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CMCA Biennial 2020 to open Oct. 3

CMCA Biennial 2020

The CMCA Biennial 2020 features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. The exhibition will open to the public on Oct. 3 with a virtual reception live streamed to CMCA’s Facebook page from 5 to 7 p.m.

The virtual event will include a live video tour of the exhibition with Biennial artists speaking about their work, as well as comments from the jurors and CMCA staff. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA in Rockland through April 2021 and is sponsored by The Via Agency.

Selected artists were chosen from a pool of more than 500 individual submissions by jurors Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island.

In a statement by the jurors, Johnson-Milewski writes, “I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times of disconnection, isolation and confusion.”

McNamara adds, “With over 500 submissions, the process of looking through the Biennial entries offered us an opportunity to view an incredibly diverse range of art practices reflected in the contemporary art field. I am thrilled with our final selection of work, which reflects some of the hopefulness and re-imagining this particular and historical moment in time calls for.”

This year marks the 22nd edition of the CMCA Biennial, which typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. Dating back to 1978, it is the longest running open juried exhibition in the state.

CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are immensely grateful to The VIA Agency for sponsoring this year’s edition of the CMCA Biennial. It is always a process of discovery to learn the jurors’ selections and to see the breadth of talent by artists connected to Maine.”

The CMCA Biennial 2020 artists and their towns are as follows: Jeffrey Ackerman, Morrill; Henry Austin, Portland; Susan Beallor-Snyder, Southwest Harbor and New York, New York; Fanny Brodar, Kennebunkport; Anne Buckwalter, Portland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Penn Chan, Portland; Ben DeHaan, Portland; Brian Doody, Portland; Jenny McGee Dougherty, South Portland; Norajean Ferris, Portland; Donna Festa, Bangor, Sam Finkelstein, Rockland; Kevin Ford, Portland and Norwalk, Connecticut; Elyse Noelani Grams, Portland; Meg Hahn, Portland; Breehan James, Scarborough; Gregory Jamie, Portland; Tom Jessen, Temple; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Mandy Lamb, Norridgewock; Phil Lonergan, Portland, and Campton, New Hampshire; Hector Nevarez Magaña, Portland; Ashley Normal, York and Nashua, New Hampshire; Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell, Portland, Elijah Ober, South Portland; Aaron Rosenblum, Northport and Louisville, Kentucky; Nicholas J Sevigney, Wells and Holderness, New Hampshire; Susan L. Smith, Dover-Foxcroft; Maia Snow, Portland and Austin, Texas; Benjamin Spalding, Portland; Richard Van Buren, Perry; Jimmy Viera, South Portland; Susan B. Webster, Deer Isle; and Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, Massachusetts.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Archipelago features work by jeweler Judith Barker

Judith Barker

Judith Barker Jewelry is featured at Archipelago. Barker creates artistic, handmade pieces with warmth and character. She is an accomplished jeweler who has exhibited throughout the country in galleries, museum shops, trade shows, and art exhibits since the early 1970s. She designs and creates silver and gold jewelry with a strong influence of the natural world. Textures of bark, lichen, twigs, and rock forms combined with the joyful elements of movement and sound make this jewelry a pleasure to wear. Explore the interesting abstract designs in this elegant jewelry, offered in earrings, bracelets, pendants, and brooches.

Shop Barker’s collection and check out a selection of other items from women artists to treasure and brighten your day at Archipelago, all made in Maine by Maine artists.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

Three exhibits are on view at Caldbeck Gallery

“June Rain,” by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

Through Oct. 10, in an exhibit titled “A Place on the Water: Paintings from Maine 1968-1975,” the Caldbeck Gallery celebrates the early Maine paintings of Nancy Wissemann-Widrig.

Also on exhibit at the gallery is “Do Not Fear,” a body of work of small paintings in oil on panel by Janice Kasper.

“Weskeag March: Low Winter Tide I,” by David Dewey.

The “Evolving Group Show” features, at this time, work by artists Alan Bray, David Dewey, Marsha Donahue, Jeff Epstein, New York, Nancy Glassman, Frederic Kellogg, Jeanne Goodman, K. Min, Barbara Sullivan and Elizabeth Osborne.

Early in the summer of 1968, Wissemann-Widrig moved into the Cushing cottage depicted in the 15 paintings in this show.  She and her husband, the painter John Wissemann, soon spent every summer there, painting and, along with their three children, submersing themselves in the community along the St. George River. The artist found a delight in painting the old-world charm of the cottage’s well-loved rooms, which were occupied by rocking chairs, farm tables, original plumbing and the collection of memorabilia left there by several generations of the families that preceded them. It was the late 1960s. The artist found solace in the cottage. The release from the nation’s political upheaval is captured in the quiet, familiar homeyness of these paintings.

In Maine, Wissemann-Widrig’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and in the Portland Museum of Art, while in New York, galleries included Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Tatischeff Gallery. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1985 and, with her husband, still summers in the cottage, where her work continues to evolve with the times.

“Do Not Fear: Coyote,” by Janice Kasper

Janice Kasper’s solo show is about wildlife, a topic that has been her passion from the beginning. She explains that the paintings in this exhibit are “a series of portraits of animals that people tend to fear or dislike. Although some may pose a danger to humans, we need to understand the importance of their essential role in the cycles of life on our shared planet.”

