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Biennial Artists Present Their “Art Crushes” at CMCA

Tad Beck “Bicycle Crash 10”

 

Back by popular demand, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is offering its lively and thought-provoking lecture series, Who Do You Love? in conjunction with this year’s Biennial Exhibition.

The third iteration of the series takes place on Sunday, January 6, at 3pm, and features Biennial artists Tad Beck (Vinalhaven, ME), Seth Koen (South Bristol, ME + Easthampton, MA), and Gina Siepel (Portland, ME + Greenfield, MA)

The Who Do You Love? format asks each artist to share their most important “art crushes” with the audience. Each artist presents three works of art by other artists that they love, and tells why. In this way, the audience is introduced to a wide range of art and gains insight into how artists take inspiration from the work of other artists, and how deep looking informs their own work. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The “Who Do You Love?” lecture series is free with admission. Video recordings of the series are available on Vimeo and the CMCA website.

The CMCA Biennial is on view through March 3, 2019. Support for the Biennial is provided by First National Bank. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

‘Drawing Now’ Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

Clint Fulkerson, Portal 20, graphite ink and gouache on paper, 30×22

 

Following exhibitions in Paris and Sydney, the international Drawing Collective’s first U.S. exhibition “Drawing Now” will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Maine College of Art (MECA), 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine, from January 17th – March 22nd.  A public Opening Celebration will be held on Friday, February 1, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
The Drawing Collective  is comprised of 30 artists from eleven countries who all share the practice of abstract drawing. Its founder, Munira Naqui, a Portland-based artist, and Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) are co-curators of “Drawing Now.” Erin Hutton, Director of Exhibitions at ICA at MECA, is the organizer of the exhibition.

Danielle Lescot, Mires Series, pencil on paper, 42×30 cm

 

The Drawing Collective’s work expands upon a rich intellectual and aesthetic history of abstract drawing.  Said Brown, “Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret, their work represents a contemporary continuum of research in the formal purity of abstraction.”
“The core of the Collective’s work lies in the inter-connectivity of artists separated by geographical, linguistic and cultural barriers,” stated Naqui, who was born in Bangladesh, studied in  Moscow and came to the US in 1982.  A resident of Maine since 1993, she was inspired to launch the collective while discussing with artist friends in Paris several years ago the role of abstract drawing in contemporary practice and the possibility of using it as a common ground to connect with artists spread across the world.
“It is an honor for the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art to present The Drawing Collective’s first exhibition in the United States,” said Hutton. “Their devotion to the exploration of new strategies and methods is in alignment with our mission.” 
A highlight of the exhibition will be a durational drawing rendered live by Kevin Townsend , artist in residence at ICA at MECA from January 30th – February 2nd. An internationally recognized artist and professor currently living and working in Kansas City as part of KCAI’s foundation department, Townsend’s expanded drawing practice centers around mark-making, obsession and the phenomenology of time. He previously taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts University.

Anne Brochot, Untitled, ink on Bristol paper, 42”x29.7”

 

On Thursday, February 21st, 7:30 p.m., Portland Ovations will present “Strumming Music,” a musical performance by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the ICA at MECA.  Done in partnership with the exhibition, the performance will offer music responding to the artwork.  For ticketing information, please visit this link.

 

News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines

2019

Jan 15: Sign Up Deadline for Maine Gallery Guide Co-Op Ad

Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend

Feb15: Sign Up Deadline for Mother’s Day Ad in Downeast Magazine

April 5: Sign Up Deadline for June Maine Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 3: Sign Up Deadline for July Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 9: Public Opening Reception MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

June 28: Sign Up Deadline for Portland Monthly Art Annual Co-Op Ad

Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019

 

APPLY by January 31, 2019

Call for exhibitors for the 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street in Portland, ME. Apply as a fine craft artist working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone or wood. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.

PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW 2019 JURORS

Elena Kubler | Owner/Curator, The Turtle Gallery
Kazeem Lawal | Owner/Curator, Portland Trading Co.
Anja Levitties | Chair, 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

 

January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Are you looking to grow your 2019 audience and further your visual web presence? Join us in Ellsworth at Artsworth for a new professional development workshop! Participants will leave this workshop with their own Mailchimp account and a completed promotional flier designed and created in Adobe Spark featuring their work or business. All of this will be accomplished in one workshop, setting the participant up for future promotions.

 

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Wigout Dance Party

UMaine Museum of Art announces
WINTER WIGOUT DANCE PARTY
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Get decked-out for a wigtastic evening of dancing and wig-wearing reverie! $7 admission benefits the UMaine Museum of Art Alliance and Bangor Arts Exchange. Meet the Wigovenors, take a photo with the BIG-WIG and dance all night long to the sweet beats served up by DJ Thermomatt. Stack it to the Max – what ya got to lose?
This event is 21+, and a there will be a cash bar on site. Support your local arts organizations while getting wiggy with it!

 

CRAFT Gallery Artists Receive Maine Arts Commission Grants

CRAFT artist Jan Owen in her Belfast Studio

 

Two CRAFT Gallery artists are this year’s recipients of Maine Arts Fellowships awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. They are Jan Owen of Belfast, for Craft Arts, and Lynn Duryea of Deer Isle, for the Belvedere Handcraft Award.  Each artist receives $5000 in recognition of artistic excellence.  CRAFT Gallery congratulates these two fine artists and is honored to show their work. The gallery offers work of the many other distinguished and award winning fine craft artists working in Maine today.  Now closed for the season, the winter will be spent planning new shows and researching new emerging talent to introduce to lovers and collectors of fine craft.  CRAFT Gallery reopens in late May 2019 in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland.  FMI visit www.craftonelm.com  or email info@craftonelm.com.

Caldbeck Presents ‘Back to Nature’

GHOST, 2013 casein on panel 20 x 24 inches ALAN BRAY

Caldbeck presents ‘Back to Nature.’ A group show featuring the following artists:

Anne Alexander, Elizabeth Awalt, Katherine Bradford, Alan Bray, Lise Becu, Sam Cady, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, Jeff Epstein, Melanie Essex, Kathleen Florance, Maggie Foskett (Brasilian-American 1919-2014), Nancy Glassmann, Jeanne Goodman, Bayard Hollins, Janice Kasper, Frederic Kellogg, Koichiro Kurita, Jill Madden, Kristin Malin, K. Min, Kayla Mohammadi, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Chris Osgood, Dennis Pinette, Michael Reece, Barbara Sullivan, Todd Watts, Anne Weber (Am. 1929-2005), Susan Williams and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

The Harlow Presents ‘Commonplace’

 

Maxwell Nolin ‘Burden’

The Harlow presents “Commonplace”, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Nathan Allard of Somerville and Maxwell Nolin of Belfast. The exhibition is on view January 4 – February 9  at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 4, 5-7pm.

Nathan Allard ‘Rachael’

In Commonplace, Allard and Nolin highlight people of New England through portraits and figure paintings represented in oil and egg tempera paint. The exhibition takes a look at the simple, quiet moments in life, and offers a space for contemplation and reflection.

2019 Moxie Festival Committee Seeks Art

Lisbon’s Moxie Festival Committee today issued a call for artwork. Each year, the Moxie Festival Committee selects artwork to be used for t-shirts, posters, and branded items. The selected artwork will be consistent with the fun 2019 theme of “Moxie Goes Artsy.” The Moxie Festival committee selected this theme to inspire a “distinctively different” visual representation of the Moxie spirit, which by dictionary definition means energy, pep, and courage. It’s also the official beverage of the state of Maine. The committee is seeking an artistic image as iconic as the beverage itself.

The three-day festival, celebrated at the peak of summer with a parade, a 5k run, live music, and many other events, is a glorious homage to the distinctively different beverage, Moxie. The winning artwork will be reproduced on an exclusive and collectible T-shirt, posters, and other festival-branded items. In addition to seeing their artwork proudly displayed on thousands of T-shirts sold and worn during the Moxie Festival, this year the winner will receive a $750 cash prize, media recognition, the first 2019 printed T-shirt, and the opportunity to judge parade floats designed and inspired by the theme.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Winners will be selected by the Moxie Festival Committee. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Complete details and guidelines are currently both online at www.moxiefestival.com or at the MTM Community Center, 18 School Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine.

