UMMA Announces Spring Exhibitions

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The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in April. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s spring exhibitions will open to the public on April 3 and run through June 6, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Goethe" by Andy Warhol

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

This exhibition features works by Andy Warhol, the principal figure of American Pop Art who was known for elevating aspects of popular culture and consumerism into the realm of “high art”. Photographs and Screenprints showcase two recent gifts to UMMA’s permanent collection from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in New York City, and marks the first time many of these works have been seen in Maine.

Included are Warhol’s screenprints of Sitting Bull, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and the artist’s iconic Flowers, 1970. Also featured is a selection of gelatin silver prints and Polaroid images of celebrities and socialites such as Farrah Fawcett, Candy Spelling, Pia Zadora and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West), among others.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints is funded in part by the University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Elizabeth Livingston: Dark Houses
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Night Fell" by Elizabeth Livingston

“Night Fell” by Elizabeth Livingston

New York-based artist Elizabeth Livingston often paints lone women in suburban and rural environments. While these women are depicted amongst the luxuries and comfort of domestic life, there is a feeling of isolation and an ominous undercurrent present in the paintings. As reflected in self-portraits of the artist sleeping nestled under plush bedding, Livingston points out that, “we are most vulnerable when we feel the most protected.” In these works, the artist places the viewer in the position of voyeur. We peer as if through a window into comfortable abodes for a glimpse of the inhabitants often pictured against backdrops of richly patterned wallpaper and domestic objects.

In Livingston’s recent scenes of country homes, where porch lights glow amidst a darkened landscape, she suggests, “they are both safe houses and defenseless outposts about to be consumed by night.”

Jennifer Caine: Amnesia
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Boundaries #2" by Jennifer Leigh Caine

“Boundaries #2″ by Jennifer Leigh Caine

Often using oil paint combined with marble dust to achieve lustrous matte surfaces, Jennifer Caine’s paintings emerge from an accumulation of layers. While her works may initially find inspiration from specific memories, elements from the environment, or the line of a poem, the references become unrecognizable as they are embedded in the strata of paint. Layers are built up and stripped away through scraping and sanding to expose colors and marks from earlier iterations. Caine’s paintings are rooted in the passage of time, memory and the physical world. The artist states, “As memory is fluid and labile, so are my paintings, informed by current decisions as well as by the history and legacy of the underlying layers.”

Caine’s etchings are equally striking. The varied and decisive marks she employs in several images appear to be solely abstract, while in others seem to suggest the contour of forms existing in the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Elizabeth Moss Galleries showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,

Moss1                                        “Float” by Stephen Walsh

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Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth is showing “Float: Stephen Walsh,” and “Outside/In: Jerry Weiss,” through May 2. Walsh’s large brightly colored abstract work moves energetically between drawing and painting, eluding to architectural elements, maps, floating sculptural forms, and spatial ambiguity. Stephen received his BFA with a concentration in painting graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern Maine. Jerry Weiss has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. See their work at elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Pemaquid Art Gallery Call for Artists

Pemaquid Art Gallery

The Pemaquid Group of Artists announces a call for artists to exhibit the 2015 season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Point. Prospective members will be juried from interested artist residents of eligible townships, including Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle and Bremen. To confirm space availability, please call Board President Sally Loughridge (207) 644-1835 after Friday, April 3rd. The work of submitting artists will be juried on Saturday, April 18th. Each candidate will be asked to complete a short application and to submit three framed original artworks and resume.

The opening reception for the 87th season of the Pemaquid Art Gallery will be held on Sunday June 7th from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and view the gallery space filled with a wide variety of original works in watercolor, gouache, oil, pastel, acrylic, marquetry and sculpture.

Dunk The Junk Mural Unveiling at CMCA

Soda-tron Bombs at CMCA

Artists Mike Rich (Portland), Keo X-Men (Brooklyn, NY), and Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles) will paint a street-art style mural titled Sodatron Bombs at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Rich, Keo, and Vyal were also together at Miami Art Basel last December, where they painted a “Defeat Sodatron” mural at the Sol Box Fitness Club.

The mural is in support of Dunk The Junk, a local nonprofit established by pediatrician Kevin Strong. The organization’s goal is to help defeat childhood obesity and improve the eating habits and health of children and adults. Their approach involves a counter-culture movement that reaches out to kids via graffiti/street art and hip-hop. CMCA director Suzette McAvoy believes the Dunk The Junk campaign is a “great example of using the power of the arts to communicate across demographics, to bring awareness, and to motivate change.”

