The Canvas

Abstract Influence

The Canvas - September 2015

by Jamie Thompson

Richard Keen, Kayla Mohammadi, and Jenny Scheu use abstraction to translate space and movement to two dimensions. Their works are similar in use of color and shape, but each presents a distinct view of the spaces and places that inspire them.

Richard Keen earned his BA in 1995 from Millikin University and his MFA in 1999 from the State University of New York at Albany. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, most recently at Simon Gallery in Morristown, New Jersey, Leonard R. Craig Gallery in Unity, Bowery Gallery in New York City, Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, the University of Rhode Island, and Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth. A multiple grant recipient and frequently invited guest artist and lecturer, Keen was featured in the 2010 Art in Embassies Program. Based in Brunswick, Keen is represented by Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and Simon Gallery.

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Beneath the Surface

The Canvas - August 2015

by Jamie Thompson

Layered imagery offers visual interest, but it also facilitates an interaction with the viewer, as he or she is compelled to delve deeper into an artwork’s meaning. Hélène Farrar, Carol Wiley, and Cig Harvey place the figure in this context, inviting myriad interpretations.

 Hélène Farrar earned her BA from the University of Maine and MA from Vermont’s Goddard College. She has taught art classes from preschool to university level, and currently teaches workshops and classes through her private art school, which she operates out of her studio. Farrar has participated in many exhibitions throughout Maine, as well as in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and is represented by Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. She lives in Manchester with her husband and daughter. 

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Vivid Landscapes

The Canvas - July 2015

by Jamie Thompson

Mary Brooking, William Hallett, and Phoebe Porteous bring natural landscapes to life with bold, vivid color. Favoring hues that provoke an emotional response, these artists make paintings that celebrate color in all its combinations, especially the unexpected ones.

 Mary Brooking grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Maine in 1997. She currently lives in Westbrook. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine art with a concentration in painting from Hiram College in 1978 and established a career as a magazine designer before becoming a painter. Brooking teaches painting classes in Westbrook at Continuum for Creativity, which is also a gallery and performance venue. Her work can be seen at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, EcoHome Studio in Portland, and Art 3 Gallery in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is a member of Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook. 

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Focusing on Florals

 June 2015



Emily Brown 


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Abstract Horizons

THE CANVAS - March 2015

By Jaime Thompson

Some May Say, 2014, oil on canvas, 18” x 36” - Allen Bunker

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A New Geometry

THE CANVAS - February 2015
By Jaime Thompson

Perfect Fit, 2010, steel, 18” x 6” x 6” by Jac Ouellette 

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Film Noir

The Canvas - January 2015
By Jaime Thompson

 Evyn’s Dream, 2010, archival inkset print or metal print, 11” x 16” - Beth Anne Gordley

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