Art in the Lobby

phenomenal abundance |
the sky that surrounds us

Photographs by barbara joseph & John meader

november 29, 2017 - january 8, 2018


in its Elegant Grace
and Phenomenal Abundance,
Contains an Inherent Energy
that Weaves the Fabric of Life.
It is Full of Mystery, Magic
and Miracles, Where the Ordinary is Truly
Its Shapes, Patterns, Textures,
and Array of Colours,
Fascinate and Rejuvenate Me.

As a young girl, I felt that someday, somehow, I wanted to make a difference in the world.  Photography has become one of the ways that I am able to fulfill that desire.  

While living a back-to-the land lifestyle, I discovered that Nature is my muse, and that connecting with the natural world enriches, inspires and renews me.  Colors, shapes, textures, reflections and light seem to beckon me to ‘come a little bit closer,’ and the gorgeous gardens that grace my home continually astound me.  

I’ve never had classes in art or photography, yet people often comment that ‘you seem to have an eye for beauty and composition.’   

Taken from my home environment and rural community, it’s a pleasure to share my world with you.

-Barbara Joseph, 2017

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I am drawn to the sky. I teach about the sky. I take photographs of the sky. The sky truly surrounds us everyday and it changes our moods, our clothing choices, and our activities. Being an astronomer, I’m drawn to the stars and the way they are represented, but I want to encompass the greater sky–atmosphere, clouds, colors, moods, the way life interacts with it.

I started taking photographs in 1978 on a family trip across country. Trying to capture something more than simply a scene quickly became the aim of every shot in every national park we visited. Though most shots never reached that lofty goal, it became the reason to take pictures. To me, the greatest value in this endeavor is the process of learning to see, learning to anticipate, and putting myself in the way of beauty. I still love the national parks, but I've learned you don't need to go to Yellowstone to get a great photo–you just need to open your eyes to what's around you where ever you are. It takes practice and that's the joy of photography.

-John Meader, 2017

About Art in the Lobby

The Call for Art in the Lobby 2017-18 is currently closed. Please check this page later for updates.

Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. We are committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

Each year, a Call to Artists will be open to artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

An exhibition may include one artist or a combination of artists. Eight exhibitions will be included in this time period. Each exhibition will last 5-6 weeks. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee strongly encourages thoughtful group exhibition proposals. The committee may also recommend the combining of one or more proposals. Artists who have applied in the past may re-apply but must submit a new proposal. Decisions will be announced mid-September.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

All work entered will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole. The Maine Film Center will host an artist reception at the cinema if the artist is interested.