We are pleased to present the Fall 2017 issue “Regionalism: Maine Art and Artist”. A variety of artists and writers respond to the question: Is regionalism possible in a globally- connected environment?
Provincialism (n.) “narrowness of mind or outlook; lack of sophistication” (Collins English Dictionary)
I first came to Maine to go to Skowhegan (then a school of Painting and Sculpture) in the summer of 1977.
Deep underwater, I scramble to find the cave opening.
I have a personal history with Maine, in 1977 my wife Mary and I met in Maine at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
Maine has its own character, soul if you wish. I felt it the first morning I woke up in Maine,
Traditionally, Maine has served as a special place where artists, beginning in the 19th century, found solace in an attempt to get away from a busy city life.
In some skewed kind of logic, regional art of Maine could be argued around to where art is sometimes defined as Maine.
Place is most often examined from the subjective viewpoint of individual or community, while “region” has traditionally been more of an objective geographic term,
The term Maine artist and the concept of regionalism are political in the sense that the lines on paper defining these terms are drawn on political maps.
Poetry submitted by Gary Lawless, introduction by Betsy Sholl
On Poet Karie Friedman by Kathy Weinberg: I was more interested in daily life, less melodramatic human interactions, poems of place, and glimpses of transcendence through ordinary things,
What does it mean to be a Maine artist in the 21st century? Would anyone bother to ask what it means to be a Texas artist? Or a Chicago artist?
The Politics of Art by John Ripton
Editorial by Kathy Weinberg
Report from the Front Line.
The Artists Rapid Response Team! is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.
Update on what’s happening with UMVA members in Lewiston and Auburn…
Update on UMVA members in the Portland area chapter…
The romantic trope of the melancholic, or even crazy, artist distorts the very real tensions the artist experiences when engaging in content