Daniel Corey on By January – An Artist’s Choice

06/26/2016 0 Comments
 
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Aldermere Farm is a traditional New England saltwater farm located in Rockport, Maine. It is nestled on the western shore of Penobscot Bay and has been an area landmark for generations thanks to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. It is also in the home town of one of our artists, Daniel Corey.

“I love the cows. They are very sweet and curious,” says Corey. “I will sometimes hold up my paintings for them when I’m finished. They seem to look them over with interest.”

By January is Corey’s Artist’s Choice piece for the Choice Art Show at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk.  It is one of three pieces of his work in the show. “This painting represents me and my work to the best of my current ability. Everything I have went into it,” says Corey. “The Belted Galloways are one of my favorite subjects when I’m looking for a challenge. For such big animals they don’t seem to stop moving. This makes it tough when trying to paint them.”

Aldamere Farm is known for its Belted Galloways and is one of the world’s premier breeders. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust maintains Aldermere as a working farm and educational center, helping visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture. Corey enjoys spending time here with his easel, his camera or his sketch book, or more often all three.

“This painting came together from multiple references and plein air sketches I did while at the farm,” say Corey. “I took so many notes and even photos. I was continually checking my drawing against all these references.”

The title of this piece was Corey’s choice to leave open to interpretation.  Leaving the viewer to wonder exactly what happens ‘by January.’ “I hate to take the wonder away from the wonderers,” says Corey. “I would rather let the viewer feel that sense of inclusion when they think they know. Ideally, they always do.”

To see the beautiful By January, as well as Ice Cream Night and Summer, come into Kennebunk and visit Maine Art Shows from 11am – 5pm any day. The Choice Art Show will run until Thursday, June 30. Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Ave. also has a collection of Daniel Corey’s work. For summer hours and to view his work online visit our website at www.maine-art.com and Daniel Corey – Artist Page.

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You can also read more about Daniel and his work with Maine Art on our blog. Maine Art Blog – Daniel Corey

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Maine Art Shows Opens June 11th

06/06/2016 1 Comment
 

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On Saturday June 11, Maine Art Shows will start the season, and continuing with tradition, will open with the Choice Art Show. This is the fifth year for the Choice Art Show, and as always, the art itself stays true to the charm and appeal of our area. All twelve artists have submitted works celebrating every aspect of Maine life. From the shores, to the forests, to the farms, this state is incredibly diverse, and all of its beauty is represented here.

The People’s Choice, the Editor’s Choice, and the Artist’s Choice have been voted on and selected, and we are ready to toast the curation of this one-of-a-kind show. With over six-hundred voters this year, the People’s Choice decision was overwhelming and exciting. “It’s the best way to start out the season at Maine Art Shows. To have the public be a part of the curation is rare. We enjoy the entire process more and more each year,” says Amy Lewia, Maine Art’s Gallery Director. “This year’s twelve artists submitted stellar pieces. It was a challenge for our voters. Happily, it was a fun challenge.”

Susan Grisanti, Editor-In-Chief at Maine Home+Design/Maine/Old Port Magazine and the woman behind our Editor’s Choice, also loved the challenge. “I always enjoy the process of selecting a favorite piece of artwork from each of the artists in the Choice Art Show. Considering each piece in the context of a larger, related body of work brings an extra layer of meaning to the work, but one piece usually rises to the top pretty quickly for me,” says Grisanti. “I’m always interested to see, after my vote, how my choice compares to the majority of voters. Weeks later, it’s fun to see the show in person and reconsider my choices, but I cannot recall ever changing my mind.”

Grisanti is not alone in her curiosity about the choices for this show. Many customers are incredibly anxious to see which three of the six pieces from each artist made it to the walls. For those who cannot wait until Saturday, the online preview can be seen here.  To find out the Artists’ and Editor’s Choices, you will have to visit Maine Art Shows starting at 11 a.m. on June 11th. But wait! Maine Art Shows will be open for a sneak peek of the final pieces during the Village Art Walk on Friday, June 10th from 5 to 7 PM.  This event is for viewing only, no sales will happen until Saturday morning.

Don’t forget – the opening reception for the Choice Art Show is Saturday, June 11, from 5 to 7 PM, as part of the Kennebunkport Festival. There will be many of our artists attending and available to talk more about their work. This catered reception is a ticketed event for the Festival, with the proceeds to benefit Full Plates Full Potential. Tickets are $40, and can be ordered online at www.kennebunkportfestival.com. For more information about tickets and the show, visit www.maine-art.com, or call the gallery at 207-967-0049.

