The Chocolate Church Art Gallery is excited to announce its first summer art exhibition, Far Away/Home, opening June 10 and running until July 30. The opening reception on Saturday, June 10, 5pm-7pm is free and open to the public.
Far Away/Home, curated by Bath-based writer and critic Nika Knight, features the work of three young contemporary Maine artists exploring questions of home and identity in disparate mediums.
Photographs by Alex Nelson capture a lesser-seen side of Kennebunk, Nelson’s hometown and one of Maine’s most popular summer vacation destinations. In these beautiful, haunting images from her series Old Roads Unknown, Nelson, who lives and works in New York, comes back home and captures a Maine vacation town when summer homes are locked up, winter waves are fierce, and a thick fog lingers.
Like Nelson, Tessa Greene O’Brien evokes the harsh beauty of a Maine landscape and humanity’s attempt to create a home within it. In O’Brien’s series of “structure paintings,” houses are stripped to their bones, and the simple wooden frames soon give way to abstracted shapes and bright, daring colors. The viewer begins question the boundaries between the world and the inventions of the artist’s mind.
New work by Jenna Crowder, an artist living and working in Portland, Maine, on the other hand, doesn’t examine the world on the ground but instead gazes up at the stars. Crowder’s monoprints explore humanity’s unending fascination with the firmament, and demonstrate Crowder’s interest in “the mutable edges between science and mysticism (visualized here as astronomy and astrology),” Crowder said. Crowder’s delicate, shimmering constellation prints together form an archive that “hopes to promote a conversation of friction and tenderness,” the artist explained.
The opening reception for Far Away/Home will be Saturday, June 10, from 5-7pm at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530.
Art Opening, Exhibition
June 10, 2017 through July 30, 2017
Chocolate Church Arts Center
804 Washington Street, Bath, Maine
https://www.chocolatechurcharts.org/ | 207-442-8455
Open Hours: Office and Gallery Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-4pm, Thursday: 12pm-6pm, Friday: 12pm-4pm