Archive for Rockland

Contemporary Art in Context: MAEA Workshop

In support of the Maine Arts Education Association (MAEA), the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is offering a full-day hands-on professional workshop for Maine educators exploring the 2021 fall exhibits. The cost is $50 for CMCA or MAEA members, who are invited to register by Dec. 10.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

CMCA education staff will guide participants through a variety of art making activities and interactive ideas for incorporating contemporary art into the classroom, both in-person and online. Learn about themes, dialogues and curiosities as you make your way through the four exhibits now on display. The day will also include tours of current exhibitions led by CMCA curators. Then come together as a community of artists, educators and contemporaries during this one-day workshop.

Registration is open on our website.

To keep the community safe, all attendees will be required to wear a mask while indoors.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

CMCA Holiday Pop-Up offers food, art, sales

CMCA will open its doors for a day of holiday festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11. The event will feature free admission, special one-day-only discounts in the gift shop, a free art making workshop, treats and more.

CMCA’s Holiday Pop-Up is a celebration of art and community during the winter season. Guests of all ages are invited to drop in and explore art in all four galleries and to get creative in our ArtLab, where materials will be provided to make festive, hand-made holiday cards and wrapping paper.

For one day only, CMCA’s shop will also offer discounts on purchases with 25% off for members and 15% off for non-members; gift bags are complimentary. 

This free event promises to be a fun mix of holiday market, art appreciation and art making. Author Kathleen Hackett will also be on hand to sign her richly photographed book, “The Maine House: Summer and After,” for sale in the CMCA Gift Shop. As they exit, visitors will be offered hot cider and donuts, which they can enjoy in front of the fire pit in CMCA’s courtyard.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Stay tuned to our website for a detailed schedule of events for the day at

CMCA Adult Workshop Series: Introduction to Mold Making and Casting

Adults of all skill levels are invited to participate in a three-part, in-person workshop series on mold making and casting in December. Community artist Alexis Iammarino will lead the Sunday morning workshops for adults who want to develop skills to create 3D sculptural forms.

The workshop series draws inspiration from CMCA’s main gallery exhibit, “Spatial Relations,” featuring works made from cast concrete, ceramic, wood and mixed media.

The workshops will be held Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in person at the CMCA. The cost of $240 for non-members and $200 for CMCA members includes all materials. Register on the CMCA website by Dec. 10; there are eight spots maximum.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents group photography show ‘Again Different Waters’

Work by S.B. Walker.

“Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and again different waters flow.” — Heraclitus of Ephesus

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Again Different Waters,” a group photography exhibition, including works by Madeleine Morlet, S.B. Walker, Hector Nevarez Magaña and Dylan Hausthor, from Nov. 19 through Jan. 29.

These artists present unexpected intimacies, personas of their subjects in their own natural landscapes. We are given a moment of wonder; what comes before and what comes after? A pear grows on a tree, a lake freezes over, a butterfly lands on a flower, a splash of water hits your face. These are scenes of vulnerability, change and growth.

Work by Madeleine Morlet.

Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London, now based in Maine. She studied Classics and English at King’s College London and worked in video production for companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch for almost a decade. 

Her recent photography series has shown nationally and internationally. It was awarded the 14th Pollux Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, honourable mention for the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, honourable mention for the Don’t Take Pictures Prize for Contemporary Photography, Maine Arts Commission Project Grant, Lucie Foundation Photo Made Scholarship, Ellis-Beauregard Studio Residency, and shortlisted for the Lucie Scholarship Chroma X Luxe, Belfast Photo Festival, and Felix Schoeller Photo Awards.

Morlet teaches photography at Maine Media Workshops, Howe Hill Farm and the Penumbra Foundation. She is the features editor for Teeth Magazine. 

S.B. Walker is an artist living and working in Maine. His works have been exhibited internationally and can be found in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Smith Museum of Art, the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, the Thoreau Institute, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Peabody Essex Museum, and the Paul Sack Photographic Trust. His projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Photo District News, Lens Culture, Hyperallergic, Aperture, The Atlantic and others.

In 2017, Walker released his first published monograph, “Walden,” which features an afterword by Yale scholar Alan Trachtenberg. Works from his series examining the Polaroid Corporation are featured in a traveling museum exhibition titled “The Polaroid Project, Art and Technology.” Starting at the Amon Carter Museum in Texas, the exhibition has toured multiple venues in Europe and Asia and returned to the MIT Museum in the fall of 2019. Most recently, his work was included in a survey of American photography curated by Sandra Philips titled “American Geography” (Radius Books/SFMoMA).

His work is currently represented by Janet Borden Inc., New York.

Work by Hector Nevarez Magaña.


