Artists’ Choice at Tidemark Gallery

audreytravis“Audrey Bechler,” graphite on paper, by Travis Chapman

In the home stretch for 2015, Tidemark in Waldoboro has filled up two galleries; the home space and the annex at Old #9, with beautiful landscapes, abstracts, pottery, jewelry, books and cards by many members of our community of artists. The great reveal took place in a special “winter holidays” reception at both galleries on the evening of Saturday, November 21.

Among the many fine artists whose work was on display was Audrey Bechler, a founding member of Tidemark since it opened in 2005. Yes, it has been ten years and yes, there was cake!

In her characteristically clear-eyed approach to life, our dear friend and neighbor, Audrey, is making plans. She writes: “This may be my last winter living on Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, ME. Last winter I had health issues on top of dealing with the snow, so I’ve agreed with my children to move to Eugene, OR, to live near my younger son. I do not know exactly when this will happen but I must now deal with my possessions. I enjoy painting and have painted every day I can. My whole life revolves around art. Now after 30 years, the house is full of paintings, prints, supplies and art books and I am not taking them to Eugene. For those who love paintings we can help each other.”

“From my house to your house,” Audrey says, “my work will be at Tidemark Gallery from now through December 19 and I will have a lot of paintings and prints at the Old #9 gallery on Friendship Street in downtown Waldoboro.”

More information and images of Audrey’s work are available at Please call Tidemark at (207) 832-5109 for more plans for this show and some thoughts about next season and the next ten years. Updates will be posted on our website,

Call for Art: Holiday Hodgepodge II Returns to Harlow Gallery

hodgepodge-745x425Holiday Hodgepodge is back at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell for the 2nd year! Proceeds from this fun fundraiser, on view December 2-12, 2015, will support programming at the gallery in 2016.

Non-member artists, artisans and art collectors may each submit one work of art of their choice, while current members of the Harlow Gallery may submit two works of art. We’ll hang/display as space allows, first come first served,  with a straight commission of 50% on work sold. All Maine creatives welcome! You do not need to be a member to participate, and the show is not juried.

All media are eligible, including fine crafts, hand-pulled prints, photography and sculpture. Vintage or antique art is welcome too. No giclees or reproductions please, all work must be original. Maximum size is 28″ x 30″ or 840 square inches including frame.

For an entry form and list of important dates, please visit

2015 Holiday Galleria at Betts Gallery in Belfast

DHurley-Devi“Devi,” by David Hurley

Betts Gallery in Belfast announces the opening of the 2015 Holiday Galleria through December 31 with the Holiday Art Walk Opening Reception on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More than 20 local artists offer small treasures for the holidays in this show where all works are available at the time of purchase.  Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Jaap Eduard Helder, David Hurley, Kevin Johnson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Kathleen Mack, Richard Mann, Petrea Noyes, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Carol Sloane, Lesia Sochor, Janalee Welch and others feature works of Watercolor, Oil, Collage, Graphite, Acrylic, Mixed Fiber, Sculpture, Assemblage, Photography Pen & Ink, Printmaking and more.

Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer, with a second entrance on Beaver Street. For more information, call (207) 338-6465.

Winter Art Factory FREE Family Fun Day!

UMMAOn Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor presents the Winter Art Factory!

Participants are invited to bring the whole family for a fun day filled with art making activities. There will be several stations for wrapping, ornament making and other fun seasonal creative projects. All supplied are included and guided instruction is provided.

The event is free, for all ages and open to the public. UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information, please call (207) 561-3360.

River Arts’ West Gallery Hosted “Variations on a Figure”

VariationsSculptures by Laura Freeman

“Variations on a Figure,” an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Laura Freeman, was recently on display at River Arts’ West Gallery at 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta. An artist reception was held on November 13.

Artist John Lorence said, “The artist reveals how she has explored, quite widely, the solids and shapes of the human body. Her strong drawing immediately informs you that she understands and has studied anatomy. But, she goes beyond that by suggesting her conclusions in clay and bronze.  She captures the mass, gesture and animations of walking, running as well as bending and curled-up individual seated or lying on a sofa or chair. The body volume is always present in each clay or bronze study  — some of which could be fetal or adult interpretations. Some figurative pieces are in repose; some have a lot of action.

