Archive for exhibitions

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents the 2020 Fiore Residents Exhibit

Fiore Germinating Bean, Margot Anne Kelley, photographic image


This past summer, Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center offered four virtual residencies. Instead of working at the beautiful Rolling Acres Farm at the Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, ME, the residents worked from their homes, farms, gardens and studios. From January 5-April 9, 2021, the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery website will host an online exhibit of the residents’ work.


Final Performance, Katie Addada Shlon, photograph

Performance artist Katie Addada Shlon, from Maryland, used natural sounds and instruments assembled from pottery shards and other discarded materials to depart from traditional forms and structures. Her goal is to reframe our experience of music, connecting ideas of regenerative agriculture and performance in nature.


Montgomery Co. 4, James R. Southard, photographic image

Photographer and videographer James R. (Rob) Southard, from Kentucky, shared images from his ongoing photography series, The Kentucky Farmer, which documents farmers of all kinds in his home state. His photographs record rural landscapes and studies of everyday agricultural life.

Non-fiction literary artist Margot Anne Kelley, from Maine, shared writings from her essay about seeds and seed-saving, with added exploration of some of the odd connections between seeds and viruses in Germ Lines. Her work ranges from habits of ancient hunter-gatherers and plantings in Roman herb gardens to writings from Henry David Thoreau.


Sophie Kelmenson, 2020, photograph

Literary artist Sophie Kelmenson, presents video excerpts from her dissertation Challenges To and Challenges from Scale in Alternative Food Systems, exploring the promise of using alternative food systems as a mechanism for sustainable economic development.

Virtual artist talks for the exhibit, open to the public, are Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm. The artists share their work through Zoom and describe their processes, challenges and achievements during their residencies. RSVP here:

Maine artists included in international Telephone project

More than 950 artists from across the world are creating original, interconnected artworks in a global game of Telephone.

The online, interactive exhibition is scheduled to launch in April, and several Maine artists will participate.

On its surface, Telephone is simple. Based on the children’s game, a message is “whispered” from art form to art form. Each artist receives a work and translates the message into their own art form. The original message could become poetry, then music, then film, and so on, evolving as it passes from form to form. Artists are only aware of the work of art that directly preceded their own.

When an artist returns his or her interpretive work, we then “whisper” it to two or three other artists. Instead of progressing in a straight line, this game of Telephone branches out exponentially like a family tree. Halfway through the game, the method is reversed and several works are assigned to a single artist to synthesize. The game begins with a single message, is passed through approximately 1,000 artists, and concludes with a single work of art.

The entire collection of original, interconnected works will be kept secret until it is simultaneously published for free as an interactive, digital exhibition in the spring.

Launched at the first peak of the pandemic, Telephone was a way to intimately connect isolated artists from cities and nations all over the globe.

The project has engaged a vast range of artists, from Guggenheim Fellows and Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winners to emerging artists, from the elderly to the very young, from professors to students, from bedroom studios in Mexico and Iran to workshops in Rio de Janeiro and London and Hong Kong.

In its final form as a free online exhibition, will not only be a collection of 900-plus individual works of art, but a single work of art created by hundreds and hundreds of artists, most of them strangers to each other, from all across the Earth. 

Maine is well represented with poetry, music, painting, photography and dance. Participating Maine artists include Wes Covey (music), Cate Wnek (photography), Erin Covey-Smith, Ann Tracy (painting), Amy Bellezza (photography), William Hessian (drawing), Jessie Laurita-Spanglet (dance), Meg Willing (poetry), Arielle Greenberg (poetry), Sarah Haskell (painting), Laura McCandish (prose) and Annie Kloppenberg (dance).

‘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.

Michele Ratté’s art evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea

Artist Michele Ratté has recently relocated to Belfast from Vermont and is being featured as a guest artist at Local Color Gallery. 

Ratté’s work is informed by a lifelong fascination with marine environments, both current and ancient. She uses geological and botanical references, and the direct experience of being and working in seaside locations, including the dunes of Cape Cod and the Chazy Fossil Reef Preserve in Vermont.

Precious metals, mineral pigments, printing, collage, stitching and drawing are all unpredictable elements in her work. Each piece evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea. A combination of handwork, assemblage and natural objects merge in Ratté’s personal vision of the physical world. Her blending of high karat metals with common materials reflects a strong interest in alchemical and transformative processes.

