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Spring Greetings from the Cynthia Winings Gallery


For the first time, in a while, I am feeling hopeful. It feels so great to be able to say just that much. To begin to experience some enthusiasm for the future; have a sense that, perhaps, we might be together with greater comfort, and with our hearts more open to inspiration and beauty.

While the signs of spring are everywhere, new artworks are also emerging from the artists’ studios and I am happy to share them with you here. I have been astounded at what has been produced through this challenging stretch. Inspiration can’t be stopped. Artists continue to dig deep, and reveal greater and greater truths. With great enthusiasm, I am looking forward to a new season at the gallery. For you, I wish the opportunity to come and stand in front of this years work. I hope to see you this summer.

The gallery will be welcoming visitors for the new season on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Here is a preview of what’s to come –

Buzz Masters, Spring At The Dump/Mud/Lobster Traps/Small Tornado/Ice, Mixed media, 24 x 24 inches


Elizabeth Gourlay, AB 12, Colored pencil and acrylic on canvas
mounted on panel, 16 x 20 inches

Lari Washburn, Over And Through, Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 38 inches
Patricia Wheeler, Year of the Poppies, #4, Mixed media on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Thank you for looking, and I hope you and yours are very well,
If you have any questions about these artworks, please do not hesitate to contact me, 917.204.4001, or you can reply to this email.Take good care!

With Gratitude,


New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

“She leaves at dawn,” from the Ballad of Mulan series, by Kef.

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.

Published bi-weekly, Antidote features contemporary photographers and interviews with industry experts.

It’s current issue features work by photographer Kef.

“We traveled together for 12 years, but we never suspected Mulan was a woman,” Kef writes. “Influenced by the Chinese folk song of the same name, Ballad of Mulan explores performativity as it relates to my own identity as a Chinese and trans artist. In re-interpreting passages from the original work into my own perspective, the images examine my personal relationships to gender and family.”

Visit to view the most recent issue.

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

Maine Arts Commission Awards $127,000 in COVID Relief

The Maine Arts Commission announces more than $127,000 in economic aid will be distributed directly to artists and cultural organizations. By creating two new grants, the Resilience Artist grant and the Organization Relief Grant, the Arts Commission is able to award $36,000 to individual artists and $91,436 to support arts organizations who are experiencing economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to provide fully funded awards to organizations and individuals in need,” said Commission executive director David Greenham.

Since January, the Maine Arts Commission has restructured part of its grant program and undergone personnel changes that resulted in cost-saving procedures. Agency staff, under the leadership of Greenham, made it a priority to direct additional funds back into the arts sector.

“We used the remainder of the CARES money for organization grants, and we matched that with money freed up through efficiencies to create a relief program for artists,” said Kerstin Gilg, the Commission’s grants director. “We accelerated the grant review process so awardees could be notified by early March. It is important the money gets to those who need it quickly.”

“However,” Greenham added, “this funding is not enough to meet the need among organizations and individual artists in Maine. Cultural venues were among the very first to close when the pandemic hit and will likely be among the last to open. It is incumbent upon us to continue to work to provide what funds we can, and to work with state agencies to ensure guidelines for the safety of artists and audiences are clear as venues look to reopen.” 

With the recent passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, state arts agencies are also anticipating important provisions for the arts. These include $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (and explicit support for the federal-state partnership) and $1.35 billion more for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. As the details are released, the Arts Commission will work with federal and regional partnerships to ensure our Maine’s arts sector has the support it needs during this time.

Archipelago celebrates springtime

Archipelago celebrates springtime!

Spring forward! It’s a great time to look ahead, and Archipelago is doing just that.

Staff is receiving new items from artists and makers each day that will be available online and in the store.

On Main Street in Rockland, staff has painted the walls, are training new team members, and will open the doors again soon. Latest announcements are posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Online shopping and curbside pickup are available at New items have been curated and added to the online collections for spring.

Every purchase directly supports Maine’s creative economy.

Call for nominations: Maine Craft Artist Award

The 2021 Maine Craft Artist Award will be announced in May with an award presentation and exhibition later in the year.

In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award will confer the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence.

To nominate a Maine craft artist (self-nominations permitted), fill out the online form at

All craft artists nominated in since 2018 will be automatically considered for the 2021 award. If the artist does not have a good representation of their work or bio/resume online, follow up the nomination submission with an email to Sadie Bliss with that material at

Nominations of BIPOC Maine craft artists are strongly encouraged.

Deadline is April 15.

SHOP Maine Craft [by artist]

SHOP Maine Craft: The MCA Online Gallery offers a diverse selection of handcrafted items made exclusively by the artist members of Maine Crafts Association. With hundreds of artists to choose from and 16 shopping categories (organized by medium and location of work), there are dozens of pages of unique Maine craft wares for you to peruse at your pleasure. 

Looking for work by a specific artist? Simply use the search bar on our site (top right) to type in artist name, and then select an item. Once on that page, find more work by the same artist by clicking their name under TAGS.

