Archive for Damariscotta

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery Announces the Opening of Will Kefauver’s Show


The show features 23 of Kefauver’s latest oil paintings and runs until March 18th at the MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.

Kefauver was selected by the Art Committee at MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health (ACH).  The committee was formed to coordinate the display of art in the hospital’s public areas for the enjoyment of patients, visitors, and staff.  Committee members, who are all volunteers, solicit proposals from Maine artists who wish to exhibit their work.

Kefauver’s artwork is displayed in gallery area adjacent to the hospital cafeteria on the lower level.

MaineGeneral is located at 35 Medical Center Drive, Augusta.  For more information, call MaineGeneral at 207-626-1000, or contact Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974, , or

Art at The Grill in Damariscotta

Art at the Grill showcasing works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Steve Dunn, Penny Markley, Judy Schuppien and Kim Skillin Traina. Art opening December 5 4-5:30 and is on display from December 4 – January 22.

New Works at the The Kefauver Studio & Gallery

“Gold at the End of the Day”, oil, Lisa Kyle

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta, presents the 6″ x 6”  art show.  The show features work in a variety of mediums that are all 6” x 6”.  Showcased are new works by oil painter Will Kefauver, and the work of his 13 guest artists including works by two artists that are new to the gallery. They are wood sculptor Bruce Goodwin and photographer Joan Omang.

The returning guest artists are photographer Scott See, oil painters Marcia Brandwein, Sandra Dunn, Chris Essler, Sandy Harper, Lisa Kyle, Sally Loughridge, and Joyce Smith; colored pencil artist Kathy Lane, acrylic artist DiTa Ondek, and ink-on-Yupo artist Helen Warner.

The show opens on October 12th and runs until November 4th.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, , or

Final Weeks at Stable Gallery for 2018

‘LaVerna Preserve, Winter #1’ painted by Jon Luoma Courtesy of Jon Luoma



As summer turns to fall Stable Gallery, one of Damariscotta’s sources for quality art, is announcing its final weeks of the 2018 season.

Friday, October 19 is the last day the gallery will be open for 2018.  After that, the eight artists who manage the gallery will turn their attention to getting ready for the 2019 season.

What keeps these dedicated artists and their devoted customers coming back to the former stable on Water Street in Damariscotta, year after year?

Jon Luoma, one of the managing artists who paints, says, “Quality and variety, that’s what it’s about for me.  Variety of approaches, viewpoints, styles, techniques, subject matter and media, all by Maine artists working in our locality.”

Customers’ comments reflect this perspective as well.  “Lovely work. Nice to finally get over here,” one wrote recently.

A visitor from Connecticut offered, “A MUST see on every trip to Maine.”

For Roz Welsh, painter and jeweler from Damariscotta, Stable Gallery is a “special place that is open and friendly without giving up on professionalism. It is good to be part of something that is bigger than any one part.”

“It’s family, “ says Mary Hall, jeweler from Damariscotta.  “Some artists have been with us for all our thirteen years. Still, each year is different, as we strive to keep finding talented artists to include.”

Hati Modr, a painter who lives in Harpswell, appreciates the diversity of talents and shared dedication required to manage a successful gallery.  She says, “Eight of us who manage the gallery meld our different skills into an organization that works.”

Stephen Vowles, woodworker of Damariscotta adds, “Quality and continuity are not a given without effort from everyone involved!”

The walls and tables of Stable Gallery are full of sculpture, paintings, jewelry, fabric and woolen goods, plus ceramic and glass dishes.   If you are planning for one to be a gift or an addition to your home, Stable Gallery at 28 Water Street, is open daily 10-5 until October 19.   For more information, call the gallery at 563-1991.

“Color Play” Show Enlivens Stable Gallery

Who isn’t moved by certain colors?  Artists know that colors are warm or cold and that opposites make interesting greys.  But, appreciating art can be an instinctual response to the colors resonating in a particular piece of work.  

 Thus, Stable Gallery’s August show is titled “Color Play”.  The show opens with a public reception for the artists on Friday, August 10thfrom 5-7PM.  The gallery at 28 Water Street in Damariscotta is open daily 10-5.

