Kaitlyn Metcalf

calendar icon May 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021

"Flabellina lotos", 30" x 40", acrylic and glass glitter on canva, $1500

Starting Saturday, May 1st the Blue Hill Public Library will be displaying the paintings of local artist Kaitlyn Metcalf in the Britton Gallery and Howard Room for the month of May. The exhibit will feature paintings from Kaitlyn’s newest collection, Nudibranchs, as well as select pieces from her Century One: Acadia series – two very unique and distinct bodies of work that showcase the artist’s talent and range of painting abilities.

According to the artist, “When COVID-19 began spreading, I found myself on a boat, diving off the shores of Thailand and Indonesia. Diving is an otherworldly experience. As I would float through the water the creature I searched for most is the nudibranch, a tiny, difficult to find, brightly colored sea slug; these animals intrigue me beyond their beauty. It seems extraordinary that they can ingest poison from another and turn it into something beneficially beautiful. As a painter engaging in an ever-changing environment, I choose to use the negativity that seems so prevalent in the world right now to create something bizarrely beautiful as a sign of hope that toxic transformations are within our reach.”

In addition, a selection of paintings from the artist’s Century One: Acadia series will be on display, giving viewers a chance to travel back in time and explore the rich history of Acadia National Park. To celebrate Acadia’s 100th birthday, Kaitlyn created 100 paintings inspired by objects and images found in local archives, including those of Acadia National Park. The paintings showcase well known scenes, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that viewers are sure to find surprising and intriguing.

All the paintings in this series are 6″ x 12″, acrylic and clay on panel. The entire collection is priced at $15,000 for all 100 pieces, of which 40 will be on display.

All are welcome to visit the exhibit in the Britton Gallery and Howard Room, as well as viewing the virtual gallery. For more information about Kaitlyn Metcalf and her paintings, you can visit her website.