River Arts in Damariscotta presents all new works by Christine Covert of Warren, Maine from April 8-27. This one-woman multimedia exhibit, “Bound by Yellow,” is a dynamic exhibit of painting and collage. On Saturday, April 9, Covert will be at the River Room Gallery for an artists’ reception where she will welcome visitors from 2-4 p.m.
Covert was raised during the exciting and turbulent 1950s and 1960s in the Greater Boston area in a family that valued education. Although her parents preferred that she exercise her intelligence by becoming “professional”, she always turned to the arts. Artistically creative and skilful with her hands, she has always drawn and painted. To support herself, Covert became a production potter and hand bookbinder, where she reached the level of journeyman. She also practiced the craft of basket weaving and quilting, and ran an import business buying and selling African fabrics.
In her first foray into abstract painting, Covert created a bold body of work using acrylic paint, collage and mixed media. The results are attractive and demonstrate a cohesive understanding of intuitively arranged color, value, shape and composition. Most of them are strong on geometry, flat colors and sharp edges.
Other works demonstrate Covert’s continuing fascination with human interaction in casual groups and invite viewers to pose and answer their own questions about what may be depicted. Covert’s soft collages accompany these dreamlike images and similarly seem to arise from the unexplained subconscious.
River Arts is located at 36 Elm St., Damariscotta. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 207-563-6868 or visit riverartsme.org.