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“The Soul of Maine”

April 5th, 2024 by

Landscape photography exhibit by Alan J. LaVallee

Bartlett Woods is pleased to host the exhibition, “The Soul of Maine: Landscape photography by Alan J. LaVallee”, on view now through December 31, 2023. An Artist’s Talk is planned for Monday, November 13th at 2pm in the Parlor at Bartlett Woods.

Born in Augusta, ME, Alan J. LaVallee has spent his life enjoying the lakes, woods, and fields of Maine. He attended Portland School of Art, majoring in Graphic Design as well as Photography. Soon, handling cameras and darkroom work became his main interests. Alan developed a long career in Commercial Offset Printing businesses in Maine while simultaneously travelling the entire state in all seasons to find images worthy of a photograph. More recently, Alan has spent his time photographing commercial jobs and building an Art Reproduction and Giclée printing business in Thomaston. He hopes to spend more time photographing what he loves most, the landscapes and seascapes of his native Maine.

“We are grateful to Alan for sharing his beautiful work with us,” confirmed Mary Eads, Executive Director at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community. “Our program, Art at Bartlett, includes annual exhibitions for local artists. In this, our 25th anniversary year, it feels so right to be featuring these stunning images of our beloved Maine landscape.”

Visitors to the exhibition are kindly asked to sign in at the Front Desk; and to please come another time if you are feeling any symptoms or know you are sick.

Mr. LaVallee’s work may be purchased by contacting Patricia LaVallee at or (207) 578-0426.


Fall Student Art Show 2023

October 10th, 2023 by

Since 2016, The Art Center at Bartlett Woods has been an exciting place for students of all abilities. Under the direction of life-long artist and teacher Constance Kiermaier, who moved into Bartlett Woods in 2016, art students have enjoyed a weekly class designed to accommodate all or no experience. Because Constance has taught for a very long time, she is quite adept at tailoring interesting assignments to a highly diverse group of eager participants.

The Art Center was originally located on the 1st Floor, in a 2-bedroom apartment. Filled with north-facing light and ample space, Constance held class several days a week, for Bartlett residents and then later, for a small group of students from outside of our house. On any given class day, a visitor could find easels, paintbrushes, pads of paper, and assorted still life objects being put to creative use. More recently, the Art Center moved to the 3rd Floor, and includes a Print Room with a large press on loan from Constance’s family.

During Covid19, Constance taught via Zoom to masked students from her off-site “bubble”. Challenging assignments continued with the aid of staff member Lori Schafer on-site to help facilitate. Masked students were able to continue the momentum of a learning and making experience, and Constance was able to carry on teaching.

No matter which group of new students, Constance says,

”I try to engage students who don’t know anything about art making, or only know the basics . . . I try to get them to engage with their own thoughts about what they see and feel and know. It is my goal to try to get them to create on their own. We start simple, with a flat design that has color and patterns. We use simple tools, like acrylic paint (easier and cheaper than oil!), or ink. For example, I have used my heirloom Crazy Quilt as a source of inspiration.  What I love is the idea that they come in and WANT TO LEARN. It’s exciting for me, when during the course of the class, they come up with something they thought about, and it can be accomplished.”

About Teacher’s Assistant Allyson Lindsey . . .

Allyson has been making art all of her life. She met Constance at Bartlett Woods through her mother, our Business Manager Stephany Lindsey. Soon thereafter, Allyson began working as a Teacher’s Assistant. Allyson helps the Bartlett Students with setting up each weekly class, providing tools and support, and helping Constance maintain the classroom and the collection of student work. Allyson enjoys the weekly volunteer service she gives to the Art Center at Bartlett Woods, and appreciates the student-mentor relationship she has with Constance. She says,

”I love the years I’ve been with Constance and the residents.  They all give me wonderful new perspectives on my work and life in general! I wouldn’t have gotten out of my art block without Constance persistently egging me on, driving me to start back up.”

Constance says, “Allyson is a wonderful person, and such an enormous help to me. What’s more, she is very good at her own work, and I know she’ll do amazing things in the future.”

Bartlett Woods is pleased and proud to offer programs like the Art Center to our residents, and present exhibits like this

for families and friends to enjoy.


