Archive for Rockland

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

September ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites artists of all ages to create folded paper sculpture in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, September 7, from 2 to 4pm.

Looking to the interactive installation, Dreams Can Come True by artist team Tectonic Industries, ArtLab participants will create folded three-dimensional paper sculpture inspired by the geometric forms and limited color palette used in the exhibition. Then combine your sculpture with creative writing and challenge yourself to compose a set of inspirational instructions or tell a fortune!

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 The Bob Crewe Foundation, The 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.

The Caldbeck Gallery Opens for ‘Seven Photographers’

DIGNITY, SOUTH BEACH, FL 2008 archival pigment print on fine art paper 21 x 15 inches Ni Rong

From September 6 through October 26, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will show the work of photographers John Goodman of Friendship ME/Wellesley MA, Koichiro Kurita ofJapan, Dirk McDonnell of Camden ME, Ni Rong of Rockport ME/Boston MA, Jan Rosenbaum of Rockport ME, Allison V. Smith of Dallas TX, and Todd Watts of Blanchard ME. “SEVEN PHOTOGRAPHERS” includes a selection of work by each of the seven artists. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, September 6, from 5 – 8 pm. 

John Goodman says of his work, “I am drawn to the human body and all of its contradictions, all the while exploring the contest between light and dark, grit and tenderness, and power and grace”. The pieces in this show are from his body of work called “Not Recent”. His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Koichiro Kurita’s new work is called “Walking”. The artist explains, “It’s the smell of the forest that I sense immediately as I walk into the woods. Each season and within it, each time of day, has a different smell. The effect of those fragrances is an emotional and aesthetic experience. By walking in the woods, I create freedom of the spirits through my senses.” The artist recently moved back to his homeland of Japan, after living in the states and working in Maine in the summertime for many years.

Dirk McDonnell’s large black and white photographs chronicle his extensive travels throughout the world. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, the University of New England at Westbrook College, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe NM, the Bravo Center in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Ni Rong’s work almost always includes a human being in it. She says it is because she loves people and loves photographing people. “Just as one could not run away from his or her own shadow, I end up finding myself not able to stop photographing people even though I am terrified of doing so. I think it is about capturing people in their ordinary daily life, that tells something which is honest and true, something uplifting, something with beauty and strength. I seek and photograph those moments that are there, waiting to be captured and revealed to remind us who we are”.

Jan Rosenbaum calls the work in this exhibit, “Mise on Scene”, because he sees these images as if they were a stage setting in a play. He says, “the isolated subjects in these landscapes are the stages, the objects, but they don’t quite enunciate. They portend, but never explain. They pretend to be important, to be spaces worthy of being photographed, worthy of memorialization, even of immortality”. His work is in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Museum, The New Museum, the Evanston Art Gallery, the Wayne State University Art History Library, and in private collections.

Allison V. Smith worked as a photojournalist for 7 newspapers over 15 years. In 2004, she left the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance photography for editorial clients and fine art photography. She began to focus on the landscape and personality of Marfa TX and Rockport ME. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The work in this show is about Texas.

Todd Watts creates wide-ranging, often large-scale, color photographs using both traditional and digital technologies. The two new works in this exhibit are being shown for the first time. The artist’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Museum, Yale Art Gallery, and in Maine, the Portland Museum of Art, and the University of Maine Museum of Art.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. For information, please call the gallery at 207 594 5935, or email

David Driskell : A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance of Portland, invites the public to attend a slide presentation and conversation with renowned artist David Driskell at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on Sunday, September 8 at 4pm.

The illustrated talk, “A Life in Art, Gardening and Material Culture” centers on three of Driskell’s favorite things. One of the most eminent artists of our times, Driskell will be accompanied in conversation with artist and cultural anthropologist Dr. Myron Beasley of Bates College, Lewiston. Tickets to the event are $8 CMCA members; $10 non-members, and may be purchased online at Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited. All proceeds from the event support CMCA and Indigo Arts Alliance.

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American art. He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of African-American artists in America. His paintings and collages reflect his person vision and memory. Marked by the artist’s abiding color sensibilities, his work bears the imprint of a turbulent era, a return to nature, and Driskell’s synthesis of the European, American, and African art forms he knew firsthand.

For additional information about the event, contact CMCA at or call 207-701-5005.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: 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

New Works For Sale at Clarke Gallery

Alex Katz Primrose


Clarke Gallery, 338 Main St. Rockland, has acquired a number of botanical drawings by Alex Katz. These will be for sale and on display beginning August 12th. These drawings were part of the personal collection of Robert and Mary Carswell of New York, having been given to them by the artist.


Bernard Langlais Two Sheep


Another new acquisition is Bernard “Blackie” Langlais’s Two Sheep, 48 x 48 inches, from an important collection in Philadelphia.

ZEN opens at CRAFT Gallery

Clay vessel by Al Scovern


The power of ZEN opens at CRAFT Gallery in mid August.  The gallery has selected four artists to represent the philosophy of ZEN and their use of the  three symbols of the circle, the triangle and the square in fine art and craft. Al Scovern, Daphne Taylor, Tim Van Campen and Dudley Zopp each employ the ZEN symbols in pottery, quilting, printmaking and computer generated art.  Their tools and methods date from ancient times to Tim Van Campen’s computer generated art of the 21rst Century. Potter Al Scovern uses organic materials and forces: clay, chemistry, flame and smoke in the tradition of African and native American pottery, often combining it with his own process of gold glass overlay which cracks upon firing into intricate lacy patterns.  Quilter Daphne Taylor’s “quilt drawings” are meditative and reflective of the profound silence found in her Quaker background and in the traditions of Japanese Sashiko and Shishu embroidery dating back a thousand years. Artist Dudley Zopp uses the circle in “Sun Flower”, one of five of her framed monotypes in the ZEN show that she created for “A Butterfly Careless”, a collaborative limited edition letterpress book of Haiku poems available at CRAFT.  The gallery also presents new work by master clay artist George Pearlman as well as other accomplished and nationally recognized fine art and craft artists working in Maine today.


“Sun Flower” monotype by Dudley Zopp


The gallery will participate in Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks on September 6th and October 4th and is proud to be part of the Art Capital of Maine. ZEN will continue to November 1rst. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Gallery hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday by chance.  FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit

Art Space Gallery to participate in First Friday Art Walk Rockland

Roger Barry, Carved Reliquary


Ann Rhinehardt, Encaustic


Sandra Dunn, Oil


Art Space Gallery to participate in First Friday Art Walk Rockland, Sept 6.