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Generations: Legacy of Mentors 2024

Thank you to the Friends of the Maine Art Gallery for sponsoring this exhibit

This exhibition contains two components; the first features Maine Art Gallery "generations" artists from the 1950’s and 60’s, and the influence those artists had on an invited younger group of artists. The second component consists of a juried exhibit of Maine Art Gallery member artists along with statements that describe their mentors and the influences on their current work. 
We believe that this show will inspire interest from art lovers throughout New England because of the quality of work and the importance of these Maine artists to our cultural history.

In the words of our juror, David Dewey, “All artists have some kind of story to tell about a teacher or mentor whose methods, influence and work contributed to their personal development and maturity as artists. [the gallery welcomes] the artists in this exhibition to offer their experiences and stories about significant artist-teachers and mentors whose lives, teaching methods, encouragement and work made critical contributions to their personal and artist development.” (From catalog of “Mentors,” a 2011 Exhibition at the Firehouse Center for the Falcon Foundation.)

  • Read about the exhibit in an article by Lisa Kristoff of the Boothbay Register here.

  • May 18 Mildred Burrage's Birthday with Artist Talk

  • June 1 The Art of Joesphe Fiore Art Talk


"Covid Walls" by Carol Wiley

*Juried artists in the show can find all show details including important dates by clicking the button below*

Special Exhibit Catalog Available For Purchase

Maine Art Gallery is honoring its founding generation of artists by presenting them and selected contemporary artists they influenced in a full-color catalogue of our current exhibition, Generations: The Legacy of Mentors, running through June 9th, Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm.


Please visit the Gallery and support our exhibit by purchasing a souvenir catalog. (Price is $15.) For every catalogue sold, the gallery will receive a matching $5 donation. Although admission to the Gallery is FREE, our operations are not. Your financial support is important to help us deliver on our mission of promoting Maine art and its artists. Visit us soon and contribute to our success!

Catalogs are available at the gallery. If you cannot make it to the gallery but would like to purchase one, please contact us.

Cover Art: "Fish Cutter" by  Tom Cavanaugh

June 1 Art Talk:  The Art of Joseph Fiore. 

Saturday, June 1, 4pm --

Two former Damariscotta gallerists, one of whom exhibited Fiore’s work, Yvette Torres (former owner of Yvette Torres Fine Art, which was known for featuring the work of the Black Mountain College artists, one of whom was Fiore) and Geoffrey Robinson, former owner of the River Gallery and a personal friend of Fiore, will converse with MAG board member Kay Liss about their reminiscences of this important 20th century artist.  Fiore is included as a MAG founding artist mentor shown in Generations: The Legacy of Mentors alongside Maine leading watercolorist, David Dewey, who studied with Fiore at the Philadelphia College of Art and eventually followed him to Maine. Dewey also served as the Juror for the exhibition’s Juried Member Artists Show on the Gallery’s first floor.  

Joseph Fiore, Sounds of the Mountain II

We celebrated gallery founder Mildred Burrage’s Birthday on May 18th with day-long sweets and an Art Talk  titled “My Mother the Artist.”

The daughters of two of the featured artists in our Generations: The Legacy of Mentors show recounted their experiences growing up with accomplished artists as parents.  Introduced and moderated by MAG board member Sarah Fisher, Linda Burley reflected on her mother, Lina Burley, who was vice president of the Maine Art Gallery in the 1960’s.   Lisa Jahn-Clough, Elena Jahn’s daughter, also shared her reminiscences.    Elena Jahn, was a Monhegan artist, co-founder of the Women Artists of Monhegan Island, and author of “50 years: Growing up Artist on Monhegan,” recounting experiences with preeminent Maine artists of the time.  MAG Board member and noted Burrage scholar, Martha Frink gave insightful and topical remarks of Gallery founder Mildred Burrage's mentorship of so many, including Martha herself.  The talk was fascinating and inspiring, and the refreshments, in the form of art palettes, created by Wiscasset resident and Friend of the Maine Art Gallery, Jan Flowers, were delightful.

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