Chronicling the times at Hurricane Gallery

Aug 12, 2017
Robert Macdonald said that in his acrylic “Little Lord Fauntleroy and Crew,” “our President is portrayed as a brat Little Lord Fauntleroy, supported on either side by Ivanka and Jared.”

Waldoboro — Hurricane Gallery’s summer show, “The Sad Bad Mad Blue Summer of 2017 with Little Lord Fauntleroy and Crew,” will open Saturday, Aug. 19, with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception.

Gallery owner Robert Macdonald says that this show responds (like all Hurricane shows) to Hamlet’s words that the arts perform a valuable service as an “abstract and brief chronicle of the times.”

One take on our political scene is provided by Waldoboro artist Chris Augusta, whose virtuosic pen and ink sketches depict Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and the President (as “Trumplestiltskin”), all in ignominious absurdity. Another master of pen and ink, Alan Hynd, takes viewers from the present world in his powerful “Drone Attack" to the biblical in “Cain and Abel” which is, Macdonald said, his favorite work in the show.

Hurricane newcomer Susan Bakaley Marshall is no less attuned to the world we live in. Her “Home,” painted using a distinctive technique, movingly portrays the worldwide refugee crisis. Marvelous technical skill distinguishes Polly McGrory's “Desert Flowers,” in which a certain iconic artist of the Southwest is shown looking out on her favored environment.

Carol Wiley's new work exemplifies once again her grasp of anatomy and her fondness for the enigmatic. With Lois Hill, returning to Hurricane after an absence of two years, we move from the present, to the prehistoric, to the universal and cosmic.

Cory Stafford, new to Hurricane, offers small canvases at the opposite pole from Macdonald’s in-your-face statements. Another newcomer, Chris Walton, shows his colorful energetic art for the first time ever.

Min Yan Naing’s new work, freshly arrived from Burma, shows him moving in a new direction, with stunning abstractions and a new style Buddha.

One critic has said, “The works of Elaine Niemi breathe the Maine coast with an authenticity unmatched by any other artist working today.” Sadly, Niemi will produce no more art. For this show, Hurricane has assembled a representative selection of her work.

Hurricane Gallery is at 175 Quarry Road, a short distance down Depot Street from Route 1. The show will run through Oct. 31. The gallery is open almost anytime, but call ahead at 701-7477.

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

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