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 painter, Janice L. Moore. “Structures & Patterns:  The Remnants of our Work,” consists of the exhibition and a creative economy focused panel.  The exhibition includes works by painter Janice L. Moore and photographer Mark Marchesi; both are examining our community’s relationship to industrial mills in Maine, specifically, the historical city of Lewiston.  

The exhibit will be open from July 15 to October 28. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm and is free to the public. The reception will be an opportunity to meet the artists and marvel at the intricacies of their work and thought.  

The panel discussion: “New Patterns:  Planning the Future of our New Work” will be held on October 18 at 5:30 pm. The moderated panel 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 and will highlight the significant impact of the creative community on the economy and industrial landscape of the area as well as envision Lewiston’s potential as a creative economy.

The exhibition, infused with artifacts from Museum L-A’s collection, will serve as a backdrop for the panel that will reach the Lewiston and Auburn communities (close to 1,000 people).  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?

As Museum L-A believes, “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.

The goal of the exhibit is to evoke a sense of reverence for these places 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 many of our old working factories are often seen as just abandoned work structures, but, in actuality, are renewed and repurposed industrial sites not to be taken for granted.

Throughout the exhibit, it is hoped to capture stories and memories for My Maine Stories for the Maine Memory Network collection with the support the Maine Historical Society. 

This project is made possible with generous support from Talley-O Design.

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

Artworks above: Lower Bates Canal, Janice L. Moore & Cowan Mill, Mark Marchesi