German Christmas Market at UMMA on Dec. 12

untitledMembers of the University of Maine German Club (photo by James Winter)

The University of Maine German Club organizes an annual traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market. This year’s event will be held at the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor on Saturday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas cookies, Stollen (Holiday bread) and traditional Christmas decorations will be featured. A little cafe will also be on site where decorations, coffee, cakes, Gluhwein (mulled wine, alcohol free), and Kinderpunsch will be sold. Proceeds will benefit UMMA’s exhibition and education programs.

Take this opportunity to enjoy some holiday cheer while viewing the exhibitions in the Museum Galleries! Featured artists include Paul Myoda, Traer Scott, and selections from the Bruce Brown collection, on display through December 31. UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information, call (207) 561-3350.

Farnsworth Appoints Director of Development

FarnsworthJean Joransen Ellis

The Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Joransen Ellis as their new Director of Development. Ms. Ellis will become a member of the museum’s senior staff beginning the end of November where she will lead all of the Farnsworth’s philanthropic efforts, including the annual fund and individual and institutional giving. She was most recently Chief Advancement Officer at the prestigious Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, where she was responsible for both the development and communications departments.

Jean Joransen Ellis has more than twenty years of professional experience in leadership and development roles in the non-profit sector. After beginning her professional fundraising career with the Shreveport Symphony as Director of Development in 1992, Jean began working in 1995 for the Houston Symphony as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving. She was promoted to Director of Development in 1996 and ended her tenure with them in 2003 as Senior Director, Capital Campaign.

In 2005, Jean became the Executive Director of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a non-profit in Blue Hill, Maine. During her time there she oversaw the volunteer workforce, overhauled the accounting system and developed new financial policies to increase giving.

She then worked at the Denver Zoological Foundation as Vice President for Development and Membership, where she helped to reenergize their capital campaign resulting in more than $10 million in capital gifts during the last year of the campaign. Most recently, Jean brought her leadership and fundraising experience to Houston Ballet as its first Chief Development Officer.

In late 2012, she joined the Menil Collection as Chief Advancement Officer where a significant amount of her time was devoted to their $110 million capital campaign. Ms. Ellis holds a master’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from the University of Denver.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.




MCA Day Trip to CraftBoston, Friday, Dec. 11

2015115637af49c0442Nick Offerman gives Sawdust and Mirth lecture at CraftBoston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information on registering for the bus trip, please visit

Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery


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

Colburn on Plein Air versus Studio Painting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Artists Help Impact Maine People with Disabilities

Sandy CrabtreeArtwork of Sandy Crabtree on holiday card

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

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

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

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

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

Carlton PlummerArtwork of Carlton Plummer on holiday card

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

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

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

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

Drop + Shop During Small Business Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purple Lobsters at Black Hole Gallery through Oct. 31

purpleOrlando Johnson with purple lobsters

Along with many businesses in Rockland, in observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Black Hole is displaying purple in its window in support of New Hope for Women’s work to end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Artist Orlando Johnson has created a ‘quartet’ of his iconic lobsters in purple, and the gallery is auctioning the piece, ‘Lobster Quartet: Purple’ over the course of the month, donating all proceeds from its sale to New Hope for Women.
Johnson said, “The intention with this initiative is not only to raise what we can to help this excellent organisation and the crucial work they do, but also to offer a visual representation of our support for New Hope for Women, and crucially to the people they help.  Art has the potential to reach far beyond the artists who make it, the galleries who show it, and the collectors who buy it.  I hope this initiative can, even in a small way, promote awareness and positive change.”  He goes on to cite the example of artist Jamien Morehouse, who, years ago, established an annual Christmas ‘Hat Show’ to Benefit New Hope for Women: “Her work was, and remains, a great influence on mine. I
never had the chance to meet her, but feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to follow the wonderful example she set with a project like this.”

‘Lobster Quartet: Purple’ will be displayed in the window at Black Hole (403 Main St.) in Rockland through October 31. Bids can be accepted online (, as well as in person or via telephone.  For more information, please contact or call (207) 400-2957.

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

Farnworth Presents 5th Annual Fall Family Festival

Parade 6 X42On Saturday, October 17, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to attend its fifth annual Fall Family Festival. The festival will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden, and is free of charge.

All are invited to the Farnsworth Art Museum’s sculpture garden as it will be transformed into the Fall Family Festival grounds. There will be free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. The Uproot Pizza company will be on hand for those longing for a warm, tasty meal.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a parade will take place on Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoestring Theater, which will be teaching a week-long free workshop in the days leading up to the festival and parade. Grab a noisemaker, borrow a mask, and join in the fun! Immediately following the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden for the lighting of the pumpkins.

