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

CMCA Kicks Off Fall ARTLab Season!

4e221f68-885b-461d-be1e-9b00538f1ebbAlexis Iammarino, at left, will lead the November 7 ARTLab

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

Waterfall Arts Opens Traditional Darkroom


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

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.

Farnsworth Lecture: Rockwell’s “New York Central Diner”

Norman-Rockwell-MagazineOn Thursday, October 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture entitled: Norman Rockwell’s “New York Central Diner.” The lecture, by Stephanie Plunkett, Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium at 2 p.m.

Using a dining car from the New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited as his setting, famed American illustrator Normal Rockwell (1894-1978) captured a moment in his own son�s life that he thought would touch a common cord. Inspired by H. K. Browne’s illustration of a similar scene in Charles Dicken’s “David Copperfield,” Rockwell’s painting describes a young boy’s first experience of calculating a waiter’s tip.

At Rockwell’s request the New York Central diverted a dining car bound for Albany to New York City where he and his ten-year-old son Peter met it for a model shoot. Once there, he decided the 20th Century Limited was too modern and requested an older model. The first three dining car waiters he interviewed were unsuitable for the role. The following week an older car and a twenty-eight year veteran waiter were provided, all to Rockwell’s satisfaction. In appreciation for the efforts of the Railroad, Rockwell included a postcard of their 20th Century Limited locomotive on the boy’s table and the Post credited them in the cover’s caption resulting in $10,000 worth of publicity for the New York Central.

Stephanie Plunkett will talk discuss the rare and revealing full-scale preliminary study for this work that is in the Farnsworth’s “Maine Collects” exhibition, which is on display through March 6, 2016.

The fee for this program is $8; $5 for Farnsworth members. Will call tickets may be purchased online at, but must be picked up at the museum�s Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Tickets will be for sale on the day of the lecture in the museum’s main lobby.

Ancient Art of Silverpoint Classes in Bath

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The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, in Bath is offering a class in Silverpoint, an ancient and delicate drawing medium, which will be taught by artist Erin Smith, of Portland on 2 Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 10, from 9:30 am to 12 noon,  at 11 Centre Street, Bath. The cost is $60 for the 2 sessions, plus $20 materials fee to the artist.  Enrollment is limited and early registration is suggested.  Visit or call the gallery at 207-442-0300 to sign up and for more information.

Erin Smith has a Master’s degree in Fine Art printmaking, and trained in several centuries-old media and techniques.  When Ms Smith began her design business, Wheatberry Designs, she brought her strong respect for traditional, precise, and hands-on approaches. As in traditional fashion, Erin’s designs begin with hand-drawn works in the sketchbook and are then adapted for digital use, maintaining the quality of the hand-drawn original.
Raised nearby in Portsmouth, NH by a social worker mother and architect father, Erin developed a love of design and compassion for others from an early age. She finished her schooling eager to plug into a diverse and vibrant community and to make a tangible contribution outside the gallery walls. Ready to dedicate herself to a creative life in a socially engaged, environmentally conscious manner, Erin chose Maine as the place to manifest these goals. She says “I will continue to do my best to give back in equal measure to what this amazing state has given me.”
Erin Smith will teach Silverpoint using modern materials, but based on traditional techniques.  Erin will supply materials, including the silverpoint stylus and panels.  “The ground we’ll be using is a white acrylic base that is formulated specially to hold the silverpoint. Traditionally, it was a handmade mix including rabbit skin glue and pigment powders. We’ll be using panel, but paper works too!”
For more information about the class please call Centre St Arts Gallery at 207-442-0300. For more information about Erin Smith, visit her website: .  For information about Silverpoint, visit:

Fall Classes for Young Artists at Waterfall Arts

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Fall art classes for young artists age 2 to 18 are starting up at Waterfall Arts. New offerings are Art Making for Ages 2 to 6, Afterschool Art for Ages 8 to 11 and Emote Your Emoji through the Art of Printmaking. Returning favorites are Bridge: Young Artists Connecting, Wonders of Clay and Paint Your Own Pottery
Sarah Hall will lead Art Making for Ages 2 to 6 on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11 starting September 18 through November 6. Young artist will make two and three dimension art using clay, paint, collage, construction and found objects. Parents are welcome to attend; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult partner.

Bridget Matros offers Bridge Jr.: Afterschool Art for Ages 8 to 11 on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm through October 20. She’ll lead the group in exploring different materials, art projects and work styles, helping students find their own unique voice. Matros also leads Bridge: Young Artists Connecting, a free afterschool art club for 6th graders on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5 pm. The popular program is currently full; new students will be accepted in December. Matros has been an educator for fifteen years, teaching at every level and setting from preschool circle-time, computer labs for the elderly, and seminars for teachers.

