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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 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.; call us at 207-633-6849; or email us at info@gleasonfine 

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

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, or view Henry Isaacs’ paintings on the gallery website,

Art for The Holidays at Gleason Fine Art’s

Ed Parker, Happy Holidays, acrylic, 4” double sided ornament

Wouldn’t it be fun to see what career artists could come up with for tree ornaments? That’s the idea behind the centerpiece of Gleason Fine Art’s “Art for the Holidays” show, which begins Thursday, November 29, 2018, and runs through Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A beautiful Christmas tree will be decorated with ornaments made by the gallery’s artists. A celebratory open house, to which everyone is invited, will be held at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, from 3 to 6 pm, on Saturday, December 1, to coincide
with Harbor Lights Festival. Refreshments including wine and craft beer will be

Janice Anthony, Canada Lilies, acrylic, 4” double sided ornament


Jeff Barrett, Happy Fish, oil painted wood, 4” long fish ornaments

For his ornaments, Southport summer resident Ed Parker has carved and painted two pieces with his characteristic folky nautical themes. Ed’s delightful “Lighthouse Dog” is decked out in his holiday finest. Lani Havens has made a series of gorgeous blocks collaged with delicate red, orange, and pink poppies. Maine realist Janice Anthony has created a tiny double-sided painting of yellow and orange lilies. Folk artist Jeff Barrett’s whimsical carvings have been purchased by collectors ranging from those with surnames like Rockefeller and Marcus (as in Neiman-Marcus) to tourists just back from visiting the Botanical Gardens. For the gallery’s tree, Jeff has netted us an entire school of his “happy fish.” Besides the tree ornaments that are arriving daily, the gallery’s showrooms have been hung with a bounty of seasonal paintings by gallery favorites Mitch and Kathleen Billis, Kevin Beers, and Tom Curry. East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ sumptuous snowscapes are a feast of color. East Boothbay summer resident, and newly minted Gleason artist, Don Demers, has given the gallery several new oils, including a little beauty titled “Winter Tide.” Roger Dale Brown, who joined the Gleason roster just this year, is represented by several glowing, snow-covered paintings of Maine coastal villages and harbors. Not interested in paintings? The gallery has so much more: a new batch of George Pearlman’s porcelain jars, vases, and pots in cobalt and emerald green; rings, necklaces, and bracelets by Christine Peters, our former gallery manager who has become a jewelry rock star; and a luscious selection of Moroccan rugs from that indomitable duo, Diana Kerr and Kathleen Jones.

Gleason Fine Art Presents ‘People at Play: Paintings from the Estates of Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984) and Patrick McArdle (1915-1997)

Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984), Camp Basketball, oil, 24″ x 35”










Although they never met, modernist painters Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984) and Patrick McArdle (1915-1997) have much in common. They both studied at the Art Students League, one of the country’s most influential arts institutions. And they both came of age during the first half of the 20th century, a time of change and experimentation in the art world. The impact on Eisner and McArdle of the great European modernists Matisse and Cezanne and American modernists Milton Avery and John Marin cannot be understated.  

Dorothy Eisner spent her early years in New York City, where she became an active participant in New York’s arts community. Unlike many female artists of her time, she had considerable success showing her paintings at some of that city’s great galleries, including Alfred Stiglitz’s Opportunity Gallery. Accompanied by her husband John McDonald, Eisner also enjoyed traveling abroad, especially to Mexico.

Over the years, Eisner tried several different paintings styles, but it wasn’t until she discovered Cranberry Island, a small island off the much larger Mount Desert Island in Maine, that she came fully into her own. Cranberry Island’s vibrant and friendly artist community gave Eisner the confidence she needed. Her paintings became more colorful—and playful. She painted her friends, family, and neighbors, swimming, diving, boating, and playing croquet. Her “Camp Basketball” paintings are delightful and engaging images of young girls in sailor suits playing basketball. And her “Exercise” paintings, depicting her Cranberry island neighbors struggling with some rather awkward looking stretches, can bring on a smile if not an outright laugh.