In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. For more information, please call the museum’s Education department at (207) 596-0949.

Watershed Studio Open House and Pottery Sale

WATERSHED-6563Guests can tour Watershed’s ceramic studio during Maine Craft Weekend

Several talented ceramic artists from the mid-coast region will be featured in a pottery sale on Saturday, October 3 at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. The Watershed sale is part of Maine Craft Weekend, a state-wide tour of craft studios and breweries, and will showcase work by Liz Proffetty, Kim Bentley, Lisa Evans, Jemma Gascoine, Shawn O’Connor and more. The sale provides a great opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind cups, bowls, plates and beer steins, along with sculptural and decorative pieces.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy a cup of cider and snacks cooked in the Center’s outdoor wood-fired oven and participate in the “hands on clay” area. Watershed will also lead tours of the campus and art studios, where guests can meet the Watershed fall resident artists and learn about their work.

Watershed will be open on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 19 Brick Hill Road (off the Cochran Road) in Newcastle.

To learn more about Maine Craft Weekend and other participating mid-coast craft studios, visit the Maine Craft Association website at ###

Camden Falls Gallery welcomes new gallery artists Moeller and Van Hook

Camden Falls Gallery is now featuring the work of award-winning landscape and figure painters Stan Moeller and George Van Hook, who have both recently joined the gallery.

Moeller, who currently resides in York, Maine, was raised in rural northern Indiana near the Michigan border. Excelling in art from an early age, he studied art at Western Michigan University and took as many life-drawing classes as he could. One instructor, a portrait painter from NYC, told him, “If you really want to be an artist, get out of here (college) and go paint.” To this day, Stan believes it is the very act of painting that is the best instructor, to paraphrase one of his heroes, the Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Basstida.


Stan Moeller- Egret Sanctuary, Oil on Linen Panel, 18 x 24 inches

During and after college, Moeller performed as a singer-songwriter in clubs and coffee houses, releasing a CD and touring extensively throughout the United States. In the 1990s, he and his wife Tammy (also a musician) released three more CDs together before Stan quit playing music professionally and devoted himself full-time to painting. In the mid-1990’s, while painting on Monhegan Island, he met resident artist and fellow musician Don Stone (1929 – 2015), who became his most important mentor and a dear friend. Over the years, Stone shared many stories about the painters in his life, including Paul Strisik, Emile Gruppé and Aldro Hibbard and others, as well as the lessons he learned from them.

In recent years, Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island,  and has also taught a master class entitled “En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, NH, where he taught courses for seven years. He also travels frequently to France and Italy for inspiration to sketch and paint. He has conducted workshops in Tuscany and the south of France, and was awarded a painting residency in Brittany. About his work, Stan writes, “I am just as intrigued by the way the light wraps around a subject as the subject itself.  It seems like I’m always painting in my head. Whenever I’m looking, I’m painting; always looking at the value relationships and asking myself ‘how would I paint that?’”

Camden-FallsGeorge Van Hook- Low Tide, Oil on Linen, 20 x 16 inches

Our other featured plein air painter, George Van Hook, is a highly regarded and well-established artist, who has recently received recognition from three prestigious organizations for his work. He was awarded First Place in the 2013 Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, and won the festival’s Quick Draw competition. He was also invited to participate in the private painter’s event “Paint the Adirondacks,” hosted by the publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Eric Rhoads. Additionally, his work has been accepted into two juried exhibitions at Vermont’s Bennington Center for the Arts: “Impressions of New England” and the “Laumeister Fine Art Competition,” the latter of which is juried by Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur. We are honored that he has chosen Camden Falls Gallery to represent his work in Maine.

Born and raised in a northern suburb of Philadelphia, Van Hook was exposed early on to the culture of one of our oldest cities. His family also owned a farm in rural Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. The rich landscape of farmland and forest fostered the talented group of artists known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists, as well as the famous artists and illustrators of the Brandywine tradition, Howard Pyle and the Wyeth clan. As a young student, Van Hook had the good fortune to traverse Europe on a film-making expedition. He exhibited an early reverence for European traditions by spending hours in the Louvre copying the old masters.

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. He describes his work as a marriage of external and internal forces, with what emerges on the canvas serving to reflect both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure,” he adds.

George has also spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland, Camden and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson. This summer, George painted his way up the coast of Maine right to our door. Our gallery is currently showing the fruits of this plein air adventure, alongside the work of Stan Moeller and over 40 other artists.

Located on the Public Landing in Camden, Maine, Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Kids Talk About Art”

winingsCynthia Winings, Loretta In The Gallery, 2015
On Fir5st Friday, October 2, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents KIDS TALK ABOUT ART, on First Friday in Blue Hill, October 2, 5 – 7 PM. The gallery invites kids of all ages to talk about the artwork in the current show, Belonging To Time. Children and their parents are welcome to join us at 5:00PM, when the children will lead the discussion about the art on the walls, with their insights, questions, and creative opinions!

