Archive for Center for Maine Contemporary Art

CMCA Announces Jurors for 2018 Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce the jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial as Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.

Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In AmericaArtforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Most recently she co-curated, with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly she was Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a curatorial fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas. She is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

Submissions for the 2018 CMCA Biennial will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To become an artist member, please visit http://cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.
The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. For more information, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/.

CMCA Art Lab for October

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own night scenes inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 7, from 2 to 4pm.

Taking inspiration from artist Linden Frederick’s evocative American scene paintings in the exhibition, Night Stories, participants will explore mood and narrative with light, shadow and color. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to compose scenes using erasures and custom stencils to suggest drama, nuance and atmosphere with mixed-media, charcoal and colored pastels. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

For more information call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

CMCA Sunday Salon: Linden Frederick + Tess Gerritsen

Linden Frederick, "Takeout," 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

Linden Frederick, “Takeout,” 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites you to a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3pm. Frederick and Gerritsen will discuss the inspiration and process behind “Takeout,” their collaboration for the exhibition, Night Stories, on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017. Sunday Salons are a series of engaging conversations on topics in contemporary art and culture held at CMCA from September to May of each year. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission.

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, since 1989. The exhibition, Night Stories, and the accompanying book, have been eight years in the making. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Tess Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and top bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Now retired from medicine, she writes full time, and lives in Camden, Maine.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

The Smallest House on view at CMCA

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is presenting The Smallest House in the World, an art installation by sculptor Jeff Smith in its courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from September 14 to 17, 2017. Presented concurrently with the Camden International Film Festival, The Smallest House in the World includes a short documentary video about the project screened in its interior. Part sculpture, part experimental living project, at 25 square feet, this pad on wheels challenges even the most open-minded small-home dweller. And that’s kind of the point. 

“When I looked at the tiny house movement, I saw everyone trying to make the best tiny house in the world, but no one was trying to make the smallest one,” says builder, sculptor and filmmaker Jeff Smith. In wondering about this housing trend, he questioned, “How small is too small for a house?” In a movement called the tiny house movement, this seemed like a really basic question that needed an answer. “So,” Smith says, “I built the smallest house in the world to test the limits of what a house can be.”

Last year during CIFF, CMCA exhibited in its Winter Street courtyard, The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies by artist James Leonard, in which the artist gave divinatory readings about climate change inside a special, hand-sewn tent. “With all the visitors in town for the film festival,” says CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy, “it’s a great opportunity for us to present really publicly accessible work that parallels current topics, such as sustainability, limited resources, and how we live in an increasingly congested world.”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

September ArtLab at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own mini flip books inspired by CMCA’s current exhibitions William Wegman | Reel to Real and John Walker | From Seal Point during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, September 2, from 2 to 4pm.

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Drawing from the absurdist logic and deadpan humor of artist William Wegman, and the meditative motifs of John Walker’s Seal Point paintings, we invite you to play with line drawing, learn about timing in narrative, and create repetition (with a dash of humor) to make flip books inside of mini matchboxes. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to cartoon and create caricatures with photographs and to create a collage of different animals in and around Rockland. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.  For more information visit cmcanow.org

Night Stories After Party at CMCA

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Dance the night away at the Night Stories After Party following the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Summer Gala on Friday, August 18th, from 9-11pm. CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, will come alive with dance music by DJ Owen Cartwright, cash bar by Trillium Caterers, ice cream truck by Stone Fox Farm Creamery, a fire pit to gather around, sparklers, and more! Tickets are $10 for CMCA Members, $12 for Non-members, and are available online at http://cmcanow.org/event/afterparty-night-stories/, or the evening of the event.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala honors the opening of Linden Fredrick | Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell. Festivities include a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members, and include entry to the After Party. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win

CMCA to Hold Public Reception for Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibition

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will hold a public reception for the exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers. The exhibition will be on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017.

