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Artist Spotlight: Pemaquid artists Julie Babb and Barbara Vanderbilt

Work by Barbara Vanderbilt.

Don’t let the Pemaquid Art Gallery’s season close on Oct. 11 without having viewed the great range of fine art on view there, for example the widely divergent work of well known local artists Julie Babb and Barbara Vanderbilt.

Babb’s delicate, highly skilled and detailed gouache portraits of birds have been long-time favorites and are feasts for the eye. Vanderbilt’s powerful yet softly colored pastel close-ups of geological and natural formations, boulders and trees have an emotional and meditative impact mesmerizing the viewer.  Both are masters of beautiful, soft color combinations and deft color blending.  And both, although so different in the scale of their subject matter, draw the viewer into special visual worlds.

Babb spent her early years in Mexico and received her first art instruction during college years there. Her early love of nature was formed there, surrounded by the flowering natural world year round.  She moved to Maine in 1962 and attended the university of Maine at Orono, then moved with her husband to Rochester, New York where she pursued five years of art education. She returned to Maine in 1992, where she continued to study drawing and painting, including home study of ornithology. She uses not only the gouache medium in her work but also scratchboard which allows for fine detail in white lines against a black background.

Work by Julie Babb.

Babb has received numerous awards. She has also been a longtime art instructor. Her designs have been featured in many publications. Her work can be seen online at

Vanderbilt was born in New York City, grew up in northern New Jersey, moved to Maine in 1971, and has a degree in art from the University of Maine in Augusta. She studied with local artists both in Maine and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For years, she was an artist in clay. With her husband, she opened the Gothic Tile company in 1989, which specialized in custom ceramic tiles for custom installations all over the country. She was a visiting artist to high school art programs, inspiring others to experience working in clay. However, with her love of nature, when she discovered pastels she found the medium very exciting and one that lent itself so readily to self expression. She tries to convey the interplay between strength and delicacy, the contrast between the peacefulness of the moment and the rough changes that nature brings in the way of seasonal variation, erosion and storm. More of her work is viewable online at

The work of these two artists reveal the variety of work available at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

The other 2021 Pemaquid Gallery artists are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Stephen Busch, John Butke, Dianne Dolan, Gwenolyn Evans, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Judy Nixon, Brooke Pay (guest member), Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Kimberly Skillen Traina, Bob Vaughan, Candace Vlcek, Bev Walker, Carol Wiley (guest member) and Sherrie York.

Members’ work can be viewed at

Patrons appreciated at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Pemaquid Artist Prycel and PGA president Bob Vaughan draw the ticket.

Patrons of the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol, consist of individuals and businesses who provide support to the gallery with annual gifts of $50 or more, or lifetime gifts of $500 or more. In return, patrons receive a 10% discount on purchases and are entered into an annual drawing to win a piece of artwork provided by a member artist.

The patron winner of this year’s drawing will receive a beautiful painting by Damariscotta artist Belva Ann Prycel.

Anne Jackson, from Edgecomb, is one example of an active patron and supporter of the gallery. She currently serves as vice president of the board. In former years, she operated an art gallery in Westwood, Massachusetts. After moving to the midcoast area, she felt drawn to support local artists. She states that it has been “fun to watch the work improve” over the 10 years she has been a resident.

In addition to the exhibiting and sales of original artwork by juried members, all of whom are residents of Lincoln County, the gallery provides financial gifts to visual arts programs in area schools and sponsors a free pass to the Portland Museum of Art. Patron contributions are essential both to the operation of the Gallery and to the donation program.

Pemaquid Art Gallery is open seasonally through Monday, Oct. 11. Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 677-2752 or visit

Pemaquid Art Gallery featured artists: Brooke Pacy and Carol Wiley

This season’s two new guest artists at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Brooke Pacy and Carol Wiley, are a study in contrasts in their approach to painting — Pacy mainly in oils and, to a lesser extent, watercolors, and Wiley in several different mediums including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and encaustic.

