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Three exhibits continue at the George Marshall Store Gallery

Julia Zanes, “Sun Dress.”

As summer gives way to autumn, the George Marshall Store Gallery continues its 25th anniversary celebration with three new exhibitions.

Pam Brown, Gail Spaien and Julia Zanes combine sculpture with paintings of imagined worlds and interiors; “Animalia,” by Michael Stasiuk, presents creatures both big and small; and “Quotidian Views,” by Grant Drumheller, includes gouaches and oil paintings that depict travel and people engaged in work and leisure.

Pam Brown, “It’s a Trap.”

There are numerous visual connections between the paintings by Portland artist Gail Spaien, Vermont artist Julia Zanes and the copper wall sculptures by New York artist Pam Brown. “Cottage Bonsai #4,” by Spaien, dominates the front wall of the gallery. The painting depicts the interior of a seaside, summer cottage filled with tables and chairs, books and flowers, and a dog curled up on a rug. Through the window are stylized ripples of the ocean, and oval shaped clouds float above. Although busy with many patterns, there is a zen-like quality to this series of paintings.

Julia Zanes’ work is rooted in storytelling. Through color, collage and various pictorial devices, she leads one into the artist’s world of fairytales and myths. Zane’s paintings are rich in symbolism including many examples of redemption motifs that are designed to break evil spells. The artist explains, “If all other efforts fail, love always prevails.”

The flowers and vines found in Zane’s paintings are repeated in the copper wall sculptures by Pam Brown. The artist collects remnants and salvaged materials from abandoned factory sites and then, using a process similar to needlework, assembles them. Instead of the traditional fabric and thread, she darns together the found sheet metal with wire. These elegant pieces float on the white gallery walls and the copper and brass patinas blend with the colors in the paintings.

Michael Stasiuk, “Racoon.”

A menagerie of animal sculptures made by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk are exhibited throughout the gallery. By combining found materials — mostly wood, metal and assorted fragments from broken chairs and toys — Stasiuk creates playful, nostalgic sculptures. The creatures in “Animalia” range in scale from a 5-inch aardvark to a 5-foot giraffe. Stasiuk’s many years of teaching and collaborating with both children and adults has kept his whimsical sensibilities intact, delighting the viewer with his imagination.

Grant Drumheller, “Tossing the Catch.”

Figures feature prominently in much of Grant Drumheller’s work. His paintings reflect ordinary life by capturing crowds in a city park, fishermen on their boats, people digging for clams, or quiet domestic life and the private world of a home’s interior. His exhibition makes everyday activities something to celebrate. There is a freshness and brightness in the small gouache paintings on paper — elements that he brings to his newer oil on linen canvases. After decades of teaching, the artist seems very content and productive in his new-found retirement years.

The exhibitions continue through Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Appointments can be made on the gallery website or by calling curator Mary Harding at 207-752-0205.

George Marshall Store Gallery is at 140 Lindsay Road, York. See www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com for more information.

A trio of exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

“Meeting While walking Under the Sea,” seaweed collage by Celeste Roberge.

 

A trio of exhibitions opens Aug. 1 at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery and runs through Sept. 6.

While many venues have not been able to reopen due to COVID-19, the gallery has in place approved protocols and a reservation system to control the number of visitors in the gallery at any one time.

The exhibitions give the viewer a multitude of mediums to explore: photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. 

“Seaweed Sensations” brings together the work of three, well-established Maine artists who investigate the tangle of meanings in seaweed. Seaweed washed ashore after a storm or clinging to a rock in a tidal pool may be taken for granted as common along the Maine coast. As explored by Celeste Roberge, Marjorie Moore and Ron Leax, seaweed is complex and can be a harbinger of changes currently taking place or those yet to come. The works of art emphasize the elegance and fragility of the many different types of seaweed.

The show includes a video and other materials from the Maine Seaweed Council.

“Calling the Birds Home,” by Cheryle St. Onge.

