September 29, 2013

Film fest, gallery to spotlight Fiore

From staff reports

ROCKLAND — The Camden International Film Festival will show the film "Joseph Fiore – The Nature of the Artist" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

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“Virgo Tiger,” oil on canvas by Joseph Fiore.

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An exclusive exhibit of Fiore's work will be on display during the festival at Orlando Johnson's gallery, Somewhere on Winter Street, in Rockland. The exhibit offers a wide collection of Fiore's work, featuring art from various periods of the artist's life. It contains some of the landscape works given to the Maine Farmland Trust, as well as a collection of works that are part of the "Rock Paintings" series.

Fiore, who died in 2008, was a critically acclaimed New York artist in the 1960s. He spent his summers in Jefferson. He began his art career as an abstract painter, studying at Black Mountain College in North Carolina with Joseph Albers and Willem deKooning. He taught there from 1949 to 1956, then taught at the Philadelphia College of Art, the Maryland Institute of Design, the Parsons School of Design and at Artists for Environment Foundation.

The exhibit has been curated by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, with assistance from the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, holders of the work of Joseph Fiore. The Fiore family had been generous supporters of the trust during the artist's life and after he died. The trust was bequeathed over 70 pieces from Fiore's "Geological Works," the "Rock Paintings."

The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the gallery, Somewhere on Winter Street, 21 Winter St. in Rockland.

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