Archive for Rockland

Artist Talk and Book Signing with David Row and Suzette McAvoy

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to join us for a dialogue between artist David Row and exhibition curator Suzette McAvoy, discussing the artist’s landmark solo exhibition, The Shape of Things.  This closing event will be followed by a reception where David will sign copies of the newly released catalog accompanying the exhibition.

This event is being offered free of charge and will be held in-person from 2:00 – 4:00pm in CMCA’s Main Gallery and streamed to Facebook Live.

This is the final in person viewing of The Shape of Things, S.B. Walker | Nor’east, Will o’ the Wisp, and SCREEN: Cherrie Yu, as these CMCA exhibitions close at 5pm. Our galleries will reopen October 1.

Landing Gallery opens Sarah Faragher solo exhibit

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St, Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “LOCAL COLOR: AN ALMANAC OF MAINE PAINTING”, a solo exhibit of 60 new paintings by Sarah Faragher, June 4 – June 29.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books.  Sarah was an Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

“My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with nature.  Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms, and describe where my heart lives.  I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies, at the same time that I tell my own.”

“The solitude and perseverance I cultivate as a painter serve me well in times of plenty, and even more so in times of distress. Last year I stayed close to home and found solace in my work.  I painted in the back yard, and by a neighbor’s driveway, and at the little beach at the end of the street.  I also took day trips to paint mountain vistas and quiet lakes, and attended a reclusive inland residency.  As the months passed, the seasons took on an inevitable rightness, as they always do.  To note the changes as they happened, I decided to paint a certain nearby hillside and a field by the sea here in town, during each season.  Focusing on these places and their transforming colors helped me navigate the ongoing seclusion, and reminded me of one of my core tenets of painting: what I observe and experience in the landscape echoes what I feel in my heart which I know to be true and real.

As the wheel of the seasons continues to turn, I pay particular attention to the times of solstice and equinox. Their ancient sacredness lives still.  They remind us of continuity and community. They’re patient, and offer the long view. When they arrive, their particularities come to the fore: the new growth, flowerings, ripenesses and fruit, and then the falling away.  Lush trees in full summer and their spare leafless elegance in winter become more beautiful and poignant to me than ever, as I paint them.  The anxiety I carry about the state of the world is assuaged by the remembrance of the cycle of nature as an ever-renewing wellspring. In my paintings and in life, I find that renewal and hope because I search for them, and keep searching until they reveal themselves. They’re here, today.

The varied colors of the landscape speak throughout the year, but winter might be my best-loved season. Daylight is valuable; darkness is peaceful.  I was born in December near the solstice, and my middle name is Noël.  I’m at home in the clear cold air and quietude.  I made friends with the bleak a long time ago.  Under the whites of the snow, earth colors warm my palette with umber, ochre, and sienna.  In winter I take stock, recommit to long-term projects, and rest.  January offers a fresh start.  Patterns of snowfall veil the familiar, and I rejoice in the absence of brighter colors, even while I daydream of spring greens and verdant island summers.”

Please join us in the gallery.  Hours: Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 11-5, Closed Mon & Tue.  FMI 207 239-1223,

Dowling Walsh May Exhibits

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of a Moon Curser – Fifteenth in a Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island, 2021, Acrylic, gesso, and oil on canvas, 30″ x 48″

Dowling Walsh invites the public to an opening reception Friday May 7 from 3 to 6.


MUD SEASON is a group exhibition featuring works by Jamie Wyeth, Ann Craven, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Lois Dodd, Daniel Minter, Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), and David Driskell (1931-2020)


Aaron T Stephan, Simple Twist of Fate, 2020, Sand, cement, dye, 60″ x 60″ x 120″

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

Greenhut Galleries Presents ‘Focus: Printmaking III’

The Elder 48 x 24 inches (variable)


Endanger monotype, linocut, chine colle 22 x 18 inches


Greenhut Galleries, in Portland Presents Focus: Printmaking III on view from Feb 6- March 28 with an opening receptions on Feb 8 from 1-3. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Printcraft, Running With Scissors and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several have taught at institutions including Maine College of Art, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New England.

Clam Song Woodcut 21 x 21 inches


We Ignore Our Mother’s Uneasy Ghost Drypoint, chine colle 18 x 24 inches


Artists: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman, Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Joan Busing, Julie Crane, David Driskell, Elizabeth Jabar, Amanda Lilleston, Liz McGhee, Larinda Meade, Daniel Minter, Lisa Pixley, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, Carter Shappy, Michael Torlen, Neil Welliver

Carol L. Douglas Studio Presents “Censored. Me. Really.”

