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Markings Gallery Opens Its Doors

Markings Gallery

Markings Gallery, located at 50 Front St. in Bath, opened its doors on June 5, thanks for generous support from the community.

June hours are Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An online store is available at, featuring work by more than 50 Maine artists represented by the gallery.

The June Clay Show features the work of Nan Kilbourn-Tara, Harold Roberts and Carolyn Judson.

Centre St Arts’ Online Sale Benefits Food Bank

“Outside Looking In” by Lea Peterson


Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, an artist-owned business operating year-round in Bath, has posted a video slideshow on Facebook with selections from its new exhibit and sale to benefit local food banks. Each purchase will help the community and bring a piece of art into your home or the home of someone you love.

Watch for more posts coming soon on Centre St Arts Gallery Facebook page at

Markings Gallery Features the Artists of Café Crème

Crystal Mansir


Markings Gallery, in Bath  is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Café Crème artists Crystal Mansir, Cass Tirrell and Benjamin Wallace. Their paintings will be featured during the month of March with an artist talk and reception on Friday, March 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Crystal Mansir is the general manager at Bath’s beloved Café Crème and has been creating art for the last seventeen years. Her artist journey began at the age of fourteen when she received her first paycheck. She immediately went out and bought some small canvases, acrylic paint and brushes. Crystal’s paintings are abstract, inspired by nature and other worlds from her dreamtime.


Cass Tirrell


Cass Tirrell started painting seven years ago in acrylics. She was immediately drawn to Buddhist themes as she was delving into this practice in her own life and found much inspiration there. Last year she started to dive into portrait painting. She has been practicing and creating, finding inspiration in many faces and feelings.


Benjamin Wallace


Benjamin Wallace’s paintings are inspired by his connection to nature. Nature has been his sanctuary and influences his daily state of being. He is deeply rooted in appreciation and gratitude for Mother Earth and paints from that space.

New Works at Markings Gallery


Markings Gallery in Bath is featuring the works of fiber artist Janice Jones and woodcarver Wayne Robbins for the month of February. Janice has been hand-weaving and designing textiles for clothing and the home since 1970. Now, in a studio overlooking hayfields and woodlands in the central Maine highlands, she designs, weaves, and finishes scarves, shawls, clothing and accessories for the home. Janice loves watching yarn transform into fabric before my eyes.





Wayne’s carvings are created from his love and appreciation of the sea and the innate beauty of wood. Robbins’ representational style depicts the natural grace of the creatures he loves. His career as a biology teacher compliments his work. The sea’s breathtaking beauty and its infinite varieties of flora and fauna are constant reminders that we must respect and help sustain the lifeblood of our planet.

Markings Gallery “Bright Night Bath”

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, ME, is excited to see their holiday windows come to LIFE on Friday, December 13, 2019 as part of Bright Night Bath. Join Barbara Burns, fiber artist, at her loom and Wayne Robbins, woodcarver, at his carving bench as they create art from 5pm – 8pm.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

More information about these artists can be found at, and

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC Presents ‘Holiday Member Show’

Lilies, pastel by Victoria Jackson, 13″ x 14″


Center St. Arts Gallery, LLC in Bath presents Holiday Member Show. This show features all members showing many new works, small scale works and items selected for holiday gift buyers.


Train du Nord (detail), acrylic painting by Shelby Patton, 36″ x 24″


Gallery is open 6 days a week through December, 

Closed Tuesdays except for the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, 

Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC is an artist-owned business open year-round.​

Markings Gallery Opens for “Tracking Spirit”

Nancy Marstaller

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, ME, is pleased to present “Tracking Spirit,” an exhibit of shamanic fiber art by Nancy Marstaller, Susan Mills and Sara Palumbo for the months of October and November 2019. Their work is inspired by nature and the spirit world, and uniquely expressed through felted vessels, elementals, wall hangings and hand-painted fabric flag strings. Tracking Spirit opens on Monday, October 21st with an artist talk and reception on Friday, October 25th at 5:30pm.
Nancy, Susan and Sara stepped through a doorway into an unseen world of deeper meaning and imagination at a young age. Their fascination with nature has been woven through their lives and manifests in their artistic work today.


Sara Palumbo

Their work is inspired by nature and the spirit world, and uniquely expressed through felted vessels, elementals, wall hangings and hand-painted fabric flag strings. 

