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December ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the current exhibition, Temporality: The Process of Time to create their own original works of art during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4pm.

In this first in a series of ArtLab workshops related to the Temporality exhibition, participants will look to the trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” works of artist Carly Glovinski, then be prompted to create small mixed media pieces based on the intricate patterning found in everyday woven textiles and unexpected surfaces.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

Archipelago Hosts Artist and Member Appreciation Party

Archipelago in Rockland is celebrating their members, artists, and makers this holiday season. Join in for an afternoon of food, fun, and special discounts just for you. 

This is a special, free event for Island Institute members and supporters, their families, and Archipelago artists & makers. 


Archipelago Offers Tips and Tools for Artists and Makers

Archipelago is encouraging you to take this seasonal transition to refresh on resources from the 2019 Artists and Makers Conference, as well as a recent Artisans Who Wholesale podcast featuring Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze on the “Do’s and Don’ts from a Seasoned Buyer and Artist.”

Take some time to look at and listen to the tips and tools included in these pieces as you rebuild your creative juices in the coming months.


Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze

visit to listen to the podcast featuring Lisa Mossel Vietze.


2019 Artists & Makers Conference

visit for resources from the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference.

ArtSpace Gallery Presents ‘Home and Family’

Mary Beth Morrison, Skiing With The Dogs, Acrylic on Cradled Board

Art Space Gallery, in Rockland will be hanging an array of new work by our members for the show, Home and Family. Please stop by during November and December to see what our artists have created.

John Wood, Tulips, Watercolor

Also be sure to visit our Gift Nook where you will find small artworks and fine crafts also made by our artists, all great for gift giving during the holiday season.

Lara Max, Ringing Bowl in Snowshoe Pattern

November ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the change in season during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, November 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Participants will celebrate the colors and textures of autumn in a series of painting exercises, resulting in images of trees, leaves, and clouds. Bring your own natural objects to reference or weather permitting, try your hand at sketching en plein air. Take notice of the changing light and magnificent colors of the trees.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

CMCA names Martha Jones as new Board Chair


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has appointed Martha Jones, a seasoned non-profit leader and South Thomaston resident, as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Martha “Marty” Jones brings to the position more than 40 years experience as a leader in cultural and non-profit management. In 1982, Jones was one of the founders of the Tony award-winning Huntington Theatre Company. From 1996 to 2011, she served as both General Manager and President of the Celebrity Series of Boston. As a professional consultant, Jones specializes in strategic planning, fundraising counsel, organizational assessment, executive coaching, and board governance.

“Marty brings an array of leadership skills and tools to the role of Board Chair,” says Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “Since joining the Board in 2014, Marty has been a devoted supporter and instrumental in strengthening Board governance. I welcome the opportunity to work with her and the other trustees as we enter the next exciting phase of CMCA’s future.”

Jones previously served as Vice Chair of the Board. She succeeds Karen Brace, a former businesswoman and Camden resident, as Board Chair. Brace finishes her term after leading CMCA through an exceptional period of strategic planning and financial growth.

“Marty Jones is the right person to build upon the momentum of success the CMCA team has worked to achieve,” said Brace. “I am so grateful to the Board, Suzette, and the staff for their ongoing commitment and support during my tenure as Chair, and I look forward to continuing in new roles on the Board.”

Jones takes on the position eager to help write the next chapter of CMCA’s history. With the organization entering its fourth year in its state-of-the-art facility in downtown Rockland, Jones is impressed by the widening recognition of CMCA through the quality of its exhibitions and educational programming.

“It is, indeed, an honor and privilege to be named Board Chair of CMCA,” said Jones. “Having worked closely with Karen Brace, the entire board, staff and volunteers over the past five years, I am excited to lend my expertise in board development and operations as we continue to build upon CMCA’s tremendous growth and acclaim achieved under Karen’s leadership and that of Executive Director, Suzette McAvoy.”

