August 2, 2019 - August 31, 2019
The Blue Hill Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of Vacationland, a group exhibition curated by Marcia Stremlau August 2nd through August 31st, with an opening reception on Friday, August 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This highly anticipated show is an August tradition at the library. It includes abstract and representational paintings, works on paper, photographs, accordion books, sketchbooks and objects. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of Dottie Hayes, a wonderful artist and generous supporter of the Blue Hill Library.
“Vacationland,” embossed on our license plates, invokes summer leisure time; however, for artists who produce year-round, it is a time to continue to paint or photograph but in outside sanctuaries. The works in this show by Mary Barnes, Susan Finsen, Roberta Greany, and Rosie Moore reflect abstractions. Lush gardens are painted by Pamela Elias, Anina Fuller, and Marcia Stremlau.
The Maine coast, a source of stimulation, where water flow mesmerizes, is depicted in the wood cuts by Brian Keegstra, or the summer breeze as echoed in Bill Irvine’s images. Islands from afar and beaches nearby are illuminated by Rachel Gordon Bernstein, Louise Bourne, Sarah Faragher, Jill Finsen, Diane Fitch, and Peter Neill. Bill Mayher’s carved birds animate the atmosphere above Mark Bell and Caroline Mayher’s pottery. Captured in full bloom are peonies by Lydia Cassatt and feathers finely rendered by Francoise Gervais.
Also represented are Susan Chase, Kristy Cunnane, Francis Hamabe, Dottie Hayes, Diane Lyon, Lyn Mayewski, Jennifer Mitchell-Nevin, Annie Poole and Rebekah Raye. The exhibit is a gentle reminder of “Maine, the way life should be.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of artwork will benefit the library. The Blue Hill Library is an independent non-profit organization. It relies heavily on the generosity of donors to meet its annual operating budget. The show will be open for viewing Monday through Saturday in August during library hours, with viewing of those works in the Howard Room subject to the meeting room schedule. For more information, please visit www.bhpl.net or call the library at 374-5515.