High Mountain Hall Dec. 14 and 15

Annual Holiday Art Show expands

Dec 05, 2012
A triangle scarf from Cynthia McGuirl’s Dancing Blanket Handwovens is woven from silk and wool.

Camden — The fifth annual Holiday Art Show at High Mountain Hall will feature work by seven local artists this year. The gala opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.; and the show will continue Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the upstairs studio space of the hall, 5 Mountain St./Route 52.

Visitors to the annual event will find a collection of highly refined artwork and craft, geared towards holiday gift giving. Each of the artists is donating a work to the Saturday-only raffle, with proceeds going to Bay Chamber Concerts. Following is information on the participating artists.

Annie Bailey is a mixed media artist from Tenants Harbor. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, studying both two- and three-dimensional design. She enjoys storytelling in various media including stop motion animation, oil painting and sculpture. Bailey has continued her studies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and through a residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. Her film “The American Dream” was featured in this year’s Rockland Shorts Film Festival. At the show, she will be sharing her one-of-a-kind recycled fabric soft sculptures.

Show founder Patty Bolz creates jewelry in 18K and 22K gold with a strong emphasis on both form and texture. A longtime Camden resident, Bolz is especially drawn to the structure, strength and boldness of inorganic natural formations and finds this attraction translated into much of her work. Giving particular attention to the integration of all of the elements within each piece, she strives to design jewelry that is dynamic yet wearable.  Her work is handcrafted, employing standard goldsmithing techniques. Over the years, Bolz’s work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the country. It also been featured in books and publications on contemporary jewelry design.

Julie Richard Crane grew up in Camden and graduated from the Maine College of Art with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. Upon graduating, she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., for 10 years. During those years, she worked for a company making ceramic teapots in the shapes of animals and dinnerware with layers of painted imagery. Because of a thriving culture of printmaking in that place, she explored etching, monotype as well as painting. Exhibition opportunities include several solo shows and some group shows in Russia, Mexico and Canada. Upon returning to Camden, Crane inherited a frame shop her father had set up and has framed many masterpieces in this community for the past 14 years. She currently is working on a large-scale sculpture project that she hopes to complete by 2013.

Cynthia McGuirl is a hand weaver, multi-media artist and teacher who lives in Thomaston. After studying at the Kansas City Art Institute, she started her hand weaving business, Dancing Blanket Handwovens, and over the past 25 years, she has exhibited both locally and nationally. McGuirl creates wearable garments and accessories. Her distinctive cloth is handwoven in a traditional structure but with her own modern color combinations and designs. She works on a 16-harness dobby loom, whose patterning device works much like a player piano. Her current weaving uses fine wool, Tencel, rayon chenille, paper ribbon, alpaca, wool and boucle. These combinations create a visual language of rug design in a soft, velvety fabric to wear.

Austin Smith is a ceramic artist working and living in his hometown of Camden. After

earning a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College in 2007, he has continued his studies in ceramics at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Smith’s work in porcelain explores the

dichotomy between utilitarian function and delicate aesthetic. Using a combination of traditional techniques and modern industrial processes, he makes pottery that is fit for daily use or that can be purely decorative.

Jessica Stammen, after studying at The Cooper Union and NYU, returned home to Midcoast Maine to paint its lakes, rivers and bay and the people who swim, paddle and play in them. She is a multi-creative who writes for and edits The Maine, an online publication about the wonders of the state. She does design work for Jo Ellen Designs in Camden and teaches color theory at the local middle school. She was artist in residence at Ground Zero after Sept. 11, 2001 and continues to work with materials from the site. Currently she is completing a large-scale installation that incorporates 9/11 paper debris as recreated and re-imagined by herself and 50 other artists and writers; for more information, visit startingfromgroundzero.com.

Simon van der Ven lives and works in Lincolnville making exquisite objects for warmth, light and nourishment. His distinctive cups, dinnerware, vases and bottles are made in porcelain and stoneware. After teaching art in the Camden-Rockport high school for 17 years, he now works full‐time in his studio. His award-winning work is shown throughout the country and is in both private and public collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the Canton Museum of Art.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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