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OLD PORT MAGAZINE FEATURE / JUNE 2014

Studio photo by Sarah Buckley in the inaugural issue of OLD PORT MAGAZINE

BY: BRITTA KONAU
Excerpt from Portland Artist Feature:
"Now, she’s just come off her first solo show in Portland at 3fish Gallery, which featured 20 print-based works on paper. Charlot’s broad range of media also includes white-on-white gouache renderings of leaves and strands of beads that evoke intricate lace, gossamer curtains, and embroidered nightgowns. “I am interested in so-called women’s work, because I’ve witnessed the power women have as the holders of tradition, history, and culture,” the artist says. Deeply influenced by her Haitian-French heritage, she frequently explores race and identity in her richly-layered works that combine images and media.

In her ongoing project, I.M.Migration, she combines visuals with sound. “It explores what happens when you leave a place. What do you take? What is left behind?” explains the artist, who believes that, ultimately, all of her art work is an attempt at “finding home.” Fortunately for us, it seems she may be a little bit closer to finding the answer. When asked about her first visit to Maine, Charlot recalls crossing the Piscataqua River Bridge and driving into the state. “Something washed over me, this sensation I had not had for a long time,” she says. “It was a feeling of coming home.”



Read the full feature here



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NEW OLD WORLD IN REVIEW / MAY 2014


Photo by Jonathan Theodorou

Photos by Justin Levesque
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ARTIST TALK ENTITLED "VISUAL CREOLE" ON MAY 10TH, 2014 / MAY 2014

In conjunction with the New Old World exhibition, artist printmaker Edwige Charlot will be presenting Visual Creole , an artistm to the public on Saturday May 10th, 2014 from 2-3pm at 3Fish Gallery.

May 2 - 31, 2014

New Old World features intaglio, woodcut and monotype prints, drawings, and collages by Edwige Charlot. This collection of drawings, prints and collages incorporate material or technique to create hybrid works on paper. Unlike a traditional printmaker, Charlot uses printing methods to produce a rich lexicon of motifs and images. Her botanical compositions are inspired by her blended Haitian Catholic and French heritage, temperate and tropical landscapes, West Indian culture, and textiles.

By putting parts together on a two dimensional plane, Charlot seeks to bridge her roots by putting parts together on a two dimensional plane. In her artist statement she explains, “My roots and their origins drive my practice. I look to the past to understand my present”. Plants motifs have become the means in which she grapples with identity and culture. Plants, very much like people, pass things on to their offspring. Each species is rich with its own specificity and distinction, like the cultures of the past and present. The cut and paste, printed compositions are explorations of the depths her own cultural hybrid. Charlot creates a space for something new, a visual creole by blending and mixing mediums and techniques.

Customs, traditions, legacies become marks, impressions and washes. New Old World is a journey through making , in order to understand where people and marks come from.

First Friday: May 2nd, 2014, 5-8pm Reception: Thursday May 8th, 2014, 5-7pm

3Fish Gallery | 3FishGallery.com | 377 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 773 - 4774

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PRINT PROJECT IN EDMUNDS, MAINE / APRIL 2014


"We Look to the Sea" was a weeklong print project held at the Edmunds Consolidated School in Edmunds, Maine and Studioworks in Eastport, Maine. The project engaged students from Pre K to 8th grade in art making, specifically printmaking.

This opportunity was made possible by the Tides Institute, art educator Bonnie Clymer and the generous grant funding from the Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education.

On Instagram, search #EdmundsPrintProject or view album on Flickr



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FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN PORTLAND, MAINE / APRIL 2014

Details of Culture in Contrast & New Old World,
2013, Woodcut and Silkscreen Monotype on Japanese Paper, 12.5x15"


N.O.W | New Old World
New Works on Paper
May 2 - 31, 2014
First Friday: May 2nd, 2014, 5-8pm
Artist Reception: Thursday May 8th, 2014 5-7pm

3Fish Gallery | www.3FishGallery.com
377 Cumberland Avenue Portland, Maine 04101 | (207) 773 - 4774

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ST. BOTOLPH CLUB FOUNDATION - EMERGING ARTIST AWARD / OCTOBER 2013

The Saint Botolph Club Foundation implements its mission through awards programs: the Distinguished Artist Award and the Emerging Artist Award.

The Emerging Artist Award is designed to encourage artists at an earlier stage in their careers. Since its inception,this program has provided support to more than 450 emerging artists across New England. The Foundation seeks to identify individuals to whom it can “make a difference” through the combination of financial support, recognition, and endorsement. via SBCF site

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be recognized by the Saint Botolph Club Foundation. I was honored to receive their Emerging Artist Award earlier this month.



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TWO MECA ALUMS AWARDED EMERGING ARTIST GRANTS / JUNE 2013

Two MECA alums won Emerging Artist Grants from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation in Boston this year! Edwige Charlot '10 and Pilar Nadal MFA '13 were both awarded grants from the Boston-based organization that recognizes and supports New England based artists.

