As always, there is lots of wonderful artwork to see during the summer in Maine. Up and down the coast, my work will appear in several inspiring exhibits through the summer months.

#OurStoryIsOne at the Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, reception September 6th

Fannie Koltman, acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″, 2024


#OurStoryIsOne is an exhibition about the persecution of people of theBaha’i faith, and in particular, the killing of ten young women forty years ago, but it is also about our interconnectedness as human beings. I’m honored that that three of my Foremothers artworks will be included in #OurStoryIsOne at the Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library. This exhibit challenges us to face a tragedy that many of us, myself included, did not know about. Through the act of remembering, we can feel solidarity with women around the globe who face discrimination in their lives. As expressed on the #OurStoryIsOne website, “Join us in honouring not only the anniversary of these 10 women (Bahai women from Iran) but to use it as an opportunity to honour all women who have contributed to building a better Iran through their suffering, to say that our story is one and that through our unity, we will combat oppression.”

Along with the exhibition founder, Paravash Rohani, I will be at the Lewis Gallery for a reception for the exhibit on September 6th, Portland’s First Friday Artwalk, from 5-7 PM.

Gala Ball and Art Auction for UMVA in Bowdoinham on August 3rd, 7-11 PM

Tree Dance, mixed media painting, 22 x 22 inches, 2012, $600.00

Talk about an art happening–the Gala Costume Ball and Art Auction for the Union of Maine Visual Artists should be fun and wild! “Tree Dance” is my donation to the UMVA’s art auction fundraiser. It is a mixed media painting from 2012 and one of my beloved “Left Hand” series of artworks. Like so much of my artwork, Tree Dance expresses my passion for the natural world and my love of vibrant color and movement. I am happy to honor Carlo Pittore, whose drawing group I attended on several occasions. So please consider yourself invited! The evening, with silent art auction and costume ball should be a memorable event!

When: Saturday August 3rd, 7-11 pm

Where: Merrymeeting Hall, 27 Main St., Bowdoinham

What: The Carlo Pittore Silent Art Auction & Costume Ball

Art and Agriculture at the Deering Building in Augusta– Reception from 4-6 PM on July 18th

All Round, painted paper collage on panel, 18″ x 18″, 2017, $475.00

The Deering Building exhibit was curated by the Maine Arts Commission and I had three artworks accepted in this inspiring art exhibition celebrating art and Maine’s agricultural heritage. In case you’ve never wandered around Augusta, the city sprawls on both sides of the Kennebec River. So if you go in search of this exhibit, please note that the Deering Building sits on the East side of the Kennebec River, the other side from the State House. Happily, I am one of more than 150 Maine artists chosen for inclusion in this year-long exhibit. Interestingly, it is quite near the Viles Arboretum, one of my favorite places to walk in the Augusta area. I hope to see some local friends at the reception on Thursday July 18th!

Autumn Fields, mixed media, acrylic and collage on paper, mounted on board, 22 by 22 inches,2016, $675.00