Garde, Rector in UMVA’s ‘Chairs’

Oct 03, 2018
Alison Rector’s “Sunset Bedroom,” an oil on linen, is part of UMVA’s “Chair” show.

Portland — The Union of Maine Visual Artists presents “Some Reliable Truths About Chairs, an exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture by 29 Maine artists, Friday, Oct. 5, through Nov. 3 at the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress St. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

“Some Reliable Truths About Chairs” was conceived by independent curator Janice L.  Moore. Robyn Holman, retired art curator for the Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston campus, served as a guest juror with Moore for this exhibit, which reflects a diversity of artistic perspective on a seemingly simple subject. Most artists have used a chair as subject at one time, and some have built entire bodies of work around them. The range and depth in the exhibition illustrates that what seems simple rarely is.

Midcoast artists Alison Rector of Monroe and Harold Garde of Belfast are among the artists whose work is included. Also juried in are Mark Barnette, Dave Berrang, Stephanie Berry, Andrew Chulyk, Jonathan Crowe, Matt Demers, John P. Gardiner, Gregg Harper, Pamela Hetherly, Rabee Kiwan, Lesley MacVane, Natasha Mayers, Allison McKeen, Janice L. Moore, Keri Moskowitz, Jean Noon, Lauren O’Neal, Duane Paluska, John Ripton, Celeste Roberge, Claire Seidl, Greg Shattenberg, Anne Strout, Barbara Sullivan, Ann Tracy, Dave Wade and Mark Wethli.

Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment; call 865-4912.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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