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Asian brushwork in Maine

Work by Jean Kigel.

As August continues, Jean Kigel will feature her Asian brush paintings at her Back Cove Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro.

Kigel has established herself as a dedicated artist, blending Asian brushwork with the roughness of the Maine Coast. The late critic Philip Isaacson wrote, “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or with ink and color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose and bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.”

She began her study with the Vietnamese master Nguyn  Cao Nguyn in the 1980s and continued it with her travels to Japan and China. 

A member of the Sumi-e Society of America, and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel has exhibited in the East Coast, the Middle East and France.

The gallery is open during the month by chance or by appointment. Call first: 207 832-5152. 

Open house at Back Cove Gallery

Work by Jean Kigel.

During August, a salon-style exhibit at Back Cove Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, features new work by Jean Kigel in watercolor, Asian brush and oil.

“During this past year of relative isolation, I first created a series of abstract ink paintings depicting sun-bleached pieces of desert wood found in Utah’s Canyon Land National Park,” Kigel writes. “Later in the year, I moved on with sumi  to paint mountains, buildings and animals. Once spring emerged, I resumed use of color for Asian brush florals on gold shikishi boards, as well as watercolors of my own perennials. These paintings celebrate the natural rhythms of weather, seasons, the sea and cycles of plants, flowers and animals. My interest in nature, combined with a sense of color, design, curiosity and imagination,  marks these paintings.”

A member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual

Artists, Kigel has exhibited in the East Coast, the Middle East, and France.

Kigel will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 13, 14 and 15.

The gallery continues to be open during the month by chance or by appointment. Call to arrange: 832-5152.  

‘Les Animaux’ at Jean Kigel Gallery

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.

‘Walking with Trees’ at Jean Kigel Gallery

Work by Jean Kigel.

Jean Kigel Gallery will present the exhibit “Walking with Trees” during the first two weeks of July at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro.

Her signature piece, “Wildlife Preserve at Martin Point,” is one of three of her paintings to be recently selected for the Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State for exhibit in in Amman, Jordan. In this painting, Kigel captures sunlight bouncing from a maze of textured trunks and branches.

In other paintings, she focuses on rhythmic, backlit trees, and sometimes, she uses the motif of a single pine clinging to the coast or reigning over a barren. 

“From trees, I’ve learned stability, compassion and character,” Kigel says about her walks in local preserves during the pandemic. “From Wohllenben’s book, ‘The Hidden Life of Trees,’ I’ve learned the importance of looking beneath the surface of things.”

A member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel has exhibited in the East Coast, the Middle East and France.     This show can be seen in person at her new gallery and online at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment.  For more information, call 832-5152.

Jean Kigel Gallery presents ‘The Buzz about Bees’

Work by Jean Kigel.

Jean Kigel Gallery, located at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, will host “The Buzz about Bees” from June 18 to 30.

This show focuses on close-ups of Asian brush and watercolor florals, as well as their many pollinators. Look closely at Kigel’s Asian brush peonies, lotus and lilies, and you’ll see their pollen-laden stamen. Take a closer look, and you’ll find some of their pollinators.

The current buzz about bees is alarming, but Kigel’s paintings remind us that bees are far from the only pollinators.

“Bees are a large part of the story, but there are also other insects, birds, bats and wind that facilitate pollination,” Kigel says. “For this reason, I love to include flies, beetles, moths and birds in my floral paintings. Sometimes I even include wind as a pollinator.”

When Kigel creates Asian brush and sumi-e paintings, she first spends meditative time by her grinding sticks of ink with water on her ink stone. When the ink becomes slippery and dark, she pours it into porcelain saucers and dilutes it into varying tones from dark to light. This ink, combined with watercolors, produces her brush paintings.

A member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel has exhibited in the Mid-coast, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Discover this show both online at www.jeankigel.com and in person, by appointment, at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro. For more information, email jean@jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.

Jean Kigel Gallery in Back Cove Gallery presents ‘Glory of the Flower’

Painting by Jean Kigel

In June, Jean Kigel Gallery in Waldoboro is featuring watercolors and Asian brush florals inspired by Maine’s bulbs, tubers and trees.

The “hosts of daffodils” that ushered in the season have now been followed by columbine, dogwood, lupine and apple blossoms. As usual, seasonal blooms, like iris and rhododendrons, direct her palette and her hand. She finds the speed and rate of growth of flowers in Maine to be something extraordinary. Seasons creep up and just explode.

