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Art Show and Talk at the Camden Library

“Gratitudes in Poems and Paintings”

May 2 -31, 2018
Reception: May 11, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Camden Public Library

Linden O’Ryan will begin a talk at 4:00pm on May 11. She will discuss the evolving creative process of her art work over the last 20 years. 20% of sales will be donated to the library. Refreshments will be served.

Change of Scenery – Season Finale at Camden Falls Gallery

Before Fall is Over, Susan Graeber, Oil On Canvas 24 x 30

Susan Graeber, Before Fall is Over, Oil On Canvas 24″ x 30″

The bittersweet season is once more enfolding us, even as Autumn reaps its small deaths in the gardens and fields, it also leaves us with a vibrant display of color. The final bright blaze of a visual symphony issues a challenge, and sparks a hope in us, as we enter the winter months to come. Our four featured artists are not “going gently into that dark night”, but have summoned new energy and passion evident in our final show of the season.

Susan Graeber’s paintings give equal weight to the positive and negative forms created by the interplay of tree trunks and the atmospheric environment. In her painting, “Golden Fall Birch Trees”, the influence of Neil Welliver on her work is discernible and strongly apparent. Both artists spend hours in their studio, and in the woods to visually decode the complex patterns of the deep mysterious forests that surround them. Graeber also draws inspiration from Fairfield Porter, whose masterful use of interlocking color, informs her own tight compositions of foliage.

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30"x 40"

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30″x 40″

The recent studio pieces by Kathleen Robbins explore another aspect of the natural world in chromatic flux, the autumn Marsh. By melding her plein air sketches with photographic references and sense memory, she powerfully invokes the low lying wetlands. What some might dismiss as a wasteland, comes “alive with color, texture, and sharp contrasts” through Robbins’ realization of the landscape. Robbins summarizes her style by saying, “…ultimately, my paintings navigate the elusive snaking line between abstraction and figuration.”

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

One of our newest in-house artists, Charles Fenner Ball, moved east from Santa Fe. Out west, he was drawn to mountain groves of aspen, where he could respond with painterly immediacy, or store up and distill the mystical qualities of these natural tree sanctuaries. Aspen and Birch are closely related, both belonging to the poplar family. The artist writes, “…my love of aspens has been supplanted by birch trees, which offer very similar aesthetic characteristics… The white bark (of the birch) is like a blank canvas, reflecting the nature that surrounds it – the sun and sky, warm and cool reflected light, the foliage of the ground and trees.” Instead of depicting a specific location, Ball will often draw on his memories of landscapes, which coalesce into his idealized vision.

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

The tireless plein-air painter, Stefan Pastuhov captures the low glow of autumnal light on treetops in his painting of the peaks of Katahdin, entitled “From the Golden Road, Katahdin”. This is a true Jewel of a painting interpreting one of Maine’s most magnificent state parks. Pastuhov captures the majestic glitter of autumnal foliage that adorn the timberland and mountainous landscape overlooked by a sentry birch. With the twinkle of the lake and clouds receding past the mountain, the brisk beautiful autumn weather is conveyed and felt.

If you can’t make the journey to the byways of Baxter this month, enjoy the fiery foliage vicariously, by joining us at the gallery to celebrate the most vivid of seasons. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm. This show will run till the end of the gallery season. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

Camden Falls Gallery Seeks Part-time Gallery Assistant

Ann Trainor Domingue's  " Village at The Head of the Harbor"  36' x 36' Gallery wrap at $3,200.00

Ann Trainor Domingue’s ” Village at The Head of the Harbor” 36′ x 36′ Gallery wrap at $3,200.00

Camden Falls Gallery seeks a part-time gallery assistant with an interest in people and art, marketing, graphic design, and website prep background beneficial. Flexible hours, and some weekends. Located at 5 Public Landing, Camdenfallsgallery@gmail.com, 207-470-7027

Tillman Crane Photography to hold open studio June 17

Tillman Crane

The Tillman Crane Photography Gallery, located at 22 Pearl Street, Camden, Maine, will host an open studio/gallery on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to view 72 new platinum photographs on display throughout the gallery. This year’s images focus on China and Japan. Crane will be demonstrating his darkroom printing process throughout the day. Come see how he uses both old and new cameras and technology to bring this turn-of-the-century process into the 21st century.

