Inland meets island at New Era

Jun 23, 2014
“Potato Island, Vinalhaven” by Judy Taylor is oil on canvas by an artist who usually paints Maine’s north woods.

Vinalhaven — New Era Gallery’s early summer exhibition “Exchanging Views: the Artists of Katahdin paint Vinalhaven” will open Saturday afternoon, June 28, at the Main Street gallery. The show will open at 4:30 p.m. with an artists’ talk in the Windy Way Barn and reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Twelve artists from the North Light Gallery in Millinocket, including gallery director Marsha Donahue, participated in a two-day painting exploration in Vinalhaven in May and this show will feature the resulting work.  In addition to Donahue’s watercolors, the show will include works by Joan Freiman, Judy Taylor, Olena Babak, Suzanne Savage Brewer, Michael Branca, John Redick, Pam Redick, Deb Grabber, Caren-Marie Michel, Barb Davis and Candy McKellar.

The Katahdin region and Vinalhaven have much in common in their histories in the visual arts: they are iconic landscapes where generations of artists have found inspiration, said New Era Gallery Director Elaine Austin Crossman.

“Both have long been known as areas where serious artists could go to work in solitude, away from the demands of the larger world,” she said.

The exchange was inspired by David Little’s inclusion of Crossman in the group of Katahdin artists whose work appears in his book “The Art of Katahdin” and in the subsequent show of the same name at the UNE Gallery in Portland. Crossman has been a part of the Katahdin group and Donahue’s gallery for 10 years.

“I am delighted and honored to be able to show her work, and that of several other fine artists from her gallery, here on the island,” she said.

The exhibition will run through July 16 and marks the return of full summer hours: Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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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