Susan Mills

Nancy Marstaller grew up spending much time outdoors exploring the land and playing in the woods near her home. She recalls, “Creating villages of stick figures with twig homes, libraries full of bark books, stores filled with berries and acorns.” This explorative and creative spirit continues to inspire her work today. A few years ago she noticed that more and more people seemed to be taking in and often overwhelmed by negative news and ideas, even though there is so much good in the world. She started making flag strings inspired by images from nature: “ I imagine seeing these flag strings fluttering in the breeze and sending out positive energy- as a way to counteract the negativity.” Nancy works with watercolor, pencils, collage, printing, and fabric. Her prints on fabric are inspired by what she sees, dreams, and how she wants to dance in the world.
Susan Mills remembers, “One day when I was a little girl playing in the woods outside my home, I found three bird feathers and tied them onto a tree with some sticks and leaves. I stared at my installation for a while, transfixed by its beauty and the ritual I had performed to set it apart from nature.” She continues to live in that sense of ritual today. Her artistic work is her way of recording her inner journey and embodies her search for a new myth and metaphor. Susan believes that “in healing the split between our inner and outer worlds, our bodies and souls, we heal both ourselves and our planet.” Susan believes we are all individuals, yet all connected. And when one of us takes a journey, it affects us all. Her most current work represents the four worlds, Upper, Middle, Lower and Dream. She portrays the Upper World in blacks and whites, the Middle in browns and gold, the Lower in volcanic reds and greens and the Dream in blues.
Sara Palumbo grew up camping with her parents and would sit for hours communing with the salamanders, crafting imaginary villages in the moss and floating in the creek. “I was mentally collecting and cataloging nature’s treasures. I spoke with the spirit of each piece of nature I encountered, creating my own language and understanding that there is life in everything.” Sara spent much of her childhood living in this enchanted vibration filled with stories and glimpses of an otherworldliness that she could never express in words or through her hands until she found felting. Each of her felted pieces is a unique, one-of-a-kind wall hanging. They are abstract in nature, and Sara sees them as living beings in the world. Co-creating them is a heart-centered practice for her. She feels blessed to be able to express her personal shamanic experiences and teachings in these tangible forms.
Join us for a magical evening on Friday, October 25th at 5:30pm for a gallery talk and opening reception with Susan Mills, Nancy Marstaller and Sara Palumbo!
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
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Tracking Spirit opens on Monday, October 21 with an artist talk and reception on Friday, October 25 at 5:30pm.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC Presents “Vintage”

Boating Group, Katherine Mead-von Huene

Please help us welcome Guest Artist Katherine Mead-von Huene at a Wine & Cheese Reception at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00  to 7:00 pm.

Kat’s exhibit is titled “Vintage”.  The paintings were inspired by her grandmother’s antique photographs and table linens.  The exhibit runs until October 18, 2019.

“I have been drawing and painting since I was a child, encouraged by my artistic mother.  Some training took place in art schools in Boston and Philadelphia and much was just learning by doing. Enrollment in an architectural program in Philadelphia satisfied my love of detail and drawing.  For years, most of my work was watercolor, but lately, I have been concentrating on working in oils and acrylics. The limited palette of black and white, such as charcoal and pencil can be as satisfying as color.

Almost Spring, Katherine Mead-von Huene

Recently I have been drawing inspiration from old black and white photos of my grandmother’s and vintage decorated linens.  The photos are very small and I find that, by enlarging them and adding color, the past can be brought into the present and I can better enter my grandmother’s world.  Vintage linens offer a charm lost to modern, mass produced products and their designs enhance my appreciation of the amazing skills of women of past generations. I never know what will come next, as far as subjects for paintings, but that is part of the adventure.”

Green Lion Gallery Presents “Richard William Blanchard: Northernscapes”

Northernscape #4- 24″ x 14”, oil and acrylic paste on canvas


Green Lion Gallery in bath is showing works by Richard William Blanchard.  Richard grew up in Winthrop, and found opportunities to develop his creative inclinations at the University of Maine in Augusta while he was still in high school.  He continued through his university career, working as a sculptor and performance artist as well as honing his skills as the painter and visual artist he’s become professionally.  He now divides his time between Maine and Los Angeles, and the Green Lion is fortunate enough that he’s spending some of his time this summer on a show of his paintings here.


Northernscape #7 – 32″ x 40”, oil and acrylic paste on canvas


Blanchard’s show is entitled “Northernscapes”, and offers us a vision of the landscape of Maine and some of the feelings and images that unite it with other landscapes of the northern world.  His paintings are intuitive constructions, combining and sometimes breaking up skies, suns, moons, trees, and planes of color into landscapes that are at once abstract and yet grounded in the realities of our particular landforms.  As he says, “The rawness of the textural landscapes of Maine is constantly an inspiration. The unmanicured ground, the pine trees and the constant change of the weather stirs an internal mood. In an abstract way, I am consumed by that presence and I want to convey that in my work”.

With over 35 years of painting behind him now, Richard Blanchard has created a canon of techniques with a luminous and subtle color palette and layered, textural brushwork encompassing hemispheres and cosmic planes and bridging them in a unified vision with the trees, houses, stars, heavens and animals of the world around us.  His work has been shown in many galleries on both coasts, including (in Maine) at Aucoscisco gallery in Portland and at Thomas Moser in Freeport. His show at the Green Lion features new work created for the occasion, as well as some smaller work not seen locally before. 

There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, August 16 from 4 to 7 pm, on the Bath Art Walk.  The show will be on display through September 15.

Marking’s Gallery Presents Jo Digg’s “Bright Learnings”

If you have visited Markings Gallery in Bath, no doubt you have seen the fascinating fabric landscapes of Jo Diggs. Some are almost recognizable scenes while others are reminiscent of a dream… not quite real, yet so familiar. Jo has devoted over 60 years to fabric and art and has been teaching since the 1960’s. There’s still time to see Jo’s August Show- Bright Leanings. It features her current work, distinctly different from what she’s showed in the past. Learn more about Jo Diggs at Visit to learn more about Markings Gallery.