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Farnsworth Presents Seventh Annual Fall Family Festival

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On Saturday, October 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to attend its seventh annual Fall Family Festival. The festival will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden, and is free of charge. This year’s Fall Family Festival is part of Maine’s Pumpkin Trail, a partnership with the Farnsworth, Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Railway Village and Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest & Regatta.

The Farnsworth’s seventh annual Fall Family Festival will include free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. A parade will take place on Rockland’s Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoe String Theater, whose Artistic Director Nance Parker will be teaching a week-long free workshop at the Gamble Center.

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At the close of the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden where a pumpkin lighting will take place at approximately 6 p.m. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. For more information, please visit

Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86 at the Farnsworth Art Museum

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On Saturdays, beginning October 7 through December 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a Drawing and Painting class taught by artist Sam Cady. Titled Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86, the program will take place on consecutive Saturdays at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be no class on Saturday, November 25.

This class is about appreciating the world around us, and as an ongoing workshop, each session varies according to the dynamics of the group. The focus of the work is still-life set-ups in the Gamble Education Center and land/seascapes from area excursions depending on the season and weather. In-class discussions include the historical and contemporary treatment of these various subjects. Many approaches are taught from different drawing-media to water-based painting. Working out of a personal, natural inclination is stressed more than a specific style or approach to making art. The class includes participants of all varieties and skill levels. We learn from each other.

Instructor Sam Cady has exhibited widely around the country, but especially in NYC, Boston, and Maine, and taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He invites the group to his studio once a session to share his experience with the class. The fee for this class is $360 and $300 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit

Farnsworth to Unveil Mural During September First Friday

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Louise Nevelson—Light and Shadow


On Wednesday, August 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Nevelson biographer Laurie Wilson entitled Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow. The program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. Wilson tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American sculptors of the 20th century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of this period in the art world. The post-lecture Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

Wilson’s recently published biography Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow is available for sale in the museum store and at the signing. The exhibition Black and White: Louise Nevelson/ Pedro Guerrero will open at the Farnsworth on Friday, October 6 and will be on view through April 1, 2018.

Laurie Wilson is a practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School, and she is also the author of Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, published by Yale University Press in 2003. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s when she spent time interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson Iconography and Sources (1976). The fee for this lecture is $8 and $5 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit

Farnsworth Presents Lecture and Film: Returning Nazi-Appropriated-Art to its Rightful Owner

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Woman In Gold 1125×750

On Wednesday, August 23, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will co-present a lecture by Donald S. Burris, Esq. followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt: The Documentary. The program will take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg and continuing throughout the duration of World War II, the Nazi authorities implemented a pervasive program for stealing valuable artworks as they overran and ravaged most of Western Europe. The artwork was appropriated from mostly Jewish families in the occupied countries and the amount of art plundered, as you will learn in the course of the lecture, was astronomical.

Such was the fate of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting of The Woman in Gold, officially titled “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” and commissioned by Adele’s husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist and supporter of the arts, who shared with his wife a special fondness for Klimt’s work. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna acquired this painting and others from their Nazi holders in 1941 and it remained in the Palace until its status was changed by the American courts in lengthy litigation begun in 1999 that our guest speaker will describe in detail, culminating with the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling entitled Altmann v. Republic of Austria.

The speaker, Donald S. Burris—an international lawyer and a senior partner at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden—was not only the “other lawyer” working side-by-side with Randy Schoenberg to have Maria Altmann’s historic rights recognized in the Altmann case, but has been the senior partner in the firm working with other “looted art” cases. He will speak about the case and his other fascinating experiences in connection with his ongoing efforts to repatriate artworks, businesses and real estate stolen by the Nazis.

This brief lecture will be followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt, a documentary film about the true story of the Woman in Gold, running time 86 minutes. Burris will take questions following the film. The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue members, and Strand members. For more information visit

Farnsworth [Collective] Presents Bash LITE: Under the Tent

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On Saturday, July 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s dynamic membership group the [Collective] will present a summer dance party on Rockland’s Museum Street, featuring the bay area funk band Con Brio. Bash LITE: Under the Tent will take place from 8 to 12 p.m. under a huge, 200 foot tent raised over the Farnsworth Museum Street parking lot.

Led by the magnetic Con Brio, a seven-piece Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul band and our network of local makers, all are invited to celebrate the height of Mine’s summer by literally dancing in the street. Participants should expect backflips, prizes, silliness and the unexpected.

Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their technical ability to its limits and reaching beyond the familiar. The resulting dynamic fuses driving rhythms, blazing guitar-work, soaring horns, the growl of an analog synthesizer or Hammond organ, and shimmering, sultry vocals with seemingly limitless energy: altogether it’s one heck of a party.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets for Bash LITE are $45. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, visit

Plein-air Watercolor Painting Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Monday, July 10, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting a week-long, plein-air watercolor workshop. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will take place from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gamble Center for Education, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland.

In this week-long workshop, participants are invited to come and introduce themselves to plein-air or painting outdoors. Students will explore secret local places and stretch their expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing. All will learn to slow down and experience the environment through new eyes.

Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See examples of her work at

The fee for this week-long workshop is $390 and $330 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit

Relief Printing at the Farnsworth

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

On Fridays, beginning January 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a four-day workshop on relief printing. Led by artist Holly Berry, the classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

Participants of this four-day workshop will explore the relief potential of collagraphs in combination with linocuts. The workshop will start with a focus on creating a dynamic design using paper, cardboard, string, and other materials to make a collagraph block. Using a press, students will have the opportunity to make embossings and try out various inking options with their collagraph block. Participants will further develop their image by designing and cutting a linoleum block in response to their collagraph.

Instructor Holly Berry of Waldoboro illustrates children’s books and makes linoleum block prints. She was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship for Printmaking from the Maine Arts Commission and designed large scale block prints of native flora and fauna for a Percent for Art project at the Medomak Middle School. Berry is a member of The Boston Printmakers and received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. To see examples of her work, please visit

The cost for this workshop is $250, $210 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit

Farnsworth and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present Teatro alla Scala:

onesheet_poster_teatro-alla-scala Sunday, January 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present a collaborative screening of Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland.

Ever since its construction was completed in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene and has been a mecca of music. To this day, performing at the Scala marks the pinnacle one’s career in the eyes of the world. Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world opera … [were] all launched or consecrated in one place, at the Teatro alla Scala.”

Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written. This presentation is part of Specticast’s The Art & Architecture in Cinema series, which brings the world’s greatest works of art, and their environs, to cinemas nationwide.

A post-film discussion will be led by Roger Dell, art historian, former Harvard lecturer, and former Farnsworth Director of Education. The fee for this program is $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Tickets for sale at the Strand box office directly prior.