Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Summer and Fall Exhibitions

Tenth Annual 10x10 Brunswick Benefit Art Show & Sale
for Arts Are Elementary
Curtis Memorial Library Morrell Room and St. Paul's Episcopal 
Parish Hall, Brunswick, Maine
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.

Harlow Gallery Summer Members' Exhibition
Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine
June 30 - July 22, 2017

2nd Friday Brunswick
Exhibition of Mixed Media & Assemblage
Fiore's Oils and Vinegars, 90 Maine Street, Brunswick ME
Friday, July 14, 4-7 p.m., Friday, August 11, 4-7 p.m., Friday, September 8, 4-7 p.m.

2nd Friday Brunswick Celebration @ Fiore's June, 2017   ARRT BANNERS sponsored by UMVA

A Solo for Two Voices @ UU Church Brunswick ME, February 2017   NOISE 2017 Mary Becker Weiss   Artist Talk at Joy of Art Award Winners ceremony for "Noise" Mary Becker Weiss

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."

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 Artworks for Summer 2017
  • 10x10 Brunswick Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale for Arts Are Elementary
  • “Joy of Art” exhibitions at the Topsham Library
  • 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!