A year-round venue featuring
an eclectic collection of work by local artists.
My oil paintings often portray animals, and might be described as representational, but with a twist. I often incorporate elements of collage for color, texture, or symbolic meaning. Images of human-made tidbits, other natural forms, even other animals, contribute to the appearance of my subject animals and their environments as a kind of testament to our shared nature – we are all composed of recycled, reconfigured, and ever changing matter.
Conny Hatch is drawn to the beauty in found and reclaimed objects – the weathered texture of old wood or the rusted patina on metal. The materials themselves are her main source of inspiration. Parts of an old lobster trap or a rusted rake that have had a previous purpose are transformed into something new yet familiar.
Leslie Moore is a printmaker, a pen-and-ink artist, and animal lover. Relief printmaking is the opposite of drawing. In printmaking, she carves out what she doesn't want in the final image; in drawing, she ink ins what she does want. The dichotomy between these two art forms builds creative energy.
The majority of MF Morison's work is intaglio copper plate etching. She often adds elements of color and texture through chine colle. This is achieved by layering thin pieces of rice or organic papers or precious metal gilding between the plate and dampened rag paper before they go through the press. Her imagery is a distillation of the natural world in which she engages the viewer on an intuitive level.
Nell Parker’s childhood experiences hiking in the woods and playing along the shores of Maine awoke in her a deep love of ecology and the close observation of the natural world. After receiving a Human Ecology degree from College of the Atlantic she pursued art studies at Maine College of Art, University of Southern Maine, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. She has shown work in galleries in Portland, Oregon as well as in Maine.
To me winter holds an abundance of beauty and color, nevertheless, in my studio it’s floral colors that inevitably emerge on my winter paintings each year.
SUZANNE G ROBERTS
Suzanne G. Roberts work has been included in juried exhibits at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Glen Eagle Art Show in Naples, Florida, and at the Bangor Art Society show in Bangor, Maine. Her paintings reflect views of nature with a specific focus on clouds as a constant source of creative inspiration.
Betty Schopmeyer began studying color theory in 2013 focusing primarily on oil painting. Her work reflects an enhanced view of the world through abstracted landscapes, still life and figurative paintings. Patterns in nature often appear, suggesting Maine scenes altered into an imagined setting.
James Toothaker is a life long Mainer giving him a great appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us, be it mountains, valleys, the rocky coast with its tides and fog or open farm lands. These vistas inspire his plein art work as well as his studio work. He prefers creating with watercolor on Yupo. His monoprints have been shown in Japan, Ireland and Romania as well as numerous shows in the U.S.