IDYLL / IDEAL
Idyll 1: a simple descriptive work in poetry or prose that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentment; 2 a: a lighthearted carefree episode that is a fit subject for an idyll; b: a romantic interlude
Ideal 1: existing as a mental image or in fancy or imagination only. broadly : lacking practicality; 2: relating to or constituting mental images, ideas, or conceptions; 3: existing as an archetypal idea
Breehan James's paintings evoke the lyric romance of being inside the landscape, traveling along a river or through the woods surrounded by the many textures and characters of trees, moss, water, grass. These are real places painted in a way to invite us to join her on her journey.
Nathaniel Meyer paints an idealized Maine coastline, drawing from the history of Maine landscape painting and influenced by the work of illustrators from the golden age of illustration through present day. He brings a modern sensibility to a traditional idea of what Maine’s rocky shore looks like.
“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment.” -Monet
Marc Schepens paints the rhythm and movement of water through subtle shifts in repetitive lines. His untitled dated paintings are journals, marking the movement of the ocean and its reflective interaction with the sky, in infinite variation.
Tom Curry has painted Chatto Island in Brooklin, Maine over many years in countless seasons, hours, and moods. Curry's preoccupation with this singular subject allows him to show with clarity and authority the dynamic nature of our world.
MACRO / MICRO
"We see the world in pieces and put it together in our imaginations—a new reality. Each time we look, the fragments reconstitute themselves with subtle differences, a second look nuanced with small changes." - Brigitte Carnochan
Hannah Berta’s work is a close inspection of grasses and leaves, fantastically colored as though seen through the lens of our subconscious. Berta's cut paper collaged paintings offer a micro look of the natural elements around us, layering a intimate view of our surroundings with the colors of our emotions.
Ileana Appleton Foster takes a broader view of the landscape as seen from above, referencing the way we see landforms on a map, nautical chart, or maybe from the view of an airplane window. Ileana's abstraction of perspective shifts our understanding of our surroundings.