“The bare branches allow for some breathtaking views not seen during other months, hence the creation of Trees Along the Marsh. This painting is based on a walk I took in Wells down by the harbor and is a winter reminder to keep looking.”
This summer, Hoyt and Gerding come together for three weeks. They may have separate bodies of work, but they share a place of inspiration and love for an area that holds not only beauty but memories.
“Both artists have strong ties to Maine, either having visited or lived here for years. They capture the true essence of the state,” says gallery owner, John Spain. “Hoyt celebrates the incredible precision of his paintbrush, where Gerding’s strokes are looser and less defined. Yet when the two come together to represent our state, magic happens in full color.”
It is a rare treat to watch an artist paint. Many prefer not to be seen, and to hide in their favorite spots out of sight. Wether it is outside painting plein air or in their studio privacy is important.
“With the topic ‘Close to Home’ I was definitely influenced by events in our world right now,” shares Gerding. “It was a way of recording the beautiful nature around me, as I stayed within a few miles from my home in Kennebunkport. This series is how this landscape is interpreted through my eyes.”
“I go on long walks almost every day. During the winter, it is always interesting to have views that are unavailable once the leaves come out in spring,” says Gerding. “It’s almost like a sweet little secret that winter is willing to share if you are brave enough to venture out in the cold.”
Like all businesses all over the world, across the country, and here in the Kennebunks, we have learned to adapt and change. With the help of our artists, our clients, and our staff we have found incredible success during this time. Thanks to you all. With that said, we thought we would keep you updated… Read more »
“The quick studies capture a moment in time and are used to produce future large studio created paintings,” explains Gerding. “It’s important for me to work directly observing nature—the struggles along with the successes. Dividing my time between plein-air and studio painting has allowed me a balance between study and refinement.”
Celebrating the allure and charm of southern Maine, the talented trio of Margaret Gerding, Julie Houck, and Ingunn Joergensen are taking over Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Doors open June 29 at 10 am. There is also an Artist Reception to follow that evening from 5-7.
“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.”
At nine years old Margaret Gerding’s father cleaned out a portion of their family garage in order to create a little studio space for her. However, even with unconditional support an artist often has to find other avenues first. Gerding has held many other jobs in her life which have allowed her to be where she is today.