Opening Friday, February 6 from 5-8pm

Engine announces the exhibition Primum by a newly-formed artist collective called Autus opening Friday, January 30, from 5-8pm at Engine, 265 Main Street in Biddeford. Snow date February 6. The exhibition will run through March 21. Primum will introduce the four Autus founding artists Sarah Baldwin, Julie K. Gray, Tina Guay, and Keiren Valentine.

In Latin, autus means growth and primum translates as “for the first time.” In forming this collective, Autus is creating a space in southern Maine for both local and international artistic collaboration with a focus on emerging and experimental talent, with the intention of engaging and enriching the community.

The four emerging and mid-career artists, each of which have been working experimentally in their individual studio practices in southern Maine, are connected by proximity of place and practice. Primum explores each artist’s relationship with the themes of “space” and “place,” both physical and psychological.

Engine’s original goal in helping to form the group is to support emerging artists who have a connection to the Biddeford area by providing space to exhibit their work, to learn from each other, and attract other young artists to the space.

For more information, please contact Tammy Ackerman or 207-370-9130.


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SARAH BALDWIN is a multidisciplinary artist working and living in Wells, Maine. Baldwin’s work combines experimental drawing technique with new media applications. She attended the University of Southern Maine where she earned her BFA with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. Baldwin works as the studio manager of the Biddeford portfolio design studio, Mullenberg Designs. An interest in elemental connections between the human body and environment drive her current projects.

KEIREN VALENTINE is an artist living in Arundel, Maine. With a deep family heritage of painters, Valentine’s work predominantly uses digital media to create alternative photographic processes. She attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver where she earned a BFA with a concentration in photography, studying mostly traditional media. Currently, Valentine works managing the curation of local artist exhibitions at Elements Books Coffee Beer, in downtown Biddeford.

JULIE K. GRAY is a multimedia artist working and living in Saco, Maine. Gray earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and has since earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art in 2012. Her practice primarily consists of photography, needlepoint, video and childhood craft media, addressing themes of mortality and the psychological state of limbo.

TINA GUAY was born in Biddeford, Maine and after receiving her BFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, has returned to her hometown to practice her art and open a frame shop, Four Corners Frame Shop & Gallery. While attending NHIA her primary focus was in black and white film, printmaking, and mixed media. Her work often uses props and various objects to create unique atmospheres. The curiosity to make something thought provoking and a chance to see the world anew are the driving forces behind her work.