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David Driskell : A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance of Portland, invites the public to attend a slide presentation and conversation with renowned artist David Driskell at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on Sunday, September 8 at 4pm.

The illustrated talk, “A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture” centers on three of Driskell’s favorite things. One of the most eminent artists of our times, Driskell will be accompanied in conversation with artist and cultural anthropologist Dr. Myron Beasley of Bates College, Lewiston. Tickets to the event are $8 CMCA members; $10 non-members, and may be purchased online at cmcanow.org. Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited. All proceeds from the event support CMCA and Indigo Arts Alliance.

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American art. He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of African-American artists in America. His paintings and collages reflect his person vision and memory. Marked by the artist’s abiding color sensibilities, his work bears the imprint of a turbulent era, a return to nature, and Driskell’s synthesis of the European, American, and African art forms he knew firsthand.

For additional information about the event, contact CMCA at info@cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.www.cmcanow.org

Courthouse Gallery hosts “Meaning in Layers”

Charlie Hewitt and Daniel Kany

 

Courthouse Gallery will host “Meaning in Layers” on Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30pm. Artist Charlie Hewitt and art critic Daniel Kany will talk about Hewitt’s work and the strategies behind making art, and how the creative process, technique, and cultural meaning come together in contemporary art. A solo show of Hewitt’s large-scale abstract paintings and neon constructions are on view at the gallery through September. The talk is free and open to the public.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For gallery hours and more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit courthousegallery.com.

Charlie Hewitt is a nationally known Maine-born painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Hewitt grew up in a large working-class French Canadian family in the mill-working communities of Lewiston/Auburn and Brunswick, Maine. Home was a place of family, love, and faith. Life revolved around church and work, and the energetic culture of these mill-working communities became the foundation for his imagery and symbols. Hewitt’s work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and in Maine at the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and in the art museums at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby colleges. Hewitt lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Daniel Kany is an art historian, art critic, and freelance writer. More than 420 of Kany’s art criticism columns have appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald, and he has authored dozens of catalogs, publications, and magazine articles about art and artists. Kany serves on the editorial board of the Maine Arts Journal: The UMVA Quarterly and is an adjunct at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He has won multiple awards from the Maine Press Association for his art criticism. Kany studied at Bowdoin College and then at Johns Hopkins University under Michael Fried and Yves-Alain Bois. An experienced curator, Kany has been a director of the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Friesen Gallery, William Traver Gallery, and the Daniel Kany Gallery. Kany lives in Cumberland, Maine.

Tuesday Talk with Ann Craven and Christopher Crosman at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, invites the public to attend a Tuesday Talk with artist Ann Craven and Christopher B. Crosman, founding curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and former director, Farnsworth Art Museum, on Tuesday, August 27 at 5:30pm. The talk will address Craven’s work currently on view in the exhibition, “Birds We Know.” Crosman contributed an essay on Craven’s career to the forthcoming exhibition catalog to be published by CMCA and distributed by D.A.P. 

Ann Craven has been painting in Maine since the early 1990s. First in a borrowed barn near Slab City Road in Lincolnville, then from her own studio on a farm she purchased nearby. Lincolnville and the surrounding mid-coast region has harbored artists for decades, beginning in the 1960s when Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, and other New York-based artists began summering in the area. It was on Lincolnville beach that Craven painted her first “Moon” painting in 1995. The experience “gave me my subject matter,” she says. “I was literally chasing the moon.” In 2008, she moved to an historic house on the banks of the St. George River in Cushing. “Birds We Know” is the artist’s first exhibition in Maine and presents a twenty-year survey of her work.

 

Birds We Know installation view. Photo: Dave Clough

In the exhibition catalog, Crosman writes, “…Ann Craven’s birds, moons, trees, and her stripe and palette paintings all enforce the hard stop our mind and eye make before inexplicable paintings, paintings that affirm an inseparability of beauty, truth and virtue. This is painting at its most authentic and original, at its most memorable and tenderly remarkable.” 

