EAC’s Open Sessions offerings continue, featuring two biweekly groups, the Cosplay Circle and the Art History & Theory ‘Close Looking’ group, both of which will resume meetings in mid-October.

Tom Adelman, who enjoyed participating in a recent Close Looking group session featuring a discussion of Robert Rauschenburg’s “Untitled, 1974,” noted: “EAC’s Close Looking Session on Robert Rauschenberg gave me a new appreciation for how his collage approach transformed ordinary materials into something visually engaging.  For me, it was also a trip back to the late 60’s and early 70’s when I was first exposed to a variety of different approaches to making visual art.  A real plus of the session was the in-depth knowledge of the artist’s work by the presenter—EAC’s Meg Colbert—as well as her recounting her personal interactions with Rauschenberg.  It was much more engaging and enjoyable than reading an article on the artist.

The Close Looking group focuses on one image per meeting, and includes visual analysis, historical contextualization, and aesthetic impressions! Light refreshments are provided, and attendees are encouraged to suggest works for future sessions!
Cosplay Circle, another Open Sessions program, highlights cosplay (from “costume play”), an activity and performance art in which participants create and wear costumes and props to represent a specific character or era from history. The group is a space for anyone interested in costuming and prop-making to exchange ideas, socialize, and work on their creations. All types of cosplay projects, whether based on comics, anime, literary or historical characters, are welcome. Some materials and tools will be provided, but attendees should feel free to bring their own supplies.
These programs have been made possible by a Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant.