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Four in Progress'

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CUSHING - Four Maine artists will show their artwork during a three-day show at The Cushing Historical Society's Arts in the Barn. In addition to exhibiting their work, Maine artists Nancy Keenan Barron, Bob Matus, Jamie Ribisi-Braley and Brian Braley will be working on new pieces, which they invite you to view, in progress, during the show's three-day run. Discuss materials, styles and more with each artist, and return throughout the weekend to see the work develop.

'Four in Progress' will be on view at The Cushing Historical Society, Arts in the Barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road, July 26 through the 28 with an opening reception on Friday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

Brian Braley, of Manchester, Maine, received a BFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art. He has a fascination with a multitude of media such as drawing, painting, and video and a passion for experimentation. He has experience running art programs with at-risk youth and helped facilitate art workshops out of a home-based business. He currently is an Artist Mentor at Spindleworks in Brunswick, a nonprofit art center for adults with disabilities where he finds himself constantly inspired by the passion and creativity of the artists. 

Jamie Ribisi-Braley, of Manchester, Maine, received her BFA in Painting from Boston University. She is obsessive about art materials and likes to devote her time to learning old techniques. Her paintings play with surface and texture, layering carefully thought out colors with unabashed mark making. 

Bob Matus, of Cushing, Maine has been a woodworker for over 35 years, a boat builder, carpenter, cabinetmaker and woodcarver. He creates handmade wooden spoons, spatulas, ladles and other kitchen utensils as well as carvings of whales mermaids, folk art birds and more. In addition to wooden sculptures, he is also an accomplished photographer who divides his images between his home in Cushing and his home in Sedona, Arizona.

Nancy Keenan Barron, of South Gardiner, Maine, began making art early in life, starting in the closet walls of her childhood bedroom, which became a spaceship with the help of a crayon. Formal training came through coursework at the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art, workshops and lots of practice. She has exhibited throughout Maine, most recently at a juried show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell where she works as a program director. She is a believer in the power of community and credits her own art community as helping to define her work.

The Cushing Historical Society - Arts in the Barn - plays a vital role in its community, not only by pursuing its mission of historic preservation, but by providing opportunities for neighbors and friends to gather and enjoy others' company at widely varied program events, art exhibits, and community wide celebrations. For more information, please visit www.cushingmainehistoricalsociety.org.    

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