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OCTOBER News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association


Image: Embergrove shot by Michael Wilson | Artists In Their Studios 2018



MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Oct 6: Last day to view Winterstick Snowboards @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 8: Maine Craft Weekend YARD SIGN ordering deadline (for MCW participants)

Oct 9 – Nov 18: The Luthiers’ Craft @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 13: Maine Craft Weekend Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft 9am-3pm

Oct 13 & 14: Maine Craft Weekend

Oct 15: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 application opens

Oct 15: Portland Fine Craft Show 2019 application opens

Oct 23: CAP Artist Talk & 2019 CAP Information Session @ Maine Craft Portland

Oct 27: Photography for Craft Artists Workshop (Portland)

2018 Looking Ahead

Nov: Center for Maine Craft 10th Anniversary Month!

Nov-Dec: Annual Ornament Showcase @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Dec 7: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 Application Deadline

Dec 14-16: MCA Mentor Booth @ CraftBoston


January 31st: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

June-October 2019: MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

October 5&6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019



Detail, Nancy Giesberger (2018 Master)



CAP Artist Talk and Information Session October 23, 3pm, Free

Free and Open to the Public, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Maine Craft Portland | 521 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-808-8184

Craft Apprentice Program Info Session (Application tips, program description, Q&A) and 2018 Masters & Apprentices Artist Talks by Christine Peters (2018 Master), Nina Devenny (2018 Apprentice) and Nina Ruit (2018 Apprentice)

The 2019 program has funding to support five Master/Apprentice pairs thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and we have simplified the CAP application – there is no better year to apply!

The session will provide information about the program and application process as well as serve an opportunity to connect with other artists looking for a master or apprentice match.  The session will take place in the new Flex Space at Maine Craft Portland, currently featuring work from the 2018 Craft Apprentice Program masters and apprentices.




Maine Craft Weekend


Plan your tour! Next weekend October 13-14, hundreds of artists will open their studios, offer pop-up shops, mini workshops and demos, special events and collaborations with craft venues (including brewers!) as part of this annual statewide celebration of Maine craft. This year visitors may ‘check-in’ on the event website to receive special tour recommendations, email updates/social media alerts and provide feedback.

Artists/Host Sites

Late registrations accepted through October 8, small fee applies. Don’t forget to order your yard signs – deadline is midnight October 8! Check out these tips for promoting your event.

2018 Sponsors Artscope, Maine Made, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Arts Commission, The Betterment Fund, City of Hallowell, Heart of Ellsworth, Discover Gardiner, DownEast, Portland Pottery, Moosehead Lake, Cyber Copy, Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Association and Maine Gallery + Studio Guide.

For Event Information go to:




Photography for Crafts Artists

Good photography is crucial to sharing your work online, and can help set you apart in world full of social media. While a professional photographer can provide amazing and consistent results, this may not be in the budget for all of your projects. Sign up to learn these essential skills with professional photographer, Andrew Davis in Portland, ME on October 27, 2018.

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Center for Maine Craft

P.O. Box 342
GardinerME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

Maine Craft Portland
521 Congress Street, Portland, ME
(207) 808-8184

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791





First Friday Art Walk In Rockland

Rockland’s Final Art Walk for 2018 will be on Friday, 5 October from 5-8pm.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Black Hole, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Art Space, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, Craft Gallery, The Gautschi Center, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer & The Jonathan Frost Gallery.

This month Art Space will be showcasing the work of Janalee Welch,  Obrianna Vine, and Melissa Post van der Burg.  Obrianna Cornelius’s soft and simple watercolors will warm your heart as the weather begins to grow cold. She is known for her vivid colors and bold brushstrokes. Simplifying the details, she creates calm and harmonious paintings that are refreshing to view.  Melissa Post van der Burg’s oil paintings depict the everyday people and places of Maine. Her work is fresh and vibrant, bold and lifelike, drawing attention from across the room.  Janalee Welch will show some of her favorite pastel paintings. Janalee’s love of vivid color, the autumn palette, fresh greens of spring, and the striking contrast of strong light and deep shadow are evident in her work.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new show: Maine and the Index of American Design. There will be a barbershop quartet and a book signing for the new catalog.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be exhibiting Libbey Seigars of Whitefield Pottery and the Women Painters of Midcoast Maine & Friends are exhibiting their nature-based art.