Freeman’s sculptures can give you a personal experience. There is one pedestal arranged with small figures for the view to pick up and hold in your hand.  As you handle this little sculpture, you get a visual close-up and the tactile feeling of her work. (Art is, of course, mental and manual)  You really are participating!! That’s using your special sensory response. Enjoy!!”

The exhibit was described as showing humor, wit, seriousness and playfulness.

MCA Day Trip to CraftBoston, Friday, Dec. 11

2015115637af49c0442Nick Offerman gives Sawdust and Mirth lecture at CraftBoston.

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) is offering a day trip to CraftBoston on Friday, December 11. The bus will depart from Portland’s Marginal Way Park & Ride at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Make sure you get a seat: Register by November 30! Sign-up today, and you will be invoiced once the quota (15 people) has been met.

Participants will explore the CraftBoston exhibitor booths and are invited to attend a private lecture and tour designed to inform artists about show details, application tips and booth design. Participants may also shop, lunch and explore the Newbury Street shopping district.

Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district perfect for the holiday season. Come for the day to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, meet and support the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft.

The cost is $65 MCA Members and their guests (if paying together) or $75 Non-members. The fee includes bus fare, show admission and private tour.

This year, the Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) is pleased to announce that Nick Offerman will be speaking at CraftBoston 1 p.m. The cost is an additional $35 and seating is limited.

In his talk, titled Sawdust and Mirth, Offerman will discuss the importance of handmade objects. Offerman, an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter, is widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

The MCA and SAC have collaborated to offer MCA members the opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday 2015 in an SAC-subsidized, shared booth. The MCA Shared Booth is juried by CraftBoston and offers MCA members a unique opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston with MCA support and earn auto-entry in the following year’s show! 2015 MCA exhibitors are Barbara Burns, Allison Krzanowski, Christine Peters and Becky Wright.

For information on registering for the bus trip, please visit

Scott Moore Paints the Wild Coast of Maine

f9263e8d-4fcd-44d6-983a-6a7991d1d990“Black Point, Cutler” by Scott Moore, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

“Scott Moore Paints the Wild Coast of Maine” is now on view at Bayview Gallery in Brunswick.

Known as Maine’s Wild Coast or Bold Coast, this extraordinary stretch of coastline, with its stunning views of the North Atlantic, can be accessed via a trail through the Cutler Public Reserve. Despite the allure of the coast and panoramas that rival those of Acadia National Park, Cutler is rather remote and much less visited than coastal areas to its south.

On several occasions, however, intrepid outdoorsman and Maine painter, Scott Moore, made the trek and captured the magnificent beauty of this untamed area.

“I have painted Black Point several times, from different angles, in different seasons, and at different times of day,” said Moore. “The hard edged, faceted jumble of the foreground rocks, combined with atmospheric distance, make for a visually compelling place.  It’s constantly redefined by the shifting light. It is what some artists call a ‘power spot’.” Black Point isn’t easy to get to. It’s way up north in Washington County, near Cutler, and a two mile hike from the paved road. If the day is clear enough, you can see the cliffs of Grand Manan Island (Canada) on the horizon. It is very quiet.”

The gallery is located at 58 Maine Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (800) 244-3007.

Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery


MFT Gallery’s yearly small works show is featuring many new artists from all over the state this year. The resulting exhibit is a cheerful collection of landscapes, figurative work, and more abstracted imagery related to our rural culture. Artists included in this show are: Katherine Churchill, Julie Crane, Julie Cyr, Lisa Dellwo, Maureen Egan, Lindsay Hancock, Terry Hire, Elizabeth Hope, Sheep Jones, Margaret LaFarge, James Macdonald, Leslie Moore, Petrea Noyes, DiTa Ondek, Elizabeth Ostrander, Daniel Paulding, Kathy Perelka, Robin Rier, Charlotte Sawtelle, Kathryn Shagas, Meg Shields, Erin Smith, Mary Louise Town Jaqua, Jude Valentine and others.
Holiday Art Walk & Reception Friday December 4, 5:30-8pm
The show is on display from November 20 – January 4, 2016

Group Show “Celebrate! A Local Remix” at Greenhut This Month

PinesDavid Driscoll’s “Pines,” oil on canvas

“Celebrate! A Local Remix” is a group show of new work by 23 artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland from November 5 to 28.

