June 8 – July 8, 2022

Matt Barter: Cantown

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Matt Barter at his studio in Brunswick, Maiine

Matt Barter is a storyteller, who has taken it upon himself to recant the stories of the men and women who work Downeast—a cultural region along the coast of Maine that begins in Ellsworth, and stretches east all the way to the Maritime Provinces.

Downeasters are a hearty lot known for their ingenuity and conservatism. “These are among the toughest, most frugal, people I have ever met,” says Barter, “and the quietest.” He attributes their modesty to Puritan roots and the old English idiom “mind your p’s and q’s.” Downeasters keep to themselves.

To tell the story of Maine’s bygone sardine cannery industry, Barter created an imaginary town and company store inspired by Stinson Seafood, a sardine cannery in Prospect Harbor, Maine, that closed in 2010. Canneries thrived in Maine for over a century, and nearly every town along the coast had at least one small sardine factory. Some had more than a dozen. Stinson’s was the last cannery in the United States to close.

Barter calls his imaginary place Cantown. He has since created an installation based on this concept of paintings, wood reliefs, and folklike three-dimensional sculptures that pay tribute to the people who worked in the Maine canneries, many of whom were women.

Barter’s sculpture The Cannery Line shows three women working on an assembly line, snipping the heads and tails from fish riding along a moveable conveyor belt before they fall into a pail. An overhead counting system keeps track of how many fish are processed. Cannery Girl shows a single figure of a woman in an apron bent over while working. Other sculptures include the Cantown Punch Clock, a mustard hopper, a fisherman dipping bait, men with lobster traps, and lobstermen repairing a lobster boat.

