• Artists May Apply to Exhibit in 2019 at Jackson Memorial Library, in Tenants Harbor. Full-time and part-time Maine residents can download an application and the guidelines from JacksonMemorialLibrary.org.


  • “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland: Our World” Panel Talk, 2 p.m., Farnsworth Art Museum. Members of the Wyeth Study Center and Rockland Historical Society view Rockland history through the lens of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors and tell some of the stories behind them. Free with admission, which is $15 adults; $13 seniors; $10 students 17-plus; free for members, Rockland residents and kids under 16. Reserve your seat at FarnsworthMuseum.org. Snow date: Friday, Jan. 11.
  • Reception to Open Three New Shows at Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress Street in Portland, 5-7 p.m. “Habitats, Inhabitants” by Jane Banquer, “Extracts” by Ilana Welch and “Oh, So It’s You Again” by Berri Kramer will be exhibited through March 1.
  • Talking Art in Maine: Intimate Conversations with Sam Cady, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. The focus is on Sam Cady in this entry to the series of one-on-one conversations with host Jane Dahmen and artists and curators who have contributed to the arts in Maine. Cady creates intricately shaped canvases, giving new perspectives and startling views of ordinary objects in the natural world and the human-made environment. Free.
  • Show of Photos by Mycologist David Spahr, hangs at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington village, through March 5. In addition to being a photographer, Spahr is a farmer, forager, naturalist, environmental activist, and author of “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada.”


  • Winter Escape with Crocheting, at 1 p.m. Fridays until April 5 at Lupine Cottage, Route 1 in East Belfast. Learn 30 crochet stitches, and make a square with each to complete an afghan. Bring your own yarn and hooks, and bring a mug for the highland blueberry tea. $5 per class. Sign-up: text 207-615-9441 or email MaineMade@LupineCottage.net.
  • Reception to Open Jim Tolles Show at Hope Library, 4-6 p.m. The Owls Head artist, who began his career at the age of 40, paints landscapes with a focus on architectural elements. Refreshments will be served. See his work at JimTollesPaintings.com.


  • Paint Night – Floral Wine Glasses, at Rockland’s Art Loft from 6 to 8 p.m. Justin Kinney launches Paint Night Winter/Spring by leading participants in the creation of custom wine glasses; materials for two are included in the $25 session. It is BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle to accompany your new glasses. Drop-ins okay if there’s space. Sign-up: ArtLoftRockland.org, 200-7915.
  • Reconnect With Your Passion for Art, Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m., at 440 Main Street in Rockland. Join old friends and make new ones at this place to study, learn and do. Bring your supplies, musical instrument and a chair, and be inspired. FMI: Peter, 505-1503.


  • “Chinese Art Through the Eyes of an Art Museum Educator,” 2 p.m. at Cushing Public Library. Vas Prabhu of Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum shows ten works of art from the Bronze Age to today and discusses the current art scene in China. His free talk, open to the public, is offered ahead of the Feb. 22-24 Camden Conference, which asks: “Is This China’s Century?”


  • 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 one will focus on winter scenes.
  • Creative Artists Support Group, meets 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The monthly support/discussion group is for people interested in developing their creative artistic potential. Find camaraderie in overcoming the obstacles to becoming a successful artist. Free. FMI: ben496@prexar.com or 223-0052.


  • Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club, meets at Thomaston Public Library on third Tuesdays. This month’s book is “Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald. All ages are welcome. The Tuesday, Feb. 19, book is “Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase” by Louise Walters. The library has copies.
  • “If Not Now, When?” Writing Workshop, at Camden Public Library, noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday, Jan. 15 & 17. The two-part workshop will give fiction and nonfiction writers help putting their idea and basic story structure onto paper. Then they’ll write a rough draft to share with the group. Teresa Piccari leads the class. Call to reserve your seat: 236-3440.
  • 10-Week Representational Painting Workshop in Rockland, at Farnsworth Art Museum’s Gamble Education Center, corner of Union and Grace streets, Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Work on your own projects with oils or acrylics while learning technique, brushwork, color mixing, composition and accurate observation. It will be led by realist painter Tanya Harsch of Appleton, who studied at Italy’s Florence Academy and Ravenswood Atelier in Chicago. $325 ($275 museum members).


  • “Word Art – Word Play” at the Art Loft in Rockland, 385 Main Street, Suite 9. Photographer and mixed-media artist Amy Wilton leads classes in January with a focus on words used as, in and around art. This week: explore the use of everyday language and how it affects our perception of ourselves. Bring your laptop to work in Photoshop or Illustrator, or work with materials provided. Classes run 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Members free; $20 drop-in fee for nonmembers.


  • Favorite Book Discussion at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, 3-4 p.m. Talk about your favorite books from the library’s collection, enthuse with fellow bookworms, and find your next read while enjoying tea and cookies.
  • DATE CHANGE -- The date and time of this reception has been changed to Saturday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. -- Reception to Open “Lore” at the Perimeter Gallery, in Chase’s Daily, 96 Main Street in Belfast, New work by Portland artist Christopher Patch that focuses on the transformational power of alchemy. It hangs to March 10.


  • Auditions for Mamma Mia, at Bangor Opera House, Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Penobscot Theatre Company is casting starring roles and ensemble parts. All roles are paid and housing is available. Prepare 32 bars of a rock ballad, and bring a picture, resume and sheet music. Performers may be asked to learn a short dance combination, so dress appropriately. People planning to audition should send an email to casting@PenobscotTheatre.org, with Mamma Mia in the subject line.
  • Auditions for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. Midcoast Actors’ Studio holds them Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 19 & 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., with call-backs on Monday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cold readings from the script and some movement for all parts except Christopher and Ed. For more info, visit MidcoastActors.org or send an email to MidcoastActors@gmail.com.
  • 2-Day Technical Painting Workshop in Rockland, Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 19 & 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Farnsworth Art Museum offers it at the Gamble Education Center, corner of Union and Grace streets. Jane Bianco will lead the workshop inspired by FAM’s Maine and the Index of American Design exhibit. Participants will emulate the techniques used by artists during the Depression to illustrate items in the Index, using watercolors and white gouache. All supplies except brushes will be available. $98 ($86 Farnsworth members).


  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “CMCA Biennial 2018” through March 3.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland,” through February 17. “Maine and the Index of American Design,” through March 24.
  • Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. “Jane Banquer: Habitats, Inhabitants,” “Ilana Welch: Extracts” and “Berri Kramer: Oh, So It’s You Again” through March 1.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries” through October 25.
  • Portland Museum of Art, “Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952–1970,” through February 17.
  • UMaine Hutchinson Center’s Fernald Gallery, Belfast. “Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa” and “The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast,” both through March 28.