Saturday, September 23, 2017

Save the Date : "America Now A Dialogue" : HHRC at UMA in Augusta : October 20 - December 15, 2017

Save the Date!
(click on each image for a cheap thrill...)

America Now: A Dialogue, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, UMA at Augusta      

"America Now: A Dialogue"
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
UMA at Augusta Maine
Opening Reception: October 20, 2017, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition: October 20, 2017 - December 15, 2017

A group of artists, living and working in Maine, is coming together to mount a group exhibition entitled : "AMERICA NOW: A DIALOGUE." This exhibition is focused on artistic creativity in a country divided against itself and considers the purpose and function of the arts in times of social and political stress.

The exhibition of artwork, selected by guest curator Bruce Brown, opens with a public reception on Friday, October 20 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. with a program beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continues through Friday, December 15 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center on the University of Maine campus in Augusta.

This exhibition will be presented in two parts. Approximately 40 works will appear in the HHRC Gallery itself. A considerably larger number of images including those in the gallery will be posted online with interactive photos.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Metta evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is a universal, unselfish, all embracing love.
Detail of "Metta" © Mary Becker Weiss

Metta evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is a universal, unselfish, all embracing love.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Assemblages with Antiques, Ephemera & Found Objects : For Harlow Gallery Summer Members Exhibit and 10x10 Exhibit for Arts Are Elementary

In an assemblage made up of many found objects which have been discarded or abandoned, elements are brought together to become a thing of beauty with new purpose. There is a comfort in breathing new life into that which has been destroyed or lost.

DESTINY 5890 : Assemblage of Antiques, Ephemera and Found Objects : Mary Becker Weiss
Assemblage of Antiques, Ephemera & Found Objects
© 2017 Mary Becker Weiss

(submitted for 2017 Summer Members Show & Sale
at Harlow Gallery, scheduled for Friday, June 30 - July 22, 2017)

UNALTERED 1187 : Assemblage of Antiques, Ephemera and Found Objects : Mary Becker Weiss
Assemblage of Antiques, Ephemera & Found Objects
© 2017 Mary Becker Weiss

(submitted for 10x10 Exhibition Fundraiser 
to benefit Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick
scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017
More Assemblages 

It's All in the Details!

Favorite Quotes of the Day:
MS from Maryland says:
"Your assemblages are particularly strong. I love the detail and cleanness of the small pieces, intimately put together in 'Two Perspectives and One Vanishing Point.' It is somehow very soothing." ~ MS 

From a visitor in the Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival:
"Your assemblages remind me of that Joseph Campbell guy (Joseph Cornell) ~ you know that hermit who lived in his mother's basement all his life." ~ RG

"Smut!" ~ used to be my favorite, absolutely hilarious quote of the day (in reference to "Speechless.") But I have to now say that no one, I mean no one, is going to be able to top this comment! I'll welcome a comparison to Joseph Cornell's work any time, any where, any how! ~ MBW

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Save the Dates : 2nd Friday Brunswick Artwork Celebration : Fiore's Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars

You're invited!
2nd Friday Brunswick
Exhibition of Mixed Media & Assemblage
Fiore's, 90 Maine Street, Brunswick
Friday, June 9, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, July 14, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, August 11, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 4-7 p.m.

Got off to a great start for this year's art walk celebration at Fiore's on June 9th. It really was a "happening" in downtown Brunswick this year thanks to the tireless efforts of BDA! Thanks to all of you who came by to see our work and to enjoy the beautiful Fiore's experience. Please join us again on July 14th. I have new works in progress as we speak... we'll be looking for you!

"Meet Me at the Frontenac on Sunday"
2017.07.14 Mary Becker Weiss 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Remembering Mildred Johnson

“I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making art. I’m still playing with found materials – and I still feel the excitement of discovery that I remember as a child.” ~ Mildred Johnson

Thank you, Mildred, for your creativity, sense of beauty,
irreverence and artistic generosity! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring 2017 : "A SOLO FOR TWO VOICES" : Mary Becker Weiss

Press Release: “A Solo for Two Voices” by Brunswick artist/activist Mary Becker Weiss is an evocative exhibition of mixed media and encaustic pieces reflecting the isolation, fear and helplessness of those with no voice. Mary has worked for years to advocate for victims of domestic violence, to facilitate support groups in Hospice’s Grieving Children’s Program, and most recently as a TimeSlips facilitator who works with creative storytellers with dementia and varying levels of cognitive abilities. In Mary's work through the years, art has been a powerful tool for self expression, emancipation and empowerment. 

