Jane Dahmen & Eric Hopkins

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Ingunn Joergensen & Brenda Cirioni. Manko Weathervanes

All works by Ingunn Joergensen & Brenda Cirioni. Manko Weathervanes

Matthew Russ – Solo Show

All works by Matthew Russ – Solo Show

Whitney Heavey

All works by Whitney Heavey

Whitney Alexanderson Heavey loves painting the environment around her, whether it is the ocean, or a forest of trees or, simply, the feel of the air on a crisp autumn day.

My paintings are a celebration of the ever-changing colors in the New England landscape.  Using the framework of a landscape composition, I strive to paint with a rhythm which results in layers of color until the surface has a buzz that makes the landscape come alive.  I like to experiment with the boundaries of color.  The palette of my paintings usually begins as a mood, or a reflection of something I’ve seen, and evolves with the process of painting.  My paintings are intended to have a powerful impact on the viewer, both from afar and close up, just as nature does.

Willa Vennema

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Petrea Noyes

All works by Petrea Noyes

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

All works by Joyce Grasso

‘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.

Holly Lombardo – Solo Show

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Sue Vittner

All works by Sue Vittner

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.


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 currently paints abstracts from her studio in Western, Maine.

Understanding abstract art is easy: all it requires is an open mind and a big imagination. When you look at the painting on the left, what do you see?

Swirling shapes, an array of colorful patterns… The path of a flowing river cutting through fields of lush vegetation… or maybe you see pure energy and cosmic flow?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it. Abstract art doesn’t jump out and declare “THIS is what I’m all about.” Instead, abstract art requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you. Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer’s experience of an artwork.

Understanding abstract art does not come naturally for everyone. It is the kind of art that makes some people scratch their heads and say, “My 5-year old could do that.” What people don’t realize is that the best abstract artists have excellent drawing skills, a finely honed sense of composition, and a deep understanding of the workings of color. Most abstract artists have the ability to draw a perfectly rendered rose or a realistic portrait, but they choose not to. Instead they choose to express their creativity by creating a visual experience that is more free and unencumbered by the weight of objects.

Abstract art can also make people uneasy because they don’t automatically know what the art is “about” just by a cursory glance. Or they assume that because it doesn’t look like anything, then it is not “about” anything. Abstract art doesn’t contain recognizeable objects, so there is nothing to grasp or hold onto. This can be very confusing, even threatening, to some who are not used to assigning their own meaning to what they see before them.

The truth is, abstract art is not “about nothing”. At its basis, it is about form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of artwork, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Abstract art is an exploration of these formal qualities. Meaning is derived from how these formal qualities are used to create a visual (and/or visceral, cerebral, emotional, etc) experience.

“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”

— Pablo Picasso

“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

All works by Alice Ingraham

“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.”