“Eye Catchers: Artwork for Holiday Giving”

Mitch Billis2“Snowed In” by Mitch Billis

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor celebrates the season with its annual show “Eye Catchers: Artwork for Holiday Giving” through January 2, 2016.

Imagine opening a beautifully wrapped present and instead of the usual shirt, tie, or bathrobe, finding an exquisite still life of spider mums by revered artist Helen St Clair; or a cozy, snow-draped Maine home in winter by Mitch Billis; or a tiny sunset painted in blazing blues, yellows, and pinks by East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters.

That’s the thinking behind “Eye Catchers: Artwork for Holiday Giving”—the joy of receiving a gift that is simultaneously original, personal, and lasting. Besides St. Clair, Peters, and Billis, the gallery also has a bevy of small paintings by Damariscotta artists John Neville and Jessica Ives, by new Maine resident Kevin Beers, and by Cranberry Island artist Henry Isaacs.

For enthusiasts of David Witbeck’s humorous fishermen holding big-eyed fish, we just received a fresh batch of Witbeck’s woodblocks.  And if it’s three-dimensional art your loved one craves, how about a sea-creature-entwined bowl by Roque Bluffs ceramic artist Tim Christensen; or an ocean theater of folk artist Jeff Barrett’s “happy fish”?!

“Eye Catchers: Artwork for Holiday Giving” runs through January 2. Gleason Fine Art, at 31 Townsend Avenue, is open year round. Holiday hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849; email us at info@gleasonfineart.com; or check out our website at http://gleasonfineart.com