Click here to see the online show now.

The Artists in the Choice Art Show: Daniel J. Corey, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Philip Frey, Ellen Welch Granter, Liz Hoag, William B. Hoyt, Henry Isaacs, Craig Mooney, Janis H. Sanders, Jill Valliere, Susan Wahlrab, and Abbie Williams.

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Maine Art Joins The Nonantum’s Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tour

05/19/2016 0 Comments
 

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This Sunday, May 22nd, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is happy to join The Nonantum Resort in hosting the first of two Spring Kennebunkport Progressive Dinners. May’s tour will be a small group visiting several of Kennebunk’s quality establishments in the resort shuttle. With only fourteen guests, this will be an intimate gathering. This visit will start with a private party at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture for appetizers, followed by Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School, Ports of Italy, Kennebunk, and One Dock Prime. At each stop guests will enjoy one course and a beverage.

Last year, the owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture had the opportunity to experience one of these Progressive Dinner Tours. “It is a wonderful way to dine your way around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport,” says John Spain. “When The Nonantum approached us about being the kick-off location for this year’s spring tours, I thought it was a great idea.”

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The next scheduled Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tour will happen on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Again, Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture will be hosting the first stop. Guests will gather at Maine Art Shows for a cocktail and appetizers, and a private look at the Choice Art Show. Other stops planned are Salt & Honey and 95 Ocean at The Nonantum Resort. One more local restaurant will soon be announced.

The Nonantum Resort offers the tour as part of an overnight package. It includes two tickets to the Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner, breakfast the next day, and two Nonantum Resort etched wine glasses to take home as a souvenir. To book online click here. Individual tickets can also be purchased for $95 pp by calling the resort at 207-967-4050. There are one or two tickets left for this Sunday’s event and several left for the event on Father’s Day.

Be looking for three more Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner Tours this fall.

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To read a more detailed account of one of last years tours visit www.kennebunkportmainelodging,com

 

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Let the Voting Begin – The Choice Art Show

05/05/2016 2 Comments
 
Let the Voting Begin – The Choice Art Show

“I know very little about art, but I know what I like.”

This is a phrase we hear many new customers use the first time they walk into the gallery. For new art buyers, just walking through the door is a bit outside their comfort zone.  The feeling of being overwhelmed and undereducated is a common one. At Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, it is our goal to change that. We want the gallery to be a place where beauty not only surrounds the customer, but it welcomes them in.

We are have an amazing and varied inventory and an incredible array of artists. But we have always found it beneficial to listen to the opinions of others with different views. And so, the Choice Art Show was born. This one-of-a-kind Maine art show allows you to help curate the final show. No matter how well we know our clients, it is still often difficult to know for sure what you, our customer, will fall in love with. And so, we ask.

The Choice Art Show starts with seventy-two original works from twelve artists.  The six pieces each artist submits will be narrowed down to three.  One, the artist chooses. One, Susan Grisanti, Editor-In-Chief at Maine Home+Design, chooses. The last piece is all up to you. Your vote chooses the last and final piece of the three (per artist) which will be featured at The Choice Art Show at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. Each and every artist represented in the show is one of the very best in the area. You can trust that no matter which piece you choose, many others will be in complete agreement.  All you need to do is click the link and let us know which one you like best. You have until Sunday, June 5th to vote. The “People’s Choice” winners will be announced on Monday, June 6th.

After clicking, you are directed to the Choice Art Show page. Here you begin voting.  Each screen shows you the six paintings each artist has submitted.  All you have to do is tell us which one you love most by clicking it and then clicking “Vote.” Once you decide, the site will show you what other customers liked and then move you forward to the next artist.

On Saturday, June 11th, the Choice Art Show opens at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk. When you walk through the doors, you will immediately recognize all the work you saw during the voting process. The question will be whether or not your favorite made it to the walls of the gallery.  The show will run for three weeks, until June 30th.  However, if you are in town for the Kennebunkport Festival, the reception for this show is one of the culminating activities on the final day of the festival. We welcome you join us from five to seven and enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists who created the work you voted on. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and happy voting!

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If you cannot make it to Kennebunk to see the show in person, the full catalog will be available for online viewing. Join our mailing list to receive an email on the day it goes live.

Also, if you can’t find the piece you fell in love with, visit the Artist’s Page on our website or the gallery on 14 Western Ave. All these pieces are far too beautiful to not showcase somewhere at Maine Art and will be on display at one of our two locations once voting is closed.

