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Blum Gallery Summer Exhibit Features California Installation, Maine Oils

Posted June 25, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
Last modified July 02, 2013, at 8:57 p.m.
Blakeney Sanford is creating an installation on the COA campus using custom epoxy bio-resin.
Blakeney Sanford is creating an installation on the COA campus using custom epoxy bio-resin.

Thursday, July 11 to Friday, August 23, 2013; 5:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Rebecca Woods; 207-288-5015

Website: newsworthy.coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME—Combining the brilliant hues of California culture and the subdued introspection of Maine’s homes and landscape, College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery is celebrating the art of two alumni—and two coasts—in its exhibits this summer. The work of David Vickery, a 1989 alumnus living in Cushing, ME, and Blakeney Sanford, a 2002 alumna living in Santa Barbara, CA, opens on Thursday, July 11 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The shows remain on view through Aug. 23. The Blum Gallery, where Vickery’s work is exhibited, is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sanford’s installation will be outdoors on the COA campus.

Though as different in approach and feel as the coasts from which they hail, both artists reflect the connection between people and place, a common theme in COA’s human ecological vision.

Working in steel and custom epoxy bio-resin panels, Sanford links nature and industry, combining color and light to simulate the force and beauty of flowing water and ocean waves. At COA she is creating a site-specific installation that will cascade onto the lawn near the Blum Gallery. Says Sanford, “I am looking forward to bringing the campus alive with fluid shapes and brilliant shades of blue.”

Vickery’s work focuses on the merger of nature and culture as an attempt to make sense of human’s place in the world. His carefully detailed and lighted oil paintings offer telling visions of Maine life. “I look at interior spaces and our imprint on the landscape with an eye for the imperfect, quirky, and sometimes elegant adaptations we’ve made in order to live here,” he says.

Sanford has had installations at the California Science Center, the Museum of Ventura County, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, at the Long Beach Island Foundation in New Jersey, and globally at Quiksilver, Inc. Additional work has been shown in galleries throughout California, and has been collected by both private and corporate clients.

Vickery, who has exhibited in New York City, Boston, and Florida, is currently represented by the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth and the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland. His work can be found at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and in many private and corporate collections across the country.

For more information on the exhibit, from July 12 to Aug. 23, or the reception on July 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 at COA’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery, contact rwoods@coa.edu, 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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