Angela Anderson Pomerleau, a native of Port Clyde, is showing this year’s paintings all month at Ocean House Hotel, overlooking the harbor. The public is invited to an artist’s reception Friday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Anderson offers another view on her favorite subject, The Flying Wallenda family circus — backstage, on the platform, quietly walking the tightrope alone, Aurelia, the daughter, in costumes created by her grandmother. These paintings hang in both rooms on the ground floor of the hotel, along with other works done this year.

The Flying Wallendas at the Union Fair in 2010 was the first of many shows these works derive from. The Wallendas gave Anderson permission to photograph them and work from the images. She follows them along the East Coast and has made dozens of paintings of them, met with the family, eaten soup backstage.

Figurative painting has always been Anderson’s passion. While living in Manhattan, she modeled for Philip Pearlstein, fell in love with art history and museums and the work of Francois Boucher, creating a lengthy series of works based on 18th-century French Romanticism. She showed in many group shows and had a solo show in Munich Germany, afterwards serving as artist in residence in Nice and traveling with Martin Kippenberger. He included her work in the Museum Modern Art Paris, Documenta, Cassel, Germany and other international exhibits. A fun detour into video and film produced “Love, Boys and Food,” which played in the New Museum and Queens Museum of New York, centered around cheerleaders and humor. Kippenberger asked commissioned a similar piece for his retrospectives.

Painting the circus performers brings it all together, figure painting, performing and family — “My own family is a force like gravity, keeping me here,” said Anderson. For more information, visit

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