When something works…
celebrate it again.
That is exactly what we are doing from July 24 to August 12 with artists Bethany Harper Williams and David Witbeck. Starting at 10 AM Saturday, July 24, this dynamic duo fills the walls at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.
“In 2018, we showcased the talented pair with great success,” shares gallery owner John Spain. “Both Witbeck and Williams exemplify summer in paint. This season of sunshine is the perfect opportunity to do it again with their fun and colorful works.”
From the larger-than-life fisherman and lobsterman to his classic coastal scenes, David Witbeck does not disappoint. His varied content and color palettes this season are an excellent addition to his traditional collections.
“All my work is essentially big shapes based ever so loosely on reality,” says David Witbeck. “Regardless of what the nominal subject matter of my work may appear to be, to me, my oil paintings are about making interesting shapes and composing the surface of the canvas in a pleasing way.”
Likewise, Bethany Harper Williams uses small shapes to create her scenes of summer. Each small brush stroke is coupled with a collection of marks. The expanse of canvas allows Williams to play with texture, shape, and color, abstracting the elements but using figures or boats to put everything into context. Her addition of geometric patterns in her oil paint, however, often spark questions.
“I continue to abstract the details. I take the viewer away from the specifics of who and where and allow the image to evoke a personal memory. Therefore the painting resonates with each individual viewer,” says Williams. “The large spaces of water and sky are filled with patches of color accented with different textures, patterns, and whimsical marks. I like creating the unexpected. Adding little circles or squares serves as a reminder that it is not a photograph, but inspiration from a moment in time.”
Starting on Saturday, July 24, at 10 AM, the gallery at 10 Chase Hill welcomes the public to view and purchase these stunning celebrations of color and summer. Both artists will be at Shows on Saturday evening from 5 – 7 PM. They each are excited to share their process, inspiration, and new works. The Artist Reception is a free event.
Again, the show is running until Thursday, August 12th. This gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Plan to stop into our other three locations. The Gallery at 14 Western Ave, The Grand Hotel Gallery at 1 Chase Hill, and Studios at 5 Chase Hill. All are open during the Artist Reception and every day this summer. Open daily at 10 am. Check the website for summer hours. FMI www.maine-art.com
Preview opens Wednesday, July 21. Virtual Tour available on the evening of Friday, July 23.