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ArtLab for All Ages

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making on view in the 2018 Biennial Exhibition during November’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will wade into the creative depths explored by the 43 Biennial artists, working in response to prompts with words and pictures. Following the workshop, participants are invited to stay for the Biennial opening reception from 5 to 7pm.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, NLT Foundation, and individual donors.

Maine Crafts Association Invites You to Haystack Workshop Weekend

Maine Crafts Association invites you for an immersive, educational Workshop Weekend May 9-12, 2019 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. Instruction, room and board are included in the fee; program offers dedicated time in the Haystack Studios, exceptional instructors and fellow students, evening programming, delicious food and renowned views. 

Workshops fill quickly – program details via the link below. See you on Deer Isle in May!

Ceramics | Structural Slabs with Lynn Duryea, 2012 Master Craft Artist Award
Wood | Relief Wood Carving and Assemblage with Daniel Minter
Jewelry/Metals | Enigmas and Illuminations: Intimate 3D Collage with Willy and Wes Reddick
Blacksmithing | Calculate, Isolate and Redistribute: Volumetric Forging Practice for Steel with Rachel David
Printmaking | Stacking the Deck, Playing Cards with David Wolfe, 2018 Master Craft Artist Award
Fiber Arts | Drip, Drag and Pour: Textile Thinking in Encaustic Paint with Helene Farrar
Mixed Media | From Paper > Screen: Make, Document + Post with Edwige Charlot

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The Harlow’s November Workshop Schedule

Woodblock print by Jaime Wing

The Harlow announces their schedule of workshops for the month of November, 2018 including bookbinding, woodblock printmaking, open studio sessions, and Bob Ross paint alongs. Registration is now open for these workshops, held at the Harlow’s new, larger location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Pre-registration is required for all workshops unless otherwise stated. Workshops at the Harlow offer something for everyone, whether it’s an opportunity to learn something new or expand on existing skills. Register for a workshop today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

Handmade Books by Cynthia Ahlstrin

The schedule of workshops for November, 2018 is as follows:

Saturdays, November 3 and 17, 10am-12pm: Open Studios: Come make art at the Harlow; bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials. The gallery has many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views. The Harlow has everything from collage materials to button making supplies. We’re very excited to utilize our new space, and think you will be too. Bring a friend and an easel or drawing board and make a morning of it. Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, November 10,10am-2pm:  Bookbinding with Cynthia Ahlstrin
In this four hour class, join visual book artist Cynthia Ahlstrin, to learn all the steps necessary to create a hardcover hollow back binding, sewn together with a pamphlet style stitch. Participants will also learn to make a simple jig, consider end papers and cover their book with book cloth and decorative paper. This workshop is a great introduction to bookbinding, but also a healthy refresher course for those with some experience in bookbinding. Participants should come prepared with a lunch/snack. Class size is limited to 10 people; ages 16 & up. All materials are included. $60 Members/ $65 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.
Wednesdays, November 7 and 21, 6:30-7:30pm:  Bob Ross Paint Along
Kick back and make art with American painter, art instructor, and television host Bob Ross. Open to all ages and experience levels. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome to use the Harlow’s materials or bring their own. The goal of these events is to provide a laid back art-making atmosphere while painting along with Bob Ross’ instruction. Ideally, participants will leave with a finished painting. $15 members/$20 non members. Participants may sign up for any amount of sessions; there is no obligation to participate in the entire series. Pre-registration required.
Sundays, November 11 and 18, 10-1:  Intro to Woodblock Printmaking with Jaime Wing

Join local printmaker Jaime Wing for a two-part crash-course in traditional relief printing. Students will come away from the class with a good foundation of the history of block printing and the skills to go forth and create their own prints. Over the course of two sessions, Participants will design and carve their very own wood block and print a small edition of archival-quality prints. Although all materials will be provided, students are encouraged to bring drawings or images of inspiration for their design. No prior printmaking experience required! Class is limited to adults ages 18 & up. All materials are included. $85 Members/ $95 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Staff photo of a recent collage workshop by Allison McKeen

ArtLab for All Ages at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

October ArtLab for All Ages: Cartooning and Character Design


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own cartooning and character-designing tools during October’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will learn creative ways to develop characters and cartoons. Different comic templates will be provided and there will be collaborative drawing games to help everyone invent their own original characters.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, and individual donors.

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: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

Our “Free-to-Members” classes are starting up in April and we are kicking off the season with an amazing instructor – Larissa Davis. Larissa passionately guides people to find their deepest inner wisdom through Soul Path Art, a fun and accessible combination of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that quiets the inner critic and exercises the right-brain.

Our April class theme is Create Your Dreams Come True. At the heart of Soul Path Art is the idea of intention. In this month’s classes, artist and guide Larissa Davis shares projects and techniques to help you connect to your inner wisdom and create intentionally with focused fun! Let’s let go of our inner critics and play together in the creative space of the right brain. You are the artist of your life…no experience is necessary for these classes. Please join us for a unique experience.

Remember, these Create Your Dreams Come True classes are free to members. Non-members can “drop-in” for $20 per class. Become a member by clicking here.

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The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME 04841

Sail and paint aboard an historic windjammer


There are many painting workshops on the Maine coast, but The Age of Sail promises to be the most unusual. It’s the brainchild of teacher Carol Douglas and veteran windjammer Captain John Foss of the schooner American Eagle.

From June 10-14, a select group of painting students will set out on a four-day cruise of Penobscot Bay. While Captain Foss navigates the bay’s beautiful islands and harbors, Douglas will teach plein air painting to passengers.


