Well, no, this post is not about the Willa Cather novel, O Pioneers! I just like the title and its feeling of a call to action, accentuated by the exclamation point. Not many titles have exclamation points. This post is about an exhibition at the University of New England in Portland, Maine called Maine Women Pioneers III – Homage.
From the UNE website…”Homage is the second of four exhibitions honoring 50 living Maine Women Pioneers. Homage highlights veteran artists who are powerful examples of career and lifelong original creative accomplishment, ahead of the curve without resting on their laurels…Artists include: Lois Dodd, Maggie Foskett, Susan Groce, Beverly Hallam, Allison Hildreth, Frances Hodsdon, Lissa Hunter, Dahlov Ipcar, Yvonne Jacquette, Frances Kornbluth, Rose Marasco, Marylin Quint-Rose, Katarina Weslien.”
I have never been called a pioneer, nor have I thought of myself as having a lifelong anything. But inclusion in this show has confirmed a theory of mine. If you do something adequately well for a long enough time, someone will notice. I am at the young end of this group of Maine women artists. There are several of us in our sixties, three or four in their nineties and the others fall in between. They are all accomplished artists and I feel honored to be among them. There will be a catalogue available in February. In future, I will send some images of the show.
A couple of web addresses for you, if you are interested in knowing more. The gallery, www.une.edu/artgallery/, click on Current Show. And a review in the Sunday Portland newspaper, www.pressherald.com/life/audience/bullish-on-wide-ranging-display-of-pioneering-womens-work-at-une_2013-01-06.html.