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

New Winter Classes, Workshops and Art Camps at Waterfall Arts

Classes, workshops and art camps designed to add creativity to the colder months begin in January at Waterfall Arts.

Abbie Read demonstrates her gelatin print technique at a Print Studio Open House on Thursday, January 15th from 5:30 to 8 pm. The workshop is free or by donation and appropriate for all levels of expertise. The print shop also offers monitored open studio hours for artists who want to work on their own prints.

Mike Fletcher will lead Drawing 101, an eight week Monday evening class beginning January 19th. The class, for those with some experience, and especially beginners, is designed to help students understand and develop basic skills of drawing: perspective, composition, line quality and tonality. Creativity and artistic confidence will be encouraged as students work from life and imagination. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 to noon every week.


The clay studio will be busy with ceramics classes for adults and kids. Adam Bogosian and Cory Upton-Consulich return as instructors for Ceramics for All, appropriate for experienced potters and beginners. The 8 week class begins Tuesday, January 20th. For kids 6 to 16, Linda Stec leads another round of the Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoon beginning Wednesday January 21. Open clay studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In February, Shawn Brewer leads a Saturday workshop, Screenprinting All Levels, on February 14th from 10 to 2 pm. The class as a group will explore different methods of alternative screen printing screen including creating monotypes using painterly marks and dynamic layering with different squeegee and inking techniques.

February School Vacation (Feb 16-20) seems a long way off, but a special art camp for 7 to 12 year olds is scheduled for that week – Art Meets Music, a week of painting, collage, constructing and creating, all inspired by music! From painting the blues, to jazz collage, DIY album cover making, and recycled instruments – there will be more than great memories to take home at the end of the week. Led by artist, musician and popular youth instructor Bridget Matros, and featuring additional volunteer musicians. Early registration is recommended.

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 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.


Artists Talk and Field Workshop at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

As part of the new exhibit, Experimental Comminglings at Waterfall Arts, artists Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz will talk about their work and the Comminglings installation and lead a field workshop on Saturday, November 8th beginning at 10:30 am. The workshop will look at socially engaged creative practices in relation to the exhibit. After the talk, they’ll lead the group outside to forage for local plants and other materials to archive and add to the exhibit. The event is free although donations are always appreciated. All are welcome; families and young people accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend.

Experimental Comminglings is a hybrid of science lab and art studio, where the artists invite visitors to fully engage with, alter and transform the materials. The focus is on experimentation with natural materials and liquids in a variety of containers, with constantly evolving options due to the interaction of participants. Engstrom and Langholz are interdisciplinary and installation artists that are currently exploring ways to create new engagements with an audience by extending the way we all observe, understand, and relate to contemporary art. Both are involved with the University of Maine Interdisciplinary program: Engstrom recently received her PhD there and Langholz is in the process of completing her PhD requirements.

Waterfall Arts mission

Experimental Comminglings will be on display through November 26th; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, during special events and by appointment. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on exhibits, classes, studio rentals and events, visit, stop by or call 338-2222.

Second Sunday Community Events at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

Starting Sunday, mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Harlow in Hallowell.

November 9: Collage
Make a collage by bringing your collected paper, cardboard, cloth, and anything else you have that can be glued to this event. Tell a story, share a memory, or express a emotion through your art piece.

December 14: Holiday Stenciling
Make wrapping paper, cards, or gifts with your own holiday images, paint, brushes, and sponges.

January 11: 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.

Handmade Books Workshop at CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present a day-long artist’s book workshop on Saturday, November 15, titled “Fast and Simple Book Making for Adults.” Participants will explore papers and other assorted materials used in making books, learn about the tools of the trade, and leave with at least one finished book. There will be instruction in accordion fold and pamphlet-stitched books and how to make both hard and soft covers. Time permitting, participants will also experiment with Instant Books, made from a single sheet of paper. Instructor for the workshop is Sandy Weisman, a book, fiber, and mixed media artist and poet. She is the former director of gallery education at Massachusetts College of Art and is owner of 26 Split Rock Cove, an artists’ retreat in South Thomaston. No previous experience is needed, and all materials will be provided. The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the fee is $100; $90 for CMCA members. To register or for more information, visit or call CMCA at 236-2875.