The Artists: Daniel J. Corey, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Philip Frey, Ellen Welch Granter, Liz Hoag, William B. Hoyt, Henry Isaacs, Craig Mooney, Janis H. Sanders, Jill Valliere, Susan Wahlrab and Abbie Williams.

Jennifer Clement – New Artist and New Work

04/07/2016 1 Comment
 

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Jennifer Clement is just as impressive on paper as she is on canvas. To start, she earned a BFA in painting and a Teaching Degree of Advanced Standing from Montserrat College of Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In addition, she holds an AAS in Marketing/Communication from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York. If that isn’t enough, she received an AAS in Interior Design from Newbury College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Although when asked, these degrees are not what she is all about. “It was alive, and fun, and wonderful, but didn’t fulfill the need to create something from nothing,” says Jennifer.

“Each piece starts with a feeling,” she says when asked about the content of her work. “A memory and a palette. Yet, often times it begins to dictate to me how it wants to shift and move. I have to let it happen.” Always deeply rooted in nature, she enjoys where her work takes her. An escape. Sharing her work, for Jennifer, is a way to also share this escape with others.

Jennifer spent summers in Wells, Maine with her grandfather when she was young. She later returned to the Maine coast as a teenager for six summers in a row. “My boyfriend’s aunt had a house in Biddeford Pool,” remembers Clement. These experiences were just the beginning of her love affair with the ocean. “There is a peace and balance when I am around the ocean.” This attraction fills her canvases, maybe not with a single beach or certain skyline, but with an emotion, a connection, a bond with the coast. “There is a piece of my soul in every work.”

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Clement describes her work as somewhere between Tonalism and Luminism. Her love of the misted landscape, a classic characteristic of Tonalism, sometimes leaves behind the dark, neutral hues of the late 1800’s for a brighter, bluer sky. We see this in pieces like Day’s End. However, her brilliant use of light sways her work more toward Luminism. A popular style in the mid to late 1800’s using the effects of light in a landscape. This is especially true in her nightscapes with the use of fading light, as in Embrace. Either way, the blend of these two styles leaves us with a canvas that is difficult to walk away from.

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Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is truly delighted to have Jennifer as part of our gallery family.  Our new collection of her work is presently on display at 14 Western Ave, Kennebunk. We welcome you to come in for a visit. As always, you can view her work on her Artist Page on our website. We look forward to having Jennifer visit the gallery this summer and will keep you posted on any opportunity to meet this amazing woman.

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A Bit o’ Green and Sunshine

03/17/2016 0 Comments
 
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Traditionally on St. Patrick’s Day, even those who do not have a lick of Irish in them can be found donning green shirts, green hats and even green socks.  We don’t even blink when our beer turns green for one day a year; we just raise our pint all the higher and toast with a friend we may not have met yet. It’s the spirit.

Here in New England, even Mother Nature gets in on the action. Most years (let’s forget last year) by March 17th, she has begun to work her magic on the grass and flowers and leaves.  It gives those of us who have braved yet another hard winter a bit more to celebrate. There is nothing like a bit o’ green and sunshine to make a Mainer smile.

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Between spring and St. Patty’s, we love this time of year at Maine Art. The streets outside our windows have a few more people wandering, shops that have been closed and dark since January are beginning to open their windows and air out the winter dust, and on those lovely days when the thermometer rises above 60 degrees, we start to smell the beginning of the season. Of course, our pot of gold looks more like Daniel Corey’s sunflowers in Of the Sun, and our Shamrocks are made of copper by Lyman Whitaker, but still we celebrate right along with the rest of you.

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So come in and share a permanent pint with Trip Park’s Old Country or bask in the spring leaves of Birch Tangle by Liz Hoag. We are here at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk and open from 10 – 5.  We are happy to be sharing the Luck of the Irish, or even some spring flowers with Light Over Shadow by Philip Frey. As always, you can view our entire collection online at www.maine-art.com.

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First Lives – The History of an Artist

02/25/2016 0 Comments
 

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We each have a history. They can be quite long or quite colorful – or both. Personal history is a kaleidoscope of people and places who have touched us and left their mark.  It is often very different than our present. But for all of us, it is what made us, for better or worse, who we are today.

