The public is invited to join the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) for a Sunday Salon with artists and curators from the virtual exhibition, "Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit)" on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. The talk will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live. To register in advance for this free-of-charge presentation and to view the exhibition, visit cmcanow.org.

Annika Earley and Tessa Green O’Brien, co-directors of Able Baker Contemporary, will speak on their curatorial decisions behind the timely exhibition. Artists Jeane Cohen, Jessica Gandolf, and Brice Garret will also share their inspirations behind making the work included in "Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit)." All five participants will engage in conversation about what “shelter” means to them.

"Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit)" is on view through Feb. 20 and features 20 artists who examine the slippery nature of what seeking cover and comfort looks like. For some, these explorations are specific and literal. For others, they move like brackish water between the four categories that emerged from the submissions: earth, house, body, and spirit.

Some artists offer shelter by grounding the viewer in the underbrush; some use rich textures to explore the care, tenderness, and occasional exhaustion that bodily shelters can offer to the self and others; and some look deeply inward toward the spirit as a reprieve. This collection of works show how multi-faceted the idea of shelter can be: comforting, powerful, fallible, tender, exhausting, and essential.

[ON]now is a series of online exhibitions juried by guest curators that present the work of Maine artists in a digital venue, expanding the possibilities of showing and viewing contemporary art beyond CMCA’s physical walls.