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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.

Details:

•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%/40%/10%
•Open to all media
•Open to all artists and aspiring artists of all ages
•Works on paper must be mounted but do not have to be framed
•Dominant theme should be blue
•All works should be clearly labeled on the back with contact info
Work should be registered using this form
Exhibition waiver must be completed and delivered with work
•Work should be delivered August 23 from 11-4 or August 25-28 between 1pm-6pm
•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
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.

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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.”

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

 

WORKSHOP for CREATIVES

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Doing What You love + Your Bottom Line

Responsible financial management for the beginning and expanding business

Thursday, June 19, 1-3 pm

@ Engine 265 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Cost: Maine Crafts Association + Engine Members: $10, Non-members: $15

Registration required. This workshop will only be held if the registration quota is met.

To Register: 
Email/call Sadie Bliss @ Maine Craft Association: sbliss@mainecrafts.org / 207-564-0041

Learn financial management with peers in the same predicament: You are running a business you love but without a financial tool box: This two-hour workshop presented by Maine Crafts Association and Engine will focus on smart financial management of small businesses (our focus is on art / craft / design related business but anyone self-employed or running a small business is welcome). The workshop will be interactive and cater to the particular needs of the group. Bring your questions!

Workshop Topics:

- Are you really making a profit? Is it enough? What can you do if not?
- Costing
- Record keeping
- Generating and understanding financial statements – in a non-threatening way!
- Employees – “Independent contractors”, legal requirements, costs, payroll services
- Growth consumes cash- and how to cope
- Cash Flow: the difference between Cash Flow and Income
- Insurance (Building, Product Liability, Liability and Heath)

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The workshop will be lead by longtime Maine Crafts Association member, Patti Dowse. In 1971 Patti began Erda, a handbag company that started as a one-woman operation in her kitchen and ultimately to grew to 1200 active accounts, from small mom and pop shops to national parks, art museums, and craft galleries throughout the United States, and internationally. She sold Erda in the fall of 2013, subsequently receiving the Niche Design Award in Fine Craft, and the Silver Collar Award for being an exemplary workplace for workers over 50. Additionally, Patti served as the Director of the Maine Designer Association, a non-profit that took the work of Maine craft businesses to national trade shows and has written for the Crafts Report since the 1970’s.

“After 43 years making and selling arty handbags, having made ALL the mistakes (in many cases more than once), I am uniquely positioned to guide other people out of financial denial. Most creative people avoid looking at numbers, the way some people avoid doctors: afraid that they may find bad news, or embarrassed to admit that they don’t understand the information presented. I can show them how to generate and interpret their numbers, and even use them to inform their design decisions.”

“You don’t get to continue doing what you love, if you don’t mind your bottom line!”

SELF/selfie ARTISTS

SELF/selfie, curated by Donna McNeil, will feature self-portraiture work from regional artists and a call for “selfies” from the international community.The exhibition opens at Engine on May 30th during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk and will run through Saturday, July 19, 2014. The exhibition consists of two parts: SELF and selfie. 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, Deborah Randall, Gina Siepel, and Shoshannah White among others artists from Maine and New England. The exhibition opens May 30 and will run through Saturday, July 19. selfie includes “selfies” submitted by the international community via Instagram tagged with #SELFtheshow. View all the submissions on Tumblr at SELFselfie.tumblr.com

Biographies

Nancy Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, props and objects.  She works in hybrid forms combining storytelling, documentary, animation, puppetry,  and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, including history, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography.

She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships including: the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts.

Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, Nova Cinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others.

Six of her films are in the film collection of  the Museum of Modern Art and one is in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Film Collection

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983. Nancy is currently on faculty at the College of the Atlantic where she teaches video making, animation, time-based arts and film studies.

 

Nathan Eldridge  is a commercial, editorial & fine art photographer.  Specializing in portraits he published Portraits of the Public  in 2012, a small book of portraits of Portland, Maine.  His work examines and exposes the humor and horror of being human.  

William Eldridge was an American painter born in Orrington, Maine in 1908.  He attended Vesper George in the 20’s then moved to New York City until WWII.  He was married shortly after WWII and raised 5 children in Bangor and Belfast, Maine.  He was an avid outdoorsman and painter.  He died in 1996.

Julie K. Gray is a multi-media artist who works primarily with photography, embroidery, craft media and video.  She earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and in 2012, she earned her MFA in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art.

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was recently nominated for the John Gutmann fellowship and a finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, Gardening At Night, will be released in the spring of 2015. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things. She tries to do this every day, and then pretends to clean up the mess she’s made with varying degrees of success.

 

Alison Hildreth

Jonathan Laurence

 

Alan Magee Born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Alan Magee attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time,  Atlantic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Simon & Schuster, Ballantine, Avon, and Bantam Books. During the 1970s Magee produced paintings for the covers of books by Graham Greene, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, John Irving, Henry Miller, Edward Abbey, Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima, Stanley Elkin, John Neihardt, Ken Kesey, Russell Hoban, Agatha Christie, Patrick White, Arkady and Boris Strugatski, and others.

Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light, and Alan Magee, Maine Master by the Union of Maine Visual Artists. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, Monitor Radio (Christian Science Monitor) in NY, WHYY in Philadelphia, and Pacifica Radio in San Francisco. A profile of the artist appeared in the March/April 2001 issue (#332) of Graphis.

Magee’s works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the US Capitol, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. His work is included in the private collections of Mobil Oil, the Atlantic Richfield Co., Lucasfilm Inc., Cargill Corporation, Continental Grain, the Bank of Japan, the Union Trust Bank, The Janss Collection, and the collections of Billy Wilder, Henry Fonda, Chermayeff & Geissmar, Arnold Newman, Johnny Carson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nicolas Cage, Morley Safer, Burton and Deedee McMurtry, and the Richard and Jalane Davidson Collection of American Realist Drawings.

 

Joseph Nicoletti

Deborah Randall

 

Gina Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist based in Greenfield, MA. She works in a wide range of media and materials, including sculpture, performance, drawing, traditional woodworking, and video. She was awarded the Zorach/Bingham fellowship by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, (Skowhegan ME) and a studio fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME) as well as grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council. Her works have been exhibited in many venues in New York, New England, and internationally including the Colby Museum of Art, Flux Factory, Space Gallery, the A.P.E. Gallery, the New Art Center, Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, and the PROGRAM Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations, Berlin. She holds a BFA from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Her newest project will be presented at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA this coming October.

 

Aaron Stephan

 

Shoshannah White was born in New York, grew up in Florida and has called Maine home for many years. Her photography has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. Her installation work is sited throughout Maine. White has completed many private and public commissions – often incorporating photography into architectural and sculptural form. Shoshannah has been a guest critic, a visiting artist and lecturer and has taught workshops in a number of specialized photographic and painting techniques.

 

David Wolfe