‘Frippery, Toggery and Landscapery’

Aug 08, 2017
Work by, from left, Lauren Gill, DiTa Ondek and Susan Tobey White will be shown for six days in the Granite Gallery.

Tenants Harbor — Granite Gallery, 68 Main St./Route 131, will display artwork by three Maine women — DiTa Ondek, Susan Tobey White and Lauren Gill — Friday through Wednesday, Aug. 18 through 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The public also is invited to an artists’ reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show is inspired by the “frippery and toggery” of Ondek’s encaustic vintage wedding dresses and antique christening gowns; and the acrylic dancing figures and little girls in party dresses by White, while Gill provides the “lanscapery” elements of Midcoast Maine.

Ondek’s encaustic work is an exploration of the vintage wedding dresses in Maine from 1900 to 1940. Each encaustic piece is accompanied by an original ekphrastic poem. DiTa also will exhibit a series of expressionistic encaustics inspired by her yearly trek to Monhegan Island; and debut a new chapbook of poetry celebrating the art titled “Reach up & Trap a Piece of Sky, Monhegan Mindfulness.”

Ondek resides in Tenants Harbor. She has worked with watercolors for 15 years and other media (Polaroid transfers and digital photography) with past gallery shows in Texas, Connecticut, Maine, New York and Florida. Currently, she is painting with acrylics and exhibiting at the Port Clyde Art Gallery; and the Kefauver Studio and Gallery in Damariscotta. Her website is dita.org.

Belfast’s White defines herself as artist and educator. As an artist, she is best known for her colorful, energetic paintings of dancers. Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms, summon nostalgic times. White said her dancers are about “the motion, the emotion and the colors and patterns of dance.”

White designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival posters and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Festival posters. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia; and has been in galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina and Maine. Her website is susantobeywhite.com.

Gill is primarily an oil painter who splits her time between Tenants Harbor and Bonita Springs, Fla. She has been juried into and received awards at many exhibitions throughout Florida, Maine and New Jersey; and her work is part of private and corporate collections from California to Maine, as well as Japan and England. In 2008 and 2009, her work juried into the Collectors Gallery, Albright Knox Museum of Art, Buffalo, N.Y.; and can currently be seen at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. Gill has exhibited at Art Space Gallery, Rockland; and the Art of the Sea, South Thomaston. Her website is artbylaurengill.com.

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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