2015-09-03 / Community News

Art sought for December exhibit

Biddeford-based artist collective AUTUS, meaning “growth” in Latin, is calling for work to be juried into the group’s first curated exhibition, “The PINE TREE STATEment” to be exhibited Dec. 4 through Jan. 16 at Engine, an arts organization at 128 Main St. in downtown Biddeford. Artists from Maine or with a connection to Maine are invited to submit work.

Maine is widely known as a tourist destination – a land of lighthouses, sailboats and seafood. From Thoreau’s idyllic Maine Woods, the noir scenes of Stephen King’s “Shawshank Redemption,” and Robert McCloskey’s wholesome “Blueberries for Sal,” Maine is often portrayed as a bucolic destination for visitors near and far. Maine, deemed Vacationland, in its catering to appeal to the seasonal tourists, has become the lobster caricature, the pot buoys on the side of the garage, and all the moosethemed paraphernalia available for sale.

The PINE TREE STATEment exhibition invites all Maine artists and artists with a connection to the great state to reimagine, re-assign, re-invent and take ownership of Maine’s iconography. How do you represent all that Maine has to offer: the ocean, forests, lighthouses, animal life and culinary treats? How can we paint lighthouses and seascapes in a new, more progressive way? How do you represent Maine’s iconographic imagery?

New or completed work (2-D, 3-D, video or performance), is due by Oct. 16. For more information, email autuscollective@gmail.com.

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