‘Fluid Form’ in several media

Jul 30, 2014
Alison Shapiro’s paintings reflect her love of travel and of color.

Cushing — Cushing Historical Society’s next Arts in the Barn exhibition will focus on the ebb and flow of visual forms. The public is invited to look, comment, munch and sip at the opening of the exhibition Friday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The barn also will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, to welcome visitors.

Pat Farmer and her daughter Alison Shapiro will offer their third mother/daughter exhibition of paintings; and Daniel Siegel, a well-known Cushing potter and frequent exhibitor at Arts in the Barn, will join them for “The Fluid Form: In Pastel, Paint, and Clay.”

Drawing since childhood, but finding her way in paint only after retirement, Farmer loves the transparency of watercolor. A retired art historian, journalist and consultant for art projects, teaching, talking and writing about art far greater than her own, she is still learning. Having lived all over the United States and in several homes abroad, she has enjoyed a wide experience of visual art in many traditions and styles, all of which remain important to her work.

Shapiro has a summer home in Bremen and spends the rest of her year in New York City, painting and teaching visual aesthetics for Lincoln Center Education and Center for Arts Education. She also has held professional development workshops for Maine teachers at the Farnsworth Art Museum. She and her husband are avid travelers and recently spent seven weeks in India; passionate about making art, Shapiro finds subjects wherever she looks.

Seigel has been an avocational potter for decades, sometimes expanding his skills at Haystack School of Crafts. He has donated his pots to fundraising events such as those held by the Knox County animal shelter. Most often, he makes functional stoneware; pasta bowls, teapots, and Japanese teacups are favorites.  This year, his wheel has turned to lidded jars, the lid serving as a platform for a small abstract sculptural knob that takes shapes he can neither anticipate nor interpret.

The barn of the Cushing Historical Society is located behind the Society's Meeting House on Hawthorn Point Road, off Pleasant Point Road.  For more information, call 354-6351.

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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