Three New Exhibitions open at CMCA

Anne Neely, “Bog”

Three exhibitions will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, August 4, from 4-6 p.m. CMCA is located at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport, and the reception is open to the public. The exhibitions will run through September 22.

Counterpoint III is the third exhibition in a series that pairs the work of a painter and a sculptor. It brings together the richly colored, mosaic-like paintings of artist Anne Neely and the spare, elegantly abstracted work of sculptor Tom Chapin. Grace, weight, and balance are hallmarks of each artist’s work, as is a reverence for the natural world. Both artists have had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad, and their work is represented in the collections of many major institutions. Neely lives in Jonesport, Maine, and Milton, Massachusetts, and Chapin splits his time between Phippsburg and Los Angeles.
Tom Chapin, “7th Seven”

Photographer Samantha Appleton, whose work comprises the exhibition Here From There, covered the war in Iraq for three years. After that, she covered the last U.S. presidential campaign for the New Yorker magazine and then became an Official White House Photographer for the Obama administration. For Camden native Appleton, these profoundly different experiences were merely different sides of the vortex of modern history, and the images she created reflect rather than contrast each other. This exhibition suggests that to make a line, you must make a circle—like the idiosyncratic Maine saying, “You can’t get there from here.”

Ken Greenleaf’s exhibition, Intercept, presents selections from two of his recent series of works on paper. The Blackwork pieces are black, messy, and reworked again and again. The Gauge works are almost polar opposites: They are colorful, neat, carefully arranged, and done in one set of actions. Together they bracket the range of how Greenleaf looks at things. Greenleaf’s work has been in more than thirty exhibitions nationwide and is in the collections of many major museums. He and his artist wife, Dozier Bell, currently reside in Waldoboro.

Following the exhibition openings, CMCA will present Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York magazine, for an illustrated lecture on Sunday, August 12, at 5 pm at the Rockport Opera House. Saltz’s lecture is titled “Art and the Art World Today: How They Got That Way and What We Do About It. An Art Critic Unloads.” Tickets for the lecture are available now online at cmcanow.org or by calling 236-2875.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is celebrating their 60th anniversary as a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. It is located at 162 Russell Ave., Rockport, Maine. The galleries are open seasonally, Memorial Day weekend through mid-December. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 236-2875 or visit cmcanow.org.