With “Calling the Birds Home,” Cheryl St. Onge portrays the constant love between herself and her mother. Cheryle uses an 8×10 view camera or the camera in her phone to take poignant photographs of her mother who has vascular dementia. On good days, laughter comes easily to her mother. Other days, she does not recognize her reflection. The photographs are narrating this journey that they are both on. St. Onge lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and is a past recipient of the New Hampshire Charitable Artist Advancement Grant.

“Dove and Blue Bird,” by Amy Brnger.

Portsmouth-based artist Amy Brnger paints to record the region where she lives. With “Tour of Seasons,” her curiosity and interest are evident in her paintings, be it a bouquet of local flowers or the parking lot of an industrial park. Her quick, decisive brush strokes capture the ever-changing organic forms that captivate her. Everyday scenes that one may regularly walk by are seen with a new eye, reminding us that beauty is everywhere and an appreciated antidote during these challenging times.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, but closed weekdays from noon until 1 p.m. Reservations to visit the gallery can be made on the gallery website or by calling curator Mary Harding at 207-752-0205. The gallery is at 140 Lindsay Road, York.

George Marshall Store Gallery Opens for the Season

“Me and Chickadee,” by Tom Glover.

The George Marshall Store Gallery will kick off its exhibition season on June 20, a month later than usual.

Due to COVID-19, things may be structured a bit differently, but the goal remains the same: to present high-quality visual art in a beautiful, historic setting.

“This is a special year, in many ways,” says gallery curator Mary Harding. “Hard to believe, but this is our 25th anniversary, and we can’t wait to get underway.”

The opening exhibitions feature the work of four area artists: Tom Glover, Douglas Prince, Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 1996 was a solo show by Tom Glover titled “Brave Boat Harbor and Other Views.” It is fitting to begin the 25th anniversary season with another solo exhibition by the artist who, in all these years, has not wavered from his commitment to painting. Like his teacher and mentor John Laurent, Glover alternates between abstraction and realism. His choice of imagery is in response to travels abroad, the study of past great artists, artist residencies and his exploration of New England seashores and forests.

“Queen Anne Balloon Seat Side Chair,” by Douglas Prince.

Portsmouth artist Douglas Prince’s most recent project is called Auction Sites. “It originated in 1980 when I came across some Sotheby’s auction catalogs in an English bookstore in Rome,” he recalls. “I was attracted to the elegance of the pieces and in the history they suggested, especially the furniture pieces taken out of context and photographed on the seamless backgrounds.”

By combining appropriated images and his own photography, he introduces a natural landscape inside the form of the furniture which amplifies the play between the two and three-dimensional spaces. In addition to a spatial dynamic, the juxtaposition of the finely crafted cultural artifacts with the natural elements of the landscape create an intriguing narrative.

Prince will also exhibit a number of small pieces from his Bisymmetric Birds series which draw upon his interest in vintage scientific illustrations. Again using the tools of digital imaging, he deconstructs and rearranges the components to emphasize extreme symmetry. “While symmetry is an organizing principle of nature, as is evident throughout the development of plants and animals, I am interested in exploring the somewhat unsettling, sometimes humorous results of the perfect bilateral symmetry possible in digital imaging.”

“Drum,” by Shaio-Ping Wang.

“Resonance” is the title of the show that brings together a team in life and art: husband and wife artists Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang. They moved from Taiwan to New York in the 1980s and discovered painting while attending Queens College. Influenced by New York School painters, including their instructors, Rosemarie Beck and Harold Bruder, Chu and Wang developed their own painting language. Chu’s paintings represent landscapes and observations; Wang creates abstract environments of colors, forms and patterns. They have augmented their life-long pursuit of painting with travel and teaching.

Brian Chu’s work draws you in with his use of color, technique and choice of subject matter. His portraits of familiar places along the seacoast, objects found in his studio and people he’s met are beautifully rendered with unexpected color and composition. There is a sense of mastery, stillness and harmony in his work. Brian Chu is a professor at University of New Hampshire and teaches courses in painting, drawing and printmaking to undergraduate and graduate students.

