Gallery Archives


Liz McGhee


May – July 2017

This body of work has been created as Maine has been trying to find its way towards spring. I find inspiration in organic textures, shapes, and processes. I incorporate printing from natural objects to add the element of chance and surprise to my process and to nurture an ongoing a conversation with the page.

A portion of any work sold from this exhibit will be donated to ILAP, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. Much thanks to Frontier for this opportunity.





Collin Howell


May – July 2017

Life at Winterberry Farm is the only life Sage has ever known. Her mother, Mary, moved to the farm shortly before Sage was born. The old dairy farm, built in 1870, had been dormant for twenty years before Mary bought it in 2001. Mary’s dream was to revitalize the forty acre farm so she could live there with her family and earn a living from the land. With the help of her oldest daughter, Kenya, her son, Gil, Sage, and farm apprentices, Mary has realized this dream.

Today, the horse-and-oxen powered organic farm not only provides food for the family, but for 50 other local families through its community supported agriculture program. The farm also has a farmstand, equipped with a commercial kitchen, where the family cooks and sells goods from the farm.

Sage spends many hours of her day outside helping to run the farm. She plays and explores with the wonder of a child, but works with the strength and maturity of an adult.

What is it like to be this young farmer? This ongoing work looks at the life of a family farm through the eyes of a young girl whose only home has been this land that her mother credits for giving her and her children safety, security, and a living.





bomb diggity arts / The Art Department


March 5th - April 30th, 2017

Fantastic, colorful celebrity drawings and paintings by artists from bomb diggity arts and The Art Department. We wanted to celebrate other artists who share their gifts with the world, just like
we do.

bomb diggity arts is a community-support program of Momentum serving adults of all abilities, promoting the discovery of artistic expression, exploring personal interest and passion, developing a healthy lifestyle, and building a meaningful and reciprocal connection to ones’ community.









Faces of Farms

January 10 – March 5

Farm animals selflessly feed out hearts, souls and bodies.

They keep us warm, healthy and happy, asking very little in return but some hay, a dry spot to sleep and, in some cases, a regular milking.

They instinctually protect us and one another: herding, feeding and playing as communities should.

As much as these animals appear to be the same, when you look more closely, you see each is a unique and fascinating creature whose expression tells its very own story.







Les Vieilles Devantures de France

October 2016 – January 2017

Perhaps the best name for this exhibit would be, NOSTALGIA.

At the age of 90, you cannot help but looking back at earlier days, comparing the facilities of life before World War II with the improvements of today.

The motto "Stop the World I Want to Get Off" surely still applies to each generation, often ignoring or unaware of the advantages of our time.

I try to keep up with the "I.T." (Information Technology) but the rapid evolution or the obsolescence of new discoveries makes me look back at the slower pace of the early part of the last century...

...when we were still going to the boucherie to request cuts of beef, veal, or horse directly from the butcher.  When similar shops dealt with cochons , volailles et gibier (pig, chicken and game). Epicerie, Alimentation (grocery stores) sold mostly dry and canned foods of all sorts from flours, beans, coffee, spices and wine, of course.

...when laiterie, beurre, oeufs, etc.: fresh milk, was not pasteurized or homogenized and sat with a layer of heavy cream on top, sold by the litre (about 2 pints) in a pitcher that the customers themselves would bring in to be filled. Oeufs (eggs) sold by the pieces (with bits of chicken feathers still stuck on them) and if you bought a dozen you would get an extra one: treize a la douzaine (13 for a dozen).

...when beurre (butter) was dispensed from a motte (big block) on the marble counter, from which hunks were weighed on a piece of wax-paper and quickly shaped with a wood paddle, often displaying a carved motive like "Beurre de Ferme (Farm Butter) or the outline of a cow transferred on the side of the soft butter.

...when the Boulangerie (bakery) would serve fresh baguettes, or pain de quatre (4 pound loaves), sometimes cut in half, and all baked in a wood fired oven at least twice a day. One bake in the early morning and another later in the day to be picked up on your way home. The boulanger had to be up at 3am in the morning, baring his chest due to the heat from the nearby oven and the hard work of mixing the flour, salt, water and the "mother" (piece of an earlier made fresh dough used as yeast). I hate to add, that often, his sweat would drip into the dough, which would only add to the sourdough flavor of the bread. By 5pm, at the latest, he would go upstairs to rest while his wife, who had been up since 6am, would sell the breads through the late evening or when they sold out!

