August 29 – October 4
Mount Agamenticus: A Group Exhibition
William Irvine: The Reach of the Sea
Jamie Johnston: Evidence
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 29, 5 – 7 pm
A Group Exhibition
The Mount Agamenticus region has a long history of land conservation. Today over 10,000 acres have been conserved by state agencies, non-profit conservation groups, towns and water districts. These efforts provide wildlife habitat protection, water quality and recreation for the public. The 692 foot high mountain and the surrounding forests, ponds and outlet to the sea are an inspiration to area artists whose work is included in this themed exhibition.
Exhibiting artists include: Arthur Balderacchi, Todd Bezold, George Burk, Sam Cady, Christopher Cook, Arthur DiMambro, Grant Drumheller, Tom Glover, Richard Brown Lethem, K. Min, and Bill Paarlberg, Mark Soderling, Michael Walek
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The Reach of the Sea
A native of Scotland, William Irvine is a long-time resident of Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula. Like many artists, his surroundings are his inspiration and he has aptly titled his show The Reach of the Sea. Small boats surf down rollicking waves that have sculptural troughs and peaks. He arranges fisherman’s tools and catches on tilted tabletops. His figures stand sentry in the doorways of cape houses and his signature clouds hover over islands in the bay.
Although his work has been described as having “charmed innocence” these are in fact very sophisticated paintings. The thickly applied paint gives added solidity and his strong color combinations and geometric compositions are reminiscent of such artists as Milton Avery and Marsden Hartley. Click Here to view images.
Jamie Johnston is well known for his beautifully designed custom furniture that is represented in residential, corporate and public spaces throughout the country. Since retiring from the Maine College of Art, where he was the head of the Woodworking and Furniture Department, he has enjoyed exploring non-functional sculpture. His many years of furniture design and construction inform these pieces. They share the same respect for simplicity, materials and technique. He is particularly fascinated with the visual relationship of surface to edge and the contrast of strong color to the natural grain of specialty woods. He maintains an active studio in Portland, Maine making site-specific furniture and sculpture.
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