River Arts in Damariscotta showcases a mixed media exhibition by Isabella Corwin of Bristol. Featuring paintings, cloisonné jewelry, and enamel works, this show opens in the River Room on April 28 and continues until May 18.
The artist’s reception for Corwin’s solo show will be Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the opening reception of “Wild Things” in the main galleries.
This exhibition is a celebration of the female form in a collection of work spanning decades of creation through to the present day. Multimedia depictions of women, including painting, drawing and enamels, display a wide range of expert handling of diverse materials.
One must understand the rules to break them and Corwin’s adventurous experimentation shows a depth of visual knowledge and the courage to expand beyond the obvious. With gestural virtuosity, Corwin has created a room full of women with personality and exuberance. This archival collection culminates with her most recent piece, a huge painting of voluptuous nudes titled “Big Girls.” With minimal yet powerful strokes, Corwin fleshes out the fullness of their forms.
Corwin’s enamel works are high fired vitreous enamel on metal. She presents her works in many different forms from intricate cloisonné jewelry to larger wall pieces. The juxtaposition of the boisterous “Big Girls” and the highly refined detail of the cloisonné demonstrate the breadth of Corwin’s scope.
Trained at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Corwin has retired from her career as an associate professor of surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. A veteran of many exhibitions and recipient of numerous awards, Corwin describes her work as “experimentation, risk-taking, surprises, failures, and pushing the medium to do the magic.”
River Arts is located at 36 Elm Street Plaza in Damariscotta. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call River Arts for more information: 207-563-6868.