...when the Quincaillerie-Droguerie-Fers sold hardware, tools, nails, as well as candles, soaps, and all kinds of cleaning products, including paint and thinner.

...when grey poupon was a tradition specializing in mustard of all strengths and flavors.

...when the pharmacie was where your prescriptions (hand written and often illegible) were filled by a pharmacist who would select the proper chemicals to be mixed, packaged, and sold within little cardboard boxes with handwritten labels identifying the content and the name of the doctor. Sometimes the pharmacist would press the drugs into pills or fill them in to soft capsules that you could swallow whole. My parents would often choose to take the unpleasant powdered drugs and wrap them within a wet hostie (small wafer of bread without yeast still used as the Host in Catholic Churches), making them tasteless and easy to swallow.

...when Tabac establishments often combined with a "café" where you could stand at the comptoir (counter) for a quick glass of wine, beer or coffee along with a smoke. They also sold newspapers, magazines, postcards. I used to love the smell of the shop when I went, every Thursday afternoon, to pick up the weekly edition of the famous Belgian comic series of "Spirou and Tintin".

... when you might go by a Café Restaurant, Casse-croute (cheap snack shop) with a plat du jour (daily special dish cooked by the owner) but might have been tolerated to bring your own sandwiches as long as you ordered a vin rouge a beer or café au lait. And you could smoke in those places!

...when Graineterie and Tout pour le Jardin shops dealt with all your needs for your garden, from seeds to all the tools, poisons, and fertilizers you could need.

...when you'd frequent the Herboristerie for all kind of herbs dispensed according to your ailments or faith in natural remedies (still favorite shops all over Asia).

...En passant (while at it) we had a bureaux in my village, where you could order a taxi, an ambulance, or a hearse! There were only 2 telephones in town: one here and one at the post office.

...when we couldn't forget the beautifully decorated tricycled Marchand de Glaces, the precursors to our own "Good Humor Man". But instead, you would select the flavors of ice cream you wanted from the 2 or 3 that they had that day, and the ice cream man would scoop them on wafers of different shapes (my favorite being a "frog").

...when especially, in the cold months of the year, you could see outdoor stalls in front of restaurants, where all kinds of "shell-fishes" would be displayed, opened and served on plates of seaweed, ice, and lemon wedges. You could select crayfish, dozens of different kind of oysters, mussels, clams, or langoustines as you went in and it would be brought to your table on a large plateau de mer (platter from the sea). These still exist.

...when the streets in small towns or villages would be lined with many shops, giving us the chance to fill our shopping baskets, not plastic bags, from shop to shop.

Of course there still are outdoor markets for vegetable, fruits, fishes, local homemade specialties, etc. They are still available at least once a week in small towns and every day in the bigger cities.

It should be the subject of another exhibition of markets that I photographed in many countries. They still exist and are coming back more and more to give us opportunities to sample local, and often, organic produce at their best and most seasonal.

I photographed some of these "Shop-Fronts" over 60 years ago and many have been eliminated by supermarkets or modernized with fancy new fronts. I miss them. I guess that is nostalgia.






August 31st – October 24th


Webster’s dictionary defines marginal as written or printed in the margin, pertaining to,
or situated at, a margin or border.

I consider that all those creative types, artists, poets, writers, musicians who, for
whatever their circumstances, labor on the margins or outside the borders of
acknowledged success, exist in a world that I would refer to as “Marginalia.”

We are a committed people mostly known and supported by each other.

I am one of these people. My work, I would like to think of as well crafted, is not
widely known but is appreciated by a few. It is my hope that you will join these few.





July – August 2016

Spindleworks is hosting an exhibit to benefit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. The exhibit The Forest Through the Trees is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions. This year artists were invited to submit work in any medium, inspired by and focusing on plant life, which is meant to draw attention to the importance of plants in creating natural habitat for the world’s species. This will be the sixth exhibit in the series, which has drawn artists from across Maine and across the country. This year we have chosen the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust to receive the funds raised. We recognize the important role the land trust plays in protecting species in our local community. 30% from each sale will be donated to this important and well loved local organization. Additionally we are seeking donated items for a silent auction benefit at the opening July 15th.

