Artists often create a body of work around a specific idea or theme and such is the case in the exhibitions currently on view at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. Painter Tom Glover, from Rollinsford, New Hampshire has chosen Brave Boat Harbor for his focus and Portland based artist Judith Allen-Efstathiou studies the wild flowers that grow along an ancient path in Greece. These two solo shows are on view through November 15th.
Tom Glover first exhibited at the York gallery in the spring of 1996 with a solo show called “Brave Boat Harbor and Other Views.” Since then he has been a regular exhibitor and it is appropriate to mark the gallery’s 20th anniversary year with another solo exhibition, this time titled “Brave Boat Harbor Revisited.”
Brave Boat Harbor is a favorite destination for boaters and walkers. It is a sheltered harbor, with shores in York and Kittery. The entrance to this protected harbor is laced with rocks and shoals thus it takes a “brave boat” to navigate safely through. The harbor is surrounded by Rachel Carson conservation land. It is a very wild and natural landscape. The only reminder of human impact is the remains of the wooden trusses that once supported a rail- road and trolley line.
Glover has worked diligently for the past year and a half in preparation for this showing, spending many hours exploring the area from various vantage points, times of year and times of day. As a result there is great variety among the nearly forty works on exhibit. There are long distant views of the mud flats at low tide, close up views of the line of rail road trusses, and ‘portraits’ of seagulls and other wild life that make the harbor their home.
Like his former teacher and mentor John Laurent, the artist alternates between landscape and abstraction. Glover often refers to the importance of Laurent’s influence on his work. This is most evident in his abstract paintings where he uses a signature day-glow orange paint for a punctuating effect.
Since graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1984, Glover has committed himself to painting. He has continued his studies through numerous artist residencies both in the United States and Europe. “He is one of the gallery’s most popular artists,” says curator Mary Harding “and we are delighted to share this most recent body of work with our visitors.”
Judith Allen-Efstathiou spends half the year in Greece and the other half in Portland, Maine. She maintains studios and actively exhibits and teaches in both places.
Her solo exhibition is titled “Mapping the Walk” and consists of a series of gouache, graphite and ink drawings that document the wildflowers that grow along an ancient 5th century BC footpath on the Island of Kea, Greece. With the threat of the path being paved over, the artist documents the plants month by month, not so much as a recording for posterity but as an act of protest and mourning. An accompanying video shows the ancient path with the artist sketching on site. Her interest in documenting loss in the natural world caused by human activities is a common theme in her work. An early body of her work concerns the demise of the Elm trees in the city of Portland.
The exhibitions continue through November 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road,. For more information, visit www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com