The Art in the Capitol program features work throughout the Capitol Complex and offers Maine artists an additional venue for their work. It is designed to expand the audience for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes.
All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about Art in the Capitol, contact Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY
An exhibit of paintings by Maine artist, Caren-Marie Michel, is on display at the Capitol Building in Augusta now through August, 31 2015.
A lifelong Maine resident, Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Her work explores the urban, industrial, and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel often portrays a location through series, capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color.
Michel states “My main interest is color in the landscape. Living in Maine, one cannot help but be amazed with nature and the effects of light, time, season, place and color. My paintings come from frequent walks and travels, bringing my vision and experience to the viewer. I work in many layers in acrylic or pastel to achieve glowing color in my paintings. I also am interested in the manmade landscape and have set out to document how our urban landscapes continually change. I see the world as a painting, whether it is the old mill downtown, the fire station, golf course, mountain or beach.”
In Maine, she has exhibited at the Art Gallery at University of New England, Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, and The Jameson Gallery.
In 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Michel is represented by North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. You can learn more about Caren and her work at carenmariemichel.com
|Caren-Marie Michel Pine Point Evening 15, 8.5" x 11.5" Pastel on paper||Caren-Marie Michel Booth Quarry Vinalhaven, 12" x 16" Acrylic on canvas|
Spindleworks and SpinOff Studio
The Maine Arts Commission is proud to present an exhibition of work by Maine artists on loan from Spindleworks and SpinOff Studio. The work, created by Maine artists, will be on display through August 14, 2015.
Spindleworks, established in 1978, is a nonprofit art center for adults with disabilities and a program of Independence Association of Brunswick, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Spindleworks is the creative home for over 40 visual, literary and performing artists. Their work has been exhibited widely, and they are well-known and respected members of Maine’s artistic community.
For more information about Spindleworks, visit www.spindleworks.org.
SpinOff Studio, located in Gardiner, is a branch of the program established in 2011. SpinOff is home to 15 artists who have become part of the art scene in the Kennebec Valley Region.
Artists attending each program receive supplies, studio space, and guidance as needed. Their work is exhibited in the Whatnot Gallery and Store at Spindleworks and SpinOff, as well as in shows both locally and nationally. The artists receive 75 percent of the sale price of their work, with 25 percent returning to the program to purchase supplies.
For more information about SpinOff Studio, visit www.spinoffstudio.org.
|Emma Becker Fish Watercolor||Micah Webbert Owls Acrylic and Ink|
Tom Blagden, Jr.
Currently on display are photos from Tom's book, First Light: Acadia National Park and Maine’s Mount Desert Island. A professional photographer since 1980, Tom Blagden concentrates his photography on South Carolina, Costa Rica, and Maine. His photographs and writing are devoted to creating a unique sense of place as both a celebration of, and a catalyst for land protection and conservation issues.
|Tom Blagden, Jr. Misty Dawn, Somes Sound, Acadia|
Jeffery Becton—One of Maine’s most talented contemporary artists, Jeffery Becton’s work utilizes familiar visuals from the ocean, the sky, and other natural scapes found in and around Becton’s Deer Isle home and homes of others on the Atlantic coast. Poetic and illusory his work combines “…primarily elements of photography as well as painting, drawing, and scanned materials, the techniques I use foster and give form to visual ambiguities, reexamining the boundaries of mixed media and creating altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.”
|Jeffery Becton Winter is Coming, 23.5" x 28.5" Digital montage realized as archival pigment||Jeffery Becton Breezing Digital montage realized as archival pigment|
Describing her work, Applegate says, "I paint air. The color and texture of the air and how to recreate it with daubs of oil paint on canvas is the driving influence in my artwork."
Her award-winning canvases are represented in galleries throughout the country and have been featured in numerous publications, including American Art Collector, American Art Review, and American Artists.
|Barbara Applegate Morning Mist, Monhegan (study), 8x10, oil||Barbara Applegate Windy Day, Marshalls Point, 18x24, oil|
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
The Maine Arts Commission began the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in 1990 with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts Program.
Since its inception, the Apprenticeship Program has supported over 100 apprenticeships in Maine, ranging from Somali Bantu basket weaving to Downeast wooden boat building. Based on experience and commitment to their art, master artists select an apprentice to teach for an extended period of time, usually a year. More than just one-on-one instruction, apprenticeships help communities maintain and celebrate their cultural traditions.
Apprentice, Shannon Secord Photo: Peter Dembski
North Light Gallery
represents the artists who paint the interior of Maine, with an emphasis on Katahdin. Many of the artists in this exhibition are also included in the publication The Art of Katahdin. Mount Katahdin has been a source of inspiration for well over a century, as is well-documented in the book, written by David Little and published last year by DownEast. Included in the contemporary section of the book is North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine.
employs various layers of geometric abstraction to achieve a sense of realism that has developed over the years into a colorful and striking vision of the Maine landscape. His work can be seen online at www.bkrebspaintings.com and at Landing Gallery, located at 8 Elm Street in Rockland. Krebs, who lives in Warren, earned a bachelor's degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he studied philosophy and mathematics. His work has been exhibited throughout the midcoast and is included in many collections locally and abroad.
