Structures and Patterns: The Remnants of our Work

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

LEWISTON, MEStructures and PatternsThe Remnants of Our Work is an exhibition conceived and curated by Janice L. Moore which includes her oil paintings and work from photographer Mark Marchesi. She incorporated artifacts and historical photographs that she chose from Museum L-A’s collection. 

On view from July 15-October 28Structures and Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work gave visitors the opportunity to see the actual tools and artifacts used in the work that went on at Bates Mill.  Mark’s large format photographs are made using traditional processes. Moore wanted viewers to see the subtle beauty of his labor intensive process. She sought him out because they share a common sense of urgency for capturing their subjects before they change or fade away.

Museum L-A had been a working textile mill and retains the character and patina from many years of use. She felt it was really important to highlight this repurposed industrial site for this show. Viewers were able to make connections and see the artifacts in a new way, as pieces of art with a history. Members of the Lewiston community could view the relics and art while learning and/or remembering what went on in this space and also imagine it’s potential for new use. For the creative community, it showed artists looking back in a contemporary way and utilizing non traditional art spaces to show their work with the purpose of connecting what was, what is, and what could be next.

 

Moore developed a panel discussion “New Patterns:  Planning the Future of our New Work” which was held on October 18 and included members of the community, business owners, nonprofit organizations and creative entrepreneurs.  Each voice brought an important perspective to a conversation about the economic future of the City of Lewiston.  The discussion highlighted the significant impact of the growing creative economy, in addition to how these industrial structures could help shape Lewiston’s future landscape. Panelists included: 

  • Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society
  • Janice L. Moore, guest curator and artist 
  • Misty Parker, economic Development Specialist at the City of Lewiston 
  • Adilah Muhammad, Principal of Scorecard Strategic Planning and Research
  • Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director of Museum L-A

The panel was moderated by Beckie Conrad President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Panelists discussed 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, captured stories and memories for My Maine Stories for the Maine Memory Network collection. Museum visitors were encouraged to share their memories of the Mills of Maine.

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

Special thanks to: Misty Parker, Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Tyson Pease, The Hive, Joyce Gibson, Robyn Holman, Allen Turgeon,  Kevin Callahan, Robert Caron, Edwige Charlot and many people who provided knowledge and direction.

 

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

Photographs by Kyle Dubay Photography.