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.

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