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Pemaquid Artists Paint Plein Air

Pemaquid Group of Artists will demonstrate their painting at Lighthouse Park on Thursday, July 18. Come and meet Jan Kilburn and our other artists!

 

Some of the finest art in the region can be found locally at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park, a little jewel of a gallery with a long history. The gallery, which houses works by 32 of some of the best local artists, is located in Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point.  There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with these painters on Thursday, July 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Pemaquid Point. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch painting demonstrations and talk with several of the members of the artist group. Refreshments and cold beverages will be served. 

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is one of the oldest art associations in Maine and is comprised of 30 permanent members, two guest artists and a number of supportive patrons. The group was formed in 1928 when a small group of local and summer resident artists from New Harbor sponsored a summer exhibition of their works. 

Each summer from 1928 until 1959 the group exhibits in a variety of venues from the Clifton Hanna Garage Hall, Willing Workers Hall and the Surf Casino to the Pemaquid Lighthouse. In 1957 well-known artist Gene Klebe was elected president of the organization.  Through his efforts and those of Alfred and Priscilla Dalmas, the current Pemaquid Art Gallery was jointly financed and built by the artists and the Town of Bristol. 2019 marks the anniversary of the gallery’s 59 years at the Lighthouse Park location and its 91st year of seasonal exhibitions.

 Today, the long-standing tradition of exhibiting works by local resident artists continues.  Artists residing year-round or for at least 4 months a year in Lincoln County can become members by submitting three works to a jury committee.  Jurying customarily takes place in early spring.

 Current juried members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include:  Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, John Butke, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Marlene Loznicka, Judy Nixon, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker. 

 Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 677-2752 or visit on-line at www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Local Watercolor Artists at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Peggy Farrell’s watercolor painting, “Lighthouse Lupine”, is just one of her coastal scenes on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

 

Two watercolor artists currently showing at Pemaquid Gallery in New Harbor are Cindy Spencer of Wiscasset and Peggy Farrell of New Harbor. They both are inspired by the light and colors of Maine scenery, from coastal scenes to barns and gardens.

 Peggy Farrell is a long time member of the gallery and currently serves as Gallery Manager. Although she has worked in several art media including oil, tole painting, stained glass and calligraphy, it is watercolor that has captured her heart. Her loosely rendered watercolor images are a favorite of gallery visitors. Recently she has also painted in gouache, or opaque watercolor, particularly when creating portraits of birds in a natural setting, which she will be showing this year at the gallery.

 Working often from memory during winter months, Farrell recreates garden subjects, featuring both flowers and vegetables, as well as scenery familiar to every Maine coast visitor in summer. When painting figures, both human and animal, she seeks to capture the gesture or essence of the subject. As she comments “painting is my secret garden. I go there to find my inner self and put feelings and observations on paper.  When I am painting, I am just quietly me.”

 Find more about Peggy Farrell  and her work at www.thepottingshedstudio.com.

 

“Just Us”, an impressionistic and loosely rendered watercolor by Wiscasset artist Cindy Spencer is currently on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

 

Cindy Spencer also enjoys watercolor which she feels “encourages her work to be alive with discoveries.” Prior to coming to coastal Maine, she lived and painted in the Mt. Washington Valley, with about thirty years of experience in watercolor.

Like Farrell, Spencer paints in an impressionistic style, working on her paper at an angle to allow pigment to flow and mingle spontaneously. Her paintings invite the viewer to engage their own imagination as they encounter the loosely rendered images. Color and light inspire the painter, and fill her paintings of local Maine scenery. She is also a watercolor instructor, offering both group and private classes at her studio in Wiscasset.

 Read more about the artist and her work at cindyspencerart.com.

The Saltwater Artists Gallery Opens for the Season

The Saltwater Artists Gallery will be open daily starting June 15 from 10 to 5 until Columbus Day.  About twenty artists have worked hard cleaning the seven rooms and putting the flower beds in order in preparation for the summer visitors. There are 27 artists displaying work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, fiber, pottery, turned wood, jewelry, glass, monotypes, and photography.

The Saltwater Artist Gallery is located on Rt. 130 (Bristol Rd.) in New Harbor, just 1/10 of a mile before the Pemaquid Lighthouse. For more information visit the web site at www.saltwaterartists.com

Historic Pemaquid Art Gallery Opens for 91st Season

Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits work of 33 artists in its 91st year.

