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Autumn exhibits and events at the Cynthia Winings Gallery

“Out. Beyond. This.,” by Lari Washburn, a September featured artist at Cynthia Winings Gallery.

As Season Eight is winding down, the group show “All Together Now” continues to inspire and delight visitors.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24. The website is also updated regularly with new work. You can also tour the gallery virtually at

New work has arrived throughout the summer, and it’s reassuring and uplifting to see what is being created during this turbulent and uncertain time.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a Zoom artist talk with Christine Lafuente titled “ACADIAN SEAS, ACADIAN SEEING:

How 10 years of painting seascapes has inspired new ways of composing still life and cityscape.” The artist talk is at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill.

‘Sight Specific’ solo exhibit by Tina Ingraham

Tina Ingraham will show “Sight Specific” from Sept. 10 to Oct. 3 at Greenhut Galleries.

Ingraham will give an online artist talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, which will be streamed live on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio, in 1947. She received an MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. Influenced by three years of living in Perugia, Italy, Ingraham’s study of Renaissance painting and fresco is evident in her warm palette, fascination with surface, and vivid perception of nature.

She is a recipient of many awards, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Maine Commission for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She has taught in a variety of teaching environments including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Brooklyn College, and painting workshops in Italy, Colorado and Maine.

View the exhibit online at

Greenhut Gallery is at 146 Middle St., Portland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 207-772-2693 or email for more information.

Meet the artists of MFT’s Bicentennial show ‘200 Years of Farming’ at virtual artist talk

“Why Buy the Cow,” by James Southard.

To mark Maine’s Bicentennial year, this show focuses on some of the history, practices, triumphs, and challenges of farming in Maine over the last 200 years — from homesteading to dairy, potatoes, blueberries, the local food movement, and present-day changes and challenges.

This exhibit encompasses a wide range of media to depict just some of the rich history of farming in Maine. Maine Farmland Trust is proud to partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum to exhibit seven glass-plate photographic prints on loan from the Eastern Collection of oxen, draft horse teams, and scenes of the harvests of corn and potatoes. Also on display are six black and white photographs from PMM’s new collection by Kosti Ruohomaa, courtesy of Black Star Publishing Company, depicting crisp, clear images of hard working farmers in their daily lives.

Join a few of the artists featured in the show, along with Kevin Johnson, curator and collections manager from the Penobscot Marine Museum, and others to talk about some of the history of Maine farming and the inspiration of its people and landscape during a virtual artist talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

Learn more about the artists and their work at View the full exhibit at

RSVP for Virtual Artist Talks at

Join visual arts resident James Southard, academic writing resident Sophie Kelmenson, and several guests for a chance to learn more about their work during a virtual open studio from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

Join Margot Kelley, the literary arts resident for September, and several guests to learn more about her work during the September Virtual Open Studio from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming.

Meet Fiore Art Center’s (virtual) artist-in-residence

Katie Addada Shlon. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In lieu of Open Studio Days at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, guests can join virtual open studios this summer to learn more about what’s happening and see what the art center’s summer residents are up to. The event runs from 5 to 6 p.m. July 29.

During the July virtual open studio, guests will meet Katie Addada Shlon, the art center’s virtual performance artist in residency. Fiore Art Center welcomed Addada Shlon in July.

Addada Shlon uses the natural environment as a collaborator in their work. Their current body of work focuses on creating new instruments for sound, departing from traditional forms and structures to reframe our experience of music as bodied participants.

“Viewing the land as a living system which requires love and care, I turn my focus to restorative and regenerative agriculture practices which serve that need,” Addada Shlon said. “The issues of public health, land health, individual health, growth and nourishment are all connected but can be made invisible in everyday life.”

Addada Shlon will share her work by sharing a film. The screening will be followed by a panel conversation and audience Q&A with  Katie Addada Shlon, Heather Lyon (past performance artist and residence) and Sarah Simon (Maine Farmland Trust’s farm access and farm viability director). Opening and closing remarks will be given by Karen Giles, gallery coordinator at Maine Farmland Trust.

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. Photo courtesy of MFT.

RSVP for the virtual open studio at to receive a Zoom link to the event.

Artist residencies are a way for each artist to further their work as it reflects on agriculture, environment and our current times.

Check the MFT website at and social media platforms (, @mainefarms and @mft_gallery on Instagram) to follow the progress of the residents’ work and stay connected with the virtual open studio days.

‘Discussing the Line’ online panel discussion will be hosted by CMCA

“Double Bubble” (detail), by Tracy Miller. Courtesy of the artist and Mrs. Maspeth, NY.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will host a virtual Tuesday Talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 21 with four of the artists whose work is currently on view in the exhibition “Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation.”