The collaborating writers include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See); National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog); National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House); National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End); Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles series); Academy Award-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark); Kirkus Prize-winner Lily King (Euphoria); Edgar Award-winner Dennis Lehane (Mystic River); Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry (The Giver); PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto); New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice (Crazy in Love); Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls); Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge); Academy Award-winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs); PEN USA Award-winner Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Frederick will present a gallery talk on the inception and creation of the Night Stories series on Tuesday, August 29, at 5:30pm. Space is limited to 40; reservations are required. The event is free to CMCA members; others with admission. To reserve: call 207-701-5005 or email info@cmcanow.org.

Additional upcoming Night Stories programs include a conversation in the gallery with Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00pm; and a conversation between the artist and author Richard Russo on Sunday, October 22, 3:00pm.

A resident of Belfast, Maine, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. He is represented by Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel to speak at CMCA

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to present an artist talk by noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, on Thursday, August 10, at 5:30pm. The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public. Wedel is currently the guest artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center in Newcastle, Maine.

Matt Wedel (b. 1984) is a ceramic artist living and working in rural southeastern Ohio. His surroundings provide him with the flexibility to create without restriction and to work in a scale that dwarfs his own body. Enveloped by natural surroundings, his home and studio sit amid sprawling acres of unspoiled land. For Wedel, living and working in the landscape, and depicting the landscape have become one and the same. Like tending plants in the earth, Wedel cultivates his own forms, rooted in his imagination and brought to life from clay.

Matt Wedel was born and raised in Colorado, and first began working with clay at the age of two. Under the guidance of his father, a functional ceramicist, Wedel developed an early passion for making sculpture. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, in 2005, and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007, where he studied with Tony Marsh. Wedel went on to teach at the University, and has since taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, and University of Colorado, Boulder. In early 2012, Wedel moved with his family to Albany, Ohio, where he built his own studio and an oversized kiln.

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69"

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69″

Upcoming artist talks at CMCA include: Linden Frederick, Night Stories, August 29, 5:30pm; John Walker and William Corbett, Looking Out to Sea talk and book signing, September 10, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with author Tess Gerritsen, September 17, 3pm; Michael Mansfield, William Wegman and Early Video Art, September 24, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with Richard Russo, October 22, 3pm.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please call 207.701.5005 or  visit cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is celebrating its first anniversary in its Toshiko Mori Architect building with its Summer Gala on Friday, August 18, 2017. The evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Gala attendees are also able to reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired ($45 + tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Event Tickets are available online at cmcanow.org/summer-gala or by calling 207-701-5005. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

The groundbreaking exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, from August 19 through November 5, 2017 with an Artist Talk August 29, at 5:30pm. The much-anticipated exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers.

The exhibition, and the accompanying book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories They Inspired, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (b. 1953) realized a growing number of his collectors were novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.

CMCA, founded in 1952, is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207-701-5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Daily Exhibition Tours at CMCA for July and August

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer daily guided tours of the current exhibitions every weekday at 11am for the months of July and August. Join museum staff for a closer inside look at the exhibitions on view. Current exhibitions include John Walker | From Seal Point; Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites | Temporality, and William Wegman | Reel to Real. Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are free with admission.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

William Wegman Artist Talk Presented by CMCA & The Strand Theatre

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Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Tuesday Talk series. CMCA and the Strand Theatre are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and The Strand members.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist’s early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017. Tickets for the July 25 talk are available online through The Strand: $10 CMCA and The Strand members, $15 general admission; $20 day of event.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman’s early videos and subsequent photographs, and the Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

NEW Kick Off Summer Weekends with Cafe Miranda at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Cafe Miranda present Open Late, a fun, informal, after-work gathering on Friday evenings in CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. Starting Friday, July 7, Cafe Miranda will host a drinks bar (cash only) from 4:30-6:00pm throughout July and August (except August 18, reserved for CMCA Gala). Kick off the weekend with friends and music, and celebrate the all-too-short Maine summer! Open Late is a 21+ event.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA ArtLab for All Ages – June 3

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create in 3D during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4pm. Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, participants will create multi-faceted, stackable, painted block towers. Bring your friends, your family or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

For more information:
Call: 207.701.5005
Email: mchau@cmcanow.org
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CMCA Sunday Salon with Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites

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Join artists Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites in conversation with CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy for a Sunday Salon on June 4 at 3pm, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Led by McAvoy, Brillhart and Stites will engage in a lively discussion on artistic collaboration and the work on view in their current exhibition,Temporality.

