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Camden Falls Gallery Presents Online Exhibit ‘One Friendship, Two Stories’

“Camden Lights,” by Olena Babak.

“Trade Wind Afternoon,” by Roberta Goschke.

Camden Falls Gallery opened its second show of the season in June, titled “One Friendship, Two Stories” and featuring the works of Roberta Goschke and Olena Babak. The show runs through July 10 and is available for viewing online. The gallery is open by appointment only, due to COVID-19.

Making art is a typically a solitary activity, in the studio or outside, but not always. Roberta Goschke and Olena Babak met and discovered their common path to plein-air painting through figure and portrait drawing classes.

Remembrance of moments spent together experiencing the atmosphere and the vivid memories of painting together, discovering gardens, the summer sunshine, the bond of shivering in a boatyard for hours, and the thrill of holding down easels on windy Maine lawns are imprinted in their works. Regardless of the weather conditions, there is encouragement to follow the spark and influence and paint on. Since their paths have crossed, the love of chasing beauty with a brush in hand has always brought them together.

These two artists are like two melodies in harmony together, which is evident in their painting styles as showcased in this duet show.

Watch a virtual presentation with severals interviews and videos at, available through July 10.

Camden Falls Gallery staff combines to do its best to provide as much visual information through videos and various digital media. If you would like more detailed images of the artwork from the gallery, call 207-470-7027, or email

Camden Falls Gallery Presents ‘Homecoming’

From left, “Moondance,” by Ann Trainor Domingue; “Be Still,” by Ryan Kohler; “Buoys of Blue,” by Tom Glover.

Camden Falls Gallery opened its season with the exhibit “Homecoming 2020,” a virtual presentation with interviews and videos by and about house artists Ann Trainor Domingue and Ryan Kohler.

Camden Falls also welcomes a new artist to its gallery, Tom Glover.

The works of these three artists show the importance of time, place and the stories that keep us grounded in this uprooted season of our lives. Their ability to break down, investigate, create and rearrange the reality of what they see with their eyes and transpose it onto canvas is an impressive feat. The results of their work are fresh, audacious, bold and striking.

Ann Trainor Domingue is a New Englander. Originally from Massachusetts, she eventually found herself settling in New Hampshire. The theme of our opening show, “Homecoming,” brings about her own reflections of what “home” means. For her, “home” is about, “taking the time to go back to where the places and people remind you of times gone by — happy and sad, crazy and quiet, joyful or sentimental.” These reflections are transformed into fanciful, mythological images that retell stories visually familiar to all of us. The fisherman and his counterpart as subjects visually mirror the vocabulary deeply rooted in New England imagery of the sea.

Viewing her work is a fascinating experience of unfolding stories, which she has consciously or unconsciously packed into a single image. The layers and textures are jewels for the eyes, as we consider, ponder and work out the story being told.

Armed with a dedication to painting and an eclectic vision, Ryan Kohler is a popular emerging artist from Skowhegan. Per Kohler, “I am interested in the formal aspects of representational painting … but focus mostly on finding abstract yet implicit shapes and trying to find ways to simplify my subjects.”

It is this eclecticism and simplification of his subject matter that makes his work so visually fresh, vibrant and dynamic. Through its graphic quality and subtle references, Kohler’s work appears to be a modern twist on pop art.

Form and contour drives his work. The heavy impasto of the paint imbues his work with depth and warmly welcomes viewers to partake and experience the broad, colorfield-like spaces.

Based in New Hampshire, Tom Glover is an artist who is teeming with ideas and stories. According to Glover, it is the dichotomy between abstraction and realism that works to “keep one’s eye fresh and one’s mind flexing, adjusting, adapting and, frankly, delighted.”

Glover’s goal to ignite an immediate sense of place or memory in viewers is similar to the science-fiction qualities of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing, Camden. See for more information.

