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Area artists at Atrium Gallery
LEWISTON — The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College presents the work of 78 artists from Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties in the biennial exhibition “Area Artists 2013” beginning January 18 and continuing through March 21.
Longtime sponsor for the exhibition series, Spiller’s president, Ray Martel, remarks that his company is proud to support the exhibition and the advancement of the arts and artists in the tri-county area. The exhibition series began in 1994 and over the years has highlighted hundreds of artists in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.
The exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings and photographs and works in clay, wood, fiber, metal and mixed media. The exhibition features work in a variety of styles from representational to abstract, with landscapes, figure studies and portraits, still lifes and sculptural work.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, the Atrium Art Gallery will be offering works in the exhibit for sale, with proceeds going to the artists and the Lewiston-Auburn College Scholarship Fund.
The juried exhibition was open to all artists, age 18 and over, who were allowed to submit one or two pieces in any media. The gallery received 183 works from 100 artists, out of which the jury selected 90 works from 78 artists for the final exhibition.
Jurors for the exhibition were Dan Mills and Gail Skudera, both Lewiston residents.
Dan Mills has been curating and jurying exhibitions and exhibiting his work throughout the country for over 25 years. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978 and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 1981. He has directed academic museums since 1994, and was appointed Director of the Museum of Art and Lecturer in Humanities at Bates College in 2010.
Gail Skudera received a BFA in Textile Printing and Weaving and an MFA in Fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is a recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been exhibiting her work, both nationally and internationally since 1981. Skudera has been an art lecturer, juror, and instructor and a contributing writer to Fiberarts magazine for many years.
The Atrium Art Gallery is located in the hub of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston, offering interdisciplinary bachelor and graduate degree programs with both on-site and online classes.
The exhibition continues through March 21 culminating with a Chamber Business After Hours, March 21, 5-7 p.m., free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m; closed holidays. For more information contact Robyn Holman, curator, at 753-6554, or visit the gallery’s website, www.usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery.
Area artists include Gerda Anderson, North Waterford; Susan Bard, Waterford; Melody Dalessandro Bonnema, Bethel; Patricia Chandler, Norway; Nancy Clark, Turner; Ronnie Decker, Turner; David Dupree, North Waterford; Liz Evans, West Paris; Ron Hamilton, Oxford; Scott Hunter, Turner; Irina Kahn, Norway; Gene Kelly, Bethel; Joe Klofas, Bridgton; Maya Kuvaja; Bridgton; Sheridan McLaughlin, West Paris; Nikki Millonzi, Norway; Pamela Morra, Norway; Marion Osman, Stoneham; Arla Patch, Bryant Pond; Ellen Rawding, South Paris; Gail Rein, Bryant Pond; Kathryn Salvano, Turner; Murad Saÿen, South Paris; August Schau, Buckfield; Barbara Traficonte, Waterford; Jill Snyder Wallace, Minot and Roger Williams, Lovell.