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HOPE at the Bangor Library

February 4, 2021

Art Exhibit

YOU’RE INVITED (and your students are as well) to submit artwork with the them “HOPE” for the virtual community art exhibit being provided by the Bangor Public Library.

Application is due February 15th
Exhibit dates are March 1-April 30, 2021

Artists are encouraged to submit one piece of artwork for the first virtual exhibit of 2021, using the theme “Hope.” The artwork should be submitted as a digital image, either in its original format or as a photograph or scan of your physical piece. An application should be submitted at the same time.

  • Formats are .jpeg or .png with a 50 MB maximum size
  • Limited image editing may be available through the library
  • 3D art will not be accepted as it will not display well in our virtual gallery

The Bangor Public Library Art Committee will review applications and select 18 pieces of artwork to be displayed in our virtual exhibit gallery. If more than 18 submissions are accepted, another exhibit will be scheduled after April 30.

For more information, obtain an application to submit artwork, or if you have other questions, please contact Candis Joyce by calling 207-947-8336 ext. 127 or by emailing OR go to the Bangor Public Library site at You will need to submit your application and the image of your artwork through a file-sharing service, ie. Dropbox.


Transmission Times

December 4, 2020

3 Maine artists sharing

Since mid-March Katie Semro has been making the podcast Transmission Times using audio diaries from people around the world about life during the pandemic. She’s done a special episode on Artists. There are 14 artists in all, 3 from Maine, and it’s filled with their pandemic stories as well as clips of their art. The episode is wonderful as are all of the episodes. Voices from around the world reminds me ‘we are not alone’. They share their struggles and their surprises. Many of the artists mention ‘the silver lining’ and art they’ve created that they would never have during a non-pandemic time. You can listen at THIS LINK.

You can tell your stories as well by recording on your smartphone and email them to Katie at, or call 847-354-4163 and leave your answers as a voicemail.


Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts

June 15, 2013

Newcastle, Maine

A SimpsonEver wonder what they do at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle? This blog post provides you with information on the mid-coast facility. Watershed was established in 1986 with a dual purpose: to provide time and space for clay artists and to promote education and awareness regarding ceramic arts among the general public.

Twenty-six years later, over 1,200 artists from across the nation and abroad have experienced residencies at Watershed. During their 2-week residencies, artists live on our 32-acre facility in rural, mid-coast Maine, with room, board and 24/7 access to studio space provided. Without the distractions of day-to-day living, they are able to focus on their art and allow their creative energies to explore the medium anew.

Traveling clay program

Maine art teachers in Maine may know about Watershed through our “Mudmobile” programs.  The “Mudmobile” is a traveling ceramics resource center in a van that provides engaging experiences working in clay to schools, community centers and senior citizen facilities.  Thousands of young people and adults around the state have experienced clay through Mudmobile programs, including public events such as the Common Ground Fair, for over 15 years!

Mudmobile instructors are professional artists who share their joy of working in clay with students and community members. Watershed instructors partner with the host site to create a lesson plan that ties into the needs of each program.  The focus is on process not just product, with clay lessons that connect to science, math, history or cultural studies.

Our fun and educational ceramic projects are designed to introduce children and adults to historical uses of clay, current art making in clay, Maine’s geology and environmental stewardship. The materials used in Mudmobile classes make use of Maine’s natural resources. Students use glacial marine clay with food-safe, nontoxic glazes.

If you are interested in having the Mudmobile visit your school contact Watershed to reserve a program by contacting Fran Rudoff, Executive Director of Watershed by emailing her at

Community Presentations: Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Crowds w_ food 2Watershed also strives to provide opportunities for Maine residents and visitors to experience and appreciate ceramic art in all its forms.  Resident artists share and demonstrate their work in public venues during the summer and fall months.  Our annual “signature” summer event, Salad Days, gives local residents the chance to enjoy a variety of pottery, incredible local food, lively music, conversations with neighbors and resident artists, and a lot of good fun.

Salad Days: July 13 – Visit Watershed and learn about programs first-hand.  Join us for Salad Days 2013!  Relax to live music while eating lunch under a shady tent at flower-laden tables.  A $35 donation to Watershed (which supports our programming!) entitles you to a handmade salad plate created by ceramic artist Tess Stilwell and the chance to enjoy a buffet of salads (locally grown produce, prepared by Watershed artists and local restaurants). After eating, visit resident artists’ studios and explore Watershed’s thirty-two acres of art-filled meadows, woods, gardens, and the neighboring sheep farm.  Potters and ceramic artists will be on-site performing demos and visitors of all ages may try working with clay.

Concurrent with Salad Days, Watershed will also be hosting our annual Invitational Pottery Sale, along with a Serving Bowl Exhibit. Shop for unusual and lively works of art made by ceramic artists from around the country.

Finally, appraiser Jane Prentiss, of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, will be at Watershed providing appraisals for consignment.  Find out what your antiques, art, and collectables are worth.  For details, visit our appraisal event page.  Please note that advance sign up is necessary.

Artist Presentations: June 19 and July 30 – Watershed is partnering with the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell (and the Kennebec Valley Arts Association) to host public presentations and receptions for ceramic artists who are in residence at Watershed this summer!

June 19 features Patti Warashina, Carol Guthro and Peter Olsen from Seattle, who will be sharing their distinct styles and aesthetic perspectives.

