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Eastport launches online exhibit featuring work by gallery members

The Eastport Gallery’s online spring show runs April 2 to June 17, featuring works by 16 gallery members online at

The gallery at 109 Water St., Eastport, will open for the summer season on June 5.

This virtual show provides a taste of what you will see in person this summer.

Full Fathom Five Gallery will open to visitors in May

Piece by Olga Merrill.

Full Fathom Five Gallery is getting ready for visitors in May and will introduce new artists as well as showcase work from all it artists.

Three new artists are Christina Thwaites, Olga Merrill and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.

Christina Thwaites is a British painter, based in Orono.

Christina Thwaites

“My work explores the places and faces around me — familiar and banal subject matter but relevant,” Thwaites says. “The context and location of where I reside at the time is reflected, and having moved a lot, my practice has been a means of connecting myself to location and people.”

View paintings by Thwaites at

Olga Merrill is a visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. Photography was a hobby for her father, and she remembers the smell of chemicals from being with him in his darkroom. Who knew that after more than 35 years from her first brief touch of photography, she would become an artist, and visual art started playing a significant role in her life.

“I hardly recognize myself as a photographer,” she says. “I use photography as a tool — like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting — to create an image of my vision, with a dreamy and indirect relationship to external reality.”

View prints by Merrill at

Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a traditional painter working mainly in oils.  

“Painting for me is like mediation,” she says. “When I am working on a subject, I am in my right brain, where logic and words do not exist, where the world becomes only nameless shapes and infinite shades of color. The more I look at my subject, the more I see. This is what fascinates me.”

View paintings by Leinonen Dunn at

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Jean Kigel Gallery in Back Cove Gallery presents ‘The Thaw’ 

“Ice Out Back Cove,” by Jean Kigel.


We have set our clocks forward. The equinox has come and gone.  We are stripping off layers. And the roads have been posted. But we must endure the thaw.

During April, Jean Kigel Gallery, at 1396 Back Cove in Waldoboro, presents “The Thaw,” a series of paintings depicting that transitional season often dubbed Mud Season.

Living in Midcoast Maine has familiarized Kigel with its saltwater coves and stone-walled fields. Her watercolors in this show reveal the breakup of ice in saltwater coves and its slipping off from harbor pilings. She has painted hay rolls emerging from snow-patched fields, and woods with spring run-off. She includes ice fishing shacks being removed and traps and buoys coming out of cold storage. Some of her favorite paintings celebrate sugar shacks and bare apple orchards.

Also featured in “The Thaw” are Kigel’s Asian brush paintings. These include silhouetted trees and the last runs on ski slopes.

“Hopefully this ‘Thaw’ is more than the tilt of the Earth,” Kigel says. “Hopefully it also bodes the tilting away of COVID-19’s long, cruel grip.”

Kigel is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Sumi-e Society of America. This show can be seen in person at Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, and online at The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 832-5152.

Caldbeck Gallery announces new virtual exhibit

“Ornamental Crabs,” by Nancy Glassman.

Calbeck Gallery presents “Life, Still,” a virtual exhibit featuring a new body of work by Nancy Glassman.

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.

‘Circle of Friends’ exhibit opens at Salt Pond Studio

Salt Pond Studio’s “Circle of Friends” group show opens Nov. 7 and runs through Dec. 6. There will be a (Covid-aware) opening celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Salt Pond Studios is at 522 Cushing Road, Friendship. Call 207-681-5787 for more information.

CMCA Biennial 2020 to open Oct. 3

CMCA Biennial 2020

The CMCA Biennial 2020 features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. The exhibition will open to the public on Oct. 3 with a virtual reception live streamed to CMCA’s Facebook page from 5 to 7 p.m.

The virtual event will include a live video tour of the exhibition with Biennial artists speaking about their work, as well as comments from the jurors and CMCA staff. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA in Rockland through April 2021 and is sponsored by The Via Agency.

Selected artists were chosen from a pool of more than 500 individual submissions by jurors Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island.

In a statement by the jurors, Johnson-Milewski writes, “I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times of disconnection, isolation and confusion.”

McNamara adds, “With over 500 submissions, the process of looking through the Biennial entries offered us an opportunity to view an incredibly diverse range of art practices reflected in the contemporary art field. I am thrilled with our final selection of work, which reflects some of the hopefulness and re-imagining this particular and historical moment in time calls for.”

This year marks the 22nd edition of the CMCA Biennial, which typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. Dating back to 1978, it is the longest running open juried exhibition in the state.

CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are immensely grateful to The VIA Agency for sponsoring this year’s edition of the CMCA Biennial. It is always a process of discovery to learn the jurors’ selections and to see the breadth of talent by artists connected to Maine.”

