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Artists & Makers Week

Archipelago presents the annual Artists & Makers Week this year from April 5 to 9, held entirely virtually online.

This weeklong, all-virtual format will feature a variety of live and pre-recorded events and web-based resources to support Maine artists, makers and the arts-based businesses that make up the state’s creative economy.

Highlights this year include virtual events, creative and business resources on a variety of topics, a community art project and opportunities to connect, learn and create.

Details will be announced at a later date. Visit for more information.

Caldbeck Gallery presents ‘“Heaven and Earth’

“Cubism in Heaven,” by David Raymond.


Caldbeck Gallery presents the virtual exhibit “Heaven and Earth,” featuring artists David Raymond, John Wissemann and John Woolsey.

View the e-catalog at

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are by chance or appointment at For more information, go to, or call 207-594-5935.

“In LL’s Garden #4,” by John Wissemann.

Woodcut by John Woolsey.

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held April 3


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites artists of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. April 3 on Facebook Live. 

Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will create photographic collages using image transferring techniques. Taking inspiration from the multi-media practice of Biennial Artist Ben DeHaan, participants will create multi-dimensional compositions focusing on line and shape.

The free, remote workshop will stream live on For those tuning in locally, complimentary ArtKits available for pick-up from noon to 5 p.m. March 31 to April 2. Participants are encouraged to explore the galleries, either in-person or via virtual tour at in advance of the workshop.

For more information, email Alexis Iammarino at

Caldbeck Gallery exhibits a group show

Caldbeck Gallery presents “Autumn Group Show” through December.

View at the e-catalogue 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.

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

Lynn Karlin, “Romanesco Cauliflower,” from The Pedestal Series.

In response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and local closings, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland began creating the online series MMPA Antidote, which includes photographic artwork, audio interviews, and artist statements and reflections from Maine artists, aimed to serve as inspiration during times of isolation.

Published bi-weekly, Antidote features contemporary photographers and interviews with industry experts.

The current issue highlights work by Lynn Karlin.

“Since leaving a successful photography career in New York City for the romantic idea of farming in rural Maine, I never could have imagined that 38 years later, I would still be fascinated with vegetables,” Karlin writes. “Having photographed my first book, ‘Maine Farm: A Year of Country Life,’ while living at our farm gave me a new appreciation for the food we eat and so often take for granted. The Pedestal Series began 12 years ago when, at the local farmers market, I was intrigued by the simplicity of a beautiful cauliflower still encased in its stems and leaves. I took it home to photograph, placed it on a pedestal by an east-facing window, raising it to a place of honor. Now I collect vintage pedestals and a variety of backdrops. This series led to more elaborate still-lifes inspired by 17th-century Dutch master painters and to a body of work that is about the obvious but often overlooked beauty of the harvest.”

Visit to view the most recent issue.

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Holiday notecards available from Pemaquid Group of Artists

Cindy Spencer’s “Pemaquid Light” is one of the cards appearing in The Pemaquid Group of Artists notecard assortments.

With the holidays just around the corner and gift lists growing, The Pemaquid Group of Artists suggests considering boxed sets of artist notecards. The card assortments offer beautiful glimpses of mid-coast Maine and make excellent gifts and remembrances. There are two sets of notecards and each consists of a box of 10 assorted full color reproduction cards and envelopes. Each card is a recreation of an original painting by a member artist.

Card sets are available for view and sale at the Kefauver Studio on Bristol Road, Damariscotta (226-0974), the Jan Kilburn Bristol Road Gallery (563-8363), Damariscotta and Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery (478-550-8372), also on Bristol Road. A set of 10 cards is $20, plus $5 shipping per box. For further information and orders, contact Peggy Farrell at 677-2078 for details and mail orders.

The 2020 member artists include Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Damariscotta, Julie Babb, Damariscotta, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, William Curtis, Damariscotta, Dianne Dolan, Round Pond, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Sarah Fisher, Damariscotta, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Sawyer Hannah, New Harbor, Kathleen Horst, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, , Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol,  Judy Nixon, Bristol, Belva Ann Prycel, Damariscotta,  Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Cindy Spencer, Wiscasset, Liliana Thelander, Bristol, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Edgecomb, Barbara Vanderbilt, Whitefield, Bob Vaughan, Bristol, Steve Viega, Walpole, and Bev Walker, Chamberlain.

