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Call for Art

The Harlow, in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking art for their upcoming exhibition “Art and the Land” – an open call juried show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the KLT. Art and The Land will be on view October 25-November 30, 2019 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.  Entries will be juried by staff members from The Harlow and the KLT. 

The KLT works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. To learn more about the KLT and for a full listing of their properties please visit

Call for Art and Craft

Looking ahead to October, and the final ArtWalk of the 2019 season, Tidemark Gallery + Café in Waldoboro will be putting a timely focus on the art of the home. That word, “home,” means something unique to each of us, but for everyone, home should mean safety, comfort, and the freedom to be our true selves. 

While the domestic arts, or “home-making,” are essential to our lives, they are too often under-appreciated. To do our part, we’d like to invite artists and makers in our community whose work recognizes or contributes to the beauty of home in paintings, drawings, fiber art, pottery, metal work, etc., to a curated gallery show at TMG. Artists and makers who are interested in learning more about size, medium, or other considerations should contact TMG by email not later than August 11. Also, please feel free to share this invitation with fellow creatives. Both 2D and 3D work will be considered. All work will be for sale.

A special feature of this event will be a live “fashion show” of aprons. Plain or fancy, traditional or innovative, these should be practical garments that serve their purpose of protecting the wearer from things messy or hazardous. Date and details for the fashion show will be announced on September 9th.

Because the apron has long been used as a metaphor for the power of women, and because October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, we’d like to contribute a portion of the sales from this show to New Hope for Women.

Dates and further details will be posted on Tidemark Gallery + Café’s Facebook page and at  All inquiries by email — no phone calls, please.

Paint the Town in Waldoboro


“Paint the Town,” one of midcoast Maine’s most delightful plein-air events and fresh paint auction, is returning to Waldoboro on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Natalie Masse and Jan Visser will once again coordinate and host this year’s event at their property in Waldoboro’s Historic Village, 995 Main Street, former home of the Roaring Lion B&B. The annual one-day event, which provides artists with an opportunity to paint from unique and private vistas around the town, will culminate in a reception, featuring live music, wine, and fresh lobster rolls, followed by a live auction of the day’s compositions. Artists can download registration forms from Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s Facebook page at or pick up at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main Street in Waldoboro. Proceeds benefit the Waldoboro Public Library, the Lion’s Club, as well as Mid-Coast Conservancy, and the Waldoboro Volunteer Fireman’s Association. To request a registration form via email, obtain additional information, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natalie Masse at

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association


Seconds and Supplies Sale: June 1 10:00-3:00 at Running With Scissors in Portland.

It’s time to take a look around your studio, and ask yourself, does this item spark joy?  If not, it may be time to move on. This unique sale is an opportunity for the public and fellow artists to purchase studio supplies, materials and equipment, as well as seconds (final products not quite right for full price retail or wholesale shows and stores) directly from Maine artists.

The sale is a co-production of Maine Crafts Association and Running with Scissors designed to support our members, have fun and help shift extra materials from people who don’t need them to people who do!

Vendors, volunteers and customers are invited to an after party at Urban Farm Fermentory 3-6pm. Join us to visit, connect and celebrate clean studios and new purchases.  UFF is located steps from Running with Scissors (200 Anderson St) in dreamy tasting room perfect for a laid-back apres event offering brewed-on-site kombucha, jun, beer, cider & mead! (Attendance @ the sale not required to attend!).


Call for Artists: Maine Craft Weekend

Full listings, including map listing are free for current members of MCA and Maine Made through June 30. Non-members are also welcome to join the tour, which includes web and map listing and links and the benefit of our event promotion, for a $25 fee.

If you’re one of these below, join the tour!
– Studio artist (all mediums are welcome!)
– Artist collectives and guilds
– Non-profit craft schools, organizations and programs, craft workshops
– Artist living in or near a featured city: Ellsworth, Waterville, Hallowell
– Galleries, pop-up shops and trunk shows featuring Maine craft
– Craft beverage and craft food producers collaborating with artists

For more information visit:

Calling All Artists to Submit Work for this Years Mount Desert Open


Deborah Page of Bar Harbor, Mixed Media


Be part of a non-juried art exposition, now in its 19 consecutive year at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor.  All artists are invited to participate.  As usual, the only requirement is that you have a close association with Mount Desert Island, and you have a piece of work you would like to share with the community. Paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and un-categorized are all welcomed.  Professional or amateur, novice or trained, it is always a varied and surprising collection of fresh talent.

