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Centre Street Arts welcomes Kat Mead-von Huene

Reef Society, by Kat Mead-von Huene

Centre Street Arts in Bath welcomes May and our new associate artist
Kat Mead-von Huene.

“Maine has been home for 30 years. Shells (often broken), nature, & marine life provide inspiration. My most recent work emerged from my grandmother’s early 20th century photos. By enlarging these very small snapshots, details are revealed which bring her world into the present. Another recent series focused on still life with vintage needlework as a backdrop. The hand sewn designs reveal the amazing skills of women of past generations, besides being fun to look at.”

Centre St Arts Gallery is reopening Feb. 3

“Stonington Quarry,” by Sharon Bouchard.

Visit Centre St Arts Gallery to see several new works by its 23 artists, when it reopens to the public on Feb. 3.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday through June.

Covid safety practices will be in place. Face masks are required on staff and visitors, and hand sanitizer is required upon entry and before handling artwork. People are required to keep a six-foot distance. 

Centre St Arts Gallery is at 11 Centre St., Bath. Email, or call 207-442-0300 for more information.

Watch artists work each Friday in December at Markings Gallery

Wayne Robbins and Emi Ito.

Markings Gallery, at 50 Front St. in Bath, is excited to see their holiday windows come to life this December.

Join Emi Ito, fiber artist, at her loom and Wayne Robbins, woodcarver, at his carving bench as they create art on Fridays in December from 4 to 6 p.m.

More information about these artists is at, and

Green Lion Gallery opens online exhibit of abstract photography by Olga Merrill

“From Above.”

Green Lion Gallery is hosting “Beyond the Edges,” an online, solo exhibit of photographic works by Olga Merrill, through Jan. 29.

Olga Merrill describes herself as “a person who is not without mystery,” and the same can be said of her photographically-derived images. She says, seemingly playfully, that she hardly recognizes herself as a photographer. Instead, she uses photography as a tool to create an image of her vision, with a dreamy and indirect — indeed mysterious — relationship to external reality.

Some of her work clearly begins with representational photography of the world around her, but she transforms the images into the wonder of abstract pattern using techniques like intentional camera movement, multiple exposures and a carefully chosen color palette to reflect her vision, dreams and feelings. Much her current work, however, involves imagery that is simultaneously unabashedly abstract and intensely detailed and intimately linked to its photographic origins.

The Green Lion Gallery was proud to be the venue for Olga’s first one-person show in 2019 and is now equally proud and delighted to host an online exhibition of some of her newest work. The show, “Beyond the Edges,” opened at on Nov. 28 and will be displayed through Jan. 29.

As a glimpse into her thoughts about the collection of images that make up the show, Olga offers a quote from Japanese author Haruki Murakami: “Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.”

Merrill was born in the far east of Russia and earned university degrees in both economics and law. Her father was an amateur photographer, and Olga has early memories of the smell of chemicals in his darkroom, but she didn’t take up photography herself, until, decades later, she moved to Maine and settled in Brunswick. In 2015, she began her career in photography and quickly pursued the abstraction that became her style. The results have been spectacular. Her work has been published in several digital photography magazines in the U.S. and in Europe. It has also been exhibited, and won awards, in galleries in Maine, Minnesota, New York in the United States, as well as in Malta, Italy, Hungary and Greece.

Green Lion Gallery online exhibition ‘Ten Miles Out’

Green Lion Gallery is proud to announce its latest online exhibition, “Ten Miles Out,” photomontages by Lilian Day Thorpe. Lilian, a talented, imaginative and accomplished photomontage artist spent some of her summer on the Maine coast where she partly grew up. Based on that experience, she’s been working on a fascinating series of images that explore new territory both technically and aesthetically. We’re thrilled and honored to host the premier exhibition for her new work.

Green Lion Gallery is located at 40 Lemont St. in Bath. Contact  for more information.

Markings Gallery celebrates 10 years

Markings Gallery

Written by Jason Palumbo

A moment of awe. A sense of wonder. An intimate feeling of connection.

