Place and Belonging, a group exhibition of Interiors at Waterfall Arts
Jul
28
to Sep 15

Place and Belonging, a group exhibition of Interiors at Waterfall Arts

This show, titled "Interiors", is a curated collection of works that focus on representations of domestic spaces, public spaces or invented physical spaces. The human presence is clearly felt but not necessarily depicted; the human form is not the central idea. Rather, the works show us the interior spaces we occupy rather than our occupation of them. Artists included will be (but not limited to) Alison Rector, Louise Bourne, Gideon Bok, Kris Engman, Sarah Swajkos, Jessica Ives, David Estey and Heath Paley.

The theme for the entire year at Waterfall Arts is “Place and Belonging”. This summer show "Interiors" will be on exhibit in the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts in Belfast Maine from July 28 until September 15, 2017.

 

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How The Light Gets In
Aug
16
to Sep 9

How The Light Gets In

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Alison Rector and Janice Anthony, 2 Maine painters, have created a body of work they call How The Light Gets In.  Rector & Anthony both use light in their paintings.  They are inspired by the words of the late great poet & songwriter Leonard Cohen.  Cohen wrote, "there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in", in his famous song Anthem.

This two-person exhibit will be on view at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is Ellsworth Maine.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be Wednesday August 17, 5pm to 7pm.  Meet the artists.  You're invited.

 

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Alison Rector at Ogunquit Museum of American Art:  September 1 to October 28, 2017
Sep
1
to Oct 28

Alison Rector at Ogunquit Museum of American Art: September 1 to October 28, 2017

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Alison Rector will be featured in a solo exhibit in the Long Gallery at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art during September and October 2017.  The Value of Thought is a series of oil paintings exploring historic public library buildings.

On Tuesday August 22,  Rector will give a preview presentation about the paintings with historian Earle Shettleworth as part of the Totally Tuesday Talks series at the museum.  Their Totally Tuesday Talk begins at 6pm and is titled "Maine's Carnegie Libraries".

For more information, visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art website, www.ogunquitmuseum.org

 

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Maine:  The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries in Portland Maine
Apr
6
to Apr 29

Maine: The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries in Portland Maine

Alison Rector's new painting Down East will be on view at a group exhibit at Greenhut Galleries in April.

Maine:  The Way Life Is features the work of a large group of artists,  an invitational show all about Maine.  An opening reception for the show on Saturday April 8, 1pm to 3pm is open to the public.  

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New Shared Quiet paintings by Alison Rector
Jul
7
to Jul 30

New Shared Quiet paintings by Alison Rector

An exhibit of new paintings by Alison Rector will be featured in the side gallery at Greenhut Galleries in July.  Shared Quiet paintings celebrate Maine public library buildings.  You are invited to the opening reception on Thursday July 7, 5 - 7pm at the gallery.  I'd love to see you there!

Rector says "The exhibit will be the final chapter of my Shared Quiet series,  new paintings exploring the beauty and aesthetic of public library buildings."  Earlier exhibits of Rector's Shared Quiet were shown at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth Maine and at the Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library in Belfast Maine.

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The Biennial "Portland Show" at Greenhut Galleries
Apr
7
to Apr 30

The Biennial "Portland Show" at Greenhut Galleries

Alison Rector will be showing a new painting at Greenhut Galleries' 8th biennial “Portland Show”. This is an invitational show of artist's interpretation of “Portland”.  You are invited to attend the opening reception for this exhibit on Saturday April 9, 1pm to 3pm.  Come see the show and talk with the artists.

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Artists Alison Rector and Abbie Read in Qatar
Mar
30
to Apr 7

Artists Alison Rector and Abbie Read in Qatar

US State Department Arts Envoy Program welcomes artists Alison Rector and Abbie Read to Doha, Qatar in April 2016.  

The artists will travel to Doha March 30 to April 7, for a collaboration they call Welcome to the Library.  The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals-- including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others-- travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. Programs seek to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.

Both Read and Rector make visual art about libraries. Read creates mixed media constructions using old, discarded books, found objects, altered books and other ephemera, while Rector makes oil paintings depicting historic American library buildings. Both artists remember childhood years surrounded by books, at a time when when books and libraries were influential components of one’s upbringing. “The public libraries of our youth were safe places to retreat to places of the imagination, places of unlimited adventures. Books were companions inviting us to become a part of the stories contained within. We are hoping to bring a strong sense of our feelings about libraries to this collaboration” write the artists. “We look forward to sharing our art-making experience with the citizens of Qatar.”

As Arts Envoy artists, Read and Rector appreciate the opportunity to be cultural diplomats.  The artists will be teaching multiple art workshops in Doha and speaking about their work, as well as attending a reception at the US Embassy and viewing art work around Doha.

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Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Library Art and Architecture lecture in Belfast

Alison Rector will speak about her new paintings on view during June at the Belfast Free Library.  Library Art and Architecture will be a collaborative presentation by Alison Rector with Kirk Mohney of Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  Come hear about how the artist got inspired by these beautiful and historic interiors, meanwhile learning about the history of historic Maine architecture.  The lecture begins at 7pm on Monday June 8 in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street in Belfast, sponsored by the Belfast HIstorical Society & Museum.  All are welcome to this free event.

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Small Works 2014 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, Maine
Dec
4
to Dec 24

Small Works 2014 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, Maine

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The annual Small Works group exhibit opens at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art on Thursday December 4,  with a reception 5 pm to 7 pm.  Alison Rector will be exhibiting two small landscape paintings in this exhibit.  Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth Maine.  You're invited.

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Shared Quiet, a solo exhibit of new paintings
Jun
25
to Jul 20

Shared Quiet, a solo exhibit of new paintings

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Shared Quiet,  an exhibit of new paintings by Alison Rector, opens June 25 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, 6 Court Street in Ellsworth Maine.  The show will be on view June 25–July 20, 2014.  

Alison Rector, who is best known for her luminous paintings of interiors, has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries, in particular the Carnegie libraries. By the early twentieth century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. From Portland to Stonington, Rector’s adept use of light accentuates lofty vaulted domes, lustrous oak panels, or a modest structure overlooking a spectacular ocean view. She invites the viewer to experience these community treasures with reverence—the beauty of their stacks, their striking architectural features, or the simple joy of a quiet place to read.

Artist’s Reception Wednesday, July 2, 5–7pm

Artist’s Talk Wednesday, July 9, 6pm 

For more information call Courthouse Gallery Fine Art at 207-667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

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Beautiful in all its Details;  Library Art and Architecture
Jun
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beautiful in all its Details; Library Art and Architecture

 

On Friday June 13,  Monroe artist Alison Rector will be discussing her new paintings in a presentation at the Maine State Library.  Beautiful in All Its Details:  Library Art and Architecture will celebrate the beauty of Maine’s public library buildings.  Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian,  will introduce the program.   Kirk F. Mohney, author and architectural historian, will present a history of libraries in Maine.   Artist Alison Rector will show her new work Shared Quiet, a group of paintings of Maine public libraries. 

The free presentation begins at 6 pm at the Maine State Library at 230 State Street  in Augusta (in the Cultural building in the State House Complex).  All are welcome; admission is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Maine State Library.

 The lecture is a preview of Alison Rector’s newest body of art work Shared Quiet on exhibit at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth June 25 to July 20, 2014.  

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