The Strand Theatre will have a screening of “BlacKkKlansman” at 5:30pm, and their Music on Screen Series film “Two Trains Runnin’”  at 8pm.

CRAFT Galley opens “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” to celebrate National Craft Month, showing ten award winning major master fine craft artists woking in Maine today.

Yvette Torres Fine Art presents a group of artists whose work depicts the injustice and consequences of war, genocide and the resulting plight of refugees, included are, Samuel Gelber, James Graham, Frances Kidder, Cynthia Motian McGuril, Winslow Myers, Elaine Schmitt Urbain and John Urbain. SPECIAL EVENT, on Sunday, October 7 at 3pm, artist, author and activist, Winslow Myers will do a presentation titled “All Good Art is Protest Art”.  Winslow Myers interests have been divided Between painting, teaching and citizen activism.

For the last art walk, The Gautschi Center have booked Windfern Ensemble for a performance in the courtyard.

Stanhope & Spencer will be open and hosting a reception for film and gelatin print photographer John Layton

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing a wide range of work by gallery artists.

New Work By Russell D’Alessio + First Friday Art Walk in Bar Harbor

“THE GOLDEN ERA” by Russell D’Alessio
These mixed media pieces comprised of india ink, acrylic, and gold leaf on paper or canvas are “what’s happening”  in the studio these days.  While visiting earlier this week I saw several pieces in their early stages that will soon come to fruition.  As always, I find Russ’s continual creativity full of surprises. Enjoy these new works and I promise more to follow.  If you are in town October 5th come visit us at D’Alessio Gallery during the Art Walk, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. otherwise, you will find these works on line.

Russell D’Alessio “The Golden Bunny”


Russell D’Alessio “What Are They Talking About”

During the Art Walk meet three local artists at D’Alessio Gallery and experience their talents. Suzanne Anderson, of Yikes Studio, Dedham, ME bringing her casual contemporary vitreous enamel jewelry, art inspired by the Maine woods.  Lucy Tracy, of Bar Harbor, fiber artist showing her beautiful handwoven pieces entwined with various fabrics creating wearable art and of course artist, Russell D’Alessio, painter. 

Russel D’Alessio “Loose Shoe”

Russ has told me he has something special to unveil at Art Walk…one never knows where his creativity takes him.  I can’t wait to see, be sure to join us!  Plus, foot stompin’ music with Willy Kelly & Marilyn Ryan.  Spirits and of course cake served. 
To review all works visit the website:

Belfast September Art Walk, Community Sing & Busker’s Festival

The streets of Belfast will come alive during the Belfast Creative Coalition September Art Walk on Friday, September 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. with new activities include a special community street-sing event led by local singers and a mini-buskers festival with a variety of street musicians, various performers, chalk art, and more.

The main event is the art walk through the streets of Belfast along the trail of more than 20 vibrant galleries open and waiting to show you their unique work welcoming you with libations and tasty tidbits.

Three special art walk events that evening will include the opening at Maine Farmland Trust of new work by the artist, Kris Engman and the closing celebration at the Finch Gallery, featuring the works of Jerri Finch, and a new show at Waterfall Arts featuring works by Joe, Tony, and Max Ascrizzi.

Come for the art and stay for the fun. There is an open mic at Bella Books on Pendleton Lane starting at 8:00 pm, or treat yourself to any of Belfast’s wonderful restaurants or catch the late-show at the Colonial.