During this one- day event all prints in the exhibit will be 25% off. In addition, Crane’s three in-print books, Tillman Crane: STRUCTURE (2001), Odin Stone (2008) and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009), will also be available at discount.

Tillman Crane is a large format photographer specializing in platinum/palladium photographic prints. As an artist, teacher, philosopher and photojournalist he has been professionally involved with photography for over thirty-seven years. Crane offers workshops across the globe, from Maine to China. His location-based classes are open to all levels of expertise and camera formats and focus on photographing, daily lectures and critiques. In addition, Crane teaches the art of platinum printing in both group and individual tutorials.

The Tillman Crane Gallery is located in a beautifully restored 1920s house three blocks from downtown Camden, Maine. The Gallery is open by appointment throughout the year. For more information, call 207-230-0199, email tillman@tillmancrane.com, or visit tillmancrane.com

CMCA Sunday Salon with Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites

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Join artists Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites in conversation with CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy for a Sunday Salon on June 4 at 3pm, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Led by McAvoy, Brillhart and Stites will engage in a lively discussion on artistic collaboration and the work on view in their current exhibition,Temporality.

The exhibition is part of CMCA’s ongoing Counterpoint exhibition series bringing together the work of two artists in dialogue with one another. For Brillhart and Stites, the studio environment is both the subject and source of their work. Documenting the passage of time, the subtle shifts of light, the play of shadows, and the process of making are shared aesthetic interests.

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Jenny Brillhart lives in Stonington, Maine, and received her BA from Smith College and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Sara Stites lives in Thomaston, Maine, and Miami, Florida, and received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Pratt Institute.

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are a series of conversations on current topics in contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free with admission. Audience members are invited to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Introductions: New Work for the New Year at Camden Falls Gallery

"Pemaquid Light" by Taddeus Retz

“Pemaquid Light” by Taddeus Retz

Camden Falls Gallery would like to introduce five artists who are new to the gallery with a limited showing of “New Work for the New Year.” This brief preview of things to come in 2017 will be on view through the third week of January, when we will be closing our doors for three months for our annual winter hiatus.

The youngest of our five new artists is Taddeus Retz, who began his artistic career working primarily as a sculptor. An avid student of the fine craft and history of classical painting, Retz has pursued various avenues of study to expand his technical expertise as a painter. It was through an exhaustive study of the old masters that Retz developed an appreciation for the principles of tone, value, and composition that inform his work. His lovely oil “Pemaquid Light” exhibits his mastery of texture, color, and form. Today, Retz has a journeyman’s discipline that belies his youth, painting outdoors or in his studio every day.

"Downeast Roses" by Barb Walker

“Downeast Roses” by Barb Walker

It has been said that all we really have is the present moment. Barb Walker has the enlightened person’s ability to delve deeply into the singular experience that each moment presents, and to translate that experience into unique plein air work. Primarily self-taught, Walker draws inspiration from diverse sources such as workshops, books, videos, and even podcasts. Like Retz, she puts in daily hours at the easel and in close observation of the natural world around her. Maine’s coastline and small villages have been a regular painting vacation destination for this midwesterner to experience northern New England, submersed in the moment to experience it profoundly.

"The Old Boat Yard" by Ken DeWaard

“The Old Boat Yard” by Ken DeWaard

For over 30 years, Ken DeWaard has been challenging his powers of observation by painting en plein air as much as possible, in locations as varied as Cape Ann, Laguna Beach, Sonoma, and Florida. DeWaard has taught at the Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Wisconsin, and has conducted art workshops around the country. DeWaard, his wife, and four children now reside amidst a wealth of natural beauty as recent arrivals to the town of Hope, Maine.

"July on the Bay" by Charles Fenner Ball

“July on the Bay” by Charles Fenner Ball

The son of a famous railroad historian and photographer, new artist Charles Fenner Ball developed a love of trains and the richness of landscape at an early age. He is especially drawn to the colors and contours of the southwest, as well as the New England coast. These starkly contrasting landscapes are continuing sources of inspiration for new work. The forthright simplicity of “July on the Bay” features the front side of a shoreline house emblazoned with sunlight. Two windows seem to gaze back at the viewer like opaque eyes, masking the interior life within. A placid, deep blue bay recedes to island silhouettes against a paler sky. Ball characterizes his paintings as “having a representational style, a dose of impressionism, with a slightly contemporary edge.”

