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Ponder great art on Maine walls
Whether they seek beauty, progress, historical focus, or unconventional ideas, art lovers should have no problem plotting the summer.
| June 07, 2013
Recalling the year’s most notable shows
Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
In the rearview mirror
| December 21, 2012
Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial
The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.
| October 12, 2012
A roster of excellent shows at CMCA
A two-person show can be very tricky, raising the possibility of both bodies of work vying for attention, edging each other on, or inviting negative comparisons.
In twos and solos
| August 31, 2012
Catch the summer art buzz
Some parts of Portland may get quiet in the summer, but there's plenty action in the art biz. And lots of cruise-ship visitors this year to quicken the streets a bit.
Onward and upward
| June 08, 2012
Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?
The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
| September 16, 2011
Painter and sculptor converse at CMCA
Paintings by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen and sculptures by Duane Paluska currently share the main gallery at the Center for Maine Contemporary in Rockport.
An unlikely pairing
| June 10, 2011
The year in Portland's art scene
For lovers of spectacle, 2010 offered a lot of feasts. A fine collection of installations and site-specific works graced the greater city in 2010, challenging our perceptions and changing our surroundings.
| December 24, 2010
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is back in full swing after an unexpected winter hiatus.
The CMCA Biennial balances past and present
| June 04, 2010
Center for Maine Contemporary Art reopens
The recently-beleaguered Center for Maine Contemporary Art thankfully reopens full-time for the rest of the year this Saturday, as they introduce two big exhibits running...
| May 26, 2010
Hope and energy
As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
| January 01, 2010
A special Maine feel
This may be remembered as the year that the Center for Maine Contemporary Art smashed headlong into a fiscal brick wall, and at this writing it is not clear if, after its current show closes this week, it will open again in the spring.
Exhibitions to remember from 2009
| December 25, 2009
Simple and distinct
“Planes of Abstraction” at the Maine Center for Contemporary Art brings together five artists with broad experience who share a common interest in a simplified image.
Solid, serious abstractions at CMCA
| November 13, 2009
Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond
Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
| November 06, 2009
Growth + maturity
The Phoenix 's first 10 years in Portland roughly bracket the period during which I stopped writing about art.
Portland's art scene has changed quite a lot
| September 18, 2009
The story of Johann Christian Woyzeck goes like this: A German man born into poverty in the late 18th century tries his hand in several professions. Handicapped by a schizophrenia unrecognized by most at the time, he eventually becomes a soldier.
Karen Lewis purges her obsession at the CMCA in Rockport
| September 04, 2009
A documenter of the contemporary American experience with portraits of our most mundane infrastructure, Belfast-based Linden Frederick has been chosen as this year's distinguished artist by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. In the show
Contemplating Linden Frederick at CMCA
| June 05, 2009
Groups + solos
First on the list of this year's points of interest is the anticipated Portland Museum of Art Biennial, which opens in early April.
Looking forward to 2009
| December 31, 2008
For the last end-of-the-year review I had to rely on the kindness and opinions of others, having just started reviewing again after a long hiatus.
Age of art
| December 23, 2008
Elements + islands
Dennis Pinette, who was born in the Penobscot Bay town of Belfast and lives there still, makes completely contemporary paintings whose roots extend back through those epic early days of American painting.
Dennis Pinette's identity is on display at CMCA
| November 05, 2008
The jury's out
Juried shows are a terrible idea.
Finding some distinct voices at the CMCA
| September 03, 2008
A look back
“Integrity” is the word that comes to mind while walking through the Lois Dodd show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
A longtime Maine artist gets a mini-retrospective
| May 07, 2008
Back in the day, winter and early spring used to be a dead zone in the Portland art year, but 2008 seems to be shaping up pretty well.
Portland's art weathers the dead season
| December 26, 2007
Smells like free spirit
Encountering Charlie Hewitt’s work for the first time, at his Farnsworth Museum retrospective, was like meeting someone from the neighborhood where you grow up long after you’ve grown up.
Art and engagement in Autumn 2006
| September 13, 2006
Chills and thrills
Heading north in winter is counter-instinctual. The mere thought of it elicits a warning from the dark parts of your lizard brain. It’s cold. It’s icy. There’s no food.
Embrace the cold and head north this winter
| March 01, 2006
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