Holiday Pop-Up Show at Carver Hill Gallery

Belts by Andrea Combes with Ingrid Ellison buckles

Carver Hill Gallery, 28 Bayview Street in Camden, will host a reception during the Camden Art Walk on Thursday, Dec. 5th for a HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOW from 5-7 pm. The gallery will have holiday cards from England, handmade marbled ornaments and boxed matches, handcrafted belts with art buckles, balsam pillows with original paintings on them by Spruce Tree Studio, hand blown glass ornaments, linoleum / wood printed gifts and more. New small paintings and collages have arrived by Maine artists John Winship, Katie Wilson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ingrid Ellison, Jeff Macdonald and Jeff Fitzgerald and will be featured on the walls. Small archived works from Los Angeles artist America Martin will also be featured. The gallery will serve refreshments and warm Swedish Glogg to warm the bones. Festive gift bags will be provided to make hostess and teacher gift giving easy! Show runs through December 24th.

Camden Falls Gallery Presents “Last Splash of Color”

Table for Six, Jan McElhinny

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 7 th and final exhibition of 2019. “Last Splash of Color” Featuring Ann Trainer Domingue, Jan McElhinny, Jennifer Van Cor, Aline Ordman, Susan Graeber, Janis Sanders, and Ryan Kohler. There will be an opening reception Thursday, October 10, 5-7pm during Camden’s Art Walk.

Camden Falls Gallery’s final show of the season is entitled “Last Splash of Color”. The show features works by some of our galleries’ top Colorists. These featured artists are known for their vibrant use of juxtaposing colors in contemporary styles. Rooted in and inspired by, their natural environment, these artists take to their own course and colorful journeys. They create  lively, vibrant, abstracted, and sometimes comical interpretations of what they see. They are moved by their subjects to record their muses on canvas. If you’re feeling weary about the longer nights and the darkness that befalls this season, stop by for a boost, as we’ve cranked up the color notch to get you over the hump and into the next season.

Getting into Trees, Aline Ordman

Featured in the show are an amalgamation of artists who are known for using shapes, colors, and an array of practices and techniques to create wonderful playful artwork. These artists push the boundaries of color patterns, and make joyful combinations of wild, bold, and uncommon paintings. 

Yellow House on Harbor, Susan Graeber

As part of a larger strategy to establish Camden as a strong presence in the Maine art-scene, Camden Falls Gallery is proud to join forces with our long time friends and neighbors at the Small Wonder Gallery, the Page Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, Iron Bound, and DAAC Designs. With the successful launch and the enthusiasm generated by Camden’s first art walk, we are excited and look forward to our next art walk on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

All the Things, Ryan Kohler

Begin your experience at the Public landing where Camden Falls Gallery and Small Wonder are located. Continue your journey with an easy stroll up to Bay View Street, where you’ll find Page, Carver Hill, Ironbound and DAAC Designs Galleries.

Camden galleries ArtWalk

On Thursday 8/29 from 5 – 7 pm the Camden galleries are teaming up to do an “art walk”! Colin Page’s new gallery on BayView St. has spiked Camden’s artsy energy, and we’re piggybacking on the date of his next new show reception. Participating galleries so far include myself and my neighbor Camden Falls, as well as Carver Hill and Daac Designs, both on BayView with Page Gallery. (It’s not quite the straightforward, one Main Street nature of Rockland, but hopefully folks can make the rounds!) Would love for you to drop by for a refreshment!
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Camden Falls Gallery Presents “The Beauty of Wood on Water”

Many Hands Make Light Work, Poppy Balser, Watercolor on paper

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 6th exhibition of the 2019 season.

Exhibition: The Beauty of Wood on Water – Featuring Poppy Balser, Todd Bonita, and Paul Garnett

Exhibition Dates: August 29th – September 13th, 2019

CAMDEN ART WALK: Opening Reception Thursday, August 29th 5-7pm

Where the Shallows End, Todd Bonita, Oil on Panel

Coinciding with the Camden Windjammer Weekend and kicking off with Camden’s first Art Walk, Camden Falls Gallery is wrapping up its summer season with a show of works by three exceptional marine artists. All three offer unique interpretations of the subjects they love and are able to translate, and record their individual artistic journeys with poignant and stunning delivery. Though singular in style and approach, each artist shares a mutual relationship with the sea and those who live on it.  Poppy Balser is an active sailor and is able to capture a unique balance of wind, water, and design. Todd Bonita’s work emanates with atmospheric and introspective qualities, and the work of Paul Garnett reflects a unique blend of historical and narrative marine art.

Poppy Balser is a Canadian painter who has always lived within walking distance of the ocean. She developed an early and deep connection with the seashore which has deepened, as she studies the sea and its environment through her paintings. She often paints outside to keep her observations fresh and accurate.

