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Roberta was selected for River Art’s Juried “Innerscape” Exhibition

February 28 - March 27 

Please join us for the “INNERSCAPE” Exhibition opening and reception, Friday, February 28th from 5-7 at River Arts.

The juror for the exhibition is Michael  K. Komanecky, the chief curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  A specialist in both American and European art, he has held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Currier Museum of Art, and the Dayton Art Institute.  Komanecky has also served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has lectured and published widely, including exhibition catalogues with Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, and Skira Rizzoli.  His recent projects at the Farnsworth include one-person shows on the work of Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, and Paul Caponigro.  He is currently working on an exhibition entitled, “The Shakers:  From Mount Lebanon to the World,” in partnership with The Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Inc.”  That exhibition is scheduled to open on June 14, 2014.

Puritan © Roberta

Romantic Landscape © Roberta

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Roberta was selected for Rockland Public Libraries Curated “Windows, Mirrors, Doors”

Exhibition in Celebration of National Poetry Month

April 1 - April 30

Beech Hill © Roberta

Fortress © Roberta

Guardian © Roberta

Studio © Roberta

Star Crossed © Roberta

Monhegan © Roberta

Just Happens © Roberta

The juror for the exhibition is  Susan Danly, the Senior Curator, Portland Museum of Art (2002-2012). A specialist in American Art and the History of Photography, Susan Danly holds PhD and MA degrees from Brown University, where she wrote a dissertation on “The Landscape Photographs of Alexander Gardner and A.J. Russell.” A curator of American art with over thirty years of experience, Ms. Danly has worked at the Mead Art Museum (1993-2000), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1988-93), and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery (1984-87). Among her numerous publications are books on the photographs of Edward Weston and Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Photograph. At the Portland Museum of Art, Susan curated numerous exhibitions devoted to the art of Maine, including three Biennial exhibitions, a series of shows dealing with historical and contemporary photography in Maine, and several exhibitions of graphics from the PMA’s permanent collection.

Roberta was selected for River Art’s Juried “My Community” Exhibition             April 25 ~ May 22

On Line © Roberta

Beach Croquet © Roberta

LANDING GALLERY  SUMMER 2014  ALL NEW WORK.  COME IN AND TAKE A LOOK.

MAINE MORNING © Roberta  11” X  16” 

“Romantic Series” at Lincoln Street Center First Annual Summer Solstice Art Expo, Rockland, Maine, June 21 - 22

Fish House © Roberta

Birch Point © Roberta

The Maine Story – Opening Reception – Friday, August 1 at River Arts in Damariscotta. The Juror for the exhibition is Susan Groce.  Susan Groce, professor of Art, Department Chair at the University of Maine, Orono, received her MFA from the University of Michigan. She has worked at Atelier 17, Paris; the Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland; Open Bite Print Workshop, Australia; and the MacDowell Colony, NH. She has been an Artist Mentor for the MFA program at Vermont College, and has been an Artist in Residence, Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer, and Visiting Researcher (safer print practices) at over 40 art schools, programs, and universities in Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, and the U.S.

Juror’s Statement:

It was an honor, a joy and a tremendously difficult task to select a small sampling of work for exhibition from the many strong and intriguing works entered. The theme “Maine Story”, finding unique perspectives and balancing a diversity of media, style, and skills lead to final selections. Even so, finite space meant that there was simply not enough space for some works I would have loved to see included. It is indeed reaffirming that there are so many accomplished artists producing a diversity of work in Maine and thankfully there are many more exhibitions to enter!

Roberta was selected for River Art’s Juried “Faces & Figures” Exhibition

October 10 ~ November 6 

River Arts Opening Reception for “Faces & Figures” Exhibition – Oct 10  5-7

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception of its newest exhibition “Faces and Figures (animals included)” Friday, Oct 10 from 5-7. The exhibition includes 100 works by 65 Maine Artists. 


