The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to exhibit a selection of works by Alicia Sampson Ethridge, in the Mayor Harvey E. Bernier Room, in Suite 135 of the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center. The exhibition will be on view in November/December. A reception will be held on November 19th, 2022 from 11am-1pm. The public is encouraged to attend.
Alicia Sampson Ethridge is a contemplative artist and mother of two, living in coastal Maine. Born in New Jersey in 1984, she relocated to Maine in 2008. Ethridge worked as a grief counselor employing expressive art therapies for six years before she was initiated into the Interspiritual Order of Art Monastics in 2014.
She studied abstract painting, experimental art, and figurative drawing at Maine College of Art. During this time, she met a group of painters who cofounded SEVEN artists collective.
Ethridge’s son was born with a congenital heart defect and ultimately needed a life-saving heart transplant. When his health was stable, she leaned into painting to heal herself. She has been working as an artist ever since. Ethridge’s work is vibrant, textured, and bold. She blends figuration and abstraction. She is influenced by myth, ancestry, dreams, nature, and motherhood.
Her work has been included in art exhibitions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Illinois including; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME, New Systems, Portland, ME, Katzman Contemporary, Dover, NH, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME, The Art Center, Dover, NH, Dear Artists, Chicago, IL, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth, ME, Buoy, Kittery, ME, and Zero Station, Portland, ME.
The RMFA is located within the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center at 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH, behind Spaulding High School. Suite 135 is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Visit www.rochestermfa.org to learn more.
The museum is sponsored by the City of Rochester, Rochester Main Street, Waterstone Properties Group, Bernier Insurance, Meredeth Village Savings Bank, MacEdge, Lenharth Systems, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.