The CMCA Biennial 2020 artists and their towns are as follows: Jeffrey Ackerman, Morrill; Henry Austin, Portland; Susan Beallor-Snyder, Southwest Harbor and New York, New York; Fanny Brodar, Kennebunkport; Anne Buckwalter, Portland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Penn Chan, Portland; Ben DeHaan, Portland; Brian Doody, Portland; Jenny McGee Dougherty, South Portland; Norajean Ferris, Portland; Donna Festa, Bangor, Sam Finkelstein, Rockland; Kevin Ford, Portland and Norwalk, Connecticut; Elyse Noelani Grams, Portland; Meg Hahn, Portland; Breehan James, Scarborough; Gregory Jamie, Portland; Tom Jessen, Temple; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Mandy Lamb, Norridgewock; Phil Lonergan, Portland, and Campton, New Hampshire; Hector Nevarez Magaña, Portland; Ashley Normal, York and Nashua, New Hampshire; Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell, Portland, Elijah Ober, South Portland; Aaron Rosenblum, Northport and Louisville, Kentucky; Nicholas J Sevigney, Wells and Holderness, New Hampshire; Susan L. Smith, Dover-Foxcroft; Maia Snow, Portland and Austin, Texas; Benjamin Spalding, Portland; Richard Van Buren, Perry; Jimmy Viera, South Portland; Susan B. Webster, Deer Isle; and Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, Massachusetts.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Local Color Gallery’s October show to include guest artists David Estey, Margaret Griffith and The Winterberry Collective

Leslie Moore, “Squirrelly Whirls.”

Local Color Gallery will be featuring several guests artists in October, including Belfast artist David Estey. Estey’s work reflects years of extensive study that celebrate the rich use of color and texture with an innovative exploration of form. As a Mainer, he says he can’t escape the serene beauty of the snowy fields, the blue-black waters and the rugged coast. They are all a visceral part of his work.

Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island will bring her paintings that use a juxtaposition of the sometimes odd buildings together with strong landscape elements. Griffith is drawn not only to the ocean water and purple mountains but to the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. She is aiming to have the viewer really look and hopefully see something new in her landscape paintings.

The Winterberry Collective is a group of Midcoast Maine block printmakers who meet regularly to practice creating original relief prints by hand. For their “Maine’s Forest Floor” project, each printmaker designed four interpretations of the forest floor, one for each season. A selection of these original, hand-pulled block prints are on display, and a forever calendar showcasing their forest floor prints is also available. To purchase a calendar, email

Holly Berry, a celebrated printmaker, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and an esteemed teacher, facilitates the Winterberry Collective from her home studio in Waldoboro. Members include Emily Davis, Barbara Gorrill, Leslie Moore, Dianne Morgan, Natalie Norris, Carolyn Steeves and David Swetland.

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

Autumn exhibits and events at the Cynthia Winings Gallery

“Out. Beyond. This.,” by Lari Washburn, a September featured artist at Cynthia Winings Gallery.

As Season Eight is winding down, the group show “All Together Now” continues to inspire and delight visitors.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24. The website is also updated regularly with new work. You can also tour the gallery virtually at

New work has arrived throughout the summer, and it’s reassuring and uplifting to see what is being created during this turbulent and uncertain time.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a Zoom artist talk with Christine Lafuente titled “ACADIAN SEAS, ACADIAN SEEING:

How 10 years of painting seascapes has inspired new ways of composing still life and cityscape.” The artist talk is at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill.

New work featured at Art Space Gallery

Art Space Gallery features work by Linda Murray and Margaret Creighton in October, as well as new work by gallery members.

Art Space Gallery, a fine art cooperative owned and operated by Maine artists, is located at 405 Main St., Rockland. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to  2p.m. Sunday. See for more details.

Robert Wellings will exhibit at the Gallery at Somes Sound

“Dawn Light,” by Robert Wellings.

Robert Wellings will exhibit his paintings at the Gallery at Somes Sound throughout October.

Wellings’ inspiration for this collection of work is the ability of the Maine landscape to evoke in the viewer a sense of solitude and mystery. Scenes of dusk-lit meadows, silhouettes of rocky shores, bare trees in the pre-dawn hours and other moments of contemplative witness are painted from memory, imagination and plein-air sketches. Through these works of various

times and places in the Maine landscape, Wellings hopes viewers will reconnect with their own deep experiences of belonging, wonder and gratitude.

Visit to view more of his work.

Five percent of sales from Wellings’ show will be donated to the Wendell Gilley Museum because the Gallery at Somes Sound supports their mission of bringing people closer to nature through the arts.

The Gallery at Somes Sound is at 1112 Main St., Mount Desert. Email, or call 207-610-4622 for more information.