Archipelago celebrates summer in Maine with new gallery show, “Currents and Channels”

ROCKLAND — Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” currently on display through September 25th. “Currents and Channels” looks at the Maine coast through the art of four local artists—each with unique perspectives, both geographically and conceptually, of the landscape and culture of their respective communities.… Read more »

Infinite hope: An inspiring visit 10 years ago

I am one of the lucky ones. I am one of the people in this vast world who has had the true privilege to be greeted by Ashley Bryan at his front door and invited into his home. Ten years ago this spring, Peter Ralston and I traveled by mail boat from Northeast Harbor to Islesford to see Ashley is his studio, hear his stories, and tour around the island. It was my dream to put together a show of his work for the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, and we were blessed to be able to do a studio visit. Teri, Peter’s wife, joined us as well as Leo, my seven-month-old son.

Sharing stories helps artists and makers face short and long-term challenges resulting from the pandemic

Maine’s creative economy is an important driver in many coastal communities which, according to the “Waypoints: Livelihoods” publication, have an average self-employed rate of 23%. Therefore, since the shutdown in late March, we have been doing several things earnestly: listening to artists, providing resources to support the self-employed, and sharing stories. Sharing stories is a powerful means of sharing solutions and strengthening connections. This has been at the core of Archipelago’s mentoring program for the last seven years as artists have shared their inspirations, failures, solutions, business models, and networks.

Maine’s artists and makers respond to community need

If we had lost sight of our sense of community during the digital age, perhaps a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic may be that we are once again finding value in these connections. It’s ironic that this is happening during a time of forced or self-imposed social distancing, and yet our state’s artists and makers are just one example of a community of people stepping up to fulfill important needs during this uncertain time.

Archipelago Artist Profile: Joe and Mary Devenney

Having lived in midcoast Maine for more than 40 years, it is quite possible that you know Joe and Mary Devenney, full-time artists living in Jefferson. Maybe you had Mary as your art teacher or saw Joe’s name credited for a photograph in a New England magazine. Or perhaps, you haven’t met them in person, but you have a sense of them through their pottery. Those that know them, know how love surrounds them—a love for their art, love for each other, and a love for life. Thus, I wanted to the know their story—the whole story—the story that brought them to be the artists and couple they are today.

Archipelago Artist Profile: Christina Vincent

Raised in Auburn, Christina came to North Haven through her husband, who came there through his brother who came there through an islander. While building their home, Christina began to create small pieces of furniture out of salvageable wood. She describes this period as “building furniture as a carpenter would think, not as a woodworker would think.” She became interested in taking classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, and soon set upon the path from carpenter to woodworker.