Mt. Kineo with the S.S. Katahdin
Artist: Neil Gallagher, Brunswick
How Maine’s Environment Inspires His Art: “Maine has so much natural beauty, and such a variety, that after I had lived here seven years I found it impossible not to paint. It nudges me to explore, and to see more closely, all the glorious places in Maine, and to see the glory in not-so-famous places. (For example, Coos Canyon in Byron is a vest-pocket wonder.) Whether I paint on site or at home, I try to honor and celebrate what I have seen.”
Above and Below
Artist: Tom Ferrero, Vienna
How Maine’s Environment Inspires His Art: “Curiosity and exploration drive me artistically and as a person. From speculating what might be down that old logging road, to considering how two colors may play together on a canvas. Pursuing that sense of wonder ignites my creativity and leads to new discoveries. Fortunately, Maine has no shortage of inspiring locations and remote areas to investigate, which is why I love living and making art here!“
Artist: Danielle Lehoux, Wells
How Maine’s Environment Inspires Her Art: “Maine’s rugged coastline, pristine lakes, mountain views, and abounding wildlife all provide inspiration for my artwork. As a lifelong resident, I’ve always enjoyed exploring outdoors, and Maine’s diverse environment offers the perfect place to do that. As I’ve gotten older I’ve had the opportunity to explore the more northern parts of the state and have discovered many beautiful places that hold happy memories. Sharing my creative version of Maine with others is something I truly enjoy.”
A shrouded mist
Artist: Kathleen Galligan, Bristol
How Maine’s Environment Inspires Her Art: “When I paint a meditative process evolves. The natural world serves as my inspiration, and I adopted Pemaquid Peninsula as my home 30 years ago. Here I found a treasure full of intimate coves and marshlands, coniferous and deciduous forests, and rocky ledges leading to open sea vistas. From the intimacy of woodland trout lilies in spring, to the grand rolling waves of Pemaquid Point, Maine provides an environment that nurtures wildlife and my meditative process.”
Sparrow Fly, CD by Andrew Cole & the Bravo Hops
From the bluesy “Wolfs Lane Boogie” to the country-infused “Do You Need a Hand?” Andrew Cole’s new CD crosses boundaries to reach a range of broad musical tastes. Available at www.facebook.com/acoleandthehops/
Self-Directed Course Offers Ways to Help Yourself and Nature
In our 2019 Explore Maine, we featured Bonding with Nature, by NRCM member Dr. Dianna Emory. Now, Dianna has created a self-directed course, “TRANSFORMING CRISIS: Nature, Nurture, Remember, Relax,” based on that book as well as her lectures. Dianna says,“I give you the approach that escorted me through childhood adrenal cancer, years of PTSD, the loss of my young
father, my own patients’ traumas, and my daughter’s cancer.”
Find Dianna’s online course at tinyurl.com/diannaemorynrcm.
You're getting closer.
The ice shines beautifully.
The CRACK, POP, it's gone.
—A haiku by Chloe G., age 11, Otisfield, Maine