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.
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.
SHELLEY MANSEL / JUNE 15 – JUNE 22, 2019
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.
KRISTY CUNNANE / JUNE 24 – JUNE 30, 2019
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.
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!
ELIZABETH POLINER / JUNE 5 – JULY 5, 2019
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. www.annexarts.org, Free and Open to the public.
MOIRA HOLOHAN / JULY 1 – JULY 21, 2019
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.
XAVIER COMAS / JULY 1 – JULY 21, 2019
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. www.annexarts.org, 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, www.gallerybgallery.com, Free and Open to the public. Exhibition runs from July 9 – July 17
SARA MACCULLOCH / JULY 10 – 19TH, 2019
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 http://www.islandinstitute.org/events.
For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.
ArtWaves MDI’s centrally located campus serves as a core of learning, engagement and community for individuals at every skill level to experience and create art.
ArtWaves is offering themed make-and-take craft experiences – how often do you color with stained glass? Make a mosaic for your wall or window and then do a mono-print with gelatin or clay. It is quite a unique way to respond to the island landscape.
ArtWaves new campus has 3 visual arts studios plus a state of the art dance studio with a variety offerings from yoga, to dance, to meditation for you to enjoy, the full picture is online artwavesmdi.org and in person at 1345 State Highway 102 next to Town Hill Market.
No experience is needed – we guide you step by step to make a memorable piece and some good memories in our Kaleidoscope studio.
9:30-12 Rocking Mosaics
Learn to cut, grind, and color with Stained Glass. We have a huge selection of glass, tile and stones with all the tools and materials for you to bring home a framed piece for your window, wall or even make a pair of Acadia inspired of coasters! We have designs, use your own image, or go totally abstract. ages 6 and up can create with glass.
1-3:30pm Geological Printmaking
Prismatic rocks come out beautifully using the reduction method of squeegeeing portions of ink away. Create cairns, the shoreline, or one of our erratic. It looks even better with some native botanicals, which we happen to have. Gelatin plates hold amazing details and you can experiment on a variety of papers using our non toxic Akua inks. Assemble your prints into a folded star book, a matt to frame and cards to send.
6-8:30 pm Fiber
Make and take your own unique Bates Cairns trailmarkers from Maine organic farmers fleece.We supply it all to create a framed scene as well as wet felt the rocks for a cairn. Ages 7 up, the needles are sharp.
$35 for each – register artwavesmdi.org
The programs are part of Southwest Harbor Week, ten days of events hosted by AcadiaChamber, the Chamber of Commerce for Southwest Harbor and Tremont. Major sponsors include First National Bank, Acadia Cottages, Hamilton Marine, Ann’s Point Inn, and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. More details on tours and other events can be found on the Chamber website, AcadiaChamber.com.
The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents of Mount Desert Island. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of the island and supporting self-guided audio tours.
For more information about SW Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.
Shaffer will receive a $7,500 cash grant, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, a trip to Prescott, Arizona, the cover and a feature spread in the grant publication Reveal, and a feature profile and jewelry showcase in the 2019 Halstead catalog.
“She has a gift for getting all the pieces of business to work together,” said Hilary Halstead Scott, Grant founder and Halstead President. “We were impressed with Emily’s sophisticated mix of marketing and strategy.”
Emily received her B.F.A. in Crafts – Fine Metal Jewelry and B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, where she was selected as a student exhibitor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Craft Show. She also received the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, was named an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star and was a Top 5 finalist for the 2017 Halstead Grant last year.
“This year’s winner, Emily Shaffer, has a very compelling and marketable body of work supported by a well thought out business strategy and a realistic approach that is sure to propel her forward,” Guest judge Michael David Sturlin stated. “I am excited to see her make the next big steps in her continuing success story.”
Emily’s jewelry features clean, modern and minimal designs made from Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver with a matte finish. Most of her Stacked, Line, and Layered Collections range in price from less than $100 to $400. Her jewelry is available for sale online at www.emilyshafferstudio.com or at retail locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and more.
The Halstead Grant competition recognizes other strong entries in two divisions. Results within each group are in no particular order. The Top 5 finalists are Stacy Rodgers Jewelry, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, Lemak, Inc., and VLM Jewelry. The Top 10 finalists are Sarah Zentz Jewelry, TIN HAUS, Elana Jovero Jewelry, Lou Jewels, and Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry. Top 5 finalists receive $500 and Top 10 finalists receive $250.
