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The University of Maine Art Center at Farmington Emery plans to close out the summer season with two new exhibitions. “Aquarium” by Fred Dearnley is shown. Photo sent

The University of Maine Art Center at Farmington Emery plans to close out the summer season with two new exhibitions.

They include “Collaboration: The Power of Two,” featuring art by Meredith Mustard and Judy (Foss) Tollefson, and “New Works” by photographer Fred Dearnley, according to a statement from the center.

“Collaboration: The Power of Two” will be on display from Friday, August 12 through Friday, September 16 at Emery’s Flex Gallery. “New Works” will be on display from Monday, August 29 through Friday, October 14 in the lobby area of ​​Emery.

A joint public reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“Botanicals”, mono print on Meredith Mustard fabric. Photo sent

“Collaboration: The Power of Two” is an exhibition of analog and digital collage created by alternative processes of making graphics, stencils, transfers and botany. The exhibit also includes wearable art designed with hand-printed fabric.

Tollefson and Mustard have worked together for more than 40 years. They discovered this connection in Berkeley, California when they joined forces at the calligraphy studio Moss Foss & Mustard. What the two envisioned together eventually became a partnership called Two Imagine Studios.

“Calendar Page,” digital collage and design by Judy (Foss) Tollefson; analog collage by Meredith Mustard. Photo sent

Circumstances led them to be neighbors in Farmington, sharing a studio during the pandemic.

This exhibition follows some of the threads of their story, and includes calendars and greeting cards, prints on paper and fabric, wearable art and other elements that contributed to their shared vision. Some early works and part of the current work are presented at the exhibition.

Dearnley’s photography is a fusion of art and science. Originally working as a marine biologist, his early photographic work documented the amazing designs of the microscopic organisms he studied. He later worked as a photographer at the Center for Visual Studies at Unity College, where he found that teaching photography helped him visualize photography as an art form.

For the last few years, he has been experimenting with the interaction of human activity/design with the environment and the realization that photography is the idea of ​​what was seen and felt at the time, an image of an ephemeral event.

Emery Arts Center Gallery is located on Academy Street in downtown Farmington. The working hours of the gallery are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Monday to Friday. Check for holiday closings.

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