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Spring Greetings from the Cynthia Winings Gallery


For the first time, in a while, I am feeling hopeful. It feels so great to be able to say just that much. To begin to experience some enthusiasm for the future; have a sense that, perhaps, we might be together with greater comfort, and with our hearts more open to inspiration and beauty.

While the signs of spring are everywhere, new artworks are also emerging from the artists’ studios and I am happy to share them with you here. I have been astounded at what has been produced through this challenging stretch. Inspiration can’t be stopped. Artists continue to dig deep, and reveal greater and greater truths. With great enthusiasm, I am looking forward to a new season at the gallery. For you, I wish the opportunity to come and stand in front of this years work. I hope to see you this summer.

The gallery will be welcoming visitors for the new season on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Here is a preview of what’s to come –

Buzz Masters, Spring At The Dump/Mud/Lobster Traps/Small Tornado/Ice, Mixed media, 24 x 24 inches


Elizabeth Gourlay, AB 12, Colored pencil and acrylic on canvas
mounted on panel, 16 x 20 inches

Lari Washburn, Over And Through, Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 38 inches
Patricia Wheeler, Year of the Poppies, #4, Mixed media on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Thank you for looking, and I hope you and yours are very well,
If you have any questions about these artworks, please do not hesitate to contact me, 917.204.4001, or you can reply to this email.Take good care!

With Gratitude,


Mandala created in Cynthia Winings Gallery Sculptured Garden

Cynthia Winings Gallery wishes everyone hope and joy for the holiday season.

In collaboration with artist Kirsten Rickert, they recently created a Winter Solstice Mandala in the Sculpture Garden, to welcome in the light.

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Autumn exhibits and events at the Cynthia Winings Gallery

“Out. Beyond. This.,” by Lari Washburn, a September featured artist at Cynthia Winings Gallery.

As Season Eight is winding down, the group show “All Together Now” continues to inspire and delight visitors.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24. The website is also updated regularly with new work. You can also tour the gallery virtually at

New work has arrived throughout the summer, and it’s reassuring and uplifting to see what is being created during this turbulent and uncertain time.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a Zoom artist talk with Christine Lafuente titled “ACADIAN SEAS, ACADIAN SEEING:

How 10 years of painting seascapes has inspired new ways of composing still life and cityscape.” The artist talk is at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill.

Maine Modernists at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

William Thon, Marshall Light Point

The early fall show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features two celebrated American modernists who painted Maine throughout most of the 20th century.

William Thon, NA (1906-2000) was noted for highly abstracted landscape paintings of the Maine coast. He was born in New York City in 1906, and debuted as a professional artist in 1939 at the Corcoran Gallery. After World War II Thon chose to live in the relative isolation of Port Clyde, Maine on a peninsula overlooking the sea. Thon’s Maine was a timeless and vital place reflecting his own passion for its rough, beautiful forests, intemperate seas, and the scatter of wooden buildings along its rugged shoreline. He was awarded innumerable prizes and is represented in over 60 museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and in Maine, The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Ogunquit Museum of Art.


Carl Gordon Cutler, Through the Trees

Carl Gordon Cutler (1873-1945) studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and later at the Academie Julian in Paris. Cutler exhibited at the earth-shaking Armory Show introducing Modernism in art to the United States. By the mid-1920s, Cutler was painting watercolors of Deer Isle, Mount Desert, and–for the next thirty summers, Eggemoggin Reach on Blue Hill Peninsula, where he had a cottage. His watercolors, influenced by Fauve color and John Marin’s forms, were exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1994, the Vose Gallery, in Boston, put out a color brochure, Carl Gordon Cutler Along the Maine Coast 1873-1945. Also in the 1990s, the Babcock Gallery, in New York City, published Carl Gordon Cutler, American Modernist Rediscovered.
This show may be seen from Sept 20th until Oct 20th at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on Main St. in Blue Hill, Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm.
FMI: email or call 207-374-5773.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Semaphore Love Letter”


The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Heather Lyon’s Premier of a collective performance of ‘SEMAPHORE LOVE LETTER’, an action in the environment using a language of flags to send a message of Love and Healing to the ocean. The date of the event is Saturday, August 22, 5:30 PM, Curtis Cove, East Blue Hill, Maine.

Heather Lyon writes, “SEMAPHORE LOVE LETTER” is an ongoing series of movement and flag based video and public performances in Maine, France, Portugal, Italy, and the Republic of Georgia; a declaration of love and lament to water in all forms. Semaphore is a system of communication using flags held in specific positions to represent letters that then create phrases. This project begins from the understanding that water supports all life, and seeks to draw attention to and build relationship with water as an entity.

“I am calling to you, my beloved, across these sublime spaces. I am declaring my love to you, and to the mountains, and to the sea, to the unknowable in myself, in you, and all that is.”


“As a way to investigate collective intention and action I am inviting a group of interested people to participate in this project. We will learn and then perform together a semaphore phrase at the edge of the ocean. I see the ocean / water as the potential recipient of the message, but our intentions will vary, directed towards a specific person, persons, non-human entity or situation, requesting water to be the carrier of the message. We will wear mylar “safety ponchos” often used in situations of disaster, pointing to the urgency of this critical moment. Though useful against cold and heat, it does nothing to protect us from emotional catastrophe.

