Only us, Maine is a painting about a specific rock formation and cove that for Fitzgerald is home. Each time he returns to this piece of work, he travels a different course, from the color that suggests objects to two hues that are so compatible that together they evoke emotion.
“This is the favorite of my new paintings for the Choice Show. All of my brushstrokes and mark making in this painting really pull at me. It just flew out of me intuitively,” says John LeCours one of thirteen artists in the 8th Annual Choice Art Show.
Each artist has taken the time to put together a few words, insights, and sometimes whole stories about their “choice” piece and/or their body of work as a whole. Often times this allows us to understand the work better or glimpse a detail that would have gone unnoticed.
This year we began with seventy-eight original works from thirteen artists; six pieces each. Then, as most of you know, this is where the process begins. Between the artist, local designer Louise Hurlbutt from Hurlbutt Designs, and you the voters, the show was curated down to three pieces from each artist. These three were carefully “chosen” to be in the show, and we so appreciate all the help we had making these difficult decisions. The three choices for each artist were just as arduous this year as in the past.
The Silverlining is a 42′ Sparkman & Stephens sloop sailboat. She was designed to race for the Commodore of the yacht club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She was built in 1939 entirely of wood and bronze by the well respected Maine builder Henry R. Hinckley. After racing for a decade, she was owned by several families in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Silverlining is celebrating her 80th year sailing the seas.
Next year’s show schedule is set, and we couldn’t wait to share the excitement with all of you. We know how quickly summer calendars fill up, so be sure to pencil us in.
“I had just finished this plein air sketch in an hour. Compared to my studio work that I had spent hours on, it just blew them away. There was no comparison,” says LeCours. “The plein air work had more energy, more vitality. It was more real than the studio work. Because it had come from a three-dimensional world and I was reacting to the elements, even the wind, it had more life. It had all fed into my creativity.”
“I decided to rent a cabin at Wolf’s Neck Woods State Park in June to work on my September show. I booked their senior cabin and off I went,” shares Bigbee. “I invited my friend and artist Ingunn Joergensen, and we escaped to a slice of heaven for a while.”
Capturing and celebrating the colors of Maine is one of the prime desires of a New England artist. It is both a skill and a talent artists Claire Bigbee, Ingunn Joergensen and John LeCours share. This talented trio is featured for three weeks at Shows on Maine Art Hill opening September 1. The artists will attend an opening reception at 10 Chase Hill on Saturday, September 1 from 5 – 7 PM. When three artists together are group together, there needs to be a sense of cohesiveness, a thread that weaves through and connects. For this show, it is color.
“Paths, trees, branches, color, light, air, open space, water,” says Liz Hoag, “we have it all here in Maine.”