The year is unusual in every way with the pandemic, yet the joy of creating continues at Joy To The Wind Gallery. They are currently featuring a new show of small paintings by Lynne Seitzer. Aptly titled “Small Wonders,” they are all about birds. The opening is Friday, Aug. 7 coinciding with the region’s traditional First Friday Aft Tour. The show runs through August.
“This year has been unlike anything we have ever known. I feel reassurance and a sense of normalcy when I hear the birds sing—they carry on; preparing for new life. It is a joy to witness.” Seitzer said.
These small paintings are beautifully rendered in oil on canvas. They are diminutive in size ranging from 8” x 8” to 12” x 9.” Every painting is a portrait. She focused on several migratory songbirds. Some began arriving or passing through in the spring and while others stayed all year long.
Her subjects include the robin, Baltimore oriole, goldfinch, and blue jay, to name a few. Listening to the birds sings outside her studio windows inspired the work. She utilized outdoor observations and photographs and then verified markings with birding guides. She also painted a trio of puffins and a juvenile eagle which was based on a recent photograph taken by an island friend.
Finding her own joy and offering it to others is central to Seitzer’s work—especially now. “Everyone on the planet is feeling the uncertainty; and there is a sweetness to the presence of a feathered friend,” she notes. “These little paintings make me happy. From this place of joy, I believe I am more likely to offer joy to others.”
Lynne and her husband John are both artists who have owned and operated Joy to the Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor for more than 20 years. Their work is beautiful, unique and varied in style Many people who visit for the first time think there are many more artists creating the work on their walls. John, who has a Custom Picture Framing Service Business (upstairs), also does a great job framing their own art for the gallery.
Joy To The Wind Gallery will celebrate the First Friday Art Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring the “Small Wonders “ paintings of Lynne Seitzer and also showing the paintings of John M.T. Seitzer during an all day open house. The gallery is located at 34 Atlantic Ave. Please wear a mask for your safety and others - limiting 5 people inside the gallery at one time. There will be a few comfy chairs outside too! All art lovers and friends are invited to stop by and check it out!. For more information, call 633-7025.