Archive for Boothbay Harbor

New Shows by Anthony and Curry at Gleason Fine Art

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens two new shows on August 31: JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK. The opening reception for both shows is First Friday, September 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Janice and Tom in a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through October 3.

JANICE ANTHONY     Jackson resident Janice Anthony is on the short list of Maine’s most respected and collected contemporary realist painters. A long-time member Tom Crotty’s Frost-Gully Gallery in Freeport, Anthony joined the Gleason roster of artists upon Crotty’s death two year’s ago. The gallery welcomed Anthony’s fresh and direct approach to painting the landscape.

     Anthony’s beautifully rendered landscapes of Maine invite viewers to see the natural world as she does. In her own words: “The content of my paintings lies beyond the visible features of woods, rocks, and water. My intention is to convey the sense of place: the moving air, the solidity of rock, the transience of water, and the strength of the ground beneath. The act of painting unites me with a wilderness that I recognize within myself. Putting paint on the canvas is where I find my bearings, at the intersection of the image and the brush” (O’Hern, “Am. Art Collector,” 6/2012).

       Janice Anthony lives in rural Jackson, Maine, where she and her husband raise cattle. Anthony’s resume is long and includes numerous solo and group shows at prestigious galleries. Her paintings hang in many public collections, including Unum, in Portland, Maine, and the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City. Her paintings appear in many books and magazines, including the Little/Skolnick series, Paintings of Maine, Paintings of Maine in Winter, and Paintings of Maine Islands.

        For her solo show JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE, Anthony has given the gallery a dozen new paintings, including the ethereal “Threshold” (acrylic, 24 by 24 inches), which depicts a place and a moment in time so evocative that one is tempted to use the word “dreamlike.” 

TOM CURRY     Artist Tom Curry could live anywhere, but he and his wife, the writer Kim Ridley, chose the Down East village of Brooklin, Maine. Here Curry’s singular passion focuses on the tiny, uninhabited island of Chatto, which sits in Blue Hill Bay in sight of Curry’s studio.  Curry paints Chatto at all times of day and in all types of weather. 

      The show’s centerpiece, a 48 by 57 inch oil titled “Venus,” is breath-taking. With “Venus,” Curry conjures a spectacular summer day in Maine. Immense, puffy, white clouds float in the sky above Chatto and are reflected in the sea below, enveloping the lush, green island. The open sky is an unforgettable clear blue. The sun, threatening to break through the clouds, yellows their edges. 

       “Venus” is classic Tom Curry: take a simple thing, like a little, green pincushion of an island, and make it the center of the universe, a universe the viewer wants very much to be a part of.

        When Curry can take his eyes off Chatto, Brooklin’s serrated coastline and dozens of islands offer the artist an unlimited number of possibilities to paint. In “The Meadow,” a delicately striped sky fills the top half of the painting. The lower half takes the viewer from the mainland to a wooded island, and then to the distant hills beyond. The striped sky plays against supercharged spring greens and the reds and oranges of newly leafed blueberry shrubs. The result is a stunning painting that lets the viewer know just how precious this bit of coastline is.  

        Both shows, JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK, may be viewed on the gallery’s website: gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or send an email to info@gleasonfineart.com. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Henry Isaacs: Working Color II at Gleason Fine Art

Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island #5 oil on canvas 20x40"

Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island #5
oil on canvas 20×40″

Cranberry Island artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style—broken brushwork and a palette of delicate blues, greens, pinks, and yellows—marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet. He is both worldly and down to earth, both witty and self-effacing, generous with his time, and passionate about the dangers of the art world’s becoming overly commercialized.

The show runs  from July 29 – August 29, 2017 with an Artist’s Reception: Friday, August 4th, 5-7pm.

For more information contact Gleason Fine Art:
www.gleasonfineart.com
31 Townsend Avenue / Boothbay Harbor / Maine 04538
207-633-6849

 

Two New Shows in August from Gleason Fine Art

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows on July 27: Henry Isaacs: New Work and Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan. The opening reception for the artists is First Friday, August 4, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through August 29.

