‘New Artists’ at Landing Gallery

Sep 27, 2013
"Remerge" is a multimedia cyanotype by Kristin Fitzpatrick, one of the two “New Artists” showing at Rockland’s Landing Gallery.

Rockland — “New Artists Exhibit,” a two-person show of new work by Kristin Fitzpatrick and Ellen Roberts, runs through Oct. 27 at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. The public is invited to an artists’ opening reception Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. during Rockland’s First Friday art walk.

Fitzpatrick is a 2013 graduate of the Maine College of Art in Portland and is one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Monhegan Artists’ Residency. She has received many scholarships and awards for her work, including the Presidential Scholarship from MECA and the Culpepper Scholarship from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. Her works are in the collections of Maine College of Art, the Japanese Paper Place and Spark Box Studio in Ontario, Canada.

Roberts holds a master of fine arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; she also attended Rhode Island School of Design. Her works hang in the President’s Office at the University of Maine, Farmington, and the Bank of Rhode Island, and she also has work in the permanent collection at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum. For three decades, Roberts’ work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows and solo exhibits throughout Maine, the Northeastern United States, Canada and Scotland.

Both artists were introduced to the Landing Gallery during October 2012 when they exhibited in “Pressing On,” guest curated and organized by Center for Maine Contemporary Art Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown. Each of these Maine abstract artists is influenced by elements of light and the natural landscape of their surrounding environment. Roberts collages multiple layers of monotype prints, Tyvek and fabric; draws over them with machine stitching; and attaches the works onto a canvas ground. Fitzpatrick builds her images with layers of primitive and intuitive mark making. Some of her works on paper are made translucent by an encaustic process; shadow boxes with cut paper and wooden panels also will be shown.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-4544 or visit LandingArt.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

"Coming Up For Air" is a stitched monotype by Ellen Roberts.
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