Hurricane Gallery has storm of art
Waldoboro — Hurricane Gallery will open its last show of the season, only its third since it first opened almost exactly a year ago, with a reception Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. The gallery is located five minutes from Route 1, at 175 Quarry Road, off Depot Street.
Gallery owner and artist Robert Macdonald promises an explosive mix that will jar if not two hemispheres at least our small chunk of the globe. Lisa Dombek, a wanderer in these parts from far away New Gloucester, deals with worlds upon worlds in her canvases, helped along with plaster and steel. The hernias lifting these works might induce are physical, but looking brings its own dangers. Another newcomer to Hurricane and also from New Gloucester is metal sculptor Patrick Plourde. Working with found objects, he discovers weird, even deranged shapes that are not meant to comfort.
There is relief, however, much of it comic. Mat O'Donnell, the Bad Boy — some would prefer Mad Boy — of Midcoast art, will be on hand. But perhaps it's the viewers of his works only that get mad. His pictures are all jeux d'esprit, jokes, puzzles, games. At least at one of his exhibitions, a woman who had been viewing his pictures turned on her heel, advanced on him and slapped him hard in the face — a gesture he said he appreciated.
Macdonald has left behind the weighty themes of Japanese mythology and the even weightier practitioners of Japanese traditional sumo wrestling, which figured prominently in his first exhibition here, and has turned his hand to picturesque Maine that he said he hates — not the Maine part but the picturesque part. John Lorence is again a most welcome presence at Hurricane. His intricately patterned abstracts of cliffs, soberly colored, rich but eschewing all flamboyance are informed by a different esthetic than that behind Macdonald's excesses.
Quietly different are the elegant works of Roz Welsh, sewn canvases she shapes into reliefs and paints, creating organic floods that sweep the viewer away. Somehow the funny, often outrageous objects of Caroline Davis (making her first appearance at Hurricane) exist in the same world Welsh inhabits —they are even friends.
Elaine Niemi's works were the hit of the last show, fresh and full of light and color. She paints a Maine that can be found nowhere but in her works because she goes straight to the scenes of her childhood and her daily life.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.