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J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

Robert Carsten : June 12-14, 2020 Cost $375

Michael Latala: Portrait July 10-12 2020 Cost $425  Landscape July 14,15 2020 Cost $285

Doug Dawson: Sept. 28-30, 2020 Cost $425

Life Drawing 1pm to 3pm every Saturday in February Cost $15 each class


Jerri Whitman 207-779-6277

900 Gardiner Rd Dresden, ME 04342

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents ‘The Mid-Winter Valentine’s Day Show’


The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents: The Mid-Winter Valentine’s Day Show. An annual party where you keep your coat on, and maybe your hat – It’s on Valentines Day this year! – Featuring the artworks of Louise Bourne, Jenny Brillhart, Molly Blake, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Cynthia Winings and Goody-B. Wiseman!  

Evening Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:00 – 8PM. 



Warm Your Heart And Soul! – There will be Refreshments and Good Company, too. DRESS WARMLY. Everyone is Welcome!


Maine Crafts Association Announces Additional Opportunities for Fine Craft Exhibitors

New in 2020, the Maine Crafts Association is managing four fine craft shows previously managed by the Maine Crafts Guild. MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows have a different application process from the Portland Fine Craft Show.

To participate in the four MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows, artists must be juried members of the MCA Guild Level Membership. Maine craft artists may apply now for this membership level and once approved may register for shows (beginning Feb 1st).

Application Process for the 2020 Monhegan Artists’ Residency Now Open

Maine visual artists are invited to apply for the 2020 summer season residencies on Monhegan Island.  This year there are two openings:  a two-week residency for art teachers from June 27th – July 10th and a five-week residency from September 5th through October 10th  open to artists working in all media.  Applicants should consult the MARC website: for detailed information about the program and send their applications through Submittable, the on-line, art service, at:

This year’s jurors will be the noted Maine landscape artist, Dennis Pinette, who is represented by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland; painter and graphic artist Tessa O’Brien, co-founder of the Portland Mural Initiative and gallery director at Able Baker Contemporary in Portland; and new MARC board member, Mott Feibusch, who holds a degree in Crafts/Woodworking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is also currently the First Assessor on Monhegan and co-owner of Monhegan Coffee Roasters.

The application deadline is March 15th.

Apply to the 6th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

The online application is open now for the Sixth Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, a one-day outdoor show on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in the Portland Arts District. The juried show will feature 90+ juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting baskets, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England and Portland arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, guilds and schools by special invitation, and sponsor booths. Application deadline is January 31, 2020.


Nancy Davidson, Curator-in-Residence, Maine Jewish Museum

Gabriel Frey, Artist, 2019 Craft Apprentice Program Master

Tara Gardner, Retail Operations Manager, CMCA


Free Street Parking Lot (next to the Children’s Museum)

Annual Celebration, Artist Market & FUNdraiser @ Tandem Glass

We hope to see you this December 7th and 14th for this annual (& free!) holiday event featuring glass blowing demonstrations, live music and delicious food. The Tandem Glass showroom is fully stocked with Tandem’s handblown glass and hosts guest exhibitors in an artist market – offering handmade gifts from jewelers, printmakers, ceramic artists, woodworkers, painters, bookmakers, fiber artists and more.

The event benefits the Maine Crafts Association, supporting MCA educational programming and ongoing initiatives! 

Tandem Glass is located at 6 Eagle Lodge Lane, Dresden, Maine

Pemaquid Artists Donate Portland Museum Pass to Skidompha

The Pemaquid Group of Artists presents a check for renewal of a community museum pass to the Portland Museum of Art. Pictured are: Anne Jackson, Patron and Vice President of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, and Matthew Graff, Director of the Skidompha Library.

Members of the community can once again borrow a pass to the Portland Art Museum at the Skidompha Library thanks to a donation from the Pemaquid Group of Artists.  As in past years, the artists group has funded a full year of opportunities to visit the Portland museum at no cost.

The library is the custodian of the pass.  Only one pass is issued per day. The pass admits 2 adults and up to 6 children for free.  Persons wanting to go should reserve their day as far in advance as possible by calling the library at 563-5513.  It is important to note that the pass is open to anyone in the community. You do not have to be a library patron to use the pass.  All are welcome to reserve and use the pass.

Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Artists Group, which funds financial aid to local organizations and schools through commissions, membership fees and donations.  In addition to the museum pass, this year the group has provided monetary gifts for art supplies to Lincoln Academy, Great Salt Bay, South Bristol, Bristol Consolidated Schools, and also Healthy Kids and Coastal Kids.

The Pemaquid Group of Artist Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Point and is open seasonally from Memorial Day through mid-October.  The artists, including both regionally and nationally known artists, are all local area residents and are juried into gallery membership

Ashley Bryan’s Memoir “Infinite Hope” Available October 15

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

For four decades, Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ashley Bryan kept his military experiences in World War II a secret. The author and illustrator of children’s books such as Freedom over Me and  Can’t Scare Me, was 19 when the U.S. Army drafted him. Pulled from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Bryan encountered something entirely foreign to him: segregation. “The sky, the sunlight–they enclosed us all equally. But the United State’s policy of segregation… separated white people from Black people. While I had experienced prejudice in my lifetime… I had never experienced segregation before.” 