The Cynthia Winings Gallery currently is hosting a group exhibition, Belonging To Time, featuring the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, David Hornung, Carol Pelletier, and Pat Wheeler. Including new artwork from Daniel Anselmi, Josephine Burr, Heather Lyon, and Lari Washburn. With artwork from Louise Bourne, Hannah Burr, Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Kate Emlen, Roberta Amina Greany, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Justin Richel, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, and Goody-B. Wiseman

Everyone is warmly invited to our final First Friday of the 2015 season. The artist-owned Cynthia Winings Gallery is located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. The exhibition, Belonging To Time will be on view August 30 through October 11. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at or 917.204.4001

Call for Art for Small Works Holiday Show

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast is accepting 2D and 3D submissions for their annual Small Works Holiday Show. Work needs to have some reference or connection to farms, farming, local food, environment, etc. and may be either representational or more abstract in nature. Crafts and fiber arts also welcome. Only Maine artists please. Submissions will be considered based on quality of the work, originality, size and price.
(we encourage 2D work to be no larger than 14 x 14″ and all work to be priced below $500).

The exhibit runs from Nov. 20-Jan. 4; deliver work Nov. 16 & 17.
Holiday Art Walk & Reception Dec. 4, 5:30-8pm

To be considered for this show, please send 1-4 jpeg images, along with specs (title, medium, dimensions, price) no later than Oct. 15 to Anna Abaldo, Gallery Curator:

Maine Farmland Trust is a membership-based organization. Please help secure a future for farming by becoming a member for as low as $20 year. Visit

9th Annual Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival

george lopez pixPianist George Sebastian Lopez will perform the spirited music of Cuba.

The 9th annual Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival, Friday and Saturday October 9 and 10, 8:00 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit, will feature the exotic music of Cuba, Russia, and France, performed by international artists George Lopez and Irina Nuzova on Ogunquit Performing Arts’ Steinway Concert Model C Grand Piano. Tickets for the Lopez and Nuzova performances are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $5 for students. Series ticket: $25. Admission is free for the student recital on Sunday October 11 at 3:00 pm, which features the finest of the area’s student pianists.

This year’s Festival contrasts the glorious music of three strikingly different countries and cultures, showcasing the intrinsic allure of Cuba, the grand passion of Russia, and the charming elegance of France.

George Sebastian Lopez will open the Festival on Friday October 9, 2015 at 8 pm with a thrilling program celebrating the music of Cuba.  George executes the exotic rhythms and fiery tempos of such composers as Cervantes, LeCuona, and Touzet with the virtuosity and “kaleidoscopic colors” for which he is known. (L. A. Times)   He has appeared across the globe as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and collaborator, and is currently the Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College.

These two artists each come from distinguished backgrounds, as international as the music they perform.

Mr. Lopez was born in Brooklyn, New York to Mayan parents and raised in Belize. He started playing the piano at the fairly late age of eleven. Upon returning to the United States he won his first orchestral competition at 14 in Texas and two years later was awarded a full scholarship to the Hartt School of Music. He graduated with honors and went to Paris on a Franco-American study grant and was given a unanimous First Prize for the Diplome Superieure. He completed his Masters Degree cum laude in Amsterdam.

Mr. Lopez has been an advocate for music education for many years and is a popular lecturer on the arts in New England. He has given lectures for the European Piano Teachers Association in Amsterdam. He maintains an active studio in New Hampshire at Phillips Exeter Academy. Several of his students have graduated to major conservatories in the United States including Juilliard Prep, Oberlin, Manhattan School, Mannes, and University of Southern California. George Lopez has been featured in countries around the world as soloist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber music performer.

irina nuzova pix-002Pianist Irina Nuzova will interpret the passion and grace of Russian and French composers.

Irina Nuzova is a native of Moscow, Russia. She made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at the age of 14 and has studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music under the guidance of Alexander Satz before moving to the United States. Nuzova continued her musical education at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. She also worked for many years in the cello studio of Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard and pursued individual studies with pianists Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Vladimir Feltsman. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Ms. Nuzova regularly gives lecture recitals and Master Classes at schools and other public institutions and was recently appointed a piano faculty member at the Special Music School in New York. For the past two summers she has taught and performed at the Interharmony International Music Festival and has served as a jury panelist at the NJ Young Concert Pianist Competition. She is a member of the Camerata Phillips, an ensemble in residence at the Phillips Collection Gallery in Washington, D.C

The popular concluding concert of the Festival is the Student Recital on Sunday October 11 at 3 pm. Admission is free. It is here that talented local students have the opportunity to perform on a first-class piano (OPA’s Steinway Concert Model C Grand Piano) in front of a live audience. Audiences in the past have marveled at the quality and talent of the student performers.

