May 7 ArtLab: Bobble + Bounce Bouquets

ArtLabThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create a Spring bouquet of artfully created imaginative flowers! A perfect gift for Mother’s Day or for any day! Join the fun on Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 4 pm at the CMCA’s South End location at 218 Main Street, Rockland.

“Bobble and Bounce Bouquets” will explore the interplay of bold color, shape, and movement with wire, paper, and other lightweight materials to construct abstract blooms and 3D bouquets that bounce, bobble, and boing. Come with your family or on your own.  ArtLab welcomes children, adults, and families and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information, call 207-701-5005.

Two Books Arts Workshops at Waterfall Arts in Belfast May 7

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Two Book Arts workshops will be held at Waterfall Arts as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival on May 7th. For adults, Abbie Read will lead Paste Paper and Bookbinding form 10 to 4; Bridget Matros leads Art Together Mornings for parents and children, where the focus will be on book making from 10 to noon.

Art Together Mornings is a series of memorable mornings where adult and child create side-by-side. Each project is designed to fully engage all ages and stages; parents get their hands dirty enjoying the materials, while being guided with tips on supporting their young artists’ creativity. As part of the Book Festival, the group will create special paste papers to use as covers and learn how to assemble and embellish a simple booklet to take home.

On the same day, Abbie Read guides a friendly group in a decorative paper and art journal workshop. The decorative papers are made of multiple layers of thin glazes of color using patterns and marks. These handmade papers will be used to make the journal cover and Read will teach the Coptic bookbinding technique which allows the book to lie flat when opened for ease in painting, drawing, or writing. All materials will be provided.

Making Art Together Dan Piper and his childrenDan Piper and his children making art together

All classes and workshops have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, Revision Energy and the Green Store. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Art Salon: Keen Observation

1On Thursday, May 5, Waterfall Arts will hold an art salon as part of its current open call show, Keen Observation. All are invited to attend and discuss how closely observing a subject effects the creative and art making process. Salon, from the French word salon (a living room or parlor), means a gathering for conversation and discussion.

The salon will be moderated by Martha Piscuskas, Director of Programming at Waterfall Arts along with other contributing artists. The discussion begins at 7 pm and while there is no charge to attend, donations are always welcome. For more information on the Keen Observation exhibit, stop by 256 High Street in Belfast to view the show or visit waterfallarts.org.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events.  The Keen Observation show is supported by Viking Lumber and yearlong exhibition sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, and Revision Energy.

Successful Waldoboro potluck kicks off new Medomak Arts programming

WaldoroMore than 60 Waldoboro and midcoast citizens filled the Space @ No. 9

What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit.

While the organization’s general mission is to “foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion,” it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled “We Heart Medomak Arts.” The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.

During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. “We’re excited to see The Space becoming more active,” he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts’ community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
“While these programs will continue,” Pease said, “we’ve got more in store starting this spring.” Highlights include weekly “Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is “Finger Lickin’ Pickin’,” a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
“But,” Pease went on, “a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you’d like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space.” Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. Stay updated on programs, learn more about what’s possible at No. 9, and submit proposals online at www.medomakarts.org.
After Pease’s words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. “Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources,” she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. “Money is always good,” she said, pointing to a recurring “9 for No. 9” monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. “But there are many ways to donate to the cause,” she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. To learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts, go to www.medomakarts.org/support.
Smith’s words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.
All programs are held at the Space @ No. 9, 9 Friendship Road, Waldoboro. For more information, go to www.medomakarts.org/medomak-arts-programs/. Follow Medomak Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject/.

Spring Classes + Workshops at Waterfall Arts

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Spring art classes and workshops at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast, are on the schedule for March and April. Offerings include Malt and Monotype, Saturday Life Drawing, Paint Your Own Pottery – Easter Edition, Hand Painted Photographs, Alabaster Stone Carving, April School Vacation Art Camp, and Wonders of Clay Spring.
Malt and Monotype will be hosted by printmakers Jeff Jelenfy and April White on Friday, March 18th from 7 to 9 PM. Like the popular Draft and Draw event, this fun night features monoprint making, fine spirits and good company in the printmaking studio. 21 plus please.
On Saturday, March 19th Becky Brimley will lead another round of Paint Your Own Pottery for all ages, this time focusing on spring colors and Easter themes. Mugs, tiles, boxes and more are ready for painting and the work will be fired and ready before Easter. The cost has been reduced to $18 per person, only those painting need to pay.On Saturday, March 26nd, well known photographer Liv Kristin Robinson will share hand coloring techniques used to enhance black and white photographs. Bring some old black and white photos printed on matte, fiber-based paper or contact Waterfall Arts to arrange to have suitable prints made from negatives.