Tuesday Talks are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. For further information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Bangor Public Library Presents “David Estey – A 69-Year Retrospective”

Fishers, 2018 acrylic & graphite on Yupo, 41 ½” x 53 1/2 “

 

Bangor Public Library presents “David Estey – A 69-Year Retrospective” opening August 1, with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00, 1st Friday, August 2 and an art talk at 6:30. The exhibit features over 40 drawings, paintings and prints by the Belfast artist from his self-portrait at age 8 to his current, improvisational abstracts. The PowerPoint presentation of his life’s work includes humorous anecdotes from his published memoir of growing up in Aroostook County and his life beyond. The exhibit ends Sunday, September 29. 

For more information, call Candis Joyce at 207 947-8336 ext. 127 or visit www.davidestey.com.

Fiore Art Center opens “Artists in Residence: The First Three Years”

Thérèse L. Provenzano, “Lay of the Land Reconsidered #8, Back Road Blueberry Field, Nova Scotia,” pastel on prepared ground, 21” x 21”

 

Jefferson. Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center opens the summer season with a gallery reception and artist panel on June 29, 3-5pm. The event is open to the public and the panel starts at 4pm, featuring alumni Anne Alexander (sculpture), Michel Droge (abstract painting), Heather Lyon (video/performance art) and Jodi Paloni (writing). The panel will be moderated by Center Co-Directors David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo.

Artists in Residence: The First Three Years is an exhibition of current artwork by artists, writers, and gardeners who took part in the residency program during the first three years of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm (2016-2018). Curated by David Dewey, the exhibit acknowledges achievements at Rolling Acres and examines the artistic impact of living and creating in this idyllic rural setting on subsequent work.

 

Elizabeth Hoy, “Between Between,” oil on panel, 24” x 48”

 

The exhibit runs from June 1 through September 29 in the Gallery at Rolling Acres, 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson (open on Saturdays from 12-4pm). Participating alumni include Tom Higgins, Rob Pollien, Therese Provenzano, Susan Smith (2016); Anne Alexander, Elizabeth Hoy, Jessica Klier, Tanja Kunz, Sarah Loftus, Jude Valentine (2017); Rachel Alexandrou, Carol Douglas, Michel Droge, Heather Lyon, Maxwell Nolin, Jodi Paloni, Clif Travers and Thu Vu (2018).

“For most artists and writers, being granted a time and place to do creative work, free from life’s constraints, provides what they most desire: uninterrupted time to work,” writes Dewey in his curatorial statement. Dewey states that a residency is not just a time to refresh one’s creative batteries, but more important, it is a time to pursue and satisfy creative leanings and urges in greater depth. This kind of focused isolated work experience either confirms the continuance of previous methods or opens up new creative directions.

The artwork in this exhibition represents a variety of disciplines: painting, sculpture, performance, writing, installation, and a mixture of other disciplines and methods. The diversity of artistic disciplines is a requirement of the residency program and critical to its success. The communal experiences of daily life in the farmhouse, eating from the garden, exploring themes that relate to the land and environment along with intense studio commitments are the building blocks that form the beginning foundation of the residency program at Rolling Acres Farm.

ANNEX ARTS Castine non-profit artist residency program EVENTS

 

ANNEX ARTS is a non-profit artist residency program located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Castine, Maine.  We provide creative workspaces for artists and writers so that they can benefit from unfettered time and the opportunity to draw inspiration from our stunning village and coastal region. Annex Arts’ programming promotes the arts as a means to address the economic, cultural, and spiritual well-being of our community.

  • Friday, June 21, 5-7pm: Closing Reception for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Drew Klassen and Shelley Mansel, painters from Ottawa and Nova Scotia. Come see what they made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public

DREW KLASSEN / JUNE 15 – JUNE 27, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario,Visual Arts

Drew Klassen, painter and educator, was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1964, and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While teaching English in Japan, Klassen established a strong studio practice and began to exhibit regularly upon his return to Canada in 1998. His work is held in numerous private and institutional collections in Canada and abroad. In 2010 he received one of five Established Artist Recognition Awards presented annually by the government of Nova Scotia.

