Ascrizzis three in Wiscasset

Jul 12, 2018
Pictured from left is a painting by Max Ascrizzi, sculpture by Tony Ascrizzi and detail of a large pastel by Joseph Ascrizzi.

Wiscasset — A spirited and prolific array of paintings and sculptures by three gifted Waldo County artists — Joseph, Max and Tony Ascrizzi — will be on view in the group show “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” at the Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St.

The opening reception is set for Saturday, July 14, at 5 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through Aug. 18.

Joseph Ascrizzi of Freedom is an artist who embraces diverse media, but he is primarily known for his richly layered and carved box sculptures made with materials such as wood, bone, antler, gold, silver and stone because  “Rocks, trees, bones. They speak in ancient tongues.” His art, which includes two-dimensional works, has been exhibited in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York and is in private collections.

Tony Ascrizzi, late of Montville, was a sculptor recognized for his large installations. He worked in bronze, welded steel, hand-sewn fabric mesh, glass, plastic, wood, sound and moving images. His work has been shown at galleries and in public spaces in New York, Rhode Island and Maine, and he received numerous art grants and commissions. “It’s about centering … but ultimately, you’re always in the center and always looking at yourself,” he said of his creative process.

Max Ascrizzi of Freedom is best known for his three-dimensional work, but in this exhibit, he focuses on paintings — images inspired by the rural Maine landscape. Broad and gestural, they are painted with a limited palette, primarily black on a white ground, and capture the sky and land during their transition from dark to light, or vice versa — moments “when we are informed less by sight, than by intuition and imagination,” he said. His art has been exhibited in both group and solo shows, from Belfast, Vinalhaven and Eliot to Providence, R.I.; and his work is in private collections.

The gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or for private showings, call Jorge Pena, 883-4155 or Elaine Pew, 350-1485 or epew3535@roadrunner.com.

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

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