Ratté’s work has been shown widely in the U.S. and abroad.

The show will be up through February.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at

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

Eastport Gallery presents ‘Hearts for the Arts’

“Hearts for the Arts” group exhibit.

Celebrate the season of love with the Eastport Gallery’s “Hearts for the Arts” community show and silent auction, Feb. 1 to 14. The exhibition, which will take place both online and in the Eastport Gallery’s windows at 109 Water St., is a “beautiful reflection of talent and love for our area,” notes gallery president Joan Lowden.   

“Let Me Call You Sea Heart,” by Susan Moore.

The community artist response has been overwhelming with over 90 stunning heart-themed pieces available for bid.  Sales benefit the individual artists and the Eastport Gallery, promoting community outreach programs such as art and literary talks, and youth shows by the Eastport Schools art program.  Full catalog of auction items is available for download at:

Bid in the silent auction via Facebook at

The online auction will end on Valentine’s Day with a Zoom Valentine’s Day party featuring love songs by local musicians, a showcase of the art available for bid, and a chance to mix and mingle with friends, old and new, in an online reception. A Zoom link will be available at

New works by Willa Vennema at Harbor Square Gallery

Willa Vennema, The Peaceful Use of Walls: Village Series, diptych, at Harbor Square Gallery

Harbor Square Gallery is featuring several new works by Willa Vennema for the last show of our 2020 season. The show is open now and into the new year.
Working with encaustic, Vennema manipulates layers of rich texture and color to manifest semi-abstract landscapes that reflect her memories of hiking through the Maine woods and boating along “…the rocky shores of the many uninhabited islands of the spectacular ‘Bold Coast’” (Vennema). Harbor Square Gallery welcomes you to view Vennema’s work, which is currently displayed along our mezzanine.
The gallery is open by chance or appointment.
Contact us at or by phone (207) 594-8700 for more information.
Harbor Square Gallery
Beauty Will Redeem the World
(207) 594-8700

Soulful Stitching: give art and support artists

Soulful Stitching

Indigo Arts Alliance is thrilled to announce that, in early 2021, it will partner with Cove Street Arts to host Soulful Stitching, an exhibition of the handmade, patchwork quilts called “kawandi” of the Siddis of India. This exquisite exhibition has been curated by renowned scholar Henry J. Drewal and scholar/artist Sarah K. Khan, fall 2019 artist in residence at IAA.

The Siddis of Karnataka, India, are the descendants of both early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast by the Portuguese beginning in the 16th century. Gradually, they escaped slavery and moved southward into the remote Western Ghatt mountains of Northern Karnataka in order to create free, independent African diaspora communities. While they have adopted, adapted and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain African traditions. In the visual arts, one tradition stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi.

A limited number of these very special kawandi quilts are on pre-sale now. Proceeds help support Indigo Arts Alliance and the Siddi Quilters.

Learn more at

‘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.

‘Maine Rivers & Industry’ photo exhibit by Jon Linn

Photo by Jon Linn.

Jon Linn Aerial Photography announces the posting of their new collection at the Jon Linn Gallery, 33A Front St., Belfast, and online at

The show is available to view online now, and prints can be viewed at the gallery starting on Jan. 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The “Maine Rivers & Industry” collection is comprised of 34 aerial photographic images of scenes centered on active and defunct industrial mills. Locations include Maine’s eight remaining operating Pulp & Paper mills and towns along the Androscoggin River, Penobscot River and Kennebec River.

All images in the collection were captured in 2020, some even documenting structures shortly before catastrophic events, e.g., the Pixelle Mill six weeks before the digester explosion and S.D. Warren in Westbrook one week before the Presumpscot River landslide.

Linn’s landscape photos seek to create mood and drama through light and shadows, texture and layers, drawing the viewer’s attention to the horizon and back. Their focus is on the sky, horizon, hills and foreground, with Anthropocene structures as context. 

Prints are available for sale at the gallery and online (metal prints, dye-sublimation on aluminum). They are all landscape oriented, 16:9 aspect ratio. Sizes range from 12” to 48” wide. Contact Jon Linn for details at

Learn more about the artist at