The Wiscasset Gallery exhibition, featuring 7 artists, will open on August 20

The new exhibition at the Maine Art Gallery at 15 Warren St. in Wiscasset is set to open Saturday, August 20, featuring seven artists who bonded during abstract painting classes at Maine College of Art and Design. They have developed a strong bond with their teacher Michel Droge, and have chosen to repeat their course several times. During this period, they also became such close colleagues that when the course was interrupted, the artists looked for a way to continue meeting Droge. The result was SEVEN, an artist collective.

Artists include Emily Blaschke, Don Peterson, Celeste June Henriquez, Alicia Etheridge. Doreen Nardone, Brenda Overstrom and Jenny Campbell.

“I suggested that they form a collective and write a manifesto describing their mission. We all met once a month to critique each other’s work. I kept a role of mentor and led the discussions. there has been great value in their earnest and rigorous practice of painting and criticism,” Droge said, according to a gallery press release.

These seven strangers, brought together in community to support each other, have created a manifesto that changes periodically, but each artist is above all an abstract painter who meets the group in a spirit of generosity.

The collective named this show Collective Imagination. An opening reception will be held in newly air-conditioned comfort from 5-7 p.m. on August 20, with music from Simons & Goodwin. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition continues during regular gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through September 17.

There will be a second opportunity to meet the artists at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, when the gallery will present an artist talk. Group members will talk about what it’s like to be in a collective, discuss their work and describe the sources of their inspiration.

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