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Three exhibitions open at Waterfall Arts

May 16, 2019
“Manuscript” by Hilary Irons.

BELFAST — On Friday, May 24, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., holds an opening reception for three new exhibitions in its Clifford and Corridor Galleries. “O Horizon” features paintings by Hilary Irons and Jarid del Deo in the Clifford Gallery. The lower Corridor Gallery features prints from the Maine Aomori Printmaking Society, while the upper Corridor Gallery showcases entries from the 2019 AIA Maine Design Awards. The opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 338-2222. 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, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print and darkroom photography), public art projects and more.

Exhibitions at Waterfall Arts are made possible by yearlong Lead Sponsors, Viking Lumber and Whitecap Builders. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Onion Foundation, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


O HORIZON: Works by Hilary Irons & Jarid del Deo

Curated by Hilary Irons

May 24 – July 19 in the Clifford Gallery

In the forest, the different elements making up the physical composition of the environment are described as being organized into layers. The layer that lies directly below the first plants on the forest floor is called the O Horizon. Invisible to the forest's visitors, the O Horizon acts as a threshold between the seen and unseen worlds of that ecosystem. Working with the idea of a threshold between seen/unseen, known/unknown, and visible/invisible, two artists use the language of the forest to explore these dynamics. Jarid del Deo's paintings introduce a sense of wariness into the landscape, through the suggestion of recently-vanished interlopers within carefully organized compositions. Hilary Irons uses pattern and geometry to offset the chaos of the forest's tangled growth.

MAPS: Selected Works from the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society

Presented by Friends of Aomori

May 24 – July 19 in the Lower Corridor Gallery

MAPS (Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society) is an exhibition of prints by artists from Maine and Aomori, Japan, presented by Friends of Aomori, the non-profit organization that supports the Sister City relationship between the two states. MAPS is a multi-tiered exchange project developed to share prints, exhibitions and artist residencies between Maine and Aomori on an ongoing basis. MAPS started in 2015, and has since grown into a robust exchange resulting in fifteen exhibitions all over Maine and Aomori, and visiting artist delegations in 2016 and 2019. This exhibition will feature the fourth group of 20 prints exchanged and held in ongoing, matching collections by Friends of Aomori and the Munakata Memorial Museum of Art in Aomori City.


Presented by AIA Maine

May 24 – July 19 in the Upper Corridor Gallery

The Maine branch of the American Institute of Architects will showcase project submissions from the 2018 AIA Maine Design Awards program. Featuring projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine's natural and built landscape. The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine.

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