Helpler, Gelardi strike balance in ‘SEESAW’

May 19, 2017
Anna Hepler’s “Tome” is part of the Waterfall Arts show she will share with Karen Gelardi.

Belfast — On Friday, May 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will hold an opening reception for “SEESAW: Works by Anna Hepler and Karen Gelardi.” The reception is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

For more than a decade, Karen Gelardi and Anna Hepler have worked together, sharing an interest in textiles and printmaking and making work that crosses the boundaries between two and three dimensions. “SEESAW” will highlight their rich and intertwined language of form, surface and process with sculptures made from ceramic, fabric, paper and images, both sewn and printed. Now based at opposite ends of the Maine coastline, with Belfast as a perfect mid-point between their studios, this exhibition explores the parallel and overlapping evolution of their work.

A new ‘zine, also named SEESAW, will launch at Waterfall Arts in conjunction with the exhibition. The publication, printed in part by Wing Club Press, includes artwork by Elizabeth Atterbury, Meghan Brady, Karen Gelardi, Anna Hepler, Christopher Patch and Andrea Sulzerand. Cover artwork is by Meghan Brady.

Select work from the ‘zine will be exhibited in the Corridor Gallery at Waterfall Arts, alongside “SEESAW” in the Clifford Gallery. In the spirit of the exhibition, the publication explores a visual dialog between a group of artists working up and down the Maine coast.

“SEESAW” will remain e on display at Waterfall Arts to July 21. In addition to the Fourth Friday opening reception on May 26, there will be a free artist talk Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Hepler and Gelardi also will teach a mixed media collage workshop in the Waterfall Arts Print Studio Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Called ASSEMBLY!, the workshop will explore woodblock printing and collage. By printing shaped and simple carved woodblocks onto paper and fabric, participants will generate materials and components that can be recombined as a collage or construction. The cost of the workshop is $65, which includes materials.

Hepler was born in Boston and raised in western Massachusetts. After a decade of living elsewhere, both within the United States and abroad, she returned to New England, settling in Maine in 2002. Situated between two- and three-dimensional, Hepler’s poetic sculptures, installations and works on paper reflect her fascination with structures both fixed and ephemeral.

Gelardi was born in Providence, R.I., and grew up in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has resided in Maine full-time since 1989. Describing her work and process, Gelardi said she is interested in resiliency— what it looks like, what it feels like and how to promote it.

The Clifford and Corridor galleries at Waterfall Arts are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Beginning June 24, the galleries also will be open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

“SEESAW” is made possible by foundation support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation A.R.T. Fund, the Onion Foundation, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by local business sponsors All Creatures Acupuncture Mobile Veterinary Services, G O Logic, ReVision Energy, Old Professor's Bookshop, VeloInk, Waldo County Family Dentistry and Viking Lumber Inc.

Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, events, performances, open community studios, public art projects, rental facilities and more. For more information, call 338-2222 or

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

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