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Monkitree presents “The Gray Area” by Ashley Rogers

Ashley Rogers “Impaled Scars”

 

With The Gray Area, Ashley Rogers seeks to highlight the reality of being a woman, a human being, and how society and the influence of others affect everything. “My purpose of this body of work is to confront the human experience. As the only story I know is my own, I have chosen to use my own human form as a model to illustrate body image, emotion, and the growth from child to adult in various social and personal contexts.” Through pattern, texture, and mark making Ashley has transformed the human body into decorative objects, a reflection on the role the female body.

In her work, Ashley exposes the dark undertones that are often overlooked from under our shiny exteriors.  We strive for perfection, even though we make mistakes. “We have dark thoughts that can weaken dignity. Only by respecting one another and understanding each individual story do we earn our place at each other’s tables in our most joyous times,” Ashley explains, “My work has been heavily influenced by nature. With the symbolism of growth, death, and an endless cycle, I strive to show that learning to understand our human experiences will allow us to come out stronger than before.” Art itself is a personal form of self-portraiture. And Ashley is using her personhood to share her whole story. Not only heart and soul; but body, as well.

Ashley Rogers graduated from Maine College of Art in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She uses her photorealistic background to journey through the exploration of abstraction, sculpture, and fiber art– areas that allow her to express her love of texture, patterns, and construction.  A local-to-Gardiner artist, Ashley serves as the Program Coordinator for Spinoff Studio. Ashley’s work has been seen in collaborative shows through the Maine College of Art and other Maine venues, as well as Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Clare, Ireland. This is her first solo exhibition.

Join us for an opening reception on October 5th from 5:30-8:30. The show can be seen at Monkitree-263 Water Street, Gardiner, ME through November 24th during regular shop hours.

Craft Apprentice Program Announces 2018 Master – Apprentice Pairs

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The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, offers a statewide Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) for contemporary craft practitioners. The program is a concentrated peer-to-peer learning experience for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. The program serves to celebrate the role of the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship through the cultural sector. It addresses the need for developing sustainability and resiliency in the craft sector by allowing craft artists to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers.

The number and quality of CAP applicants exceeded our expectations, leaving a difficult task to the 2018 CAP jurors. This year, program funding allowed for two pairs and the final outcome led to apprenticeships in jewelry and fiber. We are proud and dedicated to the selection process, and thrilled with the experience and quality of the 2018 selections.

2018 CAP Apprenticeship Recipients are as follows:
Master jeweler Christine Peters with apprentice Nina Devenney
and
Master fiber artist Nancy Giesberger with apprentice Nina Ruit

For more information on the Crafts Apprentice Program or the Maine Crafts Association visit www.mainecrafts.org or call 207-205- 0791.

Visit ArtWalk Gardiner during the Annual Tree Lighting

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ArtWalk Gardiner will coincide with the Annual Tree Lighting  on Friday, December 1st 5:30 to 8:00 PM, in artists’ studios, galleries, shops and other venues throughout Historic Downtown Gardiner. The event will feature unique works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography to textiles, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.

First launched in 2005 by Artdogs studios and a handful of other area artists, the mission of ArtWalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, ArtWalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of visitors to Water Street to enjoy these festive evenings.

Featured artist showing their work at the ArtWalk include Artdogs, Karen Adrienne, John Carnes, Nancy Barron, Circling the Square Fine  Art Press members, Matt Demers, Sophie Felder, Dee Keneagy, Kala Ladenheim, Allison McKeen,  Tanya Russell, Robert Saunders, SpinOff Studio members, Christine Sullivan,   Marylu Wellwood, Catherine Worthington, and Bridgett Wagner  Their work will be shown in many downtown business including our Business Sponsors: Artdogs, Barn Boards and More, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, Monkitree, and SpinOff Studio.

For more information, email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com.

ArtWalk Gardiner Celebrates Art and Community in Historic Downtown Gardiner

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On Friday, August 5 from 5:30-8:00pm, ArtWalk downtown Gardiner will showcase original fine art and hand-crafted items created by dozens of area artists. Hundreds of unique works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography to textiles, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics will be available for sale in artists’ studios, galleries, shops, and other venues throughout Gardiner’s beautiful historic downtown. Individuals and groups of artists including the Artdogs, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, SpinOff Studio, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner will share their creations.

Allison McKeen, Mixed Media

Allison McKeen, Mixed Media

In addition to the huge variety of artwork for sale, ArtWalk Gardiner includes artists’ demonstrations, children’s activities, free refreshments, and live music. SpinOff Studio is sponsoring an all-ages dance party with DJ Haunt in their garden space, and local artists Matt Demers and Allison McKeen will host an after-party for participating artists and their guests at their Water Street studio loft later in the evening.

First launched in 2005 by Artdogs™ studios and a handful of other area artists, the mission of ArtWalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, ArtWalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of appreciative visitors to Water Street to enjoy these festive evenings of art and good cheer.

Nancy Barron, acrylic painting

Nancy Barron, acrylic painting

ArtWalk Gardiner is sponsored and supported by many local businesses, including those that will be hosting artists for the evening. We hope you will join us for this lively celebration of art in our community. For more information, please email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

MCA Announces Important Dates and Deadlines

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MCA Calendar: Important Dates and Deadlines

JULY

July 1-31: Center Exhibition: Catherine Worthington 

July 8: Book Signing with Roger L. Stevens @ Center 

2016: LOOKING AHEAD

August: 4-30: Center Exhibition: Peggy Lumpkins

August 6: Book Signing with Margaret Gousse @ Center

Aug 15: Sign-up: Downeast Magazine, November 

August 27: Portland Fine Craft Show 9am-4pm

October 1 & 2: Maine Craft Weekend 2016

October 1: Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft

October 6: Craft Apprentice Program Exhibition Reception

October 22: Artist Business Workshop @ MECA

October 23: Artist Business Workshop @ Waterville 

November: CAP 2017 Application Deadline (extact date TBA)

December 2-4: MCA Member Booth @ CraftBoston Holiday

December 10: Tandem Glass Party and MCA Fundraiser, Dresden

For More Information visit www.mainecrafts.org