CMCA mounts print show in Portland

Dec 29, 2012
A relief print and paper collage by Henry Wolyniec of Portland is part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art winter exhibition at Portland Public Library.

Portland — Rockport’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art again is sponsoring a winter exhibition at the Lewis Gallery of Portland Public Library. The exhibition, “Prints: Breaking Boundaries,” is curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown and will run from Friday, Jan. 4 through Feb. 23.

“Prints: Breaking Boundaries” features the work of 35 Maine artists who use new techniques and materials to expand the definition of fine art printmaking, which in the past has traditionally been limited to editions of etchings, engravings, silkscreens, woodcuts and lithographs printed on archival paper. These traditional processes increasingly are giving way to one-of-a-kind prints on a variety of surfaces. Contemporary prints can include drawing, painting, monotype printing, encaustic, and digital manipulation, as well as multiple layers of collaged, stitched, or folded paper and even added objects for a 3-D or sculptural effect.

The participating artists represent 18 Maine communities, including Midcoast artists Holly Berry, Sam Cady, Harold Garde and Cindy McGuirl. Also featured is work by Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Debra Arter, Will Barnet, Shawn Brewer, Martha Briana, Kyle Bryant, Crystal Cawley, Corliss Chastain, Nancy R. Davison, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Tanner Gasco-Wiggin, Rebecca Goodale, Susan Groce, Tom Hall, Adrienne Herman, Frances Hodsdon, Elizabeth Jabar, Lin Lisberger, Daniel Minter, Meg Brown Payson, Damir Porobic, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Delphine Sherin, Jennifer Strode, Andrea Sulzer, David Twiss, Sarah Vosmus, Barbra Whitten and Henry Wolyniec.

The exhibition will open with an artists’ reception during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk Jan. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 19, there will be a panel discussion titled The Changing Nature of Printmaking Today at 2 pm in the library’s Rines Auditorium.

The Portland Public Library is located at 5 Monument Square. Admission to the exhibition and events is free. For more information, visit CMCA’s website at

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

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