ArtTalk by Edward Mackenzie on August 12

Please join us for our monthly ArtTalk on Tuesday, August 12th at 7pm.  Richmond artist Edward Mackenzie will give a gallery talk on “FRAMEWORKS”, his current solo exhibition at the Harlow Gallery.   ArtTalks are free and open to the public thanks to our generous sponsor, Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine.

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FRAMEWORKS:  Artwork by Edward Mackenzie

The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly presents an exhibition of artwork by Edward Mackenzie of Richmond at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell during the month of August.Mackenzie’s solo exhibition of sculptural frames created from found objects is entitled “FRAMEWORKS” and opens on Friday, August 1, 2008 from 5 to 8 pm.The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will run from August 1 to the 24th, and the artist will return to speak about his work at a gallery talk on Tuesday, August 12th at 7pm.Both events are free and open to the public.

Edward Mackenzie was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Connecticut.He has lived in England and in New Zealand (after marrying his wife Runa, a native New Zealander).The couple recently relocated to Richmond, Maine where they opened the Richmond Store Gallery at 54 Main Street in 2002.Mackenzie studied art at Parsons School of Design and graduated from Cooper Union in New York City in 1960.He went on to continue his studies at the Royal College of Art in London under a Fulbright scholarship.

Of a 1994 “Frameworks” exhibit at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine Sunday Telegram art reviewer Ken Greenleaf said, “These little assemblages are loaded with quiet associations, ones that sometimes require a good bit of obscure knowledge, and that are sometimes obvious even as they are subtle.They have an interaction between a graphic intelligence that provides quiet surprises and a Saharan wit that is fun to follow….”

“I have long been fascinated by frames, and more so by the idea and process of framing. A picture or object is usually framed whereby the choice of frame is inspired by its contents – the frame becoming of secondary importance. In this series of work I reverse the process, making the frames of primary importance allowing response to the frames themselves.Where the contents are not included in the frame, the purchaser is invited, as it were, to put what they will – a small treasure or photo – into the frame.”
— Edward Mackenzie