Kids on the FloorGwen Tatro will teach printmaking techniques that students can use to develop their own personal emoji based on an expression, vision, statement or self-portrait and create a series of images. The class is designed for ages 13 to 18 and will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 beginning September 30 through November 4.

Linda Stec offers Wonders of Clay on Wednesdays, September 30 through November 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, teaching kids age 6 and up all about clay. She’ll also lead Paint Your Own Pottery, a family workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 am to 1 pm.

More information and course fees can be found on where you can register and pay on line.

Fall Classes + Workshops for Adults at Waterfall Arts

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Registration is now open for new art classes and workshops for adults at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. New offerings include Basic Drawing and Color Theory, Photopolymer Printmaking, Alabaster Stone Carving, Darkroom Photography, Color Etching, Casting with Clay and Hand Painting Photos.

Well-known teaching artist Kris Engman leads Basic Drawing, an eight week (beginning September 29th) fundamental approach to drawing which includes a broad-based definition of visual perception – the business of seeing. She is also teaching Painting: Color Theory I and II, which begin October 2nd.  In Color Theory I the class moves sequentially through a series of exercises that demonstrate the behavior of color in certain conditions. In Color Theory II, color structure, harmonic relationships, composition, application of paint, expanding the palette and finding color balance within the paintings.
Waterfall Arts is bucking the dominance of digital photography with their new traditional black and white darkroom and introductory film photography course. Mike Fletcher will lead the class in the basic use of 35mm film, with instruction in developing and printing techniques. The class begin on Monday October 19 and runs once a week through November 23rd. On November 9, Liv Kristin Robinson will teach a Hand Painting Photos workshop and show how to transform black and white photographs using oil-based pigments.
In the Printmaking Studio, Kris Sader will introduce new methods of copper plate printing with her three day workshop – Photopolymer Prints on October 14 – 16. In this evening workshop students will learn to incorporate digital or photographic imagery into the intaglio process and create unique prints. Richard Mann is conducting a Color Etching class on Monday evenings from October 20 to November 10. Students will learn multiple plate aquatint printing, including four-color process printing.
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Alabaster Stone Carving is the focus of Anne Alexander’s weekend workshop, October 16 through 18th. She’ll show students how to carve pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms, using chisels, files, saws, drills and demonstrate finishing techniques.
Anna Queen introduces Casting with Clay on Monday evenings, November 9 through 23. Students will learn the basics of plaster mold design from simple press molds to multiple piece slip casting forms. Queen says that clay casting gives the artist the ability to replicate form and texture to alter, manipulate, rearrange or assemble into their own sculptural or functional vision.
Saturday Life Drawing Group continues to meet weekly from 9:30 to noon. This is a non-instructional, supportive group with different models each week.
Complete listings and fee information can be found on where you can register and pay on line. You can also call (207) 338-2222 or stop by the office at 256 High Street in Belfast.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it! Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open studios, free after school art clubs, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events.  The center is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Community Foundation, private donations, and yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy.

Let’s Make Gelatin Prints!

untitledThe Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

September’s Second Sunday event is “Gelatin Prints” lead by Lisa Wheeler. On Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell for gelatin printing; a versatile, experimental hand printing process that yields exciting surprises! Artists of all ages will create a collection of colorful monoprints layering colors, textures and images. Come with a sense of adventure and see what unfolds!

Lisa Wheeler manages arts programming as the education program coordinator at Common Street Arts in Waterville. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and Maine General’s new Regional Hospital.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring 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 are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and 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!

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.  If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email at

ArtLab for All Ages on Aug. 8


Example of paper marbling

What floats? You can float boats or balloons. Jellyfish float, and fishing flies bob on the surface. ArtLab is going to float paint.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present an ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, August 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bicknell Building, 11 Lime Street, Rockland. Please join us as we use marbleizing techniques to float large colorful shapes of paint on the surface of water and capture them on paper. Are they pools, polka dots, or large amoeba shapes? You decide as you experiment with floating paint! Visit FLOAT in CMCA’s Bicknell Building and join the ArtLab staff in the courtyard outside to add your ideas to What Floats?

For more information, call (207) 236-2875.

A Bucketful of Maine

BucketAn evening of fun and learning is in the plans for Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Number 9 on Friendship Street in Waldoboro Village — a relaxed and inspiring setting featuring “The Way of All Fish,” a special show of paintings by Waldoboro artist, Chris Augusta. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages will be part of the evening’s enjoyment. Joyce Steel, a life-long artist and art teacher, will lead a workshop on collage design. Students will be applying natural objects to a surface to form a collage assemblage – then later spraying it with a protective sealant.

What to bring: a small bucket with objects from the shore or from the land, selections made in time for them to be thoroughly dry before the class and objects that are not too large and heavy – nor those which are too delicate to be handled without disintegrating. Objects need not be whole – pieces are fine and make for interesting shapes and arrangements!

