UMF Art Gallery celebrates Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial

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FARMINGTON – An opening reception for the exhibit, After Poe: Works of Mystery and Imagination, will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, at the UMF Art Gallery.


Shain Erin’s exquisitely crafted dolls, poignant in their mummified finery, are included in the juried show.

The UMF Art Gallery exhibit, in celebration of the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, will run from Oct. 1-28. This rich, oddly disconcerting exhibition is part of UMF’s Poe/After Poe University Forum Series of creative arts, literature, music, film and scholarly events. Featuring the works of artists from all over New England, “After Poe” is a tribute to the spirit of macabre invention and dark romance that infuses all of Poe’s work.

“After Poe: Works of Mystery and Imagination,” is a juried show featuring the works of: Julia Bykowski, Christin Couture, Shain Erin, Robert Gregory Griffeth, Kym Hepworth, Melissa Kulig, Debe Loughlin, Nancy Milliken, Petrea Noyes, Stacey Page and Robin Stein.

From Shain Erin’s exquisitely crafted dolls, poignant in their mummified finery, to Debe Loughlin’s visceral and enigmatic constructions, to Robert Gregory Griffith’s dark, unsettling and strangely iconic photographs, these artists revel in the intricacies of the inexplicable.

Like Poe himself, they embrace the poetics of loss and the vagaries of the imagination, reinventing ghostly and mundane mysteries with insight and elegance.

The gallery is located at 246 Main St., Farmington. No admission is charged. It is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

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