Ives shows at Bowdoin

Feb 25, 2014
“Transom Transcendent” is a 2014 oil on panel by Jessica Ives. Her latest paintings highlight the windows of The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, linking them to her window paintings of the past.

Brunswick — In “Maine: Work & Play,” Camden-native Jessica Ives (formerly Jessica Stammen) explores the interior and exterior landscapes where she lives, works and plays. More than 30 works comprise the exhibit, which will open Tuesday, March 4, at Bowdoin College.

The artist will be present to speak about her work at an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Blue Gallery of the David Saul Smith Union, located on the Bowdoin College campus at 3725 College Station.

Ives received her bachelor of fine arts degree from The Cooper Union School of Art and her master of arts degree from New York University. She was a New York One Hometown Hero, among Eileen Fisher’s “Women Who Change The World Everyday,” named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of 2003 and received multiple awards, grants and public speaking opportunities because of her work as an artist in residence at Ground Zero after 9/11.

In 2008, she returned to Midcoast Maine and collaborated on the startup of Jo Ellen Designs in Camden, while establishing her studio practice. Her work is represented by Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor and Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth.

Ives is an athlete and adventurer. She has cycled across the state of Maine from west to east in three days; climbed Acadia’s Otter Cliffs with North Face athletes; and challenged the Islesboro Ferry in a three-and-a-half mile Penobscot Bay swim. In this exhibit, her paintings of play portray “outsiders”: her father and brothers fly fishing on the Rapid River and Grand Lake Stream; and her friends who swim, canoe and kayak alongside her during summertime adventures. Also included are paintings of surfer friends who escape with her to Costa Rica for a spring break experience that is as integral to her winter life in Maine as the pond hockey she plays.

Ives’ paintings of work depict the staff and apprentices of The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, where her husband works and where the construction of Monhegan Skiffs takes place in a brilliantly lit post and beam workshop. Her characteristic repurposing of previously painted panels also continues to play a significant role in this new work. And almost all the paintings in “Maine: Work & Play” are water-centric.

Under her maiden name Jessica Stammen, Ives is editor of The Maine, an online publication about the wonders of the state. She contributes as The Outsider and has selected several essays to accompany her paintings in this exhibition.

“Maine: Work & Play” will run through March 29. For more information, visit jessicastammen.com or contact Bonnie Pardue, Art Coordinator for the Smith Union, at 725-3902 or bpardue@bowdoin.edu.

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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