Artist Alan Magee of Cushing will hold his annual open studio this year at Pascal Hall, 86 Pascal Ave. The event will run Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend free of charge, and the building is wheelchair accessible.

This year, Magee will introduce four new tapestries, a series of recent black and white monotypes and a group of thematically related relief sculptures. The new work continues and expands on Magee’s two concurrent themes: the celebration of beauty, as found in some of its most unassuming guises; and the artist’s reflections on violence and war.

Several of the new tapestries spotlight the timeworn tools of the artists’ trade: a pair of paint encrusted brushes in “Affinity Tapestry,” resting against a richly-colored background reminiscent of the patinated frescos of ancient Rome; and a row of stained and creased paint tubes, aligned as in a group portrait, in “Impermanence” and “Continuity.” “Little Wars,” an 80-inch wide tapestry, links the show’s dual themes as it presents a child’s cap pistol from the 1950s, partially unearthed as in an archaeological find.

The exhibition includes the latest additions to Magee’s graphic examinations of human violence and suffering. The new monotypes were completed last winter and early spring as responses to our ongoing wars and their often hidden human costs. For more information, send email to or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to