The juror, for the exhibition, Ed McCartan, commented on work in this exhibition which will run through November 6: “The variety of pieces, from sculpture to tapestry, assemblages to paintings, drawings and photographs make it a nice mix of creative effort. What particularly impressed me was the multiplicity of takes on the theme, from delicate washes to bold modeling in bright colors, from graceful, undulating forms to powerful staccato shapes.  Whimsy and wit are on display, as well as tenderness and introspection.”


McCartan holds an MFA in painting from SUNY, Albany, as well as degrees in art education, theology and philosophy.  He has taught on all levels of education, most recently at the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY and Russell Sage College in that same city.  He currently teaches classes at Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick.  Ed's work hangs in the permanent collections of several museums and in corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

ANDER © Roberta  8” X  10”  Lenticular Photograph

Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of " New Work & New Artists" ,a group exhibit, Oct 3 – Oct 30, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct 3rd from 5 - 8 PM during the First Friday Art Walk in Rockland.  Eleven of Maine's talented fine artists exhibit their most recent paintings, drawings & photographs, many of which show a new creative direction.  Bonnie D’Abate, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Lewis Cisle, Sarah Faragher, Ralph Hassenpflug, Monique Lazard, David Riley Peterson, Ellen Roberts, Marcia Sewall and Suzanne Siegel, are included in this exhibit.  Please join us and enjoy some new and exciting work by some of your favorite artists.

Bouquet, Olson House © Roberta

Barrett’s Cove © Roberta

Foundry Ladles © Roberta

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition

November 17 ~ December 11

River Arts – “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition Opening Friday, November 14 5-7 pm


River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition on Friday, November 14 from 5 – 7 pm. The show includes artwork by 80 artists from all over Maine, in a wide variety of media, sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until December 11.


The juror for the “Artists’ Choice” exhibition is Mark Kelly, a founding member of Aarhus Gallery in Belfast. Born in Amityville, New York, Mark Kelly moved to Boston in 1990, and earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997.


Juror’s Statement – Mark Kelly


We often hear the term “the simple life”, which – in urban areas – refers to a supposedly quiet, rural existence. But those who actually live that life know full well that it is anything but simple. There is an intense complexity that makes up the seemingly facile workings of the everyday – and that perfectly describes what I found fascinating about the works in this show. There is no such thing as The Simple Life. Life is anything but simple, it is everything but simple. The task any artist has is to try to translate that into something that speaks to the heart, to the soul – to try to maybe makes sense of the whole complex mess; And here, in these works, it is not translated from any single source. It may be the soft curve of the human form, or a subtle shift in light as it rests on a shoreline, desktop or rooftop. It may be the fading memory of a Winter’s day spent running amok in the snow. It is as fleeting as a cast shadow and solid as stone.

As I looked through and started to choose pieces for this show it struck me that what spoke to me – to my soul – were the works that leaned towards an appreciation of the elusive “simple”.

When we see a master at work, we sometimes forget how much goes into what they are doing because they make it look easy – but it takes years, decades, lifetimes to get to that point. It takes an understanding of the complex in order to come full circle and pare things down to the profound basics. Sometimes that understanding can be expressed with a few strokes of a brush, sometimes it takes months to express – and extol – something as common as a cloud passing over a body of water. It all begins with an appreciation of the dichotomy between simple and complex, and I feel that these works – these artists – are translating and expressing that in a variety of heartfelt, soulful ways.

BIRD V © ROBERTA  3D PRINTED SCULPTURE

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Celebrating Color” Exhibition

December 19 ~ January 15

“Afternoon Shadow” © Roberta



River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for “Celebrating Color” Exhibition on Friday, December 19 from 5 – 7 pm.


The show includes  90 artworks by artists from Steuben to Biddeford, in a wide variety of media, including sculpture and fine crafts. The exhibition will hang until January 15.


The juror for the “Celebrating Color” exhibition is John Lorence.  John Lorence is a recipient of fellowships at YADDO, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the McDowell colony. 

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Black, White, and Tones of Grey” Exhibition

January 23 ~ February 19

“Letter A © Roberta

“Foundry Ladles” © Roberta

River Arts: “Submitted works of art should not include any notes of saturated or neutral color tones,  artists should rather be inspired by the imagined color found in a successful works of art created from “Black, White, and Tones of Grey”.”  The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham.