The event will have a festive opening on Thursday, May 24, 2019 from 5 – 7 PM at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor.  The show will be slightly longer this year as it ends on June 19.  The only thing you need to do to sign up is to contact the gallery at :, or call us at 276-5000.  It is first come, first served, with room for about forty participants.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association


The outdoor Maine Art and Craft Seconds & Supplies Sale will be held Saturday June 1, 2019 at Running with Scissors in Portland, Maine.



Call for Artists: Maine Craft Weekend

Full listings, including map listing are free for current members of MCA and Maine Made through June 30. Non-members are also welcome to join the tour, which includes web and map listing and links and the benefit of our event promotion, for a $25 fee.

2019 Moxie Festival Committee Seeks Art

Lisbon’s Moxie Festival Committee today issued a call for artwork. Each year, the Moxie Festival Committee selects artwork to be used for t-shirts, posters, and branded items. The selected artwork will be consistent with the fun 2019 theme of “Moxie Goes Artsy.” The Moxie Festival committee selected this theme to inspire a “distinctively different” visual representation of the Moxie spirit, which by dictionary definition means energy, pep, and courage. It’s also the official beverage of the state of Maine. The committee is seeking an artistic image as iconic as the beverage itself.

The three-day festival, celebrated at the peak of summer with a parade, a 5k run, live music, and many other events, is a glorious homage to the distinctively different beverage, Moxie. The winning artwork will be reproduced on an exclusive and collectible T-shirt, posters, and other festival-branded items. In addition to seeing their artwork proudly displayed on thousands of T-shirts sold and worn during the Moxie Festival, this year the winner will receive a $750 cash prize, media recognition, the first 2019 printed T-shirt, and the opportunity to judge parade floats designed and inspired by the theme.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Winners will be selected by the Moxie Festival Committee. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Complete details and guidelines are currently both online at or at the MTM Community Center, 18 School Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine.

The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Call for Farmers/Artists/Artisans/Writers


A multimedia exhibit exploring our collective and diverse relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery invites farmers, artists, artisans and writers living in Maine, from diverse social-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to create art, craft or poetry which reflects on their unique relationship to home/land.

We are particularly interested in works that speak to a deep relationship which comes from cultivating the land, or a longing for connection with the land. For example, we invite work by farmers/artists which expresses the relationship with the land they cultivate; we invite work by farmers/artists who have been separated from home/land in some way and are cultivating a new relationship to the land they are on; we invite work by those who are longing for a renewed relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. This exhibit is promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA and several other organizations.

Depending on the number of participants, up to three pieces per artist/writer will be exhibited. If there are more submissions than gallery space, final selections will be made by a panel. The objective is to have all who submitted work included.


By July 15, 2018: Contact Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator (, phone 338-6575 X 112) to let us know your intent to participate, stating medium/type of work.

By August 15, 2018: Submit up to 5 digital images of proposed work to Anna Witholt Abaldo ( For each image, please include title, media, and dimensions. Photos can be of work in progress. Please add a brief artist statement/bio to accompany exhibited works.

September 15, 2018: Notification to participants confirming how many pieces will be included.

November 5-6, 2018: Works must be delivered to Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

November 5-9, 2018: Exhibit will be hung.

November 12, 2018: Exhibit opens.

November 16, 2018, from 5-7pm: Artist reception with artist talks by those who wish to speak about their work, at 5pm. There can be room for song and poetry reading as well.

March 1, 2019: Exhibit comes down and works are available for pick-up.

Any questions about exhibition and submission details can be directed to Anna Witholt Abaldo, phone 338-6575 X 112)

80 Exchange Mural Project in Portland

80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine


Fathom Companies is seeking Maine based artists to submit proposals to design, create and install a wall mural at 80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine. The 80 Exchange Street Mural project is an investment in the city’s future and will provide a contemporary visual public art display and add color and visual interest, character and a unique sense of place to the location.

The purpose of the 80 Exchange Mural is to enhance an already thriving public space with public art that is non commercial, beautiful and thought provoking.

Fostering community and partnerships with the city of Portland and area businesses, this public mural will demonstrate commitment to urban renewal and growth in the Portland neighborhood.

This public work will add a new layer to the city fabric and serve as a featured canvas for contemporary art.

Deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 2018.


