True mix of media in the Barn

Aug 15, 2014
“Andy's Girls” by Polly McGrory reveals her fondness for telling a story, often with humor, in her oil paintings.

Cushing — Featured artists for the next Arts in the Barn presentation will be Louise and Neville Lewis, barometers; Carole Leporati, stained glass; and Polly McGrory, paintings. The exhibition will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 22, and continue Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the barn of the Cushing Historical Society, behind the Society's Meeting House on Hawthorn Point Road, off Pleasant Point Road.

The history of the Barometer Shop began in 1986 when Louise and Neville Lewis moved to Cushing from Pennsylvania, where they had an antique shop known as Neville Antiques.  Still trading in various fine antiques, they decided to specialize in barometers. Starting with some standard models, they quickly advanced to carrying all styles of barometers from the 18th and 19th century. Due to a need to service and repair the barometers, the repair business was started. Over the next 25 years, it grew to be the largest barometer specialty shop in America and, thanks to barometershop.net, the Lewises soon became known all over the world. They will show a small selection for Arts in Barn, but the public is invited to come to the shop at 576 Pleasant Point Road to see more; a call first is appreciated, 354-8055.

The history of stained glass extends back centuries to a time when stained glass artists were revered and honored … and died young of lead poisoning. Leporati’s interest in stained glass was inspired when she met her husband, who owned a contemporary stained glass studio. They combined his skills and interest in art and antiques to collect, restore and recycle stained glass to new lives, antique and contemporary windows and lamps. This show will highlight stained glass from the 15th to the 20th century. Leporati, who lives in Cushing, is a retired college professor.

The third artist to present is painter Polly McGrory, whose subjects range from unusual portraits to colorful experimental compositions. She lived on Cape Cod for years, painting its gorgeous landscapes. After moving to Maine in 2000, she decided to try her hand at painting in oils. She spent every spare minute at the easel, with the goal of producing at least 20 paintings worthy of submitting to galleries. Her first stop, last December, was at River Arts in Damariscotta, where she submitted two paintings and was delighted when both paintings juried into the "Celebrating Color" exhibit. She then submitted three paintings to the Miles Committee and won her first solo exhibit at the hospital’s Hall Gallery. She currently has a large pastel at Art of the Sea Gallery in South Thomaston.

"I feel quite lucky, at my age, to be doing this, realizing a lifelong dream," said McGrory, whose Barn exhibit consists of both traditional works and media, as well as more contemporary subjects and treatments.

For more information on Arts in the Barn, call 354-6351.

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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