Archive for Rockland

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

Art Space Gallery Showcases Artists’ Winter Works

Ann E. Rhinehardt, Evening Sentinals in pastel

Art Space Gallery artists express the beauty of Maine winter in new work to be shown through the month of December. Visit us at 405 Main Street, Rockland during our regular winter hours from 11 AM to 4 PM each Friday and Saturday through December 22.  The gallery features seventeen artists who work in various media and genres.

Holiday Selections at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Bo Bartlett, Lobster, Gouache on paper, 15″ x 22-1/2″


Tollef Runquist, Dog with Flowers, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″


Cig Harvey, Scout with Reflections, Rockport, Maine, 2016, Chromogenic Color Print, 40″ x 40″

Holiday Selections at Dowling Walsh Gallery showcased from November 20 – January 1.

CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition Opens November 3

Julie K. Gray, “Waiting Room,” mixed media installation

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will open the 20th edition of its statewide CMCA Biennial Exhibition on November 3, 2018, with an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The Biennial will remain on view through March 3, 2019. This year’s Biennial is sponsored by The First National Bank and features the work of 43 artists from 33 Maine communities. The exhibiting artists were selected from a pool of 659 individual submissions by jurors Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy states, “This year’s Biennial is a really lively snapshot of art making in Maine today, showcasing a wide variety of work in all mediums including strong examples of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, installations, and video work. There is truly something for everyone in the show and I think visitors will be impressed by the quality and diversity of the work.”

Eleanor Kipping, “Strange Fruit,” installation and performance

In the jurors’ statement, Kate Green writes, “The over 600 submissions to the CMCA Biennial evidenced the breadth of contemporary practices flourishing across the state, while also reflecting elements that make Maine unique: the sea, the wilderness, craft. Having spent part of every summer of my life in Maine, I feel privileged to have gotten to know the strength of its artists through this jurying process.”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

Adam Ekberg, “Lawn Chair Catapult,” archival pigment print

Artists included in the 2018 CMCA Biennial Exhibition are: Freedom Baird, Tenants Harbor and Cambridge, MA; Tad Beck, Vinalhaven; Mattina Blue, Belfast; Amy Stacey Curtis, Lyman; Alicia Eggert, Portland and Denton, TX; Adam Ekberg, Rome and Flemington, NJ; Donna Festa, Bangor; Alan Fishman, Belfast; Thomas Flanagan, Yarmouth; Carolina González Valencia​, Lewiston; Julie K. Gray, Saco; Sarah Haskell, York; Willoughby Lucas Hastings, Cranberry Isles and Brighton, MA; Dylan Hausthor, Peaks Island; Ethan Hayes-Chute, Freeport and Berlin, Germany; Anna Hepler, Eastport and Greenfield, MA; Hilary Irons, Portland; Samantha Jones, Blue Hill; Eleanor Kipping, Orono; Seth Koen, South Bristol and Easthampton, MA; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Siglinde Langholz, Orono and Puebla, Mexico; Alex Lukas, West Bath and Pittsburgh, PA; LumenARRT!, Durham; Shanna Merola, Bangor and Hamtramck, MI;  K. Min, Friendship; Elaine K. Ng, Rockland; Ashley Normal, York; Isabelle O’Donnell, Portland; Julie Poitras Santos, Portland; Jesse Potts , Farmington; Probably Joel, Portland and Hong Kong, China; Alison Rector, Monroe and South Portland; Becky Jane Rosen, Brunswick and New York, NY; Rachel Sieben, South Portland; Gina Siepel, Portland and Greenfield, MA; Anneli Skaar and Sal Taylor Kydd, Camden and Rockport; Suzy Spence, Brooklin and Brooklyn, NY; Tectonic Industries, Portland; TUG Collective, New Sharon; Kathy Weinberg, Morrill; Michael Winkler, Bridgton and Millerton, NY; Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, MA.

For additional information about the CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition and related programs, visit

CRAFT Gallery Extends “Erasing the Line” Show

Morris Dorenfeld in his studio during the 2018 CRAFT artist studio tours

In marking the occasion of the 2018 Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, CRAFT Gallery is extending its last show of the season ”Erasing the Line between Fine Art and Craft”, currently showing the newest work of weaver Morris Dorenfeld and sculptor Lynn Duryea, winners of the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Dorenfeld weaves on a vertical tapestry loom, beating down the wool yarn weft by hand, a patient and time-consuming endeavor, to create work that is strong in design, composition and especially bold color. Dorenfeld’s  studio  was part of CRAFT’s successful first year of its Studio Tours Program featuring private visits to CRAFT artist studios to observe them at work. Sculptor Lynn Duryea, a founding trustee of Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, exhibits six minimal structures, architectural in form, in terracotta and dry glaze. This year  the gallery has also exhibited work of past winners of the 2014 CMCA Biennial: Meryl Ruth, Daphne Taylor and Sharon Townshend. These winners are testimony to  the recognition of the handcrafted object as a serious work of fine art.

