Friday evening the streets of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport sparkled. The street lights and warmer than normal temperatures off-set Mother Nature’s attempt at washing out October’s Village Art Walk. Instead, we walked in the rain, celebrated a beautiful autumn, and enjoyed the company of artist, Craig Mooney.
The companion to Evening Sky is Quiet Haze. It has those same orange tones, but this time they are settled down and snuggled into the land. They have seeped into the waters and clouds and appear to mere remnants of what once was. As Evening Sky sings, Quiet Haze just whispers.
As much as we all celebrate this change of season, it is hard not to miss the summer. Days spent in bright sunshine, warm sand, and crashing waves fill our minds. Craig Mooney knows this all to well. He spent his summer with his wife and two year old daughter getting reacquainted with the seagulls and seaweed. It was a summer he too is not all that eager to forget. And so, in the midst of his show From A Distance, you will find Beach Day and Low Tide Strollers.
We have seen the craggy, sea-worn man before in Mooney’s work. The Old Man and the Sea and Storm Watch are classic fisherman. They are the men who have been here for generations and will continue to be here long after we are gone. But why do they stay? Why do they get up at dawn and come home at dusk facing brutal wind and freezing water? The same reason that lures the rest of here, the water.
Thanks so much to all those who came out to support Craig Mooney and Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture during his opening day. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Remember, the show runs until October 23rd. Please feel free to bring a friend in and share this incredible show. The gallery is open everyday, and as always, the on-line show is a great way to take a peek if you are far away and wishing you could be here.
Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is going through a bit of transition today. We are still open for business, but the majority of the first floor will be a bit crazy as we prepare for the opening of From A Distance, Craig Mooney’s one man show that opens tomorrow.
On Thursday, September 24th, the online catalogue for the show will be available to view. On Saturday, the 26th, “From A Distance” officially opens at 10 am. You will find Craig’s work on the first floor of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture on 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. Consider this your invitation to come in, step back, take a deep breathe, and enjoy.
The range of Craig Mooney’s work is fabulous. Whether your connection is to the water, the land surrounding it, or the people who call it home, Craig’s work will find your eye and your heart.