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A New Issue of MMPA Antidote Is Available Online

“Morning Web,” by Sal Taylor Kydd.

“It’s always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary… it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.” — Sally Mann

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.

Joel R. Ferris, a donor who helped launch MMPA, says, “On Fridays after work, I pour a glass of wine and look and read the site and pretend I’m on Portland’s First Friday art walk.”

A new issue of MMPA Antidote is available online at

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

Pemaquid Group of Artists Launches Notecard Series

Pemaquid Group of Artists Card Assortment #1.

The long-standing tradition of exhibiting works by Lincoln County resident artists at Pemaquid Art Gallery has been altered by COVID-19. The gallery will not open at Lighthouse Park this year for its 92nd season, however plein-air events are planned at the park location, and original paintings by member artists are available for purchase at

The Pemaquid Group of Artists also launched a series of notecards that are available for purchase.

Two sets of notecards will be available, each consisting of a box of 10 assorted, full-color reproduction cards with envelopes. Each card is a recreation of an original painting by a member artist. The price for a set of 10 is $20 and includes Maine sales tax. The boxed sets offer beautiful glimpses of midcoast Maine and make excellent gifts.

For further information and orders, contact Peggy Farrell at 207-677-2078.

Archipelago Reopens and Announces New Book by Ashley Bryan

Author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. Image courtesy of Bob Thayer.

Archipelago the Island Institute Store, located at 386 Main St. in Rockland, reopened on June 24 and is adhering to the CDC guidelines for the health and safety of its customers and staff.

Current hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

As part of its reopening, store is also celebrating the latest release by Maine author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, an autobiography titled “Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace.”

The book is a deeply moving picture-book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. In May of 1942, at the age of 18, Ashley was drafted to fight in World War II, and for the next three years he faced the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. Forty years later, he tells his story.

Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by the Newbery Honor-winning illustrator is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

While shopping at Archipelago, customers are asked to adhere to several guidelines, which are posted at the store and online. Guidelines include a maximum of eight customers in the store at one time, required face coverings, minimum six feet of distance between one another, credit cards only (no cash accepted), and guests are asked to sanitize their hands at the hands-free stand upon entering, follow the directional arrows on the floor, handle items only if purchasing them, and bag their own items if they bring their own bag. Only service animals are permitted inside, and children under 8 are discouraged from shopping at this time.

Items are also available through the online store at Call 207-596-0701 for more information.

Guided Makers Joins Maine Craft Association

Guided Makers

Product development and sourcing strategist Rachel Battarbee and technical designer and pattern maker Myranda Caputo combined have 50 years of industry experience on a range of product categories and came together to create Guided Makers.

Guided Makers is a new institution member of the Maine Crafts Association.

Guided Makers, located in the greater Portland area, supports and guides apparel and accessory brands through the development process. They collaborate with clients locally and nationwide.

Services offered include pre-development strategic assessment, technical design, pattern making, grading, sourcing, factory placement and project management, as well as long-term assistance in product development and strategic direction for start-up and established brands.

Learn more at

CMCA to Reopen July 1

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 1. New hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Throughout July, a special reopening admission of $5 is offered; CMCA members and children under the age of 18 are always admitted free of charge. The CMCA gift shop is open to the public at no charge.

Private tours led by CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy will be available by reservation from 10 to 11 a.m, daily for a donation of $25 for one or two people, plus admission. The maximum tour size is four people. To reserve a tour, email Jean Thompson at

To ensure the health and safety of all concerned, visitors to CMCA are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times and to maintain a minimum of six feet from others. To limit physical contact, admission tickets may be purchased in advance on the CMCA website and the printed receipt presented at reception.

“Having been physically closed since mid-March, we are excited to once again invite visitors to enjoy the enriching experience of viewing art in person,” McAvoy says. “We will be strictly observing the State of Maine guidelines for reopening, and we are particularly fortunate that our spacious galleries, open floor plan and outdoor courtyard contribute to providing a welcoming and safe environment for visitors and staff.”

Current exhibitions at CMCA include “Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation,” featuring the work of five women painters, and “Erin Johnson: Unnamed for Decades,” a new, two-gallery installation by the second recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. Also on view are videos by artist Erin Dorney from her series “Question the Body.”

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. For additional information, visit

Maine Crafts Association’s SOURCE + BUY Initiative Connects Consumers with Maine Makers

Pouches, pillows, tea towels and more from Tröskö’s home design collection.


SOURCE + BUY is the Maine Crafts Association’s initiative to help craft consumers connect with makers and their work during — and beyond — the COVID-19 crisis.

The SOURCE+BUY initiative contains the work of 100-plus craft artists from around the state.

Clothing from Amphitrite Studio.

Furniture from Jeff Lind Fine Woodworking.











