Wiscasset artist and gallery owner Keith Rendall will give a talk on the art-marketing scene in Lincoln County at a gathering for anyone interested in promoting the arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. This event will be held at Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the revitalized Maine Art Gallery organization and its role in the business of art.
Maine Art Gallery was the vision of Mildred Burrage, a nationally acclaimed artist with roots in Maine. The organization’s mission is to advance and preserve the fine arts of painting, sculpture, and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. Membership once numbered in the hundreds, but in recent years, that number decreased and the gallery was shuttered for two years.
In 2016, a small group of artists and art lovers decided that there was indeed a need for an organization that supports art in the manner that Burrage originally described. The home of Maine Art Gallery, the Old Academy Building on Warren Street, is a fine space with abundant natural light for studio work and exhibits.
The new Maine Art Gallery members produced a full season of events in 2017 that included a youth art exhibit, a plein air event, an exhibit of the work of Virginia S. Brun, and “Colors in Bloom,” a cooperative exhibit with Wiscasset Garden Club in which members created floral arrangements to complement paintings and pastels by invited artists. In addition, several art classes were offered in the gallery’s studio space.
Anyone who believes in the importance of art in one’s life is urged to attend the gathering and consider joining the effort to carry out the original mission of Maine Art Gallery. In addition to the talk, there will be an opportunity to volunteer for committees. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m., with Rendall’s short talk to follow.
More information about Maine Art Gallery, a nonprofit organization, can be found at maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at “Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset.”