Balch retrospective at Kramer Gallery

Apr 01, 2014
“Some Like it Hot” is one of the familiar artworks by the late Susan Balch on display in April at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — A retrospective exhibit of work by the late artist Susan Balch will be on display during April in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Balch was known as an artist and a supporter of the arts. She moved to Swanville in 1971 and for years worked many jobs to support her career as an artist. She excelled as a wood and linoleum block print artist. The combination of these hand watercolored prints with her love of and familiarity with nature proved a complete success.

Balch has been the only artist to twice win the Common Ground Country Fair poster contest, in 2002 for the “Dancing Corn” design and in 2005 for her “Chickens” submission. She found the perfect job to support her art at Liberty Graphics where, as the only hand color separator, she was able to not only use her many talents as an artist in the job but also in creating a number of designs. These and a broad selection of work from her 50-year career will be included in the exhibit.

During the 40-plus years Balch lived in the area, she was active in many arts associations that supported the budding arts community that we now enjoy in Belfast. Many of her works will be very familiar to viewers who will agree, her bright smile and open heart are dearly missed.

On Saturday, April 26, the community is invited to join Balch’s family in a celebration of the artist’s life in the Abbott Room of the library from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Lupine Field” is among the nature-inspired watercolors of the late Susan Balch.
“Healing Herbs” (Artwork by: Susan Balch)
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