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ENGINE RECEIVES $100K BROWNFIELDS GRANT

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At the July 2014 meeting, the Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission voted unanimously to grant $100,000 to the Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation, an entity of Engine, an arts organization, for the cleanup of hazardous materials in the Marble Block, a historic building at 129 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, Maine.

As part of the redevelopment of the Marble Block, Engine was required to complete an environmental assessment and hazardous materials test prior to full-scale renovation. Significant asbestos and lead was found throughout the basement and upper floors which require licensed abatement. As a nonprofit corporation, Engine’s Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation qualified for a grant through the Brownfields Program.

“We deeply appreciate the SMPDC’s help and this grant. Without this grant funding, the building would sit empty for the unforeseeable future and continue to deteriorate rapidly while we worked to raise the money privately. The nasty conditions of the basement were completely preventing any further work to be done by electrical and fire safety subcontractors,” says Greg Tarbox, chair of the Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation.

“This project is a perfect utilization of Brownfields funding. It cleans up a property, enhances the growing redevelopment of downtown Biddeford, provides start up funding for an exciting new arts and culture effort, begins the restoration process of a beautiful old building and will hopefully lead to more opportunities on Main Street,” says Paul Schumacher, Executive Director of Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission

For more information: Contact Tammy Ackerman at director@feedtheengine.org or 207.370.9130.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Maine Fablab in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 265 Main street. www.feedtheengine.org

SOUTHERN MAINE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: Founded in 1964, in response to an identified need for a coordinated effort for economic development and resource management, SMPDC has been conducting economic development, environmental, land use and transportation planning and providing technical assistance to the municipalities in the region for over 45 years. SMPDC has recently changed its name (formerly Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission) to reflect the Commissions’ expanded role in community development, housing and brownfields redevelopment. A Council of Governments enabled by state statute, SMPDC includes thirty-nine communities in York, southern Oxford and Cumberland County and the county of York itself as members. Information on SMPDC’s Brownfields Grant program can be found here.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ART OF COLLABORATION

(L) Kellie Weeks, Migration, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2014 (R) Pat Lagger, Plainsong #3, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2013

The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II

Biddeford, ME – The Diptych Project II, a collaboration between New England WAX and FusedChicago, features works from 38 encaustic artists.  As part of the exhibition, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, “The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II” on Tuesday, August 19 (doors at 5:30pm,  event at 6pm).

Artists from each organization were partnered and worked together over the course of six months to create and exchange work.  The project became a conversation between two artists–a form of “call and response” in which each artist was given the opportunity to work deeply and intimately in connection to another artist’s work.

This panel discussion will include a demonstration of the encaustic process. Panelists will include Julie Vohs, Catherine Weber, Charyl Weissbach, and Dietlind Vander Schaaf. Each artist will provide their perspective on their collaboration and will discuss their participation in the Diptych Project II.

PANELISTS:

Julie Vohs - In 1998,  Julie Vohs sold her belongings, purchased a back-pack, and took off to travel around the world alone. In her travels she painted murals in Istanbul pensions, landscapes in New Zealand, jungle scenes in Thailand and sea In scapes in Maine. Vohs works in a variety of mediums, often combining abstract and figurative elements as a way of integrating the seen world with the felt. Her work has won awards, been featured on the cover of The Midwesterner Magazine, and exhibited in galleries and shows in the Virginia, Chicago, and the Northeast. She now lives and works in Portland, Maine. Julievohs.com

Catherine Weber -“Art making and creative writing have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve studied many mediums and continue to be a voracious learner. I am a member of New England Wax, International Encaustic Artists, and the Women’s Caucus of Art as well as the president and founder of a social media marketing firm, Weber Media Partners in Southborough, Massachusetts. I hold a BA in Communications from Emerson College and an MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts Boston. My studio is located in Southborough, Massachusetts.” catherinemweber.com

Charyl Weissbach – Charyl Weissbach is a Boston artist whose studio is located in the South End of Boston (SoWa Artist’s District). Weissbach received a BFA in painting and art history from Masachusetts College of Art & Design. Her artwork is in many collections some of which include Boston Magazine’s Design Home 2013, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, UPenn, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Winchester Hospital, Oracle|Acme Packet, and, Novacare Pharmaceuticals. She is featured in Encaustic Works 2012: A Biennial Exhibition in Print, by Joanne Mattera, and 100 Artists of New England, by E. Ashley Rooney. Her paintings are represented in galleries and have been purchased by many private collectors throughout the United States.charylweissbachfineart.com

Dietlind Vander Schaaf -Dietlind Vander Schaaf returned to Maine in 2010, following eight years in San Francisco.  Vander Schaaf holds an MA in history and an MFA in Creative Writing.  She studied art with Aondrea Maynard and Kim Bernard.  A member of New England WAX, her work been shown throughout New England, as well as in Florida.  It is held in private collections both nationally and internationally.  She is the recipient of a Pace House Residency through Maine College of Art, where she teaches in the Continuing Studies program. dietlindvanderschaaf.com

For more info: Contact at ENGINE  arts@feedtheengine.org or 207.370.9130. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

New England WAX is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work in the medium of encaustic. Their mission is to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic, to educate the general public about this medium and to increase interest in encaustic in the art world.

FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.

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The Diptych Project II is sponsored by Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies.

ENKAUSTIKOS: Since 1996, Enkaustikos’ mission has been to mill the highest quality professional encaustic paint for artists.  They do this by procuring the highest quality raw ingredients, seek out the widest range of the highest quality pigments suitable for the encaustic medium and mill on state of the art equipment.  “Excellence is what we are after; we are passionate about their product.  We will always experiment with new and diverse pigments to expand our color line.  We will also strive to meet the needs of artists by increasing our product line with encaustic related products that support the growth and current trends of the industry.”

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BEAUTIFY IN BLUE MINI-EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED

Engine announces “Beautify in Blue” a mini-exhibition to benefit the U.S. Pain Foundation

Biddeford, ME – Engine, in partnership with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Neuroscience and the U.S. Pain Foundation, will mount an exhibition featuring original works of art done in blue, with a portion of the proceeds of any sales benefitting the US Pain Foundation. The exhibition opening will be held at Engine during August 29 from 5-8pm coinciding with the monthly Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.

The show will feature work done primarily blue and no larger than 10×10 and available for sale. Representatives from the U.S. Pain Foundation will be on hand during the opening event to answer questions about their foundation’s efforts, as well as students and faculty of the University of New England.

“Pain may change our bodies but can not change our spirits, an amazing event and project like this proves that people with pain can live fulfilling and hopeful lives despite the pain. We are ever grateful to Engine for helping people with pain realize they are more than their pain,” Paul Gileno, Founder/President, U.S. Pain Foundation.

“We were thrilled upon learning that the local artists of Biddeford, through Engine, were so open to the idea of showing their support for the pain community,” explains Shaina Smith, Director of Ambassadors & Advocates for the U.S. Pain Foundation. “Having worked alongside fellow chronic pain survivors, I have seen first-hand how beneficial and therapeutic various forms of art and other creative activities can be. For some it’s a temporary escape from the realities and challenges caused by our conditions. For others it is the easiest form of self-expression when words cannot do justice to the emotions felt as the result of chronic pain. We thank Engine and the community for embracing our pain awareness campaign and efforts.”

Dr. Ed Bilsky, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England, adds “Chronic pain is arguably this Nations number one health problem given the sheer numbers of people directly or indirectly impacted by the disease and the associated economic and social impacts. Community programs that raise public awareness of pain and its treatment provide tremendous value to the stakeholders and helps focus discussions and resources that improve human health. The work that Engine and the U.S. Pain Foundation are doing is complementary to the pain education and research programs taking place at the University of New England.”

“Shedding light on issues that people are struggling with every day is one of the powerful roles that art and artists can play in our lives,” says Tammy Ackerman, executive director of Engine. “People who are dealing with pain in their own lives many times turn to art to help cope. People have been so generous to Engine and this is a chance to pay it forward.”

For more information:

Contact Tammy Ackerman at ENGINE director@feedtheengine.org or 207.370.9130.
Office hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm.

ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization.  Engine’s mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Maine Fablab in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 265 Main street. www.feedtheengine.org

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE NEUROSCIENCES aims to foster creativity and collaboration among people who have a passion for understanding the complexities of the nervous system and applying this knowledge to improve human health, productivity and quality of life. www.une.edu/research/cen

U.S. PAIN FOUNDATION is based in Middlebury Connecticut and was created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration. Their mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. The foundation recognizes and validates the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and educate, being a source of support and hope, encouraging others to share personal stories and advocating for proper medical care. http://uspainfoundation.org/

 


CALL FOR WORK

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Artists Call for Work for “Beautify in Blue”
a mini-exhibition to benefit the U.S. Pain Foundation

Biddeford, ME – Engine announces an open call for works of art for the “Beautify in Blue” mini-exhibition to benefit the U.S. Pain Foundation.

Engine, in partnership with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Neuroscience and the U.S. Pain Foundation, will donate a portion of the proceeds of any sales to the U.S, Pain Foundation. The exhibition opening will be held at Engine during August 29 from 5-8pm coinciding with the monthly Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.