The mural will be on view at CMCA through April 25. For more information, visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.

Bangor Artist Rachel Schiro Awarded Best of Show

"Party Bowls" by Rachel Schiro

“Party Bowls” by Rachel Schiro

At the Sixth Annual juried competition at the Longboat Key Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art, Sarasota FL., Bangor and Corea Artist, Rachel Schiro, was awarded the LBKCA award of excellence for her painting “Party Bowls.” Vicky Randall, nationally known sculptor and a faculty member at the Ringling College of Art and Design was the juror.

In Ms. Randall’s words:

“I’ve chosen the piece”Party Bowls”, an oil painting by Rachel Schiro, as best of show. It’s a small piece and could be overlooked as just a painting of bowls. However, this painting kept dragging me back into it’s surface. Every time I looked I saw something new. It is beautifully painted, circles, ellipses and volume being very difficult to pull off on a flat surface. The color palette has been deliberate and wise. The composition is cropped in such a way as to give us only enough information to make us wonder beyond the view.
What’s the rest of this story? We know it’s bright and sunny and there’s surely going to be a party! Were these bowls stored away and brought out for a special occasion? Were they stored in bubble wrap? What made the artist use bubble wrap as a painting device? “Party Bowls” leaves me with as many questions as answers……. which is, of course, what a good work of art should always do!”

New Paintings and First Show of the Season at Bayview Gallery

"After the Rain" by Barbara Applegate

“After the Rain” by Barbara Applegate

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is thinking Spring!

Though the ground is still snow-covered and we face the likelihood of another storm this evening, we have turned our focus toward the season of rebirth. With this welcome shift, we are delighted to announce an upcoming exhibit and to share several paintings with you that have recently arrived at the gallery.

We are excited to announce our first exhibit of the season, “Local Color 2015″. Running from April 1 to May 2, this show features four local artists painting the mid-coast.

A reception with the artists will be held Friday, April 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information visit Bayview Gallery at 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, email art@bayviewgallery.com or call (207) 729-5500.

Announcing “Harlow for the Hall” in Gardner

Harlow for the Hall in Gardiner

“Great Falls Plaza Lewiston/Auburn” by Cindy Rehagen Langewisch

In celebration of Johnson Hall’s 150th Anniversary, two central Maine arts nonprofits Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall proudly present “Harlow for the Hall”, an art exhibition showcasing fifty-two Maine artists at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner.

  • Opening reception on Friday, April 10 5 – 8 p.m., with complimentary refreshments and a cash bar.
  • Proceeds from art sales will benefit Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery – two cornerstones of arts and culture in central Maine with over 200 years of history between them.
  • There will be a second public reception during Gardiner’s spring Art Walk on Friday, May 1st.

Harlow for the Hall is on view during box office hours, Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., during events, and by appointment, call (207) 582-7144.

New work by Thomas Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

“On the Settlement Quarry” by Thomas Higgins

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.

Greenhut Galleries is open year-round: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information email greenhut@maine.com or call (207) 772-2693.

 

Bearing Fruit: Art at the intersection of human and vegetable

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the “organic” image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3 – May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne Alexander Sculptor

Strawberries sculpture by Anne Alexander

Sculptor Anne Alexander’s ceramic forms are about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. Unique vegetables and fruits are sought out at farmers markets or in her own garden to model in clay. Vibrant reds enhance the voluptuousness of the larger-than-life fruits.

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“2457049.062500” by Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier’s sculptural work incorporates food, foraged natural materials, live plants and handmade objects. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and imaginings related to quickly shifting landscapes, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, and emerging and endangered life forms.

Jacinda Martinez is a young artist from the garment district in Brooklyn, NY, who has spent her last six years farming. She fashions elaborate dresses from otherwise discarded vegetable matter: broccoli stalks, bean vines, bolted lettuce. Her final product, much like a fashion shoot, is a series of elegant photographs of models clad in vegetables.

Julie H. Rose describes her intricate fiber art as “always about nature, or more clearly, of nature.” Her work mimics nature’s process and her experience of being in and observing nature. The materials she chooses feel organic and most of them—sheep’s wool, silk, cotton, linen—are. Says Rose: “I have the illusion that they whisper to me what they want to become.”

