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Maine artists donate to Maine Medical in new online exhibition

“Isolation,” by Nora Tryon.

Maine artists donate to Maine Medical in new online exhibition

Although the Union of Visual Artists (UMVA) Gallery, inside the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress St. in Portland, is not open yet, UMVA artists produced the online exhibition “Sheltered in Place.” The show’s work reflects artists’ thoughts and feelings on both the coronavirus pandemic and the pandemic of racism. A portion of any art sale from this show will be donated to Maine Medical Center for COVID-19 protective measures.

“The images and words of UMVA artists in this online exhibition surface from the isolation and compression of life in the pandemic,” said John Ripton, UMVA-Portland co-chairperson. “The works express personal and universal struggles. There are abstract and figurative pieces and a variety of media from painting and mixed media to photography and digital work. We hope you will plumb the depth of these highly personal interpretations and that one or more of the pieces will touch your spirit. Last, we believe community and society is the source of great art and we dedicate this work to first-responders everywhere.”

View the show at

‘The Sea Hypnotic’ at Kigel Studio

Jean Kigel

Jean Kigel Studio presents “The Sea Hypnotic,” Jean Kigel’s fourth theme show of the season. This is available for viewing in person at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro and virtually at from Aug. 7 to 21.

There’s something about water that draws us in and fascinates us. It creates peace and awe — and fear and exhilaration. It releases the stresses of everyday life. From Ishmael in “Moby Dick” to Maine summer rusticators, the sea captivates us.

Like many artists, Kigel has been captivated by the sights and sounds of the sea, and it’s made its way into her work.

Her paintings depict the edges and surfaces of the vast Atlantic, with its surging waves and its mirrored surfaces. Watercolors were her first and most-natural medium for painting this fluid substance. With watercolors, she loves to meld blues with purples and greens. With her Asian brush painting (another water-based media), water soaks into rice paper and spreads slowly softening edges of the sea with the shore. She also uses oils to create the geometric slashes of light and tide that cut the cove in front of her studio.

Visitors are welcome to stop in at Kigel Studio, following Maine’s CDC health guidelines. For more information, email or call 832-5152.

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

“La Fleur du Soleil Series,” by Barbara Goodbody.

In response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and local closings, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland began creating the online series MMPA Antidote, which includes photographic artwork, audio interviews, and artist statements and reflections from Maine artists, aimed to serve as inspiration during times of isolation.

Joel R. Ferris, a donor who helped launch MMPA, says, “On Fridays after work, I pour a glass of wine and look and read the site and pretend I’m on Portland’s First Friday art walk.”

A new issue of MMPA Antidote is available online at

Investigate the links, share the images, and send some of your own to

Annex Arts hosts Village Reads

Annex Arts’ summer programming is in full swing with virtual activities that celebrate storytelling.

The Village Reads program is off and running. In the spirit of the international City Reads and One City, One Book programs, Village Reads is rooted in the belief that better understanding of our world, our community and ourselves can more powerfully emerge through reading and discussing impactful books together.

To participate, simply read the selected book, register for Village Reads at to get updates, read Annex reader-in-residence Sonja Krušič O’Donnell’s blog at to receive notices and interactive “bonus content” to accompany the reading, and attend the live, interactive virtual author events.

“Call Me American,” by Abdi Nor Iftin, reading starts on July 15 and the virtual author event is at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

If you haven’t already bought your book, be sure to reserve/pre-order a book at Compass Rose Books or your local village bookseller soon so that we can be sure to accommodate your book needs. Witherle Public Library and Blue Hill Public Library have several copies to borrow.

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Meet Fiore Art Center’s (virtual) artist-in-residence

Katie Addada Shlon. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In lieu of Open Studio Days at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, guests can join virtual open studios this summer to learn more about what’s happening and see what the art center’s summer residents are up to. The event runs from 5 to 6 p.m. July 29.

During the July virtual open studio, guests will meet Katie Addada Shlon, the art center’s virtual performance artist in residency. Fiore Art Center welcomed Addada Shlon in July.

Addada Shlon uses the natural environment as a collaborator in their work. Their current body of work focuses on creating new instruments for sound, departing from traditional forms and structures to reframe our experience of music as bodied participants.

“Viewing the land as a living system which requires love and care, I turn my focus to restorative and regenerative agriculture practices which serve that need,” Addada Shlon said. “The issues of public health, land health, individual health, growth and nourishment are all connected but can be made invisible in everyday life.”

