“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.
“I highlight parts, such as buoys or abstracted boat shapes, that for me offer the reason for painting in the first place, the colors, patterns, and atmospheres,” shares Granter, “especially Maine colors, Maine patterns, and Maine atmospheres. Whether in high summer season or in the quieter offseason, they keep bringing me back.”
rovincetown is a special place that, for centuries, has captured the attention of many famous artists, poets, and writers. “For me, the quiet solitude in Provincetown offseason is a perfect getaway to catch-up and do hopefully do some painting,” says Bigbee. “The incredible light and colorful surroundings are captured perfectly in this Season of Solitude, as well as others sparked from this same visit.”
The depth of the pieces Roberts creates, sometimes fifteen or more layers of wax, allows her to occasionally embed bits of ancient ephemera like ship-captains letters or bits of mica, birch bark or other treasures one might find along the coast.
Hoyt is the master of taking small and ordinary and turning them into pieces of beauty. Where others see personal collections of love and laughter, Hoyt sees art and an opportunity to capture those collections permanently on canvas.
“I am drawn to the water – it’s what inspires and energizes me – the colors, the sound, the smells, the calm, and the movement. It overwhelms my senses and gives me energy. When I’m painting water, I find that same energy,” says Artist Bethany Harper Williams, one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show on Maine Art Hill.
“I want my sculptures to hold space, to produce the feeling of connection with the mythical and the mystical within and to create bridges to new possibilities,” shares Elizabeth Ostrander Roberts, the only sculptor of the thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show on Maine Art Hill.
Artist Liz Hoag chose Feeling the Sun for her Artist Choice piece for the 8th Annual Choice Art Show. “The simplification, abstraction, and color choices come together to give it an open but also warm and comforting feeling of place,” says Hoag.
“I painted this piece to acknowledge how hard we are on ourselves. Maybe we are all similar in that way,” says Hamilton. “It was a hard one to pick, but an important piece for me!”