Six in sixth High Mountain Hall show

Dec 12, 2013
Monica Kelly will show her recent, music-inspired paintings at the annual High Mountain Hall Art Show.

Camden — A richly varied show of artwork by six Midcoast artists will open with a 5 to 9 p.m. wine and hors d’oeuvres reception Friday, Dec. 20, at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St./Route 52.

The sixth annual High Mountain Hall Art Show will continue Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will find a collection of highly refined artwork and craft perfect for holiday gift giving. This year, a percentage of sales will go to benefit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Antonia Munroe's painted collages are inspired by the flower gardens she has cultivated for more than 30 years and the delectable history of still life. While the bounty of nature and the glory of flora are Munroe's unabashed subjects, these paintings are constructed from personal memory, literature and art.

Through her work, Michaela Stone strives to fuse creative innovation and technical virtuosity, blurring the line between art and craft. Stone was awarded a yearlong Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and is now a member of the school’s staff. Her furniture and sculpture has received a number of awards including, most recently, the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award.

Molly Brosnan lives and works in Rockport. She makes mixed media drawings inspired by the buildings and structures of rural Maine communities.

Patty Bolz creates her jewelry in 18K and 22K gold with a strong emphasis on both form and texture. She is especially drawn to the structure, strength and boldness of inorganic natural formations, which influences many of her pieces. Often described as both classic and contemporary, her work frequently incorporates non-metal elements such as steel, slate or antler, as well as more traditional gemstones.

Monica Kelly majored in Visual Arts and Art History at Bowdoin College, continuing her MFA studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She moved back to Maine in 1989 and has shown widely throughout the state, most recently at Ten High Street in Camden. As Executive Director of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, she has created new work influenced not only by the sound of music, but also by the visual elements of musical notation.

To create his distinctive porcelain work, Simon van der Ven draws from his fascination with natural phenomena, his love for teaching and the routines of domestic life. His award-winning work is regularly shown at CRAFT in Rockland, Åarhus Gallery in Belfast and throughout the country in both private and public collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the Canton Museum of Art.

For more information on this year’s show, contact van der Ven at

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

Ceramicist Simon van der Ven of Lincolnville, formerly an art instructor at the local high school, creates distinctive vessels.
Antonia Munroe offers painted collages.
Goldsmith Patty Bolz combines 18K gold with slate in these sculptural earrings.
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