CAMDEN — After many years of dormancy, a new effort to bring back the Midcoast Chapter of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) culminates in a first exhibit by members at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., which runs through Jan. 29. An artists’ reception for the “Resurgence” show is Saturday, Jan. 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Art exhibited ranges from photography to painting to monoprints and mixed media work. The exhibit can be viewed any day the library is open; visit librarycamden.org.

The Midcoast had a vibrant UMVA chapter from 2003 to 2008 offering group exhibition opportunities in the area and beyond. The current Midcoast Chapter of UMVA came together after a meeting exploring options for artists sharing the task of driving down to the Portland Gallery and picking up work for their neighbors. As Liv Kristin Robinson, Sally Stanton, Ann Tracy and Deb Vendetti met to talk about taking turns bringing work to Portland, they wondered if enough UMVA members in the Midcoast area would want to form their own chapter. An internet survey showed there was great interest and the chapter began to take shape.

Find Midcoast UMVA on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/5870853972946949 or email midcoast.umva@gmail.com. In addition to this inaugural show at the Camden Public Library, the revitalized group is planning a later January show at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, and possible shows in Waldoboro and Damariscotta later in 2023.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) represents visual artists statewide in all fields of endeavor and welcomes those who support contemporary artists in Maine. The UMVA is dedicated to upholding the dignity of artists while creating positive social change through the arts. By collaborating with other cultural and progressive organizations, the UMVA raises awareness for significant issues while promoting an inclusive arts community in Maine.

 

“So Many Things” by Sally Stanton.

“Cliffs and Clouds” by Kelly Derosiers.