6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Peace on Earth” by Susan Wahlrab

06/27/2017 0 Comments
 

Peace on Earth - by Susan Wahlrab

“Nature, as always, is my artistic muse. It is also where I connect to peace and well-being all around,” says Susan Wahlrab.

Wahlrab is a visually oriented person. When sitting in the presence of nature, she feels, energetically, a calm of deep connection. Yet she also loves the variety of color, shape and texture. In her mind, there are infinite possibilities to notice and explore through the art-making process.

“I am so stimulated and ready for the sometimes maddening process of attempting to describe, in paint, a tangible place that is made of energy, spirit, color and form,” Wahlrab says. “It is constantly shifting.”

At the top of the list of places she explores, of course, is the coast of Maine. She has been spending time here in the transition seasons. This is a time when things are quiet, and the hues are both subtle and vibrant.

“My new favorite place is Schoodic Point, a part of Acadia National Park.  A dear friend of mine let me know that if I am there at dead low tide, there is an island just off the coast I can walk to and explore,” Susan explains.

Many of her new pieces come from, what she describes as, one amazingly magical morning. “Low tide was at six in the morning, so I was up at the crack of dawn. Everything was quiet, and the day was just beginning. At first, it was quite foggy. This is where Peace On Earth finds its more subtle tones of the early morning,” remembers Wahlrab. “I was walking across to the island, and I was in absolute bliss.”

After quickly exploring the tiny island, the sun rose and presented the fiery reds of the blueberries in fall.  We see this in Fired Up, the Editor’s Choice for the show.

Fired Up by Susan Wahlrab

Wahlrab considers herself extremely fortunate to be an artist and to be able to spend all winter in her studio re-living such a day through her paint. “Paintings are truly impressions and memories of being alive and present,” she says. “I feel my job as an artist is to create something that then translates and stimulates whomever is in its presence, hoping they make their own inspiration and connection.”

Susan Wahlrab

To see more from Susan Wahlrab visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – Ellen Welch Granter Explains the Boats

06/26/2017 0 Comments
 

Likely by Ellen Granter Harbor Perception Clear Picture by Ellen Granter

Ellen Welch Granter has been with Maine Art long enough to be considered a veteran of the Choice Art Show. The quality of work Ellen gives continually exceeds any expectations and raises the bar. This year, things were no different.

Granter says, “When I received the invitation to join the 6th Annual Choice Art Show, I was determined to shake myself up a bit. I wanted to do something different than might be expected. After painting a good many birds over the years, it seemed to be time to change course. With a deep breath, I decided to focus on ‘Boats at Rest’ as my theme for this year.”

Shake things up, she did. All six pieces Ellen delivered to be considered for the Choice Art Show were spectacular. We knew of her love for her birds, but boats were a complete surprise.

“You might think that sailboats resonate with me because of a love of sailing,” shares Granter.  “In fact, much to the disappointment of my father who was a world-class sailor and lover of all things nautical, I get extremely seasick. Growing up, I also may have been a little sick of hearing about how much fun sailing was.” In Granter’s family, the ’S’ word was Sailing.

Utterly Simple by Ellen Granter Beached Dory by Ellen Granter

She did survive several seasons in the Rochester Frostbite Association, an intrepid group of fierce competitors who braved the brutal, bitter cold of a Lake Ontario winter and sailed no matter the conditions. “That did not distill in me a love of boats, either,” she laughs. “The loud, and often hilarious, rules protest arguments in the bar afterwards were, however, almost worth the whole effort.”

Seriously, why the boats then?

“I began painting boats because I love the way they evoke a sense of peace and calmness,” says Granter. “Whether they are in the fog, in the sun, or in a busy harbor, their curvy lines and sense of possibility are always an invitation to paint.”

Upon looking at all of Granter’s work for the Choice Art Show, one would never expect such a story. Yet, we are glad of her father’s influence, even if it was in an indirect way.

“I do enjoy the sailing life,” she admits. “I just enjoy it from solid land.”

To see more of Ellen Granter’s work, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – Abbie Williams on Loosening Up and Having Fun

06/25/2017 0 Comments
 

Sheepscot Meadow by Abbie Williams

Abbie Williams considers herself a traditional New England artist. With strong family ties in Maine, she has spent many years calling it home. Recently, however, things have changed.  With a move to Taos, New Mexico, the biggest change is where she calls home, but with this comes an altering of her work, as well.

