Landing Gallery in Rockland presents the latest work of 30 Maine printmakers in “Pressing On” opening Thursday, Sept. 27. The exhibition is designed to call attention to Maine’s lively and ever-growing printmaking community according to Bruce Brown, CMCA curator emeritus, who organized the exhibition. “Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years,” Brown contends.
Circling the Square Fine Art Press established in 2007 in Gardiner is represented by members Karen Adrienne, Martha Briana, Jeffery Chapman, Russ Gilchrist, Diana McFarland, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus, and Barbra Whitten. One of a Kind Printmakers, organized in the same studio in 2011, includes Corliss Chastain, Christine Higgins and Kris Sader. All are exhibiting a series of collaborative prints in which each paired up to respond to a specific work created by the other.
Tim Higbee represents his Hope Editions studio, opened in the town of Hope in 2008, with a lithograph and an etching. Midcoast Printmakers Inc. in Damariscotta, also begun in 2008, features work by members and friends Debra Arter, Frances Hodsdon, Cindy McGuirl, and Sandy Wadlington. The rapidly growing Pickwick Press of Portland, established in 2009, includes work by a talented group of emerging artists Kristin Fitzpatrick, Clint Fulkerson, Jeff Hoffman, Norah Maki, Pilar Nadal, Irina Skornyakova and David Twiss.
Susan Amons of Biddeford, Jane Banquer of Peak’s Island, Nancy Davison of Ogunquit, Meg Brown Payson of Freeport, and Kyle Bryant and Henry Wolyniec who work in private studios in Portland complete the roster of participants.
There will be a public reception for the artists during First Friday Art Walk 5-8 p.m Oct. 5.The exhibit continues through October 28, for more information visit landingart.com