An on-line source of information about upcoming events of interest to UMVA members and to the arts community at large.
Calls for submissions, announcements of upcoming exhibitions, programs, classes and activities can be sent to: with the subject: newsletter. Please include all pertinent information and contacts.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists is pleased to host the upcoming exhibition:

Prayer (The Total Lover)
Gregg Harper, 2016
Acrylic on board, hammered gold-filled wire, found Objects.

“Prayers & Elegies: Found Narratives, Combinatorial Artworks by Gregg Harper”
Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street, Portland ME.
January 1 – 31, 2018.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists is a collective of artist volunteers. We represent artists statewide in all fields of endeavor and welcome those who support contemporary artists in Maine. The UMVA is dedicated to upholding the dignity of artists while creating positive social change through the arts.  Mr. Harper will be at the UMVA Gallery every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 4pm during January. The opening reception is Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5-8pm during the Portland First Friday Art Walk.


Open Call For Art
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)  announces an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition.
Submissions accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018.  For more information and submission guidelines, visit: CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit

—The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums are accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank. Their  sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams. 



Come Alive, You’re in the Pepsi Generation, 1966, J. Fred Woell, Mixed media 4″x 4 1/2″ x 5/16″

Launches Website and Screening Tour
J. Fred Woell: An American Vision, the 17th episode in the Maine Masters series of films on Maine’s exceptional artists, has just launched a website <>   and is in the planning stages of a national screening tour.

This documentary by Richard Kane with Robert Shetterly premiered at the Camden International Film Festival and is slated to screen in May 2018 at the annual conference of the Society for North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), co-sponsored by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The film will screen theatrically throughout Maine in 2018 as well as at many museums, universities, national craft shows and conferences.

The film is about this Deer Isle, ME political artist who made satirically searing commentary often on the dark side of history.  A humble and humorous artist and teacher, Woell opened the door to seeing anew.

FILM REVIEW – by Stuart Kestenbaum
Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a man who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As an artist he was an innovator and a rule-breaker.  As a teacher he encouraged his students to make their own discoveries.  It’s appropriate to have American featured in the title of this film, for Fred’s vision was uniquely American:  he had a deep belief in democratic ideals combined with common-sense ingenuity in making work or repairing the world around him.  While he could see the inconsistencies and flaws of his own country, he could also evoke in us our potential to make a better world.  For Fred, making that better world began with his hands in the studio. In this inspiring film we are fortunate to witness a part of that journey.

—Stuart Kestenbaum is Maine’s Poet Laureate and Chair of the American Craft Council.
A limited number of DVDs are available from Kane-Lewis Productions, 207-359-2320,


Portland Print events

Bradbury Mountain Arts 19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale of Fine Arts & Crafts will be held on Saturday November 18, 10am – 6pm and Sunday November 19, 10am – 4pm at the historic Mallett Hall located at 429 Hallowell Rd., Rte.9, in Pownal Center. 16 artists will feature painting, photography, sculpture, print-making, pottery, jewelry, wood- turning, fiber arts, drawings and more.  Warm food & baked goods will be sold by local Girls Scouts.  This event is free and handicap accessible.





America Now. Group show.


Poster for Brecht Play. 20 Images in performance created by Natasha Mayers




Coming soon to the Everyman Repertory Theatre in Rockland! UMVA member and Maine Arts Journal editor, Natasha Mayers, created the 20+ projected images in the play. Ticketing and contact details below.

“Memories” a group show
The UMVA Gallery at CTN/Portland Media Center (PMC)
516 Congress St., Portland ME 
opening: (First) Friday, November 3rd with an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  In addition to being available for showing during PMC office hours, UMVA volunteers will be at the Gallery from 1 to 4 pm on November 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2017, curated by Ann Tracy


Call For Artists: 

Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship in the Visual Arts
The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation through the generosity of its founders, artists John David Ellis and Joan Beauregard, is offering a newly created $25,000 unrestricted fellowship to a Maine visual artist. The award will be made in recognition of exceptional original work which adds to Maine’s renowned cultural lexicon. In addition the awardee will be granted a solo exhibition at CMCA. CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and Ellis-Beauregard Foundation director Donna McNeil announced the partnership at the Foundation’s inaugural reception in Rockland on September 27, 2017. Applications are now being accepted online at


