UMaine Farmington Arts Center hosts 2 new exhibitions

The University of Maine at the Farmington Emery Community Arts Center plans to close out the summer season with two new exhibits. Fred Dearnley’s “Aquarium” will be shown. photo submitted

The University of Maine at the Farmington Emery Community Arts Center plans to close out the summer season with two new exhibits.

These include, according to a press release from the center, “Collaboration: The Power of Two,” featuring art by Meredith Mustard and Judy (Foss) Tollefson, and “New Works” by photographer Fred Dearnley.

Collaboration: The Power of Two is on display at Emery’s Flex Gallery from Friday, August 12 through Friday, September 16. “New Works” will be on display in Emery’s lobby from Monday, August 29th through Friday, October 14th.

A joint public reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

‘Botanicals’, a mono print on fabric by Meredith Mustard. photo submitted

Collaboration: The Power of Two is an exhibition of analogue and digital collages created using alternative printing processes, stencils, transfers and botanical materials. The exhibition also includes wearable art designed with hand-printed fabric.

Tollefson and Mustard have worked together for more than 40 years. They discovered this connection in Berkeley, California when they joined forces at Moss Foss & Mustard’s Calligraphy Studio. What these two envisioned together eventually became a partnership called Two Imagine Studios.

Calendar Page, a digital collage and design by Judy (Foss) Tollefson; analog collage by Meredith Mustard. photo submitted

Circumstances have led them to be neighbors in Farmington and share a studio during the pandemic.

This exhibition traces some of the threads of their history and includes calendars and maps, prints on paper and fabric, wearable art and other elements that contributed to their shared vision. Some early works and a corpus of current works are represented in the exhibition.

Dearnley’s photography is a combination of art and science. He originally worked as a marine biologist, with his early photographic work documenting the amazing designs of the microscopic organisms he studied. He later worked as a photographer at the Center for Visual Studies at Unity College, where his photography classes helped him visualize photography as an art form.

In recent years he has been experimenting with how human activity/design interacts with the environment, recognizing that a photograph is an image of what was seen and felt at the time, an image of an ephemeral event.

The Emery Arts Center gallery is located on Academy Street in downtown Farmington. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check wsites.maine.edu/emerycommunityartscenter for company holidays.

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