INDUSTRIAL SYMBOLIC ABSTRACTIONS
If you don't know who Rick Burns is yet, you haven't lived in Berwick very long, or you haven't passed through downtown via School Street where his sculptures dot his property like beacons to the creative place Berwick is becoming.
Outspoken and talented with a plasma cutter, this well read artist/politico is becoming known not only in Berwick, but all around New England for his very imaginative sculptures using recycled and out of favor materials that he affectionately tags "Industrial Symbolic Abstractions".
It can be challenging to focus on just his art when you realize how much goes on in his world...
Burns formed a completely new party and ran for State Senate in 2014, although it wasn't a win by vote, it was definitely not a loss, more like a path…
The forming of a new independent political party (The Maine Families Party) got the voice of a new independent thinker out to the voters across Maine, and while he was traveling along the signature collection route, Burns met with several elderly residents and realized how deeply lonely the aged population in his neighborhood had become, and has begun to speak on their behalf. He put his actions where his mouth is and continues cooking and delivering dinners for the elderly residents in need on a regular basis, checking in weekly and spending time listening and chatting with his new friends while encouraging others to do the same because it's the "right thing to do." He recently organized an awareness campaign with local band Hilton Park to encourage neighbors to help other neighbors in need, focusing around that aging population, and the growing need to address their concerns in town.
Burns also sits on the steering committee for the Berwick Art Association, and is a stable member of Blackbird Studio & Gallery, as well as works regularly as a carpenter, and has a large family to attend to.
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