USM Libraries

Exhibit: Timeworn - The Art of Architecture in Decline

Timeworn Poster

USM Glickman Library Seventh Floor Gallery/ Reading Room

314 Forest Avenue

Portland Maine


May 27, 2017 through August 12, 2017


Meet the Artists Reception

 Sunday, June 25th 3pm-6pm

7th Floor Events Room


The theme is "The ART of Architecture in Decline" work will be in a variety of mediums, realism or abstract, 3 dimensional, assemblage...but must be related in some way shape of form to the theme (broken down, dilapidated, forgotten, old fashioned, old design, old architecture, structures, salvage, design elements, details or materials related in some way, could also be signs, fences, walls.


FEATURED ARTIST:  Peter Abate Gary LaPierre   Ken Eason  JP Goodwin DL Kaulbach Heather MacLeod  Josef Keller Betty Brown Gabe Smith Norman Royle Anita Muise Bob Bond Steve Brown  Darlene Bean  Shawn Pelech  Mabel Doyle  Elaine Klement  Sharon Theiling  Lukas K. Weber  Daryl-Ann Hurst  Ron Fountain  Valerie Schurer Christle  Jeff Roberts


The exhibit "Timeworn - The Art of Architecture in Decline" will be shown in several New England locations through November 2017. The Gafney Library in Sanbornville New Hampshire opened the tour in December 2016, other venues include the Conway Public Library and the Wolfeboro Public Library in New Hampshire the University of Southern Maine Glickman Library in Portland Maine, the Lynn Museum of Lynn and the Haverhill Public Library both in Massachusetts.

"While recently pouring over the writings and letters of influential artists, I came across a quote by John Marin written in 1913, that really resonated with me," recalls Peter Abate. "I believe it expresses key inspirational elements of the message we are seeking to convey through this show." "Shall we consider the life of a great city as confined simply to the people and animals on its streets and in its buildings, are the buildings themselves dead? You cannot create a work of art unless the things you behold respond to something within you.... thus the whole city is alive."  In "Timeworn - The Art of Architecture in Decline" each work of art invites the viewer to ponder the peculiar mystery, the intimate story of an old building, old structure or details of related parts and the often poignant and lonely struggle to survive the scourge of time and the elements, human use and neglect and the march of progress. Further each humble subject becomes its own material canvas so to speak, from which the patient, thoughtful eye draws its secrets and delights of unconventional beauty, by skillfully capturing the subjects’ intrinsic qualities of form and function, placement, detail, color, line and texture and the interplay between these qualities, light and shadow, natural and unnatural surroundings. In this ingenious way, a new work of art without either diminishing the other in anyway, but rather, each becomes a gift to the other and to the viewer. 

It is our hope this exhibit will encourage a far greater understanding and appreciation of the life and significance, the design and appeal of old buildings and related structures and why it is important to carefully, lovingly observe, preserve and record them as our priceless history and architectural heritage.