Spindleworks is a non-profit art center for adults with disabilities and a program of the Independence Association of Brunswick Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community.
Gallery is open M-F 9-4 and artists are on site M-F 9-2.












May 17th – June 26th 2016

For this project, I was able to photograph and talk with 50 participants about aging, and specifically going grey. About a third of the participants were friends, another third friends of friends, and the remaining number were strangers I approached on the streets or in restaurants. I assumed it would be a tricky subject to approach a person with: the fact that I was interested in photographing them because they had grey hair. But the response I received was always one of gratitude and honor. Once sitting across from me in my studio, the conversations ranged from women suddenly feeling “invisible” in society once they let their hair go grey or reached a certain age, to others who embraced their hair no matter what color after bouts with cancer, to the ones who dyed their hair most of their lives and finally let it go natural, or the men who suddenly were told they looked “distinguished.” The purpose of this project started as a visual journey; a play on words after thepopular erotica novel “50 Shades of Grey” made its debut. But the stories that surfaced, the views and opinions, the sheer and utter joy many of them felt when embracing their natural hair color really changed my entire approach. It was clear that this project was much more than shades of grey. It was about embracing ourselves, grey or not! I am happy to surround myself with confident, beautiful, and intelligent subjects who have provided me with the truth: beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. It belongs to those who fully embrace themselves, honor their natural journey in life, and who forever stay young at heart.




Painter & Mixed Media Artist

May 17th – June 26th 2016

I received my BFA from the Maine College of Art, with a focus in printmaking. My work is heavily influenced by antiquity, folk, funk, soul, pattern & color. While my past paintings have been more conceptual, this current body of work is inspired by my love of the sea, influenced by nature's patterns & vibrancy, & by our beautiful surroundings here in Maine.
My studies in printmaking still governs my process through painting, where it's still very much about layers, colors, textures, & form. I graphically layer different levels of history & style to create vibrant paintings from my wild imagination - a form or art and a way of life.


Mill Works: Chapter 1 is the first in a series of art exhibitions featuring artists of Cabot Mill (Fort Andross). The focus of this series is to celebrate our artists and explore what art means within a community. Varied, colorful, rich, textural, bold, subtle... each artist tells their own story - and each story tells us something about our community; our culture. Chapter 1 features nine artists: John Bisbee, Sam Gilbert, Cassie Jones, Richard Keen, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Elijah Ober, Andrea Sulzer, Ian Trask and John Winship.
Frontier was built around storytelling - where food, art and culture interact in a creative and dynamic environment. Traditional art galleries can often feel intimidating to many people, so Frontier created a destination, accessible to all, where art is woven into an experience that also blends the best in local food, film and music. While Frontier is very much a destination, our mission is always about inspiring a journey. -Michael Gilroy
March 2016 – May 2016
Mill Works: Chapter 1 was curated by Richard Keen.



PHOTOS by Brendan Bullock WORDS by Annie Murphy
January 2016 – March 2016


When you see the phrase “food insecurity,” you might picture scenes from distant places hit by the global food crisis: barren fields marked by drought, families fleeing wars, or people waiting in long ration lines. You might not picture Maine. Yet more than 200,000 Mainers are food insecure. The term encom- passes hunger and scarcity, as well as lack of access to food that’s fresh and healthy. Meeting this need for good food is where Maine’s farmers, workers, and volunteers come in. We are fortunate to have at hand everything re- quired to feed our state: abundant farmland, skilled farmers, and people invested in forging ties between farms and low-income Mainers. In making fresh ingredients accessible to those who need them most, the projects featured here are also forging new opportunities for Maine farms by opening up markets, diverting waste through farm dona- tions and gleaning, and creating new customers who seek fresh, local food. This series is a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. It seeks to document some of the many people working for change in our communities across the state, with the hope that these efforts will continue to grow into a resilient food system that serves all Mainers.


October 2015 – January 2016

The works of art for the competition were selected by world-renowned photojournalist Robert Freson. Mr. Freson has many magazine covers to his credit including LOOK, ESQUIRE and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. His images and portraits from around the world include names like Sophia Loren, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Princess Diana. Winning entries selected are by notable photographers Tim Byrne, Barbara Tobey, Michael Cempa, Dan Zukowski, Joanne Lee and Jim Walker. Also on display will be works by Felice Boucher, New England Professional Photographers’ Photographer of the Year.




