Caren-Marie Michel
Westbrook, ME

CAREN-MARIE MICHEL Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine, past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and past President and current Treasurer of Westbrook Arts and Culture. Michel earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art.) Michel’s work has been selected for juried shows throughout the US and Canada. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery at University of New England, Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery and Littlefield Gallery. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images. In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine. “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. In 2013, Michel’s first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. In 2015, Michel’s work was featured in a solo exhibit in Augusta, Maine through the Maine Arts Commission’s Art in the Capitol program. In 2016 Michel was awarded a residency at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine by Maine College of Art. Michel will be in residency at Baie Ste. Marie in New Edinburg, Nova Scotia in June of 2018, awarded by Maine College of Art. Michel’s work was selected for the 2018 release of Paintings of Portland (Down East Books) by David Little and Carl Little. Michel is on faculty at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, Maine, and is represented by Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine. Michel’s work is also shown at N.W. Barrett Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Hole in the Wall Studioworks in Raymond, Maine.