‘Up Close and Personal’ with water
Waldoboro — Global water activist, educator, artist, parent and neighbor Krisanne Baker lives on the bank of the Medomak River. Tidemark Gallery, 902 Main St./Route 220, is honored to present an exhibit of her Medomak River paintings and a digital media installation focused upon the contents of one drop of water.
Baker’s “The Medomak River: Up Close and Personal” will open Wednesday, Oct. 17. The public is invited to a reception Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Baker will give a brief artist’s talk at 6 p.m.
“Water is our lifeblood,” said Baker and through her art, she promotes advocacy for all bodies of water including oceans, rivers, streams and vernal pools as a unified and living entity.
“Water connects every living being to this planet. … We are drawn to water’s beauty, as well as out of necessity,” she said. With gentleness and care, Baker makes her point: the water that we drink is the same water that we use to wash away some of our worst “stuff.” It is perhaps our most potent symbol of cleanliness, health and spiritual redemption.
“Water has long been viewed as a miracle substance that could somehow dissipate all toxins and garbage thrown into it… We’ve learned – and continue to learn – that these things don’t just disappear,” she said.
Baker is a life-long lover of water; her various works, whether paintings, sculptural installations, or any of her growing list of experimental/documentary short films, all focus on concerns for water quality, availability and water rights. Baker’s water films can be viewed at Tidemark from Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Nov. 10, along with her paintings.
Baker’s 2010 film “Upstream to Downstream (In Our Bloodstreams)” recently was featured at the Portland Maine Film Festival’s Women in Film screening hosted by Maine College of Art. In addition, her films are currently featured on a three-year traveling world tour with the waterlogic film venue “Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource,” now at the Los Gatos Museum in California and headed next to, Nigeria. To see more of Baker’s work on water, visit krisannebaker.com.
A share of proceeds from sales of Baker’s work at this show will be contributed to the Medomak Valley Land Trust. Tidemark Gallery, located in the village near the bridge on the Medomak River, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 832-5109 or visit tidemarkgallery.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.