 This month’s show features two of Stable Gallery’s new 2018 artists, a returning artist, and seven other Maine artists with local followings.

 New to the gallery for 2018, Robert Gibson of Orrs’ Island creates large, bright paintings of still lives. Gibson says, “My aim is to construct vibrant compositions of  color to rekindle in the viewer a sense of joy, peace, and harmony.”.  

 Scott Baltz, of Mount Desert, is the other new Stable Gallery member highlighted in August.  Baltz’s works are creations of his memory from visiting local landscapes.  Baltz explains,, “Color decisions are made as my paintings progress. My works revolve around capturing transitional light.”  

 Adero Willard’s colorfully crafted ceramics are always a hit at Stable Gallery.  Returning to the gallery after several years, Willard explains, “A passion for color and pattern fuel my work.  A love of clay grounds me.”  The results are beautifully patterned mugs, vases, and more. 

 Stable Gallery walls also feature work of artist members Priscilla McCandless, Penelope Moodey, and Jon Luoma with uniquely personal responses to their environment.  Luoma creates distinctive landscapes with watercolor and Chinese ink.  Moodey expresses her vision with soft greens and purples that can be “seen” as water, flowers, or atmosphere.  McCandless’ work exudes energy and color in either pastel or oil.

 Hartman’s jewelry is inspired by her desire to find balance between nature, color, movement, and the senses.  “I hope that my jewelry enhances the wearer’s beauty and grace,” explains Hartman.

 Steve Ryder uses the colors and features of wood to produce an exquisite body of work from flower vases to tables.  Susie Perrine offers multi-media lamps and bracelets.  

 Finally, Kimberly Bentley creates fish, rabbits and other clay animals to enliven your garden or rooms with character and humor.  Thirty-some other Maine artists’ works are displayed in the remaining gallery rooms.  Color and quality abounds wherever you look.  Go take a look.  You won’t be disappointed.

 The “Color Play” show is installed at Stable Gallery thru September 11. For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website,

The Kilburn Gallery Hosts “Guests on the Lawn” Art Demos and Sale

Jan Kilburn at her easel.

Kilburn Hosts “Guests on the Lawn” Art Demos and Sale: Artist Jan Kilburn, partnering with artist Marnie Sinclair, is hosting a large group of artists painting en plein air on Saturday, August 18th, from 10 – 4. The artists will be painting in the gardens and on the lawn of the Kilburn Gallery and the Sinclair Gallery. The rain date is Sunday, August 19th.

Kilburn has invited over 15 artists to set up their easels in her garden and in Sinclair’s garden next door. The guests will include visiting artists from New Hampshire as well as several local artists. Visitors are invited to come watch the artists at work, and experience a wide array of mediums and techniques.

Jan Kilburn says, “I love ‘Guests on the Lawn’ because it not only brings artists together, but it puts them all in one place for the community to come and see what happens when art is created. I’ve made space in my gallery for each artist to hang a framed painting for purchase. This is going to be a great day for hanging out with the local artists!”

The Kilburn Gallery is at 168 Bristol Road, and the Sinclair Gallery is at 172 Bristol Road. Both are less than a mile from downtown Damariscotta. Free parking. For more information, call Jan Kilburn at 207-563-8363 or email Jan at

“The Garden Party” plein air event

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, in cooperation with the Bristol Road Galleries, is hosting “The Garden Party” plein air event on Saturday, August 4th, from 10 – 5 p.m.  The raindate is Sunday, August 5th.

Will Kefauver has invited more than 12 local guest artists to paint in the gardens behind his gallery.  Visitors are welcome to come watch the artists at work and stroll among the flowers.  The artists represent a wide array of mediums and styles, and visitors are sure to be intrigued by watching artwork created on the scene. All art will be offered for sale at 5 p.m., and no piece will be priced higher than $100. Light refreshments will be offered.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10 – 6:30 daily. FMI: 207-226-0974 or

Get “Inspired” at Stable Gallery

"Manhattan with the Swings" by Caroline Davis.

“Manhattan with the Swings” by Caroline Davis.

Some artists find inspiration reacting to current news.  More, along with art enthusiasts, find inspiration in other places as refuge from the impact of political events. Where is your muse or amusement?