Call for Art:   COMMEMORATIONS: An outdoor art installation
May 20 – October 8, 2018
Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, MA
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017
Heritage Museums & Gardens invites artists to submit designs for outdoor art that pays tribute to a hero, a role model, a fellow human being, or a moment in time. What is the purpose of public commemoration? Whose history do public monuments celebrate? We seek artworks that explore these questions and inspire dialogue. As the largest public garden in southern New England, Heritage averages 132,000 visitors a year. We are ranked among the top 20 museums in Massachusetts. This is a chance to get your work seen by a lot of people. Each juried artist receives a $300 stipend. For more information and a full prospectus, click here.
Amanda Wastrom Assistant Curator
Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563  ph.508.888.3300 x102


The new UMVA Gallery sign, designed by Janice Moore, has been printed and is installed in the CTN front window.



Call for Art:

The Atrium Art Gallery at University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College (USM) is hosting an exhibition, Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape, a group show of 2D and 3D Art and is seeking artists whose work is focused on Maine’s industrial landscape. (March 12 – June 1, 2018).
Painter Janice L. Moore is the guest curator for this exhibition. She has a had longtime interest in Maine’s work landscapes and how they have shaped us both physically and culturally. Her work has focused on our working factories, abandoned work sites, and repurposed structures throughout the state. Robyn Holman, retired curator of Atrium Gallery, will also take part in the artist selection.

Deadline for Submission: Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:59 PM
For more information, contact include the subject line: Atrium Industrial

Maine artists* are invited to submit images of work for consideration. All media will be considered: paintings, drawings, sculpture, works in clay, fiber, glass, ceramic, metal, and wood. There is no entry fee. Works may be for sale with arrangements between the buyer and artist. Proposal for new works will be considered.
*Maine residents or artists with a strong, ongoing connection to the state of Maine.
image: JaniceLMoore_BeerPlant.jpg
Beer Plant, Oil on Canvas, 24”x 36”, 2015


Call For Art:
UMVA Members—November 2017 Portland show at CTN (PMC) Gallery
Community Television Network in Portland’s Art District
516 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Memory is invoked by many of our senses. For Proust it was the smell of a madeleine. As visual artists, how do we use memory? Do we use memory in a representational way or do we abstract it? Do we paint from memory or photos? Do those photographs in turn produce other memories, which influence our work? The theme of memory seems appropriate to our November member show. The theme is a suggestion, a jumping off point for you.
Submit by October 9th : Up to three entries @ 5 x 7″ JPG files at 300 dpi. via email to Ann Tracy:
Artists should also include a one page artist statement/price list, with title of work, size, medium as well as price.
Deadlines and dates
Oct 9th……………………………………… Submit up to 3  pieces 5×7″ JPG files at 300 dpi
Oct 20th …………………………………… Artists notified of which pieces are accepted
Oct 28th……………………………………. Drop off art at CTN —1 to 4 pm
Nov 3rd…………………………………….. Artists reception – 1st Friday
Nov 25th…………………………………… Pick up work from CTN
GALLERY SITTING –Volunteers needed on a Saturday or Sunday Nov 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18 & 24: from 1 to 5 pm


Studio for Rent:

Recently opened small artist space in Bayside, Portland, and I’m looking for an artist to fill a studio space, available now.
-220sf space with a street front window
-Private with locking door
-Utilities included
-Access to a classroom/teaching space at reduced rental rates
-$475/mo with year lease
The entire space consists of 3 artist studios and a small classroom for creative teaching and learning of many kinds. The studio is best suited to painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, or design/professional creative services, etc. It can’t accommodate flames, kilns, heavy machinery, exhaust fans, etc. Woman/artist owned business.

Please email me with some info about yourself and your creative practice, and we can set up a time for you to see the space.
Thank you,
Adria (UMVA member)
P.S. The classroom is also available to rent on an hourly/daily basis, which is another thing UMVA members may want to know about.

adria moynihan rusk
still life studio


14th Annual GROW Weekend
GrassRoots Organizing Workshops
Sept. 29th – Oct. 1st
Pine Tree Camp, Rome, ME (Near Belgrade Lakes)

GROW will focus on “Strategies for Lasting Change”. Workshops this year will include but may not be limited to: strategy development/crafting a campaign plan, centering directly affected communities, influencing public policy, organizing democratically, theater of the oppressed, building diverse groups & coalitions, grassroots organizing 101, and more!

