Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Columbus Day Open House

Busily Painting and getting ready for a Columbus Day Open House
October 9 & 10th.
Noon to 5.

There will be Sky paintings & maritime furniture to consider, wine and cheese to enjoy....sweets to nibble and hot cider to warm the soul if the fall temperatures are crisp. The sheep will be anticipating attention and nibbles from new friends. Nature is preparing them for winter by filling out their woolley fleeces. Will be posting updates weekly....stay tuned. If you'd like to recieve an invitation..please send me a comment with an email address.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Art For Outreach - Recent Newspaper article

Inspiration for New Painting came from Above

Holly –Marie Haining will be one of the artists displaying her work at the eleventh Art for Outreach show held annually in the Parish House at St. Andrews Parish House on Glidden St in Newcastle. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, September 7 from 5- 7:30pm, and the show will run through Sunday, September 12. Haining’s original painting “As it once was” was inspired by the recent restoration and resurrection of the Church Steeple to the old Baptist Church that overlooks the town. The painting is inscribed on the back with this short poem also written by Haining.

“As It Once Was”

I looked up
to find the steeple;
standing sentry,

as it once was;
and the whole town sighed.
It was all that I could see;
and all was well again.

Haining’s paintings are not easily defined, but most closely as “neo-historical contemporary.” She often chooses subject matter steeped in coastal history. Her work is pared down and simple, stripping away modern day distractions as she imagines her subjects in their original state. As always, her works reveal a story or message whether through fanciful adaptations or by melding elements of abstract with impressionism. Haining feels right at home painting maritime scenes of Midcoast Maine, where she lives year round and works in her SeaWitch Studio along the Medomak River in Waldoboro. Her whimsical paintings of mermaids, satirical themes and commissions of historic sailing vessels are particularly well- known. Her accomplishments include book cover art for Penguin Press, affiliation with the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and being invited as a featured artist for several maritime institutions of note, including the Maine Maritime Museum and the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

Other venues along the coast of Maine, where Haining’s reproductions and a limited selection of originals are sold include: Archipelago, the Island Institute (Rockland) Casual Interiors (Boothbay Harbor) Franciska Needham Gallery (Damariscotta) Maine Gathering, (Camden) Tidemark Gallery (Waldoboro) Debra Elizabeth’s (Wiscasset) Many of her designs are also available in custom kitchen and bathroom tile at Donna Carrigan’s Dovetail Design (Damariscotta) and of course, visitors are always welcomed at her SeaWitch Studio at 689 Friendship Rd., in Waldoboro by appt or simply by chance.207 –249- 7520.