They share an interest in wide-ranging subject matter, inspired by the beautiful natural world of Maine in all its aspects, also flowers and gardens, interiors, still lifes, people and animals. But Pacy paints often in a charming, lyrical and descriptive, generally realism-based style, often pastel-toned or with a deliberately limited color palette. She revels in and reveals the beauty she sees around her, the delicate color and value contrasts in the natural world, shadows on snow, reflections of light on flower petals, objects, windows, land and sea, viewed through mist or dramatically sunlit. Investigating lighting effects in the landscape is a major theme for her and can alter her style to a more dynamic contrast of values and shapes, back lit or stark, with Cezanne-like brush strokes and thicker paint application rather than her softer, more diffused application. There is often a domestic focus in her work and also a poetic sensibility. She also paints appealing and sensitive portraits of children and animals.

Wiley, on the other hand, seems to be a restless, dynamic artist. She grapples with the interaction of realism and abstraction and tries many different approaches and styles. She investigates a range of paint applications, including unexpected combinations of patterns, negative spaces, outlines, jagged paint edges, linear versus broad strokes, thick versus thin paint. Rich colors and strong value contrasts can play a major role in her images, ranging from a simple flower in a vase suffused with rich color, to her clothesline series where negative spaces and strong, flat shapes change a line of drying clothes into a dancing play on the roles of color and shape in abstraction. Her figure paintings are mainly of models but in constantly changing styles. They are versatile and dynamic.

Although she has an undergraduate degree in art history, Wiley’s advanced degrees were in special education and education leadership, supporting her career in special education. She is a self-taught, self-directed painter, having taken many classes and workshops. She moved with her husband to Jefferson in 2004 and has her studio there. She has shown in many venues in Maine since 2004 and is an active exhibitor in shows, both juried and not, both solo and group, in the Midcoast area. Her work can also be seen at

Pacy was raised in Chappaqua, New York, grew to love the Maine coast as a teen, studied classical drawing and painting with Elizabeth Byrd Mitchell in Baltimore, and, after a 20-year hiatus for raising a family and a teaching and writing career, started creating small watercolors to commemorate scenes while sailing with her husband along the Atlantic Coast. Since moving to the Midcoast, she has concentrated on “catching the beauty of local ephemera in oils,” as she says. She paints plein air as well as in the studio and currently paints with Katharina Keoughan’s class in Damariscotta.

She has also has published poems and a novel.

Examples of her work can be viewed at

The work of these two artists provides a feast for the eye and the spirit, challenging the viewer visually and spiritually.

Pemaquid Art Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. COVID safety precautions will be in place, and masks are encouraged for guests who are not fully vaccinated. For more information, visit

Work by John Butke and Gwendolyn Evans is on view at Pemaquid Art Gallery

John Butke, “Pemaquid Morning.”

Two new member artists of the Pemaquid Art Gallery, John Butke of Boothbay and Gwendolyn Evans of Walpole, share a few similarities: extensive and impressive professional careers in teaching and creating art, their own local galleries and a deep love of the beauties of coastal Maine.  

What is fascinating, however, is how differently these two career artists and art educators express this inspiration in their art.

Butke received his art education as an undergraduate at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, with an MFA in painting and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. He continued his studies in New Mexico and California, working with well-known artists at each location. Following a stint in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa, he taught art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for two years and subsequently returned to Worcester, where he taught art in the public schools. Early summering in Maine brought him to Sawyer’s Island in Boothbay and inspired his work we see today.

Expressing “the beauty and allure” of Maine is Butke’s goal.

Work by Gwendolyn Evans.

His landscapes and seascapes in oil and acrylic reveal great sensitivity to color, often complementary colors placed next to each other that subtly create gently luminous, atmospheric effects or shapes that interlock or react next to each other and soften as they recede into the distance. Value differences add to the dynamic in his work and can be quite dramatic.

The realism of his scenes from a distance becomes quite abstract on closer viewing, built with abstract forms and broad, flat brushstroke application. There is also a stability and solidity to his compositions expressing a calm, all-encompassing appreciation of his chosen subject. But at the same time, there is a strong sense of the abstract pattern as it relates to the two-dimensional canvas and a beautiful balance in the overall result. He captures the essence of the moment, almost a spiritual appreciation of the action, the light and time of day.

