In August the Harlow will feature the work of two Maine artists; Micah Webbert of Wayne and Allen Ponziani of Woolwich. The exhibition is on view August 2-24, 2013. The public is invited to meet the artists at opening reception on Friday, August 2nd from 5-8pm, The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be available. The gallery is open Wednesday and Saturday noon – 6pm, Thursday and Friday noon to 8pm.
This exhibition, and our entire 2013 exhibition lineup has been made possible by season sponsors the Bank of Maine, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bankand Milestone Communications, and by generous support from the City of Hallowell.
Micah Webbert is a naturalist painter who works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, accenting with ink pen. He has become known for his detailed portraits of owls, but it is clear in his attention to textures and colors that all wildlife fascinates him. Whether drawing from life or taking inspiration from photographs he imbues his subjects with character beyond their surface. This can also be seen in his portraiture, where faces tell the story of how he masterfully he interprets the spirit of his subject, whether from memory (of family members) or observation.
Micah is also drawn to pop culture, and popular narratives from Puss and Boots to Harry Potter. He can create detailed dynamic characters from memory or imagination and often recite the stories line for line. Micah lives in Wayne, and is represented by Spindleworks and SpinOff Studio. For more information visit spinoffstudio.org.
Allen Ponziani was born near Boston, Massachusetts. His family relocated to Maine when Allen was four years old, where Allen attended schools in the Bath area and graduated from Morse High School in 1983. He attended the Maine College of Art (MECA), earning his BFA in Sculpture in 1988, then earned his Accreditation to become an art teacher from the University of Southern Maine in 2004.
Allen was fortunate enough to be raised near his grandfather, Adam Galuza, who was a blacksmith, lumberjack, woodworker and engineer. Allen would often visit his grandfather’s farm and watch him make his own tools, such as buckets, nails and hinges. Allen has continued on in his grandfather’s footsteps with his own form of creativity, disassembling junk cars, old farm equipment, tools, bikes and many other old & rusty, discarded metal objects, and using them to create sculpture; whimsical creatures such as birds, fish, crabs and sea turtles.
Allen often drives down back roads searching for the right parts, looking for that hay rake to make that perfect fish tail or a discarded doorknob to make an eye. Allen has an uncanny ability to use man-made forms that represent the things that he has observed in nature. He allows the rusted patina to integrate and complete his realistic and whimsical sculptures. Allen also works in diverse mediums, such as stone and wood carving, producing bronzes, drawings, paintings, and designing stained glass windows. For more information on Allen and his work, visit www.aurorabaygallery.com.
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