Showing January 5 – April 29, 2018
Opening Reception – Wednesday, January 17th – 5:30-7:00pm
“Printmakers of Chases Garage” is a beautiful exhibit of works by five local artists in the Morgan Gallery at the Kittery Community Center. This exhibit will be shown January 5th through April 29th. The public is invited to an Opening Reception with refreshments on Wednesday, January 17th at 5:30pm. Come hear the artists talk about their works and their process.
This exhibit showcases the works of Zachary Bennett, Lyell Castonguay, Dylan Haigh, Ned Roche, and Anne Scheer. Each artist will have multiple pieces on display. These artists are all printmakers from Chases Garage in York Beach, Maine. Chases Garage houses a gallery, ceramics and printmaking workshops, and nine studio spaces within a 100 year old auto garage at Short Sands Beach. Zachary Bennett is an artist living and working in the Seacoast area. Mostly using abstract techniques, he works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, oil pastels, ceramics, and photography. He is infinitely fascinated with the world and others around him. He watches the way in which each personality comes to develop their judgments of the world and how it affects the general role they play while interacting with others. “I reflect on where my mind lies, along with watching the interactions between myself and others to assess why I confront situations the way I do and where many of my core personality traits come from,” says Bennett. “Over time, this helps me notice when my perception of the world serves my everyday life, and when it can hinder it. I find great comfort in dissecting the workings of one’s brain and emotions.” More info and works can be found at https://zacharybennett.studio/.
Lyell Castonguay is a printmaker creating narrative woodcuts that incorporate transparent colors and complex, hand carved patterning. His current body of work depicts the familiar imagery of birds in portraiture and masses, but they are distorted into allegorical beasts. “As a pet owner and birder, I observe distinct personalities in my avian subjects. It is because they are such complex creatures that I choose to anthropomorphize them.” Castonguay continues, “The color and patterning of their plumage combined with their transient way of life inspires me to illustrate their forms in both figurative and abstract compositions.” Castonguay teaches woodcut at print studios throughout New England and is the director of BIG INK, a collaborative project that encourages other artists to practice large woodcut. His portfolio can be found at www.lyellcastonguay.com.
Dylan Haigh was born and raised in Newmarket, NH, and after moving around from Boston to New York to North Carolina, finally returned to the Seacoast and opened a design studio in Portsmouth. His silkscreen work celebrates shape, color and basic special relationships. “I couldn’t afford to go to art school and now, in my early 30’s, I’m teaching myself how to make art and photos on my own,” states Haigh. “I believe that every piece is an education in itself, and my greatest passion is making. More, better, and everyday.” More info on his works at www.dylanhaigh.com.
Ned Roche is co-owner of Chases Garage Artist Studios and Gallery. “I sometimes fold ‘Things’ out of clay,” he says. Taking on the forms of buffalo, anteaters, bears, pigs, squirrels, foxes, hippos and the creatures from our dreams, Roche’s amorphous “Things” appear to walk right out of folded slabs of clay. This series of silkscreens are investigations of Roche’s ceramic sculpture through printmaking. You can view one of Ned’s silkscreens at www.chasesgarage.com/store/thing-with-neck-screen-print.
Anne Scheer creates water-based gelatin acrylic monoprints that are abstract nearscapes of closely observed environmental change. Her studio is within one hundred yards of the Atlantic ocean and it is in that ocean that she finds her inspiration. “Walking the Maine shore, it is difficult not to see close up the complexity and turbulence in the intertidal zone – the area between the low and high tide marks.” She adds, “Requiring flexibility, adaptation and luck, lifeforms here deal with sweeping wave action, and desiccating low tides in the space of hours. It is a microcosm, a metaphor for the earth’s starting climatic change happening in our lifetime.” Scheer’s works and other information can be found at www.annescheerstudio.com.
The Morgan Gallery, at the Kittery Community Center, is made possible through a generous donation by the Morgan Family of Kittery, ME. The gallery space is prominently located by the STAR THEATRE and provides a new venue for showcasing works by visual artists. The KCC Visual Arts Committee is responsible for curating the programming and schedules an ongoing series of art exhibits to showcase visual artists. Professional artists are encouraged to submit works for review for future exhibits. All works are reviewed and juried by a sub-committee of the Arts and Culture committee.
This gallery is free and open to the public during KCC business hours and also open during performances in the STAR Theatre. The Morgan Gallery is located in the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. For more information on the gallery and hours, please visit www.kitterycommunitycenter.org or call 207-439-3800.