Circling the Square Fine Art Press, located at 275 Water St. in Gardiner, is exhibiting artwork from members of Artdogs Studios from June 21 through July 26.
The exhibition, “Variations VII,” features artwork of Gardiner’s historic downtown district. Each artist highlights areas of local or historical importance in the community, along with site-specific proposals for public art. The show features conceptual sketches and scaled prototypes of artworks that could be commissioned for the public spaces proposed. An artist talk will take place during the opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday to allow for community response and discussion.
The participating artists are Karen Adrienne, John Carnes, Scott Minzy, Jim Creighton, Lynn Braff, Kerstin Gilg and Lee Arnott.
Adrienne created a hand-crafted map and sculpted sturgeon, which she placed throughout the downtown region to mark historic and cultural significance from the past, while highlighting current and future potential for development.
Carnes is proposing a Plein Air Painting Day and a public exhibit and sale of the work created on the waterways in Gardiner.
Minzy has plans for a large scale sturgeon mural on the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Bridge, connecting the communities of Gardiner and Randolph to the rich heritage of the Kennebec River.
Creighton will focus on the individuals in the community. His photo documentation of everyday citizens shows what Gardiner is today through the eyes of the residents that call it home.
Braff will incorporate her love of art and literature in her proposal to create “Words of Wisdom” for the children’s area at the Gardiner Public Library.
Gilg’s work references Gardiner’s past in paper production and the current tension between economic advancement and maintaining authenticity.
Arnott will use her video production expertise in documenting the other six artists at work.
This project was funded by the Creativity Fund for Gardiner.
For more information about the exhibit and artists, call 582-2108 or go to theartdogs.com.