FRYEBURG — "Painters, Players and Poets," the eclectic new exhibit, is on display now through May 9 at Fryeburg Academy's Palmina S. and Stephen F. Pace Galleries of Art located at 18 Bradley Street on the Fryeburg Academy campus in Fryeburg, Maine.
"Painters, Players and Poets" is a unique collaboration celebrating the tremendous talents of 48 Maine artists. Included in the project are sixteen Maine painters, nine Maine players/composers, seven Maine poets and sixteen Maine chair makers.
In the spring of 2009 writer/producer Con Fullam asked several well known Maine composers and poets to identify a living Maine painter whose work inspired them, and to then choose a specific painting to interpret via poem or musical composition. That process has now been completed and a traveling exhibition featuring those 16 collaborations has been on the road since July 2011.
Each collaboration in this project is unique. There was no uniform structure and there were no mandates about the process. Each participating artist took his or her own route to the final destination. In some cases it was a poet reaching out to a painter in others a player reaching out to a painter or lastly, a painter reaching out to a poet or player. Regardless of the paths taken we are certain, that once you have experienced the project, you will agree that the final results are a sight and sound to behold.
The inclusion of the handcrafted chairs lies in the effort to create an experience that is both memorable and comfortable at the same time. Viewing the entire exhibit takes approximately one hour and ten minutes, thus, the addition of these finely crafted works of art will not only provide comfort, but will also enhance the entire artistic experience.