Archive for Rockland

October ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.

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 Bob Crewe Foundation, 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.

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosting three exhibitions for October

Tollef Runquist, Carrying Cake, 2019, Oil on canvas, 54″ x 60″


Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of October for Tollef Runquist, Sarah McRae Morton, and Reggie Burrows Hodges

Opening Friday, October 4th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Tollef Runquist

Tollef Runquist received his B.A. in Studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then he has been continuing his education through painting and other mediums. He lives and works in Searsport, Maine. He has had solo exhibitions at Taylor Gallery, Meriden, NH; Ober Gallery, Kent, CT; and OK Harris, New York, NY; among others. Runquist looks at a wide range of artists as inspiration including Richard Diebenkorn, Monet, De Kooning, Gauguin, Bonnard, Rothko, Sargent, Gordon Grant, Gerhard Richter, Hopper, Homer, Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Runquist states, “Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor them, and then move on.”


Sarah McRae Morton, The Half Life of Luck, Frank Morley Fletcher Twist Morton in the Clover, Oil on line, 60″ x 60″


Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. Sarah attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied chemical composition of paintings in Rome as well as studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Sarah received a Mattisse Foundation fellowship for her work on the local history of West Virginia, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and paints in Cologne, Germany.

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact, but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.


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


Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment.

Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.


Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at  or call 207-596-0084

Saltwater Artists Gallery Presents Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer Art Show

at Saltwater Artists Gallery in New Harbor

Aug.18 – Sept.2, 2019

Saltwater Artists Gallery in New harbor will be holding an opening Reception for  its “Dog Days of Summer” show on Sunday, August 18 from 3-5 PM. The public is invited to tour the gallery, enjoy refreshments, and meet the artists. The show will be a two week celebration of summer on the Maine coast and will run through Labor Day. There will be door prizes at the reception, as well as a grand prize raffle drawing at the end of the show for a portrait of the winner’s dog done by artist Mary Buergin. The gallery will also be donating the proceeds of the sales of glass dog magnets created by glass artist Pam Wilcox to Midcoast Humane. The show will feature the wide ranging work of its 27 member artists – painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, woodturning, printmaking, pottery, and fiber arts. Something for everyone. Saltwater Artists Gallery is located a quarter mile before Pemaquid Lighthouse on Rte. 130 in New Harbor.

Saltwater Artists Gallery

P.O. Box 202, New Harbor, Maine 04554


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.

Landing Gallery opening for “New Artists”

“Monhegan Afternoon” by Michael Weymouth, WC, 26”x 23”


Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “New Artists”, an exhibition of new paintings by Michael Weymouth, Lisa Kyle and Christopher French opening on Friday, July 5 – July 28.  Please join us Friday, July 5 from 5-8 pm for an artists’ opening reception with the artists.


Michael Weymouth was born and raised in Maine.  He graduated from the New England School Of Art in Boston in 1963.  He is a painter, photographer and author of several books.  He spends summers painting and creating on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay.  Michael paints equally well with both watercolor and oil.  “Painting is part of my DNA”.  His brushwork is filled with gesture, enthusiasm and a facile energy, which is evocative and engaging.  “Capturing the forces of nature with paint must come from the artist and the energy with which the scene is painted.”  The subject matter for his painting is focused around his summertime in Maine experiences and the beauty found in seaside locations.

“Lifting” by Lisa Kyle, Oil/Canvas, 11” x 14”


A lifelong artist, Lisa Kyle paints in the tradition of the Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the landscape.  Lisa’s formal education and training is in architecture, having earned a BA in Environmental Design and a MA in Architecture.  Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of composition and mark-making.  She has studied painting at Southern Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous workshops with many well known artists.  Her love of the natural world and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion to be an artist.  “I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place in that moment.  When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.”


“The White House in Mount Desert” by Christopher French, Oil/Panel, 11” x 14”


Christopher French began drawing at the age of three.  He was raised by a medical family, and although he majored in Fine Arts at UCLA, he entered medical school and graduated in 1991 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. French has a realist approach which focuses on the beauty of the ordinary and his paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and photorealism.  His major influences include the art of Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud and Ivan Albright.  He was nominated for the “Emerging Artist” award by the Copley Society, and was promoted to “Copley Artist”, a title given to those artists who have been accepted into five or more juried exhibitions; and is a second-time “Patron’s Choice” artist at the Copley Society in Boston.  Chris and his family spend much of their summer in Maine and this location is the major focus of his painting.


Hours: Mon – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 & closed on Tue. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or e-mail  Follow us

Art Space Gallery Showcases New Works at First Friday

Art Space Gallery will participate in “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk, July 5, 5-8pm, at 405 Main Street, Rockland with meet the artists, wine, and refreshments. Reception in the front room features new work by 4 of our artist members.  John Wood’s watercolor and oil landscapes and portraits complement one another with their subtle color tones and realistic depictions. Lara Max’s obsession with steel relief images captures the experience of painting. Before finishing the sculpture, she pulls prints from the image for a limited edition series.  Melissa Post van der Burg’s figurative oils tell the story of working life on the Maine coast. Leecia Price’s encaustics explore coastal Maine, reflecting her interest in surface texture, simplification, and mystery.

