Archive for Rockland

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

CMCA to close to the public for the month of January

Rockland, ME, December 29, 2020—The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has announced that it is voluntarily closing to the public for the month of January out of an abundance of caution for its staff, volunteers and visitors. The goal of the closure is to support the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the community and to ensure the health and safety of all.

“We have had no detected cases of COVID-19 associated with CMCA, but with the uptick of cases in Knox County and the expected surge following the holidays, we have decided to close our galleries to the public as a cautionary measure,” said CMCA Executive Director Suzette McAvoy.

Throughout the month there are multiple ways to continue to engage with CMCA online, from taking a virtual tour of the Biennial exhibition with curatorial staff, to hands-on art making led by ArtLab educators, and live streamed Artist Toolbox talks and workshops. For a full schedule of January programs and events, visit

‘Small Works for Christmas’ virtual exhibit

“LOOKING FORWARD,” by Alison Rector.

Caldbeck Gallery presents the virtual exhibit “Small Works for Christmas,” featuring work by Sam Cady, Lise Bécu, Krisanne Baker, Dan West, Alsion Rector, Anne Alexander, John Woolsey and David Dewey.

View the e-catalog at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

Dowling Walsh Gallery closed through Jan. 4

Jamie Wyeth, “My Mother and the Squall.”

Everyone at Dowling Walsh Gallery is excited and proud to welcome 2021 and hope to see you there.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will be closed for regular hours from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 but available to open by appointment. Contact Jake Dowling at or 207-691-0438.

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held Jan. 2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites artists of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2 on Facebook Live. 

Participants will join ArtLab Educator Alexis Iammarino to create abstract and intuitive compositions in 2D and 3D form, using textile and craft techniques like sewing, quilt piecing and fabric dyeing with household spices and teas. Taking creative lead from 2020 Biennial artists Baxter Koziol and Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell to connect the practice of painting with fiber arts and object making.

In response to CDC recommendations, the workshop will stream live on For those tuning in locally, there are 15 ArtLab art kits available for pick-up during business hours at CMCA on Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 2, free of charge. Participants are encouraged to explore the galleries or visit the virtual tour online at in advance of the workshop. For more information, email Alexis Iammarino at

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CMCA to present Lunch/Break: Curatorial Tours of the 2020 Biennial

Join the curatorial team at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) for Lunch/Break: Curatorial Tours at noon each Thursday in January. These 30-minute, free-of-charge events will be held on Zoom. To register in advance, visit

Lunch/Break features members of CMCA’s curatorial staff giving live, interactive tours of the 2020 Biennial, alternating between full tours of the entire exhibition and concentrated deep-dives into themes found within the breadth of work. These bite-sized Zoom gatherings will be both visually and conceptually stimulating, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts, and commune with the Center’s curatorial staff and fellow art-lovers. Attendees are welcome to join over lunch, to participate in the discourse, or simply sit back, observe and enjoy.

The schedule is as follows: Jan. 7, full tour with Bethany Engstrom and Rachel Romanski; Jan. 14, Deep Dive: Invented Myth and Story with Rachel Romanski; Jan. 21, full tour with Bethany Engstrom; Jan. 28, Deep Dive: Environmentalism with Bethany Engstrom.

The 2020 edition of the CMCA Biennial features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine Communities. It remains on view through spring 2021.

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