Summer 2017 MAJ


From the Editors: Narratives: Public and Private

WELCOME! UMVA members and invited artists responded to our request below for our Summer 2017 Maine Arts Journal theme on narrative:

Grace Metzler, "Laundry Day“, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017, 67"x70”

Grace Metzler     by Emilie Stark-Menneg

With every brushstroke Grace Metzler investigates how humans behave, congregate, love and chill together.

Daniel Minter, Three Mothers

Daniel Minter

Boxes, vessels, holes, jars, and bottles all hold something within. I believe this is where my use of narrative begins.

Laura Dunn, “Release”, Gelatin Monoprint, 12” x 9”

 Laura Dunn

For the most part I work intuitively, with no intent of narrative.

Titi de Baccarat, "Message of Hope During War", mirror, leather, mattress, dust of wood and acrylic, 2016, 25"x25", photo by Kyle Dubay

 Titi De Baccarat

I do not do politics, but I do practice art.

Archibald Motley, "Barbecue", 1934

Jeffrey Ackerman; True Stories

The centennial anniversary was celebrated this year for one of the most famous modernist artworks that no one alive today has ever seen.

Charles Stratton, "All Good Children Go To Heaven", pastel and India ink, 19.5” x 25”

 Charles Stratton as told to Natasha Mayers

The Lord God has certain ideas he wants expressed in pictures and He uses me to do it.

17su_mEYERSVisual Essay Narrative

 Nathaniel Meyer

In attaching meaning to artwork, viewers rely on their own preconceptions and desires.

Kathy Weinberg, 2017, gouache, 8 pages at 8.5"x11" each.

 Kathy Weinberg

(Almost) Stories, Chapters One and Two

LIFE: SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Mixed. Acrylic on board. 42 x 30”

 Mirlea Saks

My Scaintings – 3D paintings – wryly celebrate American life from my perspective as an immigrant.

Charles Sillem Lidderdale, The Broken Pitcher

 Brita Holmquist; Notes on Narrative

Vasari wrote that painting was the finest way to communicate.

Brown Letham, "Falling Red Hat"

 Jim Feast: On Richard Brown Lethem’s “The Falling Red Hat”

As we know, when an Italian Renaissance painter wanted to depict an “historical” scene, whether an episode from Greek mythology or the Bible

Maia Snow, "A Long Blink" oil on canvas 23"x20 2017

Maia Snow; What’s a Painting?

Lines disappeared and the blue overtook the vision as far as the peripherals would stretch.

Sherrill Hunnibell,” Etui – The Camel’s Eye”, mixed media with needle case, size varies, 2016

Poems by Rachel Contreni Flynn; introduction from Betsy Sholl

In Rachel Contreni Flynn’s poems the stories exist on several levels.

Todd Watts, "Blanchard Weather Report, January 3 2017"

Todd Watts

Blanchard Weather Report

Hope Gangloff, "After Party", acrylic and collage on paper, 2015

American Genre: Contemporary Painting

Attention all painters, all artists!!  A great painting show is coming to Portland, Maine July, 2017.

Mj Viano Crowe, “Arawak Woman”, Drawing, painting, collage on paper, Dress Forms are life size, approximately 2’ w x 3’.5”h, some on hand-made hangers, 2000

 UMVA Members Submissions: Summer 2017

Members respond to the theme “Narratives Public and Private”


Insight/Incite: Devon Kelley-Yurdin

All about Engine and the USDAC


 ARRT! Update

The Artists Rapid Response Team! is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

J. Fred Woell, "Come Alive, You're in the Pepsi Generation" mixed media pin, 4" x 4 1/2" x 5/16", 1966

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision 

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 UMVA L/A Chapter Report

Update on what’s happening with UMVA members in Lewiston and Auburn…

Viewers at CTN Callery, Dave Wade photo

UMVA Portland Chapter Report

Update on UMVA members in the Portland area chapter…

Titi de Baccarat, Thanks America”, bark, flag and dust of wood, 2016, photo by Kyle Dubay

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