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Art in the Capitol Archive

Previous Exhibitions

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

 

Barbara Applegate—Applegate permanently relocated from Philadelphia to Penobscot Bay in 1996 and now maintains her studio/gallery in the beautiful village of Bristol Mills on the Pemaquid Peninsula. 

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.

    Aerial Early Winter on Katahdin From Where the Osprey Sits Golden Road Marsh II Katahdin from Sandy Stream Pond Mt Katahdin and the Northern Lights Spirit of Katahdin Lake Woman with Mountain

Ben's Camp - Boat House 1

John Orcutt
Ben's Camp - Boat House 1
Canvas Print
32"x24"

 

Brian Krebs

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.

    Across Eight and Three Alfred Lake Birches Clary Hill - July Clary Hill - June Clary Hill - May Colman Island Floats Under Bristol Kaleidoscope Island Dreams II Leafless and Cloudy Poolside Rowboat in Camden Harbor Softly the Sky Bends Spruce Island

Ben's Camp - Boat House 1

John Orcutt
Ben's Camp - Boat House 1
Canvas Print
32"x24"



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.

    Ben's Camp - Jeep Ben's Camp - Boat House 1 Ben's Camp - Boat House 2 Ben's Camp - Path to Camp Ben's Camp - Tackle Box Ben's Camp - Rods and Reels Ben's Camp - White Enamel Ben's Camp - Living Room Ben's Camp - Queen Atlantic Ben's Camp - Rangeley Boat Bigelow Moon Fog Morning at Flagstaff Lake Gold Edge at Flagstaff Lake Twisted Birch Pine in Blueberry Field Bigelow Range from Eustis Ridge Carrabassett River Snow Mounds Rock Pile in Blueberry Field Calligraphic Larch

Ben's Camp - Boat House 1

John Orcutt
Ben's Camp - Boat House 1
Canvas Print
32"x24"