The participating artists are Joel Babb, Matt Blackwell, David Campbell, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Robert Hamilton,Mark Herrington, J.Thomas R. Higgins, William Irvine, George Lloyd, Alan Magee, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Roger Prince, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, and Mike Stiler.

AutumnMatt Blackwell’s “Autumn,” oil on canvas

Greenhut Galleries, at 146 Middle Street in Portland, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 772-2693

Rockland’s Last Art Walk for 2015 is Nov. 6!

gray fox galleryGray Fox Gallery at 429 Main St., above, is a participant in First Friday Art Walks.

The last Art Walk in downtown Rockland for 2015 will take place on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arts in Rockland (AIR) was established to promote the City of Rockland as an arts destination to those who appreciate, respect and support the arts. The members of AIR offer distinct, original works by established and emerging artists in a variety of media.

For more information including a list of participating galleries and a map, visit

“Pairings” Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 6 at CMCA

Benjamin Rush, fuel pumpsBenjamin Rush, “Fuel Pumps,” Lambda c-print

“Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Photography Collection” organized by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will open November 6 at a temporary exhibition venue at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street, Rockland. The public is invited to a free reception and gallery talk on Saturday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

CMCA, in conjunction with The University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor, is presenting a two-part exhibition celebrating one of Maine’s most significant photography collections as part of the year-long Maine Photo Project featuring 39 exhibitions by 32 institutions statewide.

Bruce Brown, CMCA’s curator emeritus, began collecting works by Maine photographers in earnest in 1989. Thirty-six photographs from his collection are featured in the CMCA exhibition and thirty photographs are in the UMMA show. Directors Suzette McAvoy of CMCA and George Kinghorn from UMMA each made an initial selection of photographs and asked Brown to. pair their choices visually or thematically in a unique “call and response” collaboration between curators and collector.

Scott Peterman  NYScott Peterman, “NY 9/6 2007,” archival pigment print

At Dowling Walsh, the CMCA  selections include works by John Goodman, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Jocelyn Lee,  Rose Marasco, Scott Peterman, Peter Ralston and Todd Watts among others.

At UMMA, 30 featured artists include David Hilliard, Kris Larson, Claire Seidl, David Brooks Stess and Joyce Tenneson. The UMMA exhibition opened October 2 and will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Saturday through December 31.

The CMCA exhibition at Dowling Walsh will run through December 19, 2015 from 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 through 28, reopening December 1. Admission is free of charge. For more information, visit

Farnsworth’s First Friday Film is “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain”

Paul TaylorOn Friday, November 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre in Rockland will present a First Friday Film entitled “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” The film will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre.

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance.

In 1998 director Matthew Diamond released the Academy award-nominated Dancemaker about the story of the then 69-year-old choreographer, his life, his company, and his dances. Creative Domain is the next chapter in the creative life of Mr. Taylor. We begin with Paul dancing in his youth, describing the nature of dance, ‘you learn to live day to day, hour to hour.’ We cut to Paul present day, now in his 80’s, still living his life in the moment, with his mind intently focused on his next dance. His new work is a Rashomon-inspired exploration of memory, three characters entangled in a tragic relationship, and each believing only in their own dark memory of it.

Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding.

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening.

Tickets are $7.50 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St., Rockland

Burton Silverman’s Landscapes + Portraits on View at Haynes

Painting on Route 52Burton Silverman’s “Painting on Route 52,” oil on canvas

As part of Haynes Galleries’ exhibition extension into the fall season in Maine, a selection of legendary contemporary Realist Burton Silverman’s landscapes and portraits are now on view. A renowned portrait, Silverman has been heralded for his ability to capture the human form and especially the face. His portraits don’t just capture the likeness of the sitter, but also hint at the humanity behind the face.

