Home Grown: an exhibit about Farming Families at MFT Gallery

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine., through May 30.

On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”

The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.

Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.

Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.

Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”

Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”

The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

A Bike Night At The PMA?!? You Bet.

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May offers a snapshot of what makes the PMA unlike any other museum in New England—it’s a unique mixture of fun, beautiful, and thought provoking experiences in the heart of Portland.

Whether you come for a printmaking workshop at MECA, a panel discussion with MOFGA on the origins of the cocktail, or our first-ever Bike Night at PMA360, there’s plenty to choose from.

It’s the perfect time to begin planning activities for warmer weather, and the PMA can up the wow factor for locals and visitors alike. Walk in Homer’s footsteps at the Winslow Homer Studio, view any of our 18,000 artworks firsthand, or visit one of our exciting new exhibitions or galleries.

It’s an exceptionally exciting time at the PMA, and I can’t wait to see you at the museum.

– Elizabeth Jones

Waldoboro Calls for Artists to Paint the Town on August 6, 2016

“Paint the Town,” the midcoast’s exclusive plein-air event and fresh art auction, is returning to Waldoboro on August 6, 2016. The annual one-day event that provides artists with opportunities to paint from unique and private vistas around the town, will culminate in a reception and live auction of the day’s compositions. Proceeds benefit several local charities, including the Waldoboro Public Library, the Lion’s Club, as well as Medomak Valley Land Trust. Charlotte Davenhill, a “Paint the Town” co-founder, has asked Natalie Masse, who has agreed to manage the coordination and organization of this year’s event. Artists and volunteers will be provided additional information via direct email, newspapers and social media as it becomes available.

Tidemark and Friends Open for 2016 Season

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Fifteen of the area’s fine artists and craftsmen are coming to Tidemark Gallery next week to help launch Waldoboro’s 2016 ArtWalks season. On the second Saturday of each month, from May through October, gallery openings and other special events in the village are being coordinated for the public’s enjoyment and participation.

Visitors will be warmly welcomed to a special artists reception on Saturday, May 14, from 5 to 7pm. Paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, books and jewelry will be on display and custom picture framing will be available at Tidemark during regular hours, 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from May 11 through the summer.

Anne Heywood Gallery, will welcome visitors on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 7pm and Sunday, May 15, from noon to 4pm.

Special offerings in Waldoboro Village on Sunday, May 15, include a quilt documentation workshop at the Waldoborough Historical Society from 10am to 1pm, 832-4421. And at 4pm, the Penobscot Bay Bell Ringers will give an hour-long concert at Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 832-6898.

Maine Farmland Trust announces Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

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A New Artist Residency Program in Jefferson, Maine

Jefferson. Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances farming, recently partnered with the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta to create an artist residency program on a protected farm.

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson will be launching its first residency for Maine-based visual artists in the summer of 2016. The program aims to connect the creative world of farming and art making, and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time.

Falcon Foundation, a charitable foundation that holds the estate of the late artist Joseph Fiore (1925-2008), is generously supporting the establishment of the art center and residency program. Joseph Fiore was an artist and active environmentalist who, with his wife Mary, actively supported Maine Farmland Trust for many years.

David Dewey, former student and friend of Fiore and curator of the artist’s estate, will function as the Center’s Co-Director (Fine Arts Program), alongside Anna Witholt Abaldo (Co-Director, Center Operations), curator at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery since 2009.

Rolling Acres Farm sits on 130 acres on scenic Damariscotta Lake. Maine Farmland Trust purchased the Rolling Acres property to make sure this beautiful and productive land will be permanently protected and always available for farming.  MFT hopes that Rolling Acres will once again become a vibrant farm, so that art and agriculture can truly interweave and cross-pollinate.

Four Maine artists granted first month-long residency during summer

For this first pilot year, the application process was open only to artists living in Maine. “We were excited and pleasantly surprised to receive close to 25 applications in this first round,” said Anna Abaldo. “The jury was impressed with the high quality of the work.”