Patrick McArdle (1915-1997), Skaters in Red, Blue, and Lavender, oil, 9″ x 12”












Patrick McArdle was born in England and spent his early years in Ireland. After emigrating to the United States, he focused on New York City, first for his education and then, as with Eisner, finding success at several prestigious galleries. McArdle paintings were featured in shows at both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

After discovering Harpswell, Maine became Patrick McArdle’s touchstone. He had always enjoyed painting people at play, but as with Eisner, his paintings lightened and brightened after he made Maine his home. McArdle was a great observer of people, particularly people at the beach and people skating. McArdle’s gaily attired beach goers slather on sun-tan lotion and play beach volleyball with abandon, while his skaters twirl and spin on their skates, and his basketball players jump for joy.  

Although their paths never crossed, Dorothy Eisner and Patrick McArdle both expressed humor and a zest for life through their paintings. We can imagine both smiling gently as they watched people at play, people at their most uninhibited.

People at Play: Paintings from the Estates of Dorothy Eisner and Patrick McArdle runs through November 27 at Gleason Fine Art. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at


Jessica Lee Ives (nèe Stammen) grew up in Camden, Maine. She received her BFA from the renowned Cooper Union School of Art and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of the Year in 2003. After September 11, 2001, Ives worked as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero in New York City, which earned her the Clark Foundation Fellowship, with which she pursued her MA at NYU, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service.

Ives moved back to midcoast Maine in 2008. In 2014, Ives transitioned into full-time studio practice. Today she maintains a vibrant online presence through her website, blogs, and Instagram.

“Immersed in Nature” is Ives’ first solo show with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. For the show, Ives focuses on three activities that she has explored extensively, both in person and in paint: swimming, mountain climbing, and fly-fishing. In both the soaring beauty of her Katahdin painting “Joy Is the Lesson” and the graceful underwater ballet of “Choreographic,” Ives demonstrates her deep respect for the natural world. With “Evening on the Big Eddy,” a solitary figure casts a line into a gorgeous, immense, deep-blue river. The moment is peaceful, reverential. The viewer can feel what it’s like to be there–alone in nature and totally at peace with it and yourself.

As a painter, Ives works in a loose but representational style. As an individual, Ives is both thoughtful and spiritual. Through her painting, Ives seeks to express her relationship with nature, as experienced simply through the act of seeing, and more directly through the many recreational activities in which she engages.

On a personal note, gallery owners Dennis and Marty Gleason have known Jessica since her college days, when she interned one summer at a second gallery they ran in Camden at the time. From her first tentative painting efforts to her current masterful handling of large, complex figural works, it has been thrilling to watch Jessica evolve as an artist.

“Jessica Lee Ives: Immersed in Nature” runs from Thursday, September 6, through Tuesday, October 9. Please join us on First Friday, September 7, from 5 to 7 pm, to share a glass of wine or beer and meet the remarkable young artist, Jessica Lee Ives. Gleason Fine Art is at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at To view Jessica Ives’ entire show, as well as the gallery’s extensive of contemporary and estate art, visit the website:



Abbey Ryan, Still Life with Pear and Bumble Bee, 8 by 6 inches, oil.

Abbey Ryan, Still Life with Pear and Bumble Bee, 8 by 6 inches, oil.

 On August 3, Gleason Fine Art will host a First Friday reception from 5 to 7 pm for acclaimed still-life painter Abbey Ryan. This young artist shot to fame when she was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be the featured artist in O: The Oprah Magazine. Since then, Ryan has added more than a dozen magazine, book, newspaper, and radio features to her resume.

     Abbey Ryan creates exquisite still-life paintings. Look closely at a Ryan pear, for example, and you will see the world in a single piece of fruit, round, sensuous, blushed perfection. Or look at her peanut butter and jelly sandwich and understand the pure joy of biting into that nutty, creamy, salty sweetness.   

     Abbey Ryan’s background includes both fine art and science. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in both fields. However, it is her studies with master painter David A. Leffel at the Art Students’ League in New York, combined with her travels to Italy, that continue to have the greatest impact on her work. Her fascination with the painters of the Dutch Golden Age reflects her own Dutch ancestry.

     In her paintings, Ryan investigates simple natural and handmade forms positioned in space so that their context is subdued. Applying the discipline of science to her art, she finds that painting daily provides her with the calm and focus necessary to make the small, gemlike still-life and trompe l’oeil paintings she favors.

     ” ‘Focus,’ I think, is the operative word. Ryan’s approach has always impressed me as contemplative, conveying a quiet sense of devoted attention. Her subjects are traditional–largely fruit, cheese, and other small food items, often accompnied by pottery or metalware. These are approached in a manner inspired by 17th-century Dutch still life, with objects emerging in deep chiaroscuro from dark backgrounds,” (Charles Parker, Lines and Color).

