Enjoy this sampling of our present exhibition “Homecoming”. Twenty seven artists from across Central Maine are respresented in this lively exhibition.
“Homecoming” Artists were asked to consider and share with us how the pandemic affected their art practice. This is a portion of what they shared with us. Enjoy! If you are interested in purchasing any of this artwork, please reach out to the Harlow firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne Finley “I haven’t painted since last winter, been unable and anxious and depressed. I was in Morocco last March when they c;osed the airport and cancelled myu flight. WHAT A TIME!!!
Judith E Schuppien My Thursday Plein Air group kept meeting! Otherwise , I was quite scattered and did not do much painting.
Camille Davidson I paint from a treehouse and mostly I paint what surrounds me. The light, the wind, the feeling of being present to the moment of a beautiful forest day. During covid, news would creep in and shout at me. On the radio, in my head and heart. The words being used in our world along with my anger, and prayers. I am Jewish and Israeli and my prayers and knowledge base led me to scratching Hebrew into paintings. It made me feel less out of control. I put down what bubbled up for me personally. I couldn’t just paint the forest when the world was crying out
Jen Hickey It has lent me to take notice of the beauty around me, every nuance, pattern, and individuality of Mother Nature. A Blessing it has been in many ways to be able to have time to reflect and be present.
Alix Barron I have been very experimental and that has allowed me to work through my FUNK. I’ve had more fun too.
Laura Endres The pandemic has brought me to full circle to myself – a homecoming .
Elizabeth Luckraft With the pandemic time and a deeper sense of introspection has allowed me to tap deeper into my emotions and to take risks to express this emotion in my work. I have learned that my deep belief of “IF NOT NOW,WHEN??” has come to full expression. Now is the time to make momentary choices each day to be vulnerab;e and brave and to reach for personal potential in order to serve.
Christine Sullivan I have done a series of bird art (seventeen), in the beginning of the pandemic which were auctioned off for the Ian Parker foundation to benefit local musicians.
Ellen Freed Days turned into weeks then into months. We’ve had eight months of worries, changes, losses, observations and recalculating our lives. I’ve found more time to walk, sit, draw, photograph, process and sew. Working on these pieces has given me a way to find peace amidst chaos.
Kit Monroe Much More alone time which means studio time! I am painting more then ever.
Dianne Horton I have not made art recently. I was not motivated because of eight shows (outside) being canceled. The Harlow deadline motivated me.
Ruth Brooks I have used this quiet time to revitalize my studio art practice in earnest. Along with making art that reflects my feelings about our world, I am attempting to decolonize my mind and my relationship to art making. This means claiming pictural language and symbols such as “Tree”, or ” Still life” as ways of addressing deep concerns about where we are, as humans on this fragile but resilient planet and where we are headed.
Bruce Armstrong The art world as defined in various media, social and other, seemed to communicate a more pessimistic view as we are all experienced the general fears related to the disease, fears capitalized on and heightened by its constant presence in the media. The inability of major political players , in this election year, to agree on how we deal with the problem, if there was even a problem, highlighted how poorly we all communicate on many things and led to significant doubt about whether we are able to do anything as a cohesive society.
Abbott Meader During this difficult time I have done mostly what I call “inventions” or “invocations”. Some are non-representational pieces while others reference natural forms in various approaches and combinations or components. In his mind, he has greatly considered the impact on human kind of the virus, and climate change which he thinks has largely been ignored by society.
Lynne Lyons My entry ( about the Pandemic ) is a painting that was done early in the beginning of my creative process, early into the new world with Covid. Mixing color and moving a brush around on a large canvas became familiar to me. It became me. It is a self portrait of me in the middle of the pandemic. It is one display showing how I survived that first winter alone as my beautiful husband of forty years passed away April 12 2019. This is my first attempt to show my work. I hope people enjoy it.
Renae E Moran Stuck at home, I have been experimenting with a sun exposure for a painting of a grain elevator in North Dakota, my original home state. I was planning on an extended visit to North Dakota this year to take sunrise photographs of elevators. Instead, I stayed home and continued working on this third version of the elevator at Great Bend. The pandemic forced me to imagine how it would look with the sunrise instead of the noon time lighting the original photograph.
Penny Markley Plein air painting does have its challenges. The light changes, wind threatens or perhaps succeeds in blowing over easels. Bugs land on wet paint, tides come in and tides go out if you are painting by the sea, and there is always too much paint. One has to focus and simplify . In spite of the difficulty and the fact that I seldom produce a masterpiece while painting plein air, it has saved my sanity and made me feel productive during this strange time.
Helene Farrar There is much to say about this time period. But not so much about how its affects on my art practice DIRECTLY. I am taking care of my body and spirit better now. I walk to my studio more often which is grounding and allows me the pleasure to witness the quiet, environmental changes and time to be in that movement. I am getting better at turning off external chatter even though there is so much uncertainty.