Runquist talk at Landing Gallery

Aug 29, 2014
“Monhegan From the Light House” is an oil on canvas by Björn Runquist.

Rockland — Björn Runquist will talk Saturday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. about the paintings in his current exhibit “Maine Light” at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St.

The plein air painter has been painting in the Midcoast area for almost 30 years. He is interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere while painting out-of-doors. In his work, local subjects seem familiar yet extraordinary, thanks to unusual viewpoints and Runquist’s interpretation of Maine’s special light.

“I have found through the years of painting that it is much like poetry. There is a space between the feeling and the word, just as there is a space between the mark and the ‘reality’ it represents,” he said.

Ideally, he said, a painting consists of just enough brush strokes to evoke the moment or object and allow the viewer to bring his or her response to the emotional completion of the painting, “just as the reader completes the poem.”

Landing Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-4544 or visit

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

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