LEWISTON – The Atrium Art Gallery at Lewiston-Auburn College is presenting the work of 66 artists from Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. This biennial exhibition, “Area Artists 2005,” will run through March 5.

It includes paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, photography and works in clay, metal, fiber and wood. The variety of styles range from representational to abstract, with landscapes, figure studies and portraits, still lifes and sculpture.

The exhibition opens Sunday, Jan. 23, with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. that is free and open to the public Refreshments will be served. The reception will feature Muriel Schwinn performing on piano.

The juried exhibition was open to all artists, age 18 and over; they could submit one or two pieces for consideration. The gallery received 157 works from 89 artists, out of which the jury selected 77 works from 66 artists for the exhibition.

Jurors for the exhibition were Paul Faria and David Little. Faria is the arts in education associate for the Maine Arts Commission and curator of the commission’s “Arts in the Capitol” exhibitions. Little is a landscape painter who is represented by Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in Freeport. In 1998, he received the prestigious Carina Fellowship, Monhegan.

Area artists in this exhibit are from the following towns:

Auburn: Kay Allison, Susan Bennett, Katherine Fiori, Pamela Gilbert, Dereck Glaser, Wendy Maskiell, Matthew Peinado, Michael Ranucci, Kathryn Rogers and Irene Rothe. Bethel: Gideon Dorman. Buckfield: Patricia Reese Meader, Jonathan Mess, Sarah Stocker, Geoffrey Workman and John Wiley. Dixfield: Alice McKay Barnett. Durham: Stephanie Berry, Anita Clearfield and Gary Cooper. Farmington: Kika Nigals, Ellen Roberts and Sandra Stanton. Farmington Falls: Marjorie Austin. Fayette: Arnold Sturtevant.

Greene: Hector Arrache and Crystal Nicholas. Hebron: Susan Lalemand. Leeds: Ian Ormon. Lewiston: Susan Bard, Katherine Cargile, Jeanethe Falvey, Jennifer Gammon, Mercedes Gastonguay, Dennis Grafflin, Jake Paris, Gerard Pelletier, Jan Phillips, Patricia Powers, Julia Rice and Catherine Sabine. Lisbon Falls: Martha Blowen and Sarah E. Sutter. Livermore: P.V. Collins, Mary E. Dow and Joan Perry. Minot: Shawn O’Connor. Norway: Don Best. Oquossoc: Heidi Sorensen. Oxford: Sasha Reynolds and Steve Traficonte.

Poland: Gloria Limoges. Portland: Kyna Pitula. Rangeley: Pamela Ellis. South Paris: Mark Brandhorst, Alan Day and Sarah Shepley. Stoneham: Marion Osman. Turner: Nancy Clark, Ronnie Decker, Scott Hunter and Kathryn Salvano. Waterford: Anastasia Gatto and Barbara Traficonte. West Poland: Gene R. Fuller and Wilton: Nancy Romines Walters.

For more information, people can contact Robyn Holman, director of exhibitions, 753-6554, or go to the gallery’s Web site, www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art/area05/.

The Atrium Art Gallery is in Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is open to the public free of charge.

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