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The Jar Project
The Jar Project
Sixty Artists Jars
an installation by Alex Sax
2011

THE JAR PROJECT
An exhibit of jars made by sixty artists with connections to Maine.

The jar is an emblem of an era when our lives moved at a slower pace and we had a stronger connection to nature, community and our sources of nourishment. Whether it is canned peaches, pickles, garlic, or tomato sauce, or marbles, pennies, seashells or gumdrops, the items in jars add richness and piquancy to our lives, and keep vibrant a pre-technological vision of human existence.

Like those jarred mementos of the extraordinary and the ordinary in everyday life, the creations of artists deepen our living, preserving and enhancing the tastes and textures of our experience in the world, and culling meaning from it all: the trivial to the profound.

In Maine, artists, farmers, and citizens cohabitate, celebrating both the natural bounty and the human industry that defines the state, and valuing preservation, sustainability, community-supported agriculture and the arts. The Jar Project thrives on the spirit of Maine, enabling artists who have lived or spent time in Maine to preserve and present their work in this most relevant medium.