All things considered, it could have been much worse. It could have been summer.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland reopens Saturday, fully recovered from a waterline mishap that forced the art center to close for more than two months.
A compression coupling failed in the main waterline on the morning of Jan. 19, spewing water under high pressure throughout the gallery. CMCA replaced drywall and insulation, and repainted the gallery walls.
The building was relatively new when the water damage occurred – it opened in summer 2016. With the repairs it looks new again, said Suzette McAvoy, the center’s executive director.
“The silver lining is the building is back and refreshed, and we have all sparkling clean walls and floors and everything,” she said. “We really came through with minor disruptions.”
Losing two months of admissions hurt, but winter is the slowest time for visits, and the art center’s business insurance will soften the loss, she said.
CMCA, at 21 Winter St. will reopen with two exhibitions: “Melt Down,” which tells the story of climate change through photographs and videos by Maine artists who have traveled to the Arctic and Antarctica; and an installation by two Ellis-Beauregard fellows, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen.
There’s a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For Saturday’s opening of “Melt Down,” Portland artist Justin Levesque will show a piece called “Cold Storage X” that is completely ephemeral, existing only for the opening before it melts. With this piece he will sandwich a printed transparency into an ice block, which will then be carved. The print will lose its form as the ice melts.
Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, or $6 for students and seniors. Visit cmcanow.org for details or call (207) 701-5005.