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.
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 https://cmcanow.org.
Let the artists of the Deer Isle Artists Association guide you through that most wonderful time of the year as they present their “Holiday Pop-up” from Dec. 3 to 5.
Gifts galore await visitors to the Gallery at 15 Main St. in Deer Isle Village, as area artists offer pieces in different mediums that will inspire visitors to find unique gifts for all those very special people on their lists.
The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the event.
All CDC/Maine government protocols will be maintained. Masks are required in the gallery. Artist-made masks are available for purchase.
Learn more at www.deerisleartists.com, or call 207-348-2430.
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 https://cmcanow.org.
“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.
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.
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.
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 www.dowlingwalsh.com, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.
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.
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.
ABOUT THE JUROR : SARA HOTCHKISS
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.
RULES FOR ENTRY
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 JURYING PROCESS:
The juror will review based on the digital submissions. Harlow staff will notify artists via email no later than Jan. 8.
THE SUBMISSION PROCESS:
1. EMAIL | Enter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 https://www.harlowgallery.org/post/call-for-art-the-red-thread-of-fate-a-juried-fiber-exhibition, 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 email@example.com if you are interested in sponsoring.
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 www.gallerybgallery.com/smallworks.
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.
New Era Gallery hosts its annual “Holiday Show” from Nov. 26 through Dec. 21, featuring small works by gallery artists.
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 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 www.marshallgallery.net, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.