While spending time at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, a customer begins to see connections between pieces from the same artist. There are threads that lace together works in a meaningful way. Each collection is, in many ways, a history in itself.  The staff at Maine Art is more than happy to share our artists’ names and inspiration behind the art that has captured your attention. Through this dialogue you begin to picture the artists at work. A room of blank canvases leaning against well worn walls, sunlight streaming though windowpanes illuminating partially painted pieces and brushes and palettes covered with color fill our imagination. It is a dream world, a haven, a place where this person lives and breathes. It is an artist’s world.

But there is more, so much more. Each of these artists has a history, a life, that brought them to where they are. However, like many of us, it is not what you may envision. When we look at a breathtaking landscape or detailed watercolor of the perfect autumn day, we don’t see lifeguards or waitresses at the easel. We don’t see mothers and fathers sculpting clay.  We certainly don’t see teachers or truck drivers with brush in hand, painting broad strokes across beautiful canvases. Yet, they are there. Hidden in the background, rooted in the memories and entwined in the art are these people.  These people that used to be, but have grown, changed and become artists.

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to some of these people.  The yoga teacher, the nurses aide, the photographer turned truck driver turned first grade teacher. And maybe, if we are lucky, the lead singer of a rock band who gave it all up to buy a small coastal art gallery. We shall see.

As always, we welcome you to come visit the gallery at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk or visit online at www.maine-art.com , but remember to check out our blog on Thursdays to get a peak inside The First Lives of the artists of Maine Art.

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When Winter is White

02/11/2016 0 Comments
 
There are some Maine residents that escape to warmer climates by December.  They don’t like the cold and hate the snow. There are also many who were born and raised, or transplanted by choice, who may not love an overabundance of the snow, like that which covered us from January to April last year. However, we have certainly grown fond of Mother Nature’s blanket holding us captive in front of fires, celebrating a day off from school and freezing the pond for skating. Then, there are “the crazies” – those who love it. They dream of skiing while they sit on the beach. They count the days until the snow sled is allowed out of the garage. They even wait patiently to cut holes in the lake and sit all day on frozen water and call it fishing.  For them, we are sorry that this year Thanksgiving was spent at the beach or golf course, Christmas should have been a BBQ and the Snow Sled Parade in northern Maine was an ATV extravaganza. For them, we are sharing a little reminder of, “when winter is white.”

Many will say, “If you don’t like the weather in Maine, wait a minute.”  This is funny.  When this post began, lawns were almost green. Now, as the finishing touches are added and links are being put in, Maine has been covered by the wintery white stuff  which we have been missing for most of the season. Finally, we are in it.  Maine Art and our artists are thrilled with this. We love snow as much as we love the sun… or almost as much.

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Craig Mooney, the master of the beachscape, is a skier in disguise; a snow bunny, not a snow bird. This is obvious in Snow Blanket, where he captures the quiet serenity and peace only a snow-covered landscape holds.  Many locals would love to be trapped in the little cabin which sits so perfectly in Hidden Cabin.

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Then there is Jill Valliere. This time of year she normally lives surrounded by a winter wonderland. Pieces like Carried Away and Catching the Drift are a beautiful representation of what is ordinarily her back yard.  As February arrives, she is finally enjoying the beautiful bend of trees under this new-fallen snow and the crystal-coated branches which are often her inspiration.

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Valliere is not the only one of our artists who finds beauty in the winter trees. Artist Susan Wahlrab captures the whitewashed branches with her unique watercolor technique.  First Snow and Snowflake are both done on claybord and finished with varnish.  The paths that she travels are familiar and mysterious at the same time.  They capture you and bring out a desire to find your own winter walk in the woods.

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Lastly, there is Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s Silver and Skyward Boys.  These two hint to a cooler time and place.  A place where the rocks, shells and sea life are in a sleepier spot to wait out the winter.  The silver and blue whisper of winter, and bring us back to the coast of Maine during a time of year many others leave it behind. This place is a local place.  It is the sunny day in February that often lures us back to the rocks for a just a few moments in the sun.

Our hope is not to jinx, but just to remind of the wonderland we call home. Mother Nature kept us waiting in anticipation, but has now decided to decorate Maine in a way we here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture are much more accustomed to this time of year. There is no way to know how much snow will come between now and spring. It will be welcome. Maybe not when we are shoveling it, but at least when we are sledding, skiing and walking through what we love about winter in Maine.

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For the Love of Red

01/21/2016 0 Comments
 
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For the month of February, Kennebunkport is turning red – every shade of red.  Driven by the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, we are embracing the month of February and all it stands for.  The town will transform its normal winter wonderland into a sea of scarlet lights and ribbons. Visitors will find amazing deals on hotels stays, restaurants and of course, shopping. If you are in doubt for what to do to celebrate this very special time of year, look no further; Kennebunkport is ready and waiting for you to Paint the Town Red.