Watercolors are currently her favorite genre, and she paints directly, without preliminary drawings, pairing species and colors and leaving negative space.

Visitors are welcome to explore the artist’s surrounding perennial gardens and glimpse the Muscongus Bay shoreline.

“For me, observation is the key. Drops of dew and bug-eaten leaves are as important to me as color and shape when I paint,” Kigel says.

Kigel is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Sumi-e Society of America. This show can be seen in person at Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, and on line at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 832-5152.

Jean Kigel Gallery in Back Cove Gallery presents ‘The Thaw’ 

“Ice Out Back Cove,” by Jean Kigel.

 

We have set our clocks forward. The equinox has come and gone.  We are stripping off layers. And the roads have been posted. But we must endure the thaw.

During April, Jean Kigel Gallery, at 1396 Back Cove in Waldoboro, presents “The Thaw,” a series of paintings depicting that transitional season often dubbed Mud Season.

Living in Midcoast Maine has familiarized Kigel with its saltwater coves and stone-walled fields. Her watercolors in this show reveal the breakup of ice in saltwater coves and its slipping off from harbor pilings. She has painted hay rolls emerging from snow-patched fields, and woods with spring run-off. She includes ice fishing shacks being removed and traps and buoys coming out of cold storage. Some of her favorite paintings celebrate sugar shacks and bare apple orchards.

Also featured in “The Thaw” are Kigel’s Asian brush paintings. These include silhouetted trees and the last runs on ski slopes.

“Hopefully this ‘Thaw’ is more than the tilt of the Earth,” Kigel says. “Hopefully it also bodes the tilting away of COVID-19’s long, cruel grip.”

Kigel is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Sumi-e Society of America. This show can be seen in person at Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, and online at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 832-5152.

Waldoboro’s Back Cove Gallery presents Jean Kigel’s ‘The Year of the Ox’ exhibition

“The Year of the Ox,” by Jean Kigel.

Jean Kigel’s new Back Cove Gallery opens with a show of Asian brush paintings titled “The Year of the Ox.” This exhibit will take place online and at the gallery, located at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, throughout March.

Over the past decades, Kigel’s Asian brush paintings have received an overwhelming response both locally and in Canada. Her work has been featured widely, including at Rockland’s Archipelago, Newburyport’s Walsingham Gallery, Brunswick’s Tao Yuan Restaurant, and on the covers of three magazines. Her brush style is a combination of Chinese and Japanese technique, which she studied during her travels to these two countries.

In response to Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, Kigel has spent much of the past year painting a series of loose, bold brush paintings. Her signature piece, “Year of the Ox,” strikes a chord in this pandemic period, as the ox is symbol of hope and health in China.

Other paintings depict flowers, animals, landscapes, fish and cityscapes, both framed and unframed. These paintings suggest, more than depict, her subjects.

Gallery hours are daily by chance or appointment. Learn more at www.jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.

‘Tools of the Trade’ at Jean Kigel Studio

New work by Jean Kigel.

Jean Kigel’s final biweekly virtual theme show for the season is called “Tools of the Trade.” If you are drawn to old stuff, you’ll appreciate this series of keepsakes.

The show runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 9.

Kigel has amassed personal artifacts for these paintings.  Appropriately, this collection starts with her favorite tools for Asian brush painting. Then, in tribute to her mother, it includes early home kitchen tools like a Mixmaster, an ice crusher and a baked bean pot. Other household tools, many of which she has used herself, are a candlestick telephone, a sad iron and clamp-on roller skates. In tribute to her machinist/ woodworking father, she created a series of bit braces, calipers and an eggbeater hand drill. Last but not least, are tools for the land and sea, like wooden blueberry baskets and decaying fish piers.

Discover this show both online at www.jeankigel.com and in person, by appointment, at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, email jean@jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.

‘Back Yard Hens’ at Jean Kigel Studio

“Broody,” by Jean Kigel.

From Aug. 21 to Sept. 4, Jean Kigel Studio returns with Kigel’s bird series, this time with oil paintings of backyard hens.

These paintings weigh in on the current impulse to provide for oneself as much as possible, by raising backyard hens for meat and eggs.

Having grown up on a poultry farm, Kigel found watching hens to be a Zen experience. Her paintings capture the nuances of hens as they posture, peck, and strut. These small oils convey the broodiness, compassion, perplexity, and majesty that hens are capable of.

Discover this show both online at www.jeankigel.com and in person, by appointment, at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro.  Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, email jean@jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.