Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, Waldoboro, presents “Les Animaux” on July 16 through the end of the month. This show features paintings of animals we live with and must protect.
Kigel’s larger than life, detailed watercolors of lobsters have been exhibited in Woodward Gallery in Manhattan, Archipelago in Rockland, and the American Embassy in Paris, France. Fortuitously, her husband, a writer and part-time lobsterman, provides her with models to paint. In addition to lobsters, her husband pulls up occasional urchins, squid, crabs and flounder, which she also paints. Her fish prints, or Japanese gyotaku monoprints, have gained recognition locally through Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta and through Wallsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Although her most familiar motifs are lobsters, fish, and shorebirds, this show also includes among other things dragonflies, frogs and water buffalo. Having become enlightened to the dangers of his Biblical edict to have “dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air… and every creeping thing,” man now must strive to live with, not have dominion over, our fellow species.
This show can be seen in person at the new gallery in Waldoboro and online at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. Call 832-5152 for more information.