Exploring Maine: a maker’s journey at Monkitree

Central Maine Clay Artists offer artistic and functional designs that allow you to take Maine with you. Each of the clay artists has their identifiable style but with this show they are exploring new shapes and designs that gather inspiration from the state that offers so much — powerful ocean, scenic lakes, rugged mountains, delicate wildflowers, exceptional dining, dramatic seasonal changes, and more. In addition to the clay artists, the show will include paintings on the same theme by Nancy Keenan Barron.  

Each artist has a distinct focus when seeking inspiration from what Maine offers. When asked about their inspiration, the natural environment is front and center. The abundance of Maine’s lakes, rivers and ocean, wildflowers, even dining outdoors, has served as inspiration. Participating Central Maine Clay Artists include Mary K Spencer, Whitney Gill, Robbi Fritz Portella, Malley Weber, Libbey Seigars, Lori Keenan Watts, Marie Palluotto, Elizabeth MB Downs and Ru Allen.

The show opened July 20 and can be seen at Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner, through Sept. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will not be an opening reception.

See www.monkitree.com for details.

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