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “The Natural World” Exhibition            April 24 ~ May 21

River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting the public to view its newest exhibition, “The Natural World” Friday, April 24 from 5-7 pm. Visitors to the gallery will see over 100 works by 100 Maine artists as they portray Maine’s “Natural World in paintings, drawings, collage, assemblage, sculpture and fine crafts, and enjoy music, refreshments, and great conversation.  The exhibition was juried by Carl Little.

Carl Little is the author of numerous art books, including Nature & Culture: The Art of Joel Babb and William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey. His 2011 book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Award from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

Little has written about a number of “animaliers,” or animal artists, including Dahlov Ipcar, Bernard Langlais and Cabot Lyford. Two of his recent books, Hero: The Paintings of Robert Bissell and Irene Hardwicke Olivieri: Closer to Wildness, feature the work of painters with a special affinity for creatures great and small.

Little has contributed to the forthcoming Art in Maine: Contemporary Perspectives. He writes for Art New England, Island Journal, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Ornament. He has helped produce several Maine Masters films, including the award-winning Imber’s Left Hand, and he is featured in “Richard Estes: My Camera Is My Sketchbook.” His poetry appears in Ocean Drinker: New & Selected Poems and three anthologies edited by Wesley McNair, the poet laureate of Maine.

A native New Yorker, Little moved to Mount Desert Island in 1989. He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Columbia, and Middlebury. He directed the public affairs office and the Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic for eight years before joining the Maine Community Foundation as director of communications and marketing in 2001.

In Flight II © Roberta

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Mainly Maine” Exhibition        August 7 ~ September  3


River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting the public to view  its newest exhibition “Mainly Maine”. More than 100 works in a wide variety of media and styles are on exhibit. The exhibition runs through September 3rd.

The juror for this show is Andy Curran artist, founder and director of the former Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook and longtime owner of Dog Star Creations. Andy was born and raised in Westbrook, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Southern Maine and currently spends his time creating new pieces in his studio in Westbrook.

“Forest Spring” © Roberta

“Grindle Point Light” © Roberta

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Artist Choice” Exhibition      September  11 ~ October 8

River Arts invites the public to the opening for its newest exhibition “Artists’ Choice” on Friday, September 11  5-7 pm.  The exhibition consists of over 120 pieces artwork in a variety of media, and includes paintings, collages, assemblages, ceramics, and drawings by artists from all over Maine.  The juror for this show is Ken Greenleaf.  Greenleaf who has spent his career in New York City and his native Maine, where he resides today on the mid-coast in Waldoboro (he was born in Damariscotta).  An artist whose work is embedded in a philosophical and theoretical framework, Ken Greenleaf is a committed modernist, working in the minimalist tradition.

“Babies Room” © Roberta

“Going Home” © Roberta

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Sheepscott Watershed” Exhibition

                          October 9 ~ November 5

River Arts in Damariscotta and the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association (SVCA) are inviting the public to view a new exhibition “Sheepscot Watershed”. The two organizations teamed up this year to highlight the arts and nature through a series of events, culminating in this exhibition portraying the flora, fauna and vistas of the Sheepscot Watershed from Boothbay Harbor to Freedom. The juror for this show is Bob Keyes, writer for the Portland Press Herald. The exhibition will hang until November 5th. A percentage of the sales will go to the SVCA.

