Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print

Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print
"White Mountains Hayfield", Joe Godleski, oil on canvas

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Boothbay Harbor

"Heading for Cover", Joe Godleski, Oil
Alex and I motored with our out-of-town company up to Boothbay Harbor yesterday. We stopped first across the foot bridge at the Joy to the Wind gallery, and had a great discussion with Lynne Seizer, co-owner. We chatted over our recent works depicting herons (my latest 10by10 is shown above), viewed the many and varied works Lynne and Jim Seitzer have hanging and then Lynne pointed us to the Studio 53 Gallery back across the foot bridge. We got there just as Bob McKay, featured artist for the month, was opening up. This is a great space having 3 floors with 8 artists represented showing a great selection from abstract to Maine landscapes. Bob talked about his methods and techniques and then autographed a copy of his book "Percival, the Lighthouse Mouse," for our friends' grandkids. It was a very pleasant visit. As we crossed back and forth across the foot bridge, we noticed a dory in the water that was clearly the finished version of the dory being worked on in my "Harbormaster's Workshop" soft block print. Take a look and see.
"Harbormaster's Workshop", Joe
Godleski, soft block
Dory in Boothbay Harbor

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Hopper Exhibit at Bowdoin

Alex and I attended the opening of the Hopper exhibit at Bowdoin. We had tried to attend the lecture on Hopper and A. Wyeth just before the opening but were turned away from the lecture hall as it was filled to standing room only. So we grabbed dinner at the new Inn at Brunswick Station and found the service and food quite good. Anyway, then off to the Hopper Opening which was a bit crowded. But we still found good access to the paintings and drawings, as the food and wine at the Opening served as a diversion for a good number of folks. Hopper's works were well displayed and were just wonderful, particularly for me, his Monhegan oils. Major props to Curator Diana Tuite and Director Kevin Salatino for their work in putting this together. It will be an exhibit to visit and re-visit.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Two upcoming shows: Community Paints & the 10 by 10

"November Morning," Joe Godleski,
Oil on Canvas, 10" by 10"

Thornton Oaks here in Brunswick is hosting an exhibit running August 18 through September 22.  They are inviting all artists to submit a piece of art based on the theme "Summer in Maine."  The quality of the exhibits at Thornton Oaks is very solid and consistent.  Also, they have a roomful of Carroll Thayer Berry prints that is pretty cool.  For more info on the Thornton Oaks Community Paints show, click here.  Of course, the annual Arts are Elementary 10 by 10 show is coming up in late September.  I've started working on my 10 by 10s, and the first one "November Morning" is shown above.  The photo on which the painting is based was taken Thanksgiving day off Land's End.  For more info on the 10 by 10 show, click here.