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.
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.
“Round Pond is where Spenny, one of my best friends, kept his boat, Mist,” says Hoyt. “We sailed on her together for twenty-five years.” Twenty-five years of memories build on and around the waters near Round Pond have a way of reflecting in an artists work.
“The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is always a great day. Its a celebration of wooden boats and Maine history,” explains Hoyt. “In this show, there are two paintings with views from my perch on Raven 24 during the race. It was an amazing day to be out on the water.”
When Hoyt chose The Morning After for his Artist Choice, there was no surprise for those of us who know and love him. This piece encompasses a small moment of happiness and contentment we often overlook. Memories were made at this table.
Hoyt is a lover of all things Maine, especially the sailboats, and often his imagination and attention are caught by the simple things Maine has to offer. “The setting sun bathed us in light when it dropped below the eaves of the porch. The water sparkled and danced with it,” says Hoyt. “I have to pinch myself when a scene like this unfolds before me. It’s practically sensory overload.”
After last week’s winter storm, we have our fingers crossed that spring is truly on her way. Soon the grass will be green, and the branches on the trees will succumb to that lovely glow of new growth. Once spring has started, she usually rolls right along, which means the flowers are sure to follow. These are our favorite signs of the season here at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture, and the favorite of many of our artists, as well.
“I often paint outside but have never done a workshop. I had just mounted a big show for you at Maine Art and had spent months before in my studio. I had been doing mostly larger works,” said Hoyt. “Then this happened. I thought it might be just the thing to recharge my batteries.”
The idea was to accompany the musicians with paintings of what was going on out in the field. He sold the idea to the Admiral, and I was sent out on an aircraft carrier, a destroyer, an amphibious assault ship, everything except a submarine. I had a set of orders from the Admiral, and everyone there did what he said.
This particular image is from the morning we were leaving. As the sun is coming up through the scrim of cloud, we were underway, just chugging out. The sea ducks were taking off and off to the side seals were feeding. It is an incredible undisturbed spot.