2007 – Mercedes Gilbert and Ryan Wight

Mercedes Gilbert


Mercedes Gilbert received a Monhegan residency fellowship shortly after she finished the certificate program in photography at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. Since then she has gone on to exhibit her work at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine. She has also worked with digital photographer John Paul Caponigro at his studio in nearby Cushing. More recently she has turned her efforts toward painting. When she showed her recent work in the MARC@20 exhibition, she wrote about the transition from one medium to another:

“I have always been a bit envious of the way painters see the world. Where I might see only a white house or a green tree, a painter may see a multitude of colors and subtleties in tone. Shortly after moving to San Francisco, I decided to explore this way of creating. As challenging as it can be at times, I’m thrilled by the tactile experience of mixing creamy pigments and putting them to canvas. I continue to photograph, but for now I find myself hopelessly drawn to painting as a way of interpreting the visual world.”

Ryan Wight

Shortly after graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a B.F.A., Wight received a Monhegan Residency Fellowship. He contributed work to the MARC@20 exhibition in 2010, noting that in his recent work:

“I want to give attention to natural structures and show how they work together to construct a system of functions. I work to develop my artistic language of symbols and form through studies and conceptual thoughts dealing with organic matter. My marks are about connecting physically to a work through repetition and natural gesture motions. The buildup of paint and other materials is a tool I use to create a representation of living dimensional space. Concepts such as gravity, direction, and lineage are important attributes.”

He lives in Gorham, Maine.