Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Studio Gallery Opening Soon!

We'll be opening the gallery for the first time, Wednesday, July 24, from 1-5 pm Eastern Time.  Trina has spent the last eight weeks renovating the building space, and this week we are finally beginning to hang work. As a reminder, the gallery is at 45 Washington Street, just a couple of streets off the waterfront and a short walk from the international bridge.  Normal hours for the gallery will be afternoons from Tuesday through Friday.

If you've been following the blog for Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery, you'll know that it will feature not just Michael's landscapes but also Trina's kaleidoscopic designs and images.  Additionally, we'll be renting out space in the building to other artists for retreats and also give them an opportunity to hang their own work.  We think it's a great concept for Lubec, which increasingly is becoming an art town.

Here are some websites to know about:

The blog - http://artistsretreatstudiosandgallery.blogspot.com/
The website - www.ArtistsRetreatMaine.com
The Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsRetreatMaine

Finally, here are a few interior shots of the gallery space as it now stands.  There are many, many more walls and lots more work than is pictured here.  It's not completely hung, as Trina still needs to add her work plus Michael will also have some more.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Announcing Our Upcoming Opening of Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery!

Downeast artists Trina Stephenson and Michael Chesley Johnson will open Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery at 45 Washington Street, Lubec, Maine, on Wednesday, July 24.  The gallery will feature kaleidoscopic images and fabric art by Trina as well as Michael's landscapes in oil and pastel.  Additionally, the business will offer lodging for artists along with studio space.  Trina says, "Artists who stay here will have the opportunity to use the gallery to sell their own work.  It will be an exciting chance for visiting artists to get some exposure."

For her own work, Trina photographs the local landscape and then manipulates the images digitally into mandala-like forms.  Often, the images include close-ups of subjects such as ferns, flowers and trees that she has chosen for color and contrast.  Images are available as metal prints, or as traditional prints, both framed and unframed.  Additionally, she may incorporate some of the images into fabric pieces such as art quilts.

Michael is an award-winning, internationally-known painter and painting instructor who has operated Friar's Bay Studio Gallery on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for eight years.  The author of Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and other books, his work includes oil and pastel paintings of local maritime scenery.  (His books are available through Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/johnson.) The gallery will feature some of his exciting new work in which the landscape is presented with a new twist on the "diptych" concept.  Michael also plans to extend his popular "Paint Campobello" outdoor painting workshops to include the Lubec area and base at least a few weeks at the new studio gallery.

The gallery will be open afternoons, Tuesday-Friday, or by chance or appointment.  For more information, visit www.ArtistsRetreatMaine.com or call 207-733-0005.