Evans has created and exhibited her art for decades among the 35 places she has called home. With a master’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design and undergraduate degree from Principia College, she has loved working in a variety of mediums and has exhibited in over 100 juried regional, national and international shows, receiving numerous awards. She has made numerous painting excursions in the U.S. and internationally. She has taught art in private college-prep and public schools in Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and Pennsylvania and in four public studio/galleries in which she has offered courses and workshops in watercolor, drawing and life drawing, pastel and portraiture. She is presently offering drawing courses at her studio in Walpole, where her art is on view.

Besides creating visual art, Evans has many other creative focuses, including writing inspirational articles, poetry, women’s studies, writing a cookbook, gardening and a lifelong interest in spirituality, all of which influence her painting.

The watercolors she is showing are large, bold and take wonderful advantage of the watercolor medium’s transparent qualities. They depict local scenic views, the sea, the coast, charming historic buildings and, although the works on view are realistic, they are restless and expressionistic, with strong, light-and-dark patterns and rich shadows and lights. Many of them tend to feature simple color combinations, with ranges of dark greens, blues and grays in short, juicy, impressionistic, transparent strokes and a masterful use of the leaving the white paper exposed to contrast with the overall pattern of short, dark paint strokes. She occasionally uses complementary colors as glazes in abstract washes over landscape details to pull elements together in a glowing light.

Pemaquid Art Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. COVID safety precautions will be in place, and masks are encouraged for guests who are not fully vaccinated. For more information, visit

Notecards sets by Maine artists available at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Notecard sets

The Pemaquid Group of Artists initiated the sale of notecards last year during the pandemic-forced closure of the gallery. This summer, the cards are available at the gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol. There are two sets of notecards, each consisting of a box of 10 assorted, full-color images by member artists, plus envelopes. The price is $20 per set and includes Maine sales tax. Notecard sets featuring beautiful glimpses of mid-coast Maine also make excellent gifts.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is operated and maintained through sales commissions and membership fees, as well as donations by loyal art patrons.  Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, which funds financial aid to art programs in area schools, as well as sponsoring a free pass to the Portland Museum of Art. Reservations for the pass, available to the public, can be obtained through Skidompha Library in Damariscotta. These donations are funded by proceeds from artwork donated by member artists.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through mid-October. COVID safety precautions are in place, and masks are not required for vaccinated visitors.  For more information, visit, 

or call 207-677-2752.

Bobbie Applegate and Cindy Sherman will co-manage Pemaquid Art Gallery

Now in its 93rd year of continuous operation, the Pemaquid Art Gallery annually welcomes several thousand people to its Lighthouse Park location, where it has operated for the past 61 years.

The gallery exhibits original artwork by juried members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, offering a wide array of oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache and acrylic paintings, drawings, small sculpture, pottery and marquetry for viewing and purchase. New works are hung frequently throughout the season, and unframed and matted paintings are also available.

Member artist Barbara Applegate and Cindy Sherman have been announced as co-managers to provide information and a welcoming experience to gallery guests.

Applegate is owner of the well regarded Barbara Applegate Gallery in Bristol Mills and a nationally recognized oil painter. Sherman, a lifetime patron of the gallery, returns in the co-manager position after two years in the same role. Both Applegate and Sherman will administer and supervise the hanging of artwork and maintain sales and commission records. They are also responsible for training and managing a team of  gallery sitters who staff the gallery on each day of the week.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is run and maintained through sales commissions and membership fees, as well as donations by art patrons. Art appreciation and education are an ongoing mission of the Pemaquid Group of artists, which funds financial aid to art programs in area schools, as well as sponsoring a free pass to the Portland Museum of Art through Skidompha Library in Damariscotta. This scholarship fund has been built and maintained through donations of the full sales proceeds from donated artworks by member artists.

The 2021 exhibiting artists include Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, John Butke, Dianne Dolan, Gwendolyn Evans, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, , Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Judy Nixon, Brooke Pacy, Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Candace Vlcek, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Carol Wiley, Bev Walker and Sherrie York.

Pemaquid Art Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. COVID safety precautions will be in place, and masks are encouraged for guests who are not fully vaccinated. For more information, visit

Pemaquid Art Gallery is open for the season

Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits work of 32 artists in its 93rd year.

