An ongoing film series featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists
sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists


Who We Are

The artists producing MAINE MASTERS are all members of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and have collaborated on the series since its inception in 1999.

RICHARD KANE – filmmaker; Richard has 30 years experience as director, editor, sound mixer and director of photography for documentaries with the PBS series Art21, National Geographic, Discovery, CBS, J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Natural Resources Council of Maine. His role on this project is producer/director, director of photography, editor and project director;

ROBERT SHETTERLY – painter, filmmaker, writer; his recent series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth” was published by Dutton and recently won the International Reading Association Award for best non-fiction work. As producer of MAINE MASTERS
, Rob collaborates on the selection of artists, conducts the interviews, and writes and co-directs the final product;

CARL LITTLE – art writer, poet, curator, lecturer; Carl is the author of more than a dozen artbooks, including Paintings of Maine, The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper’s New England, and monographs on artists Beverly Hallam, Lawrence Goldsmith and Vincent Hartgen. He collaborates on the selection of artists, assists with the interviewing, and helps with public relations for the series. He interviewed Bruce Brown and Martica Sawin for the Stephen Pace video.

JACKIE BENNETT – UMVA Treasurer; Bennett grew up in South Bristol, Maine.  She holds a B.S. in Education and Library Science from Minot State University in North Dakota. She has taught school in Canaan, Vermont and Ashland, Maine and returned to South Bristol in 1994.  Bennett is library director at the Bristol Area Library, a position she has held since 2001.

BRUCE BROWN – Curator Emeritus at Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport, Maine, and emerging photographer, independent curator and co-director of the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Brown was Co- producer of David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine, Presque Isle and was named as one of "50  People Who Have Made a Difference in Maine" by Maine magazine in July 2013.

CORLISS CHASTAIN – curriculum guide writer, artist, art educator. Corliss has been honored with a Japan Fulbright Scholarship, Maine’s Art Teacher of the Year, University of Maine Woman of the Year, and the Maine College of Art Award for Leadership. She is past president of the Maine Art Education Association.

– studio and installation artist; Avy is primarily responsible for the graphic design of the DVDs and other promotional materials;

ALAN CRICHTON – is a sculptor, draughtsman and teacher living in Liberty, Maine.  In 2000, he and a group of friends founded the Arts Center at Kingdom Falls, a non-profit, artists' residency and community arts education organization now known as Waterfall Arts, with locations in Belfast and Montville, Maine. Crichton's sculpture, drawings and paintings are in collections in Maine, around New England and in New York.

MAUREEN FARR – web designer, graphic designer, and visual artist; Maureen is responsible for designing the Maine Masters site. She publishes Arts Guide, an annual publication celebrating its 15th year, promoting artists and the arts from Stonington/Deer Isle, Castine and Blue Hill Peninsula, to Ellsworth. She exhibits her fine silver and enameled copper jewelry and mixed media and encaustic paintings at gallery mozelle in Deer Isle.

MELODY LEWIS-KANE – curriculum designer, potter, educational consultant and video producer; co-authored a series of curriculum guides titled “Arts & History: Storytelling” for a video series funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John F. Kennedy Center Education Department. Produced over a dozen arts-in-education training films for the Kennedy Center and produced the film “M.C. Richards: The Fire Within”.

JESSICA LAUREN LIPTON – is a sculptor and photographer with a fondness for six pack rings and toy soldiers. She uses the monicker of Pop Killed Culture even though she is secretly obsessed with the flash in the pan, the inexhaustible pleasure, and the endless high of what we call pop culture.

SUZETTE McAVOY – Director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and former chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum with more than twenty years of experience in the field, Suzette has organized national traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland, Lois Dodd, Karl Schrag and Alan Magee, among other artists. Suzette collaborates on the selection of artists and the interviews. She recently interviewed Yvonne Jacquette from the 20th floor of a hotel overlooking Times Square, NYC;

PAUL SULLIVAN – composer/keyboardist; Paul won his first Grammy Award in 2006 through his work with the Paul Winter Consort. He composed and performed the musical track for two recent MAINE MASTERS on Clark Fitz-Gerald and Lois Dodd and will be gracing this series with many more of his scores

DEB VENDETTI – painter, photographer, videographer, educator; Deb was Education Coordinator for the Farnsworth Museum from 1987-1998. She exhibits her drawings and photographs in galleries and museums throughout Maine. With Rob Shetterly, Deb conceived of MAINE MASTERS series. Deb videotapes interviews with the artists upcoming in the series.

Sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, an educational organization promoting Maine art.

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