April 08, 2020

Bangor art exhibit sure to charm and inspire

BANGOR – “A Matter of Perception 2006,” an exhibition of artists with disabilities on display through Oct. 30 at Bangor Public Library, amply illustrates that the spirit of art knows no bounds.

The 30 pieces of art comprising the exhibit, selections presented by VSA arts of Maine, delight the viewer with color, shape and imagination, and reflect the joy of making marks on paper, brushing paint on canvas or weaving threads. They are testimony to the intelligence and skill of their creators.

Chris Gerquest, James Powers, Lisa Raven and Audrey Sparkes, all of Bangor, have work in the exhibit.

Gerquest’s “Lassoing Cowboy,” complete with string tie, is arguably one of the most delightful and amazing pieces in the exhibit. The cowboy, circled by the lasso, has a charm that causes the viewer to move in for a closer look. In his artist’s statement Gerquest says that his work is inspired by Picasso’s line drawings and Alexander Calder’s sculpture. “I don’t draw the sculpture first,” he writes. “I visualize them in my head.”

Powers, a sight-impaired artist, created “Mid June Celebration,” an oil on canvas. It is a riot of lupine in hot blues and pinks in a bed of lush green foliage that embodies the splendor that is a Maine summer.

Lisa Raven’s watercolor “Sun Through Clouds” is “a reflection of hope for my future.” Raven, challenged by a brain tumor, imbues the central shafts of light in the painting with pale yellow, tan and gray. Above the light rays are roiling clouds in pink and black; below are plains of black and gray, as if the light was struggling not only to come into being but to seep into the earth below.

Audrey Sparkes works in glass and her sculpture “Dichro Diamond” glows with pastel shards in shades of green, blue, pink and yellow. A second work in the exhibit, her “Art from Another World,” features a dichroic, stained glass square balanced precariously on beveled mirror glass.

Also exhibiting work in the show are Donald Ayers, Brian Brigham, Anne Brooks, Dean Chapman, Paula Clearfield, Lynne Marie Colburn, Cheryl Corliss, Paul Cote, Lloyd Craig, Bill Cunningham, Maria Dominico, Steven Doyle, Warren Phil Estey. Karen Hyland, James Johnson, Judith Knights, Daniel McDonald, Grace McKenna, Grace Merry, Mitch Pfeifle, Edith Ray, David Sheppard, Mark St. Pierre and Charles Nelson Stratton. Their combined talent is a joy to behold.

Most of the work in the exhibit is for sale. To learn more about the art and artists in the exhibit or VSA arts of Maine, call 761-3861 or e-mail info@vsartsmaine.org.

Bangor Public Library is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

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