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UMFK Blake Library to host a traveling exhibition of book artist Rebecca Goodale

January 30, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery will feature a traveling exhibit consisting of works by book artist Rebecca Goodale beginning February 14 through March 12.

Goodale's work is a series of artist's books and prints about the plants and animals currently listed as threatened or endangered by the State of Maine. However, Goodale states, "My intention is not to become a scientific illustrator. Instead I hope to illuminate these lists so that the viewer might carefully consider what is truly at risk of being lost, perhaps forever."

Her beautiful work combines silk-screening with free brush strokes and collage giving the work a sense of earthiness that enhances the subject of each piece. Goodale's involvement with textiles and book arts plays a major role in her handling of materials and her use of color and pattern.

An opening for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. where Goodale will speak informally about her work.

A formal lecture entitled "The challenges and the future of protecting endangered species in Maine," presented by Mark McCullough, PhD, endangered species specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at the Maine Field Office in Old Town, will be presented on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

Goodale's show began at the Portland Public Library and will continue, after leaving Fort Kent, to locations including the art galleries at University of Maine at Machias, University of New England's Biddeford campus, Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, and the Atrium Gallery at University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College.

She has exhibited past works in various solo shows as well as in a number of public collections. Her current show is sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, with the support of a New Century Arts and Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council, and in collaboration with seven other Maine institutions.

The Maine Women Writers Collection (MWWC) owns five of Goodale's books from this project and may eventually acquire the entire collection. Located in the Abplanalp Library, Westbrook College campus of the University of New England, the MWWC is a pre-eminent special collection of published and non-published literary, cultural and social history sources, by and about women authors, either native or residents of Maine. These sources document and illustrate the times, circumstances and experiences of Maine women writers, revealing their public actions and private thoughts.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. The exhibit and associated lectures are free and open to the public. For information regarding the exhibit at UMFK's Blake Gallery, call Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.

For more information regarding the traveling exhibit, call 207-797-7621, extension 4324