“This project holds increased relevance in this time of global trauma and can be experienced as an acknowledgement of our collective loss and physical separation. I am interested in semaphore as a code, a form of movement based nonverbal communication. I use it to express sentiments of longing and tenderness.”

The performance for the community will be held at 5:30PM, and will last approximately 15 minutes. Afterwards, the flags will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds donated to a local organization working towards the protection and preservation of our water. Everyone is welcome, donations toward the project are gratefully accepted.

Downeast and Acadia featured at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Phil Laughlin, “Otter Cliffs.”

The late-summer show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features two studio artists whose recent works capture the quiet beauty of the Maine coast.

Bonnie LaBelle, “Laid Up in Cranberry Cove.”

Bonnie LaBelle details the intricate interplay of light and shadow of the sea and sky that envelop coastal scenes like our own Blue Hill harbor, which she presents as a marvelous triptych. She also paints Downeast Maine with the authenticity and authority of one who lives there yearround. LaBelle studied oil painting with Edward Harrigan of Rockland, Massachusetts, who was mentored by Paul Strisik.

Phil Laughlin has just brought six fresh works to the gallery, painted recently after a scouting trip to Acadia, where he was impressed with the rugged beauty of the coast and the spectacular summit views. Laughlin trained at the Worcester Museum Art School and began to explore modern realism as a young artist in New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League. He has painted New England since 1986.

This show can be viewed from Aug. 20 through Sept. 20 at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on Main Street in Blue Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, email, or call 207-374-5773.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents ‘The Newly Fallen’ outdoor installation by Chris Doyle

“The Newly Fallen” watercolor pieces by Chris Doyle.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a one-day outdoor installation on Aug. 12, titled “The Newly Fallen,” by Chris Doyle.

Comprising four large-scale artworks arranged in the woods, “The Newly Fallen” represents a memorial to those who have passed from the coronavirus. Each black-and-white watercolor drawing depicts the root system of a fallen tree, intricately depicted with hours of careful observation by Doyle.

Doyle writes, “Every year, the forest loses some elders to the wind. This year, it seems like more than the usual number of trees have been uprooted. During this unprecedented period of mourning for those lost in the time of COVID-19, I found myself surveying the forest and marveling at the new life springing from earlier fallen trees. These drawings of exposed root systems are a kind of memorial to those people who, now fallen, continue on as sources of inspiration during this season of loss.”

“The Newly Fallen, #4,” by Chris Doyle.

Visitors are invited to follow the walking path behind the Congregational Church from Tenney Hill. As one walks along the path, there is a place where the woods open up, and one can imagine the forest as a sanctuary or place of refuge. The Cynthia Winings Gallery is excited to display these watercolors in a way that brings nature and art together, believing that a visit to the woods can be healing and, through this memorial installation, be brought to a profound moment of remembrance and reflection.

This one-day art installation runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12  with a rain date of Aug. 13. The artworks will be installed on the walking trail, which begins behind the Congregational Church and George Stevens Academy dormitory from Tenney Hill.

Doyle is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, who received his BFA from Boston College and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on the environmental and social complications that arise as we transition from an industrial to a digital culture.

Doyle’s work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, MASSMoCA, P.S.1 Museum of Art, the Tang Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Taubman Museum of Art, and The Sculpture Center. His animations have also been included in the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center (2008) and the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2005). Doyle has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, Creative Capital Foundation and the MAP Fund. He received the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize and was named as a Guggenheim Fellow in the discipline of Film and Video. Doyle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Blue Hill, Maine.

See for more information.

A Virtual Stroll Through The Cynthia Winings Gallery!

Visit the First Floor of the Gallery in Part One of the group exhibition,
All Together Now

The Gallery is Open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00PM,  and by Appointment

Cynthia Winings Gallery opening June 11


Many of you have asked if/when the gallery will open for the season. According to Governor Mills’ New Mandate and 4 Stage Plan to Re-Open Maine for business, beginning in June, gathering spaces for fewer than 50 people may open, provided that visitors wear protective face coverings and maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.

For this reason, I have decided to open June 11 for visitors. Though I will not host openings as they present too many food service and social distancing challenges, I hope that you will enjoy the work you see both online and in the gallery.

As in years past, I have worked to curate the most compelling new work from artists from Maine and beyond. I am sure, whether viewing work online or coming to the gallery to see it in person, that you will be moved and uplifted by what you see, much of which has been completed during and often defined by this challenging, uncertain time in history.

I hope you are as inspired by this work as I am, and if you are unable to come see us in Blue Hill, that you are nourished by the images you find on the website, Instagram posts – and in this newsletter!

Thank you for your support,

Please be well, stay safe, and

Have a great summer!

All my best,


Turtle Gallery’s season-long exhibit “Our Vulnerable Earth.”

“Underhill in June,” by Elena Kubler


Last fall we invited artists to join us in 2020 for a season-long exhibit called “Our Vulnerable Earth.”

We aim to present artwork driving attention to the vulnerability of nature. Art at best can be a call to Action, and many artists create with that in mind. Things change every day.

We have adapted plans to adjust to current circumstances and
continue to represent our artists through our website, social media and regular digital communications.

Many of you have been visiting us for over 30 years, and we miss you! For the time being we will be available in a new way – ONLINE.

We hope to be open by appointment starting on weekends in mid June
Please stay tuned as the summer progresses as we may be able to expand our hours.

To meet state guidelines, groups would be limited to 5 people from a single household

Please visit us online for small views of this interesting season: