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ARTPM 2019. YEAR 10.

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2government street
kittery maine 03904

Opening& Artists’ Reception
Friday, 2019 February 1, 5-8 PM

Christine Sullivan, Golden Goddess, 2018
Catherine Gibson, Mutilation

The Union of Maine Visual Artists  “Autumn Open Exhibition” with the work of 29 Maine artists.
November 9 – December 7, 2018.

Opens: November 9 

Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland Maine,

Holt , 2018.

Gallery Hours, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm as well as during office hours of the Portland Media Center. There will be a closing reception on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5-8pm during the Portland First Friday Art Walk.

 “Some Reliable Truths About Chairs”
at the UMVA Gallery in Portland, ME.
Features the work on 29 Maine artists on view October 5- November 3, 2018.


The Harlow CALL FOR ART: 8x10x100
The Harlow invites Maine artists to participate in their upcoming art exhibition and holiday fundraiser 8x10x100. All artists are welcome to participate; from emerging creatives to established professionals and everyone in between. Artists can submit up to 3 works of art, each measuring 8×10 inches. see:

All media welcome, both 2D and 3D, including but not limited to sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Unframed work is encouraged. 
Saturday, November 24, 12-6pm: Deliver artwork at The Harlow at 100 Water Street, Hallowell
Saturday, December 1, 5-7pm: Opening reception (potluck! please bring a dish or beverage to share)
December 1-29, 2018: Exhibition on view

Watch by Brian Lynch,2018.

Drawing I: The Everyday, part one of a two-part exhibition curated by Deborah Whitney.
Opens Friday, September 28, from 5-8pm, during the season-finale Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.
Through October 20, 2018
Drawing II: The Other Day,  open on October 26, from 5-7pm through November 24.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm.

Drawing I: The Every Day will feature works by Terrence Brett, Sabrina Small, Brian Lynch, Paul Ridyard, Alex Sax, Nicola Saunderson, Tanja Kunz, Melinda Barnes, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, and Deborah Whitney. Curator Deborah Whitney explains,

Drawing II: The Other Day will feature works by Terrence Brett, Clint Fulkerson, Deborah Randall, Ling-Wen Tsai, Bridget Spaeth, Noriko Sakanishi, Avy Claire, Kate Beck, and Grace DeGennaro. “

For more information: Tammy Ackerman,, 207-229-3560


The Harlow seeks work by Maine printmakers for their upcoming exhibition “Proof Positive.”

Image credit: Allison McKeen.

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork for “Proof Positive”,

Open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes used in printmaking. Submissions may include any and all techniques of printmaking; including but not limited to: screen prints, block prints, linocuts, woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, etc.

Entries will be juried by a curatorial committee comprised of Harlow staff and local printmaker Scott Minzy.
Artists may submit to 4 pieces.  Photocopies and giclee prints are not acceptable.

For complete information and to submit your work please visit:

UMVA Fall 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!

Photo of light switch D.Wade, 2018.

“The Eclectic Vision”, at UMVA Gallery, with Addison Woolley artists Diane Hudson, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, Ruth Sylmor, Dan Dow, Alan Sockloff, Andre van Voorst von Beest, Jim Kelly, Fran Vita Taylor, and Ed Zelinsky.
Please join them for our opening:

First Friday, Sept. 7th, 5-8PM.

UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St.

Meghan Chase,SPINDLE, oil on board, 2018, 12” x 14”

A Summer Show:
Perimeter Gallery is pleased to present I Wish I, an exhibition of recent oil paintings and water colors by Belfast artist Megan Chase. The exhibition opens Tuesday, 14th, with a reception that evening from 6 to 8 pm, and continues through October 28.

Attached image:SPINDLE, oil on board, 2018, 12” x 14”

Perimeter Gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main Street, in Belfast, Maine. Gallery hours are 7-5, Tuesday through Saturday, 8-2 on Sunday. For more information call 338-0555, or email

Gallery Opening: Able Baker Contempoary July 27th-Sept. 7th

Bang on Divine Hammer at Able Baker Contemporary, until September 7th, 2018
UMVA Gallery in August 2018.

UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center is now accepting applications for show proposals for 2019. 

—Contact Gregg Harper ( for PDF aplication: 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 –

Paintings and sculptures by Joseph, Max and Tony Ascrizzi — will be on view in their group show, ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections.’

‘MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS’: Paintings and sculptures by Joseph, Max and Tony Ascrizzi — on view in a group show.

Opening reception: Sat, July 14, 5 p.m.
On view July 14th – Aug. 18th, 2018.
Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset, ME
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday – Saturday.
For more information or by appointment, call Jorge Pena, 207-883-4155, or Elaine Pew, 207-350-1485,

Samuel Gelber, oil on canvas, 2018. Gelber says: “I call this painting, Cloud Rock Outcropping. I thought to make it a rather surreal concrete formulation, dickering with the uncertainty of reality itself. I like the idea of that duality.”
Maine Jewish Museum
Exhibitions: July 12, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Opening Reception: July 12th, 5pm-7pm
First Friday Art Walk: August 3rd, 2018, 5pm-8pm
“Home” by Nancy Glassman: Spiegel Gallery“Getting Wind of Itby Samuel Gelber:
Fineberg Family Community Room“Through My Father’s Lens” by Henry Pollard,
curated by Jessica Lantos: Third Floor Sanctuary
Maine Jewish Museum: 267 Congress Street ∙ Portland, Maine 04101
Nancy Davidson,

Courthouse Gallery to host Book & Signing Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now by Daniel Kany and Carl Little

Philip Frey at his easel 2018. Photo courtesy of the Courthouse Gallery.

 In conjunction with a solo show of Frey’s recent work.
Saturday, July 7, from 4pm–6:30pm.
There will be a talk with the artist and both authors beginning at 5pm. Pixie Lauer will perform two original songs inspired by the  paintings . 
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
207 667 6611
207 266 5199 cell

“Contemporary Portraiture 2018” MMPA Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. Image: Claire Seidl

“Contemporary Portraiture 2018”
MMPA Maine Museum of Photographic Arts
University of Southern Maine,
Glickman Library 
314 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine 04101
June 14 – Sept. 30, 2018
Opening: 6-8 pm June 14
Curated by Denise Froehlich and Jan Peter Van Voorst Van Best

Opening of Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons and Menageries at the Bates College Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view until October 6th in the Olin Arts Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Opening of Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons and Menageries at the Bates College Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view until October 6th in the Olin Arts Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Belasco, Bass Harbor Inlet, 20×36. photo courtesy of the Courthouse Gallery

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
June 20–July 14, 2018  

Judy Belasco: 
The Mystery of Water
Philip Barter: 
Contact: Karin Wilkes  (207) 667-6611

“The Great Escape”, collage and gouache on paper, by Kenny Cole

Natasha Mayers & Kenny Cole: Men in Suits/Men in Trouble
On view:  June 6 – 30, 2018
Opening:  Friday, June 8, 5-7pm, film preview screening at 7pm
Where: The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

“H.E.L.P.” Acrylic, by Natasha Mayers
OPEN CALL: UMVA Members’ Summer Show
Details for Submissions for: Members’ Open Show—July 1 through July 27
Artists’ Opening on Portland’s First Friday in July – July 6 – from 5-7:30 p.m. 

     The upcoming July exhibit at the UMVA Gallery is an open show for members.
—Send your name, title of your piece, medium, dimensions, date of completion and price (or NFS if it’s not for sale) on or before June 15 to Nancy Kureth at
—Deliver—a 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.
—(all media accepted; if a plinth is needed for a sculptural piece, please let us know) 
—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.
(When you drop 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.Please label it Biography and Artist Statement at the top of each of these sections.
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


Camp Solong is an ongoing collaboration between artists Dafna Maimon (born Porvoo, Finland) and Ethan Hayes-Chute, (born Freeport, Maine). Founded in 2016.

CAMP SOLONG: 2018 Summer Session
An ongoing process by Dafna Maimon & Ethan Hayes-Chute—details in the link below:
Camp Solong( open call for campers has begun.

The open call runs until July 1st, 2018.

Camp Solong will host its third session this summer on Orr’s Island, Maine, from August 10 – 13th, 2018.

Camp Solong is an ongoing collaboration between artists Dafna Maimon (born Porvoo, Finland) and Ethan Hayes-Chute, (born Freeport, Maine). Founded in 2016, Camp Solong is a gesamtkunstwerk evolving around an absurdist feminist summer camp for adults. The project builds on the artists’ respective backgrounds working with performance, film, and sculpture. Previously, there have been two Camp Solong camp sessions: in Germany in 2016, and in Finland, 2017.

“Insignificant Other” by Matt Demers

New work by Matt Demers at Frank Brockman Gallery
June 9th-30th , Opening Saturday June 9th 5:30-8:00
Frank Brockman Gallery 68 Maine Street Brunswick, Maine 04011

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm.

Demers creates abstract mixed media compositions using a wide variety of materials and techniques. “My work is a visual representation of my constantly racing mind. It’s a channel for observation, memory, overthinking, doubt, fear, and happiness. Emotions and personal experiences become arrangements of forms, textures, and materials.

Haley Macherone, Hold for Inspection

Electrify! a Visual Art Exhibition—Featuring 15 Emerging Artists with Disabilities Touring Nationally, comes to Engine, Biddeford, Maine
Engine, an arts nonprofit at 128 Main Streetin downtown Biddeford hosts Electrify!
Opens: on May 25 during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk from 5-8pmand through June 23.
Gallery hours are Wednesdaythrough Friday1pm-6pmand Saturdays 11am-4pm. a nationally-touring show of 15 artists, ages 21 to 25, with disabilities from around the U.S. presented by the VSA, the Kennedy Center’s international organization on arts and disability based in Washington, D.C.
Exhibiting artist, Haley Macherone, BFA ’17 Maine College of Art, will give a short presentation about her work during the opening at 6pm.
Tammy Ackerman at Engine: (207) 370-9130

Open Call for artists residencies at Monson Arts
and workshop with Alan Bray.
The deadline to apply is July 7, 2018. New Residencies for Fall 2018!  Apply: HERE.

We are currently accepting applications for two residency sessions this Fall from October 7 – November 3 and November 11 – December 8.

Residents receive ample studio space, a private bedroom in shared housing, all meals and a stipend of $1,000. Application for this program is open to artists and writers at all stages in their careers working in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, and audio production.

Open call for artists: at The Harlow

Men in Suits/Men in Trouble:

Image: Holly Meade in her studio in Sedgwick, Maine.
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opens for the 2018 Season
Spring Show and Holly Meade: Everyday Charm
May 25–June 15, 2018

Annual Spring Show highlighting gallery artists, and an exhibition of woodblock prints by Sedgwick artist Holly Meade (1956–2013), an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who has illustrated more than 30 children’s books.

Courthouse Gallery Spring Show participating artists include: Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Lise Becu, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, William Irvine, Henry Issacs, Jessica Lee Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call 667-6611, or visit

The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation​ invites you to the opening of their exhibition: “Celebrating Maine’s Artist-Endowed Foundations.”
opens Friday, May 4th from 5-8 PM. Runs May-June.
13 Brown Street
Portland, Maine 04101
—The works of the founders of 8 Maine based artist endowed foundations will be on display.
Image: Stephen Pace, “Woman Shelling Peas,” 1962, oil on canvas, on loan from the Stephen Pace Foundation courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery, NYC

L.C. Bates Museum season exhibition:

Engine: Hybrid Realities April 27- May 19

Call for Art :

Artist members of The Harlow are invited to submit one piece of art responding to the theme of “Construction/Deconstruction” for the annual Summer Members’ Show and Sale. This opportunity is open to current members of the The Harlow/Kennebec Valley Art Association only. To become a member visit: All media welcome

 Photo by Allison McKeen.

The show is on view July 6 – 28, 2018 at in the upstairs gallery at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday, July 6, 5-7pm in tandem with the reception for Dog Days, a light-hearted exhibition on view in the downstairs gallery celebrating our loyal companions. Art delivery is Friday, June 29 or Saturday, June 30, 12-6pm. For details, entry form, guidelines, and important dates visit:

For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery:

View – Master Craft Award recipients:


Biddeford to host inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire

Biddeford–Engine, a nonprofit arts organization in Biddeford, Maine, will launch the inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire, joining a prestigious group of over 220 mini and featured festivals around the world on October 13, 2018 from 10am-5pm at the Pepperell Mill Campus, in downtown Biddeford, Maine.

Makers from all over Maine  share their inventions and artistry, as well as teach their craft to attendees—from woodworking to robotics.

York County Mini Maker Faire joins a  group of over 190 smaller, independently-produced “Mini Maker Faires” and over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires that take place around the world in cities including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City. 

 ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Compass Project boatbuilding program for at-risk youth, the Maine Fablab makerspace, NOC Darkroom, a ceramic and screen printing facility, a design store, and artist studios in addition to running a contemporary gallery space at 128 Main street.

Artists talks at the Maine Jewish Museum

Migration Experience —April 2-27, 2018

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

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. Read more in the Maine Today article by Bob Keyes.

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.

William Manning: SOLITUDE
LA Arts to exhibit new works by renowned Lewiston artist.

William Manning at LA Arts. Photo via Carl Little FB post

William Manning: SOLITUDE
LA Arts to exhibit new works by renowned Lewiston artist.

The Gallery at LA Arts will be presenting new paintings by Lewiston native William Manning. The exhibition, William Manning: SOLITUDE, features a newly completed series of abstract artworks. The exhibition will be on view at the Gallery at LA Arts at 291 Lisbon Street, March 5th – April 28th. The gallery is free and open Wednesdays – Sundays, 11a.m. – 3p.m.

Manning [b. 1936] grew up in Lewiston and has lived in Maine his entire life. An artist who was strongly influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement, Manning’s works combine geometric and organic forms that are emotional responses to the Maine landscape. Manning observes that landscape paintings are, in many ways, abstractions of what the artist actually sees, his abstractions are no less representational. The newly completed SOLITUDE paintings are lyrical in their composition and reveal an experienced and sensitive use of color.

For over 40 years, Manning spent the fall season on Monhegan Island, which has served as an inspiration for prominent 20th Century artists, such as George Bellows, Robert Henri, and Rockwell Kent. As an abstract artist, Manning has taken a very different approach in his responses to the island landscape, but as a native of Maine, Manning feels that he has a better understanding of and feeling for the place.

A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, as well as being a finalist for the Prix de Rome, Manning taught for ten years at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art) before becoming one of the co-founders of the Concept School of Visual Studies, in Portland, Maine, where he taught from 1969 -1973. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He has had solo exhibitions at the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Bates College Museum of Art, the University of New England Gallery of Art, and at Woudrichem, in the Netherlands.

“Narwhale”, mixed media on birch panel, by Sally Stanton

Harlow Gallery Presents PLAY: Art Exhibition Inspired by Children’s Art

On view: March 7-24, 2018
Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-7pm
Where: Harlow Gallery, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 0434
Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-3813,,

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow Gallery presents PLAY, a juried art exhibition featuring 44 works by 56 artists on view March 7-24, 2018 in the upstairs gallery at the new location, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. PLAY is an exhibition of artwork inspired by children’s art or childhood and will coincide with Young at Art, Harlow Gallery’s annual K-8 student art exhibition, which will be on view in the downstairs gallery March 7-24, 2018.

​​”Eradication: Cultivation”, ink and pencil on paper, by Alanna Hernandez

The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, March 9, 5-7pm. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are WednesdaySaturday, 12-6pm. Please note that the reception for Young at Art will be held separately on Saturday, March 10, 11am-3:30pm.

Whimzees by Beth Wittenberg, photo courtesy of the artist.

RUMPUS: An egalitarian art show opens February 23 at Engine

Biddeford–Join Engine on Friday, February 23 from 5-8pm for the opening of RUMPUS: An egalitarian art show featuring works by over 100 community members from children to professional artists. The exhibition runs from February 23 through March 24, 2018. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

RUMPUS, meaning a noisy disturbance, commotion, hubbub, uproar, or fracas, is a non-juried annual event and community favorite. All work is accepted, as long as the piece is prepared for hanging. Tammy Ackerman, Engine Executive Director says, “The beauty of this show is a work of art created by a child might hang right next to a professional artist’s work. And we never know what we’re going to see.”

A special installation of “whimzees”  by Rochester, New Hampshire artist Beth Wittenberg in the front windows of Engine. Whimzees are soft-sculptures imagined and handsewn by Wittenberg. Each whimzee takes 6-12 hours to make. Wittenberg has been living and making art on the Seacoast since 2003.

Included images: Whimzees by Beth Wittenberg, photo courtesy of the artist.
ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Gallery space at 128 Main street.

