Ellis Price ’18 Works in an Old Maine Mill with Modern Textiles

Art history major and visual arts minor Ellis Price, in Erin Flett’s Westbrook studio.

While studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, last year — a city famous for its love of beautiful design — Catherine “Ellis” Price decided that creating textiles was her calling.

The first textile designs she made, one for a wallpaper and the other for a fabric, were inspired by the Danish landscape — the old canals and the rolling farmland, divided into tidy rows. “I wanted to connect the two landscapes, farming and water,” she said.

Designing patterns — for blankets, rugs, pillows, tea towels, napkins, etc. — incorporates Price’s interests in printmaking, drawing, and photography. Plus it appeals to her down-to-earth side.

“In a sense, textile design is more practical [than fine arts],” she said. “It is something you live with everyday and use everyday. And I think it is pretty interesting how you can do so much with a simple design, like stripes. It might be simple, but you can still create something beautiful and transform a space.” Read the full story in Bowdoin News.

Evolving as an Artist, Coretta King ’12 Releases New Songs

Coretta King ’12

Like so many singer-songwriters, Coretta King ’12 is working hard to build a reputation for herself in that most competitive of environments—”Music CIty, USA,” aka Nashville, Tennessee.

King credits her education at Bowdoin with giving her the self-belief and determination necessary to succeed in her business. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Vineet Shende’s Solo Violin Work ‘A Dazzling Showpiece’ (Portland Press Herald)

Vineet Shende

Associate Professor of Music Vineet Shende’s latest piece for solo violin had its world premiere recently and is garnering high praise from at least one critic. Former New York Times music and culture writer Allan Kozinn described Prakash And Saoli — which in the Indian Marathi language means “Luminescence and Shadow” — as a “dazzling showpiece, that draws on just about anything a solo violinist can do.”

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Kozinn said the work could be a “substantial addition to the repertory for unaccompanied violin.” Kozinn reviewed a July 20 performance of the piece at Portland’s Space Gallery, the day after it enjoyed its world premiere in Belfast, Maine. Both concerts were part of the Seal Bay Festival, in which the Cassatt String Quartet performed chamber works by contemporary American composers.

Art Fellow Logan House ’17 Gets Lost in a Crowd

As an enthusiastic underclass student, Logan House made a habit of snapping photos at Bowdoin. “I always took a lot of college photos for when I wanted to look back nostalgically 20 years from now,” he said recently, standing in flip-flops among his paintings in an Edwards Center studio.

But while House hoped to capture mementos of the fun side of college life, he now uses those photos as a starting point to explore more complex human terrain. For when he began to inspect his photographs more closely, particularly the ones he took at parties, he was struck by the unguarded expressions of the people caught within the frames. Read more in Bowdoin News.