Midcoast artists' work in Fryeburg

Jun 11, 2012
Photo by: Brenton Hamilton "Rising Without Words" is a gum bichromate photographic work by Brenton Hamilton, Rockland resident and faculty at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport.

Fryeburg — The Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art at Fryeburg Academy is hosting "Strangers & Others," a 15-artist exhibition curated by Heather Frederick, director of VoxPhotographs, through Aug. 18. The public is invited to a Meet the Artists reception Saturday, June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Artists from Bar Harbor to Limerick "bring together an exhilarating firestorm of interpretations of the human face and figure," said Frederick, who divides her time between Belfast and Portland. "I knew the combination of two- and three-dimensional visions would be provoking — and it is."

Midcoast artists in the exhibition are photographer Brenton Hamilton of Rockland; and sculptors Kerstin Engman of Liberty, Diane Green Hebert of Rockland and Richard Whittier of Liberty.

The show's fine art photographers use processes from digital archival paper prints, photographs infused into coated metal, 1850s gum bichromate prints and 1860s ambrotypes (glass) to realize their works. Sculptors use plywood, stucco, bronze, plastic, cement, wood, paper, fiberglass and wire. Whether through the use of unexpected materials or provoking content, the works on exhibit in "Strangers & Others" will lead the viewer down a sometimes surreal, other times humorous, but always stimulating, path to new aesthetic destinations, said Frederick.

For more information, including hours of operation, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 935-9232 or visit fryeburgacademy.org/pac. VoxPhotographs' site is voxphotographs.com.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

"Iduna — Love Goddess of the North" (Thai Kozo with layered orchid paper and net fiber) is one of six paper sculptures by Diane Green Hebert of Rockland featured in "Strangers & Others."
Sculpture by Richard Whittier and Kerstin Engman of Liberty is installed in the soaring atrium at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center and Pace Galleries at Fryeburg Academy.
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