Caldbeck Gallery kicks off summer season

Apr 23, 2014
Artwork by: Michael Sacca, "Salt Pond" Caldbeck Gallery kicks of the summer season Friday, May 2.

Rockland — The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St. in Rockland, will kick off its 2014 summer season Friday, May 2, with “A Year in the George’s River Watershed," an exhibit of drawings, installations, photographs, and weavings by the George’s River Land Trust’s 2013 recipients of their Artists in Residence program, Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca of Tunbridge, Vt.

A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 31. Also celebrated will be the Land Trust (GRLT) and the co-sponsors of the residency, the K2 Family Foundation of Vermont.

The GRLT residency for artists takes place in the George’s River Watershed, where artists have long been inspired by the natural beauty of Midcoast Maine. The program offers professional and visual artists, performing artists, and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the George’s River Watershed.

The GRLT was founded in 1987, with a mission to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the that watershed. The K2 Family Foundation seeks to foster sustainability and create opportunities for artists whose work incorporates scientific awareness and concerns.

Together, these organizations selected Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca for this first year of the GRLT’s new residency program. The two artists spent their year exploring the vastness of the watershed, which stretches out over a 225 square mile area of mountains, lakes, inlets, marshes, and streams that feed the St. George River, a river that extends for 51 miles from Montville in Waldo County, all the way to Port Clyde, in Knox County. Although Billings and Sacca share a similar visual aesthetic, they approach their work from diverse vantage points: photography, cinematography, drawing, and the weaving of natural materials collected from the landscape feed their appetites for expressing their immersion in nature. Through these varied media, they worked to portray the essence of the watershed and their human connection to it. Billings will show weavings, drawings, and installations of watershed materials, while Sacca will share his photographic journey.

Gallery hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.. For more information, please call the gallery at 594 5935 or email at caldbeck@midcoast.com.

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