Pemaquid Art Gallery is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5  p.m. through the summer until Indigenous People’s Day. COVID precautions are in place.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists’ yearly exhibit is one of the longest continuous art exhibitions in Maine. The vision for this group began in early summer of 1928 with Frederick Detwiller, a New York artist and Pemaquid summer resident. Detwiller was impressed with the paintings of several local fishermen and believed their work should be seen by the public. The fishermen and other local residents, encouraged by his support and praise, banded together to form what would become the Pemaquid Group of Artists.

Detwiller’s idea took full form in July 1928 when the first exhibition of the fishermen and local residents was organized in a gallery established in the Hall over the Clifton Hanna Garage in New Harbor. Five artists —  Simon Blaisdell, Frederick Detwiller, Parker Gamage, Dr. William Harvey and Guy H. Thompson — exhibited work. Other members joining the original group included Milfred Bowman, George Knipe and Guy Martin.

After four years at Hanna’s Garage, the exhibitions were held at various locations in the community, including the Willing Workers Hall, the Knights of Pythias Hall, a bowling alley in the Surf Casino, rooms over the New Harbor barbershop and The Mavooshen Elementary School.  From 1956 to 1959, artwork was displayed at the lightkeeper’s house at Pemaquid Point.

The building that now houses the Pemaquid Art Gallery was constructed in 1960 through the joint support of the artists’ group and the Town of Bristol. The architects, Alfred and Priscilla Dalmas, were also artists in the group. Prominent artist and past president of the Pemaquid Group of Artists Gene Klebe led efforts for construction of the gallery so artists would have a permanent place to display their work.

The long-standing tradition of exhibiting works by local Pemaquid Peninsula resident artists was altered somewhat in 2017 when the PAG Board decided to open membership to resident artists in all of Lincoln County. Once juried in, artists become lifetime members. While all of the members are residents of Lincoln County, much of their work has been shown in national and international forums.

Each artist has an individual panel or space for his or her work. In addition, there are numerous unframed and matted artworks. New work is displayed frequently. As a nonprofit, the Pemaquid Group of Artists maintains and runs the gallery through commissions, patron donations and membership fees. The group also provides financial aid each year to several visual arts programs, as well as a museum pass to the Portland Museum of Art through the generosity of gallery patrons and artist donated paintings.

For more information, call 207-677-2752 or visit

Pemaquid Art Gallery opens for Memorial Day Weekend

Pemaquid Art Gallery

The Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park will open its doors for a pre-season exhibit over Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors are invited to visit the gallery from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 29 to 31.

The gallery will fully re-open for the 2021 summer season on June 4 through Columbus Day with daily hours of 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Covid safety precautions will be in place, and masks are required.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 32 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2021 are all from Lincoln County.

This season, the artists welcome nine new artists. John Butke, a Boothbay resident, is a locally known oil painter. Gwendolyn Evans, of Walpole, excels at watercolor painting. Hannah Ineson, of Damariscotta, has transitioned from painting to clay works. Alexandra Perry-Weiss, of Bristol, will exhibit works in oil. Kim Skillin Traina, of Edgecomb, will present her pastel paintings. Candace Vlcek, a Wiscasset resident and pastelist, will also exhibit. Sherrie York, of Bristol, will display her linocut works. Carol Wiley, a resident of Newcastle, was juried in as a 2021 guest artist. She will exhibit her color-filled oil paintings. Also juried in as a guest artist is Brooke Pacy, of Waldoboro, who will display her signature oil paintings.

From left, new artists at the Pemaquid Art Gallery are Gwendolyn Evans, Candace Vlcek, Kimbery Skillin Traina, Brooke Pacy, Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Sherrie York and John Butke. Not pictured are Hannah Ineson and Carol Wiley.

Each year, the cooperative gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library. Artist-donated paintings and gallery patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2021 exhibiting artists who are returning include Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan and Bev Walker.

For more information, call the gallery at 677-2752 or visit

Holiday notecards available from Pemaquid Group of Artists

Cindy Spencer’s “Pemaquid Light” is one of the cards appearing in The Pemaquid Group of Artists notecard assortments.

