On Friday, July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor hosts a reception for two new shows: “Kevin Beers: The View from Here” and “Jean Swan Gordon: Selections from the Estate.”
In the Fall of 2014, Kevin Beers did something he had long dreamed of doing—he packed up his Park Slope, Brooklyn, apartment and moved to Maine to become a full-time resident. Beers and his wife Amy rented the Rockland home of a Monhegan friend and spent the winter of 2014-2015 hunting for their dream house. They found it on a Thomaston side street—an antique white farmhouse with a barn big enough for two studios.
For his 2015 summer show, Beers has given the gallery not only his typical Monhegan Island panoramas and landscapes but also a half dozen sparkling winter paintings done on site in Rockland as well as several dazzling sunset views of Pemaquid. For Beers’ many fans of his truck and car paintings, this year’s show contains a special treat—“Stars and Stripes,” a majestic rendition of a familiar Rte. 90 sight, an old truck painted with red, white, and blue stars and stripes.
In life, Jean Swan Gordon was admired as much for the lovely person that she was as for her exquisite paintings. Crowned by her glorious and abundant silver hair and radiating warmth, Gordon graciously accepted her role as one of the Boothbay Region’s most popular artists. When Gordon died in 2013, she left behind a large selection of her floral stil-lifes. Gleason Fine Art is very pleased to have been asked by the Gordon Family Trust to be one of the galleries to represent Gordon’s estate.
Even as a child, Gordon loved to make art. Considered a child prodigy, she continued painting throughout her lifetime, even at the age of 91, her last year of life. Although well trained in portraiture, it is her joyous and remarkable floral still-lifes for which Gordon is best known.
Both shows are open through Tuesday, July 28. Summer hours at the gallery, located at 31 Townsend Avenue, are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a,m, to 5 p,m. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or check out the gallery website at www.gleasonfineart.com.