Damariscotta artist Marnie Sinclair announces the opening of her solo show “Balance & Imbalance,” running from April 21-May 19. The show is a collection of sculptures and paintings that reflect her love for nature and her concern for the impact that climate change has on the environment. The show will be exhibited at a private home in Newcastle and is a mixed-media exhibit, including sculptures made from found objects, paintings in pastel, and paper collages. The show is a culmination of seven years of Sinclair’s scientific research, coupled with freewheeling creative expression, to tell the complex story of climate change and environmental degradation alongside the perfect balance and magic that exists in nature.
Sinclair is a process artist working in many mediums, although sculpture is her preferred choice. Her work is divided into categories, some that celebrate nature’s ability to maintain a natural balance between predator and prey, and some that illustrate the impact that a rising population and dependence on fossil fuels have on the environment. The subtitle of Sinclair’s show is “a celebration of nature and a call to action” and describes the result she hopes her show will have on visitors. “I have always used the creative process to sustain my balance,” Sinclair said.
The show will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, April 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Newcastle home of Deb Poor. “I love being part of the Damariscotta community, the arts, and Marnie’s work,” said Poor. “I think it only fitting to have a show dedicated to the environment in my ‘environmentally correct’ (passive solar) house.” Visitors are invited to view the artwork, meet Sinclair, and enjoy light refreshments. The show is a traveling exhibit, and therefore the artwork is not for sale; however, Sinclair’s newly published book that describes her art is for sale and will be available at the exhibit. The four-color paperback is 56 pages long, and contains photographs of her art and the science that inspired each creation.
In addition to the opening reception, visitors are invited to attend any of four meet-the-artist events, which will be held on four Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. — April 26, and May 3, 10, and 17. Sinclair will be at each of these events to greet visitors and answer questions. Visitors are also invited to make a private appointment to view the artwork, if that is more convenient.
Poor’s home is located at 40 River Road, Newcastle. Call Poor at 380-7047 or email her at email@example.com for more information. The Sinclair Gallery is located at 172 Bristol Road in Damariscotta, and is open by chance or appointment. Contact Sinclair at marniesinclair.net or call 508-667-6475.