The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center Announces 2019 Residencies & Jury Panel

Applications for the 2019 residencies at Maine Farmland Trust’s (MFT) Joseph A. Fiore Art Center opened in early December and will close March 1st, 2019. This summer the Center will offer six visual art residencies: four for Maine artists, one of which is reserved for a Native American artist; one for an out-of-state artist, and one for an international artist. In addition, the Center will offer one performance/interdisciplinary arts residency and one literary arts residency for Maine applicants, as well as a new academic writing residency open to applicants from New England.

These are one-month residencies that will take place in July, August and September. Artist applicants are selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine and agriculture specifically.

Applicants to the new academic writing residency should be in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to MFT’s mission (e.g. farmland protection, access, and transfer; farm viability; food systems; agroecology; soil health; climate change and agriculture).

The Fiore Art Center also offers a 5-month seasonal position for a resident gardener with an affinity for the arts.

This will be the fourth summer that the Fiore Art Center has offered a residency program. David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo, Co-Directors at the Center, are excited to be working with yet another excellent jury panel. “Since the literary arts residency is focused on poetry this year, we pulled in renowned poet and arts writer Carl Little for his expertise in both the literary and visual arts,” explains Dewey. “We felt Sarah Workneh, with her depth of experience as Co-Director at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, would bring a great contemporary touch and round out the panel for the visual and interdisciplinary arts,” Witholt Abaldo added.

Sarah Workneh has been Co-Director at Skowhegan for nine years. She leads the educational program and related programs in New York throughout the year, and oversees facilities on campus. Previously, Sarah worked at Ox-Bow School of Art as Associate Director. She has served as a speaker in a wide variety of conferences and schools. Workneh has played an active role in the programmatic planning and vision of peer organizations, most recently with the African American Museum of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Somerset Cultural Planning Commission’s Advisory Council (ME) and serves on the board of the Colby College Museum of Art.

Carl Little is the author of more than 25 art books, including Paintings of MaineThe Art of Monhegan Island, and The Art of Maine in Winter. Little’s poetry has appeared in many print and online journals and is included in five anthologies edited by Wesley McNair, former Maine poet laureate. Poems have recently been featured in Maine Sunday Telegram’s “Deep Water” series and “Poems from Here” on Maine Public Radio, as well as in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian and New England Writers. Little holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Middlebury College. He directed the public affairs office and the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic for eight years before becoming director of communications and marketing at the Maine Community Foundation in 2001.

The academic writing residency will be juried by Amanda Beal, President and CEO of MFT, and Andrew Marshall, MFT’s David and Cecile Wang Food & Farming Fellow. “We felt that our residency program at the Fiore Art Center provided a perfect opportunity to support academics working on important research for our farming community,” says Beal. “The richness of an interdisciplinary experience for both the academic resident and the artists in residence will further serve to integrate agriculture and art.”

Amanda Beal’s life-long interest in how we produce food began as a child. She grew up on her family’s commercial dairy farm in Maine, and spent time on the coast of Casco Bay, where she has fond memories of digging for dinner in the clam flats alongside her grandfather and warming the bench of his smelt shanty in the winter. Before joining MFT, Beal worked for several years as a consultant on food systems-related projects for a number of fisheries, agriculture, and other food-focused organizations and businesses, and was a co-author of the publication: “A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities.” She holds an M.S. from Tufts University, having completed the Agriculture, Food & Environment program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Hampshire in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program.

Andrew Marshall is the 2018-2019 Wang Research and Policy Fellow at MFT, focusing on land use change, farmland reclamation, and climate issues. He has been ensconced in the Maine agricultural community for 15 years, serving as Education Director for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Field Director for Land For Good. Andrew also operates Dorolenna Farm and Forest in Montville with his family. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the University of California.

Those interested can find more information on application details, summer visitor hours and Open Studio Days online at https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.