Oil Painters Kefauver and Mabry On Exhibit at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Two fine oil painters, Mary Mabry of Waldoboro and Will Kefauver of Damariscotta, are showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. Both are skilled at landscape as well as portraits and figurative subjects. Relatively recent additions to the Gallery (Mabry is a Guest this year, and it is Kefauver’s third season as Member), their work adds to the professional quality artwork seen at the Gallery.

Will Kefauver has an extensive art background as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director, who has now returned to painting and teaching in his home gallery, The Kefauver Studio in Damariscotta. With many nationwide shows and awards under his belt, he is finding the Maine landscape satisfies his desire to create a living memory of a beautiful time and space. He states: “It is the sculpture created by the land, sea, and foliage – brought to life by the changing light – which draws me to the easel. Whether working en plein air or from reference, interpreting what nature presents is both grueling work and joyful play.” He categorizes his Maine subjects as Lighthouses, Monhegan Island, Along the Shore and Boats and Buoys. Within these themes are many subjects that reveal his interest in “wherever land and water meet.” His surf paintings are particularly exciting, showing technical expertise as well as emotional content. His website contains full information on the work and schedule of this busy artist: kefauverstudio.com.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Mary Mabry spent many years in the banking business, but has found her true home as a painter in mid-coast Maine. She wisely sought art education from great artists and teachers, including a year at the California Art Institute. Although she considers herself an ongoing student, she credits her intensive work drawing and painting the figure from life with her progress and success.  She is a gardener as well as a painter: “Most of my floral paintings start with a walk through my garden.  For example, as I walk by an old French hybrid lilac, my senses come alive.  And I think as I sink my nose into a flower cluster, “What a heavenly fragrance!  These petals feel like silk on my cheek!  Look at the subtle variations in the color!”  And a concept for a painting is born—translating these sensory feelings into paint—so that others may somehow experience them.” Mabry’s lush landscapes reflect a similar personal experience and emotional response that goes beyond her considerable technical skill. She has earned awards for her work, which has been shown in many prestigious national and regional locations. Her website is marymabry.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artists residing within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

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