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Petrea Noyes

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My work is not the product of computer-generated art- quite the opposite.  My creative process is exactly the same as it was fifty years ago, but my tools and equipment have changed.

Working with a digital drawing tablet is magical- I use an Intous tablet to clone (copy sections from one source to another), paint and draw (with pixels rather than with vectors), and build my pieces much as I would build a conventional collage.  My software consists of Picture Window, Adobe Essentials, and Painter X.  I draw on the tablet while watching the piece evolve on my computer screen- something like patting your stomach while rubbing your head, it does take some practice.

 I never start with a blank or white ‘canvas’ but use something with colors or forms that I find appealing as a basis to begin a new piece.  I clone repeatedly to build unexpected shapes and combinations and try very hard not to try to control the direction of the work by thinking of the traditional rules or concerns of composition, but I let the piece lead me rather than me forcing it.  Dramatic color changes are instantaneous and highly controllable.  I often use cropping and re-combinations of parts of a piece on which I am working.

When I finish an image I find compelling I print the piece with a 44 inch Epson archival inkjet printer on specially coated high quality canvas, and stretch the piece on deep profile stretcher bars and coat with acrylic gels or varnishes and then work over the image with Posca paint pens, gesso, stencils and gesso.

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Joyce Grasso

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‘Picasso once said, it took me years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child’

“I grew up in Maine, where the lulling sounds of waves breaking against the shore and the din of distant fog horns were a part of my everyday existence. This simple beauty saturated my soul, is part of who I am, as expressed in my art. With many return visits to Maine as well as many inspriring trips to New York City, Italy, the South of France and other exquisite places, I have integrated the beauty of the man-made and natural environments into my work, rather than the traditional land or seascape, my paintings create a feeling of place. I believe place allows us to access those special feelings and memories that escape our usual awareness.”

Joyce Grasso was born and raised in Portland, Maine and attended college and graduate school in Connecticut. Settling in Fairfield County, she taught art for over 35 years in the Stamford and Greenwich Public Schools. Teaching at an Arts Magnet School, she led her students in the creation of more than seventy-five sets for student productions. Joyce studied at the International Center for Photography, Moma, and the Silvermine Art Guild. Throughout her career she has received several awards for her photography. Now resuming her painting, she has shown at the Bendheim and Flynn Galleries in Greenwich, Connecticut and has exhibited in many juried shows throughout fairfield county. Her photos and paintings are displayed in private collections in Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York and California. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society. Darien Arts Center, Stamford Art Association, New Canaan Society for the Arts and Westport Arts Center.


Patti Kane

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Patti Kane is an intuitive artist driven to bring her passion for vibrant soulful works of art to discerning art collectors.  Through the use of vivid color, texture and impulsive strokes she strives to capture the magic of light and the energy of nature onto her canvas.

Daniel J Corey

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My name is Daniel Corey, I am a traditional painter rooted in the aesthetic values of the Ashcan school and the French impressionists. Inspired by light quality, color harmony and abstract shapes, my paintings are created from direct observation and memory. I enjoy the challenge of painting nontraditional views and subjects, and the views that make Maine, Maine.

 2009 M.A.R.C  Monhegan Residency award winner.

 2011 Pemaquid Artist Group Guest Artist of the Year.

 2011 Door County WI Plein Air Invitaional participant

2012 Art In ME second place and Peoples Choice winner.


Willa Vennema

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Born Independence Day, 1962 in New York City, Willa Vennema grew up in Greenwich Village.  From age 3 to 13, Vennema attended the City and Country School, a small, progressive elementary school blocks from her home.  The creative teachers at City and Country, who used hands-on art projects, music, and free play in their curricula, instilled in her a love and appreciation for all art forms.  Her experience there was also the foundation for her continuing creative work with young children.

As a teenager, Vennema studied classical music and attended the High School of Performing Arts as a Flute Major – made famous by the eighties TV show Fame.  Although  music led Vennema to Oberlin College in Ohio, she switched the focus of her creative energy to Fine Art and studied Art History and Studio Art there. After graduation, Vennema returned to New York to continue her study of Fine Arts at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She was awarded a full tuition scholarship and received her B.F.A. in 1987.

Two years after her graduation from The Cooper Union,  Vennema and her husband Carter Waldren moved to San Francisco. Their three year stay in SF was bracketed by the Loma Prieta earth quake four days after their arrival, and then the massive Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire of 1991.  Looking for a quieter and more affordable lifestyle, Vennema and her husband chose to move back east where they made their home in Portland. When her son was born in 1995, Vennema founded The Creative Play House, a home-based preschool where she employs the kind of arts and play-based teaching that was so fundamental to her own learning.

As teachers, both Vennema and her husband are able to spend the summer with their two children, Oriana, and Casey. They quickly settle in to “Island Time” on Swan’s Island, a small island off Mt. Desert Island, where Vennema’s family has summered for over 53 years. Here, Vennema paints the waters, woods, rocks and trees of Swan’s and surrounding islands “en plain air” using acrylic paints. During the winter months, back in her home studio in Portland, Vennema pushes herself to experiment. Her studio works are executed using the hot wax medium known as Encaustic, and these works have ranged from semi-abstract landscapes, to fully abstract mixed media works such as those in her recent series “Layers of Time”.  Several works from this series will be  included in the exhibition “Beneath the Surface” at the Saco Museum of Art, Saco Maine, April 2-May 28th, 2016.

