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CMCA to present Lunch/Break: Curatorial Tours of the 2020 Biennial

Join the curatorial team at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) for Lunch/Break: Curatorial Tours at noon each Thursday in January. These 30-minute, free-of-charge events will be held on Zoom. To register in advance, visit

Lunch/Break features members of CMCA’s curatorial staff giving live, interactive tours of the 2020 Biennial, alternating between full tours of the entire exhibition and concentrated deep-dives into themes found within the breadth of work. These bite-sized Zoom gatherings will be both visually and conceptually stimulating, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts, and commune with the Center’s curatorial staff and fellow art-lovers. Attendees are welcome to join over lunch, to participate in the discourse, or simply sit back, observe and enjoy.

The schedule is as follows: Jan. 7, full tour with Bethany Engstrom and Rachel Romanski; Jan. 14, Deep Dive: Invented Myth and Story with Rachel Romanski; Jan. 21, full tour with Bethany Engstrom; Jan. 28, Deep Dive: Environmentalism with Bethany Engstrom.

The 2020 edition of the CMCA Biennial features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine Communities. It remains on view through spring 2021.

For more information, go to

Wrapping Up 2020: A word from Craig Olson of the Island Institute

A Year.

I’ll leave it at that. It’s been “A Year.” You can read whatever you want into it. 

Claire Donnelly and I recently sat down to wrap up our current Commercial Currents podcast series, Business in Uncertain Times. It’s really a review of our impressions of 2020 for businesses in Maine, successes and failures, and the lessons we’ve learned moving forward.


At the beginning of what we are now calling a marathon, we had no idea how things were going to shake out when the economy began to shut down, especially when we began to realize that it was going to be more than two to three weeks. What struck us most about this year was the word we keep repeating, resiliency — not in a climate sense, which you hear from us a lot at the Island Institute, but in a “bouncing back from the brink” sense.

Here is what we saw: business owners quickly shifted their businesses in order to deliver products and services in new ways. Curbside delivery became a big thing, as did home delivery. In-person interaction with clients quickly shifted to Zoom and other online meeting platforms, and people fell into the routine pretty quickly. Business owners looked at parts of their business and made hard choices that allowed them to stay in business, although often on a limited basis.

Something we were pushing business owners on constantly prior to the pandemic was the need for keeping good records. Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) funding and other grant programs shined a bright spotlight on that need and clean business records made applications much easier. Many of those with somewhat blurry financials have now sharpened things up considerably. Hand-in-hand with good business records, we always advise business owners to have their business set up as a separate legal entity. Applying for grants and loans at the state and federal levels was a big wakeup call for many that they needed to separate personal from business. We subsequently made it a focus of webinars and our Business Resilience Grant (BRG) funding, helping business owners get information on how their entity should be established and helping to pay for the support to do it.  If the pandemic results in you losing your business, you shouldn’t be worried about creditors coming after your home or retirement funds. 

The one thing that bothered us both were the businesses who came to us for grant funding that we couldn’t help. Whether they were out of our funding jurisdiction, or if their business wasn’t shifting enough to be viable during the pandemic, it simply broke our hearts to have to say “no.”

But there is a light in all of this. What we have clung to through the last nine months is the amazing positive attitude we have found in the businesses we work with. Most are looking at the glass as half full, using adversity as an opportunity to learn, and making well considered decisions about their businesses. 

Head over to the podcast link for a bit more depth on our annual review, which podcasts we enjoyed the most, and our other thoughts about the past year and the businesses we have the honor to work with along Maine’s coast. Oh, and there’s a bonus at the end of the episode: we play a rousing round of “overrated/underrated,” featuring our conflicting opinions about what it means to live on an island in Maine!

From the whole Small Business Team at the Island Institute — Claire Donnelly, Lisa Mossel Vietze, Lisa Millette and myself — we wish you and yours all the best for a vibrant 2021.

Craig Olson is senior community development officer at the Island Institute

Mandala created in Cynthia Winings Gallery Sculptured Garden

Cynthia Winings Gallery wishes everyone hope and joy for the holiday season.

In collaboration with artist Kirsten Rickert, they recently created a Winter Solstice Mandala in the Sculpture Garden, to welcome in the light.

Learn more at

The Flowers Portfolio: New work by Carol Eisenberg

Carol Eisenberg, “Untitled #11,” from the flowers portfolio, 2020.

Carol Eisenberg is showing new work from her Flowers Portfolio series at her gallery space at 417 Main St., Suite 202, Rockland.

Learn more at or on Instagram @carol_eisenberg.

Littlefield Gallery presents Annual Online Holiday Show

Daniel Anselmi “1958”

Featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists and sculptors, the 12th Annual Holiday Show highlights new work including paintings by Caren-Marie Michel, Amy Pollien, Sarah Faragher, Daniel Anselmi,  Scott Baltz, Joseph Haroutunian, Kathleen Galligan, Amy Bernhardt, Roy Germon, Katia Mason, Rachael O’Shaughnessy, and John David O’Shaughnessy. Pictured is Daniel Anselmi’s “1958,” artist-painted paper collage 27″ x 27″ image in 36″ x 36″ matted frame.
The gallery is open December-May by appointment or chance.  Open daily from May-November. Jane and Kelly Littlefield welcome your calls at 207-963-6005 for more information.

Greenhut’s 26th Annual Holiday Show

Matt Blackwell, Flora, Just the Other Side of Nowhere

Though we’re disappointed not to be gathering for a festive opening reception this season, we’re excited to invite you in to see Greenhut’s 26th Annual Holiday Show!