Williams says,”I am painting more loosely. My work has a more abstract look, and I am loving it.”

Sheepscot Meadow, her Artist’s Choice for the Choice Art Show, is the perfect example of this. The colors are brilliant and woven together in a stunning tapestry of Mother Nature’s finest work. A semi-abstract piece that blends the colors of New Mexico with the flora of Maine.

“This is my pasture in Nobleboro. The wild flowers are stunning. I tried not to get too caught up in the detail, however, but focus more on the color and the texture,” says Williams. “Weaving colors together is something I gave up when I went into acrylic, but I am trying to bring it back. Sometimes the details suck me back in, and I have to make the conscious effort to stay loose.”

Williams doesn’t like painting on a white canvas. She tones each in a variety of colors, from brilliant orange to yellow to ochre. This gives her a place to start, even though very little of that base color still shows through when she is finished.

“The colors draw me in. It is why I paint. Although, I try not to have so much narrative in my work,” she says. “I believe in leaving more of the story up to the viewer. I am getting back in touch with my imagination, and I hope the viewer uses their own imagination while taking in my work.”

Abbie is completely enjoying herself these days. She is the first to tell you that she has been “playing” more in her work. “To put it simply,” says Williams. “The best part is it’s so much fun.”

Abbie Williams

To see more work from Abbie Williams visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Enchanted” by Jennifer Clement

06/24/2017 0 Comments
 

Enchanted - by Jennifer Clement

For Jennifer Clement, paintings are difficult to put into words. They are more about emotion, and the desire to share these emotions.

Clement says, “I don’t seem to have the correct language. I guess that is mostly because my works have less to do with words and more to do with feeling. They are a product of how I experience this world around me.”

Jennifer believes her work is born from a visual moment where she becomes a part of it. It moves her both emotionally and spiritually. Often inspired by dreams remembered, her work is always somehow familiar. “It is like a memory or déjà vu,” she says. “I can never quite place my finger on it.”

Enchanted, her Artist’s Choice in this year’s Choice Art Show, was created after a similar type of dream. “The place was vast, and I was surrounded by colors I had never seen before. They were alive and continuously shifting, but so subtly and softly my eyes could not capture them long enough to study them or commit them to memory,” says Clement. “It was magic.”

Jennifer’s work is quite subtle, with very gentle transitions of color and shape. The paintings do not grab you from across the room, but rather softly whisper. They are a gentle welcome to the viewer. They provide time to relax, let go and take a moment.

“I want people to stop thinking, to get out of the mind and into the heart,” says Clement. “My paintings offer the viewer what they need, not necessarily what I feel. They are not about me, but rather about the viewer finding their own meaning.”

Clement describes her paintings as poetry without words, and she mostly paints for herself. She says, “For me, the process of painting is a gift, a retreat and a practice, like a meditation, prayer or religion.”

Jennifer Clement

To see Clement’s work and the rest of the 6th Annual Choice Art Show, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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**** In addition to painting Jennifer donates her time fundraising to rescue horses in danger of slaughter.  She works directly with Hidden Pond Equine Rescue, a 501(c)(3). The mission of Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately re-home equines that are at direct risk of slaughter. Please contact Jennifer directly for corporate, personal donations or to set up a fundraiser.

   

6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Beyond the Horizon” by Jill Valliere

06/23/2017 0 Comments
 

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Beyond the Horizon - Jill Valliere

Jill Valliere is a Maine artist who has a unique and interesting process, but for anyone who knows Jill’s work, it may be a surprise to see her newer pieces. In some, the metal leaf is absent. But, as always, there is a story behind this new inspiration.

Valliere says, “I had a bumpy start in the studio this winter. A hearty case of Artist’s Block. Every now and again this happens to all of us, so I am told, but this one was a doozie. I tried different things to work through it, but nothing was breaking the spell.”

Then Valliere received some advice from one of her dearest friends and things changed.  At the time, this friend was going through an aggressive round of chemo and what started as a concerned call, soon morphed into a pep talk for a blocked artist. “I can’t explain why, but this conversation flipped the switch for me. It put things into perspective. I spent the rest of the winter happily, and obsessively, working in my studio. The better news, my wonderful friend is now cancer-free and moving on to happier times in her life.”

Being the kind of artist who needs to continually experiment with her paintings, this new, fresh perspective allowed her to push the boundaries a bit more than normal. “Whether it is trying out a new tool, a new material, changing a technique or experimenting with subject matter, change keeps me engaged and excited in the studio,” says Valliere.

