Camden Falls Gallery will open its new exhibition, “Introductions”, on Thursday, July 20, 2023 during Camden’s Art Walk, from 5:00 – 7:00pm.
“For many of you who know the gallery, you might not think we would be able to fit more work on our walls, let alone complement our existing roster of talented artists. But we are pleased to introduce three new artists with this show, Christine Coombs, Kathleen Denis, and Ann Larsen”, says gallery owner, Howard Gallagher
Kathleen Denis lives on the east coast of Florida. She has a wonderful style in her plein air painting. Her approach to light and use of bright tropical colors has always drawn me into her work. She recently spent a week painting on Monhegan Island and we are very pleased to have six paintings from that visit in the show.
Ann Larsen is an artist I’ve also been following because of the way her impressionistic style and strong brush work capture the moods of coastal life. She hails from upper New York State and will be teaching a workshop (Simplifying the Maine Landscape) in Midcoast Maine this summer. We will have 11 new paintings by Ann for the show.
This winter I discovered the evocative, more realistic compositions of Christine Coombs, with their strong sense of light and atmosphere. Christine spent 30 years living and painting on the island of Islesboro, Maine. She has recently moved to New Hampshire but maintains her deep love for the island and her corner of Midcoast Maine. Her work captures the tone and peacefulness of island life. The show will feature seven new works by Christine.
In their own words…
“Intrigued by the way sun-drenched light affects the colors of an object, I constantly look for ways to incorporate this aspect into my paintings. Starting my process begins with studies that capture the light, followed by an underpainting which also achieves this. I proceed by transforming realism into creativity in a contemporary-impressionistic style. Having grown up in South Florida, island life has greatly influenced my paintings, with brightly painted buildings, colorful landscapes and turquoise waters. I’m thrilled to be represented by Camden Falls Gallery where I have the opportunity to present my use of colorful tropical light into the more neutral landscapes of Maine. Whether the subject matter is a timeworn cottage, a coastal scene or a welcoming garden, depicting joy through my paintings is of great importance, as I long to invite the viewer in to imagine being there.
“The first time I visited Maine was to spend a week on Mt. Desert Island. I could have spent a month painting the magnificence of Acadia National Park, the harbors and especially Schoodic Point. Since then, I have painted from Oqunquit to Lubec and on Monhegan Island. Maine is a very special place with an incredible artistic legacy. I paint all over the U.S. but am always drawn back to Maine. I feel fortunate to be represented by Camden Falls Gallery. Camden is so iconic, with so much maritime history, it seems like a perfect fit.
“I’ve been a part-time and full-time resident of the island of Islesboro for nearly 30 years and Penobscot Bay has been my most beloved subject for painting. I am always inspired by its beauty in its ever-changing light, weather patterns and seasons. From the peaceful stillness of the Bay in the early morning to the bright starry nights shining over lapping surf on the shoreline, the scenes for beautiful paintings are without end.
Having sold my work through galleries and the historical Society on Islesboro, I am thrilled to now have representation with the beautiful Camden Falls Gallery on the mainland. What initially drew me to this gallery was the consistently high quality of art that was being shown. I am very honored to now be among the talented artists at Camden Falls.”
We Paint Maine – Camden Falls Gallery is located alongside beautiful Camden Harbor, on the public landing. We offer a rich diversity of original artwork in contemporary styles, focusing on the natural beauty of Mid coast Maine and its nautical heritage. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com.