Finklestein Exhibits at Rockland’s Good Tern – Knox County VillageSoup

ROCKLAND — Good Tern Co-op, 750 Main St., opens its 2022 season of art exhibitions with Sam Finklestein’s work titled “The Early Years.” Finklestein’s work will be on view in both the health food store and the bagel cafe through June 30. Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next door, at the Hole In The Wall Bagel Café, works can be viewed daily from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the artist’s first exhibition in Rockland, where Finkelstein now lives, carves stone and writes poetry. “The Early Years” is a collection of works on paper, produced primarily while living in Queens, New York. More information can be found on or on Instagram @sculptureparty.

Artwork by Sam Finklestein

Finkelstein uses a stippling technique in a number of designs – a process no different from the action of a tattoo gun. This form of marking atomizes the ink cartridge for controlled, diffused delivery across the surface of the paper. This time-consuming technique nods to Finkelstein’s interest in the absurd ritual – employed here by manual application of fine dots in a way that would be radically more effective if done with an airbrush or spray can.

In the drawings, a recurring figurative motif highlights the artist’s interest in straddling the line between abstraction and the human body rendered through forms that allow for broader interpretation and contemplation. Inspired by the tilings of MC Escher, Finkelstein takes an organic approach to the exploration of pattern and infinity.

Good Tern Gallery exhibits feature visual arts, poetry, crafts, songs and more by professionals, hobbyists and students, and are curated by the Community Education and Outreach Committee of the Good Tern Co-op. There are openings in the 2022 exhibition calendar from July to December. For more information on participation, email [email protected]

Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op is a member-owned health and food store founded in 1980 to provide healthy and well-being food choices at reasonable prices for the local community. The Co-op’s Community Education and Outreach Committee is a volunteer effort to engage residents of Midcoast Maine and beyond in fun and satisfying ways to learn while improving their own mental and physical health as well as ensuring a healthy planet. For more information, call (207) 594-8822.

Artwork by Sam Finklestein

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