SHELLEY MANSEL  / JUNE 15 – JUNE 22, 2019

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

A landscape and figurative painter, Shelley Mansel attended UCFV in British Columbia and received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has shown in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions internationally with works reviewed in magazines including House & Home and featured on HGTV. Her paintings are held in private collections in Canada, Germany, France, and the US, and in permanent public collections at St. Mary’s University Halifax and UBC Vancouver. She has received two Nova Scotia Creation Grants, a Presentation Grant, and has served on the selection committee for the Nova Scotia Culture Division’s Grants to Individuals Program.

  • Friday, June 28, 5-7: Reception for Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane – Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see what she made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public

 

KRISTY CUNNANE / JUNE 24 – JUNE 30, 2019

Ellsworth, Maine, Visual Arts

Kristy Cunnane is an artist and educator who loves to cook and lives in the woods of rural Maine on a long old road called Happytown. Cunnane specializes in graphic and text-laden images that often mix humanity with the splendor of the natural world in witty and wonderful ways. In addition to spending much of her time teaching at a small Waldorf school in Blue Hill, Maine, where her days are full of lively children, she works as an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist and is a force behind “Table for Change,” an art and food dining experience which directs its proceeds towards specific charitable causes.

  • Saturday, June 29, Time TBD: Demo/Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane –  Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see how she does it at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine. Check back at our calendar at www.annexarts.org

 

  • Monday, July 1, 9-1: Writing Workshop with Annex Arts’ Writer-in-Residence at Annex Arts, Elizabeth Poliner- “Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing.” For all skill levels. To register email annexartsorg@gmail.com. 9 Main Street, Castine, $50

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from?  How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex?  In this half-day course, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class exercises.  After developing characters through various techniques, participants will learn how an understanding of character can generate a story’s plot.  By the end, participants may have enough material at hand to go home and write a great story!

 

ELIZABETH POLINER / JUNE  5 – JULY 5, 2019

Hollins, Virginia, Literary Arts

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of 2016); Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Hollins University where she is an associate professor and current director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.

 

Friday, July 5, 5-7pm: Opening Meet-the-Artists Reception— meet Annex Arts’Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, visiting from Miami, FL and Barcelona. Find out what this interdisciplinary artist and geophysicist duo will be doing while in residence. 8 Water St. Castine, Me. www.annexarts.org, Free and Open to the public.

  • Sunday, July 14, 12-2pm, Children’s Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas. This interdisciplinary artist & geophysicist duo will give a workshop open to children of all ages using the diverse and approachable materials and tools they use in their work.8 Water St. Castine, Me. www.annexarts.org, Free and Open to the public.

 

MOIRA HOLOHAN / JULY 1 – JULY 21, 2019

Miami, Florida, Visual Arts

A multidisciplinary artist, Moira Holohan merges two sets of temporal art practices: slow and meditative with fast and urgent. The laborious process of weaving and hand-marked flip book animation are paired with the immediacy of performance and video montage. Holohan explores the process as both signifier and instrument, while contemplating questions of meaning, purpose, and value. In collaboration with Dr. Xavier Comas, Holohan’s recent work employs geophysical profiles collected with a ground-penetrating radar. She received her BA at Bard College and her MFA at Hunter College and has exhibited widely.

 

XAVIER COMAS / JULY 1 – JULY 21, 2019

Miami, Florida, Interdisciplinary

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Xavier Comas earned a fine arts degree in graphic design and photography from the Superior Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona University and his doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. Comas’ timely collaboration with Moira Holohan seeks unique fusions of art and science. His graphic designs, blogs, and photo essays have exhibited and been published in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and The Netherlands.

