include exhibiting artists Caleb Charland, Clint Fulkerson, and Kate Russo. Each artist will share images and discuss how they use time as a material in their work. 

Exploring ideas of repetition, duration, and process, the exhibition “Temporality | The Process of Time,” looks at how contemporary artists are using time as a means of making. The exhibition explores the question of what is time, and how do we measure and give value to it? One certainty is that artists need time to make their work and viewers need time to look. In a society that’s constantly on the move, the artists included in the exhibition are asking the viewer to slow down and consider the relevance of time as material. 

Caleb Charland (Brewer, ME) uses the photographic process to question visual possibilities within the natural laws of the world. His practice is based in wonder, a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty.

Clint Fulkerson (Portland, ME) creates drawings that are the result of contemplating the relationships between space, time, matter, and energy. His murals are created using pre-determined limitations and visual analogies.

Kate Russo (Portland, ME) explores the use of color as narrative in her paintings. She borrows the color palettes of well-known, historical artists in an effort to convey an artist’s character through color.

Marilyn Moss Rockefeller Lobby Installation view

Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. The next Sunday Salon in the series will take place on January 26, 2020. For more information, please visit

January ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the current exhibition, Temporality: The Process of Time to create their own original works of art during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, January 4, from 2 to 4pm.

In this second in a series of ArtLab workshops related to the Temporality exhibition, participants will look to previous works of featured artist Astrid Bowlby and work collaboratively on a collage installation. Using paper, ink and scissors to create numerous cut-outs and illustrations to make an installation in our ArtLab – documented by a time-lapse video. Experiment with improvisation, accumulation, and collaboration!

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab is offered free of charge and open to all through the support of Wells Fargo, The Bob Crewe Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

Preparing for a Wholesale Show: Panel Discussion

MCA presents Preparing for a Wholesale Show, a panel discussion in our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub program. The discussion will focus on best practices in preparing for a wholesale show, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, but will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring Show, which is March 14-16 in Portland. If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join MCA for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

Where: Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Styling Workshop: Learn to Make Compelling Images

Join Stylist + Art Director, Basha Burwell, for this one-of-a-kind styling workshop! She will introduce you to her line work, and teach you some tips and tricks to create interesting images containing your work. This unique workshop is for craftspeople + makers wanting to improve the skills necessary to present your craft through photographic images. This workshop will prepare you with the tools needed to successfully conceptualize, plan, produce, and even shoot creative and memorable still life images featuring your craft objects.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Where: Church: 16 Brewster St, Rockland ME 04841

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2020 Biennial

2020 CMCA Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is announcing an open call for submissions to its 2020 Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 3, 2020.

The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Art in all mediums is accepted for review. The CMCA 2020 Biennial is sponsored by The VIA Agency, Portland, ME. 

“We are extremely grateful to The VIA Agency for their support of the 2020 Biennial,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Their generous sponsorship makes it possible for us to waive submission fees for all entering artists and to engage two outstanding independent jurors, Kate McNamara and Nina Johnson-Milewski. Given the coincidence with Maine’s Bicentennial, we anticipate a particularly large response to this statewide celebration of contemporary Maine art.” 

2018 CMCA Biennial installation view

The CMCA Biennial is the longest running statewide juried exhibition in Maine, dating back to 1978. Jurors for the 2020 edition are Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks.

CMCA Announces New “Artist Toolbox” Statewide Initiative

Artist Kim Bernard will lead CMCA’s new Artist Toolbox program in 2020

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced it will launch the “Artist Toolbox” in 2020, a new statewide initiative to provide professional development tools to artists.

Supported by a major grant from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, the program is “a direct response to expressed needs in the field,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Through our work, we’ve noted that many artists are underprepared to market and represent themselves in the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors. We’re launching the Artist Toolbox program to help meet these needs.”

CMCA has hired artist Kim Bernard of Rockland to administer the program in its inaugural year. Bernard is a seasoned instructor, having developed and led workshops on “Creative & Professional Practice” and “Artist as Small Business” at colleges and art centers throughout the country.

For CMCA’s Artist Toolbox program, Bernard will present a series of informative slide presentations at no cost to the venues or attendees throughout Maine, with the goal of reaching all regions in the state. The presentations will be followed by a series of intensive two-day workshops at locations statewide. Additional workshops and speakers, as well as online instructional materials on topics ranging from social media marketing, estate planning, tax preparation, and exhibition proposals are also being planned.

A schedule of Artist Toolbox presentations will be available on the CMCA website in early 2020. CMCA is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in Maine and is located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland.

Apply to the 6th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

The online application is open now for the Sixth Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, a one-day outdoor show on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in the Portland Arts District. The juried show will feature 90+ juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting baskets, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England and Portland arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, guilds and schools by special invitation, and sponsor booths. Application deadline is January 31, 2020.


Nancy Davidson, Curator-in-Residence, Maine Jewish Museum

Gabriel Frey, Artist, 2019 Craft Apprentice Program Master

Tara Gardner, Retail Operations Manager, CMCA


Free Street Parking Lot (next to the Children’s Museum)

Cove St. Arts Presents ‘Think A Bot It’

Cove St. Arts Presents, in Portland Eva Goetz’s Think A Bot It. Large, friendly robots speak through semafore, coded messages, and signals requesting that we HELP, STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. Goetz’s colorful, dynamic bots encourage the viewer to engage deeply and to think about the possibilities (and dangers) embedded in our technological future. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the generous of The Candy and Jim Platz and Max Kagan Foundation and Creative Portland. 

This vibrant, playful body of work is also a serious platform where deep questions are considered: Are we marching toward a future filled with health and well-being? Or are we on a destructive course, drunk and blinded with new creative ability? Are we fully considering the impact of innovations on society (democracy) and our planet?

Born in Texas with Mexico next door, Eva Goetz was influenced by the palette of the land: the bright and dusty colors found within both the landscape and narrative folk paintings. These sense memories punctuate Goetz’s robots in the form of dots. As the artist explains:  “Dots are both energy and form. As circles, dots can become windows into consciousness. As points, dots can punctuate beginnings and endings. Or perhaps dots are points of light or energetic origins or infinity itself. We all begin and end somewhere.” Think A Bot It is on view through February 22.