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News from the Maine Crafts Association

 

April 21, 2019
We’re hiding eggs around the store.  What do they contain, you may ask? Find one and you shall see!

 

 

The Center for Maine Craft is the host of seasonal & holiday Pop-Up Shops featuring Maine artist-members of the MCA.  Located in the West Gardiner Service Plaza, a different MCA member is invited for an exclusive showing of their work within the main lobby.  Pop-Up shops will be scheduled every Saturday from June 29 – August 31, 2019  Hours: 10am – 3pm  Location: 24 Service Plaza Dr. West Gardiner, ME 04345

 

 

Mugs by Paige Driscoll for The Clever Cup

 

The Center for Maine Craft presents The Clever Cup, an annual exhibition/invitational to MCA members to create one-of-a-kind, extraordinary and beautiful mugs and mug-related objects in the Center Gallery, March 1-April 28, 2019Exhibiting artists include Tracy Adams, Paige Driscoll, Whitney Gill, Tyler Gulden, Jean Hardy, Jon Ho, Brooke Hoerner, Adrian King, Guenola LeFeuvre, Kreg McCune, Allison McKeen, Willy Reddick and Mary K & Jeff Spencer.

Job Opening: Executive Director at The Harlow

 

The Harlow (Kennebec Valley Art Association) is seeking an independent and creative chief executive to lead our member driven, community-based nonprofit and advance our mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community.

For more information visit http://harlowgallery.org

Rumford Artist Wins 2019 Moxie Festival Logo Contest

Brent Bachelder

 

A design created by Rumford artist and teacher Brent Bachelder was selected as the winning logo for the 2019 Moxie Festival.  The artwork consists of four iconic images, all of them with a bottle of Moxie.  DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and a Picasso-esque figure are shown enjoying the distinctively different beverage while the figure from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” wails because his Moxie bottle is empty.  Moxie Festival Curator Julie-Ann Baumer said “the competition for this year’s logo design contest was remarkable.  We had 28 entries and we deliberated for 2 hours.  Bachelder’s work most clearly fit this year’s festival theme ‘Moxie Goes Artsy.’”

Bachelder, originally from Newry, is a visual artist, muralist, and sculptor.  A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Rhode Island College, he was the designer of Providence’s Wickenden Street mural, a city landmark from 1997 until the overpass was demolished in 2010.  Bachelder teaches Art at Meroby Middle School in Mexico and also runs a full service art and design studio in Rumford, Club Neopolsi Creations.  In addition to a $750 cash prize, Bachelder will receive the first 2019 printed T-shirt and may serve as a parade float judge.  But does he like Moxie?  “It’s better than I remember it as a kid,” Bachelder said.  The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July.  Mark your calendars for the 2018 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Upcoming Workshops at The Harlow Gallery

Stacey Anderson

 

Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude

 

Shawna Barnes

 

Spaces are limited, sign-up today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Applications for Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program Now Open

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency announces the opening of the application period for summer 2019 grants on Monhegan Island, Maine. The program provides studio space, comfortable living quarters, a modest stipend, and time for visual artists to reflect on, experiment, or develop their art and ideas while living in an artistically historic and beautiful location.
The application period runs from February 1st through March 17th and is open to all artists with significant ties to the state. There will be two 5-week grants, one in June and another in September; as well as a 2-week grant in July designed for artist-teachers (grades K-12) who work in Maine.

For further information on the application process and past recipients, visit monheganartistsresidency.org and link to Submittable, an online submission service.

The jurors for 2019 applications are photographer Margo Halverson, chair of the graphic design program of the Maine College of Art; the Portland painter and art instructor John Knight; and Rockland-based artist and arts administrator, Leith MacDonald of the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Study Center.

Artists in all visual media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital, video, or other new media are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15th.

Mars Hall Gallery to Celebrate Carl Sublett

The Bennett Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee celebrates the 100th anniversary of Carl Sublett’s birth, (2/4/1919), with a retrospective show. Shown February 1 through March 30.  https://www.knoxtntoday.com/art-reveals-quiet-sense-of-carl-sublett/.
Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate this summer, details to come.

Woman Reading, Carl Sublett

“Woman Reading” was recently sold at Mars Hall Gallery.

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).

https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=15806

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 http://www.rustedpulchritude.com

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 mainecrafts.org 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.”