Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens with “New Works. . . “

Keith Hamilton, “Poe’s Daughter,” archival pigment print, 32” x 42”

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery’s 31st season opened with the exhibit “New Works: Contemporary Paintings and Vintage Finds,” on display until Wednesday, July 8th

Highlighting this show are a collection of thickly painted oils of Monhegan Island vistas by David Kasman.  A large-scale surrealist photograph by Keith Hamilton, “Poe’s Daughter,” complements Kasman’s bold, dark palette.  The enigmatic photograph of a young woman in costume holding a raven by the window adds an element of psychological intrigue to the exhibition.  David Lussier and Diana Johnson are displaying their latest plein air oils and pastels, respectively.

In conjunction with the contemporary exhibition, many important American artists are represented in the vintage finds.  Sears Gallagher’s “Edge of the Surf” is a richly detailed early 20th century etching of three children playing by the shore and Alfred Thompson Bricher’s watercolor, “The Pier, Atlantic City,” sparkles with luminous light as the white sails of distant ships traverse the horizon.

American and European paintings are featured throughout the exhibition, with views of Maine; Barbizon, France; Venice; New York; Provence and Paris by artists Eugene Ciceri (1813-1890), Lars Hoftrup (1874-1954), William Zorach (1887-1966), Ernest Haskell (1876-1925), and Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott (1846-1925).

Additional contemporary New England artists showing in the exhibition include Tom Curry, Keith Oehmig, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, Geer Morton, Carlton Plummer, Michael Graves, Guy Corriero, and Roberta Goschke.

For more information, call 207-882-7682, or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com . The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm, and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.