The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is sponsoring an exhibit, “Collage x 10,” this month at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery, 5 Monument Way in Portland.

The exhibit features 10 Maine artists. Most of the work is abstract in nature. Each artist depends less on rendering recognizable representations of everyday objects to express both ideas and beauty. Instead, artists turn to the essential vocabulary and tools of art itself – line, light and shadow, color, texture, volume and space.

Collage, an assemblage of paper and other objects pasted on paper to create a third spatial dimension, dates back to the invention of paper itself, circa 200 B.C.E. in China.

Artists participating in the exhibit are Daniel Anselmi, of Belfast; Gabriella D’Italia, of Newburgh; David Driskell, of Falmouth; Stew Henderson, of Northport; Charlie Hewitt, of Portland; Karen MacDonald, of Stockton Springs; Dan Mills, of Lewiston; Shannon Rankin, of Rangeley; Abbie Read, of Appleton; and Noriko Sakanishi, of Portland.

Sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, the exhibit is co-curated by the center’s executive director Suzette McAvoy and curator emeritus Bruce Brown.

The exhibit opened Friday and continues through March 29 at the library. It is free and open to the public during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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