Various fur-bearing predators, which throughout history have mostly been painted in brutal hunting scenes, are carefully rendered, as if portraying the faces of loved ones. Insects and snakes and leeches are beautifully painted as if they were treasures, which to the artist, they are.

Kasper first showed with the gallery in 1985. Numerous solo shows followed, and her work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Connecticut Archives.

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

New work featured at Art Space Gallery

Art Space Gallery features work by Linda Murray and Margaret Creighton in October, as well as new work by gallery members.

Art Space Gallery, a fine art cooperative owned and operated by Maine artists, is located at 405 Main St., Rockland. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to  2p.m. Sunday. See for more details.

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held Oct. 3


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3.

Participants will join ArtLab Educator Alexis Iammarino in creating mini assemblage sculptures inspired by the CMCA 2020 biennial exhibition.

Following CDC guidelines, the workshop will be offered by reservation with 20 seats available. Stay for the entire workshop or just an hour. The workshop is free of charge, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, email Alexis Iammarino at

Weather permitting, the workshop will take place in the CMCA courtyard. In the case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held indoors with face coverings required and social distancing observed. The workshop will also be streamed live on, for those who prefer to participate virtually.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

It’s time to get cozy at Archipelago

Detail of “Sunshine Series 2,” by Kathleen Perelka.

Fall is here, and the chill in the evening air means that it’s time to think “cozy.”

Archipelago has got you covered with a great selection of everything from beautiful throws and luxe scarves to scented candles and cookbooks. With the seasons changing, it’s the perfect time to practice a little self-care and nourishment, and the store has some wonderful Maine-made items in stock for you to choose from.

Purchases directly support Maine’s artists and makers and its creative economy.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

Summer group show continues at Caldbeck Gallery

Caldbeck Gallery is presenting an evolving exhibition featuring gallery and invited artists throughout the summer.

View the e-catalog at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

Get a signed, limited edition print of Jon Mort’s ‘Island World’

“Island World”

Artist Jon Mort is widely recognized for his startlingly realistic colored pencil and large-scale graphite images. Spending his summers at his studio in Port Clyde, he creates work inspired by the rugged coast, natural beauty and wildlife of Maine.

Captivated by design, Mort received fine art and classics degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and his master’s in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mort has provided a selection of signed, limited-edition prints of his piece “Island World” to support the work of the Island Institute, available at Archipelago.

“I’m humbled to be featured [on the back cover of the 2020 Island Journal] and thrilled by this opportunity to collaborate with an organization committed to sustaining a vibrant Maine coast,” Mort said.

Click here to learn more or purchase this signed, limited edition print.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

Archipelago’s new gallery show celebrates Maine’s working waterfront

“Harvesting Kelp,” by Susan Tobey White.

Join Archipelago in celebrating Maine’s working waterfronts with the new gallery show “20 Miles,” on display through Sept. 27. “20 Miles” features the work of Susan Tobey White and her series “Lobstering Women of Maine,” a collection of paintings and stories highlighting women working on Maine’s waterfronts. Other artists include Abe Goodale, Andre Benoit, Val Aponik and Laurel Averill.

“Maine artists are having important conversations and bringing forth important ideas right now, and this gallery show is a wonderful example of that,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago. “We are proud to feature all of these amazing pieces and share the stories of our working waterfronts and this important piece of Maine culture and livelihood for our islands and coast.”

For centuries, Maine’s working waterfronts have served as the critical connection between communities and the sea. They have helped craft the state’s sense of identity and reflect the bold and determined character of the men and women who work on the water each day. From shipbuilding to shipping and aquaculture to lobstering, these iconic places scattered along Maine’s coast ignite a feeling that connects us to something deeper, connects us to a way of life where one person, a boat, and a place to land it can craft a deep and sustaining connection for their community.

It is estimated that fewer than 20 miles of working waterfront remain along Maine’s more than 5,000-mile coastline, and only 17 percent of these working waterfronts are protected by the state’s Waterfront Access Protection Program. As of 2019, the value of Maine seafood, including aquaculture and wild harvest, was just under $674 million with the total impact on the state’s broader economy extending into the billions of dollars — all of which relies on the Maine’s working waterfronts.

The pieces in “20 Miles” depict the variety of work happening along Maine’s waterfronts through different mediums, including watercolor and pencil, reclaimed wood, acrylic and silk paintings.

Located at 386 Main St. 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 the gallery are open Wednesday through Saturday, fro 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “20 Miles,” visit the gallery page of the website or the Archipelago page on Facebook. For general questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, contact Archipelago director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 207-596-0701.

Jewelry by Lisa Gent featured at Archipelago

Jewelry by Lisa Gent.

Lisa Gent creates jewelry that is both timeless and current.

For 30 years, she has made her home in Cape Elizabeth. Inspired by the natural beauty around her, she strives to create jewelry that is simple yet intriguing and that will stand the test of time. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, in addition to innovative hand forming and forging methods, she cuts, shapes, solders and finishes all of her pieces by hand in her studio. Fine silver and 18k gold are her metals of choice, and many pieces feature faceted gem stones or pearls.

“Jewelry is an extended expression of who we are and what we feel,” she says. “The handcrafted aspect of jewelry breathes life and character into any piece of work. Seeing the marks a jeweler leaves behind reminds us that someone took the time, they had intentions when the piece was being created.”

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.