Art news

What strange times we are living in – even in the art world.

I can buy bananas at 59 cents a pound, but if I tape it to a wall, it’s value goes up to $120,000 for a single banana. It’s buyers at Art Basel, Miami placed it in the category of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell‘s Soup Can”. Of course it needs to be changed every few days to preserve its freshness and color. I also wonder if the buyer actually ate that banana before replacing it.

However, for those who can’t make it to Miami’s annual festival, there is a DIY option. Try a banana which can be purchased for $3.19 at a craft store that guarantees non-perishability. Or expand your repertoire to include other fruits and vegetables. Duct tape now comes in terrific colors and designs.

But, if your taste in art leans to the more traditional, be assured that all of my works can be had for less than $120,000.

Art in Maine goes virtual

If you took all the artists on the Maine coast and inland and put them in one place, you would have a hotspot of art second to none. But here we are spread out without a centering geographical focus. Much of the art is in traditional categories which my husband categorizes as lobster boats and lighthouse, field and stream, and house and garden. But that would not be fair to the scores of artists who have cutting edge ideas, creativity, talent and exquisite skills.

That is why I was sad to see the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta closed for the season. It is a gallery that exhibits forty artists of all kinds – painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, fabric art, metal work, furniture makers during the summer and shoulder seasons. For about a decade, I exhibited my assemblages there as one of many featured artists. I hope that this is just a pandemic break and that the Stable Gallery will reopen in 2021 and show an eclectic variety of quality work that is rarely seen in one place along the Maine coast. Take a look at the Stable’s stable of artists.

Back in Maine

We’re back in Damariscotta. The trip up form Massachusetts was a breeze with little traffic on the roads. Now we are under a 14-day quarantine. That’s OK, because the weather is gorgeous. There is lots to do around the house and grounds. The grass is growing like mad. There’s a garden to plant; we will need it this year. There is time to get organized like never before. And I thinking about what to do with wooden pieces I have brought up from Amherst. There will be plenty of time to work on it.

 

Going to Maine

In just a week I will be relocating to our house in Damariscotta for the summer and fall.

This year things will be different. As of now, we will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. It makes sense because we will be coming from Massachusetts which is currently a hot spot, but Amherst where we live is in one of the least affected counties in the state. It’s suggested that we have fourteen days of food. Well, we have rice and dried beans for backup. I wonder what lobster prices will be like this year?

The usual venues for exhibiting art are questionable at this time. Governor Mills is relaxing the rules in all but two counties in southern Maine. I’ll see what unfolds.

Much of my work remains in Massachusetts where I have had my most recent shows. If you would like to see any of the pieces that are shown on my website, let me know and I will make sure to have them in Maine.

Be well, everyone!

Organ Parts – a dissection

Furniture parts have great appeal and I have created several pieces using chairs with their wonderful curves and repetitive lines. When a non-functioning parlor organ, c.1910 came my way, I couldn’t resist.

As I began to dismantle the organ, I marveled at it’s intricate parts and decided I would give each a special focus. This was accomplished with the addition of material from other genres, including wood, fabric, metal, mirror, paper and paint.

Organ Parts, an ensemble

What I am presenting here, I title “Organ Parts Ensemble”, which includes three wall sculptures, one pedestal piece and a large, interactive floor piece that have been reassembled. Here are the individual pieces.