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Roberta Smith to Present CMCA Distinguished Lecture in July

Roberta Smith, by Marco Grob


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic at The New York Times will present its annual Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The lecture will take place at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland. A reception will immediately follow the talk at CMCA. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase through CMCA beginning June 1.

One of the most highly regarded commentators on art in the world, Roberta Smith regularly reviews museum exhibitions, art fairs, and gallery shows in New York, North America, and abroad. Since joining The Times in 1991, she has written on Western and non-Western art from the pre-historic to the contemporary eras. She sees her main responsibility as “getting people out of the house,” making them curious enough to go see the art she covers.

Born in New York City and raised in Kansas, Ms. Smith is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa. Before coming to The Times she wrote for the Village Voice. In 2003, she received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. In 2019, she was presented a lifetime achievement award from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, an organization based in Portland, Maine, that gives grants and awards for arts journalism.

In making the award, the Rabkin Foundation noted, “Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and much more. Across many traditional boundaries, she has offered a frank, lovingly detailed assessment of new art and artists to her expansive readership. Hers is a voice listened to by millions of readers.”

Now in its 7th year, the CMCA Annual Distinguished Lecture brings to Maine some of the leading figures in art and culture today. Past presenters include Dr. Lonnie Bunch, newly appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; artists Alex Katz and David Salle; Jerry Saltz, Pultizer Prize winning art critic at New York magazine, and John Yau, poet, art critic, and weekend editor for the global online art magazine Hyperallergic.

Island Institute Update: Responding to COVID-19 in Our Communities

As we all recognize the daily disruptions and challenges ahead for each of us, our communities are grappling with many unknowns. For decades, the Island Institute has been building networks to connect communities with practical information and support to solve problems. We have a firm commitment to our island and coastal communities to continue this support while we navigate these uncertain times together. 

First, the well-being of our staff and community is our top concern.

As we activate our networks across the state and beyond, our Rockland Main Street office will close today for a few weeks as our dedicated staff has moved to their virtual offices. We are fortunate to have the tools in place to immediately operate remotely—though we have closed Archipelago, our brick and mortar store, the online store will remain open.

We have also canceled all upcoming in-person events, including our April Artists and Makers Conference and other near-term in-person convenings, and are now involved in designing virtual events to keep us connected during this period of social distancing.

In particular, we are focused on our partnership with the Maine Islands Coalition to rapidly implement strategies to share information and best practices between the islands during this time.

Our members, community leaders, partners, subscribers, and customers are encouraged to reach out to us here. We have a team assembled to promptly respond to your questions and to connect those working on the frontlines in our island and coastal communities to the resources they need in this time of change. 

As things evolve, we will keep you informed. We’ll be updating you on new deadlines for our open application periods for the Aquaculture Business Development and Island Fellows programs. Our editor, Tom Groening, is also keeping his finger on the pulse of the coastal community news. Expect

The Working Waterfront newspaper to continue to publish the weekly e-newsletter and our monthly print newspaper. Please contact Tom directly as you find community stories that need telling.

For more information, see our resource page on our website. We’ll continue to add to this page as we move forward through the upcoming days and weeks, so keep checking back. Here you can review best practices on how to work remotely; the video from February’s 2020 Waypoints Forum, where we gathered to discuss “Courageous Leadership in Disruptive Times;” and we highlight some of the great work from our project teams, including the Waypoints: Connect publication and our new Edible Seaweed Market Analysis

Be well and take care,

Rob Snyder
President, Island Institute

A Message from Archipelago

At Long Last” by Lisa Mossel Vietze

Art connects us, inspires us, and reminds us of both our humanity and our immortality. As artists and makers who share our art and selves with our communities, we offer a valuable service to those around us every day. Being self-employed, we also connect with each other to establish our networks, build the local economies around us, and make a positive impact on the creative economy as our web of art and artists grows. We bring our items and our art to craft fairs, retail fairs, retail stores, websites, Etsy shops, galleries, and customers directly. In this scary time, it’s easy to worry about all of that collapsing. 

What can you do to take care of yourself? Your household, studio, family, and loved ones? As you listen to yourself, what do you hear yourself needing—and how can we help you?

Now, more than ever, we want you to know that Archipelago is here for you. To help provide support specifically for Maine’s small businesses, including our artists and makers, we’ve compiled a list of resources just for you. We’re collecting whatever we hear about that might be helpful for you right now, so if you know or hear of anything that isn’t on this list, please let me know by email or Facebook Messenger and I’ll add it!

The health of our society depends upon the ability of our artists and makers to create and bring those creations into their neighborhoods and the world. Maine’s economy depends upon the creative economy. At Archipelago, we are currently planning and preparing for a busy summer, fall, and holiday season—cleaning, painting, and yes, buying. While we may shape the nature of our orders a bit differently to bring more products online, we are anticipating ordering at similar levels to last year. Today, that is our plan.

