The UMF Emery Community Arts Center opens fall 2023 with exciting pair of exhibitions

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 28, 2023)—The UMF Emery Community Arts Center is opening a first of the year event with an exciting pair of  exhibitions.

“I don’t like gardening, but I do it anyway, mostly for my neighbors,” an exhibition of paintings, ceramics, book arts and works on paper by Annie Lee Zimerle and Brian Zimerle. This Flex Space Gallery exhibit runs from Sept. 7 – Nov. 2, 2023. An artist talk will be featured on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.

Painting Blue Eye Girl by Annie Lee-Zimerle
Annie Lee-Zimerle, “Blue Eye Girl,” 2019, acrylic on canvas

Sculpture by Brian Zimerle
Brian Zimerle, “Pellucid Puddles,” 2018, glazed ceramic

“The Elliot Schwartz Memorial Practice Rooms Project,” a large sound installation by retired UMF music professor Philip Carlsen and sound engineer Steve Drown. This installation is in the ramp area and runs from Sept. 1 – 30. The soundscape is active at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The public is invited to a joint opening reception Thursday, Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public

In their new multi-media exhibition, “I don’t like gardening, but I do it anyway, mostly for my neighbors,” Annie Lee and Brian Zimerle consider the act of gardening as engaging an intention of domesticity, from the literal domestication of wild flora to the more common ideal of making a home a home.

“The Elliott Schwartz Memorial Practice Rooms Project,” a tribute to one of Maine’s leading composers and teachers, was conceived and directed by Philip Carlsen, in his role as head of the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival at the Portland Conservatory. In 2020, the concert at the conservatory featured eight pianists as they played the spread-out ensemble pieces, about five minutes each, that had been written especially for the occasion by nine different composers.

The recording engineer Steve Drown, along with his associate Noah Cole, recorded the event with a complicated setup of twelve microphones, a big mixer and lots of cables. It is with that multi-track recording, played back through widely separated speakers, that Drown and the Emery Center staff aim to recreate the original sonic experience in Emery’s large public space. 

The Emery Arts Center gallery is located on Academy St. (between Main St. and High St.) in downtown Farmington.

Fall open hours are Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m.-6.p.m. Closed on Sundays, holidays and university breaks. For more information contact Ann Bartges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center at or 207-778-7461.

More Information about the artists

Annie Lee-Zimerle is a visual artist with a background in printmaking, book arts, painting and drawing. Her work is often narrative based and a reflection of her thoughts on domesticity and the mundaneness of culture. Born in South Korea and raised in the Midwest, Lee-Zimerle received a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lee-Zimerle’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries and is in numerous private and public collections. Her recent residencies and fellowships include Cleveland Institute of Art and the Studios at MASS MoCA. She was also featured on The Art Show on PBS. Lee-Zimerle is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Faculty Director of the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts at University of Southern Maine.

Brian Zimerle is a ceramist and sculptor who lives and works in Falmouth, Maine. He has taught at various universities and is currently an adjunct at the University of Southern Maine, teaching sculpture and ceramics. He was previously the lead mountmaker at the Penn Museum whose collection has significant influence on his work. He draws inspiration from the science, history, or memory of objects from the human built environment. His process is centered on replication but fully embraces generation loss; whether that loss is from the transmutation of material or the filter of his memory. His work is often the physical diminished replica, leaving an object that bears little semblance to the original yet retains a charged presence. He has shown regionally and nationally, including the Springfield Museum of Art, the Zanesville Museum of art, the ISAC at the University of Chicago, and many other galleries and institutions. 

Philip Carlsen taught music at UMF for 33 years, retiring in 2015. He has received fellowships or commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Arts Commission, National Institute of Arts and Letters, and American Composers Alliance, as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony. His music has been performed at Kennedy Center, New York’s Town Hall, and the Summergarden Series of the Museum of Modern Art, as well as at national conferences of the College Music Society and the Society of Composers.

Steve Drown has been an independent recording engineer for the last 21 years and a professional musician for nearly 30.  He has a Bachelor of Music degree in music production and engineering from Berklee College of Music and works as an engineer at The Studio, which provides state‐of‐the‐art recording, digital editing and more in downtown Portland.

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Photo Caption: Annie Lee-Zimerle, “Blue Eye Girl,” 2019, acrylic on canvas
Photo Credit: Submitted Image

Photo Caption: Brian Zimerle, “Pellucid Puddles,” 2018, glazed ceramic
Photo Credit: Submitted Image

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