Artist talk Dec. 8

Winter Windows fetes ‘Lighthouse Heroine’

Nov 27, 2018
Artist Annie Bailey is pictured at work on her Winter Windows Project, now installed at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

Rockland — Thanksgiving weekend, in conjunction with the museum’s annual Share the Wonder Celebration, the Farnsworth Art Museum unveiled a site-specific art installation in its Main Street windows.

The museum’s inaugural Winter Windows Project, created by artist Annie Bailey in collaboration with artist-maker Andrew White, is a 25-foot long moving panorama, or “crankie,” that features the story of Abbie Burgess.

Bailey will share the panorama and explore the history of moving panoramas and crankies, as well as the story of her artwork’s subject, the young lighthouse keeper known for her bravery in tending the Matinicus Rock Light in Maine during a raging winter storm in 1856, during an illustrated talk Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth’s auditorium. The talk is free with museum admission.

The name of Bailey’s piece is “Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Heroine.”  It is a large crankie,  which is an old storytelling art form — a long illustrated scroll wound onto two spools. Bailey’s automated crankie is painted with ink on cotton fabric. The mechanism for Bailey’s crankie was done in collaboration with White, an artist-maker and educator who works out of Midcolab, a collaborative co-working space in Thomaston. The stitching was done by Dayle Ward, sailmaker at Traditional Rigging Co. in Appleton.

Bailey, daughter of a ship captain, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, the Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. To see examples of her work, visit anniebaileyart.com.

Bailey’s talk will include behind-the-scenes stories with accompanying photos of her work in progress. “Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Heroine” will be on view in the Farnsworth’s Main Street windows through Jan. 15, operating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

The Farnsworth’s Winter Windows Project is designed to showcase the work of Maine artists in the Main Street windows through the temporary installations of original artwork. The museum sought proposals from artists to create a site-specific installation late last fall/early winter; and Bailey was chosen as this inaugural year’s finalist.

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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