York, Maine: Despite the cold and the dark, a large crowd turned out the other evening at the Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery to preview the final exhibitions of the 2014 season. “A Change of Season” is the theme and includes the work of twenty regional artists, some of who have previously exhibited at the venue along with some new faces. Concurrently, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has a one-person exhibition in the dock level gallery.
Curator, Mary Harding explains that the “change of season” theme isn’t just about moving into the winter months, but about all of our “season” and how we adapt and embrace change and new things.
Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented through landscapes, still life, and figures enjoying various activities. A large garden view titled “Entering Path of Memories” by York artist Michael Walek, is blazing with floral colors reminding us of the peak of summer gardens. One can almost hear the sounds of splashing and play in Grant Drumheller’s large “Swimming Cove,” or the crack of a baseball bat in Louise Bourne’s “The Steal.” Portsmouth artist, Lisa Noonis has also captures the height of summer in her paintings that include views of York Harbor and Rye beaches.
Tom Curry has a number of fresh views of Maine islands, boats and harbors. More abstracted compositions by Richard Keen suggest hulls of ships cutting through the water. Brett X. Gamache’s “Fisherman Rowing” is another take on a familiar scene – a bright yellow dingy is rowed silently below the cliffs of a harbor.
A group theme exhibition is an opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery. Tom Driscoll from Wilmot, New Hampshire is exhibiting three collage and mixed media paintings. Portland artist Jenny Potter Scheu’s watercolor, Prismacolor and gouache on paper pieces bring more color and pattern to the show. York artist Martha Hesse is also exhibiting for the first time. Her “Hidden Tomato” and “Hawaii Orchid” are some of the first things one sees upon entering the gallery.
“This is a chockablock show! There is something for everyone to enjoy,” commented a recent visitor. Despite the number and variety of pieces, it is not overcrowded and there is an easy flow from one piece to the next. Other exhibiting artists are Todd Bezold, Arthur DiMambro, Ann Trainor Domingue, Kate Emlen, Rosalind Fedeli, Paul Heroux, Madeleine Hopkins, MaJo Kelleshian, Kathi Smith, and Susan Wahlrab.
“Intersections” is the title of Kathleen Galligan’s one-person exhibition. The artist is well known for her expansive landscapes in pastels and oils often with the perspective of from above. Drawing from both memory and being on location, her views are mostly void of man-made objects and focus on the purity and fragility of nature. The moods of these paintings vary from mysteriously foreboding to light-infused optimism. In addition to her landscapes, this exhibition presents recent explorations in themes and media, thus giving further insight to this committed artist.
Both exhibitions continue with regular hours through December 21 and then by chance and appointment during the winter months. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.