New England sculptors at Harbor Square

Aug 30, 2014
Peter Decamp Haines stands with his “Inner Eagle” in the Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture, atop Rockland’s Harbor Square Gallery.

Rockland — First Friday at Harbor Square Gallery will feature work by two New England sculptors of highly contrasting styles and subject matter. On Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., Harbor Square Gallery and the Muir Garden for Contemporary Sculpture, 374 Main St., will open an exhibit featuring Peter Decamp Haines and Digby Veevers-Carter.

Haines grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is a founding member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery and a co-founder of the Vermont Gentlemen's Foundry. Haines is known for his Artifacts — pure forms — favoring geometry, the compound curve, negative space and clean silhouettes. The images range from tools to architecture to stylized animals and humans. The sculptures in this collection reflect his ongoing exploration of elemental form.

“I am a maker of objects, and the object itself is the main idea in my sculpture … Metaphorically, I think of this work as ‘An Archaeology’ of the subconscious,” he said.

Veevers-Carter’s earliest memories are of the Seychelles located off the east coast of Africa where his family operated a turtle and coconut farm. The Veevers-Carter family left the island in the early 1970s to return to England for the children’s formal education. In 1989, Veevers-Carter received a degree in History from York University and emigrated from England to New York City to pursue a career in sculpting.

While living and working in New York, Veevers-Carter immersed himself in the arts and studied sculpture, painting and drawing. He began his sculpting career carving stone, transitioning to modeling with wax. By casting and finishing his own pieces, Veevers-Carter has acquired a deep understanding of the craftsmanship required to invigorate the material.

For Veevers-Carter, working in bronze is the perfect marriage of inspiration and craft. His most recent body of work explores movement and detail in nature. In this current exhibit, the subject is bugs in bronze: mosquitos the size of crows; a may fly a yard long; and a crane fly that meets viewers eye-to-eye.

All are invited to join the artists at the Muir Garden, overlooking Rockland’s historic arts district and harbor. For more information, call 594-8700 or visit harborsquaregallery.com.

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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