Avy Claire, Un-föld 16.01.14, Acrylic on panel
Avy Claire, Un-föld 16.01.14, Acrylic on panel

PLENTY is the third exhibition of Season IV at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, featuring the artwork of Josephine Burr, Avy Claire, and Carrie Scanga. The exhibition is on view until August 26.

The gallery is pleased to present Josephine Burr’s ceramic artwork of fresco-like drawings and three dimensional sculpture. She writes, “As an artist I am interested in probing the juncture between tangible and spiritual worlds, exploring how ineffable experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form.” With the malleability of the medium of clay, Burr is able to explore line and color in space and create mixed media drawings that speak with subtle and enigmatic beauty. Burr lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts and has been an artist-in-residence at Greenwich House Pottery (NY), Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (ME), and Babson College (MA).

“Human collaboration with nature is at the core of Avy Claire’s art”, writes Suzette McAvoy, director and curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Claire is intensely interested in delving into this relationship, examining it as an archeologist might from a myriad of viewpoints and across time.” In her Un-föld series, the folding and turning strokes of her paintings invite us to consider the shifting landscape, inside or beneath the surface. Claire explains that she created the title for the series as a play on the the Hungarian word for Earth, ’föld’, suggesting the action and progression. Her work reveals for us a story in the landscape through mark-making and color. Claire lives and works in Blue Hill, and has exhibited her work nationally.  She recently completed a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst Virginia.

I am pleased to present the artwork of Carrie Scanga, a printmaker whose work reflects her fascination with the emotional resonance of physical environments. She writes, “I use memory and perceptions of particular places to create allegorical space through installations and prints.” In her work, the space depicted is without the human presence, they are quiet and spacious and profound, for example, a drive-in movie theatre in winter, or a ski lift in summer. Scanga is a member of the art faculty at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. Her artwork is exhibited nationally and was notably included in the Portland Museum of Art’s 2013 Biennial. 

I am fortunate to include in this exhibit new work from Carol Pelletier, Barbara Sullivan and Diane Bowie Zaitlin. Also included in this show is work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Tim Christensen, Heidi Daub, Kevin Gilmore, David Hornung, Heather Lyon, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, and Jerry Rose.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. For more information contact:  Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; [email protected]

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