ArtLab workshops are made possible in part thanks to generous support from Camden National Bank, Harbor Square Gallery, 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. Exhibition galleries are open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. Admission: $5; CMCA members free. FMI:

Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth

On three consecutive Fridays, beginning on October 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a watercolor workshop, taught by Lesia Sochor. The workshop, entitled An Introduction to Watercolor, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

In this 3-week introductory class, students will explore watercolor’s transparent qualities. Participants will learn about washes, gradations, tonal values, manipulating and controlling the medium while being open to its endless surprises.

Farnsworth Art Museum“Summer Mist” by Lesia Sochor

Artist Lesia Sochor is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and is an enthusiastic teacher who believes anyone has the ability to create. She has lived, painted and exhibited in Maine for 34 years.


NRCM offers Watercolor Workshop

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

“Penobscot at Whetstone” by Marsha Donahue

Please join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an exciting opportunity to explore and paint views of the proposed National Park. On Sunday, August 24th local artist and instructor Marsha Donahue will hold a day-long watercolor workshop at the Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from Medway. Pack your portable painting equipment, bug spray, and a portable chair. Your supplies should fit in a backpack. The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes lunch. Participants are responsible for materials and lodging. Please contact Eliza Donoghue at or (207) 430-0118 with any questions.

High Street Studio celebrates “Patchwork of Color”


“Sewing Strata” by Diane Savona

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast hosts guest artists Jeanne Dawson, Diane Hire, Diane Savona, and Jerri Finch for “Patchwork of Color: Quilts as Inspiration” August 28 through September 24 with and Opening Reception Friday, August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m with hands on activities.

A one-day acrylic painting workshop with artist Susan Tobey White at Penobscot Marine Museum will be held on Friday, August 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The exhibition and workshop anticipate “Do It Your Way: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” at the Fiber College of Maine in September.

Bristol Road artists exhibit under tents


On August 22 – 24, land and seascape artists, Will Kefauver, 144 Bristol Rd., and Jan Kilburn, 168 Bristol Rd., along with Marnie Sinclair, 172 Bristol Rd., from the Bristol Road Galleries, will be featuring their own work as well as that of visiting artists, under several tents. Saturday, during the day, Marnie will be demonstrating how to create fanciful birds and animal wire sculptures. Her demonstration as well as that of other artists will be followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m.

Marnie Sinclair, a process artist who works in many different mediums, has just opened her gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, on the Bristol Rd. in Damariscotta. She is newly arrived to the area from Martha’s Vineyard and since moving here has joined three other artists who are close neighbors to create the Bristol Road Galleries.


“CO2 (in the atmosphere from fossil fuel emissions)” by Marnie Sinclair

Marnie’s work has always been inspired by nature and her particular affinity is for animals. Sculpture is her preferred mode of expression and she has recently started to create birds and animals in wire. The wire sculpture is an off shoot of a series of 52 sculptures that were done in driftwood, electrical wire and theater gels and spoke directly to the many aspects of climate change. Her sense of urgency about the state of the planet led to a video that she created using her work to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field: “Nature’s Spin Through Art.”

Since arriving in Maine she has created a traveling exhibit of this work along with her video and talk about art, balance, and climate change. Currently she is looking for venues in which to do her talk. As an environmental activist she is also part of a group in Lincoln County who are starting an Energy Coop.

Art Workshops and instruction with Susan Tobey White


Indulge yourself in color and creativity as you discover the many approaches of acrylic painting. Susan Tobey White’s simplified approach to color theory challenges experienced painters while giving confidence to those who are just beginning. Susan’s strength is in her respect for the individual and an understanding that we all learn in different ways. Her goal is to help her students define their own style, “loosen up,”  and comfortably go out of their comfort zone. This is a time to explore. To learn more and read comments from past students visit

10-4                                    Woodlawn Museum, P.O. Box 1478 • Rte. 172
Ellsworth Maine 04065, <>

Location: Bayside, ME (Just south of Belfast)
Contact: Susan: 207-338-8990 <>

Ease the frustrations of using acrylic while plein air painting. A workshop for beginners


Main & Station Second Floor, 168 Main Street
Parrsboro,Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0 <>
Judith: 514-979-3978,

Waterfall Arts two unique weekend workshops for March

Randy Fein with clay sculpture

Waterfall Arts has scheduled two unique weekend workshops for March: Clay Garden Vessels with Randy Fein and Gelatin Prints with Abbie Read. In Fein’s workshop, the group will be able to make sculptural planters that can be fantastic conversation pieces for porch or garden. The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 29 from 1 – 5 p.m., to allow the clay to dry before finishing. Fee for the workshop is $160 plus $25 materials fee. A well known artist and instructor, Fein she loves to venture to the tropical waters of the Caribbean to inspire new aquatic clay sculpture and says of her work, “Clay is my material of expression it inspires touch, while offering infinite possibilities for shape and texture.” For more information visit

Open Studio with the Farnsworth Collective


On Monday, December 9, the Farnsworth Collective, the museum’s newest membership group, will present the final installment in our series of fun and varied workshops entitled Studio Nights at the Gamble center. The last of this five-part program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

Join us for a do-it-yourself workshop on Christmas ornaments. Materials will be available, as well as a few sample ideas for suggested approaches. Feel free to bring in any items and materials from home that you’d like to incorporate if so inspired. Get ready to jazz up your Christmas tree or make a few ornaments to give as gifts during the holiday season. The fee for this program is free for Collective members, $10 for Farnsworth members, and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Education Department at 207-596-6457 or visit

River Arts summer stone carving workshops taught by Andy Serferlis

River Arts in Damariscotta is again offering its popular, summer stone carving workshops taught by Andy Serferlis.  Students can participate in either weeklong workshop or both!  Week I will be July 30-Aug 3 and Week II August 6- 10.  Workshop hours are 10-2pm.  The workshops are for beginners, or practiced hands. Bring your own stone or let us know if you need one. Limestone can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware. Stone carving is addictive and very satisfying.

River Arts in Damariscotta has open studios in life drawing, ceramics, and life sculpture and classes in:  ceramics, encaustics, watercolor, landscape painting, figure drawing, stone carving, gourd carving, solar printing, felt making and Japanese Shibori. For more information please check the website or call 563-1507.

River Arts announces new classes in ceramics

River Arts in Damariscotta is announcing new classes in ceramics starting in November at the River Arts Sculpture and Ceramics Studio on Route 1 North in Damariscotta – including a class for youngsters on Saturdays.

Ceramic classes will be taught on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays mornings and evenings. Classes will range from wheel throwing to hand building, exploring firing techniques, to glazing techniques. Whether you’re interested in functional or sculptural, there’s something for everyone.

Classes will be taught by Liz  Proffetty and Alexsondra Tomasulo who are both  studio potters / sculptors and whose work has been shown in galleries around the country.

For more information about classes and other program offerings, visit the River Arts website  or call the main office at 170 Main Street, Damariscotta 207-563-1507


UMMA two day painting workshop with Philp Frey

Philip Frey , “Boulders, Barrens and Crows”

UM Museum of Art in Bangor is conducting a two day oil painting workshop with Sulivan artist Philp Frey. The focus will be on seeing, mixing and placing color accurately, drawing, composition, brush work as well as demonstrations and individual instruction by the artist. It will be painting from life, for any skill level with an hour lunch break. A list of materials will be provided upon registration. The workshop takes place Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29 from 10 am to 3 pm. The charge is $75.00 for Members and $90.00 for non-members. To see Philip’s work visit To register, or for more information, call UMMA Education Coordinator Eva Wagner at 561.3360.

Register for Antique Photographic Workshops

Waterfall Arts in Belfast will hold four exceptional workshops in conjunction with Koichiro Kurita’s photographic exhibition Meditations on Thoreau on October 21st through 25th. The focus of the workshops is 19th century photo¬graphic processes and printing techniques.  Instructors include Kurita, who is known for his elegant large format platinum/palladium prints, Jonathan Kline of Bennington College, who works in both traditional and digital forms of imaging and time-based projects, and Anna Strickland of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught Antique and Alternative Processes classes  for over two de¬cades.

