Deer Isle Artists Association celebrates its 40th with “Invited Artists Exhibition”

Paul Black, “Portland, Still Raining”

The Deer Isle Artists Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an “Invited Artists Exhibition” and an Opening Reception 5-7:30 p.m. Friday July 13. The DIAA Gallery is located in the center of Deer Isle Village, and the exhibition will run through July 26.

The DIAA began in 1973 when a group of twelve artists who summered on Deer Isle banded together to exhibit their work in small group art exhibits. Among these founding members were several prominent east coast artists, Stephen Pace, Fran Merritt, David Lund, Howard Fussiner, Dan Hodermarsky, Luke Gwilliam, Dorothy Fielding, Karl Schrag, Walter Stevens, Peg Howarth, Judith Ingram and Leon Goldin.

The DIAA moved its gallery around the island over the years and in 2010 moved to their present location in the heart of Deer Isle Village. “We occupy a wonderful, small but very professional gallery space. The Deer Isle Artists Association is a non-profit group of 120 artists, both professional and emerging, and people who are interested in the arts,” says David McBeth, President of the DIAA Board. “ Many of the members live in Maine, at least part of the year, but there is no residential requirement.”  Committed to promoting the visual arts in this part of Maine, the DIAA also encourages student artists by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in the arts.

The Deer Isle Artists Association has become quite well known on the island over the last 40 years. However, due to limited visibility off island, the group wished to make their 40th anniversary a special opportunity to reach out to the rest of Maine.

Seven well known Maine artists have been invited to show in the DIAA “Invited Artists Exhibition.” This should be a colorful show with paintings in oil and acrylic; drawings in litho crayon; color pencil and graphite drawings; mixed media; and sculptures in Onyx. The seven selected artists are Paul Black, South Portland, Philip Frey, Sullivan, Susan Groce, Orono, Anne Ireland, Falmouth, Alison Rector, Belfast, Dan Snyder, Brooklin, and Gar Waterman, Sargentville. The DIAA Gallery is open daily and is located at 15 Main St., Deer Isle Village. For more information call 348-2330 or visit deerisleartists.com