Past Exhibits

STRATA | Shoshannah White

Spiegel Gallery

Work Together | Susan Webster & Stuart Kestenbaum

Fineberg Family Community Room

Auschwitz | Images of Resilience and Light | Arthur Fink

Third Floor Sanctuary

Exhibitions: January 14, 2018 – March 2, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2pm: Brief artist’s talk with Shoshannah White followed by question and answer session

First Friday Art Walk: February 2, 2018, 5pm-8pm

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2pm: Artists’ talk with Susan Webster and Stu Kestenbaum

STRATA | SHOSHANNAH WHITE

STRATA includes photographs captured in Svalbard, Norway as well as cameraless prints made directly from glacier ice and coal.  Ice, in glacier form, is melting, growing, compressing – holding planetary history in its transparent layers.  Coal, dense, black and filled with carbon, compressed from ancient plant matter, contains energy from millions of years ago.  Each material holds clues of the past – both formed by strata of time.

Shoshannah White is an interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Maine.  Her practice includes photography, painting, sculpture and public art installation.  Her work is represented by Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine, Pilar Graves in Los Angeles, California, and by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

WORK TOGETHER | SUSAN WEBSTER & STUART KESTENBAUM

Susan Webster and Stuart Kestenbaum envision their work as a partnership between image and word, where both are equals.  Susan Webster is a visual artist who combines drawing and printmaking and other media.  Carl Little has written, “Webster’s awareness of the preciousness of time on earth heightens both her personal sense of existence and the art she creates.  Even as she acknowledges a ‘certain darkness, mystery, the unknown’ she celebrates life.  In a manner of speaking, she wears her passion in her prints.”

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four books of poems, most recently Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and is currently Maine’s poet laureate.  Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

AUSCHWITZ | IMAGES OF RESILIENCE AND LIGHT | ARTHUR FINK

I’m best known as a photographer of dance.  But what I really photograph is energy and emotion.

This exhibit has given me the opportunity to look inward for that emotion, as I’ve sought images of mine that suggest hope, possibility, and positive vision.

Some of the most hopeful images were these tiny drawings by children in several of the concentration camps – painstakingly copied by artists onto the plaster walls of a room at the Shoah exhibit at Auschwitz.  As I photographed these tiny and faint scenes, I could see that these children, and I believe all children, were born with love, compassion, appreciation for their parents, and no understanding at all of the fate that awaited them.  Other images in the exhibit offer different points of light.  My vision is not just of what happened at Auschwitz, but also of human resilience throughout time.

One afternoon, after returning home from junior high school, I came upon a slender volume, placed with spline facing rear, on my parent’s book shelf.  It was a volume commemorating the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, a volume that my father had art directed.  The pictures of shoes, piles of gold teeth, and other crude images of the Holocaust were etched in my mind on that day.  I’ve looked many times for that book, but never could find it again.

And then only recently, I was asked to accompany Martin Steingesser, Judith Tierney, and Robin Jellis on their pilgrimage to Auschwitz and Birkenau.  The images my father had worked with were all there, closer to real life, and closer to my heart as I spent time there reflecting on my life, my faith, and my hope.


Exhibition: November 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Opening Reception: November 9, 2017 5pm-7pm
First Friday Art Walk: December 1, 2017, 5pm-8pm
Artifact and Artifice |Jeffrey Ackerman
Spiegel Gallery
Jeffrey Ackerman was born in Queens, NY, in 1963. He attended the State University of New York at Albany and Washington University, School of Fine Arts, in St. Louis. Jeffrey lived in New York City from 1984 to 2003, when he moved to Morrill, Maine.
Primarily a painter and sculptor, Jeffrey was also trained in furniture making, wood carving, conservation and restoration. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Germany, Maine, and Provincetown, MA.
Jeffrey’s professional experience includes museum period room installations at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of the City of New York, as well as projects for private residences and collections. From 1995 to 2000 he was director of the Arader Gallery in New York City, specializing in art and antiques from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
Hours and Days | Kathy Weinberg
Fineberg Family Community Room

 Kathy Weinberg was born in 1962, in Boston, MA. She received a BFA from Washington University, School of Fine Arts, in St.Louis, Mo., then was an assistant printer at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan. She lived in New York City from 1984 to 2003, spent summers in Maine through childhood, until she moved to Maine full-time in 2003.

