Donated Art 2020
"Still Life with Duck"
water color on paper
20" x 30"
Beryl graduated from Cornell University with a BFA, She paints using exaggerated movement and colors to express the dynamics of her subjects. She brings life and movement to her action figures by taking advantage of the fluid qualities of watercolor. Her work has been exhibited at museums, many watercolor societies, and universities throughout the country, She has been awarded numerous Best in Show awards. Beryl currently teaches community extension classes at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida
Gouache on paper
14" x 20"
I have lived in rural Maine for many years. This fact seems crucial to me in trying to describe who I am and what my art is all about. I feel that the isolation from the “art world” and from current trends in art has had both good and bad effects. On one hand, I’m more than glad to be free of the dictates of style and of the marketplace. I like my ideas to develop at their own pace. I love growing my garden, tending my fires, picking wild mushrooms, etc., etc.
At the same time, I feel fortunate to be part of a loose group of artists scattered around in the boondocks who have evolved in many different ways, sometimes overlapping with current ideas floating around the “big city”, sometimes veering off in crazy and unexpected directions. The artists that I’ve come to know here have been a constant source of inspiration to me.
On the other hand, I used to live in NYC. So I have some idea about what I’m missing by choosing to live here. I’m sure that if I still lived in the city, I would be inspired by much of the art being done there.
Much of my art is inspired by political events, but it’s not political art is the sense of trying to move people into action. I think of myself more as a witness.
Mythology has always been a subject for painters. I’ve come to think of the news as our contemporary mythology. (That doesn’t mean that it isn’t the truth.) It comprises a set of stories that are culturally shared by most of us.
Thus, if I name an abstract painting “Katrina”, I have offered a reference point, a point of entry. Hopefully, my abstract expressions and impressions will then have greater meaning for people. I hope to leave behind me some record of how it felt to have lived through these times. I hope to “bear witness”.
"St. Croix Sun"
Oil on canvas and mixed media
18" x 16"
@ $600 or $700
John has a BFA and a MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art with academic and art studio studies at: Case Western University (OH); Parson School of Design (NYC); Cambridge School of Design (MA); Architectural Dept. M.I.T. (MA) and Griffith Institute, Oxford (UK). He taught at: Lawton School of Art (WI); Marquette University (WI); University of Wisconsin at River Falls (WI); Maine College of Art (ME) and University of Maine at Augusta (ME).aazz
Lorence has been a former Director and Board Chair of the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset….spaced over the years 1973 to 2002. Lorence has exhibited in multiple galleries in the United States, Middle East. His work is now in private collections in the United States and Europe.
"Slate Slabs & 3 Border Trees"
Charcoal on paper
28" x 20"
"NM Symbols, Taos"
Burned charcoal on paper
50" x 22"