UMVA Lewiston/Auburn Chapter Report

above: Julia Muzyka Public Art, Gary Stallsworth photo

UMVA-LA has had a great summer filled with so much creativity blossoming all around us!  Our Inaugural Art exhibit “Then and Now” was hosted by Kimball Street Studio, showcasing both early and recent work by the artists.

Then and Now exhibit, Gary Stallsworth photo

The exhibit opened at July’s Art Walk and closed with our August meeting where we held a Pecha-Kucha formatted artist talk with all the exhibiting artists.  It was inspiring hearing the journeys of so many wonderful artists. Stay updated by following us on FaceBook

We had an artist talk by Grayling Cunningham, owner of The Studio (shared artist space in Lewiston), co-founder of Art Walk L-A, chair of the UMVA-LA Chapter, advisory board president of Outright L-A, and wearer of many hats in the community. We also had the honor of hearing Jody Dube ceramicist and educator at Lewiston High School and all around amazing and inspiring person! Jody shared his journey, his work in schools as well as being a long time member of the Maine arts community.

Jody Artist Talk, Gary Stallsworth photo

We have installed more public art, including one crosswalk that is about to be installed, more fire hydrants, murals, and have much more planned!  The Hive Artist co-op also hosted a public art talk to help inspire folks to get involved and also let them know what opportunities are available.

Art Walk Lewiston Auburn season is in full swing and is being extended until December.  AWLA is held on the third Friday of the month from 5-8pm.  We will be creating more of a shop local, shop small artisan and crafter culture through the November and December Art Walks.  FMI

Sunday Indie Market is held the third Sunday of every month from 12-4 at Dufresne Plaza located on Lisbon Street in Lewiston.  UMVA-LA is collaborating with the Downtown Lewiston Arts District to create a monthly event with local art, artisans, vintage wares, live music, a beer and wine garden, and food trucks.  FMI

Harvest Masquerade Ball 2016, Gary Stallsworth photo

The UMVA Lewiston Auburn and Downtown Lewiston Art District would like to invite you to join us for our second annual Harvest Masquerade costume ball Saturday Oct 28th 8pm -12am at the Agora Grand Event Center 228 Bates St Lewiston. This is a fundraiser for our UMVA-LA chapter, for our continued work with public art projects, and for our work with the local arts community.

Celebrate the season with a night of dancing, to our fabulous DJ from last year’s event and our amazing live music The Youngerbloods!!!! Halloween-inspired art, tours of the crypt, costume contests and a silent horror film on the giant projection screen.

Tickets can be purchased at

We would really love for folks to get in the spirit and have Costume Ball Attire. Couples who dress together in Ball Attire will be entered to be named King and Queen (or King and King or Queen and Queen) Prizes will also be awarded for our Dungeon Master (Scary Costume) and Jester (Funny Costume) of the Ball!

FMI  Invite your friends!

Submitted by: Grayling Cunningham  He, His, Him

Union of Maine Visual Artists Lewiston Auburn

Portland UMVA Chapter Report


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Slide show of openings at UMVA/CTN Gallery 516 Congress St, Portland

UMVA/CTN Gallery exhibit poster, “Grit Grime and Grace”


2017 Gallery Schedule for UMVA’s CTN Gallery, 516 Congress St., Portland:

June: “Grit, Grime and Grace” Photography show curated by Dave Wade


Bud Swenson, “Barbed Wire Sphere”, 2017

UMVA Members’ Summer Show curated by Mark Barnette, Bob Riemann, Anne Strout and John Ripton at the UMVA Gallery. The Opening of the exhibit is July 7th (5-8 p.m.) during Portland’s First Friday ArtWalk. The show will run through July 27th.

Artists and curators are welcome to propose individual and collective art shows. Contact for an application.

Regular gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday 10am-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 12-5pm, and by appointment. For an appointment, contact

August: Bridget McAlonan Solo painting show

Sept: Addison Wooley Group

Oct:  Maine Arts Journal: UMVA Quarterly Theme Show: REGIONALISM; MAINE ART and ARTIST  click for submission guidelines

Nov: Group Member Show

Dec: Holiday Sale

UMVA L/A Chapter Report

eARTh  Day L/A April 22 was a little rainy but truly wonderful and inspiring.  It included a downtown clean-up, public art and studio tours, live music, art making, an art drop (where art was left all over the community for folks to find and take home to enjoy), and many amazing volunteers who tirelessly cleaned up and beautified the city  Our event spread into Sunday when sidewalk murals and fire hydrants were painted. We also inspired 3 other city wide clean-ups in local parks, waterfront, and Mill #5.

2nd Annual Harvest Masquerade Ball   On Saturday October 28th Join UMVA-LA, the Downtown Lewiston Arts District, and the Agora Centerfor an amazing Masquerade Ball. This fundraiser for UMVA-LA has dancing,art, tours of the crypt, a costume contest, and silent horror movies on the big screen



Art Walk Lewiston Auburn  is on the third Friday of each month, May-December, from 5-8pm.  Many of our UMVA-LA members have studios and galleries along the route.

Then And Now”  UMVA-LA First Juried Exhibit!  Kimball Street Studio is hosting and collaborating with UMVA-LA members in our first juried exhibit.   “Then And Now” will showcase 2 works of art from each artist, one from their youth and one recent work.  The exhibit will openfor  the July 21st art walk with a reception on August 2nd for our scheduled monthly meeting.  The reception will start at 6 with mingling & light hors d’oeuvres, Artist talks with artists showing works will begin at 6:30pm. Kimball Street Studios is located at 191 Lisbon Street Lewiston.  Submissions deadline is July 7th, acceptance confirmation July 10th, works collected by July 14th.All submissions will be considered, including sculpture & other 2D works.  For submissions email

 Public Art   UMVA-LA has obtained 5 new crosswalks to add to our creative crosswalks project, 3 new fire hydrants, and 5 new sidewalk mural spaces!  Members of UMVA-LA  have also been working on murals throughout downtown adding vibrancy & color to our beautiful city.  We hope to continue this trend as our community loves it!

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Spring 2017: UMVA Updates, L/A Chapter Report

Union of Maine Visual Artists Lewiston/Auburn Chapter Report

UMVA-LA Chapter had a wonderful event this past February 18th.  “For the Love of Art” had something to awaken all the senses. We had 5 studios/galleries participate with 5 themes: Kimball Street Studios (Remember),  The Hive Artist Co-op  (Sweetness), L/A Arts  (Love L/A), Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery (Petals), and The Studio (Pleasure).  Each space had a Reiki or massage therapist, edible art, visual art, touchable art, floral arrangements and so much more!  Photos are by Gary Stallsworth

Our next event is on April 22,.It’s an Earth Day Downtown clean up with public art installations including painted hydrants, more creative crosswalks, murals, guided tours of historic downtown Lewiston and our arts district, a Trashion Show involving local breweries, Androscoggin Fallen Angels Roller Derby Girls, and much more!

Art Scoundrels:  Our group continues to meet monthly (generally every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30, though interested artists should reach out to confirm the date and location for that month). We’re beginning a series where each month a different member showcases representative samples of his / her work from the past through the present, and it’s up to the other artists to engage with the artist about his / her craft, methodology, working theory, etc. and to ultimately create an artwork in response to the experience of the spotlighted artist’s presentation. We look forward to seeing the collective body of work that develops from this series.

Union of Maine Visual Artists Lewiston Auburn