• Jim Ostheimer Poetry Reading, 4 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. The third reading in April by members of Rockland Poets’ Corner features the Rockport resident, who has published three books, “Blue Yonder,” “Witness” and “Harbor Lights.”
  • “Introduction to Gouache,” 6 to 8 p.m. at Rockland’s Art Loft. Kim Nicoll introduces the medium that is a little bit like watercolor, a little bit like acrylics. Drop in for $20; free for members.


  • Rug Hooking Basics Workshop in Rockland, 9 a.m. to noon at Farnsworth Art Museum’s Gamble Education Center. Gabrielle Wicklow leads the class that imparts the basics as you make a flower pin from wool and yarn on linen. $42 ($36 FAM members), plus $25 materials fee.
  • “Digging for Gold: Responding to Art Through Poetry,” 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Kristen Lindquist discusses her poems inspired by the luminous paintings of the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Golden Age, which produced Rembrandt and Vermeer. $10 admission.
  • “Current Student Work” Opens at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. The public is invited to the reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Messler Gallery to enjoy refreshments and meet the makers. The exhibit runs to May 29.


  • “Learn Camera Settings the Easy Way,” 10 a.m. to noon at Rockland’s Art Loft. Karen Olsen teaches how to switch from auto to manual mode, where the art is. Find a YouTube tutorial specific to your camera model and learn how to change the settings before class. $20; free for members. Also on Saturday, 1:30 to 4 p.m., “Chinese Painting – Bamboo,” led by Nanfei Wang. Experienced painters and beginners are welcome. $35.
  • Group “Flowers” Show at Medomak Arts in Waldoboro, 13 Friendship Street, 5 to 7 p.m. Local artists show their brightest blooms. Refreshments served.


  • “Intro to Figure Painting,” 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Art Loft, Rockland. Justin Kinney lays out the steps needed to accurately draw and paint the human body. All levels are welcome. $20; members free.


  • Arts + Culture Day at Maine State House: Hall of Flags, Augusta, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Meet artists, see performances by the Pineland Fiddlers and players from Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and hear a reading by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum. Details:
  • Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free weekly classes – with a focus on drawing in color – that are open to everyone, with all materials provided. This month it’s all about “April Art,” and this class is on cherry trees and Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival.


  • “The Art/Poetry Connection” with Ellen Goldsmith, 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Goldsmith will place eight poems beside the images that inspired them (called ekphrastic writing), then lead a walk to the galleries to see which works of art might urge people to write. $10. FMI:


  • Watercolor Workshop – “Spring Florals,” at the Art Loft, Rockland, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mary Ann Heinzen will show how to work from a still life. After a demo, she will provide ongoing input as participants paint in their own style. $35. Also on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Getting to Know Your iPhone or iPad – Creative Apps,” led by Debbie Gay. Bring your device. $20; free for members.
  • Talk on Antique Spinning Wheels in Union, 6:30 p.m. at Vose Library. Brenda Page of Union and Jan Cunningham of Camden will detail how these valuable tools helped Maine farm families and homesteaders survive. See the craftsmanship that went into them, and learn how they can be refurbished and used. Attendees will get a chance to spin on a variety of wheels.


  • Talk on Independent Publishing Options, 2 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Jenn Dean of Maine Authors Publishing will guide authors through the steps needed to publish and tell them how to avoid pitfalls in the fast-changing world of indie publishing. Free.
  • “Artists’ Talk: The Screen Show,” 5 p.m., Farnsworth Art Museum’s library, Rockland. Artists with pieces in “The Screen Show” will converse with curator Jane Bianco, and then attendees can take a look at the exhibit. $20 ($15 members):
  • “Card Making Workshop – Collage Elements,” 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art Loft, Rockland. Naomi Howe teaches how to create cards (and envelopes) using layered ephemera. $25.


  • Introductory Relief Printing at Gamble Education Center, Rockland, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sherrie York teaches how to make linocuts, or linoleum block prints, which can be created with simple tools. $84 ($72 Farnsworth Art Museum members) plus a materials fee of $15:
  • Letterpress Printing Workshop in Rockland, Saturday to Monday, April 27 to 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Steel House, 639 Main Street. Join printmaker Karin Spitfire to learn how to use the press on day one, then print your project (cards, posters, prints, etc.) the following days. One day costs $150; two days $250; three days $300. Details: 338-5634. Registration:


  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Melt Down,” to June 9. “Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship: Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen,” to June 19.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “The Screen Show,” to September 22. “Andrew Wyeth’s World War I” and “Slab City Rendezvous,” both to February 9.
  • Maine Historical Society, Portland. “Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art,” to February 1.
  • Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. “Art of the Vegetable” by Lynn Karlin, “Glasslight” by Martin Kremer, and “Revisiting Stu Nudelman,” curated by Nanci Kahn, all to May 10.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries” to October 25.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” to May 5.