Tuesday, February 02, 2010


My upcoming painting exhibit

I am still planning on writing about Pepys and his books at length, and I am still thinking about finishing his Diary, and I am also browsing in some peripheral books about restoration London (just happened to have a few handy). But, today, I have other news - I wanted to let people know that around thirty of my recent oil paintings are appearing in a solo exhibit at the University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries. The exhibit, entitled Margins of Safety, opens on February 10th and runs through March 26, 2010. Here are the details:

University of Maine at Machias
Art Galleries
Powers Hall
116 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, Maine 04654

Gallery hours are weekdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment, call 207-255-1279.

The opening reception is February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Powers Hall is the first building on your left as you enter the campus from Route One.

Margins of Safety explores the edges of long-familiar landscapes. A margin can be an edge and the area near it, and in a book (of course!), the space around a narrative; a margin of safety the amount allowed beyond what is needed, past a break-even point. Most of these paintings depict my home landscapes of Washington County and areas around Penobscot Bay. Here are a few of the paintings from the show.

The first of an approaching storm front over Thrumbcap, Islesboro:

Then Bald Porcupine Island, off Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island:

And finally, from Cape Rosier, looking southwest:

So, if you find yourself in Machias, Maine in the near future (and why wouldn't you), I hope you will stop in and take a look. By the way, the University also has a wonderful book arts program, complete with a letterpress print shop (Vandercooks! Type! Furniture!), papermaking facility, and book arts gallery. I toured it yesterday after I delivered my paintings, and I must say the whole thing makes me want to sign up for classes again. The gallery has a few items on display that made my book-radar hum with contentment - most particularly a broadside poem by Raymond Carver (signed by Raymond Carver) on stunning handmade paper. Worth a visit, Machias is, I tell you truly.

I stumbled across your blog a few days ago, and just wanted to say how good your work is. Blimey, some beautiful painting! They remind me of vintage travel posters from the 30s and 40s. Wonderful stuff.
Thanks, Paul - since I love vintage travel posters (and books...), I will take that as high praise indeed. I appreciate it!
I just came across your blog. Very interesting reading. And the artwork...unbelievable. What talent you have.

I also love books....reading...hunting for them. I think the hunt is the best part! :-)

Keep up the great work! I hope to find myself in Maine someday. I hear it is simply beautiful.

Wes, book-hunting is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. Reading might be higher up on the list, though!

I hope you make it to Maine someday - its beauty is not to be missed. I keep trying to tell of it in my paintings and I keep falling short. However, this keeps me painting (trying again). Thanks...
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