“Headway” Exhibit Features Spindleworks Artists From Southern Maine

“Abstract in Green and Orange” by Donald Freeman. Photo submitted

BAIN — The Chocolate Church Arts Center plans to present “Headway,” a group exhibition featuring artists from the Independence Association’s Spindleworks program. The show opens on Friday March 4 and will run until April 9 at the Chocolate Church Arts Gallery, 804 Washington St. in Bath. An open house is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the gallery, with representatives from Spindleworks in attendance.

The non-profit organization Spindleworks provides self-taught and unique artists with the tools necessary for self-expression and full integration into the artistic community. More than 15 artists will showcase their work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography, in a show that promises just the kind of vibrancy and color needed at this time of year.

“Classic Universal Monsters” by Kevin Babine. Photo submitted

“We are a program of the Independence Association, whose mission is to provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live full and inclusive lives,” said the program’s senior director, Brian Braley, in a press release. from the gallery. “We provide opportunities for artistic and professional growth in an experiential creative setting. Our artists sell and represent their work whenever possible, which is an important source of income.

Artists often work collaboratively on projects such as murals, art installations, and poetry books, but they also create their own work based on their personal desires and goals.

“Art gives us energy to supercharge our self-esteem, explore self-identity, develop value, increase communication, form new friendships, nourish our spirit, strengthen our courage, dissolve boundaries and enrich our imagination,” Braley said.

CCAC curator Kimberly Becker has been a long-time Brunswick Spindleworks fan. “The CCAC has done exhibitions in the past with them, and I was so delighted with the work that I contacted Spindleworks when I became a curator here to organize an exhibition,” she said. “This group of artists creates art without preconceptions, and the results are wonderful.”

Spindleworks supports 50 artists from surrounding communities including Bath, Brunswick, Richmond, Topsham, Freeport, Sidney, Portland, Wiscasset and beyond.

Braley named the show “Headway” in “the spirit of hope”.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time for us and we’ve learned to adapt to an ever-changing environment,” he said. “Regardless of restrictions, we finally feel like we can happily move forward no matter what the world throws at us.”

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

For more information call 207- 442-8455, email [email protected] or visit chocolatechurcharts.org.

“Yellow Jacket” by Mitchell Pfeifle. Photo submitted

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