Of the 23 eligible applicants, four artists were selected by a jury consisting of renowned New York/Maine artist Lois Dodd and Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery owner Cynthia Hyde.

The July artists in residence will be Robert Pollien, MFA (University of Pennsylvania), from Mount Desert, whose submissions included landscape drawings and oil paintings; and J. Thomas R. Higgins, MFA (University of Wisconsin) from Readfield, a plein air landscape painter who works in oils.

The August artists in residence will be Thérèse Provenzano, MFA, (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) from Wallagrass, whose submissions consisted of works in charcoal and pastel on paper; and Susan Smith, MFA/IPh (University of Maine, Orono) from Dover Foxcroft, who creates site-specific projects that address the environment, through the use of sustainable methods and materials.

At the end of each residency, the Art Center will host a family-friendly Artist Studio Day & Open House at the Fiore Art Center in Jefferson – a great opportunity for the public to see the new art center, visit the art studios and talk with the artists and center staff. The 2016 summer dates are Saturday July 30 and Sunday August 28, from 11am-3pm; both days will feature live music outside on the lawn, and free coffee, tea and ice cream. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s magnificent grounds.

For more information on the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center and artist residencies, please visit

https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/

Here’s What’s Happening in May at PAM in Portland

CocktailA panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” on May 12

Here’s a sampling of events at Portland Museum of Art. Be sure to check the website for a full list of events at http://www.portlandmuseum.org/

A book launch and presentation by Winky Lewis and Susan Conley will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 pm,

Over the course of a year, Maine photographer Winky Lewis and poet Susan Conley exchanged inspiration and ideas to create a unique book of poems and images. Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in the Motherland centers on their experiences as mothers and documents a year in the lives of their families. To commemorate the launch of their book, Lewis and Conley will read passages and share images with PMA audiences. Illustrator Scott Nash introduces them, and Aurora Provisions offers food and a cash bar.

The book is available in the PMA Store, and a booksigning follows—just in time for Mother’s Day!

A panel discussion “Exploring the Legacy of Edward Curtis’ Photographs happens Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Free for members; $8 general public.

Edward Curtis, who has drawn both praise and scrutiny for his 30-year project The North American Indian, has profoundly shaped perceptions of North American Indian cultures, and continues to influence our perceptions of Native identity to this day. In this important event, an interdisciplinary panel of prominent members of the Native community in Maine will discuss Curtis’ legacy a century later.

A panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” is Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm. The PMA and MOFGA collaborate for a panel discussion that will touch upon a wide variety of topics in the origins and evolution of the cocktail, especially its recent evolution back to its roots inspired by—and made delicious from—organic farms in Maine. During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to sample Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)-inspired cocktails created by local bartenders.

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The PMA is pleased to announce its 11th annual Photography Fund Lecture on Wednesday, May 18, featuring Clifford Ross. Ross is renowned for his high-resolution, single-shot landscape photographs, which have been exhibited throughout the world. All proceeds from the lecture benefit the PMA’s Photography Fund.

Please consider supporting the Photography Fund with a gift that is 100% tax-deductible. Your generous contribution will directly aid the acquisition process, conservation, and presentation of the PMA photography collection. Give a gift today!

For more information about the Photography Fund, contact Abegail Baguio, Director of Annual Giving and Membership, at abaguio@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4987.

Bike Night: Beers + Gears is Friday, May 20 from 4 to 8 pm. The event is free with a cash bar.

Maine artist Jean Kigel’s work in Newburyport Exhibit

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“Hidden Shoals,” by Jean Kigel

The work of Maine artist Jean Kigel is included in an exhibit on display at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts through Sunday, May 15.

Art and science come together in this unique show inspired by the best-selling book “Blue Mind” by Dr.Wallace J. Nichols, the study of why we are drawn to the ocean, and how this scientifically connects to our health and happiness.

New artwork features ocean and water themes by 30  gallery members who masterfully capture seascapes, marsh-scapes and marine art.