The 80 Exchange Street Building is located at 80 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine and is popularly known as the Mural Building at Tommy’s Park. Highly recognized, the building is located at the entrance to upper Exchange Street and is adjacent to Tommy’s Park in the historic Old Port. The 80 Exchange Street mural wall is a 4-story facade, brick wall covered in cement stucco.


Questions should be directed to Erin Hutton, Art Consultation for the Fathom Companies, through

e-mail at


A committee will review all submissions and select an artist or artist team based on their qualifications, experience, and fit for the project. The committee will review proposal materials to determine who to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $500.00 design fee for refining their proposals. Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal.


The design should fully occupy the entire facade and last for 15 years. The work must integrate into the park as a place of respite and must activate the space.


The committee will review materials based on the following criteria:

● Artistic merit and quality, as substantiated by an artist’s vision, originality, as well as the inherent quality in terms of timelessness of design, aesthetics, and excellence;

● Local significance, translating an emotional connection to the City of Portland, creating a sense of excitement in public spaces and presenting fresh ways of seeing the community and city reflected;

● Demonstrating ideas are well communicated and comprehensive;

● Ability to translate artistic concepts into work that will activate or enhance the proposed space

● Ability to design work, that is sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or other relevant contexts

● Capacity to complete the proposal on time and within budget


All artists or artist teams with a strong connection to Maine are encouraged to submit proposals. Without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability. Artists must be 18 years of age or older to submit a proposal.


Artist’s proposed budget will be a significant consideration in the final selection process. This RFP seeks proposals inclusive of all costs associated with the mural, including, but not limited to, artist design fee, materials, installation labor, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the mural. A budget range of 40-80K is suggested.

Please keep in mind that, as a privately funded project, we will rely on the generosity of individuals, area businesses, corporations and foundations for support. Fathom Companies will launch a fundraising campaign to generate funding and will request the artist and/or artist team to attend fundraising events and gatherings (artists should include within their budget 15 hours for attending fundraising events).


July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M. is the deadline for submission of materials. Materials received after this date may be excluded from consideration.


● Materials must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form

( ).

● All documents must be in a PDF format.

● All images must be in a jpg or PDF format.

● Each document must include the artist’s name.

● Any submissions that do not follow the requirements may be considered ineligible.


To be reviewed for consideration, the application must contain:

❏ Resume: A current artist resume and exhibition list (2 pages maximum).

❏ Project Narrative: A brief written proposal describing past work/projects, connection to Maine and how you plan to address the site. Proposal should include purpose, rationale and/or intention, including how the piece responds to the site and the surrounding area, and to the City of Portland (2 pages maximum).

❏ Concept Drawings: Illustrative drawings or model showing artwork in relation to 80 Exchange Street. Include concept, sketches and approaches to the project.

❏ Budget: A detailed budget estimate to give cost expectations (include design fees as well as anticipated fabrication, installation and maintenance costs). A more precise budget will be requested for those invited to the finalist round.

❏ Work Examples: Five digital images of recent work. Artist teams must submit five images for each artist represented.


Proposals must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form ( ) by July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M.


● July 15, 2018: RFP deadline, No late submissions will be accepted

● August, 2018: Committee will meet to review all proposals and select artist(s) for the second round proposal process.

● September, 2018: Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person.

● October, 2018: Committee will meet again to vote on a final selection and artist(s) will be chosen.

● November 2, 2018 – First Friday Art Walk design launch and celebration

● April, 2019: Work on mural will begin

● May, 2019 (approx.): Mural completed

The Harlow seeks Art for Dog Days, an Art Show for Dogs

The Harlow seeks artwork work for Dog Days. Deadline is June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. Pictured: Weginald Watts; Wedge or Wedgie for short. Courtesy photo.

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow invites Maine artists and dog lovers to submit work for Dog Days, a light-hearted art exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at dogs’ eye level. Artwork submitted does not necessarily have to be explicitly about dogs, rather we are asking artists to create art for dogs to enjoy. The deadline for email submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception, however well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMeals program. Learn more about AniMeals here:

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Artworks incorporating edible elements cannot be exhibited, but a box of dog biscuits will be available at the door for very good boys and girls. Please refrain from including obvious triggering subjects such as fire hydrants, etc. Participating artists must agree not to hold the Harlow accountable for any damage caused by overly enthusiastic or otherwise inappropriate canine art appreciators.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work: For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.