For more information call 207-218-1144 or email us at

GET ON THE MAP! Maine Craft Weekend

This is the perfect time to register your event and get your listing online for Maine Craft Weekend, October 13-14, 2018. Maine Craft Weekend invites artists to open their studios, create pop-up shops, studio sales, mini workshops, demos, and collaborations with craft venues (including brewers!) as part of a statewide exploration of the life and work of Maine craft artists. This is an educational, community-oriented and family friendly weekend; free listings are available to members of the Maine Crafts Association, Maine Made and Open Studio Maine.

Featured Cities Gardiner, Ellsworth and Hallowell
If your studio or event is located in one of these cities, visit the Featured Cities link and find your city contact.


Artscope, Maine Made, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Arts Commission, The Betterment Fund, City of Hallowell, Heart of Ellsworth, Discover Gardiner, DownEast, Portland Pottery, Moosehead Lake, Cyber Copy, Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Association and Maine Gallery + Studio Guide.

Image: Willy and Wes Reddick of Belfast photographed by Kevin Johnson

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Open for Twin Villages ArtWalk

“Monhegan Village”, oil on panel by Joyce Smith.


The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, is participating in the final Twin Villages ArtWalk of the 2018 season. The ArtWalk is on Friday, September 21st, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Will Kefauver is currently presenting the “Monhegan Days” art exhibit, which features his latest work and the work of 24 guest artists.  The art depicts the beauty of Monhegan Island, with its iconic Maine architecture, spectacular coastline, and charming harbors.

Visitors will find an eclectic array of mediums and styles from the guest artists.  There are photographs, linocut prints, and works in oil and acrylic. Visitors will find work by many of the area’s noted artists. And visitors will find work from six artists new to the gallery with this show. They are oil painters Evelyn Dunphy, Mary Mabry, Joyce Smith, and Linda Wacholtz, and photographers Scott See and Deb Vendetti.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, , or

Sylvan Gallery Late Summer Exhibition

Island Cottage by Neal Hughes, oil, 18” x 24”

Sylvan Gallery’s “Late Summer Exhibition” is continually evolving as new works arrive daily, painted by the Gallery’s roster of fine contemporary artists. September marks the gallery’s 18th year of representing a diverse and extremely talented group of New England artists. To celebrate, the Gallery will host a reception on Thursday, September 27, the evening of the Wiscasset Art Walk, from 5pm to 8pm. The exhibition continues through October 28th.

New arrivals include a collection of eleven paintings by New Jersey artist Neal Hughes. A recent viewer has already remarked how “ he paints all my favorite subjects.” Trains, old trucks, forest streams, and boatyards provide inspiration for Hughes who has remarkable skill at capturing a scene “en plein air.” In “Woodland Stream,” quick short strokes of paint describe the curve of the fallen tree branches over the swiftly moving water, and the foliage is painted in natural tones of green against darker woodland shadows. The painting evokes the feeling of the 19th century Barbizon school, who were the first artists to paint directly from nature, combining elements of Tonalism and Impressionism.

Hughes’s painting, “Island Cottage,” in contrast, is a light airy painting which captures the aged texture of a Monhegan cottage amidst brilliant tiger lilies and deft flecks of violet and yellow, representing the blooms of other late summer flowers. The painting is exuberant in color and brushwork. A few of his other new paintings include, “The Mary Day at Camden,” a painting of a boatyard titled, “Essex Idle,” and a collection of old cars that are being stored in a barn in “Hidden Away.”

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

The Quiet Season by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Susannah Haney of Wiscasset, returns this summer to bring us her well-composed views of Monhegan Island cottages. “Miss Millie at School” depicts the Monhegan schoolhouse with its mascot, a golden retriever, at rest in the doorway. The flora is finely detailed and the painting is rich in warm summer light and cool shadows. Haney also treats us to two new paintings from her exploration of Stonington, Maine. Both are scenes of the same house at dusk. In “The Quiet Season,” the house is situated at the edge of the road, illuminated by a street lamp. There is a delicate transition in the merging of the light and shadows. In the second painting, “The Old Mansard,” the focus is on the side view of the building, its water reflection and surrounding granite rocks. There’s a distant glow from the setting sun, but again, the street lamps provide the source of the scene’s illumination. Haney achieves a sense of solitude and one of quiet mood in these two works.


