It started on a whim, a simple suggestion.

“Why don’t we ask Fred to model for us sometime? We could all hang out and just make some art. It would be fun.”

It is important to spend time in the company of friends and as an artist it is important to spend time with other artists. You begin to feed off one another and enjoy the art you’re working on. It’s part artistic exercise, part social gathering, but mostly just enjoyment.

It has been a few months since the idea came to life and this self-proclaimed art club has become a monthly occurrence. We’ve had many friends join in, both as models and as artists.

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 1.11.14 PM The informal monthly get-togethers have become the highlight of this very cold winter. 

Thank you to our great neighbor, Stefan Bright of L.D. Bright Photography for always stopping in and memorializing the occasions with your beautiful photographs.

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Some of you may not know John Schmidtberger’s Mr. Pig: a charmingly naive and occasionally grandiose pig figuring out the complexities of a fanciful world. Mr. Pig came to life in little cartoons John would share online among friends. As the cartoons multiplied, Mr. Pig quickly took on a life of his own and even has his own Facebook page as Monsieur-Mr Pig. The porky fellow has explored the digital world in black and white and is now in a much more colorful, physical one in Robert Feldman’s KomikZAP!. KomikZAP! is a free, monthly publication of comic strips.

We are excited not only to be apart of KomikZAP!, but to be a distributor of the comic as well!
Stop in and pick one up!

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Mr. Pig’s space in the KomikZAP! is sponsored by our local Sunbeam Toys and we are grateful to them for backing us!

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For more information about KomikZAP! please visit http://www.komikzap.com 

 

Dick De Groot Interview at SFA Gallery!

 

Dick De Groot (born 1920) is July’s featured artist. The opening reception for his show coincides with Frenchtown’s “Bastille Day” Celebration. Come out and join us on Saturday, July 12th from 4-7PM. Light refreshments will be served!

"My Hand", acrylic, 36"x24"

“My Hand”, acrylic, 36″x24″

 

"The Diner", acrylic, 18"x24"

“The Diner”, acrylic, 18″x24″

 

I met Kerstin (Kris) Engman close to 30 years ago, and all during that time I have been amazed by her work. Initially trained as a sculptor, she has since branched out into several media: drawing, oil painting, encaustic, graphics, calligraphy, etc. in both representational and abstract modes. Kerstin has an unceasing curiosity about the world, and she has never been content to rest on the laurels of past successes. About her oil paintings she says “I paint primarily from the midcoast Maine landscape and its surrounding farms, with occasional diversions into the common still life of the vegetable or a view into everyday life at home.”

Ginny's Daffodils, 2014, oil on panel

Ginny’s Daffodils, 2014, oil on panel

Kerstin was born in New England, educated at the Maine College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and taught in the Hungarian Public Schools. In 1997, she founded Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Kalocsa, Hungary and her hometown of Belfast, Maine. Kerstin has lectured and taught at various colleges throughout the Northeast and lives in midcoast Maine where she teachs at the University of Maine in Orono.