There has been a gap in our exhibit schedule because we’ve been working with the non-profit Solon Center for Research and Publishing to establish a Gallery/Book showroom in Rockland, Maine.
In November of 2018 that Gallery/Book showroom has opened. It is called Fukurou. Our location is at 20 Main Street, on the road to Owls Head.
Fukurou means owl in Japanese as well as prosperity and health. The owl in Ancient Greece often is associated with Athena, the arts and wisdom.
Our gallery will represent Maine artists, foster cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others. We will host exhibits, booksignings, have lectures, workshops and other events.
Democracy flourishes when creativity is allowed freedom of expression. Our programs align with the Solon Center for Research and Publishing projects.
Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, and other events and initiatives. We work to help the humanities flourish.
Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company.
Solon Center for Research and Publishing is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections.
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Ramona du Houx
Ramona du Houx uses the camera with a painter’s eye. The technique she discovered back in 1979, in New York, uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, and the seasons. Everything within the photographic viewfinder becomes visibly interconnected when objects merge with the motion of the camera as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken.
Professor Takafumi Suzuki, also known as Yohaku Yorozuya, has had multiple exhibits over his forty year career as a photographic artist. He is renowned for his use of classic darkroom techniques spending days perfecting his images.
Jeremy Frey is known for creating beautiful works with innovative texture and use of materials that continue styles and forms passed down through generations of Wabanaki and Passamaquoddy artists.
Jos Ruks, from the Netherlands, is fascinated by sails and the natural world. He captures the wind’s motion in paper sails, kites, and mobiles. Some of his mobiles are powered by solar electricity and dance above visitors in the gallery as their lights turn on. In the stillness of some of his set pieces there is always the sense of motion and emotion, which captivates. His maps and historical perspectives convey the mystery of time.
For more about Jos Ruks please go here.
This documentary photographic series, People at Work: The Low Wage Earners of Maine is by dedicated photographer, Jeff Kirlin. His passion for life and sharing the stories of others brings out the best in the people he photographs. A local Bangor resident Jeff is usually at most events eager to bring the lives of others to many with his art.
For more about Jeff Kirlin and this series please go here.
John WIlley is a craftsman of wood and a writer. His Zen like techniques show details and simplicity. He’s a master craftsman and worked doing detailed cabinet wood finishing for a Maine boat builder. Read about his poetry book HERE.
His newest book – just published – is about working as a Master craftsman on wooden boats in Maine. It is the only written history by an apprentice working in a Maine boatyard. Click HERE to read more.
Kyler Henningsen’s attention to detail is arresting. He worked in a foundry, is a musician, and deep thinker. After attending Goddard his work took on new dimensions that bring worlds we don’t normally see to life.