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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.

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

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

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined at Cove St. Arts

Give Up The Ghost To Most (2018)

Prompted by the current crisis, Cove St. Arts in Portland is trying something new: a virtual exhibition, complete with an accompanying video on our website:

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological.


What If I Forget How To Land (2018)


Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine as his subject matter, Greenway captures imaginative landscapes by detailing the island’s geology.


Hippie Blood (2018)


Focusing on the micro-ecology and transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway’s photographs reimagine a recognizable setting, morphing the overarching space into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality.

MCA Call for Nominations 2020 Master Craft Artist Award

Maine Crafts Association is seeking your expertise, knowledge and endorsement of Maine craft artists! Help us select the 2020 Master Craft Artist by nominating an artist who fits the bill.

We are now accepting nominations to be reviewed and selected by Juror Susan Joy Sager, author of Selling Your Crafts & Creative Careers in Crafts. The 2020 Master Craft Artist Award will be announced in April 2020 with award presentation and exhibition later this year.

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2020.

In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding Master Crafts Artist recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award confers the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence.

To nominate a Maine craft artist (self-nominations permitted) please click the ‘Nominate’ button and fill out the online form.

If the artist does not have a good representation of their work or bio/resume online, please follow-up the nomination submission with an email to Sadie Bliss with that material.

Please note: artists nominated in 2018 or 2019 will be automatically be considered for the 2020 award

CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy to Retire in September

The Board of Trustees of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that its Executive Director and Chief Curator Suzette McAvoy, who has led the organization through a transformative decade of growth, will retire on September 1, 2020, marking her 10th anniversary with the art center.

 “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead CMCA to where it is today,” McAvoy said. “Having achieved all of the goals I set for myself and for CMCA, it is time to hand the reins to another dedicated and talented leader.”

McAvoy has been a leading figure in the Maine arts community for more than three decades having served previously as Chief Curator and Interim Director at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, and as Executive Director of Waterfall Arts in Belfast, before accepting the position at CMCA in Rockport in September 2010.

 At the time of McAvoy’s appointment, the art center, which was founded in 1952 as Maine Coast Artists, was struggling to survive financially and was burdened by an aging historic building in need of repair. Over the next twelve months, McAvoy led the revival of the embattled institution, regaining the support and trust of its members, donors and the statewide arts community.

 McAvoy says, “I accepted the challenge of leading CMCA at that difficult moment in its history because I believed strongly in its mission and importance to Maine. My belief in that mission, and my gratitude to the many artists, supporters, donors, and friends that have made its current success possible, has only grown and deepened over time.”

 In 2011, under McAvoy’s leadership, CMCA launched ArtLab, its signature education program to reach new and younger audiences. In 2012, its 60th anniversary year, the organization embarked on a strategic plan to relocate to premises that would allow year-round programming and be more suitable to the changing needs of contemporary art.

 Over the next year and a half, McAvoy and the Board of Trustees considered many locations throughout the Mid-coast, ultimately purchasing the property at 21 Winter Street in Rockland in May 2014. Internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, who has a home on nearby North Haven Island, was selected to design the new CMCA building, which opened to the public in June 2016. 

 With former Board Chairs Marilyn Rockefeller and Charlotte Dixon, McAvoy spearheaded the $5.2 million capital campaign to build CMCA’s new facility. Since its opening in Rockland, CMCA has served 40,000 visitors annually and has exhibited the work of 175 artists connected to Maine. Additionally, CMCA’s ArtLab education program now serves more than 1,500 students each year. In 2018 it received the Maine Office of Tourism’s highest award, the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, and has been called a “must see” by The New York Times, among other publications.

 “I credit Suzette with no less than changing the cultural landscape of Rockland,” says Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, which has partnered with CMCA for its new Fellowship in the Visual Arts.

 Over the past three years, under the leadership of former Board Chair, Karen Brace, CMCA made tremendous strides in building infrastructure and fundraising efforts. Now financially stable and well established in its landmark building, voted “the best new museum of 2017″ by The Boston Globe, McAvoy is confident of CMCA’s future. “Programming is in place for the next year and a half, and we have an excellent professional staff, a committed and generous Board of Trustees, and loyal advisors, donors, and members.”

 Martha Jones, newly appointed Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees (in October 2019), will lead a national search for McAvoy’s replacement starting this spring. “With CMCA now cemented on the national stage, we are committed to hiring a nationally recognized leader in the museum search field who will guide us toward finding a candidate to carry forward the upward trajectory set in motion under Suzette’s leadership.”

March ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Rockland invites artists of all ages to experiment with kinetic sculpture during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4pm. Using several lightweight mixed media materials and balsa wood, participants can collaborate or create their own miniature teeter totter sculpture, hanging mobile, or kinetic art wall relief.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab is offered free of charge and open to all by our exclusive sponsor Wells Fargo, and support from Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, and individual donors.

Cove Street Arts Presents a Curatorial Tour of ‘Portland 2020’

Please join curator, Bruce Brown, in an informative walk through of the exhibition, Portland 2020 on Thursday, March 12 at 6pm. Portland 2020 is our attempt to capture our vibrant, evolving city at this moment in time. It is an open juried photography exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, featuring the work of 60 artists. Every photograph in the show was taken since 2017, and within the city limits. Portland, long noted for its rich and vital history, is developing a diverse and dynamic future and is thus the perfect subject to explore as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial.