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Famed Photographer William Wegman Creates Limited Edition Print to Benefit MOFGA and CMCA

William Wegman, “Topper,” 30 x 24 inches, limited edition print produced by the artist to benefit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

Famed photographer William Wegman, known worldwide for his witty and strikingly human photographs of his Weimaraners, has created an exclusive limited-edition print to benefit two Maine nonprofits, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). Titled, “Topper,” the 30 x 24 inch print, produced in an edition of 10, pictures Wegman’s dog Topper seated against a coral pink background and wearing a “wig” of curly leaf lettuce. A classic Wegman image, each print is $8,000, and is individually signed and numbered by the artist. The full purchase price of each print directly supports MOFGA and CMCA equally.

William Wegman’s work, which includes photographs, videos, paintings and drawings, has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the recent exhibition “Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An exhibition of his early videos and related drawings, entitled “Reel to Real,” was held at CMCA in Rockland, Maine, in summer 2017.

Wegman, who is 74, first visited Maine as a boy and has been returning ever since, finding much of the inspiration for his work in the time he spends at his home and studio in the Rangeley Lakes.

CMCA executive director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “We are grateful to artist William Wegman and his wife Christine Burgin for this opportunity to partner with MOFGA in offering this wonderful print to benefit both organizations. If you love great art and support a healthy future for Maine communities, this is a meaningful way to contribute.”

MOFGA excutive director, Sarah Alexander, adds, “This generous donation is an exciting way to support both organic argriculture and the arts. We deeply appreciate Bill and Christine’s generous gift and inspiring work.”

The “Topper” prints may be purchased online through CMCA’s website, or by emailing A framed print is available for viewing in the CMCA Shop at 21 Winter Street in Rockland. For additional information, please call 207-701-5005.

Holiday Selections at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Bo Bartlett, Lobster, Gouache on paper, 15″ x 22-1/2″


Tollef Runquist, Dog with Flowers, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″


Cig Harvey, Scout with Reflections, Rockport, Maine, 2016, Chromogenic Color Print, 40″ x 40″

Holiday Selections at Dowling Walsh Gallery showcased from November 20 – January 1.

CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition Opens November 3

Julie K. Gray, “Waiting Room,” mixed media installation

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will open the 20th edition of its statewide CMCA Biennial Exhibition on November 3, 2018, with an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The Biennial will remain on view through March 3, 2019. This year’s Biennial is sponsored by The First National Bank and features the work of 43 artists from 33 Maine communities. The exhibiting artists were selected from a pool of 659 individual submissions by jurors Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy states, “This year’s Biennial is a really lively snapshot of art making in Maine today, showcasing a wide variety of work in all mediums including strong examples of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, installations, and video work. There is truly something for everyone in the show and I think visitors will be impressed by the quality and diversity of the work.”

Eleanor Kipping, “Strange Fruit,” installation and performance

In the jurors’ statement, Kate Green writes, “The over 600 submissions to the CMCA Biennial evidenced the breadth of contemporary practices flourishing across the state, while also reflecting elements that make Maine unique: the sea, the wilderness, craft. Having spent part of every summer of my life in Maine, I feel privileged to have gotten to know the strength of its artists through this jurying process.”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

Adam Ekberg, “Lawn Chair Catapult,” archival pigment print

Artists included in the 2018 CMCA Biennial Exhibition are: Freedom Baird, Tenants Harbor and Cambridge, MA; Tad Beck, Vinalhaven; Mattina Blue, Belfast; Amy Stacey Curtis, Lyman; Alicia Eggert, Portland and Denton, TX; Adam Ekberg, Rome and Flemington, NJ; Donna Festa, Bangor; Alan Fishman, Belfast; Thomas Flanagan, Yarmouth; Carolina González Valencia​, Lewiston; Julie K. Gray, Saco; Sarah Haskell, York; Willoughby Lucas Hastings, Cranberry Isles and Brighton, MA; Dylan Hausthor, Peaks Island; Ethan Hayes-Chute, Freeport and Berlin, Germany; Anna Hepler, Eastport and Greenfield, MA; Hilary Irons, Portland; Samantha Jones, Blue Hill; Eleanor Kipping, Orono; Seth Koen, South Bristol and Easthampton, MA; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Siglinde Langholz, Orono and Puebla, Mexico; Alex Lukas, West Bath and Pittsburgh, PA; LumenARRT!, Durham; Shanna Merola, Bangor and Hamtramck, MI;  K. Min, Friendship; Elaine K. Ng, Rockland; Ashley Normal, York; Isabelle O’Donnell, Portland; Julie Poitras Santos, Portland; Jesse Potts , Farmington; Probably Joel, Portland and Hong Kong, China; Alison Rector, Monroe and South Portland; Becky Jane Rosen, Brunswick and New York, NY; Rachel Sieben, South Portland; Gina Siepel, Portland and Greenfield, MA; Anneli Skaar and Sal Taylor Kydd, Camden and Rockport; Suzy Spence, Brooklin and Brooklyn, NY; Tectonic Industries, Portland; TUG Collective, New Sharon; Kathy Weinberg, Morrill; Michael Winkler, Bridgton and Millerton, NY; Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, MA.

For additional information about the CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition and related programs, visit

ArtLab for All Ages

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making on view in the 2018 Biennial Exhibition during November’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will wade into the creative depths explored by the 43 Biennial artists, working in response to prompts with words and pictures. Following the workshop, participants are invited to stay for the Biennial opening reception from 5 to 7pm.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, NLT Foundation, and individual donors.

CRAFT Gallery Extends “Erasing the Line” Show

Morris Dorenfeld in his studio during the 2018 CRAFT artist studio tours

In marking the occasion of the 2018 Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, CRAFT Gallery is extending its last show of the season ”Erasing the Line between Fine Art and Craft”, currently showing the newest work of weaver Morris Dorenfeld and sculptor Lynn Duryea, winners of the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Dorenfeld weaves on a vertical tapestry loom, beating down the wool yarn weft by hand, a patient and time-consuming endeavor, to create work that is strong in design, composition and especially bold color. Dorenfeld’s  studio  was part of CRAFT’s successful first year of its Studio Tours Program featuring private visits to CRAFT artist studios to observe them at work. Sculptor Lynn Duryea, a founding trustee of Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, exhibits six minimal structures, architectural in form, in terracotta and dry glaze. This year  the gallery has also exhibited work of past winners of the 2014 CMCA Biennial: Meryl Ruth, Daphne Taylor and Sharon Townshend. These winners are testimony to  the recognition of the handcrafted object as a serious work of fine art.

CRAFT Gallery will close for the season on November 10th and reopen in late May 2019.  Winter months will be spent discovering new emerging Maine fine craft artists and curating the 2019 shows of handcrafted objects in various mediums interacting with one another in the intimate setting of a vintage carriage house. The gallery will continue to offer craft artists’ studio visits to enrich the experiences of craft lovers and collectors. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland ME. FMI 207 594 0167

Art Space Gallery Showcases Autumn Themed Works

Painting by Jean Byrd

Art Space Gallery welcomes the public to our November Opening showcasing artworks with an Autumn theme November 2nd, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of our artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, we’ll have the customary refreshments.

Come see what we’ve created to celebrate the changing seasons.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features seventeen artists who work in various media and genres. November gallery hours are Friday and Saturdays from 11AM to 4 PM. We are also open by appointment. Visit our website for more information at

John Bisbee: American Steel Gallery Talk at CMCA


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a conversation and book signing with artist John Bisbee on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The event celebrates the release of the exhibition catalog, American Steel, and serves as a closing reception for the final weekend of the exhibition.

Art critic Carl Little, writing about American Steel in the online arts publication, Hyperallergic, states: “There’s something homegrown, authentic and tough about this artist—a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the village blacksmith. With American Steel, Bisbee has brought a new voice to his art, one, in his words, that ‘summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor.’ He calls American Steel ‘an aggressive spectacle,’ his ‘patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.’ It’s all that and then some. Excuse the pun: Bisbee has nailed it.”



Accompanying the exhibition, and available for purchase and signing by the artist at the reception on October 13, is the newly released 64-page, fully illustrated, 11×11 inch, hardcover catalog. The publication includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and an essay by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. The catalog has been designed by Maeve O’Regan, with photography by Andrew Estey. It was printed in Lewiston by Penmor Lithographers.

Constructed entirely from nails, by hand, John Bisbee’s sculptures draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. Made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds, each nail expresses the idea of things joined together.

