Lord Hall Gallery displaying works of prominent Maine artists

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This summer, the Lord Hall Gallery on the University of Maine campus will host exhibitions by two of Maine’s leading artists will be on display through Sept. 22. The public is welcome to attend a reception for the artists from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in the Lord Hall Gallery.

“Susan Groce: Prints and Drawings” will present the work of Groce, a professor of art at UMaine.

Both her small- and large-scale images speak to the nature of space and the environment. Through her art, Groce makes visible the complexity and impermanence of the world and “how through environmental time, elemental forces such as wind, water, fire, as well as human activity, can dramatically alter our surroundings.” She is particularly interested in how such changes often exist in the margins of our awareness.

“Antonia Small: Photographs” is a selection of images related to the fishing and lobstering cultures of Maine’s seacoast.

The project began in 2009 as an effort to document the ground fishermen who worked to save their fishery through the development of the first community-supported fishery (CSF) in the country. The exhibition includes more than 30 black-and-white photographs from Port Clyde and Monhegan, making visible the places, people and processes that make up the fishing and lobstering cultures of Maine. Many of the images included in the recent book, “Caught: time. place. fish.” co-written by Small and Glen Libby, are included in the exhibition.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. Lord Hall Gallery is open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.