The Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset’s fourth show of the season, “Three Women on Board,” features the art of Jane Dahmen, Daisy Greene, and Consuelo Joerns. The artists, who have coincidentally chosen to present paintings created on board, will be on hand to greet visitors at a reception in the gallery at 15 Warren St., beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Entertainment will be provided by The Flying seeds with flute and guitar music reminiscent of the mountains of Peru.
Jane Dahmen is known locally not only for her paintings of the Maine landscape, but also for her one-on-one interviews with other artists and curators in front of an audience at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. About her paintings, she says that her ideas begin in the natural world, but once a work is underway, the paint itself on the flat surface takes on a life of its own. She feels that the large scale format of her landscapes helps to create an environment into which the viewer can enter.
Daisy Greene is heart and soul a Maine artist whose paintings remind one of tapestries that capture nature in a style that is often toughly realistic and sometimes more abstract in its patterns and colors that evoke the coastal Maine landscape. Reflecting on her work, she says, “In each painting there is always a space to move into, a place for the light to take us… a mystery and edge, but with a promise.”
Consuelo Joerns has lived and painted throughout the world, particularly Central America, Europe, and Japan. Along the way, she worked for a New York publisher and wrote and illustrated children’s books and filmstrips. Consuelo’s semi abstract works remind one of perhaps Matisse in its quietude. The lyrical sense of space and the washes of color bring an inner peace and joy to the viewer.
Currently, the gallery is featuring works by Joseph, Tony, and Max Ascrizzi in a show entitled “Memories, Dreams, Reflections.” This exhibit includes paintings, pastels, three-dimensional works, and hand-crafted musical instruments by the gifted artists. The show is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Maine Art Gallery is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. More information can be found at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org.