In 2014, Carol L. Douglas was part of a duo show at a university gallery in Rochester, NY. The show was vast: a body of sixty large pieces including abstracts and nudes.

Douglas’ work dealt with the marginalization of women, exploring issues like religious submission, bondage, slavery, prostitution, obesity, and exploitation. It was featured in the university news and a city newspaper. Then, college administrators saw the show and closed it down. The paintings have not been shown as a body of work since. “We live in strange times,” said Douglas. “We not only tolerate but glorify the cardinal sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. On the other hand, we are leery of serious conversations, we don’t like serious effort, and we vilify those with whom we disagree.

“The cynic in me thinks that if I painted coy Odalisques there would have been no objection. Young people are exposed to sexually-charged but stupid images every day; in fact, this is part of the problem facing women today.”

Douglas’ work from the show is being reprised in “Censored. Me. Really.” The show opens on January 18. Carol L. Douglas Studio, 394 Commercial Street, Rockport.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

Preparing for a Wholesale Show: Panel Discussion

MCA presents Preparing for a Wholesale Show, a panel discussion in our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub program. The discussion will focus on best practices in preparing for a wholesale show, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, but will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring Show, which is March 14-16 in Portland. If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join MCA for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

Where: Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Styling Workshop: Learn to Make Compelling Images

Join Stylist + Art Director, Basha Burwell, for this one-of-a-kind styling workshop! She will introduce you to her line work, and teach you some tips and tricks to create interesting images containing your work. This unique workshop is for craftspeople + makers wanting to improve the skills necessary to present your craft through photographic images. This workshop will prepare you with the tools needed to successfully conceptualize, plan, produce, and even shoot creative and memorable still life images featuring your craft objects.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Where: Church: 16 Brewster St, Rockland ME 04841

ArtSpace Gallery Presents ‘Home and Family’

Mary Beth Morrison, Skiing With The Dogs, Acrylic on Cradled Board

Art Space Gallery, in Rockland will be hanging an array of new work by our members for the show, Home and Family. Please stop by during November and December to see what our artists have created.

John Wood, Tulips, Watercolor

Also be sure to visit our Gift Nook where you will find small artworks and fine crafts also made by our artists, all great for gift giving during the holiday season.

Lara Max, Ringing Bowl in Snowshoe Pattern

CMCA names Martha Jones as new Board Chair


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has appointed Martha Jones, a seasoned non-profit leader and South Thomaston resident, as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Martha “Marty” Jones brings to the position more than 40 years experience as a leader in cultural and non-profit management. In 1982, Jones was one of the founders of the Tony award-winning Huntington Theatre Company. From 1996 to 2011, she served as both General Manager and President of the Celebrity Series of Boston. As a professional consultant, Jones specializes in strategic planning, fundraising counsel, organizational assessment, executive coaching, and board governance.

“Marty brings an array of leadership skills and tools to the role of Board Chair,” says Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “Since joining the Board in 2014, Marty has been a devoted supporter and instrumental in strengthening Board governance. I welcome the opportunity to work with her and the other trustees as we enter the next exciting phase of CMCA’s future.”

Jones previously served as Vice Chair of the Board. She succeeds Karen Brace, a former businesswoman and Camden resident, as Board Chair. Brace finishes her term after leading CMCA through an exceptional period of strategic planning and financial growth.

“Marty Jones is the right person to build upon the momentum of success the CMCA team has worked to achieve,” said Brace. “I am so grateful to the Board, Suzette, and the staff for their ongoing commitment and support during my tenure as Chair, and I look forward to continuing in new roles on the Board.”

Jones takes on the position eager to help write the next chapter of CMCA’s history. With the organization entering its fourth year in its state-of-the-art facility in downtown Rockland, Jones is impressed by the widening recognition of CMCA through the quality of its exhibitions and educational programming.

“It is, indeed, an honor and privilege to be named Board Chair of CMCA,” said Jones. “Having worked closely with Karen Brace, the entire board, staff and volunteers over the past five years, I am excited to lend my expertise in board development and operations as we continue to build upon CMCA’s tremendous growth and acclaim achieved under Karen’s leadership and that of Executive Director, Suzette McAvoy.”

Looking forward, Jones is excited to help CMCA expand its ability to service its mission on a statewide level. “We have before us a wealth of opportunities for expanding our mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine and extending our reach into the community, and my goal is to build upon current resources to make this happen.”

October ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.