Archive for Damariscotta

Courthouse Gallery presents ‘Five Maine Artists’

“Ironing Day,” by Matt Barter.

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will present “Five Maine Artists,” a show highlighting new work by artists living and working in Maine: Philip Frey, Matt Barter, Christina Thwaites, John Neville and Philip Barter. 

Three are seasoned artists — Barter (Philip), Neville and Frey — whose work has intrigued audiences for decades, while Thwaites and Barter (Matt) are up-and-coming artists with a fresh perspective on iconic Maine imagery as they explore familiar subjects, including, beach scenes, lighthouses, lobsters, fishermen and waterfronts.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Philip Barter, who was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, began painting after he discovered the work of another Maine-born artist Marsden Hartley. Hartley became his muse, and Philip went on to paint his beloved home state for the next 60 years. Strong bold color and simple shapes dominate his paintings as they do in “Hillside.” On outings, Philip sketches on paper as small as 3-by-3 inches, so he can get to the essence of Maine’s incredible landscape. Philip and his wife Priscilla live in Franklin.

Christina Thwaites uses a monochromatic palette with touches of blue to depict four young girls at the beach in “Young Ladies at the Beach.” Three bikini-clad girls walk along the beach, holding hands in a show of solidarity, while a fourth girl wearing a modest one-piece suit watches the trio from the side. Two girls boldly look straight out at the viewer, while the third girl glances at the shy girl with all the attitude of a “mean girl.” Thwaites and her family live in Orono.

Matt Barter spent the past winter making a collection of wood constructions using found objects and reclaimed wood from old barn beams, giving his figures a rugged, weathered-worn character. Fishermen and their wives go about their daily chores — mowing the lawn, washing and ironing laundry, dipping bait, and repairing their boats and lobster traps. In “Ironing Day” and “Laundry Day,” his brawny women power through piles of laundry. Matt and his family live in Brunswick.

John Neville, who began his career as a printmaker, switched to painting twenty-eight years ago when he experienced an allergic reaction to the etching chemicals. Neville revisited from an early etching for the painting “Salmon Supper,” a theme reminiscent of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Neville’s Salmon Supper depicts an impressive 28 men, women and children gathered in a spacious hall, celebrating a bountiful catch of salmon. The fisherman who hauled in the catch, sits at a place of honor with his eyes cast down in reverence, his demeanor modest rather than boastful. Neville splits his time between Damariscotta and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Philip Frey has painted Maine’s working waterfront for several decades. In “Patterns and Piers,” Frey builds up the pilings, gear and lobster traps with wide flat strokes, creating wonderful patterns of light and form. Frey makes this complex harbor scene come together in a most satisfying manner. Frey lives in Sullivan.

“Five Maine Artists” is on view at the Gallery from June 15 to July 9 and  virtually at

Courthouse Gallery is at 6 Court St., Ellsworth. For more information, call 667-6611, or visit

Painting by Damariscotta’s Kathleen Horst to be featured on HGTV

Kathleen Horst with “The Samuel Rockwell Mansion.”

Watercolorist Kathleen Horst, of Damariscotta, was approached this past summer to paint a portrait of a newly renovated historic home, and that portrait will be featured on HGTV’s new series “Life Under Renovation.”

Horst is known for these portraits. She is frequently asked to paint portraits of homes in midcoast Maine, as well as iconic scenes from historic Damariscotta, Camden and other Maine villages.

Horst was asked by HGTV producers if she would paint a watercolor of one of the five houses to be featured on the new series, and as the home was in Georgia, and Horst was a long-time resident of the state, it seemed a perfect match.

The home was the Samuel Rockwell mansion, in Milledgeville, Georgia. Built in 1838, in what was then the state capital, the home is a classic example of Antebellum architecture. The portrait of the home was a gift to say “thank you” to the owners for sharing their home and renovation experiences with HGTV viewers.