Mary Eads, Executive Director

October 6, 2023

A Bartlett Legacy: Works of art created by past and present residents of Bartlett Woods.

October 6th, 2023 by

These nine artists demonstrate a wide range of themes, choice of materials, and impressive techniques. The 2- and 3-D work ranges from the 1960s to today.

During this, our 25th Anniversary Year, Bartlett Woods is so very pleased to display the sometimes hidden talents of our Bartlett Woods friends and neighbors. Participating artists are Anne Cronin, Davene Fahy, Barbara Haupt, Constance, Kiermaier, June Kincade, Nat Lewis, Sally Nataluk, Shirley Stenberg, and Deb Beckwith Winship.

We are grateful to all for the loan of their work to include in this special exhibition.

Please enjoy the show!

Mary Eads, Executive Director

October 6, 2023

Bartlett Woods presents “ART at Bartlett 2023”

February 11th, 2023 by

First public event of the 25th anniversary year for the non-profit

After a long, pandemic-related hiatus, ART at BARLETT is back! An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 8th, from 2-5pm at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive in Rockland (located off Talbot Street between Broadway and Old County Road). The public is invited to attend.

Bartlett Woods Retirement Community is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2023. A signature event of the yearlong celebration is this new art exhibition, featuring twelve established Maine artists and curated by Cushing-based artist Pam Cabañas. Artists Lyn Asselta, Chris Augusta, Krisanne Baker, Phoebe Bly, Diane Dahlke, Pam Cabañas, Dan Corey, Maxwell Nolin, Linda Mahoney, Marnie Sinclair, Peter Walls, and Graham Walton have contributed paintings, drawings, photographs and bronze sculptures. The work is for sale with 100% of proceeds going to the artists. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours (8am – 4pm) now through June.

During the Opening Reception on Saturday April 8th, from 2 – 5 pm, enjoy the art, meet the artists, and sample delicious treats and spirits prepared by Bartlett Woods’ own professional chefs.

“Once again, we get to live with Art at Bartlett, now an established tradition,” confirmed Mary Eads, Executive Director. “Curator Pam Cabañas has gathered a beautiful collection of talented, visionary artists. Residents, staff and their families appreciate having the breathtaking work here to enjoy every day. Thank you to everyone participating!”

Bartlett Woods in Rockland Offers Residents an Arts-Friendly Environment

November 4th, 2021 by

Art Center at Bartlett Woods

Article originally posted here: Maine Art Scene

Rockland, ME) Are you a mature artist looking to rent in Rockland, the art capitol of Maine? Bartlett Woods, a 501(c)3 retirement community for ages 55+, features programs and arts offerings for residents. There is an “Art at Bartlett” program of professional and student exhibitions, Art Center classes and teaching opportunities, workspaces including a printing press. There are also in-house concerts, lectures, films, and much more.

There are spacious 2 bedroom rental units available – use the extra room to create your art studio! The apartment offers a balcony, galley-style kitchen with full-size appliances, and ample closets. Rent includes two chef-prepared daily meals, weekly housekeeping and laundry service, heat and A/C (individually controlled) and electricity, WIFI, water/sewer, one reserved parking space, trash/recycling pickup at door side six days/week. Residents also have access to RNs on staff for consultations. Convenient month-to-month lease and application process. Bartlett Woods is pet-friendly pending an interview.

Bartlett Woods is COVID-19 compliant, and requires full vaccination status for all residents and staff.

For more information, please contact the Bartlett Woods admissions office at (207) 593-1419 or email Lori Schafer at Please also visit

Carol Sloane Art Exhibit

July 20th, 2021 by

Currently featuring MidCoast painter Carol Sloane’s natural vistas of coastlines, islands and woodlands.

On view are 29 works in the exhibit at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community. Each year the nonprofit residential apartment house, located at 20 Bartlett Drive, just off Talbot Avenue in Rockland, hosts exhibitions of diverse works of art by local talent. Curated by Pam Cabanas, the current show features evocative scenes masterfully rendered in oil paint and oil sticks on 140 lb watercolor paper, panel and canvas.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tours of the show are currently limited to virtual viewing via this link: Watch on YouTube

“I paint to evoke the passage of time, the movement of light, the joys and insights of the shifting relationships of the spaces that I see. My studies of the world around me began as quite literal landscapes, but as I have developed my conceptual techniques, I have expanded my horizons to wider range of subject matter.”

