“I am trying to reimagine my image of Maine Art Gallery. It has become so much more than the traditional Maine gallery, and this show has so much more than the classic Mooney sky,” says Craig. “It is by far the most all encompassing display of my work.”
Craig Mooney has a variety of motifs he is known for. We love his skies and sails and coastlines. Normally, each motif is focused on separately. There was a special inspiration, however, that nudged him into bringing three of his favorites into one piece.
Mooney says, “In this time and age we are entering, people are looking for an escape. This new series of work offers that. My recent works are more romantic motifs. I want to give people a place to go for a bit of peace. Its that feeling found when spending time with a painting, then suddenly it captures you. It holds on, and you are there, even if only for a while. Its more than just seeing it, it is feeling it. The work has to be sincere.”
When visiting Craig Mooney in Stowe, Vermont this generalization held true. Craig has a fabulous space off a small gallery in Stowe. It is large and bright, and has become more than just his space, but part of his process. In the very center of his studio is a large rectangular table that holds his brushes and paint. No matter what it looks like to the outsider, it is organized chaos to him.
Brickyard Enterprises is located in Ferrisburgh, Vermont in the beautiful Champlain Valley. They are a small company run by Mike Poskas and his wife, Ann. They are also live about a half mile from Rebecca Kinkead.
Mike and Rebecca’s husband, Jaime hunt together. Knowing Mike was on furrow from his job as a commercial airline pilot, Jamie tossed a very random idea his way.
“When Jamie asked about making stretchers for Rebecca’s canvases, Mike was all in,” says his wife, Ann. “Then he promptly came home and researched what a stretcher was and how to make one.”
Craig Mooney has been exploring. Not in a sail boat. Not out on the sea. He has been exploring in his studio in Stowe, Vermont, and he has invited us to join him.
Friday evening the streets of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport sparkled. The street lights and warmer than normal temperatures off-set Mother Nature’s attempt at washing out October’s Village Art Walk. Instead, we walked in the rain, celebrated a beautiful autumn, and enjoyed the company of artist, Craig Mooney.
The companion to Evening Sky is Quiet Haze. It has those same orange tones, but this time they are settled down and snuggled into the land. They have seeped into the waters and clouds and appear to mere remnants of what once was. As Evening Sky sings, Quiet Haze just whispers.
As much as we all celebrate this change of season, it is hard not to miss the summer. Days spent in bright sunshine, warm sand, and crashing waves fill our minds. Craig Mooney knows this all to well. He spent his summer with his wife and two year old daughter getting reacquainted with the seagulls and seaweed. It was a summer he too is not all that eager to forget. And so, in the midst of his show From A Distance, you will find Beach Day and Low Tide Strollers.
We have seen the craggy, sea-worn man before in Mooney’s work. The Old Man and the Sea and Storm Watch are classic fisherman. They are the men who have been here for generations and will continue to be here long after we are gone. But why do they stay? Why do they get up at dawn and come home at dusk facing brutal wind and freezing water? The same reason that lures the rest of here, the water.