Camden Falls showcases ‘Coastal Color’

Jul 15, 2014
"Front Yard Trees, IAH" is an Isle au Haut acrylic on panel by Jennifer Van Cor, a new gallery artist at Camden Falls Gallery.

Camden — Camden Falls Gallery will open its midsummer show, “Coastal Color,” a public exhibition of work depicting the local color of coastal Maine as seen through the eyes of gallery artists, Saturday, July 19, to run through Aug. 7.

Featuring work by Daniel Corey, Susan Graeber, Brita Holmquist, Nina Jerome, Aline Ordman, Janis Sanders, Judith Schuppien and Jennifer Van Cor, this exhibition harmoniously showcases a variety of new work in bold hues just as a “crazy quilt” incorporates many colors and patterns in glorious juxtaposition. Presenting dozens of iconic images from along the coast of Maine, the artists in this show hail from as close as nearby Rockland and as far away as Maryland. They represent a diverse range of backgrounds and painting styles that bring a fresh sense of energy and vibrancy to the gallery.

Two of the gallery’s newest artists are landscape painters Susan Graeber of Baltimore, Md., and Hampden; and Jennifer Van Cor of neighboring New Hampshire. Graeber's small gouache paintings pack a powerful punch with their lively palette, engaging compositions and careful attention to detail. In contrast, Van Cor's mosaic-like acrylic works make use of angular, almost geometric brushwork to create multi-faceted bursts of color across her canvases.

Much like Graeber and Van Cor, the other featured artists make bold use of color to express their distinctive visions of life along the coast of Maine. Corey of Rockland is a self-taught painter of lively brushwork and adventurous color choices; Holmquist of Cumberland often paints en plein air from her boat while around and about on Penobscot Bay; and Jerome of Bangor teaches painting at the University of Maine at Orono and spends her summers in Addison.

Living outside of Maine, award-winning impressionist Aline Ordman of White River Junction, Vt., creates vignettes from her vacation days spent on Swan's Island; and Massachusetts’ Sanders, whose work graces the cover of the 2014 L.L. Bean summer catalog often paints along Maine’s rocky shores, working primarily with a palette knife. In contrast, Schuppien of Pittston brings her work closer to home, offering insightful glimpses into day-to-day life on the coast of Maine.

Camden Falls Gallery, downtown at 5 Public Landing, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.

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

"Buoy Shed, Bailey Island" by Judith Schuppien is an oil on canvas.
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