ON VIEW | SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 19
OPENING | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 5-7PM
The Harlow presents an anthology of work from artists who have graduated from the art program at University of Maine at Augusta (UMA.) The UMA Alumni Show is on view from September 13-October 19, 2019 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell and showcases a dynamic range of work from the following artists: Elizabeth Brown, Ted Closson, Brianna Daley, Elise Farris, Karen Giles, Aylah Ireland, Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick, Justin Knaus-Tucker, Heather Marlow, Emily McGuire, Luke Myers, Clinton Pettingill, Justin Pierce, Roxanne Rollins, Rachael Marie Sloat, Deidra Stanchfield, and Helen Wright. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, September 13 from 5-7pm. For more information about UMA’s art program visit: www.uma.edu/academics/programs/art/
Ted Closson is a writer and artist living in Maine. His comics and visual work have been published in Beyond: A Queer Sci-fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology, the Alphabet Anthology, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, Splash of Red, Storychord, and University of Houston Alumni Quarterly. He is currently working on a graphic novel and wondering when rain will come.
Karen Giles is fascinated by rocks and water and their intersection at the shoreline. The Maine coast has myriad types of incredibly beautiful rock and water formations/ combinations that never disappoint: 5ooo miles of fabulous material to reflect on, appreciate, study, meditate with, clamber on or in, and capture in all its moods and lighting. Karen loves the challenge of capturing in paint the rocks’ twists and turns and eventual flow into the water, as the water flows onto the rock. Karen began this project by viewing the intersection of land and water from above, macroscopically. She then became interested in capturing the textures and colors from closer and at different angles, while using a very liquid medium to mimic the original molten formation of the rock, or the glaciers that flowed over it later.
Aylah Ireland (b 1987, Maine, Untied States) received her BA in drawing and painting from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2017. She is currently enrolled in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine, living and working between Bangor and Orono, Maine. Interested in the relationship between space/time and memory, she digs deep into the psyche, embodying traumatic memories through her artistic process. Ireland explores the fracturing quality of these memories which linger in the mind through repetitive processes. Her specific medium varies across different bodies of work, but fiber art is one medium which resurfaces more often. Pulling from a deep family tradition of fiber art, specifically knitting, quilting and embroidery, she creates work as a coping mechanism for processing difficult thoughts. Http://Ourforeverisnow.com
Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick:
I am a wife, mother of 3 beautiful adult children and grandmother to 5 awesome grandchildren who keep me artistically inclined even when I don’t feel it. I am a resident of Belgrade Maine. Recycling is a huge part of my world and art. This comes from my affinity to the beauty of everyday things even in death and that life really begins after death. Due to health issues I have had to transition from my beloved larger than life 3-D sculptures to the 2-D world of painting. This was a good transition as I have a barn full of recyclable art supplies at my disposal! However, not liking the feel of paintbrushes due to an inability to hold them for long periods of time I have resorted to other methods of applying the paint. I began dabbling with spray paints on recycled everything. Even still, there was something missing from the process and the finished works. So, I began adding trees to all of my previous paintings turning them into backgrounds for my “forests and faerie lands”. Because of the arthritis in my hands making the trees turned out to be an adventure…My hands would shake the longer I held the brushes. This turned out to be a grand epiphany-branches are squiggly, and so are my hands! A perfect marriage! Another issue I have had to learn to live with is my eyesight…as everyone does sooner or later when our sight diminishes. For the artist, this could be detrimental. For me, I turned it into a blurring of colors to create my visions.
Justin Knaus-Tucker is a central Maine based artist and UMA graduate primarily focused on illustrations. Clay has become the new center of his artistic endeavors since 2017. Sculpting was initially his hobby but as time went on, his passion became melding his drawings with form. Working with clay provides a connectivity with the viewer through a tactile experience with the final fired piece. His current work fuses functionality with impacting imagery. Our planet’s climate is changing and we are accelerating the pace of this change by our waste and emissions. With our limited perception, it’s sometimes difficult to grapple with the scope of the destruction that this climate change can inflict. This work was made in order to comprehend the destructive events of hurricane Maria in 2017 and the 2018 California Wildfires.
Heather Marlow is a photographer and multimedia artist located in Belfast Maine. She earned her Arts degree, and minors in Education, History, and Psychology at the University of Maine at Augusta in December 2017. Since graduating she has decided to stay in Belfast to help her parents maintain their property and is working to establish her own place on the land. Her work is often inspired by her garden and the beautiful landscapes here in New England. She is currently working in the RSU 71 school district and instructs Art camps at the coastal nonprofit Waterfall Arts. She is looking forward to going back to school to get her Masters in Education at the University of Maine in Orono starting in January 2020.
Roxanne Rollins: BEHIND THE LENS
“I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.” ~Leon Levinstein
Roxanne’s approach to photography is intuitive and explorative. She heads out to shoot without any preconceived notion of what she will end up with. Roxanne lets her surroundings, whether nature, architecture or the street, call her to attention. Often attracted by light, shadow, line, color, feeling or some small detail that can be transformed from something ordinary into something extraordinary, Roxanne’s photographs often dance on the edge between abstract and reality by minimizing what remains in the scene. She strives to capture a feeling of awe, questioning or beauty, inviting the viewer to stop for a moment…not just to look but to really see. Roxanne has been capturing images for over 15 years and maintains an active website and social media presence. In 2005, she enrolled part-time in the arts program at the University of Maine at Augusta while working full-time in a different profession. With perseverance and a passionate commitment to her photography, Roxanne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts degree in May 2017. She will be transitioning into photography as her full-time vocation in the near future.
Rachael Marie Sloat, a mixed media artist from Boothbay, Maine, combines translucent color washes and dramatic mark making to investigate natural forms. Rachael received her BA in Art from the University of Maine at Augusta in May 2019. “My humble beginning in life allowed my creativity and imagination to flourish. I am grateful to have had a childhood without today’s electronic devices; I learned how to make something magical out of nothing, and that nature is best experienced first hand. My goal as an artist is to ask questions, not answer them. The work I create varies in subject matter and process but always encourages viewers to see the world in a new way. From the personal narratives I create to the more abstracted pieces, my desire is always to find the humor and beauty in the world and to offer hope and encouragement, even in the darkest of moments.”
The UMA Alumni Show also highlights artwork from the following artists:
Elizabeth Brown: Central Maine
Brianna Daley: New York
Elise Farris: Richmond, ME
Emily McGuire: So. China, ME
Luke Myers: Florida
Clinton Pettingill: Winthrop, ME
Justin Pierce: Jefferson, ME
Deidra Stanchfield: Augusta, ME
Helen Wright: Gardiner, ME
The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.
The Harlow is supported by the City of Hallowell, Dirigo Capital Advisors, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. 2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National Bank, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe. Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.