Is it even possible to paint from a moving boat? “It’s different from painting on land—quicker, more immediate, and more fleeting,” said Douglas, who is known for her paintings of the spring fit-out at North End Shipyard. “I’ve painted from the deck of the American Eagle twice now,” she noted. “Last fall, I started sharing my materials spontaneously with other passengers, and the idea for a sailing workshop was born.”

The watery landscape changes minute-by-minute, noted Douglas. “The water might be quicksilver in one direction and deep indigo looking another way. The shore is different depending on the tides. And the skies are always changing over the ocean.”


The American Eagle was launched in 1930, the last wooden fishing schooner built in Gloucester, MA. She was purchased in 1984 by Captain Foss, who restored her for the windjammer trade. “She’s a beautiful, comfortable boat, and her crew is kind and welcoming,” said Douglas. The boat is a relic of the age of sail, but it’s been updated with comfortable berths, fresh linens, modern heads and a fresh-water shower.


The trip lasts four days and includes an evening “gam,” a raft-up of the great schooner fleet of the mid-coast region. “That will be an opportunity to sketch or photograph the boats as they come in,” said Douglas. Lighthouses, wildlife, and unspoiled scenery are part of every trip. “That’s puffin season,” noted Douglas.


Painters will concentrate on water media—watercolor and gouache—said Douglas. All levels of experience are welcome. “It’s a small, focused class, so it will be one-on-one instruction rather than group lectures,” said Douglas. All materials, tools, accommodations and meals are included in the fee of $1020.

For more information, contact American Eagle at 1-800-648-4544, or visit

Farnsworth Vacation Art Camp: Celebrate Chinese New Year!


Beginning on Tuesday, February 20 the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a three-day art camp for children ages 5 to 7 years old. Led by art instructor Avis Turner this Chinese New Year themed camp will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Participating children will be inspired by the Chinese New Year in this three-day art camp. Puppets are a wonderful way to construct imaginary friends with playful personalities and participants will learn how to turn an old fashioned sock puppet into a dragon using a sock, felt, buttons, ribbon streamers, and more. These puppets will fly; they will have names, favorite foods, and places to sleep. With these fiery new friends, camp participants will create a traditional dragon parade.

Avis Turner is an artist and educator with degrees in childhood development and art education, as well as an MFA in sculpture. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings, and studied the Reggio Emilia Atelier approach at Smith College and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this approach students are encouraged to be “constructors of knowledge” and “protagonists of their own learning.” The fee for this program is $98 and $80 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit

CMCA February ArtLab for All Ages – Draw With Your Head

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to experience an unconventional, playful approach to drawing during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by ArtLab educator, Alexis Iammarino, participants will be invited to invent, make, and experiment with unlikely drawing tools attached to the body. No hands allowed! Discover fun, new ways of mark making and a uniquely creative process that yields unexpected, surprising results. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own 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

Featured Artist Kim Nicholl and Call for Teachers at The Art Loft

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Artist Kim Nicoll has been teaching at the Art Loft for a year and a half. We are pleased to feature her work.

Why do you create what you do and what drives you?

I’m a very visual person. I want to sketch everything. As a child, I always doodled, even on my school work, and I got in trouble for it once. But another teacher did let me paint a mural on the wing at school when I was 11 years old. I remember selling hand-drawn bookmarks in school, I even got preorders. I create because I absolutely love doing it. I love seeing the vision in my head become real. It’s challenging at times when I don’t see the results I envision, but I keep trying new techniques until it works. It’s creative problem-solving.

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Was the Art Loft instrumental in getting you started? 

I have to say, being involved at the Art Loft has been a tremendous confidence booster!  I would never have imagined myself teaching art to a room full of strangers, but when the Art Loft asked me to teach a children’s class back in September 2016 I nervously tried it. And loved it!  After taking a couple of affordable classes and doing some paint nights at the Art Loft, I finally felt a bit more confident to teach adults. The Art Loft has been a valuable part of my journey.

When do you create (how often, how long does it take, and what time of day)?

I’ve been creating daily for nearly a year now. I’ve done many Instagram art challenges to develop my skills. Inktober, watercolor challenge, 21 days of brave and a 4-month MATS boot camp online art class. Mostly in the evening after my son goes to sleep, is when I do my painting projects. I could seriously paint all day if I neglected being a mom, wife, and caregiver. But I’m delighted that my son loves to create too. In fact, he’s the reason I am painting again. He is an inspiration. Rediscovering the world and every new sensation through his vibrant, fresh eyes has been an awakening.

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Do you find art therapeutic?

Absolutely without question!  Art brings me joy and excitement. There’s something so thrilling about creating beauty.  I’ve become a more confident, open-hearted human being.  It has helped me to start expressing what I’ve suppressed throughout my life. The benefits I get from art compel me to share with others the idea that there’s hope and healing to our internal conflicts.

Art Instructors Needed
The Art Loft is seeking art instructors for our Drop-in classes, more advanced workshops, as well as Paint Night leaders.  We can offer competitive pay, a very flexible schedule, as well as many other perks. If you have experience in art, or know somebody who does, please contact us for more information at 207-200-7915 or visit

Registration Open for MCA 2018 Haystack Workshop Weekend

The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, May 10-13, 2018 in Deer Isle, Maine.
Study Model-Making for Crafts People with Christopher Campbell (Visiting Artist’s Studio)
Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting with Anne Emlein (Fibers Studio)
Expressive Surface Design Techniques with Jonathan Mess (Clay Studio)
Designing and Constructing a Band Saw Box with Joe Lendway (Wood Studio)
Windvanes and Ironwork for Your Garden with Doug Wilson (Forge) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Plexi Drypoints/Lauan Woodcuts with Anna Hepler (Graphics Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication with Nisa Smiley (Metals Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

For more information visit the workshop page or call the Maine Crafts Association at 207.205.0791