CURRENT ART EXHIBITIONS
AT THE MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM

Only three days remain within which to view and reflect upon the exhibitions of artists Joan Busing, Sara Crisp, and Shelley Jordon; their intriguing pieces will be on display through November 2nd (First Friday Art Walk – we will be open from 10am-4pm and again from 5pm-8pm!). If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to enjoy these exhibitions, please consider visiting the Museum between now and Friday.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2pm-4pm, the Museum will host the opening reception for artists Neal Beckerman (“Superstitions”), Russell Christian (“A Piece of Work”) and Carol Sloane (“Contemporary Scrolling”), whose artwork will be on display through January 5th. Read more about their exhibitions below!
~ We look forward to your visit! ~ Monday through Friday: 10am-4pm Sundays: 1pm-5pm and by appointment
(First) Friday Night Art Walks: 5pm-8pm

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NEAL BECKERMAN │”Superstitions” Spiegel Gallery

Neal Beckerman, a sculptor and graphic artist, lives in Acton, Maine. He has exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and is represented by Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, ME. “When I am at work I think of myself as a ringmaster of accidents, bringing in disparate elements which I try to reconcile. Some of the resulting images have a kinship with Asian ink paintings such as Sesshu’s Long Scroll, which was a childhood influence. They depict states of mind alternating with views of nature.”

RUSSELL CHRISTIAN│”A Piece of Work” Fineberg Family Community Room

“This batch of artwork is drawn from a pile of doodles and notes, marked up scraps, half finished drawings and paintings, walks taken down shady lanes and really shady alleyways – and time. Eachwork is a big production whatever its size. I change mediums frequently as I resist facility and have to make things hard for myself. It seems my art is produced by me banging my head against a wall. Though they may appear arbitrary and unrelated, these works need to be seen as parts to a whole, a whole that remains elusive. They are connected by my hand, my brainstem, my perceptions and doubts, a history of successes and failures – polarities of arbitration as I put my energies into resolving creative disputes.

I write and perform in my artwork. The figures are all me acting, dressing up, trying to fit things together. Even the most abstract forms – the coagulations, disintegrations, imaginary geometric forms – are me wrapped in tin foil writhing around, or my cobbled together props suggestive of a new species of plant, or an invention in a weekend inventor’s tool shed, or a gaseous mass. All these fragments are prompted by gut feelings, moods and reactions to the world about me, the things in it, and how they relate. The results are these abstract narratives that tend toward the tragicomic. I look for a balance between heavy and light and when it feels good I have a serious laugh.”

Students viewing the art exhibit of Russell Christian in the Fineberg Community Room.

CAROL SLOANE│”Contemporary Scrolling” Third Floor Sanctuary

“For more than forty years I walked a 2.5 mile loop on my neighborhood roads as my personal form of meditation. In 2005 I built a half mile public labyrinth on our farm, based on a paern called ‘Robin Hood’s Race’. It was, in essence, an environmental sculpture, and a way of sharing my spiritual practice with neighbors and friends.

In addition to the labyrinth, as a painter, an artist of two dimensions, I felt the need to convert my meditation into a two- dimensional form. I rendered portions of my walking landscape on to paper with a variety of mediums. As the surface of the work became longer and longer, I ultimately chose to use full rolls of paper, which then demanded a new presentation structure. The scroll became that vehicle.

Hand-rolling the spindles to view this work exposes a progression of images in a slow reveal. The action captures a paern of moving through time and space. It allows the mystery of what is seen and not seen, the essence of being in the moment, the ultimate goal of a walking meditation.

The factor of the ‘reveal’ talks to where time is not and imagination is powerful. The subject maer can be anything. The magic is carried in the form.”