These are the sensations visitors report on entering Markings Gallery for the first time. They are the sensations I felt on finding myself in Markings after moving with my wife from New York City to a small community in mid-coast Maine. Markings, an artists’ cooperative with three large display rooms nestled on a lively little street in the shipbuilding town of Bath, is the rare shop that you bring all your out-of-town friends and relatives to see. There’s a magic to Markings that needs to be shared.

Markings Gallery is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Normally, Markings, known in the community for its gallery shows and artists talks, would throw a big bash to mark this accomplishment, but not this year, with protocols requiring masks and physical distancing of patrons. Yet even in these strange times, a local treasure like Markings has earned a moment of recognition and celebration.

It is a big accomplishment for a gallery that is run by and for artists to reach the one-decade mark in such an expansive storefront. It’s rare for a gallery of this kind to thrive for so long. Markings does not buy art to upsell, and it does not feature any works by artists who are not Maine residents. Markings is an artists’ cooperative featuring 60 of the finest artists and craftspeople that Maine has to offer. The gallery prides itself on being a place for artists to sell art the way that they want to, a platform for its members to reach enthusiasts, fans, and collectors.

Fans and enthusiasts might sound like hyperbole for a craft store in a sleepy town off Route 1, but the fans proved themselves to be very much that when they voted with their dollars this spring. When the pandemic struck, and all the retail shops in coastal Maine went into lockdown, many galleries had to fold. Other wonderful shops near Markings along Front Street in Bath boarded up for good. Nan Kilbourn-Tara, the founder and acting manager of Markings, would not go down without a fight. She gathered the members of the cooperative together and planned an online fundraiser to carry the gallery through these lean times. It turned out that Markings had more than fans. They had committed supporters. They had patrons in the truest sense of the word. They met their fundraising goal within three weeks.

Kilbourn-Tara is an experienced businesswoman and talented tile artist who exudes confidence and genuineness, and in speaking with her, I got a sense of what makes Markings such a special place in the community.

“You know, I’ve heard more than once that we stack up with the best craft shops in America from people coming from New York, Boston, Philadelphia,” she said. “The diversity and excellence of our artists’ work is our strength. Keeping both the mix and the balance exciting is our challenge, and that recipe is always changing. We work hard to find the best of the best.”

Markings is the second artists’ cooperative that Kilbourn-Tara has successfully helmed. In 1976, a well-received Maine craft show called Directions in Maine Living launched in Portland. Kilbourn-Tara saw that the show had opened the eyes of people in the art world to the true talent of Maine artists and their handmade objects, and she jumped at the opportunity to expand on the show’s success. That very year, she convened with local artists and opened Praxis Gallery on Main Street in Freeport. It thrived for 17 years. According to Kilbourn-Tara, several factors led to the closing of Praxis, but the main reason was due to the town of Freeport having changed so dramatically.

“Freeport had become a town with high rents and mostly outlet stores that many of the gallery’s customers chose to avoid. It was no longer the ideal location for a cutting-edge Maine crafts gallery.”

Fast forward to 2010 and the birth of Markings Gallery.

“A small group of artist friends gathered in my home in West Bath,” Kilbourn-Tara recalled. “We began reminiscing about the Praxis years and what a special gallery it was. I mentioned that I had seen a wonderful gallery space for rent in Bath. Suddenly the spark was lit. We began the brainstorming process that ultimately led to creating a diverse group of craft artists. Markings Gallery was on its way.”

The group chose to use the same business formula that had worked so well at Praxis. The income from each piece would go directly to the artist with a percentage deducted to cover the costs of running the gallery. No profit is taken by a gallery owner, as one does not exist. With this financial structure, the artists are all working together, for themselves, but also for each other. The gallery is a success only if each artist succeeds.

While Markings has no owner or executives, it does have strong leadership. In addition to Kilbourn-Tara, the other chief leader of Markings, the gallery’s manager, is a skilled textile artist named Susan Mills.

It was Mills’ work that most captivated me and kept me coming back every time I found myself in Bath. In fact, I was so taken with her work that I introduced myself and cajoled her into teaching the art of wet-felting just so I could understand how she imbued such a spirit into her felted creations. Mills credits Kilbourn-Tara with the store’s ongoing success when it comes to finding the right balance of ever-changing talent across a broad range of media. She also points to Kilbourn-Tara’s artistic eye in the staging of the new art in concert with the hugely diverse array of pieces to be found in the gallery.

