‘Portals’ opens at Waterfall Arts
Belfast — Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., brings the work of seven diverse artists together in “Portals,” an exhibit opening Friday, Sept. 6, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is designed to engage the audience in a dialogue about environmental sustainability and will run through Nov. 27.
In 2001, Waterfall Arts exhibited 10 environmental art installations at its Montville site, among the first in the state to do so. Over the years, the arts organization has maintained its mission of creating community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, hosting numerous artists to make temporary or long-lasting place-based natural assemblages.
The “Portals” exhibition in Belfast will include installations by Joline Blais, Alan Crichton, Krisanne Baker, Nancy Manter and Barbara Andrus. The show also will feature the first work resulting from the Georges River Land Trust Artist Residency; artists Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca are the inaugural recipients of this residency.
Environmental art can be a portal for people to alter their relationship with nature. The upcoming “Portals” exhibition shows seven very different entry points — woven and growing plants, natural wood sculpture and structures, water projected, photographed and drawn on roofing paper. An exhibition artist panel is planned for a later date.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., leading environmental artist Eve Mosher of New York will speak about her work, “High Water Line,” and the power and impact of community art within the environmental movement. The following day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mosher will lead a day-long Design Charette of selected leaders in the arts, design, environmentalism and science fields to collectively address a specific issue on food availability. Results will be presented to the public.
The Mosher talk and charette and “Portals” events are part of Maine Environmental Art & Design, a collaborative effort of Waterfall Arts, Unity College, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and other organizations to celebrate elegant solutions to environmental issues. The “Portals” exhibit and events are sponsored by Harvest Energy, Coyote Moon and other local businesses. Mosher’s visit is partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation.
Waterfall Arts gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, through the end of September, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.