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Important update regarding the 2020 Artists & Makers Conference

Due to the potential impacts of hosting an in-person convening at this time, we are cancelling this year’s Artists & Makers Conference, scheduled for April 16-17 at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland, in order to do our part to stem the spread of the coronavirus. We are in the process of planning some virtual offerings in the Spring and will be in touch with updated information as they evolve.

We look forward to pursuing new opportunities for us to connect and share resources in the coming months, so please stay tuned!

Pemaquid Art Gallery Call for Artists

The Pemaquid Art Gallery announces a call for artists to exhibit in the 2020 season at Lighthouse Park, Bristol. This will be the 92nd season for the Pemaquid Group of Artists whose members are residents of Lincoln County, Maine. The gallery is professionally staffed and is open from late May until Columbus Day and is host to summer visitors from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries.

Artists wishing to apply for membership are invited to visit under “2020 Call for Artists” for the application and details for applying. Artwork will be accepted in watercolor, gouache, oil, pastel, acrylic, marquetry and ceramics. Jurying will occur on April 4 th at the gallery and applicants are required to submit three recent pieces and a short resume along with the application. The gallery does not require members to staff the gallery which charges 30% commission. Contact PGA president Bob Vaughan at or 677 6085 with any questions about the gallery or how to apply for membership.

Roberta Smith to Present CMCA Distinguished Lecture in July

Roberta Smith, by Marco Grob


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic at The New York Times will present its annual Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The lecture will take place at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland. A reception will immediately follow the talk at CMCA. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase through CMCA beginning June 1.

One of the most highly regarded commentators on art in the world, Roberta Smith regularly reviews museum exhibitions, art fairs, and gallery shows in New York, North America, and abroad. Since joining The Times in 1991, she has written on Western and non-Western art from the pre-historic to the contemporary eras. She sees her main responsibility as “getting people out of the house,” making them curious enough to go see the art she covers.

Born in New York City and raised in Kansas, Ms. Smith is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa. Before coming to The Times she wrote for the Village Voice. In 2003, she received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. In 2019, she was presented a lifetime achievement award from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, an organization based in Portland, Maine, that gives grants and awards for arts journalism.

In making the award, the Rabkin Foundation noted, “Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and much more. Across many traditional boundaries, she has offered a frank, lovingly detailed assessment of new art and artists to her expansive readership. Hers is a voice listened to by millions of readers.”

Now in its 7th year, the CMCA Annual Distinguished Lecture brings to Maine some of the leading figures in art and culture today. Past presenters include Dr. Lonnie Bunch, newly appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; artists Alex Katz and David Salle; Jerry Saltz, Pultizer Prize winning art critic at New York magazine, and John Yau, poet, art critic, and weekend editor for the global online art magazine Hyperallergic.


Kathleen Galligan On Track for the Equinox Oil on linen, 14×14 inches

THE PORTLAND SHOW 10th Biennial Invitational Exhibition April 2-May 30, 2020

Please note: because of the Covid-19 virus there will be no opening reception for this exhibition.  Work may be viewed anytime during regular business hours.


Thomas Connolly Use Electricity Oil on panel, 28×36 inches


Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce its 10th Biennial Portland Show featuring work by 51 artists. In a creative tribute to our city, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”.


Michael Lewis 2 Lights on the Coast of Maine Acrylic on board, 27×24 inches


Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition.  Greenhut is dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.


COVID-19: MCA Updates & Information for Our Members and Community


CLOSED: Center for Maine Craft + Maine Craft Portland

March 17, 2020: Our retail galleries + resource centers, the Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland, will be closed from this date forward. We will reopen as advised by our local and health officials.

REDUCED: Maine Crafts Association operations and staffing

March 17, 2020: From this date forward all MCA operations are reduced to a minimum, the majority of our staff has been temporarily laid off. Sadie Bliss, Director and Emily Shaffer, Part time Program Coordinator and HR Manager will continue to support MCA staff and continue reduced operations, communications and efforts. Our strategy is to stay well, support all community efforts to combat COVID-19, and fully reopen with all staff positions intact as soon as advisable without insurmountable debt or financial damage.