John Bisbee: American Steel is on view at CMCA in Rockland through October 14, 2018. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, John and Linda Coleman, the Lucas Kaempfer Foundation, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit

“Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” Opens at CRAFT Gallery

Lidded Vessel by Paul Heroux

On October 5, CRAFT Gallery opens its final show of the 2018 season with “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” in celebration of October’s National Craft Month, the show will run through November 7. It is a group show of work by Maine masters Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Paul Heroux, Sara Hotchkiss, Lissa Hunter, David Jacobson, Jan Owen, George Pearlman, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp. These fine artists use craft materials and techniques to create their art. They demonstrate aesthetic, technical and material diversity, from age-old traditions to current technology. The techniques and materials range from drawing and painting, weaving, basketry, sculpture, glass blowing, porcelain, terra-cotta and wood.

Terra-cotta Sculpture by Lynn Duryea




Rag Rug by Sara Hotchkiss



     Paul Heroux, maker of vessels, uses modern laser techniques to create surface decoration, using the ceramic vessel as a 3-dimensional painting surface referencing landscape, plant life and other ever-evolving subjects that interest him. Lynn Duryea, another ceramic artist, takes a structural approach, using construction and assembly techniques to build minimal geometric shapes with terracotta slabs and unadorned surface techniques with dry glazes in soft mellow tones. The results are simple, expressive and echo architectural forms of the past. Rug weaver Sara Hotchkiss borrows from the the rug tradition of hand manipulated tapestry technique, incorporating star, leaf, heart, flower and diamond motifs, combining the color fields of rag rugs with geometric tapestry techniques. All of the group are award winning artists who are collected nationally by major art institutions. Many of the artists will be present during the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of October 5th. The show will continue until November 7th when CRAFT closes for the season. CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm St. Rockland, ME 04841. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit

ArtLab for All Ages at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

October ArtLab for All Ages: Cartooning and Character Design


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own cartooning and character-designing tools during October’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will learn creative ways to develop characters and cartoons. Different comic templates will be provided and there will be collaborative drawing games to help everyone invent their own original characters.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, and individual donors.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

First Friday Art Walk In Rockland

Rockland’s Final Art Walk for 2018 will be on Friday, 5 October from 5-8pm.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Black Hole, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Art Space, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, Craft Gallery, The Gautschi Center, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer & The Jonathan Frost Gallery.

This month Art Space will be showcasing the work of Janalee Welch,  Obrianna Vine, and Melissa Post van der Burg.  Obrianna Cornelius’s soft and simple watercolors will warm your heart as the weather begins to grow cold. She is known for her vivid colors and bold brushstrokes. Simplifying the details, she creates calm and harmonious paintings that are refreshing to view.  Melissa Post van der Burg’s oil paintings depict the everyday people and places of Maine. Her work is fresh and vibrant, bold and lifelike, drawing attention from across the room.  Janalee Welch will show some of her favorite pastel paintings. Janalee’s love of vivid color, the autumn palette, fresh greens of spring, and the striking contrast of strong light and deep shadow are evident in her work.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new show: Maine and the Index of American Design. There will be a barbershop quartet and a book signing for the new catalog.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be exhibiting Libbey Seigars of Whitefield Pottery and the Women Painters of Midcoast Maine & Friends are exhibiting their nature-based art.

The Strand Theatre will have a screening of “BlacKkKlansman” at 5:30pm, and their Music on Screen Series film “Two Trains Runnin’”  at 8pm.

CRAFT Galley opens “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” to celebrate National Craft Month, showing ten award winning major master fine craft artists woking in Maine today.

Yvette Torres Fine Art presents a group of artists whose work depicts the injustice and consequences of war, genocide and the resulting plight of refugees, included are, Samuel Gelber, James Graham, Frances Kidder, Cynthia Motian McGuril, Winslow Myers, Elaine Schmitt Urbain and John Urbain. SPECIAL EVENT, on Sunday, October 7 at 3pm, artist, author and activist, Winslow Myers will do a presentation titled “All Good Art is Protest Art”.  Winslow Myers interests have been divided Between painting, teaching and citizen activism.

For the last art walk, The Gautschi Center have booked Windfern Ensemble for a performance in the courtyard.

Stanhope & Spencer will be open and hosting a reception for film and gelatin print photographer John Layton

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing a wide range of work by gallery artists.