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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.

Camden Falls Gallery opens for “Promise of Spring”


Charles Fenner Ball “Sun Strokes”


Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to be back and open for the new season.  Our opening show “Promise of Spring” features works by various house artist and highlights the work of Charles Fenner Ball.  “Promise of Spring” will run through June 21  at Camden Falls Gallery.


Ken DeWaard “Beach Breeze”



Fenner’s work is strongly inspired by his time trekking in Aspen and Birch Groves.  He transposes into existence the feeling of clear brisk high mountain air and Aspen filled valleys with the magical play of color, light, and shadow of our Eastern Birches.


Jonathan McPhillips “Grounded History”



“I would characterize my paintings as having a representational style, a dose of impressionism, with a slightly contemporary edge.  Not necessarily by design, but because that’s just how they seem to come out – a product of my personality, I suppose, in some semi-mysterious way.”



Olena Babak “Working Harbor”


While the majority of our house artists included to the show are primarily Plein Air painters, finding sunlight has been somewhat challenging with our weather to date.  Complementing the show are new works by Olena Babak, Alison Hill, Ken DeWaard, and Jonathan McPhillips, who have all braved the weather to find and record their muse and inspiration within this “Promise of Spring”.



Alison Hill “Manana Gull”

The gallery is open from 10am-5pm 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

Small Wonder Gallery wins Best Gallery again

Thank you to everyone who voted – we won Best Gallery again!
As always, we’re thankful for your support: We’ll celebrate 35 years in 2019!
Best wishes,

Camden Falls Gallery presents “The Artist’s Journey”

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our final show of the 2018 season “The Artist’s Journey”, featuring Taddeus Retz. The show runs from Sept 11th -28th, 2018.



Tad Painting in the Winter



Since graduating high school in 2015, Taddeus Retz has been in pursuit of his personal muse. Chasing the light and painting by day, he studies masterworks by night. Primarily self-taught, this young artist is consumed by a passion to paint.



The Cliffs by the Lighthouse, Taddeus Retz, Oil On Board, 8 x 12 inches, $850

Retz is inspired by 20th Century Impressionism and Realism. His eyes and interests are drawn to anything painted from life. It is not always the subject matter that captures his interest, but the way light reacts to the objects and the environment. According to Retz, “I am inspired by past artists such as John Sargent, George Bellows, and Winslow Homer.  Being able to capture the essence of a scene with deliberate, expressive brush strokes ignites the drive in me. I believe the most successful paintings in this style were the result of studying in the natural environment.”


Pratt Falls NY, Taddeus Retz, Oil On Panel, 16 x 24 inches, $4400



Retz captures and records the values that he sees on to his substrate, ranging from board panels that he personally sizes, to illustration board. Per Retz, “I would say the biggest change since I began is the quantity of paint applied now. I don’t try to conserve as much as I used to and it is liberating. I also take more risks in pursuit of learning about the materials and fundamentals of picture-making in general. I’ll push colors towards a crazy harmony or paint on cardboard just to see what happens. I’ve found all the rules we hear about applying paint and the “steps” you should take are helpful to know, but I like forgetting about all of it sometimes. Creating with the free mindset I had before I knew the things to and not to do.” He would use anything as a substrate if given the opportunity, which originates back to his inherent passion to paint, design, and experiment.



Acadia Shores, Taddeus Retz, Oil On Board, 8×12 incehs, $850



Tad pushes the boardaries of colors around his canvas, and pulls everything together by using the primary colors he started with. He notes that “Starting and finishing a painting on location is how I like to work. Plein air painting requires that I work efficiently and make minimal mistakes. Reproducing a scene exactly how it appears is a challenge that constantly motivates me, and one that continually informs my work.”

For artists looking at Retz’s work, it is his “unerring sense of design, color, and markmaking” that makes his work so compelling to his audience. It is also with Retz’s firm belief to paint from life that imbues his work with expressive energy and life.



Waves Crashing at Ocean Point Maine, Taddeus Retz, Acrylic On Board, 7 x 10.5 inches, $1100


As we close our summer season for 2018,  it is our overwhelming pleasure to introduce to Maine this young talented emerging artist. This hanging opens this young artist’s career up as his first solo show. Come and be immersed in Tad’s ongoing pursuit of art. Enjoy his interpretations of our landscape as he captures the interaction of water on our rugged coast in Maine light, be it crisp and bright, or filtered through morning mists and fog. Stop by the gallery and enjoy these works by this wonderfully passionate painter, as he starts his journey on what promises to be an incredible art career.

