Archive for Boothbay Harbor

Joy To The Wind Gallery Presents ‘Barns. Rural cathedrals and simple sheds.’

Barns. Rural cathedrals and simple sheds, reminders of a life connected to the land. It was the type of farming that determined the type of barn that would be built. Log barns, stone foundations, shingled barns, clapboard barns, cribbed barns-painted, unpainted, windowed or windowless. The designs were influenced by local materials and cultural influence. Roofs progressed from thatch to wood shingles, than asphalt and now sheet metal. Walls were often vertically boarded while crib barns and sheds were installed horizontally. A barn might be left unpainted but more often it would be covered in red oxide paint. This paint was common and inexpensive. It was made by the farmer from iron red oxide in the soil, linseed oil from the flax crop and casein from their dairy cattle.

The intrigue of painting barns is witnessed by the number of painters who have chosen them as subject matter. To the painter’s eye these buildings are first seen as form in space. Then as shadows, light, texture and color. Window and door placement provide decorative design. Proximity and distance to the structure define the barn as either a portrait or as an element in a landscape. Finally, the mood is set with color, tone and brushwork.

Other featured paintings range from prominent white barns rendered in layers using a painting knife, low structures and rusty roofed barns done in textural brushwork and simple sheds painted in softly subdued tones. The artists, Lynne and John Seitzer have represented a diverse variety of barns some dynamic and others as pleasant reminders of their previous life.  The exhibit ‘Barns. Rural cathedrals and simple sheds ‘is on view at Joy To The Wind Gallery for the month of September. 34 Atlantic Avenue ,Boothbay Harbor. 207 633 7025.

“Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” Opens at Gleason Fine Art

Roger Dale Brown, Journey’s End, 24 by 36 oil on canvas

For “Around Town,” his first solo show at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Roger Dale Brown, one of the country’s foremost marine painters, chose to focus on Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding villages, including Southport, East Boothbay, Pemaquid, and Port Clyde. “Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17, with a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm.

Brown, who comes to Maine every summer, visited Boothbay Harbor last fall and  then spent the winter turning his sketches into 15 luminous oils for “Around Town.” Brown’s Boothbay Harbor paintings range from his unique take on the Harbor’s iconic footbridge and Catholic church to much less immediately recognizable places. “Out to the Ocean,” a 36 by 36 inch oil, is a spot you pass by on your way to Brown’s Restaurant and Spruce Point, but despite being as picturesque as can be, you may never have noticed it. It’s the narrow cove that separates the Sea Pier from the Co-op.

“Old Ways” may look familiar to some. Others will look at this dreamily beautiful scene and wish that it were here in town. But, in fact, it is here; it’s the seawall, well-patched building, and docks at the very end of Road’s End in Boothbay Harbor. 

With his practiced eye and great skill, Brown takes the ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary: “I sought out intimate spots that connected personally with me as an artist–scenes with working fishermen and folks who make a living from the sea. I wanted to visit places locals visit, experience their everyday lives on boats, touch the side of a hull, smell the salt and fish in the air.”

With “Loading Up,” a 24 by 24 inch oil, Brown captures Boothbay Harbor’s busy inner harbor. Brown takes our eye from a close-up of the lobster boat “Sea Bound,” which is tucked up next to a stack of traps ready to go aboard, across the harbor, and then up into the hills beyond, where immaculate, white-painted Victorians and B&B’s are set against the sky. Such a perfect and beautiful spot–right here, in Boothbay Harbor.

 “Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17 at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, in Boothbay Harbor. The gallery invites friends, fellow artists, and the public to a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com for more information. Visit the gallery’s website, gleasonfineart.com, to see Roger Brown’s entire show and the gallery’s inventory of contemporary and estate artists.

Gleason Fine Art Presents “Timothy Horn: Deep Blue”

Tim Horn, Another New Day, oil on canvas, 20×24”

“Deep Blue,” plein-air artist Timothy Horn’s first solo show at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, opens September 5 and runs through October 1. On Sunday, September 8, from 5 to 7 pm, the gallery is hosting an artist reception for Tim. The gallery invites Tim’s many fans, fellow artists, and the public to have a glass of wine or beer and enjoy a chat with Tim. The reception immediately follows Horn’s return from Monhegan Island, where he ran one of his popular painting workshops.