Patterns, repetition and rhythm are integrated into much of Shiao-Ping Wang’s work. “Patterns of a constructive nature — architectural graphs, weaving patterns, and city maps — are sources for my composition,” she says. Repetition and shapes are added over time.

The exhibition season will continue through the end of the year, with exhibitions changing every six weeks. The final show will be “Hurrah! Celebrating 25 Years at the George Marshall Store” and will reflect upon past highlights and themes.

At this time, gallery visitation is by appointment only, to manage the number of people in the space and follow CDC guidelines. Health protocols are in place onsite, and hand sanitizer and face masks are available. Appointments can be made on the gallery’s website and by phone. The gallery is a property and program of the Old York Historical Society. Hours by appointment are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is at 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. Call 207-351-1083 or go to www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com for more information.

Three New Shows at George Marshall Store Gallery

Julee Holcombe “American Babylon” archival digital print, 36” x 37”

The formal exhibition schedule continues at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery with three complete and intriguing shows featuring ceramics, embroideries and photography.

From functional to sculptural, the work of twenty-one accomplished New England ceramic artists is showcased. Working with techniques as varied as sgraffito, slip trailing, and combining clay with found objects, these New England artists represent the vibrant, contemporary ceramics being created today. The show is titled “A Community of Potters.”

Courtney Sanborn (detail) “The Wedding” Embroidery on linen whitework, 44” x 14”

At first glance Julee Holcombe’s photographs seem to depict real places and landscapes. One quickly realizes that if these images depicted reality you might not want to go there. Using computer programs she seamlessly combines images of buildings and places from around the country and the world. In “American Babylon” one can recognize some of our local landmarks such as the Portsmouth Naval Prison, waterfronts and mill sites. Much like Sanborn’s embroideries, Holcombe’s photographs suggest a narrative which encourage the viewer to stop and contemplate what is myth and what is reality.

The exhibitions continue through November 10. Gallery hours are 10-5 Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society.

New Exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

Daniel Anselmi “Untitled (3-12)”, mixed media, 30” x 40”

The summer light is beginning to soften along the York River as Autumn begins to take hold. With Labor Day weekend over and the hustle and bustle beginning to ease, now is the perfect time to stop by the George Marshall Store Gallery to see the newly installed exhibitions. 

Included are works by three artists who use materials that are reclaimed. Each appreciates the beauty in these salvaged objects and transform them into something new. Daniel Anselmi, from Belfast Maine, integrates, among other things, blueprints, old ledgers and used drop cloths, into his painted abstractions. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.

Philip Frey “Indigo Avenue”, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Paul Bowen incorporates wood that has a history, creating three dimensional sculptures. The artist merges his current environment in southern Vermont with Provincetown by creating sculptures that combine salvaged wood from the beaches with beaver chewed wood from a nearby dam. His pieces are rustic and raw and simultaneously elegant. A native of Wales, he has spent the majority of his adult life in the United States and has been a key figure in the Provincetown arts community.

Duncan Johnson “Passage”, reclaimed wood, 21” x 20”

Duncan Johnson’s wall mounted assemblages are created out of that which has been salvaged. Working with reclaimed wood from landfills and construction sites in Vermont, he creates wall sculptures by reassembling the found wood. The pieces that he uses tell a story with their fading paint, nail holes and weathered surfaces. His work contains aspects of sculpture, drawing and painting, and reflect his many interests which range from quilting to architecture.

 Showing alongside these three artists is Sachiko Akiyama, a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire. Akiyama masterfully carves exquisite figures that draw the viewer in, allowing one to bring their own personal interpretation to her work. She is inspired by a wide range of influences ranging from medieval Christian wood carvings to contemporary sculpture. Her figures are based on herself and her family including relatives who have passed away. Although her work is very personal and is a combination of memories, family history, dreams and cultural symbols, the sculptures allow for multiple interpretations.

