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Three exhibits are on view at Caldbeck Gallery

“June Rain,” by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

Through Oct. 10, in an exhibit titled “A Place on the Water: Paintings from Maine 1968-1975,” the Caldbeck Gallery celebrates the early Maine paintings of Nancy Wissemann-Widrig.

Also on exhibit at the gallery is “Do Not Fear,” a body of work of small paintings in oil on panel by Janice Kasper.

“Weskeag March: Low Winter Tide I,” by David Dewey.

The “Evolving Group Show” features, at this time, work by artists Alan Bray, David Dewey, Marsha Donahue, Jeff Epstein, New York, Nancy Glassman, Frederic Kellogg, Jeanne Goodman, K. Min, Barbara Sullivan and Elizabeth Osborne.

Early in the summer of 1968, Wissemann-Widrig moved into the Cushing cottage depicted in the 15 paintings in this show.  She and her husband, the painter John Wissemann, soon spent every summer there, painting and, along with their three children, submersing themselves in the community along the St. George River. The artist found a delight in painting the old-world charm of the cottage’s well-loved rooms, which were occupied by rocking chairs, farm tables, original plumbing and the collection of memorabilia left there by several generations of the families that preceded them. It was the late 1960s. The artist found solace in the cottage. The release from the nation’s political upheaval is captured in the quiet, familiar homeyness of these paintings.

In Maine, Wissemann-Widrig’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and in the Portland Museum of Art, while in New York, galleries included Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Tatischeff Gallery. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1985 and, with her husband, still summers in the cottage, where her work continues to evolve with the times.

“Do Not Fear: Coyote,” by Janice Kasper

Janice Kasper’s solo show is about wildlife, a topic that has been her passion from the beginning. She explains that the paintings in this exhibit are “a series of portraits of animals that people tend to fear or dislike. Although some may pose a danger to humans, we need to understand the importance of their essential role in the cycles of life on our shared planet.”

Various fur-bearing predators, which throughout history have mostly been painted in brutal hunting scenes, are carefully rendered, as if portraying the faces of loved ones. Insects and snakes and leeches are beautifully painted as if they were treasures, which to the artist, they are.

Kasper first showed with the gallery in 1985. Numerous solo shows followed, and her work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Connecticut Archives.

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

MCA Essay Series: ‘What Maine Craft Means to Me’ by John Baldacci

John E. Baldacci

Artists tell us who we are as a people. They reflect our spirit and define our soul. Maine is very unique, we are not like anywhere else. As governor, I identified and supported our creative economy, which linked this talent to our economic engine. Maine has world-renowned writers, photographers, painters, poets, builders, basket makers and many, many more. We have a storied history, amazing present-day craft artists and an unfolding future of people coming to Maine to create.

Personally, we try to seek out and support our Maine artists. We celebrate holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and sometimes simply support what inspires us.

Our family holiday card comes to mind. The holidays have always been a time for us to share a family photo, taken by professional Maine photographers, to connect with family and friends. It was a way to follow us — especially Jack, as he grew up throughout the years.

In our Blaine House years, in addition to the annual photo, we added original holiday commemoratives made by Mainers to celebrate the season. These included many different designs, creations, artwork and unique gifts. We showcased Maine artists and craftsmen at our two Inaugurals, many trade missions, meetings, retreats and Maine Day at The Big E Agricultural Fair.

I encourage everyone to shop locally. Invest in Maine artists and craftsmen.

Governor John E. Baldacci served two terms as the governor of the State of Maine from 2003 to 2011. Prior public service included serving as U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 1995-2003. Governor Baldacci joined Pierce Atwood in 2012, following an appointment as the Director of the Department of Defense’s Military Health Care Reform Initiative, working for the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley, where he was tasked with a full-scale review and evaluation of military health care and wellness.

What Maine Craft Means to Me Essay Series invites you to explore the many intersections and layers of craft, people and time in Maine through the words of those with deep connections to our state and our field. Each week, a new essay will be shared.

MCA Essay Series: ‘What Maine Craft Means to Me’ by Theresa Secord

I weave ash and sweetgrass baskets in the traditional Penobscot tribal style. I admire the resilience of my ancestor basket makers, especially my great-grandmother, who actively practiced economic self-sufficiency as an Indigenous woman entrepreneur.

I was always very interested in basketry and my native culture, especially when I visited the Indian Island home of my grandparents while growing up in southern Maine. In the history books of my 1960s-1970s school days, I was dismayed to rarely find mention of my tribe and the remarkable basketry that I would see my relatives producing and selling on Indian Island. It was confusing and non-quantifiable.