Born in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Tim Horn graduated from the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art in New York City in 1984. His focus was graphic design. Horn moved to San Francisco in 1992. In 1998, he took his first painting class. After one more class in 1999, he knew he had found his true calling. In 2006, he had become proficient enough to close his design studio—a very big step for any aspiring artist. Today, painting is Horn’s passion as well as his profession. He has pursued his painting career with energy and has seen considerable success. Horn holds four to six workshops yearly in locations that range from Monhegan Island, Maine, to Marin County, California, Ireland, and Italy. In between workshops, he is painting constantly to supply his galleries. Tim Horn finds the light in Maine irresistible. He particularly loves to paint the changing light at the “edges” of the day, that is, as the sun is rising or setting and shadows slowly either reveal or overtake buildings and boats. This effect is seen in “Another New Day,” where Horn catches the brilliance of the rising sun as it hits boats in a harbor, a red picnic table and the roofs of buildings. Timothy Horn has won many awards and is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. Many magazines have written about him, but Tim is particularly proud of being on the cover of “Southwest Art” in 2012. “Timothy Horn: Deep Blue” opens September 5 and runs through October 1, with an artist reception for Tim on Sunday, September 8. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. To view Tim Horn’s show “Deep Blue” and Gleason Fine Art’s inventory of contemporary and estate art, visit the gallery’s website at gleasonfineart.com. The gallery is open year-round.

Gleason Fine Art Presents “Henry Isaacs: Moving Pictures”

On August 2, artist Henry Isaacs (eft) and arts writer/historian Dan Kany (right) entertained an overflow audience at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. The subject was “Travel Notes: The Paintings of Henry Isaacs,” written by Isaacs’ close friend Dan Kany, Maine Today Media’s arts critic. The book talk coincided with the opening reception for Isaacs’ new show at Gleason: “Moving Pictures,” paintings from Isaacs’ spring trip to Nepal to paint the Himalayas.

Joy To The Wind, “White Paintings” Reception

Please stop by Joy To The Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor for a viewing of the new work and share some wine, chocolate and conversation with us, this Friday night, August 2 starting at 7 pm. The show will be on display during the month of August at Joy To The Wind

John and Lynne

Gleason Fine Art Presents HENRY ISAACS: MOVING PICTURES

“Moving Pictures,” internationally acclaimed artist Henry Isaacs’ eighth solo show with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, opens Thursday, August 1, and runs through Tuesday, September 3. On Friday, August 2, from 4 to 5 pm, at the gallery, Isaacs and author/arts writer Dan Kany will hold a book talk and signing of their new book, Travel Notes: The Paintings of Henry Isaacs. That will be immediately followed from 5 to 7 pm by a gala reception for Henry. 

Planning “Moving Pictures” began in the fall of 2018. After weeks of troubling and mysterious symptoms, Isaacs had finally received a diagnosis that he was suffering from an MS-type neurological disorder. We all hoped that Henry would be able to continue painting on the grand scale that he loved and had become famous for the world over. In early 2019, Isaacs was offered the commission of a lifetime—to travel to Nepal to paint the Himalayas. The commission was staggering, both in logistics and in accomplishing the task of capturing in paint the vastness of the mountain range. Except for one relatively obscure artist, the Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich, no other artist had tackled painting the Himalayas in depth, let alone an artist who was in his late 60s and partially mobility impaired. Isaacs was unsure about the commission—could he do it at all, let alone do it well? Furthermore, his friends and family, worried about how he would maneuver in a world of thin air and villages built on steep inclines, tried to talk him out of it. But Isaacs felt that he just had to accept the commission; that to not do so would haunt him forever. It took some convincing, but eventually Henry’s wife Donna agreed to the challenge too. They would hire a guide and spend a month going from village to village, with Henry painting his studies, which he calls “travel notes,” constantly as they moved about. The result is “Moving Pictures,” a show of over 30 of Isaacs’ paintings, finished works as well as travel notes. The monumental paintings of the Himalayas and Nepal are sublime: “Henry’s Nepal works represent the culmination of what he’s been trying to do. It’s all been pointing toward this moment, this body of work” (Dennis Gleason, July 2019). The show also includes a selection of paintings done in such diverse places as Capitol Island, Maine; the Eastern Promenade in Portland; and Stinson Beach, California.

