Rockland, ME, January 22, 2021 – The public is invited to join the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) for a Sunday Salon with artists and curators from the virtual exhibition, Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit) on Sunday, January 31 at 3pm. The talk will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live. To register in advance for this free-of-charge presentation and to view the exhibition, visit

Annika Earley and Tessa Green O’Brien, co directors of Able Baker Contemporary will speak on their curatorial decisions behind the timely exhibition. Artists Jeane Cohen, Jessica Gandolf, and Brice Garret will also share their inspirations behind making the work included in Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit). All five participants will engage in conversation about what “shelter” means to them.

Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit)  on view through February 20 features 20 artists who examine the slippery nature of what seeking cover and comfort looks like. For some, these explorations are specific and literal. For others, they move like brackish water between the four categories that emerged from the submissions: earth, house, body, and spirit. 

Some artists offer shelter by grounding the viewer in the underbrush; some use rich textures to explore the care, tenderness, and occasional exhaustion that bodily shelters can offer to the self and others; and some look deeply inward towards the spirit as a reprieve. This collection of works show how multi-faceted the idea of shelter can be: comforting, powerful, fallible, tender, exhausting, and essentiall.

[ON]now is a series of online exhibitions juried by guest curators that present the work of Maine artists in a digital venue, expanding the possibilities of showing and viewing contemporary art beyond CMCA’s physical walls.


CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages on site and online.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, MaineHours: November through April, Wednesday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays.

NOTE: CMCA is temporarily closed to the public.

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Sunday Salon | Shelter presented by CMCA
Jeane Cohen, Disassociated Owls, 2020, Oil on canvas
Jessica Gandolf, Night Wader, 2020, Oil on panel
Brice Garret, Untitled (Eastport 1.1-5), 2020, Hydrocal, pigments, steel hardware