 

Members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, now in its 91st year celebrated the season’s opening at a reception for friends, Gallery Patrons and the public on Sunday, June 9.  The gallery, in New Harbor is now open daily, 10 am to 5 pm through Columbus Day.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists’ yearly exhibit is one of the longest continuous art exhibitions in Maine.  The vision for this group began in early summer of 1928 with Frederick Detwiller, New York artist and Pemaquid summer resident.  Detwiller was impressed with the paintings of several local fishermen and believed their work should be seen by the public. The fishermen and other local residents, encouraged by his support and praise, banded together to form what would become the Pemaquid Group of Artists.

Detwiller’s idea took full form in July 1928 when the first exhibition of the fishermen and local residents was organized in a gallery established in the Hall over the Clifton Hanna Garage in New Harbor.  Five artists exhibited: Simon Blaisdell, Frederick Detwiller, Parker Gamage, Dr. William Harvey and Guy H. Thompson. Other members joining the original group were: Milfred Bowman, George Knipe and Guy Martin.

After four years at Hanna’s Garage, the exhibitions were held at various locations in the community, including the Willing Workers Hall, the Knights of Pythias Hall, a bowling alley in the Surf Casino, rooms over the New Harbor barbershop and The Mavooshen Elementary School.  From 1956-1959, the artwork was displayed at the lightkeeper’s house at Pemaquid Point.

The building that now houses the Pemaquid Art Gallery, was constructed in 1960 through the  joint support of the artists’ group and the Town of Bristol. The architects, Alfred and Priscilla Dalmas, were also artists in the group.  The prominent artist and past president of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Gene Klebe, led the efforts for construction of the gallery so that artists of the region would have a permanent place to display their art.

The long standing tradition of exhibiting works by local Pemaquid Peninsula resident artists was altered somewhat in 2017 when the PAG Board decided to open membership to resident artists in all of Lincoln County.  Once juried in, artists become lifetime members. While all of the members are residents of Lincoln County, much of their work has been shown in some impressive national and international forums. Because the group places no restrictions on other places or galleries where artists can show, the Pemaquid Art Gallery is usually considered home to most members.

The 2019 exhibiting artists include:  Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Damariscotta, Julie Babb, Damariscotta, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, John Butke, Boothbay, Midge Coleman, Newcastle, Trudi Curtis, Damariscotta, William Curtis, Damariscotta, Dianne Dolan, Round Pond, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Sarah Fisher, Damariscotta, Bill Hallett, Nobleboro, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Sawyer Hannah, New Harbor, Kathleen Horst, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, , Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol,  Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Belva Ann Prycel, Damariscotta, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Cindy Spencer, Wiscasset, Liliana Thelander, Bristol, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Edgecomb, Barbara Vanderbilt, Whitefield, Bob Vaughan, Bristol, Steve Viega, Walpole, and Bev Walker, Chamberlain.

Each artist has an individual panel for his or her work.  In addition, there are numerous unframed artworks in the bins. There is an original painting or work of art for every taste and for every pocketbook.  New work is displayed frequently. As a nonprofit, the Pemaquid Group of Artists maintains and runs the gallery through commissions, patron donations and membership fees.  The Group also provides financial aid each year to several visual arts program as well as a museum pass to the Portland Museum of Art through the generosity of Gallery Patrons and artist donated paintings.  For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Pemaquid Art Gallery Welcomes Two New Artists and Two Guest Artists in 2019 Season

From let to right, new artists John Butke, Barbara Vanderbilt, and Belva Ann Prycel were honored guests at recent Pemaquid Group of Artists gathering.

 

The Pemaquid Group of Artists has juried Barbara Vanderbilt of Whitefield and Belva Ann Prycel of Damariscotta, into permanent membership.  John Butke, a Boothbay resident and  Kimberly Skillin Traina  of Edgecomb have been invited to exhibit as the 2019 Seasonal Guest Artists.  They will show their work, together with that of 29 other juried members of the group, at Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park in New Harbor beginning Monday, June 10.  The prior evening, June 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the artists celebrate the season’s start with a festive public reception.  Thirty-three panels/exhibition spaces will be filled with original artworks in oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic as well as marquetry, pottery and turned wooden bowls.

