Old friends at Old Number Nine

Aug 02, 2014
Bob Besaw, left, and Stephen “Randy” Parmley will show their work at Waldoboro’s new Old Number Nine arts space.

Waldoboro — The downtown Old Number Nine gallery space on Friendship Street/Route 220 will present an exhibition featuring the work of two well-known Midcoast Maine artists with strong Waldoboro roots, Bob Besaw and Stephen “Randy” Parmley.

Their show will run from Friday, Aug. 8, through Aug. 25 with an opening reception Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Regular hours will be Friday through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parmley’s paintings in oil, watercolor and gouache vary from bold statements, swirling with the energy of creation, to simple Zen-like sumi paintings anchored in stillness. Also featured will be his sculptures in stone, wood and mixed materials.

Incorporating architecture, automobiles, seascapes and landscapes, both rural and urban, Besaw’s work in acrylic represents the world we recognize, characterized by a sense of place and perspective with a twist. His use of mixed media inspired a move into abstract expressionism, where the flow and the rhythm of the world has led to what is felt within, rather than what is visually observed.

For more information, call 594-1819 or 790-0527. The opening reception coincides with openings at nearby Tidemark and Philippe Guillerm galleries; and down the peninsula at Friendship’s Maine Coast Artist Gallery.

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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