Archive for Art Talk

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

Anne Black solo show ‘Flights of Fancy’ at Eastport Gallery

Anne Black will exhibit “Flights of Fancy” at Eastport Gallery from Sept. 14 to Oct. 3.

Black will be at the Eastport Gallery at 109 Water St. on Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about her work. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 3.

In her own words:

I am drawn to many art mediums, including photography, painting and mixed media. Inspired by changing light and atmosphere in both nature and urban settings, I take special delight in unexpected vantage points, reflections, abstraction, complex layering, intuitive mark-making, vivid color and texture. My recent work merges photography, drawing and painting into layered digital works. Two of my favorite elements in the digital montages I create are monotypes made with gelatin plates and ink drawings, both of which I scan and convert to digital files. Photographic elements are featured in some of the montages, as well. I use Photoshop to create complex layered works, often making different versions to explore changes in the way various layers interact. The process is endlessly fascinating! I ­either print the resulting digital artwork onto fine art paper and mount it onto a wood panel, or onto transfer film before transferring the image to a prepared wood panel using a special transfer process developed by Bonny Lhotka at Dass Art. The process is very labor intensive, but I love the sparkle and immediacy of the result and look forward to exploring the many possibilities of this process.

The pieces in this show represent a range of work, from layered acrylic monotypes and impressionistic photographic montages to more recent montages which incorporate ink drawings and whimsical illustrations.  The centerpiece of the show is an entire painted/printed/collaged/constructed world of an imaginary wildlife refuge, complete with a lighthouse, which I created as part of a group challenge to use an old volume of Encyclopædia Brittanica and create something with it. I created this piece at my studio in West Concord, MA in the summer of 2018, just after a serendipitous visit to Eastport which resulted in finding the site of my now finished new home in Eastport. Wildlife Unbound has also found its true home in Eastport, and I am excited to present it in my first solo show at the Eastport Gallery.

More information about Black and a link to her personal store is at

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.


Diana Young exhibit ‘So Much to See’

Painting by Diana Young.

Diana Young’s solo show “So Much to See” is open through Sept 4.

Young was at the Eastport Gallery at 109 Water St. on Aug 28 and 29 to answer questions about her work and life in Maine.

“People have asked me what kind of art I do,” she says. “I tend toward line, direction and force. I focus on motion rather than a point or object and I prefer a dynamic interlocking of shapes to attempt three-dimensional rendering. I use a locale as a point of departure not as a study in nature. I like to find the kernel of a place. I try to keep the excitement of the underlying drawing from being buried under the paint.

“What makes an artist? Doing art with enthusiasm for many years is the proof. What starts out looking strange becomes accepted as beautiful over time … Being an artist may be one part talent and nine parts desire.”

For more information about Young, visit

CMCA 2021 Distinguished Lecture with Chris Newell

Chris Newell

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites the public to its 2021 Distinguished Lecture presented by Chris Newell, executive director of the Abbe Museum & Senior Partner to the Wabanaki Nations, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

An educator helping lead the charge in decolonizing museum practice, Newell will speak on the need for reconnecting Indigenous knowledge to historic conservation and collection spaces, including museums and National Parks. In 2021, conservation is quickly catching up to the fact that divorcing Indigenous intellectual and cultural property, knowledge and context from collections they govern has created a huge void of knowledge about the collections themselves.

Newell is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. He serves on the board of trustees for the New England Museum Association, Tides Institute and is a current member of the Maine Arts Commission. Newell is a longtime singer with the acclaimed Mystic River singers, based out of Connecticut, and has traveled the U.S. and Canada participating in cultural celebrations, pow wows, and live stage performances. A co-founder of educational consultancy Akomawt Educational Initiative, he works with schools, universities, museums and all areas of education to incorporate Native perspectives in a culturally competent manner.

Newell’s lecture will explore key questions, such as, what lies at the crossroads of science, culture, history and art? And how can it benefit us all?

“Since its inception in the 19th century, the conservation movement in America created collecting institutions, including museums and land conservation spaces like National Parks,” says Newell. “For Native peoples in this country, these spaces are often devoid of Indigenous knowledge. The result is skewed, controversial, and sometimes misleading information about America’s history.  Counteracting this longtime phenomenon involves the decolonization and re-Indigenization of Native information, objects, arts and cultures.”

The lecture will be held in CMCA’s Main Gallery, 21 Winter St., Rockland. Tickets are $20 for CMCA members, $25 for nonmembers, and are available for purchase online at the events page at Capacity is limited to 80 seats, and a reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Artists tell their stories with an eclectic mix of materials and genres in Maine Art Gallery Show

“Under the Influence: H.D.,” by Katy Helman.

“Lost and Found,” on exhibit at the Maine Art Gallery on Warren Street in Wiscasset, features three Maine artists who create mixed-media narratives with all manner of materials from traditional art supplies to textiles, papers and found objects.