HENRY ISAACS: NEW WORK    Artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork, a liberal use of paint, and a sunny palette of blues, greens, pinks, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet.
Henry Isaacs and his wife Donna divide their time between Portland, Maine, Vermont, and the tiny village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, located just next door to the much larger island of Mount Desert. Little Cranberry has seen dozens of artists over the years, including most recently Isaacs and his close friend, renowned children’s book author Ashley Bryan. Earlier artists included Dorothy Eisner (whose estate is handled by Gleason Fine Art), William Kienbusch, and John Heliker.
Freelance writer, and Portland Newspapers arts reviewer, Dan Kany uses high praise to describe Isaacs’ technique: “Isaacs’ approach to color is based on balancing warm and cool tones. He does this brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early 20th century Modernists and Fauves such as Matisse. The brushwork is strong, dedicated to the job of pushing paint around the canvas–an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys.”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

PETER SCULTHORPE: AN EYE FOR MONHEGAN      Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.
Sculthorpe has traveled extensively in the northeast and the maritime provinces to gather inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. However, it has been Monhegan Island that has really brought his imagination to the fore. Look at Sculthorpe’s magnificent “Morning Fog (Monhegan)”. This little white cape house on Swim Beach has been in dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, but you’ve never seen it like this before. As is his genius, Peter Sculthorpe sees something different and then paints it as he sees it. It’s skill, but it’s also a little bit of magic.
Sculthorpe creates works of great beauty, finding the transcendent in what to the casual observer may at first seem commonplace. The Brandywine Museum, the Berman Museum, the Butler Institute, and the Delaware Art Museum all have sssSculthorpe paintings in their collections. Corporate collectors include Bank of America, Forbes, DuPont, and Nabisco. Peter Sculthorpe’s collectors are international. Locally, one of Peter Sculthorpe’s masterworks may be seen in Paul’s Restaurant at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Gleason Fine Art has represented Sculthorpe for over a decade. We are his only gallery in Maine. Gallery Director Dennis Gleason wrote the foreword for the artist’s new book: The Art of Peter Sculthorpe (Schiffer).

Both “Henry Isaacs: New Work” and “Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan” are open now and run through August 29, with a reception for the artists on First Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, and fellow artists are all invited to attend the reception. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. View both shows, and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, at www.gleasonfineart.com

“By Land and by Sea” on display at Joy To The Wind Gallery

Under A Summer Sky”   18 x 24 oil on linen  Lynne Seitzer

Under A Summer Sky”
18 x 24 oil on linen
Lynne Seitzer

Joy To the Wind Gallery will present a compelling new exhibit featuring landscapes and seascapes by artists Lynne Seitzer and John M T Seitzer during the month of July. The artist reception for “By Land and By Sea” will be held at Joy to The Wind Gallery on Friday, July 7th from 7-9pm. All are welcome to join them in the celebration at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
The exhibit highlights the local color and natural beauty of the region.

The two artists continue to stretch themselves creatively. Both have spent their lives, to date, in the pursuit of art, creative exploration and knowledge. John M T Seitzer holds a BFA degree in painting and ceramics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Mankato. He also is an expert custom picture framer (45 years) which is reflected in the beautiful frames found on his and Lynne’s art. Lynne Seitzer earned a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Mankato and a Commercial Art degree from South Central College. Along with painting she has been an educator, art director , fashion illustrator and a greeting card designer.

First Light  30 x 40 oil on linen  John MT Seitzer

First Light
30 x 40 oil on linen
John MT Seitzer

For the last 18 years John and Lynne have owned and operated Joy To The Wind Gallery, Studio and Custom Picture Framing Service- a bright art filled gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME. Together they have dedicated their lives to the joys of living a life woven deeply in the visual arts. Don’t miss this journey “By Land and By Sea” reception Friday evening, July 7th from 7-9 pm at Joy To The Wind Gallery. For more information call 207-633-7025 or visit joytothewind.com

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows: ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR and KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA, beginning Thursday, June 29th, and running through Tuesday, July 25th,. The opening reception for Beers and Peters is 1st Friday, July 7th, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Andrea and Kevin and enjoy a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer or fine wine.

ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR
East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows – salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Andrea loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint. Her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon.

 Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA
When Kevin Beers first walked into Gleason Fine Art nearly 20 years ago, he had just given up his Manhattan position as an art director in order to follow his passion, becoming a full-time artist. He had just begun to paint landscapes, but, “motorhead” that he is, he focused primarily on old cars and trucks that had caught his eye. Beers studied each vehicle to discover its story, so each painting became a kind of portrait. A pea-green truck with lots of missing paint became “Rusty,” and a car with a particularly ferocious looking grille became “Vampire.” The cars and trucks took a backseat. However, one place, a country where old cars have been repaired and reused for over half a century, lived on in Beers’ mind; that place was Cuba.

Both “Andrea Peters: In Living Color” and “Kevin Beers: From Manana to Havana” run through July 25. The reception for Andrea and Kevin, to which everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine, is First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Both shows, plus the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, may be viewed on the gallery’s website gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849 and ask for Dennis, Marty, or Andrew Gleason, or Diana Kerr. Or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4

Joy to the Wind opens “By Land and By Sea”

 

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Fish House at Fish Beach, John MT Seitzer

Please join us for a glass of wine (or water) and some lovely chocolate.

It’s an evening party-from 7-9 at our Gallery at 34 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor. We will be opening our door at 7 pm.

Celebrating summer, friendship and art

Our new exhibit “By Land and By Sea.” is landscapes and seascapes by the two of us.

We really hope you can join us as a celebration is long overdue!

Sincerely,
Lynne and John

“Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984): The Cranberry Island Years.” at Gleason Fine Art

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

Beginning Thursday, May 25, 2017, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its first show of the season: “Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984): The Cranberry Island Years.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 27, with a reception First Friday, June 2, from 3 to 5 pm.

Dorothy Eisner’s artistic career spanned seven decades. From her Greenwich Village studio, she traveled widely, including to the American West, Mexico, and Europe. However, it was her discovery in 1960 of Cranberry Island, an enchanting small island off Mount Desert, and its vibrant community of artists that was the beginning of Eisner’s passion for Maine, a passion that lasted for 24 summers, until the very end of her life. We hope you enjoy these sumptuous paintings as much as we have. Eisner’s mastery of color will brighten your day—and perhaps your life.

“Dorothy Eisner: The Cranberry Island Years” opens May 25 and runs through June 27, with a First Friday reception on June 2, from 3 to 5 pm. Spring/Early summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view the show, and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate art at gleasonfineart.com

CELEBRATING WINTER: PAINTINGS BY GALLERY ARTISTS

Mitch Billis, Woton’s Lobster Pound, oil on canvas, 24x32”

Mitch Billis, Woton’s Lobster Pound, oil on canvas, 24x32”

Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its new winter show: “Celebrating Winter: Paintings by Gallery Artists.” The show runs through Saturday, March 4. Winter hours at the gallery are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and other times by appointment. For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view “Celebrating Winter” and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art at www.gleasonfineart.com.

For some, winter is a dull time dominated by shades of gray and white. For artists who live in and love Maine, winter is a quieter time, a time to explore the natural world and see it afresh. Blankets of snow soften the landscape, shards of river ice turn the shore into a cubist wonderland, and the cold, clear light intensifies the blues of sea and sky. Even an overcast day can end with an explosion of color as the setting sun stripes the sky and transforms the clouds into a thousand shades of pink and yellow.

“Celebrating Winter” includes paintings by renowned artists Janice Anthony, Mitch Billis, Tom Curry, Andrea Peters, and  Kevin Beers. With their art, Anthony, Billis, Curry, Peters, and Beers all celebrate Maine in winter. It is a quiet Maine, absent the crowds and hustle and bustle of summer. It is also a Maine of unearthly beauty, something that must be seen and experienced to be understood.

MITCH BILLIS: Postcads from Home and MICHAEL VERMETTE: Working Harbors at Gleason Fine Art

Mitch Billis, Ocean Point, oil, 10x8”

Mitch Billis, Ocean Point, oil, 10x8”

On Friday, September 2, Gleason Fine Art celebrates the opening of two new shows with First Friday receptions from 5 to 7 pm for both artists: “MITCH BILLIS: POSTCARDS FROM HOME” and “MICHAEL VERMETTE: WORKING HARBORS.” Both shows run through October 11. 

MITCH BILLIS: POSTCARDS FROM HOME  As one of the most renowned artists to ever have made Boothbay Harbor his home, Mitch Billis needs no introduction for most people. But “Postcards from Home” is unique and special in more than one way: for starters, it’s Mitch’s first solo show in some time; second, the “Postcards” referred to in the show’s title are small paintings lovingly painted en plein air of intimate scenes from around the Boothbay peninsula.

The Mitch Billis story could be a Hollywood movie, but it isn’t; it’s real life: a young Montana math professor gives up his tenured position, packs up his four kids, and heads east to pursue his life’s passion–making art. Mitch and the kids stop in Boothbay Harbor and love it so much they decide to stay. The going is rough at first, but a little bit of magic happens when a chance stop at a B&B for a cup of coffee brings Mitch and the woman of his dreams, Kathleen, together. Finding his life partner kindles another kind of magic–the kind that lights the fire that transforms a mere painter into an artist. The woman became Mitch’s wife, and together, Mitch and Kathleen Billis have turned their special kind of magic into paintings of the community they’ve come to love so much.

    

Michael Vermette, End of the Season--Stacking Traps, watercolor, 36x26”

Michael Vermette, End of the Season–Stacking Traps, watercolor, 36x26”

MICHAEL VERMETTE: Working Harbors    As an artist and educator Michael Vermette wins praise from all quarters for being the first art teacher at the Indian Island School on the Penobscot Reservation in Old Town. With a BFA in painting from the Maine College of Art, a certificate in art education from the University of Maine, and as an avid painter in his spare time, Michael came to the job well trained.

Michael’s close association with the Penobscots–he not only lives on the reservation but also is married to a Penobscot–brought him an early awareness of Mount Katahdin as a place of tremendous spiritual significance to Maine’s many native Americans. He has made dozens of paintings of Katahdin and the surrounding area.

But it was another artist–James Fitzgerald (1894 to 1971)–who introduced Michael to his other great love–Monhegan Island. Vermette’s 1999 residency on Monhegan was transforming: “The residency was a life-changing appointment. I came to Monhegan Island as an artist-teacher but left a painter and that will stay with me all of my life.” Michael’s paintings of fishermen at work on Monhegan–loading lobster traps, mending nets–are masterpieces for showing the dignity of ordinary people going about their daily work.

Both “Mitch Billis: Postcards from Home” and “Michael Vermette: Working Harbors” open with a reception for the artists on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, fellow artists, and the general public are all invited to attend the reception. The shows run through October 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, noon to 4. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email: info@gleasonfineart,com, or view both shows and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate paintings at gleasonfineart.com. 

Joy To The Wind: An Ocean Point Of View

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Off Season Surf, 36 x 36 oil on linen by John M. T. Seitzer

Lynne and John at Joy To The Wind in Boothbay Harbor are hosting an open house from 7-9 pm on Friday, August 5th during the First Friday Art Tour. “Storm surge, wind tossed ocean waves, immobile ledge worn by constant contact. Motion along the uneven shore-conflicted waves, a jumble of rocks caressed. Periwinkles slowly slide, suctioned to their host, seaweed clinging. A pensive traverse along the rocky shore, a picnic shared on a sundrenched ledge, sea mist cooled by gentle breeze.” John M. T. Seitzer What do you experience when you go there? What memories do you bring home? Come see the variety of views  John has depictedof his visits to Ocean Point.
Joy To The Wind, 34 Atlantic Avenue, (on the East side of the Historic Footbridge-across from the Rocktide Inn,) Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 04538. joytothewind.com  207-633-7025

Henry Isaacs: New Work at Gleason Gallery

Henry Isaacs, Sunset Across Penobscot Bay, oil on canvas, 24x38”

Henry Isaacs, Sunset Across Penobscot Bay, oil on canvas, 24x38”

Gleason Fine Art opens “Henry Isaacs: New Work” on Thursday, July 28. The show runs through August 30, with a reception for Henry on First Friday, August 5, from 5 to 7 pm. This is the renowned artist’s second solo show at the Boothbay Harbor gallery, and it with be a large one, with over two dozen paintings, some of them monumental in size. As always, the public is encouraged to attend the August 5 reception and have the chance to meet one of Maine’s most highly respected and beloved artists.

Henry Isaacs’ approach to painting mirrors the way he lives his life–with passion, energy, intelligence, joy, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork with a complex, multilayered palette of delicate blues, greens, pinks, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists working in Maine today. 

The reaction of a first-time viewer to Henry Isaacs’ paintings is inevitably, “Wow, his work is so beautiful and full of joy. Is the artist like that himself?” And the answer to the question is absolutely “Yes.” Henry is one of the most engaging, joyous, and compassionate people you will ever meet. Self-effacing, yet worldly and well read, Isaacs has an immense number of collectors and Facebook followers. Yet he is always generous with his time and passionate about the world we live in.

Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, is very pleased to present “Henry Isaacs: New Work,” beginning July 28 and running through August 30, with the reception for Henry on First Friday, August 5, 5 to 7 pm. Please come and join the fun! For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

“Myth, Memory & Monhegan” Opening Reception July 1

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“Listening to the sounds that cannot be seen.” 16 x 20 oil Lynne Seitzer

This exhibition pairs large abstract landscapes by the late Mohegan artist Elena Jahn with mythical figurative paintings by Maine artist Lynne Seitzer to portray a unique and visual narrative of Mohegan Island.

Exhibition Dates: June 28-July 31,2016
Reception Date and Time: Fri. July 1, 5-8pm.
Cost: Free

Myth, Memory & MonheganThis exhibition pairs large abstract landscapes by the late Mohegan artist Elena Jahn with mythical figurative paintings by Maine artist Lynne Seitzer to portray a unique and visual narrative of Mohegan Island.

