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New virtual exhibition 'Lush, hush' at CMCA

May 15, 2020

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce the launch of the second [ON]now virtual exhibition, "Lush, hush." The exhibition, which features the work of 16 Maine artists, is available for viewing online at from May 15 through Aug. 15, 2020.

"Lush, hush" was guest curated by Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, which supports the work of Maine-based artists. McNeil made her selections from more than 100 individual submissions received in response to CMCA's open call.

Reflecting on the work in the exhibition, McNeil states, "Ranging from lavish and complexly layered renderings to the starkly reductive, 'Lush, hush' puts forward the notion that these two seemingly opposing approaches can juxtapose to heighten the effect of the other. Viewed together via thumbnail, individually or as small groups randomly placed together by the alphabet to fit on a screen, the assembled body of work reads as quiet, fearless abundance. I was struck by the thoughtfulness of the submissions, the considered grace of the artist inquiry and their collective exploratory deep dive."

The artists included in "Lush, hush" are: Jenny Brillhart (Blue Hill, Maine), Cole Caswell (Peaks Island, Maine), Avy Claire (Blue Hill, Maine), Michel Droge (Portland, Maine), Lisa Kellner (Deer Isle, Maine), Benjamin Lincoln (Bar Harbor, Maine), Megan Magill (Brooksville, Maine), Stratton McCrady (Saco, Maine), Veronica Perez (Westbrook, Maine), Anna Queen (Rockland, Maine), Bronwyn Sale (Brunswick, Maine), Gina Siepel (Greenfield, Mass. and Portland, Maine), Nathan Stevens (Portland, Maine), David Wilson (North Haven, Maine), Amy Wilton (Hope, Maine), and Deborah Zlotsky (Delmer, N.Y. + Camden, Maine).

CMCA's series of [ON]now virtual exhibitions present the work of Maine artists in a digital venue, expanding opportunities for introducing work beyond our physical walls. The series, organized by CMCA Curatorial Assistant Justine Kablack, launched in December 2019 with the exhibition, "Simulacrush."

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