Sculptor Anne Alexander offers a three day workshop in the art of Alabaster Stone Carving on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 to 17th. The group will meet for 3 hours on Friday evening, 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling.
Bridget Matros leads a Spring School Vacation Art Camp Monday through Friday, April 18 to 22nd for 8 to 12 year olds. This will be a weeklong explosion of color with big, goofy puppets, bold and powerful paintings, a rainbow of stitches and beads, and those Manga/character drawings will be brought to life!
Linda Stec conducts Wonders of Clay Spring Edition for ages 6 to 18 on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 beginning April 27 and ending June 1st.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 2 ArtLab for All Ages: “For the Love of Beasts”

Art Lab (1)Alexis Immarino, ArtLab Instructor

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to investigate animal portraiture! Join the fun on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the CMCA’s South End location at 218 Main Street, Rockland. “For the Love of Beasts” will give animal enthusiasts a chance to design and create an original masterpiece.

Choose your subject – your family pet or an animal you feel passionate about. Learn how to plan and paint a stunning portrait of an animal near and dear to your heart.

Portraits are not just about people! Bring a photo of your own pet(s) if you can or choose from a variety of photo references, including dream pets like dragons, flying worms, amoebas on a leash, and more! Come with your family or on your own to “For the Love of Beasts.”  ArtLab welcomes children, adults, and families and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/

Life Drawing Sessions with Bruce Bulger at DIAA

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Deer Isle Artist Bruce Bulger will offer Life Drawing sessions at Deer Isle Artists Association that allow for the least amount of drawing intimidation, making marks consistent with the volume and position of the model. Classes run March 9 through April 13.

Bulger has been drawing the human figure for fifty years. Paper and drawing materials will be provided. If you have materials you would like to work with, bring them along plus a small journal. Participants will use many mediums including graphite, ink and watercolor. Minimum of five participants.

Classes take place Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $150 (includes model fees). DIAA is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information or to sign up, call 207-359-6596

Drawing + Painting at the Farnsworth with Sam Cady

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Beginning March 5, on ten consecutive Saturdays the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a Drawing and Painting class taught by artist Sam Cady. The program will take place at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artist Sam Cady has been teaching a drawing and painting class at the Farnsworth for several years. The character of the class has varied from session to session depending on the participants. In one class he had three generations of the same family in the class which created a particularly dynamic and stimulating mix.

Some who have participated have studied in well-known schools in Boston and New York. Many have had no art training but love to make art. All learn from the spontaneity and imagination of kids participating and equally from the more experienced artists. Many techniques and mediums are covered. The main emphasis is on a response to the seen world of either still life set ups in class or land/seascapes from the Rockland area.

Cady, who has exhibited widely around the country but especially in New York City, Boston, and Maine, and who taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has the class to his studio once a session to share with them his experience. The fee for this program is $360; $300 for Farnsworth members. For more information, or to register for this class please call the Education Department at 207-596-0949, or visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Floral Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth March 5 + 6

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On Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will host a floral watercolor workshop at the museum’s Gamble Education Center. The program, led by artist and naturalist Susan Van Campen, will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This watercolor workshop will include floral still life painting in the studio. Participants will explore the process of setting up and arranging, as well as composing and painting. Color and movement will guide the focus while passion and vision will motivate.

Susan Van Campen is both artist and naturalist, drawing her inspiration from the world out of doors – from the sloping meadows unfolding outside her window, and the shapes and shades of the flowers she herself has tended. She seeks to capture the fleeting beauty she sees in nature through her carefully crafted watercolor still lifes.

Through a veil of modernism, she presents bold, vibrant blooms in uncluttered compositions on white ground in a careful balance of painted subject and negative space. Susan studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is represented by Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York and Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine.

Her work can be found in the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Rutgers University Museum, Bryn Mawr College as well as many corporate and private collections.

Farnsworth Art Museum is located at 16 Museum Street. For more information, call 207-596-6457.

March {Mapping} Madness ArtLab for All Ages

2The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites you to create and experiment with March {Mapping} Madness on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at CMCA’s temporary South End location, 218 Main Street, Rockland.

