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Cig Harvey: Projections

Cig Harvey’s Projections

Dowling Walsh Gallery artist Cig Harvey is projecting images and text in Rockport on the exterior wall of Union Hall each evening from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through the end of 2020.

“My new project is a series of 50 foot projected photographs, aphoristic poems, and motion pieces that play on a continuous loop every night,” Harvey writes. “These large-scale, outdoor public displays are a tonic of light and color during the darkening days of early winter. The current social unrest, political climate, and the virus have intensified my urge to bring beauty into the community. … I hope that these images might open a window towards feelings of wonder, feelings that we have set aside but so deeply need in these difficult times. I intended to surprise commuters on the drive home from work with a giant projection of hot pink flowers or an image of fire-orange ranunculus filling the gray concrete wall at a time of year when the days are getting shorter, winter is looming, and pleasure might be in short supply. I want to make people gasp with delight. These projections are a love letter to humanity, an invitation to open our senses to the world around us, and are a way of fostering joy, light, and beauty.”

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. Visit, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

‘Friends Near and Far’ to open at Carol L. Douglas Studio

Ann Clowe, of Rockport, painting.

This August marks the sixth anniversary of opening Carol L. Douglas Studio on Commercial Street in Rockport. Douglas has invited students who’ve participated in her classes and workshops to submit a piece to “Friends Near and Far,” which will open from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at 394 Commercial Street, Rockport.

“People often tell me things like, ‘I can’t draw a straight line’ or ‘I have no talent,’” said Douglas, who has taught painting for 20 years. “It’s a myth that art is based on talent. Great artists get that way through sheer hard work.”

“Still Life with Paper Bag,” by Maggie Diagle, of Casco.

In past generations, Douglas says, the ability to draw was as important as the ability to write or do mathematics. While not everyone went on to become a professional artist, the average person could draw. “I’ve taught enough people to know that they blossom and grow in amazing ways,” she said.

Douglas continues to operate her gallery

“Ode to Wayne Thiebaud,” by Lori Capron Galan.

outdoors to allow social distancing. Guests must wear masks and are encouraged to bring their own wine glass.

Carol Douglas Exhibits ‘Argentina in Quarantine’

Carol Douglas painting in El Chaltén, Patagonia. Photo by Douglas Perot.

Work by Carol Douglas will be exhibited in “Argentina in Quarantine” on July 11. A reception from 2 to 6 p.m. will be held at the artist’s home studio/gallery, located at 394 Commercial St., Rockport.

In March, Douglas traveled to Patagonia to paint with a small group of fellow artists. COVID-19 was still a distant threat on the world stage. That didn’t last long. Within 48 hours, the Argentines closed down all internal flights. The group was effectively stuck in the tiny village of El Chaltén.

At first, that just meant no contact with the locals, but as the days went by, the cordon sanitaire tightened. At one point, Douglas had spiked a fever and was confined to her room.

“It turned out to be a parasite, but of course we didn’t know that at the time,” she said.

Meanwhile, it was getting colder in Patagonia. Termination dust — the first snow of the year at high elevations — appeared on the mountains. The hostel was not built for winter habitation. They grow no food at these elevations. The group had to move on.

“Glaciar Cagliero from Rio Electrico,” by Carol L. Douglas.

There was no travel within Argentina without a government-issued pass. The group learned there would be a last flight from the provincial capital Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires, intended to get foreign nationals out of the country. Rio Gallegos was about 300 miles away. “Much of the drive was through open desert, where guanacos, rheas and jackrabbits try to become road kill,” said Douglas. Armed with a jerry-can of gasoline, they departed at 4 a.m. At each checkpoint, soldiers carefully scrutinized their papers.

“We arrived at the airport in ample time, but the line was excruciatingly slow,” she said. “The airline wasn’t honoring our tickets. The terminals were not working. I checked through a half hour after our scheduled departure. The plane taxied as we were escorted to our seats.”

In Buenos Aires, any hope of a quick flight to the U.S. was dashed. They were escorted out of the airport by a soldier and spent a week in a hotel, under the watchful eye of military guards.

“El Calafate,” by Carol L. Douglas.

