I am from a way. Or I am from away. But in either case, I am not a Mainer. I am very happy a friend of mine that I have known for about 100 years, lives in Maine. It was her dream to live in Maine, it was her dream from the 70s to be in Maine. Now she lives in Maine, and she lives like a Mainer. All that green and then all that white, with some splashes of vermillion, cadmium yellow and ochre imbetween. I live between greens and blues, as I have become a Floridian, with white light.
My friend, Ieva Tatarsky and several like-minded women artists, did what the Republicans always cheer about. They put their heads together in that true entrepreneurial spirit and put a gallery group together. They display excellent art. I don’t mean that poo pooh typical seascape stuff that people buy to match their drapes. They make some damn good art and they put together some damn good shows. They declared themselves the Downtown Washington Gallery of Maine. They are the Downtown Gallery and they made a downtown out of two roads that crossed, that you could spit and blink your eye and you never saw it. That, is the true spirit of America.
There are many beautiful pieces up for a song. All work shows exceptional craft as well as the aesthetic kick the work supplies. We were over in Bowdoin for the Hopper show and his 20 sketches done at Monehagen could pass for some of the small diverse works done by Suzanne Phillips (left) on the walls of the gallery. The one shown here, reminded me of an early Kandinsky.
A mezzotint by Mary Boothby (left), another $20 gem by Megan Cafferata (center) and a recent wire collage by Ieva Tatarsky.
The three pieces (directly above) show how different and alike the work can be that was produced in this show. I have seen several of this combinations of group works, and they always strike me as very sophisticated. This work could be shown anywhere, as it holds a diversity which spans modern to post-modern in some of its values.
While the group is not exclusively female, the old Guerilla Girl quote comes to mind, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? Less than 5% of artists in the Modern Art Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female.”
As they may be re-forming elsewhere, this blog is a little bittersweet. Some pieces are already sold and Washington will be a sadder place with its “Downtown” gone. But you can still log on and find out about these wonderful, energetic artists: