ISLAND-INSPIRED WORK BY DIANE BOWIE ZAITLIN ON VIEW AT SACO MUSEUM | Arts & Culture

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ISLAND-INSPIRED WORK BY DIANE BOWIE ZAITLIN ON VIEW AT SACO MUSEUM
ISLAND-INSPIRED WORK BY DIANE BOWIE ZAITLIN ON VIEW AT SACO MUSEUM

Saco, Maine— In June 2010, Saco artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin attended a residency at Great Spruce Head Island Artweek in Penobscot Bay.  In the exhibit Point of Departure she provides a view of her creative process and the power of influence from a period of immersion in her artwork in a setting of intense beauty. Point of Departure will be on view at the Saco Museum May 7 through September 4, 2011. A FREE public opening reception (held in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail) will take place at the Saco Museum on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

During her residency, Zaitlin experimented with a variety of artistic media. Her photographs document the varied, and often unexpected, sources of her inspiration.  Also shown are drawings, collages, and encaustic paintings produced both during the residency and in the months to follow.  A common thread of influence unites the wonderful colors, textures, patterns, and moods of the artist’s island experience.  This body of work illustrates what a continuing and expanding influence just one week’s experience can provide.

About the Artist: Diane Bowie Zaitlin received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut and also studied at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.  She has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine College of Art. Her solo exhibitions have included North Dam Mill, Biddeford, Maine (2008), Bay View Company, Saco (2008), University of New England, Biddeford (2004, 2000); Saco Museum (2004), University of Connecticut, Storrs (2002), and Davidson and Daughters Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine (2001, 1999, 1996). For many years, Diane has been an artist-in-residence at schools and museums with the Maine Touring Artist Program of the Maine Arts Commission. She currently teaches small independent encaustic workshops at her studio in Saco.  For more information, visit www.dianebowiezaitlin.com

About Great Spruce Head Island Artweek: Each summer since 1993 a group of 12 artists (painters, writers, sculptors, photographers)—some new, some returning artists—have come to Great Spruce Head Island (in Maine’s Penobscot Bay) to work independently and to share their love of the artistic process. This large private island provides a nurturing environment for people with a broad range of creative expression. In the quiet and simplicity of island life, creativity can flourish. Art week has no instruction or structured workshop. Participants enjoy three special meals a day, a private bedroom and work space on one of five porches. The island also provides many opportunities for physical exercise; including miles of hiking trails, secluded beaches, tennis and boating.  For more information, visit http://users.lmi.net/apf/week.html.

Dyer Library/Saco Museum Information:
The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street (Route 1) in historic downtown Saco, Maine.  Free parking. Museum is handicapped accessible. 

Museum Hours and Admission through May 31: Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 – 4 pm; Friday 12 – 8 pm (FREE from 4 – 8 pm); Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.  Regular admission: Adults $4; Seniors $3; Students and Children (7 – 18) $2; Children 6 and under, no charge. 

Museum Hours and Admission beginning June 1: Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 – 4 pm; Friday 12 – 8 pm (FREE from 4 – 8 pm); Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; and Sunday 12 – 4 pm (June-December only).  Regular admission: Adults $5; Seniors $4; Students and Children (7 – 18) $2; Children 6 and under, no charge. 

Admission is ALWAYS FREE to DL/SM Card holders and their guests. Group tour rate available for groups of 8 or more.  Group tours must be scheduled in advance. For additional information about group tours, please call 283-3861, ext. 115 or visit http://www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org/