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.
Richard Litz, Treasurer:
Richard E. Litz is an Emeritus Professor who has travelled extensively around the world. Richard has been an art collector for at least 40 years, and an art donor to the University of Florida. His collection includes paintings from Asia and Mexico, as well as paintings from Florida and Maine. The collection of Maine artwork includes artists Allison Hill, Beryl Bayer, Jane Dahmen, Daisy Greene, John Lorence, Roberta Goshke, Ken Dewaard, and others.
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, who helps people in the visual arts, small businesses and mission-driven people 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.
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.
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.
Jorge E Pena is an artist who defines himself as a person who is still searching for his artistic voice. His eclectic art is based on his environments, memories, family, nature. His work has been displayed at the Cambridge Art Association, MA, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, River Arts, Damariscotta, ME, Mark and Emily Turner Library, Presque Isle, ME, International Orchid Congress, Miami and South Dade Art Association, Florida City, Florida.
"Conversations with my Family" By: Jorge Pena.
Elaine comes to the gallery with a diverse professional background; Public Health Nursing (BSN) and the Visual Arts (BFA in Art History). She has worked as a public health nurse, in Boston, MA, at NIH; working in cancer research, and taught nursing arts in Palestine, Germany, Cambodia, India, and Yemen.
In her 30's, Elaine went back to university, where she studied art history, graduating with honors. Elaine learned a great deal about contemporary art working at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in their education department. She even planned a program on the Hope Diamond for the Smithsonian Associates that was well received.
Elaine has worked with children and adults as a licensed Washington, D.C., tour guide, visiting the many museums and the magnificent monuments in the city.
In 1999, she and her British husband and moved to Alna, Maine. In 2000, she worked at the Calbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, for two seasons.
Elaine has created wearable art clothing that has been featured in Maine Fiber Arts and Markings in Bath, Maine. Her passion is museum-going, reading, and creating elegant garments with textiles from her travels. Elaine is married to Englishman, Michael Pew, and has a son, a daughter, and three grand children.
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.
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.