The Maine Arts Commission is displaying the artwork of Colin Page of Hope in Maine’s Capitol complex as part of the agency’s Arts in the Capitol program.

The exhibit, titled “Colin Page: Recent Paintings,” has been generously loaned by the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland and will remain on display until the end of September. The work is viewable by the public throughout the week at the Maine Statehouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Blaine House from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Those who wish to visit the Blaine House are advised to call ahead at 287-2121.

The Maine Arts Commission is delighted to be hosting this exhibition of Page’s paintings, said the arts agency’s assistant director and organizer of the exhibit, Alison Ferris.

“He is a young up-and-coming-artist who, while painting in a traditional manner, nevertheless provides a fresh take on the Maine landscape,” said Ferris.

Page paints the poetry he sees in life around him. A disciplined and hard worker, Page paints outside every day, weather permitting, in order to capture the light and atmosphere of his chosen scenes. Landscapes are his mainstay. However, within that genre, he also focuses on somewhat unexpected subjects such as abandoned, rusting gears; gasoline pumps; bait barrels; and telephone poles and wires. These scenes, like his more traditional subjects depicting the land and sea, are rich in color, mood, and nuance.

For instance, “Tractor” (2009) is a lyrical painting depicting an old tractor resting in fields evoking the calm of the end of the day. The painting achieves an overall sense of tranquility and suggests that it is dusk because the red used to paint the tractor quietly mingles (rather than contrasts, as it would if it were high noon) with the greens of the field and forest. Perhaps most remarkable about Page’s paintings are his elegant brushstrokes that evidence not only skill but also an astounding ability to sensitively record what he observes.

Page was raised in Baltimore, Md. and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration on painting. Upon graduation, he lived in New York City for three years and was an active member in the art world there. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine, where he also found more time to devote to his art. One of Page’s paintings, held in the corporate collection of L. L. Bean, was chosen as the cover of the summer 2010 L.L. Bean catalog.

The Arts in the Capitol program continues throughout the year with various exhibits. The Page show will be at the State house and the Blaine House until the end of September. For more information on this and all programs available through the Maine Arts Commission, visit MaineArts.com.

All Arts in the Capitol events and free and open to the public; however, exhibitions are self-guided and may only be viewed within the prescribed times.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.