Registration is required. Information will be available at Old Number 9, Tidemark Gallery or the MAP – Medomak Arts Project Facebook page at

Barn Gallery’s Midsummer Events

J_Adams_Man_Baseball“Man in Baseball Cap” by Jayne Adams

New shows take center stage as the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit hosts this years’ open juried regional show, a selection of photographs curated by Bruce Brown.  Part of the 2015 state wide “Maine Photography Project” exhibits, this exploration of the art of photography shows the wide range of creativity and techniques within the photographic community today.

Also newly installed, the members show features new art from the diverse group of artists of the Ogunquit Art Association, one of Maine’s oldest and most well known arts organizations.

The North Gallery hosts two concurrent solo exhibitions: Jayne Adams, a NH fine artist whose work is primarily figurative oil paintings on wood panel supports, and Rosalind Fedeli, a collage artist whose work begins with the objects she is able to find, buy, or fabricate. She then creates the boxes and frames and assembles the objects toward her intention result in the final piece. Both of these highly regarded artists will be giving a talk about their work on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The midsummer shows are up through Saturday, July 25.

Invited New England Sculptors display three-dimensional work for sale in the peaceful outdoor Sculpture Court. Don’t miss the ever-changing array of small works of art available in the Collectors Gallery.

Barn Gallery’s exciting schedule of figure drawing sessions, art videos, artist gallery talks and workshops begins in July. Go to for further information.

Most Barn Gallery events are free and the gallery has limited free parking. Visitors are encouraged to park elsewhere during receptions and the Auction. Details on parking alternatives are available at Barn Gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.. Barn Gallery is located 3 Hartwig Lane, near the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane. For further information about 2015 exhibits, workshops, and special events pick up a brochure at the gallery, call 207-646-8400 or go to


July 4 ArtLab Pinwheels Workshop


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will present an ArtLab for All Ages: Pinwheel workshop on Saturday, July 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Coastal Children’s Museum (CCM), 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland. Celebrate the 4th of July with CMCA and make a festive pinwheel sure to spin in the fantastic midcoast breezes. This is the first partnership of CMCA and the CCM and there will be more to come.  Please join us for the holiday!

ArtLab is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Camden National Bank, the Davis Family Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery art Foundation, and individual donors. CMCA is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

For more information, call (207) 236-2875.

Saturday Art Together at Waterfall Arts

Suminiagashi singleBridget Matros, Kids and Family Outreach Coordinator, will lead Saturday Art Together, a series of family art making sessions at Waterfall Arts this summer. The first one, Zen Morning, is on Saturday June 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. This workshop has families (parents, kids, grandparents, caretakers) work together to explore the ancient art of suminagashi, Japanese paper marbling. Telling the story of suminagashi introduces focusing skills and the concept of letting nature collaborate in the process. The technique is foolproof, so while the process is memorable and extremely enjoyable, everyone also takes home gorgeous marbled papers.

These parent-child art making sessions offer memorable times together using fun materials without the stress of making a “perfect product”. While working side by side, adults will learn ways to support creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression while getting some art therapy, themselves! Matros taught family workshops and creative development seminars at Boston Children’s Museum for 10 years and is a published advocate for quality creative experiences in early childhood education.

The cost of the workshop is $15 for one adult and child; $6 for each additional family member. Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast, is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and year-long sponsor, ReVision Energy.

For more information on classes and workshops for kids and adults, visit, stop by, or call the office at 207 338 2222.

Islesford Dock Gallery Workshops

Islesford Dock Gallery

The Islesford Dock Gallery is offering three full days of painting workshops on a Maine island! Session 1: Check in for dinner, Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) and depart: Thursday afternoon, September 10. Session 2: Check in for dinner Friday, September 11 and depart: Monday afternoon, September 14.

The gallery is located on Little Cranberry Island in Islesford. For more information, contact Cynthia or Dan Lief at or  visit

Summer Classes + Workshops for Adults at Waterfall Arts

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June offerings for adults at Waterfall Arts include Writing in Nature led by Linda Buckmaster which meets for three weeks from 6 to 9 pm starting Monday, June 8. This all-levels course directs the writer’s focus to responding to the natural world. Beginning Tuesday, June 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, ceramic artists Cory Upton-Cosulich and Adam Bogosian will lead an eight week, all levels course in making and glazing functional pottery.

Printmaker Tara Law will teach a monoprint workshop on Saturday, June 13 from 10 am to 3 pm. Kris Engman leads Plein Air Painting a la Carte for four days, June 15, 17, 18 and 19 from 10 to 4 each day. Students may choose to attend one or more days. The class will concentrate on understanding color theory and making it work outdoors, painting in four different locations in and around Belfast.

