Meet the Team
Wendy Ross, President:
Wendy's career was as a print journalist in Washington, D.C., covering the U.S. Congress and the White House. It was only after she moved in retirement to Maine more than a decade ago that she began to pursue an interest in the visual arts, an interest stimulated by memory of the artists in her family including her grandmother, mother, and aunt. Wendy has taken several art courses in Maine but only recently did she begin to paint regularly, encouraged by her studies with local artist Daisy Greene.
In Maine Wendy has been involved in community endeavors, including serving for several years as the Board President of the Wiscasset Public Library, and on the board of the Lincoln County Historical Association. She is currently president of the Maine Art Gallery board. Wendy also tried her hand at politics, running unsuccessfully in 2016 as a Democratic candidate for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives.
Wendy is married to Thomas Eichler and they have four grown sons and five grandchildren.
David Pope, Vice President, Chair of Building Maintenance Committee:
David lives with his wife Linda on Federal Street in Wiscasset. In addition to the Maine Art Gallery, David serves on the Museum and Old Jail Committee of the Lincoln County Historical Association and is a past president of The Morris Farm Trust, all in Wiscasset.
After teaching science at Lincoln Academy for twenty years, he and Linda rehabbed a series of old houses and now live in one of their last projects. To continue his life long interest in geology, David teaches an adult ed course about the geology of the mid-coast area. A life long skier, he also dabbles in tennis, sailing, canoeing, hiking and plays a variety of folk instruments.
Tom Eichler, Treasurer:
Tom has a background in economics and journalism, but he married into a family of artists, which is how he ended up on the Maine Art Gallery board. He is married to board president Wendy Ross, and his principal role is to assist her in keeping on top of the many projects the board keeps coming up with. He is impressed every year with the quality of the work that is brought to the Maine Art Gallery, and with the energy and inventiveness of the board in ensuring that the gallery thrives.
Elizabeth Campbell graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in fine art. After gaining experience in a variety of administrative positions, she is cultivating her career as a web and digital designer, and photographer; helping those in the visual arts, small businesses and mission-driven folks represent themselves authentically and positively online. She also works part time at a growing auction house in mid-coast Maine.
Elizabeth is an artist at heart. She has shown in a couple of galleries, and continues to build her artistic practice. She is inspired by nature, inclusive community, and exploration.
Mark Coates is a painter living in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he taught art in the Howard County Public School System (Maryland) at Oakland Mills Middle, Mount Hebron High, and River Hill High before becoming the district Coordinator of Fine Arts. Coates also taught on weekends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as well as the Maryland Institute College of Art. Retiring after 36 years in the school system, Coates taught art education and painting at Notre Dame University in Baltimore and worked as a fine arts consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education. Having painted in Mid Coast Maine in the summers for the past 28 years, Coates moved to Boothbay Harbor in 2015 to pursue making art full time.
In addition to Coates’ teaching, he has extensive leadership experience with non-profit organizations including Maryland Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, Howard County Arts Council, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and Boothbay Region Art Foundation.
Christine moved to Maine from California in 2009 after retiring from a career in print production, publishing, editing, and media relations — experience that she is happy to apply to the management of the Maine Art Gallery as a member of the board of trustees. She joined the Maine Art Gallery in 2012 because she believes in supporting local artists and art education.
Christine now runs a business called Asian Accents and her creations are for sale at asianaccentsonline.com, and through Markings Gallery in Bath. She is drawn to all things Japanese. The fabrics and designs she employs in her textile work have an Asian feel. Travel to the Far East in recent years has given her the opportunity to collect fabrics and other materials to incorporate into her art.
Fabric collage has always intrigued Christine. She loves putting together bits and pieces of fabric based on color, design, or even theme. The resulting fashion accessories such as vests, jackets, scarves, and even Covid masks employ basic quilting techniques as well as intricate collages of fabrics and embellishments cobbled together with appliqué and top-stitching.
Cynthia Pappas moved to Wiscasset after a thirty plus year career in the NYC art world. She worked in both the Graduate Studies program and the Museum at FIT after studying Fashion and Costume Design at Pratt Institute. Upon returning from living and working in the UK for two years during the mid-nineties, she moved into the auction world, where she was well known as a specialist in 20th c Design.
A lifetime love of all things hand-made has driven Cynthia to study and work in many areas of craft, from ceramics to stained glass to several forms of fiber arts. Most recently, she has been creating unique footwear and other fashion accessories from leather and vintage textiles.
Since 2006, Celia has been following her lifelong love of art. She likes to use bold colors to depict subjects of personal interest at home and during travels with my husband. Celia is a painter known to paint from her heart as well as her eyes.
She has received several Art awards including a Best in Show at the Dover Art League. Celia has written and illustrated a children's Christmas book and illustrated a book of memoirs for my aunt, retired Lt Col. Elizabeth Kruger entitled "First in my Life". She is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Maine and on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Art Gallery.
Rich moved to Wiscasset in 2020 after retiring from a law and public policy career that started in Pittsburgh, PA, as a private practice litigator and labor relations attorney and then moved on to Washington, DC, as an enforcement counsel and compliance policy director within the U.S. Treasury Department, before concluding as an advocate for the American Bankers Association.
During his stint in Pittsburgh, Rich served as a member and President on the boards of two non-profit organizations: the Dance Alloy, a modern dance repertory company; and the AC-ACLD, a local association operating a State accredited and publicly funded private school for children with learning disabilities.
Along with his spouse, Patricia Embrey, Rich appreciates the range of artistic expression and the diversity of activities that the mid-coast area provides and welcomes becoming part of a community that nurtures them.
Kerry and her husband Craig gradually made their way north to Maine after meeting at Harper & Row Publishers in New York City 41 years ago. After time spent in Portsmouth NH as Executive Director of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Kerry’s latest and largest project was
as Manager of the Camden Opera House for 16 years. Over her career, Kerry’s goal has always been to enrich and cultivate community, at the same time helping grow the nonprofits she is involved with. She loves the visual and performing arts and is thrilled to be joining such an accomplished and dedicated board of directors and beautiful gallery.
She lives in Owls Head with her husband Craig, one rescue dog and one Llewellyn Setter. They have two grown sons and two incredible daughters in-law all pursuing professional careers in NYC.
Candi joins us with 20 years of business and marketing experience in both private and nonprofit sectors. With degrees in Sustainable Agriculture and Philosophy, Candi draws upon education and inspiration from the New England Transcendental movement of the 19 th century, to write both creative prose and academic essays on topics including phytoremediation, re-wilding, epistemology, and philosophy of science.
A farmer at heart, she grows vegetables for Maine’s food pantries from her home in East Boothbay, using organic, no-till, French intensive techniques. She also volunteers with several mid-coast land trusts and conservation groups and is a proponent for engagement and inclusion of Maine’s special needs communities.
She and her husband Alex will soon celebrate 20 years of marriage. They have one daughter, Chloe.
Ruby is a high school student at Wiscasset Middle High School with a knack for the arts. She found interest from a young age, as her mother is a pursuing artist and musician in Maine. In her free time, Ruby enjoys creating contemporary and abstract art, doing photography, and performing the guitar for her family. In seeking to broaden her view of the art world, Ruby discovered the local Wiscasset Maine Art Gallery as an opportunity to learn more about the business of art and become more involved with her community. She now volunteers in the gallery as an intern.
She lives in Wiscasset, with her aunt and uncle, three dogs, and two cats.