Silverman often shows the viewer an intimate scene where they can empathize with his subject. In his sixty-year career he has won nearly fifty awards and has been elected to the National Academy of Design.

Silverman been painting and exhibiting as a painter for 60 years. He has had had 33 solo shows across the country including venues in New York, Boston, Philadelphia ,Washington, D.C,., San Francisco, Maine and Nashville TN  He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Butler Midyear Annuals.

Alabama SpringBurton Silverman’s “Alabama Spring,” oil on canvas

He has won 37 major prizes and awards from several of these annual exhibitions and the National Academy Museum has honored him with 9 awards including the Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965. His paintings are represented in twenty-seven public collections including the Arkansas Art Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Columbus Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

His work is included in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and Europe. Since 1993 he has lectured in museums and university graduate programs on the nature of 21st Century Realism. and written articles extensively on the same subject matter.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. For the Fall, gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit 

Colburn on Plein Air versus Studio Painting

waiting for the tide“Waiting for the Tide” by Robert Colburn, acrylic on panel

Susan Starr, owner of Bayview Gallery in Brunswick, had a recent discussion with long-time colleague, Maine painter, Robert Colburn, which prompted her to ask him to share his perspective on painting outdoors on site (en plein air) as opposed to working in his studio. Here is Colburn’s response in his own words.

“The main difference for me when I paint plein air vs in the studio is the speed required to capture the fleeting moments of being on location versus the luxury of having time to explore ideas about line, color and composition in the studio. With Waiting for the Tide, I was working against quickly moving shadows and rising water.”

“Initially I was attracted to the way the dinghies were resting on the flats and how their shadows were blending in with the shadow being cast by the railing above them. In the bright sun, this intermingling of shadows complimented the angularity of the boats, dock and float and helped to break up the composition in a nice way.”

Colburn continued, “”I had to move quickly though, before I was even half way done, the boats were floating and I had to rely on what I had already put down to guide me through the finishing touches. I enjoy plein air work very much because the evidence of the process – the sense of urgency and movement –  remains visible.  There is not a lot of time for fine tuning so the sense of “being there” is emphasized to a greater degree than in my studio paintings.”

forgotten“Forgotten,” by Robert Colburn, oil on panel

“With a painting like Forgotten, the approach was entirely different. I had it in my mind to create a very atmospheric and lyrical composition that highlighted points of interest but allowed for a certain movement through the piece to the soft, foggy background.”

“Developing the contrast between the solidity and geometry of the barn and boat with the fog and tree-line in the background was a slow process. The painting was more than half way done before I even decided to add the barn to the arrangement. And then I struggled with the proportions for a while in order to strike the right balance between background and foreground.”  “In the end, I was glad for the linear elements the barn gives to the arrangement because it allows the boat, oriented on a diagonal to serve as a literal and figurative bridge between the man-made and natural elements.”

“Experimenting with both kinds of painting is essential for me as an artist to develop all areas of my technique so that I have the memories of both experiences to call upon when trying to realize the next painting,” Colburn concluded.

Medomak Arts Project Offers Cozy Seasonal Events

assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Assemblage by Joyce Eames Steel

Getting ready for the season of holidays and hunkering means giving and sharing. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, whether it’s a jar of jam or a pair of hand-knit mittens or a collection of personal memoirs. Medomak Arts Project (MAP) in Waldoboro will be offering opportunities for finding and polishing some of those inner talents and resources we all have; to enjoy and to share.

On Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m., MAP will host a reunion of memoir-writers at Old #9 on Friendship Street. This group formed during last winter’s popular classes led by veteran English teacher and historian, Jean Lawrence. This writing experience was, for many, a life-changing positive experience and plans will be discussed at the reunion for making it available again this winter for new students. In addition, an ongoing writers’ group is being considered.

As well as writing and some planned musical events, several high quality crafting options will be “A Bucketful of Maine,” a hands-on workshop by Joyce Steel on how to make a keepsake assemblage with shells, pebbles, leaves and small “found objects” that hold warm memories of family and friends.

A minimum number of registered students will be required for the class to run. Online registration will be available at or by mailing a check for $30 to: MAP, P.O.Box 374, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Each student should bring a small bucket or container of found items (clean and dry). Refreshments and art materials will be provided.