"Sandy Point" by J.C. Airoldi

“Sandy Point” by J.C. Airoldi

New artist Julie (J.C.) Airoldi enjoyed a successful 10-year career in commercial graphics before pursuing her longtime dream of painting professionally. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she is currently an artist member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, as well as the Rockport Art Association. Airoldi was also elected into the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists in 2012. She and her family reside in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Airoldi’s two small oils, “Star Island” and “Sandy Point,” both portray shoreline vistas with great sensitivity and subtlety. In describing her plein air painting experience, Airoldi writes, “I feel so fortunate to witness ordinary scenes made extraordinary by light and atmosphere… and then set out to capture the spirit of my experience in my work.”
As we bring our 2016 season to a close, we invite you to visit the gallery to learn more about these new artists and enjoy a small sampling of their work. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm through the third week of January. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit our website at www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint” is a new exhibition at Camden Falls Gallery that features a collection of plein air and studio paintings by artists Scott Moore, George Van Hook, Peter Yesis,  Jonathan McPhillips, and Brad Betts, From quaint villages and quiet harbors to verdant pastures and majestic mountains, the show reflects many of these artists’ favorite painting spots throughout Maine and beyond. The exhibition opens on September 17 and will remain on view through Columbus Day.

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” - by Brad Betts

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” – by Brad Betts

 

We usually associate an artist’s muse with a particular person or spiritual mentor who in some way inspires creativity. In the case of plein air painters, it is often a particular landscape or a specific aspect of a small geographic patch that transports the artist to that sublime state where a new interpretation of a well-loved view emerges. Who can say why we are affected so deeply by the silhouette of two mountain ridges glimpsed through a sinewy grove of spruce? Perhaps it is in the same way that we can identify a loved one from the nape of their neck, or the line of their shoulders, transmitting their soul’s uniqueness.

 “Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

“Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

 

As artists attempt to convey the essence of a place on canvas, they often develop intimate connections with favorite locations that spark their imaginations and fuel their passion for painting. Through focused observation and ongoing interactions with the natural world, plein air painting offers artists a chance to engage in “conversations” with a particular place that may last for hours, days, weeks, or even years. Frequently, a plein air painter must wrestle with a particular landscape throughout its seasonal phases to keep this visual and spiritual dialogue alive. For each of our featured artists, the timeless textures of rock, water, foliage, and sky, constantly transformed by light and atmosphere, inspire recurring visits to both familiar and less widely-known locations throughout the region.

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

Longtime Stockton Springs resident Scott Moore, although not known as a “plein air” artist, spends a great deal of time out-of-doors and has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Maine. He often finds inspiration in the colorful corners of his hometown, the untamed beauty of remote woods and ponds, and the charming character of Maine’s less-frequented coastal and island villages. His canvases frequently capture the splendor of iconic Maine sites such as Monhegan Island and Acadia National Park, as well. 

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor" - by George Van Hook

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor” – by George Van Hook

George Van Hook, of Cambridge, NY, has spent years traveling and painting throughout the United States and Europe, as well as many summers painting along the Maine mid-coast and on North Haven Island. Van Hook describes his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.”

 “Untamed”- by Peter Yesis

“Untamed”- by Peter Yesis 

For Searsport artist Peter Yesis, landscape painting is a product of his love and respect for nature, as well as an opportunity to participate in the beauty and natural energy of the Maine woods, waterways and terrain. His favorite natural element is water, and he never tires of capturing the unpredictability and splendor of Maine’s seascapes. Yesis can frequently be found, paints in hand, clambering over rocks at Acadia, Schoodic Point, or standing on a narrow beach in Boothbay or the harbor in Camden and other coastal areas in pursuit of the most engaging view.

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

In reflecting upon his work as a plein air painter, Rhode Island artist Jonathan McPhillips says, “It is the air surrounding the landscape that I hope to depict in my paintings. The air is an unseen filter that guides how we visualize the ‘things’ in front of us. In coastal New England, the atmosphere is always changing, therefore I am fortunate to live and paint in such a visually engaging area.” We are fortunate that Camden Harbor is one of the favorite places that McPhillips returns to again and again.

