Lifting Fog on Ocean Point

“Lifting Fog on Ocean Point”, 8×10 oil on linen painting by Brad Betts.

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Maine Coastal Villages

We moved to the Maine coast after falling in love with East Boothbay, a small, quaint village to the east of Boothbay Harbor.  We now know that “visit once, stay a lifetime” is a common reaction to our beautiful area!  Midcoast Maine encompasses miles of coastline and each peninsula is sprawling and diverse, with village settlements of unique character and history.

Beginning in 2017, Down East Gallery is offering an annual poster series to celebrate Maine’s coastal villages.  Each high-quality poster is 24″x36″, fits a standard poster frame and features an original painting by artist Brad Betts.  $75 + S&H/tax, these posters can be purchased by contacting Brad at the gallery: bbetts@maine.rr.com or 207.318.3282.

 

“Keep the Light Burning”, a fundraiser for Burnt Island Light

Burnt Island Light is a special destination for our family: a place we go to swim, picnic, walk the paths and shoreline, enjoy the gardens and just relax. It is also a place where we bring our guests to share a piece of maritime history that defines our region.

I am proud to be one of the many artists who donated paintings and volunteered their time and talent to help support the renovation of Burnt Island Light. We are fortunate to have this resource in our community.

My painting “Island Daisies” (below) sold at the auction, contributing to the $33,500 raised for Burnt Island Light that evening!  You can still support Burnt Island Light by purchasing one of the available Burnt Island Light paintings, currently on exhibit through the summer at Down East Gallery in Edgecomb, Gleason Fine Art and the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Morning on Monhegan, 1898

NATIONAL MARITIME SHOW: AT SEA

“Morning on Monhegan, 1898” has been selected for a national maritime show at the Copley Society of Art. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian.

 

May 20 – July 6, 2017

COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

“Morning on Monhegan 1898”, 11×14, oil on linen

Drying Sails in Camden Harbor

From our campsite in Camden Hills State Park, we climbed partway up Mount Megunticook, down a ravine, up and over Mount Battie before descending the boulder-strewn south face into town.  After miles of hiking through the dark confines of the woods, we now walked in neighborhood streets passed old homes and the local library to a lawn overlooking the bustling harbor. A green schooner glided to a wharf, its red sails glowing against the blue sky. Sailboats coasted in the narrow aisles of water between the floats, painted buildings lined the wooden docks and people hurried by in all directions.  We were taken by the beauty of the scene and a sense that time had stood still: we had entered a world unchanged since the 1800s. We were neighbors from a nearby village, traveling into town to sell our wares, stock up on dry goods or simply hear the latest news.

“Drying Sails in Camden Harbor”, 24×18, oil on canvas