Horst will post information about the upcoming show, including its air date, on her Facebook page, Kathleen Horst Watercolors, and on her website, For more information about commissioning a house portrait, or visiting the Kathleen Horst Studio & Gallery, contact Horst at 478-550-8372.

Jan Kilburn’s work offers a peaceful respite

Jan Kilburn’s work

Jan Kilburn, a watercolorist and oil painter based in Damariscotta, is showing her artwork in several Midcoast venues this summer.

Kilburn has painted exclusively in watercolor for 30 years but has recently added oil paintings to her body of work. Kilburn’s passion for color gives her paintings a unique quality.

“I want you to feel the beauty and warmth in these subjects,” she says. “Every now and then, everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape. That’s what I want to create.”

Kilburn shows her work at the Small Wonder Gallery in Camden, and she sells prints at Sheepscot River Pottery in Damariscotta, the SeaGull Gift Shop at Pemaquid Park, the Walpole Barn in Walpole, the Granite Hall Store in Round Pond, the Sweet Bay store in Boothbay Harbor, and the East Boothbay General Store in East Boothbay.

Kilburn’s gallery is at 168 Bristol Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 207-563-8363 for more information.

Bristol Road Galleries artists exhibit work in storefront windows

The Bristol Road Galleries artists are exhibiting their artwork in several storefront windows. The Damariscotta Chamber of Commerce issued the invitation to the group to display their work in town, and the artists welcomed the opportunity. The Bristol Road Galleries is a collaboration of four artists: oil painter Will Kefauver, watercolorist Kathleen Horst, sculptor Marnie Sinclair and watercolorist and oil painter Jan Kilburn.

This project is an example of Damariscotta’s spirit of collaboration and community.

“It is a chance to contribute to the appearance of our charming, historic town,” says Kefauver. “Damariscotta is noted for talented artists, and we are grateful to be a part of the community.”

For more information, go to, or contact the artists individually:

• Kathleen Horst — 478-550-8372,,

• Marnie Sinclair — 508-667-6475,

• Jan Kilburn — 207-563-8363,

• Will Kefauver — 207-226-0974,

Kefauver Offers Art Lessons Virtually and En Plein Air

Will Kefauver, owner of the Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, is offering art lessons in several modes: virtual and plein air, privately and in small groups. As safety restrictions ease, Kefauver will re-introduce classes in his studio.

Kefauver conducts virtual lessons via Zoom. Lessons are offered to teens and adults in oils, and all levels are offered, from beginner to advanced.

To schedule a lesson, or for more information, contact Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974,, or The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Adds Outdoor Viewing Option

Work by Will Kefauver.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, opened for the 2020 season on June 1, exhibiting work by Will Kefauver.

Kefauver has been busy over the winter and spring, creating beautiful new pieces in oil.

In addition to the gallery, art will be displayed in a tent on the front lawn, to show additional work and to provide visitors with an outdoor option to view the work.

The gallery will have new procedures in place for visitors, to comply with state guidelines and to insure a comfortable environment for all. These include requiring that visitors wear a mask while on the property, and maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and other visitors. Disposable masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available to visitors, if needed. The gallery and restroom will be sanitized regularly throughout the day.

Contact Kefauver at 207-226-0974, or with questions, concerns, or to arrange a private visit. The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta. Will Kefauver can be reached

Peggy Farrell Exhibits Watercolors at Miles Hospital through January 1


The watercolors of New Harbor artist Peggy Farrell are now on display in the Hall Gallery at Miles Hospital in Damariscotta through January 1, 2020.  

Peggy Farrell is living proof that childhood dreams can come true.  From earliest childhood in Pennsylvania she has been drawn to artistic pursuits, from crayons and pencils to oils.  She wanted art lessons and an art education, but practicality and life intervened.  It was not until moving to the rocky shores of New Harbor, Maine in 2001 that she took out brush and paper and began once again to paint and fulfill her dream of becoming an artist.

