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Important update regarding the 2020 Artists & Makers Conference

Due to the potential impacts of hosting an in-person convening at this time, we are cancelling this year’s Artists & Makers Conference, scheduled for April 16-17 at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland, in order to do our part to stem the spread of the coronavirus. We are in the process of planning some virtual offerings in the Spring and will be in touch with updated information as they evolve.

We look forward to pursuing new opportunities for us to connect and share resources in the coming months, so please stay tuned!

A Message from Archipelago

At Long Last” by Lisa Mossel Vietze

Art connects us, inspires us, and reminds us of both our humanity and our immortality. As artists and makers who share our art and selves with our communities, we offer a valuable service to those around us every day. Being self-employed, we also connect with each other to establish our networks, build the local economies around us, and make a positive impact on the creative economy as our web of art and artists grows. We bring our items and our art to craft fairs, retail fairs, retail stores, websites, Etsy shops, galleries, and customers directly. In this scary time, it’s easy to worry about all of that collapsing. 

What can you do to take care of yourself? Your household, studio, family, and loved ones? As you listen to yourself, what do you hear yourself needing—and how can we help you?

Now, more than ever, we want you to know that Archipelago is here for you. To help provide support specifically for Maine’s small businesses, including our artists and makers, we’ve compiled a list of resources just for you. We’re collecting whatever we hear about that might be helpful for you right now, so if you know or hear of anything that isn’t on this list, please let me know by email or Facebook Messenger and I’ll add it!

The health of our society depends upon the ability of our artists and makers to create and bring those creations into their neighborhoods and the world. Maine’s economy depends upon the creative economy. At Archipelago, we are currently planning and preparing for a busy summer, fall, and holiday season—cleaning, painting, and yes, buying. While we may shape the nature of our orders a bit differently to bring more products online, we are anticipating ordering at similar levels to last year. Today, that is our plan.

More broadly at the Island Institute, the Small Business team’s primary concern is ensuring that goods and services are moving between the mainland and island communities. We are prioritizing support for ferry services (both public and private), which are essential to the flow of uninterrupted food, medical supplies, fuel, and other services to our islands. The Island Institute is also working to connect small business owners and independent contractors on islands and in coastal communities to loan and disaster relief programs at the local, state, and federal level that can provide funds for sustaining their businesses throughout this pandemic.

In the meantime, Archipelago is making calls and reaching out to see how you’re feeling, what you’re going through, and how we might be able to support you. We’re here to help however we can or, if nothing else, to simply offer a friendly ear, some kind words, and someone to talk to. Our friend Susan recently shared the following with us: 

“Right now I’m ok. I’m mostly worried about loss of income this year. Who knows who will buy pots, who will travel, and when. My concern is that we craftspeople are such small businesses that we will be overlooked [in relief funds].

For years I’ve wanted to have the significant impact craftspeople in Maine make on our economy recognized. We bring people here from out of state, give them something to do, and also are the ones who always donate and support our local community fundraisers. We deserve some love!

I am concerned that if the government sends out checks they will somehow miss us. Also, what about the small businesses, maybe ones just starting out. What if they don’t file taxes? Will money go to them too?

Thanks for all you are doing. Just knowing you are thinking of us helps.”  

In addition to some virtual small business events and resources in development, we are also working on blog posts and stories focusing on how Maine artists and makers are responding to the current challenges and using their talents to help their communities. Stay tuned for more on all of that very soon!

For now, just know that we are all in this together. Archipelago will be trying to reach out to you in the coming week, but if you have any questions or want to chat in the meantime, feel free to email me at I’d love to hear from you!

Until then, stay safe, practice self-care, spread sunshine in the day, mix with paint, clay, and fabric, and be well.

My best,

Lisa Mossel Vietze

Director, Archipelago

CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy to Retire in September

The Board of Trustees of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced that its Executive Director and Chief Curator Suzette McAvoy, who has led the organization through a transformative decade of growth, will retire on September 1, 2020, marking her 10th anniversary with the art center.

 “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead CMCA to where it is today,” McAvoy said. “Having achieved all of the goals I set for myself and for CMCA, it is time to hand the reins to another dedicated and talented leader.”

McAvoy has been a leading figure in the Maine arts community for more than three decades having served previously as Chief Curator and Interim Director at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, and as Executive Director of Waterfall Arts in Belfast, before accepting the position at CMCA in Rockport in September 2010.

 At the time of McAvoy’s appointment, the art center, which was founded in 1952 as Maine Coast Artists, was struggling to survive financially and was burdened by an aging historic building in need of repair. Over the next twelve months, McAvoy led the revival of the embattled institution, regaining the support and trust of its members, donors and the statewide arts community.

 McAvoy says, “I accepted the challenge of leading CMCA at that difficult moment in its history because I believed strongly in its mission and importance to Maine. My belief in that mission, and my gratitude to the many artists, supporters, donors, and friends that have made its current success possible, has only grown and deepened over time.”

 In 2011, under McAvoy’s leadership, CMCA launched ArtLab, its signature education program to reach new and younger audiences. In 2012, its 60th anniversary year, the organization embarked on a strategic plan to relocate to premises that would allow year-round programming and be more suitable to the changing needs of contemporary art.

 Over the next year and a half, McAvoy and the Board of Trustees considered many locations throughout the Mid-coast, ultimately purchasing the property at 21 Winter Street in Rockland in May 2014. Internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, who has a home on nearby North Haven Island, was selected to design the new CMCA building, which opened to the public in June 2016. 

