‘Close to Home’ in Co-op Café Gallery

Feb 01, 2014
"Thrumbcap, from Pirates Cove, Islesboro, Maine" is among the work by Sarah Faragher on view this month at the Belfast Co-op.

Belfast — "Close to Home," a display of oil paintings of Midcoast and Downeast Maine by artist Sarah Faragher, will be on display in the Belfast Co-op Café Gallery through the month of February.

Faragher was born in Bar Harbor and grew up in Addison, a small town in Washington County. She learned to paint at Colby College and the University of Maine at Orono. She lives and works in Stockton Springs; for more information about her work, visit sarahfaragher.com.

Faragher said spending hours and hours working outside is the best part of her job as a painter.

“I love to paint and draw directly from nature. Being right out in the middle of everything — looking, participating, feeling at home — that’s what I’m after,” she said.

The universal motifs of rocks, trees, shelter, light and water are what they are, but also are useful symbols that imply emotion and narrative.

“They keep me searching, through paint, for ways to say the unsayable, represent the totality of things, and reconcile the apparent dualities of radiance and darkness, beauty and difficulty, long ago and right now," she said.

The community-owned Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, is located downtown at 123 High St. All are welcome. For more information, visit belfast.coop or call 338-2532.

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

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