Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall Brunswick, Maine for the opening of Belva Ann Prycel, a unique and engaging, multi-talented artist on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and horsdoerves will be served with live music by Frank Siegel and our always vibrant gallery collection of Maine made fine jewelry, art, clothing and crafts.
Prycel’s landscape paintings are inspired from the tidal environments, expansive skies and expressive rivers of the northeast coast. As well as, Belva Ann’s acclaimed books of Maine, which richly illustrate her personal experiences with resonance and grace, both will be featured during the month of September.
Living in Alna & Round Pond, Pyrcel exhibits her paintings and appears for book signings throughout the region. During her month long showing autographed copies of three of Pyrcel’s books will be available: Times and Tides is an illustrated memoir of personal essays of the coast; Water Tales: Stories of the Coast is a collection of humorous stories of the author’s life around and on water; and Passage is the story of the loss of Prycel’s family that speaks intimately to our fragile humanity.
Prycel is a graduate of Rowan College, teaching painting and drawing in public schools and at her private studio for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey she was a well-known cover artist for “South Jersey Magazine” and in 2000 was featured in the award winning documentary “Bayside Artists: Celebrating our Sense of Place.”
“Late Afternoon Off Camden” by Ray Crane
Bayview Gallery is delighted to share some smaller works that have just arrived at the gallery! Perhaps you have a spot in your home that needs just the right touch to finish it off? Do you want to give a special someone something that will be treasured for a lifetime? American Society of Marine Artists member Ray Crane is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is best known for his classic maritime paintings that show traditional sailing vessels at familiar places along the coast. Ray says, “Through my paintings I try to show the area as it used to be and how our maritime heritage continues to influence the views we see today.”
“Beaver Dam” by Gordon Allen
Gordon Allen is a multifaceted artist whose work includes oils, watercolors, etchings and commercial illustrations. Bayview Gallery is pleased to present a selection of his fine sporting images produced by the printmaking process of etching. After laying an acid-resistant ground over a copper or zinc plate, Allen draws his design onto the plate with a metal stylus, removing just the area of the ground to be etched. The plate is then put into an acid bath and the drawn areas are burned away. He then inks the plate and sends it through a press to produce his beautiful, timeless images.
“Dr. Proctor’s Hollyhocks” by Abbie Williams
Abbie Williams from Damariscotta Mills will be returning the month of August to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans.
William’s paintings are all glimpses into her perception of life along the coast of Maine, the Island of Monhegan and Taos New Mexico. Using rich color and employing the dramatic light of the coast and the high desert, she works to capture the extraordinary way the light changes moment to moment which infuses her response to the colors that are often too subtle for the casual observer.
Having spent most her life painting and living along the coast of Maine, then spending 10 years painting the high desert of New Mexico, she has continually been inspired by the challenges the local environment presents. Traditionally trained as a painter, Williams has spent a lifetime observing and taking in the nuances of color, shape, textures and light that make up what she paints and now through in her work.
“Cat Nap” by Loretta Krupinski
Bayview Gallery is pleased to announce that Loretta Krupinski has joined our roster of artists. Krupinski is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), a prestigious organization dedicated to the promotion of marine art and maritime history.
Loretta began her career in 1962 as an editorial illustrator for the New York newspaper, Newsday. She worked for about 25 years as a corporate illustrator before leaving that life to write and illustrate children’s books. The experience she gained and the techniques she learned as an illustrator provided a firm foundation for her transition to a marine artist. She has become well known for her realistic paintings of classic wood boats, lighthouses and harbor scenes.
Loretta now lives and works from her home in Thomaston, Maine. She paints the Maine coast and specializes in historical paintings. Using vintage photographs she records facets of a past way-of-life in seaports ranging from Belfast to Bath, as well as many of Maine’s island harbors. She brings archival black and white images to life in carefully researched, vibrantly colored, and painstakingly detailed compositions.
Enjoy the following photos of Loretta’s amazing work and the short descriptions of the pieces in her own words. As always, be in touch if you would like to add a piece to your collection or try one in your home on approval.