CMCA opens for season, has new look

Posted May 20, 2011, at 11:50 p.m.
Untitled by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen, oil on paper, 2009, will be among the artwork on display May 28 through July 10 at Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
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Untitled by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen, oil on paper, 2009, will be among the artwork on display May 28 through July 10 at Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.

ROCKPORT — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will have a fresh look inside and out when it reopens for the season with four exhibitions on Saturday, May 28.

In addition to installing new landscaping, signage and gallery seating, CMCA reconfigured inside space to include an Internet coffee bar and an ArtLab, which features brand-new studio space that will debut this summer with eight different workshops for young children. The public opening reception will be held 4-6 p.m. May 28.

The 2011 season is the first curated by new director Suzette McAvoy, who began her position at CMCA in September 2010. Previously, she served for many years as chief curator at Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

The four exhibitions, which run through July 10, include work by Robert Hamilton, Elizabeth Cashin McMillen, Steve Mumford, Duane Paluska and Shannon Rankin.

Two of the exhibitions are part of the statewide 2011 Maine Drawing Project. Since 2003, artist Steve Mumford has produced drawings and watercolors on site in Iraq and Afghanistan that document daily life in the war-torn region. Inspired, in part, by the Civil War art of Winslow Homer, Mumford strives to maintain objectivity about the politics of war while providing an artist’ s humanistic view of the individuals involved.

Shannon Rankin, recipient of the 2010 CMCA Biennial Juror’ s Award, creates installations, collages and drawings using maps in her exhibition, “Fathom.” She intricately cuts, scores, wrinkles, layers, folds, paints and pins maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent.

“Robert Hamilton: The Last Paintings” showcases work from the last years of Hamilton’ s long painting career, before his death in Port Clyde in 2004. These small-scale, colorful paintings, many of which have never been exhibited publicly, are a testament to his ever-inventive imagination and zest for life.

An outdoor sculpture by J.T. Gibson and a collaborative installation by glass artist David Jacobson and poet Leonore Hildebrandt will also be on view throughout the 2011 season.

Admission to the galleries and opening reception is free to members. $5 suggested donation to others.

For more information, visit www.cmcanow.org or email info@cmcanow.org.

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