Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.  She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See examples of her work at

Kendra Denny has a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts, and a post-baccalaureate degree in Art Education from the University of Maryland. Her work is represented by Archipelago. She sees herself as someone who spans the gap between traditional and contemporary art, by choosing to work with the ancient medium of encaustic. See examples of her work at

Kathleen Ellis is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Narrow River to the North. She is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the NEA, the Maine Arts Commission, and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda poetry prize. Her manuscript of poems, Dear Darwin, was set to music by composer Scott Brickman and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy award. Ellis teaches at the University of Maine, Orono.

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Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University.  She has exhibited at the CMCA, Åarhus Gallery, the University of Maine Bangor, the Cynthia Winings Gallery and AVA Gallery and Center for the Arts. See examples of her work at

Katharina Gifford believes that anyone can draw the human figure by learning classical/traditional drawing and painting techniques, and understanding the basic principles of representation. She attended the Maine College of Art and participated in the Intensive Drawing Program at the Florence Academy of Art studying from the model, Bargue drawings, and plaster casts. See examples of her work at

Kathleen Gass studied drawing and fiber arts at the State University of New York and has been an art educator for the past 25 years. She is currently teaching in the Belfast Public School System’s Gifted and Talented program.

Mark Kelly is a multi-media artist who is based in Lincolnville. He earned his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and was a founding partner of Belfast’s Aarhus Gallery. He has exhibited his work throughout Maine and New England.

Trelawney O’Brien is a textile-based artist living in Rockport. She has been teaching at the Farnsworth since 2011, offering unique and inspiring classes for kids and adults. When she is not teaching, she is in her studio, creating hand-painted and naturally-dyed fabric designs for her company, treyummy;  creating public art installations, and  having adventures whenever she can. See examples of her work at

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as an artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the country.  See examples of her work at

Image: ©Jay YorkLesia Sochor is an artist of direct Ukrainian descent and lives in Brooks. She studied fine art at the Philadelphia College of Art, has been teaching for over 25 years, and has exhibited extensively in the state of Maine and beyond. She learned the ancient spring tradition of Pysanka from her mother and enjoys sharing this craft with others. See examples of her work at

Barbara Sullivan teaches at University of Maine at Farmington and is represented by Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. She has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Bowdoin College, University of Maine, The College of The Atlantic, and Pratt University. She is the recipient of a Pollock/ Krasner and Gottlieb Foundation Grants. She was recently awarded a Monhegan Island Residency and a residency at The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts. See examples of her work at

Avis Turner is an artist and educator with degrees in childhood development and art education, as well as an MFA in sculpture. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings, and studied the Reggio Emilia Atelier approach at Smith College and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this approach students are encouraged to be “constructors of knowledge” and “protagonists of their own learning”.  Avis is represented by: Cooley Galley, Old Lyme, Ct.; Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine. See examples of her work at

John Whalley was born in Brooklyn and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received a BFA in Illustration. Over his near-forty year career he has worked in oil, egg tempera, watercolor, and graphite. He is represented by Vose Galleries of Boston and Greenhut Galleries of Portland. John’s work is in collections around the U.S., including the Georgia Museum of Art, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. See examples of his work at