Final in a series of “Rows & Rows” community events by COA alumna Judd-McGee
BAR HARBOR, MAINE — College of the Atlantic again welcomes alumna Jennifer Judd-McGee, an internationally recognized mixed-media artist, for a community-focused event pertaining to her ambitious new installation, “Rows & Rows: Community, Pattern, and Landscape.”
Judd-McGee (’92), of Northeast Harbor, will offer a hands-on collage and assemblage “art lab” using found and recycled materials, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Ethel H. Blum Gallery. The all-ages event is free and open to the public.
Participants will create artistic work from materials supplied by the school and the artist. It’s the last in a series of three community events pertaining to “Rows & Rows: Community, Pattern, and Landscape,” which included an opening reception and a community talk, both held in July.
In describing her “Rows & Rows” exhibit of hand-rendered paper cuttings, Judd-McGee said she had been “thinking about the many small elements, both natural and personal, that work together to create community, be it on this island or anyplace.”
“My paper cuttings are very delicate, but are designed to be strong and lasting once they’re complete, a lot like the ecosystem of a small town,” she said. “In addition to the original work, I’ve created a series of laser cut paper and sailcloth hanging banners that are strung throughout the gallery. These cuttings are beautiful when light shines through them.”
Judd-McGee’s following has steadily grown since she left the healthcare field in 2007. She has shown her original work in numerous galleries across the US, in Canada and Great Britain, and was recently commissioned by the New York City Subway’s MTA Arts for Transit Program to create a poster displayed across all subway stations throughout the city. Her commercial and editorial clients have included Maine Magazine, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Target, Land of Nod, Urban Outfitters, Story Publishing, Timberland, Hallmark, CLYNK, and many others. For more information on the artist, visit jenniferjuddmcgee.com.
COA’s curator, Rebecca Woods, says: “I was first introduced to Jen’s cut paper work at a gallery in Portsmouth, NH. It was so intricate and beautiful, but had an aspect of fun and there were unexpected surprises wherever I looked. Once I learned that she was a COA alumna, there was no hesitation in asking her to exhibit in the Blum. I am so thrilled to have her, and know that the community feels the same.”
The installation, which features paper cuttings, wood cuttings and large, cloth laser cut flags, is being exhibited Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 12.
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