Archive for Port Clyde

Barbara Ernst Prey Museum Commission

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking 8 by 15 feet watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public in May 2017.

As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.

The drawings displayed in this exhibition served as references for the world’s largest known watercolor and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS will be open daily from 10am-5pm between July 1 and September 20.

Barbara Prey Projects, Main Street, Port Clyde, ME 04855
July 1−September 20 daily from 10a.m.−5 p.m. 207 372 8087
Barbarapreyprojects.com / info@barbarapreyprojects.com

Barbara Prey Projects announces summer exhibitions

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Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to present three upcoming summer exhibitions of recent work by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.

BARBARA ERNST PREY: New Oil Paintings and Prints July 1 – July 14

INFLECTION POINTS 40 Years Painting Maine July 15 -Sept 4
MASS MoCA: Studies from a Museum Commission August 15 – Sept 20

Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints

The summer 2017 inaugural exhibition at Barbara Prey Projects will feature recent small-scale oil paintings along with a new series of limited edition prints. While Prey is mostly known as a watercolorist, the artist has recently returned to the medium in which she first began her instruction; the size of the panels and nature of the oil medium enabled Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor. The exhibition will debut the paintings of nearby Seavy Island as well as new works from the artist’s Village View series in conjunction with recent digital prints of select drawings.

Inflection Points: 40 Years Painting Maine

An American painter with international reputation, Barbara Prey has been maintaining a studio and painting in Maine for over 40 years. The northeastern state has a long tradition in the history of American landscape painting, thinking of artists such as Hopper, Church, Homer, Wyeth—but few, if any, are women.
Over the many years of painting in Maine, Prey built a close and longstanding relationship with the local fishing community, which is fundamental to her subject matter.
Prey mostly works on site ‘en plein air’ and was always drawn to the unique landscape of Maine, examining and implementing her surroundings through the visual language of landscape painting. The exhibition is a synthesis of Barbara Prey’s dialogue with her immediate environs in the Port Clyde, ME area and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of 40 years.
40 Years Paining Maine further explores the strong watercolor tradition in Maine and with a woman painter, revising the male dominated art-historical tradition.

MASS MoCA. Studies from a Museum Commission

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking monumental watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public at the end of May 2017.
Barbara Prey’s massive interior portrait of MASS MoCA’s 120,000 square foot Building 6 depicts part of the historic mill in its raw, un-renovated state, just prior to the beginning of the construction work. Measuring 8 feet tall by 15 feet wide, the painting is monumental by any standard, but for a watercolor on paper—perhaps the most unforgiving combination of any painterly media—the undertaking is truly breathtaking as it stretches the medium in new and exciting ways. The monumental scale of Prey’s project broke boundaries and opened up new ideas and concepts within the artist’s own practice; the project was a technical tour de force, requiring specially made papers, mounts, frames as well as an extra large studio space to paint.
As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.
The drawings displayed in this exhibition serve as references for the final painting and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

For more information visit www.barbarapreyprojects.com

Mars Hall celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

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“Transit of Venus” by Antonia Small

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. Join us for hot cider and cookies on Friday, Nov. 25th & Saturday, Nov. 26th from 10 – 4 or by appointment.

The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade Santa’s and homemade dog biscuts by Karen Zola, handmade soaps by Stone House Road Apiary, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy, carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media sculpture by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi. The “Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland will be on display inside as well as outside in the gardens. Also available are handmade Christmas ornaments, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by artists Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manual Rincon, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit are Antonia Small’s black & white pinhole photographs. Also available are affordable works by guest artists.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit www.marshallgallery.net.

For all of you from “Away”, ( as they say in Maine), have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season and Wintah! Thank You for supporting the ARTS and we look forward to your return in 2017.

BARBARA ERNST PREY: In Search of America

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Barbara Prey Projects is proud to announce In Search of America, the most recent works of internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey, July 18-September 5. This monumental and timely exhibit explores memory, art history, and the influences of Color Field painters on the large-scale watercolors of Barbara Ernst Prey. 

In Search of America considers Prey’s distinct perspective as a 21st century female artist, which is both essential to, and occasionally at odds with, her subjects as she explores the depth of the American landscape and American identity. Her work is part of a trajectory of American Art but built on abstract painting as well, with a conceptual underpinning of the composition and points of empathy around color, composition and subject.

