Welcoming summer at CMCA

Jun 17, 2017
Artist John Walker is pictured in his studio.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., will celebrate the public opening of its summer exhibitions, and the one-year anniversary in its Toshiko Mori-designed building, Saturday, June 24, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is invited to view the new exhibitions showcasing the work of artists John Walker, William Wegman, Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites; and help celebrate CMCA's first birthday with cake, balloons and refreshments in the courtyard.

Opening Saturday in CMCA’s soaring Main Gallery for the 2017 summer season is the exhibition “John Walker: From Seal Point.” For more than two decades, artist John Walker has been painting the view from his property at Seal Point, and his tough, lush, muscular paintings from this place have been described as “existential images.” Seal Point is for Walker what Mont Saint Victoire was for Cezanne, a subject to be revisited time and again. “John Walker: From Seal Point” will run through Oct. 29.

“William Wegman: Reel to Real” runs through Oct. 22. An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. One of the most highly regarded artists of his generation, Wegman continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings from his homes in Rangley and New York City.

“Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites: Temporality,” up through Aug. 13, is the sixth iteration of CMCA’s Counterpoint exhibition series pairing the work of artists in dialogue with one another. For Brillhart and Stites, the studio environment is both the subject and source of their work. Documenting the passage of time, the subtle shifts of light, the play of shadows, and the process of making are shared aesthetic interests.

The new CMCA in downtown Rockland opened on June 26, 2016, and provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop featuring the work of Maine artisans and designers; an ArtLab classroom; and a 2,200-square-foot public courtyard displaying a monumentally scaled sculpture, “Digital Man,” by artist Jonathan Borofsky.

Summer hours are: Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. (closed federal holidays). Admission is $8; $6 for senior citizens and students with ID; and free for CMCA members and visitors younger than 18. Admission is free for all First Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. through October. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

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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