BANGOR, Maine — Ten seemed like a good number to Bangor artist Annaliese Jakimides. After devoting herself to the number, everything else fell into place.
First, she searched for area artists to submit 10 new artworks for the exhibit, each piece with a price tag of $110. An eclectic group of 10 artists rose to the challenge, and on Thursday, Oct. 27, all 100 pieces will come together for one evening, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 73 Central St. in Bangor.
“It makes a compressed, energetic ball of creativity. The gathering of all of the artists who have created the artwork and the public for an opening reception and sale, and then it’s gone. It just seems like a fun time,” said Jakimides, also an editor and freelance writer.
Ten percent of the sales will be donated to the Bangor Museum and Center for History, the organization renting the space through the end of the month.
“If the space is available, why not transform it into something that will serve not just the artistic community, but the community in general,” said Jakimides.
Jakimides, who moved to Bangor 10 years ago, is no stranger to the art scene. She is the co-founder of the Belfast Poetry Festival and has written about art for “Bangor Metro” and “Maine Home and Design” magazines and is an editor for Haystack Mountain School of Craft publications.
“I love the sense of having 100 small pieces in a small space,” said Jakimides, who plans to hang them in banks of three-by-three — nine pieces — leaving one piece from each artist to be displayed in the window.
The artworks will include watercolors, oils, acrylics, coffee paintings, mixed medium and perhaps even pastel, which participating artist John LeBlanc is known for.
For Jakimides, mixed media compositions of feathers, wire, botanicals and fabric are just another way for her to tell a story. She works standing, listening to music while she tells a story about how she views the world. The pieces she has created for the show could be considered landscapes.
In addition to LeBlanc and Jakimides, the exhibit artists are Jean Deighan, June Grey, David Haskins, JoAnne Houlsen, Jeff Loxterkamp, Linda Packard, Kristborg Whitney and Diana Young.
“I wanted to have people whose work normally sells for more, and I also wanted people who don’t show their artwork that much,” said Jakimides.
Deighan, attorney and owner of Deighan Associates, a wealth management firm, has long supported the arts. Ten years ago, she picked up a paintbrush, though many people don’t know that side of her. This will be her first art exhibit.
Whitney has shown her geometric abstract paintings in Iceland, her native country, but she hasn’t been in many Maine shows. She also usually works in larger format than 10-by-10 inches.
“Energy and movement have always been the catalysts for this work,” said Whitney in her artist statement for “Ten.” “The conversation between those elements establishes the form and the colors, a vision that I built in my mind long before I begin the first drawings. Going into this project, honestly, I was doubtful that the integrity of the movement would be translated small. But it did.”
With each piece priced at $110, the exhibit is an opportunity for art collectors to get a great deal — and for the artists to spread small pieces of their art throughout the community.
Grey is widely known for her photorealistic landscape paintings and shows at Vose Galleries in Boston. While Leblanc studied at the Art Students League of New York City and is represented by galleries in Maine and Massachusetts. Loxterkamp, represented by Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, was named “One to Watch” in the April 2009 edition of Maine Home and Design magazine.
Some of the participating artists are well known in Bangor. Packard, who studied art and exhibited in Boston in the 1970s, lives and works in Bangor, where she also conducts art workshops. And Houslen works in her studio at 9 Central St. every weekday. She welcomes visitors.
Young is well known for her quirky renditions of Bangor. When Jakimides asked her to be in the show, Young said she wasn’t sure whether she would have time to make a new piece. But when she was told, “No, not a piece. Ten pieces.” Young said, “Oh, that’s a worthwhile challenge.”
Aside from Diana and Deighan, who will be out of state, all artists are attending the show, where there will be music and hors d’oeuvres. Ninety percent of the sales will go to the artists.
For information, visit Packard’s blog on the show at 10byten.blogspot.com.