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The Maine Arts Journal: UMVA Quarterly

Community

Fall 2022

 

The essays in this issue of the Maine Arts Journal confirm that Maine is a place  where human connections flourish. The contributing artists highlight the impacts of community from the very personal to the global and show us how the arts are fundamental to community at every level. Read about their experiences, memories, collaborations, goals and passions about community and get fired up for the fall season!

From the Editors: Natasha Mayers, Nora Tryon, Véronique Plesch, Betsy Sholl (poetry editor), with the help of Colby interns Audrey Loo and Mads McDonough.

The MAJ is supported by the UMVA and by the generous contributions from the Rabkin Foundation and other donors. You can support us by becoming a UMVA member here.

Maine Arts Journal Fall 2022 cover (LumenARRT! and ARRT! at the Defend Democracy Anniversary rally on 6 January 2022 Monument Square, Portland; Veronica Perez, Braiding Circle (photo: Christian Kayiteshonga); Gulf of Maine EcoArts artists in preliminary stages of painting a sculpture of Ammen Rock.

 

 

 

    

Véronique Plesch – Introduction Fall 2022: Community

Véronique Plesch – Introduction Fall 2022: Community

To state the obvious: we live in unsettling times. Perhaps for this reason, “community” is a word that seems to be on everybody’s lips these days, something that is clearly much needed. The essays gathered in this fall issue of the Maine Arts Journal show the...

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Pam Burr Smith – About the UMVA

Pam Burr Smith – About the UMVA

In 1975, when the UMVA started in Brunswick, we weren’t all simply artists, young and yearning. We were, most of us, hippies, as well, with all that that implied: long hair, loose clothes, old cars, and handmade almost everything. We made claim to the world around us...

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Brita Holmquist –  Long Ledge Retreat

Brita Holmquist – Long Ledge Retreat

I had the great joy of attending Anina Porter Fuller's artists’ week on Great Spruce Head Island in Fairfield Porter's summer house. When I returned to Islesboro where I spend my summers, I was bereft because going to the retreat was a one-time deal. So I was...

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Elizabeth A. Jabar – Another World Is Possible

Elizabeth A. Jabar – Another World Is Possible

Building Bridges Through Art and Social Action   “Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.” Grace Lee Boggs   What do the times require of us? This is a question I often use with my students, and I have established a daily...

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Nora Tryon – Art in Community with ARRT! and LumenARRT!

Nora Tryon – Art in Community with ARRT! and LumenARRT!

Whether or not we are cognizant of our place in the teeming, streaming, tangled, living, swelling swampy mass of human evolution/history, we are it. It is us. Community exists. We impact and depend on each other. To thrive we need to learn from one another, our past...

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Lee Chisholm – Community and Climate Art

Lee Chisholm – Community and Climate Art

Community is not an inapt word for a group of environmentally-committed artists working together as Gulf of Maine EcoArts. Community describes a larger circle of organizations and individuals whose contributions are helping to realize EcoArts’ vision. And...

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Veronica Perez – Braiding Circle

Veronica Perez – Braiding Circle

Community is something I never thought I was deserving of. I wanted it so bad that I joined places and people I thought were community, and it always ended in heartbreak because structures like white supremacy prevented cross-cultural communication and understanding....

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Claire Millikin – Indigo Arts Alliance

Claire Millikin – Indigo Arts Alliance

Fostering Maine’s African Diasporic Community in the Arts: Indigo Arts Alliance   Indigo Arts Alliance was founded in 2018, launched in 2019, inspired from years of conversation between artist Daniel Minter and creative director, curator and business specialist...

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Véronique Plesch – Creating Community

Véronique Plesch – Creating Community

Representing Community   In Giuseppa Pellizza da Volpedo’s The Fourth Estate, we see three figures, two men and a woman holding a baby, walking ahead of a large group of people (about fifty of them can be counted), which stretches from side to side of a large...

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Gianne Conard – Belfast Community

Gianne Conard – Belfast Community

Noisemakers, broccoli headdresses, a baptism, and papier-maché breasts = art and community. Add in some performance art, a pageant, and parade, a baguette with eighty candles—and you have Bern Porter’s eightieth-birthday party in downtown Belfast, Maine on 9...

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Stuart Kestenbaum – Along the Road

Stuart Kestenbaum – Along the Road

This afternoon I decided to go for a walk to clear my mind. It’s the same route—a nearly three-mile loop starting in Deer Isle village—that I took during the early days of the pandemic. Just starting out on the road I have a visceral memory of those early spring days...

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Gwendolyn Loomis Smith – Travels to Maine and Back

Gwendolyn Loomis Smith – Travels to Maine and Back

Growing up northwest of Boston, my first intellectual community was Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and the circle of Transcendentalists and abolitionists and suffragists tied into the Concord landscape, so that every stone wall, every reed of grass, every...

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ARRT! Update – Fall 2022

ARRT! Update – Fall 2022

ARRT! works with progressive groups and organizations throughout Maine, providing images that can help to distill and clarify their important messages about issues that matter to people in Maine and the world beyond our borders.   On 23 April in Belfast ARRT!...

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UMVA Chapter Reports

UMVA Chapter Reports

A New UMVA Chapter for the Midcoast: Based on positive responses to a recent survey of local artists, plans for reviving a Midcoast chapter are underway! The main focus of this newly formed group is to secure exhibition venues in addition to other activities to be...

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Pat and Tony Owen – Beginnings/Endings

Pat and Tony Owen – Beginnings/Endings

One of the things I miss about living in the great state of Maine are snowstorms—a good old Nor’easter—and waking up in the morning to discover that the leaden sky from the evening before opened and dropped a foot or more of white, the landscape leveled of all...

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