SHOP Maine Craft at

Ogunquit Museum of Art 2021 exhibition schedule

“On the Rocks,” by Mabel May Woodward.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) launches its 2021 season with exhibitions that cover a variety of mediums and forms of artistic expression from painting to sculpture, found objects to photography. The museum opens May 1 with three exhibitions that continue through July 16: “One Hand Clapping: Jo Sandman,” “Remember the Ladies: Women Painters in Ogunquit, 1900-1950” and “Kahlil G. Gibran: The Surface and Below.”

The second half of the season starts July 30 with two new exhibitions and continues through October 31: “Life Streams: Alberto Rey, Cuban-American Artist” and “Art’s Ball: Wood & American Modernism, 1913-1936.”

In addition, four exhibitions will be open throughout the season, from May 1 through Oct. 31: “Light Southerly: Henry Strater in Verde Valley,” “The View from Narrow Cove,” “Charles Woodbury: Open Studio” and “In the Sculpture Park: Celeste Roberge, Chaise Gabion and Chair for Mining, Chronium.”

Ogunquit Museum of American Art is at 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit. Call 207-646-4909, or go to for more information.


“St. Cloud,” by Jo Sandman.

One Hand Clapping: Jo Sandman 

May 1-July 16

Sandman’s innovative artistic practice explores complex interconnections between the physical world and the structural underpinnings of abstraction. Working with a variety of materials, including traditional artist tools and supplies, found objects, industrial hard goods and soft goods, Sandman realigns the connections between painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and assemblage with highly personal imagery. Each outcome is a supposition about the natural world and her own self-study.  Sandman studied with Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell at Black Mountain College; as an artist and educator, she has taught at Wellesley College, The Art Institute of Chicago and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2018, OMAA acquired 33 of her works through the Jo Sandman Legacy Project. In this exhibition organized by OMAA, the collection is presented for the first time alongside major pieces from public and private collections.

Remember the Ladies: Women Painters in Ogunquit, 1900-1950 

May 1-July 16

Women have long been the subject of art, traditionally depicted as objects of beauty, or engaged in domestic and practical arts. When regarded for their achievements as creators of fine art, women of the Ogunquit colony may be remembered as vanguards of American arts and culture throughout the 20th century. Trained at Charles Woodbury’s Summer School of Drawing and Painting and Hamilton Easter Field’s Summer School of Graphic Arts, female artists remain an integral part of Ogunquit’s standing as a leading artist collective and a major cultural influence throughout New England and the U.S. Gertrude Fiske, Nellie Knopf and Susan Ricker Knox—among the colony’s most prolific painters—became influential painters, teachers and policymakers.   

Titled for Abigail Adam’s 1776 letter to her husband John Adams, “…I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them…”, this exhibition examines the politics and public policies that engendered compulsory education, civic engagement and professional opportunities for women. Presenting a remembrance “more generous and favorable” to the noteworthy contributions of female artists in Ogunquit and New England, the exhibition is organized by OMAA in association with Darin Leese. 

“On the Beach,” by Kahlil G. Gibran.

Kahlil G. Gibran: The Surface and Below 

May 1-July 16

The first focused exploration of its kind, this exhibition examines a finite selection of paintings from Kahlil Gibran’s early and formative years as a Boston Expressionist. Working in encaustic and oil—alongside contemporaries including Mark Tobey, Karl Zerbe and Maud (Cabot) Morgan—Gibran’s visual meditations on mysticism and abstraction identify the immediacy, beauty and prescience of painting. The exhibition, organized by OMAA with guest curator Anthony Moore, includes 12 works of art painted between 1948 and 1952, most of which have never been publicly exhibited.  

Hélène Farrar upcoming shows and news

“Earth, Wind and Sky,” by Hélène Farrar.

Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for 20 years while exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy and England. 

“While I am slowing down, I also seem to be speeding up,” she writes. “The studio is bustling. Paintings are being created for the wonderful galleries I am so happy to share my work in. My children’s book is in design mode, and I’m excited for the ‘big reveal’ later this spring.”

She continues to create works for her 2022 exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum of my “What We Carry Project” and for “At The Edge of the Woods” at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which will run from May 1 to July 13. Her work can also be seen at Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner and Archipelago Gallery in Rockland

More news and events will be announced at

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

“Cloudy with a chance of snow,” by Nick Gervin.

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.

Published bi-weekly, Antidote features contemporary photographers and interviews with industry experts.

The latest issue features work by photographer Nick Gervin.

Visit to view the most recent issue.

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

Maine Art Gallery seeks gallery manager

Encouraged by the arrival of Covid vaccines, the Maine Art Gallery (MAG) plans to reopen its Wiscasset gallery in May with a schedule of exhibits that will run through October. To assist in the operation of the nonprofit gallery, the MAG board of trustees has announced an opening for gallery manager. The part-time, year-round position will begin April 1.

The gallery manager is primarily responsible for working with the board and volunteers to maintain the gallery and its exhibits. The manager will greet visitors, assist with setting up and taking down the art shows, help promote the exhibits, and establish and maintain relationships with artists and the public. Experience or an interest in grant writing is welcome.

Specific skills and requirements of the position can be found on the Maine Art Gallery website at under the News tab. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. Applicants can contact Wendy Ross at with questions.

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 at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset.