Aline Ordman, Scott Addis and Taddeus Retz are plein-air painters and will exhibited their work in the show “Three Part Harmony” at Camden Falls Gallery from Sept. 20 to Oct. 9.
Their talent and dedication to capturing the moment have forged a strong, thematic connection between them. As styles go, these three artists are very different. It is their interest in visually taking in and taming their landscape which unites this show into a three-part harmony.
Plein-air and studio artists showing at Camden Falls Gallery repeatedly return to the Midcoast area. They have recorded on canvas what they found as their inspiration, muse and challenges. Their paintings capture the essence of Mid-Coast Maine and showcase their talents.
Aline Ordman is an award-winning pastelist and oil painter. She is able to lyrically capture the majestic beauty of the woods and the euphonious transition of light in all their mystery. Ordman’s colorful sensibilities are distinct and bold. Her strokes of paint, with its brilliant flow of pigment, can convey immediate impressions of the busiest of streets to the calmness of nature. It is through her well traveled practice, of painting en plein air, that we are able to see and experience through the artist’s eye the wonders of traveling and her sense of place.
Scott Addis is an accomplished Canadian artist based in Quebec. His work are often about relationships between the observing man and the surrounding landscape. His work symbolizes themes of connection, solitude and sometimes isolation. Boats and homes are often the centerpiece of his studies. The boats are generally highly contrasted against the islands, as they swing at their moorings, yet the boats as an entity contain a sense of self and individuality apart from the landscape.
Taddeus Retz is a young, blossoming artist, characterized by his edgy and textural sense of aesthetic. The presence of weather is apparent in his work from boat yards and coastal and farm scenes. “The coast of Maine is one of my favorite places to be and to paint. The rugged quality and sense of quiet and peace is overwhelming. Every time I come up to Maine, I try to explore at least one new area. I’m always drawn to scenes or things with character. I love old barns, old boats and all the rocks. I think this is the reason that I keep coming back to Maine: it is full of character!”