Black Hole, 403 Main St., will host an opening reception for Collin Burns' debut show, “Maine Homage,” Friday, June 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through July 31, showcase Michigan-native Burns' latest work — created as a tip-of-the-hat to Midcoast Maine, the place he now calls home.

Born in 1989 in Lapeer, Mich., Burns moved to Maine in 2013 and since has been developing his artistic response to the Pine Tree State.  “Maine Homage” comprises nine works and represents the first installment of this response. All nine works have been consciously created using materials and techniques the artist has learned since arriving in Maine, during time spent working in the boatbuilding industry in Rockport.

Burns seeks to portray his respectful understanding of place and of Maine's unabashed honesty. Using the figure as a key element in each piece, the artist reveals narratives observed from his fresh perspective, through which he characterizes and represents his experience of the state and, specifically, the Midcoast.

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