AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission recently announced the opening of its newest Art in the Capitol exhibit, open to the public in the Burton M. Cross Building and the Maine Arts Commission office through August.

This summer exhibition in the series of rotating shows features 45 pieces by Maine artists from the Spindleworks and SpinOff Studio programs. The selection demonstrates the wide range of talent and vitality of the artists in these two programs, the motto of which is Spindleworks’ artist Rita Langlois’s quote, “Handicap, I heard of it, but I aint got it now,” according to a news release from the commision.

“We are thrilled to give Spindleworks’ artists a regular place in our Art in the Capital rotation,” said Julie Horn, the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Visual Arts Programs and the show’s curator, in the release. “Their work is a pure celebration of life, breaking down stereotypes, and needs to be appreciated by many.”

Artists attending each program receive supplies, studio space and guidance as needed. Their work is exhibited in the Whatnot Gallery and Store at Spindleworks and SpinOff, as well as in shows both locally and nationally. The artists receive 75 percent of the sale price of their work, with 25 percent returning to the program to purchase supplies.

The Spindleworks gallery and store are open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The artists are on site 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

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