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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.

Mother nature inspires dramatic differences for two artists

For two artists from the Pemaquid Group of Artists, Bob Vaughan and Bill Curtis, plein-air painting is a vital inspiration for their work, Vaughan’s in watercolor and Curtis’ in oil. Both work outdoors whenever the weather allows and complete paintings in the studio or create larger work in the studio from initial outdoor sketches. With the physical space of the Pemaquid Gallery closed this season due to Covid-19 precautions, the group is featuring member artists online at

Bill Curtis grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts, inspired and instructed by his father and uncle, well-known New England artists, and he fondly remembers family plein-air painting excursions with them and his brothers. He continued learning as an otherwise self-taught painter through private study with various artists and has painted landscapes for more than 40 years. He has been a member of the PGA for four years and recently moved to midcoast Maine full time to take advantage of “Mother Nature at her very best,” as he puts it. He will often do small oil sketches outdoors and develop them into much larger oil paintings inside the studio. He finds the outdoor experience essential for learning to “really see,” for example, what sunlight does on surfaces. He may return to one subject for several days in a row to capture fleeting visual effects. He has received awards and recognition for his work, which is in many private collections and has been shown locally and also at the Rockport (Massachusetts) Art Association.

His most recent work involves developing small, oil, plein-air sketches of the sea into larger format pieces. His style is powerfully impressionistic, revealing a great understanding of the play of light on waves, water and clouds. His depiction of the rich white surf of the local waters catching the light from a dramatic sky is both realistic and suggestive of the grandeur and powerful forces of nature. It is highly compelling, reminiscent of earlier masters in the richness of his style and his mastery of the oil technique.

Bob Vaughan decided to pursue his lifelong interest in art after a career teaching math and science, most recently in an independent boarding high school in Massachusetts. After retirement and moving to Maine, he began taking watercolor lessons from Damariscotta artist Jan Kilburn in 2010 and has continued on his learning path by taking workshops and studying books. Like Curtis, his love of the natural world and the beauty around him in Maine has been the main inspiration for his work, but he also is greatly attracted by Maine’s iconic historic houses and villages, favorite themes of his work. The watercolor medium, with its spontaneity and luminosity, has appealed to him most. He paints plein air with groups in the summer and is the president of the Pemaquid Group of Artists. His art has been on view in many local venues in recent years.

His depictions of the Maine scenes around him, both the natural world and the manmade, present fascinating contrasts with that of Curtis’. Vaughan paints a quiet, calm and peaceful world with light, luminous colors and with great enjoyment of the unexpected effects of watercolors and with great skill at delicate watercolor washes and elegant edges of forms. His use of color is subtle but highly varied and he experiments regularly with new hues and new layering combinations to achieve a broad range of effects. The play of light across surfaces and how that light shifts the neighboring color relationships are important focuses. Vaughan usually paints in a medium-sized format, requiring the viewer to take the time to stop for a while to slowly contemplate and appreciate the subtle effects of his gentle painting style. 

Julie Babb painting won by Pemaquid Art Gallery patron

The donated painting.

Chuck and Paula Hanson of Bristol, longtime patrons and supporters of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, are the winners of artist Julie Babb’s donated painting “Winter Finches” at an Aug. 8 drawing.

Pictured are Bob Vaughan, president of the artist group, and Julie Babb drawing the winning name.

“Winter Finches,” donated by Damariscotta artist Julie Babb, was the prize for the Pemaquid Art Gallery’s patron drawing at Lighthouse Park.

New work by Viega and Dolan at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Steve Viega

The Pemaquid Group of Artists offers an opportunity for art lovers this summer who may view and purchase the group’s art through its expanded website,, as the gallery remains closed due to COVID-19.

Dianne Dolan

Here we compare and contrast the work of two member artists, Steve Viega and Dianne Dolan, to illustrate the wide range of styles encompassed by the 30 artists in the group. 

Steve Viega creates elegant 3D work in wood and has worked with wood most of his adult life. He started with a degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College of Arts & Sciences in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and a love for finish carpentry soon developed. He honed that love and soon became involved in the boatbuilding industry in Maine where he worked as a joiner in famed boatyards in the mid coast.

In 1999, he opened his own business, Steve Viega Woodworks, in Walpole, where he offers a wide range of fine woodworking services, marine and residential, and also opened a gallery of his woodturnings. After a fire in 2016 destroyed his studio, gallery and new house, he rebuilt his business on the same site.