Poppy values her plein air sketches for their directness. She feels they are an important reference tool which she brings back to the studio to use in making larger, more deliberate and intentional works. Her goal is to transfer the open air feeling of being outside in nature into her studio work. She paints outdoors through all seasons, finding her inspiration in the seacoast and landscapes.

“I feel so fortunate to live near the shore… with huge tides that sculpt our seacoast, dramatic waves and haunting fog, there is always something new to paint. I paint en plein air as often as possible. This practice enables me to observe my subjects over time so I can create paintings that resonate strongly with the viewer.”

Poppy is an elected Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, which require the highest levels of professional achievement and excellence in composition. Poppy’s work has been showcased internationally, and thanks to her growing international reputation as an exceptional artist, she was recently invited to take part in The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air. The 10-day festival is among the world’s most prestigious of plein air events, emphasizing artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality paintings. Poppy was invited to this event as part of an elite group of 20 internationally acclaimed artists from around the world.

Todd Bonita earned his BFA at The Art Institute in Boston. He also studied classical painting and drawing in Philadelphia at The Academy of Fine Arts. His career includes stints as a graphic designer for commercial businesses, and as a commissioned artist creating large scale murals. As a highly respected illustrator, Bonita has also worked for many large publishing houses including McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin.

As an oil painter, Bonita’s focus is often on small watercraft. His classic dories and yacht tenders are imbued with a deep sense of psychological mystery. The softness of light on these solitary vessels, resting quietly at their moorings or tethered securely to abandoned docks, seems to take the viewer outside the normal strictures of time to a more mystical state. Bonita writes, “I paint what is familiar to my background… introspective memories of my childhood…they’re contemplative and reflective of where I grew up.  I guess I’m digging into my soul.”

Where the Shallows End, Todd Bonita, Oil on Panel

In contrast to Bonita’s focus on the present, Paul Garnett is known for his precise and meticulous depictions of sailing vessels from a bygone era. Garnett grew up in the Boston area spending much of his free time on the waterfront. A special attraction to him was the frigate “Constitution”, docked nearby, where he befriended crew members working on the venerable warship “Old Ironsides.” An avid draftsman, he constantly recorded his experiences in sketchbooks, documenting his nautical interests.

A pivotal event occurred in 1962 when Garnett discovered the historic replica of the “HMS Bounty,” created for the classic film, “Mutiny On The Bounty.”  This full-scale ship was docked in St. Petersburg, Florida, and kept as a working exhibition. Pulling up stakes, Garnett moved his family south to work as a shipwright on The Bounty for seven years. Paul writes, “I don’t think I’ve ever worked on one of my marine paintings without drawing in some small way upon my unforgettable experiences aboard The Bounty.” Garnett’s intimate knowledge of historical naval structure, rigging and engineering of 18-19th century ships has informed and influenced his entire body of work.

Garnett has completed commissions for retired Coast Guard officers, and has worked at The Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, NY. His illustrations also grace the covers of William H. White’s historical naval trilogy about the War of 1812. Permanent collections of Garnett’s work reside in The Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts and The Marine Museum in Fall River. The artist is also a longstanding member of the National Maritime Historical Society, American Society of Marine Artists, and the International Society of Marine Painters.

Close Hauled, Poppy Balser, Oil on Panel

As part of a larger strategy to establish Camden as a strong presence in the Maine art-scene, Camden Falls Gallery is proud to join forces with our long time friends and neighbors at the Small Wonder Gallery, the Page Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery and DAAC Designs to present Camden’s first inauguaral Art Walk!   Begin your experience at the Public landing where Camden Falls and Small Wonder are located and continue your journey with an easy stroll up to Bay View Street where you’ll fine Page, Carver Hill and DAAC Designs Galleries. 

Come and enjoy these truly wonderful collections dedicated to the marine art of Midcoast Maine!