The exhibition is part of CMCA’s ongoing Counterpoint exhibition series bringing together the work of two artists in dialogue with one another. For Brillhart and Stites, the studio environment is both the subject and source of their work. Documenting the passage of time, the subtle shifts of light, the play of shadows, and the process of making are shared aesthetic interests.

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Jenny Brillhart lives in Stonington, Maine, and received her BA from Smith College and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Sara Stites lives in Thomaston, Maine, and Miami, Florida, and received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Pratt Institute.

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are a series of conversations on current topics in contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free with admission. Audience members are invited to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events.

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

  • Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart: Temporality, May 20 – August 13, 2017 
  • William Wegman: Reel to Real, June 10 – October 22, 2017
  • John Walker: From Seal Point, June 24 – October 29, 2017
  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
  • William Wegman, public presentation, Tuesday, July 25, 5:30pm
William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

  • Linden Frederick: Night Stories, August 19 – November 5, 2017
  • CMCA Summer Gala, Friday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
  • Artist’s reception, Friday, August 25, 5-8pm
John Walker, 2017, studio view

John Walker, 2017, studio view

Exhibitions opening in early summer 2017 will showcase the work of artists William Wegman, John Walker, Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites. A public reception celebrating the early summer exhibitions and artists will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm.

On Friday evening, August 18, the CMCA Summer Gala will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and fifteen of America’s most acclaimed fiction writers. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will follow on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm.
Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

CMCA hours for Summer 2017 are: Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 12noon – 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; free for those under 18; $6 for seniors and students with ID. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Sunday Salon with David Driskell at CMCA

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Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell will be the featured speaker at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s upcoming Sunday Salon on May 7, from 3 to 5pm. Sunday Salons are an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art and are free with admission.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) will discuss his work in the current exhibition, Renewal and Form: Selected Recent Prints. Audience members are invited to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

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David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Driskell has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

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Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

Upcoming Sunday Salon | May 14 – Father, Son & Piper Cub with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli. For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

May 6 – ArtLab for All Ages | Pop-Out Image + Paper Play!

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Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to play in 3D during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab Lead Artist and Educator Alexis Iammarino, you will learn how to construct with patterned papers to sculpt scenes and characters in 3D. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself to the new CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

For more information contact Monica Chau
Phone: 207.701.5005
Email: mchau@cmcanow.org
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Sunday Salons at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosts Sunday Salons, an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art. Sunday Salons are free with admission and take place on Sundays at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 3-5pm.

On April 9, Sunday Salon features artist Sam Cady in conversation with David Raymond, the Director of the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. Raymond and Cady will engage in an open discussion and seek to answer the question of “Is Art Magic?” and more. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61", collection of the artist

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61″, collection of the artist

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

David Raymond is a sculptor and painter. He has taught at Merrimack College since 1964. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and has served as an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program of Vermont College. In addition to being Professor of Fine Art, David Raymond was the Director of the McQuade Library Art Gallery at Merrimack College from 1972 to 1999. He became the Director of the McCoy Gallery of the new Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons include: “Think Wrong” with graphic designer, educator, and thinker John Bielenberg on April 30; “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7; and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli, on May 14.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages | Art at Play

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to the first ArtLab of the year. Join ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino to explore card and board games, perfect for winter hibernation and making. Discover fun ways to create original “recipes” for art making using concepts of chance and play, as many artists do in their work. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, January 7, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

CMCA Announces New Chair, Board of Trustees

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace, of Camden, Maine, and Westwood, Massachusetts, has been appointed the new Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees, replacing Charlotte Dixon, of Camden, who will remain on the board as First Vice Chair. Other officers are Jack McKenney, Camden, Second Vice Chair; Sandra Ruch, Northport, Secretary; and Martin Lloyd, Camden, Treasurer.