Les Gents du Voyage

By Robert Freson | July – October 2015

Over the years of doing photo-reportages on varied subjects, I gathered, here and there, and not necessarily for the jobs I was doing: images of gypsies, itinerant groups and other wanderers. And most of these photographs were never published. So I decided to gather some of them and show them together.

They are some of real individual gypsies, tsiganes, romanichels that I passed on the road in France, Belgium, Turkey and India, for instance.

But other times I went specifically to record groups of “Hunter Gatherers” (Ndo-Robo) in Kenya and Tanzania. Other time in the Matto Grosso (Brazil) to report on a tribe of Xingus (also nomadic). Then on the Touaregs in the Sahara and the Peuls moving their herd of camels in the North of Nigeria (also known as the” Sahel”). The Masaai also in Kenya moving their herd of cattle.

Itinerant groups in the Rajasthan part of the North of India. Including one image of the sect of the “Jains” with their mouths covered with a mask and walking barefoot across the country to refrain from killing any animals, even insects under their feet or being swallowed as they breathe

But one of my favorite group are the “TINKERS”, the gypsies of Ireland. Lovely people, poor but generally happy and living in condition that would try most of us.

There are many others in the world, of course. Their reputation as thieves often made them feared and hunted down as the “Roma” in France. Many were exterminated in concentration camps, by the Nazis, during the second World War.

Photo-Journalists are also somewhat nomadic by the nature of their assignments. There were time when I envied the freedom and lack of possessions of my “Gypsies”.

I did many jobs living and sleeping in my VW. Camper, which gave me the liberty to travel aimlessly and discover wonderful unexpected experiences. And these are some of them.

Thank you : Robert




Water Bodies

April – June 2015

Water Bodies is a community wide exhibit organized by Spindleworks, and graciously hosted by Frontier Café. Water Bodies is the Fifth in a series of annual exhibits held to  draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions.

This year, the theme offered to the community was that of bodies of water, which could be interpreted as actual water, or bodies that live in or around water. This exhibit includes work by Spindleworks artists and staff as well as other local Maine artists, and in addition several pieces from our friends at Flying Shuttles are center in Rhode Island!

Once again Spindleworks has chosen the Coastal Humane Society as the beneficiary of the exhibit. 20% from each sale will be donated to this important and well loved local organization.  If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please speak with a Frontier staff member.

Enjoy the exhibit, and the delicious food and great ambiance here at Frontier.

For more information on Spindleworks, please visit:





Collaborative Portrait Project

- Farmer's Edition

Led by Susan Bickford | March – April 2015

The Collaborative Portrait Project was directly inspired by Harlow Gallery’s CSA: Community Supporting Arts project from 2012, which matched 14 Maine artists with 13 area farms (Susan Bickford was one of those artists). The artists visited ‘their’ farms regularly and created art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals throughout the growing season. The project culminated in a series of eight art exhibits that took place in central and coastal Maine between October 2012 and February 2013.  The purpose of the project was to promote local art and local food, and to educate the community about the value of the local farming economy.  The Collaborative Portrait Project builds on and extends the connections, excitement and goodwill generated by CSA: Community Supporting Arts.

This past fall, students in ten art classes throughout central Maine worked on group-created collaborative art portraits depicting some local heroes: local farmers growing healthy organic food for their communities. Each portrait started with a photograph of the subject by Gardiner photographer Allison McKeen, which was enlarged to 4 foot x 4 foot square and then divided into a grid of thirty-six eight inch squares. Each square is given to an individual student to create their own artistic interpretation using various multimedia techniques. “When [the portrait] gets assembled up on the board, a magic happens.  The individual pieces come together to form more than the sum of their parts,” said project leader Susan Bickford, “The project allows students to experience the transformative power of assembly and offers an opportunity to incorporate civic lessons into art techniques and vice versa.




Frontier Employee Art Show - Inside Job #2

January – February 2015

All works by our very own Frontier staff.

