Besaw shows at Sanctuary Gallery

Aug 25, 2014
Rockland’s “Winter Street’ has seen a lot of change since Bob Besaw painted it in acrylics and will see even more in coming months.

Rockland — Owls Head artist Bob Besaw will show his acrylic renditions of Midcoast Maine at the Sanctuary Gallery of Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., beginning Sunday, Aug. 31. The opening reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include refreshments and piano music by Sue Pedretti.

Besaw has been active in the Midcoast art scene for more than 40 years. After a career in graphic and commercial art, he set up shop in his Roaring Lion studio in Waldoboro. Moving north from there 18 years ago, Besaw worked in downtown Rockland and then Portland before settling into his current studio in Owls Head.

Incorporating architecture, automobiles, seascapes and landscapes, both rural and urban, his works in acrylic represent the world we recognize, characterized by a sense of place and perspective with a twist. The use of mixed media led to a move into abstract expressionism, where the flow and rhythm of the world around us has dictated a push to what is felt within, rather than what is visually observed.

Besaw’s work has shown in galleries throughout Maine and New England, and his illustrations have appeared in Maine Boats and Harbors and Down East magazines. Besaw also has been featured in many juried shows throughout the region. The exhibit at the church, which includes a glimpse of Rockland from the early 1990s, will run until Sept. 30.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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