In accepting the position of Chair, Karen Brace acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Chair Charlotte Dixon. “We are all so grateful for Charlotte’s leadership and dedication to CMCA,” says Brace. “As the new Chair of a wonderful Board, I look forward to working together with the Board, Suzette, and the staff during this exciting time of transition and growth. CMCA is truly a special organization.”

Karen Brace is a former principal and co-owner of SimpleSay, a technology company that automated transactions for multiple industries using voice recognition and voice biometrics. As president of the company, she focused on operations, marketing, and business development. Brace’s marketing and communications expertise was developed early at a Boston-based advertising and public relations agency. Accepted into the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, a national painting guild, Brace enjoys working with both gold leaf and oil paints and has studied for many years with a master craftsman. Brace graduated from Wellesley College, earned her master’s degree in English from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College, and holds a certificate in graphic design from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

In addition to voting in a new slate of officers, the CMCA Board of Trustees welcomed three new members Drew Hodges, Cushing and Portland, Maine; Cathy Landau-Painter, Camden, Maine; and Susan Schor, St. George, Maine, and New York City.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, is the state’s leading arts institution dedicated to contemporary art. It moved to its present location, a newly constructed $3.7 million, 11,500 sq ft building, designed by internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, in late June 2016. CMCA presents a dynamic year-round program of exhibitions and educational programs for all ages. To contribute, or to find out more about CMCA, visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; CMCA members and children under 12 free.

CMCA December 3 – ArtLab for All Ages | Still Life Remix

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to to create 3D model still lives! Diorama meets small sculpture in this mixed-media driven workshop. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will glue, sew, collage, and fuse together inspirations from the materials and methods of the CMCA Biennial artists, or explore your own. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, December 3, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will open its 2016 Biennial Exhibition showcasing the work of twenty-five artists from across Maine, with a public opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8pm.  The exhibition will remain on view through February 5, 2017. As the first Biennial in its new home, CMCA will be dedicating all 5,500 square feet of display space in the three galleries to the exhibition.

The twenty-five artists whose work will be included in the CMCA 2016 Biennial are: Phoebe Adams (Phippsburg), Sachiko Akiyama (Skowhegan), Marcia Annenberg (Boothbay Harbor), Steven Baines (Portland), MJ Blanchette (Kittery Point), Sarah Bouchard (Arundel), Philip Brou (South Portland), Emily Brown (Montville), Cole Caswell (Peaks Island), Scott Davis (Rockland), Morris David Dorenfeld (Spruce Head), Lynn Duryea (Deer Isle and South Portland), Carly Glovinski (Berwick), Tonee Harbert (Portland), Richard Iammarino (Rockland), Kayla Mohammadi (Walpole), Ann H. Mohnkern (Yarmouth and Phippsburg), Paul Oberst (Freedom), Kate Russo (Portland), Claire Seidl (Rangeley), Gail Skudera (Lewiston), Richard Van Buren (Eastport), George Wardlaw (Portland), Kathy Weinberg (Morrill), Andrew White (Union).

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

“We are excited to be working with this remarkable group of artists,” says Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. “The new galleries open up possibilities for exhibiting a wide diversity of work in terms of scale and medium, providing an engaging reflection of what is happening in contemporary art in Maine now.”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. 

The jurors for the 2016 Biennial were Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for Hyperallergic. Seven hundred and eighty artists submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. 

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Berry says, “The artistic community in Maine has a long-standing tradition of excellence and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will continue to tell this important story with the 2016 Biennial. John Yau and I had the difficult task of narrowing down a large stellar group of artists to a finely curated few. The review process took much longer than I anticipated because of the quality level of the applicants. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved and I look forward to seeing our selections in CMCA’s new building this fall.”

In describing the review process for this year’s Biennial, Yau states, “I thought about the many different artists who have lived in Maine while I was looking at this year’s submissions. The many marvelous portfolios that I saw made it extremely difficult to winnow down the selection. … I think the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will do much to change the culture of the state, and the Biennial is one of the ways it will do this, as it brings together as well as celebrates members of the Maine arts community.”

