Engine Hosts Reception for “MERC: Mainers Recycling Cardboard”

Engine will host an opening reception for “MERC: Mainers Recycling Cardboard” on Friday, February 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the city’s Final Friday ArtWalk. Light refreshments will be provided.

Artists were invited to create 2D and 3D pieces of art with corrugated cardboard as the primary component of the work. The exhibition features work by sixteen Maine artists and crafters: Krisanne Baker, Sue Baker, T.J. Baldwin, Peter Bennett, Michele Caron, Kate Cathey, Chris Clay, Kim Convery, Laura Dunn, Stan Hollenbeck, Sandy Katz, Paul Mathews, Kathleen Meade, Sebastien Meade, Jason Rochelo, and Kelly Jo Shows, in addition to the University of New England’s Creative Arts in Learning students.

Since the 1980s, the trash incinerator known as the Maine Energy Recovery Company (MERC) has loomed over downtown Biddeford, fairly and unfairly coloring many people’s perception of Biddeford. With the exhibition, Engine hopes to create the rarest of things in southern Maine: positive headlines with the acronym MERC in them. We also hope to engage the community in discussion about recycling by turning corrugated cardboard into art; of the six largest cities in Maine, Biddeford is the only city without curbside recycling. Biddeford Recycling Center is a sponsor of the event, donating a portion of the cardboard for artists to create their works of art.

“MERC” will hang in Engine’s gallery at 265 Main Street in Biddeford until March 31. Coming on Thursday, April 5: Saco Museum’s “Mill-ennial.”

For more information, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-229-3560.

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