"Breezing In"- by Brad Betts

“Breezing In”- by Brad Betts

 Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to welcome Brad Betts of East Boothbay back to the gallery with this show. His work reflects a life-long appreciation of the sea, developed through years of deep sea fishing and sailing around the Gulf coast waters during his youth. For Betts, living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers the opportunity to connect daily with the classic scenes that most inspire him. “When you paint outside,” says Betts, “the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

The artists of Camden Falls Gallery invite you to come and experience their favorite places the way they see them. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

Camden Falls Gallery presents Coastal Color

"Sky & Roses" by Janis Sanders

“Sky & Roses” by Janis Sanders

Exhibition Dates: August 20 – September 9, 2016

Artists’ Reception: August 20, 2016, 4-6pm

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present Coastal Color, which features an exciting collection of works by contemporary landscape painters Janis Sanders and Jennifer Van Cor, along with other gallery artists. With unique painting styles and personal visions, these artists present iconic Maine images in rich, bold hues that bring a fresh sense of energy and vibrancy to the gallery. Coastal Color will run from August 20-September 9, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20 from 4-6pm.

"New Direction" by Ann Trainor Domingue

“New Direction” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Once a landscape architect, Massachusetts artist Janis Sanders is known for his simple compositions and distinctive palette that captures the brilliance of Maine’s coastal light. Like many landscape painters, Sanders enjoys painting out-of-doors and often renders his work en plein air.  He begins each painting by blocking in the sky, noting that the “sky is the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting, and visually and practically provides the backdrop for the other objects in view. Some days slightly purple, sometimes hazy cream, clear aqua, rosy peach, celadon…. we are immersed in it.”

Using his sensory impressions as a creative vantage point, Sanders offers viewers a distinctive look at some of Maine’s quaint architectural delights. With an expressive, modernistic style, he incorporates large abstract elements such as sky and water that show off the physicality of steep gabled rooflines, sunstruck walls, illuminated windows, and shady porches. From charming old barns to cozy cottages and rugged lighthouses, Sanders provides a fresh way of seeing the character of each structure within its specific place and time.

"Island Inlet" by Jennifer Van Cor

“Island Inlet” by Jennifer Van Cor

 

Much like Sanders, New Hampshire artist Jennifer Van Cor is constantly captivated by the unique beauty and colors of the coastal Maine landscape. With a distinctive palette and painting technique, she creates active, vibrant compositions in which she strives to “express the energy and spirit of a place.” When painting, she says, “each stroke and dip of the brush pushes my senses onto the surface… and if I am listening closely and truly, the life of a landscape fills the painting. As my landscapes progress, they become more about the flow of energy, the experience of a lifetime of color, shape and feeling.”

 

"Lily Pads" by Aline Ordman

“Lily Pads” by Aline Ordman

Applying layer upon layer of color in small, bold swatches, Van Cor creates mosaic-like works composed of angular, almost geometric brushstrokes that capture the bright island light and distinctive landforms of coastal Maine. According to Van Cor, “small pieces of color unite to create not only a space or shape, but a feeling. Showing the brushstrokes keeps the viewer’s eye on the surface of the painting, while depicting a recognizable image.” With a unique technique and style of her own, she renders land, sea, and sky in multi-faceted bursts of color that seem to dance across her canvases. 

"Hollyhocks and Sunflowers" by Hannah Ineson

“Hollyhocks and Sunflowers” by Hannah Ineson

In addition to Sanders and Van Cor, Coastal Color will include the works of gallery artists Hannah Ineson, Aline Ordman, Judith Schuppien, and Ann Trainor Domingue. Please visit Camden Falls Gallery to see how these talented artists use color in bold and captivating ways to express their unique visions of life along the coast of Maine. Located at 5 Public Landing in downtown Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-8pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call the gallery at 207-470-7027.

Dan Daly work showing at Zoots Coffee Shop in Camden

My Neighbor’s VW, Oil on Linen, 18”x24"

My Neighbor’s VW, Oil on Linen, 18”x24″

For the month of August Dan Daly will be showing work at Zoots Coffee Shop in Camden which will include paintings of the Camden area in oil and watercolor as well as selections from sketchbooks of drawings actually done at Zoots during the winter. Daly also shows at the Portland Art Gallery as well as his studio, by appointment. Daly is extensively collected both nationally and abroad in both public and private collections.

