Ernie Glabau of Entwood Bonsai

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Bonsai incorporates the use of miniature trees that are grown in containers.   It is a Japanese art form that has been in existence for over a thousand years.  Ernie Glabau of Burnham, Maine, has been growing bonsai plants since 1986, and is considered to be an expert in the field.

 

Bonsai has a special place in the gardening world.  The plants are not grown for food or for medicinal purposes.  The cultivation of bonsai involves a commitment that is long-term, as trees need to be repotted every one to two years before reaching ten years of growth. They also need to receive pruning and pinching attention. Learn more at http://uniquemainefarms.com/uniquemainefarms.com/Entwood_Bonsai.html

EVO Ink Art

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My drawings are of energy, of feelings and emotions.  They flow through me and onto the paper as do the colors and forms they represent.  They come from a place of spirit and love.  My art is mostly abstract but often times ends up with goddess or Native American overtones.  Little creatures may appear as well.

I draw to be creative and to release an energy that flows through me.  What ends up on paper is not known to me until it is completed.  It is relaxing and expressive.  I feel guided and inspired by nature.

My choice of pen and ink began many years ago doing very small and detailed drawings.  As time went on, I started drawing larger forms and added color.  Today, it is a little of both.  See EVO Ink Art at Arts in the Park

 

Patrick Garrett of Maine Cedar Adirondacks

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My name is Patrick Garrett. I’m a retired state worker that loves to build things for fun in my garage. My wonderful sidekick Doc (pictured below) serves as my quality control operator. I started building cedar lapstrake skiffs in my free time when I was around 25. At the end of the day, I would sit on a plastic milk crate and admire my boats while drinking a beer or two. That’s when it dawned on me; I could do better than sitting on a milk crate and so I started building my first cedar Adirondack chair.

Over a short period of time many friends and neighbors wanted these chairs , often asking for a table to go with the chair or an ottoman along with other things. Over what is now around 25 years of building furniture I have listened to my customers of what they like and what they do not like. I use quality Native Maine White Cedar, Stainless Steel Screws and Galvanized bolts. I custom build each and every piece myself. My work is by no means factory standard but is made all by hand with as much attention-to-detail as any carpenter can provide. When I state my furniture is hand made; it all is. I enjoy building quality strong furniture that will last and I enjoy the expressions of those my work speaks to.

I have a small shop at my home where, now that I am retired from working for the State of Maine, I have more time to devote to my business. Most of my sales are from word of mouth, my web site and three local craft fairs through which, I am a vendor. Please look me up and come and enjoy. http://mcadirondacks.weebly.com/

CHRISTOPHER AUGUSTUS Heirloom Lures

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Art is a diverse range of human activities and the product of those activities. The visual arts include the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or science.
As an artist then, Christopher Augustus career has evolved in stages. Early in life he developed creative skills, designing and creating Prostheses, working with a wide variety of media. As an accomplished chef Christopher again used his artistic talents to create fine cuisine, another art form. Working with wood he designed and made wood sea kayaks and small boats. At each stage polishing and refining skills.
Today Christopher continues to break into new territory, creating interpretive reproductions of classic antique fish lures. Each hand crafted and designed as the ultimate gift for your fisherman.
The force is with him.
See his amazing lures at Arts in the park and at http://www.heirloomlures.com/default.html

Steven Manning Metal Smith

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Steven Manning, designer & metal smith, has been transforming antique silverware into unique and captivating art objects for more than 25 years.

From windchimes to vases, fish sculpture to mobiles, to snowboarders and skiers as a nod to the studio’s vermont home, you’ll never look at silverware the same way again!

See Steven’s work at Arts in the Park and at http://www.silverwareart.com/

Peggy Clark Lumpkins Artist

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I have been a painter for 50 years now.  In the beginning I went to a local art school after grammar school, on Wednesdays, and then, since I grew up in NYC, I got to go to the High School of Art and Design.  When that magical 4 years were up, I moved on to The San Francisco Academy of Art for my first year of college, then returned east for my second year at Pratt Institute.  At this point though, I knew what I wanted to paint.  I needed to paint what I loved and not what my teachers desired, so I took a leave of absence and never looked back.  I’ve been on my own, painting-wise, ever since.
The clearest way for me to say how I feel about what I see is to paint it.  There are no words to say everything as clearly as I can with my brush and colors.
The first part is joie de vivre, it’s loving the world.  One must love what one paints.  First you go out into the world wide open, and when you fall in love with a flower,  a cloud, or a shape, or a line in the sand (or all of the above!), Then you begin to paint.  Even before you have a canvas the paint has begun to flow.  It flows first as a sort of dance inside my being, it swirls around in there and becomes a part of me, at home with all the other paintings that make up myself.  The whole world is a painting to me.

When words fail, as they so often do, Paint!

Painting is a love letter to being alive.  It’s a thank you note to the living world, to time, to the moment, the flowers, the surf, the wind, the moisture in the air….
Some people think I make up the clouds, but instead, the clouds make up me.
We moved to Brownville, Maine in 1987 to build our house and gardens.  We raised and home schooled our two sons inside the embrace of art.  They often accompanied me on plein air trips, all of us setting up our easels somewhere on the coast of Maine.  Even though they are out on their own now, I still feel their warmth and laughter when I go out painting.

Even though I have been painting for 50 years, I still feel like I am just getting started, rubbing my hands together in excitement for the next piece.   See Peggy’s work at Arts in the Park and at  http://www.peggyclarklumpkins.com/

Becky Wright Potter

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I have always thrived in a creative environment, and it all started with making mud pies in the back yard as a child and having a blast getting messy. I spent my time playing, collecting eggs and helping around our little farm in Vassalboro, Maine. My mother was always incredibly supportive and encouraged me to work on craft projects, painting and coloring at the kitchen table. That love of creativity turned into a serious music passion at age 10 when I started to play clarinet. I was an extremely talented solo clarinetist all through middle and high school, and always taking art classes at the same time. When the time for choosing a college major came, I chose art over music.

 

In college, I took ceramics and felt like I was coming back to myself after many years away. Moving clay around with my hands felt familiar and brought a tremendous feeling of happiness and calm. After getting an Art degree, I made my living teaching elementary art in Maine for 19 years and making and selling pottery on the side.

 

Now a full time potter, I spend my work days in my home studio. Living in South Portland, I am surrounded by all the things I love: the ocean, trees, rivers and horizons all inspire my work. And the community gives me a strong sense of belonging. My family’s excitement for my work is seen everyday in my home. My husband has his favorite Becky mug for coffee. Having my studio in my home allows me the precious time needed for our three kids. One of our three cats is always my studio buddy, hardly ever knocking things over.

Enjoy Becky’s work at Arts in the Park and at   http://www.beckypottery.com/

Photographer Scott Perry

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For many years I worked throughout Maine as a freelance photographer primarily for the Associated Press and the Maine Times. My photos appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, and National Geographic Magazine. I enjoyed capturing bits of history on film and sharing it with others through the news media. However, I often found myself wanting to get more into my pictures than the normal window of view regular 35mm cameras could provide.

I currently work with specialized panoramic film cameras and digital cameras to capture wide landscape views of Maine, New Hampshire and beyond. I print and frame my landscapes in my studio located in Farmington, Maine. They are available for purchase online and  at selected art shows and galleries.

My goal is to create views within the confines of a picture frame that are so expansive and magnificent, they will make you feel you are at the place the picture was taken. I hope my photography will rekindle your memories of a special place and help you share the beauty of that special place with others.

See Scotts work at Arts in the park and at http://scottperryphoto.com/default.asp?Key=1

Meet Meredith Tournayan Fiber Artist

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The Artist behind the  wonderful woolly world of Mulberry Marsh Designs.  Meredith has had a lifelong interest in ancient cultures beginning as a small child wandering the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enduring through a Physical Anthropology degree and now expressing herself through  the production on yarns and fibers like earliest woman-kind.  It is estimated that women have been spinning fibers, both animal and plant , for tens of thousands of years. From  as early as the Bronze Ages  archaeologists have uncovered not only the common woman’s clay spindle whorls, but actual spindles made of gold in the tombs of wealthy women from sites in Turkey.  Immersed as we inevitably are in our lives of glowing , beeping and bussing technology, touching nothing but plastic, the art of processing natural fibers by way of earliest humankind’s techniques is soothing to the hand and to the mind.  Meredith’s creations are her rebellion against technology and the preservation of and sharing of an almost lost art.

See Meredith’s work at Arts in the park and at  http://www.mulberrymarshdesigns.com/

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