Vennema has work in over a hundred  private collections nationwide. Locally one can find her work in the collections at Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Community College. Her work can be seen at The Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine, and Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland Maine.  Vennema is a member of New England Wax. a professional artists organization.


Holly Lombardo – Solo Show

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Sue Vittner

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Sue Vittner Artist Portland MaineLately I have been enjoying painting with my hands (similar to what we all did as children…finger painting). It has become a form of creative spiritual meditation where I allow the paintings to almost create themselves. Magic seems to happen once I pour the paint on the canvas and let my hands be guided to whatever wants to be created. Since I’m also a Massage Therapist, using my hands to paint is so natural for me. I love feeling the smooth coolness of the paint as I am spreading it on the pliable canvas. I get lost in the freedom and dance of this process. People tell me they feel deep relaxation and lose track of time while viewing the paintings….just like my clients say after a massage! I am fortunate to live in Maine, where every day I am inspired by nature – the ocean, sky, clouds and sunsets deeply influence my paintings.

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Aurora Winkler

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Aurora studied at the Maine College of Art for two years, transferred, and finished her undergraduate at Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, Nevada.  She is disciplined in ceramic sculpture, and currently finds the freedom of practice in abstract, non objective, painting.  Her studio is in Western, Maine.

“With a non traditional approach to the canvas I create colorful lines, textures and washes; building up layers and then removing them, leaving an imprint, hinting to a visceral memory of what was once there.  I want to evoke an emotional shift for the viewer, an introspective moment.  Inspiration comes from collected ‘moments’ out in nature.  These moments are interpreted, abstractly, through layers, lines, marks, and color. “

Alice Ingraham

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“I realized the intrigue of drawing and painting as a youngster, significantly encouraged by my parents and grade school art teacher. That early fascination has snow-balled to the present day.

When my children were young, I enjoyed creating phantasy scenes , with emphasis on color, imaginative subjects and ethereal atmosphere. Soon later, my art evolved to include Collograph Print-making and stained glass design & construction.

After more than fifteen years of creating personal and commissioned windows, doorways, and cabinet glasses, I altered my concentration to painting and ceramic sculpture.

I began my formal art training at Montserrat School for the Arts in Beverly, Ma. Following that education, I joined Robert Cormier’s life drawing classes at the Guild of Boston Artists (& Gammel Studios) and joined David Curtis’s plein air oil painting student group in Gloucester & Rockport, MA. Though Robert Cormier provided excellent training and ability to render form accurately, David inspired my passion for oil painting and ability to represent the natural world’s captivating nuances and atmospheres. To this day, he is an inspiration and valued friend.

David also has added to my understanding of painting and art throughout history: I am significantly drawn to the works of Vermeer, Corot, Van Gogh, and Thomas Eakins and Aldro Hibbard. I also admire Georgia O’Keefe , Mary Cassat, Aden L. Ripley, Frank Benson, Edwin Church, John Twachtman, Rockwell Kent and, not insignificantly, the work of many of my artist friends and instructors.

I have studied with Ernest Saniga of Southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,
Don Stone of Monhegan Island, Maine, Katherina Keoughan of Damariscotta and Friendship, Maine, Carolyn Walton of Owl’s Head, ME, Donald Moser of Rockport, MA., on Isle of Aran, Scotland with friend and instructor Anne McLeod of Yarmouth, ME, and in Santa Rosa, CA.

I have been featured in many exhibitions including Pastel Painter’s of Maine Art Show, (Kennebunk, ME, )(award) Moxie Studio Annual Invitational Art Exhibit (Friendship and Cousins Islands, ME), Bryan Memorial Gallery,(Jeffersonville, VT.), Big Arts Annual Art Shows, (Sanibel, Fl.)(awards), Coral Beach, FL. (award), Yarmouth History Center (ME) Solo Exhibition, Chocolate Church Art Center (Bath, ME), The Center for Contemporary Art, (Rockport, ME), The North Shore Arts Association Annual Exhibition (Gloucester, MA.),

My work has been included in numerous private and Corporate collections and has been represented by “Archipelago” at the Farnsworth Museum (Rockland, ME), Art By The Sea (Owl’s Head, Maine), Yarmouth Frame Shop & Gallery, Couleur Collection (Falmouth, ME). numerous galleries on the West Coast of Florida, Loomis Studio South Dakota, Pine Capital Corp. (Portland, Maine) .

