Gold LEAF Institute, the senior college at the University of Maine at Farmington, is set to present an all-new exhibit, “The Art Among Us2” from Friday, June 17 to Friday, July 29. Shown is “The One Who Flew Away” by Ann Arbor. Submitted photo

Gold LEAF Institute, the senior college at the University of Maine at Farmington, is set to present an all-new exhibit, “The Art Among Us2” from Friday, June 17 to Friday, July 29.

The exhibit is at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center Flex Gallery on Academy Street on the UMF campus. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. June 17, and is free and open to the public.

Gold LEAF’S “The Art Among Us” exhibit theme was first realized in the summer of 2018 with great success, setting an Emery record for the most visitors to a summer exhibit over the length of its run, according to a news release from the university.

The 2022 display has been in the planning since last fall, after a brief hiatus because of COVID. The current exhibit features a wide variety of work by 29 local artists in acrylics, fiber, prints, sketches, photos, wood, glass and more.

“3 Teddy Bear” by Meredith Mustard. Submitted photo

Artists participating in the current show include Ann Arbor, Reid Byers, Frank Chin, Anna D’Epiro Cushing, Suzanne DeBiase, Patricia Duane-Chin, Michael Field, Liz Hunt, Betty Jespersen, Jo Josephson, Eileen Kreutz and Kathy Kerr.

Also participating are John Lovejoy, Susan McPherran, Rebecca Morin, Meredith Mustard, Janet O’Neil, Janet Plouffe, Phil Poirier, Lise Ragan, Doug Rawlings, Katherine Richards, Ray Stillman, Mark Stofan, Joe Terranova, Lyn Terranova, Marilyn Waugh, Heidi Wilde and Maggy Wykoff.

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For Ann Bartges, the director of the arts center, this exhibition stands out as a special opportunity to showcase the deep creative energy in Franklin County.

“One of my favorite things about living in Farmington is being part of this huge community of artists. Bringing this artwork to Emery gives the larger public an opportunity to celebrate the dedicated creative practices of our local artists,” said Bartges.

“Working with Ann and the Emery staff has been so smooth,” said Eileen Kreutz, chair of the committee of six who pulled this exhibit together. “We know this opening reception, and the summer’s run of the exhibit, will be exciting. It is gratifying to showcase the artists hidden up in these hills.”

Many of the artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. Weather permitting, refreshments will be offered on the plaza outdoors.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Check Emery’s website for holiday closures at wpsites.maine.edu.

“Epiphany at Baldwin Hill” by Phil Poirier. Submitted photo

 

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