Artful, Delicious Holidays in Rockland

The participating galleries of Arts in Rockland will host a First Friday art walk and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. on December 2. Local artists and galleries have donated works of art for a silent auction to benefit Arts in Rockland and Rockland Main Street. The auction will be held at Yvette Torres Fine Art at 21 Winter Street.

“This auction is truly a win-win-win,” says organizer Yvette Torres, “benefitting local artists, Arts in Rockland, and Rockland Main Street, who do so much throughout the year to keep our downtown thriving.” Artists who are contributing artwork for the auction have the option to receive a fifty percent commission on auction sales with the remainder of the proceeds going to support Arts in Rockland and Rockland Main Street. Bids will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Dec. 1 through Dec. 4. An auction preview is available at and will be updated as donations are received.

December’s First Friday art walk is one in a series of events at downtown Rockland galleries this holiday season. Following the art walk on Dec. 2, the Farnsworth Art Museum will continue its series of First Friday art films with an 8 p.m. screening of Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at The Strand Theatre.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers will be on hand at Archipelago to sign copies of her first cookbook “Desserted.” Shaffer will bring samples of her Black Dinah Chocolates from Isle au Haut. Truffle and bark will be for sale at Archipelago during the signing and throughout the season. Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier is a new book published by Down East and has extraordinary recipes like Macaroons with Chocolate Buttercream and Orange-scented Chocolate-Espresso Cinnamon Buns. Come meet one dynamic lady who was just voted one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professionals Magazine.


For more information on the Arts in Rockland auction, contact Yvette Torres at 207-332-4014 or For more information on the book signing at Archipelago, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze at 207-596-0701 or