New member artist Barbara Vanderbilt  has a professional background in clay and relief sculpture.  She has recently begun painting with pastels  and is inspired by her love of nature and her passion for shape and texture.  Vanderbilt has a degree in Art for the University of Maine at Augusta and has studied with local artist Kathleen Galligan  and Albert Handell of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work can be viewed locally at the Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro, River Arts  and Kefauver Galleries in Damariscotta, the Boothbay Art Federation, and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland.  She is a signature member of Pastel Painters of Maine and an Associate signature member of Pastel Society of America.

Artist Belva Ann Prycel, is a landscape painter and art teacher from southern New Jersey who relocated to the Damariscotta area in 2001.  Raised near the shores of Delaware Bay and tidal wetlands, she now finds inspiration in the rivers and coastal landscapes and seascapes of Maine.

Since moving to Maine she has written and illustrated with her paintings three published books: “Times and Tides”. “Water Tales” and “Passage”.  Prycel has exhibited in many mid east coast galleries over the years and has had one-woman shows at the Maine Art Gallery, Saltwater Artists, River Arts and Summer Island Studio.  She is a longtime member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

A graphic designer and photographer and owner of Jumpstart Creative, Guest Artist Kimberly Traina started painting with soft pastels in 2011.   She loves the intensity of the color and the ability to layer as well as the feel of the medium as she creates a painting with her fingers.    Being outdoors and connecting with nature is her “soul food”.  When she is not painting “en plein-aire”, she works from photographs in her studio. Traina is recognized locally for her creation and curating  of “Art at the Grill” , – on-going exhibits of local artists at the Damariscotta River Grill.

Guest Artist John Butke graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in painting and illustration and received an MFA in painting and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and continued his study on a Ford Foundation Grant in the western United States.  After service in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa, he returned to Worcester, Massachusetts where he taught Visual Arts in the Worcester Public Schools until retirement. Butke and his wife Jill, who is a weaving artist, share a studio in Sawyer’s Island in Boothbay.  His work can be viewed locally at the Boothbay Region  Art Foundation and River Arts in Damariscotta.

In addition to the new artists, the 2019 exhibiting members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Marlene Loznicka,  Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker.

New work is displayed frequently throughout the season.  The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Indigenous People’s Day on. For more information, please call 677-2752 or visit the Gallery website at  www.pemaquidartgallery.com

Pemaquid Group of Artists Marks 91st Season with a Public Reception

Liliana Thelander’s “Summertime”

 

The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 91st  season on Sunday June 9, with a public reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Pemaquid Art Gallery located at Lighthouse Park in New Harbor.  The park is renowned for its panoramic views of sea, shore, and sky and the historic Pemaquid Lighthouse, which graces the Maine quarter. Refreshments, conversation with the artists and exciting new works of art will be featured.

The history of the Pemaquid Group of Artists began in 1928, when local and summer resident artists of New Harbor sponsored their first summer exhibition.  Prior to the move to the current gallery in 1960, the Pemaquid Group of Artists exhibited in a variety of locations in the New Harbor area. The current gallery was designed by the artist group and financed and built jointly by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Group of Artists

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 32 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2019 are all from Lincoln County. This season the artists are pleased to welcome two new member artists.  Belva Ann Prycel and Barbara Vanderbilt have been juried into membership. John Butke and Kimberly Skillin Traina will be exhibiting their work as 2019 Guest Artists. Come and meet these new artist members and guests, as well as the returning 29 member artists.

Each year the gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library.  Artist-donated paintings and Gallery Patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2019 exhibiting artists who are returning include:  Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Marlene Loznicka,  Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites you to visit the gallery often.  Ongoing sales permit the gallery to display new works continually.  The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.  For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Patron Event at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Damariscotta artist Jan Kilburn, with assistance from Will Kefauver, President of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, draws the winning patron name for her donated painting, “Monhegan Harbor” at the Gallery’s Patron Appreciation Event. Winner is Ann P. Robinson, a long time patron and seasonal resident of New Harbor.

Landscape Watercolorists Fisher and Horst Showing at Pemaquid

Two watercolor artists residing in Damariscotta are new members at the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park. Both have been involved in artistic pursuits as adults, and in recent years have focused on the midcoast landscape interpreted in loose watercolors.

Sarah Fisher studied art in college and had a professional career as a painting conservator. She has been influenced by Asian art and cubism, but for the last five years she has studied with local artists to hone her skills as a landscape painter. She finds endless material in Maine, with the water, waves and reflections found in the coastal area.

