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Local Color exhibition at Monkitree Gallery

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GARDINER - November through January, Monkitree Gallery, 263 Water Street in Gardiner, will present an exhibition featuring three Kennebec Corridor Artists each offering their own unique interpretation of local color. The area artists participating are Nancy Barron of Gardiner, Megan Bastey of Augusta and Johanna Moore of Farmingdale.

Local Color, inspired by the recent push to shop local, is really about embracing one's community - both its opportunities and limitations and accepting both as home.

Each artist has interpreted this concept using very different approaches.

Nancy Barron is interested in the ingredients that make a place what it is Not the beautiful landscapes and sweeping vistas, but rather the often overlooked places or maybe everyday places that remind her of her own Maine history.

Megan Bastey focused on the individuals who make up a community, saying, 'In my experience a community is an almost homogenized concept until you take the time to get to know the people who make it colorful.'

Johanna Moore is a gilder and frame maker and often incorporates the skills of her craft into the art she creates. She works in photography, both digital and film, using plastic and pinhole cameras and alternative techniques and processes. For Local Color she has created pieces which include both gilded panels and photographic techniques. Working within the theme of Local Color, Johanna has selected images that reflect the local landscape.

The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. In keeping with the local theme, Monkitree will donate a percentage of the sales of artwork throughout the show and all sales the night of the opening and Artwalk (Friday, Dec. 7) to the Kennebec Local Food Initiative. If the community would like to get involved, Monkitree will have a collection box throughout the show where people can drop off canned and dry foods for area food pantries.


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