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Pemaquid Art Gallery’s Arter and Busch deliver contrasting style and vision

“Full Hold and Homeward Bound,” an oil painting by Stephen Busch of South Bristol, reflects the painter’s love and abiding respect for the sea.

This summer, The Pemaquid Group of Artists offers an opportunity for art lovers to view and purchase the group’s art through its expanded website, www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

The PAG Board decided not to open its physical gallery space this season due to COVID-19 risks and instead the public is encouraged to survey its art online.

Two of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, both with vastly different visions, are illustrative of the wide range of styles among the 30-member group. Debra Arter’s dynamic and colorful multi-media work and Stephen Busch’s apparently simple but mysterious narrative and realistic paintings in acrylic and oil are highlighted here.

Arter is a well-known Maine artist and art educator recognized for her printmaking and collage, but she also enjoys painting and assemblage. Sometimes travel and location dictate which medium she uses. She also favors those mediums that allow layering and have a textural component. She is continually inspired by the Maine landscape but interprets it in a free manner, working outdoors in the summer and in the studio in the winter. The end result is a restless and colorful mix of abstraction and realism.

Deb Arter’s colorful mix of abstraction and realism is evident in her “The Whole World Smiled at Once,” a recent piece.

She earned a BA degree in art education and a master’s degree in Fine Arts. She has taught printmaking extensively in the mid-coast area. She also teaches printmaking at the Mid Coast Printmakers and is leading instruction on her sun porch for travelers and groups.

Busch, in contrast, has a clear storytelling approach to his painting in oil and acrylic on canvas. His knowledge of ships and ship construction and his abiding respect for the sea is evident in many of his paintings. His subjects include tales of the sea, often depicting historic scenes of whalers and fishermen at work, and he also paints present-day fishermen, people going about their daily activities and landscapes. But even his landscapes have a narrative quality about them, suggesting a story and pulling the viewer in to enjoy that story and a certain mystery.

Busch was raised in a family rich in art and a connection to the sea and sailing. He graduated from the Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, New York, and spent eight years at sea in the merchant marine and holds an unlimited U.S.C.G. Masters license. He pursued art studies informally at the Silvermine Guild of Artists and Norwalk Community College, both in Connecticut, and later at Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta. He has provided artwork for the covers of several books, and his work has been in solo and group shows in many midcoast Maine locations.

Saltwater Artists Gallery shows fiber art by Cathie Peterson

Fiber art by Cathie Peterson.

Saltwater Artists Gallery will showcase fiber art by Cathie Peterson through August.

Peterson started out spinning wool and went on to use the leftovers to create 2D pictures she calls “woolscapes.”

The Saltwater Artists Gallery is located on Bristol Road (Rt.130) in New Harbor, half a mile before the Pemaquid Lighthouse.  It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has met all the Maine’s statewide regulations regarding COVID-19; visitors are required to wear a face covering and stay a distance of six feet apart. Hand sanitizer is available.

More information is available at saltwaterartists.com.

Saltwater Artists Gallery Reopens Featuring Work by Cynthia Smith

Linden and maple sculptures shown in foreground at Saltwater Artists Gallery.

The Saltwater Artists Gallery has been open full-time since June 19, after meeting all the COVID-19 protection requirements.

Cynthia Smith, who taught high school for 35 years, is the featured artist. She began focusing on sculpture in 1985 and works primarily in bronze, plaster, wood, stone and clay. Her newest pieces are carved from trees trimmed from her property. One is linden (basswood) and the other is maple. Smith approaches her work with thoughtful creativity, an appreciation of shapes and space, and a wicked sense of humor.

Saltwater Artists Gallery is at 3056 Bristol Road (Rt 130), New Harbor, just half a mile before the Pemaquid Lighthouse. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face masks are required.

Call 207-644-8849 or email kayndick@gmail.com for more information.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Gifts Coastal Kids Art Supplies

Priscilla Condon of Coastal Kids accepts a check for art supplies from Anne Jackson, vice president of the Pemaquid Group of Artists.