John Orcutt and Cynthia Orcutt
are fine art nature photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts. Following a distinguished career as an architect - landscape architect team they have pursued their interest in creating an awareness of the necessity for active preservation of fragile places. Through their photographic images, they express the inherent beauty of areas endangered by easy public access and frequent visitation.
was born and raised on the rocky coast of Maine. He worked for many years as a tugboat captain, commercial fisherman and small business owner. This association with the sea has inspired his artistic work and he now owns and operates a gallery and studio on the shore of Flagstaff Lake in Eustis. Here he exhibits his unique watercolor sculptures that are formed from very heavy French paper into lovely birds and fish; these sculptures are then brought alive with watercolor.
"Supper in the Cookshack" Alden Grant
is an 83 year old Maine guide, logging camp clerk and artist, painstakingly captures the history of the men who work in the northern woods. From the timber cruiser who surveyed the territory for viability, accessibility and sustainability to the men on the capstan raft who towed the boom down the lake, each individual work is a study of life in the 1915 to 1928 logging camps of the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine.
"Back to the Lakes" Alexandra Tyng
began drawing and painting the Maine landscape as a teenager while staying at a nineteenth century rustic camp on one of Mount Desert Island’s lakes, and at her brother’s lighthouse home in Penobscot Bay. In the 1990s she began chartering planes so she could take reference photos of the glacially carved land formations of coastal Maine, which she uses as references to create large-scale paintings. She also paints panoramas from mountaintops, and closer, more intimate views of places. Every summer she spends several weeks painting outside on Mount Desert, Monhegan, Deer Isle and various other locations.
"North Norfolk Beach"
was born in the small fishing town of Brightlingsea, which is nestled on the east coast of England. He trained as a shipwright in the nearby town of Maldon before moving to London to study painting at both the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Dodds, who is a frequent visitor to Maine, has exhibited his stunning paintings and prints of boats throughout England and here in Maine at the Dowling Walsh Gallery.
"RocksTo Climb On" Colin Page 2011
was raised in Baltimore, MD, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration on painting. Upon graduation he lived in New York City for three years where he was an active member in the art world. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine where he found more time to devote to his art. Page creates all his work on site and focuses on capturing the atmosphere and light of a scene.
“Through painting, I share unexpected moments of beauty that I find in the space around me. Painting is how I share the poetry of experience.”
"Hay There" Jacobus Baas
was born in the Netherlands in 1945. He spent his early years in Rotterdam, surrounded by rich landscapes and cloud-laden skies made famous by the Dutch Masters throughout history. Baas arrived in the United States in his early teens with an interest in art already indelibly imprinted.
Baas has found the satisfaction he has been seeking…as a plein air artist. “Painting has become my full-time passion; there is no time to make jewelry. The act of applying paint to a canvas has always been intriguing to me. To transform a two-dimensional surface and give it a feeling of space with carefully arranged brushstrokes using the right colors and values is pure magic. Every time I paint on location, with each brushstroke I experience that magic again, and hopefully the viewer will experience it as well in the finished painting.”
Tub Trawler, A Long Way from Gloucester
Originally from Long Island, New York, Loretta Krupinski moved to southeast coastal Connecticut, and currently lives in midcoast Maine. After graduating with a BA in fine arts from Syracuse University, Ms. Krupinski worked for many years as an illustrator and graphic designer, but has chosen to pursue a dual career as a maritime artist and an author and illustrator of 27 books for children. She has won numerous awards for both and is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.
“Throughout my life, I have lived around the water. My love of boating and beaches has been imprinted on me since I was a child. My talent is with marine subjects, that is, water, boats, rocks and harbors. An artist does their best work when they really know their subject and my marine art deals with realism and detail in oils on canvas.
“My pleasure at exhibiting at the Statehouse came from the widely varied viewers enjoying my paintings and gaining more knowledge from the stories that told of Maine maritime history than they knew before. Another reason I was so pleased to exhibit at the Statehouse was that my art traveled outside of gallery walls. A gallery is the most popular venue for an artist to exhibit; it is also the most insulated. By participating in the Art in the Capitol program, my art was seen by a much broader audience, many of which would not enter a gallery to view art.”)
All Art in the Capitol events and free and open to the public; however, exhibitions are self-guided and may only be viewed within prescribed times: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Maine State House 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and the Blaine House - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Please call ahead at 207/287-2121). For more information on this and all programs available through the Maine Arts Commission, visit MaineArts.com.