The happy irony is that instead of being overwhelmed by the Himalayas, Isaacs was energized as he had never been before: “Unsure about the undertaking at first, in hindsight, the Nepal project became the ideal reboot for Isaacs. From the moment he touched brush to canvas in Nepal, his work exploded with new possibilities” (Dan Kany, July 2019). “Henry Isaacs: Moving Pictures” opens August 1 and runs through September 3. Both the show catalog and the book Travel Notes: The Paintings of Henry Isaacs are available through the gallery. Gleason Fine Art is Henry Isaacs’ sole American gallery. 

The gallery is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Gallery owners are Dennis and Marty Gleason; staff are Andrew Gleason and Diana Kerr. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849; email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com; or view the gallery’s entire inventory, and all of Henry’s Isaacs’ paintings, at gleasonfineart.com

Schadler and Seitzers Awarded for Children’s Picture Book

Local author Susan Schadler and artist illustrators Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer of Joy To The Wind Gallery have been awarded the Next Generation Indie Book Award for picture books for children.

In the book, “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me,”  a child and adult set off on a walk through South Africa’s famous fynbos (fayn◦bos), an extraordinarily diverse biome along the southern tip of Africa. Along the way the twosome discovers the bizarre shapes, flashes of brilliance, and peculiar habits of the flowers nestled in the scrubland. They cross the paths of birds, bugs, snakes, animals that inhabit and help sustain the fynbos. The book was published in 2018 at Beavers Pond Press.

The judge’s review of the book has been published on the organization’s website: “A total delight! The book explains that the Fynbos (Afrikaans for Fine Bush) is a small section of unique scrubland located at the bottom of the African continent. Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer’s lush artwork accentuates the depth of age appropriate information provided by author Susan Schadler. Both the front and back endpapers are loaded with fascinating descriptions and images of the creatures and plants mentioned throughout the book. This book is sure to delight the inquisitive youngster.”

The book also received recognition as a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Children’s picture books.

The artists researched, hiked and photographed in the Fynbos Floral Kingdom of South Africa and returned to Maine to paint 34  original 18” x 24” oil paintings for the book. They concepted the book design working hand in hand with the author, Susan Schadler and the publishers.

 For more information or to acquire a copy contact Lynne or John at Joy To The Wind Gallery 34 Atlantic Ave.  Boothbay Harbor 207-633-7025 or Susan at 301-704-8050 or on the website www.susanschadler.com. Also Available for purchase in Boothbay Harbor  Sherman’s Books & Stationery and Amazon.

Gleason Fine Art Opens for “Kevin Beers: Points of Light II”

Kevin Beers, Fog Bell, Monhegan

 

On First Friday, July 5, from 5 to 7 pm, Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay will host an artist reception for the gallery’s July show: “Kevin Beers: Points of Light II.” The gallery invites Kevin’s many fans as well as the public to stop by Gleason Fine Art, have a glass of beer or wine, and chat with Kevin, one of the gallery’s most engaging artists. The show runs from now through July 30. 

In art school, Kevin Beers was constantly urged by his professors to give up the representational style of painting he favored and to take up abstraction, which was all the rage at the time. Luckily, Beers, who was clearly in possession of great talent, continued to listen to his own muses, realists Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, and George Bellows. 

When Beers discovered Maine and Monhegan Island, as had Hopper, Kent, and so many other artists before him, Beers was stunned by the quality of Maine’s light, the way it bounces off surfaces, creating sharp shadows and brilliant colors. And the landscape itself–sun dazzled white buildings, craggy headlands topped by lighthouses, and intense blue skies and waters–all spoke to Beers as no other place had. 

Every summer after, Beers would pack up his car, leave Brooklyn behind, and head to Monhegan Island for five months. Until 2014, that is, when Beers and his wife Amy moved to Maine full-time, settling into a big, white 19th-century sea captain’s house in the mid-coast village of Thomaston. 

In “Points of Light II,” Beers delights us with the joy he has found living in Maine, painting the rugged beauty of Maine’s coast. This year he has given the gallery over two dozen new oils, including paintings of Cozy Harbor on Southport Island, Burnt Island Lighthouse, Port Clyde, and Pemaquid, and of course his beloved Monhegan Island. 

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light II,” runs through July 30, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 5, from 5 to 7 pm. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Summer gallery hours are: Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, and selected evenings. To view Kevin Beers’s new show, as well as the gallery’s extensive inventory of contemporary and estate art, visit www. gleasonfineart.com; call us at 207-633-6849; or email us at info@gleasonfine art.com. 

Studio 53 Opens for New Works by David Estey

Picasso Meets Satchmo, 2018 acrylic & collage on canvas, 30” x 40”

 

Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery in Boothbay Harbor presents recent paintings by David Estey opening July 1, with a reception from  5:00 to 7:00 at First Friday on July 5. The solo exhibition features 25 improvisational abstract images by the Belfast artist, in a wide variety of sizes done in acrylic on canvas or the synthetic paper Yupo mounted on panels. The work shows his keen sense of color and design, offbeat sense of humor and free-wheeling creativity. The show ends Sunday, July 28. 

For more information, call Studio 53 at 633-2755 or visit www.davidestey.com.

Gleason Fine Art Announces Henry Isaac Paints the Himalayas

Henry Isaac with Nepalese children

 

Gleason Fine Art Gallery artist Henry Isaacs loves a challenge.  Although he is best known for his brilliantly colored, Impressionist-style images of the coast of Maine, he has also painted in Africa, Cuba, Guatemala, and all over Europe, many times working on a specifically commissioned piece. However, the commission he’s working on now required that he and his wife Donna travel to a place where few artists have gone before – to Nepal to paint the Himalayas “Henry has always been an adventurous artist,” says Gleason Fine Art owner Dennis Gleason. “He was in Cuba before it was really possible to go there. He’s painted in Rwanda and South Africa. He’s willing to go wherever the spirit takes him.”

The trip to Nepal and then on to the Himalayas is a long and difficult for anyone. For Isaacs, who is somewhat mobility impaired due to a still undiagnosed neurological disorder, it was even more so.  However, Isaacs has always been buoyed by the seemingly impossible, and so when offered the commission, he knew he had to do it. So Henry and Donna Isaacs made travel plans, flew to Nepal, and spent the month of April travelling from village to village. Along the way, Isaacs created many of the small studies he calls “travel notes,” capturing the Himalayas from as many different angles and in as many different weather and light conditions as possible. At every stop, Isaacs involved the local villagers, none of whom spoke English, in his painting process, inviting them to pick up a brush and paint a small canvas. The challenges were many, since just getting around in a part of the world that lives on sides of mountains is exhausting. Henry endured, but more than that, he felt invigorated by the entire experience.

Back in Maine now, Isaacs is well into the multistep process needed to complete the final painting, which is to be 8 by 8 feet, the largest painting Isaacs will have produced. Exactly where does one paint a canvas that big? Plans are still fluid, but right now Henry plans on using Gleason Fine Art’s lower studio, which happens to have 8-foot-tall doors and a cavernous interior. What about all of those travel notes and preparatory paintings? Plans are to show a section of them at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, currently Henry Isaacs’s sole Maine gallery.  Isaacs painting itself is scheduled to be completed by July 1.

For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at

info@gleasonfineart.com, or view Henry Isaacs’ paintings on the gallery website, gleasonfineart.com