A Sense of Place/El Sentido del Lugar has an opening reception on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2-4 pm in the Danforth Gallery, University of Maine, Augusta.
A printmaking collaborative of 90 original works between Circling the Square Fine Art Press and La Fundación Estampería Quiteña will be on exhibit from January 18 to February 19, 2016. Each of us created three editions of our own with a minimum of 17 prints total. Our 9″ x 9″ edition was an intervention piece with another artist from the Estampería Quiteña.
With a lot of help from many experts such as University of Maine Farmington’s Andrew Barton,Ph.D Lucas Kellett,Ph.D and Colby College’s Herbert Wilson,Ph.D, Bill Hilton Jr.from the Hilton Pond Center and Kate Weatherby from the Western Chapter of Maine Audubon I was able to research my project.
Neotropical Migrant birds fly from Ecuador to Maine each Spring. “Neotropical Traveler” features the Blackburnian Warbler that I saw last May. My research inspired my first birding experience on a Warbler Walk at the Whistle Stop Trail in West Farmington, Maine with the Western Maine Audubon. There, I was fortunate to meet Kate Weatherby who helped me learn about birding. Within three birding sessions we were able to spot three out of the four warblers that fly from Ecuador to Western Maine each year. Kate’s knowledge of birds, and an app she had where she could call the birds in so we could see them through our binoculars allowed me to experience birds up close.
I thought of these birds as metaphors for our international print exchange between printmakers from two completely different cultures and places reliant on both environments. From this project, I learned that we need to pay attention to preserving and understanding biodiversity and the balance of nature.