Archive for Workshops

CMCA’s ArtLab for All Ages to be held June 5


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites youth and adults of all ages to take part in an ArtLab for All Ages workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. June 5 on Facebook Live. 

Taking inspiration from painter David Row’s exhibit “The Shape of Things,” join community educator Alexis Iammarino to create a series of shaped paintings that explore ways to apply pattern and geometric illusions.

The free online workshop will stream live on For those tuning in locally, complimentary ArtKits containing all the supplies you will need are available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 to 5 at CMCA. For more information, email Alexis Iammarino at

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Art workshops at the Maine Art Gallery are filling up

Collage by Jennifer Napolitano, a student who participated in a former workshop led by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo.

Two classes offered by the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset in June and July are filling up, but a few spaces are still available. Adeline Godminc-Tronzo will teach a drawing workshop with painting and collage on June 13, and Carolyn Gabbe will lead an exploration of how color is used to paint light and shadow in a three-week class on successive Mondays beginning July 12.

French-born Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo was educated in Paris before moving to New York City in the mid-seventies to study at the Art Students League with Marshall Glasier, Joseph Hisrch, Robert Beverly Hale, and Norman Lewis. She holds a BFA in art and philosophy. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and Europe. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is limited to eight students. The cost is $60 for members of the Maine Art Gallery; $70 for non-members.

Carolyn Gabbe is a graduate of the Advanced Fine Art program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and holds a MA from The American University and a BA from The George Washington University. She has been juried into membership at Oil Painters of America, the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Portrait Society of America. Her work has been shown in juried shows and galleries throughout the country. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is limited to nine students. The cost is $80 for members; $85 for non-members.

The classes will be subject to Maine CDC guidelines; vaccination required; masking optional.

To register for the classes and to see the lists of materials required, visit Cromwell Coastal Properties is the sponsor of this year’s learning opportunities.x

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Visit for details.

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

Archipelago Releases Do-It-Yourself Photography Video Series

Archipelago has released a three-part video series from photographer Michael O’Neil, who shares tips and best practices for beginner and advanced photographers alike.

The first two videos were “Do-It-Yourself Tabletop Photography for Artists and Makers” and “DIY Photography for Artists & Makers: Two-Dimensional Art.” With more people venturing outdoors, the last video in the series teaches on-location product photography. All videos are available on the Island Institute’s YouTube page.

“On Location: Natural Light Photography” shows three locations and gives suggestions for making the best of various situations. These kinds of images can really help you develop and strengthen your brand, stand out from other stores, and share your unique story better on your website and social media.

Maine has a unique feel and adding that aesthetic to your photography and marketing can complement your brand well. Providing your customers with a sense of a place, or referencing a favorite memory they may have of Maine, helps connect them with your product and is a great strategy to add into your marketing efforts.

Email Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago director, at with any questions.

CMCA’s June ArtLab to be Live Streamed

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will host its June ArtLab for All Ages workshops via Facebook Live while its doors are closed to the public in response to CDC guidelines on COVID-19.

Artists of all ages are invited to join ArtLab educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for the third livestream workshop, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. June 6 at Following the workshop, participants are encouraged to share their work in a community show and tell via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. To participate in the Zoom video call, email Mia Bogyo at for a Zoom link.

The theme for the June ArtLab is inspired by the work of artist Anne Neely, on view in the current exhibition “Skirting the Line.” The exhibition can be viewed in advance of the workshop at Drawing on Neely’s work as inspiration, workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of painterly processes to create their own personal narratives. A materials list will be posted to CMCA’s Facebook page and website prior to the start of the workshop.

Sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout in Northport


Robert Shetterly, hands-on workshops kick off two-day conference
for Maine artists and arts-based businesses April 4-5 at Point Lookout

The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th from 2:00–6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5th from 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a half-day of hands-on workshops and a special evening presentation by artist Robert Shetterly around his nationally recognized Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives, and continue all day Friday with sessions offering practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.


Robert Shetterly


Thursday afternoon will begin with targeted sessions for Maine artists and arts-based businesses that include a DIY photography workshop, portfolio and product reviews, and a presentation on small business funding opportunities. The evening will culminate with “Americans Who Tell the Truth: An Evening with Robert Shetterly” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, it offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. During this special event, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray. Appetizers will be provided.

“We are very excited about expanding the conference into Thursday this year,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago and conference organizer. “We know that many of our attendees are looking for opportunities to really dive deep into key areas, so we built out this time to specifically address some of those interests and provide a space for them to do this.”

She added, “It’s a balancing act. There’s always a wide array of relevant topics and pieces we’d like to highlight, but we try to be considerate of the time that these small business owners are spending away from their businesses and from creating. We work really hard to design a schedule that features all areas of our creative economy and offers sessions and tools that are useful for everyone. This year, we have brought in some great industry professionals who will leverage their expertise and skills to provide unique insight for our attendees. In addition, we are proud to continue to offer the peer-to-peer workshops and networking pieces that conference guests look forward to every year.”


Whitney Burdsall


With a full day of workshops and presentations on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from sessions on email marketing, social media, branding best practices, artistic collaborations, insurance planning, pathways for fine art and craft, and more.

  • Rich Brooks, founder and president of the Portland-based digital agency Flyte New Media, will speak about the importance and impact of email marketing. Brooks is a nationally-recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. The author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, he is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.
  • Whitney Burdsall, logistics director for Green Tree Event Consultants—producers of the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows—will guide participants through the important aspects of both wholesale and retail markets and how each could be a part of a winning business model. Burdsall has worked with hundreds of artisans preparing for the New England Made Shows and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities artisans encounter running a successful wholesale business.
  • Brian Reid, a master fine furniture maker based in midcoast Maine, will speak about the inspiration and artistic growth found in collaborations, highlighting his work with Maine State prison inmates in furniture making over the last eight years. Reid splits his time between furniture making and fine woodworking course instruction with over 20 years of teaching worldwide in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia. He currently leads the 12 Week Intensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.


Suhail Bisharat

Friday afternoon will also feature a keynote presentation by Chebeague Island resident and former director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Suhail Bisharat, who will describe the challenging task of building and housing a collection of contemporary art from across the Arab and Islamic world, the role of national leadership, artists, and the private sector as they came together to create the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. Inaugurated in 1980 by the late King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Noor, the permanent collection includes the work of more than 800 artists from 59 countries.

Additional speakers at the conference will include: Master clay artist George Pearlman of St. George; Maine landscape painter Colin Page; visual artist Kenny Cole; Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT Gallery in Rockland; contemporary sculptor Jesse Salisbury; Laura Pierce of Iris Designs; Alex Steed of Knack Factory; Karen D’Silva of Karen D’Silva Creative Services; Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, Gabrielle Melchionda of Mad Gab’s, and more.

Workshop sessions offer three themed tracks – Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational – which tailor presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business. Attendees are able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Other highlights include a Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity and opportunities to network with others.

General registration for the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference is open through March 29th and costs $25 for Thursday afternoon only, $35 for Friday only, or $45 for both days. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres for Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages for Friday.

To register or view a complete agenda with session descriptions, visit

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

The Harlow announces September schedule of art workshops

The Harlow announces upcoming arts workshops in their new location at 100 Water Street, Hallowell including watercolor lead by Diane Dubreuil, and more.

The Harlow announces their schedule of workshops for the month of September, 2018 including painting with different techniques, making your own custom tote bag, and open studios. Registration is now open for these workshops, held at the Harlow’s new, larger location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Pre-registration is required for all workshops unless otherwise stated. Spaces are limited and can be reserved by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

The schedule of workshops for September, 2018 is as follows:

Saturday, September 1, 10am-12pm: Open Studios: Bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials during Open Studio. The Harlow has many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby. We have everything from collage materials to button making supplies. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views, or tottle down to the rainbow chairs on the bulkhead and work outside. Bring your easel or drawing board and make a morning of it. Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, September 8th, 9-1: CANMP Workshop with Penny Markley
Lead by Penny Markley in conjunction with the Capital Area New Mainers Project (CANMP), this workshop offers a place to create, and supplies to anyone who has an idea to express in response to the Harlow’s call for art for “A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found”. You can choose to work in acrylic, pastel, or watercolor. If you have supplies that you like to use, please bring them, there will also be supplies provided by the gallery. Cost is $15, Scholarships available for new Mainer’s. All ages, children must have an adult present. Please give your preferred medium when registering for this workshop. Pre-registration required.