The gathering this year will be held again at the beautiful Pine Tree Camp in Rome, which has gorgeous waterfront views, trails for exploring nature, and a kickass tree house for the child in all of us! This camp is also fully accessible and barrier free for people with all abilities. There will also be free child care during workshop slots (register by September 23rd for this option).
The fee for GROW is sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $10-$80 to cover the entire weekend, including workshops, lodging, and meals. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay, but if you have the ability to pay more we strongly encourage you to engage in class solidarity as you will be helping folks who struggle to pay and find the fee to be a barrier to attendance. (For more information on class solidarity, please see below)

GROW Schedule 2017
12 Noon to 1:30 pm Registration and Snacks

1:30pm to 4:30pm Grassroots Organizing 101
4:30pm to 5:30pm Free time (or Building Community Games)  
5:30pm to 6:30pm Late registration and dinner
6:30pm to 9:00 pm Intros and Building Community Workshop
8:30pm Networking and hanging out
8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast and late registration

9:00am to 9:30am Late introductions and workshop summary  
9:30am to 11:45am (1) Centering Directly Affected Communities   (2) Theater of the Oppressed
11:45am to 12:30pm Before lunch break           
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch and optional table discussion about Homeless Voices for Justice  
2:00pm to 4:15pm (1) Influencing Public Policy,  (2) Transformative Organizing
4:15pm to 5:00pm Building Community Games or Afternoon break
5:00pm to 6:00pm Dinner  
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Neighbor to Neighbor film ( and discussion (film subjects possibly in attendance)
8:00 pm Open Mic – Bring Your Talent to Share
8:30am to 9:15am Breakfast

9:15am to 9:30am Announcements and Workshop Prep  
9:30am to 11:45am (1) Building Diverse Groups/Coalitions,   (2) Crafting a Campaign Plan/Strategy Development
12:00pm to 1:00pm Follow up and evaluations, help plan the next GROW, new workshops, where do we go from here?
1:00p-2:00p Lunch and optional table discussion about Homeless Voices for Justice
2p-2:15p Closing

What is class solidarity?
Class refers to where you and your family fit into the world regarding finances (for example: poor, working class, middle class, wealthy, owning class). This event is sponsored by, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, which is a grassroots organization that works on a shoestring budget. We receive few grants and the majority of our fundraising comes from small, grassroots contributions. All of our programming is offered on a sliding scale donation basis that typically goes all the way down to $0, except for the VERY RARE occasion where we have to charge for an event. If you are someone who can donate more because you are middle class or wealthy, please consider doing so. If you do so, you will be engaging in class solidarity.

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the other organizers whose contact info is listed on the brochure attached. For copies of our event brochure, please contact me, and I will either send you an electronic copy, or hard copies upon request.

To get continued updates, opportunities for carpooling, and applicable packing lists sent to you, be sure to register! Also, follow the event page on Facebook:

**A note about carpooling: At the link above you can find contact information for people offering rides by hitting “details” under their name. Please be sure to make contact with folks whose carpools you decide to join to work out logistical details. Also, if you can offer a ride, please indicate that on your registration and visit the carpool link to add your car (click ADD at top of page). If you need any assistance with this, please let me know.
Looking forward to learning and networking with lots of old friends and new, like-minded people!
For the grassroots,
Sass Linneken
Program Coordinator Pronouns: they/them, Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)
PO Box 2444
Augusta, ME 04338-2444


Studios for Artists: Create, Teach in Portland, ME


Rockland Sculpture Race
Jurors: Suzette McAvoy, Donna McNeil, Michael Komanecky

The first annual Rockland Sculpture Race will be held on August 12th.  Individuals, teams, families and community groups are encouraged to submit a design, sketch or photo of actual or proposed human-powered sculptural creation to be pushed, pulled or pedaled.  Awards will given for speed, spectacle and ingenuity.  This is a family friendly event with the sole purpose of encouraging all things creative, innovative, outlandish, fun and spectacular!  Deadline to submit is June 1st.

For more info visit