Scott Schnepf “Yellow Wall”, oil on wood, 12” x 12”

Scott Schnepf showcases both paintings in gouache and oil as well as several woodcut prints. Schnepf’s mastery of these mediums is apparent in his beautifully rendered still lifes of everyday objects and landscapes from personal travels. Schnepf recently retired from teaching at the University of New Hampshire and is enjoying working almost full time in his studio in the Salmon Falls Mill in Rollinsford. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and is in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress, the Currier Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art.

With a pop of vibrant color, Philip Frey’s work is featured in the dock level gallery. Frey lives and maintains a studio in Sullivan Maine and his local environment is reflected in his work. With an interest in the working harbors of Maine, he paints from direct observation, focusing on color and light. “Experimentation with unexpected color, assertive shape and multifarious and fearless brushstroke has always been the aspiration of my work” explains Frey. His work straddles the line between representational and abstract. Frey will give a gallery talk and book signing on Friday, September 20 th at 6 pm.

The exhibitions run through September 29 th . Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York Maine. www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

George Marshall Store Gallery: “A trio of shows and Woodturnings”

Lincoln Perry “Is Paris Burning” oil on canvas, 48” x 50

The three separate gallery spaces in the George Marshall Store Gallery are the venues for three distinct exhibitions, on view through August 18th.

The front gallery space, entered at the street level, is dedicated to paintings by Lincoln Perry and Craig Hood and wood turned sculptures by Derrick Te Paske. The small gallery which looks out upon the John Hancock Wharf and the York River, holds a solo exhibition for Portland artist Noriko Sakanishi . The lower level gallery, which can also be entered from the dock level, presents the work of three followers of master watercolor artist DeWitt Hardy: Bill Paarlberg, Ken Fellows and Russel Whitten.

 

Derrick Te Paske “Brissle” walnut and escutcheon pins, 17” x 8”

 

Perry and Hood share a jewel like palette and both are interested in landscape and the figure. Perry who lives part of the year in York, is also a respected muralist. His mural at the University of Virginia decorates the stairwells and hallway of Old Cabell Hall, a building designed by McKim, Mead and White. Here he depicts the life of a student at the University in a sweeping colorful narrative. The artist’s interest in the figure and the narrative is apparent in the six large canvases on exhibit. Almost life size figures pose as the four elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. “Is Paris Burning” completed in 2017, is a dramatic classical composition of broken store mannequins in front of the profile of Notre Dame and a firestorm sky

By comparison, the figures in Craig Hood’s paintings are diminutive, only inches high, and partially obscured by a fog-like haze.  Despite their scale and obscurity within a vast and moody environment, they are central to the narrative. Titles such as “World Away,” “Penumbra,” and “Long Black Veil” suggest an ominous or foreboding place. In his statement he compares his figures to migrants or refugees whose “underlying condition and motivating factors are fear and concern.In these places of solitude they hope not to draw attention to themselves but to find freedom and peace.

Hood’s smaller landscape depict sparkling blue skies and waves of fresh green grass and fields. The sapphire blues and emerald greens in these paintings are fresh and inviting – landscapes where you would like to stay awhile and breath the clear air and appreciate nature.

Complementing the paintings are wood-turned sculptures by Boston area artist Derrick Te Paske. His elegant simple forms take advantage of natural grains and are often embellished with markings and studded with brass or copper pins.

Noriko Sakanishi “In Another Dream” acrylic and mixed media, 33” x 14” x 5”

Noriko Sakanishi has been working abstractly since the 1970’s. There seems to be no limit to the combinations that she can make while restricting her shapes to simple squares, rectangles and spheres. Her wall-hung constructions give the illusion of weight, either stone or metal, when in fact they are made of light weight foam materials, meticulously painted in earth tones and applied  texture.

DeWitt Hardy was a mainstay of the Ogunquit art community until is sudden death in the Autumn of 2018. He is being recognized this summer at Bates College in the exhibition “DeWitt Hardy: A Master of Watercolor.” Besides his own painting he is remembered and revered as a teacher. Ken Fellows, Bill Paarlberg and Russel Whitten all studied with him for many years. Hardy was more than a teacher to these men, but a pivotal mentor. His legacy is carried forward by these artists who learned from the best and now share what they have learned through their own teaching and exhibiting.

