The entire first floor of Maine Art is currently featuring work from artist Liz Hoag. While she was here visiting, she shared a few words with us regarding her work and her perspective of Maine. Her show will run through Thursday, Septemeber 21st.
“You take a photograph of a sunset over a lake and realize later when you look at the photo that there were branches in your view. You unknowingly wiped them from view when you were looking through the lens. But they’re there; part of the landscape that gives depth and frames the beauty. They are an integral part of the beauty. You take them in without thinking about them.
When you’re walking in the woods, you think “this is so peaceful” and look around at the “quiet.” It’s not just that the trees surrounding you dampen the sounds of nearby civilization, but the light and color around you also make the space “quiet. “ The warm light sifting through the trees, the colors of early morning or late afternoon, the cool blues and browns of the path all come together to give you that peace. At any time of day, even at midday with the bright light washing away some of the color, the balance of the trees, branches, light and dark of the forest still creates calm.
You go to the edge of the sea in Maine to find “calm.” Islands, boats, and seaweed break up the vast expanse. Rather than wrapping your arms around yourself as you might in the closed quiet of the forest, you instead take a deep breath and spread your arms wide. You find a different sort of peace here.
Paths, trees, branches, color, light, air, open space, water; we have it all here in Maine. Whether it’s looking up at trees in our suburban neighborhoods, driving down country highways, or walking trails to the lakes and sea; we have a visual peace and quiet within reach. You can find calm and beauty right along the road almost anywhere in Maine.”
We are open daily at 10 am. Please come visit or click here to see her entire show in a 360-degree virtual tour. Virtual Tour and Online Show.