Guest Artist Ed McCartan Exhibits in Sarah’s Café

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“In the Autumn of Our Years” by Ed McCartan

When artist Ed McCartan was preparing a presentation for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell about looking at abstract art, the gallery described his work as incorporating “botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery, using abstract layering and sumi brushwork techniques. Ed likes to experiment with alternate techniques, such as stenciling, woodcut and stamping within his paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and panel.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature a selection of paintings by Ed McCartan during the August 28 event, from 5-8pm. His work will be exhibited on the walls of Sarah’s Café at 45 Water St. in Wiscasset Village.

The artist, who lives in Brunswick and has a studio in the mill at Ft. Andross, explains that his work represents his exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. “I often use the double image because I am interested in the ‘dialogue’ that this creates between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns, flowers, etc. leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.”

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“Joy of a New Day” by Ed McCartan

McCartan has exhibited extensively throughout eastern United States and Canada and locally in galleries located in Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Wiscasset among other numerous mid-coast locations. He’s been a life-long teacher – of studio art and art history – now retired, but continues to offer workshops and private lessons at his studio and through courses at Midcoast Senior College in Bath.

McCartan’s art gives expression to his interests in philosophy, theology, and education. About his work, the artist says, “I go to nature and the possibilities inherent in the materials for inspiration. It is an ongoing endeavor.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

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