The Gallery is located at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit http://walsinghamgallery.com/

“Stories of the Land” concludes May 15 with Program + Reception

thumbnail_Stories Year 2016 - AVS.6On April 28, the Farnsworth Art Museum opened the first of three public school art exhibitions on the Midcoast. Under the umbrella of “Stories of the Land and Its People: An Arts-Integrated School Initiative for Midcoast Maine,” a collaboration between the museum and eight schools, the first exhibition opened at the Camden Rockport Middle School as part of the “Arts Alive” evening. Eighty-six seventh grade students working with artist Tim Christensen unveiled an installation piece they created over the spring.

“Stories of the Land” opened on April 29 at Medomak Valley High School, where 26 ninth grade students displayed a permanent installation piece which they worked on with the guidance of sculptor Andrew White.

Rounding off the series of openings, “Stories of the Land” will be celebrated with an hour-long program at 1 pm, Sunday, May 15 in the Strand Theatre in Rockland, followed by a preview and reception on the Farnsworth Art Museum campus.

Now in its fifth year, this portion of “Stories” is a partnership between the Museum and six local schools: Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville, Islesboro, Rockland South School and Rockland District Middle School. While art instruction and art appreciation are being introduced into the teacher’s lessons, more 300 elementary and middle school students are taking their own photographs in the community and in their classrooms under the guidance of their teachers, museum educators, and mentor artists. The students’ creations will be on display over the summer in Julia’s Gallery at the corner of Union Street and Elm Street (Julia’s is not handicapped accessible) and in the Farnsworth’s main building on Main Street.

“Stories of the Land” is generously supported by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Peter McSpadden, Chichester du Pont Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Joyce Tenneson, Alexander Tenneson Cohen and James Abbott, the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, two anonymous donors, New Market Tax Credits Community Benefit Agreement, with in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.

MCA Announces 2016 Master Craft Artist + Supporter Awards

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The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named artist Elizabeth Busch of Glenburn, Maine as the 2016 recipient of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2016 MCA Master Craft Award process began with nominations submitted from past award recipients. The 2016 recipient was researched and selected by Diana Greenwold Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art.

“Elizabeth Busch,” declares Ms. Greenwold, “is a multi-talentedquilt maker, painter and sculptorwhose body of work showcases a keen eye for color relationships and a sophisticated sense of composition. Though trained as a painter, Busch’s experience in architecture is evident in her numerous large-scale installations displayed throughout the United States. Composed of floating acetate in bold tones that are woven and suspended from the ceiling, Busch’s sculptures are designed to bend and flex with currents of air. These sculptures enliven libraries and lobbies in public buildings and bring jolts of color and motion to otherwise unoccupied space

A pioneer in the field of textile art, Busch uses paints, dyes, and patchwork techniques to fashion lushly toned works. Her quilts pair bright hues and patterns against one another to create startling compositions. Busch’s quilts are composed of geometric forms in abstract compositions. Often painted, these art objects expand the bounds of fiber into the realm of painting and collapse distinctions between fine and decorative art.

Busch is a lifelong teacher who has conducted numerous workshops in Maine, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and throughout the United States. She has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Deer Isle Maine, where she also served as the assistant director in 1989. In addition, Busch has led courses at the University of Maine and McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. Her ceaseless experimentation to develop new materials and techniques and her continued commitment to educating the community about her discoveries make her the ideal recipient of the 2016 Master Craft Artist Award.”

With enthusiasm, the MCA Board of Directors selected Tammy Knight, of Clinton, Maine, as the recipient of the 2016 Craft Supporter Award. Tammy serves as the Development Manager of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. In her sixteen years working in the Department she has managed grant portfolios totaling over $26 million in support of communities and small businesses.  She became the Manager of the Maine Made Program in 2012

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With Tammy’s leadership, the Maine Made program has built Maine products into a strong national brand. Tammy is an advocate and an ambassador for Maine made products, encouraging craft artists to develop strong product lines, marketing materials and, in turn, bringing those products to a larger national market via trade shows, conferences, expositions, social media and other marketing. She reflects genuine enthusiasm for Maine people and Maine products and the Maine craft community benefits from her creativity, innovation and drive to tell the Maine story on a national level.

