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MAY 1–OCTOBER 30, 2021

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine

The summer outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art includes Chaise Gabion on the front lawn and Chair for Mining Chromium on the cliffside that overlooks the wild Atlantic. Viewers appreciate the meditative function of Chair for Mining Chromium where you can sit in relative solitude and gaze at the rolling waves of the blue Atlantic.

See: https://ogunquitmuseum.org/landscape-2/in-the-park/

Celeste will be giving a public talk on Tuesday July 20 from 5-7 pm, on line at the OMAA (or possibly, in person) at this link.

May 15–Late Fall 2021

Corey Daniels Gallery, 2208 Post Rd, Wells, Maine

While reorganizing my studio, I revisited this sculpture from 1985/86 and thought that it would look just right in the unusual Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, and Corey agreed. Geographies Body was made in Halifax, Nova Scotia and after three exhibitions it went into storage. Geographies Body (aka: Harry; The Monster; L’homme echorche; Melancholia) deserves to be out in the open once again. Also at Corey Daniels is a small bronze sculpture dating from 1978. Definitely vintage.

See: https://www.coreydanielsgallery.com

June 24–June 27, 2021

MECA Collect 2021, Portland, Maine

Maine College of Art annual MECA Collect Art Sale will be held both online and in person this year, giving art lovers locally and nationwide the opportunity to view and purchase work from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of MECA. As usual, I have submitted two art works to my alma mater for the fundraising initiative dedicated to scholarships for students.

COLLECT Art Sale Dates: June 24–27, 2021

Preview On-Line and in Person: June 17–24, 2021

See: https://www.meca.edu/info-for/advancement/collect-2/

JUNE 1, 2021

Summer Show, The Gallery at Somes Sound, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine

I will be showing 4 sculptures from the Miniature Stacks series.

See: http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/

June 18–21, 2020

The Maine College of Art COLLECT Online Art Sale

The sale will begin at 6PM on Thursday, June 18th and run through 6PM on Sunday, June 21, 2020. This year I will be donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the entire edition of a new archival pigment print titled What I Saw on the Glacier 2007/2020, a composite of a watercolor from 2007 inspired by walking on and flying over the glaciers of Iceland and 61 black silhouettes of people walking under the watery flow of the image. All proceeds go to supporting students.

See: https://www.meca.edu/info-for/advancement/collect-2/

March 2020

Rising Seas: The Visions of Celeste Roberge

A ten page photo/essay, is now available in the March 2020 Issue of Senior Hiker Magazine with a subscription or with the purchase of a single issue. You can view the pdf of the photo/essay with the kind permission of Senior Hiker Magazine. This magazine is a labor of love by the publisher. Subscribe!

June 2019

Artist-in-residence with The Arctic Circle

Celeste was an artist-in-residence on an expedition with The Arctic Circle in June 2019 sailing along the west coast of Svalbard in the High Arctic with 30 artists, writers, historians, and educators. After this trip completes a gestation period, the focus will be on the ominous GLACIERS and the spectral forms of the Arctic. The sensation in the High Arctic can best be described as PURE ENERGY and its after effect as STUNNED SILENCE.

April 2019

A photo of Celeste’s cast bronze sculpture, “Giacometti’s Legs for Brancusi” graces the cover of “Balancing Act2: An Anthology of 50 Maine Women Poets”

The book is published by Littoral Books, Portland, Maine. It also includes reproductions of four drawings by Celeste and two photos made with her collaborator, Joy Drury Cox.

See: https://littoralbooks.com/product/balancing-act-2/

November, 2019

Thinking While Walking Under the Sea

Celeste’s seaweed collage, “Thinking While Walking Under the Sea” was include in A Dangerous New World: Maine Voice on the Climate Crisis, edited by Meghan Sterling and Kathleen Sullivan. Published in 2019 by Littoral Books, Portland, Maine.

March 2019

The great French filmmaker, Agnes Varda, passed away on March 29, 2019

I was thinking of her in 2013 while at the Kohler Arts/Industry residency in Kohler, WI when I made this homage to her in cast iron with an asymmetrical chair, Stack for Agnes Varda. Varda loved chairs, especially blue chairs, like this drawing from Paris in 2006. Bon voyage, Agnes.

March 30–July 21, 2019

Divergent Convergence, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida

Celeste exhibited 4 miniature stacks from the Harn collection.

See: http://harn.ufl.edu/divergentconvergence

June 1–July 13, 2019

Photographing Coastal Maine, curated by Bruce Brown for the inaugural exhibition at Cove Street Arts, Portland, Maine

With her collaborator, Joy Drury Cox, Celeste exhibited Algae Dreams and Algae Visions.

See: https://www.covestreetarts.com/exhibitions-1/current-exhibition-2-nwxcn

May 15 to Fall 2019

The Art Gallery at Somes Sound

Celeste exhibited three Miniature Stacks and the large Chair for Mining Chromium.

