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Oct 11, 2018
9:00am

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME

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Adults: $16, Seniors (65+): $14, Children (3 -17): $8, Children under 3: Free

Kennebunkport artist Mark Pettegrow exhibits at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Through October 14th

Boothbay, Maine – With one month remaining, there is limited time to view the sculpture by nationally recognized artist Mark Pettegrow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. One of several sculptors selected for this seasonal exhibit of bronze cast sculpture, Pettegrow’s work is on display through October 14, 2018. Known for their stunning garden displays and beautiful surroundings, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens presents art exhibits by prominent artists from around the country and the world. The current show entitled TRANSFORMATION was curated by art consultant June LaCombe who has brought exhibits to the Gardens for over 10 years. “Mark’s sculpture possesses the resonant balance and integrity of nature and offers a graceful focal point for a home and garden,” says LaCombe. “His work echoes the rhythms of waves and wind while playing with light and texture and I am delighted that he is returning his focus to Maine.”

Pettegrow has three bronze sculptures represented in the show: Crest, Gyre, and Arabesque. Situated in the gardens surrounding the Great Lawn, they echo the mission of the Gardens by inspiring meaningful connections among people, plants and nature. On daily walks on Goose Rocks Beach with his trusted sidekick Fergus the Greyhound, Mark was struck with the constantly changing patterns carved into the sand each day by the tide, wind, and current. Finding inspiration in the rhythms and repetition of these effects, Mark created Crest and Gyre as part of a new Tidal Series. Arabesque, with its dance-like gesture and movement, is an earlier but pivotal piece in Mark’s collection. The sculptures are made in a human scale as opposed to a large architectural or small object scale, an important aesthetic element for Pettegrow.

Raised in a military family, Mark grew up traveling throughout the United States. Returning to his family’s home state, he received his degree from the University of Maine and went on to pursue a MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. To this day, Mark splits his time between the two states, maintaining a studio in each location. Mark’s work has been exhibited at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and The New Hope Arts Center. Working primarily in wax, plaster and clay for bronze casting or direct metal fabrication, Mark’s sculpture is often commissioned on a site-specific or project basis. He has created pieces for numerous corporate and private collections and his work has been featured in many residential architectural installations.

Mark is enthusiastic to be showing his work again in Maine and knows how special a place it is for his work. “Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is an incredible place of beauty and I couldn’t think of a better setting for my art,” he says. “The exquisite gardens, the bold coastal setting, and thoughtfully curated sculpture enhance each other in a unique way.”

To find out more about the TRANSFORMATION exhibit and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, visit www.mainegardens.org. To learn more about Mark Pettegrow’s work, visit www.pettegrowstudio.com

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Media Contact: Mark Pettegrow | 215-327-9505 | mpsltd@comcast.net