The Festival was created to honor the memory of Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham, daughter of the Dunaway Center’s founder, S. Judson Dunaway. Betty was a pianist and piano teacher and one of the founding members of Ogunquit Performing Arts and was responsible for OPA’s acquisition of the Steinway piano.  Receptions to meet the artists follow each of the performances!

Friday and Saturday October 9 and 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit,  featuring pianists George Lopez and Irina Nuzova. Tickets for the Lopez and Nuzova performances are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $5 for students. Series ticket: $25. Admission is free for the student recital on Sunday October 11 at 3:00 pm.

CMCA Receives Maine Arts Commission Grant for Leaps of Imagination

2Leaps of Imagination Students at Lura Libby School Collaborate on Artwork

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded the Center for Maine Contemporary Art funding for its in-school Leaps of Imagination program. Leaps brings local artists into public elementary schools to ignite children’s imaginations and engage them in new ways of thinking and creating. Within the context of literature and social justice themes, students work on long-term, integrated art projects directly linked to their curriculum. Together they explore multiple mediums and ideas.

“Hands-on arts experiences give students opportunities for creative problem-solving, making connections between themselves and others, and making sense of their world. It’s part of CMCA’s core mission to provide these opportunities to students,” says CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy.

What makes “Leaps” unique is that classroom teachers are an integral part of the program. Recognizing the power that art has on learning and school culture, they work closely with mentor artists to promote the spirit of innovation and collaboration. Throughout the month-long program, children, in partnerships, create large-scale artwork, displayed at a culminating community exhibition.

CMCA’s elementary school program has grown exponentially since 2014. With the support of the Maine Arts Commission and the Davis Family Foundation, Leaps of Imagination will serve children in new communities this year, including Vinalhaven, Tenants Harbor (St. George School and Jackson Memorial Library), and Cushng, in addition to its work at Lura Libby School in Thomaston.

Committed to working closely with local audiences, CMCA also offers monthly Saturday afternoon ArtLab experiences for makers of all ages. The fall season begins on November 7, with Alexis Iammarino, lead artist for ArtLab and Leaps of the Imagination.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and high-quality educational programs that spark the imagination. For more information visit,

Vibrant Day Lily Farm Seeking Artwork for Lily Gardens

untitledOperated by Bill and Lynn Warman in Waldo, the sole purpose of The Maine Garden, a day lily farm, is to promote, encourage and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis.The Maine Garden hybridize for the unusual, such as two stalks from a single fan and breeding tetraploid to diploid or diploid to tetraploid, with six or seven way branching, great clear colors and round shape cultivars.

The Warman’s are looking for artists that want to exhibit their artwork within this five acre garden. Exhibiting is free of charge and artists handle all sales. Artwork must be tasteful and kid-friendly. Please send 1-5 images under 5M each to for consideration for spring of 2016.

For more information, contact or call (207) 342-5663 before 6 p.m.

Maine Crafts Guild’s 6th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show

untitled2Jodie Aragona, Jeweler and Maine Crafts Guild Artist (Photo by Doug McMinimy)

The Maine Crafts Guild turns 40 this year and hosts its 6th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show, on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20 at Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road near Scarborough Beach State Park.

The Maine Crafts Guild was established in 1975 with the goal of bringing the finest professional craftspeople together with those who appreciate handmade products. Guild members have a commitment to excellence and a passion to create. Some focus on pushing the limits of their work, some on learning traditional methods from the elders of their craft, some are attracted to handwork because of the quality of life it engenders, while others are motivated to have a positive cultural impact.

The Guild maintains a dynamic membership comprised of young journeymen, nationally-recognized masters and founding members who continue to show new work—illustrating the perseverance and self-reliance that are integral to surviving as a professional artisan in Maine.

“Fortunately, the Maine Crafts Guild has built a reputation of offering very high quality handcrafted products. That reputation has allowed me to market my furniture to an audience who can appreciate the time, effort, and craftsmanship that goes into every piece,” said Newburgh-based woodworker Forrest Procter.

Attendees of the 6th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show can meet the inspired makers and shop for pottery, furniture, hand-blown glass, fiber, paper, jewelry and more—all made and presented by exceptional Maine artists.

Additionally, the show’s venue and co-sponsor, Camp Ketcha, has much to offer attendees. There are hiking and biking trails that folks are welcome to enjoy and they will even be offering $5 pony rides to children on Saturday the 19th from 12-1pm.  This show is the perfect way to savor the end of summer! Admission: $5 adults; under 18 free.

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.