“Steadfast” by Roberta Baumann

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Black, White and Tones of Grey” Exhibition

      January 18 ~ February 11 

The juror for the exhibition is Tina Ingraham. Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. She has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

“Button Bowl” by Roberta Baumann

Roberta’s 2016 iPhone Workshop schedule is underway. Join her on May 15, 2016 at River Arts, Damariscotta, Maine for  “iPhone/iPad Artistry”.  You will learn more than you can imagine about the computer/phone/camera that fits in your pocket.  Roberta has been teaching all her adult life and iPhone photography since 2013 at Maine Media Workshops, Split Rock Cove, River Arts, Georges River Land Trust, Landing Gallery and in private workshops. For this workshop contact www.riverartsme.org/classes

Here is a statement from a recent workshop:

“It’s not easy to steer a roomful of older, nontechnical cellphone users through what seems to many of us the impenetrable labyrinth of its myriad options, but Roberta Baumann has the patience and expertise to be the perfect leader for such a group. In our class, we first worked our way through the basic “housekeeping” functions, discovering so many useful tools that that alone was worth the price of the class. Then we moved on to the amazing features of the three photography apps she had us download, which in themselves opened up whole new worlds of creativity, usefulness, and fun.             

We are often told that these amazing machines have the capability to send a man to the moon, a reminder that they are sadly underused beyond our ordinary basic needs. This class is a wonderful way to tap into some of their potential—and find tools that actually help us create, explore, and navigate through our everyday lives."


~ Marcie Porter, January 2016 iPhone Workshop Participant, Georges River Land Trust, Rockland, ME

“iPhone/iPad Artistry” with Roberta Baumann at River Arts in Damariscotta

Sunday, May 15, 2016   10-2   •  $75 River Arts members  $90 non-members  •  to register: www.riverartsme.org/classes

The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you. Lurking inside your iPhone is one of the most inspiring, capable, and fun imaging systems in all of photography. More than just a snapshot device, your iPhone is a powerful creative tool for making art, right in the palm of your hand. You now have both camera and darkroom in your pocket. Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process. This one day class will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone/iPad as a creative tool for taking and editing photos. We will also do some iPhone Housekeeping.  A list of apps will be provided to participants so that they may be downloaded in time for the first class.

Roberta Baumann is a fine art photographer, teacher, and Gallery Director at Landing Gallery in Rockland. She fuels her creative spirit by exploring the process of capturing and editing photos with her iPhone. Roberta has taught iPhone photography at the Maine Media Workshops, 26 Split Rock Cove, River Arts, Georges River Land Trust and in private classes. In 2015 she exhibited in thirteen juried art shows. Her work is collected in the US and in Europe.
This is your opportunity to discover the power, fun, and stunning output that’s possible from your iPhone!

Class Prep
Please have your iPhone fully charged with at least 4GB of storage space available. You can check your available space in Settings>General>About. The line item called “Available” is your remaining storage space.
Your iTunes account should be in good working condition so you can purchase additional apps during the class. This is very important because we don’t want to waste time troubleshooting forgotten passwords or changed billing information in class. Try to buy some of the apps I recommend (in a separate document) before class starts to make sure everything is working well.
Make sure your iPhone or iPad battery is fully charged before the class. It’s a good idea to bring an additional battery, either a battery-case or an external battery.  Bring charging/sync cables too. Please have your iPhone updated with the latest version of the iOS (iPhone Operating System). Currently we’re at iOS 9.3.1 but there may be a newer versions by the workshop date.  to register: www.riverartsme.org/classes


Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Flower/Foliage” Exhibition

April 22 ~ May 19

      “TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS”        July 1  -  July 31   


A two person exhibition of new photographs by Roberta Baumann and new oil paintings by Bruce Busko. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 1st, from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.


Roberta and Bruce frequently work side by side and this exhibit shows how two artists see the landscape and interpret the same subject differently.  Individual directions in their art are not limited by their proximity.  When comparing the same subject locations, their art reveals how each artist focuses on their unique creativity.