Addada Shlon will share her work by sharing a film. The screening will be followed by a panel conversation and audience Q&A with  Katie Addada Shlon, Heather Lyon (past performance artist and residence) and Sarah Simon (Maine Farmland Trust’s farm access and farm viability director). Opening and closing remarks will be given by Karen Giles, gallery coordinator at Maine Farmland Trust.

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. Photo courtesy of MFT.

RSVP for the virtual open studio at to receive a Zoom link to the event.

Artist residencies are a way for each artist to further their work as it reflects on agriculture, environment and our current times.

Check the MFT website at and social media platforms (, @mainefarms and @mft_gallery on Instagram) to follow the progress of the residents’ work and stay connected with the virtual open studio days.

Pemaquid Art Gallery’s Arter and Busch deliver contrasting style and vision

“Full Hold and Homeward Bound,” an oil painting by Stephen Busch of South Bristol, reflects the painter’s love and abiding respect for the sea.

This summer, The Pemaquid Group of Artists offers an opportunity for art lovers to view and purchase the group’s art through its expanded website,

The PAG Board decided not to open its physical gallery space this season due to COVID-19 risks and instead the public is encouraged to survey its art online.

Two of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, both with vastly different visions, are illustrative of the wide range of styles among the 30-member group. Debra Arter’s dynamic and colorful multi-media work and Stephen Busch’s apparently simple but mysterious narrative and realistic paintings in acrylic and oil are highlighted here.

Arter is a well-known Maine artist and art educator recognized for her printmaking and collage, but she also enjoys painting and assemblage. Sometimes travel and location dictate which medium she uses. She also favors those mediums that allow layering and have a textural component. She is continually inspired by the Maine landscape but interprets it in a free manner, working outdoors in the summer and in the studio in the winter. The end result is a restless and colorful mix of abstraction and realism.

Deb Arter’s colorful mix of abstraction and realism is evident in her “The Whole World Smiled at Once,” a recent piece.

She earned a BA degree in art education and a master’s degree in Fine Arts. She has taught printmaking extensively in the mid-coast area. She also teaches printmaking at the Mid Coast Printmakers and is leading instruction on her sun porch for travelers and groups.

Busch, in contrast, has a clear storytelling approach to his painting in oil and acrylic on canvas. His knowledge of ships and ship construction and his abiding respect for the sea is evident in many of his paintings. His subjects include tales of the sea, often depicting historic scenes of whalers and fishermen at work, and he also paints present-day fishermen, people going about their daily activities and landscapes. But even his landscapes have a narrative quality about them, suggesting a story and pulling the viewer in to enjoy that story and a certain mystery.

Busch was raised in a family rich in art and a connection to the sea and sailing. He graduated from the Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, New York, and spent eight years at sea in the merchant marine and holds an unlimited U.S.C.G. Masters license. He pursued art studies informally at the Silvermine Guild of Artists and Norwalk Community College, both in Connecticut, and later at Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta. He has provided artwork for the covers of several books, and his work has been in solo and group shows in many midcoast Maine locations.

Maine Crafts Association announces updates and upcoming events

Maine Crafts Association

Maine Crafts Association is grateful to be learning how to navigate COVID-19 and see Maine reopening in a thoughtful, careful way. They are also grateful to see the continued efforts, conversations and actions of the communities in support of Black Lives Matter, equality and diversity. MCA is working with its board, staff, members and peers on a national level to be part of positive change in our local communities, the craft field and our country. Input and feedback about this is welcome.

MCA Retail Galleries & Resource Centers are now open to the (mask wearing, sanitizer loving) public. Hours are limited but will increase based on how sales and safety goes. To ensure the spaces are open upon arrival, call to check hours beforehand or make an appointment. Open hours, appointments and curbside delivery are all available.

Keep up to date via MCA newsletters and social media for the upcoming launch of SHOP Maine Craft: Maine Crafts Associations Online Gallery, as well as updates and adaptations to MCA’s September and October MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows and other new initiatives.


Ongoing: [SOURCE+BUY] Maine Craft from Home

July 2: Happy SECOND Anniversary to Maine Craft Portland!

July 6: MCA Retail Galleries open to the public.

