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Catch the Fall Exhibitions at the Colby Museum

Torkwase Dyson, Nautical Dusk installation, 2018

 

The Colby College Museum of Art creates academically robust and engaging exhibitions. This fall, the Colby Museum is pleased to present the following exhibitions: Torkwase Dyson: Nautical Dusk (through January 6, 2019), Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection (through January 20, 2019), Nancy Spero: Unbound (through January 20, 2019), and Currents 8: Carly Glovinski (through February 17, 2019).

Torkwase Dyson: Nautical Dusk
At the invitation of the Museum, the New Jersey-based artist Torkwase Dyson visited Waterville to consult archival materials related to Samuel Osborne (c. 1833–1904). Born into slavery on a Virginia plantation, Osborne migrated to Maine in 1865 and served as a Colby College janitor from 1867 to 1903. In the works she produced for Nautical Dusk, Dyson combines simple geometric forms infused with metaphorical associations found in obituaries of Osborne written by unnamed white authors. These texts raise questions about authorship, transmission, and self-determination, all issues that she will continue to unpack over the run of the show. Nautical Dusk features sculptures and paintings that explore these subjects in a formal register through intimacy, liquidity, and reflectiveness. What results are expanded dimensions of space. Occupying half the gallery is a work entitled Dusk, a monolithic ramp that functions as an architectural intervention, activating the space and inviting engagement or contemplation. It suggests a promontory, an outcropping from which to scan or surveil, but also a structure partially submerged.

Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi before earning her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from the Yale School of Art. She was recently included in the 2018 group exhibition Between the Waters at the Whitney Museum of American Art and will be included in the 2019 Sharjah Biennial.

 

Carly Glovinski, Canyon Picnic, 2018. Acrylic on laser-cut plexiglass; acrylic on paper, photographs, plexiglass, wood.

 

Currents 8: Carly Glovinski
Established by the Colby Museum in 2004, the Currents exhibition series is dedicated to emerging artists with connections to Maine. For the eighth installment of the series, Carly Glovinski has created a group of works for a two-part exhibition on the theme of landscape that is on view currently at the Colby Museum and the Waterville Public Library. At the Colby Museum the commissioned works include painted sculptures and works on paper inspired by works in the Lunder Collection, several of which are on view in an adjacent gallery arranged by the artist. For the portion of the exhibition mounted at the Waterville Public Library, Glovinski has produced a group of three-dimensional paintings that closely resemble books in the library’s collection. These painted objects are exhibited on the library’s shelves. Designed to be explored by the hand and eye, they can be discovered by library patrons via a finding aid.

The Currents 8 catalogue will be available in late 2018 and will feature essays by Lunder Curator of American Art Elizabeth Finch and the writer Heidi Julavits.

Carly Glovinski (b. 1981) holds a BFA from Boston University and has shown her work nationally. She grew up in Berwick, Maine, and has a studio in nearby Rollinsford, New Hampshire.

 

Francisco de Goya, El sueño de la razón produce monstruos from Los Caprichos, 1799. Bound set of 80 intaglios on cream laid paper, 12 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 7/8 in.

 

Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection
During his lifetime the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) was known for his commissioned works, but his independently produced prints are arguably his greatest achievement. This focused exhibition from the Lunder Collection includes a bound copy of Goya’s Los Caprichos (1799), accompanied by a digital resource that allows visitors to see an image of each print in the order Goya established for the series. The exhibition also includes a 19th-century commentary, or “key” to the series, by an unknown writer.

Darkness Visible: Goya Prints from the Lunder Collection is organized to coincide with an exhibition of the work of Nancy Spero (1926–2009), one of many artists who have been inspired by Goya’s visionary creations as a graphic artist.

 

Nancy Spero, Liberty – Athlete, 1995. Handprinting and printed collage on paper, 24 1⁄2 x 38 1⁄2 in.

 

Nancy Spero: Unbound
For more than five decades, Nancy Spero (1926–2009) pioneered a feminist art practice that fiercely defied the social expectations imposed on women. Using a lexicon of appropriated imagery, Spero envisioned, as she observed in 1987, “all manner of processions, conflicts, interruptions and disruptions.” Her hybrid artworks made in protest against war and in celebration of the liberated female body constitute Nancy Spero: Unbound, an exhibition organized in conjunction with a concurrent presentation of Francisco Goya’s prints, which Spero first encountered as an aspiring young artist.

Spanning the artist’s entire career, Nancy Spero: Unbound includes one of her earliest surviving works: a lithograph dating from around 1950, depicting an ecstatic dancer whose outstretched limbs resist containment. In 1966, when Spero initiated a truculent series of drawings to protest the Vietnam War, she began to work primarily on and with paper, a material she preferred for its versatility and economy. She subsequently introduced the use of collaged images made from cutouts of her prints. She also joined paper sheets end to end to create vertical and horizontal scrolls, often composing on a monumental scale.

