Streams, Stones, and Frozen Fire at the Harlow Gallery in June will feature Raku pottery by Nancy Meader paired with 25 years of on-site landscape drawings by Abbott Meader.
The exhibition will be on view June 8-30, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, June 15 from 5-8pm (Please note change from our traditional first Friday opening date!) The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.
The Meaders will return to the Harlow to present an ArtTalk on their work, followed by a screening of some of Abbott Meaders short films, on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm.
Nancy and Abbott Meader have lived in Maine since 1961 and they’ve been married for 53 years. The couple have three children and five grandchildren and live in Oakland.
Nancy Meader is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She began her career studying with noted potter Betty Woodman in Boulder, Colorado, and has attended several workshops at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Nancy teaches for Colby College’s January Program in pottery.The origin of Raku can be traced back to 16th century Japan. The process involves some elements of chance, and the unpredictable results can be unique and exciting, and this anticipation is central to its appeal. Nancy’s pottery is both wheel thrown and hand-built, and was fired in a small outdoor kiln.
Abbott Meader, whose Maine roots go back more than four generations, holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Colorado, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn, among others. He is retired from teaching in the studio program at Colby College Abbott’s work, dating from 1986 to the present, is comprised of on-site oil pastel, colored pencil, and graphite drawings done while hiking numerous Maine trails, or fly fishing on streams, ponds, and rivers, including various locations in Baxter State Park. They are characterized by vigorous, emotional responses to observed reality, executed during the ever shifting light of day.