Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 20-27, 2009 Art Week at Great Spruce Head Island

An extraordinary experience. Art Week is an annual event centered at Fairfield Porter's family summer retreat on Great Spruce Head Island, and graciously hosted by
Anina Porter Fuller, herself an accomplished painter. Since 1993, each summer Anina has invited a group of 12 artists, (painters, writers, sculptors, photographers) to Great Spruce Head Island. The island offers not only bold and majestic views for inspiration but an environment of quiet simplicity where little has changed since the island was purchased and the 12-room summer cottage was built in 1912. It was a time of creativity and sharing that I will treasure forever. If you are not familiar with the work of Fairfield Porter, you can view online a large collection of his paintings at the Parrish Art Museum of Southampton, NY. We shared the weather that most of New England had during that time, but it did not dampen our spirits in the least. We still hiked and explored the island and painted outdoors in the light mist and fog, and during steadier rains many of us turned to painting interiors and still life which we hadn't previously explored in our work. These posts are such interiors, one in gouache and the other in pastel. A new subject for me, I was completely enthralled with the succession of windows in the home and the reflections and dramatic light that they presented.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15, 2009

Attended the Island Artists Show at Courthouse Gallery yesterday afternoon. A wonderful sampling of work by Fairfield Porter and artists that have attended Art Week at Great Spruce Head Island over the years. A great way to get inspired for my own attendance starting next Saturday the 20th. In addition to the inspiring art, I saw many old friends including one of my favorite people and painters, Sarah Faragher (www.sarahfaragher.com) who first told me about Art Week. For information about the show, visit: www.courthousegallery.com

Friday, June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009

Had a fabulous event last evening at Deighan Associates, Registered Investment Advisors. A great friend of the arts, Deighan Associates hosted an invitation only reception for artists that the firm has featured on holiday cards each year for the last 9 years. Each artist hung a selection of works for sale and Deighan Associates is making a contribution to the Maine Community Foundation's new Penobscot County Fund, based on 10% of sales for the evening. The event was great fun. I got to meet artists that I hadn't known, the turnout was terrific, and sales were brisk. Only thing is, I brought my newest island paintings previously referenced in this blog, but I hadn't scanned them yet for posting. And they all sold. So, my promise of new postings will be postponed probably until I return from Great Spruce Head Island at the end of June.

Thanks so much to Deighan Associates for doing so much for artists and the community. Visit their website at www.deighan.com as well as Maine Community Foundation: www.mainecf.org

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 10, 2009

More island paintings drying and today am prepping for one special night "private" showing on Thursday along with some very accomplished and established artists. I'll be showing some pastels and a few small oils. More images for posting coming soon.