The work of several artists and furniture makers is on display for the month of August at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville. From Aug. 16-22 is artist Judy Taylor and furniture maker Ted Blachly, and Aug. 23-29 is artist John Stobart and furniture maker John Cameron.
Judy Taylor’s work consists of figurative and narrative paintings, labor-focused work, landscapes and portraiture. Prior to coming to Maine, Taylor lived and studied in New York City receiving her Masters Certificate in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art after attending on full scholarship. She then continued on to study painting at the National Academy of Design with Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. Taylor’s work exhibits in many public and private collections including: Johns Hopkins University, the United States Park System, Friends of Acadia, the Jackson Laboratory, Colorado Mesa University, Long Island University and the Maine State Museum.
Ted Blachly was introduced to woodworking and furniture making while studying fine Arts at New England College. Blachly was fortunate to have worked with and learned from a few great furniture makers over the years- John McAlevey, Terry Moore and most notably Jere Osgood with whom Blachly started with in 1993 and still remain close to. He primarily works alone in his Warner NH shop designing and making commissioned and exhibition pieces.
A native of Leicester, England, John Stobart is perpetually concerned about the aspiring art student in America in today’s world, with the art establishment’s heavy influence remaining biased against the traditional teaching of the fundamentals in drawing and painting. In 1989, he created “The Stobart Foundation.” This was funded by the profits of his publishing business for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas. While continuing his popular series of paintings of the historic ports of America, Stobart has, since 1987, returned to the practice of painting contemporary outdoor subjects whenever possible. It is within this field of effort that John Stobart believes every landscape painter’s ultimate contribution lies.
John Cameron says, “The sweeping curves and uninterrupted lines in my work are a result of the relationship between design and material. Each piece of stock is carefully chosen and sometimes resawn, exposing its best face. Boards are often from the same tree, providing a unity of color and hue. Handles, pulls, and hinges are made in the shop, using complementary fine woods and precious metals which I sometimes engrave.”
Gallery at Somes Sound is located at 1112 Main Street. Check out www.galleryatsomessound.com for additional information.