Winding Way Watercolors in new location

Nov 10, 2012
Winding Way Watercolors bed-and-breakfast and art gallery is opening Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the corner of Oak and Union streets, downtown Rockland.

Rockland — Winding Way Watercolors has moved to 39 Union St., one block off Main Street at the intersection of Oak and Union. The gallery is across the street from the Wyeth Center and around the corner from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Bed-and-breakfast rooms have been added on the second floor. The business will open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 13.

During the last seven months, the house has been extensively renovated but the period details including tin ceilings, the original stairs, circular doors and fireplace have been preserved. The architectural firm for the project was A2 architects in Rockport, Bryan Austin as principal. Joseph Godfrey Construction of South Thomaston did the construction and renovation.

The downstairs houses the art gallery and guest breakfast area and the upstairs has two bed and breakfast rooms with en suite bathrooms and a guest sitting room. The side yard has an enclosed stone patio and handicapped ramp. Rooms can be rented one their own or both rooms and the sitting room can be rented for a whole family.

Artists at the gallery are Anne McMath, Kathy Lane and Diana Maddocks. New to the gallery this fall is Jane Barrie, who spends time on Monhegan Island in the summer and lives in Charleston, S.C. All of the artists are watercolorists. Barrie will be showing her houses and buildings of Monhegan Island. Lane offers beautifully detailed floral subjects and seascapes. McMath paints brightly colored and often whimsical watercolors of the Maine coast, children, people, cats and other critters. Maddocks does still life, animals and scenery.

The gallery will have a gift shop in this new location carrying prints, note cards and greeting cards printed from the artists’ original work. In addition, the gift shop carries art supplies for the watercolorist and the popular Watercolor Lessons in a Bag, which includes everything beginning or traveling artists need to begin doing their own watercolor paintings. Future happenings at the gallery will include watercolors classes.

The art gallery’s fall hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 593-7955 or visit windingwaywatercolors.org. The bed-and-breakfast plans to be open all year.

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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