ª Friday, July 12, 5-7 pm:  Meet the Residents Reception— Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Painter, Sara MacCullouch from Nova Scotia. 8 Water St. Castine, Me. www.annexarts.org, Free and Open to the public.

ª Tuesday, July 9, 5-7pm:  Opening  Reception for Exhibition by Dez Ryan Odegaard at the Gallery B Project Space at 9 Main Street, Castine, www.gallerybgallery.com, Free and Open to the public. Exhibition runs from July 9 – July 17

 

  • Friday, July 19, 5-7:  Big Multi-venue Reception/Exhibition for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, and Sara MacCullouch. 8 Water St. Castine, Me. www.annexarts.org, Free and Open to the public.

 

SARA MACCULLOCH / JULY 10 – 19TH, 2019

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

Sara MacCulloch recently completed her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been painting for over twenty years. Her work centers on sense of place, memory, and the ephemerality of a moment. Her subjects are mostly of landscapes that have had an impact on her from childhood, and more recently of places where she has spent time with her daughter. She has shown extensively in Halifax, Toronto, and New York and has works in collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents Artist Talk: Buzz Masters!

Buzz Masters, Quick Rescue, Mixed media, 18 x 18 x 3 inches, $1,800

 

 

Artist Talk: Buzz Masters!  Friday, June 21, 5:30PM

Please join us for an Artist Talk by Deer Isle Artist, Buzz Masters! Masters is a featured artist in the current show, Visual Voice, and I look forward to hearing about the way she weaves her life experiences into the story of her work, layering materials that are as varied as plaster and gold leaf, acrylic and oil stick. Buzz writes that her work is an “investigation of the malleable nature of memory, what we hold onto and what do we leave out in order to make our story.”

Everyone is welcome!

There will be refreshments, and the gallery is open late (7PM), so stop by and catch the current show, Visual Voice, before it closes (June 22)!Buzz Masters is the featured artist in the Spring Issue of Zest Magazine! A wonderful and well-deserved article – please check it out!
https://zestmaine.com/painter-buzz-masters

Photographer Peter Ralston Presents “Arctic Observations” Slide Talk at CMCA

Tuesday Talk | Arctic Observations

 

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to attend a special presentation by photographer Peter Ralston on Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30pm. The well-known Rockport-based photographer, whose work is included in the current exhibition Melt Down, will present a slide talk about his voyage to Greenland and the Northwest Passage aboard a sailboat in 2016.

An engaging and informative speaker, Ralston will share his “Arctic Observations” from the journey, including stunning photographs and moving tales of the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystem of the region.

 

 

Peter Ralston, Second Rule, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, courtesy the artist

A co-founder of the Island Institute in Rockland, Ralston is highly regarded for his iconic images of the Maine coast and island communities, which he began photographing in 1978. Many of his images have been published in the Institute’s The Island Journal, for which he served as art director until 2010. In 2003, Ralston was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College for his photography and role in founding the Island Institute.

 

Peter Ralston, Cathedral Illulissat, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, courtesy the artist

 

Witnessing the changing environment in the arctic first-hand has inspired the photographer to take action and share his stories. He says, “The profound impact of what I saw was informed by forty years as a student of remote communities and environments. As a storyteller, I will forever carry the obligation to share what I saw there, primarily in hopes that bearing witness may in some small way help as we face one of humanity’s greatest threats to date.”

The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. The “Melt Down” exhibition is on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition, please visit cmcanow.org.

 

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers “Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic”

“Inhalation XXXVIII”, 2011, Archival Pigment Print

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is offering a thought-provoking and educational lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The second event in the series, “One World,” will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 3pm, and features respected photographer John Paul Caponigro in conversation with Peter Neill, founding director of World Ocean Observatory. “One World” is an in-depth discussion between two experts in their fields, illustrated by a slide presentation of Caponigro’s stunning photographs of the Polar Regions. The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

John Paul Caponigro is a pioneer among visual artists working with digital media. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change. Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT, Google, and TEDx.

Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory and serves as host of World Ocean Radio, a weekly podcast about the health of the ocean. In 2016 he received an appointment with the Climate Change Institute and represents the W2O as a Research Associate; he previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School; and has dedicated his career to marine affairs. His most recent book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, is available wherever books are sold.

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

 

Sunday Salon “One World”

“Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please visit cmcanow.org.

Sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout in Northport

 

Robert Shetterly, hands-on workshops kick off two-day conference
for Maine artists and arts-based businesses April 4-5 at Point Lookout

The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th from 2:00–6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5th from 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a half-day of hands-on workshops and a special evening presentation by artist Robert Shetterly around his nationally recognized Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives, and continue all day Friday with sessions offering practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

 

Robert Shetterly

 

Thursday afternoon will begin with targeted sessions for Maine artists and arts-based businesses that include a DIY photography workshop, portfolio and product reviews, and a presentation on small business funding opportunities. The evening will culminate with “Americans Who Tell the Truth: An Evening with Robert Shetterly” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, it offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. During this special event, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray. Appetizers will be provided.

“We are very excited about expanding the conference into Thursday this year,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago and conference organizer. “We know that many of our attendees are looking for opportunities to really dive deep into key areas, so we built out this time to specifically address some of those interests and provide a space for them to do this.”

She added, “It’s a balancing act. There’s always a wide array of relevant topics and pieces we’d like to highlight, but we try to be considerate of the time that these small business owners are spending away from their businesses and from creating. We work really hard to design a schedule that features all areas of our creative economy and offers sessions and tools that are useful for everyone. This year, we have brought in some great industry professionals who will leverage their expertise and skills to provide unique insight for our attendees. In addition, we are proud to continue to offer the peer-to-peer workshops and networking pieces that conference guests look forward to every year.”

 

Whitney Burdsall

 

With a full day of workshops and presentations on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from sessions on email marketing, social media, branding best practices, artistic collaborations, insurance planning, pathways for fine art and craft, and more.

  • Rich Brooks, founder and president of the Portland-based digital agency Flyte New Media, will speak about the importance and impact of email marketing. Brooks is a nationally-recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. The author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, he is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.
  • Whitney Burdsall, logistics director for Green Tree Event Consultants—producers of the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows—will guide participants through the important aspects of both wholesale and retail markets and how each could be a part of a winning business model. Burdsall has worked with hundreds of artisans preparing for the New England Made Shows and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities artisans encounter running a successful wholesale business.
  • Brian Reid, a master fine furniture maker based in midcoast Maine, will speak about the inspiration and artistic growth found in collaborations, highlighting his work with Maine State prison inmates in furniture making over the last eight years. Reid splits his time between furniture making and fine woodworking course instruction with over 20 years of teaching worldwide in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia. He currently leads the 12 Week Intensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.

 

Suhail Bisharat

Friday afternoon will also feature a keynote presentation by Chebeague Island resident and former director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Suhail Bisharat, who will describe the challenging task of building and housing a collection of contemporary art from across the Arab and Islamic world, the role of national leadership, artists, and the private sector as they came together to create the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. Inaugurated in 1980 by the late King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Noor, the permanent collection includes the work of more than 800 artists from 59 countries.

Additional speakers at the conference will include: Master clay artist George Pearlman of St. George; Maine landscape painter Colin Page; visual artist Kenny Cole; Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT Gallery in Rockland; contemporary sculptor Jesse Salisbury; Laura Pierce of Iris Designs; Alex Steed of Knack Factory; Karen D’Silva of Karen D’Silva Creative Services; Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, Gabrielle Melchionda of Mad Gab’s, and more.

Workshop sessions offer three themed tracks – Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational – which tailor presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business. Attendees are able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Other highlights include a Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity and opportunities to network with others.

General registration for the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference is open through March 29th and costs $25 for Thursday afternoon only, $35 for Friday only, or $45 for both days. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres for Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages for Friday.

To register or view a complete agenda with session descriptions, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/events.

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.