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New Center for Maine Contemporary ArtReborn In Rockland

The New Center For Maine Contemporary Art Opens

written for Art New England, July/August 2016

Long-awaited and anticipated, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art building—its sawtooth roofline proudly cresting the skyline of Rockland. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, the 11,000-square-foot building’s innovative exterior is made of reflective glass, stainless steel and zinc. Its striking presence enhances the small city’s reputation as one of Maine’s top year-round arts destinations, elevating it to a new level of urbanity and sophistication.

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Betsy Sterling Benjamin

Textiles that explore the physical and spiritual world

Betsy Sterling Benjamin has chosen a “path with heart” that leads her on both physical and spiritual journeys. Her exploration of the world, and of Buddhism, is reflected thoughtfully in her highly accomplished textile work. She became interested in Buddhism while living in Japan and is now in preparation for ordination in the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. For her, Buddhism has served as what she calls “a coming home.”

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Jorie Johnson

Coaxing fashion from felt

Jorie Johnson is an American citizen who moved her studio and business to Tokyo more than 12 years ago out of an instinctive desire to be in the milieu of artists who have historically considered textiles as a serious art form. “I am somewhat of a nomad at heart,” notes Johnson, who studied textiles at the Helsinki University of Art and Design in Finland as well as at Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. Her work as an artist, designer and owner of Joi Rae Textiles, teacher, and author moves her to and fro around the globe – promoting her work, doing research and writing, and teaching workshops.

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Ana Lisa Hedstrom

The artist as teacher

For those who are familiar with her work in fiber and art to wear, the name Ana Lisa Hedstrom often strikes a chord of awe. Hedstrom has been at the forefront of the art-to-wear movement for several decades with her work in arashi shibori and surface design – but she is also well known and respected as a workshop teacher.

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Searching for a Place to Be

Author Michael Rumaker returns to North Carolina to give a series of readings from his work exploring what it means
to be gay

When 19-year-old Michael Rumaker arrived in Black Mountain College in June of 1951, after a 600-mile drive south from New Jersey in a friend’s “new green Chevy,” he was nervouse, excited, and full of anticipation for a place he’d heard described as “a hotbed of communists and homosexuals.”

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A Legacy Lives On in Display at WCU

Works from Black Mountain College reveal a rich, historic era

The latest effort to keep the legacy of Black Mountain College alive is an exhibition at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee featuring works by 23 artists who participated in the famous college as students or teachers.

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Logan Takes a Clear-Eyed Look at the World in Paintings

Juan Logan is an archaeologist of the human condition. He works through multiple layers of paint slathered on canvas with a masonry trowel in an effort to reveal a picture of truth. Logan’s humor and outlook are reflected in a pithy comment: “An old lady once told me that the only thing that belongs to the middle of the road is a dead possum or a yellow line.”

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Eye-Opening Homecoming

The Asheville Art Museum hosts Josef Albers’ work

What cargo is so precious, it has to be transported from Connecticut to Asheville in an air-cushioned, climate-controlled, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, and followed by a courier in a car?

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A Civil Lens

Atlanta museum hosts Charles Moore’s famous photos

As the son of a Southern Baptist minister, photographer Charles Moore was drawn to the deep, resonant voice of the Rev. Martin Luther King when he first heard King speak in a small, country church in Montgomery in the late ’50s.

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