More broadly at the Island Institute, the Small Business team’s primary concern is ensuring that goods and services are moving between the mainland and island communities. We are prioritizing support for ferry services (both public and private), which are essential to the flow of uninterrupted food, medical supplies, fuel, and other services to our islands. The Island Institute is also working to connect small business owners and independent contractors on islands and in coastal communities to loan and disaster relief programs at the local, state, and federal level that can provide funds for sustaining their businesses throughout this pandemic.

In the meantime, Archipelago is making calls and reaching out to see how you’re feeling, what you’re going through, and how we might be able to support you. We’re here to help however we can or, if nothing else, to simply offer a friendly ear, some kind words, and someone to talk to. Our friend Susan recently shared the following with us: 

“Right now I’m ok. I’m mostly worried about loss of income this year. Who knows who will buy pots, who will travel, and when. My concern is that we craftspeople are such small businesses that we will be overlooked [in relief funds].

For years I’ve wanted to have the significant impact craftspeople in Maine make on our economy recognized. We bring people here from out of state, give them something to do, and also are the ones who always donate and support our local community fundraisers. We deserve some love!

I am concerned that if the government sends out checks they will somehow miss us. Also, what about the small businesses, maybe ones just starting out. What if they don’t file taxes? Will money go to them too?

Thanks for all you are doing. Just knowing you are thinking of us helps.”  

In addition to some virtual small business events and resources in development, we are also working on blog posts and stories focusing on how Maine artists and makers are responding to the current challenges and using their talents to help their communities. Stay tuned for more on all of that very soon!

For now, just know that we are all in this together. Archipelago will be trying to reach out to you in the coming week, but if you have any questions or want to chat in the meantime, feel free to email me at I’d love to hear from you!

Until then, stay safe, practice self-care, spread sunshine in the day, mix with paint, clay, and fabric, and be well.

My best,

Lisa Mossel Vietze

Director, Archipelago

CMCA’s April ArtLab for All Ages to be Live Streamed

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will host its monthly ArtLab for All Ages workshops via Facebook Live throughout the period its doors are closed to the public in response to CDC guidelines on COVID-19.

 To encourage creativity and connection during this time of social distancing, artists of all ages are invited to join ArtLab instructors Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for the first ArtLab Facebook Live stream workshop on Saturday, April 4, from 2 to 4pm at

Taking inspiration from the vibrant and expressive work of the five contemporary painters featured in the exhibition, Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation, participants will learn techniques for creating 2-D and 3-D forms for landscapes, still lives, and figures. In advance of the workshop, participants are encouraged to explore the Skirting the Line exhibition through the virtual tour available on CMCA’s website, A list of materials to be used in the workshop will be posted to CMCA’s Facebook page and website.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is made possible free of charge through the support of Wells Fargo, the Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, and individual donors.

CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy to Retire in September

The Board of Trustees of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that its Executive Director and Chief Curator Suzette McAvoy, who has led the organization through a transformative decade of growth, will retire on September 1, 2020, marking her 10th anniversary with the art center.

 “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead CMCA to where it is today,” McAvoy said. “Having achieved all of the goals I set for myself and for CMCA, it is time to hand the reins to another dedicated and talented leader.”

McAvoy has been a leading figure in the Maine arts community for more than three decades having served previously as Chief Curator and Interim Director at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, and as Executive Director of Waterfall Arts in Belfast, before accepting the position at CMCA in Rockport in September 2010.

 At the time of McAvoy’s appointment, the art center, which was founded in 1952 as Maine Coast Artists, was struggling to survive financially and was burdened by an aging historic building in need of repair. Over the next twelve months, McAvoy led the revival of the embattled institution, regaining the support and trust of its members, donors and the statewide arts community.

 McAvoy says, “I accepted the challenge of leading CMCA at that difficult moment in its history because I believed strongly in its mission and importance to Maine. My belief in that mission, and my gratitude to the many artists, supporters, donors, and friends that have made its current success possible, has only grown and deepened over time.”

 In 2011, under McAvoy’s leadership, CMCA launched ArtLab, its signature education program to reach new and younger audiences. In 2012, its 60th anniversary year, the organization embarked on a strategic plan to relocate to premises that would allow year-round programming and be more suitable to the changing needs of contemporary art.

 Over the next year and a half, McAvoy and the Board of Trustees considered many locations throughout the Mid-coast, ultimately purchasing the property at 21 Winter Street in Rockland in May 2014. Internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, who has a home on nearby North Haven Island, was selected to design the new CMCA building, which opened to the public in June 2016. 