Fisher can also frequently be seen at River Arts gallery shows, or by appointment at her home studio at 17 West Lewis Point Road.

Watercolorist Kathleen Horst’s “A Gift for the Nest” can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, New Harbor.

Watercolorist Kathleen Horst’s “A Gift for the Nest” can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, New Harbor.

Kathleen Horst was an art teacher and professional potter for many years, but her passion for watercolor led her to focus on the medium when she retired. Information about her house portraits (previously done on clay tiles) can be seen on her website houseportraitsbykathleen.com.

At the Pemaquid Gallery, she has transitioned to the coastal Maine landscape, its flora and fauna. Horst is also fascinated by the small coastal villages, historic architecture and cottages, as well as the variety of birds found along the coast. While she would one day like to paint in the famous gardens of France, she finds plenty of inspiration on Pemaquid Point and at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Horst’s work is found in many area shows and on the walls of local businesses, and she will be showing her work at the Skidompha Library this year. Visit her on Facebook, Kathleen Horst Watercolors, or in her studio gallery at 179 Bristol Rd.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

New Harbor Artists Hannah and Farrell Paint the Midcoast Landscape

“Poppies by the Shed”  by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

“Poppies by the Shed” by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

This summer, the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol, is celebrating 90 years of continuous seasonal operation (58 years at the current location). Two painters who will be familiar to visitors are Kay Sawyer Hannah and Peggy Farrell. Both had an interest in art from an early age, yet have had little if any formal art training. They are frequently seen in area art shows and are enchanted with the midcoast landscape where they reside in the same Seawood Park neighborhood in New Harbor.

As a youth, Kay Sawyer Hannah was inspired by the many local artists who painted along the shore near her home in New Harbor, including Gene Klebe, well-known early Pemaquid group painter. After her college education, she took classes and workshops in acrylic, watercolor and pastel with local artists. For many years she focused on watercolors, and now also paints primarily in pastel.

Kay Hannah paints what she loves…skies, water reflections, especially dawn and dusk and storm-driven surf. She also often incorporates flowers either in the foreground or background. The Pemaquid lighthouse has been a frequent subject through all seasons and times of day. She is motivated to produce work that will touch viewers, causing them to linger and respond to the emotion that caused her to paint the scene.

Peggy Farrell is also the product of local community and adult education classes. She was “notorious” for doodling and sketching as a child. Thanks to an aunt who curated prints and drawings at the Morgan Library in New York City, Farrell was inspired by the artistic illustrations of Beatrix Potter and other illustrators of children’s books. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she was also intrigued by the Wyeth family, N.C., who illustrated children’s books, and Andrew, with his eye for the mundane executed in such detail.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Like Kay Hannah, she paints what she loves, and believes in learning from one’s mistakes. After years studying tole painting, and even stained glass work, she gravitated to watercolor and gouache (opaque watercolor). Her work features glimpses of details in life around her, flowers, buildings, local scenes, and, currently, figurative and portrait paintings of people and animals, capturing the essence of each subject.

Farrell is one of the top favorites among visitors to the Pemaquid Gallery. She is rewarded by the correspondence she often has with buyers of her work, who may even include a touching anecdote with their notes of appreciation.

Her work can also be seen in area shows and on her website, www.thepottingshedstudio.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Pemaquid Group of Artists opens 89th Season

Gallery Sign

The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 89th season on Sunday June 4, with a gala public reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Pemaquid Art Gallery located at Lighthouse Park.  The park is renowned for its panoramic views of sea, shore, and sky and the historic Pemaquid Lighthouse, which graces the Maine quarter. Refreshments, conversation with the artists and exciting new works of art will be featured.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists has invited Midge Coleman of Newcastle, Bill Hallett of  Nobleboro, Cindy Spencer of Wiscasset and Steve Viega of Walpole to permanent membership.   Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst both of Damariscotta and Mary Mabry  of Waldoboro  will be guest artists for the current exhibition season. They will show their work, together with that of 26 other juried members of the group, at Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park beginning Monday, June 5.  Thirty-three panels/exhibition spaces will be filled with original artworks in oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic as well as marquetry, pottery and turned wooden bowls.

New 2017 Artists at PAG

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites you to visit the gallery often.  Ongoing sales permit the gallery to display new works continually.  The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.  For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752 or vist www.pemaquidartgallery.com.