Archive for Rockland

CMCA to Reopen March 23 with New Exhibitions

Jim Nickelson, “Svinafellsjokull, Iceland,” archival pigment print, from the exhibition, Melt Down

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will reopen to the public on Saturday, March 23, with two new exhibitions for the spring season. A reception celebrating the exhibitions will be held that evening from 5 to 7pm, with a gallery talk by artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen preceding the reception at 4pm. The public is invited to attend the reception and gallery talk free of charge.  “Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9; the Kavanaugh and Nguyen installation will remain on view through June 19.

Neil Welliver at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Neil Welliver, Study for Barren with Snow, 1989, Oil in linen, 12″ x 14″

 

Works by Neil Welliver can be viewed at Dowling Walsh Gallery from July 5th, 2019 – July 27th, 2019.

Slab City Rendezvous at Farnsworth Art Museum

Slab City Rendezvous, whose title comes from a 1964 painting by Red Grooms, features the work of a group of young New York-based avant-garde artists who in the years following World War II discovered the pleasures of summering and working in Maine.

Works by Neil Welliver, Rudy Burckhardt, Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, Red Grooms, Mimi Gross, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, and Bernard Langlais, among others.

Showing from April 13 through February 9 2020 at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Connie Hayes, ‘Face Time’ at Dowling Walsh Gallery

 

Please join us for the culmination of our community fundraising project on Saturday, March 2nd from 3-5pm.  Additional donations will be accepted during the event.

ArtLab for All Ages – Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create soft mixed media sculptures and wearable artworks during March’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Drawing inspiration from the work of CMCA Biennial artist, Baxter Koziol, participants will craft small soft sculptures and mini wearable artworks such crowns, masks, buttons or brooches. The project will borrow from the aesthetics of toys, comics, cartoons, and action figures to construct personally symbolic and expressive small objects from felt, fabric, and mixed media. Participants are advised to bring old T-shirts to use as sewing material.

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

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.

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

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 cmcanow.org.

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 cmcanow.org.

 

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, cmcanow.org. 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: svail@cmcanow.org 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 cmcanow.org.