Some lovely quotes of the day 
~ thank you very much!
"Terrific show ~ great thinking and seeing." 
"Such powerful work. I tremble."
"Mary, this work is fabulous! Thoughtful, beautiful."
"Your work is breathtaking and brave. I am in awe."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mary Becker Weiss : Mixed Media and Assemblage Exhibition History 2010 - Present

2017 Upcoming Exhibitions:
"America Now: A Dialogue"
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
UMA at Augusta 

Opening Reception: October 20, 2017

2011 - 2017 Solo Exhibitions:
2nd Friday Brunswick
Exhibition of Mixed Media & Assemblage
Fiore's Oils and Vinegars
Brunswick ME
June - September 2017

“A Solo for Two Voices”
Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery
Brunswick Maine
February 2017

Gallery, Brunswick Maine
January 2015

“Ring in the New Year”
Slates, Hallowell, Maine
January 2013

“A Brave New World” Summer Exhibition
Paciarino, Portland, Maine
Summer 2013

“Pentimento” Encaustic Exhibition
BagelMainea, Augusta, Maine
Summer 2011

2010 - 2017 Group Shows:
10x10 Brunswick Benefit Art Show & Sale
for Arts Are Elementary
Brunswick, Maine
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.

Joy of Art and Joy of the Lens Award Winners Exhibit
Crooker Gallery sponsored by Friends of Topsham Public Library
August 15 - September 15, 2017

Harlow Gallery Members Exhibition
Hallowell Maine
Summer and Winter 2010 - Present

10x10 Brunswick Benefit for AAE
Brunswick Maine
September 2013 - Present

Joy of Art Annual Exhibition 
sponsored by Friends of Topsham Library
Spring 2013 - Present

"Posted : A Postcard Fundraiser"
for Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
January 2017

“ARRT! Banner Exhibition”
at CTN sponsored by UMVA
Portland, Maine
March 2017

“MECA Creative V” : Annual Continuing Studies Exhibition
Portland, Maine
September 2016

“Equal Protection of the Laws : 14th Amendment”
sponsored by Harlow Gallery and HHRC, Augusta, Maine
September 2016

“It Takes a Community : Transforming Violence II”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell Maine
October 2015

“Yellow: A Celebration of Spring,”
sponsored by UMVA and Hidden Ladder Collective
CTN, Portland, Maine, May 2015

“Survey of Computer Use in Art” 
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
November 2015

“Sit! Stay! Art!”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
Fall 2013

“FUSE: Maine Encaustic Artists Exhibition”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
August 2012

“Art 2012, 17th Annual Juried Art Show”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
May 2012

“Hallowellness Riverfront Art Show”
sponsored by KVAA, Hallowell, Maine
June 2011

“Art 2011, 16th Annual Juried Art Show”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
May 2011

“Art of Duality : Hunger | Sated : Two Sides of a Canvas”
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
November 2010

“10 on the Water” : Visual Arts Along the Kennebec 2nd Collaborative Exhibition
Richmond Gallery Store, Richmond, Maine
July 2010

“Pictures @ an Exhibition” a collaborative exhibition and performance of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by KVAA, Hope Baptist Church, Manchester, Maine, March 2010

Monday, January 23, 2017

Good day to get my studio in order!

What is the name of your studio?
Corniche (A corniche is a road on the side of a cliff or mountain with the ground rising on one side of the road and falling away on the other. The word comes from the French route à corniche or road on a ledge.)

What medium do you work in? 
  • Traditional photography and digital reconstruction
  • Abstracts derived from early photographs and geometric drawings with encaustics
  • Assemblage of fine art scrolls, antiques, ephemera and found objects
Explain what you do in 100 words.
For my assemblages, I first create a tableau inspired by one of my photographs, a drawing, literary passage or music. Once printed on archival canvas, I incorporate smalls that are meaningful to the theme, such as clock parts, letters, numbers, stamps, keepsakes that I have stashed away for years. Once the pieces are assembled, I present them on a cradled birch panel, wash them with encaustics or display them in antique lap desk compartments which were used for home schooled children at the turn of the century.

