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"Painting the Maine Landscape" student exhibit featured at UMFK Blake Library

June 11, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is featuring the work of students in Therese Provenzano's "Painting the Maine Landscape", a summer art course recently offered at UMFK. The exhibition will remain on display through June 25th.

The Maine landscape through the eyes of the painter was the topic of this course. Students combined the actual practice of painting outdoors with looking at artists who are known for painting Maine as their subject.

Provenzano introduced the work of such artists as: Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Wolf Kahn, Neil Welliver, Eric Hopkins and Alan Magee.

"I am very excited by this exhibition. Working outside brings a whole new experience to the student than working in the art room. Nature challenges you to deal with and find solutions for the elements: wind, rain, sun, black flies, and changes in temperature," said Provenzano.

"A painting can easily act as a sail and be caught by the wind. Color reads differently on a sun drenched day verses a grey day that is overcast and cloudy. Students ask me why I wear orange so often. Well, there is the hunter," adds Provenzano

Emphasis was placed on how materials, techniques and painting directly on location can inform the painting process and visual discovery. Students committed to one medium, watercolor, oil, or pastel for the duration of the course.

The class caravanned regularly to one particular site of rolling hills in Fort Kent.

"Visually what is of interest to one individual differs from the next. This particular site inspired all of us," commented Provenzano.

Students represented in the show are: Jeanie Beaulieu of Fort Kent, Melissa Dufresne of Van Buren, Kurt Holzhausen of St. John Plantation, Erick Johannes of St. David, Eric Mockler and Jeffrey St. Peter, both of Caribou, Christine Roy of St. Agatha, and Nancy Twomey of Wallagrass.

The current exhibition may be viewed during the library's regular summer hours. For more information about the exhibit, contact gallery curator Sophia Birden, at 834-7527.