Waterville Creates is showcasing the Common Threads exhibition at Ticonic Gallery, 10 Water St., through Sunday, Feb. 12. John T. Meader photo

Waterville Creates is showcasing the Common Threads exhibition at Ticonic Gallery, 10 Water St., through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Featuring a dynamic array of prints, written works, and portraits, Common Threads represents the individual and gathered stories shared through collaborative workshops and conversations led last summer by artists Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, according to a news release from Mary Elms at Waterville Creates.

Using a screen-printed tent as a gathering place, Jabar and Kinsella brought community members of all ages together to explore the questions: What does it mean to be part of a community? How can we forge meaningful connections with each other and the place we call home?

The exhibition is a visual presentation of shared hopes, dreams and ideas for Waterville, and visitors to the exhibition are invited to contribute their own thoughts through interactive prompts.

Common Threads John T. Meader photo

“This exhibition is celebratory in nature — for artists, community members, and for Waterville. WC considers Common Threads the perfect inaugural exhibition to showcase the community dialogue that is at the heart of the exhibition. To have visitors see their work, aspirations and ideas for Waterville on the gallery walls is very special,” says Marie Sugden, exhibitions coordinator for Waterville Creates.

The Paul J. Schupf Art Center serves as the new, consolidated home of Waterville Creates and its film, performing, and visual arts programs and a new contemporary gallery of the Colby College Museum of Art. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and Ticonic Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and federal holidays.


Ticonic Gallery’s next exhibition will celebrate Youth Art Month with local school-aged children’s artwork (grades K-12), on view March 3-31, with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 3.

The Common Threads project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission, and realized in partnership with the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art.

For more information on the Common Threads project, visit watervillecreates.org or email Sugden at msugden@watervillecreates.org.



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