Farrell is largely self-taught and developed her talent attending local workshops and community education programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine.  Art has always been a pursued interest and has included exploring mediums such as stained glass and calligraphy. She has painted in oils and spent a number of years studying decorative and tole painting techniques.  But it is watercolor that has evolved as her favorite and most natural medium. Initially influenced by the eminent American watercolorists, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, she continues to work on mastering the medium.

Maine is Peggy Farrell’s primary source of inspiration.  Living full time on the Pemaquid peninsula, she appreciates the diversity and beauty of each season and has titled her exhibit, “The Seasons of Pemaquid”.  Her realistic and intensely hued paintings reflect an appreciation for the landscape and its distinctive architecture.  She is frequently moved to paint old barns, sheds and rural homes, as well as harbor and waterfront scenes and local wild life.  She often sketches and photographs the local Maine scenery before returning to her Potting Shed Studio where she takes out brush and paint to render what she has observed.

Farrell is an active member of the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Pemaquid Point where she has served as Gallery Manager for the past 5 years and the River Arts and Kefauver Galleries in Damariscotta.   Her work has been featured on many locally sold note and holiday cards.

Paintings may be purchased directly from the artist during the exhibition.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of art will be retained by the Miles Art Committee, one of the branches of the Miles Hospital League which, ensures the  acquisition and placement of original art on hospital walls.

‘Little Holiday’ Art Show at The Kefauver Studio & Gallery

“Pemaquid Light”, watercolor, 2 ½” x 2 ½”, by Jan Kilburn

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, announces the opening of the “Little Holiday” art show. The show opens November 15th and runs until December 15th. The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver and the work of his 17 juried guest artists.  This art exhibit is lively! From the delightful animal portraits by John McKinley, to the beautiful fiber art from Wendy Bellows, to the lush watercolors of Jan Kilburn, this collection brings to mind Von Goethe’s quote, “Personality is everything in art and poetry.” Come visit the gallery and see if you agree that this sentiment applies.

Jane Dahmen “Talking Art in Maine” with Michel Droge

Join host and artist Jane Dahmen in conversation with Portland Art Gallery artist Michel Droge Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7-8:30 at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta.

Talking Art in Maine with host Jane Dahmen

Michel is a painter, printmaker and educator whose work engages with the environment and the human condition.  Extensive scientific research is behind all the paintings but Michel’s intention is to make sublimely beautiful paintings that draw the viewer in. Michel finds poetry and meaning in scientific and material realities. This event is free and open to the public.

An excerpt from Dan Kany’s review:  “Michel Droge’s “When Cupid Went Crazy” is a very large and colorfully atmospheric canvas. Droge has included some of her Marshall Islands stick chart imagery – which ostensibly turns the image from a view to the sky to a view down to the water. (Stick charts were a form of navigation device that laid out how the presence of the islands interrupted the ocean swells.) But Droge’s works hold up primarily as abstract painting. Their opticality and bubbly visuality are spatial and so turn Droge’s colors into light. Working on this scale is good for Droge: Her work holds up extremely well. It manages to be simultaneously playful and elegant.”

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Opens for “Small Works”

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, announces the opening of the “Small Works” art show, opening October 11th and running until November 10th.  Work will be presented in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, sculpture, photography, gouache, and pastel. The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver, and the work of his juried guest artists. 

Guest artist John McKinley lives in California and is new to the gallery with this show.  In addition to being a fine artist, he is also a children’s book illustrator, having illustrated the popular “Ready Freddy” series for elementary students, published by Scholastic, that now has over 13 million copies in print. Past clients include Children’s Television Workshop, the National Wildlife Federation, the Los Angeles Times, and Ogilvy & Mather, to name just a few.  

McKinley has seven mixed-media works, each 6” x 6” or 7” x 5”, in the “Small Works” show.  The subjects include dogs, cats, and one compelling dragon, with one thing in common: Each animal has a piercing gaze, focused directly on the viewer.  

 The complete list of guest artists for this show will be published on a future date.

 The opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 13th, from 4:30 – 6:30.  Refreshments will be served, and there is free parking. Many of the guest artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their work.