While making photographs in a darkroom has fallen out of fashion, Waterfall Arts has built a traditional black and white darkroom. Mike Fletcher will introduce the magic of film photography, developing and printing in a six week class beginning Monday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Another free printmaking demo and open studio is scheduled for Thursday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Experienced print makers demonstrate different printing techniques and there is plenty of time to make your own prints afterwards. On Saturday, June 27th, Willy Reddick will teach White-Line Block printing techniques in a one day workshop from 10 am to 3 pm.

There are many more classes and workshops for adults and young people scheduled for July and August. Complete listings can be found on the updated website, where you can now register and pay online. Printed brochures listing all classes, exhibitions, residencies and events are available at Waterfall Arts and locations around Belfast. To request a printed copy, call the office at 338-2222 or stop by 256 High Street in Belfast.


CMCA hosts ArtLab for All Ages

CMCAThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present an ArtLab for All Ages: Nomadic Vehicles workshop on Saturday, June 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at its temporary Rockland location, CMCA Bicknell, 11 Lime Street. In this fun and explorative workshop participants will fold and design their very own miniature paper camper, inspired by the works on view in Kevin Cyr: Becoming Nomads and Everywhere Forever: Sean O’Brien. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. No preregistration is required; all materials will be provided.

ArtLab is made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, the Davis Family Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, and individual donors. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

For more information, visit

Registration Open for Classes, Workshops and Camp at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts Earth Arts Camp

Registration is open for new classes, workshops and School Vacation Art Camp; all are scheduled to begin in April at Waterfall Arts.

For young artists, Linda Stec leads the ever popular Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoons beginning April 29th, and teaching artist Bridget Matros presents an all-natural Earth Arts Camp during April School Vacation April 20th to 24th. The Bridge after school program will start a new session in April, check the website for details.

Waterfall Arts Still Life Painting with Acrylics

“Still Life with Robot” by Mike Fletcher

For adults and older teens, Mike Fletcher teaches a five week Still Life Painting with Acrylics class on Monday evenings beginning April 13th. Adventures in Printmaking with Gwen Tatro begins Wednesday, April 8th. Cory Upton-Cosulich and Adam Bogosian return with Ceramics All Levels on Tuesday evenings beginning April 14th. Open clay and print studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 to noon every week. Join the fun!

Waterfall Arts Ceramics All Levels

All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of running and of your slot in it! Scholarships are available for some of the classes. Waterfall Arts is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, local businesses and individual contributions. For registration information, complete details on classes and instructors, scholarship applications, exhibitions, art events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit, call (207) 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

“Heartzilla” by Dillon Harvey, 2nd grade, mixed media

Miller School and Tidemark Gallery have formed a partnership that’s been growing since it began three years ago. This year, on Thursday, February 12, from 4 to 6pm, Tidemark will open its doors to the whole community for the third-annual February art show by the students of Miller School. The theme of the show is “Young Hearts.” Because it’s that Valentine’s Day time of year.

Students, kindergarten through grade six, do the work, learning about the “business” of creating and marketing something that is uniquely their own. Months ago, in preparation for this event, Miller’s art teacher, Laura Freeman, invited Eva Wagner, museum educator at the University of Maine Museum of Art to visit and to teach sixth graders how to choose and hang an art show and fifth graders how to write a show statement. Tidemark Gallery owner, Charlotte Davenhill, joined the class.

“It’s not hard to see how important this awareness and these skills are for every person growing up today,” said Davenhill, “Few of us will become rich and famous artists, but the ways the making of art teach us to observe, to organize our ideas and to value our colleagues and ourselves through putting our best work forward have got to be the ways to a better future.”

Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization lends its enthusiastic support in many ways, including wicked good refreshments at the opening.

The snow date for “Young Hearts” is Friday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Second Sundays at Harlow Gallery: Bookmaking

Bookmaking at Harlow Gallery

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee presents Second Sundays, a monthly series of community events held within the Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. January’s Second Sunday is Sunday, January 11, 2 – 4 p.m., ­Bookmaking – One piece of paper makes a book: ­Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events will bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Many of the events will be perfect for families, and all are welcome. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Materials are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own as well.


  • January 11 Bookmaking – One piece of paper makes a book: ­Take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages, or stories.
  • February 8 Ross Grams Digital Art Speed Painting Demonstration: Ross Grams is a digital illustrator, concept artist and painter from Vienna, Maine. Check out his website then come watch him in action.
  • March 8 ­Artist Trading Cards: ­Very small art works to make and trade. Little treasures created from all kinds of media.
  • April 12 Astrological Chart Mandalas: ­explore and create a mandala from your astrology chart. Chart included, Mixed media.
  • May 10 Art Critique: ­Bring one or two pieces that you are working on or have completed to a group critique. A great way to meet other artists and get some input on your work.

For more information contact the Harlow Gallery at (207) 622-3813 or visit