FARMINGTON — The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus opens the semester with two exhibits of stellar proportions. “Celestial Territories Expanded” with paintings by Lori Tremblay will be on display in the Flex-Space Gallery and “Cynthia Davis Collages” on exhibit in the surrounding walkways. The exhibits run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 11.

An opening reception for the artists will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Tremblay’s paintings are inspired by readings and research into the relationships and primeval meanings of the 48 constellations that can be seen without the use of a telescope. This body of paintings proposes a reawakening to this ancient knowledge held sacred by cultures across the globe since the dawn of time.

A reinstallation of the Celestial Territories exhibit first seen at the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Tremblay’s work includes those in the original show and additional works that add to that exploration.

Davis’ work combines repurposed maps, weaving, sewing, drawing, collage and more to take on the idea of map versus landscape. She navigates the fissure between inner and outer worlds making the processes of map making, mark making, artist books, textiles and installation important veins threading through her work.

She has exhibited her work throughout Maine, with recent shows at the Three Fish Gallery in Portland, Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and Thos. Moser Gallery in Freeport.

Davis received the 2014 Stephen Pace House Residency in Stonington. She holds an MFA in fibers from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a BFA in printmaking from the Portland School of Art now known as the Maine College of Art.

More on the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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