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

Camden Falls Gallery announces “DEWAARD AND MCPHILLIPS”

Afternoon In Camden, by Ken DeWaard (Painted for our Camden Classics Plein Air July 2018)

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 4th show of the 2018 season, “DEWAARD AND MCPHILLIPS”, runs from Aug 13 to Aug 26, 2018.

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 4th show of the 2018 season, Dewaard & McPhillips. Ken Dewaard and Jonathan McPhillips are equally accomplished in studio design work focusing on Coastal New England, as well as working en Plein Air. Both artists have placed and 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 across the U.S.A., Russia, China, and shown around the world in the U.S.Dept. of State “Art in the Embassies” Program.

Within this past year Ken Dewaard has received the Charles Movalli Award at Cape Ann Plein Air, MA.; Best Hospitality Award at Easton Plein Air, MD., and this past July, he had the highest sale bid for his painting “Evening At The Farm”, at Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, ME. Having spent hours and days at the head of Camden Harbor doing color sketches, drawing, and photographing the spring outfitting of the schooners, Ken has returned to his studio to incorporate these plein air studies with studio design work, as if he were channeling or following after Edgar Alwyn Payne’s marine painting style.

Ken describes his work as follows; “My style isn’t exactly loose but more of a definitely placed stroke be it a suggested stroke, 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 happenchance. 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.”

Head of the Harbor, by Jonathan McPhillips (Painted for our Camden Classics Plein Air July 2018)

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 the impressionistic radiance in daybreak and dusk paintings, 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”. “Chasing the available light and air in our surroundings is what drives me to paint. I hope to achieve atmospheric effects with an impressionistic style, tempered by a touch of realism and draftsmanship. Painting large and small, indoors and out, I find that a multifaceted approach to studying and practicing allows me to achieve a unique quality in my work”

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. In 2018, Jonathan won the Gene Magazine award for traditional oil at the Salmagundi Clubs 134 Annual Members Exhibition, NYC; and became a signature member of the American Impressionist Society.

Both artists, despite their difference in style, are able to create works that resonate a form of visual truth and excellence.

The “DeWaard and McPhillips” Show opens Monday, August 13th and will run to Sunday, August 26th at Camden Falls Gallery.

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

The Camden Classics Plein Air

Lee Boynton working on Morning Before the Race, 2014.

Camden Falls Gallery will be hosting “The Camden Classics Plein Air”.

Camden Falls Gallery artists and visiting artists will be painting marine art “plein air” coinciding with the third annual Camden Classics Cup hosted by Lyman Morse / Wayfarer Marine on July 26-28.

Plein Air is a French word that means“in the open air”. This painting style was first pioneered by the impressionists in the 1800’s most notably endorsed by Claude Monet.

The event will be bringing about 70 sailboats into Camden Harbor to race for the weekend, the Classics Cup is one week earlier than the 33rd annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta which is Maine’s major Classic wooden sailboat race. The race touches in at Camden ( Castine Classic Yacht Race) for the second leg of the race, and start of the Camden Feeder Regatta. With the two events back to back in Camden, we will see a major influx of classic yachts and enthusiasts in town.


A number of public and private locations will be open to participating artists as they paint around Camden and the surrounding area. The Plein Air event will have an emphasis on marine paintings of Camden Harbor, visiting yachts, and the natural beauty of Mid-Coast Maine.

Many well known marine artists including: Carol Douglas, Alison Hill, Peter Yesis, Scott Addis will be participating this year. Come see them capture the scenes that we love onto canvas. The finished paintings will then be on display and for sale at Camden Falls Gallery. An artist opening will be held on Sunday, July 29th from 4pm to 7pm. Come meet the artists and find a painting to love!

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

It is open daily from 10am to 8pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan”

Camden Falls Gallery brings the works of Alison Hill from Monhegan Island to the mainland for a featured show, June 29th through July 20th. Alison is one of the many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture, and self-reliant Islanders.

For Nearly 200 years, Monhegan has inspired countless artists including Frederick Church, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, and the Wyeths’, virtuosos of their time. These artists were drawn to and captivated by Monhegan for its remote island life and the light. Monhegan continues to challenge artists as they arrive daily seeking that special inspiration along the winding dirt roads, and amongst the weatherbeaten fish houses.

