Rockland, Maine, September 27, 2018 —The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes the public to stop by the CMCA courtyard during First Friday Art Walk on October 5, from 5 to 8pm, for a fun for all ages celebration of the Maine origins of the donut hole. Visitors are invited to gather around the courtyard fire pit and enjoy hot cider and donuts as they listen to artist Alexis Iammarino read from her recently published art catalog, Hole History: Origins of the American-style Donutwhich tells the improbable tale of a 19th-century Maine sea captain inventing the hole in the donut. The Hole History book documents a 2016 exhibition curated by Iammarino that included the work over fifty contemporary artists responding to the tale of the hole in the donut. Books will be available for purchase and signing during the First Friday event.

To mark the occasion, Genevieve Johnson, one of the original Hole History artists, will recreate her elegant and edible donut tower piece, Infinitesimal. The event at CMCA is part of a 2018 Kindling Fund project awarded to Iammarino and her collaborator Maeve O’Regan to publish the Hole History: Origins of the American-Style DonutThe Kindling Fund is a grant program administered by SPACE Gallery as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

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Image: Maeve O’Regan, left, and Alexis Iammarino, right, collaborators on “Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut.”