CANCELLED: MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack Mountain School of Craft

March 16, 2020: As directed by Haystack upon learning of the recommendation from the CDC to cancel events of this size taking place within the next eight weeks. Our annual MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack was scheduled for May 7-10, 2020 and is therefore cancelled. 

UPCOMING: 2020 MCA Events

You can expect the MCA to act in accordance with all federal, state and local recommendations. We will communicate new cancellations on our COVID-19 Updates & Information page and on social media. In the meantime, program/event planning has slowed, but all other 2020 programs/events are still scheduled until further notice.

Island Institute Update: Responding to COVID-19 in Our Communities

As we all recognize the daily disruptions and challenges ahead for each of us, our communities are grappling with many unknowns. For decades, the Island Institute has been building networks to connect communities with practical information and support to solve problems. We have a firm commitment to our island and coastal communities to continue this support while we navigate these uncertain times together. 

First, the well-being of our staff and community is our top concern.

As we activate our networks across the state and beyond, our Rockland Main Street office will close today for a few weeks as our dedicated staff has moved to their virtual offices. We are fortunate to have the tools in place to immediately operate remotely—though we have closed Archipelago, our brick and mortar store, the online store will remain open.

We have also canceled all upcoming in-person events, including our April Artists and Makers Conference and other near-term in-person convenings, and are now involved in designing virtual events to keep us connected during this period of social distancing.

In particular, we are focused on our partnership with the Maine Islands Coalition to rapidly implement strategies to share information and best practices between the islands during this time.

Our members, community leaders, partners, subscribers, and customers are encouraged to reach out to us here. We have a team assembled to promptly respond to your questions and to connect those working on the frontlines in our island and coastal communities to the resources they need in this time of change. 

As things evolve, we will keep you informed. We’ll be updating you on new deadlines for our open application periods for the Aquaculture Business Development and Island Fellows programs. Our editor, Tom Groening, is also keeping his finger on the pulse of the coastal community news. Expect

The Working Waterfront newspaper to continue to publish the weekly e-newsletter and our monthly print newspaper. Please contact Tom directly as you find community stories that need telling.

For more information, see our resource page on our website. We’ll continue to add to this page as we move forward through the upcoming days and weeks, so keep checking back. Here you can review best practices on how to work remotely; the video from February’s 2020 Waypoints Forum, where we gathered to discuss “Courageous Leadership in Disruptive Times;” and we highlight some of the great work from our project teams, including the Waypoints: Connect publication and our new Edible Seaweed Market Analysis

Be well and take care,

Rob Snyder
President, Island Institute

MDI Open 2020: Call For Artists

Linda Rowell Kelly of Bar Harbor


Calling all artists to submit work for this year’s Mount Desert Island Open. Come be part of a non-juried art exposition, now in its 20th consecutive year at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor. All artists are invited to participate. Criteria for inclusion:  a close association with Mount Desert Island, and an item you would like to share with the community. Paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and un-categorized are all welcomed. Professional or amateur, novice or trained, it is always a varied and surprising collection.

The event will have a festive opening on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 5 – 7 PM at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor and will run until June 18.  To sign up, please contact the gallery:, or call us at 276-5000. It’s first come, first served, with room for about forty participants.  Space fills up fast!

Greenhut Galleries: 10% off Gift Certificates

Chris Beneman ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION 1 $750 – 10% = $675


Based on the Governor’s new executive order, we will only be open by appointment for at least the next two weeks. To make an appointment, please shoot us an email ( We will soon provide updated information on our current and upcoming exhibition schedule.


Susan Barnes LEDGE $3,200 – 10% = $2,880


As always, you can shop our entire inventory on our website. However, since we know it can be difficult to buy art without seeing it in person first, we offer gift certificates as a way to provide much needed and appreciated help as we try to navigate this crisis.

As an incentive, gift certificates are currently 10% off (e.g., a $100 certificate for only $90).


Kathleen Galligan WATERFORMS $4,000 – 10% = $3,600


If you are in the market for art, but currently unable to make an appointment to come in, this is a great way to get 10% off your eventual purchase. The certificates do not expire and are transferable. Simply shoot us an email, and we’ll be in touch to complete the sale.

