‘Summer Work’ from Rizzio, Ives

Aug 13, 2014
“Everybody” is an assemblage piece by Margaret Rizzio of Camden.

Pemaquid — “Summer Work: Jessica Ives & Margaret Rizzio,” an exhibition of new paintings by Jessica (Stammen) Ives and mixed-media assemblages by Margaret Rizzio, will be on display Wednesday, Aug. 20, through the end of the month at The Good Supply, 2106 Bristol Road. The public is invited to join the artists at a reception Friday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the post and beam storefront.

Ives of Damariscotta, who grew up in Camden and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, creates oil paintings inspired by the outdoor adventures — both locally and statewide — that she shares with her husband and friends. “Summer Work” features a large selection of her 4-by-4 inch 207 Paintings, appropriately named for the state’s area code. Swimmers, sailors, paddlers, hikers, bikers, climbers and other outdoor adventurers are captured in jewel-like moments that shine with the artist’s gratitude for life lived in Maine. A selection of larger paintings also will be on view. Ives celebrated a successful solo show at Bowdoin College earlier this year and exhibits regularly with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor and Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.

Born and raised in Blue Hill and now living in Camden, Rizzio received her master of fine arts degree from SUNY Purchase and quickly returned home to pursue a life of art. Her current work uses a wide range of media — vintage ephemera, found objects, repurposed frames — that embrace the passage of time and the beauty of physical objects in a screen obsessed era. “Summer Work” will include various size assemblage pieces and a series of unique postcard collages. Last summer, Rizzio sold out her solo show at Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle. She continues to exhibit there and at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. She is one of the presenters, explaining her work and her mail art subscription service, at the Aug. 15 PechaKucha in Camden.

Ives and Rizzio have collaborated on pop-up events and exhibitions in the past and are thrilled to team up with The Good Supply owner Catherine Walton on this community exhibition to bid summer adieu. The Good Supply, an up-and-coming rustic boutique housed in a recently restored 150-year old barn, is known for its utilitarian work from Maine artisans. This pop-up event marks the store's first 2-D art celebration.

The Good Supply’s storefront hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan wares can also be viewed and purchased online at thegoodsupply.org. For more information, contact Walton at 607-3121 or c.walton@thegoodsupply.org.

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

Jessica (Stammen) Ives’ “After” is part of her 207 Paintings series.
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