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.


UMVA 2019 Exhibition Schedule – As of 11/19/2018
UMVA Gallery on Congress Street

January – Passages of Time: Jules Mogul and Jesse MacDonald

February – The Way Life Is: Maine Working Families and Communities, Group Exhibit Curated by John Ripton

March – Ours is a Life of Lights and Shadows – Semi-Curated Open UMVA Show –Harper/Hessian

April – Title TBA: Bob Riemann and Rabee Kiwan

May – Into the Nation: Norajean Ferris

June – First UMVA Open Members Show

July – Go Figure: Group Show with Joaquin, Rose, Wade, Kelly

August –  Illustrations and Paint-cations, Julia Durgee

September – Visible Discourse from Maine’s Western Foothills: Group show with Schneider, Arcadipone, Best, Millonzi

October – Imposition & Yielding: Travail en Cire – Group Show with Tracy, Strout, Deutsch

November – Second UMVA Open Members Show

December – Holiday Event




The Way Life Is – Maine Working Families And Communities

is an exhibit planned for February 2019 at the UMVA Gallery on Congress Street in Portland. Two- and three-dimensional work of any media (paintings, wood block prints, photographs, sculptures, fabric, etc.) will be considered for exhibition. Artists around Maine, from Kittery to Fort Kent and from Rangeley to Eastport, are encouraged to submit up to three pieces (see submission requirements below) to this juried exhibit (juror TBA soon). Artists are asked to respond to the curator’s statement below.

Submission Requirements (please read curator statement above first):

  1. Submit up to three images of work in any medium (images must be 1500 pixels on the smaller side) by January 4 (2019) at midnight.
  2. Label the images with title, artist name, medium/a, dimensions, year, price or NFS (eg. paleolithic workplace/Fred Flintstone/ gelatin silver photographic print/18”x24” framed/2018/ NFS – or price in $). Please enter labels in the space for naming the image.

-Send an artist bio (up to 250 word-processed words) with the images to be included in a binder for the visitors to the exhibit.
-Submit an artist statement (no more than 150 word-processed words) to be included in an exhibit binder as well.

Contact and submissions to:  John Ripton <>

Artists will be notified of selections by January 14, 2019. The exhibition will open on February 1 and close on February 22, 2019. Delivery of selected works of art with paper copies (8.5×11 paper size) of artist bio and statement to the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress Street in Portland will be Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artists must pick up art on Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Curator’s statement:
Maine is often seen as two states. There are coastal communities dependent on wealthy summer residents and several million tourists. Amidst the extraordinary wealth often found on its coast, though, there is another Maine. Most Maine people, from the Atlantic to the interior, are involved in wage employment that provides the production and services on which all of us in the state depend.

Across Maine hard-working people are employed in logging, factories, construction, fishing, agriculture, restaurants, area supermarkets, area nursing homes and clinics, hospitals, automobile gas-and-repair stations and more. Periods of unemployment and underemployment are common since these enterprises are especially vulnerable to national and global markets and government policies. Substandard housing is common. Many children qualify for subsidized school lunches and opiate-addiction affects hundreds of young people. College education and training for the trades are often out of reach.

Even in Maine’s larger towns and cities it remains difficult for many people to find living-wage work. While abandoned factory buildings are repurposed as apartments and condominiums, restaurants and breweries, and farmers’ markets and art galleries, these investments create relatively few long-term good-paying jobs.

“The Way Life Is” is an opportunity for artists throughout Maine to produce critical work addressing the loss of many living-wage jobs and the lagging recovery from the Great Recession (2008-2012) that continues to make it extremely difficult for most Maine people to achieve their full potential. In our efforts and work we must also find ways to celebrate their lives and work, revealing the dignity of people and families making a living and producing culture despite the challenges.

Thoughtful, provocative and respectful portrayals of “The Way Life Is” provides a positive message and becomes part of an essential and vital popular platform for progressive political voices and forces dedicated to making policy changes that benefit all Maine’s people. In trying times, artists are called to play a constructive role force for social change.  – – John Ripton, Curator


UMVA Fall 2018 Members Open Exhibition
November 5—December 7. Opening reception November 9th and a  closing reception on the Friday Artwalk, December 7th.
The Portland Gallery is located at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland, ME

UMVA members are invited to submit artwork for inclusion in the Fall Members Exhibition at the Portland Gallery.* Artworks in most media (except Performance and Installation) will be accepted.**

Guidelines for submission:

  • Send by email to –– by Sunday, October 21, 2018 a photo of the artwork(s) with Title, Date, Medium, Size and Selling Price (if applicable),
  • Prepare an Artist Statement and/or Bio that includes an image of your submitted work to deliver with your art, to be included in the exhibition deskbook.

