ROCKLAND — Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum hosts a watercolor cohort led by artist Erica Qualey. Entitled “Building on your Strengths and Overcoming Challenges,” the program takes place every two weeks on Tuesdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

The Farnsworth invites all to join a supportive watercolor community intended to inspire, motivate and help them grow. This class is designed to serve as an ongoing instructional painting group and will cater to the interests and needs of the group.

Instruction and demonstrations for both drawing and painting, as well as friendly critiques, will help develop skill and confidence with the goal of helping each participant further their own personal development. Painting challenges designed to establish practice and push participants to take risks and stretch limits will be posted each session and participants will be encouraged to take part in our virtual community board where they can share work as well as give and receive feedback with classmates.

Qualey lives in Midcoast Maine with her husband and two daughters. She is a landscape painter that works primarily in watercolor and watercolor batik. Leaving her hometown in northern Maine, Qualey earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She worked as a graphic designer for several years along with teaching design, drawing, and Adobe programs at a small college in New Hampshire. She has since focused on her personal art, exhibiting throughout New England and is represented in private collections around the United States and Canada. She is a member of the New England Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society and has been published in the 19th edition of Splash, a yearly publication of 125 watercolor paintings from around the world. She currently teaches workshops at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and River Arts in Damariscotta, and has had the privilege of teaching at other art associations such as Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. She also enjoys working with kids, sometimes as a visiting artist in schools and running programs through Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta.

This ongoing workshop is open to all levels of painters. The fee for this program is $144; $120 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit