Pastuhov’s ‘Stream of Thought’

Jan 26, 2013
“Warming Trend” is among the local stream-scapes by Stefan Pastuhov on view during February at Camden Public Library.

Camden — The paintings of Stefan Pastuhov will be on display in February in the Picker Room of the downtown Camden Public Library. The exhibit is appropriately titled “Stream of Thought,” as the paintings are a stunning collection of scenes of local streams in midwinter and early spring. There will be an opening reception for the artist Saturday, Feb. 2, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., to which the public is cordially invited.

Pastuhov was instantly inspired by his surroundings when he moved to Stockton Springs in 1984. He was fortunate to meet other artists in the Stockton Springs area, most notably Stapleton Kearns, who paints outside in the plein air tradition. Pastuhov and Kearns painted together almost daily for years, and Pastuhov loved the challenge of painting the changing weather and light, coming and going of the tide, the beautiful red of the blueberry barrens and dynamic rocky coast.

Of all four seasons, winter is his favorite. The ability to capture the mood and light of the day is a challenge that “never is easy but always enjoyable,” he said. During his career, Pastuhov has shown his work in galleries from Maine to California. He now lives in Lincolnville.

“Since moving to Maine over 25 years ago I have been surrounded by beauty. Whether in the mountains, amidst rural farms or on the coast, landscapes abound. Throughout the four seasons, each site I paint offers an individuality and uniqueness special to the state of Maine,” he said.

The intellectual challenge of designing each piece and then undertaking its construction is very meaningful to him as an artist, Pastuhov said. Capturing the sparkling light of late afternoon or the reflections in a rushing stream will always excite his senses and … “being in the great outdoors every day, the fresh air, and an occasional long hike to a remote location is my inspiration to work.”

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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