Archive for Castine

Annex Arts invites artists to submit to the ‘Castine in the Time of Quarantine’ project

Annex Arts is seeking submissions for its “Castine in the Time of Quarantine” project, a community-based journal to be published by Annex Arts.

Submit stories, observations, notes, poetry, photos and art created and informed by your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. Castine in the Time of Quarantine will record and reflect the diverse ways one small town in Maine persevered through an unprecedented moment in world history.

How have you been keeping track of this time? Have you been journaling, writing stories, taking pictures, making art? No matter what form you’ve been using to track your thoughts and feelings, Annex would love to work wit you. This project is open through Aug. 21 to anybody who is residing, working, or doing business in Castine during the pandemic.

Annex will partner with Castine Historical Society to assist with their goal of building an archive of local history during this world-wide pandemic. With your permission, your submission will  be donated to the Castine Historical Society for their Castine Pandemic Archive. Where necessary, at our request names, dates, and specifics can be redacted.

All participants will receive a copy of the end result of this collection.

To register or get involved, go to

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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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Annex Arts Offers New Safe-Distancing Programming


Oil on canvas by Sara MacCulloch, Annex Fellow, 2019

After a vibrant summer at Annex Arts in 2019, filled with artist residencies, openings, receptions, exhibitions, workshops and readings, the Annex community was looking forward to even more ambitious public programming in 2020.

However, a new reality has been shaped by COVID-19, and these public programs cannot take place as planned. But the arts are more essential than ever, and Annex Arts will continue its mission of supporting the arts and our community this year by offering a new set of safe, social-distance programming focused on storytelling, the power of the written word and community interaction.

For forthcoming details, visit, or follow the arts center on Facebook.

Meet Annex Artists-in-Residence Friday


Visiting artist and academic duo, Moira Holohan and Xavi Comas arrive from Miami with their two children and will spend the next three weeks at the Annex studio.

Moira works with diverse media and methods, mixing into fresh forms the vernaculars of performance, weaving, video, installation, choreography, public art, drawing and painting.

A geophysicist whose work encompasses science, technology, and social issues such as climate change, Xavi will collaborate with Moira to combine ongoing research concerns into visual art forms.

Come meet the residents during our Friday night reception 5-7 pm. Moira and Xavi will also offer a children’s art workshop.

ANNEX ARTS Castine non-profit artist residency program EVENTS


ANNEX ARTS is a non-profit artist residency program located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Castine, Maine.  We provide creative workspaces for artists and writers so that they can benefit from unfettered time and the opportunity to draw inspiration from our stunning village and coastal region. Annex Arts’ programming promotes the arts as a means to address the economic, cultural, and spiritual well-being of our community.

  • Friday, June 21, 5-7pm: Closing Reception for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Drew Klassen and Shelley Mansel, painters from Ottawa and Nova Scotia. Come see what they made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public

DREW KLASSEN / JUNE 15 – JUNE 27, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario,Visual Arts

Drew Klassen, painter and educator, was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1964, and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While teaching English in Japan, Klassen established a strong studio practice and began to exhibit regularly upon his return to Canada in 1998. His work is held in numerous private and institutional collections in Canada and abroad. In 2010 he received one of five Established Artist Recognition Awards presented annually by the government of Nova Scotia.


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

A landscape and figurative painter, Shelley Mansel attended UCFV in British Columbia and received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has shown in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions internationally with works reviewed in magazines including House & Home and featured on HGTV. Her paintings are held in private collections in Canada, Germany, France, and the US, and in permanent public collections at St. Mary’s University Halifax and UBC Vancouver. She has received two Nova Scotia Creation Grants, a Presentation Grant, and has served on the selection committee for the Nova Scotia Culture Division’s Grants to Individuals Program.

  • Friday, June 28, 5-7: Reception for Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane – Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see what she made while in residence at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine, Free and open to the public



Ellsworth, Maine, Visual Arts

Kristy Cunnane is an artist and educator who loves to cook and lives in the woods of rural Maine on a long old road called Happytown. Cunnane specializes in graphic and text-laden images that often mix humanity with the splendor of the natural world in witty and wonderful ways. In addition to spending much of her time teaching at a small Waldorf school in Blue Hill, Maine, where her days are full of lively children, she works as an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist and is a force behind “Table for Change,” an art and food dining experience which directs its proceeds towards specific charitable causes.

