November 2nd, 2018 First Friday Art Walk 5-8pm
Featured Artist – Tim Wengertsman
Tim Wengertsman is a woodcut and illustration artist also known as Tim Tanker. The nickname given to him because he is a the drummer of crust punk band oiltanker. He is absolutely obsessed with making art and drawing every moment he can. Originally from Manchester, CT. He is a member of the punk community both through out the world but most importantly Hartford, CT. Where he spent the last ten years of his life making art, touring all of the nation with oiltanker and playing punk shows until moving to Hiram Maine this year in search of a more peaceful life. He moved up here with his wonderful, beautiful and talented tattoo artist girlfriend Beth Potter and his amazing best friend Mr. Stormy Seas, the ole English bulldog. He attended Hartford art school where he received a BFA in printmaking. Ever since art school he has set up make shift print shops and studios wherever he lives in order to print and create these woodcuts and drawings. All the woodcuts are draw up, then cut, then printed by hand on Japanese rice paper. It is a very important and old form of printmaking mastered by the Japanese. Influenced by tattoos, tattoo flash, crust punk, Byzantine art, saints and theives his main art influences are Kathe Kollwitz and Ralph Steadman as well as punk show flyers and album art.
“There is no standard of what we should like, no standard of what art should look like. Do what you want, I want to give my subculture a voice. I draw what I love and also what I hate about myself, poking fun at my demons, it’s the way I see the world, it’s the way my mind works”
His work is a representation of his punk rock lifestyle offering a voice for a subculture that is often over looked as scum or subhuman. These images range from experiences while touring with oiltanker meeting new amazing people that he attempts to make their different lifestyle iconic instead of over looked. Images of his friends full of crust punks, crazy artists and musicians, his family, his dogs and any one who has inspired him along the way. There is a strong political message in his work. Protesting against social and political injustices and the current state of our government. But most of all they offer a strange sense of humor in a very dark way. These images include stories of Tim’s struggles and triumphs as he try’s to make sense of the world in his own way. They are his history, his stories. They represent his struggle with his addiction but also offer light in a very otherwise dark world.
*Show runs from November 2nd 2018 thru January 29th 2019. All are welcome to visit the installation anytime during our regular business hours Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am – 6pm and during every First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm.
August 3rd, 2018 First Friday Art Walk 5-8pm
Featured Artist – Jo Goiran
Jo Goiran is an artist living and working in Portland. She has a studio at Running with Scissors, an artist community, on Anderson Street. She was born in Tehran, Iran to American parents. She has lived in various places around the world.For 20 years she taught Special Education students with mild to moderate disabilities. Her art reflects her love of color, form and movement. She loves language and words. Often her art tells a story.
Her current work was inspired by postage stamp birds her father did when she was a young girl. He rarely did art, but she has vivid memories of him bending over the table, using tweezers to carefully place the tiny pieces of stamps together to make magical tiny birds. He died in 1999. Jo has taken this inspiration and created her own series of birds. She has pushed the boundaries of typical “bird art” by bridging the gap between observation and whimsy. She has added language to enhance each image — sometimes one or two words; sometimes a poem. She is dedicating this series that she is calling ” Birds of my father” to her father’s memory.
Adam Paterson – Guest Artist Tuesday August 14th, 2018
We’re excited to have Adam Paterson back in our shop to help with our busy summer season! Adam is the owner and operator of Jersey City Tattoo Co., Adam applied his first tattoo in 1995 in a Lower East Side apartment in New York City while attending art school; tattooing was still illegal in New York City at the time. In 2001 he began tattooing professionally, with the assistance of Deirdre Aikin, after finishing an apprenticeship with Lesley Allen. Adam enjoys all styles of tattooing but his focus lies strongly on Japanese and Traditional American styles.
DJ Price- Guest Artist Thursday August 16 – Saturday August 18th, 2018
We’re excited to have DJ Price back in our shop to help with our busy summer season! DJ is the owner and operator of Blind Faith Tattoo in Bangor Maine. DJ and has been licensed and operating as a Maine practitioner since 2000 and created Blind Faith Tattoo in 2005. Along with this wealth of experience he also works in many other mediums including oil and acrylic painting as well as sculpture and music. DJ focuses his practice on assisting clients in acquiring body art that grabs the attention of the viewer, and acts as a magnifier of the energy of the person whom wears it. He personally views each interaction with a client as a collaborative effort to reach perfect artistic synergy; resulting in art that truly moves and inspires.
Want to book with DJ while he’s with us? Email DJ direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
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