Audrey Hepburn, the woman that personifies the color, said, “There is a shade of red for every woman.”  Whether it be crimson, rose or ruby, we all love our favorite shades. The artists at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture do too. They know how to capture not only your interest, but your emotions with sweeps and strokes of this most remarkable color. “Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger and adventure,” says Color Matters.  “It is the color of energy and primal life forces.”  Our very own Robin Mix is skilled at swirling this fire and spirit into his glass sculptures.  Pieces like Temple of Doom and Roualt Red with Orange are filled with power, or you can find the calm and gentle love delicately blended in pinks in his piece Pink Smoke.

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The walls of Maine Art are proof of the varied emotions this color can produce.  The bright reds Mother Nature herself provides, especially in the flora that surround our state, bring a smile and much happiness with just a glimpse. They are a reminder of love and passion even in nature. Karen McManus, Sandra L. Dunn and Monique Sakellarios all capture this in acrylic. Summer Harbor Hollyhocks, Opium Field and Paula’s Poppies will bring joy to any room.

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There is the fun and whimsy of a carefree color that excites both adventure and amusement.  Though their works are very different, each of these artists loves the effect this color produces.  Home Slice by Trip Park, William B. Hoyt’s Clippers and Dillan, David Whitbeck’s much loved lobsterman, each grab your attention.  Amazingly, not only does the wonderful red tone catch your eye, it holds it.

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Lastly, you will find the classic red that is scattered throughout Maine.  Her barns and boats come alive with dark shades of crimson and cinnamon. They are iconic. In Russia, the word “red” means beautiful. No other word is necessary for the feelings of home and warmth that radiate from works like Mountain Barns from Janis H. Sanders, The Red Peaked House by Abbie Williams and Lucky Day from William B. Hoyt. Each draws us in and reminds us of the comfort found inside these places.

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So bring your woman or man, or even just yourself, to the coast of Maine this February and help us celebrate the love found here. Eat, drink, shop and play in Kennebunkport.  We welcome you to visit Maine Art at 14 Western Avenue to check out all artists or visit us at www.maine-art.com.

For a full calendar of activites and events visit http://lovekpt.com.

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Trees

01/14/2016 0 Comments
 
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This past fall we introduced Liz Hoag to the Maine Art extended family.  The entire first floor of the gallery at 14 Western Ave. was filled with a collection of her work which was centered around her love and interesting perspective of trees. “Tangle” was a wonderful success.  However, Hoag is not the only artist we represent that has a fondness for these incredible works of Mother Nature.

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Hermann Hesse, the winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in literature, wrote, “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.”  Our artists have expressed this exact sentiment through paint and brush. The up close look at the intricacies of birch branches like the the work of Liz Hoag, the blur of green from a “tribe” of pine and spruce in Dusk, Mink Island by Karen McManus and of course, the strength and courage found in the simplicity of Lone Pine by Abbie Williams and Majestic Pine by Sandra L. Dunn.

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We are familiar with trees that represent all aspect of our lives: the family tree, the tree of life and even the famous children’s book by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree.  Strong branches and deep roots are personified in poetry and song all over the world.  Metaphors are found scattered in literature both new and classic. Confetti-like leaves, strong as the old oak, or the centennial pine. For years these wonders of nature have sheltered, decorated and inspired.  So it comes as no surprise that these same themes are seen in art. Be it the famous works of Van Gogh or O’Keefe or new pieces just created, like Catherwoods from Trip Park.  We surround ourselves and celebrate the trees.

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Most amazingly, their beauty is found in all forms from the stark bark waiting in hibernation as in Susan Wahlrab’s varnished watercolor, Snowflake or the resting Catharsis from Jill Valliere. We celebrate the color of autumn we see in Edge of the Woods by Alex Dunwoodie or even the promise of spring and new beginnings which Henry Isaacs illustrates in Saturday Afternoon, Santa Barbara. Even in the death or darkness of these plants we find meaning and beauty.  Our own Philip Frey displays this perfectly in Forest Floor.

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We house so many beautiful and inspiring pieces that spark viewers to stop, take a breathe and enjoy.  We welcome you to come in and share them with us. You may just want to wander through and appreciate the work, or maybe, just maybe, you will take one home to help fill your house with this happiness.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth… whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”  – Hermann Hess

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