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Own a Piece of History: Unique Water Street Construction Artwork

Murals hanging on the fence along Water Street in Hallowell. Kennebec Journal staff photo by Joe Phelan.

Hallowell is known as a hub for arts and culture. During the recent Water Street road construction project the Hallowell community joined together to create mural art on canvases of varying sizes to brighten up the construction area. The murals displayed here for auction were created by civic leaders and organizations, local businesses and merchants, families, individuals including adults and children, schools and local artists. These one-of-a-kind works of art were displayed on the construction fencing throughout the road work and are now ready to become a unique part of your own art collection. Proceeds from this online auction will benefit future art projects sponsored by the Hallowell Arts and Cultural Council in cooperation with the Kennebec Valley Arts Association and the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery, a cornerstone of the arts in Hallowell since 1963.

Each mural is described in detail including approximate size and includes grommets suitable for hanging. Once the auction closes, each winning bidder will receive instructions as to how they may claim their work of art.

We ask all bidders to keep in mind that these lovely murals have been displayed in and around a construction zone and are sold AS IS. Your mural may have scratches, minor punctures or tears, weather damage or it may be a bit dusty. Consider it all a part of the unique provenance of your piece of Hallowell history!

3′ X 5′, mural painted by Jen Cart

To view the auction click the link below.  Note there are 5 pages of murals up for bids and you can search by artist’s name, title or key word (like flower or kids art).

Rusted Pulchritude Joins SevenArts


SevenArts Gallery at the Grind in Ellsworth is thrilled to announce the newest member, Rusted Pulchritude! The creative duo of Aaron and Deirdre are behind the company that creates hand carved, wabi sabi style, wooden ware in their restored former-horse barn studio. Stop by the gallery to see their incredible display of pieces! Stay tuned for Maine Craft Weekend (Oct 13 & 14) when we formally introduce them and look forward to seeing a live demo at the gallery of how they do what they do! See their web site for more about them

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award

“David Wolfe is a leader” in Portland printmaking, Master Craft Artist Award judge Andres Verzosa said.

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award Recipients: Steve Cayard of Wellington, ME, Patricia Daunis-Dunning of Portland, ME, and David Wolfe of Portland, ME.

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named Steve Cayard, Patricia Daunis-Dunning and David Wolfe as the 2018 recipients of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2018 MCA Master Craft Award nomination process began in late 2017 with submissions from past award recipients, members of the Maine Crafts Association, and the public. The 2018 recipients were selected by Andres Verzosa, an art advocate, collector, curator, and writer with a distinguished history of service to Maine artists and arts organizations.

Verzosa writes, “We have a lot to be proud of in the Maine arts community, the state is rich with master-level artists. From the long list of stellar nominees, I’ve selected three who are highly regarded by their peers, possess accomplished bodies of work, demonstrate long histories of working in their communities, and have achieved significant recognition in their field. Steven Cayard was a catalyst in the renaissance of birch bark canoe-making with David Moses Bridges (deceased in 2017) and is included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Patricia Daunis’ designs have been worn nationally for decades, and her studio is a place of growth for many up-and-coming jewelers. David Wolfe is a leader in the Portland printmaking community; his print house serves as hub and resource, and places Portland on a national scale map for printmaking.“

A Celebration, Awards Presentation and Reception for the 2018 Awardees will be announced at a later date.

In the tradition of the Master Craft Artist Award, recipients are invited to teach at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle ME for MCA Workshop Weekend, May 9-12, 2019. Information and registration will be published at in the fall of 2018.

In recognition of 10 years of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award, all recipients from 2009 through 2018 will be featured in an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA in 2019. Exhibition dates are June 8-October 27, 2019 with a public opening reception on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2-5pm.

