Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner is presenting a new exhibit titled “inkomprihensuhbuhl,” featuring fine art prints and mixed media work by Mainers Adrienne Beacham and Barbra Whitten.
The exhibit will run through April 26 at the gallery, 275 Water St. in Gardiner. An opening reception and artists’ talk will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 13.
Beacham’s work is a blending of distinct media and created by experimenting in tactile and process-oriented ways. She uses elements of painting, drawing, fabric and fiber constructions and collage to form singular pieces. Her artwork in the exhibit was created during her time at the press. She lives in Augusta.
Whitten, of West Rockport, completed a student internship at Circling the Square in 2010. Since then, she has been an active member of the open-access press. Her work in the exhibition is an extension of a series she began in 2011, which explores the potential and limitations of the printed word. Her work contains fragmented letters of various shapes, sizes and colors, which collide, overlap and blend together in chaotic jumbles without the supportive conventions of written language.
Beacham and Whitten have been working on independent printmaking projects at the gallery during the past 10 months as fellowship recipients. Both artists studied printmaking at the University of Maine at Augusta under the instruction of master printmaker Karen Adrienne, who is also the co-founder, owner and director of Circling the Square Fine Art Press.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, call 582-6600 or 582-2108 or email [email protected]