January 7, 2005
Two of University of Maine at Fort Kent's own, Wendy Kindred of Fort Kent and Therese Provenzano of Wallagrass, are represented in an exhibit entitled The County: Aroostook Communities that is on display at the Blaine House in Augusta through February 25.
During the past two years, the Maine Arts Commission has invited contemporary artists throughout the state to participate in showing their work at the capitol complex in Augusta.
The ABOUT MAINE Exhibition series represents artwork from artists in specific regions across the state, culminating with The County: Aroostook Communities.
In demonstrating the creativity and diversity of the resident artists of the Aroostook County region, a variety of media and styles characterize this exhibition.
Kindred, who retired from UMFK in December of 2002 after teaching for 28 years, is showing two portrait oil paintings entitled "Anita with Matchbox" and Georgette.
"I think of them as documentaries, evidence of a dynamic between painter and subject in which both are active participants," said Kindred. "My approach differs greatly from traditional portrait painting in which the sitter takes a pose and holds still or from portraiture based on photography. I rely on the movements, gestures, and expressions of the model to keep changing the way they do in conversation so that the painting is energized by that animation," added Kindred.
Provenzano is showing two charcoal drawings entitled The Burner at the Old Cedar Mill and B. + A. Box Cars with Railroad Tracks No. 1. She is also showing a pastel entitled Blue and Orange with Poles and Barn.
"This work was executed on site in Fort Kent and Plaisted," said Provenzano. "The Maine landscape is my prime source of inspiration. My eye is immediately drawn to what it provides as well as the structures that are imposed by man's hands."
"If it is old, has the character, and a relationship to the land, I am immediately caught up in it," added Provenzano. "When that happens, I know I must go there and work. I define myself as an experiential artist, where digesting the outdoors and in particular how Mother Nature continually changes her mind is an integral part of my creative process."
Other artists from Aroostook County that were accepted to show their work include: Richard Clark of Perham, Jayson Duncan, Esther Orr Faulkner, Leigh C. Griffith, and Susan J. York of Houlton, Becca-Lee Hickman of Littleton, Shari Ireland from Mapleton, Rosalind Morgan from Lineus, and Francine Sampar from Smyrna.
Due to the size of The County: Aroostook Communities Exhibition it will be exhibited in four separate locations, the Legislative Galleries, the Governor's State House Gallery and the Maine Arts Commission Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and the Blaine House from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Please call ahead at the Blaine House at 287-2121.