The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public, will feature artists Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Anne Neely and Hannah Secord Wade in conversation with scholar and curator Amy Rahn.

Rahn’s research and work focuses on postwar painting and women artists, in particular the historical consequences of women artists’ networks of understanding and camaraderie. She is currently an associate professor of art history and director of the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The event will also include a live virtual tour of the exhibition at CMCA as the panelists discuss the works on view. To join the talk on Zoom or Facebook Live, register at


Meghan Brady received her BA from Smith College and her MFA from Boston University. She was a 2019 and 2017 recipient of an Ellis Beauregard Foundation Grant, a 2018 Hewnoaks Summer Fellowship and a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibition, “Reversible Roles,” at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Brady lives and works in Camden.

Inka Essenhigh received her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally, including recently at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York City; Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center, Columbus, Ohio; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and Pace Prints, New York City. Essenhigh lives and works in St. George and New York City.

Tracy Miller was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, and studied at the University of Iowa, the University of California at Berkeley and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been included in nine solo shows and more than 50 group shows throughout the U.S., including a solo exhibition at the American University Museum in 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, three Pollock-Krasner Awards, an Elizabeth Foundation Award, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grant and an American Academy of Arts and Letters purchase prize. Miller lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and spends summers in Harrington.

Anne Neely received her BA from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and the Cill Rialaig Arts Center. Her work has recently been featured in a solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation, New York City, curated by Sarah Sze; and a solo exhibition, Water Stories at the Museum of Science, Boston. Other recent exhibitions include Cove Street Arts, Portland, and Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York City, as well as numerous additional venues throughout the U.S. She splits her time between home and studios in Jonesport and Boston.

Hannah Secord Wade received her MA in fine art from Chelsea College, London, and her BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. She has been a resident at the Arteles Creative Center, Open Wabi and The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Boooooooom!, Design Crush and Style for Mankind. She lives and works in Woolwich.

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

Virtual Opening for ‘Unnamed for Decades’ solo exhibit by Erin Johnson

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will host its first-ever virtual opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m. June 6 to celebrate the exhibition “Erin Johnson | Unnamed for Decades.”

Spanning two galleries, “Erin Johnson | Unnamed for Decades” presents a series of new, site-specific installations by the artist.

Johnson is the recipient of the second annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship Award, which grants $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at CMCA.

Johnson’s research-driven video installations blend documentary, experimental and narrative filmmaking devices to examine the ways in which individual lives and sociopolitical realities merge. Comprised of footage of site-specific performances, the videos explore how power structures are communicated through relationships, focusing on histories of nationalism and place.

“Unnamed for Decades” is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Maine and presents a series of new site-specific installations that incorporate videos, sculptures and photographs. These works explore the artist’s ongoing interest in the complexity of collectivity, the wide-ranging consequences of scientific research, as well as dissidence, desire and the queer body.

The public is invited to join the event on Zoom or view live on CMCA’s Facebook page. CMCA associate curator Bethany Engstrom will offer a live video view of the exhibition, and Johnson will discuss her research and work. Donna McNeil, director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and Ellen Tani, A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts will also make remarks.

To register for the Zoom event, visit

A 360-degree virtual tour of the exhibition along with Johnson’s video works can be viewed beginning June 6 on the CMCA website at

May ArtLab to be Live Streamed

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, will host its monthly ArtLab for All Ages workshop via Facebook Live while its doors are closed to the public in response to CDC guidelines on COVID-19.

Artists of all ages are invited to join ArtLab educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for the second livestream workshop at from 2 to 3 p.m. May 2.

Following the workshop, participants are encouraged to share their work in a community show and tell via Zoom at 3:45 p.m. Email Mia Bogyo at for the link to the Zoom call.

The May workshop takes its theme from the work of artist and poet Erin Dorney, whose video poem series “Question the Body” can be viewed in advance of the workshop at Taking inspiration from Dorney’s assemblages of words and found materials, participants will make their own altered and collaged narrative images. A list of materials to be used in the workshop will be posted to CMCA’s Facebook page and website.

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.

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces: PATTERNS IN NATURE: ART & SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces:


A panel discussion


Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Please join UMMA for a panel discussion on patterns found in nature. Featured artist Deirdre Murphy will participate to discuss themes in her work that explore the connection between climate change and migratory bird patterns. Panelists include: Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology; Dr. Erik J. Blomberg, Associate Professor of Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology; Dr. Adrienne Leppold, Project Director of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and George Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, & Climate Change, will lend their perspectives on the subject through the lens of their research in the area of conservation biology and climate change. Deirdre Murphy’s exhibition Oculus with artist Scott White will be on display at UMMA through May 2.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and RSVP required. Please contact Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.581.3370 or email to reserve your seat today.