‘Homecoming’ at Camden Falls Gallery

Jun 02, 2018
Negative rectangular shapes created by the dockside piers act anchor Ann Trainor Domingue’s “The Best Part of the Day,” an acrylic on canvas.

Camden — Camden Falls Gallery will open its 2018 season with “Homecoming,” opening Friday, June 8, with a 5 to 7 p.m. artist’s reception. The show features the works of celebrated mixed media artist Ann Trainor Domingue and other house artists.

“The title resonates on various levels,” said Howard Gallagher, owner of Camden Falls Gallery.

He and his wife Margaret have run year-round retail businesses in Camden for 37 years. This year, they embraced partial retirement and have adopted a seasonal business profile. Like migrating waterfowl, the Gallaghers have become “snowbirds,” so homecoming is personal to them.

“I don't want to say it's like migrating fish returning to their place of origin, but there's something really special about coming home to the gallery on the edge of Camden Harbor,” said Howard Gallagher. “The schooners shed their winter covers and the harbor just explodes with activity in anticipation of the summer to come. It's like that in the gallery … we have shed winter, and the gallery is bursting with new and exciting work.”

The interplay of family, work and home are at the core of coastal community life. They can be seen in Trainor Domingue's playful, overlapping layers of texture, color and repetitive forms.

Trainor Domingue's iconic imagery is intricate, yet free-flowing, reflecting the delicate ecosystems that thrive in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay … and are sometimes threatened by the intersection of human industry and enterprise.

“My work has transitioned from a focus on coastal structures and architecture toward incorporating the humanity of the working waterfront,” said Trainor Domingue, who had a successful career as an illustrator and art director before becoming a full-time fine artist.

Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Homecoming” will run through June 26. For more information, call 470-7027 or email info@camdenfallsgallery.com.

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

 

Brad Betts’ “Light Wind into Camden Harbor” is an oil on canvas.
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