Exhibition Catalog 2022
Matt Barter: Cantown
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MATT BARTER
Cantown Cutting Line
oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches
$4200 MATT BARTER
Cantown Punch Clock
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 20h x 8 x 10 inches
SOLD MATT BARTER
Sign Post to Jonesport No. 1
painted wood relief, 34 x 24 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
The Legend of Evelyn Davis
painted wood relief, 32 x 24 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Jonesporter No. 1
oil on board, 33.5 x 27 inches
$3200 MATT BARTER
Profile of the Downeast Kid
oil on board, 24 x 24 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Dream of the Cannery Line
painted wood relief, 40 x 24 inches
$3800 MATT BARTER
Brown Bread in a Can
oil on board, 32 x 24 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Cannery Girl (View 2)
reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 10 x 9 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Cannery Girl
reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 10 x 9 inches
View 2
$2400 MATT BARTER
Cantown Items
oil on board, 24 x 24 inches
SOLD MATT BARTER
Miss Cantown
oil on board, 24 x 32 inches
$2000 MATT BARTER
Cantown Labeler
painted wood with found objects, 32 x 16 x 12 inches
$3200 MATT BARTER
Cannery Line
paint, reclaimed wood and metal, 23h x 18 x 28 inches
$3600 MATT BARTER
Mackerel Basket (View 2)
reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 12 x 10 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Mackerel Basket
reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 12 x 10 inches
View 2
$2400 MATT BARTER
Day Workers Stinson Packing Company
oil on canvas, 36 x 46 inches
SOLD MATT BARTER
Cantown Girl
oil on board, 30 x 24 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Sign Post to Jonesport No. 2
painted wood relief, 34 x 24 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Cannery Girl Profile
painted 39 x 34 x 2 inches
$3800 MATT BARTER
Redwing Can with Grapefruit
oil on board, 24 x 24 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Machinations of Cantown
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 38 x 24 x 4 inches
$3400 MATT BARTER
Machinations of Cantown No. 2
reclaimed wood relief, found object, paint, 28 x 36 inches
SOLD MATT BARTER
Four Corners Columbia Falls
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 32 x 22 x 20 inches
$3000 MATT BARTER
Fast Food Eaters
oil on board, 34 x 28 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Eastport Girl
oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Boatwork
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 24h x 36 x 24 inches
$5500 MATT BARTER
Dipping Bait
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 22 x 14 x 12 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Bust of the Cannery Girl
paint on rough cut wood, 32 x 22 x 30 inches
$4000 MATT BARTER
Bust of the Downeast Kid
paint on rough cut wood, 32 x 22 x 30 inches
$4000 MATT BARTER
Sardines
oil on board, 24 x 36 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Mending Nets
oil on board, 32 x 26 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Mythology of Jonesport No. 1
painted wood relief, 28 x 24 inches
$2800 MATT BARTER
Action Figures
painted reclaimed wood 
$500 Each MATT BARTER
Shelf At the Cantown Store
painted 28 x 48 inches
MATT BARTER
wood relief, painted fish, 24 x 20 inches
$2000 MATT BARTER
Eastport Girls
oil on canvas, 24 x 32 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Cannery Girl
oil on board, 24 x 24 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Cantown Girl with Blue Glove
oil on board, 36 x 48 inches
$4200 MATT BARTER
Mustard Hopper of Cantown
reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 30 x 20 x 16 inches
$3000
MATT BARTER Cantown Cutting Line oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches $4200
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cantown Punch Clock reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 20h x 8 x 10 inches SOLD
Inquire
MATT BARTER Sign Post to Jonesport No. 1 painted wood relief, 34 x 24 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER The Legend of Evelyn Davis painted wood relief, 32 x 24 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Jonesporter No. 1 oil on board, 33.5 x 27 inches $3200
Inquire
MATT BARTER Profile of the Downeast Kid oil on board, 24 x 24 inches $1800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Dream of the Cannery Line painted wood relief, 40 x 24 inches $3800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Brown Bread in a Can oil on board, 32 x 24 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cannery Girl (View 2) reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 10 x 9 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cannery Girl reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 10 x 9 inches View 2 $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cantown Items oil on board, 24 x 24 inches SOLD
Inquire
MATT BARTER Miss Cantown oil on board, 24 x 32 inches $2000
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cantown Labeler painted wood with found objects, 32 x 16 x 12 inches $3200
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cannery Line paint, reclaimed wood and metal, 23h x 18 x 28 inches $3600
Inquire
MATT BARTER Mackerel Basket (View 2) reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 12 x 10 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Mackerel Basket reclaimed wood, found object, paint, 18 x 12 x 10 inches View 2 $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Day Workers Stinson Packing Company oil on canvas, 36 x 46 inches SOLD
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cantown Girl oil on board, 30 x 24 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Sign Post to Jonesport No. 2 painted wood relief, 34 x 24 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cannery Girl Profile painted 39 x 34 x 2 inches $3800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Redwing Can with Grapefruit oil on board, 24 x 24 inches $1800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Machinations of Cantown reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 38 x 24 x 4 inches $3400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Machinations of Cantown No. 2 reclaimed wood relief, found object, paint, 28 x 36 inches SOLD
Inquire
MATT BARTER Four Corners Columbia Falls reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 32 x 22 x 20 inches $3000
Inquire
MATT BARTER Fast Food Eaters oil on board, 34 x 28 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Eastport Girl oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Boatwork reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 24h x 36 x 24 inches $5500
Inquire
MATT BARTER Dipping Bait reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 22 x 14 x 12 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Bust of the Cannery Girl paint on rough cut wood, 32 x 22 x 30 inches $4000
Inquire
MATT BARTER Bust of the Downeast Kid paint on rough cut wood, 32 x 22 x 30 inches $4000
Inquire
MATT BARTER Sardines oil on board, 24 x 36 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Mending Nets oil on board, 32 x 26 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Mythology of Jonesport No. 1 painted wood relief, 28 x 24 inches $2800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Action Figures painted reclaimed wood $500 Each
Inquire
MATT BARTER Shelf At the Cantown Store painted 28 x 48 inches
Inquire
MATT BARTER wood relief, painted fish, 24 x 20 inches $2000
Inquire
MATT BARTER Eastport Girls oil on canvas, 24 x 32 inches $2400
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cannery Girl oil on board, 24 x 24 inches $1800
Inquire
MATT BARTER Cantown Girl with Blue Glove oil on board, 36 x 48 inches $4200
Inquire
MATT BARTER Mustard Hopper of Cantown reclaimed wood, found objects, paint, 30 x 20 x 16 inches $3000
Inquire