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Art in the Capitol

Art in the Capitol

The Art in the Capitol program features work throughout the Capitol Complex and offers Maine artists an additional venue for their work. It is designed to expand the audience for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes.

All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about Art in the Capitol, contact Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at



Ed Buonvecchio, local Manchester Artist

    Ed Buonvecchio
    Docked at Union Wharf, 9.125" x 8"
    Oil on Panel

Local Manchester artist Ed Buonvecchio spent most of his life growing up in New York where he later earned his BFA at SUNY Buffalo. After moving to Arizona in 2004 he was so inspired by the “raw beauty” of the desert he anxiously began his career as a fine artist focusing on the historic en plein air painting technique. This style of capturing the landscape, concentrated on working outdoors to quickly record what the eye actually sees as mixture of natural light and air. It was highly popular in the nineteenth century giving birth to such renowned artists as John Constable and Claude Monet. Buonvecchio states, “My love of art, nature and the outdoors unite through painting en plein air.” His passion and talent were quickly recognized by winning the first Plein Air competition he entered in 2010.

Since relocating to Maine four years ago he has entrenched himself in the fine art community, participating in some of the State’s top painting festivals such as the Ocean Park Plein Air Festival and the Stroke of Art festival in Boothbay Harbor. Ed was recently featured in a solo show at the Winter Harbor Public Library and then curated a related group show for the Reed Gallery in Presque Isle. He is an involved member of well-known groups such as the Plein Air Painters of Maine, Kennebec Valley Arts Association and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

You can learn more about Ed and his work at


Veterans Show

Now on show at the Capitol Complex through November 2016. Click here for more information.

   David Rogers
   Windy Field Friends, 23" x 19.5", pastel
    Francis LaRiviere
    Imagine, 19" x 23", mixed media










Recent Exhibitions

Heath Paley, Picturing Downtown Maine

The Maine Arts Commission was honored to show the work of photographer and master digital printer Heath Paley. The selection of nineteen images from his series “Downtown: Patterns of Life in Maine's Villages, Towns and Cities” shows a cross section of our State’s communities from Caribou to Kennebunk, Rumford to Machias. Each town’s portrait is made up of a combination of dozens of photographs Paley has taken from the same view point over a period of hours, days or weeks. He describes his process stating, “I ‘stitch’ these shots together into a single, large scale composite image, much more finely detailed and carefully composed that traditional photographic techniques allow.” Not meant as straightforward “documentation” the photographs act more as a curated amalgam of time. The result is a dense environment, whether filled with buildings and people or showcasing the enormity of Maine’s natural world. Paley’s vision of Maine through its fundamental public spaces is both awesome and alarming. Each community has a history and Paley’s captured moments provide visually attentive clues to those unique and perhaps untold stories.

Heath Paley currently lives in Portland and has earned both his MA and MFA. His work is part of prominent collections in Maine including the Portland Museum of Art and has shown extensively throughout the south and midcoast.

Photographs from this show along with others from the series will be on display in Orono and the University of Maine Art School's, Lord Hall Gallery in July for “Heath Paley / Picturing Downtown Maine”.

This wonderful exhibit was on display from April 20- July 15, 2016. You can learn more about Heath and his work at

 Heath Paley
 American Village (Dexter), 39" x 47.4"
 Digital Sublimation onto Aluminum
 Heath Paley
 Northeastland (Presqe Isle), 57.6" x 29"
 Digital Sublimation onto Aluminum



Celebrating Acadia National Park's Centennial

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce a new exhibit of paintings and photographs celebrating the centennial of Acadia National Park. The park was conserved 100 years ago to preserve its beauty and natural wonders for the enjoyment of all. That wonder and beauty served as both subject matter and inspiration for this show, which will be on display through the end of March 2016.

More about Acadia's Centennial Celebration is at 

We are pleased to feature the works of the following artists in the show: 

Brad Betts—An artist for over 20 years, Brad connects daily with classical maritime scenes that most inspire him. See more of Brad's work at

Tom Blagden—A professional photographer since 1980, his work is devoted to creating a unique sense of place as both a celebration of, and a catalyst for land protection and conservation. Visit for more of Tom's work.

Mary Byrom—Working mostly from life, Mary is outdoors year round, painting on location and using these field sketches to develop her large studio paintings. To find out more about Mary and her work, visit

Gail Cleveland—A third-generation artist, Gail has studied art and nature for over 40 years. She uses these firsthand experiences to create award-winning work in watercolors, oils, acrylics and limited edition prints. For more about Gail and her work, visit

Howie Motenko—A resident of Mount Desert Island, Howie lives surrounded by ANP, which provides endless opportunities to explore the art of landscape photography. Find out more about his work at

Wini Smart—An award-winning artist, her paintings have been shown in major museums and galleries along the East Coast and are in international collections. For more about Wini and her work, visit 

   Cobblestone Bridge
   Color Photograph, 20.75" x 20.25"
   Howie Motenko
   Blue Hill Overlook, Cadillac Mountain
   Oil, 6" x 6"
   Mary Byrom



Caren-Marie Michel—A lifelong Maine resident, Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Her work explores the urban, industrial, and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel often portrays a location through series, capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. 

Michel states “My main interest is color in the landscape. Living in Maine, one cannot help but be amazed with nature and the effects of light, time, season, place and color. I also am interested in the manmade landscape and have set out to document how our urban landscapes continually change. I see the world as a painting, whether it is the old mill downtown, the fire station, golf course, mountain or beach.”  

 Caren-Marie Michel
 Pine Point Evening 15, 8.5" x 11.5"
 Pastel on paper
 Caren-Marie Michel
 Booth Quarry Vinalhaven, 12" x 16"
 Acrylic on canvas


Please click here to view past exhibitions.