Pemaquid Artists Donate Portland Museum Pass to Skidompha

The Pemaquid Group of Artists presents a check for renewal of a community museum pass to the Portland Museum of Art. Pictured are: Anne Jackson, Patron and Vice President of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, and Matthew Graff, Director of the Skidompha Library.

Members of the community can once again borrow a pass to the Portland Art Museum at the Skidompha Library thanks to a donation from the Pemaquid Group of Artists.  As in past years, the artists group has funded a full year of opportunities to visit the Portland museum at no cost.

The library is the custodian of the pass.  Only one pass is issued per day. The pass admits 2 adults and up to 6 children for free.  Persons wanting to go should reserve their day as far in advance as possible by calling the library at 563-5513.  It is important to note that the pass is open to anyone in the community. You do not have to be a library patron to use the pass.  All are welcome to reserve and use the pass.

Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Artists Group, which funds financial aid to local organizations and schools through commissions, membership fees and donations.  In addition to the museum pass, this year the group has provided monetary gifts for art supplies to Lincoln Academy, Great Salt Bay, South Bristol, Bristol Consolidated Schools, and also Healthy Kids and Coastal Kids.

The Pemaquid Group of Artist Gallery is located at Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Point and is open seasonally from Memorial Day through mid-October.  The artists, including both regionally and nationally known artists, are all local area residents and are juried into gallery membership

Artists Ineson and Thelander Exhibit at Pemaquid

“At the Point”, a watercolor by Hannah Ineson

Two member artists at the Pemaquid Art Gallery discovered painting through drawing. Liliana Thelander of Bristol began her art career with stained glass, but studied drawing to design her own patterns, which led to her discovery of painting. Hannah Ineson of Damariscotta found she had inherited a natural drawing ability from her artist ancestors, a skill she found helpful as she turned to painting in early adulthood.

Liliana Thelander was born and educated in Venezuela, taking her computer science skills into employment in the banking industry, which brought her to the United States. In 2006 she and her family moved to midcoast Maine where she joined the Pemaquid Gallery as a member in 2015. She describes her style as “contemporary realism,” with paintings most often executed in oils, and sometimes acrylics. Thelander’s work is stunning, with subjects that “come to life” on the canvas.

Thelander’s subject matter ranges widely from animals and still life objects to landscapes and more. She has a “natural eye for detail,” and aims to create mood with her emphasis on atmosphere and dramatic use of light. She is inspired to paint moments such as she finds in family life, a trip to the farmer’s market, her children’s toys, vintage bottles and of course Maine scenery.

Liliana Thelander’s “Mother Loon and Chick”

Liliana Thelander is also represented by Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport, Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery, Landing Gallery in Rockland and Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta. Her work is frequently seen in area shows and galleries and may be seen online at www.lilianathelander.com.

Hannah Ineson also shows her work in many mid-coast Maine shows and galleries, as well as in her home studio, Carriage House Studio Gallery at 45 High St. in Damariscotta. After childhood and college in upstate New York State, she and her young family migrated to Maine in 1972, where she started painting in watercolor with artist friends and teachers. Since then, she, like Thelander, has adopted oil as her chosen medium, although she continues to work in water media as well. She developed a method of using acrylic mixed with gloss medium, applied to canvas with palette knife, producing results similar to her work in oils, and more convenient when painting on location.

Ineson is primarily interested in landscape, but not necessarily based on specific geographic locations. She enjoys painting coastal scenery, especially Maine islands such as Monhegan and Hurricane Island near Vinalhaven. She also teaches watercolor journaling in Florida, during the winter, and has self-published A Guide to Sketch Journaling with Watercolor. In 2019 she presented an online course on the subject with ArtfulGatheringEvents.com. She is a faculty member with Marco Island Center for the Arts in Florida.

Her work can be seen in area shows and galleries and online at www.hannahineson.com.

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, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker and guest artists, Kimberly Traina and John Butke.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Bristol Artists Hannah and Walker Exhibit at Pemaquid Gallery

New Harbor’s Kay Hannah’s pastel paintings of local scenery, such as “Over the Ledges by the Oil House”, are on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

At the Pemaquid Art Gallery in New Harbor this season, a visitor will view works by many artists inspired by the coastal scenery. Two such well-seasoned artists are Kay Sawyer Hannah and Bev Walker, both from small villages in the town of Bristol. Their work captures the full flavor of the Pemaquid peninsula, whether the subject is geographically located or not.

