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On First Friday, October 7, 2016, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open TED’S OILS: TED KELLER LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM. Ted will be in the gallery from 5 – 8 PM to answer questions and meet people.
Ted Keller is a well-known career artist in Midcoast Maine. For the first 30+ years of his professional life, Ted made and sold ceramic pottery and sculpture while teaching college level art classes at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, and the Rockport Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media). At age 53 he gave up ceramics and started to work as a painter.
“When I started painting about 16 years ago, I worked in oil for a couple of years. I made about 100 paintings, and then put them away. The never before seen paintings from that time recently resurfaced, and I rather liked many of them. These 20 or so works at Carver Hill Gallery are from the end of that period, when I felt that my voice had made its presence in the paintings. The brush strokes are confident and the paintings have life. They are mostly plein aire works of the Midcoast Maine landscape.”
After complete immersion in the exploration of oil, Ted switched to watercolor and stuck with it for 14 years. His subject matter ranged from city-scapes, to portraits of dead artists and proportionally playful interiors with people. Ted is enviably competent in all of the subject matter, and the style is cohesive and easy to recognize. The images are loose, directly painted, colorful, full of life and sometimes a little quirky.
After this long hiatus from oils and the subsequent shift to watercolor, during the summer of 2016 when Ted rediscovered the oil paintings he had left in Maine, he fell back in love with oil painting. He returned to New Mexico, and the still life flower paintings emerged.
“As you look at my painting here are a few thoughts that might help. I work quickly. I trust my hands more than my mind. I don’t care what I paint as much as how I paint. This allows me freedom to paint whatever interests me at the time. The paintings proceed without much revision. I have mostly worked in watercolor which does not often reward reworking. My paintings do not get better with more time, refinements, and worry. I make paintings spontaneously for better or worse and get on to the next one. I approach the oil paintings in the same way as the watercolors. I am more interested in the process of art than the product, and for that reason I believe I can make a good painting when that freedom brings everything together just right.” Ted’s artist mantra is “I hope the Love shows”. This is important because for him – Art is about Love.
The gallery will be showing 14 framed, never before seen landscapes from 16 years ago, and 8 brand new floral still life paintings in this exhibition. Unframed work is also available.
* After 35 years in Midcoast Maine, Ted now spends most of the year in Taos New Mexico; however, he maintains a house in Union, Maine, and he frequently visits to keep the connection. Ted has a BFA in ceramics and painting from Syracuse University, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana. He has created more than1500 watercolors and 150 oils. His work can be found on the walls of interesting people worldwide.
Show runs through November 2.
“Consonant Compositions” Opens First Friday, 9/2/16 featuring David Estey, Ron Rovner, Jeff Macdonald, Jill Caldwell, Suzanne Siegel
CONSONANT COMPOSITIONS –
Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open their September show, Consonant Compositions, on First Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 – 8 pm.
The artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner, and Suzanne Siegel. This show illustrates how the artists use color, contrast, relationship, and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.
Suzanne Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England, and ever changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. Suzanne works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages. In her Guilford, CT studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. “I spend a long time looking. I closely observe relationships of shapes, values, and colors along with the beauty of light, and how it influences and constantly changes everything. I begin by drawing random lines and shapes, and quickly erase or thinly veil most of my first marks, in order to keep myself and the work in flux as I build a history of layers. I aim to transport myself and the viewer into a moment of surprising and unknown beauty, as I work toward a strong, yet open arrangement of visual elements.”
David Estey’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and now total improvisation. He is a skilled draftsman and painter, and has also been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. He starts his most recent work of the last three of four years without any preconceived notion or expected result and tries to create extraordinary, compelling new imagery, intrinsically based on the elements and principles of good design. Narrative references often emerge and remain, but they are subordinate to the aesthetic whole. David’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows, and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.
Jeff Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, Jeff has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville, Maine. His focus since retirement has been his art, and years of study and refining his craft has brought his work to a new level. His compositions range from minimalist to complex, while leaving the source of his inspiration ambiguous.
Ron Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional. He calls their creation “his meditation.” The “NachtMusik” series is inspired by the music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale. Each is given equal weight, and there are no repetitions in any of the rows or columns in which they appear. These constitute the “melody” or tone row providing a foundation upon which the rest of the composition is based. Counter themes comprised of squares of different colors are also present, representing the three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). Other symbols provide harmonic structure, dynamic gradations ( crescendo/decrescendo). Many of these elements unmistakably evoke the Southwest (where Rovner spends time) in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.
Jill Caldwell shares her time between Rockland, Maine, and Key West, Florida. Her palette and typically soft compositions unmistakably reflect her muse – the Atlantic – and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her use of line and shocks of bright color over the blue hues allude to sun, flora, and manmade structures on land and in the water. Her blurred lines successfully connect the radical changes in palette, making it easy on the viewers eyes; however, judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements that keep the viewers attention and curiosity to stay with the work.
Consonant Compositions is on view through Monday, October 3, 2016.
Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland, Maine, will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship on First Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm. There will be an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday, August 27, at 10 AM with a Q & A to follow.
“John Winship is a painter of dark and evocative scenes; dreamlike, mysterious pictures of people who seem to be from another time.”—Linda Wertheimer, NPR, “All Things Considered
John Winship is a Maine artist who taught art at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania for over twenty years. His paintings have been described as evocative, nostalgic, enigmatic, historical, and emotional. The work seems easy to relate to, even if Winship’s chosen focus of the 1950’s may seem temporally distant.
“My paintings are based on old snapshots. Over time, I’ve grappled with most of the subjects that a painter with a bent for description will take on: landscapes, still lifes, portraits. But I feel that I elicit an emotional dimension from the snapshots that I don’t attain from other subjects.”
“My paintings have been described as “deconstructed nostalgia”. I think that when we contemplate the moments of happiness or solemnity recorded in snapshots we have an emotionally complicated awareness of how irrevocably distant and how fragile those moments are: that complicated awareness is what I’m trying to paint; I’m trying to capture the deeper psychological currents behind the innocent surface images of the photographs.”
The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.
John Winship received his BA in Fine Art from Middlebury College and has had over thirty solo shows in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast. His paintings have been featured and reviewed in such national publications as “Art in America”, “Artnews”, “New York Art Review”, “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Harper’s”, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine for two years.
Show runs through Monday, August 29, 2016.