“Acadia Seas, Acadia Seeing,” a virtual artist talk by Christine Lafuente with Carl Little will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, presented by Cynthia Winings Gallery.
Lafuente’s talk explores how a decade of painting seascapes on Mount Desert Island has inspired an evolution in her still life compositions.
In her paintings of harbors, rocky coasts and the islands of Acadia, light plays through varying atmospheres of fogs, mists and clear sunny days. Lafuente writes, “Looking into water changes how I see nature. It becomes abstracted and mysterious, as in the way form falls apart and coalesces again in a reflection on the water. As I begin to express this transformation in paint, I also seek to recreate this visual experience in my still-life compositions. Inside a glass water-filled vase is a microcosm of how the world reveals itself in paint.”
Lafuente grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, and was influenced by the Hudson River School of Painting at a young age. Lafuente has received an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, been included in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and most recently received a Medal for Achievement in Visual Arts from the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Her work is part of many public and private collections. She has exhibited in New York, London, and extensively along the East Coast. Lafuente lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Carl Little is the author of more than 25 art books. Little writes for Art New England, Working Waterfront, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Ornament. He has helped produce several Maine Masters films, including the award-winning “Imber’s Left Hand.” Born and raised in New York City, he directed the Ethel Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic before becoming director of communications and marketing at the Maine Community Foundation in 2001.
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