Plein air painters demonstrate, exhibit at Camden Falls

Aug 05, 2019
"Camden Fourth of July" by Ken DeWaard.

CAMDEN — Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce its fifth exhibition of the 2019 season, "DeWaard and McPhillips." On Saturday, Aug. 10, the exhibition kicks off with live plein air demonstrations by the artists around the public landing and harbor from 2 to 4 p.m. The opening reception follows at the gallery, 5 Public Landing, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through Aug. 25.

Though juxtaposed in styles, both Ken DeWaard and Jonathan McPhillips are able to create works that capture their personal insights and forms of visual truth. They are equally accomplished in studio design work, focusing on coastal New England and plein air. Both artists have received top honors and awards in some of the nations most prestigious plein air competitions and shows. Their works are part of many corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Russia and China, and shown around the world in the U.S.Department of State “Art in the Embassies” program.

In 1999, DeWaard began his teaching career at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, Ill. and has since taught in both schools and workshops around the country. According to DeWaard, his personal objective while teaching is “to make sure that each and every student experiences advancement. Giving a student not only technical skills but the excitement and passion for them to build on and draw from for a lifetime is always part of my mission.”

McPhillips has held demonstrations and instructed workshops all along the eastern seaboard. His talent as both an artist and communicator has him in high demand from both private groups and large art organizations. McPhillips describes his instruction as “a great way to connect with artists who are trying to explore new resolutions in their artistic growth. It is rewarding to pass along any experience or information that might help someone break through to a new level of creativity. I also enjoy teaching as it reminds me of the fundamentals that I must also be aware of in my own work. It is easy to stray from good principles, but hearing it aloud and seeing the process in a group situation is very beneficial for both the student and instructor.”

Stan Grunder’s short film “Painting the Coast of Maine with Jonathan McPhillips” provides further insight into McPhillips' painting narrative. Grunder is a 2012 graduate of Camden Hills High School and is now a documentary filmmaker based out of New York City. The film will debut at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival on Sept. 7 at the Camden Snow Bowl or can be viewed now on vimeo (

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the season. For more information, please call 470-7027 or visit




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