Beginning Thursday, June 25, and running through Tuesday, July 21, "Kevin Beers: Points of Light," new paintings of Midcoast Maine, Cuba, and Beers' signature portraits of old cars and trucks, are offered for sale at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave., in downtown Boothbay Harbor. Beers has been with the gallery for more than 20 years and continues to be one of the gallery's most popular and recognizable artists.
Four years ago, Kevin Beers and his wife Amy decided to sell their New York City home and move to Midcoast Maine. Home is now a spacious, 19th-century sea captain's house in Thomaston from which Beers ranges up and down Maine's coast and islands, painting as he goes.
Of his art, Beers says: "I don't believe in long-winded manifestos. The paintings can speak for themselves more honestly than I ever could. I will say that I only paint things for which I have a strong emotional attraction."
"I'm drawn to plein air painting. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, an area with a rich history of landscape paintings. I have since expanded my stomping grounds to include Monhegan Island and Maine's Midcoast, where artists like Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, and the Wyeths have all painted. I have also always been fascinated by old cars and trucks. I am drawn to the anthropomorphic qualities I find in these faded cast-offs."
Beers' fascination with old cars has led him to Cuba twice, most recently last winter, when he joined a painters' group traveling to the storied island. In Cuba, Beers discovered a multitude of '52 Chevys, all in good working order. Beers painted the brilliantly colored, red, green, and turquoise Chevys against the backdrop of Havana's beautiful but crumbling, baroque buildings and lush vegetation.
Gleason Fine Art is not holding receptions at this time, but the gallery is most definitely open and hanging new shows. All of us are being mindful of the recommended precautions.
We invite you to visit the gallery and enjoy Kevin Beers stunning landscapes. Or visit our website at www.gleasonfineart.com to see all of Kevin's paintings. The gallery's current hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the gallery at 633-6849 or email@example.com.