With styles ranging from realism to colorful abstraction and everything in between, there is truly something for everyone. This exhibition runs from December 3 through January 30, 2021.
Joel Babb, Susan Barnes, Chris Beneman, Matt Blackwell, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, Thomas Connolly, Ed Douglas, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Philip Frey, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Thomas Higgins, Jon Imber, Tina Ingraham,  William Irvine, Sarah Knock, Marty Kremer, Margaret Lawrence, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Daniel Minter, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Neil Welliver and John Whalley

Caldbeck Gallery exhibits a group show

Caldbeck Gallery presents “Autumn Group Show” through December.

View at the e-catalogue 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.

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

Lynn Karlin, “Romanesco Cauliflower,” from The Pedestal Series.

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 current issue highlights work by Lynn Karlin.

“Since leaving a successful photography career in New York City for the romantic idea of farming in rural Maine, I never could have imagined that 38 years later, I would still be fascinated with vegetables,” Karlin writes. “Having photographed my first book, ‘Maine Farm: A Year of Country Life,’ while living at our farm gave me a new appreciation for the food we eat and so often take for granted. The Pedestal Series began 12 years ago when, at the local farmers market, I was intrigued by the simplicity of a beautiful cauliflower still encased in its stems and leaves. I took it home to photograph, placed it on a pedestal by an east-facing window, raising it to a place of honor. Now I collect vintage pedestals and a variety of backdrops. This series led to more elaborate still-lifes inspired by 17th-century Dutch master painters and to a body of work that is about the obvious but often overlooked beauty of the harvest.”

Visit to view the most recent issue.

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

Holiday notecards available from Pemaquid Group of Artists

Cindy Spencer’s “Pemaquid Light” is one of the cards appearing in The Pemaquid Group of Artists notecard assortments.

With the holidays just around the corner and gift lists growing, The Pemaquid Group of Artists suggests considering boxed sets of artist notecards. The card assortments offer beautiful glimpses of mid-coast Maine and make excellent gifts and remembrances. There are two sets of notecards and each consists of a box of 10 assorted full color reproduction cards and envelopes. Each card is a recreation of an original painting by a member artist.

Card sets are available for view and sale at the Kefauver Studio on Bristol Road, Damariscotta (226-0974), the Jan Kilburn Bristol Road Gallery (563-8363), Damariscotta and Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery (478-550-8372), also on Bristol Road. A set of 10 cards is $20, plus $5 shipping per box. For further information and orders, contact Peggy Farrell at 677-2078 for details and mail orders.

The 2020 member artists include Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Damariscotta, Julie Babb, Damariscotta, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, William Curtis, Damariscotta, Dianne Dolan, Round Pond, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Sarah Fisher, Damariscotta, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Sawyer Hannah, New Harbor, Kathleen Horst, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, , Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol,  Judy Nixon, Bristol, Belva Ann Prycel, Damariscotta,  Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Cindy Spencer, Wiscasset, Liliana Thelander, Bristol, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Edgecomb, Barbara Vanderbilt, Whitefield, Bob Vaughan, Bristol, Steve Viega, Walpole, and Bev Walker, Chamberlain.

The gallery is closed for the season but expects to re-open in the spring of 2021. Purchase of original paintings by member artists is possible online at

MFT Gallery’s virtual exhibition explores our connection to water

“Fathom,” by Julie Crane.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s current show, “A Reflection on Water,” runs through Jan. 8 and can be viewed online at

The virtual exhibit explores the relationships that exist between humans and the precious resource of water. This show includes work from 17 artists that show the diverse connections to this elemental and shape-shifting substance. With evocative multi-media, this exhibit explores the relationships that exist between humans and this essential resource and considers current issues regarding water as a vital component of agriculture and every ecosystem.

A macro color photograph by Emily Candler Davis and mixed-media paintings by Kathryn Shagas capture swift-moving water to create abstract images.

Sharon Yates and Carol L. Douglas rendered scenic oil paintings of gathering fog, farm ponds and places the land meets the water, while Leslie Harris’s paintings feature dream-like figurative work of women wading in water in the moonlight.

The mixed-media paintings of Peter Walls and a monoprint by Julie Crane juxtapose beautifully in the underwater worlds of fish, while Crane’s reduction woodcut print of an otter complements Sara Gagan’s mixed-media collage of a blue heron. Jude Valentine’s digital prints are a striking interpretation of the elemental forms of water. Shana Rowe Jackson’s detailed colored pencil drawings depict shimmering morning dew on apples, blueberries and grass stems.

Andre’ Benoit Jr. fashioned water scenes of stream run-off and reflecting moon cycles with painted wooden assemblages. Wonderfully complex paper-cut and mixed-media images created by Mj Viano Crowe seem to tell mythological stories of the ocean. Mango Johnstone’s “Nature Mandala” features exquisite shells and seahorses, and Tracey Cockrell’s unique electronic speakers, fashioned of kelp, produce field recorded sounds of the shoreline. Listen to some of the recordings at

“Upstream to Downstream: In Our Bloodstreams” is a digital video produced by ecological artist Krisanne Baker that illustrates how what we do upstream affects what happens downstream.

In addition, the full-color photographs of Bridget Besaw and Lily Piel, who have worked on documentary projects with MFT over the years, are showcased on the gallery web page to illustrate some of the many ways water is essential in agriculture, from growing crops to watering livestock.