The Pemaquid Art Gallery is showing South Bristol artists Sally Loughridge and Stephen Busch, who share studio space as a married couple. Both are longstanding members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists, and both are exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery through Columbus Day.
With a background in maritime law and lore, Busch as a painter explores the sea and the ships that sail on her. Sailing since his teenage years, he graduated from the Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, NY, spent years at sea in the Merchant Marine, and holds an unlimited U.S.C.G. Master’s license. His knowledge of ship construction and love of maritime history are evident in his paintings, which embody the grandeur, terror, and challenge of ocean transport and often convey a feeling of mystery or foreboding, for example, in his “Shipwrecked on Monhegan,” where the fate of the ship as well as the boat carrying its survivors remains unknown.
Sally Loughridge is widely known on the mid-coast not only as an artist in pastels and oils but also as an instructor in pastel painting. Her vast inventory of solo exhibitions and group shows is testimony to the appeal of her landscapes which celebrate the Maine coast – its forests and marshes, its fields and shores. Loughridge frequently shows with five fellow artists who paint on Monhegan Island every fall. This summer their paintings of boats and beaches, of cliffs, surf, docks, cabins and island weather were featured at Mae’s Café and Bakery in Bath, and at the Damariscotta River Grill.
The Pemaquid Art Gallery, a Maine non-profit organization, is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point. The gallery is open every day from10 until 5. Its website is www.pemaquidartgallery.com