Hope’s Higbee featured at PhoPa

Feb 19, 2014
“Frontal Boundaries — Yellow & Black” is a lithograph by master printer Tim Higbee of Hope.

Portland — PhoPa Gallery’s exhibition “Tamarind to Hope, Tim Higbee | Hope Editions, print collaborations + solo work” will be on view Wednesday, Feb. 26, through April 12. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, 132 Washington Ave. An artist talk with Tim Higbee and collaborating artist George Lloyd will be held Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

The exhibition features the lithographic print collaborations and solo work of Higbee from the Tamarind Institute and Hope Editions. After studying and printing professionally at the prestigious Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico for fine art lithography, Higbee moved to Hope in 2006 and founded Hope Editions in 2008. Hope Editions specializes in contemporary and traditional approaches to lithography through collaborations between artist and master printer Higbee. It is largely modeled after the highly collaborative environment at the Tamarind Institute.

In addition to Higbee’s solo work, work by the following collaborative artists will be on display: Hope Edition artists Alan Bray, Friendship’s Sam Cady, David Kapp and George Lloyd; and Tamarind Institute artists Daniel Brice, Willie Cole, Dirk DeBruycker, Eric Garcia, Nicola Lopez, Santiago Perez, Johnnie Winona Ross, Jason Wilson and Peterson Yazzi. Ross was a highly respected teacher at the Maine College of Art before moving to New Mexico over a decade ago.

PhoPa Gallery, open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., is collaboration among photographer Jon Edwards, independent curator Bruce Brown and Maine Media Workshops + College of Rockport. PhoPa maintains a focus on Maine related works and emerging artists and divides its schedule between showcasing works by MMW+C students, alumni and faculty; and exhibitions organized by Brown, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s curator emeritus, and Edwards.

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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