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Area Artists Receive Fellowship Grants to Circling the Square Fine Art Press

Gardiner, ME -

GARDINER, Maine — Circling the Square Fine Art Press is pleased to announce the award of three printmaking fellowship grants to Maine artists Martha Briana of Northport, Jeffrey Chapman of Gardiner, and Russ Gilchrist of Topsham.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the J.W. Robinson Welfare Trust, Briana and Chapman will be pursuing independent printmaking projects for the next 10 months at Circling the Square, Maine’s only open-access fine art printmaking studio north of Portland. Briana, 36, holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Maine and enjoys making woodcut prints. Some of her recent work includes imagery inspired by the form of the violin. Chapman, 38, is a studio art major at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). He finds artistic inspiration in the elegant lines of Art Nouveau, as well as the fantasy style of artist Boris Vallejo. Prints produced by these artists during their fellowship period will be exhibited at Circling the Square’s downtown gallery space in 2012.

Through the generous sponsorship of Kennebec Savings Bank, Gilchrist was awarded a two-month membership to the press in order to further explore his diverse printmaking interests. Gilchrist, 51, recently received his Bachelor of Art in studio art from the University of Maine at Augusta. Both he and Chapman studied printmaking there under the instruction of master printmaker Karen Adrienne, the founder, owner, and director of Circling the Square Fine Art Press and a longtime professor of art at UMA.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Karen Adrienne

Telephone Number: (207)582-2108

Website: http://theartdogs.com

Email: karenadrien@yahoo.com