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Sacred: Women Vision' at UMM

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MACHIAS -- The University of Maine Art Gallery in Powers Hall will be hosting a new show in March by five women artists, all creating art in Down East Maine. The artists include Elizabeth Ostrander of Eastport, Lisa Marquis-Bradbury of Eastport, Shanna Wheelock of Lubec, Sherry Ashby of Lubec and Sharon Mack of Machias. Although their styles and mediums differ greatly, their art blends perfectly and reflects their shared love of the beauty and mysticism of the Bold Coast.

The show is titled 'Sacred: Women in Vision' and will run from March 1 to March 31. An artists' reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. This is their second joint exhibition. Their first show, held in 2015 at Mulholland Gallery in Lubec, was the largest, most successful ever held at the gallery.

Lisa Marquis-Bradbury is originally from Woodstock, NY. She moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina 13 years ago with her family and has been inspired by the beauty of Eastport and the Bold Coast. Her art work continues to evolve from realistic to surrealistic and back again. She is following her inner muse and expresses in watercolor, oil and mosaic, depending on what feels most exciting to her at the time. Marquis-Bradbury is the owner of Next Door Gallery in Eastport.

Sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander works in many mediums but her favorite is ceramic clay with an acrylic finish. 'Awakened emotions, feelings transported pull me to art. Evoking senses is what I hope for when creating. My imagery, primarily human, primarily female, is usually mythic to let the imagination fly,'' she states. Ostrander lives in Eastport and is originally from the New York City area. She is represented in galleries in Maine and Florida, in the United States as well as in Canada. She is a founding member of the Eastport Gallery, a constituent part of the Eastport Arts Center.

Shanna Wheelock's current body of work relays sense of place: honoring and connecting to the energies, environment, culture, and history of the people who have lived in Lubec for generations. As co-founder of Lubec Arts Alive, Wheelock has been instrumental in community arts-building, integrating art and fine craft into all aspects of her life. She operates a pottery shop at her home, is a regular vendor in the local farmers market and exhibits both her pottery and art at galleries and fine craft shows.

Lubec artist Sherry Ashby's work reflects the environment from which she was born. The untamed and wild nature that is inherent in this region is what has fueled Ashby herself and her work. She employs many mediums as a tool of expression stating that each medium has a language of its own. Currently she works in paint, mixed media and as a self-taught block artist. Her editioned woodcuts are hand pulled (no press) and then hand painted in a way that breaks from tradition. Ashby attended the University of UMass/Amherst, La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule France and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Sharon Mack of Machias works in mosaics, acrylics and altered books in an outsider art style. Two members of her immediate family are legally blind, and she tailors her simple, undetailed style using bright, saturated colors to enable them to see her work. Although her style is quite simple, the art reflects a much deeper, and often personal, meaning. Mack owns Bad Little Studio in Machias, and is the founder of Machias First Friday Art Walks. She has exhibited at Eastport Gallery, Northern Tides in Lubec, Unity College Art Gallery and the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.

(photos, from left: Cosmic Mud Mother, Ostrander; Janet's Journey, Mack; Women in Vision - Elizabeth Ostrander, Sharon Mack, Sherry Ashby, Shanna Wheelock and Lisa Marquis-Bradbury.

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