Sam Cady, “Traffic Island with Shrub, Acapulco” (1970), oil on shaped canvas, collection of the artist
Sam Cady, “Traffic Island with Shrub, Acapulco” (1970), oil on shaped canvas, collection of the artist
Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter Street in Rockland, will present “Is Art Magic?,” a Sunday Salon from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, with Sam Cady and David Raymond, director of McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College, free with museum admission. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Sam Cady, born in Boothbay Harbor in 1943, was an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, commuting between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jackstands.

David Raymond, a sculptor and painter, has taught at Merrimack College since 1964, and has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program at Vermont College. He became director of McCoy Gallery in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons will include “Think Wrong” with graphic designer and educator John Bielenberg on April 30, “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7, and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli on May 14. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.