Among the art displayed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season is the work by two women who have strong feelings about their subjects, Hannah Ineson and Judy Nixon.
“Last Light” by Hannah Ineson
The Pemaquid Art Gallery presents paintings by wilderness painter, Hannah Ineson, this season. “Wilderness has always been my “muse,” declares Ineson. “Wilderness of any kind is what makes me reach for a brush or palette knife.”
The professional painter is known for her vibrant watercolor landscapes. Ineson adds expressive oil paintings to her body of work as well. For her oil paintings she employs the texturizing effect of a palette knife to capture light and color in a particularly exciting way.
Ineson explains she often uses a variety of sources as jumping off points to begin a painting. She says she, “looks for that moment when the painting itself takes over.” At that point the artist lets creative expression find its own way, a process that she says is still unfolding for her.
“I believe it is not really the scenery but the soul of the place that seeks expression through me.” says Ineson. Rather than being mere recordings of specific landscapes her work is built upon visceral memories of particular places. The philosophy serves her well whether she works on location or in her studio.
Ineson has had work accepted into many juried shows in Maine and Florida, has been artist in residence in the Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve and had three solo shows in Florida museums. She has taught watercolor for many years in both states and in Mexico.
Her most recent project is to create images for the Earthshine Institute, which furthers the environmental work of the late Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The images will be used in various ways to raise funds for the Institute’s work and speaks to Ineson’s dedication to the wild places that inspire her.
During the summer of 2014, in addition to the Pemaquid Gallery, Ineson will again be teaching private art workshops in Maine, partnering with Le Vatout Bed and Breakfast in Waldoboro, as well as providing accommodations and lessons in her home in Damariscotta. Ineson’s work may also be seen by appointment at the Carriage House Studio in Damariscotta. To learn more visit hannahineson.com.
“Break Time” by Judy Nixon
New paintings by Judy Nixon are on display at the sea side gallery this summer. Nixon chooses to paint the magical place she calls home, the Pemaquid Peninsula. “I enjoy the challenge of recreating a scene from one of my favorite areas, as well as capturing the essence of everyday objects in a still life,” offers Nixon.
Beginning her painting career in her 50’s, Nixon has developed her personal style as a watercolor painter. At work in her studio or on occasional forays to paint on location Nixon continues to explore new ideas in painting. Exploring her creativity she ventures into other media including acrylics, oils, mono-type, and using Asian brush.
Nixon continues to enhance her skills by taking many art workshops with some of the great talent and successful artists the area attracts. Though influenced, Nixon maintains her unique artistic approach which is anchored in her personal connection to her subjects.
Artistic inspiration comes to Nixon from a variety of sources. For example, when asked what the best artistic advice she has been given she replies, “Just do it!” Visitors to the gallery get a glimpse into the heart of life on the Pemaquid Peninsula as they reflect upon this artist’s offerings.
2014 is a busy year for Judy Nixon with a solo show at Miles Memorial Hospital and a show at the Washington School in July. Nixon’s work may also be seen at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, River Arts in Damariscotta, and in a special appearance in Round Pond Arts and Crafts Fair this July.
Along with Ineson and Nixon, exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are 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, Jane Herbert, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, 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.