  • Saturday, June 29, Time TBD: Demo/Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Kristy Cunnane –  Bookmaker, illustrator, printmaker. Come see how she does it at Annex Arts, 8 Water St, Castine. Check back at our calendar at


  • Monday, July 1, 9-1: Writing Workshop with Annex Arts’ Writer-in-Residence at Annex Arts, Elizabeth Poliner- “Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing.” For all skill levels. To register email 9 Main Street, Castine, $50

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from?  How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex?  In this half-day course, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class exercises.  After developing characters through various techniques, participants will learn how an understanding of character can generate a story’s plot.  By the end, participants may have enough material at hand to go home and write a great story!



Hollins, Virginia, Literary Arts

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of 2016); Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Hollins University where she is an associate professor and current director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.


Friday, July 5, 5-7pm: Opening Meet-the-Artists Reception— meet Annex Arts’Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, visiting from Miami, FL and Barcelona. Find out what this interdisciplinary artist and geophysicist duo will be doing while in residence. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.

  • Sunday, July 14, 12-2pm, Children’s Workshop with Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas. This interdisciplinary artist & geophysicist duo will give a workshop open to children of all ages using the diverse and approachable materials and tools they use in their work.8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.



Miami, Florida, Visual Arts

A multidisciplinary artist, Moira Holohan merges two sets of temporal art practices: slow and meditative with fast and urgent. The laborious process of weaving and hand-marked flip book animation are paired with the immediacy of performance and video montage. Holohan explores the process as both signifier and instrument, while contemplating questions of meaning, purpose, and value. In collaboration with Dr. Xavier Comas, Holohan’s recent work employs geophysical profiles collected with a ground-penetrating radar. She received her BA at Bard College and her MFA at Hunter College and has exhibited widely.



Miami, Florida, Interdisciplinary

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Xavier Comas earned a fine arts degree in graphic design and photography from the Superior Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona University and his doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. Comas’ timely collaboration with Moira Holohan seeks unique fusions of art and science. His graphic designs, blogs, and photo essays have exhibited and been published in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and The Netherlands.

ª Friday, July 12, 5-7 pm:  Meet the Residents Reception— Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence, Painter, Sara MacCullouch from Nova Scotia. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.

ª Tuesday, July 9, 5-7pm:  Opening  Reception for Exhibition by Dez Ryan Odegaard at the Gallery B Project Space at 9 Main Street, Castine,, Free and Open to the public. Exhibition runs from July 9 – July 17


  • Friday, July 19, 5-7:  Big Multi-venue Reception/Exhibition for Annex Arts’ Artists-in-Residence Moira Holohan & Xavi Comas, and Sara MacCullouch. 8 Water St. Castine, Me., Free and Open to the public.



Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visual Arts

Sara MacCulloch recently completed her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been painting for over twenty years. Her work centers on sense of place, memory, and the ephemerality of a moment. Her subjects are mostly of landscapes that have had an impact on her from childhood, and more recently of places where she has spent time with her daughter. She has shown extensively in Halifax, Toronto, and New York and has works in collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Artists in Residence at Annex Arts

Annex Arts 2019 program Artists in Residence is here, come see the work they’ve made!  Annex Arts is located at 8 Water Street Castine, Maine.  The following is a bit about the artists.

Carissa Potter

Oakland, California

Visual Arts Residency @ the Annex studio

June 1 – June 15, 2019

Carissa Potter’s prints and small-scale objects are investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking with humor and poignancy to the human condition, Carissa’s work strikes universal chords. Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and is a founding member of Colpa Press and the founder of People I’ve Loved. With over 600 stores globally, People I’ve Loved specializes in thoughtful handmade gifts and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Create Magazine, New York Times, Teen Vogue, Real Simple, and more. Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, De Young Museum, CCA, The Body Shop, Anthropologie, The Color Factory, Urban Outfitters, The Hammer, & Pinterest to name a few. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute, Facebook, and Google. She has exhibited across the globe, most recently at Eleanor Harwood and Legion, both in San Francisco. Currently she is working on being a better listener and just finished her second book with Chronicle books, titled It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply.

