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MCA’s “Preparing for a Wholesale Show”


Preparing for a Wholesale Show

Tuesday, January 7 | 5:30pm
Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

FREE for MCA Professional/Emerging Professional/Partners Professional Level/Guild Professional Members
All others: $25

This panel discussion is part of our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub series. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, and will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring 2020 Show. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join us for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

Whitney Burdsall | New England Made Shows Logistics Director
Molly Thompson | Artist and business owner Pretty Flours
Jolene McGowan | Founder, Matchstick Communications

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Intro to Abstract Art Workshop at The Harlow


The Harlow in Hallowell offers an introductory Abstract Art Workshop taught by Rachael Wilson.  Registration is required by January 22 and the class will be held on Saturday January 25 10:00-1:00.

Reggie Burrows Hodges Awarded Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship

Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″

Dowling Walsh Gallery artist Reggie Burrows Hodges has been awarded the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship awards $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a scholarly publication and a gallery talk.

Sunday Salon with artists featured in ‘Temporality’

Sunday Salon | Temporality

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites the public to attend the second in a series of Sunday Salon gallery talks related to the exhibition “Temporality: The Process of Time,” on January 5 at 3pm. Presenters will include exhibiting artists Caleb Charland, Clint Fulkerson, and Kate Russo. Each artist will share images and discuss how they use time as a material in their work. 

Exploring ideas of repetition, duration, and process, the exhibition “Temporality | The Process of Time,” looks at how contemporary artists are using time as a means of making. The exhibition explores the question of what is time, and how do we measure and give value to it? One certainty is that artists need time to make their work and viewers need time to look. In a society that’s constantly on the move, the artists included in the exhibition are asking the viewer to slow down and consider the relevance of time as material. 

Caleb Charland (Brewer, ME) uses the photographic process to question visual possibilities within the natural laws of the world. His practice is based in wonder, a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty.

Clint Fulkerson (Portland, ME) creates drawings that are the result of contemplating the relationships between space, time, matter, and energy. His murals are created using pre-determined limitations and visual analogies.

Kate Russo (Portland, ME) explores the use of color as narrative in her paintings. She borrows the color palettes of well-known, historical artists in an effort to convey an artist’s character through color.

Marilyn Moss Rockefeller Lobby Installation view

Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. The next Sunday Salon in the series will take place on January 26, 2020. For more information, please visit

January ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the current exhibition, Temporality: The Process of Time to create their own original works of art during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, January 4, from 2 to 4pm.

In this second in a series of ArtLab workshops related to the Temporality exhibition, participants will look to previous works of featured artist Astrid Bowlby and work collaboratively on a collage installation. Using paper, ink and scissors to create numerous cut-outs and illustrations to make an installation in our ArtLab – documented by a time-lapse video. Experiment with improvisation, accumulation, and collaboration!

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 through the support of Wells Fargo, The Bob Crewe Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

Preparing for a Wholesale Show: Panel Discussion

MCA presents Preparing for a Wholesale Show, a panel discussion in our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub program. The discussion will focus on best practices in preparing for a wholesale show, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, but will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring Show, which is March 14-16 in Portland. If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join MCA for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

Where: Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Styling Workshop: Learn to Make Compelling Images

Join Stylist + Art Director, Basha Burwell, for this one-of-a-kind styling workshop! She will introduce you to her line work, and teach you some tips and tricks to create interesting images containing your work. This unique workshop is for craftspeople + makers wanting to improve the skills necessary to present your craft through photographic images. This workshop will prepare you with the tools needed to successfully conceptualize, plan, produce, and even shoot creative and memorable still life images featuring your craft objects.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Where: Church: 16 Brewster St, Rockland ME 04841

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2020 Biennial

2020 CMCA Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is announcing an open call for submissions to its 2020 Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 3, 2020.

The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Art in all mediums is accepted for review. The CMCA 2020 Biennial is sponsored by The VIA Agency, Portland, ME. 

“We are extremely grateful to The VIA Agency for their support of the 2020 Biennial,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Their generous sponsorship makes it possible for us to waive submission fees for all entering artists and to engage two outstanding independent jurors, Kate McNamara and Nina Johnson-Milewski. Given the coincidence with Maine’s Bicentennial, we anticipate a particularly large response to this statewide celebration of contemporary Maine art.” 

2018 CMCA Biennial installation view

The CMCA Biennial is the longest running statewide juried exhibition in Maine, dating back to 1978. Jurors for the 2020 edition are Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks.

