Structures and Patterns

Structures & Patterns: The Remnants of our Work Exhibit connects artifacts and artwork to future growth potential

LEWISTON – Museum L-A announces its new thought-provoking exhibit “Structures & Patterns:  The Remnants of Our Work” in collaboration with their guest curator Janice L. Moore, fine arts painter, and photographer, Mark Marchesi.  The exhibit includes works by these artists and incorporates authentic mill artifacts.   Both artists and the Museum are examining the community’s relationship to industrial mills in Maine, specifically the historical city of Lewiston.  The goal of the exhibit is to evoke a sense of reverence for the mills and elevate the mill buildings to the level of importance they deserve in a viewer’s eyes.  It also aims to help people understand that although our old working factories are often seen as just abandoned work structures, they are actually renewed and repurposed industrial sites not to be taken for granted.  The exhibit will be open from July 15 to October 28.  

An opening reception was held on Saturday, July 15 and was an excellent opportunity to meet the artists and marvel at the intricacies of their work and the buildings that inspired them.   

A panel discussion “New Patterns:  Planning the Future of our New Work” will be held on October 18 at 5:30 pm and will include members of the community, business owners, nonprofit organizations and creative entrepreneurs.  Each voice will bring an important perspective to a conversation about the economic future of the City of Lewiston.  The discussion will highlight the significant impact of the growing creative / maker community, in addition to how these industrial structures could help shape Lewiston’s future landscape and economy.

We hope to engage these audiences in a multigenerational dialogue that spans across multiple sectors.  We want to ask – what would happen if a real estate developer, a retired mill worker, and young people shared their ideas and visions for what their city could be?

“Museum L-A believes that rather than push ideas at our visitors, we strive to pull ideas from them,” says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director of Museum L-A.  “We will use imagination to envision the community that meets their needs and the needs of generations to come.”

Throughout the exhibit, Museum L-A, in collaboration with the Maine Historical Society, hopes to capture stories and memories for My Maine Stories for the Maine Memory Network collection. Museum visitors are encouraged to share their memories of the Mills of Maine.

This project is made possible with generous support from Talley-O DesignPlatz Associates, Center Street Dental and Kimball Street Studios.

Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal Street in the Bates Mill Complex and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, and on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for seniors and students.  

For more information contact the Museum at 207-333-3881 or email esieh@museumla.org.

Artworks above: Museum L-A archival photographs, Lower Bates Canal by Janice L. Moore & Cowan Mill by Mark Marchesi