“Nan does the curating and brings her own keen vision to every piece that comes in the gallery,” Mills said. “She puts a lot of energy into staging the gallery. Consideration is always given to see how pieces work together with colors, textures and symbolism.

Whenever Markings has taken on a new artist, there are lots of conversations that precede this. The art is highly juried. It has worked well for them.

The gallery is always populated by a diverse range of media, from fiber art to ceramics to jewelry to wood carvings. There are currently two artists with stained glass work in the gallery, and another artist makes small glass objects and ornaments.

This is what happens when a gallery is run entirely by the artists. The spirit of the place is focused on the pieces, rather than the profits. Markings is deeply authentic. It is a place to luxuriate in art for the sake of art, craft for the celebration of skillful eyes and hands. It is a place that makes you feel. A visitor described it as feeling like being in a museum but more accessible. Each piece has meaning, authenticity, and is one of a kind.

Kilbourn-Tara and Mills stressed to me their gratitude to the patrons who value them strongly enough to make the fundraiser a success and to come back to see them year after year. They hope, even though they can’t responsibly throw the 10-year anniversary party that the store, its fans, and the town deserve, that people will still be able to come and celebrate in their own way, with smaller, more intimate celebrations of what the gallery means to each individual.

Markings Gallery is still open. It is still a place to be inspired. Reflecting on the success of the store and the fundraising drive that carried it through the statewide shutdown, Mills said, “I think it shows what people truly value. Art feeds the soul.”

Markings Gallery Opens Its Doors

Markings Gallery

Markings Gallery, located at 50 Front St. in Bath, opened its doors on June 5, thanks for generous support from the community.

June hours are Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An online store is available at, featuring work by more than 50 Maine artists represented by the gallery.

The June Clay Show features the work of Nan Kilbourn-Tara, Harold Roberts and Carolyn Judson.

Centre St Arts’ Online Sale Benefits Food Bank

“Outside Looking In” by Lea Peterson


Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, an artist-owned business operating year-round in Bath, has posted a video slideshow on Facebook with selections from its new exhibit and sale to benefit local food banks. Each purchase will help the community and bring a piece of art into your home or the home of someone you love.

Watch for more posts coming soon on Centre St Arts Gallery Facebook page at

Markings Gallery Features the Artists of Café Crème

Crystal Mansir


Markings Gallery, in Bath  is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Café Crème artists Crystal Mansir, Cass Tirrell and Benjamin Wallace. Their paintings will be featured during the month of March with an artist talk and reception on Friday, March 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Crystal Mansir is the general manager at Bath’s beloved Café Crème and has been creating art for the last seventeen years. Her artist journey began at the age of fourteen when she received her first paycheck. She immediately went out and bought some small canvases, acrylic paint and brushes. Crystal’s paintings are abstract, inspired by nature and other worlds from her dreamtime.


Cass Tirrell


Cass Tirrell started painting seven years ago in acrylics. She was immediately drawn to Buddhist themes as she was delving into this practice in her own life and found much inspiration there. Last year she started to dive into portrait painting. She has been practicing and creating, finding inspiration in many faces and feelings.


Benjamin Wallace


Benjamin Wallace’s paintings are inspired by his connection to nature. Nature has been his sanctuary and influences his daily state of being. He is deeply rooted in appreciation and gratitude for Mother Earth and paints from that space.

New Works at Markings Gallery


Markings Gallery in Bath is featuring the works of fiber artist Janice Jones and woodcarver Wayne Robbins for the month of February. Janice has been hand-weaving and designing textiles for clothing and the home since 1970. Now, in a studio overlooking hayfields and woodlands in the central Maine highlands, she designs, weaves, and finishes scarves, shawls, clothing and accessories for the home. Janice loves watching yarn transform into fabric before my eyes.





Wayne’s carvings are created from his love and appreciation of the sea and the innate beauty of wood. Robbins’ representational style depicts the natural grace of the creatures he loves. His career as a biology teacher compliments his work. The sea’s breathtaking beauty and its infinite varieties of flora and fauna are constant reminders that we must respect and help sustain the lifeblood of our planet.