The work of four Maine artists will adorn the walls of the new Augusta Capital Judicial Center courthouse. The project was funded by the Percent for Art program. A committee of people from the Maine Judicial Branch, artists, the courthouse architectural firm and other people involved discussed what they’d like to see and then with the help of the Maine Art Commission put out a call to artists.
Christopher Cart, of Hallowell, has been painting his 14 feet tall and 38 feet wide mural in place over the past few months on the second floor of the four-story building. Painted in muted tones on canvas are the people who lived in the Augusta region bringing the area’s rich history back to life. Abnakis, explorers, settlers, trappers, ice cutters, quarrymen and others who lived and made their livelhoods along the Kennebec River are larger than life inviting the viewer to reflect on their lives. He spent months researching, preparing scaled drawings and deciding how the panels would flow into one another. This is his second Percentage for Art commissioned mural.
Janet Redfield, has installed her bright blue and yellow stained glass work in a large window area at the opposite end of the corridor from Cart’s mural. Redfield has been making stained glass in Maine since 1974. She spent eight months working on the project, which stands 13 feet high and seven feet wide and has a separate four-foot section on the first floor. Redfield too has done a number of other projects under the Percent for Art program.
Amy Peters Wood and Margaret Lawrence, will have their work on display on the third and fourth floors of the courthouse. Wood recently finished an 8-foot by 4-foot diptych painting “A Year on the Kennebec.” Lawrence has paintings to add.