Archive for exhibitions

‘True North’ at Jean Kigel Studio and Gallery

Work by Jean Kigel Studio.

Jean Kigel Studio and Gallery at 1396 Back Cove Road, Waldoboro, presents “True North,” a holiday show of sumi-e and other paintings celebrating northern reaches of Maine and beyond.

A member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Kigel lives on Muscongus Bay and has traveled and studied in Japan and China.

The gallery, open all winter, welcomes visitors to call first 832-5152.

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

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.

Call for Art: “The Red Thread of Fate: A Juried Fiber Exhibition”

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to “The Red Thread of Fate: A Fiber Exhibition.” The exhibition will be on view Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2022 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

“The Red Thread of Fate: A Fiber Exhibition” is open to all Maine artists working with fiber.

Fiber artist Sara Hotchkiss will be the show’s juror. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1.

The Red Thread of Fate, also referred to as the Red Thread of Marriage, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese mythology. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined partner. In the original Chinese myth, it is tied around both parties’ ankles, while in Japanese culture it is bound from a male’s thumb to a female’s little finger, and in Korean culture, the red thread is thought to be tied around the little finger of both parties. Although in modern times it is common across all three cultures to depict the thread being tied around the fingers, often the little finger. 

Important dates:

Jan. 1: Complete entries due by 11:59 p.m. Digital images, entry form and fee must be received on or before this date for preliminary judging. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Jan. 8: Preliminary screening complete and notification of results emailed to artists by this date.

Feb. 4: Opening Reception at 4 p.m.

Jan. 28 to Feb. 26: Exhibition on view at the Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.


Even as a five year old I loved fabrics. I loved the feel, the colors, I loved combining different swatches to make patterns. Thanks to my mother’s patient teaching, I began knitting and sewing clothes for my dolls. From there, I moved on to my own clothes and furnishings for my room. Grandmother Mimi, an artist and also a patient teacher, let me tag along when she gardened, and together we studied nature’s heady palette. She taught me to observe keenly, to recognize the integral link between color, shape and texture, how each enhanced the others everywhere around me.

Every July, my family and I piled in the family flivver and drove to Maine to visit Aunt Betty. Feverishly, for two weeks, on a porch overlooking Mousam Lake, Aunt Betty, my mother and I knit. Nothing tempted us away from our needles. Sweaters, scarves, hats, all from a thin strand of yarn. Magic.

I remember Aunt Val taking me to visit a weaver, an ancient (to me, anyway; I was 10) woman known for her rag rugs. I stood in her studio, awestruck. Such immense wooden looms, so many yarns and colors! Here was a place that actually created fabrics, then wove them to create yet more fabrics. How I yearned to work in such a room!

At Skidmore college and then University Without Walls I studied painting, drawing, design, color theory and finally in my junior year, weaving. Under the tutelage of Eunice Pardon, a textile artist, my passion for fabrics, design and color, coalesced on the looms in her studio. That was in 1971. I’ve been a weaver ever since.

Here in my sunny studio on the site of an old Maine farm in coastal Waldoboro, I spend my days weaving, designing and sneaking out to the garden when time allows. My studio is cluttered with fabrics–solids, prints, snippets of different colors and textures that remind me of my grandmother’s flowers. 10’ and 12’ Swedish looms preside over the room, as well as many American rug looms. Add to this the antics of a curious kitty and my nook is complete.

My colorful, durable rugs leave this small corner of Maine as treasured pieces of art, ready to bring new life to a new room.


Eligibility | Open to all Maine fiber artists. All fiber-related mediums may be submitted, including wall/floor works, sculptural works, vessel forms/basketry, installations and wearables. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work. There is no time limit for when the work was created. Any work that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible. All works entered must be original creations by the artist and must be show-ready upon delivery to the Harlow. Work accepted into a previous juried show, or otherwise shown at the Harlow is not eligible.