All the antique processes taught by Kurita and his colleagues have common characteristics : the use of large format negatives, light sensitive chemistry hand applied by brush on a variety of papers and contact printing accomplished by exposure to sunlight or a UV exposing unit. These techniques yield distinctive prints with luscious surfaces, unique coloration and a handmade, expressive feel.

On Friday October 21, Kurita will hold a Platinum/Palladium introductory class focusing on the basics of preparing large negatives, mixing chemistry, paper choices, hand application of emulsions and archival processing. The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm.

Kurita will lead a Master Class in Platinum/Palladium printing for experienced photographers on Saturday and Sunday October 22 & 23 from 10am to 5pm. During the workshop he will share his personal techniques and recipes, including working with Japanese gampi paper. Although the basics of creating large negatives will be discussed, students will be expected to come prepared with their own negatives for printing.

On Monday October 24th Jonathan Kline will teach a Calotype workshop, where students will try their hand at making negatives on paper using an adaptation of William Fox Talbot’s original 1841 Calotype Process. A large format camera will be provided, along with all the necessary paper and chemicals for each participant to make a negative on paper. Landscapes and architectural views are encouraged, as exposure times will be long. The class meets from 10 to 5.

Anna Strickland’s Gum Bichromate workshop from 10 to 5 on Tuesday October 25 will acquaint students with the basics of preparing large negatives and camera-less photography such as cliché verre, mixing and applying chemistry, archival processing and the specifics of working with a pigment based process using powdered pigments, water colors and gouache.

Kurita will give an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 20 beginning at 7pm at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street, with an introduction by Ed Earle, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Sponsors for the talk and exhibit are Cold Mountain Builders and Consumers Fuel, both of Belfast. The Meditations on Thoreau exhibit continues through November 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and by appointment; call the office to arrange.

Those registering for three or four workshops will receive a 10% discount. The workshops will be held at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom, rain or shine.  For workshop fees, a list of mid-coast accommodations, to register or for more information, visit or call 207 338 2222.

Art, Art Demonstrations & Music: Art@Waterfront Park in Boothbay Harbor

John Seitzer on the right and Jim Taliana as seen at a past Art@Waterfront Park art fair.

Art and Artists will abound in wonderful white tents in Boothbay Harbor come Saturday morning, Sept. 3rd of Labor Day weekend.

This annual juried one-day art fair has traditionally ended the summer season with artistic excitement and high quality art; this year, it’s even better..  Throughout the day, artists will be demonstrating their ways of painting for all to see, and to ask questions. John Seitzer of Joy to the Wind Gallery will be demonstrating his painting techniques as will be Jim Taliana of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Mel Zeoli and more. Barbara Eldred will be demonstrating the coil-method of pottery along with a display of her fine works.

Art@Waterfront Park takes place Sat., Sept. 3 (rain date Sunday), 9 – 5pm in the Whale/Waterfront Park in Boothbay Harbor. This event is sponsored and produced by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation. Free admission and everyone is invited.

River Arts to Offer Stone Carving Workshops in August

Along with classes in ceramics, painting, and bookmaking River Arts is pleased to offer a Maine specialty – stone carving. The classes, taught by Andy Seferlis, are for beginners, or practiced hands. Week II will occur August 8 through 12.

Stone carving is addictive, tiring and satisfying in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Bring your own stone or let River Arts provide one. Limestone and/or marble can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware store.

Further, an alabaster stone carving weekend with Anne Alexander will take place August 16, 17, and 18. This class fee is $180 members/$195 for non-members.

Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. We will look at examples of nature from the surrounding ecosystem (shells, lichen, plant pods) for inspiration for the forms of our work. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling will be taught. The various methods of finishing the stone from wet sanding to oiling and waxing will be the final part of the workshop.

Anne Alexander primarily carves her work in wood and stone. She makes pieces that range in size from small hand held pieces to human size exterior installations. Her work is organic in form and are abstractions of small life forms from the natural world, (marine life, plant pods, insects etc.) Her work also refers to the human body and expresses themes of life stages, germination, growth, regeneration, sexuality, and cyclic changes. Please refer to her website to see examples of her work.

FMI, call (207) 563-1507 or visit the River Arts website.