‘Industrial Maine’ at USM features Midcoast art

Mar 07, 2018
Dennis Pinette’s "Rusted Tanks" is an oil on rag.

Lewiston — Beginning Monday, March 12, through June 1, the Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus will present “Industrial Maine: Our Other Landscape,” an exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture by 27 Maine artists.

The exhibit, which includes work by several Midcoast artists, focuses on industrial architecture including the structures and environments of some of Maine’s most prominent industries and lesser-known work sites. Painter Janice L. Moore, guest curator for the exhibition, has a longtime interest in Maine's industrial landscapes and how they have shaped communities both physically and culturally over time. She describes industrial landscapes as “the architecture of our usefulness.”

A year ago, Moore reached out to the arts community to find others who share her affinity for industrial structures. The resulting exhibit includes realistic and abstract works, from highly detailed to the lyrical and poetic.

Midcoast artists included in the show include DiTa Ondek of Tenants Harbor, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Deb Vendetti of Rockport and Laura Waller of Rockland.

The Atrium Art Gallery is located at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St. Free and open to the public, the art gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Patriot’s Day and Memorial Day). For more information, visit usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery.

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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