2011, January 4

As I embark on this new year, I look back on many wonderful exhibitions and opportunities I have had in the past year.  From Hallowell to Lewiston to Portland, I have shown my work in a variety of venues.  I have participated in both juried and non-juried exhibitions and have also shown my work in informal installations in local businesses.  I am committed to getting my art work “out there” in the public eye and to finding both traditional and alternative venues for display.

In 2011, I will continue developing my work in monotype printmaking at Circling the Square Press in Gardiner, Maine as a Robinson Trust Fellow.  I am grateful for the generosity, wisdom, and creativity of the Circling the Square artist community.  I am currently preparing for a solo show there sometime this spring.  I will keep you posted.

Having a studio at home means I can always step into my art world and leave the laundry and other household chores behind.  My husband and son are two of the best critics and my most avid supporters, but I also thank my close family, my mom, sisters and dear friends who continue to believe in me and support my artistic journey.

These photos (above) show a one recent and two current installations.  It’s not too late to see Creative Maine: The Works of Local Artists at Gardiner’s lovely Monkitree gallery on Water Street in the Historic District.  My collage entitled Winter Light features prominently in the center of the exposed brick wall.

acrylic on paper collage, 29" x 21", 2010

acrylic on paper collage, 29″ x 21″, 2010

In addition, the installation of seven collages and mixed media prints at Brunswick Eye Care (lower level, Parkview Medical Building) will quietly continue through January 31.  I hope you will take a moment to visit this local business and enjoy seeing some of my recent work.

acrylic on paper collage, 15" x 11", 2010

acrylic on paper collage, 15″ x 11″, 2010

Winter has always been a quiet and productive time for me.  I look forward to spending many cold, bright winter days in the studio.  If the weather permits, I may venture out with my pastels for some plein air work.  I will continue to explore the spirit and place of Mackworth Island in Falmouth.  It is a wonderful place to be close to nature.

I thank you for reading and hope you will continue to enjoy following me on this journey.

With gratitude and much joy,

Robin Brooks