CAMDEN — Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, presents “Back in the Saddle,” a new exhibit featuring Barb Walker, Peter Yesis and Todd Bonita. The show opens Friday, July 1, and runs through July 20.

To say the last two or so years have been hard on our world doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg. For artists who work with their hearts and their hands in these unprecedented times, not being able to do what they love has proven an extra challenge.

“Back in the Saddle” re-introduces and highlights three artists who have each weathered their own personal storms over the past few years and are now gratefully back painting again and embracing brighter days.

“Pine by the Sea” by Barb Walker.

Barb Walker resides in Ohio but Maine has a deep psychological hold on her. It is here where she finds her inspiration and is able to fully restore and renew. Due to the pandemic, Walker was unable to make her yearly trip to Maine. Largely self-taught, Walker
developed her expressionistic style attending workshops, watching videos, painting with other painters, and spending countless hours looking at paintings in galleries and museums. Now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, Walker is excited to return to Maine, smell the salt air, hear the sound of surf and gulls, and paint the light.

Peter Yesis is originally from New Jersey and currently resides in Searsport. His paintings are rooted in realism but rendered in a softened style that leaves space for thought and reflection. Yesis went two years without painting due to COVID and a personal health scare. In late fall of 2021, his energy returned and his enthusiasm was re-ignited. He found himself again before a canvas with a fresh and grateful outlook, overflowing with ideas and is so glad to be back in the saddle again.

“Here it Comes Again” by Todd Bonita.

Todd Bonita is fascinated with the humble strength and timeless beauty of small-scale working watercraft. The difficulties of the past two years resulted in personal adversities that kept him from his art. From these life challenges, Bonita learned the importance of gratitude. He is grateful for those he adores, and for the ability to make a living with a paintbrush in his hand, doing what he loves. Bonita said, “I can find an inner peace through the expression of my artwork and for the simple joy of just being with my tools
at the easel. I’m also grateful to have Camden Falls Gallery to represent my work and allow me to share my gift with the world.”

“At Camden Falls Gallery, we work with many younger, emerging artists and it’s a pleasure to watch them grow personally and professionally,” said gallery owner Howard Gallagher. “The styles of these artist vary wildly, but what ties them together is their renewed joy in painting Maine, as they see it. We are honored to represent such fine artists and have the pleasure to once again showcase their talent.”

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 207-470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.

“Fish Beach, Monhegan” by Peter Yesis.

“Beach Day” by Barb Walker.

“Good Dog” by Todd Bonita.