The scene was much like this for most of the evening. Exciting!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Many thanks to all those who attended TEN last night. Attendance was estimated to be around 400 for the 3 hour event! Beyond our wildest dreams. About 2/3 of the art was sold. Here are some photos of the show just as the doors were opened...while there was still art on the walls.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
June Grey finds the beauty of Maine so inspiring that it has been the focus of her paintings since her professional career began. Her works have been exhibited in galleries across the U.S., Canada and Tasmania. A member of the Miniature Painter, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington D.C., June likes to work small but not exclusively in miniature.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|73 Central Street, Downtown Bangor|
The space at 73 Central in downtown Bangor is being shaped into its momentary gallery self. There are people who think we’re a little nuts, this obsession with the details, the details over which, in reality, we could acknowledge we have little control. You know, it is an empty storefront! And come on, you also know we will only inhabit it for three hours. The space, filled up with 100 paintings on the walls hung in grids of three paintings across and three deep, will—if we have our way—be overflowing with people and no one will even notice the setup.
But we’re furiously putting together the CD playlist—some Etta James, for sure—ironing the tablecloth, gathering the twigs and branches for the flower arrangement, and marking off the righteously challenging grid on the wall that will enable us to hang these works the way they deserve.
It takes a village—and we’re grateful to live in one. We hope to see all the rest of you villagers at TEN’s opening and celebration and sale and closing on Thursday October 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Monday, October 24, 2011
|Acrylic and Collage, 10 x 10"|
John LeBlanc studied at the Art Students League of New York City. Represented by galleries in Maine and Massachusetts, he has been included in juried and invitational exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Pastel Society of America, among others. His work has been selected for the Maine Arts Commission Percent for Art program and is included in the book The Art of Monhegan Island by Carl Little.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Acrylic on panel, 10 x 10"|
The size in which some of us work is often quite large—48 inches by 72 inches, 36 inches by 60, 40 by 40. Some rarely, if ever, even work in the square format. If the lens through which you see your subject matter is rectangular, square is a big challenge. If your movements crave to be large, the compressed vision of the 10 inch by 10 inch painting restricts every movement you make. It is like folding up on yourself when you are accustomed to dancing across an entire stage.
When Kristborg Whitney considered undertaking a 10-by-10 for her geometric paintings, which are filled with detail and intricate patterns of energy flowing and reversing, interconnecting, she was pretty sure it wouldn’t translate. But translate it did.
“I’m certain that without this imposed restriction,” she says, “I never would have tried to create my work in this small a size—and I’m happy I did.”
Size is the only restriction in the works that are being created for TEN; otherwise, the artists could do anything they wanted, work in whatever medium, make work they were known for or move entirely outside their comfort zone.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Acrylic on Canvas, 10 x 10"|
Central Maine is not known for a fall of cascading reds and yellows with 75- or 80-degree winds brushing our cheeks, but that’s what we’ve been experiencing these recent days, bookended by frosts and blackened corners of gardens. For all of us TEN artists who are hunkering down to create these 10 new pieces in a small window of time, it’s an odd scenario. Many of us so want to be out and about sucking in every scent, lick of sun, the vestiges of coatless-weather days because real fall can’t be far behind.
It’s all good for Diana Young, who already finished all 10 of her paintings days ago. When she was asked whether she’d make new work for this show, she said, “I don’t know whether I’ll have the time to make a new painting.” But when she was told, “No, not A painting, Diana—10 paintings,” she said, “Oh, that’s a worthwhile challenge.”