Disclaimer | The Harlow is not responsible for technical or computer failures, including problems accessing the Internet, any other computer error or malfunction, or for late, lost, illegible or misdirected entries.  Make sure you send your entry to the correct email account according to the directions. You will receive an automatic reply confirming your entry.  

Entry fees | Non-refundable | entitles you to submit up to three works of art | Juror decisions are final | $20 Members | $25 Non members | free for Lifetime Members* (Harlow is no longer offer Lifetime level memberships)

Sales | The Harlow takes a 40% commission on sales for members and 50% for non-members. Please price your work accordingly. You are welcome to join the Harlow when you submit your entry to take advantage of the lower member’s commission. Work does not have to be offered for sale, in which case it will be marked “NFS” (not for sale).

Jurors are individuals of distinction and reputation from the Maine art world who focus on putting together a cohesive and compelling show based on their own professional but subjective judgment. Only a portion of the work submitted will be included in the final exhibition. Juror decisions are final.

The Harlow  is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association. It is a membership based non-profit organization. Juried show entry fees help pay for the cost of putting on this exhibition to benefit all participants and are not refundable.


The juror will review based on the digital submissions. Harlow staff will notify artists via email no later than Jan. 8. 


1. EMAIL | Enter by sending an email to with “For Red Thread from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.

2. IMAGES | Attach your JPEG images to the email. Each artist may submit up to 3 works of art. (You may submit more than one image per work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them: “Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg”)

3. ABOUT YOU + YOUR WORK | Include the following information in the body of your email:

Artist name:

Mailing address: 

Phone number:

Email address:

Are you a member of The Harlow?

For each one of your entries list the following information:



Size (h x w, add depth if 3D):

Price (or value if not for sale):

4. PAY ENTRY FEE | Pay online at, call 207-622-3813 to pay over the phone, or mail a check payable to “Harlow Gallery” to The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347.

Email gallery manager Marie Sugden at if you are interested in sponsoring.

Gallery B. presents its “Small Works” show Nov. 19 through Dec. 19. 

The show comprises of two groups of artists making art at two small sizes for two fixed prices: 5×7-inch art by 54 artists is priced at $200, and 10×8-inch art is priced at $300.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Everything is available for purchase online at

A sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 online and in the gallery for the 10×8 group show. All remaining 10×8 pieces will be $150 during that time only.

Gallery B. is at 5 Main St. in Castine.

‘Holiday Show’ at New Era Gallery features small works

Alison Angel, “Shimmer.”

New Era Gallery hosts its annual “Holiday Show” from Nov. 26 through Dec. 21, featuring small works by gallery artists.

Elizabeth Fraser, “Morning Stillness.”

The show marks the opening of this season of gratitude and gifting, and the closing show of the gallery’s 20th year. And what a year it has been!

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven. Call 207-863-9351 for more information.

Mars Hall Gallery’s ‘Yuletide in St. George’

Mars Hall Gallery celebrated the holiday season on Nov. 26 and 27 as part of “Yuletide in St. George.”

Mars Hall Gallery offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Ian Baird, Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Russell Smith and Ron Weaver and mixed-media collage by Eleanor Zuccola.

Also on display is 3D art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Bill Nichols, Elaine Niemi, Brian Read and Rudy Rotter and a variety of quality crafts, including decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen, as well as the garden showcase, “The Recycled Zoo,” by Brian Read and metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland.

A large collection of unique affordable gifts, antiques, vintage and silver jewelry, 1960s and ‘70s rock posters and books by artists Nancy Baker, Davene Fahy, Roger Kirby and  ‘Anglo-Gascon’ artist and author Perry Taylor.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131 and is open by appointment. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194, visit, or email

Three photographers show work at Carver Hill Gallery

Work by Craig Stevens.

Carver Hill Gallery is showing the work of three photographers with Maine connections through Nov. 21.

Jon Kolkin began photographing Buddhist monks in Bhutan, the only Buddhist kingdom in the world, over 10 years ago. A couple of years later in China, he discovered a 3-acre cloistered community of over 100 Buddhist nuns.

Work by Jon Kolkin.

