PORTLAND – The University of New England is presenting two shows: “John Kimball: Wit and Whim” and “Woven for the Wall: Maine Fiber Arts” from Dec. 1 to Jan. 30, at its art gallery on the Westbrook College Campus, 716 Stevens Ave.

A gallery talk, “Examining the Borders between Modern and Folk Art,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, with Edgar Allen Beem, Susan Larsen and Carl Little.

For more details about this show, people can call (207) 797-7688, ext. 4499, or visit www.une.edu/artgallery.

Kimball is described by Beem, a Maine arts writer, as an artist who “paints caricatures of polite society at play.” His work, shown on the first-floor gallery, combines humor, whim and literary insight, mixed together in bas-relief acrylic paintings that poke fun at American society’s pretensions, affectations and faddish preoccupations.

In “Woven for the Wall,” six Maine fiber artists will present a deep and rich array of fiber materials, weaving styles, color and presentation. They are Priscilla Alden, Sarah Haskell, Sara Hotchkiss, Martha Roediger, Donald Talbot and Bonnie Violet.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.


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