Kathy is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York, Germany, Maine, and Provincetown, MA. Her paintings were included in the 2016 CMCA Biennial.

Kathy’s profession in antique and architectural restoration includes museum period room installation projects, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, and private residences and collections. Working with antiques gives her artwork a familiarity with a historical visual language that combines with her personal artistic vision.

 

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The Maine Jewish Museum is excited to present Deborah Klotz’s body of work “STILL.” The exhibition will be on view from September 15 through November 13, 2016. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, an Artist Talk on Sunday October 30 at 2pm, and First Fridays – October 7th and November 4th. Admission is free.

The exhibit “STILL” shares the recent series of prints, drawings, and sculpture: Cast (Off /On/Away), Single Pair, and Compression/Compassion Stones from sculptor and image-maker, Deborah Klotz, who employs diverse materials and methods to design and fabricate her work.

“Garments from my immediate and extended family members are transformed through lamination between thin sheets of handmade paper, as fingerprint textures are revealed with graphite and pressure. The garments are dropped, floated, folded, thrown, and rolled. They expand and push against the borders of the paper holding them close. They speak of departure, growth, immense presence (corpus, the physical body), and its twin, the interior life of memory (absence). The garment works also describe a strategy both ancient and contemporary, both animal and human, of growth through the casting off or shedding of surfaces. Once laminated, the previously worn clothing holding movement, experience, and the physical form of the owner, becomes still, under a layer of paper.”

“Traces of structure form again through compression and intention. Using discarded paper, single stray socks, outgrown or well-worn favorite garments from my family, as well as screen printed moments drawn with crocheted metal wire, steel chain, and photograms of clothing silhouettes; I build while watching both the ground and the sky.”

Deborah Klotz holds an M.F.A in 3-Dimensional Art and a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art, as well as a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. Her work is in private and public collections in New England, Florida, California, Colorado, New York, Washington D.C., and internationally she has exhibited in Korea, Israel, and England.

Deborah received partial funding for initial stages of this project through the Maine Arts Commission Project Grant.


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The exhibition will be on view from September 15 through November 13, 2016. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, and First Fridays – October 7th and November 4th. Admission is free.

The focus of this exhibition is of famous artists such as Carol Chute, Harold Garde, Larry Rivers, plus several scenes of Paris and New York, includes remembrances of his roots in war torn Austria during the second World War.

Charles was a hidden child in WWII. His father was arrested in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz on Train 21 “Number 779” and gassed upon arrival. His visit to the camp was to pay homage to his father. Deep feelings emerge from these images that remind us to never forget the atrocities that took place.

“I have been a photographer as long as I can remember. I never had a studio although I worked as an assistant for years in New York City. My first job was with Allan Arbus who was then doing commercials and fashion. Dianne Arbus used to come into the studio to print. Robert Frank was an influence, as well as Harold Feinstein. In the 1970s I worked for art galleries and often went to the Cedar Bar in the village in New York. There I met many artists and writers from Jack Kerouac to Warhol to Larry Rivers and others. I did work with the Leo Castelli gallery.

I am mostly a street photographer. I do my best to be as true to what I see as possible. In Maine I meet artists like Harold Garde and Robert Indiana whom I knew when he had a studio in lower Manhattan. Like a flaneur I wander the streets and photograph what draws me, in a face, or the wonderment of a city like Paris or Portland.” Charles Rotmil

Photographs: Carolyn Chute.jpg, Harold gardeb&w.jpg, Larry Rivers.jpg