For More Information visit dalyart.com or call 207.236.8834

“Afloat” at Camden Falls Gallery

First Mate

First Mate by Todd Bonita

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming marine exhibition, “Afloat,” which will feature the work of oil painters Todd Bonita, Jonathan McPhillips, and Kirk McBride. An annual August tradition for the gallery, this year’s “boat show” has been scheduled to coincide with the first annual Camden’s Classics Cup. It offers viewers a visual feast by three highly-accomplished oil painters whose passion for all things nautical is conveyed with every brushtroke. As an oil painter, Todd focuses his work on small watercraft, a subject matter that harkens back to his New England coastal childhood.  Bonita writes, “I paint what is familiar to my background… introspective memories of my childhood…they’re contemplative, reflective of where I grew up. I guess I’m digging into my soul.” He adds that, “In the end, my primary goal is a composition that is simple and contemplative – and there is nothing as simple as that subject, the boat.” 

Twilight Crossing

Twilight Crossing by Jonathan McPhillips

Also featured in this exhibition is Jonathan McPhillips. His painting “Twilight Crossing” (of the schooner Appledore in Camden at sundown) was recently accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s 17th annual national juried exhibition, which will take place in Kirkland, Washington this fall. His work was also selected for the AIS national shows in 2013 and 2014. 

Dockside Dinghies

Dockside Dinghies by Kirk McBride

Renowned plein air painter Kirk McBride is the third artist whose work is to be featured in “Afloat.” His work has been juried into numerous exhibitions including “Paint Annapolis,” Plein Air Easton, and The Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. He was also was recently elected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

“Afloat” will run from July 23 through mid-August at Camden Falls Gallery, which is open from 10am-8pm daily. The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

Camden Falls presents “Monhegan on the Mainland”

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“Spring Road” (Oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″) – Alison Hill

 

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden brings the rugged beauty and artistic culture of Monhegan Island to the mainland through the paintings of Alison Hill and other house artists. The show will run from July 2-22, 2016, with an artists’ reception on July 9 from 4-6pm.

For nearly 200 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists including George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, the Wyeths, Edward Hopper, and Don Stone. Every summer, painters and tourists flock to Monhegan’s rocky coast and spruce forests, transforming the tiny island into a thriving art colony.

Monhegan’s magnetic appeal lies in its ephemeral light—the way it underpaints the cloudbanks and reflects off the island’s unique ground cover. While island life stubbornly resists modernity—maintaining the same winding dirt roads and weather-beaten fish houses now as it did 100 years ago—the island’s changing seasons and light continue to refresh Monhegan’s soul within the texture and color of each scene. “Everywhere you look,” says Alison Hill, “there’s a painting.”

Alison is one of many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture, and self-reliant islanders. Formerly of Newport, Rhode Island, Alison earned Master’s degrees in Art Therapy and Art Education before choosing to live and paint year-round on Monhegan after her initial visit in 2002. She devotes herself full-time to her island studio/gallery during the summer, and spends winters on Monhegan painting winter landscapes as well as portraits and still-lifes. In 2012, PBS spotlighted her in their video special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” Recently, her works were featured in the movie, “The Congressman.”

Hill captures some of Monhegan’s magic in “Spring Road.” The inviting composition beckons the viewer to meander down a sweet, sunlight path between wild roses and snug island cottages. With masterful handling, Alison creates a dappled pattern of sun and shadow in the foreground. The warmth of the rose underpainting suggests a bucolic landscape suffused with heat. As the path rises and falls, disappearing between verdant hillocks, viewers feel a sense of deep space and mystery.

“Monhegan on the Mainland” features Alison’s work alongside that of other contemporary artists such as Todd Bonita and Stan Moeller, who are renowned for their paintings and workshops on Monhegan, throughout New England and in Europe.

Stan Moeller’s humble self-portrait, “Painter on Monhegan,” underscores the epic role of the natural world in island life. Thick directional strokes of paint in this small painting bring masses of gray granite to the forefront. The deeply shadowed crevices draw the eye further into the piece, where an intrepid painter, the artist himself, looks out to a brightening sea. Along with the artist, the viewer can glimpse the profile of neighboring Manana Island pointing to the horizon, seeming almost to be sailing westward.