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am-7pm, please join us in the Camden Art Walk on Thursday, August 29th from 5pm-7pm. For more information, please visit our website at, call 207-470-7027, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Camden Falls gallery Opens for Dewaard and McPhillips

Camden Fourth of July by Ken DeWaard

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 5th exhibition of the 2019 season, DeWaard and McPhillips. Though juxtaposed in styles, both artists are able to create works that capture their personal insights and forms of visual truth. Ken DeWaard and Jonathan McPhillips are equally accomplished in studio design work, focusing on Coastal New England and Plein Air. Both artists have received top honors and awards in some of the nations most prestigious Plein Air competitions and shows. Their works are part of many corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Russia, China, and shown around the world in the U.S.Department of State “Art in the Embassies” program.

In June of this year, Ken DeWaard participated in the “International Plein Air” competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was one out of eleven artists to paint at “St. Petersburg Art Week International”. The exposition presented more than 200 art objects from more than 20 countries.  Ken received the “Charles Movalli Award” at Cape Ann Plein Air, MA., and the “Best Hospitality Award” at Easton Plein Air, MD.

Maine Icon by Ken DeWaard

Ken spends hours and sometimes days sketching and drawing the natural beauty of the Camden/Rockport area. He then returns to his studio to incorporate his Plein Air studies with studio design work.

Ken describes his work as follows; “My style isn’t exactly loose, but more of a definitively placed stroke (be it a suggested stroke.).  I’m not trying to give all of the detail but enough to where the viewer can finish the story in their mind and through their experiences. The term bravura is used when something is more confidently placed. Think of it as mark making; making a mark or a note of color and standing behind it, not a lot of fussing around with it alla Renoir but more directly placed, not happen-chance. Design is incredibly important to me. To tell a story through my work and lead the viewer around the painting and then back to the focal point; having a narrative.”

Crossing the Light by Jonathan McPhillips

Jonathan McPhillips is one of the “ New American Luminists.” He has the ability to capture the light, the air, and the distinct atmosphere in his landscape and marine paintings. Known for impressionistic radiance in daybreak and dusk scenes, his ability to capture the shimmering glow of flickering lights in his nocturnes is most impressive. Jonathan has found his focus in a form of realism that he describes as “Contemporary Impressionism”.  Jonathan described his work as follows; “Each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together…a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our surroundings. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has somehow captivated a friend or a stranger. We see many things everyday with heightened digital clarity, yet original artwork always conveys a sense of mystery and magic for us all. I see painting as an unspoken and unwritten way to connect our hearts and minds though depictions of shared experience.”

 This past spring, Jonathan received a “Finalist” Award in the June 2019, Boldbrush Painting Competition. In 2018,  Jonathan won the “Gene Magazine Award” for traditional oil at the Salmagundi Club’s 134 Annual Members Exhibition, NYC; and became a signature member of the American Impressionist Society. In 2017, Johnathan’s work was exhibited in the Laguna Plein Air Painters “Best of Plein Air” Juried Exhibition, CA.; the Modern Marine Masters Exhibition in Mystic, CT., and the Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition also at Mystic, CT.

During the course of the afternoon on Saturday, August 10th, the exhibition will kick off with live Plein Air demonstrations by both DeWaard and McPhillips around the harbor in Camden from 2 – 4 p.m. +.  In addition, both artists will be available during the opening reception at Camden Falls Gallery. The DeWaard and McPhillips exhibition will run through Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

In 1999, Ken began his teaching career at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, IL and has since taught in both schools and workshops around the country.  According to Ken, his personal objective while teaching is “to make sure that each and every student experiences advancement. Giving a student not only technical skills but the excitement and passion for them to build on and draw from for a lifetime is always part of my mission.”

River Ducks by Ken DeWaard

Jonathan has held demonstrations and instructed workshops all along the eastern seaboard.  His talent as both an artist and communicator has him in high demand from both private groups and large art organizations. Jonathan describes his instruction as “a great way to connect with artists who are trying to explore new resolutions in their artistic growth. It is rewarding to pass along any experience or information that might help someone break through to a new level of creativity. I also enjoy teaching as it reminds me of the fundamentals that I must also be aware of in my own work.  It is easy to stray from good principles, but hearing it aloud and seeing the process in a group situation is very beneficial for both the student and instructor.”

