Monday, April 4, 2011

Critters: A Show of Paintings and Sculpture Curated by Nancy Davidson

April 12 – July 20 2011

Opening Night Reception:
April 12th, 5-7 p.m.

June 10th, 4-5 p.m.
Curator Nancy Davidson and Alums

July 16th, 4-5 p.m.
Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (creators of 20 ft. moose), their collaborations and individual sculpture

The Exhibition
“Critters” represents three groups of work – wildlife, farm animals, and pets – in situations that may be heartwarming, entertaining, or even poignant for the viewer.

The show not only includes the “critters” we interact with every day, but also those that may have been forced from their habitats as our human territory expands, and others that may soon disappear forever.

“Critters” will feature over 100 artists not only from Maine but also from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Florida.

This is the seventh “Critters” show that Nancy has curated during her long career as a gallery director. Past exhibits include three summer shows at the Cry of the Loon Gallery, South Casco, Maine; “City Critters,” at her gallery, Davidson and Daughters Contemporary Art, Portland Maine; “Critters,” presented at Studio E Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and “Critters Revisited” at The Gallery on Chase Hill, Kennebunkport, Maine.

There will be a broad selection of indoor and outdoor sculptures by Laura Balombini, Jeff Barrett, Lise Besu, Peter Beerits, Rush Brown, James Budish, Clara Cohan, Nantz Comyns, Squidge Davis, Donna Dodson, Dan Falt, Ed Friedman, Edwin Gamble, Eva Goetz, Don Gove, Craig Berube Gray, Carole Hanson, Charles Jenkins, Mark Kendschi, Nance Kahn, Al Kronk, Bernard Langlais, Cheryl Lichwell, Steve Lindsay, Lin Lisburger, Cabot Lyford, Lou Mastro, Andy Moerlin, Marjorie Moore, Bryce Muir, Jean Noon, Leo Osbourne, Elizabeth Ostrander, Patrick Plourde, Roger Prince, Riv Pyne, Andy Rosen, M.Ruth, Sharon Townsend, Edith Tucker, Tacha Vosburgh, Kitty Wales, Sharon Wandell, Ann Weber, and John Wilkinson.

Art Gallery
University of New England
Portland Campus
716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine

Gallery Hours
1-4 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
1-7 p.m., Thursdays

Update: Edgar Allen Beem in his Yankee Magazine art blog reviewed the UNE Art Gallery's show "Critters."

Images: Elephant Oracle, 8 ft tall, cement, 2010; White Rabbit, 35" tall, wood, paint, 2006; Elk Goddess, 32" tall, wood, pigment, paint, 2004, photo credit- Peter Haines; Honey Bear, 46" tall, wood, paint, 2005, photo credit- Bruno Giust.