July 6: [SOURCE+SELL] Craft Classifieds Launch

July 24: CANCELLED — Maine Craft 2020 Gala at Camp Beech Cliff

July 24-26: CANCELLED — MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: MDI

July 27: Master Craft Award Facebook Live Announcement


Aug 14-16: CANCELLED — MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Belfast

Aug 22: CANCELLED — Portland Fine Craft Show

Sept 19-20: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Scarborough

Sept 26-27: POSTPONED (new date TBA) — Big Ink Printmaking @ Center for Maine Craft

Sept 29: Get Ready with CERF Plus: How to Protect Your Career From Emergencies – Workshop @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 2: CANCELLED — Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition Reception

Oct 3-4: Maine Craft Weekend 2020

Oct 24-25: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Brunswick

Symbolism is the focus of Maine Art Gallery’s new online show

“Arms Around It,” by Clara Cohan.

The Maine Art Gallery’s second online show, “Acquired Symbols,” features former students and friends of the important Maine artist and teacher John Lorence. Because the gallery is closed for the season due to COVID-19, the images in the online show will provide a preview of works that will be exhibited in the 2021 season. The show can be viewed at until Aug. 7.

Works in mixed-media collage, sculpture and painting by Camille Buch, Clara Cohan, Peter Haller, John Lorence and Jorge Pena are included in the online show. Next year’s show in the gallery will be expanded to include more of their art, plus works by Matt Blackwell, Elliott Borowitz, Felice Boucher, Ellen Gutenkunst, Patrick Plourde and Teresa Sullivan.

Art is often a symbolic expression of what is going on in the world around us. In his artist’s statement for the pieces that are included in this show, Jorge Pena writes, “The scenery, season’s colors, and life in Maine have also made an impact, and this influence is reflected in my latest paintings. I can’t avoid being motivated by the latest attack, death, and injustice suffered by my kinfolks. Some of my paintings show my response to injustice and racism.”

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults. More information is available at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. The gallery is closed for the 2020 season.

‘Discussing the Line’ online panel discussion will be hosted by CMCA

“Double Bubble” (detail), by Tracy Miller. Courtesy of the artist and Mrs. Maspeth, NY.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will host a virtual Tuesday Talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 21 with four of the artists whose work is currently on view in the exhibition “Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation.”

The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public, will feature artists Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Anne Neely and Hannah Secord Wade in conversation with scholar and curator Amy Rahn.

Rahn’s research and work focuses on postwar painting and women artists, in particular the historical consequences of women artists’ networks of understanding and camaraderie. She is currently an associate professor of art history and director of the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The event will also include a live virtual tour of the exhibition at CMCA as the panelists discuss the works on view. To join the talk on Zoom or Facebook Live, register at


Meghan Brady received her BA from Smith College and her MFA from Boston University. She was a 2019 and 2017 recipient of an Ellis Beauregard Foundation Grant, a 2018 Hewnoaks Summer Fellowship and a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibition, “Reversible Roles,” at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. Brady lives and works in Camden.

Inka Essenhigh received her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally, including recently at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York City; Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center, Columbus, Ohio; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and Pace Prints, New York City. Essenhigh lives and works in St. George and New York City.

Tracy Miller was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, and studied at the University of Iowa, the University of California at Berkeley and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been included in nine solo shows and more than 50 group shows throughout the U.S., including a solo exhibition at the American University Museum in 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, three Pollock-Krasner Awards, an Elizabeth Foundation Award, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grant and an American Academy of Arts and Letters purchase prize. Miller lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and spends summers in Harrington.

Anne Neely received her BA from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and the Cill Rialaig Arts Center. Her work has recently been featured in a solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation, New York City, curated by Sarah Sze; and a solo exhibition, Water Stories at the Museum of Science, Boston. Other recent exhibitions include Cove Street Arts, Portland, and Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York City, as well as numerous additional venues throughout the U.S. She splits her time between home and studios in Jonesport and Boston.

Hannah Secord Wade received her MA in fine art from Chelsea College, London, and her BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. She has been a resident at the Arteles Creative Center, Open Wabi and The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Boooooooom!, Design Crush and Style for Mankind. She lives and works in Woolwich.

The Maine Art Gallery Opens Its First Online Exhibit

“Higgins Beach – Late Afternoon,” by Cynthia Sortwell.

“Untitled 1027,” by Conrad Guertin.

“Bobolinks,” wood engraving, by Siri Beckman.

Hard times inspire creativity, and Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery has stepped up to the challenge.

The gallery presents an online show of paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and collages from 23 artists that might have been held at the gallery, were it not for the limitations due to COVID-19. Instead, the images can be viewed at through July 10.

The show offers a range of styles. In addition to depictions of landscapes, waterscapes, architecture and still lifes, works include nontraditional shapes and symbolic paintings.

More information is available on the Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset Facebook page. The gallery, located in the historic Wiscasset Academy building at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, is closed to the public this summer due to COVID.