First Friday felines at Caldbeck
Rockland — For Sept. 7th's First Friday art walk, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will feature four new works in granite by Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor. The current exhibits on view, with work by Sam Cady of Friendship, Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing, David Dewey of Owls Head and John Silverio of Lincolnville, continue through Sept. 15. The First Friday evening hours will be 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Using stones found on the beach or in the field, Becu intuitively sees the finished piece before she carves. The four pieces on exhibit involve the cat as subject, capturing the moods and poses that only a cat can give us. The several different granite stones — one a smooth, oval beach stone — appear as though they are found objects.
Born in Chandler, Quebec, a town on the remote Gaspe Peninsula, the artist first studied art when she was 14, working through the Famous Artists mail correspondence course, which was brought to her neighborhood by a door-to-door salesman. Four years later, she left home and enrolled in the Ecole de Sculpture Surbois in St. Jean-Port Joli, on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. In 1976, she moved to Tenants Harbor, where she still lives.
In 1979, Becu spent a year in New York City at the Art Students League, working with Sidney Simon, one of the founders of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1999, she received a generous grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust that enabled her to upgrade her stone working tools and delve more deeply into that medium.
Becu has participated in cultural exchanges for artists in Finland and France; and last summer was one of the six artists invited to work at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Her work was included in the Caldbeck Gallery’s very first exhibit in June 1982; she has been with the gallery ever since.
Caldbeck hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call 594-5935.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or email@example.com.