is a nonprofit contemporary arts venue that fosters true creativity through their mission to present contemporary, emerging and unconventional art, artists and ideas. Their strongest programs are those that don’t exist elsewhere in the community. They embrace risk and innovation through bold programming choices and curiosity-driven curating of exhibits and events. As an incubator, SPACE helps emerging and mid-career artists present new work, while making unconventional art and ideas more accessible to the general public. Each year, they present more than 200 events and 20 visual arts exhibits.
was founded in 2000 as the Arts Center at Kingdom Falls on an expansive 11 acre rustic site in Montville, Maine. The founders and area artists came together to offer local arts experiences for all ages and skill levels inspired by the natural beauty of the woods, streams, ponds, and waterfalls on site. In 2005, the Mayor and City Council of Belfast, looking to re-purpose its 1935 Anderson Elementary School, encouraged Waterfall Arts to expand from Montville and establish a year-round arts center in downtown Belfast. Today, Waterfall Arts is a vibrant, nonprofit, community art venue committed to its mission “to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts.”
is a great alternative exhibition space in southern Maine: "Cooperatively run by a close-knit group of artists, architects, musicians and community builders. BUOY supports the work of emerging artists and strengthens creative community by providing space for art making and research, exhibition, performance, and critical discourse."
enriches the cultural life of the citizens of Maine and the University of Maine community through exhibitions, collections and innovative educational programming. The Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum – University of Maine a cultural resource of the state and the University of Maine, promotes an understanding of, and engagement with, visual art through its diverse contemporary exhibitions and permanent collection focusing on works of art since 1945.
was founded in 1975 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation. UMVA is an all-volunteer organization run by the generosity and commitment of its artist members who believe that the presence of the UMVA is both of practical and psychological, benefit and importance. They are dependent upon membership fees and donations to cover operating expenses.
is a not-for-profit, artist-run (Jocelyn Lee) studio, gallery and street window dedicated to launching thought provoking exhibitions in all media, including site-specific installations, public art, spoken word and performance.
They are dedicated to showing exceptional work by mid and late career artists whose work, they believe, deserves greater attention. They are also committed to exhibiting the work of uniquely mature emerging artists.
The Pierogi Flat Files began in 1995 with the idea of making original artwork available to a larger audience. The files themselves are chests of flat drawers holding portfolios of artworks, including all types of media, from painting, drawing, and collage on paper, to photography…anything more or less flat that can fit in the drawers. To look through the Flat Files in person, stop by Pierogi between 11am and 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
has, among her varied projects and artwork, created the art entity Enhanced Art Resources or E.A.R., through which she has created goods in the form of multiples, editions, and interactive objects and events. For a show that I curated her into called “Gallery Closed” at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine, I chose her “Rarefied Air” collection to be exhibited in the Clifford Gallery in a display cubicle. “Rarefied Air” is simply air samples from art museums and galleries around the world in labeled jars as a limited edition series. Videos of her capturing air are available.
has been produced since 2008 by 4heads, the New York City nonprofit organization created by artists for artists. The goals of 4heads are to foster community by offering space for artists, to provide arts-education for the under-served, and to expose hidden culture. They support a collaborative DIY spirit while catalyzing dialogue between artists and people from all walks of life. Touted as New York’s largest independent exhibition, GIAF welcomes over 60,000 visitors annually in New York Harbor.
Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.
A brand-new 7×7 collaboration arrives on our landing page every other Thursday. All foregoing collaborations will continue to be available to readers in the archives.
is a project by Geoff Hargadon who has for years, surreptitiously placed signage around the world and around Waldo County and Belfast here in Maine, advertising his “art as social practice” experiment that began after the financial melt down in 2008. It is an investigation into the relationship of hard times and the potential for art to insert itself into the collective psyche.
is the alter-ego of a poet-philosopher Chris Crittenden, who is pretty persnickety in his own right. When diffracted through prisms in the UnderMind, his sensitivity and anger intensify to fuel the mini-jeremiads of Owl Who Laughs. Perhaps the poet has made a Faustian bargain with the spirits. Maybe whatever faulty eloquence he musters comes at the price of nicks and sips to his soul. Or maybe Truth is a harried creature, exiled by civilization, and long gone feral. It stares through the darkness of social deceit like a predator. Swoops down and relishes a morsel of joy as it indicts. Beware. Owl Who Laughs does not guffaw like businessmen at a french restaurant or musically chuckle like belles at a soiree. The creature’s laugh is nigh on a screech. It is a forced alternative to the other option. Read on only if you feel that the norm of sanity has gone blind.
"Kenny Cole's work is completely current and fresh, and has the smoking gun of sophisticated, 'make you think', power that comes with experience--- the ultimate cocktail!" - Carly Glovinski