After earning an MS in geology, I became the staff geologist for my tribe, the Penobscot Nation, soon after the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement when the tribe regained a significant land base. There on Indian Island, I worked with the great, late basket maker and Penobscot speaker Madeline Tomer Shay for five years. I came into my own as an artist in 1988.

Ours is a community art form, in that the mentoring and the economy surrounding the traditional materials access takes place within the Wabanaki community. In my advocacy work at the head of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (1993-2014), I helped organize mentor basketmakers who then helped bring forward a new generation of basketmakers in the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Micmac Tribes.

A great moment for our art form happened last year, when the Wiwenikan, the beauty we carry, exhibition opened at Colby Art Museum where I serve on the Museum’s Board of Governors. This was the first standalone Wabanaki art exhibition in an art museum ever. Previously, exhibitions with baskets had been installed in ethnographic museums and/or a few artists were included in art museum exhibitions.

I have been recognized a number of times for my advocacy and for my own art with awards. The MCA honoring with the Maine Craft Artist award, the Maine Arts Fellowship and the Community Spirit Award (from First Peoples Fund) were especially meaningful, having been bestowed by my peers and my community.

Interestingly, for my entire career as an advocate and leader at MIBA, we worked hard to shift the terminology from the word “craft” to the word “art,” because previously, both basketry and native art suffered from stigmas and stereotypes long associated with the term “craft.”

My basketry and my advocacy work in craft totally changed my career trajectory. I left my full-time job as a geologist in 1998 to work as an artist and become the full-time director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance.

Recently I’ve been teaching my son Caleb Hoffman (age 28) to weave again. We were mentioned in the arts and leisure section of the New York Times this summer, in a piece related to native artists in pandemic time. At age 62, the pandemic has caused me to rethink my priorities. Both he and I are working to ensure he becomes proficient in all aspects of the craft. I have a number of antique wooden forms and tools that he will inherit to carry on the family art form.

I’m taking Passamaquoddy language classes again (Zoom lessons twice weekly) and looking forward to an upcoming special segment on basketry terminology. Many of the basket makers who helped found the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance spoke their language and used it in basketry workshops, public events, and so on. We also hosted special classes with basketry and language. I am weaving new art pieces for upcoming online native art markets/juried craft shows This spring I was weaving “light” in the time of pandemic, making woven night lights for friends. The 99th Santa Fe Indian market is being held online, and I am presenting my work digitally throughout August, and in association, I’m also building a new e-commerce website.

The resilience of my ancestors to withstand pandemics and all kinds of adversity as they wove baskets and kept our culture alive inspires me. I’m also proud to be a member of a strong craft community in Maine.

What Maine Craft Means to Me Essay Series invites you to explore the many intersections and layers of craft, people and time in Maine through the words of those with deep connections to our state and our field. Each week, a new essay will be shared. This is the first essay in the series, authored by basketmaker Theresa Secord.

Archipelago virtual exhibit of Five Photographers

Greetings from Archipelago. I’m excited to personally invite you to join me in a virtual event celebrating Maine as we share our stories, personal vision, and our favorite images inspired by our beautiful state. I’m honored to join in a visual conversation featuring the work of Olga Merrill, Jim Nickelson, Terry Hire, and Joise Iselin and would love to have you be a part of it. I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Lisa Mossel Vietze

Join us for a special online visual journey and conversation with the artists as we explore perspectives on Maine through the lenses of five photographers. Through visual and conversational language, five fine art photographers will share how Maine serves as an inspiration for their bodies of work, their creative process in making images, and their personal experiences that serve as the foundation of their creative lives.

The show, “Our Maine,” featuring all five artists is on exhibit at our Archipelago Gallery in Rockland through August 3, 2020. Learn more here.

Note: We recommend joining this session by computer to enjoy the visual aspects of this presentation

Olga Merrill

Olga Merrill is a Maine based self-taught visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. She was born in the Far East of Russia where she lived and worked until March of 2013, when she came to Maine and her life changed. At the end of 2015, her life changed even more when she got a camera and her view of the world became different through its lenses. Her works have been shown at many galleries around the United States and in Europe, and she’s been featured in L’Oeil de la PhotographieDodho, and Your Daily Photograph, among others. Olga’s limited and open edition prints are available at galleries and held by private collectors throughout the world.


