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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.

Tuesday Talk with Ann Craven and Christopher Crosman at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, invites the public to attend a Tuesday Talk with artist Ann Craven and Christopher B. Crosman, founding curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and former director, Farnsworth Art Museum, on Tuesday, August 27 at 5:30pm. The talk will address Craven’s work currently on view in the exhibition, “Birds We Know.” Crosman contributed an essay on Craven’s career to the forthcoming exhibition catalog to be published by CMCA and distributed by D.A.P. 

Ann Craven has been painting in Maine since the early 1990s. First in a borrowed barn near Slab City Road in Lincolnville, then from her own studio on a farm she purchased nearby. Lincolnville and the surrounding mid-coast region has harbored artists for decades, beginning in the 1960s when Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, and other New York-based artists began summering in the area. It was on Lincolnville beach that Craven painted her first “Moon” painting in 1995. The experience “gave me my subject matter,” she says. “I was literally chasing the moon.” In 2008, she moved to an historic house on the banks of the St. George River in Cushing. “Birds We Know” is the artist’s first exhibition in Maine and presents a twenty-year survey of her work.


Birds We Know installation view. Photo: Dave Clough

In the exhibition catalog, Crosman writes, “…Ann Craven’s birds, moons, trees, and her stripe and palette paintings all enforce the hard stop our mind and eye make before inexplicable paintings, paintings that affirm an inseparability of beauty, truth and virtue. This is painting at its most authentic and original, at its most memorable and tenderly remarkable.” 

Tuesday Talks are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. For further information, please visit

Sara Hotchkiss Works at CRAFT


CRAFT, my favorite gallery in Rockland Maine is showing a series of my pillows in indigo blues and reds. For more information, or to purchase these pillows, email or  call 207-594-0167.


Also, if in the Edgecomb area during August, check out this impressive show of New England tapestry weavers at the Downeast Gallery. The show opens on  August 6 with a reception on Friday, August 9th from 5-7 pm.  Sara will be at the reception and looks forward to showing you her work.


August ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to explore painting boldly-colored depictions of local flora and fauna in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, August 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Take on the role of an artistic diarist and create your own small series of work inspired by painter Ann Craven’s exhibition, Birds We Knowusing watercolor, pastel or gouache. Experiment with a new medium or challenge yourself to work in a different style. Choose from imagery of local birds, trees and other wildlife to explore a subject that is meaningful to you!

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.

Landing Gallery Opens “Northeasterly Directions”

“Bond Falls” Acrylic/Canvas 18” x 18” by Irma Cerese


Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland opens “Northeasterly Directions”, a solo exhibition of 51 new  paintings by Irma Cerese, Aug 2 – Sept 15. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 2, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk in August.   

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her current paintings use the intrinsic beauty and evocative qualities of color to speak to our emotions.  Her landscape compositions become an entry point for her paintings rather than depict a specific location or illustrate an idea.


“Hamblin Pond #2” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese


“I use landscape both as a point of connection and departure but I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world, so I don’t “return to a place in the studio”. Instead, I convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place – trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building, – into an underlying loosely geometric structure. The resulting images often border on the abstract, although I often seek to evoke the general atmosphere of the subject. So I don’t seek to inspire people viewing my work with this or that place; I aim to produce evocative work that is compelling in its own right as a celebration of visual experience.”

 Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, is Irma Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and the gallery has held 13 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

 Please join us in the gallery.  Hours: Mon – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5, Closed Tues,  FMI 207 239-1223 or

Archipelago Opens for ‘King Tide’

“Summer Glow” by Marguerite Lawler


 Join Archipelago to celebrate Maine’s high season with an opening reception for the new summer gallery show, “King Tide,” on Friday, August 2nd. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host a special artists’ reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.



“King Tide,” showcases the work of four Maine women, each using very different mediums and styles to depict both real and inspired landscapes around our beautiful state. The featured artists include Wendy Newcomb of Sebago (oil, gouache, and acrylic paintings), Holly Berry of Waldoboro (linocut prints), Molly Mains of Bridgton (printmaking and multimedia), and Marguerite Lawler of Portland (oil paintings). Paintings by Henry Isaacs will also be highlighted in the show.


