Archive for Rockland

Dowling Walsh Gallery Hosts a Performative Drawing Project by Connie Hayes


Connie Hayes, Nick Ruffin, 2019, Graphite on paper, 13″ x 9 1/2″

For the months of January and February, Connie Hayes will draw one hundred portraits at Dowling Walsh Gallery of people from a cross section of the community. This performative drawing project will create a visual dialogue and representation of our area through the artist’s work. Each drawing is available for $100, with one hundred percent of the proceeds gifted to an organization chosen by the subject of the drawing.

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Biennial Artist Eleanor Kipping Performs at CMCA

Artist Eleanor Kipping performs her piece, Strange Fruit.


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to join artist Eleanor Kipping for a performance in conjunction with her installation, Strange Fruit, on view in the CMCA Biennial. The performance will take place on Sunday, January 27, at 3pm. The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission.

Referencing pop culture iconography and American history, Kipping’s work addresses the Black female experience, taking pause to reflect on sexuality, physicality, and the knowledge of The Other. Kipping encourages community engagement, asking the viewer to examine intra/interracial terrains in their own lives and regions. Strange Fruit serves as both installation and performance space, and explores the relationship between historical and contemporary political race relations in the United States.

During the performance, the artist sits in the white rocking chair at the center of the installation. She mourns, celebrates, and muses while humming, singing, and reciting prose, lyrics, and notes from a small book. The book remains in the space for the audience to experience or recite from after the performance. The installation serves as an altar, a mythological Ancestral plain, or even a shrine.

Kipping received a Bachelor of Science from the New England School of Communication and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maine.

The CMCA Biennial is on view through March 3, 2019. Support for the Biennial is provided by First National Bank. For more information, visit

CMCA Closed Temporarily For Repairs

CMCA’s Biennial Exhibition in the Bruce Brown Gallery. A virtual tour of the exhibition is available for viewing online at


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces that it will be closed temporarily for repairs following a break in the water main that occurred inside the building in the early morning hours on Saturday, January 19.

CMCA is pleased to report that no works of art were damaged in the event. All artwork on display have been moved to the Starfire climate-controlled art storage facility in Rockland. CMCA expresses its deep gratitude to Jake Dowling and the crews of Dowling Walsh Gallery and Starfire for their professionalism and assistance in the prompt movement and storage of the art.

Early on Saturday morning, first responders were alerted of the situation following a report of water flowing from the building. Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director, acknowledged the speed and expertise of the Rockland Fire Department and Emergency Services. “Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli and the Rockland Fire Department moved quickly to limit the damage and secure the museum so that we could safely remove the artwork and begin the process of cleaning up.”

McAvoy also thanks Cold Mountain Builders, Central Maine Power, Hedstrom Electric, ELCO Electric, Thayer Corporation, Maine Water, Norris A. Preble, and Superior Restoration Services for their efforts to immediately begin repairs. “Thanks to the speed of everyone’s responsiveness, the water was cleared from the building and the heating and electrical systems were back up and running within hours.”

Additionally, McAvoy thanks the community for coming together to support CMCA during the incident. “I am grateful to everyone who stopped by to offer their assistance and help. I especially thank Joanne Billington of Allen Insurance and Financial for her support and guidance, and Jen Rockwell at Main Street Markets for delivering food and beverages for the workers. The true quality of Rockland’s community spirit was visible today. We are grateful to call this town home.”

CMCA will be closed temporarily while repairs are made. Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing notes, “We will continue to keep our members and the public abreast of the situation. In the meantime, the Biennial Exhibition continues to be available for viewing through the 3D Virtual Tour on our website, We encourage folks to utilize the 3D Virtual Tour while the museum is closed and we extend a sincere thank you to our supporters who made this opportunity possible.”

For more information, please contact Sam Vail, Director of Development and Marketing: or 207-322-8190.

ArtLab for All Ages – February 2, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to construct freestanding sculptures with wood and paint during February’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 2, from 2 to 4pm. Looking to Anna Hepler‘s sculpture in the courtyard, participants will fashion their own in-the-round structures by combining found shapes and wooden forms into pieces that activate the space around them.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, and individual donors.

Biennial Artists Present Their “Art Crushes” at CMCA

Tad Beck “Bicycle Crash 10”


Back by popular demand, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is offering its lively and thought-provoking lecture series, Who Do You Love? in conjunction with this year’s Biennial Exhibition.

The third iteration of the series takes place on Sunday, January 6, at 3pm, and features Biennial artists Tad Beck (Vinalhaven, ME), Seth Koen (South Bristol, ME + Easthampton, MA), and Gina Siepel (Portland, ME + Greenfield, MA)

The Who Do You Love? format asks each artist to share their most important “art crushes” with the audience. Each artist presents three works of art by other artists that they love, and tells why. In this way, the audience is introduced to a wide range of art and gains insight into how artists take inspiration from the work of other artists, and how deep looking informs their own work. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The “Who Do You Love?” lecture series is free with admission. Video recordings of the series are available on Vimeo and the CMCA website.

The CMCA Biennial is on view through March 3, 2019. Support for the Biennial is provided by First National Bank. For more information, visit

CRAFT Gallery Artists Receive Maine Arts Commission Grants

CRAFT artist Jan Owen in her Belfast Studio


Two CRAFT Gallery artists are this year’s recipients of Maine Arts Fellowships awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. They are Jan Owen of Belfast, for Craft Arts, and Lynn Duryea of Deer Isle, for the Belvedere Handcraft Award.  Each artist receives $5000 in recognition of artistic excellence.  CRAFT Gallery congratulates these two fine artists and is honored to show their work. The gallery offers work of the many other distinguished and award winning fine craft artists working in Maine today.  Now closed for the season, the winter will be spent planning new shows and researching new emerging talent to introduce to lovers and collectors of fine craft.  CRAFT Gallery reopens in late May 2019 in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland.  FMI visit  or email

Caldbeck Presents ‘Back to Nature’

GHOST, 2013 casein on panel 20 x 24 inches ALAN BRAY

Caldbeck presents ‘Back to Nature.’ A group show featuring the following artists:

Anne Alexander, Elizabeth Awalt, Katherine Bradford, Alan Bray, Lise Becu, Sam Cady, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, Jeff Epstein, Melanie Essex, Kathleen Florance, Maggie Foskett (Brasilian-American 1919-2014), Nancy Glassmann, Jeanne Goodman, Bayard Hollins, Janice Kasper, Frederic Kellogg, Koichiro Kurita, Jill Madden, Kristin Malin, K. Min, Kayla Mohammadi, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Chris Osgood, Dennis Pinette, Michael Reece, Barbara Sullivan, Todd Watts, Anne Weber (Am. 1929-2005), Susan Williams and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

ArtLab for All Ages – January 5, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to discover the infinite possibilities of textiles, fibers, and fabric collage during January’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, January 5, from 2 to 4pm. Looking to the works of Biennial exhibition artists Baxter KoziolWilloughby Lukas Hastings and Isabelle O’Donnell, participants will experiment with craft techniques such as sewing and assemblage to explore symbol, design, and narrative.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, and individual donors.


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.