Important Dates:
Entry Deadline – Midnight, October 21st
Art drop-off day – Saturday 11/3, Noon – 4pm
Exhibition opening – Friday, 11/9, 5 -7pm
Exhibition closing – Friday, 12/7, 5-8pm
Art Pick-up day – Saturday, 12/8, 10am-2pm

Though the gallery is open during PMC weekday office hours, the exhibition will also be open to the public on Fridays – Sundays from 1 – 4pm. A schedule for participating artists to help man the gallery during the Friday – Sunday exhibition hours will be available on art drop off day – we appreciate any time you can offer!


The UMVA Gallery (516 Congress Street in Portland) is hosting an exhibition, “Some Reliable Truths About Chairs”, a juried group exhibit of 2D and 3D Art open to all Maine artists, and is seeking work on the simple premise of chairs. The idea of art being reliable as its’ own truth in these uncertain times when even simple facts can be bent and manipulated is particularly relevant now.
The exhibit will run from October 3 to November 2, 2018.
Robyn Holman, retired art curator, Atrium Art Gallery at USM’s Lewiston Campus will serve as a guest juror along with painter Janice L. Moore who will curate this exhibit.
Maine artists are invited to submit images of work for consideration.
For full submission details go to:
All media will be considered: paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, fiber, metal, and wood. The space is not huge, so scale will be a consideration. Chairs need not be the sole focus, but must be a primary feature of the work. There is no entry fee to submit work for consideration, but accepted artists will need to have their annual Union of Maine Visual Artists membership up-to-date. UMVA Membership is open to all Maine artists. The annual sliding membership contribution ($25-45) is due each January. For more information about UMVA membership and benefits go to:

Call For Proposals:

UMVA at PMC Exhibit Application 2019 Season

The UMVA Gallery at PMC (Portland Media Center) accepts proposals to exhibit work from all visual artists and curators. We schedule monthly exhibitions throughout the year. The UMVA Portland Chapter executive board and its membership seek to exhibit artists from diverse ages and backgrounds. We particularly encourage young and immigrant artists living in Maine to propose and exhibit fresh and dynamic work. Exhibits of more than one artist are considered as well.

The UMVA Gallery at PMC exhibits works of individual artists, juried shows by guest curators and open exhibits of its members’ work. Located in the heart of the “arts district” on Congress Street, our gallery offers ample space for visual artists and curators with the energy and quality of work to have an impact in Portland’s art scene.

It is advisable for the Curator/Coordinator to visit the gallery space to see the layout and amount of wall space available. All wall-hung types of artworks can be accommodated. Free-standing sculpture must be positioned against a gallery wall (Fire Code). UMVA does not have sculpture plinths and equipment for video art would have to be supplied by the proposed exhibit’s Curator/Coordinator.

Note: Since the UMVA Portland Chapter is funded only by its members annual dues, it does not have the financial resources to underwrite any artist or curator’s exhibit. Of course, in exceptional cases, the UMVA Portland Chapter may assist the artist or curator in finding needed financial support.

All requested materials for proposals must be received through August 31st for the 2019 Calendar Year and can be submitted via email to: Gregg Harper – Note: Incomplete proposals cannot be reviewed.

