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Exhibit Opening Reception: ‘Look Back in Wonder’ Works by Heidi Reidell
August 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Look Back in Wonder, a one person show by Heidi Reidell opens August 1 at Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery, and will be on view through August 30. Reidell’s work most recently appeared among other artist’s works at Reidell Galleries on the corner of Water and Dana Streets from 2007 through 2017.
An opening reception for the artist from 4-7 pm on Sunday August 4, will be followed at EAC by an art-themed movie screened by the Northern Lights Film Society in the theatre upstairs. Following the film, attendees are welcomed back to the gallery for discussion an fellowship.
Reidell studied Journalism and Studio Art at the University of Minnesota where she resided for a decade before relocating with her family to Jamaica, West Indies. A print journalist whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers since 1974, Reidell’s art training was put to use in the creation of Jamaica’s Malvern Science Resource Center which she directed for ten years, creating exhibits for a small natural history museum, seminar location and science library. A 20-foot-by-8-foot fabric diorama travelled Jamaica, allowing children to “destroy” the environment by removing plants and animals fastened by Velcro, then restoring the flora and fauna by reattaching the elements to the scene.
Look Back in Wonder will include paintings of Jamaican, Minnesotan and Eastport subjects in oil, forming a partial retrospective. The show features new works, still lives, seascapes and a large mural of Shackford Head on canvas, testing Reidell’s theory that a large work can be relocated without obliterating a mural painted on a wall.
Reidell’s show is followed at Washington Street Gallery by Paint Eastport Day on August 31, when art that did not exist that morning is created under pressure of a 3 pm deadline, hung for display and celebrated by a reception and silent auction. The suspenseful bidding is followed by winning bidders collecting their work, with high bidders revealed to the artists, and all of the art dispersed by sunset. Begun by David Orrell, the annual Paint Eastport Day, a project of EAC constituent Eastport Gallery, is considered a highlight of Eastport’s continuing rich artistic history and traditions.
Washington Street Gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or by appointment. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and http://www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.