BANGOR – The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow St., will open three new exhibitions in April. These exhibitions will run until June 7:
• Jay Kelly: Works from 2007-2014. Kelly presents a selection of 27 sculptures and 10 drawings created from 2007 to 2014. Kelly’s intimate sculptures, the tallest measuring 26 inches, exhibit elaborately worked surfaces that range from the refined to those that appear to be weathered and aged.
The artist often painstakingly combines varied materials such as metal, wood, gesso, Hydrocal, Japanese paper, and acrylic paint to render this dynamic assortment of abstract forms. A number of the works are constructed solely from nickel silver to which the artist applies a chemical coating to render the darkened and irregular surfaces.
• Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment.
Featuring 21 works, Amy Beeler’s first solo museum exhibition explores the intersection of jewelry and sculpture in pieces rooted in her long-standing fascination with botanical forms. Using the lost-wax technique, Beeler has cast in silver an array of seed pods, including milkweed, sweet gum, lotus, gum nut and datura.
The organic, spiky forms are combined with hand-forged elements to create stunning, yet perhaps menacing, necklaces and boldly exaggerated rings. These selected works use silver primarily as a medium, yet in some the artist has also inventively incorporated freshwater and Tahitian pearls, Pyrex glass, 14k gold, jasper, and even human hair. The Zillman Gallery is the setting for Beeler’s works, most of which were created in the past year.
• Looking Back Six Years — Part One: Selected New Acquisitions.
In a series of exhibitions throughout 2014, UMMA will celebrate the ongoing development of its permanent collection. Looking Back Six Years — Part One features a selection of new acquisitions since 2008 that underscores the significant role that photography plays in the museum’s collection.
This exhibition focuses on contemporary photographic practice by several nationally recognized artists.
The University of Maine Museum of Art is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Admission is free in 2014 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.