Rockland, ME, March 31, 2017 — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art recently launched Sunday Salons, an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art. Sunday Salons are free with admission and take place on Sundays at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 3-5pm.

On April 9, Sunday Salon features artist Sam Cady in conversation with David Raymond, the Director of the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. Raymond and Cady will engage in an open discussion and seek to answer the question of “Is Art Magic?” and more. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

David Raymond is a sculptor and painter. He has taught at Merrimack College since 1964. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and has served as an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program of Vermont College. In addition to being Professor of Fine Art, David Raymond was the Director of the McQuade Library Art Gallery at Merrimack College from 1972 to 1999. He became the Director of the McCoy Gallery of the new Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons include: “Think Wrong” with graphic designer, educator, and thinker John Bielenberg on April 30; “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7; and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli, on May 14.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit

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: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm; closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; Children under 12 free; Members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit

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Above: Sunday Salon with Sam Cady and David Raymond;
Below: Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61″, collection of the artist; Sunday Salon at CMCA