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Radio Maine: In conversation with Portland Art Gallery’s gallery manager Emma McHold Burke

Emma McHold Burke

Emma McHold Burke started working with the Portland Art Gallery just as COVID was causing small businesses like the gallery to “shift direction.”

She had recently graduated from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Pennsylvania after gaining an education in painting and art history and had planned her next life steps around the Philadelphia community in which Tyler is located.

With the uncertainty of the pandemic looming, McHold Burke reluctantly gave up her post-college apartment and moved to her family home in Maine. Wanting to maintain her connection to the art world, McHold Burke reached out to the Portland Art Gallery. When she learned that the gallery, as a non-essential business, had been instructed to close its doors to the public, she volunteered to work behind the scenes.

Her work ethic and enthusiasm were immediately evident. She was soon offered a paid position, and her willingness to work through strange and challenging times eventually earned her the position of gallery manager.

Learn about the power of creativity, and the importance of resilience, in McHold Burke’s conversation with Lisa Belisle in Radio Maine Episode 27. Listen at

Maine Crafts Association news and opportunities

Double Cleated Tumbler by Kreg McCune.


Sept 1-30: Hillary Hutton, Handweaver at Center for Maine Craft

Sept 2-26: Surf and Turf: Postcards From Maine L&S Cylinder Exhibition at Maine Craft Portland

Sept 9, 5 to 8 p.m.: STITCH (outside): Maine Designers on the Runway

Sept 9, noon to 6:30 p.m.: STITCH Style Market

Sept 9, noon to 5:30 p.m.: #MakeItBlue Indigo Dyeing Activity

Sept 18-19: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Scarborough


Oct 1, 5 to 7 p.m.: Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition Opening Reception

Oct 1-30: CAP Exhibition at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 1-31: Tom Fererro Original Paintings Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Oct 2-3: Maine Craft Weekend 2021

Oct 2, 2 p.m.: CAP Artist Talk at Watershed: Tim Christensen + Aidan Fraser

Oct 3, 2 p.m.: CAP Artist Talk at Watershed: Lissa Hunter + Ashley Page

Oct 23-24: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Brunswick

Nov 2 to Dec 31: Blue Moon Clay Carvers Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Nov 5 to Dec 31: The Craft Maker’s Gambit: An Exhibition of Chess Inspired Work

Dec 8: Application deadline: CAP 2022

View the full calendar at

Ceramics September at the Turtle Gallery

Paul Heroux Folded Double Vase


Ceramics September at the Turtle Gallery opens Sept. 3,  featuring Sequoia Miller, Lynn Duryea, Paul Heroux and many others
“Anchored by the work of Sequoia Miller, Lynn Duryea, and Paul Heroux, “Ceramics September” is a superb showcase of some of today’s most brilliant and inventive craft artists. Hats off to the Turtle Gallery for devoting quality gallery time to this art form. Ceramic art is alive and thriving in Deer Isle.”
–Carl Little, writer and poet


Lynn Duryea, Insert, Wide #2, Terracotta

Sequoia Miller’s subtle glazes on 59 hand-built components of “Cityscape” are available to collectors in newly created groups. These lidded vessels were originally shown at the Bellevue Art Museum in an impactful single group. Lynn Duryea’s slab constructed terra cotta forms showcase her unique talent for serious yet colorful pieces. Duryea is a founding member of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. The Turtle Gallery will contribute 10% of sales from this show to

Sequoia Miller Cityscape –

A former instructor at Bates College, Watershed, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Paul Heroux’s large scale platters and folded vases decorated with a patchwork of glazing techniques and graphic transfers show a dynamic presence of natural and occasionally controversial themes.Also included are clay works by Scott Goldberg, Sharon Townshend, Nancy Nevergole,
Lucy Breslin, Mark Johnson, Marcia Kola, Aby Milner, Katherine Hackl, Elizabeth Louden, Barbara Sullivan and others.

