Plein air, studio design meet at Camden Falls

Aug 11, 2018
“Storm Approaching,” an oil by Ken DeWaard, is part of the late summer exhibition at Camden Falls Gallery.

Camden — Camden Falls Gallery on the public landing will open “Dewaard & McPhillips,” the fourth show of the 2018 season, Monday, Aug. 13, to run through the 26th. Ken Dewaard and Jonathan McPhillips are equally accomplished in studio design work focusing on coastal New England, as well as working en plein air.

Both artists have placed and 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 across the United States, Russia and China; and shown around the world in the U.S. Dept. of State’s Art in the Embassies program.

Within the past year, Dewaard has received the Charles Movalli Award at Cape Ann Plein Air, Mass; Best Hospitality Award at Easton Plein Air, Md., and, last month, he had the highest sale bid for his painting “Evening At The Farm” at Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Having spent days at the head of Camden Harbor doing color sketches, drawing and photographing the spring outfitting of the schooners, he has returned to his studio to incorporate these plein air studies with studio design work.

McPhillips is one of the New American Luminists. Known for impressionistic radiance in his daybreak and dusk paintings, he has found his focus in a form of realism that he describes as “Contemporary Impressionism.” In 2017, McPhillips’ work was exhibited in the Laguna Plein Air Painters “Best of Plein Air” Juried Exhibition, Calif.; the Modern Marine Masters Exhibition in Mystic, Conn., and the Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition, also at Mystic. This year,  he won the Gene Magazine award for traditional oil at the Salmagundi Club’s 134 Annual Members Exhibition in New York City; and became a signature member of the American Impressionist Society.

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

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

“Head of the Harbor” oil on canvas by Jonathan McPhillips was painted for Camden Falls Gallery’s Camden Classics Plein Air event in July.
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