Alison, being one of the island’s forty or so year-round residents, lives, breaths, and paints Monhegan’s magic throughout its changing seasons. Formerly of Newport Rhode Island, Alison earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Art Education. 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.” More recently in 2016, her works could be seen featured in the movie, “The Congressman.”

Hill has captured some of the Island’s magic in her recent paintings:

With the weathered silhouette of the Island Inn and surrounding houses as the background of “Monhegan Skyline”, the scene embodies the essence of the village and its shoreline. A haphazard granite outcropping in the foreground welcomes the incoming tide. Crowning the stony slope, windblown weeds in shades of pale green and gold, radiate sunlit serenity. This sense of place is echoed by the expanse of a summer sky bisected with cirrus clouds. Fresh laundry pegged between leaning poles, although barely suggested, adds a breezy, immediate, and very human quality to the painting.

Alison’s portraits of island life expands on the human quality she aims to capture. They compose a bulk of her winter work, as seen in the two intimate portraits of Mattie Thompson and his young son. These portraits are done mostly from life, with some finishing touches from photographs in the studio. Mr. Thompson is caught up in the process of carving a decoy. While his son works on splicing a line, a useful skill, as his father is a working lobsterman. The cluttered workshop could have been seen in a fish house 100 years ago and speaks of the timeless rhythms of maritime labor.

When asked if there was a difference in approach, or method when she is painting en plein air, as opposed to winter studio work, Hill stated, “There is not the same frantic immediacy to capture the specific light and mood of a scene, before it changes.”

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan” will run from June 29th through July 20th, 2018 at Camden Falls Gallery. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily.. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME 04843.

Homecoming at Camden Harbor

“Last Rays on the Bay” Charles Fenner Ball

Camden Falls Gallery is honored to open its 2018 season with Homecoming , opening Friday, June 8 from 5-7 PM with an artist’s reception. Homecoming features the works of celebrated mixed media artist Ann Trainor Domingue and other house artists.

“The title resonates on various levels,” says Howard Gallagher, owner of Camden Falls Gallery. He and his wife Margaret have run year-round retail businesses in Camden for 37 years. This year they embraced partial retirement and have adopted a seasonal business profile.

“Summer Day Port Clyde” Ken Dewaard

Like migrating waterfowl, the Gallaghers have become ‘snowbirds’. Homecoming is personal to them. “I don’t want to say it’s like migrating fish returning to their place of origin, but there’s something really special about coming home to the gallery on the edge of Camden Harbor,” said Gallagher. “The schooners shed their winter covers and the harbor just explodes with activity in anticipation of the summer to come. It’s like that in the gallery as well, we have shed winter, and the gallery is bursting with new and exciting work.”

The interplay of family, work, and home are at the core of coastal community life. They can be seen in Trainor Domingue’s playful, overlapping layers of texture, color, and repetitive forms.

In The Best Part of the Day , a school of simplified fish arch overhead and tumble in a torrent across a fisherman’s midsection, suggesting primordial forces cascading from a burst dam. Negative rectangular shapes created by the dockside piers act as anchoring counterpoints. It is the title, however, that leads us into the heart of the painting. A bell-shaped woman stands, back lit, in a doorway. The fisherman turns his head toward what surely is his home, with all the richness and heartache that connotes.

“Family Matters” Ann Trainor Domingue

Icons are visual images, usually rendered in strong, simple compositions, that lead the viewer through the realm of the senses into a more contemplative state. Trainor Domingue’s iconic imagery transcends a particular time and place, capturing our imagination with archetypal human beings and their mysterious lives. The imagery is intricate, yet free-flowing. Her work reminds us of the delicate ecosystems that thrive in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay, which are sometimes threatened by the intersection of human industry and enterprise.

Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. Summer holidays spent on Cape Cod deepened her affinity for coastal estuaries, harbor towns, and the doughty New Englanders who earn their living from the sea.

“My work has transitioned from a focus on coastal structures and architecture toward incorporating the humanity of the working waterfront by bringing meaningful relationships between people, work and the landscape together in paintings that visualize this idea in uncommon ways,” said Trainor Domingue.

After graduating from Rhode Island College, Trainor Domingue had a successful career as an illustrator and art director. Two artist residencies from the Copley Society in Boston enabled her to return to Provincetown to paint after her escape from the corporate world.

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden, ME. For more information, call (207) 470-7027 or email .