Due to the impending storm, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will be closed Sunday, Aug. 28. The scheduled gallery talk with artists Paul Oberst and Ethan Hayes-Chute has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy will host the gallery talk at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. They will discuss work currently on view at CMCA in the exhibitions “Ethan Hayes-Chute: Stopgap and Steadfast” and “Paul Oberst: Banded Artifacts/Banded Men.”

Hayes-Chute, named the 2011 Visual Arts Fellow by the Maine Arts Commission, works in a variety of media. In “Stopgap and Steadfast,” he has created a new, full-scale, site-specific installation out of found and reclaimed materials, outfitted with recycled and improvised furnishings and day-to-day ephemera and artifacts. The exhibition also includes recent drawings and small-scale wall sculptures. Hayes-Chute’s work suggests and proposes potential living situations stemming from his thoughts on self-sufficiency, self-preservation and self-exclusion.

Oberst also works in many media, but his recent work references universal themes of ritual and ceremony. Recently he has been “banding” his created objects and photographic subjects in black-and-white and colored stripes, inspired by the trickster gods of the Southwest Pueblo people. Oberst said he intended the exhibition to feel “a little like a cross between a carnival, wherein one moves from game booth to game booth smelling cotton candy and hoping to win a prize, and the stations of the cross in a Roman Catholic church.”

Hayes-Chute recently was awarded and completed residencies in Norway and Iceland and at the Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he lives and works in Freeport and Berlin, Germany. Oberst’s “banded men” photographs were made in collaboration with photographer Patrick McNamara. Oberst’s work is in many private and public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, Mass.), Temple University, Oberlin College and the US Department of State. He lives in Freedom and is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia.

Admission to the gallery talk is $5, free for CMCA members. The exhibitions are two of four concurrent exhibitions running through Sept. 25. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.