The expressions of ecstasy and protest that defined Spero’s early practice gave way to representations of the female subject as an “activator” in works derived from found and altered images, sometimes with accompanying quotations. Late in life Spero explored her visual lexicon in new and even more expansive sites, drawing and printing directly on the wall and revisiting her Vietnam War–era imagery to create one of her last major works, Maypole: Take No Prisoners II (2008), a towering, multi-part sculpture that serves as the exhibition’s arresting centerpiece.

Holiday Countdown Exhibit: Artist Reception at The Framemakers Gallery

Jim McLear, “The Royal Reaches”

The Frameworks Gallery introduces an exhibit spotlighting the following artists:
Acrylics, Knits, and Sweater Ornaments by Bonnie Hayward;
Weavings by Rachel Marsh-Sachs;
Acrylics by Jim & Gisele McLear;
Watercolors by Pam Dubois;
Photography by Lisa Laverdure;
Photography by Jennifer Hickey;
Also featuring The Waterville Area Art Society Holiday Block Party 2018
Artcards and Ornaments by Ann Rhinehardt and earrings by Greta Joseph are available for purchase throughout the exhibit.
Bonnie Hayward and Rachel Marsh-Sachs (The Winter Sisters) were introduced to each other by Bonnie’s sister a few years ago. Immediately they became fast friends and found they had much in common. They have enjoyed exploring various art activities together and have had great fun in the process! Bonnie lives in Waterville and loves working in a variety of mediums. Her passions are color, design, and naked trees. Her husband, Sumner, deals in antiques. Bonnie is apt to “borrow” some of his little treasures to use in her assemblages. Rachel lives in Sidney, where she runs a wholesale perennial nursery with her husband. She has always enjoyed working with fabric, fiber, and color. When she turned 60, she decided to make an effort to devote more of her time pursuing these passions (mostly in the winter).
Jim McLearis a representational painter and has been a resident of Maine for the past 23 years. He gravitates to depicting all things natural. Rocks, shells, gourds, feathers, bones and birds’ nests have all appeared in his still lifes, which he often refers to as Mandalas for their quiet contemplation. His landscapes have recently expanded from East Coast imagery to the Pacific Northwest after a sailing adventure in British Columbia piqued his interest. Jim still accepts commissioned portraits, but thoroughly enjoy painting family and friends. Jim also has been inspired by a fellow artist to step outside his comfort zone and switch from using oil to acrylic paint. Jim is passionate about painting from life, as it challenges him everyday, and he is very fortunate to be able to call it his profession.
Gisele McLear’s paintings in this show represent changes in her approach to “making art”. While she has generally worked with oils or pastels (preferring the latter for their convenience), she was encouraged by a fellow artist to try acrylics. Her enthusiasm for the medium was both convincing and contagious. At around the same time, a neighbor’s duck and free-range chickens began roaming their yard. She and her husband Jim were entertained them; they fed them and snapped photos. Her first chicken painting was for the 2018 Summer Block Party. She’s had such fun with it, and since pulled out dozens of “critter” reference photos taken in their neighborhood over the years, which led to these paintings. While Gisele still enjoy portraiture and still-lifes, it has been a delight to expand both her subject matter and medium!

Pam Dubois, “Twilight Over the Bay”

Pam Dubois was born in Montana and raised in Deer Isle, ME. For the past eleven years, she and her husband have lived in Winslow, ME. They have one grown daughter who resides in the Portland area. Pam has had an appreciation for art and photography for many years, but it was only after taking a watercolor class in 2014 that she discovered a passion for painting. Pam’s watercolor paintings are often inspired by the beauty of nature and wildlife, including the herd of deer that visit’s the woods behind her home every winter. She enjoys using vibrant colors and experimenting with different techniques as she paints. Two years ago, Pam launched her small business, Pam’s Cam and Watercolors, on Etsy, to sell cards and prints of her photography and watercolor paintings. She also participates in craft fairs throughout the region. Pam hopes that her artwork will inspire others to be creative and take time to appreciate the natural beauty all around us.

Lisa Lavendure is an upcoming photographer from Winslow Maine. She takes in her surroundings of nature and captures them in a moment with her art. This is Lisa’s first show.

 

Jennifer Hickey, “Day is Done”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hickey is a social worker by vocation; much of her artistic work is a reflection of her life-long work as both a teacher and social worker. She often photographs the worn, overlooked, misunderstood, and tired. It may be everyday flowers most mow over, leaves that have drifted off their tree, the ocean one may step over in trying to take in the scenic view, or the homeless person on the street holding a donation can. Jennifer is seeking to help people gain a new understanding of beauty.”

Gallery runs from November 15th, 2018 to January 12th, 2019.
Meet the artists December 14th, 5:30 to 7:30pm. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Kennebec Valley Chordmen.

Framemakers in Waterville opens “Painted Breeze Exhibit”

Framemakers, at 46 Maine Street, Waterville invites the public to come and meet the gallery artists October 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Loki.