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

Her belief that color is the most powerful way to communicate drove Prey to develop groundbreaking, intricate layering techniques.  Beginning with marks on paper, and then built up through her evocative use of color and dozens of thin washes, often incorporating parts of her surrounds  –  water, soil, crushed shells  – Prey’s pieces defiantly search for America; asking questions of who am I and where are we going. While the work is predominantly American based in subject matter, the aura Prey produces throughout her work can be appreciated on a global scale. The exhibit confirms Prey’s place as one of the most significant American artists, furthering the genre of American driven landscapes.

Opening Reception: Monday, August 1 from 6 – 8 PM
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, and by appointment
855 Main Street, Port Clyde, ME 04855
(207) 372-8087
www.barbaraprey.com

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Barbara Prey Projects opens season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: Prints and New Oils”

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A name change from Blue Water Fine Arts to Barbara Prey Projects occurs after the 15th year anniversary of the gallery in 2015. The new name aims to redefine the space as a gallery space as well as a space for other cultural projects and events such as concerts, lectures, book signings or fundraisers; the renamed gallery lives up to Barbara Prey’s—a member of the National Endowment for the Arts—engagement for the arts.  It also gives consideration to Barbara Prey as an artist with a broad vision working in a variety of media such as watercolor, oil and ink.

Barbara Prey Projects is a unique space in Port Clyde with an interesting history that reaches back over 100 years.  The house used to be the Village Inn, frequented by N.C. Wyeth and was most recently owned by artist Ken Noland and Paige Rense, when she was editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest

Barbara Prey has been painting in Maine for 40 years and her work is a synthesis of a dialogue with the immediate surroundings and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of the years. Prey opens the summer exhibits with the annual Print Show and New Oils, unveiling never before seen oil paintings of the area including her  sought after ‘Village View’ series.  Her annual exhibit ‘In Search of America’ opens July 18-September 5.

Tide Pools by Barbara Prey

Tide Pools by Barbara Prey

Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to open the season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: Prints and New Oils” featuring two distinct series; newly released limited edition prints and recent small-scale oil paintings.

New print releases of Gallantly Streaming (currently on exhibit at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations with prominent placement in the lobby) and Parade Route (on view at the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong) produced in collaboration with U.L.A.E., which produces prints of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, are included in the exhibit as are prints of her iconic painting Patriot and her NASA commissioned work. A print of Family Portrait (collection The Brooklyn Museum), as well as two of her most sought after pieces Hydrangeas (Collection Bush Presidential Library) and The Collection will be on display in July. The Collection was selected by the U.S. State Department as the invitation image for every U.S. Ambassador and Embassy worldwide July 4th celebration.

Also included in the exhibition is a selection of oil paintings featuring the recent “Village View” series as well as a group of small-scale plein air travel paintings. Those works mark a shift in Prey’s technique, and a return from works on paper into the oil paint medium. For the past four decades, Prey has been known for her incisive, saturated watercolors that operate as a record of the artist’s constant engagement with the multifaceted, ever-changing American landscape. In the past year, the artist has returned to the medium in which she first began her instruction, and created a new series of small-scale works on panel. The size of the panels and nature of the oil medium enabled Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor.

The “Village View” series is a synthesis of Prey’s dialogue with her surroundings in Port Clyde, Maine and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of 40 years. The exhibition presents a meditation on place. The creation of the “Village View” series presented Prey the opportunity to revisit the pathways, architectural structures, and vistas she had seen for decades and her family had known before her.

The travel paintings distinctively reflect on the artist as a world traveler; in her early formative years, Prey travelled extensively on a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation—the sketch book always on hand. Barbara continues her journeys and has been working on a series of western/mountain paintings that will be exhibited in July; also on view will be recently finished Provence (France) paintings.

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Barbara Prey Projects will be open daily from 10am-5pm between July 1 and September 20. For more information on upcoming exhibitions and events, please visit www.barbarapreyprojects.com

Mars Hall Gallery “St. George Sales into Summer 2016”

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“Waiting to Haul”, by Holly Smith.

Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event will preview the 2016 season Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Friday, June 17th, the gallery will be open by appointment only.
The show offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele-Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.
Also on display will be a large variety of 3-D Art by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; carved and turned vessels by Dick Kelly and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens will be alive with two exhibits; “The Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of antiques, vintage jewelry, unique junque, handmade soaps and farm fresh eggs are also available.
Mars Hall Gallery is located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.