“Physically exploring space and light while maintaining an ideal histogram is exciting.  Once the subject is chosen, the fun really begins.  Additional processing and making the perfect, final print, is what I enjoy and get excited about.  Out in the field, I make decisions for framing the scene, what to leave in or out and decide what aspect of nature I want to capture.  Living in Maine offers many stimulating subjects from my backyard to an abandoned old mill, there is always something that intrigues me.  I find interiors and landscape equally gratifying to photograph.” – Roberta Baumann


“During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio.  Sketches, photos, memory and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process.  Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the subject. It can begin with a strong composition created by a low tide or perhaps the reflection of the sun and clouds in a calm body of water.  To seek is to find, is my moto.  Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of my creative experience.” – Bruce Busko


Landing Gallery, 409 Main Street, Rockland, Maine

Hours; Open 7 Days, 11-5 Mon - Sat & 12-5 Sun.  FMI: Please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

"April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine"  by Bruce Busko  Oil/Canvas 30" x 40"

"Low Tide, Spruce Head"  by Roberta Baumann Photograph  12” x 18”

"Birch Point Bathers"  by Roberta Baumann

"Still Life"  by Roberta Baumann

“The Maine Scene” Exhibition”   •  July 29  -  September 1  •


River Arts is inviting the public to the opening reception for our new exhibition, “The Maine Scene” on Friday, July 29 5-7 pm. The exhibition will hang through September 1.

The juror for this exhibition is Portland native and resident Bruce Brown who served as curator at the Center of Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for twenty years beginning in 1987.  He curated more than 200 exhibitions promoting Maine visual artists 2006. In February, 2013 he became co-director of Portland's PhoPa Gallery in Portland.  He has built a notable collection particularly of contemporary American prints and more recently Maine photography.  Portions of his print collection have been exhibited at museums and universities all over Maine as well as the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

In 2006 he was cited by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram as one of six Maine citizens who made a notable contribution to the state for conceiving and chairing "The Maine Print Project," the largest visual arts collaboration in Maine history up to that time involving 25 different print exhibitions in Maine museums and non-profit galleries statewide He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2009.  On June 25, 2016 a gallery in the new CMCA building in Rockland designed by Toshiko Mori was dedicated in his honor.  His own photographs are included in the Portland Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the “Artists’ Portraits” exhibition at UNE in 2015.

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “The Maine Scene” Exhibition      July 29 ~ September 1

Fish House, Monhegan © Roberta Baumann

Beach Croquet © Roberta Baumann

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Fall Harvest” Exhibition       September 9 ~ October 1

Unity Creek” © Roberta Baumann archival pigment photograph

printed on vellum

“Sunflower” © Roberta Baumann archival pigment photograph

printed on vellum

Critic and art historian Martica Sawin is the juror for this exhibition.  She has been writing on contemporary art since the 1950′s when she was a contributing editor of Arts and New York correspondent for Art International. Sawin chaired the department of history and criticism of art and design at Parsons School of Design for thirty years.  She is the author of Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School and of many books and museum catalog essays on contemporary art and artists.  Her winter home is the West  Village in New York City and for forty years she has spent summers on Basin Point in Harpswell, Maine.

Roberta was selected for River Arts Juried “Think Spring” Exhibition     March 17 ~ April  2017

The juror for this exhibition is Andres Verzosa. Veroza is the founder of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk and has been a contributing arts columnist and reviewer for Art New England. He is most commonly associated with Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, which he owned and directed. Verosa recently served as Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art where he curated the museum’s first outdoor solo exhibition by contemporary sculptor Gary Haven Smith as well as the 2017 exhibition schedule that includes exhibits by Dahlov Ipcar, Will Barnet, John Marin, Cabot Lyford, and a World War I exhibition from OMAA’s permanent collection. He also guest curated five exhibitions as part of the Maine Photo Project.

Verzosa worked on the estate of Bernard Langlais as has Roberta, which included showcasing Langlais’ art nationwide in a partnership with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in a series of exhibitions and talks called Kindred Spirits and  at several museums and galleries He also established the Bernard Langlais Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. In 2012, Verzosa co-curated the exhibition Maine Women Pioneers III at the University of N. E.

“Earth Gesture” © Roberta Baumann

“Garden Path” © Roberta Baumann

“October” © Roberta Baumann

“October” chosen for The 2017 Maine Photography Show presented by Boothbay Region Art Foundation, BRAF.  Juror Marc Meunch

“Earth Gesture” © Roberta Baumann

“October” © Roberta Baumann

“Garden Path” © Roberta Baumann

“Home” © Roberta Baumann