Michelle L. Morby

San Francisco, California

Visual Arts Residency @ the Annex studio

June 1 – June 15, 2019

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michelle Morby was adopted in the 1970s and spent her formative years in the US, on both coasts. While living in Paris, she began her art making in street photography. It is her staunch belief that the creative idea dictates the medium, therefore she works in analog and digital photography, video, installation, performance, happenings, and currently paintings exploring themes of mythos, desire, transformation, and belonging. Her current body of portraits seeks to celebrate an eclectic group of people from history, pop culture, and semi-forgotten history. It celebrates all lives, great and small, the foibles of the human condition, and what makes us real.

Elizabeth Poliner

Hollins, Virginia

Literary Arts Residency @ Annex Arts

June 5 – July 5, 2019

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing, a novel (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of 2016); Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She is a recipient of seven individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, fiction fellowships to the Wesleyan and Sewanee writers’ conferences, and artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Hollins University where she is an associate professor and current director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins. Poliner will be working on a forthcoming novel while in residence at the Annex.

“Everything Wonderment” at Annex Arts

ANNEX Arts in Castine presents:
Everything Wonderment – an installation by Artists-in-Residence, Duke & Battersby
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 5-7pm
Residency dates: August 1 – 15th

For their exhibition here in Castine, they will be reprising their work Everything Wonderment after its debut in Brussels this spring. On a table in the space we find a microscope enabling the close inspection of various objects and organisms – bones, mosses, crystals, bacteria. In relation to this there are a series of sculptures: dioramas composed of geological crystals, minerals, and small animal remains such as whiskers, bones or feathers. As they have done with earlier works, in Everything Wonderment, the artists draw parallels between human society and the animal kingdom.

Here is a link to their wonderful video work Dear Lorde

About the Artists:

Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton British Columbia, Canada) and Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada) have been working collaboratively since June 1994. They work in installation, new media, curation and criticism, but their primary practice is in art video.

Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America, Asia and throughout Europe, including the Whitney Museum (New York), Walker Center (Minneapolis), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), The New York Video Festival (NYC), Oberhausen, The European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck), Impakt (Utrecht), The Images Festival (Toronto), The Musee d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), DUMBO (Brooklyn), and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

Duke and Battersby are tenured professors in the Transmedia Department in Syracuse, New York.

In 2012, a book about their work was published by Coachhouse Press. It is called The Beauty Is Relentless. In 2015, a book of Duke’s writing was published called The Illuminations Project.


Black and White Ball at Annex Arts

ANNEX Arts’ extravaganza & annual fundraiser celebrating the arts with local food, live music, live drawing, dancing, auctions, and fun clad in black and white on a warm summer evening. Come out, enjoy the party, and support your local artists and our arts organization.
Location : Outside the Annex @ 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine
Cocktail Attire or less but please dress in black and white!

Tickets $25 – Reserve your ticket here or buy them at Gallery B at 5 Main Street, Castine.
You may also purchase tickets via phone or email

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New Artist-in-Residence at Annex Arts

Welcome to Artist-in-Residence, Augusta Sparks Farnum!
Augusta has come to participate in Annex Art’s residency program from Washington state. She found us in a discussion online about how to support artists who are also mothers through supported residencies. We’re so glad to have you, Augusta!

While here she will be working on a series of photographs and site-specific wall drawings. Her photographic practice often finds the poetic and the surreal in the landscape. She is hoping to be offered glimpses into overgrown garden spaces, and/or offered access to small sailing vessels like the ones she sailed in her childhood at Camp Fourwinds on Walker Pond. If anyone can help her with access to these things please reach out, perhaps the favor can be adequately returned.

Augusta Sparks Farnum, Artist-in-Residence
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Closing Reception, Friday, July 6 5-7 pm
Open studio July 3, 10 – 2 pm and July 4, 12 – 2 pm

Annex Arts • 8 Water Street, Castine, ME 04421 • 213-839-0851