Elm City Small Press Fest November 18, 2023
Up Now: Structure & Narrative III
October 5-December 30, 2023
Michael Good Gallery
325 Commercial St. (Route 1)
Open Thursdays-Saturdays 11-4
closed Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 23-25
For a free Online Catalog, download it from the Files page of our Facebook Group MMBA
Printed Catalog Available at the show for $25.
Structure & Narrative III features new work by 15 Maine book artists. The exhibition is sponsored and curated by Midcoast Maine Book Arts and hosted by the Michael Good Gallery.
Participating artists include Jan Owen of Belfast; Sarah Strouss of Boothbay; Marcella Christensen, Avi Good, Nan Haid, Sue Michlovitz, and Richard Reitz-Smith of Camden; Karen Olson of Hope; Judy O’Dell of Rockport; Sally Ann Field, Virginia Slawson, and Sandy Weisman of South Thomaston; Naomi Howe of Spruce Head; Cynthia McGuirl of Thomaston; and Joelle Webber of Westport Island.
Artist books use the structure or function of the traditional book to express artists’ ideas, and can have either traditional book formats or sculptural formats that incorporate images, calligraphy, experimental bindings, and/or mixed media.
Starting the weekend of November 30, the exhibition will include a Holiday Pop-Up Shop of seasonal gifts made by the artists, including cards, ornaments, small works, and decorative papers.
The public also is invited to two free, drop-in workshops.
The first, “Simple Books” with Naomi Howe and Cynthia McGuirl, will be available anytime during gallery hours on Saturday, December 2. Adults, families, and children will learn how to sew the pamphlet stitch, make an eight-page booklet from a single sheet of paper, and more. Come make handmade gifts for the holidays!
On Saturday, December 9, Joelle Webber will offer “Paper Accordion Ball Ornaments,” a workshop geared for all ages and abilities. A $5 kit includes materials; tools and instruction will be provided throughout the day.
Midcoast Maine Books Arts is a collective formed to create a vibrant community of professional and aspiring book artists and collectors here in Maine, through exhibitions, workshops, and other events. The group meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Maine Media College + Workshops or via Zoom. For more information about the exhibition and future events and workshops, visit the Midcoast Maine Book Arts page on Facebook.
Up Now: Progressions
September 5-December 31st, 2023
A group show of Book Artists from Midcoast Maine Book Arts
University of Southern Maine
MMBA is a collective formed to promote, encourage, and educate
working and aspiring book artists in the midcoast Maine area. It seeks
to exhibit the work of its members and other book artists, host
workshops about artists’ books, and enlighten the general public about this art form.
Formed in 2018 after an exhibition at the Camden Public Library,
Camden, ME when book artist, Jan Owen, suggested that we create
an informal group to share our work, our processes, and our materials with one another. Richard Reitz Smith, chair of the Book Arts program at Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME agreed to host the group on a bi-monthly basis. Sandy Weisman, Cindy McGuirl, Richard Reitz Smith, and Jan Owen are hosts at our meetings, and organizers of group exhibitions for the MMBA.
In this exhibition the four come together to ponder the idea of
progression. Is it a process? Is it an action? What does progress
mean to each artist? In variably, progress involves collaborative or interaction. The group has created a collaborative piece; each contributing one spread inspired by a poem, “Like a Tree” by Sandy Weisman. Progression through. Progression toward. Progression from. We have each in our own way explored progression and show the results here.
You can find us on Facebook at Midcoast Maine Book Arts, or join to
get notices of meetings and exhibitions by emailing
Thank you for coming to see this exhibition at University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center.
November 3rd-December 31st, 2022
A solo exhibition of new oil paintings exploring themes of place and personality.
40 Old Union Rd, Washington, ME
Reception: Sunday, December 4th, 2-4pm
Artist Talk at 2:30pm
Gallery open M/T 4-7, W/Th 3-6, T/Sat 9-12
Image: Young Harout oil on canvas 22x22"
October 3rd-December 30th, 2022
A group exhibition from Midcoast Maine Book Arts.
Blue Hill Library
5 Parker Pt Rd, Blue Hill, ME
Gallery open M/T/W 9-6, Th 9-8, Sat 9-5
Image: Women As Seen By Bad Men, copper and paper, 10" diameter
Narrative & Structure
For the month of September, the Camden Public Library is pleased to host the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Group for an invitational virtual exhibition. The show features work by book artists with strong connections to the midcoast region of Maine.
Online Sept. 1-30, 2020
Lies, Truths and Mysteries
16 Brewster St. Rockland, Maine
July 7- 29, 2017
Opening Friday July 7 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-6
My current work explores the connections between spirituality, world religions, and meditation through the story of my Armenian Grandmother, my own personal craft work, and the human figure. The installation will combine hand weaving, prints and metal work.
The lie: Grandma pretended she was Turkish.
The truth: Grandma converted to Islam so she would not be killed.
The mystery: Grandma continued to pray in the manner of Islam for her entire life.
Armenian Genocide Show Catalogs
I have participated in multiple art shows that bring attention to the Armenian Genocide.
Image: My Armenian relatives at a refugee camp shortly after escape from Turkey Aleppo, Syria 1924