Participating artists include Rocio Carrera, Leif Sherman Curtis, Malorrie Nadeau,
Nikki Pilgrim, Kristyn Platt, Emily Wolf, and Jennifer Wurst











Mavericks and Misfits

Collaborative artwork facilitated by artist Tim Clorius
October 2014 - January 2015

Tim Clorius is an oil painter and "aerosol artist". Under the name "Subone" he was the first artist in Maine to pursue a professional career as a spray painter, labeling himself an "Aerosol Artist" to emphasize his interest in spray painting legal, fine art oriented works ranging from abstraction to realism, yet remaining resolutely what he calls: "graffitiesque". Having found his love for art in the graffiti movement of the early nineties in Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1998 where he became a fine art oil painter. his interest in exploring the potentials, as well as the boundaries, that exist in regards to the visual and social hybridization of traditional forms of painting with contemporary approaches to it, such as aerosol art, has been a major theme in his public works and in his studio practice.

In 2002 Tim founded S.U.B.O.N.E Workshops, which stands for: Supplying Urban Beautification Offering New Experiences and began to work with students. Teaming up with fellow artist and friend Andrew Coffin, the workshops focused primarily on the advocacy of the potentials, that aerosol art possesses as an educational tool and projects with youth and students throughout the state were realized. With the growing acceptance of graffiti and street art, Tim and Andrew keep adjusting their approach in creating aerosol involving art projects, often times including participants of all ages or cultural backgrounds, in an attempt to enhance, connect and revitalize communities socially and economically, inspire positive action and foster civic engagement.


Tim Clorius




Stories in Assemblage

By Mildred Johnson

September - October 2014


Please join us at the Frontier Cafe on September 12th from 5-8 PM for the opening of Mildred Johnson's solo show, Stories in Assemblage. The exhibit features work that spans the time Mildred has maintained studios at Ft. Andross in Brunswick.  Within this lovely old mill, and as one of the first artists to have a studio there, Mildred has enjoyed a special camaraderie with her fellow artists and many of the flea market and antique dealers, all of whom have helped provide her with a steady supply of inspiration. While we all might recognize a part of our own histories in the rusty metals or warm patinas that she has carefully chosen, Mildred's assemblages each now tell us a new story shaped by her architects eye and masterful hand.  She will tell you straight on, she does not mess around with the subconscious!




All Species: On the Edge

Presented by Spindleworks

May 2014 - August 2014

On the Edge is a companion exhibit to the All Species Parade, with this year’s focus on endangered species. The exhibit  includes work by Spindleworks artists as well as other artists from surrounding communities. As always, this is a fundraising exhibit and a percentage of sales will be donated to the Coastal Humane Society so come see and purchase some beautiful art, for all sorts of good reasons.




The Weightless Moment

by Apparatus Dance Theater

November 2013 - May 2014

Apparatus Dance Theater is a collaborative workgroup of aerialists and theater artists formed in January 2010 by Janette Hough-Fertig. Casey Turner, a former student of Janette’s from the University of Southern Maine, is one of the founding members. Janette is an aerial dance instructor in the Portland community and Casey is a local actor of the stage and film.

The weightless moment: Apparatus Dance at TEDxDirigo




Dina Petrillo

August 2013 - November 2013

A sculptor, printmaker, and designer, Dina has been exhibiting and teaching in the Mid Coast since she moved to Maine from New York City in 2000. She's been teaching sculpture and printmaking with the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center since 2004 and in 2005 she opened the Post Office Studio Workshop in downtown Belfast. A production print studio, the PO workshop became the home of Belfast Bay Shade Company in 2012, and in January 2013 , Dina and her husband Ryan launched a new line of hand-printed botanical lampshades in New York City.



The Oxbow Habitat

July 2013 - August 2013

I occasionally refer to the property that’s been home to my family and where we built Oxbow Brewing Company as the “Oxbow habitat”, where there is no clear physical or creative boundary between the land, the brewery, my residence, my friends, and my family.  My wife Dash and I bought the place four years ago just after getting married.  In this short time, the unconventional rustic compound has taught us what feels like a lifetime of lessons.   The solitude and space inspired us to create Oxbow with our friend and head brewer Tim Adams, who upon first visit felt the energy and saw the potential for a farmhouse brewery with the same wild look in his eye.