128 Main Street • PO Box 1681 • Biddeford ME 04005​ | Office ​ [207] 370-9130 | Mobile (207) 229-3560

Bonnie Speigel and Diane Dahlke

Upcoming— three new Exhibitions: at the Maine Jewish Museum

Maine Jewish Museum: March – April 2018 Exhibitions
Harlow Gallery Winner of Art2017 Best in Show, Harrison Walker, Photo by Allison McKeen

Harlow Gallery: Call For Art: Art2018, 23rd Annual Juried Show
Submission Deadline: 11:59pm on April 1, 2018
Exhibition on View: May 9- June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 9, 5-7pm, awards presentation at 6pm
Where: Harlow Art Center, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347
Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-2813,,

The deadline for electronic submissions is 11:59pm on April 1, 2018. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work to Art2018: For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email

The Harlow Art Center invites artists to submit artwork to Art2018,  the 23rd annual juried show and first annual juried show to be held at their new location, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.  Art2018 will be on view May 9 through June 2, 2018 and an opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 5-7 with an awards ceremony at 6pm. Art2018 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.

This year’s juror is Bethany Engstrom; a curator, artist, and educator living in Belfast, Maine. She is associate curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine and was previously at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Unity college and the Intermedia MFA program at University of Maine. Bethany received a BA in Art History, her MFA in Intermedia, and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Intermedial Collaborative Practices, all from the University of Maine. She is currently an artist in residence at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and she was a 2013 fellow at Mildred’s Lane.  Read more about Bethany Engstrom here:

Orbis Editions is now accepting proposals from Maine-based artists and writers for art publications in 2018. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Publication proposals do not need to be fully conceived but readiness to go to press is one of the primary criteria in the selection process. Applicants will be notified by May 1st. Successful applicants will receive an honorarium in the amount of $600 + royalties. Publications are printed at no cost to the artist. Orbis Editions offers a model for a small press that focuses on using publications as a space for exhibition.  We define a publication to include works on paper and in digital media.

  • The publication program is open to Maine-based artists and writers working in any discipline
  • Extra consideration will be given to artists/writers who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector
  • Publications may be anywhere on the spectrum of entirely text-based to images without text
  • Orbis Editions encourages applications that push the boundaries of what may be considered a publication

Apply here

As part of an effort to spread the word about the open call, we are having a special promotion where anyone who follows Orbis Editions on Instagram between now and Valentine’s Day will be entered to win an original drawing by David Snyder.
142 High St. #535
Portland, ME 04101

Orbis Editions publishes e-books, paper books, and artist works in digital and print forms. All publications are in open editions; nothing is signed or numbered.

UMMA Current exhibits and Art Talk

Open Call for Art: at 3S ARTSPACE: Show curated/juried by Bethany Engstrom of CMCA

Submission deadline: February 9, 2018
-Criteria:  Artists from ME, NH, MA invited to submit.
-Total of three images allowed.  -All media accepted.
Exhibition dates:  3/30/18 – 4/22/18
Opening reception:  Friday, 3/30/2018 from  5pm-8 pm
Submission fee:  $30/general $25/WCA members and/or 3S members
About the exhibit:  Glass Ceiling: Limitless View seeks to present a carefully curated selection of contemporary artists’ reflections on the idea of the Glass Ceiling as well as the Limitless View your perspective may hold.  Where and how has the idea of the Glass Ceiling affected you?  What joys and sorrows do you relate to gender or to society’s notion of gender?  Power?  Potential?  Limitless view?  Guest curator:  Bethany Engstrom, Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Call for Art:
Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine seeks entries for a Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, May 22 – October 8, 2018.
Juror: Cynthia Winings, Director and Owner, Cynthia Winings Gallery. All subject matter is welcome. No Entry Fee.
Deadline for Submitted materials: March 15, 2018.
More info, please Contact: email, or call 9172044001.’

Portland Museum Of Art Biennial 2018 opens January 26th

Exhibition Openings
Maine Jewish Museum    
                                                                                                    267 Congress Street ∙ Portland, Maine 04101
Nancy Davidson, Curator

Sunday, January 14, 2018 2pm-4pm
(Snow Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5pm-7pm)

Strata mixed-media photographs by Shoshannah White- Spiegel Gallery
Work Together mixed-media prints by Susan Webster & Stuart Kestenbaum
Poetry reading by Stuart Kestenbaum – Fineberg Family Community Room
Auschwitch, “Images of Resilience and Light” photographs by Arthur Fink – Third Floor Sanctuary

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.

Meghan Brady in process at Ellis-Beauregard Foundation residency studio

NEW MISFITS —New paintings by Meghan Brady
Exhibition dates: January 18-March 18, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6-8 pm
Hours: 7-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. BelfastMaine 04915

University of Maine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions
January 12 – May 5, 2018
University of Maine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions
January 12 – May 5, 2018
The University of Maine Museum of Art
40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor,
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm
Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Harlow Gallery presents SEVEN; their last art exhibition at 160 Water Street in Hallowell

January 26 through March 3, 2018
opening reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7pm.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.
SEVEN highlights the work of Maine abstract painters Emily Blake Blaschke, Jenny LaMacchia Campbell, Alicia Ines Ethridge, Celeste June Henriquez, Doreen Nardone, Brenda Overstrom and Donald M. Peterson.
For more information:
call: 207-622-3813.


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,

Harlow Gallery presents: “SQUARE”:

Square at Harlow Gallery, image, Spectral Mandrake by Burk Long
Harlow Gallery, Universal Qi by Robin Brooks
“Square” at Harlow Gallery: image, Dante’s Bunny Ranch by Stacey Rink
“Square” at Harlow Gallery: image, Still Life by Marc Poirier

Harlow Gallery presents: “SQUARE”, a fundraiser exhibition  at Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell
December 6-16, 2017 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7pm.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.

Portland Print events
A new gallery space in the former studio of the artist Paul Oberst. Across from the Lost Kitchen and the Freedom Falls.

An invitation to the Grand Opening at Freedom Makers Studio
25 Main Street in Freedom
November 18, 2017
Artist reception 4-6 pm, refreshments provided

Jeffrey Ackerman, oil on panel, “In the Garden.” 2017
Kathy Weinberg, acrylic on panel, “Orchard Street,” 2016

Artifact and Artifice | Jeffrey Ackerman
Spiegel Gallery
Hours and Days | Kathy Weinberg
Fineberg Community Room
Opening Reception: November 9, 2017 5pm-7pm
Exhibitions: November 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018
First Friday Art Walk: December 1, 2017, 5pm-8pm
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm or by appointment
207-773-2339 Nancy Davidson, Curator

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.

SHELTER: This is a collaborative show featuring the printmaking of artists from both Circling The Square Fine Arts Press in Gardiner and Waterfall Arts Print Studio in Belfast. Twenty-five artists united by the concept of Shelter create a wide range of interpretations inspired by personal experiences. Metaphorical, literal, psychological, spiritual national and global concerns about shelter in a range of print media: Intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen.
Please visit Friday night or between Nov 3 – Nov 25. 277 Water St, Gardiner.…/fine-art-print-exhibit-shelt…/

Maine Jewish Museum, “Let There be Light,” 2017 Menorah Invitational Exhibit.

Spencer Pond Group’s Portland Premier of our film “When you’ve got it you’ve got it. Nov.2 7:00 Talbot Auditorium in Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland Campus @ USM
America Now. Group show curated by Bruce Brown.
Jackie Brown, installation

Materiality: The Matter of Matter
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)
November 11, 2017, public reception from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition is on view through February 11, 2018.
The thematic, group exhibition fills the new CMCA with a lively and diverse selection of work by twelve artists with a connection to the state of Maine. Artists included in the exhibition are: Jackie BrownStephanie CardonLisa KellnerAdam LamptonJonathan MessLoretta ParkGelah PennBen PotterShannon RankinEmilie Stark-MennegAaron T Stephan, and Ian Trask.

UMVA Gallery at CTN. sign at 516 Congress St.

“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 pmIn 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

Maine Jewish Museum, Kathy Weinberg paintings
Center for Maine Contemporary Art at night. image, Dave Clough, sunset photo

Call For Artists: October 2, 2017— The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine, announces a $25,000 fellowship award for a Maine artist working in the visual arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship will begin accepting applications  online via on October 5, 2017, with the intention of delivering the award by the end of the year. The  award will be accompanied by a solo exhibition in the following year at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, a partnership made possible through its Director, Suzette McAvoy.  Applications  juried by a panel of experts in the field from outside the State of Maine to be announced at a later date. Please visit or call Donna McNeil, Executive Director, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation at 207-594-5825 for further information.

ABSTRACTIONSVictor Goldsmith, Cecily Kahn, Lorna Ritz —October 6 – 31, 2017
Jonathan Frost Gallery
279 Main Street, Suite 8 (Corner of Main and Park) Rockland, ME 04841
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 to 5 (207) 596-0800
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Live Jazz Piano by Steve Lindsay.
Gallery Talk by the Artists:
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.

George Lloyd
Tom Higgens

Tom Higgins, George Lloyd at Greenhut Gallery
October 5 – 28
Opening: Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm
146 Middle St, Portland, ME 207-772-2693
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am – 5pm

Works by Maine Immigrant & Refugee Artists
Sept 22 – Nov 17  
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours
Tues–Friday 10AM–5PM 
256 High Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
(207) 338-2222

Christine Higgins handmade paper and prints

Christine Higgins-handmade paper and prints
Dragon Echo Gallery
3 Mill Street in downtown Orono.
reception Friday, October 20th, from 5pm to 7pm 
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
September 15 – through October 28
opens on Friday, September 15, with an artist reception from 5–6pm, and an artist talk at 6pm.
Courthouse Gallery – 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm. For more information 207-667-6611, or visit

RISING—Woven sculptural work by Sarah Hewitt
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily
October 12- December 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6-8 pm
Gallery will be closed November 27-December 4
Hours: 7-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday

Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Belfast, Maine 04915

Sarah Hewitt uses the traditional crafts of weaving  to create riotous and sprawling work that marries vivid yarn, natural objects and more.

UMaine Museum of Art Fall Exhibitions
September 15 – December 30, 2017

UMaine Museum of Art

40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME  04401

CSA ll
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast—September 22 – November 10,
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5-8pm
Harlow Gallery in Hallowell—October 27 – December 2
Engine in Biddeford—November 10 – December 16.
Maine Farmland Trust, and the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Vallery Art Association, present CSA II – one of three exhibitions. Work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in 2017.

“Harlow 2.0”
Harlow Gallery, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347
September 23-November 4, 2017
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm

The debut art exhibition at their new location at 100 Water Street, in downtown Hallowell.

Participating artists include Karen & Ru Allen, Nancy Keenan Barron, Megan Daigle, Whitney Gill, Judy Herman, Pamela Hetherly, Nancy Holland, Eddie Leaman, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Petrea Noyes, Peter Precourt, Judy Schuppien, Sally Wagley, and more.

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street will remain open into the spring of 2018.
Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-3813,

Allen West at ENGINE
Show runs from September 29 – November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: September 29 from 5-8pm

West’s body of work It Is Possible That includes work made with ancient techniques of felting, knitting, stitching, and weaving, which attempt to complicate how the brain understands the idea of truth.
ENGINE, is a non-profit arts organization, is the home to the Maine Fablab makerspace in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 265 Main street.

Alison Rector
September 1 to October 31, 2017
Ogunquit Museum of American Art,  543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine—open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is exhibiting a group of oil paintings by Alison Rector titled The Value of Thought.  Rector’s work celebrates the beauty and serenity of Maine’s public library buildings in 18 oil paintings.  Her work has been praised for the depiction of light with radiant color and quiet beauty.  The show titled The Value of Thought is on view in from September 1 until October 31, 2017.
For more information, visit

POW! Comic Book Inspired Art Show
Harlow Gallery
Sept. 8 – Oct. 21, 2017
160 Water Street, Hallowell ME
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm
(207) 622-3813
POW! features the work of over 34 artists from across Maine and beyond, highlighting the different ways they incorporate comics into their art; from comic-inspired art to more traditional comic book art pages. Closson is also presenting his own and six peers’ work in “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery,” an exhibit at University of Maine Augusta’s Danforth Gallery through October 6; for more information, visit

Maine Jewish Museum
September 14 – November 5, 2017
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm
or by appointment 207-773-2339

Linda Stein. Maine Jewish Museum

Nancy Davidson, Curator
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 145-7pm
Art Talk with Linda Stein – Tuesday, October 3, 6-8 pm
Talk with Anna Wrobel – Friday, October 152-4 pm

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