January 17, 2013

Dodd exhibit at PMA: 'Catching the Light'

The show to see if you're interested in Lois Dodd's work is at the Portland Museum of Art.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Lois Dodd's “Red Vine and Blanket”

Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

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Artist Lois Dodd at her studio in Cushing.

2012 File Photo/John Patriquin

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WHEN: Opens today; on view through April 7

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 seniors and students; $6 ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Fridays

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

In the early days, Dodd helped foster an important social scene in Maine that remains active today and informs the art discussion on the midcoast and statewide.

"Alex got the place in Lincolnville, and I shared that place with Alex and his wife for quite a while. And I had other friends nearby," she said. "We used to visit each other on Friday nights and have these social evenings together. There wasn't a big art world back then, not like there is now. It just wasn't there.

"Over the years, it grew and grew."

Dodd remains active. She rarely misses an opening in Rockland and Rockport, because she likes to see her friends and also because the new exhibitions allow her to keep up with the art scene.

She appreciates the attention this exhibition gives her work. It opened last spring in Kansas City, and is accompanied by a large catalog that presents her career in a flattering light and includes testimonials from many of her friends, including Katz, Wolf Kahn and the late Will Barnet.

Dodd isn't resting with "Catching the Light." Last week, she opened an exhibition of new work at her New York gallery, Alexandre Fine Art. And she is thinking about the next painting.

In that sense, nothing has changed for her.

"When it is winter and terribly cold, I am peering out the window. I might do an interior once in a while. It's what's in front of me, pretty much," she said, laughing at the notion that such an approach has sustained her all these years.

"I just open the door and wander around, or look around the room."

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Additional Photos

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"View of Neighbor's House"

Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

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“Woods with Falling Tree”

Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

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“Cow Parsnip”

Courtesy of Portland Museum of Art

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