Michael Alpert and Jemma Gascoine at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery welcomes Michael Alpert of Bangor and Jemma Gascoine of Blanchard as their guest artists for the month of October. The show runs from September 30 through November 2nd with an opening reception on Friday October 3rd, 5 – 8 p.m.

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“Life Studies (Architectonica Chipolana)” by Michael Alpert

Art is, and can be, many things. If it is one thing, it could be described as our most intimate expressions. Not in a bedroom sense, but in the revelations of our naked truths sense; truths about ourselves as revealed in our skin and bones, the very humanness we have inherited from our ancient ancestors, and that they inherited from theirs. When it comes to the skin and bones of invertebrates, they are one and the same – imagine the intimacy! Michael Alpert’s black and white photographic portraits of fossilized mollusks capture more than the imagination though. They invite us in to muse over these little frozen cornucopias of energy, and quietly reveal with finesse and sensitivity, the beauty of naked simplicity, and our intimate connection to marine life on earth no matter how long ago it lived.

Michael Alpert was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1945 and has worked for most of his adult life as a writer, publisher, and visual artist. Under the imprint Theodore Press/Sarah Books, he has published letterpress and artist’s books. Alpert has also been the occasional designer and production manager for books published by Stephen King’s Philtrum Press and oversaw the 1997 production of Stephen King’s e-book, The Plant. Awards granted to Alpert’s publications include the Stephen Harvard Prize for Excellence in the Book Arts, and First Prize for Book Publications from the New England Museum Association in 2005 for A Maine Portfolio, published by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Since 1995, Alpert has been employed as Director of the University of Maine Press.

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Georgia vase by Jemma Gascoine

In syzygial contrast, Jemma Gascoine’s pedestal ceramic pieces are colorful and lighthearted, with a sophisticated nod toward architecture and classical forms. “It’s exhilarating being on the wheel and having clay spin through your fingers,” says Gascoine, “It’s a physical manifestation of your energy… ”

Jemma Gascoine, born in 1973 in Surrey, UK has been creating and selling her ceramic sculpture and her utilitarian work since 2001, when she moved from London, England to the woods of Maine. Gascoine has shown her work regularly from Portland to Millinocket, with a 2012 solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art entitled, SlabWaltz.

So manifest your energy into Åarhus and make an intimate connection to this terrific show.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.