Waldo women in the West Gallery

Nov 20, 2017
Suzanne G. Roberts is a member of the Women Artists of Midcoast Maine, whose work is currently featured at River Arts in Damariscotta.

Damariscotta — “Women Artists of Midcoast Maine” is on view through Dec. 12 in the West Gallery of River Arts, Route 1. There will be a public reception for the artists, all from Waldo County, Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Women Artists of Midcoast Maine is a group of women from the Belfast area who banded together several years ago to support and promote their artwork. The artists have different backgrounds and styles, but their unity comes from their love of, and commitment to, art. Oils, acrylics, encaustic and watercolor, as well as some mixed media pieces, are on display.

After retirement in 2008, Kay Carter began an intense exploration of the world of visual arts. Her passion for creating has led to explorations of pottery, calligraphy, Jacobean crewelwork and rug hooking.

Judy Graebert is a retired architect from Concert Point Architecture who has studied with Kris Engman, Susan Tobey White and Laurie Greenbaum Beitch; and enjoys the freedom of painting along the Maine coast.

Midcoast native Janake Howard is an abstract painter who has recently shown her work at the Belfast gallery of Julie Cyr and Sheep Jones; in local cafés; and at The Black Hole Gallery and Asymmetric Arts in Rockland.

Summer J. Hart is influenced by the repetitive organic geometries found in nature, scenes viewed through knotholes and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature.

JoAnne Houlsen describes herself as quiet and introspective by nature, so painting is an important element of communication for her. She paints what catches her eye, makes her stop and think and then somehow connects to her psyche.

Deborah Jellison’s work ranges from collage, drawing, mixed media installation to painting. She currently focuses on portrait and figure painting; her recent work combines figures, portraits and natural images and is inspired by her love of nature.

Leecia Price began to paint full-time in 2005. Having painted primarily in oils, her recent encaustic work has become a joyful, explorative journey.

Debbie Mitchell, while a music copyist in the entertainment business, also did photography, made sterling silver jewelry and wrote poetry before retiring to Maine in 2004. In 2009, she began studying oil painting with Kris Engman and knew she had found the right medium.

Suzanne G. Roberts interprets nature while engaging the viewer. A true native, her observation skills have become intuitive between nature and painting. Her work can be found at Bucksport Lighthouse Gallery throughout the year.

Betty Schopmeyer, most recently education director and grants writer at the Penobscot Marine Museum, began retirement in 2013 with an art class at the Hutchinson Center, taught by Kris Engman. Oil painting has become her passion.

River Arts is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

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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