MANCHESTER – Artist Hélène Farrar (Manchester) will be featured in a solo exhibition titled “What We Carry” at the Maine Jewish Museum. Presented from January 9 to February 25, 2022, the exhibition will present more than 20 paintings exploring “the weight of the burden”. She writes in her statement, “We react and respond to the world without breathing in between. We don’t see the person next to us. That someone could take with them an entire room full of drama, a deep disconnection with others, a stern loneliness, or a beaming joy that could spread like wildfire. Where has it become in our nature to engage before listening or looking? “
Although Farrar is known for her bold, textured paintings of trees, creatures, birds and flowers inspired by nature, these “What We Carry” paintings carry the same sense of play in a deep introspection and response to current social climate and culture. . All artwork is painted in the ancient medium of encaustic, a molten beeswax painting dating back to the ancient Egyptians.
“I am very honored to share my work at the Maine Jewish Museum. It couldn’t be more appropriate to exhibit this work there too, for it is close to the heart of human nature. I also feel very fortunate to work with curator Nancy Davidson, who is truly an extraordinary gallery owner and a Maine art icon. It is such a pleasure.
Farrar is known locally as a teaching artist in her farmhouse studio in Manchester (next to the Maine Cabin Masters headquarters). She shows her work nationwide and has been invited to participate in numerous exhibitions, some of which include the Saco Art Museum and the Art Complex Museum. She teaches at the Farnsworth Art Museum and has taught throughout New England, most notably at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She recently released her first illustrated children’s book, “The Deer Man”. Farrar is represented by Archipelago Fine Arts, Rockland.
There will be an artists reception on Sunday January 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and an artists’ conference on Sunday January 23 at 2 p.m. Check the website for updates if the weather is not cooperative. Additional information can be found at www.HeleneFarrar.com.