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When

Apr 02, 2018

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UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center

516 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

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free

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908-399-2706

Migration Experience – Reflections of Maine Immigrant Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UMVA GALLERY SPONSORS APRIL EXHIBIT OF MAINE IMMIGRANT ARTISTS
CONTACT: JOHN RIPTON jartphotos@gmail.com or (908) 399-2706

MIGRATION EXPERIENCE –
REFLECTIONS OF MAINE IMMIGRANT ARTISTS
UMVA Gallery at CTN (Portland Media Center)
April 2-27, 2018

In April, the creative voices and talents of more than a dozen immigrant artists living in greater Portland will be exhibited at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery. Seventeen artists collaborated with curators Kifah Abdulla (poet and painter from Iraq), Titi de Baccarat (sculptor and painter from Gabon) and John Ripton (photographer, writer and historian) to create work that expresses their experience as Maine immigrant artists. Each artist – painter, sculptor, photographer, poet and performance artist – will exhibit work that she or he have completed since arriving in Maine.

Greater Portland is home to thousands of immigrants whose life stories demonstrate the will to overcome lack of opportunity and education, political repression, violence and poverty. Some of the artists in the exhibit are fortunate to have escaped such violations of human rights and other artists have not. All of them have nevertheless distinguished themselves as artists and in many other endeavors. Their collective stories are part of the story of the United States. They inspire us in ways our great grandparents’ and their grandparents’ lives do.

As with earlier immigrants, the newer immigrants are building their lives here and revitalizing Greater Portland, its economy and its culture. The artists share their desires and dreams as well as their reflections on how they arrived in Maine and the challenges they continue to face. The exhibition of their work speaks directly to the world in which we live, without the spin of manufactured news. In a time when differences among peoples are being exploited at the highest levels of government, this creative project strives to cross the borders and walls separating brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. The exhibited work speaks to our common humanity. Guided tours of the exhibit for students and teachers of Portland area schools, colleges and universities are also planned. The Opening with Artists’ Reception is on First Friday’s Art Walk, April 6th (5-8 p.m.) at the UMVA Gallery in the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress Street in Portland. Poets and musicians will perform. It will be a celebration of Greater Portland’s immigrant communities, an exciting opportunity to reaffirm the enduring struggle to share this world and this city and state with each other. The public is enthusiastically welcome. No admission – Free.

(see e-invite if you would like more information on exhibit: mainemigrationexperience.weebly.com)

UMVA Gallery Hours: Monday, 12-5 / Tuesday-Thursday 10-5 / Friday & Sunday 1-4