Dreaming of far off equatorial destinations? Arctic/Antarctic explorations? Imaginary travels in your own backyard? Choose your own adventure with a mystery bag of collage materials, and you’re off! Bring landscapes and places to life with unexpected mixed media. Children, adults, and families are welcome to attend free of charge; no advance registration is necessary.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information, visit cmcamw.org

CRAFT Gallery announces Craft Apprenticeship Program

exterior1_1CRAFT Gallery in Rockland announces the inaugural 2016 Craft Apprenticeship Program (CAP). Gallery owner Barbara Michelena was honored to be one of three jurors who selected the recipients. The Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission implemented the new statewide program offered to contemporary craft artists with Maine connections. The program supports the role of master/apprentice partnership whose purpose is to develop and nurture the next generation of makers in perfecting their craft skills and prepare them to meet the challenges of current and future demands of exhibiting, marketing and selling their work.

CRAFT Gallery is dedicated to this purpose by offering exceptional, fine craft by artists working in Maine today to buyers and serious collectors. The gallery is pleased to be part of the new CAP program and the recognition and financial support it brings to the craft community. The gallery  will be exhibiting the work of the three pairs of CAP recipients: machine knitter Anne Emlein and her apprenticeRose Allard, glass artist Linda Perrin and her apprentice Jacquelyn Jensen and blacksmith Doug Wilson and his apprentice James Crawford during Maine Craft Weekend in October.

CRAFT is in its 8th year and will open in late May for the2016 season in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street, Rockland. FMI please email info@craftonelm and visit www.craftonelm.com

UMMA Announces Winter Art Camp During February Vacation

10612782_998018133545834_3751458018456592983_nGive your kids a February break they will love! University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in downtown Bangor will offer a Winter Art Camp the week of February 15 to 19 from  8:30 a.m. to noon, during school vacation week. Children in grades three and four will enjoy gallery games, art projects and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends. Cost is $110 for UMMA members and $125 for nonmembers.

All materials are provided but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today.UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. Contact Kat Johnson, education coordinator at (207) 561-3360 or e-mail kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

Harlow Gallery Second Sundays Schedule: Jan. thru June 2016

SECOND SUNDAY Bookmaking workshop, January 2015. Staff Photo by Allison McKeenBookmaking workshop, January 2015. (Staff Photo by Allison McKeen)

After a successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is pleased to announce that the series of free community art-related events has workshops scheduled through June 2016 and plans to continue the series throughout 2016. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street.

These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative! The workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; from beginners to professional artists and everyone in between.

SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events which is led by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank. Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please send an e-mail to kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Sunday, January 10, 2-4 p.m.:  Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani, master naturalist Spend an afternoon creating a family nature journal. In this workshop we will practice observing with all of our senses, learn some simple drawing techniques, and write prose a nd poetry.

Sunday, February 14, 2-4 p.m.:  Paper Jewelry with Claudia Brahms and Margo Ogden, visual artists. Make a little something or your Valentine. Folded, cut, woven, and sewn decorated paper can be made into lightweight and unusual jewelry. Come and explore these techniques and create necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with us.

Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.:  Let’s “Take Your Dot For A Walk”  with Helene Farrar, art educator.  Let’s learn about the Artist Paul Klee while we honor Youth Art Month! You and your child are invited to create some energetic paintings together in an inspiring and educational afternoon!

Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m:  Weaving Off The Loom  with Jayson Hunt, textile artist.  Explore weaving with Jayson. Learn simple weaving structures and play with color and texture as you craft a simple strap, belt or band. No loom needed.

Sunday, May 15, 2-4PM:  Inner Vision, A Meditative Drawing  with Wendy Burton, art educator. Leave logic behind in favor of your inner self. Starting with a simple mark you’ll begin your meditative journey through an intuitive non-objective drawing. Focusing on the flow of lines, shapes, space and, most importantly, value you’ll use your imagination as your guide. There is no external subject matter to draw. Feel rather than rationalize your way *Third Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day.

Sunday, June 12, 2-4 p.m.:  Sacred Dance  with Maryam Mermey, expressive arts therapist. Participants are invited to learn songs and dances from different faith traditions. Inspired by colored, silk scarves we are also going to choreograph our own Sacred Dance. All ages and abilities are welcome!

For more information, call (207) 622-3813.

Trowbridge Offers Winter Art Workshop at DIAA Gallery

TrowbridgeThe art of Paul Trowbridge

The Deer Isle Artists Association is very pleased to announce that local artist, Paul Trowbridge, will once again offer a Winter Art Workshop at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village.

Paul states that participants will use their own subject matter as a starting point to find the appropriate design elements to emphasize, exaggerate, and play with. They will learn to recognize those elements of design which give strength to their work through abstraction and will move beyond the “same old approach” to bold discovery and experimentation.

The workshop is five weeks long and meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Session I begins on January 9 and runs through February 6; Session II runs from February 27 through March 26.

Participants may attend one or both sessions. Cost for each five week session is $100 and should be paid at the first class. Participants should bring materials they are comfortable with using to make artistic images.

