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MECA Printmaking Talent Featured at Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library Through February 23
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will again sponsor a winter exhibition at the Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. The exhibition, titled Prints: Breaking Boundaries, is curated by CMCA Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown and will run from through February 23rd. It features the work of 35 Maine artists who use new techniques and materials to expand the definition of fine art printmaking, which in the past has traditionally been limited to editions of etchings, engravings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and lithographs printed on archival paper. These traditional processes increasingly are giving way to one-of-a-kind prints on a variety of surfaces. Contemporary prints can include drawing, painting, monotype printing, encaustic, and digital manipulation, as well as multiple layers of collaged, stitched, or folded paper and even added objects for a 3-D or sculptural effect.
The participating artists represent 18 Maine communities, from York to Farmington and Orono, and include Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Debra Arter, Will Barnet, Holly Berry, Shawn Brewer, Martha Briana, Kyle Bryant, Sam Cady, Crystal Cawley, Corliss Chastain, Nancy R. Davison, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Tanner Gasco-Wiggin, Rebecca Goodale, Susan Groce, Tom Hall, Adrienne Herman, Frances Hodsdon, Elizabeth Jabar, Lin Lisberger, Cindy McGuirl, Daniel Minter, Meg Brown Payson, Damir Porobic, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Delphine Sherin, Jennifer Strode, Andrea Sulzer, David Twiss, Sarah Vosmus, Barbra Whitten, and Henry Wolyniec.
The exhibition runs through February 23rd. Admission is free.
FMI, visit www.cmcanow.org
MECA Painters 10 Years Later: On View at June Fitzpatrick Gallery
MECA PAINTERS 10 YEARS LATER
An annual exhibit featuring
Maine College of Art painting majors
a decade after graduation
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
522 Congress Street
First Friday Artwalk Reception
January 4, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Call 207.699.5018 or email email@example.com for more information.
"West End Sunset" oil on canvas, 16"x20" by Michael Marks
Process and Place: MECA 2013 Residency Exhibition
Process & Place: The Maine College of Art 2013 Residency Exhibition
The 2013 Residency Exhibition runs from January 14, 2013 through February 10, 2013 on the second floor of the Porteous Building. On Friday, January 18, there will be an opening reception from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion with five residency recipients from 6:30-8:00pm in Osher Hall. This exhibition is a group show showcasing the work of 18 individual artists all of whom were selected for artist residencies through Maine College of Art during the past three years. Artist residencies took place at the Jenny Family Compound in Baie Saint Marie, Nova Scotia and at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine, and resulted in work ranging from encaustic paintings to artist books to a wave machine.
Process & Place features the work of artists Rachael Eastman ‘94, Martha Almy ‘95, Richard Abbott ‘78, Mark Marchesi ‘99, Celeste Roberge ‘79, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Hannah Barnes ‘02, Jessica George MFA ‘09, Larissa Mellor ‘04, Erin Sweeney ‘94, Nik Bsullak ‘99, Crystal Heiden ‘06, Alison Taylor ‘94, Willamain Somma, Conan Masterson, Christine Negus, Adriane Herman, and Richard Metz MFA ’00.
Series One explores the landscape of identity; perception of self, carved from physical and emotional spaces. Though the characters in the work appear to be isolated and alone, they are connected. Each explores their own territory within the same world, challenged by the vulnerability inherent to exposure. The product of the first artistic collaboration between Alison Taylor, Martha Almy, and Willamain Somma, Series One is location specific, produced during an artists’ residency in Baie St. Marie Nova Scotia. The artists have known each other since they were children.
For more information, please contact Dietlind Vander Schaaf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Art Trumps Capitalism at MECA
MECA students donated their art to friday's pop-up-shop. Buyers traded volunteer time for the work created.
Listen to MPBN feature: MECA Students 'Sell' Art in Exchange for Community
Using community service as currency was the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop on Free Street during last friday's Art Walk. The one-night-only shop sold handmade goods and art created by MECA students, purchased in exchange for volunteer time.
Next ProDev Series hosted on December 12 in Osher Hall: Tax Essentials
The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Tax Essentials. This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.
A panel of three professional presenters will bring practical information to artists and small businesses about how taxes work and how to get them done efficiently and smartly. Topics will include recordkeeping, setting up books, sales tax, deductions, hobby loss rule, expense tracking and more.
Caren-Marie Michel, Artist and MECA Alum
Tom Gangewer, partner at Local Economy
Justin Coffin from at Macdonald Page & Co LLC
The workshop takes place at 6pm in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
Register online using Brown Paper Tickets
Two Future Mother Events at the ICA
Thursday DEC. 6th, 12:30pm Artist Talk with Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella at the ICA @ MECA
Faculty Lecture Series:
Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella – Thursday, December 6, 12:30 -1:30pm
Jeffrey Clancy – Tuesday, December 11, 2-3pm
Adam Manley – Thursday, December 13, 1-2pm
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • email@example.com • 1.800.699.1509
Saturday DEC. 8th 7PM ***ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE***
ICA Gallery @ MECA
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 • firstname.lastname@example.org • 1.800.699.1509
On Dec. 8th at 7PM, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will host Middle Eastern Ensemble ALHAN, created and driven by Arabic singer Madeline Hanna and Tom Kovacevic formerly of Cerberus Shoal and Tarpigh. Alhan will perform a concert of Turkish and Arabic music featuring violin, oud, darbuka and nay.The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, bringing varied musical backgrounds to their interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They offer a truly rare opportunity to experience the rich and beautiful traditions of the Middle East.
ALHAN Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform on Saturday evening at 7pm
to celebrate the completion of FUTURE MOTHERS, Tent/ Text/ Totem a collaborative installation by Elizabeth Jabar & Colleen Kinsella.
The Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art will host ALHAN as part of The World Over , 2012 MECA Faculty Exhibition.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is a book in the form of a tent. Made entirely of hand-dyed, hand-printed cloth, the tent is a contemplative space within a space. Printed fragments were sewn into an impermanent dwelling based on nomadic Bedouin tent forms.
Kinsella & Jabar tell a story using an index of images. The exterior walls read as a lexicon, giving keys to the sprawling murals of creation, destruction and rebirth that cover the interior walls of the tent. The texts and totems serve to mark and further inform the narrative.
This project was made possible with the assistance of the ICA, Maine College of Art BFA Students & Alumni, Stitch Gatherings & Z fabrics.
Elizabeth Jabar's background is rooted in Waterville's Lebanese community. Cultural symbols and references to the Middle East are spread throughout her alarmingly beautiful work. Her books and works on paper are part of NY Center for Book Arts 2013 Symposium on Books.
She is Assistant Dean, Chair of Printmaking & Public Engagement at MECA.
Colleen Kinsella's interest in temporary nomadic structures like Beduoin tents, stems from her experience with various musical groups like Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire and Big Blood. She has toured and exhibited throughout the US and Europe since 1999 with her printmaking, installations,and performances. Her work was featured in the 2011 PMA Biennial and she is an Instructor at MECA
This work was created in the last 6months but culminates over 11 years of working alongside each other in MECA's Printmaking Department for over 10 years.TO SEE MORE images of the tent in-progress go to:
All ICA Events at MECA are FREE and open to the public.
Future Mothers will be selling beautiful hand printed posters and ephemera to support the event.
Future Mothers, Tent /Text /Totem is part of The World Over, 2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition at Maine College of ART.
Please contact ICA Director Daniel Fuller for more details @ email@example.com or 1.800.699.1509
Maine College of Art • 522 Congress Street • Portland, Maine 04101 ••
Outstanding MECA Alumni
Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Eric Hongisto ‘97 Guggenheim winner, professor at University of San Francisco
William Mills ‘80, Gepetto Studios, NY makes soft sculpture puppets, props for films, Letterman
Connie Hayes ‘80 Painter
Julianna Swaney ‘05, entrepreneur/artist www.ohmycavalier.com
Brian Wilk ’95 Hasbro Inc. Design Director, Pawtucket, RI
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel MFA '01 http://www.carolinelathanstiefel.net
Aaron Stephan MFA '02, studio artist: public art aarontstephan.com
Nancy Nesvet MFA '04 curator, studio artist
Catherine D'Ignazio MFA '05 studio artist http://www.ikatun.com/kanarinka
Randy Regier MFA '07, studio artist randyregier.com
Geary's Brewing Company Hosts Design Competition
Each year, the D.L. Geary Brewing Company hosts a competition on campus for the design of the packaging for the Geary's Summer Ale. All undergraduate students are allowed to submit a design. The winning design is then featured on the labels of one million bottles of beer, as well as on the six-pack and 12-pack boxes. The student with the winning design is awarded $5,000. This year, there were more than 60 entries to the contest. The winner is selected in January and works with Geary on bringing the concept to production for a launch in late spring. See all the entries.
For more information, please contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work.