The exhibitions continue through August 18th. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society.  www.georgemarshallstoregallery.comphone: 207-351-1083

 

 

First of the Season Exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

Jessica Straus “Sin cerebrum” wood, paint found object, 6” x 5” x 3”

 

Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery opens the exhibition season with five artists, each with a perspective influenced by their experiences and surroundings.

Boston artist Steve Imrich and Maine artist Richard Keen paint the landscape from opposite points of view. Imrich’s aerial vantage point comes from his love of flying. He learned to fly at the age of ten when his father tied blocks of woods to his son’s feet so he could reach the pedals. Throughout his career as an architect he flew across the country many times and always preferred the window seat to see and photograph the landscape below. Seven large canvases in the show include views of approaching Boston, Los Angeles, Huston and Chicago. A breathtaking aerial view of the Newburyport Joppa Flats dominates the front gallery wall. On the opposite gallery walls are abstracted “landscapes” by Richard Keen. When not painting, Keen is often underwater setting and maintaining moorings along the Maine coast. The keels of boats and the fractured geometry of filtered light are a source of his inspiration. He often simplifies his views into line, shape, color and texture.

 

Michael Palmer “Old Intracoastal Bridge” Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”

 

The painters’ perspectives of above and below are complemented by the abstract and architectural forms by ceramic artist Don Williams. William’s is a frequent exhibitor at the gallery and well known for his functional wares. This exhibition features his sculptural forms which combine metals, found materials with hand-built ceramic forms. The shapes and colored glazes are a perfect pairing with many of the paintings, almost as if the three artists were responding to the same assignment.

 

Steve Imrich “Clear 16 Bos” Oil on linen, 36” x 30”

 

The smaller back gallery room that overlooks the York River is an installation of fifty small sculptures by Boston based artist Jessica Straus. Hand carved, three-inch-high figures are combined with found objects creating humorous vignettes.  Working primarily in carved and painted wood and incorporating found objects, she explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms. Alternating between narrative and abstraction, Straus’s well-crafted sculptures are infused with a quirky, yet subtle, humor and a finely tuned sense of aesthetics.

The lower level of the gallery, referred to as “the dock level” is primarily used for one person shows and for the opening of the season, the space is filled with work by Ogunquit artist Michael Palmer. Palmer has been a central figure in the Ogunquit art scene since the 1960’s always painting as well as running the successful PS Galleries. He currently splits his time between Ogunquit and Key West. Both places are the inspirations for his imaginary bird’s eye views of towns, country and people going about their everyday lives. He also is interested in abstracted views emphasizing form and design and less on content and narrative. His work has been collected both locally and across the country by individuals and institutions.

The exhibitions continue through July 7 th . Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com phone: 207-351-1083

Curator’s Selection at George Marshall Store Gallery

Necklace by Lauren Pollaro, Ceramic by David Ernster

By tradition the final exhibition for the year at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery is called Curator’s Selection. The show includes work by 20 regional artists, many exhibiting for the first time at the gallery.
Jewelry by Lauren Pollaro and ceramics by David Ernster are also featured. Pollaro is well known for her one-of-a-kind pieces that have a harmonious interplay of dynamic color, texture, materials and technique. Ernster’s ceramics finished with red and yellow glazes pair perfectly with Pollaro’s display. The exhibits continue through December 16. Hours are 10-4 Thursday – Saturday, 1-4 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York.

Current Exhibitions at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery

Nathaniel Meyer, “Great Pyramid (Schoodic clouds II)” oil on canvas, 41” x 49”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current exhibitions at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery are well suited to the season as the local trees turn from from summer greens to autumnal yellows and reds.  “Taproot” is an exhibition inspired by the book “The Hidden Life of Trees, What they Feel and How they Communicate,” by Peter Wohlleben. Whereas a common theme connects the work in “Taproot,” it is the coincident of national origin that inspired the show “Maine Dutch Masters,” featuring painters Jaap Eduard Helder and Jan ter Weele and ceramic artist Simon van der Ven. Both exhibitions continue through November 11th.

