‘Improvisation’ in the River Room

Sun, 03/26/2023 - 8:45am

Story Location:
36 Elm Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543
United States

River Arts in Damariscotta proudly presents the artwork of Christine Aston in a solo show in the River Room. With a public reception on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., this captivating display runs from March 30 through April 19.

Aston resides in an 1820s cape in Lincolnville and creates her artwork in the building that previously served as her father’s boat building and machine shop. Encouraged by a number of family artists, Aston achieved a BFA in studio art at Maine College of Art as well as a BA in theater at the University of Maine.

Watercolor, ink and collage mediums are the basis for her improvisational pieces. Her interest in the sea and architecture is evident as subject matter in works that become deeply textural and on the verge of abstraction. These works of and on paper are uniquely in the present and one gets the feeling that the artist has just invented them moments ago.

Speaking about this collection of works, Aston says, “I would like to thank River Arts for the opportunity to show my artwork for the second time! This body of work includes plein aire watercolors as well as collage incorporated into compositions. Plein air has been challenging but rewarding. An initial bold gesture builds the composition and mood. A new location inspires improvisation of materials and drawing to capture the subject. I like to use collage to convey movement. Some collage elements have escaped beyond the mat! I find my style evolving and hope that the viewer connects with my work. Enjoy!”

River Arts is located at 36 Elm St. in Damariscotta. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the website at riverartsme.org or call 207-563-6868 for more information.