ART IN THE LOBBY
X + O - Contemporary Textiles by CE Nilles
July 28 – September 24, 2022
An exhibition featuring new and recent fiber work by artist Christine Nillis. Christine is a costume designer, fiber artist and illustrator. She has exhibited her cloth sculptures and fiber art in galleries across the United States and has won many awards, most notably twice for The Arkansas Arts Center’s ‘Toys Designed by Artists’ competition. Her work is in the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection. Christine has designed costumes for Colby College Theater and Dance, The Waterville Opera House, Studio Theater at Portland Stage and Theater at Monmouth. She is a member of the Costume Society of America.
Curated by John T. Meader
In 1998 the Maine International Film Festival began welcoming filmmakers and filmgoers from around the world to Waterville, Maine. From the start, still photography was part of the festival—capturing moments, filmmakers, actors, directors, volunteers, and independent-film buffs. This year, a special exhibition, 25 Years of MIFF Photography, will feature the best photographs of MIFF’s 25-year history. From June 27 to July 23, prints will be on display as part of the Art in the Lobby exhibition area at Railroad Square Cinema. During the festival, a large-screen monitor in the lobby of the Waterville Opera House will rotate through unique new images each day, mixing classic photos from MIFF’s past with photos from the previous day’s activities.
April 11 – June 17, 2022
Michel Droge is a painter, printmaker, and educator whose work engages with the environment and the human condition in an era of uncertainty. They are a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Award and recent fellowships at Ellis Beauregard Foundation and Surf Point. Michel is currently an artist in residence at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and has an M.F.A. from Maine College of Art.
Sarah Loftus is an archaeologist at Northeast Archeology Research Center in Farmington, Maine. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century history and people’s relationships with the environment through material culture, labor, and technology. She has a Ph.D. In Anthropology from Syracuse University. Sarah worked on several of the farms that are part of the Farm Tools Project.
Ticonic Gallery + Railroad Square Cinema Lobby present The Farm Tools Project, a visual exploration of the use of hand tools on small farms in Maine and the exchanges that take place between farmers and the land. Artist Michel Droge and archaeologist Sarah Loftus traveled around the state with a portable cyanotype kit (an old form of non-toxic photography relying on sunlight and water) creating images of tools with farmers in their fields and talking with people about their practices, the significance of the tools they use and how they engage with the earth to produce and harvest food.
The Farm Tools Project is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and by the Kindling Fund, a grant program administered by SPACE as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regranting Program.
March 1 – March 31, 2022
Artists: Mass Media Communications Students at Mid-Maine Technical Center
Youth Art Month: For these high school students, the images that matter most come along the journey, off the direct route, on the way to the destination. They come from the moments walking by. They’re not always the ones we set out to make, but the ones that live along the way. Mass Media Communications students at MMTC are learning the art of sharing messages and stories through multimedia, including photography, video production, graphic design, illustration and more
December 6, 2021–February 28, 2022
Artists: Judith Long, Chris Olson, Caroline Loose, Christine Higgins, Robin Brooks, Karen Adrienne, Ellen Roberts, Rebecca Goodale, Kris Sader. J.P. Strode, & Ross Dener
Artworks are made using a variety of techniques and include linocuts, silkscreens, photogravure, monotypes, monoprints and intaglio techniques.
Circling the Square Fine Art Press opened in 2007 to offer printmaking artists in Central Maine an opportunity to share a studio, ideas, techniques, information, and to collaborate with other printmakers. This open access press is designed to combine the best of the 500-year-old traditions of printmaking with the safer, new technologies of the 21st century. The press located in the Historic District of Downtown Gardiner.
October 22–December 4, 2021
Artists: Christine Olson, Judith Long, Donna Parkinson, J.P. Strode, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus, Karen Adrienne, & Burke Long
Tête à Tête, an exhibit of visual conversations between one photographer and seven printmakers from Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine. This “print and photo chat” includes work by Press members Christine Olson, Judith Long, Donna Parkinson, J.P. Strode, Ellen Roberts, Sarah Vosmus, and Karen Adrienne, and photographer Burke Long.
Artists: Zeraph Dylan Moore, Lizzy Schule, Teresa Lagrange
“The Penobscot Jail Storytelling Project is a community-based, multidisciplinary project raising up the voices and priorities of people who have been jailed in Penobscot County, Maine. We are currently a team of twenty storytellers, interviewers, transcribers, artists, organizers, and advisors under the umbrella of community group No Penobscot County Jail Expansion.”