Saturday September 15th, 10-12: Create and Take: Totes!
Using a variety of materials (stencils, stamps, paints, and fabric markers), create a unique and individual tote to reflect your personal style and interests. Use for the library, school, farmer’s market or as an everyday handbag. All materials provided including the tote. All ages, children must have an adult present. $15 Members/$20 Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Saturday September 22, 10-1: Alcohol Ink Workshop with visiting Artist Jean Nitzel:
Learn the fun and colorful technique of alcohol ink painting with visiting Artist Jean Nitzel. This 3 hour course will allow you to learn the basic process, experiment and create a unique piece of art. You will leave with a completed painting and some supplies to continue on your own. Class size is limited to 15 people, Ages 18 & Up. All materials included. $40/Members $45/Non-Members. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, September 29th, 10-1: Introduction to Watercolor with Diane Dubreuil.
This workshop with water-colorist Diane Dubreuil ( is designed for anyone who wishes to begin painting with watercolors or who may need help redirecting his/her creative thinking. Together we will establish some basic painting vocabulary, explore the basics of using equipment and watercolor paint, and have some fun too. Class size is limited to 10, all materials included. Please bring a bag lunch. Cost is $40 for Members $45 for Non-Members. Ages 16 & Up. Pre-registration required.

For more details or to register please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Harlow Gallery Happenings | August 2018



Enjoy The Hue is a solo exhibition, spanning both floors of the gallery, of work by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell. Enjoy the Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific. He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”, he said.


So many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby The Harlow. Bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views, or tottle down to the rainbow chairs on the bulkhead and work outside. Bring your easel or drawing board and make a morning of it! Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.


Create work inspired by our call for art; A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found, with ceramic artist Barb Loken. We will be using clay to create mugs which will then be decorated to reflect personal interpretations of the call for art. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 person/all materials included. Fee waivers available for ‘New Mainers’.


Learn the technique of monotype printing with artist and instructor Kris Sader this Summer at The Harlow. This workshop is open to anyone interested; whether experienced or novice. Monoprinting offers the opportunity of color mixing/interactions, and mark making that allows for the luminosity of the paper to add excitement to the print. Learn to understand viscosity of ink, modify ink, and lay down an even layer of ink on a transparent surface. Space is limited to 10 participants. Member Tuition: $70 | Non Members Tuition: $75.


Try your hand at Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish and animal printing. All the featured animals, from trout to bull frogs, are species commonly found in the Kennebec River. Come print with us! This workshop is in collaboration with the exhibition Ebb and Flow: Reflections on the Kennebec River on view at Common Street Arts. Ebb and Flow features work from the members of Harlow Gallery, Wesserunsett Arts Council, Common Street Arts, and Waterville Area Art Society. First come-first served. Class is limited to 20 participants. Free/donations welcome.

Click here for more details. 

Creativity Workshop at the Farnsworth with Kim Bernard

On Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will host a workshop on cultivating creativity. The program, led by artist Kim Bernard, will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

 In this energized, supportive and non-judgmental workshop participants will be guided through a plethora of playful exercises that promise to inspire and build creative confidence. Non-precious materials will be provided that encourage experimentation, discovery and fun. All will focus on the creative process, rather than the product, in an atmosphere where generating ideas and finding ‘flow’ are the goal. Participants will leave with an arsenal of go-to strategies they can continue to revisit for inspiration. All levels welcome.

Instructor Kim Bernard has exhibited her sculpture and paintings at the Portland Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art and UNH Museum of Art. Bernard has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and NEFA. She earned her BFA from Parsons and MFA from MassArt. Examples of her work may be seen at


Sculpture Race Blitz Build with Kim Bernard at the Farnsworth

On Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a two-day workshop entitled Sculpture Race Blitz Build. The workshop, led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets from 9 a.m. to 4 pm both days.

Sculpture races are short races of pushed, pulled and pedaled artwork. In this two-day workshop, participants (ages 12 through adult) will create sculptural contraptions, incorporating wheels, made of recycled materials to be raced in the Rockland Sculpture Race on August 11. Individuals, families, and community groups will be guided through brainstorm, design and construction sessions that will result in a race ready sculptural contraption. The workshop will be led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard. For more information about the event, see

The fee for this workshop is $220, and $192 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit