Cafe de Artistes

a round up of Maine art news, openings, shows + virtual exhibitions

May 6, 2022

Dear art loving friends,

The 2022 Maine Gallery + Studio Guide is on press in Ottawa and will be distributed statewide later this month. It is beautiful, stylish and shows an amazing world of Maine art. I am especially pleased with the exceptional cover by David Driskol.

Our website has just had a makeover that is getting a lot of love. I have not had the chance to update the “Galleries + Studios” section. Please don’t email asking why yours has not been updated! Everything will be up to date soon. Here is the link – check it out and let me know what you think.

I have always loved my job, driving the pretty roads of Maine, delivering guides, seeing the shows, and meeting with our advertisers. I am looking to hire a special someone to help me this summer. The job description is near the bottom of this newsletter.

I am going to keep my intro short. The May Cafe des Artistes is massive, inspiring, and shows real momentum going into what I believe will be an outstanding season. Are we ready? The drumbeat starts now.

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Call for Art & Exhibitions

Songbirds featured at Blue Hill Bay Gallery 

The spring show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features three artists whose recent works depict birds that live in Maine. Gelena Pavlenko trained at the Ukrainian Art Academy in Kyiv and is now based in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son. Her magical realism depicts birds as tiny jewels […]

MCA executive director Sadie Bliss to resign

The Maine Crafts Association and Shop Maine Craft Board of Directors announce that Sadie Bliss, executive director of both organizations, will resign from the joint role. Bliss joined the Maine Crafts Association staff in 2009 and has served as executive director since 2012. “Sadie Bliss has been a lifetime member of the craft world,” says […]

May exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery

During May, Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. May 6 outside behind the gallery. Masks are encouraged while inside the gallery. Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through […]