“I did not return with the paintings I’d intended, but I did return with paintings of a strange and wondrous part of the world,” said Douglas.

The gallery space will be an outdoor tent for the duration of the pandemic. Guests are welcome to BYOW — Bring Your Own Wineglass — and Douglas will pour drinks. Masks are required.

For more information, call 585-201-1558, or email

Jazz Age Open House at Carol L. Douglas Studio

Dancing Santa, oil on canvas, by Carol L. Douglas

Jazz Age Open House

The public is invited to a holiday open house at Carol L. Douglas Studio at 394 Commercial Street in Rockport. It’s from noon to five on Saturday, December 7.

The theme of the party is the Jazz Age. Reminiscent of Bohemian studio parties attended by Bright Young Things, there will be period refreshments and music. “You’re not required to dress in your feathers, beads and bangles, but it will help set the mood, especially if you can do the Charleston,” said Douglas.

When Douglas relocated her studio to Maine from New York four years ago, she stopped her tradition of an annual party to thank friends, students, clients and gallerists. “I didn’t know if anyone would come,” she said. “But I’ve been warmly welcomed to this unique arts community, and want to return the favo

Archipelago and Island Institute host Conversation with Artist Henry Isaacs

Henry Isaacs painting on Islesford


Join Archipelago and the Island Institute at Union Hall in Rockport on Thursday, July 25th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for a special evening highlighting the art and stories of painter Henry Isaacs.


Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs book cover


In an intimate conversation with art historian and critic Daniel Kany, Henry Isaacs will discuss his process, techniques, inspiration, and greatest influences, as well as Kany’s new book, Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs. An extensive traveler, Isaacs will also share stories about the sometimes-quirky genesis of his paintings and share small versions of them, his “travel notes,” while he speaks.


Some of Henry Isaacs’s “Travel Notes”


A book signing will be held immediately following the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, so registration is required to ensure a seat. To learn more or register today, visit, or contact the Island Institute at (207) 594-9209, ext. 113 with any questions.

Sweet Treats at Michael Good Gallery


Now through August 1st 2017, Michael Good Gallery features decadent dessert paintings by Beverly Shipko.

Dunkin Donuts, 20 x 24 inches
Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Beverly Shipko, Blueberry Cheesecake, Oil on wood, 6 x 6 inches

Save the date! Summer Celebration coming August 10th!

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February 4 – ArtLab for All Ages | Lost & Found with Fiber and Found Objects

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to February’s ArtLab. Join ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino in transforming found materials into elegant wall hangings using fiber and found objects. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, February 4, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Found objects will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

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CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk – September 2, 2016 – 5-8pm,


Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for September 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 2 September.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Craft Gallery, The Farnsworth Art Museum, CMCA, Archipelago, The Strand Theatre, Michael Good Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole and Yvette Torres Fine Art.

CRAFT Gallery will be showing “Harvest and Houses” with work by Rockland artist Jesse Gillespie, Sharon Townshend, Sara Hotchkiss, Fiona Washburn and Hanako Nakazato.  

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open and free to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.  The museum’s Main Street doors will be open especially for this event and Jeff Rojo, classical guitarist, will perform during the evening.

CMCA will be opening two new exhibitions: Lauren Henkin: Second Nature and Don Voisine: X/V

Archipelago will be featuring new paintings by Betty Heselton and pastels by Kathleen Perelka.  Their work is being shown alongside new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

The Strand Theatre will be showing Don’t Think Twice at 5:30pm; and An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell – A First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open for the last week of their acclaimed LaHotan exhibit.

A full list of galleries can be found at

An Introduction to Hand Analysis at The Gautschi Center

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
5:30 – 8:00
8 Elm Street, Rockland, Maine

The International Institute of Hand Analysis (IHA) uses standard hand reading interpretations plus a unique system of fingerprint analysis to examine a person’s life from a Life Purpose perspective.

Join us for an evening of discussion with trained analyst, Brigitte Gautschi. Learn more about this self development process and how it can inspire you to realize your natural potentials.

Our discussion will be followed by a light reception, providing a chance to mingle and ask follow up questions.

Registration: $20, includes refreshments. Kindly respont to Meaghan Janaitis at