Todd Bonita, lauded for his exquisite photorealism, infuses scenes with subtle mystery and melancholy. His oil, “Fish Beach Sunset,” seemingly devoid of human figures, still alludes to the fishermen and women whose lives move in rhythm with the tides and tourists. Late afternoon sun shines underneath the low, looming gray mass of evening clouds and glances off of distant cottage walls. The low vantage point helps create a sense of absence and anticipation. The tide, having receded from the tumbledown stony shore, leaves a linear pattern in the sand—rivulets where small pebbles have been pulled back toward the restless sea. Such precise attention to the natural world is a hallmark of this gifted artist.

The unique vistas of Monhegan Island not only draw artists from all over the world, but more importantly seem to bring forth their strongest efforts. House artists Alison Hill and Stan Moeller were both mentored by Don Stone (1929-2015), the dean of Monhegan contemporary painters. Alison recalls feeling “quite intimidated” by Stone at first, but adds that “he soon became a friend and confidant as well as a teacher and mentor on painting landscapes, and more. He had a way of summing things up in catchy phrases that still go through my mind when I’m painting. I am forever grateful for his guidance and friendship.”

To honor Stone’s vital contributions to the island’s artistic heritage, the Island Inn recently held a memorial gathering with many notable artists in attendance. In addition, Monhegan’s Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are presenting “Don Stone: A Monhegan Legacy,” with paintings spanning Don’s three-decade career on Monhegan. On display at the Island Inn through Oct. 9, the show also includes the works of 17 other artists (including Stan Moeller and Alison Hill) whose lives and work bear Don’s lasting impressions.

According to Camden Falls Gallery owner Howard Gallagher, “Stan (Moeller), who spoke at Don’s memorial service, will sometimes attach one of Don’s ‘catchy phrases’ to his emails. Don used to say, ‘When you are painting a point of interest, look at the point of interest; when you are painting outside the point of interest, look at the point of interest.’” Adds Gallagher, “Ask any artist what makes painting on Monhegan so special, and invariably, ‘it’s the light’ will be part of their answer.” Experience the light and Don Stone’s Monhegan legacy. Book a trip on the mailboat to visit the island, and if you miss that join us at Camden Falls Gallery for “Monhegan on the Mainland.”

Howard and Margaret Gallagher
Camden Falls Gallery
5 Public Landing
Camden, Maine 04843
207 470-7027
info@camdenfallsgallery.com
www.camdenfallsgallery.com

Open House at Small Wonder Gallery & Frameshop

Small Wonder Open House

We’re kicking off our 2016 season with a party! Why? Because the gallery is now officially mine and I want to celebrate that – and all the amazing work my parents did for 32+ years!

You are invited to an open house on Friday, June 17th from 4 – 8pm. If you are in Maine, please come; if you’re not, perhaps this is motivation you need…Maine smells like lilacs and salty air this time of year! We’d love to have you join the fun, and many of our artists will be there too.

Small Wonder Gallery & Frameshop is located at 1 Public Landing, in Camden. For more
information, email art@smallwondergallery.com, call (207) 236-6005 , or visit www.smallwondergallery.com or facebook.com/smallwondergallery (like us!)

The Wonder Continues

Camden Falls Gallery to show “Below the Waterline”

 

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“Isaac Evans,” oil on canvas by Carol Douglas

 

“Below the Waterline: Seven Weeks in the Shipyard”

The featured show this June at Camden Falls Gallery in Camden is the result of an artist’s chance meeting with local living history.

House artist Carol Douglas recently discovered and captured in oil on canvas Rockland waterfront’s spring “fitting out.” For seven weeks, she documented the annual, historic ritual of hauling schooners from the water onto the “ways” at the North End Shipyard and outfitting each vessel for the new season, much like an aging actor being “gussied up” for yet another arduous summer performance.

Works by other house artists, including Loretta Krupinski, will also be exhibited in the show. Loretta Krupinski undertook her own interpretation of Maine’s historic working waterfronts. In conjunction with Down East Enterprises, she delved through archival photographs from a variety of local sources and developed a group series of highly detailed oils. These 40 paintings, compiled in the book, Looking Astern, bring to life coastal Maine during the turn of the century. Krupinski’s work, like Bellows, brings out the courageous humanity and strength of dockworkers, sailors, and fishermen.

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily. Call for more information (207) 470-7027, or check online at Camdenfallsgallery.com