In “Taproot” curator Mary Harding has combined the work of 30 regional artists, representing a wide variety of medium, into a thoughtful and visually rich installation. “I thoroughly enjoyed Wohlleben’s book about trees and heard several interviews with the writer on the radio. I could immediately think of a number of artists who regularly paint or are inspired by trees and thought it would make an interesting theme-based exhibition.”

The image chosen for the invitation announcing the show is an etching by Kittery artist Victoria Elbroch. Titled “Layered Understanding,” the image of her tree has an equal number of roots spread underground as upper branches reaching towards the sky.  The title of the piece is also fitting with Wohlleben’s descriptions on how trees communicate with one another and their environment.

Some artists created work specifically in response to the theme. Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk, known for his found object sculptures, made five pieces for the show.  A six- foot tall tree, made from tool handles, clothes hangers, and assorted fragments, supports nine small birds with spring loaded wings and golf tee beaks. A Bunny figure swings happily from one of the lower branches.

 

Frank Gregory “Green Screens” oil on canvas, 16” x 16”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland artist Judith Allen-Efstathiou exhibits several of her wall pieces fabricated from copper sheets removed from the dome of the Maine Capital Building in Augusta. The State offered the copper to several artists who were commissioned to create new work from the material.  Her “Prouts Neck Pine” measures 48 inches high, 15” wide and because of its depth, multiple shadows are projected onto the wall.

Portsmouth photographer Carl Austin Hyatt exhibits three of his black and white prints. A layer of snow covers the trees in “Winter Woods” like a lace veil and in tones that are a reminder of the cold yet to come.  “Entangled 4” by Bangor artist Nina Jerome is a large painting of Virginia wild grape vine enveloping a tree. Its strong color, movement and placement pull the viewer into the room. Once there, one can not help to notice a tree line boarder near the ceiling that wraps completely around the room and then cascades to the floor in one corner. Portsmouth artist, Lucinda Clark hand-cut, 70 feet of landscaping tree-wrap paper to create this tree line. Her choice of material, designed to protect trees from insects and abrasions, in an interesting metaphor.

Portland ceramic artist Sharon Townshend’s small ceramic “Walking Houses,” are in response to the plight of refugees who literally have to “pull up their roots” and move away. “Firestorm One and Firestorm Two” by New York artist Charles Ramsburg are 14” x 12” panels that look like charred bark and represent the artist’s comment on the increasing number of destructive wildfires in the west.

There are numerous fine paintings by local artists depicting trees and their environments including Tom Glover, Michael Walek, Todd Bezold. From further down east are Sam Cady, K. Min and MaJo Keleshian. Exhibiting for the first time in the Gallery are William Gotha (Andover MA), Frank Gregory (Greenfield MA), Mathew and Nathanial Meyer (Portland ME), Roy Perkinson (Wellesley, MA) and Margery Thomas-Mueller (Alton, NH). From furthest away are artists Charles Ramsburg (New York City) Julia Zanes, Donald Saaf and Kate Emlen from Vermont, and Susan Lyman from Provincetown, MA. Most visitors have been intrigued by the theme and spend considerable time viewing the work.

There is plenty of color in “Taproot” but almost pale in comparison to the brilliant color found in Maine Dutch Master’s paintings.  The three artists share a Dutch heritage and are Maine based artists. Perhaps it is in their genes that color plays such a significant role– the long dark winters give a craving for color. Jan ter Weele paints a stylized version of the landscape. Trees are not green and the sky is not blue. He disassembles the landscape into unexpected colorful shapes, paring pinks with orange, and yellows with blues resulting in a view of the landscape which is both beautiful and surprising.

