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  • Karle Woods

Judith M. Daniels is a contemporary artist in love with fiber and textiles and the many possibilities for layering and manipulating soft materials.



She is a transplant from Boston, MA, where she lived for most of her adult life, to Rockland, ME where she has now lived and worked full time for the past four years. She has found the Midcoast Maine art community to be incredibly supportive, warm, and welcoming. She has a bachelor's degree in Arts and Crafts and History from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


"When making one of my fiber pieces I may start out with a particular idea or concept but as the process continues my intuition takes over and I allow the materials, the color, and the evolving design to speak to me to tell me the direction in which to move with it. This way of working gives me a great deal of freedom to let the piece grow and come alive in an organic manner. The work is multi-layered involving materials of wool, silk, flax and bamboo fibers, textile paints, and thread."

  • Karle Woods

Warren Seelig lives and works in Rockland, Maine and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.



He received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seelig and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been included in more than exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia, and Korea with many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Recently Seelig was awarded a Barr Foundation/ United States Artist Fellowship and distinguished educator of the year in 2021 from the Renwick/ Smithsonian Institution in Washington.


"Working with light and shadow has been of interest to me for many years with the way objects and their shadows combine in order to create a space I refer to as shadow field. For me, it is a wonder, a sensation that is the result of light projected onto various tangible materials leaving shadows behind to make a rich and complex patterned field. At the same time, the result is an atmosphere, often indecipherable, moving from light to dark where there is an ambiguity between what is an object and what is shadow; what is real and what is not. Perhaps this is a metaphor for the current political and social environment in which we live?"

  • Karle Woods

A 21st Century exploration into beauty, opulence and decay in rural Maine.

Photography by Emily Delamater

"[La Belle Epoque] A golden era, gilded even, in retrospect; a time of peace and prosperity between wars. It was a time of innovation, of railway barons and railroad workers, of the Parisian can-can dancers of the Moulin Rouge, haute couture, and orchids grown under glass. Philosophers examined the ego, artists expressed symbolist visions and exposed societal illness in the face of the Fin de siècle, fearing and welcoming the approaching 20th century." – Kathy Weinberg

Inspired by the period of 1890–1914 in France called La Belle Epoque, or “the beautiful age,” Lights Out built their pop-up show, Bellèpoue. This exhibit brought together 14 artists and their work from across the state to a bottle redemption, the All Roads Hub in Bridgton, Maine The space was transformed for one week only with four large hanging walls, gallery lighting, and mediums such as intimate slide viewings, large scale paintings, the written word, digital and physical interaction, and monumental sculpture.


”The exhibition Bellèpoque, uses that rich and turbulent period in history as a jumping-off point to present themes of escapism, constructed realities, materials and waste, and explore the relationship between beauty, decay, opulence, loss and sometimes catastrophic change." – Kathy Weinberg

Artists

Adriane Herman, Brian Smith, Eva Goetz, Gabriel Frey, Greg Shattenberg, Holden Willard, Ian Factor, Ian Trask, Jocelyn Lee, Jimmy Viera, Karen Jelenfy, Kathy Weinberg, Pamela Moulton, Virginia Valdes


Photography by Emily Delamater



The show attracted artists and appreciators from across the state and beyond, sparking interest in the local community with people young and old as it intersected with many events over Memorial Day weekend. A walk through was documented of the show on its last day up.


"You are here, at The All Roads Hub, a multipurpose warehouse space off of Main Street in Bridgton that, for the duration of the show, and like a traveling carnival, contains a multiverse of artists’ works. It is fitting that a space previously used as a redemption center; a place of recycling, can serve as an exhibition space for art. The path of the artist, their work, is to recycle ideas gleaned from their individual and collective neighborhoods and histories, cultures, life experiences, dreams, fears, and myths, and to convey their insights to viewers with a variety of materials and with some entertainment value thrown in. The art in this exhibit picks up many threads of our time, it is our own 'Nervous Splendor' as we navigate our way into an uncertain future." – Kathy Weinberg

 

Read the full narrative by Kathy Weinberg here








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