Maine Arts Journal Fall 2018

Introduction to Fall 2018: Dialogue

Dialogue This issue shares the response to our call for dialogue. The contributors give examples of artists engaged in a conversation with a place, with their own thoughts, through time, or in response to the work and stories of another. It was an opportunity to...

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Introduction to Fall 2018: Dialogue

Dialogue This issue shares the response to our call for dialogue. The contributors give examples of artists engaged in a conversation with a place, with their own thoughts, through time, or in response to the work and stories of another. It was an opportunity to...

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Susan Smith — Dialogue: The Necessity of Agency

The bed was a vintage wrought iron frame. The trailer was for sale on Craigslist. Hundreds of second-hand shoes. These have become the materials of my art practice. In an age where people more and more talk past one another, living in the echo chamber of their own...

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MOTHER TONGUE — Mary Bernstein

MOTHER TONGUE ‘Real dialogue is where two or more people become willing to suspend their certainty in each other's presence.’   David Bohm Mother Tongue is a community visual Dialogue which I started with a partner Terry Rumble in the early nineties. This visual...

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Touch Me, by Katy Kelleher

Katy Kelleher was invited to write an essay for the Maine Arts Journal, having experienced, on the front line, a Dialogue break-down on a social media forum. As a writer she has much to offer the visual arts by thinking in an original way. She has written a piece for...

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Greta Bank: Our Digital Dialogue

 I’ve recently been reading the book ‘A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things’ by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore (University of California Press, 2017).  This is a fantastic summary of the way capitalism created the ecology that we are currently lost in. I hope you...

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Kyle Patnaude: Utter Silence

When we speak today of initiating dialogue, what we achieve more than not is diatribe. Entrenched speakers compete against another without genuine exchange of thought. Yet it's diversity of thought that makes us human, not solipsism. Sincere communication is obtained...

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Abby Shahn and Mark Melnicove — Dialogue

  Grudge-holding ghosts have traveled  Grudge-holding ghosts have traveled great distances to your funeral, but you were cremated years ago. Why are they still obsessed with marking your death, rubbing it in as if you were sand underfoot? Have they no other...

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Birds of a Feather — Waldman-Plesch+Plesch-Waldman

Waldman-Plesch+Plesch-Waldman discuss the beginnings of their collaboration and their dialogue with the history of museums One of us was born in Buenos Aires, the other in Detroit, but the art collective now known by the name of Waldman-Plesch+Plesch-Waldman, which...

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Lori Tremblay: Painting the Story

  When I hear the word dialogue the first thought in my mind is that of a relationship.  In a philosophic context, all meaningful relationships are sustained through dialogue:  it is how we get to know someone or something by spending time and conversing.  As a...

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Estha Weiner Poetry — Introduction by Betsy Sholl

Here are two poems by Estha Weiner, who grew up in Portland and Falmouth and now lives in New York City.  Her sense of irony and of how to create characters and a sense of dialogue through the briefest suggestion come in part from her training in the theater.  Estha...

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Margaret Yocom Poetry — Introduction by Betsy Sholl

In these poems, Margaret Yocom offers a new vision of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s controversial “Allerleirauh” (“All Kinds Of Fur”), a lesser-known version of “Cinderella” that opens with incest. Erasing the Grimms’ words to reveal a young woman’s story of her journey...

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Interpretation of an Artist Mother — Lisa Jahn-Clough

Life is a composite of many things—people, friends and family, pets and homes, music and food, sea and sky, ideas and art. Elena Jahn, my mother, had an overflowing abundance of all of these. She made herself a good life; a life that was full of art to the core. She...

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VOTE! 2018

Maine artists are participating  to help get out the vote in Maine's 2018 election and the Maine Arts Journal is featuring their efforts here! Click on images below to see them larger. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium"...

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Creatives and the ACA: A letter by Genevieve Morgan

This letter —a part our national dialogue— dated June 11, 2018, was signed by numerous members of the creative community and sent to our Senators and Representatives. Dear Senators King and Collins and Representatives Pingree and Poliquin, By now I’m no stranger to...

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ARRT! Artists’ Rapid Response Team! Update

The images created by ARRTists  become vibrant components of communities throughout the state and over time find many uses, often framing important messages and bringing groups together. As a project of the UMVA, ARRT! creates images for progressive non-profits...

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UMVA-LA Chapter Report

UMVA-LA has had a wonderful summer season starting with our annual exhibit  “Pride:  What brings pride to your life?” at Kimball Street Studio. This exhibit included works from artists who take pride in what they do. We also enjoyed sharing works with our community,...

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UMVA Portland Chapter Report

Portland UMVA has had a great summer of gallery shows including its 2018 summer members' show in July, painter/mixed media artist Matt Demers' fabulous exhibition of new abstract paintings titled “Everybody's Talkin' at Me” in August, and the always engaging Addison...

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Invitation to Contribute: Winter Issue 2019: Sketchbook

Sketchbook There is a sense of privacy between the closed covers of a sketchbook. It can be a place of fresh discovery where something new is hatched or it can serve as an archive. There is a sense of time in a sketchbook. It is a stand in for a calendar with the...

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