See: http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/all-artists/profile/roberge-celeste

November–December, 2018

Artist-in-residence at MonsonArts

Celeste was an artist-in-residence at MonsonArts in Monson, Maine in November/December 2018. While there she made drawings and photos on slate, about slate, and with slate. This residency was a return of sorts to her work with slate in sculptures in 2000 or before.

See: https://monsonarts.org

August 2018

Feature article “Seaweed Dreams” by Bob Keyes in the Portland Press Herald, Maine

View article: http://mainetoday.com/maine_art/celeste-roberge-art-seaweed/

Time Lines 01, 2018. Edition of 20; Archival Pigment Print; 13" x 13".

May 1–October 31, 2018

Bench Space, Shelburne Art Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

In this group outdoor exhibition, curated by Carolyn Bauer, runs from May 1 to October 31, 2018. Celeste is showing Chaise Gabion #5/10.

See: https://shelburnemuseum.org/exhibition/bench-space/

August 3–September 15, 2018

Curious Nature: 2018 Alumni Triennial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine

This group exhibition is curated by Shannon Rankin and runs from August 3 to September 15 with an opening reception August 3, 2018, 5–8pm. Celeste is showing six Seaweed Boats in cast iron, enamel, and brass, created during an Arts/Industry Residency in the foundry at Kohler, Inc, along with three large cyanotypes of marine macroalgae created at USF-St.Petersburg, FL in collaboration with Bleu Acier, Inc, Tampa, FL.

See: https://www.meca.edu/about/institute-of-contemporary-art/coming-soon/curious-nature/

September 23, 2018–January 13, 2019

Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art, Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

This group exhibition, curated by Lisa Crossman, runs from September 23, 2018 to January 13, 2019. Opening Reception: September 23, 2018, Time TBA. Celeste will be exhibiting five Miniature Stacks.

See: http://www.celesteroberge.com/w-ministacks-newworks.php

See: http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/exhibitions/

July 27–September 14, 2018

Thinking While Walking Under the Sea, Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast, Maine

Opening Reception: July 27, 2018, 5-7pm; Gallery Talk: August 15, 2018, 7pm; Closing: September 14, 2018

This Solo Exhibition is an expansion of Celeste’s work with different kinds of marine macroalgae in sculpture, photography, drawings, collages, prints and cyanotypes. The exhibition harkens back to Celeste’s exhibition at PhoPa Gallery in Portland in 2017. Thirty highly varied art works are included in the exhibition.

See: http://waterfallarts.org/exhibits/

May 18–October 27, 2017

Exhibition: Dreamy & Surreal, Macpage, LLC, South Portland, Maine, By appointment only.

At Macpage, Celeste is exhibiting 10 charcoal and graphite drawings of Icelandic basalt formations dating from her travels to Iceland in 2001, as well as works from the Drawing with Seaweed series from 2016/2017.

Heimaey (Iceland). Graphite, charcoal, graphite on Arches HP. 11" x 15".

January 18–March 4, 2017

Solo Exhibition: Drawing with Seaweed, PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine. TEL: 207.317.6127

Preview work at “phopagallery.com”.

Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat, 12 to 5pm; Opening Reception: Thu, January 19 from 5 to 7 pm; Gallery Talk: Sat, February 4 at 3 pm.

This solo exhibition will consist of 20 works on paper made with collages of seaweed specimens, textiles, photographs, and drawings. In addition the exhibition will include cyanotypes of seaweed, photogravures, digital photographs, and sculptures.

Collecting Seaweed in Scarboro: Algae specimens on arches hot press, unique collage, 14 ½" x 11".

March/April 2016

Rising Cairn commissioned and installed outdoors at a private collection in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California

  • Rising Cairn. Edition 6/10. Welded, galvanized steel and 4,000 pounds of river rocks, 58" x 54" x 40".

Winter 2015

Feature Article in Maine Boats, Harbors and Homes by Carl Little

View article PDF: “Art Flotilla: Celeste Roberge’s Seaweed Boats Float the Imagination”.

September 2015

Walking Cairn commissioned and installed at a private collection of large outdoor sculpture in Upperville, Virginia

  • Walking Cairn. Edition 3/10. Welded, galvanized steel and 4,000 pounds of river rocks. Height: 105".

April 2015

Granite Sofa on loan to Martha Stewart’s Skylands in Maine

http://www.themarthablog.com/2015/04/a-granite-sofa-at-skylands.html

Fall 2014

Lecture: Analogous Thinking in Art & Science

Hosted by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park at the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus.

March—April 2014

Solo Exhibition: Ocean Floors

“Ocean Floors” at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida.

View brochure PDF: Ocean Floors.

January 2014

Cyanotype Project

In collaboration with the Undergraduate Research Initiative, University of South Florida-St.Pete and Bleu Acier, Tampa, Florida.

View brochure PDF: Cyanotype.

Fall 2013

Arts/Industry Residency in the Iron Foundry

Sponsored by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Spring/Summer 2013

Maine Women Art Pioneers III

University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, Maine.

View catalogue PDF: Maine Women Art Pioneers III.

Marina, 2013; 40 Cast seaweed boats, perforated steel; Overall: 60" x 108", Each boat: 7" x 14" x 5".