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Terra Plume: Paintings by Katie St. Clair

February 27 - March 27, 2020           Artist Reception: Thursday, Feb. 27, 3:45 - 5:30 pm

Terra Plume, Katie St. Clair’s exhibition of new paintings at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Charles Danforth Gallery, takes viewers into one of nature’s most hidden realms: the secret underworld of mushrooms that connect forest root-systems.


St. Clair's new series of works, mostly painted in early 2020 when she was an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Craft and shown for the first time in Terra Plume, explores the complexity between the mushroom’s seen and unseen structures. “When we think of mushrooms, we think of the cap as the mushroom, but that’s actually not the organism, which  moves underground...this massive, unseen, almost magical thing that’s all around us, that exists without our knowing,” St. Clair explains.


The exhibition includes nearly thirty new paintings, and will open with an artist's talk February 27 at 4:00.

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Katie St. Clair, Citricolor, 2020

Katie St. Clair creates abstract, mixed media paintings from her observations of nature. She describes her process: “I study the texture, I study the color, I study the form, and then you can play with those elements.” Terra Plume features several multi-colored paintings that range in scale from smaller “Field Notes” to larger square paintings and expansive 40”x60” canvases. This body of work was largely created during her recent art residency at Penland.   

Terra Plume is on display from February 27th to March 27th. The Danforth Gallery is located in Jewett Hall, which is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm and on Fridays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  The UMA community and the general public are also invited to the opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, February 27th from 3:45 - 5:30pm. Refreshments will be served.  

For more information about Katie St. Clair's work, visit her website:


Katie St. Clair, Field Notes 4, 2020


Katie St. Clair, Field Notes 24, 2020

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