Stepping into the George Marshall Store Gallery one is immediately “at ease” amongst Barbara Sullivan’s shaped fresco chairs and select works by nine other regional artists. The tile and theme of the current exhibition, “At Ease” is inspired by Sullivan’s creations. She learned the fresco technique while she was the head cook at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1989, She embraced the medium and is well known for her shaped frescoes of ordinary household objects and animals. Her nine “chairs” hang like paintings throughout the gallery and are complemented by Grant Drumheller’s oil on linen interiors that capture the light and mood of a Maine summer cottage and Boston based artist, Carole Rabe’s interiors using collaged colored paper.
The bold greens and cool blues of Amy Brnger’s large-scale paintings, “Birthday Picnic” and “Dog Day Afternoon” visually tie in with the decorative patterns on Sullivan’s Chairs, and one cannot help but be charmed by the humor in Gordon Carlisle’s collages that use vintage magazine clippings. Always popular, are the wall and stand-alone sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk, who is the master of “the found object assemblage”. Also included is a series by Tom Glover, Michael Walek’s reclining figures in gouache, and Stuart Ober’s illuminated interiors.
“Time and Again, Paintings and Drawings” by Maine artist George Lloyd, is on display in the river view Gallery. Spanning from the early 1970’s through his career in New England and Maine, these are energetic works that combine bold mark-making strokes with large washes of color. Several paintings are being exhibited for the first time. Others have been included in past exhibitions, however they have endured the test of time and seem as fresh and relevant as the day they were made.
The dock level gallery features the work of New Hampshire artist Ann Trainor Domingue. She intentionally works in an unexpected manner to develop her colorful, graphic and narrative paintings. These qualities indeed come “Shining Through” in this new body of work inspired by her longstanding curiosity and attraction of waterfront life. A lifelong resident of New England, she appreciates and cares for the visual and spiritual beauty of the place she calls home.
The exhibitions continue through August 19. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com phone: 207-351-1083