Call for Art Guidelines:

  • Open to all media and to all artists and aspiring artists of all ages
  • Works should be no larger than 10″ × 10″ and available for sale
  • Artists can submit up to two pieces
  • Commission structure: artist/foundation/Engine: 60%/30%/10%
  • Works on paper must be mounted but do not have to be framed
  • Dominant theme should be blue or pain-related
  • All works should be clearly labeled on the back with contact info
  • Start Date:  August 29, 2014  End date:  October 4, 2014
  • Drop off: delivered August 23 from 11-4 or August 25-28 between 1pm-6pm
  • Pick up: Saturday October 4 between 11am-4pm
  • Fill out the ArtWork Intake form online.
  • Exhibition waiver must be completed and delivered with work

Engine reserves the right to refuse any work that is deemed not appropriate in content according to gallery policy. For more information contact Tammy Ackerman @ Engine, director@feedtheengine.org • 207.370.9130

For more information: Contact Tammy Ackerman
207.370.9130.
Office hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm.

 

 



THE DIPTYCH PROJECT II OPENS JULY 25

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(Pictured left) Jenny Learner, The Long Winter, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″, 2013, (pictured right) Lelia Stokes Weinstein, Deep Woods, encaustic on panel, 12″ x 12″, 2014

The Diptych Project II opening July  25, 2014

Biddeford, ME – The Diptych Project II, a collaboration between New England WAX and FusedChicago, features works from 38 encaustic artists. The exhibition opens at Engine on July 25th during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk and will run through Saturday, September 20, 2014. As part of the exhibition, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, The Art of Collaboration: An Artist Talk on The Diptych Project II on Tuesday, August 19, at 6pm.

Artists from each organization were partnered and worked together over the course of six months to create and exchange work.  After the initial exchange, participating artists composed a response piece to the work they received from their partnering artist.  The new piece responded to formal compositional elements such as line, texture, color, or form, or focused on the underlying narrative or theme of the work.  The project became a conversation between two artists–a form of “call and response” in which each artist was given the opportunity to work deeply and intimately in connection to another artist’s work.

New England WAX members include Holly Berube, Jeanne Borofsky, Debra Claffey, Pamala Crabb, Pamela DeJong, Heather Douglas, Soosen Dunholter, Jeanne Griffin, Donna Hamil Talman, Sue Katz, Julie Serrano, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema, Julie Vohs, Catherine Weber, Kellie Weeks, Lelia Stokes Weinstein, and Charyl Weissbach. FUSEDChicago members include Susan Cahill, Cat Crotchett, VA dePintor, Kari Hall, Carol Hamilton, Cindy Hogan, Brad Hook, Pat Lagger, Mary Krebs Smyth, Dawn Korman, Jenny Learner, Jane Michalski, Ahavani Mullen, Crystal Neubauer, Yvonne Prisble, Sarah Rehmer, Kathy Blankely Roman, Linda Sorkin Eisenberg, Michele Thrane, and Donna Zarbin-Byrne.

For more info: Contact at ENGINE  arts@feedtheengine.org or 207.370.9130. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

New England WAX is a lively and growing professional organization that connects artists in the six New England states who work in the medium of encaustic. Their mission is to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic, to educate the general public about this medium and to increase interest in encaustic in the art world.

FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions of member work, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.

EnkaustikosLogo Print Version

The Diptych Project II is sponsored by Enkaustikos Wax Art Supplies.

ENKAUSTIKOS: Since 1996, Enkaustikos’ mission has been to mill the highest quality professional encaustic paint for artists.  They do this by procuring the highest quality raw ingredients, seek out the widest range of the highest quality pigments suitable for the encaustic medium and mill on state of the art equipment.  “Excellence is what we are after; we are passionate about their product.  We will always experiment with new and diverse pigments to expand our color line.  We will also strive to meet the needs of artists by increasing our product line with encaustic related products that support the growth and current trends of the industry.”

PANEL: From self portrait to selfie. Need to be seen.

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Engine examines the evolution of the image of self in art and of “selfie” in society

Thursday, July 10 at 6pm at Engine

Biddeford, ME – As part of the exhibition SELF/selfie: a visual investigation into the reflection of self, Engine will host a panel discussion entitled, “From self portrait to selfie. Need to be seen” on Thursday, July 10, at 6pm in its exhibition space at 265 Main Street in Biddeford. The panel will include the exhibition curator Donna McNeil, social media guru Rob Gould of Social Social, MECA ‘14 graduate and creator of #ProjectSelfiePride Sabrina Volante, writer of BlackGirlinMaine Shay Stewart-Bouley, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the Portland Museum of Art Jessica May and Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of New England. The panel will be moderated by Joshua Bodwell, co-founder of Engine and director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

The exhibition SELF/selfie features 2D and 3D work by Cig Harvey, Jonathan Laurence, Aaron Stephan (courtesy of Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME), Julie K. Gray, Alan Magee, Nancy Andrews, Joseph Nicoletti, Alison Hildreth, Nathan Eldridge, Mark Wethli, Deborah Randall, Gina Siepel, David Wolfe and Shoshannah White. The exhibition opens May 30 and will run through Saturday, July 19. Visit feedtheengine.org/selfselfie-artists for artist biographies. selfie includes “selfies” submitted by the international community via Instagram tagged with #SELFtheshow. View all the submissions on Tumblr at SELFselfie.tumblr.com