Jaap Helder’s painting at first seem like pure abstraction however through his use of color, line and texture they hover between abstraction and representation. He explains that that his work has always been influence by the land and the ocean. “The boats of the shipping and fishing industries find their way into my paintings with their industrial colors and weather-beaten hulls.”

Paired with the two painters are ceramics by Simon van der Ven from Lincolnville, Maine, where he works as a full-time studio artist and part-time educator. He continuously explores different clays and techniques. The show includes both wood and gas fired pieces, and several of his signature pierced forms. A pattern of holes are drilled into the forms during the bisque stage and then glazed and fired.  Three pieces are collaborations with ceramic artist Mark Bell.

Simon van der Ven “Pierced Dimpled Egg Vase” 9” x 7”

The exhibitions continue through November 11th. Gallery hours are 10-4 Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society.  www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com  phone: 207-351-1083

Late-summer exhibitions | George Marshall Store Gallery

Lisa Noonis, Abstract #8, mixed media on panel, 36” x 12”

Lisa Noonis, Abstract #8, mixed media on panel, 36” x 12”

Walking into the George Marshall Store Gallery from the heat and glare of the late summer sun one is struck by the calm monochromatic tones and simple shapes of Ernest Montanegro’s, Lisa Noonis’ and Dan Dowd’s work. The first glance belies the complexity of these three artist’s sculptures, collage-paintings, and found object instillations. Most of the pieces are untitled, ambiguous in name and form, leaving room for the viewer to discover their own interpretation and connection.

The late summer light in the river view gallery draws you into Carter Wentworth’s world of colorful garden inspired paintings. The vibrant water color and gouache images emulate the ease and flow of leaves, trailing vines, flowers budding, and exploding seed heads with layers of color that spread effortlessly throughout his paintings.

“Driveway, 71 Ranch, Deeth, Nevada,” archival pigment print, 36” x 45”

“Driveway, 71 Ranch, Deeth, Nevada,” archival pigment print, 36” x 45”

The dock level gallery features the work of international photographer Lucas Foglia. His show “Frontcountry” is an unbiased look at the contradictions of the American West, a region mythically famous for being wild, which is being radically transformed by the new boom in mining. Lucas’ photographic narrative has captured these vast wild territories and the people who live on the boundaries between small towns and wild road-less areas caught in the middle of two seemingly opposite lifestyles: ranching and mining.

The combination of the three exhibitions have much to offer. Curator Mary Harding had done studio visits with Montenegro, Noonis, and Dowd over the past winter. She chose to combine the their work in one exhibition as she sensed a visual connection although the medium couldn’t be more diverse: Dowd’s found fragments of clothing and rubber inner tubes, Montenegro’s cast bronze and steel and Noonis’ mixed media collage. In reading the individual statements about their current work, a common theme of impermanence, fragments of forms and figures, and a way of questioning how we view and value art runs through their work.

Harding has done numerous studio visits with Wentworth over the years, seeing work in progress as well as touring the artist’s garden. Wentworth’s earliest memories of the garden are the catalyst for his recent series Plant Life Dialogue. Observing nature and noticing its ability to create groupings and patterns over time in a garden, the artist strives to allow the layers of color and form to spread effortlessly in his paintings. Quoting one admirer of the work “Carter’s work is emotive – connected and vibrates – the colors and forms talk – engage and satisfy – new things emerge, old feelings reappear – Carter puts the solace of nature on my walls.”

Carter Wentworth “World Frame of Space” watercolor and gouache on Arches hot press paper, 52” x 32”

Carter Wentworth “World Frame of Space” watercolor and gouache on Arches hot press paper, 52” x 32”

Between 2006 and 2013, photographer Lucas Foglia traveled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, some of the least populated regions in the United States. Frontcountry is a photographic account of the mining and cattle industries in the American West, and how people use land that is famous for being wild. Besides the photographs on exhibit, visitors are encouraged to spend time looking through Foglia’s three books of photographs related to some of his other projects.

The exhibitions continue through September 30. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com phone: 207-351-1083