Woven tapestries on display at the Granite Gallery – Knox County VillageSoup

TENANTS HARBOR – ‘A Road Less Travelled’, an exhibition by textile artist and upholsterer Morris David Dorenfeld, is on view through Wednesday, September 7 at the Granite Gallery, 68 Main St. A brunch, open to the public, is Sunday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to noon.

A trained painter, Dorenfeld uses the loom to weave wool tapestries – fiber paintings. The weavings are based on compositions of harmony, proportion, balance and above all, the visual music of color. “The bright primary color itself is the subject of the artwork – color is king,” he said.

“Tapestry 141, The Landing House” by Morris David Dorenfeld. Dave Clough Photography

Dorenfeld came to weaving through the chance discovery of a beautiful old barn loom in New Hampshire, just before moving to Maine in 1978. He now resides in Spruce Head.

“My discovery opened the door to this iconic medium that has kept me hooked for more than four decades,” Dorenfeld said. “This work was done on a precious Finnish Varpapuu vertical loom, around which my life and my home in Maine revolve.”

The artist often sees his works as music – improvised, lyrical – meant to do good to the viewer. Some titles testify to this. This exhibition includes, for example, a “Boogie Woogie” from 2003 and five of the “Hunter Variations” (from 2014 to 2017). The bold, brilliant color Hunter Orange became Dorenfeld’s muse in 2012, spawning 19 tapestries, including the exhibit’s ‘Hunter Stripe’.

“The right title can help start the journey, but the play should be a mystery – open to as many interpretations and ideas as there are viewers seeing it,” he said. “Although I often compose accompanying pieces, each tapestry has its own personality, character and its own luminous life.”

Dorenfeld tries to exhibit his works as far apart as possible so that each can be appreciated on its own merits. So, while they may complement each other, they do not compete with each other.

A retrospective on Dorenfeld’s life as a weaver is scheduled for December and will include several of his tapestries. “It is said that ‘Your eyes are the window to your soul.’ I believe these works of art are the window to my soul,” he said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit granitegallerymaine.com for more information. Dorenfeld is represented by the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland and more of his pieces can be seen on caldbeck.com.

Morris David Dorenfeld’s “Hunter Variations” tapestries (122, 129, 128, 125 and 124) on display in Arizona.

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