Anna Dibble is the founding director of Gulf of Maine EcoArts, and a visual artist and writer. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout New England for over forty years. Dibble was a writer, designer, and music composer for many animated shorts on Sesame Street, she has designed and created sets for opera and theater, and worked in commercial and independent animation studios including Disney, Marvel, Hanna-Barbera: features, television specials, and fine art shorts. She has taught workshops, and run art programs for children, and adults. Dibble grew up with a lot of animals, human and wild, in a very small town in Vermont, and now lives in Freeport, Maine.
For the past eleven years, Lee Chisholm has taught science, math, and history to the seventh and eighth grades of the Friends School of Portland. Before that, he told stories, sang, drew, painted, directed plays, and taught a host of academic subjects as a Waldorf class teacher in Freeport’s Merriconeag Waldorf School, which in 1984 he helped to found, and in Camden-Rockport’s Ashwood Waldorf School, which in 2004 helpfully found him. Outside the classroom, Lee has for years led art builds and collaborated in the design of climate justice actions with 350 Maine. He paints regularly with ARRT! [Artists Rapid Response Team], an offshoot of the Maine Union of Visual Artists, and maintains a studio in Portland at Running With Scissors.
MacPherson Christopher is documentary & commercial videographer, who specializes in short form documentary. He has collaborated with Middlebury College, Brandeis University, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and 60 Second Docs. He is currently working on multiple documentary projects, all of which are tied to environmental and social justice themes.
Joe Hemes is a mixed media artist concentrating on light and illuminated sculptures. He received a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University, an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, and was selected for Open Residency at Haystack School of Crafts. Among other large-scale installations, Joe won a national competition to co-design a 450 foot long abstract sculpture of the six-masted schooner 'Wyoming' constructed at the Maine Maritime Museum. He has designed illuminated sculptures for event spaces, schools, and homes, and often exhibits in art galleries around Maine and New England. His recent sculptures speak to human's climate disruption of the planet.
Margaret studied Art History at Smith College, and subsequently received a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. She worked for the industrial design firm, Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, and the department store chain, May Company Department Stores. She started her own interior design practice in 1972, focusing on design for private residences and academic institutions (eg. Wellesley, Bowdoin). She has served on several boards, including Greater Portland Landmarks, Waynflete School, Maine Historical Society, Maine College of Art.
Prolific collaborator, as both teacher and artist, I try to foster an ethos of generosity and creative exchange through my public engagement work. Making art and exhibiting for over 30 years in places as far away as the National Museum in Albania where I worked alongside orphaned gypsy children, or India where my projects involved recycling lords in the Mumbai slums, these experiences informed my work. I understood the universal need for creative multi-sensory interaction for mind, body, and spirit. When playfulness meets a myriad of materials, magic happens. Today, impassioned by my collaborations with dementia sufferers partnered with University students, I marvel at these elder’s spontaneity and how essential creative and joyful stimulation is essential to the elder’s well-being. My collaborative art-making process engages community through intergenerational workshops inspired by my personal work. Together we create artistic elements that are incorporated into larger installations, becoming shared community works of art. Summers, I am privileged to serve as resident manager of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony, where I cultivate creative relationships and support a community of Artists. (www.pamelamoulton.com)
Wilder Nicholson is a commercial and documentary filmmaker based in Bath, Maine. Receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College, Wilder turned his passion for the environment towards filmmaking and began collaborating with non-profits with the Psi Upsilon Community Matters Fellowship, the Joshua Chamberlain Scholarship, and Thomas McKinley Grant. Studying Development and Globalization with a CIEE program in Thailand, Wilder worked with a local land rights NGO to produce a documentary that was published with a local newspaper and premiered at the Annual Isaan Human Rights Festival. As a Conservation Media Group Film Fellow from 2016-2019, Wilder has collaborated with Hurricane Island Foundation to produce a series of films about the Island’s research, sustainable systems, and experiential science programs. After studying at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2018 and 2019, Wilder founded New Hearth Media–a production company focused on stories of sustainable living and climate adaptation. Wilder is a media volunteer with Sunrise and 350 Maine.
Jan Piribeck is an artist, Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine and founding director of the King Tide Party artists' collective. Her research and creative work is focused upon the physical, psychological and social dimensions of the climate crisis, and she has done numerous projects and presentations about the impacts of climate change on coastal communities in the Maine/North Atlantic/Arctic regions. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME and Meltdown, work about the Arctic and Antarctica, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME. Her most recent project, The Moving Tides, features an animation about a virtual kayaking trip to the North Pole. She identifies as a disrupter and believes that activism begins with an internal journey.
I like bringing art to places where people aren't used to seeing it. -- I've created site-specific installations for The Gallery at the University of New England (Portland, ME), SPACE Gallery in (Portland,ME) and the projects featured above ---TREAD, UNPACK and Scavenger.
I hold an MFA from the University of Iowa and a BFA from Alfred University. My work has appeared in exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME), Jim Kempner Fine Arts (New York,NY), Tacoma Museum of Art (Tacoma, WA), Cuchifritos Gallery (New York,NY), Pulse Art Fair (Miami, FL), & Tetra Projects (traveling exhibition) Mytilene, Greece.
My art practice extends to teaching. I live in South Portland with my family.
Artist Statement: I’m interested in the friendly and peaceful view of rural life as portrayed by children’s storybooks and folk art of New England. Such benevolence feels in conflict with our modern relationship with the environment. My work continues in these traditions, materials and even the fantasy in which nature is concerned for our welfare, shares our goals, thinks like we do, exists for our benefit. Every day the natural world keeps telling us that we’re not the only game in town. My work is an attempt to balance this awareness with the desire to pretend otherwise. (www.andy_rosen.com)
Carter Shappy is a printmaker, multimedia artist and Vermont native currently living and working in Portland, Maine where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art. His works are part of private and corporate collections in Maine, Vermont and Florida and have been exhibited throughout Portland. Recent projects include a collaborative art and science residency at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The residency concluded with the installation of a two-story printed installation titled Colorcosm. Shappy is also the print shop manager at Running with Scissors Art Studios and has worked on a variety of creative projects as an art preparator, project manager and freelance illustrator and designer. Shappy's work is inspired by his interests in natural phenomena, perception and psychedelia. By embellishing and transforming mundane elements of our lives, he encourages a reevaluation of peripheral or commonplace things and experiences. Working in a variety of mediums, he is frequently drawn to intersections in printmaking, painting and installation. (cartershappy.com)
Christopher Sullivan is an educator, exhibit developer, and arts consultant. He believes that the goal of art is to bring people together, and for that reason he has a passion for collaborative projects. Chris is currently an associate professor of Fine Arts at Saint Joseph's College. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Exhibits and Operations at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine. Chris received a BFA from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and MFA in studio art from Maine College of Art. Chris is active in the arts community in Portland, where he lives with his wife and two sons.