Thirty printmakers at Landing Gallery
Rockland — Thirty Maine printmakers present up-to-the-minute prints in "Pressing On," opening Thursday, Sept. 27 at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St., across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. The public is invited to a First Friday reception for the artists Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is designed to call attention to Maine's lively and ever-growing printmaking community according to Bruce Brown, CMCA curator emeritus and guest curator of “Pressing On.”
"Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years," said Brown.
Circling the Square Fine Art Press, established in 2007 in Gardiner, is represented by members Karen Adrienne, Martha Briana, Jeffery Chapman, Russ Gilchrist, Diana McFarland, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus and Barbra Whitten. One of a Kind Printmakers, organized in the same studio in 2011, includes Corliss Chastain, Christine Higgins and Kris Sader. All are exhibiting a series of collaborative prints in which each paired up to respond to a specific work created by the other.
Tim Higbee represents his Hope Editions studio, opened in the town of Hope in 2008, with a lithograph and an etching. Midcoast Printmakers Inc. in Damariscotta, also begun in 2008, features work by members and friends Debra Arter, Frances Hodsdon, Cindy McGuirl and Sandy Wadlington. The rapidly growing Pickwick Press of Portland, established in 2009, includes work by a talented group of emerging artists Kristin Fitzpatrick, Clint Fulkerson, Jeff Hoffman, Norah Maki, Pilar Nadal, Irina Skornyakova and David Twiss.
Susan Amons of Biddeford, Jane Banquer of Peak's Island, Nancy Davison of Ogunquit, Meg Brown Payson of Freeport and Kyle Bryant and Henry Wolyniec, who work in private studios in Portland, complete the roster of participants.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 28. Current hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon 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 email@example.com.