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Sep 13, 2017

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“Bricks and Mortar”

Monkitree will exhibit the work of ceramic artist Whitney Gill and multi-media artist Allison McKeen. The show, “Bricks and Mortar,” is a celebration of community. Friends McKeen and Gill often venture through Maine together to view the landscapes, architecture and the work of local artists. They wanted to form a body of work that focused on their favorite aspects of these trips: historical buildings, beautiful landscapes, and Maine’s small creative businesses. As the town of their first meeting and the central hub of many of their activities, they wanted to pay homage to the historic town of Gardiner and community of artists that now call it home.

Gill said, “My ties to Gardiner have allowed me to pursue my art career through the kindness of local artists and galleries who have opened their doors to me and my work. The history of Gardiner holds importance in my eyes as a town breathing new life with growing businesses and creative minds that see the beauty in historic preservation.” For this show Allison McKeen works with materials that have historical significance to the Gardiner area such as bricks from T. W. Dick and baking tins from MacDonald’s Bakery. The brick serves as metaphor for Allison, “Each piece acts as a foundational building block while simultaneously maintaining a sense of individuality. Gardiner is a very community-oriented town, building up and growing everyday thanks to the collective work of many individuals.”

McKeen is a primarily self-taught photographer and mixed media artist living and working out of Gardiner. She draws inspiration from the everyday details of her surroundings; especially the textural characteristics of weathered structures. Whitney Gill is a stoneware potter working in Litchfield, ME. She creates durable, functional pieces of pottery decorated with her hand-drawn illustrations.

Join us for an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 or for Artwalk Gardiner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Monkitree, 263 Water St., Gardiner. Work on display Aug. 2 through Sept. 30.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.