Stan Grunder’s short film “Painting the Coast of Maine with Jonathan McPhillips” provides further insight into Jonathan’s painting narrative.  Stan is a 2012 graduate of Camden Hills High School and is now a Documentary Film Maker based out of New York City. The film “Painting the Coast of Maine with Jonathan McPhillips”  will debut at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival on September 7th at the Camden Snow Bowl or can be viewed now on Vimeo (

Camden Falls Gallery is located on the Public Landing in Camden, ME.  The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm throughout the season.  For more information, please contact us at 207-470-7027 or


Breath Of The Ocean, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


SHOW DATES: JULY 12th – 26th
Exhibition Event: JULY 25th  4pm – 7pm

Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections across the U.S. and abroad. She was recently featured and interviewed by Plein Air Magazine (June-July 2019) about her process, her training, and the iconic influences on her. She soberly describes her journey and her goals as an artist, namely “to be in love—with the moment, with the scene, with the paint.”


Morning in Bernard, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


Olena was the recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship (NY) and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poets and Artists: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” She formerly taught graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park; Artist’s Choice, Plein Air Richmond; First Place, Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award, Finger Lakes Plein Air; Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center Salon; First Place, Maine Art Show; and many others.

 Camden Falls Gallery congratulates Olena on having 3 paintings accepted into THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL ARC SALON COMPETITION. They received 4,300 entries from 73 countries, and only about 35% of the entrees have made it into the finals. All 3 paintings submitted by Olena are finalist works!

 Trained as a talented figurative portraitist, Olena developed a passion for recording Maine’s landscapes. Maine’s natural beauty feeds her soul, as she continues to transform “ordinary” land and seascapes into breathtaking beauty, filled with light, color, and passion.


After The Storm, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


 In the vein of the traditional Hudson River School style, her work evokes the light of a by-passed-era, recalling the passion of the Romantic Period. Everyday scenes take on a life of their own through her lively brushwork as seen in, “Morning in Bernard”. The landscape, “Breath of the Ocean” evokes a bright, new dawn on the horizon, as Olena pursues her desire to capture and chase after this metaphorical vision of the hope for a new day. For Olena, “Sunrise is something very spiritual to me, as are sunsets. There are constant changes, slight differences in colors and light, and that resonates in life for me.”

 ”OLENA BABAK, THE PREPONDERANCE OF LIGHT” will show from July 12th to the 26th at CAMDEN FALLS GALLERY.  The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

 Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am to 7pm in the season. 

For more information, please contact us at 207-470-7027 or  Camden Falls Gallery website is

Camden Falls Gallery Opens for “When Artists Come to Visit”


Rumpled Sails, Poppy Balser, Oil On Panel, 12 x 16 inches


Plein air and studio artists, all showing at Camden Falls Gallery, repeatedly return to the Mid-Coast area. They have recorded on canvas what they found as their inspiration, muse, and challenges. Their paintings capture the essence of Mid Coast Maine and showcase their talents.

This body of work features paintings by some new artists to the gallery: Poppy Balser (Nova Scotia), Taddeus Retz (Upstate New York), and Scott Addis (Quebec). The range of mediums showcased includes watercolor, oils, and acrylic. With Camden as the nucleus, the artists travel and paint within a 50-mile radius that includes scenes from Stonington down to Port Clyde.


Bowdoin and Companions, Poppy Balser, Watercolor on Panel, 14 x 11 inches


Poppy Balser captures the majestic beauty of the ketch Angelique in her oil painting “Rumpled Sails”, as the windjammer rests at the docks in Castine. Her watercolor “Bowdoin and Companions”, also painted in Castine, has the vessels ghosting along and into the active waters of the Bagaduce River. Poppy’s watercolors of Rockport and Port Clyde, as with her other watercolors, are sealed in a new watercolor treatment that avoids the use of protective glass (see special note).



Fog at Owls Head, Tad Retz, Oil On Board, 12 x 18 inches


Taddeus Retz spent a week here in early June finding inspiration and occasional sunshine. The gray spring weather is present in his work of either boat yards or coastal scenes. “The coast of Maine is one of my favorite places to be and to paint. The rugged quality and sense of quiet and peace is overwhelming. Every time I come up to Maine I try to explore at least one new area. This last trip I was fortunate to spend most of my time in new locations. I’m always drawn to scenes or things with character. I love old barns, old boats and all the rocks. I think this is the reason deep down that I keep coming back to Maine – it is full of character!”


