Doughnut-inspired project opens

A passion for pastry

May 29, 2016
Jon Merritt’s “Crystalline Passage” is part of the toroid-oriented “Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut.”

Rockland — Asymmetrick Arts, 405 Main St.; and Win Wilder Hall, 328 Main St., will open the two-venue project “Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut” Friday, June 3. The opening not only coincides with the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk, it also takes place on National Doughnut Day.

Curated by interdisciplinary artist Alexis Iammarino, this exhibition draws together artists, authors and historians in an open submission driven mix of art and public history. A local tale broadly and boldly claims that the hole-in-the-doughnut was singularly invented by a 19th-century sea captain from Midcoast Maine, and therein lies some truth. This tale provides a specific but expansive conceptual terrain in which to gather images and narratives relating equally to authenticity, tall tales and toroid geometry — anything and everything relating to the iconic American pastry.

This exhibition marks the galleries’ first collaboration with Iammarino and second time in a shared program; each space will include painting, drawing, video installation, sculpture and historical memorabilia. Win Wilder Hall also will include a mural.

“Hole History” includes work by artists, writers and contributors from Maine, New York, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, Kansas, Canada and Ireland. A supplementary lecture by artist Emily Eveleth, featuring her series of hyper-real paintings of doughnuts, will be held in the Farnsworth auditorium Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m.

Iammarino is a Rockland-based artist whose work encompasses painting, film and mural works, as well as choreography, performance and community education projects. She has performed and exhibited works throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as California and Italy. Locally, she works as a teaching artist and mural arts director with local organizations and, in 2015, completed a large-scale mural on Oak Street as part of the Farnsworth Museum’s education program and her own SaturdayStudio Rockland.

As will be no surprise, doughnuts and coffee will be served at the opening. “Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut” will continue through June 25 with gallery hours at both locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Capt. Hanson Crockett Gregory is credited with the invention of the doughnut hole in 1847. One hundred years later, a plaque commemorating the captain's achievement was affixed to his Rockport birthplace. (Courtesy of: Carole Starr)
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