Collage x 10, featuring ten significant Maine artists, opens at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery during the city’s First Friday Art Walk on March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and is co-curated by CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy and CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown.
Participating artists are Daniel Anselmi (Belfast), Gabriella D’Italia (Newburgh), David Driskell (Falmouth), Stew Henderson (Northport), Charlie Hewitt (Portland), Karen MacDonald (Stockton Springs), Dan Mills (Lewiston), Shannon Rankin (Rangeley), Abbie Read (Appleton), and Noriko Sakanishi (Portland). Most works are primarily abstract in nature, as each artist depends less on rendering recognizable representations of everyday objects to express both ideas and beauty and turns instead to the essential vocabulary and tools of art itself—line, light and shadow, color, texture, volume, and space.
Collage—an assemblage of paper and other objects pasted on paper to create a third spatial dimension—dates back to the invention of paper itself, circa 200 B.C.E. in China. Its current popularity as an art form emerged only a century ago, thanks largely to Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.
The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 29, and is open free of charge during the library’s regular hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For further information, call the library at (207) 871-1700 or CMCA at (207) 236-2875, or visit online at www.cmcanow.org or www.portlandlibrary.com.
The Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library is a large and open gallery that has 75 feet of wall space, a soaring entry, track lighting, and great public visibility. Voted the Portland Phoenix’s Best Non-Gallery Art Space 2013, the Lewis Gallery is a space that attracts visitors and encourages public engagement with art.
The Library’s Cultural Center Team reviews exhibit proposals on a quarterly basis and selects shows based on a goal of attaining a mix of mediums and content for the gallery. Submitting a proposal form does not ensure that a show will be hosted in the Lewis Gallery.