Bearing Fruit plays at the intersection of human form and plant forms, the interdependence of species, or better yet, inseparable-ness – as reflected in the physical sensuality of Alexander’s vegetables or the vulnerability of Martinez’ models wrapped in their vegetable-fiber dresses. On the most basic level, the imagery suggests that we all stem from the same source.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information about the MFT Gallery can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered statewide nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine.

First-Ever Retrospective of One of Maine’s Greatest Living Photographs on View at the PMA

Rose Marasco at PMA

“Projection No. 5″ by Rose Marasco

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to present Rose Marasco: index, the latest exhibition in the PMA’s Circa series. The exhibition is the photographer’s first-ever retrospective, and the PMA is honored to bring it to its audiences. The exhibition is on view April 24 through December 6, 2015.

Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years.

The photographs in Rose Marasco: index are stunning and display extraordinary range, encompassing everything from her images of the urban environment to her unexpectedly poetic response to the natural world, and her exhaustive, thought-provoking examination of the domestic world of women, in which she layers historical objects with contemporary materials. It’s this diversity of both subject and technique that has long characterized Marasco’s artistry, and visitors of all interests and backgrounds will find something special to immerse themselves in.

Throughout her career, Marasco has remained uninterested in genres such as documentary, landscape, and portraiture. Instead, she has consistently mined concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to make images with a complex relationship to the everyday image of the world.

The works on view include her comprehensive series of photographs of Maine’s Grange Halls and the images made in her own home as part of the decade-long series called Domestic Objects. Also included are photographs made in and around Portland during the past 35 years, which form a visual chronicle of the city—albeit unintended—that will engage locals and regional visitors alike.

The exhibition is organized by PMA Chief Curator Jessica May. Working with the artist for almost a year, the two have carefully culled Marasco’s photographs—more than four decades worth—for Rose Marasco: index. The result is a significant exhibition, both in volume and, most important, in the context it provides for a consummate artist and photographic career that continues to thrive to this day.

About Rose Marasco

Rose Marasco’s (b. 1948) work extends well beyond Maine and New England. Marasco was born and raised in Utica, New York, in an Italian Catholic household. After earning a BFA at Syracuse University, Marasco attended the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester for graduate school, taking courses and workshops there regularly throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The VSW was a start-up school, run nearly single-handedly by photographer and writer Nathan Lyons and his wife, Joan, who founded the school as a place to train photographers and to foster discussion about the nature of media arts. Their characteristic approach was to prioritize the capacity of photography to communicate information. Significantly, the students associated with VSW in the 1970s and 1980s comprise a veritable who’s who of postwar photography in the United States. In 1979, Marasco moved to Maine, where she continued a teaching career—which began five years earlier, at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute—at the University of Southern Maine, until her retirement in 2014. Her work is in the collection of many institutions, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and the Harvard Art Museum.

Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency and The Bear Bookshop, Marlboro, VT.

Maine Open Juried Art Show co-presented in Waterville

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street proudly co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now in its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracted over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, Maine State Credit Union and Bank of Maine, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes was awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital ImageWorks, framing services from FrameMakers, Berry’s Stationers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works were presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Ramey Mize holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In her current capacity as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, she assists with exhibitions, collection research, and both community and campus outreach initiatives.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception took place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long. Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.  3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

Barbara Bean opens at Summer Island Studio

Barbara Bean at Summer Island Studio

“Studio Cyclamen” by Barbara Bean

Local Artist, Barbara Bean will be showing at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of April 2015. Artist Reception and Open House will be Saturday, April 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors-d’oeuvre will be served.

Barbara Bean has always been what she calls an art maker; she is inspired by the work of others and enjoys trying new materials. This show is combination of her sculptural assemblages created from found objects and her two dimensional works of mixed media on paper, both in a floral theme.

Bean’s work is more symbolic than representational and asks her viewers to enjoy the experience of entering a new world where there are no boundaries and no limit to what one can make with so little.

Former PMA Director O’Leary to Study at the Winslow Homer Studio

Winslow Homer Studio at PMA

Dr. Daniel E. O’Leary, former Director of the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), has been given an exclusive opportunity for private access to the Winslow Homer Studio. For two weeks this spring, Dr. O’Leary will spend time in Winslow Homer’s private world to study and to write a book about Homer and the history of his work in Maine. Dr. O’Leary’s book will demonstrate the extensive role that Prouts Neck and the adjacent Cliff Walk played in Homer’s art, and will identify the entire range of seascapes that can be linked to specific locations in the area.

