Artsbridge Update

Hello Artsbridge members and friends. We sincerely hope you and your family and friends are well. As you know, because of the COVID19 pandemic, we were forced to prematurely close the Members Exhibit last month. Regrettably we’ve had to reschedule our Monthly Membership Meetings and Distinguished Artist Series, including April. We’ve also had to cancel our in-person Board of Directors meetings until at least May. Nonetheless, your support, cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented health crisis has been inspirational.

We’d like to keep you posted on what we are doing during this downtime. Briefly:

  • Board Member Bob Barish, River Rats Chair, is working on social media plein air communications to stay connected.
  • Program Chair Therese Halscheid is working on our annual “Clothesline Sale”. This event is tentatively (COVID timeline dependent) scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 10:00-4:00. Watch for further announcements.
  • Therese also continues to work on rescheduling our Distinguished Artist speakers.
  • Your Board continues to communicate online to plan the rest of this year and next years’ events.
  • If you’re not yet an Artsbridge member or haven’t renewed your membership, please do so.
  • And, a reminder that members are encouraged to post their art on our Facebook page. In addition, we encourage you to provide “Member Website” information for posting on the Artsbridge website. To accomplish this we will need the following information:
    1. Your name
    2. Bi-line (1 sentence description about you and your art)
    3. Your artist’s website url
    4. An image of your artwork (around 500kb)
    5. Your Instagram name/link
    6. Your Facebook name/link

To qualify you need to be a current member of Artsbridge with an up-to-date paid membership. Please email all information to Francisco Silva at with the subject “Artsbridge Member Sites”.

On behalf of the Artsbridge Board of Directors we encourage you follow the Federal, State and local government guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID19. We must practice social distancing, wear masks, stay at home, sanitize and wash your hands frequently.

Stay safe and well.

Gary David Fournier, President

Artsbridge Announces the Passing of Peter Hunt

Artsbridge announces, with great sadness, the passing of Peter Hunt on March 18 after a short illness. He passed away at home surrounded by his family. Peter was a longtime member of Artsbridge, the River Rats plein air group, and served with distinction on our Board of Directors. He was a family man and a true gentleman. Peter was soft spoken, a great listener, friend and wonderful artist. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maryanne and the Hunt family. He will be missed by us all. As more information becomes available it will be posted.

Credit: "Painting of Peter by Larry Chestnut"
Credit: “Painting of Peter by Larry Chestnut”

Artsbridge Announces Member Exhibit Juried Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the abbreviated 2020 Members Exhibition. Special thanks to our Jurist, Emily Thompson for her efforts and Laura Nicholson, Exhibit Chair for a great job, and all our volunteers for their hard work to make this event happen.


1st place: Jack Muessig, “Near Bass Harbor”

2nd place: Philip Rothenburg, “Dove”

3rd place: Robin Crowley, “Cousin Al”

Ty Hodanish Award for Painting: Paul McGinn, “The Lodge”

People’s Choice Award: Dorothy Hoeschen

Upcoming Presentations & Activities

MAY 21:
Cancelled-COVID 19

JUNE 18:

Clothesline Art Sale on Mill grounds 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dean Thomas – Printmaker

Henry Rowan – Photographer

Solstice Party

Volunteers Needed for Artsbridge!

We Need Your Help! Our organization is looking for members that are interested in serving on the Board of Directors and chairpersons to execute tasks that make all the exhibits and programs happen.


  • Treasurer (bookkeeping in QuickBooks)
  • Board members

Please contact our President, Gary Fournier at or our Vice President, Sue Ann Rainey at for information. We can’t continue without new volunteer members in these important positions.

Meetings & Events

Artsbridge is an energetic art group of painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers, gathering together on a volunteer basis to:

  • Provide a better public understanding of the arts in all the creative disciplines.
  • Make the arts available to all segments of the community through education, exhibition and performance.
  • Nurture local, state and regional arts and artists, enhancing communications among and between artists and providing artists with a greater opportunity to have their work displayed or otherwise exposed to the public.
  • Promote quality and professionalism in the arts.
  • Fostering communication and networking within the arts community.
  • Avail and administer all services and policies to all people of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age or physical status.
  • Finally to provide the community information concerning the arts in the form of seminars, community programs and any other informational media.

Become a Member

If you would like to become a part of this exciting organization, click here for “Membership and Donations Information”. Come visit one of our community events. Prospective members and the general public are always welcome.