“A Season of Color” in Boothbay Harbor

Tom Curry, Dusk1Tom Curry, Dusk, oil, 36” x 43”

Beginning Thursday, September 3, “A Season Of Color: Paintings By Andrea Peters and Tom Curry” opens at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. The show runs through October 13. The public is cordially invited to the opening reception on Friday, September 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.—Monhegan Brewing Beer and music under the gazebo!

East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows—salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Look at a Peters spruce tree and really see one for the first time—dark, rugged, and wild. Or marvel at a drift of orange daylilies and white daisies spilling over mauve ledges.

Peters loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint—her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon. Perhaps the late arts writer Phil Isaacson, a great admirer of Peters’ work, says it best: “Peters’ Maine coast wriggles with color. Hues pile up in layers and then ease their way along the hide of the land. Her style is gestural, spontaneous, and that quality builds a visual tempo. The Maine coast has become a center of visual energy.”

Artist Tom Curry is right at home in the tiny village of Brooklin on the spectacular, but remote Blue Hill peninsula. With degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale and long stretches in both Hawaii and Boston behind him, Curry is now most content painting the islands and peninsulas of this particularly stunning stretch of Down East Maine.

Here the solitude and natural beauty have inspired Curry to paint some of the most stunning landscapes made in Maine. Curry’s genius is his ability to capture the fleeting light and atmospheric effects of Maine’s volatile weather. Curry’s sunlight dances across the water; his sunsets glow, linger, and dazzle; while his ice-choked bays gleam with chilly silvers and grays.

The Maine coast has thousands of islands, but one island in particular—Chatto Island off Brooklin—inspires Tom Curry more than any other. He has done dozens of paintings of Chatto. For “A Season of Color,” Curry has given the gallery two large oils and three smaller paintings of Chatto, including “Dusk,” a 36-by-43-inch oil on panel, that is breath-taking.

For further information, call the gallery at (207) 633-6849. Gleason Fine Art, located at 31 Townsend Avenue is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 p.m, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 p.m.