Holiday Shows and an Out of Body Installation-Online Magazine Nov 24, 2006


Lihua Lei
Sidhe (detail), 2005
performance with mixed media, Colby College

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This week’s feature

Colby College Museum of Art will feature the third in its series of emerging artists. The artist will be Lihua Lei who creates installations focusing on the condition of the human body and uses cloth natural objects and other materials.

Titled Currents3, explores the sense of bounty and loss inherent to our bodily condition. Working in the gap between the figurative and the abstract, Lei uses diverse materials to allude to the body: a pool of carnelian colored thread suggests blood; a tube of cloth winds through the landscape like an esophagus or a birthing canal; a tree’s knotty irregularities imply scars, burns, or tumors upon a torso. For currents3, Lei explores memory as a bodily phenomenon, exemplified by the phantom limb. How does our body remember, or feel, what it has lost? Lei’s installation invites the viewer to reflect upon the vulnerabilities and transformations of the body.

The show runs through Feb. For more information call 859-5600. www.colby.edu

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Galleries



Philip Frey, White Dinghy II

acrylic on canvas, 37.5” x 49”,
at The Firehouse Gallery

The Firehouse Gallery Diminutive Masterworks: Third Annual Benefit Exhibition, Nov 30 – Dec 30
Reception Sat, Dec 2, 5-7 pm. An exhibition of 8” x 10” original works, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine. The gallery will also offer a great variety of unique holiday gifts! www.thefirehousegllery.com

Americans who tell the truth: Portraits by Robert Shetterly will be on display Nov 29-Feb 4 at the Art Gallery at University of New England. There will be an artists talk on Martin Luther King , Jr. Wed Jan 24, noon.

At Greenhut Galleries “Portland Show 0-6”, the third biennial invitational exhibition relating to the theme of Portland. Forty-four artists have been invited and charged with the challenge of representing the Forest City in their chosen method. As long as it’s about Portland, anything goes. The show runs through Dec 2,

The Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias will display “Prints and Books of Claire van Vliet” through Dec 8 as part of the Maine Print Project. www.maineprintproject.org/machias

West Island Gallery in Georgetown will show new paintings by Susie Westly Wren. The show runs through Christmas Eve.

Whitney Art Works on York Street in Portland, Nov 29 – Dec 23, presents Holiday Mixer, A celebration of Whitney Art Works Artists. Open Wed – Sat 12 – 5, or by appointment

Deer Isle Artists Assoc. Gallery will offer a holiday exhibit “Surrounded by Art Dec 8 – Dec 23. More than 70 artists will show work in all media. A gala dinner is scheduled for 7 pm Dec 7. For more information call 348-9341



CMCA
in Rockport, “Maine Printmakers: 1980 – 2005” includes nearly 250 editioned intaglio, relief and planographic prints created over the past 25 years by over 200 artists. Works were selected by invitation and from a general call to artists between June and December, 2005. Curated by Bruce Brown.

Also at CMCA, Vinalhaven Prints: Vinalhaven Press Prints from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Collection

Museums



Richard Estes
Downtown – Reflections, 1991
Color woodcut, 16 1/4 x 10“

UMMA Bangor John Marin: A Print Survey, Richard Estes: Prints, Bernard Langlais: Abstract Wood Reliefs. The show runs Oct 20 – Jan 13, 2007. www.umma.umaine.edu

“Whistler as Printmaker: is showing at the Colby Museum of Art through Feb 25. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions.

The Farnsworth Museum “Imprints of Maine: 1900-1950.” an exhibition drawn entirely from the Farnsworth Museum’s collection of American prints and presents a selection of approximately 40 images of Maine made by artist and printmakers at a pivotal time in the history of American art ˜ a short 50 years that witnessed the flowering of modernism and the birth of abstract expressionism. “Imprints of Maine” will run through June of 2007.

Also at the Farnsworth Museum Jonathan Fisher: Pioneer Painter and Printmaker (Maine Print Project) Oct 15, thru April 08, 2007.

Also at The Farnsworth, Andrew Wyeth, Fall/Winter Exhibition, Oct 29,- April 15, 2007. The Study Center Gallery will feature temperas from the late 1930s combined with watercolors from throughout Wyeth’s career.

The Portland Museum of Art “American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America” This exhibit, which runs from November 2nd through January 7th, will explore the subject of childhood and its relationship to the American quest for national identity during the 19th century. Presenting works by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, and other major American artists, the exhibition will investigate the connection between American ideas about children and the ideals and issues that defined the nation as it matured.

Also at the Portland Museum of Art A Century of Maine Prints: 1880s to 1980s. The exhibition will feature 75 prints that present a history of printmaking in Maine from the founding of the Portland Society of Art in the 1880s until the opening of the Museum’s Payson Building in the mid-1980s. The show runs through December 10.

Call for Art

The Bangor Art Society is inviting artists to donate artwork to the fourth annual Holiday Art Auction, 6-8 pm Dec 1 and the Union Street Brick Church. Call Joanne 947-0937 or Kris 942-3868

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