Midcoast labors in ‘The Art of Work’
Peaks Island — Several Midcoast artists will be featured in “Labor: The Art of Work,” a show that opens on Labor Day — Monday, Sept. 2 — to run through the end of the month at Richard Boyd Art Gallery, corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. The public is invited to a reception Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 4 p.m., during which the artists will be on hand to discuss their work
The exhibit features portraits of workers by Wyatt Barr; paintings by Gwen Sylvester depicting images of the working waterfront; paintings and collages by Gordon Carlisle, reflecting his sensibility growing up in the post-War era; paintings by Claudia Hughes portraying restaurant workers; mixed media works depicting day laborers by Petrea Noyes; paintings in acrylic and watercolor depicting workers by Wilson Stewart; and modern images by artist Kenny Cole in gouache and mixed media on paper that speak to the state of employment in America.
Sylvester of Rockland has a BA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis. Although she received a solid foundation in art beginning as a teen while attending the Magnet School and the Museum School of Art programs in Fort Worth, Texas, her style is intuitive and expressive. Sylvester’s paintings are exhibited in local and national galleries in the United States. Her images capture the powerful seasonal rhythms of Maine’s boatbuilding heritage and long standing shipyard tradition.
Cole of Monroe is a grad of the Pratt Institute in New York, and his early works were inspired by the neo-expressionist art scene in New York’s East Village. After the 1991 American aerial bombardment of Iraq, his subject matter began to evolve into explorations of military matters and his art became edgy, graphic and often political, reflecting a clear understanding of contemporary issues and modern art. In Maine since 1994, Cole creates images that are exhibited nationally and held in numerous private collections.
For more than 50 years, Noyes of Lincolnville has created art with a focus on the figurative, usually in a landscape or enclosed space. Her current body of work inspired by images of early 20th century day laborers includes the use of newsprint, gesso, large-format inkjet printer and an assortment of acrylic gels and glazes to create figurative works that depict scenes from by gone days in a thoroughly modern way. Noyes’ work is exhibited locally and nationally and is held in numerous corporate and public collections.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact curator Pamela Williamson at 712-1097 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit richardboydartgallery.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.