“Another Fine Day” by Holly Berry


In addition to the opening reception on August 2nd, the public is also invited to stop into Archipelago’s Main Street location during the First Friday Art Walk on September 6th to celebrate this show, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages, and see all of the pieces. The “King Tide” exhibition will be on display through September 29th.


“Pull of the Moon” by Molly Mains


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.

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “King Tide,” visit the Archipelago page on Facebook. For general questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, visit or contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

New Exhibitions at Caldbeck Gallery

ATTEMPT! 1992 mixed media on plywood 81 x 80 inches K.Min


From August 2 through August 31, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will show the work of K. Min of Friendship, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Richard Salstonstall of Kodiak AK, and Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C.  A reception for the artists, will take place on First Friday, August 2, from 5 – 8 pm. The evening will celebrate “Rockland Art Capital Maine”, the city’s commitment to bringing people together through art.

  In her exhibit “Seoul, New York, and Friendship”, K. Min will show large shaped-canvas self portraits in oil and mixed media, as well as numerous smaller rectangular paintings.  In the self-portraits, the viewer sees the artist and her surroundings through a fish eye perspective, which gives an intensified, psychological experience. These were painted in the years 1992 – 1997, just before she left her homeland of South Korea, in order to earn her Masters Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  The other paintings in the show are in oil on canvas and on panel, dating from 2003 to the present. Of her work, K. explains, “I want to convey from my heart to my work these things: Beauty and Loss, Time and Memory, Emptiness and Appreciation, Warmth and Intimacy, Story and Metaphor, Simplicity and Poetic Minimalism.” In South Korea, she shows her work in Seoul and Busan.  New York shows include the CAAC Gallery 456, and the ISE Cultural Foundation Front Gallery. Shows in Maine include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2018 Biennial. This is her third solo show at the Caldbeck.


FROZEN 2017 casein on panel 16 x 20 inches Alan Bray


Alan Bray works in the tradition of casein on panel, an ancient milk based tempera paint medium, which he discovered in1973 while studying in Florance Italy, at the Villa Schifanola Graduate School of Fine Arts.  In his paintings, he uses the every day landscape places in his life. Hikes into the North Woods of Maine, or walks into the cultivated Christmas tree farm near his home, can take on a mystical presence. The artist says of his work, “Among the intricate structures of phenomena, I look for an innate order of things.  It is the branching pattern of trees, the drifting of snow, the meanders of flowing water, the swaying of grass in the wind, or the conjoining of ripples on the surface of a pond that imparts to a place and a time its particularity”. In this exhibit, titled “On Second Thought”, paintings range in size from 8 ½ x 11 inches to 20 x 24 inches.  Bray studied at the Art Institute of Boston and the University of Southern Maine, followed by his studies in Italy. His first museum show was in 1994 at the Portland Museum of Art, followed in 2000 by a 25 year retrospective at the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is the artist’s 8th solo show with the Caldbeck. 


SEAL CHASING SALMON 2019 watercolor on paper 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches Richard Saltonstall


  When Richard Saltonstall moved to Kodiak, Alaska, he found his true place on earth.  Surrounded by extreme everything, the artist expressed his awe by drawing dozens and dozens of watercolor sketches in his small sketch books.   In this show, “Kodiak: excerpts from my sketchbooks”, the artist will share with us some of his adventures in the Alaskan Wilderness. He received his BA from Harvard University and while living in Jefferson, Maine for many years, his art practices included making large scale etchings, metal sculpture, and large scale oil paintings.  The watercolor drawings in this show may be small, but they are mighty. He has shown with the Caldbeck since 1993.


STILL LIFE WITH CAT 2019 oil on canvas 40 x 30 inches Frederic Kellogg


Frederic Kellogg will hang 4 oil on canvas interiors.  Domestic subjects include Still Life with Cat, a view of his living room with a slanted light.  Deeply influenced by the work of American realists like Hopper and Porter, he explains that “realism has to find a new intimacy. It must demonstrate what only painting can do in helping people to see what is around them, but with new techniques and innovative approaches.”  Exhibited widely in Washington D.C. and in Maine, Kellogg’s work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum. He has shown with the gallery since 2007.

  Gallery  hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.  Please call 207 594 5935 or email for additional information.