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UMFK staff member to hold art show during annual "Come to Campus Days"

August 27, 2004

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One of the many paintings by UMFK Director of Student Services Scott Voisine that will go on display in the Blake Library Art Gallery beginning September 17.


Scott Voisine, director of student services at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and graduate of the class of 1994, will be presenting a retrospective showing of his paintings, entitled "'94 to Now" during UMFK's annual "Come to Campus Days" celebration.

The art show will open on Friday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m., following the official dedication and opening ceremonies for the Acadian Archives. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 18 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The show will run in the Blake Library art gallery until October 15.

Voisine's artwork is boldly colored and abstract in style; though many of his abstracts are based on observations.

"When I paint from observation I translate to abstract, then at some point during the process I begin to focus solely on the canvas and the fundamentals of the piece; the lines, shapes, colors and designs. That is why there are many recognizable images in my paintings," said Voisine.

Acrylic paint on canvas is the typical medium used in his paintings that will be presented in the opening. His work does vary in size but he says he tends to stay on the larger side because he likes the freedom of space that he gets from a larger canvas.

There has been a time gap in the paintings from the late 90's to the early 2000's because Voisine was primarily focusing on developing professionally.

Though he was not painting he continued to be creative in other ways including designing new student orientations, written materials, and programs as well as expressing his musical creativity in the UMFK campus/community chorus.

Voisine attended art classes at UMFK as well as at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Prior to his employment at the University, Voisine taught art at the middle and high school level. And he also serves as an adjunct art faculty at UMFK.

Voisine says that he has been influenced primarily by the abstract expressionist movement. This is a painting movement in United States that began in the late 1940's, which is comprised of many styles but shares several characteristics.

The works are usually abstract; they depict forms not found in the natural world. They emphasize freedom of emotional expression, technique, and execution; they display a single unified, undifferentiated field, network, or other image in unstructured space; and the canvases are large, to enhance the visual effect and project monumentality and power.

A specific artist that has influenced his style is Wassily Kandinsky because of his composition and pure abstract form.

Franz Klein is also an influence of Voisine's due to his simple use of lines and positive and negative space.

Gustar Klimt is one he takes inspiration from for his use of intricate decorative patterns.

Voisine says his favorite artist is Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist who observed and painted nature in its most simplistic form.

"I have started painting again relatively regularly. I have been paying a lot more attention to the colors, they have gotten much brighter," said Voisine.