Primavera, the Maine fine art figure exhibition currently at Galerie Dufour in Belfast, opened with a standing-room-only reception on Saturday, May 5. The exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, a wall sculpture, and drawings of the nude by 30 artists from around the pine tree state. Artists who submitted works range in age from 20 to 92, with about two-thirds of the artists being women. The interpretations of the artwork are as varied as the artists themselves.
“It’s a remarkably diverse exhibition with a single unifying theme, and that common thread is what makes the show seamless”, describes Charles Dufour, Galerie owner and one of the jurors for the show. Most of the artists were on hand at the opening reception, mixing in with the hundreds of art enthusiasts from around the state who were squeezing in and out of the gallery all evening.
Awards went to six artists whose works distinguished themselves from among the many strong pieces in the exhibition. Along with photographer Dufour, award winning painter David Estey also juried the exhibition, and the two artists worked in tandem to select the award winners. Local businesses that sponsored the cash awards were Delvino’s Grill and Pasta House, Three Tides, Papa J’s, Yo Mamma’s, and Easterly Wines. “Without the support of local businesses putting their money where their mouths are, events like this one could not sustain themselves,” Dufour gratefully acknowledged during the award announcements.
First Place – Matthew LaPierre, Gorham
Second Place – Paul Oberst, Freedom, and, Patrick McNamara, Cape Neddick
Third Place – Seth Whited, Belfast
First Place – Kathryn Dodson, Portland
Second Place – Roberta Goschke, Waldoboro
Third Place – Stevan Hall, Rockport
Based on the success of this exhibition, Galerie Dufour hopes to make Primavera an annual juried event. It is currently the only juried art show in Maine focused exclusively on the nude. Primavera will be on exhibit primarily on weekends until the end of May. For preseason gallery hours, contact Galerie Dufour at 338 – 6448 or GalerieDufour@gmail.com.