Sylvan Gallery Celebrates 15 Years of Art at New Wiscasset Location

“Dockside Arrival” by Tina Ingraham, oil on muslin panel, 14″ x 19″
This year marks Sylvan Gallery’s fifteenth anniversary with a move to a
larger commercial space in Wiscasset. The gallery’s new location, at the
northeast corner of Water and Main Street (Rt. 1), is right next to Red’s
Eats and provides over 1,000 square feet of viewing space for the eighteen
represented artists. The celebration of the new location coincides with
the first Wiscasset Art Walk of the season on June 25th from 5-8 pm.
Please join co-owners Ann and Rick Scanlan for light refreshments and to
celebrate the start of their 15th year.

Represented in the gallery’s ongoing group exhibition includes a diverse
group of exceptional contemporary New England artists. Featured work by
Maine artists include a selection of oil paintings by Wiscasset’s Susannah
“Sukey” Haney. “Island Light Study” is exquisitely detailed and is an
excellent example of Haney’s ability to skillfully compose and bring a
fresh eye to the well-loved and the often painted subject of the Monhegan

A resident of Bath, Tina Ingraham blends representational subject matter
with elements of abstraction in her newest painting, “Dockside Arrival.”
Washes of paint, juxtapositions of warm and cool colors, and textural
scumbling, exemplify Ingraham’s enjoyment of the painting process. The end
result is a striking painting of a Portland Pier – its aged and weathered
essence is revealed in a very personal and engaging way. Ingraham lived,
painted and studied in Italy for three years from 1999 – 2002 after
receiving a Fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1999,
followed by a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation for research in
painting. Her study of the Renaissance portrait, fresco and landscape
painting is evident in her warm palette, fascination with surface and
vivid perception of nature.

A master plein air painter, Stan Moeller of York, offers a series of cafe
and street scenes from recent painting trips to Paris and Italy. Moeller
creates visual excitement by using strong lights and darks in his
paintings with strategic spots of color. Moeller’s paintings evoke a sense
of mood and familiarity – of favorite trips abroad and the sense of having
stood there and seen that.

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan, exhibits oil paintings of
animals in the farmscape. “Autumn at Chewonki” is a long panoramic view of
farm out buildings with a trio of sheep grazing in the foreground. The
soft, diffused light and subtle tones of color lend the painting a strong
sense of mood, which typifies Scanlan’s work.

Maine subject matter is the inspiration for other work in the gallery
including “Port Clyde Mist” by artist Neal Hughes who captures the
atmospheric mood of a working harbor; “Coastal Storm” by Charles Kolnik
who, through a technique of layering numerous glazes of oil colors, evokes
the turbulent ocean surf. A lively acrylic painting titled “Seaside Cafe”
by Robert Noreika was the winner of the Stobart Foundation Award at the
Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 34th Annual International Marine Art
Exhibition. A series of luminous ocean moonscapes are presented by artist
Al Barker; pastels and oils of women and children at the water’s edge by
Joann Ballinger, Shirley Cean Youngs and Trenton Forster Youngs. New and
dynamic oil paintings by Angelo Franco capture the character of New
England’s distinct seasons.

Sylvan Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 49
Water Street (at the corner of Route One) in Wiscasset Village. For more
information, call 882-8290. The art in the exhibition may be viewed online