Artists include: Abstract Printings by Deb Pipes; Abstract Paintings by Walter Dale; Oil Paintings by Sheila Gilbert; Oil Paintings by Chuck Ott; and Book Art, Poetry, and Prints by Bonnie Bishop. Craft items such as Flower Pins and Art Cards are available for purchase throughout the exhibit including jewerly by Greta Joseph.

Deborah Pipes

Deborah Pipes attended art classes at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She describes her work as Expressionistic Abstraction. She paints in acrylic, draws in charcoal and black ink and produces monotypes in watercolor. At this time, she is exploring using hand-stitching and fabric in combination with ink drawings and/or acrylic paintings.
She has had solo exhibitions in Kansas & Nebraska and has exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Laredo, Texas, Jackson, Wyoming, Maine and New York City, acquiring First Place Awards in International Competitions in NYC & Texas.

Her art work and photography have appeared in The George Washington (University) Review, The American Literary Review, a special issue publication by Sew Somerset Magazine, Her Mark datebook (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago) and Calyx; A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. She also was awarded third place in a poetry competition at Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC.

Born in Vermont, Deborah has resided in New England, the South and the Mid-West. Now, she lives in Skowhegan, Maine, with a studio in her home and is a current member of the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation, River Arts in Damariscotta, Waterville Area Art Society and The Harlow in Hallowell.

Walter Dale

Walter Dale is an off-the-grid artist from Waterville, using spray paint to create eclectic and etherial abstract works of art. This is Walter’s first show.

 

Sheila Gilbert

 

Sheila Gilbert is a resident of Clinton who works in oil. She enjoys painting protraits silllife, landscapes, and animals. Sheila’s use of bright and contrasting color gives off the sense of entering a fantastical imaginative world.

Chuck Ott is an enthusiastic creative soul who struggles to find time to get all that he wants to get done in the studio. He is also a college professor at a small New England Community College who loves turning his students onto the world of creativity.

 Bonnie Bishop has been working as a paper and book artist for over twenty years incorporating collage, printmaking, and her poetry into various forms. Bonnie’s inspiration comes primarily from the worlds of animals and dreams. These books have been shown nationally and in Canada and are found in several Special Collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Wesleyan University, Colby College, and the Bainbridge Museum of Art. Greta Joseph of Vassalboro is the creative mind behind La Sagato – a studio. A talented photographer and artist, her always-popular earrings are works of art in miniature.

FMI, call 872-8927

Colby College to host Art & Land Conservation Symposium, August 3-4

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Organized by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Maine Arts Commission, the 2017 Art & Land Conservation Symposium will take place at Colby College in Waterville on August 3-4, 2017.

This two-day conference will explore the critical role of 19th and 20th century visual artists in the American land conservation movement, and consider how art can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and citizen stewards in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape.

WHAT: Art & Land Conservation Symposium
WHEN: August 3-4, 2017
WHERE: Colby College
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine
REGISTER: ArtLandSymposium2017.org
COST: $95

Experts on Adams, Bierstadt, Church, Cole, Hartley, O’Keeffe, Olmsted, Watkins and others will speak on how artists created landscape images for Americans who had never and might never experience them directly.

Nationally-recognized scholars in art, history, American studies and law will relate how artists helped policy-makers embrace a land protection ethic based on the aesthetic values of nature that played an essential role in the creation of our national and state parks. Presentations on contemporary artists in Maine and national parks with a thematic focus on the arts will also be included.

Speakers will also address the psychology of natural beauty and its importance to the human spirit. The symposium will be followed by optional field trips (August 5 & 6) to three iconic Maine regions where some of America’s most influential artists worked—Katahdin, Acadia, and Monhegan.

Any media coverage you can provide is greatly appreciated. Please contact William Plouffe at williamlplouffe@gmail.com or (207) 232-2495 for further details

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-25-34-amThe Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present:

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME October 22
Waterville Creates, Waterville, ME October 23

Tuition
Both Workshops: $250
One Workshop: $150

MCA Member Discount Codes
One-day $25 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBER
Two-day $50 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBERS

MECA Students and Alumni: Contact Jessica Tomlinson for a full scholarship.

For More Information Vist: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/portland-waterville-maine/

The Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present: BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Tuition
Both Workshops: $225 before June 15/$250 after June 15
One Workshop: $125 before June 15/$150 after June 15

MCA Member Discount Codes
One-day $25 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBER
Two-day $50 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBERS

REGISTER HERE

OCTOBER 22: Schedule at a glance
This session is held at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Wholesale 101with Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Introduction to Art Licensing with Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Booth Design with Wendy Rosen
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Retail 101 with Nire Cook
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Artist Discussion Panel
3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (Additional fee & optional)

OCTOBER 23: Schedule at a glance
This session is held at Waterville Creates, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04901

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Making Work that Sells with Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Selling Art Online with Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pricing for Profit with Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Building Gallery Relationships with Carolyn Edlund
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Artist Discussion Panel
3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (Additional fee & optional)