July 30 features Eva Campagne from Montana and Amanda Small from North Carolina.  Their session is entitled, “N.E.W.”  Nature. Eight. Ways.  While at Watershed, they will be investigating repetition and patterns in the natural world and how it inspires, influences and forms the way they work with clay.

Fall Workshop: September 27-29  Join Thaddeus J (TJ) Erdahl for a beautiful weekend at Watershed! You can explore creating figurative sculptures that imply a sense of personal history. The technical focus will be on developing rich surface layers. Demonstrations will deal with the entire surface process from leather-hard slip and engobe application techniques to post bisque water erosion, sanding procedures, and wash application. Pieces will be finished with post firing heat set encaustic and wax procedures. Test tiles and pinched mini test “heads” will be used for further surface experimentation. Participants need to bring a small leather hard sculpture. Work will be fired to 04. All levels are welcome!!

To learn more about registration and details please go to:

Boys at work


Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts

October 28, 2012

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell

This past week I was invited to the Harlow Gallery to join a focus group they were having on Education and Programming that will provide information for their upcoming strategic planning meeting. I was glad to be part of a conversation with several community people who have varying connections with the Harlow Gallery. In many ways the Harlow is a model gallery for playing an important role in the Hallowell community.

I was especially happy to be meeting in the gallery with art all around and more so because of the unique exhibit they were having called Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts or CSA. Some of you might be familiar with CSAs. When my sons were younger we belonged to a CSA near our home. We paid in the spring for a share of food and each week during the summer we’d stop at the farm and pick up a surprise box filled with vegetables. The focus of the Arts connection is very exciting. It is easy for me to think of potential ideas on how to create something similar with students.

Retired Cony High School art teacher Christine Higgins is one of the artists who participated in the project along with one of my former students Erskine Academy art teacher Scott Minzy. Last weeks Maine Sunday Telegram had an outstanding article written by Bob Keyes on the project. I emailed Christine and she agreed to provide a description on the project and include her experience at Annabesacook Farm located in Winthrop.

In March of 2012, I was one of 14 artists chosen to participate in a CSA – Community Supporting Agriculture/Arts project sponsored through the Harlow Art Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. Each artist was paired with a CSA farm. We visited our farms throughout the next 8 months with the goal of creating art from those experiences. Our discoveries and stories about the farms are reflected in the various Maine exhibits at different venues through February.

sketch of soil map

My focus was on fibers, papermaking, and prints. My initial proposal was to abstractly ‘map’ the land. Through conversation with Craig Hickman, one of the farm owners, I learned specifics about raising animals, crop cultivation, and an attitude about farming that integrates responsibility of the land with the community. I soon discovered that my ‘farm’ was also a bed and breakfast, catering service, site for weddings, and other events. My ‘farmer’ was an author, poet, performing artist, philanthropist, Rotarian, and is currently running for the legislature to represent Winthrop and Readfield.

making paper in the vat

Gathering fibers from the farm, I made paper with cattails, cornstalks, garlic stems, meadow grasses, collard greens, and clay as pigment. Land and our attitudes about the earth was my primary subject.  I collected essays in response to my question, “What do you think of when you hear the word, land?”, and incorporated these on handmade paper maps, which were inserted into cattail baskets, that the audience may take out, touch, read, and reflect on their own relationship to the earth.

paper relief map with pulp painting

As I became more familiar with Annabesacook Farm, the geography, dwellings and residents influenced other themes in my work.  These farm ‘stories’ were printed on my handmade paper. 

I found that the parallels between artist and farmer are considerable: we both work many hours in satisfying, timeless, and seasonal work. Both artist and farmer are self-directed individuals, who, when not actually present in the studio or field, are thinking about their work. The endeavor becomes the fiber of the being.  

A CSA is collaboration with an audience, much as an artist’s exhibit depends on the support of its viewers. Both thrive on the excitement and satisfaction of successful production that involves a life-long, heart and soul commitment. Artist and farmer pursue a balanced life of seclusion, reflection, and production that welcomes an audience of community partnership. We both have a driving desire to care for, transform, mold, process, and shape through drudgery, sweat, stress, problem-solving, and creative, independent thinking. Both activities are risky with an unpredictable element. Craig once said to me, “Farming is not romantic – it will make you sore.”

Cattail maps

I hope that the art created because of this project increases awareness of the vital importance of the resources provided by the earth and appreciation for those who cultivate that delicate balance of farming and giving back to the land.

The concept for this project originated with Deb Fahy, Director of Harlow Gallery, and was supported by a tireless team of staff and volunteers. A manual for communities interested in a similar idea of pairing farms and artists will soon be available through the Harlow.  More information can be found at, including photos and blogs of the activities.

Chris and Craig at the Harlow opening

The Harlow Gallery exhibit closed yesterday, October 27th but there are many other locations that you can see the exhibit during the next 4 months.

  • Common Street Arts, Waterville  Nov. 3 – 30th 
  • Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield  Nov. 9 – Dec. 1st
  • Savory Maine Dining, Damariscotta  Nov. 13 – Feb. 5
  • Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast  Jan. 4th – Feb. 27
  • Art Gallery at Frontier, Brunswick  Jan. 11 – Feb. 24th

Thank you to Chris for providing this description and her part in the project.!

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