Art Celebrates Place

Each year since 2010, we have invited local artists to visit properties that have been conserved with the help of the Land Trust. The artists use their experience on the conservation land as inspiration for their creations, which are then featured at an opening on the first Friday in April. Thanks to a dedicated group of amazing volunteers, the 9th Annual Art Celebrates Place was a huge success. The opening on April 6th was filled with fantastic food, art, and performances, all inspired by some of the most beautiful conservation lands in our region. The show will run through May 20th, 2018 from 10 am – 1 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Leura Hill Eastman’s Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy in Freyburg, ME.

 

Please call  the USVLT office at 356-9683 with questions on how to make one of these spectacular paintings your own. Check out our Art Celebrates Place Archive to see the works of past shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 15, 2018 – Don Gemmecke – Acrylic, 8 x 8 – The Spirit of the Land
$125
“I paint from sketches, photographs and memories of the places I have seen and often composite impressions of one or more scenes into a single work. Therefore, though none of my works in this display represent a specific scene from a USVLT property, I believe that what I have painted reflects the spirit of the land somewhere on each of the properties. Rather than assign my works a title that would unconsciously prejudice the viewer’s mind toward a particular setting, the title of each piece is the date I finished it. This also helps me “feel” spring in the middle of a dreary February and the cool winter breezes in an August heat wave.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 17, 2018 – Don Gemmecke – Acrylic, 8 x 8 – The Spirit of the Land
$125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 20, 2018 – Don Gemmecke – Acrylic, 8 x 8 – The Spirit of the Land
$125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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View Across the Back Field, #1 – April Costa – Watercolor, pen and ink, 5 x 7 – Upland Apple Farm
$250

“I walked all over the orchards, woods road, and fields at Upland Farms in mid-October of last year. What struck me the most was this view of the Foss Mountain Ridge across the back hayfield. This part of Eaton is a quiet, remote, magical place. The fields of Upland Farms and this view in particular epitomize the character of this part of town, where many of the old roads still pass through the forest, mountains, and fields. Once I returned home to paint I found that I wanted to keep exploring this scene, so I created three versions of it. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Across the Back Field, #2 – April Costa – Watercolor, pen and ink, 5 x 7 – Upland Apple Farm
$250

 

Photo to Come

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View Across the Back Field, #3 – April Costa – Watercolor, pen and ink, 5 x 7 – Upland Apple Farm
$250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Sisters – Jay Rancourt – Silk painting, 15 x 60 – Old Pinkham Farm
$400

“I was lucky to walk on the Old Pinkham Farm easement twice in October, on both a sunny and an overcast day. Is there any month more glorious in our calendar? These three trees growing from a single stump, reflected in the running water of the brook caught my eye at once. This piece was my first sketch for one of the larger dance panels. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Tree Reflected – Jay Rancourt – Silk painting, 15 x 60 – Old Pinkham Farm
$400

“This was my second sketch. I love the color combinations in this, the sprinkle of sunlight dancing over cool darks in the water, and the warm contrast of dry leaves. This little stream that runs through the easement is a hidden treasure, like so many others running down our hills and dales, and yet still unique and precious.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dead Tree – Jay Rancourt – Silk painting, 15 x 60 – Old Pinkham Farm
$400

“I chose this horizontal tree for the third sketch. Its patterns and reflections were irresistible. Aging gracefully as it creates a natural bridge over the stream, I’m sure it is used by many forest creatures to get over the water with dry feet. What a magical world a stream is, making music all day as the light plays over its running water.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamberlain Farm I – Jennifer Van Cor – Acrylic on linen, 16 x 20 – Chamberlain Farm
$600

“After a convoluted ride up back roads with a few wrong turns, I arrived at the stunning vista of Chamberlain Farm. Mature maple tree shadows cut across open fields with low stone walls and distant mountains. Inspired by sunlight and shadow, I painted the welcoming trees and stone walls.”

