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‘Maine Inspired: Art Luminaries at the Bicentennial’ on exhibit at Zillman Art Museum

WINSLOW HOMER (American, 1836-1910)
“Eight Bells,” 1887
Etching
Gift of Adeline F. & Caroline R. Wing

Throughout history, artists have been attracted to Maine for its striking landscape, quiet remoteness and resilient people. As we celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020 and the state’s rich artistic history, the Zillman Art Museum showcases artists who have not only contributed to the cultural fabric of Maine but whose works of art are lauded internationally.

“Maine Inspired: Art Luminaries at the Bicentennial” runs Aug. 4 through Dec. 23 and features an assortment of works from the ZAM collection, including two of Winslow Homer’s finest prints, “Eight Bells” and “Perils of the Sea.” John Marin, whose studio in Maine was on a picturesque point in Addison, is represented by two dynamic watercolors, “A Bit of Cape Split, Maine” and “A Bit of Stonington, Maine” — as well as a suite of etchings that attests to his skill in both representation and abstraction.

One of Maine’s most prominent artists, Andrew Wyeth is featured in two lovely watercolors gifted in 1948 by Bangor’s Wing Sisters, Adeline and Caroline. The exhibition also highlights three images by Berenice Abbott, one of photography’s greatest practitioners, who relocated permanently from New York City to Blanchard in the 1960s. Also included are contemporary works by Alex Katz, including “Ann Lauterbach” and “Swimmer” — two pieces that illustrate his distinctive, pared-down approach to portraiture.

The Zillman Art Museum, located at 40 Harlow St., Bangor, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. ZAM’s summer/fall shows open to the public on Aug. 4 and run through Dec. 23. Admission to the Zillman Art Museum is free in 2020, thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Zillman Art Museum exhibits ‘Wood Nymphs” by JoAnne Carson

JOANNE CARSON (American, born 1953)
Detail of “Chlorophylia (For a World Without Color)”
Thermoplastic, apoxie clay, paper pulp
Courtesy of the artist

“Wood Nymphs,” on exhibit Aug. 4 through Dec. 23 at the Zillman Art Museum, features a selection of drawings and large-scale sculptures by JoAnne Carson.

Splitting her time her time between Brooklyn and rural Vermont, Carson is known for her quirky, serio-comic works in painting, sculpture and assemblage.

Carson’s sculpture “Chlorophylia (For a World Without Color),” that rises eight feet tall, is a focal point of the exhibition. The work is light-bleached and ghostly with its oversized, pale colored flowers and branches that stretch to the ceiling. Varied plant species — some resemble stylized hydrangea while others are textural enlarged roses — are assembled in a whimsical manner on a trunk-like base that is perched atop a circular disk.

“Chlorophylia (For a World Without Color)”
Thermoplastic, apoxie clay, paper pulp
Courtesy of the artist

“Wood Nymph,” 1999, represents a major work in Carson’s career; a multi-armed, female figure spins pies on the tip of her fingers as she emerges from a nine foot high trompe l’oeil log. The work is a tragic/comic comment on the gendered role of women as homemaker, muse and force of nature.

The work “Blue,” 2006, is a quirky three-dimensional piece that is reminiscent of the amped up colors and forms found in a Dr. Seuss book. The flattened, stylized leaves and pom-pom flowers emanate from a coiled electric-blue stalk whose origin is four curved legs that rest precariously on the plinth. Exhibited together these works orchestrate a chorus of invented forest creatures that aspire to transport viewers to a magical, imaginative woodland.