     Friends, collectors, and fellow artists are invited to join us for a glass of wine or beer and the chance to meet artist Abbey Ryan on First Friday, August 3, from 5 to 7 pm, at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor. “Abbey Ryan: Poetic Realism” runs from August 2 through September 3. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 for more information; check out our website,, to view Abbey’s show and our entire collection of contemporary and estate art; or email us at Summer hours are Monday through Saturday,10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. 


Painting The Fynbos | Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer

What is the Fynbos (fayne-boss)? It is the smallest floral kingdom in the world. The Southern tip of Africa is its home. From a distance this dry land appears quite unimpressive. The colors seem drab and lifeless. Upon closer inspection its true beauty is revealed. Over 9000 indigenous species hail from this area which is about the size of Portugal. Exploring vast areas of this diverse ecosystem required feet on the ground. Lynne and John M.T.Seitzer traversed many miles of this hilly to mountainous scrub land along side of Susan Schadler and often accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide, Frank Woodvine. They took reference photographs as they walked.

Susan had a dream to write a picture book to allow people (children ages 2 to 92) to explore this unique remote area vicariously. The book, Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me, is the result of a 3+ year collaboration combining her story with the Seitzer’s paintings. Creating paintings to suit the words and words to suit the paintings involved the sharing of ideas, finding compromise when necessary and remaining flexible.

With thousands of beautiful paintable subjects and far too many for an introduction to the fynbos the selection process began. They spent weeks making decisions and editing them to hundreds and ultimately  to just under forty. At this point a final list of illustrations was compiled. Susan then verified the names of the species, often consulting with the guide they had worked with in South Africa.

    The process of deciding who would paint which image began. Their collaborative efforts went well. Lynne and John each painted half of the chosen images. The challenging work of interpreting photo references together with visual memories began. Often several plant species were incorporated into each 18 x 24 oil painting allowing more of the Fynbos to be experienced. Twelve months later the paintings were complete and ready to be digitally recorded. These files were then sent to the publisher along with Susan’s final draft. Months later the book was in our hands.

It is a beautiful book. Come see the original paintings which are on display in the upper gallery at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, (4 Oak St. Boothbay Harbor) for the month of July.

 Books are available from Joy To The Wind Gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, 207-633-7025 and at

An Artist and Author Reception will be held at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library on Friday, July 20th from 530-7 pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served and the art and books will be available for purchase and signing. The Art is available for viewing during library hours: 10am -4:30pm Tues,, Thurs, Friday and Saturday and Wednesdays from 10-7pm.    207-633-3112

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer,  Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer, Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)


“Kevin Beers: Points of Light”

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24x24

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24×24

Gleason Fine Art‘s July show, “Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” begins June 28 and runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. As always, the public is invited to stop by the gallery, have a glass of beer or wine, and chat with Kevin, one of the gallery’s most engaging artists.

When Kevin Beers was in art school, abstraction was all the rage, and although Beers was clearly in possession of great talent, his professors constantly tried to dissuade him from representational painting. Instead, listening to his own muse, Beers was drawn to the powerful realism of Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, and George Bellows, all of whom had fallen in love with the coast of Maine, especially Monhegan Island.

Years later, Beers visited Maine, seeking out the very places painted by Hopper, Bellows, and Kent– craggy islands, dramatic headlands guarded by lighthouses, sun-dazzled white buildings, and intense blue skies and seas. As with so many artists before him, Beers was struck by the quality of light in Maine, by the way it bounced off surfaces everywhere, creating sharp shadows and brilliant colors.

Every summer after, Beers packed up his car and headed to Monhegan Island for the summer months, becoming one of that island’s most recognizable artists. Reluctantly, he always returned to Brooklyn, New York, come fall. Three years ago, that all changed. Beers and his wife Amy decided to move to Maine, settling in a spacious 19th-century sea captain’s house in the midcoast village of Thomaston.

With the freedom to explore Maine’s coast, Beers soon discovered a veritable treasure trove of spectacular points and lighthouses–Pemaquid, Owls Head, Two Lights, and Boothbay Harbor’s Burnt Island. With “Points of Light,” his new show at Gleason Fine Art, Kevin Beers delights us with the joy he has found living in Maine, painting the rugged beauty of Maine’s coast and its simple, stark-white buildings.

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 for more information.