Please follow the steps enumerated below for your submission:

Proposer’s Name: ______________________________________________________ Proposer’s Contact Info: ________________________________________________

________________________________________________ ________________________________________________

Proposed Exhibition Title: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________

Is this a solo exhibition? _____
Are you the Exhibition “Curator” who will:

____ Select from the submissions those artworks to be exhibited; ____ The roster of artists to be exhibited is pre-determined;

and facilitate the exhibition installation? Or,

Are you the exhibition “Coordinator” who will accept all submissions and facilitate exhibition installation? _____


Exhibition Proposal Information and Review Process:

  1. Submission of a one-page description of the proposed exhibit accompanied by 5 digital images. The proposal should also indicate preferred month for exhibiting as well as curatorial and publicity plans for presenting and publicizing the exhibit (specific curatorial and adequate publicity plans enhance the success of the proposal). UMVA Gallery at PMC can providepress release samples and press contacts. In addition, UMVA offers a $100 reimbursement for receipted expenses related to posters and publicity).
  2. Presentation of the proposal at the September monthly meeting. Contact UMVA Portland Chapter to arrange the date and time of the proposal presentation: Gregg Harper –
  3. Attendance at the UMVA Portland Chapter meeting the month prior to the exhibit, during the month of the exhibit and the month following the exhibit: this facilitates ongoing evaluation of the Gallery’s exhibits.
  4. Arrangement for hanging and taking down the show as well as filling nail holes and painting walls.
  5. Arrangement for light food and beverages for the exhibit opening.
  6. Provision of a brief report or commentary on the exhibit, the space and other matters to be submitted in writing at the monthly meeting following the exhibit.
  7. The Curator/Coordinator is responsible for the arrangement of the schedule for sitting the exhibit during hours the Gallery is open – at a minimum, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm.
  8. The UMVA Portland Chapter will share the exhibit proposal with its membership and reply by email with its decision in four weeks from the time of the proposal presentation. If proposed exhibit is accepted, the exhibitor is expected to be/become a member of the UMVA and agree to share 25% of the exhibit sales with UMVA Portland Chapter.

Note: UMVA is not liable for damage or theft of artworks and curators and artists are invited to insure their own work if desired. Keys, security details and other PMC regulations addressed with artist/curator.


UMVA Gallery in August 2018.


Call to Artists: River Arts
Entry Form<>

  “Summertime” Exhibition –   Deadline July 7 – 4pm
River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Summertime”. Artists can submit up to three works in any medium including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, fiber and fine craft – representational or abstract.   Work can be delivered anytime during gallery hours until the deadline, which is Saturday, July 7 at 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 13   5-7 pm.

Juror will be Bob Keyes. Bob Keyes writes about the visual and performing arts for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He appreciates that his job requires him to visit museums and attend plays and concerts across Maine, and most enjoys interviewing artists in their studios.

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information<>

OPEN CALL: UMVA Members’ Summer Show

Important Details for Submissions for Members’ Open Show in July
     The upcoming July exhibit at the UMVA Gallery is an open show for members. This is an opportunity for UMVA members to share what they are doing with other members and the public. This year we wish to simplify the process for our volunteer curators. Please carefully comply with the steps below to confirm your participation in the show.

  1. We ask that you select one of your best pieces(all media accepted; if a plinth is needed for a sculptural piece, please let us know) and deliver that single piece to the UMVA Gallery on Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is located in the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress Street in Portland.
  2. Also, let us know of your participation by sending your name, the title of your piece, its medium, its dimensions, date of completion and price(or NFS if it’s not for sale) on or before June 15 to Nancy Kureth at

    We must have all of the above information to confirm your participation
    . It will enable us to print a professional label for you work. Please do not send a jpeg of your work.We will confirm that we have received your information and you may then exhibit your work in July’s show.
  3. When youdrop off your work on Saturday, June 30, bring with you a word-processed (standard size paper – 8.5” x 11”) biography and artist statement in a three-hole plastic sleeve to fit into a binder for interested viewers.The bio/statement document that you prepare and bring to the gallery with your art piece is also essential in making this streamlined curating system work.Please label it Biography and Artist Statement at the top of each of these sections.
  4. The “UMVA Members Summer Show” will run from July 1 through July 27.You must pick up your work on Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m – 2 p.m.

The “UMVA Members Summer Show” promises to be a fabulous exhibit of the diverse and exciting work of our membership. We urge each of you to submit a work to this exhibit. We assure you that exhibit will be a very professionally curated show. And please join us at the Artists’ Opening on Portland’s First Friday in July – July 6 – from 5-7:30 p.m.