Art Space Gallery features works by fifteen artists in various media and genres. July hours – Monday – Saturday 10 -5; Sundays 11 – 2. For gallery news see, or like us on Facebook.


Contact: Lori Davis, president 207-491-1835;

Turtle Gallery opens New Exhibit

“Tide Pools, Fish Creek,” 19″x23,” Howard Fussiner.


Turtle Gallery’s second opening of the summer on July 7


Meet the artists at an opening reception on Sunday, July 7 from 2 to 5:30 at The Turtle Gallery.

Presenting Monoprint Drawings by Stephan Haley, Paintings by Howard Fussiner and Jeff

Loxterkamp, and Sculptural Tables by Wayne Hall. This exhibit runs through Saturday, August



On view are a collection of ceramic works by Sequoia Miller and metalsmith and former Deer

Isle artist, Jack Hemenway. In the sculpture garden are works by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen,

Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Patrick Pierce, Steve Porter,

Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry. Ongoing collections of jewelry, craft, and limited edition

prints can always be seen.


The gallery is located on rt. 15 just north of the village of Deer Isle.

Regular weekly hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5:30.

Please call 348-9977 for further information.

Art Space Gallery Presents New Works at First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery, 405 Main Street, Rockland will participate in “Arts in Rockland” First Friday Art Walk on June 7 from 5-8.  Meet our artists Melissa Post van der burg, Hannah Nelsbach and Lori Davis in the gallery front room to view their new work and enjoy wine and refreshments.

Melissa Post van der Burg’s oils on canvas tell vivid, figurative, stories of working life on the Maine coast. For over 50 years Hannah Nelsbach has painted the world around her in various media. Her colorful images combine fantasy and realism.

Photographer Lori Davis’ new archival prints on aluminum complement the striking contrast, vibrant color, and dramatic lighting found in the natural world.

Art Space Gallery is a co operative of 15 artists in metal, wood, paintings, cards, gifts and jewelry, now in its 15 year located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. June hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 2 PM.

Landing Gallery opening for “WILD LIFE”

“Late afternoon sun over Hog Island, from Naskeag Point, Maine”, oil/panel 8” X 10”


Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WILD LIFE”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, May 24 – June 30.  Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her.  It will be held on Friday, June 7th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.



“Morning light, looking east from the Narrows, Islesboro, Maine”, oil/panel 9” x 12”


Sarah Faragher was born and raised on the coast of Maine, studied art history and painting at Colby College and the University of Maine, and now lives and works as a professional painter in midcoast Maine.  She has attended residencies at Weir Farm National Historic Site and Acadia National Park, and on Great Spruce Head Island.  Her work is featured in Drawing New Audiences, Expanding Interpretive Possibilities: Artist-in-Residence Programs of the National Park Service (U.S Department of the Interior 2009), was selected for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, and is included in the book Art of Acadia by David Little and Carl Little (Down East Books 2016).

“When I began painting in and from the landscape over fifteen years ago, I worked outside about half the time. Gradually I found myself painting more from direct observation and less in the studio, and now I make ninety-five percent of my paintings out in nature. The almanac of the year sets my schedule, and in working with the seasons, the weather, temperature, tides, and wind direction, I align myself with the natural order of things. Being out in the middle of everything as it unfolds helps reset my worry-clock to none, for long moments. I become more light of heart, and accepting of the inevitability of change, since working outside is to see and experience firsthand constant change, as the way of the world and everything in it.

How necessary wildness is. What a gift and a treasure. I leave most human- made structures and objects out of my work for now, because I’m more compelled by landscapes and seascapes that are simply themselves, and by other creatures and species with their own wild character and integrity. When I’m outside I feel like one of them too. Making marks with a brush and paint, describing my perception of natural forms, while also evoking inner landscapes – what a deep searching happiness it is. Working this way helps me embrace and value the wild in myself. I remember who I am: a child of nature, a tree-hugger, a walker of quiet meadows and shorelines, a star-gazer and ocean-swimmer, a loafer and a worker bee, an observer and a participant in this life.  And after the pleasures of painting outside? I bring my new work home to the studio. The wild comes in, and I live with it, and listen to what it says. Part of which is this: representing nature is, to me, a radical and essential choice. Making that choice again and again results in the creation of elegies to the places I love, which are changing forever”.



“February surf, gray afternoon, Schoodic, Maine”, oil/panel 8” x 10”


“I was born and raised in downeast Maine. My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with nature.  Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms, and describe where my heart lives.  I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies, at the same time that I tell my own.”

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