On the Walls in September…
Paintings, sculpture, craft, mixed media work, turned wood, blown and cast glass, metalwork, ceramics, and limited edition prints can always be seen online at Groupings of work by Peter Kemble, Adele Ursone, Jeanne Paterak, Michael Weymouth, Holly Berry, Mary Aro, Rebecca Goodale, Treacy Ziegler, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Gene Shaw, Larry Moffet, Alix Bacon, Hub White, Karl Schrag, Jeff Loxterkamp, and others.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery resides in a 1876 two-story barn and outdoor sculpture garden. The Gallery is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. We are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 12-5:30pm
through mid-October and by appointment. For more information, please call 207-348-9977. We are on Facebook and Instagram @theturtlegallery.

Carl Little wins Rabkin Lifetime Achievement Award

A hearty congratulations to Carl Little, a Maine arts writer from Mt. Desert for winning the Rabkin Lifetime Achievement Award! For more than 30 years, Carl has dedicated his writing to exploring the art world of Maine. He has written extensively about the Maine art scene in national publications, and has been one of the primary cultural connections between Maine and New York. The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation is dedicated to recognizing and rewarding writers who make art accessible to general audiences. An honor well deserved, indeed!

Artist Talk and Book Signing with David Row and Suzette McAvoy

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to join us for a dialogue between artist David Row and exhibition curator Suzette McAvoy, discussing the artist’s landmark solo exhibition, The Shape of Things.  This closing event will be followed by a reception where David will sign copies of the newly released catalog accompanying the exhibition.

This event is being offered free of charge and will be held in-person from 2:00 – 4:00pm in CMCA’s Main Gallery and streamed to Facebook Live.

This is the final in person viewing of The Shape of Things, S.B. Walker | Nor’east, Will o’ the Wisp, and SCREEN: Cherrie Yu, as these CMCA exhibitions close at 5pm. Our galleries will reopen October 1.

Haley Art Gallery’s RENEWAL opens September 9

 Life Force – acrylic –Gene Galipeau

 Life Force – acrylic –Gene Galipeau


  Haley Art Gallery’s RENEWAL group exhibit will open on Thursday, September 9, with a reception 3-6pm. Featured works will be by artists: Barbara D’Antonio, Gene Galipeau and Bill Oakes. The exhibit will remain on view through November 19, 2021.

All gallery visitors MUST wear masks for the safety of all patrons.

Join us on Saturday, September 18, 2-4pm for Muse & Thoughts on Paintings – an Artist’s Talk with Barbara D’Antonio.

Gallery’s gift shop showcases social impact gift items “handmade by women” from around the world and the U.S..

Gallery invites its patrons to support artists and artisans by online shopping to help empower artists and artisans–and enjoy a 20% discount on all opening day purchases.


New Era Gallery Change of Seasons Group Show

Andrew Anderson-Bell    “Seaside Field”  Pastel


The New Era Gallery Annual Change of Seasons group show celebrates the bounty of summer, while looking ahead to the glorious light and cooler temperatures of autumn. They continue the celebration of our twentieth year with new works by many of your favorite gallery artists.

They will hold an outdoor/indoor opening reception on Saturday September 4 from 4:00 – 7:00, with drinks served under the tent where there is lots of room for socializing. Following current recommendations, masks will be required indoors. The show runs through Sept. 21

Paint Eastport honors David Orrell


For years, artists have been celebrating the charm of Eastport through Paint Eastport Day. This year, they are expanding the experience to two weeks. One week is for creating, and the following week is for sharing.

Works will be available for auction three ways: a silent auction booth of randomly selected works at the Salmon Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5, a display of local works at Eastport Gallery from Sept. 5 to 12 (these works will also be included in the online Facebook auction) and an online auction on Facebook from Sept 5 to 12. The auction closes at 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Artists are encouraged to use whatever mediums inspire them.

This year’s Paint Eastport is dedicated to David Orrell. In the spirit of Orrell, the inspiration behind the traditional Paint Eastport Day, artists are encouraged to get outside and work plein air around town on Sept. 4. Perhaps get a group together and make a day of it.

Complete information about participating as an artist or buyer can be found at

Call for Art: ARTinME! 2021

2019 ArtinME Best in Show: Andy Benoit.

Boothbay Region Art Foundation presents a state-wide juried exhibit, open to all full- and part-time Maine residents.

The juror will be Keith Oehmig, director of Wiscasset Bay Gallery.

The deadline for digital submissions is midnight Oct. 1.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14, and an awards reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, with up to $1,600 in prizes.

For a full prospectus on the exhibition, go to