‘Portals’ panel at Waterfall Arts
Belfast — Six of the seven artists featured in the current exhibition “Portals: Environmental Art Installations” at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will speak together about their work Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The exhibition is designed to invite the audience, through the “portals” of the artwork, into a dialogue about environmental sustainability.
Martha Piscuskas, Waterfall Arts’ director of programming, encourages anyone who has have ever wondered what environmental art is, or have never heard of it, to hear some practitioners discuss their work.
“It goes by many different names — eco-art, art in nature, land art, ecoventions and more — and comes from many different directions, but an abiding theme is art that engages with the environment,” she said.
The movement began in the 1960s with land art, large outdoor interventions often made in the desert such as “Spiral Jetty” by Robert Smithson, still visible on the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. The ensuing decades introduced environmental activism, meditation, science, engineering, sustainability and many other art genres to the field.
The six “Portals” artists will speak of their very different work. Maine artists include Barbara Andrus and Alan Crichton, working in natural materials; Krisanne Baker, whose projection focuses on water issues; and Joline Blais, who will address her community collaboration Healing Seeds. Also included are Vermont artists Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca, the recipients of the first Georges River Land Trust Artist Residency that was inaugurated earlier this year.
The exhibition is sponsored by local businesses The Green Store and Coyote Moon of Belfast and Rockport Mechanical, with additional funding by the Maine Community Foundation Waldo County Fund. “Portals” is mounted in conjunction with MEAD (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 artist panel talk is free, although donations are happily accepted. Since 2000, the nonprofit Waterfall Arts has offered innovative classes, exhibitions, artist residencies and events. Support comes from grants, fees, business sponsorships and individual donations. For more information on upcoming exhibitions, classes and events, 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.