Steve Cayard

Master birchbark canoe maker Steve Cayard settled in Wellington, Maine in 1987. His canoes are based on careful research and are faithful to the tradition of the early Wabanaki birchbark canoes of Maine and New Brunswick- a style which eventually became the model for the wood-canvas canoes of Old Town, E. M. White and Chestnut, among others. Cayard has been sought out by native communities as a teacher, and he has felt honored to offer them his knowledge in a series of workshops in Maine and New Brunswick. He has also taught birchbark canoe building classes for the general public. He completed his first birchbark canoe in 1978 and has been building on commission since 1995. In 1998, Cayard was honored with a request by the National Museum of the American Indian to restore an 1890s birch bark canoe by well-known Passamaquoddy canoe builder Tomah Joseph. In 2002 Barry Dana, then chief of the Penobscot Nation, invited Cayard to lead a birchbark canoe workshop on Indian Island, the Penobscot reservation in Old Town, Maine. This became the first in a number of on-site canoe workshops that Cayard taught in the Wabanaki communities. Cayard’s work has been featured in WoodenBoat Magazine and his collaborative canoe with the late David Moses Bridges (commissioned by the Abbey Museum in Bar Harbor) was recognized for inclusion in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Esteemed jeweler Patricia Daunis-Dunning considers jewelry “site-specific sculpture”. A Maine native, she founded Daunis Studio with her husband William Dunning in Portland in the early 80s. Over the years Daunis has employed and inspired many young artists and helped them to develop into confident crafts people. Nationally renowned in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, Daunis-Dunning has been recognized with many awards, among them DeBeers’s Diamonds Today Award, World Gold Council’s Grand and First Prizes, the MJSA’ Custom Design of Distinction (1st and 2nd Prize), and the Jewel Award from Jewelers of America. She has authored numerous articles for Jewelers Inc. Magazine, and has been featured in Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer and Metalworking for Jewelry by Tim McCreight, among many other craft and industry publications.Her work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) and the Fuller Craft Museum. Daunis-Dunning has taught at Boston University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

David Wolfe

Master printer David Wolfe founded Wolfe Editions, a letterpress and fine art printing studio with educational programming in Portland, Maine in 1997. Prior to opening his own studio, he worked for several well known printing establishments, including Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont and Anthoensen Press in Portland. Wolfe’s woodcuts, prints and handmade books are in the collections of Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Special Collections and the Portland Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections. He has led many workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and was Lead Printmaker in Residence at Penland School of Crafts in 2009. Wolfe studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes Sam Vail as its new Director of Marketing and Development. A lifetime Mainer, Sam brings an enthusiasm for supporting Maine artists and the communities they call home. “Something is growing in Rockland,” he says. “If all you hear is the ocean, you’re not listening.”

The hire comes at an important time in CMCA’s history. With nearly 40,000 yearly visitors, and an annual economic impact estimated at $35 million, CMCA has finalized a three-year Strategic Plan to expand its program and education capacities. Sam will focus on growing the organization’s community and financial resources – assuring its ability to serve its mission for years to come.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add Sam to CMCA’s team,” says CMCA Director, Suzette McAvoy. “As an organization, we’ve undergone tremendous growth and reach in a very short timeframe. Sam brings experience, energy, and ideas to help us meet our goals and envision our future.”

After studying Writing at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, Sam was eager to return to Maine. “Talking with friends at graduation, the question was always the same: ‘where to next?'” Citing a lack of culture and opportunity in rural America, Sam watched the majority of his class head for the cities. “The answer was almost never Maine.”

Now three years later, Sam remains committed to stopping Maine’s talent bleed. He argues that the arts hold immense possibility for Maine’s future. “It’s about more than jobs – young people want the intangibles: stories, adventures, memories.” Sam believes that Maine has to shake off the feeling of being “out-in-the-woods.”

“If young people want to see the world, we have to bring the world here.”

Sam was eager to come work for CMCA after attending one of their events last February. “Growing up here, you watch towns fold up in September.” After watching a crowd meant for a summer weekend turn out in mid-winter, Sam saw an omen of things to come. “That’s not an event – that’s an endorsement.”

Sam brings with him experience as both a staff member and volunteer at non-profits across the Midcoast. He comes to CMCA following his role as a Fundraiser for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, and has volunteered as a Marketing Coordinator and Youth Mentor at the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast. “The question of Maine’s future is being answered by a thousand movements. Art is one of many.”

With audacious goals set for the future of CMCA, Sam is eager to tap into the community that has made the organization a success thus far. And though Sam grew up in the Midcoast, he emphasizes that Rockland is still new to him. “Every town is different,” he says. “I’m excited to listen.”

Belfast Creative Coalition seeks Director

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Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) seeks a Director familiar with the arts and culture of Waldo County, to strengthen BCC’s reach and continue its valuable services of cultivating and promoting local art.  The position is twenty hours per week; the Director works with a staff of two.

Applications are open, and will be accepted through December 4, 2017.

Please contact BCC through email to learn more about the position and the application process:

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12


Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite!