Artist Statement:Lynne Seitzer

Sifting through life drawing sketches inspired me to create imaginary settings for the figures I had previously drawn. Like a story, waiting to be told, each painting found it’s own visual dialogue. Memories of meadows, pathways and cathedral woods; magical places we came to know as Monhegan Island, became the setting for many of these stories. “Myth, Memory and Monhegan” is where the real and the imagined live
comfortably side by side.

Generous layers of oil paint were applied with a knife- forming characters for these visual narratives. Then, using a brush, the figures were defined with a bold indigo outline. The first painting, called “Reaching the jumping off point” called for less outer definition. I worked my way into the wooded scenes and the outlines of the figures became bolder. “Shifting slightly on one shoulder, she surveyed the morning sky” exemplifies the stronger outlined forms which followed. A dozen or so paintings later the stories seem (metaphorically) to be fully fleshed out.

What better companion works for this exhibit than the mythical landscapes of Monhegan artist Elena Jahn. It was on Mohegan, in 1999 that John (my husband) and I met Elena. She was busy creating bright colorful images inspired by views from her island studio. Elena, we learned, had summered on Mohegan since 1949. She had a mentor in Rueben Tam and was exposed to the many other artistic icons such as Rockwell Kent, Hans Moller and Francis Kornbluth. She welcomed us to her studio,sharing paintings as well as sketch books filled with wonderful figure drawings. These she created during the regular life drawing sessions that took place on Monhegan. Here was an artist whose warmth infused every piece of artwork she created. A lovely connection was made on that day. Now, two years after her passing in 2014, I am honored to be sharing the walls of Studio 53 Fine Art with an inspiring selection of Elena’s bold Monhegan oil paintings.

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Red Rocks (Monhegan) 29 x25 oil Elena Jahn

Studio 53 Fine Art is located at 53 Townsend Ave., in Boothbay Harbor. For more information, call (207) 633-2755, or visit Studio53fineart.com

KEVIN BEERS: AT HOME IN MAINE

Kevin Beers, Hendricks Head, 12 by 16 oil on canvas

Kevin Beers, Hendricks Head, 12 by 16 oil on canvas

On First Friday, July 1, from 5 to 7 pm, Gleason Fine Art will host an artist reception for the gallery’s July show: “Kevin Beers: At Home in Maine.” The gallery invites Kevin’s many fans to join us in hoisting a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer in Kevin’s honor and having the chance to chat with Kevin himself. The show is open now (June 23) and runs through July 26.

     In the fall of 2014, Kevin Beers did something he and his wife Amy had dreamed of doing–they packed up their Park Slope, Brooklyn, condominium and moved to Maine to become full-time Maine residents. While renting a house in Rockland, they spent the winter of 2014-2015 hunting for their dream home. They finally found it on a side street in Thomaston–a big, white former sea captain’s house with a barn big enough for two roomy studios. 

      For Kevin Beers’s 2016 summer show, his 15th solo show with the gallery, Kevin has not only given the gallery more than a dozen of the elegiac Monhegan Island landscapes and panoramas for which he is famous, but also a half-dozen dazzling paintings of Pemaquid in both full sunlight and at sunset, paintings of Thomaston’s “painted ladies” (fancy Victorian mansions), paintings of Hendricks Head and Kitten Island on Southport, and a pair of his majestic truck portraits.

       “Kevin Beers: At Home in Maine” is a stunning show. It seems that moving to Maine full time agrees with Beers’s artistic muse. So please join us on Friday, July 1, from 5 to 7 pm, to view the artwork and to chat with the new Mainer! 

      Gleason Fine Art is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view both Kevin Beers’s new show and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate art on our website gleasonfineart.com.

Maritime art of Ed Parker at Gleason Fine Art

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Ed Parker “The Market Boat”

Gleason Fine Art of Boothbay Harbor, is thrilled to present Southport artist Ed Parker’s first single-artist show in Maine. “Painting the Story: The Maritime Art of Ed Parker” now through June 21

Ed Parker is internationally recognized as one of the leading marine artists working in the folk art tradition. However, Parker’s work is much more sophisticated than the phrase “folk artist” would suggest. Parker’s Yankee sensibilities combined with a deep respect for history and a sophisticated sense of design, proportion, and color all contribute to Parker’s uniqueness as a maritime artist with a sense of humor.

For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. To view Ed Parker’s show, and Gleason Fine Art’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, visit the gallery’s website at gleasonfineart.com