Jim Nickelson 
Jim Nickelson is a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), and teacher, and is also the author of Fine Art Inkjet Printing, published by Rocky Nook in 2017. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School). Jim makes his home in Camden, and his work resides in museum, public, corporate, and private collections across the United States and Canada.
Josie Iselin
Josie Iselin is photographer, author and designer who lives in San Francisco but spends large chunks of her summers on Vinalhaven, where she shares a home with her brothers, her children, and their cousins. Josie’s mission is to produce enticing, well-researched and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about, and an appreciation for, the world around them. Her writing and art focusing on seaweed, kelp, and sea otter puts her on the forefront of ocean activism, presenting and working with scientists and environmental groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. As a fine artist, she exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries, museums, hospital and other public spaces.
Lisa Mossel Vietze
Lisa has been making images since 1995, when she first picked up a Canon AE-1 manual camera. While Ansel Adams’ grand vistas brought her to photography, her images are primarily botanical macro photographs drawing the viewer into an intimate world of form and color. She has learned from many photographers who have taught through Maine Media Workshops over the past 20 years. Her images have appeared in many galleries and juried shows throughout Maine, including the Jonathan Frost Gallery, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, North Light Gallery, Maine Coast Artists Gallery, and the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, as well as numerous books and magazines. Vietze’s prints are held in collections throughout the country.
Terry Hire
Terry Hire received his BFA in Art History and BA in history from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to moving to Maine in 1981, he lived in Nashville, where he was an interior designer, working on hospital design, store planning, and private home design. During that time, he fell in love with photography and took courses at Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport. His longtime interest in photography was put on hold during his work as an interior designer at WBRDC Architecture in Bangor, until he opened his own firm, Design Alternatives, in Belfast. For the last 15 years he seriously pursued photography, and his colorful images are in the hands of many private collectors. Terry Hire died unexpectedly on January 31, 2020.

Mj Viano Crowe of Belfast Exhibiting at DeCordova Museum

A large scale photographic work by Belfast, Maine artist Mj Viano Crowe is among selected works by other distinguished photographers and photographic artists of the 20th century now on display at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in a retrospective exhibit “All The Marvelous Surfaces, Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt,” an acclaimed German photographer whose collection of magnified plant specimens enthralled viewers with its exquisite details.

Viano Crowe’s 1987 piece “Reliquary,” measuring 20’ x 8’ is a notable example of the artist’s early constructed works, using techniques and processes that became her signature style: creating collaged gelatin silver print images that were re-sized, re-assembled and subtly hand-colored with photographic dyes.

“Reliquary” has been part of the DeCordova Museum’s permanent collection for more than 30 years, and despite being in storage for nearly three decades, is remarkably well-preserved, showing no sign of fading or surface deterioration.

In addition to fine art pieces like “Reliquary,” the exhibit showcases the myriad historic, artistic and conventional uses of photography by renowned photographers that include Harold Edgerton, Lalla Essaydi, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, and Bradford Washburn, as well as a vast collection of iconic and lesser known images and the stories behind them.

The exhibit runs from November, 2019 through March 29, 2020.

Betts Gallery Presents ‘City Country’

Sheep Jones, Industrial Bees, 36″ x 36″, oil on canvas


Julie Cyr, Old Pals, 11″ x 14″, oil on canvas

Betts Gallery in Belfast is starting off the new year with a show of paintings by Sheep Jones and her sister Julie Cyr, who passed away in December 2019. The show entitled ‘City Country’ runs from January 24th through February 21st. Coming home to Maine, the Waterville natives, settled in Belfast after years of working and living in other places. Each with their own unique voice and their vivid imagination, using figures, animals and landscapes, their paintings tell stories with an air of mystery and magic realism. 

Cig Harvey solo at Ogunquit Museum


This exhibition is the first solo museum presentation in the United States of contemporary artist Cig Harvey. Spanning photography, video, mixed media and the written word, Harvey’s creative practice explores the physical and emotional boundaries of the senses. Her vividly colored images and seductive vocabulary combine to suggest dreamlike narratives informed by sensations of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, and memory. Harvey draws inspiration from her life in Maine, and the work is on the one hand autobiographical, and on the other, a magical window onto a familiar and living landscape. The exhibition is drawn from a selection of Harvey’s photographic projects from the past ten years, and refigured into an arrangement that privileges the feeling of life experience. – Ogunquit Museum

