Craig Gallery shows van der Ven ‘Roots’

Feb 07, 2014
Simon van der Ven’s vessels celebrate both form and function.

Unity — The scheduled 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception for “Roots and Branches,” an exhibit of ceramic art by Simon “Siem” van der Ven of Lincolnville, in Unity College’s Leonard R. Craig Gallery has been postponed due to the impending snowstorm to Thursday, Feb. 27. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show runs through March 14 in the gallery, located in the lobby of Unity College Center for the Performing Art, 42 Depot St. The gallery is open weekdays during regular business hours and by appointment.

The artist’s ceramic art engages the senses as its carefully worked forms and surfaces invite touch and contemplation. This exhibition will focus on the origins and connections of van der Ven’s imagery and motifs and will include tools and explanatory text.

With an undergraduate degree is in printmaking from SUNY Potsdam, van der Ven has worked as a professional sailor, goldsmith (apprenticed with Tom O’Donovan) and carpenter. He taught high school art at the Camden-Rockport high school for 17 years, during which time he took a sabbatical at the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France, and later earned an MFA at Maine College of Art concentrating in ceramics and drawing. He currently teaches ceramics at Unity College.

Awards include residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, Colo.) and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (Newcastle); and a MeCA Award for Leadership in Arts Education. His work is shown and collected throughout the country including the Canton Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Harrisburg Community College. Local galleries include Åarhus in Belfast and CRAFT in Rockland.

For more information, contact Ben Potter, professor of art and curator of the Craig Gallery, at 948-9239 or The gallery is open during UCCPA events and by appointment.

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

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