The MCA’s efforts and initiatives dove tail with those of Maine Made, with Tammy’s support the MCA and Maine Made have partnered to produce Maine Craft Weekend, an annual tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events and share hundreds of common members.

The public, supporters, friends and family of Elizabeth Busch and Tammy Knight are invited to attend the award ceremony Friday May 13th at  7 pm, for a special reception at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. The ceremony will include the award presentation, a gift of the 2016 Master Craft Artist pins made by MCA Professional Member Jackie Haines, and MCA Lifetime Membership certificate and short presentations from the recipients. Those interested in joining the MCA and the award recipients for dinner at Haystack from 6 to 7 pm, please rsvp to sbliss@mainecrafts.org There is $15 charge for dinner.

Pemaquid Artist Julie Babbs Wins Four Awards

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Pemaquid artist Julie Babb has won four ribbons in the annual wildlife art exhibition, held by the Maine Sportsmen’s Alliance last weekend at the Civic Center in Augusta.  Her paintings were awarded the First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention place ribbons in the watercolor division.

The blue ribbon went to her painting of a “Black-Crowned Night Heron,” and the red (second place) was given to her portrait of a “Snowy Egret.”  hird and Honorable Mention were given to paintings of a “Saw-Whet Owl” and a “Least Sandpiper.”  Julie is well known in the area for her realistic depictions of birds and the natural world – her chosen medium is gouache. an opaque form of watercolor related to tempera.

She has been teaching gouache painting and technique for many years, both privately and for AOS.93 Adult Education. Julie’s work can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Lighthouse Park, during the summer; the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company in Camden, and at her website www.covehousestudios.com.  She welcomes inquiries and commissions.

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.

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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.

Call to Artists: 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show

1The 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show will be hosted by Schooner Gallery of Milbridge in celebration of Maine artists who are residents and live within 44 nautical miles of Milbridge (50.6 miles).

Artists of any age and training are invited to submit their artwork inspired by our 44º North environment. This is an exciting and inspiring annual art event held at the Schooner Gallery, 59 Main Street, Milbridge.

Show dates will be June 4th through July 3rd with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Drop off dates are Tuesday, May 31st through Thursday, June 2nd, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Delivery of artworks in all media must be done in-person at the gallery.

Each artist may submit 2 pieces, made within the last three years and no larger than 30″x40″. 3-D work will also be accepted on a limited basis. All artwork must be labeled and wall pieces must be ready to hang with picture wires attached. No mailed or shipped entries can be accepted.

Please call Schooner Gallery at 207-546-3179 or 207-546-7989 no later than Friday, May 20th, for more information this show, to express your interest, and to schedule a drop off time.

The Farnsworth + The Strand present “Rockland Shorts”

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On Friday, May 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present the first 2016 showing of the international short film series, “Rockland Shorts: Entitled All’s Fair in Love and Politics,” the screening will take place at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland, at 5:30 p.m. After the showing, the audience is invited to continue discussing the films at Fog Bar, across the street from The Strand.

This ongoing series of short creative films entitled “Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series” is shown in the Strand and includes an hour of short films. As part of the screenings, several filmmakers join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. “Rockland Shorts” strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre.

This series is organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department, and film selections are being made by visiting program director, Sally Levi; the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell; the Executive Director of the Strand Theatre, Jessie Davis; broadcast journalist and Maine Media Workshops film faculty, Mimi Edmunds; and the director, cinematographer, editor and educator, Daniel Quintanilla.