Today he continues to offer the same range of services, including furniture making, restoration and repair, specialty woodwork, as well as the repair and restoration of small boats and canoes. He continues his long-time work as a wood turner; it includes open forms, such as everyday utility bowls as kitchen wares and bowls as functional art. The stunning closed forms he creates are both stand-alone works of art and can have a function, such as cremation urns. He plans that his own gallery will be back up and displaying by this summer. His work can also be seen online at

In contrast to Viega’s works in wood, Dianne Dolan paints vibrantly colored landscapes in oil depicting grand, seemingly timeless, views of land, sea and sky, as well as still lifes of brightly colored familiar objects and flowers in interiors. She also has created 3D work in the form of artist books where she weaves her painting through the book’s accordion-pleated pages. Her work this year focuses on her landscapes and still lifes, with the beauty of the Maine environment and plein air painting inspiring her summertime work. She focuses on color in her landscapes and they have a beautiful, eternal quality due to her personal interpretation and vision inspired by specific plein air locations.

She received an art education at the Maryland Institute, with a BFA from the Hartford Art School and a Masters in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University that has allowed her to teach art, paint and show her work for the last 20 years. Her work has been exhibited at Galatea Fine Art, Boston; the Stovefactory Gallery in Charlestown, MA and she participates in juried shows at River Arts in Damariscotta and the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation. More of her work may be seen at her website,

Kathleen Horst’s current art exhibits

Kathleen Horst, principal of the Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery, has her artwork on display in several locations in Damariscotta this summer.

Horst has new watercolor originals and prints on display in several windows on Main Street.  In addition to her landscapes and still lifes, Horst creates montages of iconic Midcoast towns and locations. Taking the most interesting, beautiful and beloved buildings from the towns, she creates an assembly of images that visitors will recognize and remember fondly.

Horst is also part of a group show at the Damariscotta River Grill, showcasing local artists. Joined by artists Sandra Crabtree and Sandra Harper, the show runs until Aug. 17. 

Horst paints at her studio gallery,​ where she welcomes visitors in the afternoons. She is happy to welcome visitors, with only two allowed in the gallery at a time and visitors must wear a mask. Masks and hand sanitizer are offered, if needed. In addition to offering her own work at her studio gallery, Horst also has sets of notecards featuring the art of the Pemaquid Group of Artists available.

​For more information, call 478-550-8372, email at or visit  The Damariscotta River Grill can be reached at 207-563-2992.

Pemaquid Art Gallery watercolorists compared

Kathleen Horst, “Damariscotta, Theater-Side.”

This summer, The Pemaquid Group of Artists offers an opportunity for art lovers to view and purchase the group’s art through its expanded website,

The PAG Board decided not to open its physical gallery space this season due to COVID-19 risks and instead the public is encouraged to survey its art online.

Watercolorists Kathleen Horst and Paul Sherman, for example, illustrate the wide range of style and vision possible in the same medium and among the Pemaquid Artists.

Kathleen Horst was a high school level art teacher and a potter for many years, but her passion for watercolor led her to focus on that medium when she retired to Maine. She grew up in Florida, then moved to Macon, Georgia, where her love of the South’s richly colored natural world intensified. Not only a studio potter, she also created handmade, painted and glazed tiles of people’s homes, which became an easy transition to the house portrait part of her watercolor business. She now has her own gallery/studio on the Bristol Road in Damariscotta and is a member of the Bristol Road Galleries, a collaborative of four nearby galleries a short drive from downtown Damariscotta. Her work is presently viewable there, also in a group show at the Damariscotta River Grill and in several windows along Main Street.

Horst’s delicate and charming watercolors celebrate the coastal Maine landscape, its flora and fauna. She is fascinated by small coastal villages and historic architecture, as well as the variety of birds found along the coast. She has recently developed a specialty of depicting long horizontal, miniaturized, portraits of local towns and villages, often compressing a main street scene to feature the best known and most picturesque buildings in the center. Her bird and flower paintings are elegant, lush and dramatic but always retain the lovely luminosity typical of watercolor.

Paul Sherman, “Red-Blue-White.”

In contrast to Horst’s delicate style, Paul Sherman’s watercolors border on a surreal, boldly calligraphic depiction of form, moving towards abstraction. Often drawn to water, Sherman creates forceful images that reveal a fascination with reflections and waves and break up into flowing bands of color. His colors are limited, brilliant and unique to his own vision — bright pinks, blues and greens. Other subject matter includes landscapes, people, buoys and animals, even a crystal doorknob, always crisp and bold.

Sherman has pursued art for most of his life, studying with mentors and developing his own voice.  With a master’s in electrical engineering, he has been self-employed in many fields related to building, including shipbuilding, and is a musician, playing electric bass in a band. All of these experiences have impacted his art, and he sees the body of his work as “an orchestration,” which he performs as a bridge between the perception of the viewer and his own artistic vision. 

The 2020 Pemaquid Group of Artists gallery can be viewed online at