September 4, 2019 - September 28, 2019
– Sedgwick husband and wife artists, David Simonds and Cynthia Bourque Simonds, will have a joint show at the Blue Hill Public Library during September. Opening on Tuesday, September 3rd, the show is called Visions & Vessels, and will feature photography by David and woven baskets by Cynthia. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, September 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Most of Cynthia’s baskets are made of ash splint but she also uses oak, willow, red elm and cherry, along with sweet grass, sea grasses and fur. She has studied with several contemporary basket makers, including at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, and has been making baskets since she retired. She says, “My mind is always on the next moment and movement of weaving. There is an energy and calm when I create these baskets. Wherever I walk, I look for weaving in natural forms, colors contrast around me and shapes that may guide my hands.”
David started taking pictures as a kid with an Instamatic. He says that his uncle, Philip Isaacson, photographer, author and noted art critic for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 50 years, trained his eye by example. Currently, he uses Leica medium format digital gear, though still returns to film and large format boxes. About his work, he says, “Whether I have a camera in hand or not, my eyes remain ever vigilant and ready to absorb the next fleeting miracle, whether on Eggemoggin Reach, just steps from my home, or on more distant shores. In my images, you will see what I see and find precious. And, perhaps, you will share the magic I experienced when the moment was captured and now presents itself to you.”
The shows will be available for viewing beginning September 4th, during library hours subject to the Howard Room schedule. For more information contact the library at 374-5515.