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7/17/2013 2:00:00 PM
'Painting Maine IV' At Damariscotta River Grill
"Shore Idle," oil on panel by Sally Loughridge

"Painting Maine IV," a diverse exhibit by four professional Maine artists, opens on Monday, July 22 at the Damariscotta River Grill and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.

The public is invited to the artists' reception on Wednesday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. to sample their artistic views of Maine and scrumptious appetizers by chef Rick Hirsch. All artwork is for sale.

The artists include Betty Heselton of Gardiner and Pemaquid, Ellen Hutcheson of Boothbay, Barbara Klein of Bristol, and Sally Loughridge of South Bristol.

Their paintings resonate with their deep love of Maine. The show includes oils, soft pastels, watercolors, and bas-relief. Be it representational or abstract, the artworks reflect a common sensitivity to light, color, and design.

Heselton loves the variety of subjects in Maine. "There is a bit of the wild still left in everything," she said. Her paintings range from land and seascapes to people engaged with one another set against a Maine scene. In addition to painting, Betty enjoys sculpting and printmaking.

Hutcheson relishes the process of painting per se, particularly en plein air. She is intrigued by shape, color and line as she works to convey her connection with a scene. "I try to capture the spirit of the place or the feel of the day in Maine."

Whether serious or whimsical, Hutcheson's paintings convey a sense of joy and peaceful connection to Maine.

Klein most enjoys painting outdoors, "to capture the essence of being there and to create a note in time." Focusing on simplicity and color, she creates light filled interpretations of Maine's countryside. She particularly loves the oil medium for its richness in color and technical possibilities. Seasonally, her work can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Loughridge is especially drawn to Maine's intersection with the sea as well as the natural beauty of the interior, whether barren, field, or forest. "Wherever I am, I look for the play of light and shadow and the color harmonies among land, sea and sky," she said. Painting primarily in soft pastel and oil, her work can be seen in Pemaquid Art Gallery, Tidemark Gallery, Archipelago, and other regional shows.

Damariscotta River Grill is located at 155 Main St., Damariscotta. For more information, about the show, contact Sally Loughridge at 644-1835 or Kim Traina at jumpstartcreative@gmail.com. For more information about the restaurant, go to http://www.damariscottarivergrill.com.

Related Links:
• Damariscotta River Grill



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