New gallery for Rockland's South End

May 26, 2018
Charles Wilder Oakes, on left with Bonnie Farmer, is the June featured artist at the new Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery.

Rockland — Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday art walk reception June 1 at 166 South Main St. June 1 is also a First Friday Art Walk. Both the gallery and Bonnie Farmer’s upstairs studio will welcome visitors.

Farmer first appeared on the art scene in the late 1980s with her striking black and white portraits of workers at the Knox Woolen Mill. She made a living for 40 years photographing weddings on the coast of Maine; and also spent a few years in the antique business, collecting and selling unusual architectural pieces, wrought iron and other items.

Since moving to Rockland in 2013, Farmer has been creating 3D sculptural forms, working mostly with wood, metal, stone and found objects from local beaches. Her 3D works of art include wall hangings with lighting installations, tabletop assemblages and jewelry. Drawing upon her antique experience, Farmer repurposes furniture, which will be on display and in use at the gallery.

Farmer will feature an artist each month to display artwork at here gallery. June’s featured artist is painter and Port Clyde native Charles Wilder Oakes, whose paintings are highly individualized and have been described as primitive, visionary, Art Brut and, most recently, outsider art. His take is, he just paints what’s in his heart. The subject of Dale Schierholt’s documentary film “Charles Wilder Oakes and the Muses of Port Clyde,” Oakes has been painting for more than five decades. His work may be seen online at

Oakes and Farmer have know each other for more than 30 years, having met when she was apprenticing in photography in Port Clyde. June's gallery exhibit is titled “Homecoming,” celebrating roots, new and old friends and community. Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

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