Hector Nevarez Magaña is a Mexican-American photographer and writer from East Palo Alto, California. He earned his BA in visual arts from Bowdoin College in 2016. The majority of his work is shot on roll film and printed on gelatin silver paper. His photographs and writing deal with themes of romance, remembrance, idealization and vulnerability. In 2019, he had a solo exhibition at New System Exhibitions in Portland, Maine. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Bowdoin College. He currently resides and works in Portland, Maine.

Work by Dylan Hausthor.

Dylan Hausthor received their BFA from Maine College of Art and MFA from Yale University, where they were awarded the John Ferguson Weir Award. They are a 2019 recipient of a Nancy Graves fellowship for visual artists, runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, nominated for Prix Pictet 2021, a W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist, a recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard grant and residency, 2021 Hariban Award Honorable Mention, 2021 Penumbra Foundation resident, 2022 Light Work resident, and the winner of Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer’s Fund. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally, and they have three books in the permanent collection at MoMA. They founded the art publication imprint Wilt Press in the spring of 2015 and currently work as a farmer and teacher.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Visit, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

Calling all lovers of Maine — and art

“Inner Tidal” quilted piece by Catherine Worthington.

When Maine officially became a state in 1820, the flag (with the green pine tree and the polar star in the upper corner) became the official first flag of our beloved state. In 2020, this flag was used to celebrate the 200th birthday of the state of Maine. The unique design of the flag has captured the hearts of Maine lovers everywhere and knowing the history behind it makes it even better.

Archipelago features several Maine flag-themed items, available for curbside pick-up or shipping options.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

CMCA to present a Sunday Salon featuring ‘Into Action’ artist Mark Dorf

“Source,” by Mark Dorf.

The public is invited to join the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) for an online Sunday Salon with exhibiting “Into Action” artist Mark Dorf on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. The talk will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live. To register in advance for this free-of-charge presentation and to view the exhibition, visit

Dorf will discuss his exploration of digital and natural worlds within his photography practice and his experience creating and selling NFTs. Dorf recently released his newest collection of NFTs, titled “A New Nature, on Foundation.”

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a new development in the art world allowing people to buy the rights to online art, most often in the form of images and animation.

Dorf photographs natural landscapes and alters them in post-production to explore the effect of technology on our daily lives. These alterations add layers of visible digital material to mimic the way online content and communication is omnipresent, even when we’re away from our screens.

Dorf has exhibited internationally, most recently at Presenza (London), the Houston Center for Photography, and Nantes (France). He received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He’s been reviewed by The New York Times and The New Yorker and is noted for producing several NFTs. Dorf lives in New York and his featured work was created in Maine.

“Into Action” features photographic works set in nature that document actions as they occurred; actions as they were performed for the camera; interactions created in post-production; or to propose actions to be taken by the viewer. The exhibition features installation-based works by Cig Harvey, Shoshannah White and Julie Poitras Santos along with more traditionally formatted works by Jennifer Calivas, Mark Dorf and Ray Ewing.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. November through April hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held Nov. 6

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites youth and adult community members to take part in Cardboard Café, an ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Nov. 6, lead by Community Arts Educator Alexis Iammarino. 

Taking inspiration from the sculptures on view in Spatial Relations, this workshop encourage you to explore with a wide array of cardboards to create sculptural forms that can be printed as stamps, or collagraph plates, hung as lightweight mobiles, or mounted as wall hangings.

The free workshop will take place in person at CMCA’s ArtLab from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6. Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. All materials are provided. 

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. For more information, go to

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents four new exhibits in October

“Magic,” by Tollef Runquist.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host four exhibitions in October. The opening reception for all shows will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 behind the gallery. Masks are required at all times inside the gallery.

“Sunflowers,” by Joyce Tenneson.

Joyce Tenneson: “Radiant Beings”

Oct. 1 to 30

Haunting, ethereal, mystical — all of these words describe the photographic style of Joyce Tenneson. Her photos command a complex and intense emotional response from the viewer, which has made Tenneson one of the leading photographers of her generation.

Vicki Goldberg, critic and author, writes of Tenneson: “Tenneson possesses a unique vision which makes her photographs immediately recognizable.” Her work has appeared on covers for magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Tenneson is also the author of 17 books, including the best-seller “Wise Women.” “Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers” is the third in a trilogy of books on the life cycle of flowers.            

“In Chinese philosophy, a garden is a space for understanding truths that lie beyond ordinary perception,” Joyce Tenneson explains. “When the COVID pandemic hit, I brought the garden inside, surrounding myself in my studio with a cacophony of flowers and vines, keeping them for long periods to interact with, and to observe their life cycles. The photographs in this series are records of the interactions I had with my flower subjects, the Radiant Beings, in my indoor garden. In this new series I decided to take risks. I experimented with longer exposures on my camera, giving more space to the unknown, and to serendipity. Like my human subjects before, I wanted to allow these radiant beings to connect with me magically. As these images emerged in the last 18 months, I was surprised and inspired by what I discovered.”

