2012 Biennial Opens at CMCA

Kitty Wales, “Railway Bride,” animaltronic sculpture

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2012 Biennial Exhibition opens with an artists’ reception 4-6 p.m  Saturday, Sept. 29. The reception is open to the public and will take place at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport.

The exhibition includes work by 17 artists, chosen by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds, who selected 10 artists from the 415 artists who submitted work and invited seven others to participate. The jurors’ vision for this year’s Biennial was to present a balance of concepts, volume, color, and texture for the exhibition as a whole. McAvoy and Deeds said that the creativity and level of quality they saw in the art submitted were exceptional and spoke to the vitality of the state’s contemporary art scene.

The ten selected artists are: Kenny Cole, Monroe; Grace DeGennaro, Yarmouth; Lynda Litchfield, Cape Elizabeth; Robin Mandel, Cushing; James Marshall, Brunswick; Jonathan Mess, Jefferson; Benjamin Potter, Belfast; Kate Russo, Rockland; Aaron Stephan, Portland; and Erik Weisenburger, South Portland. The seven invited artists are: Tom Butler, Rockland; Luc Demers, Portland; Lauren Fensterstock, Portland; Cassie Jones, Brunswick; Lisa Kellner, Rangeley and Hanover, Virginia; David Stess, Cherryfield and New York City; and Kitty Wales, Vinalhaven.

Katharine “Kitty” Wales lives in Vinalhaven and Boston and is a graduate of Boston University in sculpture and art education. In her artist statement she says “I am interested in connecting the viewer to an unexpected place and often modify the appearance of a space to present an altered context to the gallery setting. The material used to fabricate much of my sculpture is salvaged from domestic life and has a recognizable history.” Wales is recognized in Massachusetts for her Pine Sharks at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. She also has work in the permanent collections of the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the New England Bio Lab in Beverly, Auburn Park in Cambridge, the Meditech Corporation, and many more. Represented by The New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven, her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US and in Paris. She has been a professor of sculpture and drawing at colleges and universities throughout New England, and currently she teaches sculpture at Boston University.

Cassie Jones, “All This Time,” acrylic and felt on panel

Artist Cassie Jones lives in Brunswick and received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Bowdoin College. Her art has been shown in solo exhibitions at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, and Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, as well as in group exhibitions at Art Chicago, Gallery 808 in Boston, the Portland Museum of Art, Fountain NY, CMCA, and others. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. She is represented by Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, and Coleman Burke Gallery in New York.

The 2012 Biennial Exhibition will be open through December 2. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information visit cmcanow.org