These pieces represent this habitat, and the strange beauty and balance between nature and manufacturing.  Early on, we coined the slogan “loud beer from a quiet place”, solidifying a sense of place in our identity.  Everything within our 18 acres in North Newcastle is Oxbow’s fabric.  The barred owl that became our logo, the well water in our beer, the pigs we raise to eat our spent grain, the fruit that our young orchard will bear for our barrel program, and the trees our property’s pioneer harvested to build this place are all natural reminders that Oxbow is one-in-the-same with these woods and rough fields. A fascinating balance exists on our forested farm, where nature, manufacturing, and the treasure of people here have inspired an artistic pursuit in everything we do.

Geoff Masland
Newcastle, Maine
July 15th 2013


Tinder: Maine Stories by Salt Fall 2012 Graduates

February 2013 - May 2013

After fifteen weeks of hard work, Tinder celebrates the work of Salt's fall 2012 class with an exhibition of powerful and intimate Maine stories in writing, radio, photography and multimedia. Students traveled to the outer corners of the state (or stayed close to home) and found stories that will make you laugh, cry and be glad to be from Maine.




CSA : Community Supporting Arts

January 2013 - February 2013


(the following is taken from an article published in the Forecaster)

BRUNSWICK — A table might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says "agriculture," but for artist Maina Handmaker, it's the center of everything that happens on a family farm. Maina Handmaker shows Milkweed Farms co-owner Lucretia Woodruff and her two children a paper cutout of their fa mily's table. Art done by Handmaker and 13 other artists will be on display at Frontier in Brunswick starting Jan. 11.

This interpretation of farm life and many others will be on display at Frontier, 14 Maine St. (Fort Andross Mill 3), starting Jan. 11 for the Community Supporting Arts exhibition, a year-long project that paired 14 Maine artists with 13 local farms to produce art inspired by farm life.



Employee Art Show - Inside Job

November 2012 - January 2013

Frontier proudly presents our first annual art & music exhibition. From within.

All works by Frontier staff – past, present and future.

Wyatt Adams, Rocio Carrera, Kelly Clifford, Karoline Dubin, Kim Gaythwaite, Zoe Goehring,Julie Greenburg, Jayne Hickey, Nicoline Iocono, Heather Jordon, Sara Perry, Nicole Pilgrim, Kristyn Platt, Sabra Schirm, Scott & Taylor Smith, Rachel Strachan, Connor Tamminen, Emily Wolf Walker, Candance Yorston

On stage December 28th for our first annual Frontier Employee Jam Session:

Andrew Hesselbart, Charles Kemos, Jayne Hickey, Zach Levitt, Ian Levitt, Luther Lowe, Sean Morin, Candance Yorston




Mainers Shaping Agriculture’s Future

Portraits by Lily Piel

October 2012 - November 2012

Photographer Lily Piel has captured on film two dozen persons who have helped revive farming in Maine, and who remain committed to the cause.  The list of subjects includes farmers Dave and Chris Colson, who began selling organic produce directly to Maine restaurants thirty years ago; to cheese-maker Caitlin Hunter, who not only makes exceptional products, but has inspired and trained so many others; to Russell Libby, who has led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) for almost twenty years; to Bonnie Rukin, who created Slow Money Maine, which is channeling new investments into agriculture; to Sam Hayward, the James Beard Award-winning chef  at Fore Street Restaurant, who helped launch the Farm-to-Table movement.

Piel’s project was commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust, which works to support Maine farmers and protect farmland, but has also successfully used art work and films to help educate people about farming’s challenges and opportunities.  “Lily is a gifted photographer with a keen eye for the essence of her subjects,” said John Piotti, the Trust’s executive director. “Her portraits capture these remarkable people so well.”



A Natural Order

May 2012 - July 2012

Birds, grass, worm
Fish, coral, sea cucumber
carrot, sunflower, pine tree
animal, vegetabl
e, mineral…

Spindleworks is excited to present A Natural Order, as a companion to the 2012 All Species Parade. By drawing attention through art to natural species in our environment, we hope these works help to increase our  appreciation of the natural world, and provoke some thought as to our place in that world. An open call was put out earlier this spring, and we were flooded with interest. The works in this show come from Spindleworks members, other artists in neighboring towns and cities in Maine, as well as Rhode Island and North Carolina. The work presents microcosms and global views, the every day and the spectacular. Through artists’ interpretations, we find joy and humor, mystery and  spirituality.

