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Blake Library to feature work from artist Jim Marks

January 3, 2011




The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will feature an exhibition by artist Jim Marks. The exhibit entitled, “My Backyard” will be on display through Friday, January 28, 2011.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet and greet the artist. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“The group of oil paintings concentrates on a specific place, my backyard. I have been grateful for the abundance of space in the St. John Valley. I painted city landscapes extensively while living in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   The rural landscape differs drastically compared to the city. Where the cityscape is predominately vertical, the Valley is more horizontal, stated Marks. 
“I respond more to weather and season then specifics of space. The paintings are really more about the time of day, the type of day or the time of year. Details are minimal, sacrificed for mood,” Marks noted. 
Marks began practicing art, seriously, at the age thirty.   He attended night classes in sculpture and drawing at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Marks also received drawing instructions from David Small, a well-known children’s book illustrator.
He eventually developed a portfolio that was accepted for admittance into a four-year program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.   While at the Academy, he studied anatomy, sculpture, drawing, painting, and printmaking and graduated in 2001.   He began working with materials and techniques of tempera paint emulsions, woodcarving, gelatin gesso, and metal leaf. Marks continues to work with these materials.   
Marks resides in Saint Agatha, Maine. 
The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at (207) 834-7527.