Fall exhibitions open Sept. 13 at UMaine Museum of Art

The University of Maine Museum of Art has announced its fall exhibitions, running Sept. 13 through Dec. 21.

“Way Stations” features new abstract paintings by New York-based artist Joan Belmar. Spherical forms, often filled with transparent textural passages, populate Belmar’s compositions and are combined with segmented lines, dots and portal-like constructions.

“Circles represent the infinite,” says Belmar, adding that they “suggest, like a Russian doll that contains one inside the other, world or way stations within other worlds.”  

“Entangled” features a new series of paintings and drawings by Maine-based artist Nina Jerome. 

Invasive wild grape vines, which Jerome encountered while at a recent artist residency, inspire the compositions. 

“The movement and joyful choreography of their entanglement express the variety and excitement of life’s experiences, yet the tangled knots also create obstacles within our interconnected systems,” Jerome says.

“Studio Visit” brings together a selection of new works by six notable painters working throughout the United States. Ranging from hard-edged to densely layered compositions, the exhibition showcases each artist’s unique approach to abstraction. 

Artists featured in the exhibit are Thomas Berding of East Lansing, Michigan; Joanne Freeman of New York City; Alfredo Gisholt of Boston, Massachusetts; Rachel Hellmann of Terre Haute, Indiana; Suzanne Laura Kammin of Newark, New Jersey; and Matt Phillips of New York City. 

The museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor. Admission is free in 2019 thanks to Deighan Wealth Advisors.

More information about the museum and its exhibits is online.