Mark Wethli, “Piper Cub” (2007), wood, plywood and aircraft parts (select other button for more photos)
Mark Wethli, “Piper Cub” (2007), wood, plywood and aircraft parts (select other button for more photos)
Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter Street in Rockland, will open its spring exhibitions — “Renewal and Form” by David Driskell, “Piper Cub” by Mark Wethli, and “Parts of the Whole” by Sam Cady — on Saturday, February 18, and there will be a public reception that day from 4 to 7 p.m.

“Renewal and Form” will present Driskell’s most recent  prints, including woodcuts, linocuts, serigraphs and monoprints. Driskell, who first visited Maine to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the 1950s, has been a summer resident of Falmouth since 1961; when not in Maine, he lives in Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at University of Maryland.    

“Piper Cub,” a life-size sculpture of the classic airplane,  is a tribute to Mark Wethli’s father, who restored and flew an actual example and helped build the sculpture as well. The piece is intended to pose “questions of the structure and nature of its existence. Is this an actual airplane, a copy, an artwork, or a combination of all three?” Mark Wethli lives in Brunswick, where he is A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. 

“Parts of the Whole,” the first full-scale retrospective of Sam Cady’s work, includes a selection of shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies and recent “fragments,” abstractions culled from remnants from the shaped canvases. Cady, who has lived in Friendship for many years, is known for his shaped paintings that closely follow the contour of actual objects. 

To mark the occasion, “Parts of the Whole” is accompanied by a catalog that includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and essay by David Raymond, director of McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College, and Cady has made a new limited-edition print, “Gull View, Sand and Little Sand, Low Tide, Morning,” available for purchase through CMCA.

“Renewal and Form” will be on view through May 11, “Piper Cub” through May 14, and “Parts of the Whole” through May 21.

Admission to CMCA is $6, free to members.  The CMCA galleries will be partially closed for exhibit installation between February 6 and 17; for more information, visit cmcanow.org.