"Rockport Return View" by Poppy BalserCamden Falls Gallery Presents The Beauty of Wood on Water Brenda Bonneville, editor August 27, 2020 (Camden, ME) Camden Falls Gallery is proud to present its annual boat show “The Beauty of Wood on Water”, The show runs through September 4, 2020. This exhibition typically coincides with the Camden Windjammer Festival, and despite the unfortunate cancellation of the Camden Windjammer Festival due to COVID-19, the Gallery has decided to continue the boat show tradition. Come and enjoy this truly wonderful collection dedicated to the marine art of midcoast Maine! “Barque Study” by Poppy Balser “Crossing the Light” by Jonathan McPhillips “Great Start At Harbor Park” by Jonathan McPhillips “Beyond the Sea” by Todd Bonita “Gazing” by Todd Bonita “The Hunt for the Passage – ‘Erebus’ & ‘Terror’ – 1845” by Paul Garnett “The Bounding Main – the Pirate Ship ‘Trinity'” by Paul Garnett About the Artists Four exceptional marine artists are featured in the exhibition: Poppy Balser, Jonathan McPhillips, Todd Bonita, and Paul Garnett. All four artists offer unique interpretations of the subjects they love and are able to translate, and record their individual artistic journeys with poignant and stunning delivery. Poppy Balser is a Canadian painter who has always lived within walking distance of the ocean. She developed an early and deep connection with the seashore which has deepened, as she studies the sea and its environment through her paintings. She often paints outside to keep her observations fresh and accurate.“I feel so fortunate to live near the shore… with huge tides that sculpt our seacoast, dramatic waves and haunting fog, there is always something new to paint. I paint en plein air as often as possible. This practice enables me to observe my subjects over time so I can create paintings that resonate strongly with the viewer.” Jonathan McPhillips is one of the “ New American Luminists.” He has the ability to capture the light, the air, and the distinct atmosphere in his landscape and marine paintings. Jonathan has found his focus in a form of realism that he describes as “Contemporary Impressionism”. About his work, Jonathan says “Each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together…a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our surroundings. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has somehow captivated a friend or a stranger. We see many things everyday with heightened digital clarity, yet original artwork always conveys a sense of mystery and magic for us all. I see painting as an unspoken and unwritten way to connect our hearts and minds though depictions of shared experience.” Todd Bonita’s paintings often focus on small watercraft. His classic dories and yacht tenders are imbued with a deep sense of psychological mystery. The softness of light on these solitary vessels, resting quietly at their moorings or tethered securely to abandoned docks, seems to take the viewer outside the normal strictures of time to a more mystical state. Bonita writes, “I paint what is familiar to my background… introspective memories of my childhood…they’re contemplative and reflective of where I grew up. I guess I’m digging into my soul.” Paul Garnett is known for his precise and meticulous depictions of sailing vessels from a bygone era. Garnett grew up in the Boston area spending much of his free time on the waterfront. In 1962 Garnett discovered that a full-scale historic replica of the HMS Bounty created for the classic film, “Mutiny On The Bounty” was docked in St. Petersburg, Florida and kept as a working exhibition. Garnett moved his family south to work as a shipwright on The Bounty for seven years. Paul writes, “I don’t think I’ve ever worked on one of my marine paintings without drawing in some small way upon my unforgettable experiences aboard The Bounty.” Garnett’s intimate knowledge of historical naval structure, rigging and engineering of 18-19th century ships has informed and influenced his entire body of work. About Camden Falls Gallery Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden. The Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit camdenfallsgallery.com, call (207) 470-7027 or email [email protected]. Also find the Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.