“Monhegan Roses” by Jan Kilburn
Pemaquid Gallery member artists with their own studio/galleries in the midcoast area include Jan Kilburn, Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and Marlene Loznicka, on Huddle Road, New Harbor. Both are Maine natives, long time professional artists with extensive teaching experience. They also share a love of Monhegan Island, as well as the mainland coast where they both currently reside.
Jan Kilburn is best known for her impressionistic watercolors, filled with the vibrant colors and values she captures as a plein aire painter. Although most are in the landscape mode, her paintings are also full of the quaint architecture, cottage gardens and picket fences so loved by visitors to Maine villages. While she paints primarily in watercolor, she also finds oil a good medium for recording her impressionistic images.
Whether she is capturing the misty light of a Monhegan Island morning, or the sparkling light on a sunny day at Pemaquid Lighthouse, Kilburn is aiming at creating an oasis of beauty and warmth for herself and the viewer. As she states, “Every now and then everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape. That’s what I want to create.”
Marlene Loznicka became interested in painting at an early age, watching her father, and a group of Ogunquit artists, as they painted. She is also inspired by a wide range of fine artists including Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargeant. Like Kilburn, she paints in both watercolors and oils. She pursued her art education at the North Carolina State School of Design and LaRomita School of Art in Italy. She was also artist in residence at the Vermont Studio School.
Marlene Loznicka’s painting “Susan’s Garden”
Loznicka’s paintings show a mastery of composition and color. While her subject matter can range from birds and seashore to pasture and farm animals, the viewer will enjoy the pure abstract shapes created by these images for their own sake as much as for the subject matter. The many “small works” in oil that she shows at Pemaquid, as well as her larger works, are bold and compelling, inviting the viewer into her unique perspective.
Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of these two artists as well as that of the following area artists: Sally Loughridge, Liliana Thelander, Hannah Ineson, Robert Vaughan, Jean Harris, Pande Stevens, Trudi Curtis, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Patti Leavitt, Bill Curtis, Will Kefauver, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Peggy Farrell, Deb Arter, Bobbie Applegate, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Ernest Thompson, Claire Hancock, Stephen Busch, Judy Nixon, Barbara Klein, Paul Sherman, Dianne Smith Dolan, Viola Glendinning, Mark Chesebro, Bernice Masse Rosenthal, Marnie Sinclair.
The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.