January 25, 2002
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Gallery is featuring "Work in Progress", an exhibit of sketches and notes, which were completed by Wendy Kindred, professor of art at UMFK.
Many of the sketches in this exhibit are enlargements made directly from Kindred's sketchbooks and are based on works of art in some of the world's great museums - the Prado in Madrid, the Metropolitan in New York, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
"I drew in order to see better and to be "in conversation" with artists of earlier times and distant places," said Kindred. "The sketches are quick notations, like a series of exclamations of surprise, wonder, or even dismay about what I was seeing."
For example, there are a number of drawings of hands excerpted from different paintings in which the hands alone reveal the peculiarities of both the artist and the subject.
In one sketch from Albrecht Durer's 16th century painting of Jesus among the Doctors, the sophistries of the "doctors" are expressed by a complicated tangle of hands in the center of the painting.
Many of the works in the exhibit were completed by Kindred while she was on sabbatical from UMFK, during which she was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).
VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Kindred was among the approximately twenty fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.
Also in this exhibition are a few recent paintings of figures, imaginary and real, and some pen and ink drawings done for the cover of the fall 2001 issue of The Beloit Poetry Journal.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Kindred will give a reading of short stories related to art on Friday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grindle Conference Room in Cyr Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit can be viewed during Blake Library hours from February 4 through February 28th. For more information on the exhibit or library hours, contact gallery curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.