Parnall, Augusta at Old Number Nine

Jul 06, 2014
"Animal Realm," a joint exhibit by Chris Augusta and Peter Parnall, is “popping up” this month in Waldoboro. Pictured is a detail of Augusta’s painting "Thoughts of White Whales."

Waldoboro — An artists’ reception for “Animal Realm,” a joint art exhibit by Chris Augusta and Peter Parnall, will be held Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Old Number Nine, 9 Friendship St./Route 220, in the village. The opening of this pop-up exhibit is a first at the new home of Medomak Arts Project and is part of a coordinated evening of art openings in Waldoboro and Friendship.

"Animal Realm" will feature a selection of work by Augusta in oils and pastels, as well as prints; and artist proofs, limited editions and books written and illustrated by Parnall.  “Animal Realm” also will be open Thursday through Sunday, July 17 through 20, from noon to 5 pm. For more information, call 563-2177.

Parnall and Augusta are two local artists connected by more than their lifelong work as artists and their fascination with the animal world. They also are joined by geography, for Parnall and Augusta are neighbors and have each worked long hours in the same studio and farm in Duckpuddle Road in Waldoboro, where Parnall lived for many years and where Augusta now resides with his wife and son.  Parnall depicted the farm and its animal life in his children’s book “Winter Barn.”

Augusta grew up in New England and learned traditional drawing and painting from his father, portrait and landscape artist George Augusta. Influenced by many artists including Turner, Brueghl, Homer, Audubon and others, Augusta learned the value of working directly from life as the basis of all his work. His working methods often begin with detailed sketches of animals and other phenomena and he has even trained himself to sketch and make notations underwater to capture aquatic life. Many of Augusta’s paintings are derived from his travels to various parts of the world.  For more information about his work, visit chrisaugusta.com.

Parnall became fascinated by animals as a young boy in the Mojave Desert and the Big Bend region of Texas. He encountered wild things as playmates rather than strangers and traded rattlesnake rattles instead of baseball cards. After working in editing and as an advertising art director in New York City, Parnall moved with his family to a farm in New Jersey and later to Maine. He has illustrated more than 80 books, several of which he has written and won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Three of his books were selected as Caldecott Honor Books.

Additional events are planned for the night of July 12th, including art openings at the nearby Tidemark and Phillippe Guillerm galleries, both in Waldoboro; and at Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship village.

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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