Archive for Rockland

‘Meditations on Maine’ at Landing Gallery

One of Lisa Kyle’s “meditations on Maine.”

Landing Gallery is showing “Meditations on Maine,” a solo exhibit by 59 new paintings by Lisa Kyle, from May 1 to 30.

A lifelong artist, Kyle paints in the tradition of the Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the landscape. Her formal education and training is in architecture, which gives her work a strong, underlying sense of composition. Her love of the natural world and painting brought her to Maine to pursue her passion to be an artist.

Landing Gallery is at 409 Main St. in Rockland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Closed Monday through Wednesday. For more information, call 207-239-1223, or email

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts exhibitions + book release in May

“Untitled Victory,” by Aaron T Stephan.


During May, Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a solo exhibition by Aaron T Stephan; a window installation and book release of “Blue Violets,” by Cig Harvey; and a group exhibition titled “Mud Season.”

“Aaron T Stephan: Untitled Monuments” runs May 7 to 29. Stephan is an artist living and working in Portland. His work presents a wry look at the world around him, focusing on a complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects.

This exhibit arises from the complexities of public monuments and their ability to reproduce deeper structural problems. This has been seen during the past year not only in the toppling of long-standing monuments but also through the ways in which the pandemic aggravated deeper cultural divides.

Cyanotypes are the original medium for making blueprints, an object that represents the span between a plan and an actuality. Monuments are also physical representations of a set of ideals, in the same way that blueprints stand as an idealized design of a real object.

In “Untitled Monuments,” the translation of the monument to paper suggests a speculative process of questioning that is more flexible, less permanent, and more grounded in personal experience than the top-down narratives received from systems of authority.

Stephan’s large sculpture, “Simple Twist of Fate,” shows a singular, gestural movement that changes the entire building structure of a unit, exploring simple methods of change and influence.

“Black Petunias,” by Cig Harvey.

Cig Harvey’s window installation will be shown from May 1 to 29. Harvey is an artist whose practice seeks to find the magical in the everyday. Rich in implied narrative, Harvey’s work is deeply rooted in the natural environment and offers explorations of belonging and familial relationships.

In tandem with the release of Harvey’s book “Blue Violet,” the artist will present a window installation at Dowling Walsh during May, a sensory experience of live flowers, photographs and neon works.

“Blue Violet” is a vibrant meditation on the procession of seasons, sensory abundance and the magic of everyday life. Part art book, botanical guide, historical encyclopedia and poetry collection, “Blue Violet” is a compendium of beauty, color and the senses. Exploring the five senses, “Blue Violet” takes the reader on a personal journey through nature and the range of human emotions. Images and text in a variety of forms (prose poetry, recipes, lists, research pieces, diagrams) focus on immediate experience to understand the vibrancy of the senses on memory and feelings.

“Portrait of a Moon Curser — Fifteenth in a Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island,” by Jamie Wyeth.

The group show “Mud Season,” which runs May 7 to 29, presents works by Reggie Burrows Hodges, Jamie Wyeth, Ann Craven, Daniel Minter, Lois Dodd, David Driskell (1931- 2020), Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) and Stephen Pace (1918-2010).

These works are examples from artists who have and are working deliberately to present to us new vantage points of scenes we thought we already knew.

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.

’S.B. Walker: Nor’east’ to open May 29 at CMCA in Rockland

Photography by S.B. Walker, from the forthcoming exhibition “Nor’East,” to be shown summer 2021 at Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will present the exhibition “S.B. Walker: Nor’east” beginning May 29 and continuing through Sept. 12. Included in the exhibition are more than 50 images from the photographer’s six-year journey documenting contemporary life in Maine.

Beginning in early 2014, S.B. (Sam) Walker traveled more than 100,000 miles throughout the state in an attempt to render a truly nuanced visual record of Maine. On the face of it, a project such as this appears to be a rational, census-like undertaking akin to the vast photographic surveys conducted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In reality, says Walker, “It was more a windy road, dictated by intuition, serendipity and strange happenings. Over the course of the project, I’ve had the privilege to spend time with 10th-generation Mainers, aging back-to-the-landers, young farmers, recent immigrants, artists, ex-convicts, entrepreneurs, drag queens, affluent summer folk, fishermen, crypto-currency traders, and so on. Despite the richness of these encounters, I am left with more questions than answers. To define a time and place is, in some sense, an impossible task, though, as an artist, trying to articulate what cannot be described is perhaps the best kind of sport.”

Walker lives and works in Rockland and Portland, and his work has been exhibited internationally.

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

‘David Row: The Shape of Things’ to open May 29 at CMCA

“Thingamajig,” by David Row.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will present “David Row: The Shape of Things” from May 29 through Sept. 12. The exhibition is the first major show of the painter and master printmaker’s work in his home state.

Widely known for his use of irregularly shaped canvases and rich colors, Row manipulates symbols of infinity and juncture — ellipses and Xs — to create spatially complex compositions that transform the illusory two-dimensional picture plane into multi-perspectival infinite space.

As fellow artist and critic Ken Greenleaf writes in the exhibition catalog, “The narrative that Row has chosen to build is about our perception of things, and how that perception is both universal and personal. By spending time with these works we become aware not of how Row see things, but how we see things.”

