According to Pande Stevens, he is working on, “assorted landscapes and seascapes in one of the most exciting shorelines of the world.” Painting in a variety of media including watercolor, tempera, oils and charcoal, he expresses his appreciation for the beauty he sees. Among his favorite spots is Lubec, Maine. Stevens is pleased that people recognize his subject matter of popular New England views.
“Every sale I make with my work is a reward and an award,” says Stevens and he truly enjoys, “touching the lives of people with my art.” To that end he enjoys passing on his love of creativity to his grandchildren when they visit his studio. In a similar vein, Stevens has plans to give a lettering and art demonstration at the Great Salt Bay School for the second grade class.
Stevens prefers to work in his studio where he is busy catching up with requests for pieces of his work. His dream is to one day paint and teach in Albania and the Balkins where the mountains and valleys across Albania fill him with inspiration.
Stevens began sketching after school and with community classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum in the Fens of Boston. He later studied at Vesper George School of Art in Boston and was tutored by Ruffy James. His creative eye was employed during his business career overseeing renditions of company products. With a sense of humor Stevens adds that his most important artistic assets are “healthy hands, steady fingers and at this point in life, good vision!”
“Short Cut” by Jane Herbert
Jane Herbert joins Stevens in his cheerful appreciation of natural beauty with her seascapes. She prefers to work on location on the uninhabited islands and coves of the local coast. The painter also works in her home studio in Damariscotta often using sketches or photos from her adventures.
Herbert is a self-taught artist who has been working with acrylic paints for over forty years. During that time her painting style has matured along with her skills. At the present time her realistic work is focused on the horizon.
In addition to Pemaquid Art Gallery, Herbert recently had a solo show in Portland at the Richard Boyd Art Gallery. Her work is exhibited seasonally at the Scottish Lion and Friends Gallery in Bristol, Sigrid and Associates Real Estate, LLC in Damariscotta and on her website, janeherbert.com.
Along with Stevens and Herbert exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan.
The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point. The gallery is open every day through Columbus Day from 10 until 5. Its website is pemaquidartgallery.com.