The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has announced the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter St. to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions, said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy.

“In this interactive space, kids and adults can discover, play and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools and techniques of contemporary art,” she said.

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition “Don Voisine: X/V,” offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions. His exhibition is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through Oct. 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. It also will be open during the Oct. 7 First Friday Art Walk.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on first Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, visit

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, visit the website.

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