Currently on view through October 31, 2019

Camden galleries ArtWalk

On Thursday 8/29 from 5 – 7 pm the Camden galleries are teaming up to do an “art walk”! Colin Page’s new gallery on BayView St. has spiked Camden’s artsy energy, and we’re piggybacking on the date of his next new show reception. Participating galleries so far include myself and my neighbor Camden Falls, as well as Carver Hill and Daac Designs, both on BayView with Page Gallery. (It’s not quite the straightforward, one Main Street nature of Rockland, but hopefully folks can make the rounds!) Would love for you to drop by for a refreshment!
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ANNEX ARTS Castine non-profit artist residency program EVENTS


ANNEX ARTS is a non-profit artist residency program located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Castine, Maine.  We provide creative workspaces for artists and writers so that they can benefit from unfettered time and the opportunity to draw inspiration from our stunning village and coastal region. Annex Arts’ programming promotes the arts as a means to address the economic, cultural, and spiritual well-being of our community.

  • Friday, June 21, 5-7pm: Closing Reception for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Drew Klassen and Shelley Mansel, painters from Ottawa and Nova Scotia. Come see what they made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public

DREW KLASSEN / JUNE 15 – JUNE 27, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario,Visual Arts

Drew Klassen, painter and educator, was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1964, and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While teaching English in Japan, Klassen established a strong studio practice and began to exhibit regularly upon his return to Canada in 1998. His work is held in numerous private and institutional collections in Canada and abroad. In 2010 he received one of five Established Artist Recognition Awards presented annually by the government of Nova Scotia.


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

A landscape and figurative painter, Shelley Mansel attended UCFV in British Columbia and received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has shown in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions internationally with works reviewed in magazines including House & Home and featured on HGTV. Her paintings are held in private collections in Canada, Germany, France, and the US, and in permanent public collections at St. Mary’s University Halifax and UBC Vancouver. She has received two Nova Scotia Creation Grants, a Presentation Grant, and has served on the selection committee for the Nova Scotia Culture Division’s Grants to Individuals Program.

  • Friday, June 28, 5-7: Reception for Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane – Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see what she made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public



Ellsworth, Maine, Visual Arts

Kristy Cunnane is an artist and educator who loves to cook and lives in the woods of rural Maine on a long old road called Happytown. Cunnane specializes in graphic and text-laden images that often mix humanity with the splendor of the natural world in witty and wonderful ways. In addition to spending much of her time teaching at a small Waldorf school in Blue Hill, Maine, where her days are full of lively children, she works as an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist and is a force behind “Table for Change,” an art and food dining experience which directs its proceeds towards specific charitable causes.

  • Saturday, June 29, Time TBD: Demo/Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane –  Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see how she does it at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine. Check back at our calendar at


  • Monday, July 1, 9-1: Writing Workshop with Annex Arts’ Writer-in-Residence at Annex Arts, Elizabeth Poliner- “Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing.” For all skill levels. To register email 9 Main Street, Castine, $50

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from?  How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex?  In this half-day course, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class exercises.  After developing characters through various techniques, participants will learn how an understanding of character can generate a story’s plot.  By the end, participants may have enough material at hand to go home and write a great story!



Hollins, Virginia, Literary Arts

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of 2016); Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Hollins University where she is an associate professor and current director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.


Friday, July 5, 5-7pm: Opening Meet-the-Artists Reception— meet Annex Arts’Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, visiting from Miami, FL and Barcelona. Find out what this interdisciplinary artist and geophysicist duo will be doing while in residence. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.

  • Sunday, July 14, 12-2pm, Children’s Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas. This interdisciplinary artist & geophysicist duo will give a workshop open to children of all ages using the diverse and approachable materials and tools they use in their work.8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.



Miami, Florida, Visual Arts

A multidisciplinary artist, Moira Holohan merges two sets of temporal art practices: slow and meditative with fast and urgent. The laborious process of weaving and hand-marked flip book animation are paired with the immediacy of performance and video montage. Holohan explores the process as both signifier and instrument, while contemplating questions of meaning, purpose, and value. In collaboration with Dr. Xavier Comas, Holohan’s recent work employs geophysical profiles collected with a ground-penetrating radar. She received her BA at Bard College and her MFA at Hunter College and has exhibited widely.



Miami, Florida, Interdisciplinary

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Xavier Comas earned a fine arts degree in graphic design and photography from the Superior Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona University and his doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. Comas’ timely collaboration with Moira Holohan seeks unique fusions of art and science. His graphic designs, blogs, and photo essays have exhibited and been published in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and The Netherlands.

