Carol Byars: What Nature Affords Me

calendar icon May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017

Carol Byars:  What Nature Affords Me

During May, Brooksville artist Carol Byars will exhibit oil paintings, watercolors and pencil drawings at the Blue Hill Public Library in a show titled What Nature Affords Me. The public is invited to a reception on Monday, May 15th from 5:30 to 7:00.

The exhibition will include several somewhat whimsical works that have been described as painted haiku; oil paintings undertaken with the artist’s left hand after she had broken her dominant right arm; and other paintings that “can be loosely described as landscapes.”

Carol’s work begins with sketching outdoors. She is attracted to prominent lines, appealing shapes and the rhythmical relationships of these lines and shapes to one another. The artist says, “When sketching, I enter into what I’m viewing: the profile of a boulder or palm tree becomes an extension of my pencil which is an extension of me. Once in the studio, this vocabulary informs my paintings. Each brushed phrase is a compilation of many sketches and the resulting painting is a mostly unexpected combination of lines, shapes and colors. Rather than copy nature, I seek similes for how elements of the outdoors–visual, auditory, tactile–resonate with my physical, mental and emotional state.”

Carol Byars moved to Maine thirty years ago. She has lived in Switzerland, New Zealand, Los Angeles and New York. She has painted murals in private homes, designed sets for ballet, and in 2000, she was the co-leader of an art history tour of Tuscany. Byars has exhibited her work at the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, the College of the Atlantic, the Portland Public Library and galleries in Maine. She has a BFA from the Maine College of Art and did additional studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the University of Texas at Austin. Carol Byars lives on Cape Rosier with her architect husband Bill McHenry and their lively dog Caper. For more information contact the library at 374-5515.