Infinite Hope is Bryan’s account of the war and the people, art and determination that carried him through. Bryan’s tour of duty started as part of the army’s all-black 502nd Port Battalion, where “we were given training in automatically responding to orders and in acting as a group… it bored me terribly. To survive this boredom, I drew and drew….” Bryan wasn’t mechanically inclined–it wasn’t long before his comrades were doing his work and shooing him off to read or draw.

When the battalion was deployed overseas, they found acceptance and equality in places like Belgium and Scotland (where Bryan even had the opportunity to study at the Glasgow School of Art). No amount of kindness from the Scottish, however, could soothe the atrocities the black soldiers faced on the beaches of Normandy. “Black soldiers were ordered to use their mess forks to probe sand for anti-personnel bombs…. The fallen soldiers were buried in temporary mass graves, and it was again the Black quartermaster soldiers who were assigned this grim task…. Black soldiers were often removed first; the news media there did not want to show Blacks in their newsreels.”

Despite the threat of death and the ugliness of racism, Bryan explains, “What gave me faith and direction was my art. In my knapsack, in my gas mask, I kept paper, pens, and pencils…. It was the only way to keep my humanity.” Just as creating the art was an escape for Bryan, viewing it in Infinite Hope is an escape for the reader. Sketches and paintings he mailed home enrich this autobiography and show the depth of its subject.

Juxtaposing the historical photographs with Bryan’s work contributes to the reader’s understanding of both the artist’s perspective and his wartime experiences. And letters he wrote home to his friend Eva offer personal glimpses into his wartime thoughts and feelings. All together, these elements create a striking exhibition of a master artist and national treasure. Infinite Hope is a must for every library, public and personal. Whether readers enjoy history, literature or art, this book captures the intersection of them all in the life of a man who has made a lasting impression on the world. — Jen Forbus , freelancer

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

The 3rd Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 5-6, 2019) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association statewide celebration of craft and American Craft Week. Ellsworth will once again be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a destination for cultural activities in Downeast Maine. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit three craft hubs at Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street, SevenArts @ 192 Main Street and a new offering this year; a Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street. 

Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street: Ken and Linda Perrin will demonstrate their glassblowing craft to the public, while creating a hub of fine arts activities. Along with the pottery, weaving, and jewelry demonstrations you can watch the Atlantic Art Glass team create blown glass pumpkins. The studio of Atlantic Art Glass will be turned into a “glass pumpkin patch” as the molten glass is pulled from the furnace, blown and hand formed on the end of a blowpipe. The glass pumpkin patch is for visitors of all ages.

SevenArts @ 192 Main Street: In addition to their vast selection of handmade work for sale, this local artisan gallery will offer workshops – Gold leafing with Wendilee Heath O’Brien is Sat. October 5 from 1-3pm and on Sun. October 6 from 10am-3pm Anna Pazereckas will teach adults and children how to sew their own headband. There is a $5 fee for materials.

Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street: New in 2019,this hub will offer demos in metal, clay, fiber and wood. Additionally, a craft show willoffer a marketplace to purchase handmade work, while an open makerspace will provide a place for community members to work on unfinished projects and learn new techniques from each other. This hub is made possible with a generous grant from the Belvedere Traditional Handcraft Fund via the Maine Community Foundation.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee says, “We are incredibly excited to add a Community Craft Hub to the event’s offerings this year. The hub will be a vibrant space on Main Street filled with opportunities to learn about processes, purchase handmade work and get hands-on experience from fellow community members.”  She continued, “These experiences are sure to forge new connections and spark interest in the value of handmade in our lives.”

In addition to the three craft hubs, Fogtown Brewing Company will also be a hub of activity offering live music with their 2019 Musicians in Residence, Shirt Tail Kin at 7pm Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Pottery demos, a brewery tour and a songwriter’s workshop are all on tap for Saturday, October 5.

 Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries, breweries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and a community craft show. 

Full event calendar is available at: For more information, please email:


Art Space Gallery Hosts Artists Reception at First Friday

Art Space Gallery, located at 405 Main St in Rockland, invites the public to “Arts in Rockland” First Friday art walk, 5-8 p.m. on July 5 for wine, refreshments and to meet our artists. Featured are the works of Laurie Bellmore, Mary Beth Morrison, Joan Wright and Janalee Welch.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore, from mid-coast Maine reflects her passion for seafaring and farming communities in her silverwork, vitreous enamel jewelry, watercolor and acrylic coastal scenes. Mary Beth Morrison, from New Sharon paints in soft pastels the impression and texture of places she has seen and loved in Maine’s great land and seascapes. Photographer Joan Wright captures water images, unique, unexpected and spiritual, such as fish weirs stunningly brought into relief in varied lights. Janalee Welch of Belfast, presents her fresh passion for printmaking, where she records her love of nature in monoprint and linocut.