"A Moveable Feast" © Mary Becker Weiss
(see more assemblages)
What are your Maine influences?
  • The support and encouragement of artists that I respect in and around Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Midcoast Maine, when I began my new work.
  • The ocean, it goes without saying, stimulates my senses and imagination on many levels.
  • Most recently I have been influenced and inspired by my collaborative participation in UMVA’s ARRT! Workshops and UMVA Newsletters as well as my recent certification as a TIMESLIPS facilitator, which is a creative collaboration of artists and storytellers with dementia and varying levels of cognitive ability in response to art.
What excites you about making art?
It took me a while to get there, but I would say the most exciting aspect of what I do is the unpredictability of the outcome, particularly with my abstracts. I grew up in the military as a child where every thing was clearly defined and delineated. Everything was black or white. No gray. No play. No creativity or “interpretation.” 

It took me years to unlearn those lessons and rigid structure and to let go of the reins in creating some of my pieces. It is when I have been able to relinquish that control that surprises have come my way that were unanticipated. At first it was frightening to let go, but now I have learned to embrace and welcome that moment.

Are you showing in any particular site this year?
  • 2nd Friday Brunswick Artwalks for June - September 2017
  • 10x10 Brunswick Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale for Arts Are Elementary
  • "America Now: A Dialogue" sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, UMA at Augusta, October 20 - December 15, 2017
  • “Joy of Art” exhibitions at the Topsham Library
  • Summer and Holiday Members exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell
  • UMVA members exhibitions @ CTN in Portland
Detail of "Brave New World" 
© Mary Becker Weiss

Is there an underlying theme in your work? Why?
I was asked the same question years ago. At the time I said “introspection.” I would say that my answer is the same today. 

Do you have art in your house? What kind of pieces?
Yes, we collect contemporary art as well as vintage art. I have always been drawn to those artists who create with passion and abandon. I love the early work of Helen Frankenthaler and Georgia O’Keeffe (though I don’t have either one), but I am just as inspired by fellow Maine artists
    What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
    Graphic and web design, CNA, freelancer

    Why art?
    It emancipates my demons (and there are many)...

    What memorable responses have you had to your work?
    • I get lost in your work and it is full of wonder, movement... swirling, rhythmical, solid and strong (the use of that brilliant gold with the deep red) yet a place to get caught and lost."
    • "Such powerful work. I tremble."
    • "Your work is breathtaking and brave. I am in awe."
    • "Mary Becker Weiss' work is not just "out of the box" it is WAY out of the box!"
    • "Mrs. Weiss, I like your paintings. They make me really dizzy." ~ From a 4th Grader in Gardiner
    • "Dear Ms. Becker Weiss, I think your "Speechless" has left me speechless. Actually it's truly bizarre (though I have gone back to look at it at least a half dozen times.")
    Has your work changed over time? In what way?
    I can’t say that my work has changed so much as it has evolved through the years. When I first started, I was determined to “create something that no one had seen before.” (Robert Mapplethorpe) Hah! I do admit that some of my early “barbaric yawps” are still floating around out there.

     "Mother and Child" 
    © Mary Becker Weiss

    What wouldn’t you do without? 
    I know that there is a disparity between what you need and what you want. I’m in the process of defining them. 
    I need my family. 
    I need my friends. 
    I want chocolate. 
    I want orange. 
    I want B-i-g M-u-s-i-c!

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
    • Love Edna St. Vincent Millay’s quote “depart, be lost, but climb.”
    Professionally, what’s your goal?
    • To continue to create work that is meaningful and to support those causes which are important to me
    • To push away from my comfort zone. (Easier said than done, but I’m working on it…)

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Sister Rally in Brunswick Maine for Women's March on Washington

    Sister Rally in Brunswick Maine with Women's March on Washington : Mary Becker Weiss Photos

    Sister Rally in Brunswick Maine for Women's March on Washington, Mary Becker Weiss photo

    Hundreds of supporters of the Women's March on Washington for civil and constitutional protection joined hands in Brunswick, Maine this morning. The energy was contagious and inspiring! Yes, our voices were heard!

    Little Coco, proclaimed loud and clear, "I am the future." Let us all count on that!