Spindleworks would like to thank Frontier Café for hosting this exhibit. This amazing community organization has agreed to take no cut of the sales, in order to maximize the benefit to the artists as well as the Coastal Humane Society who will be receiving 20% of sales generated from the exhibit. We hope you will eat and drink well and often at this fine establishment.

If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please talk directly to one of the Frontier staff who can assist you. If you are interested in seeing more Artwork by Spindleworks, please visit us at 7 Lincoln Street in Brunswick,, or call 725-8820.



FOOD CYCLE: Pedaling Sustainable Foods for Public Schools

Nadra Photography

March 2012 - April 2012

In April of 2012 riders representing FoodCycle will depart from Brunswick, Maine on a 4,500 mile journey to San Francisco, California.  Their self-supported journey will include stops at farms and schools to document the emergent farm-to-school movement, school garden projects and school nutritional reform i

nitiatives taking place across the United States.  FoodCycle seeks to facilitate the creation of collaborations  between small-scale organic farms and public schools by fundraising to pay farmers to produce foods specifically for schools.  During the 2012-13 school year FoodCycle will partner with Midcoast area farmers, school administrators, students and their families to provide a year’s worth of sustainable nutrition for Harriet Beecher Stowe School in Brunswick, Maine.

We are proud to work with Frontier and Nadra Photography to present this FoodCycle exhibit entitled “Pedaling Sustainable Foods for Public Schools.”   This work illustrates not only the profound beauty of foods that are grown locally but also their ability to have life-long impacts on our children.  The creation of reliable access to these foods for public school children is central to the work we do at FoodCycle.  Our hope is to see school lunch trays in Maine and across the United States filled with seasonal, locally sourced organic foods.  To learn more about how you can follow us on our journey or for information about how to support our work visit:



Robert Freson

December 2011 - March 2012

I am very happy and grateful to have some of my photojournalist work exposed at the Frontier
Café-Gallery.  I was much honored to have been asked to exhibit a few photographs in the very pleasant and bohemian atmosphere of a Café-Gallery which graciously dedicate its space to local and international artists and movie makers.

At the same time, we are planning to have a screening of a "documentary" on some aspect of my career, assembled in cooperation with Steve Phillips, a very good Maine Videographer. We spent quite a lot of time together, earlier this year, selecting small segments of a great variety of assignments done all over the world. They were done over the last 60 years, for Magazines such as LOOK, Vogue, Esquire, The Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic Magazine and books, etc. in the USA. The London Sunday Times and the Weekend Telegraphs magazines in England. Match and Marie-Claire in France. Stern in Germany, Epoca in Italy, etc. At the time of the projection of the film I expect to be there to introduce it and be happy to answer any question.

My career, which covers mostly the last half of the 20th century, gave me the opportunity to witness some major events and to photograph many personalities. I kept all the reproducing rights to an awful lot of photographs which are carefully stored and catalogued in my residence in Maine. The original purpose of this film (DVD) was and still is to introduce myself to suitable Institutions, such as College, Museum or other Center for archival photography which would be capable and willing to take the responsibility to preserve these documents.
Looking forward to your project. Thank you. Robert (Bob)



Photographer - Leah Missbach Day

August 2011 - October 2011

World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to providing
access to independence and livelihood through
the power of bicycles.

Founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005 and supported by leaders in the bicycle industry, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.

Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Working with suppliers to improve bicycle design while ensuring all changes are culturally appropriate
  • Enhancing distribution with local sourcing, manufacturing or assembly as much as possible
  • Partnering with existing NGO, government and community based organizations
  • Training mechanics in maintenance and repair while strengthening the existing supply of spare parts
  • Measuring and evaluating the impact of bicycles and communicating the results to improve programs and increase awareness

Since our founding in 2005, World Bicycle Relief has distributed over 75,000 bicycles and trained over 700 field mechanics.

THE POWER OF BICYCLES®: Contribute to World Bicycle Relief


May 9 - July 31, 2011

AVIARY: A Winged Celebration

by Community Artists from Maine and Beyond

What started as a simple idea to invite community artists to exhibit with Spindleworks artists has turned into a call for entries event that is drawing attention

across state borders. Join us on May 13th for this season's first ArtWalk as Frontier turns into a colorful aviary. The exhibit will include work from well known local artists, students from Chewonki, as well as bird lovers from New York and Wisconsin. The huge response to this show can in part be attributed to the fact that a percentage from sales will benefit Maine Audubon in Falmouth. What better way to welcome in spring, celebrate the environment and usher in another fantastic ArtWalk season!