Charlot is an artist printmaker. Born and raised in France and of Haitian heritage, her work has been shown in Maine, Connecticut, and New York.

Nadal is a recent MFA graduate who works in multiple mediums. She is originally from upstate New York.

via MECA.edu

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Tides Institute & Museum of Art Artist Residency Announced! May 2013

I will be attending the Tides Institute & Museum of Art in October of 2013 as a resident in their Studio Works space in Eastport, Maine.

StudioWorks at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Studio space is provided in a ground floor print shop located within Eastport’s historic downtown and working waterfront community. The residency provides a unique experience for each artist to create work within a public context and play an active role in the creative community. Eastport, Maine, is located within a coastal ‘artsipelago’ of island and peninsula communities along the international border between the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and the State of Maine, USA.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by a national award from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown.

2013 Artists in Residence @ StudioWorks: June: Christine Wong Yap (New York, New York); July: Alexis Callender (New York, New York); August: Joe Kievitt (Portland, Maine); October: Edwige Charlot (Portland, Maine).

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Double Feature // Britta Konau
MAINE Home + Design, April 2013

"The passion, but also obsession, behind the urge to communicate in artistic terms. Some artists move between the visual arts and other avenues of expression, including writing, music, and dance. However, for most, creative diversity is more subtly realized.
Pursuing an idea with disregard to perceived boundaries between mediums and genres may feel natural to the artist but will often surprise onlookers who get a chance to view an artist's full scope of expression. This year's artist listing focuses on a selection of visual artists with more than one distinct body of work. They may work in more than one medium, shift between two and three dimensions, or switch from one subject matter to another, concurrently or over time. This shift can be as simple, or as complicated, as changing scale or moving between black-and-white and color." READ MORE

Excerpt : EDWIGE CHARLOT : "I recreate physical places and explore emotional conditions in my work. Printmaking, embroidery, and paper cutting are modes of thinking, each requiring varying spans of concentration. Drawing and printing are gestural, whereas cutting and embroidering are more contemplative. I find working in dual bodies provides me with limitless use of my images and motifs."

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Maine Educators Seek to Integrate Black History into Curriculum // Sam Fields
Maine Public Broadcasting Network ( MPBN ) : Maine News, March 14, 2013

"March is not Black History Month. That distinction goes to February - when students are typically introduced to civil rights activists such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King. In some classrooms, discussions might even branch out to include Malcolm X. But, now, as Samantha Fields reports, some Maine educators think it's time to be more inclusive, that African American history should be taught throughout the school year." READ MORE / Click here to listen

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The Other Side of Shade Artists featured in MaineToday SEEN Report // Sara Morrill

"The Other Side of Shade "Curated by Adriana Warner/ January 21 – February 15, 2013
An interpretion and reflection of the issues of race, oppression, and power in America.These works aim to create awareness as a point of entry towards cultural competency. Each work can be seen as an attempt by the artist to question, examine, and face the other side of shade. Opening reception - First Friday February 1, 2013 / Artist Panel Monday February 12, 2013


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Creator / Creations at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME
A three dimensional drawing by Edwige Charlot. / JANUARY 9 -- FEBRUARY 16, 2013

Sparked by the stories of the artist’s family about home, homeland and re-creating home in foreign lands, with this recent work Charlot explores the symbols and icons embedded in familial narratives. Using paper-cutting and drawing Charlot re-creates a shrine of the past and present. This series is part of an overarching project entitled I.M.Migration funded in part by the Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Four Artist Exhibition opens in Brooklyn at Weeknights

Algo Différent features work by Leo Castaneda, Juan Travieso, Edwige Charlot & Dianne Hebbert.
Algo is from the Spanish language meaning ‘something’ and différent is French for ‘différent.’ The title represents the aesthetic and conceptual diversity within this group show, featuring four artists from Caribbean and Latin American descent. Weeknights is pleased to exhibit work created by artists part of such a rich culture that has inhabited and influenced so much of the city landscape we co-exist in.

Curated by Dianne Hebbert / Opening Fri. November 9, 7.30-10pm / On view Nov. 2 – Nov. 27, 2012 / For more information see Weeknights and check out images from the opening reception Nov. 9th, 2012.

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207 Appearance with Creative Portland Executive Director
WCSH 6 / Portland, ME October 9,2012

Jennifer Hutchins (Executive Director, Creative Portland) and Edwige Charlot on Channel 6's 207 to talk about the new Professional Development Series for Artists launched by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.


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Gilded Roots, Native Grace opens at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, ME

This two month exhibition features new works by Rachel Gloria Manly and Edwige Charlot. These works ranging from botanicals, cityscapes, religious iconography to patterns are inspired by the intersection of visual narratives and personal history.

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