Magee, Shetterly at Waterfall Arts

Exploring ‘The War on Peace’

Sep 02, 2012
“Postscript,” a 2011 monotype by Alan Magee of Cushing, is part of a fall show he shares with Robert Shetterly at Waterfall Arts Belfast.

Belfast — “The War on Peace: Rob Shetterly and Alan Magee,” an exhibit centering on the effects of war and the practice of peace activism by well-known Maine artists Alan Magee and Rob Shetterly, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday reception Sept. 7 at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

Magee’s drawings, monotypes, collages, tapestries and sculpture reflect the corporal impact of war as well as the underlying intentions of those who seek to profit from the conflicts. Shetterly’s portraits of veterans, government workers, whistle-blowers, activists and students who have spoken out against war are from his series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” Each portrait includes a quote by its subject

While both Magee and Shetterly have shown their work throughout Maine and the United States, this is the first time Shetterly’s portrait series and Magee’s images will be shown together, offering different modes of expression on the subject of conflict. During the exhibit, the artists will speak publicly together for the first time and lead a public discussion on ways to tell the truth through art. Other activities will include workshops; a Bring Our War Dollars Home Draw-a-thon with Kenny Cole; collaborative and interactive performances; and a talk by Paul K. Chappell, Iraq War veteran and peace activist, who is the subject of one of Shetterly’s portraits.

In the Corridor Gallery, Harlan Crichton, recent graduate of the Maine College of Art, will show a selection from “In the Shadow of the Burning Dog,” a photographic series portraying recent Maine veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Community radio station WERU-FM is the media sponsor for the “The War on Peace” exhibit, which will run through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; during all related events; and by appointment. For more information about classes, rentals, exhibits and volunteering or to arrange a visit outside regular hours, call 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Paul K. Chappell, Iraq War veteran and peace activist, is one of Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait subjects and will visit Waterfall Arts during the show.
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