MAP’s Community Calendar page will continue to add more events as plans develop. MAP wishes to extend the offer of the use of this calendar to other organizations planning events of a similar nature in the community. Contact through

“A Harvest of Color: New Works by Ann Trainor Domingue”

Fresh Air“Fresh Air” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Ann Trainor Domingue, as our first off-season show in our Bayview Street alcove gallery.

Always a fearless innovator, Trainor Domingue has pushed her recent work into new textural territory. By incorporating acrylic-saturated fabric scraps into her exquisitely pigmented canvases, she has enlivened the compositions. There is now a heightened tension between the flat picture plane and the deeper space of the figurative imagery.

Once a high-powered graphic designer in the world of advertising, Ann departed the corporate bubble for the freedom of an artistic life not directed by clients, budget, and efficiency. Now able to pursue her own personal iconic imagery, Trainor Domingue has elevated her common subject matter to an otherworldly status. The viewer now becomes an active participant in this shared experience of transcending the mundane.

Ann describes her working process: “The foundation is laid but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it – reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times it’s color that does the heavy lifting.”

In “At the End of the Day,” Ann’s new way of working with fabric comes to the fore. Vertical rhythms march across an idealized dockside scene at sunset. The artist even uses the threads unraveling to suggest rope on a tied dory that she has cut, shaped, and painted. Through subtle overlays of glaze, the delicate twilight shades emerge. The fabric piers and accented rooflines give the piece an ordered geometric character.

A larger work, “Morning has Broken,” explodes like an appliqued Roman candle. Patterns printed on the fabric interact with thick, exuberant brushwork. Thinner veils of color overlay the fabric, blending it into the lakeside landscape. Rectangular cloth accents fall through the frontal space, teasing our perspective.

Ann writes, “Initially I used small torn pieces [of fabric] as a way to add my signature to my coarse textured acrylic paintings… then things went from there and I started using the scrap pieces as color strokes in my work.” She adds, “I am pushed to select colors that will work with the scrap selected initially by someone else. I like this idea of recycling, repurposing, and rethinking, and how they have contributed to this new series.”

“A Harvest of Color” will be on view in the Bayview Street alcove through mid-November, while “Four Seasons With Stefan” is on display in the main gallery at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (207) 470-7027.

“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions”

compiled_1_jpg_670x560_q85“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Three Visions” is now on display at  the beautiful Cape Ann Museum in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts through February 28, 2016.

The exhibition of paintings and prints are by Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett, and the late Peter Vincent. During the early 1970s, the lives of Weaver, Gorvett and Vincent converged in Gloucester.The three had each studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for a time, Don and Jeff shared studio space in an apartment building on the Fort; Peter, who lived in Rockport, was a frequent visitor.

For each artist, Gloucester’s hardscrabble working waterfront was the attraction. Struggling to recover from the ravages of urban renewal while at the same time weathering the slow steady demise of the city’s fishing industry, Gloucester Harbor in the early 1970s was a gold mine for the three artists.

Today, Jeff Weaver maintains a studio in Gloucester. After painting signs and murals, in the 1990s he focused his attention on watercolor and oil. Weaver has received numerous awards, including Marine Gallery at Mystic Seaport “Best in Show,” and Guild of Boston Artists “Silver Medal.” Don Gorvett currently lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, having maintained a studio in Gloucester for many years.

He excels at the exacting art of reduction wood block printing and is a dedicated teacher. In 2013, Mr. Gorvett was awarded a medal for his lifetime achievements in the arts by Salem State University. Before passing away in 2012, Peter Vincent had gained a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. In 1986 Peter was honored with the coveted Mystic Invitational award for excellence in painting.

A series of programs will be offered in connection with this exhibition. Further information will be released as it becomes available. Related programs include Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m., The Art & Life of Peter Vincent: A Gallery Talk with Eoin Vincent; Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m., Jeff Weaver Gallery Talk; Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m., Don Gorvett Gallery Talk; Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m., A Conversation with Eoin Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett

Gallery talks are free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Updates and details are available at

Local Artists Help Impact Maine People with Disabilities

Sandy CrabtreeArtwork of Sandy Crabtree on holiday card

Paintings by Bath-based artist Sandy Crabtree and East Boothbay artist Carlton Plummer have been selected as Pine Tree Society’s 2015 Holiday Cards. Since 1969, the holiday cards have been a major source of revenue that supports Pine Tree Society’s complete range of professional services for Maine people with disabilities.

“I’ve always admired the work that Pine Tree Society does with young people,” said Crabtree. “I taught at Morse High School for over 29 years. I could hear some of the wonderful things that my students had experienced at Pine Tree Society programs and Pine Tree Camp.” Crabtree retired in 2004, but still works as a substitute and loves being able to see what students are doing for artwork.

“I have always felt honored to be a part of submitting for the holiday card contest, even though it’s a competition”. She became familiar with Pine Tree Society when one of her students attended Pine Tree Camp, an extraordinary summer camp in Rome, Maine for children and adults with development and/or physical disabilities.

“What a wonderful joy it was when the tree house was built and the campers could feel just like other kids,” Crabtree explained. “There are so many adults and kids that will benefit. Pine Tree Society does wonderful things for a lot of people” she continued.

Crabtree’s painting, called “Five Islands Lobster,” beautifully captures the well-known Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown.

Carlton PlummerArtwork of Carlton Plummer on holiday card

“I started out as an illustrator” said Carlton Plummer, Pine Tree Society’s second featured artist.

“I enjoyed creating the ideal scene.” Plummer, who is in his 52nd year of owning and running the Plummer Gallery in East Boothbay, ME, has been selected 6 times for inclusion in Pine Tree Society’s holiday card contest. “This is a great cause and a way that I can contribute,” Plummer said. “I always enjoy the challenge that comes with it.”

Plummer’s painting, called “Covered Bridge,” features a snowy Maine village and quintessential New England covered bridge. Plummer does a lovely job of illustrating that walk through the woods to find the perfect tree, a tradition that carries from generation-to -generation.

To order your Pine Tree Society 2015 Holiday Cards securely online, visit To order by phone, call (207) 443-3341. Cards may also be purchased in person at Pine Tree Society’s office at 149 Front Street in Bath.

Drop + Shop During Small Business Saturday

Drop and shop picChildren will make art at UMMA, while parents shop!

Make…art…fun! Parents, need a few hours to yourself during the busy holiday season? Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday and come to downtown Bangor to do your holiday shopping while your children have fun, at the University of Maine Museum of Art (November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Children will explore the galleries, learn about the current exhibits and featured artists and create their own artful holiday cards and gifts. Register early; space is limited! Cost is $20 for Museum of Art members and $25 for non-members. This event is particularly for children 8-12 years of age (3rd to 6th graders).

Children should bring a lunch and a water bottle. UMMA will provide all of the materials the children will need to create their artwork. Just be sure to dress for art-making – participants will get messy!

The instructor, Kat Johnson, currently serves as the Education Coordinator at UMMA. She has B.A. in Theatre and a Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia from the University of Maine. She has experience with a variety of media including drawing, painting, small scale sculpture, fiber arts, bookmaking, and photography. She has taught in public and private settings for students of all ages. She finds great inspiration in teaching the museum’s education programs.

The museum is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information or to register, call (207) 561-3360 or e-mail

“And Then There Were Five” at DIAA


The Deer Isle Artists Association is pleased to announce its new show, “And Then There Were Five.” Judith Felch, Diane Maguire Horton, David Kofton, Deborah Lofton, and Anne C. Williams bring their individual colors and styles to the gallery through  November 8.

Local sculptor and painter David Kofton celebrates the female figure in both mediums, and he is known to be particularly adept at capturing the emotions of women in his art. Judith Felch utilizes texture, light, color, and shape to arrive at images that are visually appealing. She typically begins her designs in plein air, along the rugged terrain of midcoast Maine, and completes them in the comfort of her studio, in order to bring inspiration and artistic spirit to the finished product.

Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. The Gallery is open regularly on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (207) 348-2330 for more information.