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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.
 Digging deep
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 07, 2013
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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
By BRITTA KONAU  |  December 21, 2012
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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial

The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 12, 2012
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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
By BRITTA KONAU  |  August 31, 2012
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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 08, 2012
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Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 16, 2011


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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
By BRITTA KONAU  |  June 10, 2011
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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.
'In'-stallations
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010
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Moving forward

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is back in full swing after an unexpected winter hiatus.
The CMCA Biennial balances past and present
By ANNIE LARMON  |  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...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010
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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
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 2010


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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 25, 2009
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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 18, 2009
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Revisionist whims

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
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 04, 2009


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Rural vernacular

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
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 05, 2009
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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 31, 2008
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Poetic sense

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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 23, 2008
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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 05, 2008
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The jury's out

Juried shows are a terrible idea.
Finding some distinct voices at the CMCA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 03, 2008


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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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 07, 2008
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Coming alive

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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 26, 2007
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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
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  September 13, 2006
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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
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  March 01, 2006