Secrets and Signs by Rebecca Poole-Heyne and Kathleen Noyes

calendar icon February 1, 2024 - February 29, 2024

The Blue Hill Public Library will present a new exhibit, Secrets and Signs, during the month of February, a joint exhibit of paintings by Bucksport artist Rebecca Poole-Heyne and Sorrento artist Kathleen Noyes. The public is invited to a reception for the artists at the library on Saturday, February 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Rebecca is curious about visually exploring attractive but ordinary objects, the paintings of which reveal a hidden or secret essence and depth of meaning. The secrets in them are ones the viewer comes to have instinctive knowledge of. Kathleen is fascinated with revealing the overarching humanity or story of people with indeterminate race, sexuality, cultures, and identities. Secrets of their identities are revealed or hinted at with signs and symbols in her marks.

Rebecca Poole-Heyne was born in Castine and is a fourth generation Brooksville native. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and San Francisco Art Institute, where teachers included Eric Fischl, Mira Schor, Ed Porter, and Hank Wessel, influences which still strongly guide her artistic direction today. After raising a family in Brooksville, Rebecca returned to the studio while teaching art in local schools. Now retired, she resides in Bucksport with her husband and two very naughty corgis.

About her work Rebecca says, “During the winter I often stay put in the studio and paint the objects that are around me. The affairs of the outside world are always on my mind and during the first year of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, my imagination was caught by the tulips. They seem to be in a state of weary sadness or at the very least in a stance of stoic courage by simply being shapely and still alive. Now, during the invasion of Gaza, I am looking at the most ordinary items of my world, my spray bottles, and jars. They are essential to me in my most basic domestic habits but now they simply stare back in a very condemning way. I try to discern what the secret message might be in these little studies by using a variety of media and keeping the process as simple and direct as possible.”

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kathleen attended California College of the Arts and received her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy, later moving to the coast of Maine seeking a quiet, rural life. According to Kathleen, “I paint with acrylics because they dry quickly, allowing a spontaneous uninterrupted painting experience, and achieve a sensuous, primitive and sculptural surface.” Assembling torn or cut elements of old drawings and paintings to create collages and mixed media pieces, her use of modeling paste gives the work an added dimensional shape, texture, depth, and vitality. Scraping and sanding reveals the underlying layers much like an archeological dig uncovers the past, creating mystery and complexity.

About her work she says, “I am exploring the concept of people’s need for finding a ‘home’; an individual identity within the collective in a world with a disintegrating sense of belonging. I am wondering about the place of race, culture, sexuality, religion, world view, citizenship, and ideology in our lifetime. I’m questioning whether this fractured world is shareable at this time in history. I present figures of indeterminate sexuality, ambiguous culture, religion, and race, who in their essence belong to all of humankind. I want to show that no matter how these figures identify, they possess an overarching humanity.”

The show will be available for viewing starting February 1, subject to the Howard Room meeting schedule. For more information call 374-5515.