 Kay Sawyer Hannah has been associated with the gallery for 19 years. As a youth, she had enjoyed watching local artists paint along the shores and coves near where she lives, in New Harbor. She enjoyed sketching when younger, but did not paint until after college, when she began taking night classes and art workshops. After an earlier focus on watercolor, she has turned primarily to soft pastel.

 The vivid skies and water reflections of British painter William Turner influence her current work, which often feature the early morning and evening light, although this is a challenging time to paint, given the quickly changing colors. For that reason she normally paints, or at least finishes a painting, in her studio. Nevertheless, she is endlessly inspired and challenged by “the peninsula’s spruce-lined harbors and coves, rocky islands, and scenes related to lobstering. Hannah also enjoys occasionally incorporating flowers in the foreground or background of her landscapes.

 During the fall of 2018, Hannah’s work was featured in a solo show at the First National Bank of Damariscotta, and often can be seen at River Arts shows in Damariscotta as well as at local fund-raising events. 

Suffused with light and atmosphere, Bev Walker’s “Stillness” is typical of her compelling paintings of coastal Maine and can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Bev Walker has spent summers in Chamberlain since 2000, and after moving to Maine from Michigan in 2016, became a full member at the Pemaquid Art Gallery that same year. Her art background is extensive, beginning with a BS degree in Major Interior Design from the University of Michigan, followed by earning her masters in painting in 1988 from Eastern Michigan University. During that time much of her work was abstract oil painting, but since then she has returned to landscape subjects. 

Although she paints only in the studio, Walker’s oil paintings are suffused with the light and atmosphere that makes the midcoast area so compelling. She is “inspired by things I see such as the way a tree has grown or the way water moves or the colors in a sunset.” Her paintings frequently feature the bold tracery of trees against a colorful sky, or the embroidery of foam from waves on the shore.

She is represented by galleries in Ohio and Michigan as well as Pemaquid Gallery. Her work is frequently seen in shows at River Arts, and can also be seen at www.bevwalkerart.com.

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, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker and guest artists, Kimberly Traina and John Butke.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Paintings of Babb and Nixon On Display at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Judy Nixon’s gouache painting “Grace” can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

At the Pemaquid Art Gallery, in New Harbor two artists will be showing their works in watercolor media, in particular, the opaque medium known as gouache. Known for its ability to show fine detail, gouache is frequently employed to depict complex subjects such as birds and other animals. Yet both artists go beyond the descriptive and show their artistic skill in composition and backgrounds.

Judy Nixon, from Bristol, is particularly inspired by the landscapes of her home peninsula and nearby Monhegan Island. She works in transparent watercolor, as well as the opaque gouache and acrylic media. She feels a personal connection to her subjects, which may be “an iconic landmark, or the creatures or flowers in her own yard.” Currently she is working on seascapes, flowers, and “critters.”

Nixon’s light-filled and colorful interpretations are seen on calendars and note cards as well as paintings and prints. After a career as an accountant, her creativity has been able to blossom since moving to Maine almost 20 years ago. Her work is frequently seen in area venues including local banks, libraries and non-profits. This spring she was awarded first place in watercolor at the Topsham Library, and several awards at the Maine Sportsman Art Show in Tenants Harbor. Her work can also be seen at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation gallery in Boothbay Harbor and River Arts, Damariscotta.

“Yellow Shafted Flicker” by Julie Babb is representative of her highly skilled and detailed bird portraits.

Julie Babb is well-known in the area for her highly skilled and detailed bird portraits in gouache, which include the backgrounds where the birds are frequently found. Scratchboard is another technique she frequently employs, which allows for detail in white lines against a black background. After early years living in Mexico, and receiving her first art instruction during college years there, she moved to Maine in 1962 and attended the University of Maine at Orono. She and her husband moved to Rochester, NY where she acquired five years of art education. Returning to Maine in 1992, she continued to study drawing and painting, including home study in ornithology. 