New Harbor Morning by Robert Noreika, oil, 30” x 40”


Robert Noreika ’s newest painting, “New Harbor Morning,” measures 30 by 40 inches and is one of the largest paintings in the exhibit. Noreika captures a representation of what he sees by using a working harbor as a jumping off point to create rhythmic patterns of lines and shapes that weave in and out of the landscape. Docks become slashes of color, buildings and rooftops are broadly painted, lobster boats reflect the brilliance of morning light, and the hillside and tree beyond are a nice juxtaposition to all the activity in the harbor. The water is a beautiful mix of almost all the colors of the painting: golds, blues and violets with dashes of orange and reds accents. Noreika captures nature’s light and creates paintings that are spontaneous, fluid and bold. His other paintings in the exhibition include paintings from Bailey’s Island and Monhegan Island.

Paul Batch is the newest artist to be represented by the gallery and his evocative atmospheric landscapes are a poetic response to the fleeting and ephemeral light cast by the passing sun or rising moon. He focuses on transitions, painting various times of day, changing weather, and the rich seasons that New England offers. In “Break in the Clouds,” Batch captures the momentary effects of blue sky and sunlight striking the ocean just as dark clouds begin to part. Another work of special note in the exhibition is a 30 by 30 inch painting titled, “Fading.” Batch captures the beautiful gradations that occur in the sky as the sun is beginning to set. A grouping of pine trees is silhouetted against the vast sky, and the painting feels illuminated from within.

Batch is an award -winning member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Stan Moeller (York), whose newest oils include two 12 by 16 inch paintings titled “Churning” and “Twilight Surf.” They evoke the power and beauty of Monhegan’s coastal landscape. Shepherdess and photojournalist Nina Fuller (Hollis), presents a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep, and Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset), continues to explore the theme of animals in rural farm settings in her most recent painting of sheep in “The Cheviots of Straw’s Farm.”

Other represented artists who focus on Maine subjects include Peter Layne Arguimbau, whose painting of “Red Jacket,” a celebrated clipper, was built in Rockland, Maine, and was launched in 1853. Her first voyage set the speed record for sailing ships to cross the Atlantc by traveling from New York to Liverpool in 13 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes, dock to dock. Crista Pisano will be exhibiting small intimate paintings of Maine’s coast and is also presenting a larger atmospheric painting at 28 by 32 inches titled, “Marsh and Clouds.”

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson Lusk, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Archipelago hosts second artist reception with Abe Goodale during First Friday Art Walk

Join Archipelago on Friday, September 7th, from 5:00 pm. To 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, for a second artist reception with Abe Goodale to celebrate the current gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun.” The show, which features watercolor portraits by Goodale, also includes paintings, bronze sculptures, carved wall pieces, wood folk carvings, and a broad array of work from other coastal Maine artists.

Through his representational watercolors, Goodale creates paintings that both reflect and respect the individuals he encounters. His current project, “Eastern Waters,”—featured in this year’s Island Journal—is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who make their living along the coast and an industry that is thriving, yet fragile. With a family connection to Eagle Island dating back several generations, he is committed to telling the stories of Maine’s fisherman and sharing the coast he knows and loves. As Abe explains, he has left the individuals he paints anonymous as a means to respect them and to “allow your mind to wander and think towards the feeling of salt on your skin, wind in the hair and a relationship to the sea.”

Other work highlighted in “Turning Away from the Sun” includes egg tempera paintings by Amy Peters Wood; paintings, bronze sculptures, and carved wall pieces by Rebekah Raye; and wood folk carvings by Wayne Robbins. In addition, newly added pieces will include the work of fiber artist Sue Stasiowski.