With the holidays just around the corner and gift lists growing, The Pemaquid Group of Artists suggests considering boxed sets of artist notecards. The card assortments offer beautiful glimpses of mid-coast Maine and make excellent gifts and remembrances. There are two sets of notecards and each consists of a box of 10 assorted full color reproduction cards and envelopes. Each card is a recreation of an original painting by a member artist.

Card sets are available for view and sale at the Kefauver Studio on Bristol Road, Damariscotta (226-0974), the Jan Kilburn Bristol Road Gallery (563-8363), Damariscotta and Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery (478-550-8372), also on Bristol Road. A set of 10 cards is $20, plus $5 shipping per box. For further information and orders, contact Peggy Farrell at 677-2078 for details and mail orders.

The 2020 member artists include Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Damariscotta, Julie Babb, Damariscotta, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, William Curtis, Damariscotta, Dianne Dolan, Round Pond, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Sarah Fisher, Damariscotta, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Sawyer Hannah, New Harbor, Kathleen Horst, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, , Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol,  Judy Nixon, Bristol, Belva Ann Prycel, Damariscotta,  Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Cindy Spencer, Wiscasset, Liliana Thelander, Bristol, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Edgecomb, Barbara Vanderbilt, Whitefield, Bob Vaughan, Bristol, Steve Viega, Walpole, and Bev Walker, Chamberlain.

The gallery is closed for the season but expects to re-open in the spring of 2021. Purchase of original paintings by member artists is possible online at

Two Pemaquid Art Gallery artists are united in new directions


Two member artists of the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson, couldn’t be more different in the art they now create but are similar in working in new mediums, or at least mediums which are new to their fans, and are proving to be highly successful with these new directions.

They both show in Mid-Coast Maine and both are well known in other locations where they spend the winter and/or teach, Ineson in Southwest Florida and Kilburn in New Hampshire. They are both also much-in-demand teachers of their art and love teaching.

With the physical space of the Pemaquid Gallery closed this season due to Covid-19 precautions, then gallery is highlighting member artists throughout the season, whose work can be viewed and purchased online at

Jan Kilburn is a watercolorist from Damariscotta, and has a studio on the Bristol Road, which is part of a group of four galleries called The Bristol Road Galleries. She is primarily self-taught but has also studied with several great watercolorists and teaches much sought-after courses in watercolor in both mid-coast Maine and Dover, New Hampshire. Her prints and notecards are available in many mid-coast Maine locations. Her watercolors resonate with color, lyricism and a light beauty and warmth which express her desire to create “a peaceful place to which to escape” —much needed in these difficult times. She exploits the unexpected effects of watercolor in a masterful way and the viewer feels her love of the medium in the beautiful washes, varied edges and graceful sweep of her brushstrokes. 

She has recently started oil painting, studying with fellow Bristol Road gallery owner and Pemaquid member artist Will Kefauver, and her oil paintings carry on the same lightness of spirit, love of color and dancing movement across the paint surface as do her watercolors. The atmosphere they depict is welcoming, joyous and sparkling, providing yet again a peaceful place for the viewer to contemplate.

Hannah Ineson describes herself as a restless artist. She has 40 years of award-winning watercolor and oil painting under her belt, dividing her time between summers in Damariscotta and winters in Southwest Florida where she teaches at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and was Artist in Residence in the Everglades Big Cypress National Preserve. She teaches in the summer at her studio in Damariscotta and shows her work there, and also has taught in Mexico for Elderhostel, Wisconsin and many other locations. Her card and print designs have been popular in both Florida and Maine. She also teaches watercolor journaling, now on Zoom, and has self-published the Guide to Sketch Journaling with Watercolor.

Her new direction is pottery (clay art) and she creates a variety of useful ware as well as sculpture and decorative pieces. She says she chose learning a 3D craft for her own pleasure and finds clay well suited to her skills and enjoyable for its versatility. She loves texture and surface treatment, of which clay offers endless opportunity with which to experiment, and her clay work is almost all hand-built. Her pieces are charming, useful and beautiful, with playful impressions and textures in richly colored glazes.