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2018 Benefit Auction

February 14 - February 28

Bidding opens on February 14, noon | Closes on February 28, 5pm Online Preview begins February 5 Art You Love! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, CMCA is partnering with Paddle8 for its annual online benefit fine art auction. Your opportunity to purchase fabulous works of art by artists at all stages of their careers, and all with ties to Maine. Every auction purchase benefits CMCA and its exhibition and educational programming. Don’t miss out – bid early and often…

Screen | Adam Lampton | Museums

February 15 - May 27

Using the physical structure of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and MASS MoCA as starting points, Adam Lampton is interested in how the specific architecture of these museums relates to the geography around them. In both of the short videos presented in Screen, he suggests alternate lives for these spaces. In CMCA in Three Alternative Landscapes, Lampton questions how the landscape influences one’s understanding of the museum. Is there anything that is supremely important to the mission of the museum in being a building…

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | Boundaries

February 17 - May 27

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible…

ArtLab | February Vacation Week

February 19 - February 22

Monday - Thursday, February 19 - 22 | 2-4p FREE and open to all DRAW BIG, WRITE LARGE Life-size letters, rope murals + string collagraphs, scroll poetry, human-sized landscape ‘crankies’, and collaborative drawing games. Drop-in for one or all four days this week as we explore ways to combine words and imagery. Each day will present an array of prompts with creative challenges to collaborate with fellow Artlab makers and communicate ideas that resonate and boom with clarity about what matters to…

John Moore | Resonance

March 3 - June 17

This survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by John Moore (b. 1941) is the artist's first solo exhibition in a Maine museum, and his first at CMCA (then Maine Coast Artists) since the group exhibition, Looking at the Land, in 1993. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University…

KJ Shows | Portrait of an Artist

March 3 - June 3

"With shoes there's no judgement. It's not like painting someone's face. There's a lot of personality in them. It's amazing, if you really get into it, because that's our connection to the Earth, through our feet. Whatever you're walking through or whatever you're experiencing is being imprinted into them, that's the way I feel about it." — KJ Shows In 2008, KJ Shows began working on a series of oil paintings paying homage to a variety of contemporary artists worldwide. Connecting…

ArtLab for All Ages | March

March 3 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 3 | 2-4p FREE and open to all PORTRAIT OF A SHOE Your shoes say a lot about you! Take inspiration from artist KJ Shows’ incredibly distinct paintings of shoes and create your own illustration of a pair of shoes that speaks to something unique about you! Design your creation and embellish them with patterns, words, and collage materials.

Artist Reception | John Moore

March 17 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 17 | 4-6pm Free and open to the public Please join us in celebrating artist John Moore and the exhibition Resonance, a ten-year survey of his work.

Artist Reception | KJ Shows

March 17 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 17 | 4-6pm Free and open to the public Please join us for a reception celebrating artist KJ Shows and the exhibition Portrait of an Artist, featuring the artist's series of shoe portraits.

ArtLab for All Ages | April

April 7 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 7 | 2-4p FREE and open to all COLLAGE TO WATERCOLOR Take inspiration from John Moore's paintings by constructing your own composition from landscapes and indoor spaces. All are invited to collage in imagined ways! Explore new and inventive ways to create and transfer photo collage compositions into large watercolor paintings.

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