Carlton Plummer A.W.S., A Retrospective Survey of 50 Years of Painting

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is delighted to welcome Carlton Plummer A.W.S. back to the Harlow Gallery — after four decades.  Plummer had his first one-man show at the Harlow Gallery back in the 1960s and is returning to the Harlow Gallery in June with a month long retrospective art exhibit that will serve as a survey of his 50 year artistic career.  The public is invited to meet the artist at the show’s opening on Friday, June 4th, from 5-8 pm.  This event is free and open to all; refreshments will be served.

“Carlton Plummer A.W.S., A Retrospective Survery of 50 Years of Painting”will be on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell June 4-27, 2010.  Many thanks to our exhibition sponsor Maine Evergreen Hotel/Quality Inn & Suites of Augusta.


Of the process of looking back at 50 years of artwork to choose paintings for this exhibition, Carlton Plummer mused, “My 50 year retrospective exhibit will be made up of selected works, covering a wide variety of subject matter, modes of expression & media dating back to the early 60’s.”


Of his career as an artist he said,   “After an illustration career in the 50’s & resuming higher education in art, the die was set for my transition from commercial art to a special blend of art educator/fine art painter.  Starting as a pleine-aire painter in the 60’s, I gradually became a studio painter.  Most of the paintings in this exhibit reflect studio painting, which allowed me opportunity to explore & experiment with mixed media & a variety of subject matter.  A distinct painting style was evident early & developed as a result of  influences from my teaching & painting.  The bold use of expressive brush strokes & strong color, became my hallmark.  Although miniaturism plays a minor role in my painting repertoire, working in a restricted format serves diversification.  As I chose the work for this retrospective exhibit,  I am convinced that my love for adventure, strong ties to nature and the wilderness as well as a kinship to people, manifests itself in much of my work.”


Carlton was born in Brunswick, Maine and spent his formative years growing up on a farm outside of Augusta.  The Harlow Gallery hosted Carlton’s very first one-man show in the 1960s, and is delighted to have the opportunity to welcome him back for this retrospective exhibition  The master artist is well known on the American art scene for his vibrant watercolors of the Maine coast.  He is professor emeritus of U Mass at Lowell, and is an experienced and sought after teacher of art. Carlton and his wife, artist Joan Plummer, live and work in East Boothbay and in Tequesta, Florida.



The public is also invited to an ArtTalk on June 10, from 7 p.m. – 8p.m., whenCarlton Plummer A.W.S. will give a gallery talk entitled “Transitioning through 50 years of Painting”.  With Plummer’s retrospective on the walls of the Harlow Gallery around him, this ArtTalk promises be a unique look back at the life and work of a nationally known artist.  Plummer’s  paintings have been widely published in numerous art books and art magazines.  His work can be seen in galleries, museums, corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.  International exhibits include the Royal Academy of Miniaturism in London, Summer Olympics in Australia, Winter Olympics in Nagano City, Japan and other great shows.  His awards include many gold and silver medals of honor, as well as best of shows.   Carlton maintains studios in East Boothbay, Maine and in Tequesta, Florida with his artist wife Joan.



Award winning watercolorist Carlton Plummer, A.W.S., will be conducting a 3-day multi-watermedia painting workshop, featuring both studio and pleine air painting opportunities. The workshop will take place at the Harlow Gallery on June 25, 26 and 27, 2010, beginning each day at 8:45 and ending at 4:15.  This one-time-only opportunity is limited to 15 students; early registration is strongly advised!  Tuition is $295 for current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or $345 for non-members.  For more information visit or call 622-3813.

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