 With former Board Chairs Marilyn Rockefeller and Charlotte Dixon, McAvoy spearheaded the $5.2 million capital campaign to build CMCA’s new facility. Since its opening in Rockland, CMCA has served 40,000 visitors annually and has exhibited the work of 175 artists connected to Maine. Additionally, CMCA’s ArtLab education program now serves more than 1,500 students each year. In 2018 it received the Maine Office of Tourism’s highest award, the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, and has been called a “must see” by The New York Times, among other publications.

 “I credit Suzette with no less than changing the cultural landscape of Rockland,” says Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, which has partnered with CMCA for its new Fellowship in the Visual Arts.

 Over the past three years, under the leadership of former Board Chair, Karen Brace, CMCA made tremendous strides in building infrastructure and fundraising efforts. Now financially stable and well established in its landmark building, voted “the best new museum of 2017″ by The Boston Globe, McAvoy is confident of CMCA’s future. “Programming is in place for the next year and a half, and we have an excellent professional staff, a committed and generous Board of Trustees, and loyal advisors, donors, and members.”

 Martha Jones, newly appointed Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees (in October 2019), will lead a national search for McAvoy’s replacement starting this spring. “With CMCA now cemented on the national stage, we are committed to hiring a nationally recognized leader in the museum search field who will guide us toward finding a candidate to carry forward the upward trajectory set in motion under Suzette’s leadership.”

March ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Rockland invites artists of all ages to experiment with kinetic sculpture during this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4pm. Using several lightweight mixed media materials and balsa wood, participants can collaborate or create their own miniature teeter totter sculpture, hanging mobile, or kinetic art wall relief.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab is offered free of charge and open to all by our exclusive sponsor Wells Fargo, and support from Fisher Charitable Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, and individual donors.

Dowling Walsh Gallery: New Works by Jacob Bond Hessler


Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland presents new works by Jacob Bond Hessler.


Jacob Bond Hessler, Brave, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 60″


Jacob Bond Hessler, Equilibrium, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 60″


Jacob Bond Hessler, Amongst Giants, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 60″

Caldbeck Gallery Presents ‘Hot and Cold’

MAGNETIC ROOM 1991 oil on canvas 65 x 56 inches Dennis Pinette

Caldbeck Gallery, in Rockland opens for ‘Hot and Cold.’

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CMCA Announces “Art You Love” Annual Benefit Online Auction

ALEX KATZ Yellow Flags 3, 2020 Archival pigment inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm 33 x 22 in


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland is offering its annual “Art You Love” benefit auction in partnership with Paddle8, the global online auction platform. Featuring fifty works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase art you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming for all ages.  

This is the second year CMCA is partnering with Paddle8 to bring its benefit art auction to a global collecting market. “The Paddle8 platform allows people to bid on works of art no matter where they are located,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “The online option benefits both CMCA and the artists by introducing their work to collectors around the world.”  


ANN CRAVEN Pensée #78 (Reims, France, June 21, 2008), 2008 Watercolor on paper 23 x 15 in


Bidding for CMCA’s “Art You Love” auction,, opens at noon on Friday, February 14, and runs through 5pm EST on Friday, February 28. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by Paddle8 and CMCA to make arrangements for shipment of the art directly to the buyers.  


TRACY MILLER Blackberries, 2019 Oil on canvas 10 x 10 in


DAN MILLS Stephen King Maine Story Settings, 2017 Acrylic, gouache, ink, and metallic paint on digitally altered map printed on archival paper Work: 12.75 x 8.25 in Framed: 32.25 x 24.75 in


Artists contributing to the 2020 CMCA Benefit Art Auction include: Jeffrey Ackerman, Gideon Bok, Katherine Bradford, Meghan Brady, Jenny Brillhart, Marcie Jan Bronstein, Emily Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, Sam Cady, Julie Crane, Ann Craven, Grace DeGennaro, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lynn Duryea, Carol Eisenberg, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Alan Fishman, Tom Flanagan, Linden Frederick, Peter Halley, Alex Katz, Sal Taylor Kydd, Tracy Miller, Dan Mills, K. Min, Anne Neely, Tessa G. O’Brien, Colin Page, Danica Phelps, Peter Ralston, Alison Rector, David Row, Tollef Runquist, Kate Russo, Claire Seidl, Gail Skudera, Lesia Sochor, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, Greta Van Campen, Susan Headley Van Campen, Tim Van Campen, Don Voisine, William Wegman, Kathy Weinberg, Jim Wolfe, Robert Younger, and Dudley Zopp.

Reggie Burrows Hodges Awarded Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship

Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″

Dowling Walsh Gallery artist Reggie Burrows Hodges has been awarded the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship awards $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, a scholarly publication and a gallery talk.