From 1983 until 1994, Anne Weber owned and directed the Anne Weber Gallery in Georgetown, Maine, where she exhibited the work of Maine and New York artists as well as her own sculpture in terra cotta and stoneware. She had spent much of her life traveling in Europe, South America, and Turkey, and lived in Paris at the time of the aritists’ Bohemian movement in the mid 1950’s. The museums she visited on her travels filled her memory with images of ancient times. These show up in two of the pieces in this Caldbeck exhibit: “AIR RAID” and “WOMAN FROM BOEOTIA”. For a Caldbeck exhibit mounted in 1991, Weber wrote, “Since I have a painter’s background, one of the most pleasurable aspects of making clay sculpture is painting it. I do not think of my work as funny or ironic, although I try to deal with subject matter in a direct way that is more related to what we call folk art. This kind of measure makes my work somewhat enigmatic to some although this is not my purpose. I like to take images and combine them from past cultures as a continuation of my own belonging.” Animals also play an important role in Weber’s work, and nature is portrayed often in abstracted forms. Several pieces in this show delightfully portray some of the mushroom species found in Maine. Of two other pieces Weber wrote, “The more abstracted pieces “Falling Over” and “Spring Rising”, come from what happens through the seasons and how cycles of life transcend the apparent finality of dying.” Weber’s sculpture is in many private collections in Maine; she died in a car accident in Georgetown in 2003.