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DIAA Hosts Mixed-Media Artists in 1st ART matters 2 session

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(Deer Isle, Maine) – The Deer Isle Artists Association will feature three artists at its opening ART matters 2 session, “Melange,” on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Deer Isle gallery on 15 Main St.

The artists — Lynn Duryea, Mary Howe and Lissa Hunter — work with a variety of materials including steel, clay and paper. They will bring examples of their work to discuss with each other and the audience. DIAA Board Member Hub White will serve as moderator.

ART matters is in its second year as a winter discussion series among artists and residents of Deer Isle. The DIAA intends ART matters 2 as a way to enable artists to talk with each other, to keep the gallery alive in winter and to have people learn about what, why and how artists create.

Last year, the association hosted six sessions given by 22 artists. An average of 60 people attended, allowing standing room only. Twenty artists have agreed to participate this year.

About the Artists

Recently retired as Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Lynn Duryea is a sculptor who primarily uses clay to generate abstracted forms that refer to architectural, mechanical and structural elements. The pieces range in size up to seven feet tall; the larger pieces are mixed media using steel in combination with the clay.

Deer Isle artist Mary Howe describes her work this way: “My boxes and books are structures that the viewer manipulates in order to understand and enjoy their elements of surprise. The works are often intimate and detailed in both form and content and they are constructed with multiple layers of materials.”

Lissa Hunter is a studio artist, living and working in Portland. After many years of exploring the possibilities of the coiled basket form, she has recently begun working with clay, as well. She exhibits her work nationally, has work in many museum collections and has enjoyed a long relationship with Haystack, most recently as chair of the Board of Trustees.

The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has 10 minutes to speak. When all are done, the artists talk with each other for about 20 minutes and then with the audience for at least 20 more minutes. A reception follows with coffee from 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.