Babb has received numerous awards, particularly from the Maine Sportsman’s Alliance Wildlife Art Shows. Her work is frequently seen at River Arts shows in Damariscotta and the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation gallery, among other places. She is also an art instructor with experience dating from 1995, including continuous Adult Education classes for School Union 74 since 1999. Babb’s designs have been featured in many publications and on note cards. Her work can also be seen at Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and online at www.covehousestudios.com.

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, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker and guest artists, Kimberly Traina and John Butke.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Award Winners Kilburn and Hallett Exhibiting at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Maine in August” is typical of the unexpected color and perspective of Bill Hallett’s acrylic paintings of coastal Maine currently on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Visitors to the Pemaquid Art Gallery are impressed by the variety of artist styles, and particularly their use of color. Two artists who have very different styles but use color as a basic theme in their work are Jan Kilburn of Damariscotta and Bill Hallett of Nobleboro. Both are well known in the area and are popular with visitors to the gallery.

Bill Hallett has lived in the mid-coast area for over twenty-five years, and his subject matter is primarily coastal. However, his use of color is unique, reflecting his upbringing in Mexico. Saturated, bright and bold, the colors highlight the traditional scenery of waterfront villages, boats and harbors. Somehow, the viewer is easily convinced that the color, while non-realistic, somehow perfectly enhances the subject matter.

Hallett states that “My aim is to intensify the visual experience of atmospheres peculiar to coastal Maine, where sky, land and water meet.” The unexpected color and perspective found in his acrylic paintings create an element of surprise, which is the artist’s intention. His still life paintings are similarly bright and cheerful, while the landscapes are almost like still life portraits of his subjects, particularly the houses with colorful roofs. He has a sure hand with composition as well as color. 

Hallett’s work, which is in national and international collections, also can be found at Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta, The Portland Art Gallery, Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, A Little Mad Gallery in Bar Harbor, Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery, and online at www.hallettpaintings.com.

Jan Kilburn is known as a teacher as well as for her colorful watercolor paintings. Like Hallett, she seeks, through color, to transform the familiar subject matter (coastal villages and landscapes) “into something expressive and alive.” A recurring theme is a cottage garden, surrounding a typical New England cape or house with a porch. Colorful skies are frequently part of the scene, and, if the painting depicts a harbor, the colors will be reflected in the water.

She specializes in a loose watercolor technique, which complements the medium so well. She also paints in oils, with an appealing technique similar to how she handles watercolor.

Jan Kilburn’s “Monhegan Harbor” is just one of her colorful and expressive watercolor paintings on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Kilburn is primarily self-taught although she studied with other area artists in past years. Today, she is the one doing the teaching. During winter months, she teaches in Dover, New Hampshire and Saco, Maine, as well as in her own studio. She participates in the Damariscotta ArtWalk, on third Fridays from June to October. Her Bristol Road studio is open all summer, and her work can also be seen online at www.jankilburn.com.

 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, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker and guest artists, Kimberly Traina and John Butke.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Saltwater Artists Gallery Presents Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer Art Show

at Saltwater Artists Gallery in New Harbor

Aug.18 – Sept.2, 2019

Saltwater Artists Gallery in New harbor will be holding an opening Reception for  its “Dog Days of Summer” show on Sunday, August 18 from 3-5 PM. The public is invited to tour the gallery, enjoy refreshments, and meet the artists. The show will be a two week celebration of summer on the Maine coast and will run through Labor Day. There will be door prizes at the reception, as well as a grand prize raffle drawing at the end of the show for a portrait of the winner’s dog done by artist Mary Buergin. The gallery will also be donating the proceeds of the sales of glass dog magnets created by glass artist Pam Wilcox to Midcoast Humane. The show will feature the wide ranging work of its 27 member artists – painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, woodturning, printmaking, pottery, and fiber arts. Something for everyone. Saltwater Artists Gallery is located a quarter mile before Pemaquid Lighthouse on Rte. 130 in New Harbor.

Saltwater Artists Gallery

P.O. Box 202, New Harbor, Maine 04554

207-677-2490