Speedwell Conversations | Artists Tonee Harbert and Katarina Weslien in discussion with landscape architect Mitchell Rasor.
Gallery opens at 6:30PM. Conversations begins at 7:00 PM.
Tonee Harbert is a photographer living in Portland, Maine. For his current fine artwork, he captures mysterious landscapes showing signs of human intervention.
Harbert co-authored with Carolyn Chute, a book entitled Elmer Walker: Hermit to Hero. This photography project was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Harbert has contributed to other photography books, including Maine: A Peopled Landscape, and Homeless in America.
Harbert's photographs have been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2013 he won a New England Emmy award for video. He received a degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University in 1986. Harbert was granted a one-year residency at Roswell (NM) Artist in Residence. He and his partner, Shoshannah White will be relocating there from June 2019 – June 2020.
Mitchell Rasor is a landscape historian, artist, and designer focusing on urban ecologies and infrastructures. He is the Principal of MRLD Landscape Architecture + Urbanism and an Assistant Professor at the Maine College of Art. He shows his work regionally and nationally and in 2018 had a solo show, The Marfa Drawings, at Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, TX. Mitchell is also a musician with 18 albums released on labels in San Francisco, New York, London, Athens, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. He was educated at Oberlin College, Trinity College Dublin, and The Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Katarina Weslien is a multi disciplinary artist and educator. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Her most recent interactive photo project was completed at the Kumbh Mela, 2019 in Allahabad, India. Alongside her studio practice she lectures, teaches seminars, and has been a visiting artist in the US Israel, India, and Sweden. She was the Director of The Graduate Studies Program at Maine College, co-facilitated the Study Abroad Program/India for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also taught in the Fiber Material Studies Program. She did her BFA education at Utah State University and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She currently lives and works in Portland Maine and conducts small group trips to India annually.