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamberlain Farm II – Jennifer Van Cor –  Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 – Chamberlain Farm
$850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chamberlain Farm, III –  Jennifer Van Cor –  Acrylic on board, 9 x 12 – Chamberlain Farm
$350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upland Farms, I – Jennifer Van Cor – Oil on board, 9 x 12 –  Upland Apple Farm
$350

“Distant layers of blue/green and gray mountains made the surrounding fields and trees of Upland Farms brilliant in the fall sun. After being greeted by the friendly owner and scratching chickens in the garden, I immersed myself in the lush fields of apple trees to view the magnificent vista. The contrast between near and far was very distinct and inspired two paintings that tried to portray this great space, both outside and internally.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upland Farms, II – Jennifer Van Cor – Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 – Upland Apple Farm
$400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Evening in Jackson NH on the Old Pinkham Farm –  Lauren Sansaricq – Oil on panel, 9 x 12 – Old Pinkham Farm
$2,800

“This painting was started outdoors on a lovely warm evening in autumn. The spot I painted was somewhat behind the old barn looking southwest towards North Moat Mountain. It was one of those magical evenings where there was a tangible feeling of the serenity and beauty! There was also a feeling of this spot being from another time, when humanity worked more harmoniously with the land for a sustainable life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Blues – Molly Mains – Monoprint, 11 ½ x 11 ¾ – Old Pinkham Farm
$550
“Tree limbs casting shadows of blue, or blue gray, or purple on the clear white snow create an interlacing of lines and shapes that call out to me. I’ve tried to capture this outdoor experience: the crispness of the air, the quiet of the woods and the play of light on branches and snow with the overlapping blues. The image was created using a combination of layered techniques: a gelatin plate monotype, stencils, and a linocut print.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Breezes – Molly Mains – 3 block linocut, 10 7/8 x 11 1/8 –  Cobbs Conservation Easement
$425

“August 31st was a blustery day. The water seemed to have a life of its own. The nearby choppiness merged into distant ripples glistening with sunlight. It was the personality of the water that inspired me, the lake color changed as the sun moved, as the wind blew, and as the water reflected. To create the final image, each of 3 carved linoleum blocks was printed sequentially with various colors as separate layers on top of each previous print.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bluebird Day – Molly Mains – Collage/handprinted papers, 16 x 16 – Cope-Brown Preserve
$425

“The moss green walking path, the dense woods, all opening to a view of distant lakes and mountains conspired to create a “blue bird” day. The accentuated details of the surroundings persuaded me to choose clear, bright colors and forms captured individually and then arranged in an overlapping format. Each selected paper is a monotype printed by my hand using a gelatin plate.”

 

 

A Cloudy Day with Drooping Tree – Sean Stull – Pastel on paper, 24 x 26 – Old Pinkham Farm
$800
“I felt so much beauty on this cloudy day. The relationship between the sky, tree and ground were synchronized.”

 

A Copse of Trees – Sean Stull – Pastel on paper , 26 x 30 – Old Pinkham Farm
$1,000

“A beautiful day walking up the slope with the breeze rustling through the field up to this copse of trees. I like the way the fields move into the trees, the trees into the sky. A feeling of continuity.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shifting Light on a Tree – Sean Stull – Pastel on paper, 11 x 14 – Old Pinkham Farm
$600

“A large dark cloud had just broken over the trees.
This is a study of shifting clouds and lights and darks.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pink Lilies – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“July 17. One of my first days at the lake painting. There’s a little cove within a cove, which cradles these pink lilies and is a little tucked in from the rest of the lake. I had to perch on a fallen log to paint as the brush is dense here by the water. Swam out to almost hidden rock.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocks and Shallows – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“A glorious day. There is something quieting, sustaining about looking and looking at the lake. The biggest challenge is how quickly the colors and patterns change. Long swim.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stormy Skies – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“August 11. Today patches of blue sky kept creeping in and creeping out, transforming the lake from something soothing into something steely and unpredictable. Quick dip.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocorua Through Branches – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“Grateful for the overhanging shade, as too much sun is blinding and dries the paints. Each time I come, I choose anew where to look, what to try to express this time. Long swim.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Otter Day – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“September 30. I barely made it to the lake on this day, literally veered off onto Potter Road on my way home from doing errands, fed up with the mundane. And then I barely brought down my binoculars from the car. While I was peering through L shaped pieces of mat board, choosing what to paint, I noticed a blob on the rock at the mouth of the cove. I spent the next 45 minutes riveted to the rock through my binoculars, watching an otter eat a fish, groom, nap and finally wake and slide off into the lake. It headed north, popping up a few times before the next point hid it from view. Then I painted! I used a palette knife at the end of this painting. Water still warm. This day summarizes what I keep discovering: When I slow down enough, what I see is astonishing, a gift.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water – Marnie Cobbs – Gouache, 11 x 14 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$400

