FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery and the Arts Institute of Western Maine will present an artist talk and conversation with Bangor-based street artist and activist Pigeon at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Nordica Auditorium in the University of Maine at Farmington’s Merrill Hall.

Also known as Orson Horchler, Pigeon recently installed his thought-provoking “Mainers” mural on the north wall of Java Joe’s, a business in downtown Farmington, as part of the first “Water Bear Confabulum” community arts project.

In his work, Pigeon addresses ideas of place and belonging as the population of Maine becomes more fluid and diverse. In bringing his Mainers series inland to Farmington, Pigeon created a dynamic conversation about the history and definition of a Mainer today, as well as how to make people new to Maine feel at home.

In addition to his “Mainers” installation, Pigeon also ran a wheat-paste workshop at this year’s Confabulum for children to hang their own drawings and paintings in downtown Farmington.

The event is free and open to the public.


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