“Gökotta,” by Erik Weisenburger.

Erik Weisenburger: “Gökotta”

Oct. 1 to 30

Gökotta is a Swedish concept, without direct translation, referring to the act of rising at dawn to go outside and listen to birds singing. This poetic image corresponds in title to one of the paintings in the show but more broadly encompasses the allure and whimsy of this painter’s work.

Portland-based artist Erik Weisenburger paints luminous landscapes, rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns — blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss — and have a satisfying balance. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, with symbolic overtones referential of outsider folk art.

He studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.

Tollef Runquist: “Inner Alchemy”

Sept. 3 to Oct. 30

Tollef Runquist’s exhibition, “Inner Alchemy,” presents new works from his continued exploration of fantastical landscapes, the terrain of the psyche and the actuality of everyday life. They are paintings of inquiry and affirmation, loose forms of self-prompt and examination of maker and viewer. They combine imaginary objects, human figures and the archetypal to create enigmatic worlds. Recurrent imagery of daily objects — fruit, hands, plants — ground the paintings and create a unique, symbolic language. 

Runquist received his BA in studio art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then, he has continued his education through painting and other mediums. He lives and works in Searsport.

Work by Wood Gaver.

Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)

Aug. 21 to Oct. 31

Dowling Walsh Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Wood Gaylor. This exhibition coincides with “Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor & American Modernism, 1913-1936,” on view at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art through Oct. 31.

Gaylor was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1883. During the 1920s, Gaylor spent summers at the Ogunquit Art Colony, where he met and worked alongside artists including Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Marguerite and William Zorach. 

Gaylor was experimental in his early etchings and carvings, and the influence of Gauguin, Matisse, Davies and Laurent is palpable. Well-trained and completely immersed in modernist artistic styles, however, Gaylor’s mature style is uniquely his own. Flat areas of blocked color, and crowded scenes recording events and moments he witnessed, are hallmarks of his work.

Works by Gaylor are in the public collections of many major art museums, including the Whitney Museum of Art (New York), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine).

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Visit, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

Celebrate CMCA’s fall exhibitions

“Emily in the River,” by Cig Harvey.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its fall exhibitions with a reception for the artists from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

On view throughout the galleries are solo exhibitions by Ryan Adams and Hiraki Sawa and the thematic group exhibitions “Spatial Relations” and “Into Action.” The event will include an informal gallery talk by all three “Spatial Relations” artists: Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is Black Art,” by Ryan Adams.


Ryan Adams | “Lessons” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9

The focal point of Adams’ solo exhibition is a 33-foot-long mural titled “Switch the Code.” The title refers to the practice of code-switching, where individuals purposefully change their speech, behavior and/or appearance to be seen outside of stereotypical assumptions and accepted within a majority culture. The mural is accompanied by a series of recent paintings.

“Absent,” by Hiraki Sawa.

“Into Action” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9

“Into Action” features photographic works set in nature that document actions as they naturally occurred, actions as they were performed for the camera,  interactions created in post-production, or propose actions to be taken by viewers. The exhibition features works by Jennifer Calivas, Mark Dorf, Ray Ewing, Cig Harvey, Julie Poitros Santos and Shoshanna White.

“Negative Space Box,” by Gordon Hall,

“Spatial Relations” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9

The exhibition brings together a broad range of sculptures by Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler that were created to rest directly on the floor or lean on or hang from the walls. All three artists create works with strong contours and a visibly direct use of materials, including wood, ceramic, metal, concrete, cardboard and paper. In addition, each employs color as an embellishment, ranging from paint and pigment to colored pencil and stain.

Hiraki Sawa | “Absent” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9

Hiraki Sawa’s most recent single channel video, “Absent” (2018), presents scenes from an intimate and imaginative world, populated by surreal creatures that travel between grand and intimate landscapes. Sawa’s landscapes rest majestically within his circular projection, while his creatures (i.e., a walking tea kettle, a dancing cup, a flying spoon) emerge from the periphery, building a sense of anticipation for their arrival as the video progresses.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Summer hours are in effect through Oct. 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

New paintings by Alan Bray at Caldbeck Gallery

“Larch,” by Alan Bray.

New paintings by Alan Bray are on view at Caldbeck Gallery from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

In the artist’s own words:

It is among the intricate structures of phenomena that I look for an innate order of things. It is the branching pattern of trees, the drifting of snow, the meanders of flowing water, the swaying of grass in the wind, or the conjoining of ripples on the surface of a pond that imparts to a place and a time it’s particularity. To become a vital part of that particularity is to achieve familiarity, an intimacy and affection that serves to reorder the experience of a place. When I slow down and give myself up to a place or a phenomena it is to try and forget what I think I know and enter into a fresh state where all incidental details are eliminated and what appears to be chaos is organized into pattern

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Current gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.