“August 28. My son Henney came with me today, two days after the memorial service for my Dad. He read, went for a paddle and watched the dog fishing for rocks while I painted. He used to come here in his teens, so finds his own nurturance. I treasure such days. We both swam.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamberlain Farm Lane – Sandra Josephine Bell – Oil on birch panel, 8 x 10 – Chamberlain Farm
$450

“I was intrigued by the green tufted road as it meandered up the hill in the distance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dancing Forest – Sandra Josephine Bell – Oil on birch panel, 20 x 24 – Cope-Brown Preserve
$1,100

“I drove to the cabin at the top of the hill that overlooks Kezar Pond. Before I reached the crest I looked through the woods and viewed a sunny clearing ringed in turning leaves.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Velvet – Sandra Josephine Bell – Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 – Cobbs Conservation Easement
$1,750

“Leaving the trail at the easement land, I wandered close to Conway Lake. In a low lying area I discovered the most beautiful arrangement of mosses that I had ever seen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jenkins’ Barn – Sandra Josephine Bell – Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 – Uplands Apple Farm
$425

“This was a sunny fall day with views from the house of Chocorua in the distance. The owner’s chickens wandered, but not far from the barn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight at the River’s Edge – Sandra Josephine Bell – Oil on canvas, 12 x 24 – Old Pinkham Farm
$750

“I was drawn to the river’s edge. Not long before sunset, the sun bounced off of the hills and reflected in the moving water. What a beautiful spot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Puddlestone – Lee Spiller – granite
$240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crows and Maple Tree – Stephen Pullan IV – Stoneware and Scraffitto, 13” diameter – Chamberlain Farm

$50

“As we walked up the road to the farm I spied an ancient maple tree, its branches bare against the blue winter sky. Several large crows sat happily watching us approach and their antics inspired this bowl which is white clay with a thin layer of black over it. The image is created while scratching through the black clay. The technique is called scraffitto. The colors are fitting as they remind me of the black birds and the bright white snow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big House, Back House, Barn – Stephen Pullan IV – Mixed Found Objects, Plaster – Chamberlain Farm

$300

“We visited the Simonton Conservation Easement on a wonderfully bright and sunny February day. After roaming about the fields and forest for a bit we met with Ward and he was kind enough to invite us to explore the barn. The experience of entering the dark and cold barn from the bright snowy world left an impression on me. As my eyes adjusted to the dimly lit interior I was fascinated with the old tools and worn wooden beams of the barn. The dusty shafts of sunlight and age of the noble structure inspired this triptych.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesopotamian Horse  – Rachel Wadsworth – Fryeburg Academy Student – Ceramics, 18 x 6 x 6

$300 

“The title of this piece warrants an explanation. Mesopotamia refers to the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and is also known as the Fertile Crescent. Because of its position beside  these rivers Mesopotamia gave birth to one of the first civilizations. The easements protected by the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust are reminiscent of Mesopotamia and it’s life-giving rivers. The connection is far-fetched, especially since the Saco is one river and the Tigris and Euphrates are two, but I feel that the connection isn’t entirely off. The “horse part” needs an explanation as well. While at the Simonton Easement, we interacted with the horses there. I love horses. Their muzzles are so soft. And if it weren’t for the protection of this easement, I wouldn’t have been able to spend time with those horses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Farm – Amelia Rowland – -Fryeburg Academy Student – Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 Chamberlain Farm

$300

“It was a beautiful day and I decided to walk out into the middle of the field so that I could try to see the whole farm. The bright fall of the leaves was especially inspiring. The line of bird houses leading to the rock wall is what lead me to choose this frame to paint. Of course I had to include the lovely barn. I feel this work is one of my most successful art pieces.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Pinkham Farm – Erin Sheehan – Fryeburg Academy Student – Acrylic on Canvas, 14 x 36 – Old Pinkham Farm

 

$275

“Every time I drive to work at Black Mountain in Jackson NH, I drive past this unique building. My little car strains to crawl higher and higher up the hill, I worry that I might slide right back down or off the road, and then I pass this barn. It’s a milestone. On those cold winter mornings where the road is hidden by the endlessly falling snow, this barn lets me know that I’m halfway up the mountain. I had always taken time to appreciate the interesting texture and color of the building. The weathered wood, not quite pink, but not quite orange, or brown either. This barn and the land surrounding it is amazing, and I am thankful that we live in an area that takes care of treasures such as this.”

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