Looking forward, Jones is excited to help CMCA expand its ability to service its mission on a statewide level. “We have before us a wealth of opportunities for expanding our mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine and extending our reach into the community, and my goal is to build upon current resources to make this happen.”

Archipelago Opens for “Maine Life”

“Maine Coastal Village” by William Hallett

Archipelago introduces its new fall and winter gallery show, “Maine Life,” on Friday, October 4 with a special opening reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. This show exhibits art that reflects life in Maine and adds beautiful craft and design elements to our living spaces, and features splashes of color, rich landscape scenes, textiles, and stained glass home decor.

“Night Wonders” by Linden O’Ryan

New to Archipelago are Hillary Hutton’s handwoven rugs with eye-catching designs, William Hallett’s vibrant interpretations of coastal Maine scenes, and cement tile reliefs by Betty Heselton. Archipelago favorites also on exhibit include Kathleen Buchanan’s collagraphs, Linden O’Ryan’s watercolors, Leecia Price’s encaustic and cold wax pieces, Richard MacDonald’s stained glass sconces and mirrors, and Rocky Mann’s saggar pottery.

Pottery Piece by Rocky Mann

“Forest Fox” by Kathleen Buchanan

Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Both the store and gallery are currently open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CRAFT Opens for “Curator’s Choice”

“Slice of Life”, charcoal drawing by Lissa Hunter

“Curator’s Choice” opens at CRAFT Gallery, finishing the 2019 season with a selection of the finest work by gallery artists. Included are select pieces from the ZEN show and new work chosen by CRAFT owner and curator Barbara Michelena. Her choices are based on visual beauty, spiritual uplift and excellence of craftsmanship. 

Included in the show is “Slice of Life” a charcoal drawing by Lissa Hunter recently exhibited in her curated “Darkness and the Light” show at ICA in Portland. It embodies the experience of living, tracing the fading of light as a metaphor for life’s journey. 

Lynn Duryea, Joe Hemes and Jan Owen, whose work is in the “Darkness and the Light “ show  are also in “Curator’s Choice”. Tim Van Campen’s “Moon”, a computer generated panel on aluminum illustrates stillness, meditation and the power the artist has in expressing the spirit of Zen philosophy.

The October 4th opening coincides with Maine Craft Weekend, American Craft Week and Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit CRAFT Gallery is proud to be part of Rockland, the Art Capital of Maine.

Art Space Gallery Opens for “Fall Colors”

“Blueberry Track” Mary Beth Morrison pastel

Art Space Gallery invites the public to Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk on October 4th, from 5-8pm. A member show, “Fall Colors,” is featured in the front gallery. Join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. Our Gift Nook has small artworks and fine crafts, cards and other items made by our artists.

“Peace Meal Farm“ John Wood oil

Art Space Gallery at 405 Main Street in Rockland features art and fine craft by fourteen artists in various media. October hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Visit or like us on Facebook.

Sunday Salon with Tectonic Industries at CMCA

Sunday Salon | Tectonic Industries

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites the public to attend a Sunday Salon gallery talk on September 22 at 3pm with exhibiting artists Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow of Tectonic Industries. The artist duo will share the inspirations and process behind their interactive installation, “Dreams Can Come True (if it’s not working for you, you’re not doing it right).”

Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and British artist Helen Stringfellow met while pursuing MFA degrees in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recognizing overlaps in ideals and approaches to art making, they began collaborating in 1999. They moved from Europe to the United States in 2001, and were based in Minneapolis for eleven years. After living in Auckland, New Zealand for sixteen months, they moved back to the U.S. in January 2014 and now live and work in Portland, ME.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE installation view

Presenting their work as Tectonic Industries, they have exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific. Their work often examines the artifice inherent with the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture. Balancing wry humor with philosophical reflection, their installation “Dreams Can Come True” examines the impossibility of our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor of self-improvement. 

Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. For more information, please visit