A design created by Rumford artist and teacher Brent Bachelder was selected as the winning logo for the 2019 Moxie Festival. The artwork consists of four iconic images, all of them with a bottle of Moxie. DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and a Picasso-esque figure are shown enjoying the distinctively different beverage while the figure from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” wails because his Moxie bottle is empty. Moxie Festival Curator Julie-Ann Baumer said “the competition for this year’s logo design contest was remarkable. We had 28 entries and we deliberated for 2 hours. Bachelder’s work most clearly fit this year’s festival theme ‘Moxie Goes Artsy.’”
Bachelder, originally from Newry, is a visual artist, muralist, and sculptor. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Rhode Island College, he was the designer of Providence’s Wickenden Street mural, a city landmark from 1997 until the overpass was demolished in 2010. Bachelder teaches Art at Meroby Middle School in Mexico and also runs a full service art and design studio in Rumford, Club Neopolsi Creations. In addition to a $750 cash prize, Bachelder will receive the first 2019 printed T-shirt and may serve as a parade float judge. But does he like Moxie? “It’s better than I remember it as a kid,” Bachelder said. The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July. Mark your calendars for the 2018 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.
Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.
Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes
Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken
Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson
Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude
For further information on the application process and past recipients, visit monheganartistsresidency.org and link to Submittable, an online submission service.
The jurors for 2019 applications are photographer Margo Halverson, chair of the graphic design program of the Maine College of Art; the Portland painter and art instructor John Knight; and Rockland-based artist and arts administrator, Leith MacDonald of the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Study Center.
Artists in all visual media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital, video, or other new media are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15th.
For the months of January and February, Connie Hayes will draw one hundred portraits at Dowling Walsh Gallery of people from a cross section of the community. This performative drawing project will create a visual dialogue and representation of our area through the artist’s work. Each drawing is available for $100, with one hundred percent of the proceeds gifted to an organization chosen by the subject of the drawing.
For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces that it will be closed temporarily for repairs following a break in the water main that occurred inside the building in the early morning hours on Saturday, January 19.
CMCA is pleased to report that no works of art were damaged in the event. All artwork on display have been moved to the Starfire climate-controlled art storage facility in Rockland. CMCA expresses its deep gratitude to Jake Dowling and the crews of Dowling Walsh Gallery and Starfire for their professionalism and assistance in the prompt movement and storage of the art.
Early on Saturday morning, first responders were alerted of the situation following a report of water flowing from the building. Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director, acknowledged the speed and expertise of the Rockland Fire Department and Emergency Services. “Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli and the Rockland Fire Department moved quickly to limit the damage and secure the museum so that we could safely remove the artwork and begin the process of cleaning up.”
McAvoy also thanks Cold Mountain Builders, Central Maine Power, Hedstrom Electric, ELCO Electric, Thayer Corporation, Maine Water, Norris A. Preble, and Superior Restoration Services for their efforts to immediately begin repairs. “Thanks to the speed of everyone’s responsiveness, the water was cleared from the building and the heating and electrical systems were back up and running within hours.”
Additionally, McAvoy thanks the community for coming together to support CMCA during the incident. “I am grateful to everyone who stopped by to offer their assistance and help. I especially thank Joanne Billington of Allen Insurance and Financial for her support and guidance, and Jen Rockwell at Main Street Markets for delivering food and beverages for the workers. The true quality of Rockland’s community spirit was visible today. We are grateful to call this town home.”
CMCA will be closed temporarily while repairs are made. Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing notes, “We will continue to keep our members and the public abreast of the situation. In the meantime, the Biennial Exhibition continues to be available for viewing through the 3D Virtual Tour on our website, cmcanow.org. We encourage folks to utilize the 3D Virtual Tour while the museum is closed and we extend a sincere thank you to our supporters who made this opportunity possible.”
For more information, please contact Sam Vail, Director of Development and Marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-322-8190.
The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, announces the master/apprentice pairs selected for the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP):
Joe Ascrizzi, master with apprentice Lisa Neuman (jewelry)
Kim Dailey, master with apprentice Jedediah Malcore (wood turning)
Gabriel Frey, master with apprentice Frances Soctomah (Maine Indian baskets)
Nisa Smiley, master with apprentice Lauren Beach (jewelry)
David Wolfe, master with apprentice David Connor (printmaking)
The 2019 program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Arts Commission funding and media sponsorship support from Maine Magazine.
MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines
Jan 15: Sign Up Deadline for Maine Gallery Guide Co-Op Ad
Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan
Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline
February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend
Feb15: Sign Up Deadline for Mother’s Day Ad in Downeast Magazine
April 5: Sign Up Deadline for June Maine Magazine Co-Op Ad
May 3: Sign Up Deadline for July Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad
May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack
June 9: Public Opening Reception MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum
June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors
June 28: Sign Up Deadline for Portland Monthly Art Annual Co-Op Ad
Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad
Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019
APPLY by January 31, 2019
Call for exhibitors for the 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street in Portland, ME. Apply as a fine craft artist working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone or wood. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.
PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW 2019 JURORS
Elena Kubler | Owner/Curator, The Turtle Gallery
Kazeem Lawal | Owner/Curator, Portland Trading Co.
Anja Levitties | Chair, 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan
Are you looking to grow your 2019 audience and further your visual web presence? Join us in Ellsworth at Artsworth for a new professional development workshop! Participants will leave this workshop with their own Mailchimp account and a completed promotional flier designed and created in Adobe Spark featuring their work or business. All of this will be accomplished in one workshop, setting the participant up for future promotions.