The gallery is closed for the season but expects to re-open in the spring of 2021. Purchase of original paintings by member artists is possible online at

Cynthia Winings Gallery new online catalog and artist talk


We’ve had an intense year of ups and downs that brought all of us to a place we’ve never seen nor imagined — so many situations demanding vigilance and clarity in a time of unprecedented confusion.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is offering all of you the opportunity to stroll through the gallery and see some of the inspiring work shown this summer and new works only completed in the last few weeks.


Louise Bourne, Reveal, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

For the first time, you’ll be able to turn the pages of an online catalogue and purchase artworks from the gallery online. This new experience allows you to take time with the artists you love and rediscover all the ways in which art can inspire, uplift and surprise you.



Avy Claire, #theworldisamessyplace 20.11.23,

The digital catalogue is now available on the website, and artworks will be available for purchase through Dec. 31.

Carol Pelletier, After The Storm, 2020, Oil and cold wax on panel, 36 x 36 inches

Also hosted by Cynthia Winings Gallery, Carol Pelletier will host a Zoom artist talk at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held Dec. 5

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

Participants will join ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino in creating mixed-media sculptures using air-dry clays and found objects. Taking inspiration from the work of artists Sam Finkelstein and Elyse Noelani Grams on view in the CMCA 2020 Biennial, participants will create small objects from memory while embracing the slower pace of working by hand.

In response to colder temperatures and CDC recommendations, the workshop will stream live on, from 2 to 4 p.m. For those tuning in locally, there are 15 ArtLab art kits available for pick up at CMCA beginning Dec. 2, free of charge. Participants are encouraged to explore the galleries during pick up or visit the virtual tour online at in advance of the workshop. For more information, email Alexis Iammarino at

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

Green Lion Gallery online exhibition ‘Ten Miles Out’

Green Lion Gallery is proud to announce its latest online exhibition, “Ten Miles Out,” photomontages by Lilian Day Thorpe. Lilian, a talented, imaginative and accomplished photomontage artist spent some of her summer on the Maine coast where she partly grew up. Based on that experience, she’s been working on a fascinating series of images that explore new territory both technically and aesthetically. We’re thrilled and honored to host the premier exhibition for her new work.

Green Lion Gallery is located at 40 Lemont St. in Bath. Contact  for more information.

Bates College Museum of Art exhibits ‘Let’s Celebrate Ashley Bryan!’

Untitled collage from Beautiful Blackbird.

Bates College Museum of Art presents “Let’s Celebrate Ashley Bryan!,” which runs Oct. 21 to March 20.

Although only open to visitors with valid Bates IDs due to the pandemic, the museum remains committed to serving the public through a variety of remotely accessible educational programs.

The virtual exhibition can be viewed at

African-American artist Ashley Bryan is one of Maine’s cultural treasures. A noted painter, printmaker, illustrator, author, puppet maker and storyteller, Bryan, who turned 97 on July 13, came to Maine as a member of the first class to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1946. He began to summer regularly in the Cranberry Isles, a group of islands off Mount Desert Island, in the late 1940s, and has lived on Little Cranberry Island year-round since the late 1980s. In 2019, Henry Isaacs and Donna Bartnoff Isaacs, longtime friends and neighbors of Bryan’s on Little Cranberry Island, donated over 50 works of art including paintings, drawings, and prints, and numerous other items including copies of his books. The core of this exhibition is drawn from this generous gift.

Bryan’s passion for storytelling was fueled by trips to the public library as a child, where he read folktales, novels, biographies and poetry. However, there were few opportunities to identify with African Americans in the books he found. This is a problem he has been determined to address in his books ever since. Bryan has written and illustrated more than 50 books, many inspired by African folktales and Black American spirituals. These include award winning titles such as “Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace” (2020); “I Am Loved” (2018), “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life” (2016) and many more.

Illustrations from selected books and a reading area are part of the exhibition.

Like his book illustrations, Bryan’s paintings are varied in subject. Works from earlier in his career are often expressionistic and representational painted in a naturalistic palette, with subjects including family, friends, musicians, landscapes and gardens, and images painted while abroad. Later, paintings share the brilliantly colorful palette of many of his book illustrations and include lush and vivid gardens and scenic images from Little Cranberry Isle.

In the artist’s words, “I can’t remember a time when I have not been drawing and painting. In kindergarten, when I learned the alphabet and then drew the pictures for each letter, it was a wonderful experience because the teacher said I had published a book when I reached the end and sewed it together. Because of the encouragement I received as a child, in school and at home, I continued doing those books. I don’t know how much those experiences were actually behind what I’m doing now in a direct sense, but it was the spirit in which it was opened to me, that in which I really believed.”

Learn more about the exhibit and additional offerings at