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CMCA Opens 61st Season with Reception

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Rockport, Maine, May 10, 2013 — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art opens its 61st season with a reception on Saturday, May 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Four new exhibitions will be on view: “Duncan Hewitt & Claire Seidl: What Was, Is”; “Peter Soriano: Bagaduce ->( )( )<- East 19th" presents selected recent drawings and wall works by artist Peter Soriano, who has studios in Penobscot, Maine, near the Bagaduce River, and at East 19th Street in Manhattan. His current work concentrates on creating diagrammatic wall works that employ a variety of painting methods, including spraying, stenciling, and brushwork. “Increasingly, I think of these pieces as ‘landscapes',” says the artist, “albeit in the most schematized way. They include the angles of passing shadows, sections of metal rooftops, and the painted markings on an airport runway, to give some examples.” Soriano received his B.A. in art history from Harvard College and studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

"Anna Hepler: New Work" features the latest work by the artist, who is the recipient of the 2013 Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship Award. Beginning this year, CMCA will offer a solo exhibition to the recipient of this annual award. Hepler began her artistic investigation through printmaking, and she has maintained that aesthetic sensibility as she moves to other mediums, including installations and sculpture. Hepler received a BA from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Eastport.

"Dress Shop" brings together selected work by artists Lesia Sochor and Crystal Cawley, which reference women’s fashions and garment forms. Both artists’ work incorporates found papers and is exquisitely crafted with close attention to detail, suggestive of the careful craftsmanship associated with hand-tailored clothing. Lesia Sochor lives in Brooks, Maine, and received a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. Crystal Cawley lives in Portland, and is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, among other awards. Her work will be included in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition this fall.

The exhibitions are on view through Sunday, July 7. CMCA is located at 162 Russell Ave. in Rockport. Suggested donation is $5; admission is free for members.

CMCA is grateful to its major media sponsor, Maine Home + Design magazine. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. FMI: cmcanow.org

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