December 26, 2013

Saccarappa Art Collective celebrate a year and then some

Saccarappa’s group show ‘Deck the Walls’ illustrates the art co-op’s impressive trajectory since its start about a year ago.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

WESTBROOK – Andy Curran admits, even he was a bit surprised when he saw the scope and quality of the artwork at the Saccarappa Art Collective.

click image to enlarge

“Fish Bidjar” by Chuck Thompson

Photos courtesy Saccarappa Art Collective

click image to enlarge

Barbara Brady "Marking Time, Sunset."

Additional Photos Below

IF YOU GO

‘DECK THE WALLS’

WHERE: Saccarappa Art Collective, 861 Main St., Westbrook

WHEN: On view through Jan. 18; gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 591-7300

The idea was to end the year with a group show, featuring not only the work of the cooperative’s member artists, who number seven strong, but also nine guest artists who have shown at the Main Street gallery since late 2012.

“One at a time, we’ve enjoyed every single show. Every show has been quite exciting to be a part of,” said Curran, who directs the co-op. “But to pull them all together in a group show and step back and take a look, it has been impressive. We’ve hosted some really strong shows, and I think this group show confirms that by bringing everybody together for a big, end-of-year celebration.”

“Deck the Walls,” on view at the Westbrook gallery through Jan. 18, makes the case that the Westbrook co-op has emerged as one of the better fine-art galleries in greater Portland in its year-plus of existence.

Curran founded the co-op on the premise that a group of artists achieves more working together than if each artist works alone. Membership has been mostly stable, and now includes seven mid-career artists.

They are diverse in style, and each has different ideas about taste and aesthetic. They are unified by a serious approach to their work and a desire to exhibit and sell their work.

“It’s very exciting, challenging and satisfying,” Curran said. “We play well together. We show well together.”

In addition to Curran, member artists are Mary Brooking, Jim Flahaven, Tanya Fletcher, Caren-Marie Michel, Frank Valliere and Julie Vohs.

In addition to showing their own work on a continuing basis, the co-op artists invite guest artists to show with them with each new exhibition.

Since the co-op opened in September 2012, there have been 11 shows, and two of those were group shows. That leaves nine shows with guest artists, which account for the nine guest artists showing in “Deck the Walls.”

They are Charles Thompson, Philip Carlo Paratore, Barbara Brady, Susan Wilder, Nathaniel Meyer, Jonathan Mess, Susan Orfant, Tanja Kunz and Dorette Amell.

In all, the Saccarappa is showing about 75 pieces of art, both two- and three-dimensional. Each artist has room for a half-dozen or so pieces.

“It’s a beautiful show, and I wish everybody could see it,” said Curran. “I think it’s the strongest show we’ve hung yet.”

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

bkeyes@pressherald.com

Twitter: pphbkeyes

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors


Additional Photos

click image to enlarge

Clay vessel by Jody Dube.

click image to enlarge

“Slack Tide” by Susan Wilder

click image to enlarge

“Tidepools at Wolfe’s Neck” by Susan Orfant

click image to enlarge

Tiles by Jonathan Mess.

  


Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)


Blogs

More PPH Blogs

 
Get the GO RSS!