Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland will mount a joint-effort large art show titled “People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced” Friday, Feb. 2, at both locations.
There are three special events associated with the show. There will be an opening reception Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Frost Gallery. Pianist Steve Lindsay will provide live music. On Sunday, Feb. 11, starting at 2 p.m., there will be an artists’ talk at the Camden Public Library. Titi De Baccarat, Orson Horchler, Veronica Kaluta, and Wendy Newbold Patterson will talk about their work and what moved them to do it. On Friday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a reception at the library.
At this moment, across the world, more than 65 million people are living away from their homes, driven out by political repression, war, famine and environmental devastation. A small number of these people, overcoming enormous obstacles, and against all odds, have found their way to Maine. This show is intended to raise awareness of the global human crisis as well as increase understanding of why the face of Maine has changed in the last decade.
Some of the artists are recently displaced persons themselves; others are not. All 25 participating artists have shown, in their work, what moves them about this global human crisis. The subjects of five of the portraits come from the same family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, now living in Knox County.
The artwork, both two- and three-dimensional, varies widely. It includes portraits; scenes of fleeing refugees; scenes of repression and brutality; symbolic evocations of displacement, detainment and death; and symbolic evocations of the ideals of ethnic and political harmony. The show celebrates the faces and voices of immigrants in our community, allying itself with the theme of the Camden Conference, New World Disorder and America’s Future.
Participating artists are Lois Anne, Susan Beebe, Christopher Cart, Gregory Chilenski, Clarity, Titi De Baccarat, Alan Fishman, Jonathan Frost, Nancy Glassman, Lucy Goulet, Nan Haid, Orson Horchler, Carol Inouye, Salima Kaluta, Veronica Kaluta, Renate Klein, Jeannette Martin, Joan McGill, Cynthia McGuirl, James Murdock, Wendy Newbold Patterson, Robinsunne, Emeline Russell, Marjorie Strauss and Hannah Wells.
The work will be split about half and half between Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery. The show will run through Tuesday, Feb. 27, open for viewing at both locations during their normal hours. The library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Camden Public Library hosts a different art show each month in its Picker Room gallery, organized by events coordinator Cayla Miller. For more information on the current or upcoming shows, or to apply to show in the gallery, send email to email@example.com. Applications are currently being accepted for 2019.
For more information about the downtown library visit librarycamden.org and check out its Facebook and Instagram presence. The Jonathan Frost Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive; for more information, call 596-0800.
Top row, left to right: Cynthia McGuirl, Cuba (detail); Susan Beebe, Portrait of Safi; Lucy Goulet, A Refugee Family in Flight. Bottom row: Titi De Baccarat, Black, White, Yellow; Alan Fishman, Cala di Volpe 4 (detail); Wendy Newbold Patterson, Drench’d in These Waters (detail).