The Zillman Art Museum, located at 40 Harlow St. in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in August. ZAM is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. ZAM’s summer/fall shows open to the public on Aug. 4 and run through Dec. 23. Admission to the Zillman Art Museum is free in 2020, thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Zillman Art Museum exhibits ‘Being Here’ solo exhibit by Marcie Jan Bronstein

MARCIE JAN BRONSTEIN (American, born 1965)
“Being Here, How it Feels”
Courtesy of the artist

“Being Here,” on exhibit Aug. 4 through Dec. 23 at the Zillman Art Museum, features a stunning selection of recent watercolor compositions by Maine-based artist Marcie Jan Bronstein. In this exhibition, Bronstein beautifully harnesses the unique qualities of watercolor, often thought of as a unforgiving medium that doesn’t lend itself to revisionist impulses, in images that are both subtle in one instance, and bold in another.

A focal point of the exhibition is a dramatic grid of nine works titled “Oasis.” Marks that suggest ropes or swaged, transparent drapery inhabit these works. One may also see subtle references to architecture, such as seemingly stylized stairways and open portals of expansive light. Seen as a unit or as individual panels, the calming monochromatic colors employed in “Oasis” — ranging from pale blues, lavender and buttery yellow — invite multiple interpretations for viewers.

In other compositions, Bronstein depicts crystalline forms as if the objects are mutating under a microscopic lens. One also sees the artist’s web-like strands that reference occurrences at the cellular level or stretched ovoid forms that are reminiscent of polished beach rocks, potatoes or pill-like capsules. Through Bronstein’s varied marks, blooms of transparent watercolor, and enigmatic forms, she creates rich opportunities for reflection and interpretation.

The Zillman Art Museum, located at 40 Harlow St. in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in August. ZAM is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. ZAM’s summer/fall shows open to the public on Aug. 4 and run through Dec. 23. Admission to the Zillman Art Museum is free in 2020, thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces: PATTERNS IN NATURE: ART & SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces:

PATTERNS IN NATURE: ART & SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES

A panel discussion

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 – 6-8 PM

Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Please join UMMA for a panel discussion on patterns found in nature. Featured artist Deirdre Murphy will participate to discuss themes in her work that explore the connection between climate change and migratory bird patterns. Panelists include: Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology; Dr. Erik J. Blomberg, Associate Professor of Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology; Dr. Adrienne Leppold, Project Director of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and George Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, & Climate Change, will lend their perspectives on the subject through the lens of their research in the area of conservation biology and climate change. Deirdre Murphy’s exhibition Oculus with artist Scott White will be on display at UMMA through May 2.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and RSVP required. Please contact Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.581.3370 or email kathrynj@maine.edu to reserve your seat today.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents BrainyArt Trivia Night at the Museum

TUESDAY, February 11th, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Ages 21+, $5 Suggested donation

Join the University of Maine Museum of Art for Season 4 of BrainyArt! In this fun, quiz-based evening, participants have two chances to win big. A team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

MICHAEL P. MANHEIM Puck, from the series Rhythm From Within, 1999/2019 Archival ink jet print

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in January 2020. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter shows open to the public on January 10 and run through May 2, 2020. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2020 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

RHYTHM FROM WITHIN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL PHILIP MANHEIM

January 10 – May 2, 2020

This exhibition features a small portion of Michael Philip Manheim’s Rhythm From Within series, the impetus of which was his desire to expand the possibilities of still photography through a new approach to the nude in nature. Manheim created and perfected his own method of in-camera multiple exposures and sought out subjects—many of them professional dancers—not for their outward appearances, but for their ability to turn feelings into movement.  

Manheim scouted locations where participants would feel safe to delve into their vulnerability, and to physically express themselves. The photographer asked his subjects to meditate on their surroundings and move freely, making connections with each other and their environment. He trusted their intuition to reveal the complexities of the human condition through their spontaneous movements. As they moved, he layered many exposures on single frames inside his camera, forming the final pictures exhibited here.