For more information or to sign up, please e-mail csimonds@gmail.com or call Cynthia Bourque Simonds at (207) 359-6596.

Dec. 5 + 12 = ArtLab for All Ages Workshops

CMCAThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites you to participate in two December ArtLab explorations. Teaching artist, Alexis Iammarino offers Pattern and Ornament on Paper at the Rockland Recreation Center on Saturday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We welcome all ages to experiment with and develop their own ornament and patterning styles on paper. From the clothing we wear to the buildings where we live, we inhabit a world of pattern and design. Join us to create unique wall hangings or use the papers as one-of-a-kind gift wrap or book covers.

On Saturday, December 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., CMCA presents a second hands-on art experience for families, Miniature Boxes with Shape Shuffle Drawings. Take a few moments during the holiday festivities to “get small” and try your hand at itty-bitty abstract drawings! Explore theme and variation by repeating and shuffling abstract forms. Make surprisingly interactive and compact art work to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Join us at Union Hall at 24 Main Street in Rockport Village and be creative! We look forward to making this an imaginative and fun-filled holiday season.

ArtLab is led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is the Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program. For more information, call (207) 236-2875

Winter Art Factory FREE Family Fun Day on December 5!

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.

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 medomakarts.org 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 medomakarts.org

CMCA Kicks Off Fall ARTLab Season!

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) kicks off its fall ARTLab season with “Still Lives on the Wild Side // Funky Forms and Figures.” Bring your family or come on your own to the Rockland Recreation Center’s Tower Room on Saturday, November 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children, adults, and families are welcome to explore the arts first-hand. The program is free of charge.

Participants will experiment with a variety of fabrics, papers, and art mediums as we create our own still life, focussing on the current shift in seasons. Using our imaginations to “sculpt” with our bodies, we’ll transform our ideas into two dimensions. In the process we’ll become familiar with figure, form, and color

ARTLab is led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is the Lead Artist for CMCA’s LEAPS of IMAGINATION. She teaches in RSU #13’s RASA program, is the Creative Arts Coordinator for Camden’s Wayfinder School, and is an educator and member of Steel House. Having collaborated on 5 large-scale public murals, Alexis completed her most recent one last summer on Oak Street in Rockland.

CMCA is delighted to partner with the Rockland Rec Center for its ARTLab programs. Mark your calendars for future ARTLabs for ALL Ages. They will take place on December 5, January 9, and February 6 in Rockland. For more information, e-mail jthompson@cmcanow.org

Waterfall Arts Opens Traditional Darkroom

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Waterfall Arts in Belfast is bucking the predominance of digital photography by opening a fully equipped traditional darkroom on the third floor of its building at 256 High Street in Belfast.

The darkroom will be used for teaching and will be available to the public as a rental. Mike Fletcher is teaching the basics of black and white photography in a six week class held on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 that began October 26. Fletcher is an accomplished photographer and believes that there is no better introduction to the fine art of photography than learning to shoot, process and print black and white photographs from film. He says, “Making photographs is all about the process; slowing down with this older technology opens up new creative possibilities.” Though darkrooms are considered old school, they are regaining popularity due to the meditative process and the unique look of photographs done this traditional, magical way.

If you have any inquiries, please stop by the building or call the office at call (207) 338 2222. Visit waterfallarts.org

Melissas Teaches “Adventures in Hand-Building Clay”

Jackie-Melissas-smoke-fired-clay-vessel-Little-CousinJackie Melissas, “Little Cousin,” smoke-fired clay

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a class in clay hand-building, which will be taught by artist Jackie Melissas on 4 Saturdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7, from 10 am to 12 noon, 11 Centre Street, Bath.  The cost for 4 classes is $150, all materials included. Enrollment is limited and early registration is suggested.  Visit or call the gallery at 207-442-0300 to sign up and for more information.

Jackie Melissas calls the class “Adventures in Hand-Building: Creative hand building with clay to create vessels, plaques, tiles.” This class to teens and adults of all ability levels.

Melissas is a ceramicist, painter, printmaker, and book illustrator. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Singapore, Brussels, and Iceland. Her work is in numerous private collections among them Sloan School of Industrial Management and the Luce Foundation. She is the recipient for awards for her work including two fellowships in ceramics at Skidmore College.

Melissas majored in painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and has earned both bachelor of fine arts and master of arts in teaching degrees. Before moving to Maine she was a member of the art faculty at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois.

She is drawn to the sensual nature of clay and fire, and the organic use of media. Her current work reflects an examination of archeological roots and contemporary aesthetics. These vessels are both the result of this fascination and an organic sensibility.