Portland Art Gallery Selects Artwork in a Calming, Neutral Color Palette

For your enjoyment,

a curated selection of artwork in a neutral palette presented by Portland Art Gallery. View more at 


Dietlind Vander Schaaf | Madre | 24 x 24 inches Encaustic, Oil, and 23 Karat Gold Leaf on Panel | $2,200


Daniel Corey | Dirty Dishes | Oil on canvas | 16 x 20 inches | $1,530


Petrea Noyes | Yangtse | 30 x 30 inches Digital Collage, Pigment Inks with Mixed Media on Canvas | $1,800


Gary Akers | The Cove | Egg tempera on panel | 23 x 35 inches | $75,000

A Message from Archipelago

At Long Last” by Lisa Mossel Vietze

Art connects us, inspires us, and reminds us of both our humanity and our immortality. As artists and makers who share our art and selves with our communities, we offer a valuable service to those around us every day. Being self-employed, we also connect with each other to establish our networks, build the local economies around us, and make a positive impact on the creative economy as our web of art and artists grows. We bring our items and our art to craft fairs, retail fairs, retail stores, websites, Etsy shops, galleries, and customers directly. In this scary time, it’s easy to worry about all of that collapsing. 

What can you do to take care of yourself? Your household, studio, family, and loved ones? As you listen to yourself, what do you hear yourself needing—and how can we help you?

Now, more than ever, we want you to know that Archipelago is here for you. To help provide support specifically for Maine’s small businesses, including our artists and makers, we’ve compiled a list of resources just for you. We’re collecting whatever we hear about that might be helpful for you right now, so if you know or hear of anything that isn’t on this list, please let me know by email or Facebook Messenger and I’ll add it!

The health of our society depends upon the ability of our artists and makers to create and bring those creations into their neighborhoods and the world. Maine’s economy depends upon the creative economy. At Archipelago, we are currently planning and preparing for a busy summer, fall, and holiday season—cleaning, painting, and yes, buying. While we may shape the nature of our orders a bit differently to bring more products online, we are anticipating ordering at similar levels to last year. Today, that is our plan.

More broadly at the Island Institute, the Small Business team’s primary concern is ensuring that goods and services are moving between the mainland and island communities. We are prioritizing support for ferry services (both public and private), which are essential to the flow of uninterrupted food, medical supplies, fuel, and other services to our islands. The Island Institute is also working to connect small business owners and independent contractors on islands and in coastal communities to loan and disaster relief programs at the local, state, and federal level that can provide funds for sustaining their businesses throughout this pandemic.

In the meantime, Archipelago is making calls and reaching out to see how you’re feeling, what you’re going through, and how we might be able to support you. We’re here to help however we can or, if nothing else, to simply offer a friendly ear, some kind words, and someone to talk to. Our friend Susan recently shared the following with us: 

“Right now I’m ok. I’m mostly worried about loss of income this year. Who knows who will buy pots, who will travel, and when. My concern is that we craftspeople are such small businesses that we will be overlooked [in relief funds].

For years I’ve wanted to have the significant impact craftspeople in Maine make on our economy recognized. We bring people here from out of state, give them something to do, and also are the ones who always donate and support our local community fundraisers. We deserve some love!

I am concerned that if the government sends out checks they will somehow miss us. Also, what about the small businesses, maybe ones just starting out. What if they don’t file taxes? Will money go to them too?

Thanks for all you are doing. Just knowing you are thinking of us helps.”  

In addition to some virtual small business events and resources in development, we are also working on blog posts and stories focusing on how Maine artists and makers are responding to the current challenges and using their talents to help their communities. Stay tuned for more on all of that very soon!

For now, just know that we are all in this together. Archipelago will be trying to reach out to you in the coming week, but if you have any questions or want to chat in the meantime, feel free to email me at I’d love to hear from you!

Until then, stay safe, practice self-care, spread sunshine in the day, mix with paint, clay, and fabric, and be well.

My best,

Lisa Mossel Vietze

Director, Archipelago