December First Friday at the PMA: Artist Intervention & Copper Beech Tree Lighting

By Julia Einstein
ssistant Director of Family and Studio Learning

The PMA is humming with excitement for December’s First Friday Artwalk, the annual Copper Beech Tree Lighting, and special Artist Intervention–all on Friday, December 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.! Designed by local artist Kimberly Convery, the Artist Intervention is titled Nightlight. The museum will be illuminated from the inside out by artists creating, musicians playing, and visitors exploring. The line-up of activities for the evening reads like a festive tune: “60 boxes blinking, 15 artists creating, eight musicians strumming, two drawings making, sound patterns leaping, and one Copper Beech tree!”

I sat down and talked with Kimberly Convery about her experience as a member of the PMA’s Artist Team, who spent 2012 creating Artists Interventions and getting to know the museum through the pages of their sketchbooks.

Let’s talk about the group of “interventionists” that have organized the Artist Intervention program throughout the year.
I’ve been super lucky to be part of this group—part of the variety, the different interpretations of the Artist Interventions program, and the way each artist has created a way to intervene with the patron’s experiences in the galleries.

And the coolest thing about your experience?
Is to be a working artist and have the museum feels like it is mine—it is a huge resource that I love!

What do you love most at the PMA?
The amazing permanent collection. The portrait of Walter Griffin, the Welliver painting…

For Friday night’s event, you’ve put together a group of artists who will be working with an assortment of medium, in various galleries throughout the PMA.
My friends and I are taking over for the night! Visitors will be coming into the great and natural energy of artists. It’s invigorating! I think it gives the museum the piece that most people don’t see when they look at the art on the walls—what happens in the middle of the creation process.

What does happen?
Working artists making things. Visitors will come upon this in many galleries throughout the PMA. I intend for this night to have an overwhelming feel to it. My artist friends have shared their ideas, which range from making a painting from the inside out and beautifully simple light boxes to televisions activated by sounds. Also, the sound of music will fill the galleries (Pat Corrigan and members of Plains) as you walk around.

What is up next for you?
I’m exhibiting new drawings at Local 188 and I’m also taking part in Jeff Badger’s Tetra Project.

Here’s a list of participating artists who will be at the PMA on December 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kimberly Convery
Marques Bostic
Jeff Badger & Harold Philbrook
Galen Richmond
Clint Fulkerson
John Knight
Lucinda Bliss
Dominique Colson
Pilar Nadal
Jim Chut
Adriane Herman
Angela Warren
Shoshannah White


  1. Karen Staloch
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    In viewing your comments about The Coast of Maine, the bare branches of the plant on the left look like a rib cage gnarled from effects of nature’s elements. To me, Jamie Wyeth’s comment that the artist had a rough day brings Homer’s thoughts and feelings alive on the canvas. I am grateful to be able to experience Homer’s work and to hear these observations. I had the opportunity to travel to the Museum in mid October and spend several days taking in the fine exhibit. Quite a magnificent collection!

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