The mid summer exhibitions at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery feature the work of three well-established New England artists. Wendy Turner from Kittery, Maine, is exhibiting a new body of large oil canvases called “Brave Boat Harbor Reflections.” Her paintings pair beautifully with sculptural vessels and platters by ceramic artist Paul Heroux. Completing the trio is the work of Vermont artist Mark Goodwin, who expresses his ideas through mixed media paintings, works on paper and small sculpture.
For the past forty years, Wendy Turner has painted with watercolor, pastel and most recently with oil. She has truly hit her stride with the medium in these large oils that include views of near-by Brave Boat Harbor and surroundings. She skillfully captures the clarity of seasonal light on the rocky shore and the energy of cresting waves in contrast to quiet tidal pools in the foreground. A visitor commented that “You can almost feel the temperature of the water and air; it is like you are standing right there with the water lapping your ankles.”
Besides her landscape views, Turner is also exhibiting five intricate paintings of close-up views of stacked lobster traps. It is not known if lobsters prefer the new colorful lobster traps that have replaced the traditional wooden and dark green ones, but it has been an inspiration to artists like Turner. There is nothing cliché about these trap paintings. They are a study in color and patterns that have a mesmerizing abstract quality.
Paul Heroux is a master ceramic artist living and working in Central Maine. He has recently retired after three decades as head of the ceramics department at Bates College and is enjoying dedicating time to his own work, exploring new forms, techniques and commissions. His work is sculptural, visibly strong, durable and is intended to invite touch and use. His lustrous glazes and surface decoration reference plant life, landscape and a number of other changing influences. He received his degrees from the Boston Museum of Fine Art and his work is included in numerous museums, corporations and private collections.
“Indigo Sequence” by Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin’s canvases, works on paper and sculptural constructions are non-objective. He paints, draws, erases, scratches, folds, rubs and cuts various materials, creating works that seem to relay messages and have a sense of history and discovery.
There is a quiet elegance to his mark making and layering of materials. They are contemplative works that invite the viewer to spend time with.
The exhibitions continue through August 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.