Rockland and Unity, ME — Famed photographer William Wegman, known worldwide for his witty and strikingly human photographs of his Weimaraners, has created an exclusive limited-edition print to benefit two Maine nonprofits, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). Titled, “Topper,” the 30 x 24 inch print, produced in an edition of 10, pictures Wegman’s dog Topper seated against a coral pink background and wearing a “wig” of curly leaf lettuce. A classic Wegman image, each print is $8,000, and is individually signed and numbered by the artist. The full purchase price of each print directly supports MOFGA and CMCA equally.
William Wegman’s work, which includes photographs, videos, paintings and drawings, has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the recent exhibition “Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An exhibition of his early videos and related drawings, entitled “Reel to Real,” was held at CMCA in Rockland, Maine, in summer 2017.
Wegman, who is 74, first visited Maine as a boy and has been returning ever since, finding much of the inspiration for his work in the time he spends at his home and studio in the Rangeley Lakes.
CMCA executive director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “We are grateful to artist William Wegman and his wife Christine Burgin for this opportunity to partner with MOFGA in offering this wonderful print to benefit both organizations. If you love great art and support a healthy future for Maine communities, this is a meaningful way to contribute.”
MOFGA excutive director, Sarah Alexander, adds, “This generous donation is an exciting way to support both organic argriculture and the arts. We deeply appreciate Bill and Christine’s generous gift and inspiring work.”
The “Topper” prints may be purchased online through CMCA’s website, www.cmcanow.org/shop or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A framed print is available for viewing in the CMCA Shop at 21 Winter Street in Rockland. For additional information, please call 207-701-5005.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Founded in 1952, as Maine Coast Artists, CMCA is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in Maine. In June 2016, it moved to a new building in downtown Rockland, Maine, designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori.
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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOFGA is a broad-based community that educates about and advocates for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.
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