 In these overlaid images, Manheim’s subjects metamorphose into unrecognizable, even sometimes mythical, beings as they blend in with their untamed woodland settings. “In following their instincts, my subjects viscerally encouraged the primordial to emerge,” says the artist. No matter how different the photographs are from each other, they all display a plethora of emotions, communicated through the universal language of the body. In one example, Gates of Hell, a grouping of female figures appear as a mass struggling to free itself from the psychological tormentor above. The photograph brings to mind French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s identically titled monumental bronze doorway portraying a scene from the Inferno, the first part of Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Intricate meshings with nature…complex depths of expression…unpredictable effects and juxtapositions…Manheim’s dynamic photographs expand beyond a single moment to capture movement and moods over time.

Announcements from The University of Maine Museum of Art

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces the installation of its new sculptural sign on Hamlin Parkway and the extension of its Free Admission Policy for the public in 2020, thanks to a generous donation from Deighan Wealth Advisors. 

UMMA’s dynamic new sign is an abstract form consisting of triangular metal panels, in colors ranging from bright red to shades of blue, that are mounted to a faceted aluminum construction. A projecting aluminum blade-like fin feature bears the Museum’s name. 

“The look of the three-dimensional element on the sign is not unlike the type of abstract, contemporary art and sculptures that one might see in the Museum’s galleries.” states UMMA’s Executive Director and Curator, George Kinghorn. “Many of our visitors enter the Museum from the stream side parkway and this eye-catching sculptural sign greatly enhances UMMA’s visibility. Hamlin Parkway is a beautiful asset for downtown and it’s wonderful to have this colorful focal point for all to enjoy. With increased pedestrian traffic and tourists visiting downtown from around the country, it’s terrific that people can now easily spot the Museum.” says Kinghorn. 

The new sign was a project of the Museum of Art Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports UMMA, and made possible through the generosity of Don and Linda Zillman.

The sign was fabricated by NeoKraft Signs Inc, a Maine-based business located in Lewiston.

George Kinghorn expressed his appreciation for Deighan Wealth Advisors’ philanthropic gift to the University and community. “Deighan Wealth Advisors’ gift is vital in the effort to remove barriers that may prevent some members of the public from coming to the Museum and enjoying its changing contemporary exhibitions and art collection.” 

Lucie E. Estabrook, CTFA, Chief Executive Officer and Principal with Deighan Wealth Advisors states “Deighan Wealth Advisors is honored to sponsor free admission to the University of Maine Museum of Art for the fifth consecutive year. Our community is so fortunate to have this fine museum in our city, and we are pleased to make it accessible to all. Deighan Wealth Advisors is excited to be in a position to help make those exhibits available to everyone who wants to share the art experience.”

Deighan Wealth Advisors, a well-known wealth management firm, has a history of supporting the arts in the region and state of Maine. It is a longtime community partner that has supported UMMA’s education and exhibition programs.

The University of Maine Museum of Art is located in Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor and is open year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  The Museum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects. UMMA offers an array of changing exhibitions featuring nationally known contemporary artists in conjunction with integrative educational programs, gallery talks, lectures, and workshops. Visit UMMA’s website, umma.umaine.edu, for the latest listings of special events, community happenings, exhibition schedules, and ways to be involved with the UMaine Museum of Art.

Sohns Gallery Seventh Annual All Small Art Show Reception Dec. 6

 

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Seventh Annual All Small art show.  Fifty two local Maine artists were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows of the year.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, prints, carved and burnt wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and acrylic paintings. The All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.  

Curator Annette Dodd say’s “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs from Nov 5th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 6 th at 6:30. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents ‘Holiday Cheer’

Please join UMMA on December 13 from 2:30 -4:30 PM in celebrating the holidays at the Museum. We will have light refreshments and a seasonal art making activity for you to enjoy. This event is free, for all ages, and open to the public. UMMA is located on Harlow Street in Bangor.

The UMaine Museum of Art Presents: BrainyArt Trivia Night at the Museum

Join UMMA in Bangor for Season 4 of BrainyArt on December 10 from 5:30-7:30. In this fun, quiz-based evening, participants have two chances to win big. A team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

BrainyArt is made possible by the generous support of Zach & Bailey Means and Means Wealth Management.