‘Maine Farms’ at Maine Farmland Trust

Nov 16, 2012
Oil paintings by Elizabeth Fraser are on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

Belfast — Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., features paintings by Elizabeth Fraser through Jan. 2. On “Black Friday,” Nov. 23, the gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a special pre-holiday shopping day and Dawnella Sutton, storyteller extraordinaire, will present a puppet show for children at 10 a.m.

There will be a festive reception for Fraser’s show, “Maine Farms Through a Painter's Eye:  the Land, the Animals, the Produce,” during the year’s final First Friday art walk Dec. 7 from 5:30- to 8 p.m.

Artist Fraser and the hardworking farmers whose livestock and produce she paints have one thing in common — discipline. Fraser is a spirited painter from Portland who makes it a point to paint every day and complete at least one oil painting a day. This discipline is central to her process.

"I started my daily painting project in January of 2006 and it has changed my life as an artist. The exercise in discipline has been extraordinary: my eye is sharper, my sense of color is stronger, compositions jump out at me — I see a painting in everything," she said.

Upon first glance, discipline may not be the word that comes to mind when looking at Fraser’s colorful oil paintings. The use of bold pigments and strong, lively brush strokes is somewhat reminiscent of European expressionists such as Franz Marc. But it is discipline that has allowed Fraser to develop such a confident way of wielding her brush.

The Daily Painting Movement is an international phenomenon and has received much publicity for making art accessible to everyone. Fraser has received national attention in an article about daily painters in The New York Times and Art Business News; and has been featured in the USA Today online Holiday Gift Guide. She also received local coverage in Port City Life and The Maine Switch.

A large selection of Fraser’s recent work (mostly small oils ranging from $95 to $200) is on exhibit at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, save Nov. 24 and Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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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