Monhegan Artists Residency Fellow featured in exhibit at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
Portland – This exhibition which runs December 7th through December 29th, is guest curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown and calls attention to Maine’s lively and ever-growing fine art printmaking activities both by artists creating work in their own studios and especially at community-shared presses. “Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years,” Brown contends.
In this show, there are two significant artists who have turned more seriously than ever to printmaking this year. They are Kenny Cole of Monroe and Alan Bray of Sangerville. The recipient of a five week residency granted by the Monhegan Artists Residency Program, Cole essentially mastered the art of silkscreen printing on his own using basic portable equipment transported from home to Monhegan Island where he created 27 works this past Spring. Bray accepted an invitation from Tim Higbee who founded Hope Editions in 2008 to work together at the press in Hope for two weeks in September. Their collaboration resulted in “Ghosts,” Bray’s first lithograph in decades. Higbee has a recent lithograph and etching in the exhibition as well.