October 15, 2020

This week we're presenting Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The Danforth and Umbrella Arts Center with exhibitions that demonstrate the resiliency and creativity that humanity retains even in times of hardship. The featured works explore who we are during difficult times and express the belief in our ability to weather the storms that life throws at us.

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2020 Biennial at Center for Maine Contemporary Art
in Rockland, Maine through May 2, 2021

Norajean Ferris, Definitions Across All Spectrums.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art is showcasing its 2020 Biennial through May 2, 2021. Since 1978, CMCA has held this exhibit every even-numbered year in the fall. This is the Biennial's 22nd edition, making it the longest-running open juried exhibition in the state of Maine. The 2020 Biennial jurorsNina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder and director of Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami, Florida and Kate McNamara, independent curator and educatorselected works from a pool of over 500 submissions, settling on 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. "With over 500 submissions the process of looking through the Biennial entries offered us an opportunity to view an incredibly diverse range of art practices reflected in the contemporary art field," said McNamara. "I am thrilled with our final selection of work, which reflects some of the hopefulness and re-imagining this particular and historic moment in time calls for." Although 2020 has perhaps been the most challenging Biennial year yet, Johnson-Milewski hopes the exhibit can spark something positive: "I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times of disconnection, isolation, and confusion." CMCA's 2020 Biennial celebrates not just the talent found in Maine, but the resiliency and strength of artists who continue to create in difficult times. CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street in Rockland, Maine and is open MondaySaturday 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:005:00 p.m. For more information, visit cmcanow.org/event/biennial-2020.

Sponsored by: Maine Crafts Association, Bennington Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Hampden Gallery, VCollection, Small Stones Festival of the Arts, Virtual Art Auction Benefiting Mental Health, Bromfield Gallery and the Artscope Tablet Edition.

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Bennington Museum
Bennington Museum
Scot Borofsky, King on Throne, 1984.

Scott Borofsky: Gritty Streets to Green Mountains
This exhibition illustrates the development of Borofsky's work over the last 40 years, ranging from early NYC street art, to his more recent paintings created in his Brattleboro studio, which incorporate an evolving language of complexly layered symbols and the gestural language of paint. On view through December 31.

Fuller Craft Museum
Fuller Craft
Roberto Lugo.

Come see our newest acquisition, Roberto Lugo's "Melting Pot II" on view through March 14, 2021. Lugo is an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet and educator. His work confronts the intertwined complexities of systemic racism, representation and history, while challenging established power structures within the art, craft and design fields.

Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
fullercraft.org, (508) 588-6000

Hampden Gallery
Hampden Gallery
Kenny Harris, Chasing the Tale, 2017, graphite and ink on paper and steel, installation, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY.

Kenny Harris: Imagimenagerie
On view through November 11 | Online Artist Talk, October 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Through a developed creative language, mythology allows the human psyche to create the world anew, showcasing the human propensity towards imagination. Artist Kenny Harris explores this rich territory in his whimsical, graphic, figurative forms.




Catherine Smith: A Cabinet of Curiosities, Katherine Gulla: Passage and Rebecca Hutchinson: Midnight Blooms at the Danforth
in Framingham, Massachusetts through February 28, 2021

DanforthKatherine Gulla, Fossil 283, 2015, archival pigment print.

The Danforth currently has three exhibitions, Catherine Smith: A Cabinet of Curiosities, Katherine Gulla: Passage and Rebecca Hutchinson: Midnight Blooms, on view through February 28, 2021. Catherine Smith: A Cabinet of Curiosities highlights the work of Catherine Smith, an installation artist, sculptor and collector. She's interested in 3D art objects not only as art pieces but as memorials, relics and icons. The work profiled in A Cabinet of Curiositiesboth her sculptures and 19th-century photographs from her personal collectionevoke history and remembrance. Despite this, her work remains relevant in our modern times, reminding us of how old narratives can still create contemporary stories. Katherine Gulla: Passage profiles multimedia artist Katherine Gulla's three series Path, Falling and Fossil. Respectively, these series represent the process, trials, and remains of the artist's journey through creation. Her work is subtle and meditative, quietly reflecting nature's response to climate change and using it to bring forth feelings of absence and loss. Rebecca Hutchinson: Midnight Blooms is an installation of Rebecca Hutchinson's flowering sculptures. Made of handmade paper, ceramics and recycled materials, these "blooms" are towering and overwhelming, surrounding the viewer. But taken as a whole, the forest of blooms is calm and quiet. The blooms represent survival and adaption, exposing our desire to return to nature for solace and our fears of the future. All three of Danforth's exhibits explore different responses to the modern zeitgeist, offering ways for the viewer to process the modern era. The Danforth is located at 100 State Street in Framingham, Massachusetts and is open ThursdaySunday 12:005:00 p.m. For more information, visit danforth.framingham.edu/see-art.

One Day I Will Walk Into The Umbrella at The Umbrella Arts Center
in Concord, Massachusetts through December 21

Umbrella Arts Center

The Black Box Gallery at The Umbrella Arts Center is showing One Day I Will Walk Into The Umbrella through December 21. This exhibit showcases the work of Justin Printice Douglass, winner of The Umbrella's drawing contest at the Concord Prison Farm in 2015. The works featured in the exhibit were drawn while Douglass was incarcerated in the Northeast Correctional Center in Concord and the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk. Jerry Wedge, Executive Director of The Umbrella, corresponded with Douglass and received over forty drawings and poems from him while he was incarcerated. Eleven of these drawings are on display in One Day I Will Walk Into The Umbrella, the title of which was inspired by a line from a letter Douglass wrote in 2017. "The Environment I'm in doesn't really, well it's not positive," he said. "One day I will walk into the Umbrella...I just wanna create Art." That faith in the future and determination to create is clear in Douglass's works, which seem to portray the journey of a man finding his humanity. The foreground and background of the drawings blur together, making them easy to get lost in. The viewer can follow a path through each art piece in whichever way catches their eye, finding themes of connection, creation and a higher power. Douglass was released from prison in April 2019, but it's clear that his artistic journey has only just begun. One Day I Will Walk Into The Umbrella offers a portrait of humanity every viewer can relate to, even if they don't share Douglass's experiences. The ideas of family, faith and the act of creating and being created are ones that resonate soundly with the human experience and allow the viewer to explore their own concept of self. The Umbrella Arts Center is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord, Massachusetts, and is open MondayFriday 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. and SundaySunday 12:004:00 p.m. For more information, visit theumbrellaarts.org/one-day-i-will-walk-umbrella.

Small Stones Festival of the Arts
Small Stones Festival


Virtual Art Auction Benefiting Mental Health
October 24, 2020, 6:007:00 p.m.
Virtual Art Auction

Join us for an evening, October 24, 2020, 6:007:00 p.m. of visual art, artist talks, a culinary art presentation, and incredible music. In collaboration with Réal Andrews, an Emmy Award-Winning Actor, One Mind and Brookline Center, this event will bring together world-renowned visual artists, leading scientists and thousands of mental health research supporters.
Event Link

Call for Entries
"Winter Works" at Bromfield Gallery
Deadline: November 5

Bromfield Gallery in Boston's South End seeks 2D work whose longest side is 16" including frame (if framed), with sale price of $100$1,000 for its annual juried holiday show, December 420. "Winter Works" features dozens of local artists whose work is hung salon-style. Entry fee: $35 for up to 3 jpgs online. Deadline: Thursday, November 5. Questions? Email info@bromfieldgallery.com or visit bromfieldgallery.com. Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.

Artscope Tablet Edition
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