“These enormous and heavy snail shells, called moon snails, collect in specific places on the beach. I love their sun-bleached exteriors juxtaposed with their deep, darkly colored interiors,” shares Granter. “However, be careful picking them up. Hermit crabs also love to make their homes inside.”
“Both Joergensen and Bigbee joined the gallery at the same time. They live locally and share a common love of Maine,” says gallery owner John Spain. “Over time, not only have they grown as artists, they have grown into friends. It is not uncommon for Bigbee and Joergensen to travel to remote locations for an artist retreat. They often share ideas and inspiration as they paint side by side, seeing the same landscape, each painting their vision.”
Over the years, Granter’s need for change continues throughout her career as an artist. She explores from the love of her bird to turning an ordinary buoy into a work of art. She shares her childhood hatred of being on the water but the love being near it with each piece she creates, no matter the subject.
Three Rooms. Three Local Female Artists. One Fabulous Show Liz Hoag, Kathy Ostrander Roberts, and Jill Matthews July 2 – July 28 The Show Gallery 10 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, Maine These three local women have come together for one fantastic show for Shows on Maine Art Hill at 10 Chase Hill in Kennebunk, Maine. All three… Read more »
“A walk on the beach is different from a walk anywhere else. The sky is big at the beach. I love to see what is coming, approaching fog banks, contrails of planes arriving from the Atlantic, or mad flocks of gannets diving for fish,” says Granter. “As a painter, I am torn between looking down at the random compositions of the snarled seaweed, driftwood, and shells in the wrack line and looking up at the surf and skies for birds and clouds.”
No matter the medium, there is something for everyone. First, enjoy Liz Hoag’s acrylics as you walk through her woods. Next, celebrate using wax and a blow torch with Kathy Ostrander Roberts’s encaustics. Finally, relax and breathe deep with Jill Matthews and her ethereal oils.
I painted this dory in third grade,” laughs Mooney. “It’s funny that I am still painting it. I am always trying to reimagine or revisit it.”
For all three women, their jobs have provided a vehicle for what they need to grow and learn and find peace. This show exudes these feelings as one walks through each room. Weathr you do this physically or virtually this is show not to be missed.
This show begins on Saturday, July 2 at 10 AM with an opening reception with the artists from 5 to 7 PM at 10 Chase Hill Rd in Kennebunk. All are welcome. It will end on July 28. Shows are open daily, 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.
“I’m trying to work both sides of the room for this series of work. Some of the work is more detailed than I typically do, and some are more abstract,” explains Mooney. “What ties them together is the need for the painting to have some drama and mystery.”