Though primarily an oil painter with “classical” training, I also enjoy pastels, acrylics and collage. An interested observer might ask “what is your primary style?” Answer: “I don’t have one”. I choose compositions that express my at-the-moment frame of mind. Thus, I have three or four paintings going at once, which could be realist or surrealist, symbolic, impressionist, abstract, pleinair, pointllist, portraiture and/or experimentally, playfully creative. I tend to represent nature and animals most often in one mode or another. I’m a passionate artist. I NEED to be creatively dynamic : to express .. My goal is to express peace, humor ,diversion ,relief and/or revelations : escape from the fast-paced, convoluted aspects of daily life.” -Alice Ingraham

Marsha Donahue

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The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha Donahue has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art. After many years of working in galleries both in Washington, DC and Portland, Maine, she opened her own in Millinocket, Maine in 2004 where she could paint the landscape she loved. She was influenced early on by Winslow Homer and painted in the Adirondacks for several years during the summers before returning to Maine in 1985. At some point John Singer Sargent’s influence took over and never quit. She also shows her work at the Gallery at Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island.


Otty Merrill

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“I was born in Mahwah, New Jersey and graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, where I studied Commercial Art . My first job was in the art department of an ad agency at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (really!) I continued my pursuit of art at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  While raising a family, I ran a small pottery business, taught ceramics and co-founded the Sherborn Arts Center, 18 miles west of Boston.  We moved to Falmouth Maine after 15 years in Amherst, New Hampshire and have now made Maine our permanent residence.”

I work out of two studios, depending on the season.  Pictured here is my Tenants Harbor studio, below my “city” studio in Portland, Maine. I continue to study art at Maine College of Art,  Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Me. and at various workshops throughout the country given by professional artists. There is always something more to learn and explore. I have found that being exposed to different media…wood, fiber, wax, oils..keeps the work alive and interesting. And is alot of fun!  I teach encaustic painting in Tenants Harbor and at 26 Split Cove Studios in So.Thomaston. I travel to Tucson, Sante Fe and Kingston, NY whenever possible to advance my art with nationally known artists.  And I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad to such places as Poland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic..always gaining inspiration.

I am a member of the International Encaustic Artists, a national organization of artists which originated in Tucson.  I am also a member of MASSWAX, the New England affiliate of IEA.   I have been a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and a Special Events volunteer at the prestigious Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

In 2014 I was honored to exhibit at the National Association of Women Artists in NYC.  I have had work in shows at The Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, and in Portland at MECA (Maine College of Art), to name a few.”


Paula DeSimone

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“Nature and landscape are my theme and the sources of inspiration I draw from. My paintings and monotypes both reflect an expressive approach to painting.  The initial brush mark initiates the creative process and paves the way for artistic expression and a flow of energy.  Broad strokes, paint smears, gestural marks describe a visual language that enables me to translate “in the moment” and evoke an emotional and immediate response to my concept. Monotype allows me to apply my painting, color and design experience while exploring new methods of creative problem solving.  In my monotypes, the viewer explores through a visual journey, layers of transparent and textural effects while the underlying theme is unfolded. Striking a balance between intuitiveness and an intellectual response to the printmaking process is of itself a work in progress. I continue to be courted by the monotype process and look forward to each printmaking session as a new experience with elements of surprise.”

Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.  Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, and the DeCordova Museum.  She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England.  Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide.  Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L’Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boson, MA, L’Attitude Website.

International Juried Exhibitions:
Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Biennial 11/8 – 12/12
Lesley University, Lunder Art Center
1801 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA “Metamorphosis I” (below)
4th Biennial Footprint International Exhibition 2014

National Juried Exhibitions:
13th National Prized Show 2014, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
What Goes Around 2013, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA
MGNE 3rd National Juried Monotype & Monoprint Exhibition 2013, Wenham, MA
10th Annual Blanche Ames National Art Exhibit: Ames Mansion, Easton MA
EXPO 31 National Juried Competition 2012: B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington NY
Craft USA, National Triennial 2008: Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan CT
8 Visions Elements of Nature 2007: Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA

Penelope Moodey

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Penelope Moodey offers an eclectic selection of impressionistic and abstract paintings. Using vibrant colors relating to her subject, Penelope extracts the element of “energy” from the figurative and natural world to provide a new perspective for the viewer. Her work is mainly in acrylic which provides a medium for spontaneous application and layering.

The importance of expression through painting has been a part of Penelope Moodey’s life since the 1960’s when she began work for a masters degree in Studio Art at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from Brown University in 1958 with a BA in English Literature, she made the transition and received her MA in 1978 continuing studies throughout the years. The Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cincinnati Art Academy were important parts of that continuing study. After several years of work in silver and pottery, Penny returned to painting, choosing acrylic as the medium she prefers. The speedy drying and easy layering of that medium suit her spontaneous approach and imaginative subject matter. Moodey’s work is held privately and has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Suraci Gallery in Scranton, at the Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine in 2003, 2005 and 2008 and at the Pemaquid Watershed Association, Damariscotta, Maine. Her paintings have also been included in juried shows at the  Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine, the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, the Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine and River Arts in Damariscotta, Maine, as well as in numerous Members’ Shows. Her work can be seen from May until October each year at the Stable Gallery, 26 Water Street, Damariscotta, Maine and Redfield Artisans Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine. (5)

Marnie Sinclair

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Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.

She recently opened her own gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, at 172 Bristol road in Damariscotta.