“This is a very special opportunity, and one that I deeply appreciate. The creative output that Winslow Homer accomplished during the 26 years in his studio represents one of the foremost achievements in American art. Homer’s work could not have evolved and triumphed without this extraordinary site. I view this location as the most inspiring place in the history of American art, and I will particularly value the chance to explore Homer’s beloved Cliff Walk and trace the exact locations recorded in his paintings.”

Dr. O’Leary led the PMA from 1993 to 2006 and launched efforts to acquire the Winslow Homer Studio, restore it to its original condition, and build an endowment to preserve its future. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Leary holds a Doctorate in Art History as well as an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management. He is currently CEO of the Quimby Family Foundation in Portland, Maine.

One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Winslow Homer Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A National Historic Landmark, the newly renovated Winslow Homer Studio celebrates the artist’s life, encourages scholarship on Homer, and offers the opportunity to get in touch with Maine’s cultural and natural heritage. The Studio was opened to the public in 2012.

Dr. O’Leary’s study at the Winslow Homer Studio will take place from March 30 through April 10, 2015. Following this exclusive opportunity, scheduled public tours of the Studio will begin on April 16 and run through October 31. Tickets are $55, $30 for PMA members, and $25 for students with valid I.D. Advance reservations are required and group tours are available. For tickets, please call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org/homer.

Farnsworth Art Museum to Begin Vital Capital Improvements Project

Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce it has secured the necessary funding to begin major capital improvements to their Rockland and Cushing properties. The project received financing through Maine’s New Markets Tax Incentive Program allocated by CEI Capital Management, LLC, and federal New Markets Tax Credit funds that were allocated by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, of Boston, with the investment of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation.

“The Farnsworth would like to thank CEI Capital Management LLC, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and U.S. Bancorp CDC for their investment, and for recognizing the Farnsworth Art Museum as the economic engine for this community,” said Christopher J. Brownawell, Director of the museum. “The allocation of these funds will allow the Farnsworth to undertake vital capital improvements to almost all of our properties, ensuring stability for the museum for years to come. In addition, this funding will make available one of our most important free community educational programs, Stories of the Land and its People, to even more students than its already sizeable 260 Midcoast public school students per year.”

Said U.S. Senator Angus King:

“The Farnsworth Museum is a cornerstone of Rockland and the creative economy of the Midcoast. These improvements, made possible by the New Markets Tax Credits programs, will allow the museum to maintain and expand its important role in the local economy and the culture of the community. This is great news for the City of Rockland and the Midcoast region as a whole.”

The NMTC Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their Federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called Community Development Entities (CDEs). Maine’s New Markets Capital Investment Program was modeled on the successful federal program.

CEI Capital Management CEO Charlie Spies commented:

“The care and maintenance of the Farnsworth Art Museum is the sort of project the New Markets program was intended to support: providing needed liquidity for the sustainability of an important community centerpiece. The health of the Farnsworth is critical to continue the diversification of an otherwise shallow economy, supporting the arts, tourism and the traditional fisheries industries in an economically fragile region.”

“The Farnsworth Art Museum is not only a nationally recognized museum and leading arts institution for the community, it is an economic pillar of the region, drawing thousands of tourists and millions of dollars to Rockland each year,” said MHIC President Joe Flatley. “New Markets financing is key to supporting the museum’s capital improvement plan and to promoting the sustainability and growth of Rockland’s and the region’s economy.”

U.S.B. CDC provided much of the actual financing.

“Preserving this nation’s artistic treasures was important to U.S. Bank because we believe that a nation that knows its history is better prepared to progress not just in art but in business as well,” said Laura Vowell, Vice President of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. “The history and the great artists’ works housed at the Farnsworth must be protected and made available to Maine residents and visitors for decades to come.”

NMTC funds will provide the funding for multiple projects including new roofs for both the museum’s Morehouse Wing and the main museum building, new boilers for both the main museum as well as the Wyeth Center, and a complete conversion from heating oil to liquid propane. Funding has also been allocated to the continuation of the museum’s educational program Stories of the Land and its People. Now in its fourth year, the Stories of the Land and its People project has expanded from 140 to 260 local students. Participating schools include fourth and seventh grade classes from Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Lincolnville, and Rockland’s South School and District Middle School. This yearlong arts integrated initiative for midcoast public schools has students working with museum educators, professional artists, classroom teachers, art teachers, and community members to tell the story of their community through art.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing 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.

