Lori Tremblay
December 2017 Artist in Residence - Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Upon arriving at the Petrified Forest I began visiting each of the marked sites and landmarks identified throughout the Park, seeking to get a “feel” for this place.  I had a very thorough tour of the Paleontology Department which gave me an appreciation for the depth of work involved in discovering, documenting and preserving its history.
No matter where I was inside the park, I couldn’t help but feel the presence of water, though it is a dry and arid environment, the visual impact of water is everywhere!  Having had the introduction by the Paleontology Department and sensing the Park’s history as I walked and looked, I felt my task would be to create a painting that embodied a sense of being inside the Petrified Forest.  I have referenced the patterns and colors of the petrified wood in the body of the painting, being mindful not to describe any one piece, but to allow the sense of all coming into being inside the circular composition.  Its very center carries the feeling of a continent, perhaps Pangaea herself, as she is surrounded by the colors of petrified remains.  Time ripples out from the center and culminates at the four corners, each of which describes a unique land formation from within the Park and is referenced on the back side of the painting.
Over the entire composition flows the Milky Way, perhaps unchanged since Pangaea’s inception. 
I structured the central area around the constellations of Taurus, Orion, Auriga, Eridanus and Gemini: the major constellations appearing in the night sky during the month of December after sunset.  The stars represented in each corner are extensions of that inner structure.
The painting’s title, Pangaea's Heart, references the paleontological perspective of the Petrified Forest National Park and its many facets from beginning to present day.

"Signs in Time," 2015, oil on panel, 20 x 40 inches

1. freedom from representational qualities in art 
2. an invitational group show of 25 Maine artists
February 2 - 25, 2017
Artists reception, Saturday, February 4, 1 - 3pm 

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Read the review by Bob Keyes in MaineToday.com


CELESTIAL TERRITORIES EXPANDED, University of Maine at Farmington Emery Arts Center

September 1 - October 11, 2015

Previously installed at the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine, "Celestial Territories" was on view for six weeks last fall. The exhibit will be re-installed and expanded to include a few more pieces this coming fall at the University of Maine at Farmington's Emery Community Arts Center. At the request of the Director of the Emery Arts Center, this re-installation will be seen as the opening exhibit for the 2015-2016 academic school year for the University of Maine at Farmington. It is an honor to be asked to show the body of work again and I am very grateful to those collectors who have agreed to lend their pieces back for this re-installation.

There will be a reception on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Emery Community Arts Center, 111 South Street, Farmington, ME 04938.
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