October 24, 2021

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John Butke and Gwendolyn Evans Show at the Pemaquid Artwork Gallery

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Two new member artists of the Pemaquid Art Gallery, John Butke, of Boothbay, and Gwendolyn Evans, of Walpole, share a handful of similarities: considerable and extraordinary specialist professions in instructing and creating artwork, their personal regional galleries, and a deep adore of the beauties of coastal Maine. What is intriguing, even so, is how differently these two occupation artists and artwork educators categorical this inspiration in their art. Commencing with these two artists, occasional articles or blog posts will be highlighted on new and outdated Pemaquid Gallery members to look at and distinction the interesting artwork now on watch at the just lately re-opened gallery.

Butke received his artwork schooling as an undergraduate at Massachusetts University of Art in Boston, with an MFA in portray and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. He ongoing his scientific studies in New Mexico and California, doing work with well-recognized artists at every single area. Subsequent a stint in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa, he taught art at the College of Wisconsin – Stout for two several years, and subsequently returned to Worcester, Mass., the place he taught artwork in the public universities.

Early summering in Maine brought him to Sawyer’s Island in Boothbay, and influenced the perform observed now. His perform has been on view lately or is on perspective presently in the region at River Arts, Boothbay Regional Artwork Basis, and at his individual gallery in Boothbay.

Expressing “the natural beauty and allure” of Maine is Butke’s target and his operate does this with great results. His land- and seascapes in oil and acrylic reveal good sensitivity to shade, often complementary colours put subsequent to each individual other that subtly generate gently luminous atmospheric outcomes or styles that interlock or react following to every other and soften as they recede into the distance. Benefit distinctions increase to the dynamic in his operate and can be rather extraordinary.

The realism of his scenes from a length gets to be very summary on closer viewing, created with summary varieties and broad, flat brushstroke software. There is also a security and solidity to his compositions expressing a relaxed, all-encompassing appreciation of his chosen topic. But at the exact same time there is a powerful feeling of the abstract pattern as it relates to the two-dimensional canvas and a beautiful equilibrium in the overall consequence. The pattern of gentle and reflection in his depiction of drinking water is lyrical and masterful. He captures the essence of the moment, practically a spiritual appreciation of the action, the mild and time of working day that attracts the viewer in to be aspect of the beauties of the coastal Maine entire world.

Evans has produced and exhibited her art for a long time among the the 35 places she has termed house. With a master’s diploma from Rhode Island University of Layout and an undergraduate degree from Principia School, and numerous workshops with acclaimed artists, she has beloved doing the job in a variety of mediums and has exhibited in more than 100 juried regional, nationwide and international exhibits, receiving many awards.

She has produced quite a few painting excursions in the U.S. and internationally. She has taught artwork in non-public faculty-prep and community colleges in Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania and in four community studio/galleries wherever she has available courses and workshops in watercolor, drawing and lifestyle drawing, pastel, and portraiture. She is presently presenting drawing programs at her studio in Walpole where her artwork is on check out.

In addition to developing visual art, she has quite a few other innovative focuses, such as producing inspirational posts, poetry, women’s scientific studies, crafting a cookbook, gardening, and a life-prolonged interest in spirituality, all influencing her painting.

The watercolors she is showing are big, bold, and acquire superb advantage of the watercolor medium’s flickering clear traits. They depict community scenic views, the sea, the coastline, and charming historic structures and, although the functions on check out are practical, they are restless and expressionistic, with powerful light and dim patterns and prosperous shadows and lights. A lot of of them have a tendency to attribute very simple shade mixtures, with ranges of darkish greens, blues, and grays in limited, juicy, impressionistic, transparent strokes and a masterful use of the leaving the white paper exposed to distinction with the over-all pattern of limited, darkish paint strokes.

She sometimes employs complementary colors as glazes in summary washes above landscape specifics to pull things jointly in a glowing light. Her watercolors are delight for the viewer to peruse, with the eye pursuing the dancing lights and darks across the paper.

What an intriguing comparison the function of these two artists offers as they depict the beauties of coastal Maine.

The other 2021 Pemaquid Artwork Gallery artists consist of: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Judy Nixon, Brooke Pacy, Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Kimberly Skillin Traina, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Candace Vlcek, Bev Walker, Carol Wiley, and Sherrie York.

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