There is no better way to celebrate summer than to be on or near the water. With that comes boat trips and harbor wandering. Both David Witbeck and Bethany Harper Williams have captured the love of each but in very different ways.
Susan Bennett is one of the talented artists at The Works, one of six galleries at Studios on Maine Art Hill. She is an accomplished sculptor who has always called Maine home. Working mainly with steel and carbon steel she creates abstract sculpture representing her views of nature.
“The color palette is unlike anything else I have ever done,” says Witbeck. “It started out with a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, following my same traditional color scheme. Then something happened.”
“Each time I return, I am amazed at how the views continue to captivate me. I find myself literally stopping and taking photos again and again, often of the same scenes,” she laughs. “The light is always different. The clouds. The water. I love seeing how the light and colors change through the year.”
“I work with water-based materials because they are immediately responsive. They remind me that life does not allow for ‘do-overs’,” she shares. “The only certain thing is here, now.” The fluidity of her materials allows Marta to be spontaneous and curious which is essential to crafting a painting or series of paintings. “There is nothing better than a drop of water with paint merging into it,” shares Marta.
Friendship Sunrise, found at The Gallery, is that skinny little painting he is referring to. With the reflection of the morning sun turning the surface of the water the brilliant yellow, it was the beginning of something more.
“I dedicated much of my early career to the development of technique and refining my craft. I do my best to honor traditional Italian glassmaking techniques,” says Webster, “ but I create unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Made by hand, start to finish, one vessel at a time.”
Williams often has figures in her paintings. “I am trying to capture a moment in time. I’m not concerned with who the people are, but I’m trying to invoke a memory others can relate to,” shares Williams. “My people have become even more simplified, much less detailed.” In her latest series of Beach Days, the figures are simple strokes of color. But as simple as they are, she still captures the movement and interaction, the mood and activity.
All four of us, each a visual artist of one kind or another, saw “it” at the same moment. The potential of glass to be lit from behind by reflection while setting upright in a wood base. Abstracts, representationals, portraits, manipulables, different colors overlapping and creating secondary and tertiary colors, shapes and negative spaces combining to make new shapes and spaces.
Each piece of Hoag’s features nature and light interacting in a way that provides a new and different perspective on the normal surroundings of the natural world. Mother Nature often illuminates her creations in a way only few stop to notice. Liz Hoag is one of those few.