CMCA Announces New “Artist Toolbox” Statewide Initiative

Artist Kim Bernard will lead CMCA’s new Artist Toolbox program in 2020

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced it will launch the “Artist Toolbox” in 2020, a new statewide initiative to provide professional development tools to artists.

Supported by a major grant from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, the program is “a direct response to expressed needs in the field,” says CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy. “Through our work, we’ve noted that many artists are underprepared to market and represent themselves in the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors. We’re launching the Artist Toolbox program to help meet these needs.”

CMCA has hired artist Kim Bernard of Rockland to administer the program in its inaugural year. Bernard is a seasoned instructor, having developed and led workshops on “Creative & Professional Practice” and “Artist as Small Business” at colleges and art centers throughout the country.

For CMCA’s Artist Toolbox program, Bernard will present a series of informative slide presentations at no cost to the venues or attendees throughout Maine, with the goal of reaching all regions in the state. The presentations will be followed by a series of intensive two-day workshops at locations statewide. Additional workshops and speakers, as well as online instructional materials on topics ranging from social media marketing, estate planning, tax preparation, and exhibition proposals are also being planned.

A schedule of Artist Toolbox presentations will be available on the CMCA website in early 2020. CMCA is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in Maine and is located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland.

Apply to the 6th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

The online application is open now for the Sixth Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, a one-day outdoor show on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in the Portland Arts District. The juried show will feature 90+ juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting baskets, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England and Portland arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, guilds and schools by special invitation, and sponsor booths. Application deadline is January 31, 2020.


Nancy Davidson, Curator-in-Residence, Maine Jewish Museum

Gabriel Frey, Artist, 2019 Craft Apprentice Program Master

Tara Gardner, Retail Operations Manager, CMCA


Free Street Parking Lot (next to the Children’s Museum)

Announcements from The University of Maine Museum of Art

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces the installation of its new sculptural sign on Hamlin Parkway and the extension of its Free Admission Policy for the public in 2020, thanks to a generous donation from Deighan Wealth Advisors. 

UMMA’s dynamic new sign is an abstract form consisting of triangular metal panels, in colors ranging from bright red to shades of blue, that are mounted to a faceted aluminum construction. A projecting aluminum blade-like fin feature bears the Museum’s name. 

“The look of the three-dimensional element on the sign is not unlike the type of abstract, contemporary art and sculptures that one might see in the Museum’s galleries.” states UMMA’s Executive Director and Curator, George Kinghorn. “Many of our visitors enter the Museum from the stream side parkway and this eye-catching sculptural sign greatly enhances UMMA’s visibility. Hamlin Parkway is a beautiful asset for downtown and it’s wonderful to have this colorful focal point for all to enjoy. With increased pedestrian traffic and tourists visiting downtown from around the country, it’s terrific that people can now easily spot the Museum.” says Kinghorn. 

The new sign was a project of the Museum of Art Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports UMMA, and made possible through the generosity of Don and Linda Zillman.

The sign was fabricated by NeoKraft Signs Inc, a Maine-based business located in Lewiston.

George Kinghorn expressed his appreciation for Deighan Wealth Advisors’ philanthropic gift to the University and community. “Deighan Wealth Advisors’ gift is vital in the effort to remove barriers that may prevent some members of the public from coming to the Museum and enjoying its changing contemporary exhibitions and art collection.” 

Lucie E. Estabrook, CTFA, Chief Executive Officer and Principal with Deighan Wealth Advisors states “Deighan Wealth Advisors is honored to sponsor free admission to the University of Maine Museum of Art for the fifth consecutive year. Our community is so fortunate to have this fine museum in our city, and we are pleased to make it accessible to all. Deighan Wealth Advisors is excited to be in a position to help make those exhibits available to everyone who wants to share the art experience.”

Deighan Wealth Advisors, a well-known wealth management firm, has a history of supporting the arts in the region and state of Maine. It is a longtime community partner that has supported UMMA’s education and exhibition programs.

The University of Maine Museum of Art is located in Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor and is open year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  The Museum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects. UMMA offers an array of changing exhibitions featuring nationally known contemporary artists in conjunction with integrative educational programs, gallery talks, lectures, and workshops. Visit UMMA’s website,, for the latest listings of special events, community happenings, exhibition schedules, and ways to be involved with the UMaine Museum of Art.