The major summer art exhibit is “Three Town Artists: Carlo Pittore, Bryce Muir and Carter Smith” which is set to open at the arts center by the waterfront with a Gala Preview ($25 apiece) on Friday June 22 at 4 pm with a public opening the next day. The exhibit in an enlarged space made possible by recent renovations will run through September 23. The Gala is on the 22nd & the Public Opening on the 23rd.
The three men each had a special tie to Bowdoinham, and each has gained a national and international audience.
Carlo Pittore moved to Bowdoinham in the 1970s and became the center of the art network there, organizing figure drawing classes that endure to this day. He is well known in the state and beyond for his art activism, mail art, portraiture and figure paintings. The Carlo Pittore Foundation for the Figurative Arts maintains his collection and has aided in mounting this show. The show will
display a range of his art, including some oils of Bowdoinham. His work is featured on the website.
Bryce Muir moved to Bowdoinham in the 1980’s. He was primarily a wood sculptor, who did many articulated pieces and portraits in wood. He also depicted the town in a series of 300 watercolors done at the millenium. His collection is on permanent display at the Merrymeeting Arts Center. This show displays a range of his wood sculpture and watercolors. His work is featured on the website www.brycemuir.com
Carter Smith grew up in Bowdoinham and moved to New York to pursue a career in film and photography. He is know for his fashion photography and his filmwork. His short film “Bugcrush” played at Sundance and Cannes, and won the gran jury prize at the Sundance Festival. His film, “Yearbook” also played at Sundance. His first full length film is “The Ruins”. The center’s main gallery will exhibit collage of his photography and his films will be shown in the fall.
Each of three artists will be honored by special events: Bryce in July, Carlo in August, Carter in September
BRYCE MUIR – Sunday July 22 from 1- 4 pm will be the “Bryce Wooden Portrait Reunion,” the unique opportunity to see over 25 of Bryce’s wooden portrait pieces with their models. This one time exhibit will bring together pieces done over a twenty year period with their models in the flesh. There will also be a display of his portraits of American Icons such as Babe Ruth, John Brown, Margaret Mead as well as portraits of people now gone (whose photographs will accompany these pieces). The one day exhibit at the Bowdoinham Town Hall on the hill will be $5 apiece for entry, a fundraiser for the arts center. Tom O’Donovan of Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland will moderate a discussion of Bryce’s portrait sculptures. A short film done on Bryce by Mark Ireland will also be shown.
CARLO PITTORE The weekend of August 25-26 will see a series of events celebrating Carlo. On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, Edgar Allen Beem will give a talk on Carlo’s art activism at the arts center. Carlo was a major force in the creation of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and its campaigns for artists in the state of Maine. Dependent on weather, there will be a reprise of “yarting” the boat outings to eat-draw-sail that Carlo and Bryce enjoyed weekly for many years. A panel discussion will be held on Carlo as a mentor and teacher. Further details to follow on the website merrymeetingartscenter.org
CARTER SMITH – The weekend of September 28-30 will have a series of events celebrating Carter Smith. His films will be shown on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm at the arts center with discussion following lead by Carter. Discussions and presentations focusing on gender and art, and paths to success in art will also be held during the day Saturday. Further details to follow on the website merrymeetingartscenter.org