 With former Board Chairs Marilyn Rockefeller and Charlotte Dixon, McAvoy spearheaded the $5.2 million capital campaign to build CMCA’s new facility. Since its opening in Rockland, CMCA has served 40,000 visitors annually and has exhibited the work of 175 artists connected to Maine. Additionally, CMCA’s ArtLab education program now serves more than 1,500 students each year. In 2018 it received the Maine Office of Tourism’s highest award, the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, and has been called a “must see” by The New York Times, among other publications.

 “I credit Suzette with no less than changing the cultural landscape of Rockland,” says Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, which has partnered with CMCA for its new Fellowship in the Visual Arts.

 Over the past three years, under the leadership of former Board Chair, Karen Brace, CMCA made tremendous strides in building infrastructure and fundraising efforts. Now financially stable and well established in its landmark building, voted “the best new museum of 2017″ by The Boston Globe, McAvoy is confident of CMCA’s future. “Programming is in place for the next year and a half, and we have an excellent professional staff, a committed and generous Board of Trustees, and loyal advisors, donors, and members.”

 Martha Jones, newly appointed Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees (in October 2019), will lead a national search for McAvoy’s replacement starting this spring. “With CMCA now cemented on the national stage, we are committed to hiring a nationally recognized leader in the museum search field who will guide us toward finding a candidate to carry forward the upward trajectory set in motion under Suzette’s leadership.”

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces: PATTERNS IN NATURE: ART & SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces:


A panel discussion


Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Please join UMMA for a panel discussion on patterns found in nature. Featured artist Deirdre Murphy will participate to discuss themes in her work that explore the connection between climate change and migratory bird patterns. Panelists include: Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology; Dr. Erik J. Blomberg, Associate Professor of Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology; Dr. Adrienne Leppold, Project Director of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and George Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, & Climate Change, will lend their perspectives on the subject through the lens of their research in the area of conservation biology and climate change. Deirdre Murphy’s exhibition Oculus with artist Scott White will be on display at UMMA through May 2.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and RSVP required. Please contact Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.581.3370 or email to reserve your seat today.

2020 Maine Crafts Association Craft Shows

2020 Maine Crafts Association Craft Shows:

JULY 24, 25, 26

MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Camp Beech Cliff, MDI

AUGUST 14, 15, 16

MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: United Farmer’s Market of Maine, Belfast


Portland Fine Craft Show, Free Street, Portland


MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Camp Ketcha, Scarborough

OCTOBER 24 & 25

MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Fort Andross, Brunswick

J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

J. Whitman Studio 2020 Workshops & Classes

Robert Carsten : June 12-14, 2020 Cost $375

Michael Latala: Portrait July 10-12 2020 Cost $425  Landscape July 14,15 2020 Cost $285

Doug Dawson: Sept. 28-30, 2020 Cost $425

Life Drawing 1pm to 3pm every Saturday in February Cost $15 each class


Jerri Whitman 207-779-6277

900 Gardiner Rd Dresden, ME 04342

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents ‘The Mid-Winter Valentine’s Day Show’


The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents: The Mid-Winter Valentine’s Day Show. An annual party where you keep your coat on, and maybe your hat – It’s on Valentines Day this year! – Featuring the artworks of Louise Bourne, Jenny Brillhart, Molly Blake, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Cynthia Winings and Goody-B. Wiseman!  

Evening Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:00 – 8PM. 



Warm Your Heart And Soul! – There will be Refreshments and Good Company, too. DRESS WARMLY. Everyone is Welcome!


Maine Crafts Association Announces Additional Opportunities for Fine Craft Exhibitors

New in 2020, the Maine Crafts Association is managing four fine craft shows previously managed by the Maine Crafts Guild. MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows have a different application process from the Portland Fine Craft Show.

To participate in the four MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows, artists must be juried members of the MCA Guild Level Membership. Maine craft artists may apply now for this membership level and once approved may register for shows (beginning Feb 1st).

Application Process for the 2020 Monhegan Artists’ Residency Now Open

Maine visual artists are invited to apply for the 2020 summer season residencies on Monhegan Island.  This year there are two openings:  a two-week residency for art teachers from June 27th – July 10th and a five-week residency from September 5th through October 10th  open to artists working in all media.  Applicants should consult the MARC website: for detailed information about the program and send their applications through Submittable, the on-line, art service, at:

This year’s jurors will be the noted Maine landscape artist, Dennis Pinette, who is represented by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland; painter and graphic artist Tessa O’Brien, co-founder of the Portland Mural Initiative and gallery director at Able Baker Contemporary in Portland; and new MARC board member, Mott Feibusch, who holds a degree in Crafts/Woodworking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is also currently the First Assessor on Monhegan and co-owner of Monhegan Coffee Roasters.

The application deadline is March 15th.

Apply to the 6th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

The online application is open now for the Sixth Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, a one-day outdoor show on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in the Portland Arts District. The juried show will feature 90+ juried exhibitors from Maine and the Northeast exhibiting baskets, ceramics, fiber-decorative, fiber-wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as outreach booths featuring New England and Portland arts organizations, international artists new to Maine, guilds and schools by special invitation, and sponsor booths. Application deadline is January 31, 2020.


Nancy Davidson, Curator-in-Residence, Maine Jewish Museum

Gabriel Frey, Artist, 2019 Craft Apprentice Program Master

Tara Gardner, Retail Operations Manager, CMCA


Free Street Parking Lot (next to the Children’s Museum)