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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

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.

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

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.

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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

Archipelago says thank you

“Incipience and Seabirds,” by Jack Sullivan.

What a year! We all had big plans for the year, right? Archipelago hoped to celebrate our 20th anniversary with you in person with a big party full of good food, laughter, mingling, and fun. While that didn’t happen, this year continues to remind all of us about what is most important in our lives — the people we love, the friendships we make, the memories we share, the things we craft, the art we relish, and the nature that sustains us.

Many of you, too, had big plans — national shows, local shows, new retail stores, new wholesale lines, summer fairs, and other opportunities that you had to let go and/or find a way to pivot to something different.

We just want to say that all of us at Archipelago are so grateful for YOU — each and every one of you. You have shown grace, care, resilience, creativity, curiosity, wonder, hard work, grit, determination, faith, hope and more during this incredibly uncertain time.

Thank you for bringing yourselves to this world and to your communities, and for sharing your creativity with us. Our customers’ spirits have been so buoyed from what comes in day after day, all year long. So, in this season of gratitude, we wanted to take a moment to send a heartfelt thank you. Our shop and gallery are beautiful because of you, and the world is more beautiful, too.

To the 300-plus Maine artists and makers living from Vinalhaven to Rangeley, Matinicus to Rockland, Stonington to Cape Elizabeth, and Bar Harbor to Lubec: thank you!

With cheerful hearts, Lisa, Frances, Cynthia and Genevieve at Archipelago wish you the warmest holiday season and all the best for a healthy new year.

Watch artists work each Friday in December at Markings Gallery

Wayne Robbins and Emi Ito.

Markings Gallery, at 50 Front St. in Bath, is excited to see their holiday windows come to life this December.

Join Emi Ito, fiber artist, at her loom and Wayne Robbins, woodcarver, at his carving bench as they create art on Fridays in December from 4 to 6 p.m.

More information about these artists is at, and