This is when Jill decided to set the metal leaf aside, and try something a bit different. “I am still applying the usual layers of tinted gels and glazes, as well as the use of sandpaper and scraping tools,” she says, “but just with a lighter hand.” Her Artist Choice piece, Beyond the Horizon, exemplifies this new process.

“I love the idea of seeing a dramatic sky, but only in the reflection. With the water being so unusually calm and quiet, it was a perfect mirror image,” says Valliere. “This was the first piece I tried without the metal leaf behind it, and the first time I tried this composition. I am thrilled with the results.”

We are assured this certainly won’t be the end to the metallics for Valliere, but we may see more of her new work intermingled with her metal leaf pieces in the future.

Jill Valliere

Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Brackish Sweetheart” by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

06/21/2017 0 Comments
 

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Brackish Sweetheart by Jeffrey Fitzgerald

“She’s mystery,” says Jeffrey Fitzgerald about Brackish Sweetheart.

Fitzgerald is a Maine artist and calls the beautiful town of Ogunquit home. There he is surrounded by the unique waters, known as brackish water. Where the river meets the ocean, the waters blend, swirl and swell to create something truly engaging.

“I spied last summer’s leaves in flux, the river’s freeloaders making their way downstream. The vines and ivy, suctioned and wrought, fully adorned to a big trunk,” says Fitzgerald. “The seaweed was circling and even a periwinkle and a pebble were afloat.”  This salt water spin caught his eye. “I look to bring these things together in Brackish Sweetheart. The painting is about growth and water caught in a spiral. It is the brew of river life meeting the sea.”

Fitzgerald, who works mostly in acrylics, finds the physical and emotional energy of the ocean and coastline. His paintings find a balance, story, and power between the creative process and the world as he sees it.

“This painting is about process and story along and among events. I endlessly break the day into compositions.  Those ephemeral moments become working paintings,” say Fitzgerald.  “It is much more than infatuation, the tug of desire to conjure tactile objects and places. Brackish Sweetheart is driven by gesture and color, but also by medium, brushstroke and negative space.”

Jeffrey Fitzgerald

To see more of Jeffrey Fitzgerald’s work, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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The 6th Annual Choice Art Show

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – Cliff House and Roses by Janis Sanders

06/19/2017 0 Comments
 

**Come meet Janis at Toroso on Tuesday, June 20th from 5-7. Click here for details.

Cliff House and Roses by Janis Sanders

“This spot at the end of land at Bailey Island, Maine is continually overflowing with beauty and drama. The surf somehow dips and pounds the shore even on, what appear to be, calm ocean water days,” says Janis Sanders. “The thud and thunder resonate through you.”

Sanders stumbled upon this location a few years ago when en route to home from mid-coast Maine in late in June. “The sun was getting low, casting gold like chiffon over every surface,” he remembers. “It was seemingly palpable in the crisp, cool, soft breeze. I wanted to savor it, absorb it.”

Like all artists, Sanders takes liberties in this painting to portray the contrast and juxtaposition of this scene the first moment he took it in. “I have these ‘Aaah!’ moments. They are filled with glee and delight,” says Janis about the inspirations for Cliff House and Roses. “The movement of something so grand, while we are so small. It happens in seconds. Then I have to figure out how to take those few fleeting moments of emotion, observation and interaction and put them to paint.”

Sanders emphasis is on the movement of the wind and tenaciousness of the grasses. He has bold, broad gestures to indicate the sway and the strong stance of the flora. “This place is not timid, nor is my application of paint. The paint can pile up, and does, adding an element of three dimension and power, “ says Sanders. “Theory says I could smooth it out, instinct says to leave it alone, let it speak.”

Janis Sanders

To see more of our Janis Sanders collection visit Maine Art Shows from June 10 to June 29 to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Beach Babes” by David Witbeck

06/18/2017 0 Comments
 

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David Witbeck’s work has a classic charm and character. He captures coastal life like no other New England artist. This year, however, he decided to use the Choice Art Show to play with another idea.

Witbeck says, “I’ve been painting my signature fishermen for eleven years. They’ve become my identity as an artist, but it’s not all I am.” David goes on to explain, “A couple years ago, I did a series of nudes that were great fun to do and a lot of people seemed to enjoy them. Yet, it takes a brave person to buy one and hang it in the family home,” he pauses, “though there were a couple.”

Time passed, and Witbeck’s pile of figure drawings continued to grow. Recently, he revisited the idea with the addition of bathing suits. This time painting his ‘girls’ in a more stylized manner.

“Before fishermen or BF as I like to say, I’d often create very minimalist paintings. The composition is much more important than the nominal subject matter. Think Milton Avery and Diebenkorn,” Witbeck refers to two influential painters.  “My new ‘beach babes’ incorporate the nudes of a couple years ago and early minimal paintings of ten-plus years ago. Conceptually they are not that far removed from the rest of my oeuvre.”

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The underlying concern in all Witbeck’s work is composition, shape, and, to a lesser extent, color. It’s more obvious in the Beach Babes.

“I struggled hard not to model the shapes to give the illusion of a third dimension. They’re deliberately flat. Although, I couldn’t stop myself from penciling in the suggestion of facial features,” says Witbeck. “Then I decided to name them with common names, just as I do with the fishermen and lobstermen.”

David did comment that the names may or may not reference real women, in case anyone is wondering. Here at Maine Art, we love celebrating the women of summer in all shapes in sizes.

David Witbeck

If you are interested in getting to know all the Beach Babes, visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Sailor’s Delight” by Holly Ready

06/16/2017 0 Comments
 

Sailors Delight - Holly Ready

Holly Ready is known for her amazing Maine skies. She captures both sunrises and sunsets with such vivid color, she rivals Mother Nature herself.

“With all my paintings, luminosity is an important element.  It is usually the vehicle that involves the viewer with my work,” says Ready. “Each painting starts out with careful attention to the composition.  The process of layering shapes of color on a clean canvas, using value, temperature and intensity, becomes an intuitive dance of the senses. Eventually, the painting evolves and takes on it’s own personality once the colors start interacting.”

Having lived along the Maine coast for most of her life, she is compelled to express onto canvas the feelings of excitement, peace and contentment she derives from her surroundings.

“It’s the feelings I’m trying to transfer to the viewer in my work,” say Ready. “Be it a crashing wave, a peaceful marsh or a vibrant sunset, each convey a feeling, a time of day, and a time of life.”

For Ready, Sailor’s Delight is a close-up of that special time of day when the sun sinks quickly and the changing light creates vibrant colors in the clouds, but then vanishes into night.

“I loved the process of painting this painting because of the abstraction in the shapes and the layering of these shapes and colors to create that burst of intense light. It is that moment of splendor,” says Ready. “It is my ‘ah-ha’ moment.”

Holly Ready

Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call 207-967-0049 or emai info@maine-art.com.

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 6th Annual Choice Art Show

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6th Annual Choice Art Show – “Dining Alfresco” by William B. Hoyt

06/14/2017 0 Comments
 

Dinner Alfresco by William B. Hoyt

Choosing a favorite painting is not always an easy task for an artist. This year, however, William B. Hoyt did not find his decision difficult.

“Oh, this painting was an easy choice for me. It’s an illustration of the Maine state motto,” laughs Hoyt as he goes on to explain. “My daughter, Gwen, her husband and their four children come to Maine in the summer. Their house looks out on Gilkey Harbor in Islesboro. It’s a good stopover for the windjammers. They come sailing in at the end of the day and drop anchor, often leaving their mainsails up until everything else is settled.”

Hoyt is a lover of all things Maine, especially the sailboats, and often his imagination and attention are caught by the simple things Maine has to offer.

“The setting sun bathed us in light when it dropped below the eaves of the porch. The water sparkled and danced with it,” says Hoyt. “I have to pinch myself when a scene like this unfolds before me. It’s practically sensory overload.”

Even though Hoyt’s home and studio are in Vermont, his heart is often in Maine. His summer travels bring him in and out of the most remote parts of our coast, both by land and by sea. It is what gets him through those long snows of winter.

“I save the beauty of these moments for later, sometimes months later. In the dead of winter when snow is piling up on my skylights, I have to stop painting to go out and clear it off, shovel the walk, and put more wood in the stove. Then I am able to go back to ‘work’ and paint and enjoy ‘the way life should be’ and that brief perfect moment of summer.”

Dining Alfresco is just one of three pieces from William B. Hoyt in the 6th Annual Choice Art Show. Visit Maine Art Shows from June 10th to June 29th to see the 6th Annual Choice Art Show in person. We are located at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The gallery is open every day from 11AM – 5PM. FMI, please call at 207-967-0049 or email at info@maine-art.com.

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