An exhibit of artist Katarina Weslien prints at City Hall, Portland Maine.
October 25, 2010: (Portland, ME): Art At Work is pleased to present “LINES Portland: the visible/invisible lines and labor that connects us”, an exhibit of artist Katarina Weslien’s prints based on the road repair lines made by the Public Services crews in Portland, Maine. The exhibit will be held at the City Council Chambers Gallery, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 389 Congress Street, Portland from November 9, to February 11, 2011. An opening reception will be on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 8 pm., with a panel discussion at 5:30 pm with artist Katarina Weslien, Art At Work Director Marty Pottenger and members of the Public Services road repair crew – Gordie Greenlaw, Dave Melendez, Dave Shaw, Chris Nassa and Brian Cogill.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.All too often we remain unaware of the work that city workers do, even though much of the work happens out in public. Hauling garbage, plowing snow, monitoring water, cleaning sidewalks, treating sewage, repairing roads - all quite visible to the eye - but not to the mind. But in a welcome convergence between the invisible labor of running a city and an exceptional artist’s eye, the unintentional beauty of the road repair crew’s labor has inspired Weslien to incorporate those designs into fine art prints.
Weslien’s powerful prints serve to make visible the invisible lines and labor that connects us, as neighbors and as a city. In LINES Portland, sponsored by AFSCME Local 481 and the Department of Public Services, these connections continue beyond the exhibit onto the City of Portland’s website. Residents are encouraged to take photos of the cool road repair lines in their neighborhoods and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short story about something the city does that has made a positive difference in your life. Photographs and stories will be posted online and at the gallery on a new 4’x8’ map of Portland for everyone to enjoy. Online map and submission guidelines are at www.lines.portlandmaine.gov
LINES Portland is hosted by Art At Work, AFSCME Local 481 and the City’s Department of Public Services. Art At Work is a national initiative to improve municipal government through strategic arts projects with city employees, union, elected officials and local artists. A project of arts nonprofit Terra Moto, Art At Work is funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the City of Portland.
Attached Images © Katarina Weslien. Street Drawing series. Archival Pigment Prints 19”x13”
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