The Complete City Filled In

As anyone who has tried to purchase property in the past year knows, Portland has a pressing need for diverse, affordable housing. The city’s newly adopted building code contains a major coup on that front, allowing for the creation of … Continue reading

Adventurer in the Arts | Marsden Hartley

Unlike so many artists drawn to Maine for its arresting landscapes and jagged coastline, the pioneering modernist Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) was born here. A Lewiston native, Hartley had a complicated relationship with his home. Bleak occurrences—his mother dying when he … Continue reading

Mary Cassatt, Young Thomas and His Mother

Inside Out | The Prints of Mary Cassatt

Imagine life in Belle Époque Paris, the center of the modern art world in France. You are a 33-year-old American woman, an artist. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, you find your work has been well received, … Continue reading

Women of Vision

Every July the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland hosts a monumental summer gala—their largest fund-raising event of the year—complete with dinner, dancing, and cavorting on the museum grounds. The party’s purpose is to present the Maine in America Award, honoring … Continue reading

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History

On September 30, 1976, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950. It was the museum’s preeminent exhibition for the American bicentennial year. The sweeping show, which featured over 200 works by 63 known … Continue reading

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making

Before Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Pop paintings using Ben Day dots, he explored abstraction and modern art. An exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art that features 90 works from Lichtenstein’s early years, Roy Lichtenstein: History in the … Continue reading

Celebrating Ashley Bryan

I can’t remember a time when I have not been drawing and painting,” says noted 97-year-old artist Ashley Bryan. As an illustrator, painter, author, printmaker, storyteller, and puppet maker, Bryan is one of Maine’s most celebrated artists. His paintings are varied … Continue reading

Wood Nymphs

In early August, the University of Maine’s Zillman Art Museum welcomed works by painter and sculptor JoAnne Carson. Known for her seriocomic style, Carson’s pieces are an ethereal interpretation of elements in nature. An eight-foot sculpture titled Chlorophylia (For a … Continue reading