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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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Thank you!
Liz

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 www.camdenfallsgallery.com, 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 (https://vimeo.com/346544347).

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 www.camdenfallsgallery.com

Camden Falls Gallery Presents: “OLENA BABAK: THE PREPONDERANCE OF LIGHT”

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 camdenfallsgallery@gmail.com.  Camden Falls Gallery website is www.camdenfallsgallery.com

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 www.camdenfallsgallery.com .

SPECIAL NOTE – POPPY BALSARS’S NEW WATER COLOR TREATMENT 

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 www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

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,
Liz

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 www.camdenfallsgallery.com