‘Greenland Ice Sheet Imagined’ is a new art exhibition at Husson University’s Robert E. White Gallery


The exhibition presents austere landscapes inspired by scientific articles and photos devoted to global warming

BANGOR – Husson’s Spring 2022 Guest Artist, Alison C. Dibble, will speak at a Community Artists Reception on Wednesday, March 23 from 2-3 p.m. at the Robert E. White Gallery, adjacent to Center Campus from the university to Peabody Hall. Peabody Hall is located at 54 College Circle in Bangor. The event is free and open to the public.

“The paintings in this exhibit show a vast and inhospitable place, where the rate of melting has reached new highs due to global warming,” Dibble said. “These visual depictions of the Greenland Ice Sheet captured on canvas are designed to move the viewer and make people care more about a distant place. I focus on solid design. My goal for this series was to create art that suggests a landscape that is huge, terrifying, and too beautiful to look away.

The Greenland Ice Sheet is an enormous mass of ice, up to nearly two miles thick and 1,500 miles wide. Dibble paints his moving landscapes from his imagination after studying scientific papers and photos taken by others that examine how global warming is affecting this fragile and endangered environment.

“I have spent a lot of time in Greenland and have seen the impact of climate change on the country’s ice cap,” said Dr Robert Northington, assistant professor in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University. Northington teaches courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science. “This art exhibit is a timely reminder that we must do more to appreciate and protect Earth’s beautiful natural vistas, like those envisioned in these paintings, before they are gone forever.”

In addition to exhibiting, Dibble will work with students from Husson University Fine Arts courses as a guest artist. It will help them explore their creativity and artistic talents. Students will learn to convey ideas and express their emotions through art. Providing opportunities for students to create and enjoy cultural expressions is another way Husson University strives to provide students with experiences that will help them become well-rounded and informed citizens. Art classes also help students develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills – qualities highly valued by employers.

For those unable to attend the Artists’ Reception, Dibble will share his artistic perspectives in a Zoom Art Talk on Monday, March 21 from 5:30-6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join this Zoom presentation at this time. via this link:

https://husson.zoom.us/j/99200474218. The passcode for the meeting is 910655.

Anyone unable to attend the opening reception or Zoom conference is encouraged to visit the show over the next few months. The exhibition runs until May 13, 2022. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for viewing and reflection.

Learn more about the artist:

Dr. Alison C. Dibble of Brooklyn has always loved to draw. She began her art training as a young child at home, where her mother, Barbara Smith Coan (Art Students League, NY), taught her to draw and paint. His mother was best known for her landscapes and seascapes, some of which won international awards.

As a teenager, Dibble attended the summer program at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. She was accepted as a full-time student but chose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Art at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. After starting a family, she earned an M.Sc. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Science. at the University of Maine. She sketched in watercolor at odd times as she pursued a 30-year career as a conservation biologist.

His botanical illustrations are in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as RHODORA (the journal of the New England Botanical Club) and the Northeastern Naturalist. She illustrated an introductory chapter in The Macrolichens of New England by James and Patricia Hinds. The book was published by the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY in 2008. David Little’s book of Katahdin Painters (Downeast, 2013) includes a Dibble painting of a rare lichen in North Basin at Baxter State Park , Maine. She is a shutter enthusiast and her photos are included in Plants of Baxter State Park, published by the University of Maine. She is one of many authors who have contributed to this book.

His conservation work has brought Dibble to many remote areas of Maine. After retiring from her research of scientific data, she found that her passion for the wilderness continued unabated. Today, Dibble continues to draw inspiration from nature in its designs and selection of subjects.

Dibble began expressing herself in oil paintings in 2008, under the guidance of Louise Bourne of Penobscot. Other Maine artists from whom she received instruction and who continue to inspire her include: Linda Funk (Rockland), Frank Sullivan (Littleton), Tom Curry (Brooklin), Marsha Donahue (Belfast), Olena Babak (Hartland ) and Donald Demers. (Boothbay).

The paintings piled up around his house. Since 2008, she has mounted eight solo exhibitions each with up to 30 recent paintings that reflect her colorful vision and outdoor oil sketches.

His paintings have appeared in group exhibitions at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif.; the courthouse gallery at Ellsworth; the Leighton Gallery at Blue Hill (now the Cynthia Winings Gallery); the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, the North Light Gallery in Millinocket and many more.

Learn more about the Robert E. White Gallery at Husson University

Artists with New England ties who work in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, traditional crafts, and photography, are featured at the Robert E. White Gallery.

With a new exhibit each semester, the gallery offers students insight into how New England artists express themselves, giving them additional insight into where they chose to go to school. The gallery was established in 1992 and named and endowed by Husson alumni and former Chairman of the Board, Robert E. White ’65.

For more information, contact gallery coordinator Kathi Smith by phone at 207-941-7004 or by email at [email protected]

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