CRAFT Gallery will close for the season on November 10th and reopen in late May 2019.  Winter months will be spent discovering new emerging Maine fine craft artists and curating the 2019 shows of handcrafted objects in various mediums interacting with one another in the intimate setting of a vintage carriage house. The gallery will continue to offer craft artists’ studio visits to enrich the experiences of craft lovers and collectors. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland ME. FMI 207 594 0167

Art Space Gallery Showcases Autumn Themed Works

Painting by Jean Byrd

Art Space Gallery welcomes the public to our November Opening showcasing artworks with an Autumn theme November 2nd, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of our artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, we’ll have the customary refreshments.

Come see what we’ve created to celebrate the changing seasons.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features seventeen artists who work in various media and genres. November gallery hours are Friday and Saturdays from 11AM to 4 PM. We are also open by appointment. Visit our website for more information at

John Bisbee: American Steel Gallery Talk at CMCA


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a conversation and book signing with artist John Bisbee on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The event celebrates the release of the exhibition catalog, American Steel, and serves as a closing reception for the final weekend of the exhibition.

Art critic Carl Little, writing about American Steel in the online arts publication, Hyperallergic, states: “There’s something homegrown, authentic and tough about this artist—a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the village blacksmith. With American Steel, Bisbee has brought a new voice to his art, one, in his words, that ‘summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor.’ He calls American Steel ‘an aggressive spectacle,’ his ‘patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.’ It’s all that and then some. Excuse the pun: Bisbee has nailed it.”



Accompanying the exhibition, and available for purchase and signing by the artist at the reception on October 13, is the newly released 64-page, fully illustrated, 11×11 inch, hardcover catalog. The publication includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and an essay by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. The catalog has been designed by Maeve O’Regan, with photography by Andrew Estey. It was printed in Lewiston by Penmor Lithographers.

Constructed entirely from nails, by hand, John Bisbee’s sculptures draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. Made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds, each nail expresses the idea of things joined together.

John Bisbee: American Steel is on view at CMCA in Rockland through October 14, 2018. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, John and Linda Coleman, the Lucas Kaempfer Foundation, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit

“Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” Opens at CRAFT Gallery

Lidded Vessel by Paul Heroux

On October 5, CRAFT Gallery opens its final show of the 2018 season with “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” in celebration of October’s National Craft Month, the show will run through November 7. It is a group show of work by Maine masters Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Paul Heroux, Sara Hotchkiss, Lissa Hunter, David Jacobson, Jan Owen, George Pearlman, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp. These fine artists use craft materials and techniques to create their art. They demonstrate aesthetic, technical and material diversity, from age-old traditions to current technology. The techniques and materials range from drawing and painting, weaving, basketry, sculpture, glass blowing, porcelain, terra-cotta and wood.

Terra-cotta Sculpture by Lynn Duryea




Rag Rug by Sara Hotchkiss



     Paul Heroux, maker of vessels, uses modern laser techniques to create surface decoration, using the ceramic vessel as a 3-dimensional painting surface referencing landscape, plant life and other ever-evolving subjects that interest him. Lynn Duryea, another ceramic artist, takes a structural approach, using construction and assembly techniques to build minimal geometric shapes with terracotta slabs and unadorned surface techniques with dry glazes in soft mellow tones. The results are simple, expressive and echo architectural forms of the past. Rug weaver Sara Hotchkiss borrows from the the rug tradition of hand manipulated tapestry technique, incorporating star, leaf, heart, flower and diamond motifs, combining the color fields of rag rugs with geometric tapestry techniques. All of the group are award winning artists who are collected nationally by major art institutions. Many of the artists will be present during the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of October 5th. The show will continue until November 7th when CRAFT closes for the season. CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm St. Rockland, ME 04841. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit

Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow Moved to Farnsworth Auditorium

On Friday, August 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Strand Theatre will co-present a documentary film by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei entitled Human Flow. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the screening of the film has been moved from the Strand Theatre to the Farnsworth Auditorium. The screening will still take place at 1 p.m.

The screening is in conjunction with the Farnsworth exhibition Ai Weiwei—Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, which runs at the museum through December 30. Tickets for the screening are $12 and $10 for Farnsworth, CIFF and Strand members, and are available at

Art Space showcases new works by gallery artists

John Wood

We welcome the public to our August Art Walk on Friday, August 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of our artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, we’ll have the customary refreshments.

Each month we feature new works by several of our artists in the front area of the gallery, with the opening of each show occurring during Art Walk. This month we’ll be showcasing the work of Janalee Welch, John Wood, Mary Beth Morrison, and Nancy Davies Tang.

Mary Beth Morrison as our newest member. She is currently painting with soft pastels, loving their rich, vibrant pure color. She also loves plein air painting.

Janalee Welch has worked as an artist for over 30 years creating art in a variety of media. She loves clean lines; geometric shapes; and striking color and contrast all of which she employs in her art as she takes her inspiration from nature.

John Wood considers his paintings a reflection of himself.  “I look at the world and paint those images that move me.“  John is mainly a landscape painter working in watercolor and oils. He also dabbles with painting animals and the human figure. 

Nancy Davies Tang is a self-taught glass artist who has developed an expertise in glass fusing over many years. She creates both beautiful dichroic glass jewelry pieces and dynamic glass sculptures reminiscent of the garden, fields, and ocean views around her rural Maine home.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features eighteen artists who work in various media and genres. August hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 4pm Sundays. Visit our website for more information at