The Halstead Grant began in 2006 as a way to bring the business plan concept to the jewelry community and encourage makers to establish clear goals and measurable steps toward self-sufficiency. The Halstead Grant application process guides participants through the elements of a complete strategy for entrepreneurship. Participants all receive general feedback from the competition jurors, with finalists receiving individual feedback reports specific to their entries.
The 2018 judging committee included Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott, founders Tom and Suzie Halstead, as well as Halstead’s Business Development Specialist, Kelli Vanyek Greene, and guest judge Michael David Sturlin. Sturlin is a respected goldsmith in his own right. He is a regular contributor to Jewelry Artist magazine and esteemed master workshop instructor at jewelry studios around the world.
There is a first time for everything and Two Itinerant Artisans (WALLS-KUHN) have cleaned and painted our space and will have a pop-up open studio on October 6, 10am – 7pm, with guest Artists: Fredrick Kuhn, Kirk P. Linder, Allegra Kuhn, and Peter Walls. Join us for some light refreshments by our new neighbors at the The Hichborn and visit our Decorative Arts home base to see what we do, as well our new gallery with work by Stockton Springs Artists.
Plenty of parking three doors down, at the Stockton Springs Town Hall, just past Super’s Junkin’ (Station Street Salvage), as well as 3 spots across from our building.
We look forward to seeing you in October! RSVP if you can, otherwise come visit Stockton Springs and invite a friend!
Allegra + Peter
Peter Walls + Allegra Kuhn
The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create and connect – toward expanding the apprentice’s craft skills and experience.
The 2018 Craft Apprentice Program will conclude with a capstone exhibition on view at Maine Craft Portland, 521 Congress Street, Portland, Maine September 25 – October 26, 2018.
Please join us for the artist reception and refreshments
Thursday September 27th, 4-7pm
The exhibition will feature new work created during the seven month apprenticeship by both Masters and Apprentices and be on display in a newly created educational / exhibition space (thanks to funding from the Maine Community Foundation!) within Maine Craft Portland; MCA’s new retail space + resource center in the arts district of Portland, Maine.
Nina Ruit – Apprentice (fiber)
Nancy Giesberger – Master (fiber)
Nina Devenney – Apprentice (jewelry)
Christine Peters – Master (jewelry)
The 2019 Craft Apprentice Program application will open mid October and be due December 7th. Thanks to National Endowment for the Arts funding the program will support five master / apprentice pairs in 2019.
Sadie Bliss, MCA Director 207-205-0791
Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a Wine & Cheese reception to welcome Guest Artist
MARCIA BRANDWEIN on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, from 5-7 pm, at 11 Centre Street in Bath. The reception is included in Bath’s Third Friday Art Walk, and will also feature a new exhibition of member artwork. The show will be on view through November 1, 2018.
Marcia Brandwein is a 30-year summer resident of Pemaquid Harbor. Her paintings and drawings are brilliantly colored and inspired by shadows and reflections.
She says “I graduated from Pratt Institute as an Illustrator which is apparent in my drawings. My career was spent creating textiles for the home furnishing and hospitality trade. This had its limits as it was controlled by the requirements of printing and weaving. Painting, with its freedom of expression was always a plan when the time was right. My style is impressionistic and bold in execution.Working in plein air is challenging adding to the boldness of my work.I use each painting as a learning curve for my next. My goal is to keep moving forward with new challenges to my craft.”
Gallery hours for September are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 to 5:00, Sunday 12:00 to 4:00. Beginning October 1, the gallery will be closed Tuesdays. Call 207-442-0300 for more information.
Each week a piece of studio furniture will be featured under the spotlight, handcrafted by a furniture maker represented at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville. You will have the opportunity to critique the featured piece, offering suggestions and asking questions. At your discretion, a personal follow-up will be made to you by the furniture maker of the featured piece for further discussion.
September 1 – 7 Garrett Hack
September 8 – 14 Matt Hutton
September 15 – 21 Jeffrey Cooper
September 22 – 28 Heide Martin
Sept 29 – Oct 5 Gail Fredell
Oct 6 – 12 Brian Reid
Oct 13 – 19 Joel Avila
The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main Street, PO Box 203, Mt. Desert, ME 04660