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Doughnut project celebration

Documenting ‘Hole History’ at Steel House

May 26, 2018
Courtesy of: Alexis Iammarino History and contemporary art merged in the 2016 exhibition “Hole History” at Rockland’s former Asymmetrick Arts. From left are Carey Lin’s “Donuts 2 Dollars”; Maine Historical Society and artist Patty Allison’s "Donuts & Treats, Cushman's Bakery, Portland, ca. 1940"; and Jon Merritt’s “Crystalline Passage.”

Rockland — Everyone is invited to see and celebrate the just-published catalog from the 2016 exhibition “Hole History: Origins of the American-style Donut” during a 6 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk reception, including tasting, June 1 at Steel House South, 639 Main St.

This event is part of a 2018 Kindling Fund project awarded to Steel House Projects artist Alexis Iammarino and designer Maeve O’Regan to document the Iammarino-curated collection of art, performance and writing that responded to a claim that the hole-in-the-doughnut was singularly invented by a 19th-century sea captain from Rockport.

Everyone is invited to join Iammarino and O'Regan with artists and authors from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the release of the art catalog. There will be readings from the 250-page catalog, and a selection of artworks from the original 2016 roster will be on view in the gallery. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a juried tasting; two local chef-and-artist teams will have their outlandish doughnut-inspired edible inventions judged by a tasting panel.

This catalog launch party kicks off a series of readings and events scheduled to take place at local historical societies and libraries throughout the region later this summer and fall. Support for the exhibition catalog is provided by The Kindling Fund, a grant program administered by SPACE Gallery as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.

The exhibition will continue through June 16. Steel House Projects, co-directed by Iammarino and O’Regan, is a multidisciplinary art space providing access to contemporary artists, thinkers and technologists through exhibitions, workshops, talks, events and more. For more information, email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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