Archipelago features local artists for winter

Dec 01, 2012
“Somes Sound” is an encaustic by Camden artist E. Kendra Denny.

Rockland — Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St., invites the public to the opening reception for “Heritage,” a winter show of work by local artists E. Kendra Denny and Petrea Noyes. Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Denny grew up Camden and studied art at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her work has been exhibited throughout Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Washington, D.C.; and she has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to paint a number of murals for its annual Folklife Festival. Denny has received two residencies and partial fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, and her painting “The Model School” was featured on the cover of the first annual edition of The New Guard Review, a literary review published in Portland, in 2010.

After attending a workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, which sparked the decision to return to her hometown, he began working in encaustics. Her current work is centered around the life and natural beauty of the Midcoast region.

“My paintings are a celebration of the region I come from, the rich heritage of coastal life, and an expression of the deep emotional ties I feel for the coast of Maine,” she said.

Noyes’ creates an ethereal quality using vintage black-and-white photos as a starting point, scanning the photos and using several computer programs to alter, crop, re-size and digitally “paint” her pieces. In her Lincolnville studio, Noyes alternates between black-and white mixed-media figurative work, abstracts and, occasionally, encaustics. In her current work, Noyes is using a large-format aqueous inkjet printer to print images — many of them historical — on gessoed newsprint, which she then adheres to a stretched-canvas support.  The resulting effect is unusual and totally unpredictable.

“I embrace the happy accident, and this process is full of them,” said Noyes who sometimes scrubs away ink from the final print and then finishes the pieces with a dozen or so acrylic soft-gel glazes.

Current gallery hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, manager of Archipelago, at 596-0701 or; or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

“Catboat Penbay” is a mixed media work by Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville.
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