Stasiowski is a fiber artist who became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. She spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio in Camden, but also makes time to teach needle felting workshops and experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls, and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her art has been commissioned or purchased by art lovers in Texas, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as throughout the northeastern United States.

The public is invited to stop into Archipelago’s 386 Main Street location on September 7th to enjoy light refreshments, see tall of the pieces, and talk to Abe Goodale about his work. “Turning Away from the Sun” will run through October 28th.

In addition to the September 7th reception, Archipelago will also be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk on October 5th.

Art Space Gallery showcases new works by gallery artists

Art Space Gallery welcomes the public to their September Art Walk on Friday, September 7th, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of their artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, they’ll have the customary refreshments.

Each month we feature new works by several of our artists in the front area of the gallery, with the opening of each show occurring during Art Walk. This month we’ll be showcasing the work of Penny Markley, Leecia Price, Laurie Lofman Bellmore and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.

Penny Markley – Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan

The subjects of Penny Markley’s paintings are inspired by twelve years of visiting Monhegan Island for a week each June. Creating something unique on an island so thoroughly painted by others can be a challenge, but she continues to find interesting, beautiful scenes to explore in paint.

Leecia Price – Encaustic Landscape

Leecia Price is an encaustic and oil painter as well as a beekeeper. She combines beeswax with oil paints and dry artist pigments to create her contemporary paintings. She remains fascinated by the tactile properties of the wax, enhancing its translucency and shine with the effects of scraping, layering, incising, melting, and fusing with a blowtorch.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore, is a self-taught jeweler with years of experience working with fine metals, dichroic glass, and vitreous enamels. Her exhibition includes new “Diptych Wall Pieces” and “Sea Splash Jewelry”, which reveal the spirit of our coastal surroundings.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn – Hay and Queen Anne’s Lace

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Her style is a mixture of classical old-world realism and contemporary impressionism. Sandra paints florals, still life, and landscapes, all rich in color and painterly brushstrokes.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features eighteen artists who work in various media and genres. September hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 4pm Sundays. Visit our website for more information at

Black and White Show opens at CRAFT Gallery

Drawing by Marjorie Moore from her Drought, Fire and Ash series

Drawing by Marjorie Moore from her Drought, Fire and Ash series

The Annual Black and White Show opens at CRAFT Gallery

The annual “Black and White” show at CRAFT Gallery explores limiting the artist’s palette to black and white in order to focus on form, texture, design and proportion. Portland artist Marjorie Moore, new to CRAFT, exhibits her drawings from her Drought, Fire and Ash series, vividly portraying the devastation caused by wildfires that transform the landscape into ethereal beauty devoid of color. These and handwoven tapestries and pillows, raku and porcelain pottery, hand blown glass, paintings and drawings, woodcuts, thread drawings and shibori silk scarves and shawls are all brought together in dialogue with one another at CRAFT. Artists Autumn Cipala, Morris Dorenfeld, Sara Hotchkiss, Lissa Hunter, David Jacobson, Daphne Taylor, Suzi Van Wye and Dudley Zopp are among the artists in this show who use mixed media and traditional craft materials to explore working in black and white. The show continues through September.

In a first ever project, CRAFT has partnered with Eco-Art Ventures to offer exclusive visits in October to CRAFT Gallery artists’ studios to observe them at work and to engage in conversation regarding their craft.. The full day experience will visit three different studios on each of four Tuesdays in October. The groups will be small, traveling together in a van on country roads at the height of the autumn colors. Please call Lolly Mitchell at 207 593 8688 for details and registration or stop by CRAFT Gallery for more information and a full schedule.

CRAFT will be open on the First Friday Art Walk evening on September 7th. Meaghan Clark, a young emerging musician and singer will perform country music in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm