August 19 – September 6
Artist Receptions August 1
9, 5-7 PM
5 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” With two side-by-side show galleries and two opening shows happening on the same weekend, nothing could be more accurate.
On Saturday, August 19, at 10 AM, Maine Art Hill opens two shows. Figurative artist Michele Poirier Mozzone and landscape artist Janis H. Sanders. Two separate shows under one roof. These two shows run for almost a month, ending September 6. If in town, please consider the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, August 19, from 5-7 PM at 5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk. All are welcome.
Both artists work in oils, but this is where the similarities end and the fun begins.
Michele Poirier Mozzone is new to Maine Art Hill but is figuratively making quite the splash. In her works, she pairs her dual interests of figurative imagery and colorful abstraction to create paintings that capture the unique feeling and distinct associations of the body suspended in water and time.
“This series allows me to paint what I love – the figure – while exploring areas of fluid distortion that exist naturally in turbulent, sunlight-drenched water,” shares Mozzone. “As a vehicle for life, cleansing, change, renewal, and death, water lends meaning to the work. I find this unique atmosphere extraordinary.”
Struck by the ribbons of sunlight and distortions affecting her daughter through the moving water, Mozzone became keenly aware of catching this lovely, brief moment with her before it flickered by.
“I grabbed the camera and took numerous photos of her in the water in hopes of finding inspiration for a new painting,” explains Mozzone. “I have drawn and painted all my life, but that was the beginning of the Fractured Light series, an exploration that excites and fascinates me to this day.”
At the gallery next door, artist Janis H. Sanders fills the walls with sunlight, blue sky, and other wonders.
“I try to convey this sense of place, of The American Place. Whether it is a farm pasture field with a working barn or a lobster shack along a wharf at the rugged rocky coast of Maine,” says Sanders. “Sometimes it is just a fish shack, weathered, that now serves as a summer residence.”
Sanders tries to convey that moment of joy and presence through the scenes in his paintings. Without intention for nostalgia or sentimentality, he realizes those elements are inherent in those ancient subjects, giving our imaginations a bit of free reign to roam like the clouds.
“The blank white canvas is nothin’. The freedom is in the paint, the application, the expression,” says Sanders. “My pictorial or visual intent is to show the range and intensity of what I see and perceive in Maine. One painting at a time, in a unified panoply panorama across time.”
The show opens on Saturday, August 19, at 10 AM, at Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. These two shows run for almost a month, ending September 6. If in town, please consider the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, August 19, from 5-7 PM at 5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk. All are welcome.
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