I always love going to the George Marshall Store. Last week I got an email saying that an acquaintance of mine was having some pieces shown there and that there was to be a reception. I didn't really want to go for the reception, but got delayed and casually arrived in York, Maine at about 4:50 pm. Ten minutes before the reception and ten minutes before "normal" closing when there is NOT a reception.
Well, I was there on the wrong weekend. So I zipped through, had a friendly chat with curator Mary Harding and took as many pictures as I could*.
At the front of the gallery were the whimsical constructions of Michael Stasiuk. Once you have seen his work, you recognize his new pieces. Many of his pieces had sold. I want to try to make "Ping Pong Guys for our workshop which MIGHT even have room for our ping pong table! (That would be fun exercise!!)
I have no idea where he FINDS these things!!
|A Family Matter|
|Symbols of Success|
|Dog, Cat, Mouse|
|Dog, Cat, Mouse, detail|
|Woman in green dress with husband|
|Bird with Egg|
|Well dressed bird|
|The Ping Pong Guys|
|Jump Rope Bunny|
Donald Saaf is influenced by outsider/primitive art and has been painting local scenes from Vermont for 20 years. He says he looks for composition first and then adds details. I If you look closely, you can see that he's collaged multiple layers of paper and paint imagery as well as cut shapes of fabric into his paint and mediums.
|Conversation with Trees|
|Woman with Watering Can|
Jan ter Weele most recent, abstract pieces are apparently a departure for him. He is also a regional painter (from Falmouth, Maine). I love the way he gets the colors to practically jump off the canvas!
|From Portsmouth to Brooklyn|
There's a separate gallery downstairs that always has treasures as well. This time it was ceramics by Boyan Moskov. He is from Ruse, Bulgaria and has been living and working in the United States since 2007. I was impressed at how related his thrown pieces AND his slab-built pieces were. Not doubt part of that is because of the very limited range of glaze he uses.. but there is a mysterious quality to the shapes and structure that under-girds them all.
You can find him on Facebook, too.
York Village Gallery has been open since late Spring and also shows regional artists, but of a slightly more traditional style than George Marshall Store Gallery. I had the pleasure of watching a young woman, named Robin, hang her first partial exhibit. Her delight and enthusiasm was contagious! Her husband was cheering her on as were the proprietors of the gallery, Art and Gail Claes.
Michael Dow's wood carvings and turnings were amazing. One large turned bowl (approximately 15 inches in diameter) was lighter than air AND lined with burnished gold leaf. Spectacular!
|Yin and Yang|
* Sorry that so many photos are a bit fuzzy. My "big" cameras had used its batteries, so I relied on my phone. But most any image on any of my blogs can be right or double-clicked on to embiggen the image!