For a complete listing of this month’s movies, please visit http://www.rocklandstrand.com/ Tickets will be for sale at The Strand Theatre’s box office directly prior to the screening. The fee for this series is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for nonmembers.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners Celebrated

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The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce a special, invitation-only event at the Blaine House to celebrate this year’s Congressional Art Competition winners. The tea, hosted by First Lady Ann LePage, the Congressional offices of Representatives Pingree and Poliquin, and the Commission will feature the work of JoJo Zeitlin, a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School in Congressional District 1, and Michaela Shorey, a senior at Rangeley Lakes Regional School in District 2.

Ten other students, five from each congressional district who have been awarded runner up and honorable mention status for their art, will also receive certificates at the event. The First Place submissions will hang in the U.S Capitol for one year along with student art from participating Congressional Districts across the nation.

“We are very lucky to have this kind of talent in our student population here in Maine,” said Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission Executive Director. “It reinforces the strength and quality of our art education programs across the state. Congratulations to our winners and our finalists.”

Zeitlin won District 1 with her black and white photographic portrait of an older man entitled “Brian.” First District jurors  Amy Cousins, an art teacher at Gorham Middle School and Piper Bolduc, an art teacher at Old Orchard Beach High School, said they appreciated her skill in capturing the personality of an individual, which they believe is a unique talent for an artist of her age. They commented on the outstanding quality of her pieces as shown through her technical ability to use depth of field and dark contrasts to enhance the subject matter.

“Jo Jo’s photograph shows great composition and technique. As an islander, I love that the image is so distinctly rural, coastal ‘Maine,’” Representative Pingree said in announcing the award. “I think it will really stand out and I’m proud that it will represent Maine’s First District when it is hung at the Capitol this June.  My congratulations to JoJo and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional.”

ShoreyMichaela Shorey’s “An Older-Young Girl”

Shorey’s top piece, entitled “An Older-Young Girl,” was also a portrait made from various media including pastels and cut paper. Jurors for Maine’s Second District—Robyn Holman, the former curator at USM’s Lewiston Gallery, and Anthony Shostak, an arts educator at Bates Gallery-found Shorey skilled in using the media to convey a sense of the person, and commented on her strong sense of composition, uniting all the elements to further convey the work’s title.

“Each year, I am astonished by the tremendous artistic ability and creative talent of our Maine high schoolers,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am incredibly proud to showcase Michaela’s artwork at the U.S. Capitol for this next year, where it will be admired and enjoyed by thousands of Americans from across the country. Congratulations, Michaela, on a job well done!”

The judges recognized the work of five other students from each District as follows: District One first runner-up Anna Callahan of Brunswick; second runner-up Abigail Stevens-Roberts of Saco; and honorable mentions Katie Sprague of Manchester, Gabriel Rosen of Portland and Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham. District Two first runner-up Rachel Flannery of Auburn; second runner-up Chandler Clothier of Lewiston; and honorable mentions Olivia Berger of South Paris, Alanna Fellows of Lewiston and Shin Hye Hwang of Hebron.

Every year beginning in 1982, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide Congressional Art Competition to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Over 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.

The Maine Arts Commission coordinates the competition in Maine, which is open to all highschool students and results in a winner, first runner up, second runner up and honorable mention chosen from each of the state’s two congressional districts. The competition is co-hosted by the Commission and the offices of Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree.

To select student work for consideration, the Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Gold and silver winners from the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried in February for the Congressional Art Competition.

For more information on the Congressional Art Competition in Maine, please contact the Maine Arts Commission at info@mainearts.com To learn more about the Commission’s arts education programs please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Education, at argy.nestor@maine.gov  To learn more about the Commission’s visual arts programs please contact Julie Horn, Director, Visual Arts Programs, at Julie.horn@maine.gov

Center for Maine Crafts Week-long Mother’s Day Sale

10403040_683684795039928_3579611056148824745_nThe Center for Maine Craft’s annual week-long Mother’s Day Sale is today Sunday, May 1st through Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8th. All Jewelry and Pottery are 25% Off! Make your mom, mama, mum or yourself happy with a Maine made handcrafted gift.This sale happens only once a year!
The Center for Maine Craft is a retail store and gallery featuring products made by Maine Crafts Association members. The 2500 sq foot store is located inside the West Gardiner Service Plaza about 10 miles south of Augusta where I-95 and I-295 intersect. Shopping at the Center directly supports craft artists in Maine!
The gallery. located at 288 West Lewiston Road in Gardnier, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 6 pm. The telephone is 207.588.0021 Please note, no other discounts may be applied to the Mother’s Day Sale. .