Kolkin’s idea was not so much to document what he saw but to try to share what he sensed existed inside the minds of these dedicated practitioners of Buddhism. Kolkin chose to create this series in black and white because he felt it would more effectively translate the mood and environment. He decided on Palladium printing, one of the oldest, most prized and archival techniques in photographic printing. The images have incomparable tonal range and softness achieved with fine detail and depth.

The photographs in this exhibition are part of an ongoing project, Inner Harmony, which has received 20 international photography awards and was featured twice in the prestigious LensWork Magazine. His book, “Inner Harmony: Living in Balance,” will be available. This groundbreaking project includes forewords by the Dalai Lama and Queen Mother of Bhutan. Kolkin has taught workshops at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and elsewhere.

Veteran photographer and educator Elizabeth Opalenik feels a constant pull to the beauty in reflections. For the work in this exhibition, she has ventured into using mylar and mirrors to find new ways of seeing and appreciating the reflected landscape.

They are wondrous and imaginative works where details often disappear and give way to sweeping fields of color and suggestions of horizon.

Work by Elizabeth Opalenik.

Opalenik’s 40-year career has included teaching and making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. Opalenik conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops at Maine Media in Rockport, National Geographic Expeditions, and internationally, creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students. She has recently released her second book, “Workshop Stories,” about the many accomplished photographers who have come through the doors of MMW in Rockport and other workshops worldwide. The book is available at the gallery.

Opalenik is passionate about the medical ministry, where she has assisted and documented for years. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion.

Craig Stevens will be showing his black and white panoramic images in this exhibition. Stevens is a well-known and skilled printer, and these quiet, contemplative works are masterfully created and printed.

In his words, “In nature I find peace, comfort, and solitude. For me, these images act as memories and relics through highlighting moments and pieces of the scene that spoke to me. Here, they continue to speak of the mysteries of the landscape through their elegance and beauty, which are juxtaposed with their initial environment. By doing so, relationships form through the moment in time, form and texture of the objects. Through these relationships, which are discovered after the initial documentation and discovery of the landscape, something larger is felt, something on the lines of fate and Nature. It is an embrace of air. An embrace of the space between our existence and the ephemeral nature of the contemplative sublime.”

Stevens is a photographer, printmaker and educator. He has taught, written and lectured extensively on the subjects of art, photography and education. Craig is in his 35th year at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he holds the rank of professor emeritus. He has been the associate director of the Maine Photographic Workshops, is periodically on the faculty of the Maine Media Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshops and the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Craig served as director of workshops for the 25th Anniversary of Les Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles France and was the first recipient of the Susan Carr Educator Prize awarded by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Carver Hill Gallery is at 28 Bayview St., Camden. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Private viewings are available by appointment. Email or call 207-542-9895 for more information.

‘Line and Color’ exhibit by David Little

“The Prince of Serendip,” by David Little.

David Little will show his work in “Line and Color: An Artist Let Loose” at the Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

Email the artist at for more information.

‘Eaux, The Water’ exhibit features three artists working in watercolor

“Untitled 21,” by Gregory Jamie.

Celebrate three Maine watercolorists featured at Cove Street Arts in the exhibition “Eaux, The Water.” Showcasing works by Marcie Jan Bronstein, Gregory Jamie, and Dudley Zopp, this exhibition is on view Oct. 7 to Nov. 27.

This exhibition features gorgeously rendered and thought-provoking paintings by three artists working in the unforgiving medium of watercolor. Shared medium and complementary palettes aside, the work in this show was chosen for a certain visual — and visceral — chemistry, but also for a pervasive sense of seeking. Of “trying to say” truths ancient and ineffable, available only in glimpses, and expressed through enigmatic imagery straddling natural and imagined worlds.

These bodies of work also share a sense of vulnerability vis a vis the overwhelming uncertainties surrounding the future of our nation, our planet, and every living thing. Nature’s duality, as a source both of grounding and of abject terror, is pondered to beautiful and fascinating effect.

Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email for more information.