The show opened July 31 with a reception and runs through Aug. 21.

Katy Helman, Buzz Masters and Jennifer Lee Morrow tell their stories in a rather unorthodox way that reflects the human spirit through symbolism and patterns and a synthesis of styles.

Elaine Pew, curator of the show, was inspired to bring it to the gallery when she first saw the work of Buzz Masters. “The way Buzz combines fresco with collage, telling stories that involved the viewer, really struck me,” Pew said. “I knew then that I had to show her work at the Maine Art Gallery.”

“The Black Umbrella,” by Buzz Masters.

Buzz Masters describes her own work as an investigation of the malleable nature of memory — what we hold onto and what we leave out in order to make our story. She uses wooden panels covered with her recipe of materials reflecting the genius of Italian plasterers. More recently, she has been working on paper, using mixed-media collage.

Pew found Katy Helman’s work to be joyful and humorous. As Helman says of her paintings, “I mix stripes and paisleys, synthesize genres and styles. Whether obvious or not, my work is autobiographical, describing my state of mind and the current events of my life.”

Jennifer Lee Morrow describes herself as a magpie, collecting bits of paper and cloth and other objects that come into her life. “I collect the stories I hear and the ones I imagine. then through alchemy, tinkering, and stitching, I combine and alter these substances until the stories deepen and become my own.”

Buzz Masters and Jennifer Lee Morrow will discuss their work in a presentation at the gallery at 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

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.

Portrait of a State: A gallery talk between S.B. Walker and Edward Earle

S.B. Walker

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will host an in-person gallery talk by exhibiting artist S.B. Walker in conversation with Edward Earle in CMCA’s Bruce Brown Gallery at 5:30 p.m. July 23. Admission to the talk is free and refreshments will follow.

The discussion will explore Walker’s extensive work creating his comprehensive photographic survey of Maine, which is the subject of his solo exhibition Nor’East. Edward Earle, former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography notes in his exhibition catalogue essay, “In this exhibition, Walker offers a fresh approach to the lyric documentary tradition. He eschews a narrative structure or the study of one subject, his images create a collective interpretation of Maine’s social landscape.”

S.B. Walker (b. 1987) lives and works in Rockland and Portland. His works have been exhibited internationally and are in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Peabody Essex Museum; Smith College Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brown University; The Thoreau Institute; and Paul Sack Photographic Trust. His projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Lens Culture, Hyperallergic and Aperture, among others. His first monograph, Walden, was published in 2017.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Maine Craft Interview Episode 4: Naomi David Russo Interviews Heide Martin


The Maine Craft Interview Project is a Maine Crafts Association initiative bringing artists at different career points (and sometimes generations) together in an interview led by the emerging artist. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

In its fourth episode, Naomi David Russo interviews Heide Martin.

Interviewer Naomi David Russo is a woodworker who enjoys making objects that depend on a functional interaction to reveal the concept of the piece. She received her BFA in woodworking and furniture design from Maine College of Art in 2019. The following year, she continued her studio practice through an alumni residency in the woodworking and furniture design department at MECA. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Interviewee Heide Martin is a designer who makes furniture and housewares in Midcoast Maine. Her designs are Shaker-esque with commitment to functionality, as well as unique, balanced form, and she exhibits and sells her work internationally as well as in Maine. Alongside her woodworking practice, Martin pursues her commitment to craft through creative collaborations, residencies, grants, publishing and teaching. Martin has been a resident and visiting artist at San Diego State University, Maine College of Art and Design, Center for Art in Wood, and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Her teaching experience includes furniture weaving and design at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, as well as assistantships at the University of Washington and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

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Maine Craft Interview Episode 3: Kincaid Pearson Interviews Angela Adams

Interview Series by MCA

The Maine Craft Interview Project is a Maine Crafts Association initiative bringing artists at different career points (and sometimes generations) together in an interview led by the emerging artist. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

In its third episode, Kincaid Pearson interviews Angela Adams.

Kincaid Person is a Maine College of Art alumni from the fashion and textile department. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with a focus on decor and furniture, incorporating a tactile element through textiles. His practice also incorporates non-functional work paintings and other 2D art. Kincaid enjoys the abstraction of objects that allows the viewer to see something that may not be there. Interpretation by the viewer is a key part of his practice. 

Angela Adams is a Portland-based artist who launched her area rug and furniture company with her husband in 1998. Angela Adams designs her rugs which are then handmade by skilled artisans around the world, and the furniture is handcrafted by master furniture makers in their Portland studio.

The interview series fosters connections, mentorship, community and storytelling. It introduces emerging artists to our craft community and is a chance for established artists to reflect and support emerging artists in the field. To inquire as an emerging artist, or to nominate an emerging artist, call 207-205-0791 or email