August 18, 2006
?Holding Patterns,? a collection of recent portrait paintings by UMFK Professor emerita of Art, Wendy Kindred, will be on exhibition at the Blake Library Gallery at UMFK throughout September 2006.
Kindred taught art at the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 1973-2003. Upon retirement, she turned her attention to painting from life. The current exhibition of portraits results from that decision. In the Artist?s statement that accompanies the exhibition, Kindred writes, ?One day I was holding out a pear in order to study the foreshortened arm in the mirror and realized that the expression ?holding out? is a fine contradiction, part generosity and part refusal.?
The title of the exhibition, ?Holding Patterns?, refers to the idea that each painting is of a person holding some object. The gesture of holding something out or holding back or holding forth gives the pose a sense of movement and character that is as revealing as the face. In one painting Priscilla Daigle, UMFK?s Director of Student Teaching, holds out a sheaf of papers: in another, Jenny Radsma, Associate Professor of Nursing, currently on sabbatical, holds out a book. More important than the object that each person holds, though, are the gesture and posture that go with it.
The paintings in the exhibition were shown earlier this year in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library and in the Reed Gallery at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. A few of them also were on exhibition at the Café de la Place in Madawaska during July.
The current group of paintings at Blake Library at the University of Maine at Fort Kent portrays people who are all associated with UMFK in some way. The exhibition will remain on view throughout September during Blake Library hours.