CEI Capital Management creates and preserves jobs and improves quality of life in rural, low income communities by providing access to project capital through New Markets Tax Credits. Over 10 years CEI Capital Management has placed nearly $800 million in 81 different projects across the U.S. In addition to fiscal soundness, CEI Capital Management evaluates each project according to its benefit to the local community, economic gain and positive impact on the environment. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of CEI, the Maine-based nonprofit community development financial institution which was among the founders of this important federal economic development program. For more information, visit ceimaine.org/CCML.

MHIC is a private, nonprofit lender and investor specializing in financing affordable housing and community development throughout New England. It was founded in 1990 by a consortium of banks and other corporate investors to fill a critical gap in meeting the credit needs of developers who could not get financing for certain projects from traditional lenders. To date, MHIC has provided more than $2.09 billion in financing. That financing represents the preservation or creation of nearly 19,600 housing units and more than 4 million square feet of commercial space.

Call for Artists: Marketplace at Augusta Fair May 2&3

Marketplace at Augusta

The Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with The Marketplace at Augusta is presenting a weekend of fine arts, crafts and more on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015. Maine creatives will be showcased in the former Coldwater Creek Store at 14 Stephen King Drive in The Marketplace at Augusta from 10 a.m. – 4 .p.m. each day.

This event is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers, designers of furniture, clothing, jewelry and more, including local food producers, and is limited to work created or produced by the exhibitor – no vendors please.

Sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta, the Art, Artisan and Creatives Fair will be advertised to the public via print and radio ads, plus there will be a prize drawing for the public of select items purchased in advance from participating creatives – a great promotional opportunity, interested artists must register by Monday, April 13 to be considered!

Spaces are up to 10’x10’ in size, will be allocated first come first served, and MUST be reserved and paid for by Monday, April 20, 2015. For complete details visit the Harlow Gallery. The deadline to receive application information and payment is the end of the business day on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) is a 501(c)3 membership based non-profit that has been connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine for over half a century. The KVAA owns and operates the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell.

“Painting above the Arctic Circle” Artist Talk & Slideshow

Anneli Skaar at CMCA

“From Bolterdalen” by Anneli Skaar

Camden artist and designer Anneli Skaar spent February 2015 in Longyearbyen, Norway, in residence at Galleri Svalbard. She will present an informal talk and slideshow about her work and experiences there on Tuesday, April 7, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in downtown Rockport. During her talk, which is titled “50 Shades of Blue,” Skaar will discuss what it’s like to paint at 78 degrees north, and suggest creative ways to finance an artist residency abroad. She will also explain why this part of the “high arctic” is worth a visit before it’s gone—as well as provide useful tips about how to outrun a polar bear! The program is free and begins at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited.

Skaar grew up in northern California and received a degree in design at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo. She spent 12 years living and working in the creative field in Norway before moving back to the U.S. in 1999 and continuing her work here. Skaar is represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland and is the owner of Skaar Design, a graphic design firm in Camden. She is a former member of the board of directors of CMCA.

Opening Reception for Photography: the Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice

“Spring, Lake Megunticook” by Gilbert Welch

“Spring, Lake Megunticook” palladium print by Gilbert Welch

Waterfall Arts’ Open Call Show, Photography: the Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, April 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. The show is part of the statewide Maine Photo Project and photographers of all ages have submitted diverse work on this year’s theme.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and enjoy the variety of subject and style on the walls. Some of the work is for sale; a portion of the proceeds benefit Waterfall Arts’ education and exhibition programs. The exhibit will be up through May 15th and can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm and by appointment.

The exhibit is generously sponsored by Michelle Morrow DMD of Belfast. 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 complete details on classes and instructors, scholarship applications, exhibitions, art events, studio rentals and volunteer opportunities, visit waterfallarts.org, call (207) 338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High Street in Belfast.

"Dooryard Weeds" by Susan Guthrie

The 2015 Maine Photo Project is a statewide collaboration among museums, galleries, historical societies, and other nonprofit cultural organizations across Maine. The project is organized by the Maine Curators’ Forum.