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can really light up.

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA



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

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

Greenhut Gallery Announces Fresh New Art in Inventory

Margaret Lawrence Porch View #3  5 1/2 x 5 1/2  inches gouache on paper

Margaret Lawrence
Porch View #3
5 1/2 x 5 1/2
inches gouache on paper


Mike Stiler Lunchline  13 x 38 inches  found wood & paint

Mike Stiler
13 x 38 inches
found wood & paint


Alison Goodwin   Island Bones  36 x 36 inches  Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

Alison Goodwin
Island Bones
36 x 36 inches
Acrylic & oil pastel on panel


Roy Germon Mountain River, Late Summer 24 x 24 inches acrylic on panel

Roy Germon
Mountain River, Late Summer
24 x 24 inches
acrylic on panel

For More Information Contact:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101 


Gallery Hours:  Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Meet the New Owners of Greenhut Galleries

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After 40 years, Peggy Greenhut Golden happily announces the sale and transfer of ownership of Greenhut Galleries to John Danos and Kelley Lehr of Los Angeles, California: “Greenhut’s longstanding success and contribution to the Maine arts community has been tremendously fulfilling, both personally and professionally. Over the years, Greenhut Galleries has been blessed with an incredibly loyal and hard-working staff, whom I regard as family. The stellar team I’ve assembled will remain intact. It has been a joy and an honor to help grow the careers of many of Maine’s most esteemed artists. The relationships I have enjoyed with my employees and the artists I have represented over the years — as well as with clients near and far — have been deeply rewarding. I’m thrilled to pass the baton and ensure that all I’ve accomplished will continue.”

Greenhut Galleries began in 1977 in a 300 square-foot space at 10 Exchange Street, under the name “Posters Plus.” In 1978 Peggy moved the business to the Mariner’s Church Building, opening with a Will Barnet show and changing the name to the Fore Street Gallery. A fire in 1985 decimated the business, burning original Miros, Picassos, Calders, and more. Rising from the ashes in January 1986, Greenhut Galleries took up residence at its current location, 146 Middle Street, where the gallery has continued to thrive.

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As for the new owners, acquiring Greenhut Galleries is a dream come true. Kelley said, “John and I are so grateful and excited for this opportunity to preserve and continue the legacy of Greenhut Galleries. Peggy has been incredibly supportive and generous with her time and her wisdom. Her invaluable input will be ongoing as we collaborate with her talented staff to ensure a smooth transition and build upon her tremendous success. All of the people we’ve met in Portland thus far have been remarkably warm and welcoming, and we cannot wait to begin our new life in this thriving city.”

John Danos, a native New Orleanian, has been a practicing litigation attorney for the past twenty years, spending most of that time in Los Angeles. Purchasing Greenhut Galleries with Kelley was a dream come true and an excellent opportunity to put his humanities degree, as opposed to law degree, to good use. John has spent countless hours on pro bono legal matters, fighting for the public good, and he looks forward to devoting his energy to the Portland community. He is currently a member of the Director’s Circle at the Portland Museum of Art.

Kelley is originally from Illinois, but has lived in Los Angeles, since 1997. She, too, worked in litigation for many years, as a legal assistant. She holds a BA in English from UCLA, and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she focused primarily on poetry and critical theory. Her writing has been published in both the paper and online editions of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. She is currently a member of the Director’s Circle at the Portland Museum of Art.

For more information:
146 Middle Street, Portland, ME | 207-772-2693 |

MCA Announces Important Dates and Deadlines

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MCA Calendar: Important Dates and Deadlines


July 1-31: Center Exhibition: Catherine Worthington 

July 8: Book Signing with Roger L. Stevens @ Center 


August: 4-30: Center Exhibition: Peggy Lumpkins

August 6: Book Signing with Margaret Gousse @ Center

Aug 15: Sign-up: Downeast Magazine, November 

August 27: Portland Fine Craft Show 9am-4pm

October 1 & 2: Maine Craft Weekend 2016

October 1: Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft

October 6: Craft Apprentice Program Exhibition Reception

October 22: Artist Business Workshop @ MECA

October 23: Artist Business Workshop @ Waterville 

November: CAP 2017 Application Deadline (extact date TBA)

December 2-4: MCA Member Booth @ CraftBoston Holiday

December 10: Tandem Glass Party and MCA Fundraiser, Dresden

For More Information visit