Participants in this months First Friday Art Walk;
Wintergreen Arts Center is hosting the inspiring work of local artist Filomena Irving during the month of February. Her Opening Reception, “The Awakening,” will be held on February 2, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, during the First Friday Downtown Art Walk.
Refreshments will be served and musical entertainment provided by classical pianist Liudmila “Mila” Mamontova. The evening event is free and open to the public.
Filomena “Mena” Irving is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a former middle school science teacher in Washburn. She is an artist who says she has taken over half a century to awaken her latent desire to paint.
“I have always known that I had it in me,” said Irving, “but it wasn’t until my husband encouraged me to attend a painting workshop hosted by Tim Gagnon that I actually awakened my latent desire and turned it into a new career.”
Irving works in acrylics and watercolor. Her subjects are predominantly landscapes, seascapes, and florals. Her passion for travel and gardening often translate themselves into her paintings. Her paintings are largely influenced by her imagination, the works of other artists, and the beauty that surrounds her.
“One could describe my style as impressionistic, and eclectic, varying with my mood and my medium,” said Irving. “My art gives voice to my experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter.”
A collection of the artist’s wearable art will also be on display including colorful headbands, scarves, and beanies.
Filomena Irving currently lives on a farm in Washburn with her husband Scott.
**The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present Unfolding, an exhibit focused on objects and memory by Jennifer Leigh Jones, from January 22 through March 16, 2018. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, February 2, from 5-7 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. This reception is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. The Reed Gallery is located on the second floor of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning.
Jones’ work explores the relationship between objects and the memories they trigger. She is fascinated by the manner in which the mind processes life events, from the extreme traumas that life can sometimes yield to the soft tranquility of playing with a tea set. Each object she portrays in her work is inextricably bound to the memory of events.
Jones is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing and serves as the Department Chair at Navarro College in Waxahachie, TX. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2009 from the University of North Texas where she taught as an adjunct professor until 2014, when she became a full-time professor at Navarro.
In 2009, she was named “one of the Dallas Top Nine Artists at the F.I.G. to watch” in D Magazine. Her prolific work has been exhibited nationally. She has participated in over 80 art exhibitions, alongside several of today’s most renowned art figures, such as: Nato Thompson, Chief Curator at the New York-based public arts institution, Creative Time; Terri Thornton, an artist and Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Thomas Feulmer, Director of Education and Programming at the Rachofsky House in Dallas, TX; Gavin Morrison, curator of the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Gallery; Janis Goodman, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC; Dallas Art Fair co-founder Chris Byrne; Gail Sachson, immediate past Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission and past Vice-Chair of the Dallas Public Art Committee, and many more.
Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, TX; Ex Post Facto, Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, TX ; Dallas Art Fair, F.I.G, Ro2 Gallery; Texas Art Contemporary Fair, Houston, TX, Ro2 Gallery. Jones has been named a finalist three times in the Hunting Art Prize, located in Houston, TX.
All are invited to view the show between January and March and to come out to the First Friday Art Walk on February 2 and take part in the free reception and artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. In addition, Unfolding will be open during the First Friday Art Walk on March 2 from 5-7 p.m. Please follow gallery happenings on the Reed Gallery Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ReedArtGallery.
The Reed Fine Art Gallery is located on the second floor of UMPI’s Center for Innovative Learning and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and University holidays. For more information about this event, please contact Reed Gallery Director Hyrum Benson at (207) 768-9441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**NMCC Our artist is Martin Gallant. He paints in watercolors and acrylics.
** President House at U.M.P.I. will be opening from 3-5 p.m. for meet, mingle and enjoy light refreshments as we kick off First Friday Art Walk.