Consider making your next home decor, clothing, furniture, jewelry, personal care or gift purchase from a Maine craft artist. From a major purchase to items you typically buy and restock, nearly everything can be purchased locally, and many are offered by Maine Crafts Association members.

Visit the MCA website page, Instagram feed, Facebook, or our MCA Member database to find artists and links to buy directly from them. Items include clothing and accessories, home decor and furnishing, tools and more.

Go to to shop.

A Virtual Stroll Through The Cynthia Winings Gallery!

Visit the First Floor of the Gallery in Part One of the group exhibition,
All Together Now

The Gallery is Open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00PM,  and by Appointment

“American Artists Here and Abroad” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

Emily Muir (American, 1904-2003), “Fox Island,” oil on board, 17″ x 32”


“American Artists Here and Abroad” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Wednesday, July 1st.

Many American artists came to the New England coast to capture its untamed beauty or sail its vast, meandering shoreline dotted with islands. Such was the case with Chicago-born artist, Emily Muir (1904-2003), who settled in Stonington, Maine, with her husband, the sculptor William Muir. Together the two artists utilized paint and granite to depict the essence of Maine coastal life in the mid-twentieth century. Emily Muir’s “Fox Island” appears deceptively simple with its clean, bold forms and colors but closer observation reveals her keen eye at work exposing in nuanced hues the rugged boulders and sharply articulated islands that give Maine its distinctive character.


Warren W. Sheppard (American, 1858-1937), “Venice” oil on canvas, 14″ x 20″

Warren Sheppard (1858-1937) was another American artist who drew his artistic inspiration from sailing trips to Maine, as well as travels across Europe from 1888 to 1893. Sheppard’s lifetime exploration of the play of light on water is no more evident than in his depiction of the Venetian Lagoon. Calm, sparkling water reflects the sunlit Italian architecture and foliage as elegantly dressed figures step into a gondola.

Focusing on the more straightforward urban scene is Reginald Marsh’s “Tug on the East River” rendered in strong blacks and warm browns and showing the New York skyline in the 1930s. Max Pollak’s “The Battery, New York” likewise utilizes the waterfront and skyline of New York Harbor in his richly varied aquatint.

Other noted American artists featured in the exhibit include Leon Kroll (1884-1974), Andrew Winter (1893-1958), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Eric Hudson (1864-1932), Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) and Abraham Bogdanove (1886-1946).

“American Artists Here and Abroad” will continue at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 7. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at Follow the gallery on Instagram @wbaygallery and Facebook. Wiscasset Bay Gallery is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Images for use with press release:
Emily Muir (American, 1904-2003), “Fox Island,” oil on board, 17″ x 32”
Warren W. Sheppard (American, 1858-1937), “Venice” oil on canvas, 14″ x 20″

Pop Up Gallery at Perkins Cove features Duford and Gorvet

Jack Duford, ” Wyeth”

Hutchins House Gallery, 12 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, open by chance or appointment for safe shopping. The gallery will feature the works of Jack Duford and Don Gorvet, both Ogunquit favorites.

Call or text 207-450-6719 and we will open the gallery, keeping a safe space and giving you the chance to shop at your own pace!


Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2020 season June 19

“Sunny Day,” by Leo Brooks


Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2020 season on Friday, June 19th with a group show titled “Leo & Company”. This exhibit will showcase works by the late Leo Brooks along with other gallery artists. Brooks, who lived through the Great Depression, would sympathize with us today. Also featured are oil and acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Stephen Jonassen, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett and Ron Weaver; watercolors by Linda Funk, Nat Lewis, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; and Outsider Art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Bill Nichols, Elaine Niemi and the late Rudy Rotter.

New works in collage by Eleanor Zuccola will be on display. Her piece “The Catcher” was a Cash Award Winner at the National Collage Society’s 23rd Annual Small Format Exhibit in March & April held at The Boyer Gallery Center for the Arts at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Congratulations!

A welcomed addition to Mars Hall this year is 3-D Assemblage work by Ron Crusan. Ron has been an artist for over 40 years working in many mediums as well as a Museum Curator & Director, Lecturer and has published many essays. He has shown around the world and won numerous awards. Works on display are from his American Block Series and Sculptural Assemblages using found objects.

The gallery also offers a variety of quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy, handmade jewelry by Nance Trueworthy, and 3-D stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens. In addition are books by several gallery artists, a large collection of original 1960’s & 70’s rock posters and a variety of antiques and collectibles. The show will evolve through the summer and end on Monday, October 12th. There will be no receptions this year because of health risks. Gallery hours are 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. or by appointment. Because of Covid 19 the gallery will be following CDC guidlines and masks and social distancing are required. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road / Rt. 131S in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at

For all of you who won’t be able to come to Maine this year, you will be missed. We wish you all good health and hope to see you in 2021.