The Art at Damariscotta River Grill show opens Monday, May 16 showcasing the diverse styles of Sandra Crabtree, Rebecca Shorb and Sherrie York. The “Art at the Grill” opening reception is Thursday, May 19. The show runs through June 27. A special Prix Fixe three course menu that will be offered with a choice of wine pairings, or choose a selection from the regular menu, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and celebrate the artists. A portion of the dinner proceeds will be used to fund a scholarship for a Lincoln Academy student pursuing an art education. Please call ahead to make a reservation.
Rebecca Yates Shorb is a plein air artist living and working in Maine and Pennsylvania. She received her teaching credentials in art and taught in the Frederick, Maryland public school system for 28 years. Upon her retirement Rebecca began pursuing her own art in earnest and found her passion working on location in the outdoors of Maine. Some 20 years ago she was asked to critique the group she was painting with and so began “Plein Air Painters-the Real Thing.” This group of 25 return to Midcoast Maine each summer to paint and celebrate their joy of painting and friendship.
Becky believes in positive input to help grow the creativity of each student and encourages artists to share both the struggles and accomplishments of their painting experiences. “After being sidelined from painting with a medical adventure, returning to painting was a slow process. It is such a joy to be back to doing what I love in the place of my heart.”
Sandra Crabtree, a prolific and accomplished painter, taught high school art and private classes for 30 years. Throughout her years in teaching she exhibited in Maine galleries. Currently, she is exploring larger formats and is working to bring the fluidity and energetic brushwork of watercolor to canvas with acrylics and oils. Sandy lives and works in Bath, Maine, close to the sea and quiet places.
Shares Sandra, “Observations and memories developed as a young person have influenced my lifelong love of nature and art. In my work, I strive to capture a sense of place and share those moments using layers of colors combined with expressive brushwork. The play of light across a body of water, the transitory effects of sunlight across an object, light shining through atmospheric conditions are all a part of my subject matter. My work follows changes from season to season in color and patterns and the simple procession of life in every day things. I hope to bring these outdoor landscapes and seascapes indoors to bring attention to the responsibility we all share to preserve this natural beauty and encourage everyone to enjoy the visual world.”
In her creations of multi-color linocuts, Bristol artist Sherrie York employs the skills of a draughtsman, painter, and sculptor. She draws her composition onto a linoleum block, carves away areas she does not want to print, then rolls ink onto the surface. When transferred to paper, the print is a mirror image of the carved block.
“Curiosity and long walks across landscapes have brought me into the paths of scientists, biologists, and birders, who taught me to pay close attention to the interactions of living things. I strive to represent those interactions both as a moment in time and as a story of the wider experience of life on earth,” Sherrie said. “I am especially interested in strong rhythms and patterns between subject and environment. I find it’s the shapes around an object, rather than the object itself, that are often the most compelling. When an image I create sparks a memory or reflects an experience familiar to the viewer, it provides common ground for sharing our stories and understanding each other’s perspective. And shared stories can help us not only to celebrate the beauty found in nature, but also to tackle larger issues of wildlife, water, and land conservation.”
The Grill’s hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3-8:30 p.m.; closed Sunday and Wednesday; Friday and Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Happy Hours and Early Dinner specials are from 3 to 5:30 p.m. To make a reservation, call 207-563-2992.