WCSH 6 cover’s Monhegan’s Long History of Art.
FREEPORT – Sarah Knock of Freeport is among the 34 artists featured in a 25th anniversary exhibition celebration of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program at the Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, on 149 Main St. The ongoing exhibition continues through Oct. 14.
Knock said the Monhegan Artists’ Residency was a “pivotal experience” for her. It supports emerging visual artists by giving them living quarters, studio space and a stipend to live and work on Monhegan Island for six weeks.
Knock lives in Freeport with her husband, and is a full-time artist represented by Greehnut Galleries in Portland since 1990. Knock earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Boston University in 1988 and was awarded the Monhegan Island residency in 1989.
Shortly after the residency, Knock began kayaking, which, she says, has given her the unique perspective of being close to the water surface. “I am most interested in reflections and what is underneath the surface,” she said. “The gift of time on Monhegan was pivotal to my career and one of the best experiences of my life. I have only returned to Monhegan a few times. Most of my work is inspired by kayaking on the Maine coast. I love to travel and have painted from experiences in Ireland, Venice, Alaska and the Amalfi coast.”
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Opens Friday, September 5, 2014 at Carver Hill Gallery
Carver Hill Gallery is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The show will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.
The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.
There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that make these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.
For more information, please visit Carver Hill Gallery.