Thank you,
Volunteer Curatorial Team—UMVA Portland Chapter





Makumbundo Francisco, Baobab, Oil on Canvas, 24X48, 2015

UMVA Gallery at CTN (Portland Media Center)

April 2-27, 2018

The Opening with Artists’ Reception is on First Friday’s Art Walk, April 6th (5-8 p.m.) at the UMVA Gallery in the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress Street in Portland.  (Click for e-invitation)
Poets and musicians will perform. It will be a celebration of Greater Portland’s immigrant communities, an exciting opportunity to reaffirm the enduring struggle to share this world and this city and state with each other. The public is enthusiastically welcome.

UMVA Gallery Hours:

Monday 12-5 / Tuesday-Thursday 10-5 / Friday & Sunday 1-4

Akad Hamad, Existentialism Is a Hope That Does Not Exist, Mixed Media, 16X20

In April, the creative voices and talents of more than a dozen immigrant artists living in greater Portland will be exhibited at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery. Seventeen artists collaborated with curators Kifah Abdulla (poet and painter from Iraq), Titi de Baccarat (sculptor and painter from Gabon) and John Ripton (photographer, writer and historian) to create work that expresses their experience as Maine immigrant artists.

Rabee Kiwan, Seaweed, Watercolor on Paper, 19×27



Each artist – painter, sculptor, photographer, poet and performance artist – will exhibit work that they have completed since arriving in Maine.


Art for Science Rising is a special nationwide project that is undertaking to award grants for public art installations that underscore why science is vital to our democracy and inspire people to take action and stand up for science.  All who might be interested in submitting work to be considered for a grant: The link is

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018, and the entry form is live and ready to accept submissions from interested artists. We realize that there is a somewhat short window for entries, but we are excited to see how artists can rise with us and expand the ways in which we communicate about science while enriching their communities


18th Annual Youth Activism Gathering!

The Youth Activism Gathering is a youth led and run three day long
gathering of politically conscious youth, organizers, and activists who
come together each year to educate one another on organizing, activism,
and social change. It’s three days of workshops, music, great food and
more in an affirming and supportive space!

This year’s YAG will take place April 14-16 at the Pine Tree Camp in
Rome, Maine.

This year’s workshops include:

KEYNOTE: Black Liberation: Past, Present, and Future with Ramona Africa

Ramona Africa is a black liberation movement elder from Philadelphia,
learn more about her amazing story here:


Kesho Wazo is a youth arts collective based out of Portland. To learn more about them visit their website here:

Workshop topics include:

  • Consent 101 and Sexual Health
  • Collaborative Arts
  • Safer Binding/Know Your Rights for Trans Youth
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Local Impacts of United States Militarism
  • Workshop with Kesho Wazo Collective
  • Building Diverse Coalitions
  • Work that Reconnects
  • Intersectionality
  • Female Genital Mutilation: a personal story and how it connects to Maine with Fowsia Musse
  • Inclusive Self Defense
  • Organizing As A Mentally Ill/NeuroDiverse Person
  • Mindful Queer Collective Backpacks for Homeless Youth
  • How to Make a Zine
  • The Beehive Collective: True Cost of Coal Presentation
We ask people to pay 0-$100 for each day of the YAG. All are welcome no
matter what you are able to pay. If you and your family don’t have a lot
of money, feel free to pay on the lower end or pay nothing. If you and
your family have more money, please consider paying more and taking part
in class solidarity.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). The
YAG is put together on a shoestring budget so we can make sure it is
accessible to all. If you and your family are people who can pay more
for you to go to the YAG so others can pay less, please consider doing
so. If you do so, you will be taking an action of solidarity and making
the YAG more accessible for people who cannot afford to pay much.We understand that not all families are supportive of activism and not
all people have conventional families they can rely on. If this applies
to you, don’t sweat it. Leave the family out of it and come join us!No matter what you pay for the YAG, there is no judgment. Pay what you
can but most importantly come!To register:
To pay online: can pay at YAG as well)Facebook Event Page: out our website: www.maineyag.orgIf you have any questions:
E-mail :
Call: Sass: 207-607-2571The YAG is organized by Pine Tree Youth Organizing (PTYO) and Resources
for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC).PTYO:
In community,
Sass Linneken

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: they/them

Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)

PO Box 2444
Augusta, ME 04338-2444

Help support our work! Click here!
***Save the Date*** 
April 14th – 16th
Pine Tree Camp, Rome, ME


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


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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.

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