“David Row: The Shape of Things” provides a survey of the artist’s shaped paintings from the mid-1970s to present day. A fully illustrated hardcover monograph, with essays by Greenleaf and art historian Karen Wilkin, will accompany the exhibition.

“For some time my work has focused on the tension between fragments and wholes,” Row says. “I’m not exactly sure why I’m drawn to this except that it seems to reflect the disparity between what we desire — wholeness — and what we experience — fragment. There is a mysterious and magical line between a group of separate parts and a group that becomes one whole.”

A native of Portland, Row has lectured and taught at numerous institutions and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting and the Isaac N. Maynard Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum. His work has been featured in more than 40 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group shows worldwide.

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

Caldbeck Gallery presents ‘“Heaven and Earth’

“Cubism in Heaven,” by David Raymond.


Caldbeck Gallery presents the virtual exhibit “Heaven and Earth,” featuring artists David Raymond, John Wissemann and John Woolsey.

View the e-catalog at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are by chance or appointment at For more information, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

“In LL’s Garden #4,” by John Wissemann.

Woodcut by John Woolsey.

Hilary Irons exhibits paintings in ‘Orb Weaver’ at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Hilary Irons, “Marsh Marigolds.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a solo exhibition of paintings by Hilary Irons titled “Orb Weaver” from March 5 to April 24.

Hilary Irons is a painter, curator and writer living and working in Portland. She studied painting at Parsons School of Design and the Yale School of Art. Hilary is gallery and exhibitions director at the University of New England and cofounded the Able Baker Contemporary, an artist-run gallery, in Portland’s Arts District.

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.

‘Eternity in an Hour’ virtual exhibit by Caldbeck Gallery

“SNAIL POOL,” by Elizabeth Awalt.

Caldbeck Gallery presents new work by Elizabth Awalt and Elizabeth O’Reilly in the virtual exhibit “Eternity in an Hour.”

Both artists offer imagery that provides refuge from the weather, the pandemic, and all the other things keeping us home this winter.

View the show online at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are by chance or appointment at For more information, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

‘In the Abstract’ at Dowling Walsh Gallery

“Piccolo,” by Ann Purcell.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting the group exhibition “In the Abstract” through Feb. 27.

The exhibit includes works by Ann Purcell, Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Syd Solomon (1917-2004) and Kenneth Noland (1924-2010).

Visit or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

CMCA presents virtual exhibition ‘Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit)’

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents the virtual exhibition “Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit),” on view through Feb. 20 at

The show features 20 artists who examine the slippery nature of what seeking cover and comfort looks like. For some, these explorations are specific and literal. For others, they move like brackish water between the four categories that emerged from the submissions: earth, house, body and spirit.

Some artists offer shelter by grounding the viewer in the underbrush; some use rich textures to explore the care, tenderness and occasional exhaustion that bodily shelters can offer to the self and others; and some look deeply inward towards the spirit as a reprieve. This collection of works show how multi-faceted the idea of shelter can be: comforting, powerful, fallible, tender, exhausting, and essential.

[ON]now is a series of online exhibitions juried by guest curators that present the work of Maine artists in a digital venue, expanding the possibilities of showing and viewing contemporary art beyond CMCA’s physical walls.

CMCA, in Rockland, is temporarily closed. For more information, go to

CMCA’s ‘Art You Love’ benefit auction

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is offering its annual “Art You Love” benefit auction in partnership with Artsy, the global online auction platform. Featuring more than 50 works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase art you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming for all ages.

This is the fourth year CMCA has partnered with an online auction house to bring its benefit auction to a global collecting market.

“The Artsy platform is respected worldwide and allows people to bid on works of art no matter where they are located,” says former CMCA director Suzette McAvoy, who assisted with organizing this year’s auction. “We are immensely grateful to the artists and galleries that have contributed works in support of CMCA. There is something for buyers at every point in the market, with works by emerging to established talents.”

Bidding for CMCA’s “Art You Love” auction,, opens at noon on Friday, Feb. 12, and runs through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 26. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by CMCA to make arrangements for shipment of the art.

Artists contributing to the 2021 CMCA Benefit Art Auction include Jeffery Ackerman, Bo Bartlett, Gideon Bok, Katherine Bradford, Meghan Brady, Jenny Brillhart, Fanny Brodar, Emily Brown, Jackie Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Sam Cady, Avy Claire, Cathy Cone, Julie Crane, Ann Craven, Dan Mills, Grace DeGennaro, Lois Dodd, Michel Droge, Betsy Eby, Carol Eisenberg, Jeff Epstein, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Clint Fulkerson, Jessica Gandolf, Harold Garde, Elizabeth Greenberg, Peter Halley, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Jill Hoy, Jeanie Hutchins, Alex Katz, Sal Taylor Kydd, Megan Magill, Jonathan Mess, Tracy Miller, K. Min, Steve Mumford, Colin Page, David Row, Gail Savitz, Claire Seidl, Anneli Skaar, Gail Skudera, Suzy Spence, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, William Wegman, Kathy Weinberg, Nicole Wittenberg, James Wolfe, Deborah Zlotsky and Dudley Zopp. 

CMCA has held a benefit fine art auction showcasing work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine for more than 40 years. For assistance or further information on this year’s “Art You Love” auction, contact Justine Kablack at or visit