Kigel's 'Ode to Bowdoin Pines'

Aug 28, 2013
Jean Kigel’s portraits of the Bowdoin Pines will be on view in September at Brunswick’s Gallery Framing. Pictured is "Caverns of Silence."

Brunswick — “Ode to Bowdoin Pines,” an exhibition of work by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel, will open Labor Day at Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St. The show will run Sept. 2 through 27.

Since classical Greek times, poets have written odes addressing subjects such as joy, Grecian urns, the west wind and immortality. For this exhibit, Kigel has painted a series of odes to the Bowdoin Pines. This three-acre parcel of pines, with walking trails, is a rare example of one of Maine’s old-growth forests; its specimens are more than 125 years old.

Using thick tempera paint, watercolor and Asian brush, Kigel exalts the statuesque white pines, given in 1791 from the town of Brunswick to Bowdoin College. Her paintings evoke the glory of coastal pine barrens, the pride of patriarchal ships’ masts and the solace that pines lend to nature preserves and winter. The show may be seen weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kigel will be on hand during the Brunswick Art Walk Friday, Sept. 13. For more information, call 729-9108 or visit jeankigel.com.

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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