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Potraits/Self-Potraits Opens at Blum Gallery

Union of Maine Visual Artists show features multimedia images of self, others
February 4, 2005 - Blum Gallery


The annual Union of Maine Visual Artists exhibit will open Feb. 7 at the Ethel H. Blum Gallery of College of the Atlantic. The show will feature more than 50 Maine artists creating work in various media referring to portraits and self-portraits. A reception will be held February 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Robert Shetterly, who was among the six artists jurying the show, speaks about the many approaches to the portrait that appear in the show. "Half the pictures are some kind of self-portrait, often disguised and masked. Some are pretty serious; some are not. Thereís an amazing diversity," he says, adding, "This is a show with a lot of energy, there are so many different ways of looking at faces."

Among the images in the show are sculptures, photographs, semi-abstracted images, professional portraits and mixed-media reliefs. Though Shetterly is currently showing his portrait series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth" in galleries across the nation, he chose to enter a double self portrait created by himself and artist Gail Page. They took one panel, divided it in half, and each took a side on which to paint a self-portrait, leaving the image of the other covered until they both were finished. "Itís two very different styles, but both in profile looking at each other," says Shetterly. Later this month, he will give slide talk at the college about his portraits and about portraits in general.

Many local artists are exhibiting in the show, including Marianne Starbird of Bar Harbor, Dina Petrillo '89 of Thorndike, Janelle Delicata of Stockton Springs, Dana Strout and Dorie Klein of Camden, Margaret Manter of Veazie, Chris Baker of Penobscot, Leslie Cummings and Tim Seabrook of Sedgewick, Eileen Ahearn of Brooksville, June Kellogg of Brooklin, Jackie Wilson of Deer Isle and Ulrike Stadler, who used to live on Mount Desert Island.

The Blum Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 288-5015.


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