Ocean House Gallery collaborated with Contemporary Maine Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell, and Professional Photographer, Paula Laverty, for a month long public art performance and gallery installation.
The concept of the public art performance was to set a working painter with an easel on one of the busiest corner medians in Maine. The artist would spend one month creating paintings inspired by the view from that small piece of grass. The outcome was projected to be such: 1.The public would alter their perception of the location by looking for the artist and trying to look at the landscape surrounding the median with new eyes. 2. Community dialogue and engagement would develop because of the artist's presence. 3. Drivers stopped at the median light would watch the painter work as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. All of these outcomes did in fact occur.
Erin McGee Ferrell, professional artist and author of the project painted a majority of the time. Gallery owner and professional artist, Graham Wood, painted, and installed the culminating show. Artist Intern, John Wilson, documented the project and helped with all aspects. He also spent time painting on the median. Professional photographer, Paula Laverty, captured the project with her photos.
The public response to the project was fabulous. Newspapers highlighted the art performance and a couple of fender benders and bicycle crashes occurred due to viewer observation.
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