Great To Be Here, Scott Addis, Oil On Panel, 12×24 inches


Scott Addis’s Port Clyde series is about relationships. His work symbolizes themes of connection, solitude, and sometimes isolation. Boats are the centerpiece of his studies. The boats are generally highly contrasted against the islands, as they swing at their moorings. Yet the boats as an entity contain a sense of self, and individuality apart from the landscape.

From Rhode Island and Maryland, we have oils by Jonathan McPhillips and Kirk McBride. Both McPhillips and McBride make numerous trips to Maine. They concentrate on Camden Harbor- it’s Windjammer fleet and yachting scenes with a strong connection to our maritime history. Working in both plein air and from photos they fill a contemporary catalog of the harbor, its boats and its beauty.

“WHEN THE ARTISTS COME TO VISIT “ will run from June 28 through July 10 at Camden Falls Gallery.

The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily; 12pm-5pm Sunday. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME 04843. For more information, please call  207-470-7027 or visit .


The treatment is a combination of soft gel UV protective acrylic medium and varnishes with multiple layered cold wax hand rubbed finish. The treatment enhances the rich depth of her work and produces a soft warm finish that protects the painting from UV and fading damage. It also protects against moisture and soiling caused by dust and air contaminants.

Carver Hill Gallery Opens for Maine Artists

Lisa Noonis, “Heaven and Earth


Carver Hill Gallery, 28 Bayview Street in Camden, Maine, will open for the season on Thursday, May 9th, with an artist attended reception open to the public from 5 – 7 pm.  This is the gallery’s second season in their new location in Camden, after 6 years in Rockport and 8 years in Rockland.

The season opening will feature primarily Maine artists including local Carver Hill artists Ingrid Ellison and Katie Wilson. Additional Maine artists include Lisa Noonis, Tom Flanagan, and Jean Jack, who are all new to the gallery. Three dimensional work by Philippe Guillern and Andre Benoit will also be exhibited.

Ingrid Ellison is a Camden painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. As well as Carver Hill gallery, Ingrid has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and The University of Maine Bangor. Ingrid Ellison is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University.

Katie Wilson, a Rockport painter, received her degree in fine art at the University of NH and worked as a graphic designer for a number of years while she continued her studies in painting. Her paintings have a softness to them, achieved through the bold brushwork. Through the collage the work makes passages into the abstract. Her figurative work and soulful portraits may hint at some emotional tension and have been described as solemn, wistful and haunting.

“ I am intrigued by the imagined drama or peace of a past moment. My desire is to translate that moment through my own interpretation of the subject’s inner being.”

Lisa Noonis is a painter from Kittery whose work approaches a wide range of subject matter from still life and landscapes to personal narratives. Her paintings are expressive with a strong use of color and materiality.

“In order to keep my logical brain out of the picture, I paint and draw with my non-dominant hand and often attach a brush to a 3-foot wooden dowel. This gets me back from the canvas and allows me to see the painting. My aim is to develop a visual story that contains unexpected marks and shapes that allow the viewer to enter into a conceptual space and create their own narrative. I paint what I know—figures, still lifes, and landscapes—but push these knowns into abstracted places. I combine my love of color, form, line, and design without fully abandoning representation.”


Tom Flanagan, “As Oxygen”


Tom Flanagan paints in a “room with a view” in a riverfront warehouse in Brunswick. The white noise is the rushing water, and the natural light in the space makes the bright colors seem electric.

“I’m interested in getting up close to experience and feeling by focusing on how sensations and sensibilities guide visual experience. My paintings are about how those things fit together and what happens with that moment. For me, the process of painting through improvisation is incredibly important. Not knowing where the painting will take me and accepting the concept of mystery are paramount.”

Finally, the beloved Jean Jack will exhibit a large selection of her well known farmhouses.

“Often it is on the fast moving interstate where I discover, quite by accident, the perfect simplicity of a farmhouse or a barn. I am not interested in the details as much as the abstractions – the way the afternoon sun falls off a slanting roof or tall forsaken grass cradles an old structure or stairs that once led to a seaside path and now lead nowhere at all. The challenge is to catch the image with my camera from this inconvenient backstage angle. Utilitarian structures that have a weathered history are a more hauntingly lonely expression than the congestion of suburban or city life. Shapes occurring by circumstance intrigue me far more than deliberate artifice.”

Carver Hill Gallery’s spring hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 – 5.