The Art at the Grill welcomes talented artists, Elaine Hranich and Robin Swennes for a new exhibit Sept. 29-Nov. 2 at the Damariscotta River Grill.
Elaine Hranich grew up living on the water in the small coastal community of Green Island in Toms River, New Jersey and spent much time outdoors as a child. She lived a short time in California and in central New Jersey surrounded by beautiful farm land for 20 years before moving and settling in Bath. Reconnecting with a deep desire to create, she restarted her art journey in 2012, experimenting with multiple mediums including pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor.
Elaine shares, “As we live our daily lives there are often those very special times when we recognize it is ‘one of those moments.’ The ones we record for our infinite memory, so we may remember things such as the warmth of the sun on our skin, all the sounds of nature and the deepest sense of one’s emotions… the times when we have a true connection to somewhere, someone or something.
The goal of my painting is to share the very essence of those moments in my life”
Robin Swennes is a self-taught artist, living in Arundel. Her style is figurative with impressionistic touches of Maine-themed images, usually showing close-up compositions, providing just enough detail to reveal the subject.
Robin’s view is, “Color is what drives my interest and mood; I’ll notice the colors of another artist’s piece before I’ll realize what the subject is. True artists are born with some innate ability that can be expanded through practicing their craft—whatever the chosen media. Creating and seeing art produces some sort of ‘tickle on the brain’ that I live to repeat. We artists are most engaged when creating the art of our mood and choice, so you’ll get the best results from us when you let us produce our own vision, in our own style. It’s a risk for an artist to change styles, mediums or subject matters after people have come to know their work, but artists seek change to stay engaged.”
The Grill, on Main Street, has a very large floor plan with ample space to create safe dining spots with six feet or more between tables and plenty of room for staff to maneuver and serve while maintaining social distancing. For more information about the show or the restaurant, call 563-2992.