ª Friday, July 12, 5-7 pm:  Meet the Residents Reception— Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Painter, Sara MacCullouch from Nova Scotia. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.

ª Tuesday, July 9, 5-7pm:  Opening  Reception for Exhibition by Dez Ryan Odegaard at the Gallery B Project Space at 9 Main Street, Castine,, Free and Open to the public. Exhibition runs from July 9 – July 17


  • Friday, July 19, 5-7:  Big Multi-venue Reception/Exhibition for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, and Sara MacCullouch. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.



Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

Sara MacCulloch recently completed her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been painting for over twenty years. Her work centers on sense of place, memory, and the ephemerality of a moment. Her subjects are mostly of landscapes that have had an impact on her from childhood, and more recently of places where she has spent time with her daughter. She has shown extensively in Halifax, Toronto, and New York and has works in collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout in Northport


Robert Shetterly, hands-on workshops kick off two-day conference
for Maine artists and arts-based businesses April 4-5 at Point Lookout

The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th from 2:00–6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5th from 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a half-day of hands-on workshops and a special evening presentation by artist Robert Shetterly around his nationally recognized Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives, and continue all day Friday with sessions offering practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.


Robert Shetterly


Thursday afternoon will begin with targeted sessions for Maine artists and arts-based businesses that include a DIY photography workshop, portfolio and product reviews, and a presentation on small business funding opportunities. The evening will culminate with “Americans Who Tell the Truth: An Evening with Robert Shetterly” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, it offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. During this special event, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray. Appetizers will be provided.

“We are very excited about expanding the conference into Thursday this year,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago and conference organizer. “We know that many of our attendees are looking for opportunities to really dive deep into key areas, so we built out this time to specifically address some of those interests and provide a space for them to do this.”

She added, “It’s a balancing act. There’s always a wide array of relevant topics and pieces we’d like to highlight, but we try to be considerate of the time that these small business owners are spending away from their businesses and from creating. We work really hard to design a schedule that features all areas of our creative economy and offers sessions and tools that are useful for everyone. This year, we have brought in some great industry professionals who will leverage their expertise and skills to provide unique insight for our attendees. In addition, we are proud to continue to offer the peer-to-peer workshops and networking pieces that conference guests look forward to every year.”


Whitney Burdsall


With a full day of workshops and presentations on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from sessions on email marketing, social media, branding best practices, artistic collaborations, insurance planning, pathways for fine art and craft, and more.

  • Rich Brooks, founder and president of the Portland-based digital agency Flyte New Media, will speak about the importance and impact of email marketing. Brooks is a nationally-recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. The author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, he is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.
  • Whitney Burdsall, logistics director for Green Tree Event Consultants—producers of the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows—will guide participants through the important aspects of both wholesale and retail markets and how each could be a part of a winning business model. Burdsall has worked with hundreds of artisans preparing for the New England Made Shows and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities artisans encounter running a successful wholesale business.
  • Brian Reid, a master fine furniture maker based in midcoast Maine, will speak about the inspiration and artistic growth found in collaborations, highlighting his work with Maine State prison inmates in furniture making over the last eight years. Reid splits his time between furniture making and fine woodworking course instruction with over 20 years of teaching worldwide in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia. He currently leads the 12 Week Intensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.


Suhail Bisharat

Friday afternoon will also feature a keynote presentation by Chebeague Island resident and former director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Suhail Bisharat, who will describe the challenging task of building and housing a collection of contemporary art from across the Arab and Islamic world, the role of national leadership, artists, and the private sector as they came together to create the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. Inaugurated in 1980 by the late King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Noor, the permanent collection includes the work of more than 800 artists from 59 countries.

Additional speakers at the conference will include: Master clay artist George Pearlman of St. George; Maine landscape painter Colin Page; visual artist Kenny Cole; Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT Gallery in Rockland; contemporary sculptor Jesse Salisbury; Laura Pierce of Iris Designs; Alex Steed of Knack Factory; Karen D’Silva of Karen D’Silva Creative Services; Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, Gabrielle Melchionda of Mad Gab’s, and more.

Workshop sessions offer three themed tracks – Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational – which tailor presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business. Attendees are able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Other highlights include a Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity and opportunities to network with others.

General registration for the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference is open through March 29th and costs $25 for Thursday afternoon only, $35 for Friday only, or $45 for both days. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres for Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages for Friday.

To register or view a complete agenda with session descriptions, visit

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.