A Look Inside

I love art, all of it, and I am thrilled to have the Center for Maine Contemporary Art right down the street from me.  I am privileged to volunteer there on a weekly basis to enjoy the art as well as the visitors.

You may not realize it but Maine has played a significant role in the history of American art and is still doing so.  Artists from Winslow Homer to George Bellows to Edward Hopper to Georgia O’Keeffe to Robert Indiana to Alex Katz to the Wyeths…..well, you get the picture, have found Maine to provide an abundance of subject matter as well as color and texture and solitude.

While there are many places to look at art in Maine, CMCA is what I consider the “go to” place for experiencing the more cutting edge work being done by artists who have a connection to the state, and the current biennial exhibition is great proof of that.  Come on in and take a look.

Seventeen artists were selected by invitation and from open submissions, and each is referencing traditional methods in new ways to express his or her own voice.

James B. Marshall Standing Five

There are sculptures that look very much like metal but are made using graphite, PVA and plaster on paper.

This fiber installation piece is influenced by the artist’s experience hiking among glaciers in Patagonia. Its sheer beauty is breathtaking, and I marvel at its complexity.

David Stess

These photographs, shot with film rather than with a digital camera, document the experience of migrants who work the fields of Maine

Luc Demers

while these capture moody interior spaces.

Erik Weisenburger

These paintings are done in classical style but have a touch of whimsy

Cassie Jones

as do these acrylics done on felt that is stuffed and manipulated to represent forms in nature.

As these and other pieces in the 2012 Biennial illustrate, art is more than just pretty pictures.  It is an opportunity for a new way of looking at the familiar as is so often the case with contemporary art.  Liking it is not what is important.  It is the seeing, the experiencing, accepting the challenge to think outside the box that makes it meaningful.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Sharing with Seasonal Sundays, Show and Tell Saturday, Pink Saturday, Sunny Simple Sunday


18 thoughts on “A Look Inside

  1. Love it Linda…very interesting post! thanks for sharing.

    1. I think you would enjoy this show. It’s amazing what wonderful art we have to look at here.

  2. I love your blog! I have read about the girls and the move and cried along….I have always loved seeing the things that you weave. Enjoyed the tablescapes.

    1. Susan, how very nice to hear from you and I do appreciate your checking in on my blog. Yes, it has been difficult having Linsey and her family move away, but I guess we all have to do our own thing at some time or another. Stay in touch.

  3. Art, exhibitions, the creative expression of people… LOVE it all ! (great photos too!!!)

    1. Thanks, Kiwi, for dropping by. When you have great subject matter, it’s easy to take a decent photo.

  4. Just caught the George Bellows exhibit at the National Gallery of Art today- final weekend! So fabulous and at least one painting on loan from the Farnsworth ! He was certainly inspired by Maine!

    1. George Bellows is one of my favorite painters. Owning one of his pieces is on my impossible wish list.

  5. How fabulous! Happy pink Saturday!

    Your comment at my PINK Post is always appreciated.

  6. thank you for a bit of a cultural experience!! I enjoyed your post, Thanks for sharing.

  7. Linda~ Thanks for bringing some culture and contemporary art from Maine to us!

  8. How fortunate you are to be able to spend time in this beautiful place. I love the the billowing blue sculpture. It feels light and airy, not icy to me. I feel happy just looking at it. Happy Sunny Sunday!

  9. You know, this is the perfect place to exhibit a video/installation piece I’m developing. The way the architecture marries the contemporary pieces to the more traditional imagery is just the sort of environment I’ve been imagining. What a lovely space.

  10. AH! You are from Houston and Maine!!! I’m in Taylor, TX and my roots are all in Rockland, Appleton, Winterport, Bangor, and my great great greats settled Swan’s Island, etc. Lot’s of amazing family history. 🙂

  11. What an amazing place to spend time! I love visiting museums and always see things in a different light! Enjoy your week and thanks for your sweet visits!

  12. Such a neat place!

    – The Tablescaper

  13. You are so lucky my friend. You are close to the most priceless , amazing, inspiring Art pieces. You got me jumping from excitement. Have a great day.

  14. Great art!…I am sure there is no such thing as being bored in Maine….there are so many wonderful things to do and see….

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