Titles like Matinicus Seascape, Gull Cove Study, Monhegan Morning Light, and Sprague Road Uphill are suggestive of the quiet places and spaces that Carol seeks to capture. Stand-alone works, as well as multi-part series, allow for her personal interpretation of our iconic Maine coast scenery.

At, one learns of her extensive exhibition history in one-person and group shows, from the Maine Jewish Museum and the Portland Museum, to Bowdoin College and Rockland’s own CMCA, Yvette Torres and Jonathan Frost Galleries.

All works are for sale. Prices available upon request.

One Person Shows

2018 “Contemporary Scrolling, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, ME
2013 ‘Water and Wood’, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth ME
2013 ‘Marking the Water’, Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME
2011 ‘Domestic Partners’, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
2011 ‘Walking the Woods’, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2011 ‘Tidal Rocks/Canyon Walls’, Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME
2008 ‘Mixed Greens’, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2007, 2008 ‘Winter Paintings, Black Duck Gallery, Lunenburg, NS, Canada
2006 ‘Domestic Partners’, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2004 ‘Walking the Dog’, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2003 ‘New Work’, Elan Gallery, Rockland, ME
2002 ‘Waking up in Sacred Places’, Washington, ME
2002 ‘Reflecting on Reflections and Patterns’, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2000 ‘Moving Parts’, Round Top center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME
2000 ‘Walking Time’, Railroad Square, Waterville, ME
1999 ‘Passing Time’, Camden Library, Camden, ME
1998 ‘Gourd and Shellscapes’, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
1995 ‘Childhood Friends’, Gibbs Library, Washington, ME

GROUP SHOWS, partial list

2017 ‘Paperwork’, Yvette Torres Gallery, Rockland, ME
2015 ‘Brushwork’, Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME
2014 ‘All Too Brief’, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME
2014 ‘Monhegan Artist’s Residency 25 Years’, Thos Moser Gallery, Freeport, ME
2014 ‘Monhegan, Unfailing Muse’, Archipelago Gallery, Rockland, ME
1995 – 2012 Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2005 – 2012 Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2006 ‘Into the Woods’, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, ME
2005 ‘Portland Biennial’, Portland Museum, Portland, ME
2004 ‘Where Land and Water Meet’, Tignish Cultural Center, PEI, Canada
2003 ‘Drawing on Ideas: 10 Artists’, Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME
2003 ‘Six Women Engaging in the Maine Landscape’, CMCA, Rockland, ME
2002 ‘Downtown Gallery at the Blaine House’, Augusta, ME
2002 – 2013 ‘Art Makes a Difference Invitational’, CMCA, Rockport, ME


2006 Cill Railaig Project, Ballenskelligs, Ireland
2005, 2010 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, Taos, NM
2002 Carina House Residency, Monhegan Island, ME
2000, 2001, 2002 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Resident art teacher Constance Kiermaier was interviewed about her work and life teaching and living at Bartlett Woods to other resident students.

March 15th, 2020 by

Resident art teacher Constance Kiermaier was interviewed about her work and life teaching and living at Bartlett Woods to other resident students. View the interview on News Center Maine here.
Maine artist teaching at Bartlett Woods

Free Pre-Art Walk Event – June 7th

May 28th, 2019 by


Contact: Pam Cabanas, Curator/Artist c. 207-691-5787

Mary Eads, Executive Director, Bartlett Woods Retirement Community 207-594-2745

Photo Attached. Caption info: Ted Tihansky, Monhegan Winter, oil on canvas. On view in Midcoast Legacies in Art Exhibition currently at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community.


Start the ART WALK with a walk in the WOODS!

Special Pre-1st Friday Art Talk about Art at Bartlett Woods 2019


(Rockland ME) — Bartlett Woods Retirement Community invites the public to a free PRE – ART WALK EVENT. Art fans can begin the Rockland First Friday Art Walk viewing the Midcoast Legacies in Art Exhibition, on view at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive (just off Talbot Ave, west of Broadway) from 3 -5 pm on Friday, June 7th. The event is free and open to the public.


