CMCA presents Kureth on Shows at Sunday Salon

May 11, 2018
Exhibition view of "KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist" at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., invites the public for a Sunday Salon May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring Nancy Kureth, former director of The Twin Cities Creative Council and a founder of the Biddeford Art Walk. Kureth will present an intimate, fun, and insightful talk on the work of her good friend and fellow artist KJ Shows, whose work is featured in the current exhibition, "KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist." Shows will be present at the event to answer questions following the talk.

Since 2008, Shows has been creating a series of unconventional portraits of artists’ shoes. To date, she has painted more than 120 portraits of both world-renowned and obscure contemporary artists, including Jamie Wyeth, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Ann Hamilton, Judy Chicago and Billy Childish, among many others.

“The list keeps growing,” said Shows, “and every portrait forges a new creative connection.”

A frequent visitor to Shows' studio in Kennebunk, Kureth has spent many hours talking with Shows about her art, life and ongoing portrait project. Kureth is a mixed-media artist, writer and curator, who co-founded the Biddeford Art Walk in 2007. She has curated more than 60 art exhibits, openings and events in both Biddeford and Saco. In 2017, she wrote, produced and performed in the play "Vignettes." During this same six-month period, she painted one small acrylic painting daily. Currently she is working on large-scale paintings and slowly building a tiny house in southern Maine. She surrounds herself with artists and nature so she can be inspired every day.

CMCA's Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others with admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

For more information on the exhibition, "KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist," visit

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