"A Sense of Place / El Sentido del Lugar"
Circling the Square Fine Art Press of Gardiner, ME
and Fundación Estampería Quiteña of Quito, Ecuador
celebrate a visual conversation
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2-4 pm
A Sense of Place / El Sentido del Lugar, debuts at the Danforth Gallery on the University of Maine at Augusta campus from January 18th through February 19, 2016. A gala reception at the Danforth Gallery will be held January 24th from 2:00-4:00pm.
The exhibit is a collaborative printmaking art show of 90 original works. Circling the Square Fine Art Press of Gardiner, Maine and Fundación Estampería Quiteña of Quito, Ecuador celebrate a visual conversation on sustainability, biodiversity and the effects of the local on the global. The exhibit will travel to five other venues in the state this year and open in Metropolitan Cultural Center in Quito, Ecuador in March.
Fifteen artists from Fundación Estampería Quiteña and seventeen from Circling the Square Fine Art Press are participants. Ten of the artists from Maine have either graduated from UMA or taken printmaking classes there. Press member Judith Long, who has family in Quito, was the International Facilitator who brought the two presses together for this project and facilitated the English and Spanish conversations.
The Maine participants are: Karen Adrienne, Circling the Square Fine Art Press Director, Robin Brooks, Judith DeMilo-Brown, Christine J. Higgins, Judith Long, Diana McFarland, Christine Olson, Rebeka Ouellette, Jane Page-Conway, Donna Parkinson, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Susan Dean Smith, J. P. Strode, Sarah Vosmus, Lisa F. Wheeler, Barbra Whitten.
The artists from each press have created two limited edition prints and one intervention print focused on sustainability and biodiversity. The “intervention print” initiated by each artist was then sent to artists at the other press for completion. These shared visions and artistic conversations contribute to the local and global intention of the exhibit and bring two presses that are 3,800 miles apart together. A bilingual exhibition catalog for the exhibition will be available at each venue in Maine and Ecuador.