Mid Coast Legacies in Art includes over 30 works (2D and 3D) by well-known local artists and the generations of their creative families. Curator Pam Cabañas will give a talk and tour of the show at 3:30pm.


“Pam has been our curator for years, and each beautiful exhibition has focused on local talent from our region,” confirmed Mary Eads, Executive Director at Bartlett Woods. “This show is particularly meaningful, as it focuses on families of artists living and working nearby, many of whom are icons of Maine Contemporary Art. We hope First Friday fans will start their afternoon with us, enjoy Pam’s talk, savor some refreshments, and appreciate an intimate view of life and art, Midcoast style.”


Artists represented in the exhibition include: Alan and Monika Magee; Cynthia Hyde and Jim Kinnealey; father and son duo Björn and Tolef Runquist; Fredrick Kuhn and daughter Allegra Kuhn; Stephen Hensel and daughter Celia; Phoebe Bly and her brother Noah; Pam Cabañas and her late mother and father; Patience Sampson and her late mother; Nancy Glassman and her late great grandmother; Allison Hill and her late mother and late former husband Ted Tihansky; Delly Schweighauser and her late mother Wally, Wally’s father and her great niece Valerie Greene; Anne Cronin and family; Constance Kiermaier and grandson Ethan; and last but not least, Tim, Susan, and Greta Van Campen.


For more information, visit or call 207-594-2745.

About Bartlett Woods: Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, founded in 1998, is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 55+ apartment facility featuring 58 one and two bedroom apartments with both Independent and Assisted Living rental options. Led by Executive Director Mary Eads and a staff of 40, Bartlett Woods is one of the smallest communities in Maine yet offers a full spectrum of support services and lifestyle enrichments that are setting a new standard in active adult living. Located in Rockland, ME, visit or call 207-594-2745. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

7th annual Art at Bartlett Art Reception

March 17th, 2019 by


On Saturday, March 2nd we hosted our 7th annual Art at Bartlett Art Reception. Bartlett Woods is pleased to present Mid Coast Legacies in Art curated by artist Pam Cabanas. The exhibit looks absolutely beautiful and the artists were very pleased says Mary Eads, Executive Director at Bartlett Woods.

The gallery styled showing hosts individual family exhibits featuring family bio with pictures of each artist. There was a lot of excitement in the air, many guests commented that they had never seen an exhibit of this kind and thought it was a really wonderful idea. The stories are remarkable and so interesting to read. We had about 130 attendees which included the artists, and our friends from the community. Chef Aaron offered multiple delicious small appetizers. The mini lobster rolls, scallops with homemade bacon jam, and the crab stuffed cherry tomatoes where among the favorites. Everyone enjoyed music by the Extension Chord, a teenage jazz trio from Camden.
The exhibit is open during regular business hours through June 2019. Everyone is welcome to stop by and see this stunning show. Please stay tuned for more information on Mid Coast Legacies in Art – part II coming this summer. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pam Cabanas at

Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community present a talk by astrophotographer Mike Taylor on Thursday, August 30

August 20th, 2018 by

Friends of Rockland Public Library, Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community present a talk by astrophotographer Mike Taylor on Thursday, August 30 at 6:30 PM in the Library’s Community Room.

Taylor will show many of his photographs and discuss best techniques for photographing the night sky. He will discuss how astrophotography is different from Landscape Astrophotography, and where the Milky Way is in the sky and how it moves through the night and through the seasons. He will also spend some time talking about the Northern Lights in the same regard – how to track them, how to know when there will be a display, and how they look at Maine’s latitude compared to places like Iceland, Norway. Additionally, he will explain a little bit about processing night photos and talk about the logistics and equipment involved in capturing and processing time lapse footage.

Taylor Photography’s landscape astrophotography and scenic/nature images & articles have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day, Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, NBC News, Viral Nova,,, Down East magazine, UNILAD, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Yahoo! News,,,,,, and multiple other science websites and social media pages. Mike is also a contributing member of the International Dark-Sky Association and he has been working in conjunction with their organization to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste.

After the talk, treats will be available, compliments of Bartlett Woods.

Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland. This event, sponsored by Friends of Rockland Public Library, Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, is free and open to the public. FMI: 594-0310.