Call For Art: Equal Protection of the Laws: 14th Amendment

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The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) invite submissions to “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta September 22 through December 16,  2016.
The goal is to create an exhibit by Maine-based artists that contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment, the most litigated and referenced of all the amendments to the US Constitution. Themes can relate to any or all areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.
Email submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee comprised of staff of the Harlow Gallery, HHRC, and the Maine Arts Commission. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016. There is no submission fee for this exhibition thanks to support from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information please visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-14th-amendment/

Contact Cassie Bouton, Gallery Manager at Harlow Gallery with questions about the submission process at 207-622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Gallery Assistant Internships 2016 w/Artist + Master Printmaker, Don Gorvett

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Piscataqua Fine Arts is currently accepting applications for (2) internships to work alongside celebrated Master Printmaker Don Gorvett in his Studio and Fine Art Gallery. This internship will prove an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to understand color woodcut printing techniques as well as Art Management practices for the visual arts. The Gallery and Studio are located in downtown historic Portsmouth, NH.

Gallery Assistant: In addition to assisting in the studio, duties include work in the retail gallery and office. Opening or closing the gallery, maintaining an appealing environment, general cleaning, talking with potential buyers about the woodcut process, and assist with workshops, exhibitions, community events, marketing and customer outreach.

Commitment: The right candidate must be able to commit an average of 25 hours a week. The right candidate may not be the one with the most experience but the one with initiative, dependability, strong communications skills and the ability and willingness to learn. A professional and neat appearance is necessary for all representing PFA.

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This is an unpaid internship. An internship is an extension of one educational experience and can make arrangements for academic credit through own college or university. This internship seeks to provide personal development and practical experience in understanding the woodcut printing method, management concepts for running a fine art gallery as well as preparing one for a career in the fine arts.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 2 references to Attn. Vivienne Gale. Piscataqua Fine Arts Gallery & Studio, 123 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 03801

Art Matters talk “and how about NATURE” on April 3

Art Matters“Pink Power” by Judith Felch. The artist will be part of Art Matters on April 3.

On Sunday, April 3, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., the Deer Isle Artists Association will once again open its doors and invite the public to another stimulating session of ART matters. The theme of this month’s discussion will be “and how about NATURE,” and will feature local artists Judith Felch, Deborah Lothrop, Robert Starkey, and Paul Trowbridge.

The popular series has continued to draw attendees from both on and off the island. Audiences have welcomed the opportunities to see and hear artists reflect upon their work and have enjoyed interacting with them around each session’s stated theme. Like others in the Art matters series, this group of artists will be familiar to many from around the area.

Judith Felch’s inspiration for her graphite pencil drawings is enriched and fulfilled by consistently exploring the depth of wonder that is ever present when working on location. She notes that ‘nature suggests’ and the ‘artist engages.’

Deborah Lothrop is interested in the enduring activities of light and darkness and their earthly expression as color.  She draws from the outer world to exercise her perceptions and draftsmanship.  Then, she paints from her inner world.

Robert Starkey’s paintings are actually built up gestural layers of paint, mostly completed by the use of a palette knife.  Although initially inspired by a landscape setting, his paintings become less site specific as they are developed.  Therefore, they synthesize into evolving compositions that are built by the action of painting.

Paul Trowbridge’s paintings are attempts at capturing the emotions of what he observes in nature as well as the inherent design therein.  At the same time, he utilizes watercolors in a manner that exhibits their paint qualities in a simple, fresh and direct way.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. No RSVP is required, and attendees are invited to show up with friends. For more information, visit http://www.deerisleartists.com/