Saturdays, September 1 - 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Opening reception: September 1, 4:00 - 8:00pm
Every year the Merrymeeting Arts Center strives to bring a local and unique show to the gallery. This year we will be celebrating 2 local artists; David Maguire of Bowdoinham and Evelyn Dean of Richmond.
MAC has a strong affinity to wooden sculpture, Bryce Muirs “Local Myths” being key to our collection, and we believe this show is one he would be quite pleased with! Both artists bring life from the wood they work with in different ways that compliment each other's work.
David Maguire, (once a student of Peggy Muir) transforms pieces of local wood into works of art. Carving and removing enough to “release” the subject within, but maintaining some of its most natural elements. In addition to these whimsical and beautiful sculptures David creates fine furniture by day with the team at Square Manufacturing Co.
Evelyn is the creator of Wisdom from the Wood Cards and Art. Her natural designs incorporate live edge wood, using a variety of tools. With wood burning, paint, and sometimes carving, her designs often include animal and nature spirits, and can be whimsical and exploratory. While living in New York, Evelyn also published a book that she co-wrote and illustrated, “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild Places)”.
Ren Wilkey, Stained Glass
Merrymeeting Adult Education Artist-in-Residence
September 29 - October 1
Opening reception: Friday, September 29th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Since early childhood Herenya Jane Wilkey, aka Ren, has felt most at home amidst the clutter and chaos of whatever project she was working on. Her many interests took her on journeys through jewelry making, blacksmithing, pottery, pyrography, and floral design. Her love of light and color inspired the desire to explore the art of stained glass. Loving all animals, Ren has always had a special affinity and affection for lizards and other unusual creatures. When she is not working or reading, she most enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Will, meeting the local birds and wildlife, and finding treasures and inspiration.