Descending Sun – Margaret Gerding, Artist Choice

“There is a hill in Damariscotta, Maine that only once you reach the top can you see the salt bay on the other side,” shares Gerding.  “I often feel like the trees found here are sentries keeping watch over both sides of that hill, one visible and one a secret that needs to be guarded.”

Blue Current – Ellen Granter, Artist Choice

Ellen Granter is an iconic Maine Art Hill artist. Many travel each summer in hopes of finding that special piece of her work that completes, enhances, or sometimes, even starts a collection. The Choice Show has always provided this opportunity first thing, every summer. “I’m so delighted to have been asked to be in the… Read more »

Cape Porpoise Morning – Ingunn Milla Joergensen, Artist Choice

There is also an added benefit to having an artist who also lives here.  This benefit looks much like Cape Porpoise Morning, Joergensen’s Artist Choice piece for the show this year. To be able to share a piece of the place you call home in your home is truly a special treat.

Self Heal – Susan Wahlrab, Artist Choice

“As I continue on my path, I notice color more and more.  This has led me to the flower as a representative of all of nature. Energy, spirit, beauty, story,  passion, reproduction and well, life!” shares Wahlrab.  “In taking a small piece of a large landscape, I notice and describe more and more intricate variations. And even though small, it certainly represents the whole.”

Opinions Exchanged – Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Artist Choice

“This painting is of sand, branches, rocks and tiny new spring life proposed by brushstroke. It activates and energizes the canvas, but at the same time holds it together,” says Fitzgerald. “I use texture to conjure objects and then paint over texture to suggest an underneath.”

Moonrise at Bass Creek  –  Alex Dunwoodie, Artist Choice

“I chose these six paintings for the show after spending the winter trying new approaches, taking a break from closely-cropped small still-life and water studies to work on larger surfaces and subjects. The result is partly the consequences of moving to a new workspace. My work was bound to reflect a transition,” Alex explains.  “I wanted to work on a variety of subjects, sizes, application of paint; I was free to try new things.”

Blissful Awakenings – Claire Bigbee, Artist Choice

A painting, for Claire, is an expression of those moments when struck by a view. It is her attempt to keep that white heat moment of excitement.  The middle tones in this painting have a darkness, the colors are muted, but there is a harmonious glowing quality, like a thin veil over everything.