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CMCA will host a series of talks entitled, “Who Do You Love,” in which Biennial artists will speak about the work of other artists who inspire them. The talks will be held at 3pm on Sundays, November 20, and January 8 and 22. The talks are free with admission.

Support for the CMCA 2016 Biennial is provided by sponsors Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB. Their generous gift made it possible to waive entry fees for the 780 artists who submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions as well as dynamic educational programs and special events for all ages. Hours: June through October: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm, and First Fridays 10 am until 8 pm. November through May: Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; Children under 12 free; Members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

November 5 – ArtLab for All Ages | Hide and Go Seek

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to seek out the makers and materials that speak to them most in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making and wade into the creative depths explored by this year’s twenty-five Biennial artists. Participants will reflect on and share their own art and ideas using creative prompts with words and pictures. Perhaps you’ll find an artistic ancestor or kindred thinker! Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, November 5, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland. 

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages that is offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions. In this interactive space, kids and adult can discover, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art.”

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition Don Voisine: X/V, offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, Maine, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions.

The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through October 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, please visit www.cmcanow.org/learn.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, please visit http://cmcanow.org/product/cmca-donation/

Gallery Talk With Artists Don Voisine and Mark Wethli Sunday, October 9, 4pm

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88" overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88″ overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Don Voisine in conversation with artist and educator Mark Wethli on Sunday, October 9, at 4pm. The talk is free with museum admission and is presented in conjunction with the current show of Voisine’s work, Don Voisine: X/V, on view through October 28. 

Voisine and Wethli are longtime friends with a shared aesthetic approach and appreciation. They will discuss the fifteen-year survey of Voisine’s work currently on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, and precise, hard-edged forms. Roberta Smith, senior art critic for The New York Times, writes, “Within their proscenium-like borders, Mr. Voisine’s dark geometries enact telling dramas of texture, shape, symmetry, color, edge and light—in effect, all of painting’s grand illusions—especially when given your undivided attention.” 

Don Voisine was born in 1952 in Fort Kent, Maine, and studied at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mark Wethli is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. 

For more information on Don Voisine, visit http://donvoisine.com.

For more information on Mark Wethli, visit http://markwethli.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages: Poppin’ Portraits: Stylize with Paint and Line

Poppin' Portraits at ArtLab

Poppin’ Portraits at ArtLab

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to swish n’ swash with broad strokes of color. Learn ways to outline and define features to compose striking portraits of pop stars, movers, shakers and thinkers alike. Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, August 6, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. 

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Grand Opening

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The new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) opened its doors in Rockland to great fanfare on Sunday, June 26. More than 1700 people visited the new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori.

“The opening of this new building will start a new chapter in contemporary art in the state,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. “By creating an architecturally significant space in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA will empower itself, more than ever before, to pursue its core mission of showcasing well-known and emerging Maine artists while taking Maine contemporary art to a new and elevated level.”

 

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With its focus on the art of this generation and the next, CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs are designed to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds, from Maine and beyond. Located in downtown Rockland at 21 Winter Street, CMCA is within walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants and hotels. This new building will help anchor the city’s growing reputation as a year-round arts destination.

 

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To kick off the inaugural exhibition schedule, three compelling solo exhibitions of work by artists Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz, and Rollin Leonard are on view through August 12.

FMI visit www.cmcanow.org

ArtLab for All Ages: Interact: Light, Air, Color, Action!

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create a hand-held mobile that reacts and interacts with light and air in beautiful and poetic ways for July’s ArtLab, “Interact: Light, Air, Color, Action.” This will be an exciting workshop to explore light and shadow, cause and effect, and the interaction of colors and shapes moving in space. Enjoy the subtle changes created by light and movement inspired by artist Jonathan Borofsky’s installation “Particle Soul.”

Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, July 2, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Starting in July, all ArtLabs will be held at CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, including ArtLab summer ArtCamps for kids. For more information and to register for ArtCamps, visit cmcanow.org

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.