 Starting Friday July 13, Stable Gallery’s show titled, “Inspirations”, displays a diverse set of inspired artworks.  The public opening is planned for Friday, July 13th from 5-7PM. 

 From jewelry by Damariscotta artist Mary Hall to bronze flying sculpture by Laura Freeman of Rockport, this month’s artwork at Stable Gallery shines with inspiration from many sources.

 Bruce Habowski uses daily scenes for his paintings’ roots. Small canvases of buildings, boats and railroad cars result and draw visitors in with auras of calm. 

 While no people appear in Habowski’s work, humans are the focus of Laura Freeman’s work.  Freeman creates bronze figures hanging from disks as dancers or gymnasts.  The results are tantalizingly beautiful.

 Shells and rhythms of the sea form the basis of Fiona Washburn’s designs for her painted silk scarves.

 Caroline Davis’  recent work is inspired by love and loss. “In 2017 I lost several loved ones. I then painted a portrait of my Mother followed by paintings of family and friends. Turns out, I really enjoy it, and it has been very cathartic,” says Davis who is more often known for her soulful animals.

 Hati Modr annually visits Monhegan Island to draw boats, buildings and their shadows.  Modr then returns to her studio in Harpswell and finds inspiration “playing with colors”, as she says.

 Polly Smith, of Freeport, uses flowers she grows or local scenes that catch her eye as the basis of her spirited watercolors.  “I paint all seasons and varied subjects so long as the composition and colors are strong.”

 Every year brings a new twist to Pamela Hanson’s colorful paintings.  This month, Hanson features landscapes departing from her recent bottles, ribbons and candy paintings.

 Louis Charlett delights in highlighting the grains of exotic woods in his trays, clocks, and tables.

 Mary Hall has a story behind each of her jewelry pieces based on how she found the stones or what the shapes have meant over time. Mary’s earrings, pins and necklaces are beauty to be worn.

 Finally, Jackie Melissas finds inspiration from the sensuous nature of clay and fire.  The cups and vases that result reflect archeological roots with contemporary flavor.

 The “Inspirations” show is installed at Stable Gallery thru August 8.  Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta.  For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website,

Reception for “The Boat Show”

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery presents the opening reception for “The Boat Show” art show on Saturday, July 7th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Many of the guest artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their work.

Five of the guest artists are new to the gallery with this show. They are Wolfgang Busse, acrylics, Chris Essler, oils, Carl Root, photography, and watercolorists Linda Van Tassell and Peter Wiley.  

The returning guest artists to the gallery are Deborah Kozak, linocut-artist, watercolorists Deena Ball, Jane Bowman, Lydia Kaeyer, Jan Kilburn, and Cindy Spencer, oil painters George Baker, Marcia Brandwein, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Sandra Dunn, and Hannah Ineson, photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Jim Nyce, and Laurie Raba, acrylic painters Bill Hallett and DiTa Ondek, mixed-media artist Dale Dapkins, and ink-on-yupo artist Helen Warner.

Refreshments will be served at the reception, and there is free parking. The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, , or  

Inspired by the Sea and its Creatures

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Growing up in South Bristol, local artist Rachiel Norwood spent days playing along the shore. Home schooled through high school, Norwood’s days were filled with rowing, sailing with her grandfather, and seeking out sea creatures.

Featured in the June show at Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Rachiel Norwood’s stone sculptures reflect her love of the sea and its many creatures.

Exquisitely polished stone carved into seashells and mermaids highlight the Stable Gallery show. Two seals reveal smooth bodies and open eyes that transmit the aliveness Rachiel has crafted into the marble. A white marble coyote bays into the sky.

Trained at Maine College of Art , Norwood continued her sculpture studies through seven year apprentice to Carole Hanson. “I love carving so much; it feels like play to me,” explains Norwood. “It’s a thrill to reveal a mermaid from a stone.”

Norwood is one of eight artists featured in the June show at Stable Gallery. On display through July 11, this show is a thoughtful combination of fabric, wood, stone, glass and canvas works. Connections with the sea are highlighted as the show is titled “Ebb and Flow”.

Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta. For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website,