March 20, 2011 – May 8, 2011

Cuban Paintings

by Elio Vilva

Elio Vilva Trujillo is a self-taught painter and researcher on African themes “who has, for many years, dedicated himself to the art of the Orishas.  He has introduced his audiences to the complexity of each and every element associated with the deities.” “My paintings are a mosaic of dreams, images, baroque qualities and surrealism”, says Vilva.  Vilva’s  work depicts Orishas, or emissaries between the physical and spiritual world of the Santeria religion.  “Santeria is a spiritual practice, which is a mix of traditional African beliefs and the Catholic religion.”  Enrique Yepes, Bowdoin College professor of Spanish. His work has been shown throughout Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republis, Belgium, and in art galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and New London, Connecticut.


March 20, 2011 – May 8, 2011

Semester in Cuba

Carl Elsaesser

In the spring semester of my junior year at Hampshire College I studied abroad
in Havana, Cuba.  I primarily studied Magical Realism focusing on the poet,
Dulce María Loynaz, and three authors, Alejo Carpentier, José Lezama Lima, and
Reinaldo Arenas. My time in Havana was spent studying the literature, visiting the
spaces where these artists grew up, wrote their poems, short stories and novels and reflecting on how the revolution changed the spaces physically and metaphysically. These pictures are in no way a representation of the country where I was studying; they are a personal experience, projections of self-consciousness onto a conflicted space.


January 17, 2011 – March 13, 2011

The Peoples of Maine -
A Photo-Documentary Study

Sean Alzono Harris


In this work I strive to extend the boundary and interpretation of the photographic document. My interest resides in telling the untold stories, speaking the forgotten voices and capturing personal histories through the photographic image. The photographs extend beyond presence; they record thoughts and journeys, and provide evidence of a life lived; lives shaped by the realities of race, class, gender, and faith.


December 6, 2010 – January 15, 2011


Brad and Lib Woodworth

The collages were created from a series of drawings made on location in Brunswick and Islesford, Maine during the past year. The paintings were made on site in Brunswick, Islesford, and Phippsburg, Maine over the past several years. When not making collages and paintings, Brad and Lib work at Woodworth Associates Graphic Design and Communications, in Fort Andross. Many of the works are for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ArtVan, Bath, Maine.







October 23 - December 4


VSA Arts of Maine

VSA Maine is proud to present A Matter of Perception 2010, an art exhibition showcasing the work and creativity of Maine artists with disabilities.  The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the VSA Maine film festival, "Living Outside the Lines: A Film Festival about Disability," showing at The Frontier every Wednesday evening through November 17th. A Matter of Perception 2010 (MOP) demonstrates that physical, cognitive or other disabilities do not limit talent or creativity. Through MOP, VSA Maine provides exhibition opportunities throughout Maine for artists with disabilities — promoting the work of these artists and enhancing public awareness of disability issues.




August 30 - October 23


photographs by Paula Lerner

Many news stories about Afghanistan cover the ongoing insurgency and hardships of war, but few tell of how people are seeking to rebuild their lives.  This work explore this other side of Afghanistan.



August 27 - October 16


photographs by Syd Alberg

Join us for a special Apres Art Walk performance by Syd Alberg entitled:  Beyond Darkness - Original Music and Photography (virtual classical instruments with projected video).

Friday, Oct 8 | Meet the artist 6:30pm | Performance 7pm-8pm | $6









June 14  - August 28, 2010


photographs by Lily Piel


Lily was raised in Vermont. After studying history at Bates College, she worked as a research assistant in marine labs for 6 years, studied dolphin ecology in the Gulf of Mexico and Ionian Sea, then taught herself Italian while teaching English in Milan and outside Florence. Returning to Maine in 2001 to study film-making at Maine Media Workshops, she discovered a love for still photography and local food systems, taking pictures of farmer friends in the fields while working on their Community Supported Agriculture farm. For the last eight years she has been photographing for magazines and private clients. Her favorite subjects are people, agriculture, and community.

Lily hopes to be a matchmaker - helping Mainers fall in love with the community of farms and farmers all around them. Her work celebrates the beauty and authenticity o


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