First art walk of 2013 to feature artistic mixture

11 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Art enthusiasts will have an abundance of options come January’s First Friday Art Walk, with everything from musicians, a mixed media artist to pressed flower exhibits to choose from.

“A reception for Wintergreen Arts Center’s new exhibit, ‘Refuge,’ by local artist Sandra Cyr-McLaughlin, will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to come and experience Sandra’s work as part of the First Friday Art Walk, held in downtown Presque Isle,” said Wendy Gilman-Zubrick, executive director of the center.

Gilman-Zubrick said this is a great opportunity to kick off the new year while taking in the works of some very talented people.

“Sandra was born in Presque Isle and has had a life-long love of art. She became interested in painting while attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She’s a retired registered nurse who decided to pursue her ‘first passion’ for art,” said Gilman-Zubrick.

Cyr-McLaughlin said she gains inspiration close to home.

“My work depicts the connection between the human condition and the place where I live,” said Cyr-McLaughlin.

Her mixed-media works often contain many layers of materials — such as acrylic paint, pastels, rocks, seeds, multiple papers and other items that create the layers and textures that help make that connection.

“We hope the public will stop by, meet Sandra and discuss her work,” Gilman-Zubrick said.

Pieces will be on display in the Barresi Financial Gallery at the Wintergreen Arts Center at 1749 State St. from Jan. 4-29.

For those who love music, Wintergreen will also feature a local duo.

“Mark Shaw and his daughter, Jordyn Shaw, share a love of great music. They both enjoy strapping on a guitar and bringing an old song to life or interpreting a new song in their own voice,” said Gilman-Zubrick, noting, “They may do it with a splash of folk, blues, jazz or pop but always with a generous helping of soul.”

“Mark infuses folk and gospel in his original songs. Jordyn pours her heart into each musical phrase to energize the room,” continued Gilman-Zubrick. “They hope you have as much fun listening as they do in creating the music.”

Morning Star Art & Framing, located at 422 Main St., will also be taking part in Friday’s event.

“We will be featuring ‘Framed Gardens,’ pressed flowers by Janet and Haruhiko Murakami. This charming couple frame pressed flowers vacuum-sealed under glass using special materials from Japan,” said Brian Brissette, co-owner of Morning Star.

Brissette encourages the public to “stop in and see the framed flowers and enjoy music performed by Peter Parker and the crew.”

Morning Star will have extended hours for the Art Walk of 6-9 p.m.